I could blame it on the cocktails. I could blame it on the balmy tropical air. I could blame it on being on holiday with 10 other chicks.
The truth is as I was
preaching writing last week about accepting our bodies for what they enable us to do every day I realised that I had to put my money where my body-loving mouth was.
And then I quietly had a conniption.
See, I may be ok with accepting my body in a swimsuit around my family and friends – or complete strangers at the beach – but when it comes to publishing here on the internets, I had a major freak out.
I spoke to my girlfriend Simone about it. Simone is a former model and model agency owner. She’s turning 40 this week and she’s the reason we’re here in Bali.
You might be thinking this should freak me out more but having someone who knows the power of a pose, someone who you trust to take the photos and someone who thought this was a VERY GOOD idea, was enough to get me over the line.
So I woman-ed up, got up bright and early on our first morning in Bali and we shot these photos.
Presenting … the SY swimsuit edition.
I’m a 46-year-old, size 14-16 chick. My body has produced three fabulous kids, it gets me where I want to go and most days it is good to me.
The photos are what they are. If they offend, here is a photo the swimsuits on the sofa – NOT on me – that’s your warning to click away now.
I’ve talked up Sequins and Sand here many a time for its fantastic collection of flattering swimwear for women size 10- 26. This red Capriosca strapless (straps are optional) one-piece is old-time glamour mixed with a fabulous dose of figure flattery – think ruching and cross-over styling. It’s sold out at the moment but pre-orders are being taken. I’m wearing a size 16.
This post confirmed my decision to add a bikini had to my Bali holiday swimsuit wardrobe. There’s about three weeks between designing a swimsuit via Kini Swimwear but I was stoked with the result. I chose contrast panelling and ruching in the pants and the frill around the bust as figure flatterers. My pants are size 16 but I could have gone the 14 on account of my flat pancake like bottom. The top is a 14.
Kini Swimwear design-your-own bikini (approx $150) | Miu Miu sunglasses
I’m completely in love with this swimsuit’s fabric – it’s proof that a pattern really can be your best friend when it comes to creating illusions in swimwear. I’m in a size 16. There’s an optional strap. It just contains my D-cup girls so factor that in if your boosies are bigger. I think it would be best for up to a C cup. Bombshell Bay offers fabulous retro-inspired designs that turn heads.
In all swimsuits, I FEEL good. A little bit of retro, glam styling, a spray tan and a big pair of sunnies go a long way.
Which swimsuit is your fave?
PS. We stayed at Bali Villa H2O in Seminyak – it’s simply stunning and perfect for a large group of people. You can find more details about it here.
* These pieces were sent to me for editorial consideration