A Curvy Girl’s Guide to Swimwear

A Curvy Girl’s Guide to Swimwear

GIRL…

MAYBE I’m going out on a limb here, BUT I’m going to take a wild guess that at some point (regardless of your shape, size, race, or age) you’ve cringed at the idea of wearing (or even shopping for) swimwear.

And I get it! I’m a curvy girl you can find somewhere between loving her thick body and balancing PCOS weight fluctuations, who has ABSOLUTELY had those same cringey moments…

And I’m here to remind you, that it’s okay!We all have THOSE moments, THOSE days. But the key here is to not continually live in those negative feelings, and instead find a way to channel them into LOVING and celebrating your body NOW. Don’t get me wrong…truly learning to love YOU where you are NOW is a process! But as always, I want to share ways I’ve learned to love me in the moment in hopes of making your journey a bit lighter!

Learning to love your body in the NOW is obviously personal and unique to YOU, but one of the ways I’ve learned to love my body is to celebrate my body! By making my body feel special, beautiful, and celebrated means being proud of where I am and how far I’ve come.

& for me that means saying OUT LOUD what I love! It often sounds something like this…

I am proud of these thick thighs and how strong they are. I am proud of this booty and how great it looks in a swim bottom. I am proud of these stretch marks and their story of growth. I am proud of these back rolls that define my hourglass waist. I am proud of these acne scars and the role they played in discovering I have PCOS.
I AM PROUD OF THIS BODY!

AND because I love my body, I deserve to celebrate my body with clothes that fit and flatter! Forcing my body into items too big or small (or by wearing pieces that make me feel like less than) is not healthy! Instead, finding items that compliment my curves and make me feel like the BEST version of me is KEY.

So GIRL, in hopes of helping YOU love and celebrate YOUR body this summer, here are a few swimwear styles I’m celebrating my body with ALL season long!

Swimwear with Underwire

Honestly, the culprit of my many cringe-worthy swimwear try-on’s is due to lack of underwire! GIRL, I get it…sometimes its nice to not have to wear a bra (or any underwire items), but I personally feel most confident when these 34DDD’s have support! A few of my favorite swimwear styles include the Underwire Bandeau Bikini, the Underwire Halter Swimsuit, and the Underwire Plunge Bikini by Figleaves. Not only are these suits supportive, but after wearing exclusively Figleaves bra’s and underwire swimwear for the past 6 months, I can confidently say I’ve NEVER had those uncomfortable underwire/underarm dents in my skin (YOU KNOW THE PAINFUL ONES!)

High Waist Bikini

Remember when high waist anything was so NOT cool? (Well, you remember if you’re a 90’s kid like me). Obviously that hasn’t been the case for quite sometime, and I’m absolutely okay with that! I love that just like high waist pants, high waist swim bottoms compliment the small of the waist while elongating the leg too! Plus Figleaves REALLY out-did themselves by adding tummy control (or lightweight, breathable, shapewear-like material) to their high waist swim bottoms for extra support and an added boost of confidence!

One Piece Swimsuit

Let’s face it- both on bad days and good, there are simply times your belly doesn’t want to be on display. So having a quality one piece swimsuit in your arsenal is KEY! Personally, I love that Figleaves offers one pieces swimwear in (of course) a variety of styles and sizes, but most importantly with curves in mind. Most of their one piece styles include underwire for support and MY FAVORITE FEATURE tummy control to compliment curves!

Remember: EVERY body is a bikini body

What swimwear style are you most excited to try this season? Let us all know in the comments below!

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*This post is sponsored by Figleaves and Ann Magnin, Inc.

3 Summer Styles to Add to Your Wardrobe NOW

3 Summer Styles to Add to Your Wardrobe NOW

When I wrote my Spring Style blog post, I was CERTAIN COVID restrictions were coming to an end! I was confident life would be back to “normal” by summer…and…here we are. Although New York City is on the brink of normalcy with retailers and restaurants slowly reopening (within restriction of course), I’m ready to show off my summer style NOW (even if it is just for dinner with my husband or socially distant drinks with friends on my stoop).

One of the BEST things I’ve done for myself during quarantine is edit my wardrobe. Over the past few months, I’ve spent a lot of time asking myself the important wardrobe questions like what colors am I drawn too? What fabrics do I find most comfortable (and sweat the least in LOL)? What styles make me feel the most ME?

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8 years later I (FINALLY) Married my Best Friend but it wasn’t always easy…

8 years later I (FINALLY) Married my Best Friend but it wasn’t always easy…

It still is SO crazy to believe that after 8 years together and a 4 year long engagement, I FINALLY married my best friend. And as excited as I am to share details of our intimate celebration, I am more excited to FIRST share with you our journey to getting here.

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How to Style the T-shirt Trend

How to Style the T-shirt Trend

Tee shirts with dressy bottoms? Yay or nay?

I’m spilling the tea (or should I say Cola) on styling your favorite tees!

There have been some major mixed reviews on this trend within the industry and as a HUGE supporter of it (I shared a sneak peak of this love in My Monthly Style Roundup), I want to share my favorite ways to create a look like this!

The current tee trend revolves around pairing two unexpected items for a dressy casual look; dressy bottoms like silky skirts, suit shorts, or dressy pants outfitted with a casual tee shirt . Though pairing the unexpected is key to rocking this trend, it is important to find the right top to casually compliment the dressier bottom. Though I’m a BIG fan of sporting oversized men’s T-shirt’s, to score on this trend you must find a happy medium. Pairing a silky skirt or pant with a TOO oversized top will appear sloppy. Instead opt for small men’s tees or a fitted woman’s tee tucked or tied at the waist for a similar esthetic.

So, when is it appropriate to style and sport your favorite graphic or band tee? I would argue it depends what you pair together and the way you style the overall look. For a brunch date to Sunday’s in Brooklyn, I styled my new favorite Lucky Brand Coca-Cola tee with a pair of dressy, wide leg Zara bottoms and Shein platforms. This made for the PERFECT combo of dressy, cool, and casual! Though I wouldn’t suggest this particular style for the workplace, traditionally dressy brands like Anthropologie are pairing tees and skirts for the upcoming fall season leading me to believe the right pair can be worn ANYWHERE!

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Though this is the first time I paired my new top from one of my FAVORITE boutiques in Central Pennsylvania (of course I stopped in The Little Black Dress during my visit) with these dressy black pants, I look forward to seeing how many different ways I can style the top. I’d love to see it paired with bold color or patterned satin midi skirt and strappy heels, a suit and chunky sneakers, and of course a classic pair of denim.

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How will you style your favorite tee?

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P.s. this post is NOT sponsored by Coca-Cola, I just really LOVE it!!