Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Beach blanket bingo

Hey everyone! I’m sorry I’ve been MIA for a bit, but I’m back and ready to share some major news. You ready?

I’m in love.

With a bathing suit.

At this point in my life, I’m not sure if it’s more profound for me to be in love with a person or a swimsuit, but either seem like huge milestones.

So yeah. I found a bathing suit (at Walmart, of all places). And it doesn’t make me want to hide under a towel or shorts and a T-shirt. It makes me feel curvy, not fat. And confident, not freaking out about what people think.

I’m pretty sure it’s some sort of magic suit. It sucks me in and holds me up in all the right places.
In the past—in fact, every single time I can remember trying on a bathing suit—there were tears and bitterness and sometimes even laughter as I struggled to get a suit up my long torso. I’ve tried the suits with skirts. The suits with shorts. And even just a long T-shirt to try to mask my insecurities.

Most of my past bathing suits? Black. Or at least a really dark shade or something. My new suit? Red. Fire engine red.

Now, I’m not completely delusional. I’m not out there in a bikini. But I grew up loving the water. And I realized I’ve spent far too much time inside.

So this summer, instead of curled up on my couch with a book, you’ll most likely find me spending lazy days by the pool.

Those lounge chairs have been calling my name for years. I’m just now choosing to listen.


Maryanna said...

Hi Erika!
Love the suit! I want one.....where did you get it and who makes it?
Love ya, Mary Anna

kicks said...

HOT! Where did you find it?

rocko9 said...

Love the suit!

Tiffany said...

I'm not lying: Nancy and I both have that exact same suit. For real!

Isn't it fabulous!?

Tiffany said...

This is the one we have:

Yep, Wal Mart of all places. For a whopping $32! I've had mine a year and it's still great!

Anonymous said...

Cute suit! I find mine at TJMaxx or Marshalls although it's late in season now.

Personally, I look forward to a return to the 1920's style bathing suits so that I can cover my thighs and not look like the only one!

Don't forget the sunscreen!


Nicole said...

Love it! I have a "Beach Blanket Bingo" on the way too! It's black with white polka dots. You are going to smokin' hot in your red one!

Erika said...

Hi ladies,

The suit is from Walmart...I forgot to post that, but added it above. It's FABULOUS!

Anonymous said...

... and it's smokin' on our blonde bombshell blogger. I can attest to this.

kicks said...

Totally lemminged it!

LT said...

So when can I come over and work on my tan (with sunscreen of course!)?

Anonymous said...

Love the suit, as a matter of fact, I need a new one. Now you should come to a water aerobics class with me at LA Fit!


Anonymous said...

It's beautiful and I'm sure it looks fabulous on you! Now I want one :) ~~~JK

CD said...

You go girl! This is HOT! I love it and I love even more that you love it and feel comfortable in it! Enjoy those lazy days by the pool!!! You deserve it!

Anonymous said...

I love it!

Kellynn18 said...

Good for you! The suit is adorable, and it is monumental that you feel confident enough to wear it. Enjoy your days by the pool--you've earned them :)

Rachel said...

That suit looks awesome. I have always been overweight and disgusted with bathing suits. That swimsuit looks so good that I am now planning a trip to Walmart (a place that I vowed never to enter ever again).