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My Complete Bathing Suit Guide

I posted a lot of beach-selfies on Instagram while on my recent vacation to Mexico, and many of you we’re dying to know where I got my bathing suits. You all know I’m a busty girl and have discussed the importance of a well-fitting bra. Supporting your “girls” whether it be in a bra or a bathing suit will make you FEEL GOOD and LOOK GOOD. I got my first bra fitting for my twenty-first birthday, and as dramatic as it sounds, it literally changed the way my clothes looked and felt. Three years ago I decided I could no longer squeeze my tatas into size large bathing suit tops that were ultimately ill fitting elsewhere. I had to take the plunge and invest in some bathing suits that fit my body. So, I bid farewell to my days of stocking up on multiple suits every season from the glorious Target swim section and found some brands that would suit me and my body better and stand the test of time.

mexico swim

There are two sites where I find my cup-sized swimwear: ASOS and Figleaves. Both of these sites happen to originate in the UK. I’m not sure if British ladies are more busty or if Americans just can’t seem to stray away from their itsy bitsy teeny weeny bikinis. Either way you need not fear about exorbitant costs to ship across the pond. ASOS offers FREE shipping and returns, and Figleaves offers FREE shipping and reasonably priced returns to their U.S. warehouse in Virginia. On each of these sites you can shop separate tops and bottoms to suit your unique proportions. ASOS offers up to size 42E(DD) and Figleaves offers up to size 44H. On certain suits, be sure to note the UK to US size conversion. Better yet? There are one piece suits in cup sizes too! I have to admit, monokinis are my newest obsession. There are three particular brands I have purchased from these sites that have a great fit and run TTS: Freya, Midnight Grace, and Cleo by Panache. However, I’ve had such a positive experience on these sites, I would honestly trust any of the reviews and brands (I’ve heard great things about Curvy Kate). Some of the suits pictured are from past seasons, but I’m still going to share the details so you can shop these suits! (Or at least similar ones). As always, shop smart ladies! I always fill my shopping bag and wait for a good deal. I got all my suits either on sale or during a 20% off promotion. Remember my motto, never pay full price for anything!

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1. Cleo by Panache Carmen Padded Bandeau Swimsuit, $72

2. Freya Bardot Underwire Sweetheart Padded Bikini Top and Classic Brief Bottom, Past Season

3. Midnight Grace Heidi Underwire Halter Swimsuit, ON SALE for $24

4. Freya Flamingo Bandeau Bikini Top and Classic Fold Brief Bottom, Past Season

5. Midnight Grace Posy Underwire Padded Sweetheart Bikini Top and Fold Bikini Brief Bottom, $77 ($47 for top and $30 for bottom)

P.S. My sunhats are from French Connection past season via Rue La La!

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3 Tips for NYE

The holiday parties are winding down, but there’s still one BIG celebration left this season: New Years Eve! By now, you *hopefully* have the dress and accessories, but it’s time to plan for the big day, just three days away. I’ve got 3 tips for NYE, PLUS a *bonus tip* for those of you who are a little behind on finding your NYE look:

1. Get a PINCH KIT

pinch kit

Image courtesy of Sephora

If you haven’t heard of Pinch Kits, get ready to be blown away. You need one of these in your NYE bag! This tiny miracle kit contains 17 essentials and fits in the palm of your hand (or your chicest little clutch!). With a Pinch Kit, you’ll have everything you need in a pinch from dinner to drinks to the stroke of midnight. Buy one from Sephora for the big night!

Kit contains:

– Adhesive bandage
– Safety pin
– Earring backs
– Deodorant towelette
– Nail polish remover pad
– Stain remover pad
– Clear elastics
– Lip balm
– Emery board
– Tampon
– Hair spray
– Clear nail polish
– Dental floss
– Mending kit
– Breath freshener
– Double-sided tape
– Pain reliever

2. Have the PERFECT COCKTAIL

nye drink

Image courtesy of Anthropologie

Take your champagne up a notch with this crowd pleaser, courtesy of Anthropologie’s blog:

You’ll need…

Champage
Bitters
Lemon Peels
Sugar Cubes

3. Bring a fun and FESTIVE SNACK

nye psimadethis

Image courtesy of P.S. I Made This

P.S. I Made This does it again with this NYE snack that will really pop! They took a page from Rice Krispie stylist (yes, there is such a thing!), Jessica Siskin of Mister Krisp, who turns Rice Krispies into everything from pizzas to champagne bottles.

You’ll need…

Rice Krispies Cereal
Marshmellows
Butter
Green Food Coloring
Fruit Roll Ups
Black Frosting
Edible Gold Powder
Chocolate Chips
Scissors
Paint Brush

Find the rest of the instructions here!