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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

I have never been in love with bathing suit shopping. I can be very hard on myself. That even goes back to when I was a kid and thought I was "chubby" in my white one piece with brightly colored polka dots. It also applies to when I was a size 6 and could wear anything at all....and especially when the tag on my jeans from Lane Bryant read "18"....or the Old Navy jeans were a--gulp--20. After Ben was born, I went a couple years without putting one on. I couldn't bear it. Or bare it, would be more like it. 

I have dropped a total of 54 pounds slowly and healthfully in 2 years. I would like to drop 11 more pounds. I will never be a size 4 or 6--not again. I was once that size when I was 21, but it came at the expense of my health. I will never be a toothpick. I have curves...and while I am a size 12 most days, I am truly content. I think I just accept myself for who I am and feel that way more so now as I grow older and wiser.

My bathing suit from last summer is a bit big, so I am looking for new ones online. I thought I'd share my favorites:



Red! I love it. 
This is from Shabby Apple.
$58


Available at Nordstrom



The fabric in this Lands' End suit is SPF 50.




Available at Nordstrom




This one is from Gottex.
Available at Nordstrom



Fabulous fuchsia! Love it.
$42


Which one will I order? I think the two piece from Lands' End, below, is my pick. I can buy a different size top than bottom if needed and I love the blend of sassy animal print, but with the added coverage of the little skirt. I think this one is "the one":


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