Has it hit you yet? Swimsuit season is upon us ladies. Get your heads out of the sand. It's time to shop... "swimwear." Cue "Something Bad,"by Miranda Lambert. All kidding aside, are you doing the 21-Day Arm Challenge with me??? If you're not, I need to know why not because no matter what kind of swimsuit you choose, you will likely be flaunting those arms and I'm so serious when I say that I can already see and feel a difference in my strength. Who wants to arm wrestle?
So, I can. not. believe I am about to go "live" with my swimwear choices for this season-but, Moderation Mama keeps it real y'all and let me start by saying there is no Kim Kardashian photo-shop/filter-ation mess going on here, so give me a break would ya? Let me start by telling you how my pool days have changed, demo my swimwear choices, and then finish by telling you to wear sunscreen or else you are an idiot.
Back in the day, like pre-mommin' days, I brought the following items to the pool: Towel. Sunscreen. Like 3 gossip magazines. and a beverage of my choice. My pool bag was some little trendy tote bag. I wore these cute trendy bikinis because mostly I could just lay on a lawn chair, ya know, all sucked in?!
Well, these days are over. Bringing a magazine-or anything to read at the pool is like a sick joke. My two-year old, fearless little nugget has changed all that. Laying on a lawn chair does not happen. Like, Ever. I'm either wading around in a slightly yellow tinged baby pool, chasing after my toddler as she run into the men's restroom, or picking up endless trails of goldfish droppings before we both get kicked out. And my tote has turned into something more like a rolling suitcase because of all the "necessities" toddlers need. My whale-of-a-bag is literally exploding with swim diapers, floaties, towels, pool toys, snacks, and juice boxes, and if even one of those items gets left behind when you head out to the pool, you best believe my daughter will discover it-immediately and lose. her. mind. Trust me y'all, better safe than sorry. Going to the pool is literally an "athletic" event these days and I need swimwear that can keep up, but at the same time, I am Moderation Mama so I'm not throwing in the towel so to speak, just yet. I want to feel good, but not be worrying about a Janet Jackson-like wardrobe "malfunction" and believe me, toddlers are even sneakier than Justin Timberlake at the Superbowl ok.
So, I pretty much hate shopping in stores for swimwear. It is such a downer. It is much better to sit at home, enjoy a glass of wine and peruse Zappos for swimwear because you can order online, try on at home, and they have free returns, duh! Such a no-brainer! So here are my selections for this summer. I also picked one bikini, not pictured- sorry y'all, not brave/crazy enough to put bikini pics out there.
The blue tennis mom, is by Athena Swimwear and they are known for making modest swimwear. You can find them on Zappos and while not cheap, they make super high quality, stylish, and flattering swimwear. I highly recommend the brand. It has a crisscross back and it is flattering from every angle. My husband asked me, "when did you start playing tennis?" Not sure that was the reaction I was going for, but 99% of the time, I'm at the pool without him, so he doesn't get a vote.
The Pink Tennis Mom, is also by Athena and it is also super-comfy as well as flattering although not cheap.
The Trendy Mom was purchased by yours truly on a total whim on a website called Zulily. It's by Betsy Johnson and I got a GREAT deal on it! I love the retro-style suits that are super trendy right now, but I need something functional as well. This one is fun and totally fit the bill. I can definitely toss on some sassy-chic cat-eyed sunglasses and hit the pool like a trendy boss mama-even though I will admit my husband said it looked like a "granny suit." Once again, his vote was not counted. ;)
And finally, my sunscreen rant. Please for the love, tell me you do not go to tanning beds and that you use sunscreen DAILY, like in your facial moisturizer? Like, DAILY? This should be happening because a sun tan might be pretty for three days, but those wrinkles you are creating will NOT, plus skin cancer is not cool at all. Your skin is your largest organ and it gives away your age right away. Do not be a sun worshiper, please- a wrinkly raisin is not cute, even with a tan and a trendy swimsuit. I need you to be wearing a minimum of Spf 30 daily on your face and neck and when spending time in the sun, cover your whole bod in 30+ Spf (I use 50). And wear a hat. There are lots of cute hats out there- no excuses ladies.
But, as I mentioned before, I do like a sun-kissed look and I am a firm-believer in self tanners. I have been testing a few and I will have my results out soon so stay tuned!!!