Now ladies every year I’ve been there, you go shopping for your summer wardrobe. You’ve got a wedding coming up, you’ve also got a couple of cheeky BBQ’s lined up where you want to dress up a little. You see all of the gorgeous summer clothes online and in store, but you also see that a lot of things you love, are in fact strapless or have thin straps. And let’s be honest the last thing you want is a bra strap peeping out hollaring I’ve got larger melons that need a little extra support. Am I right?
So my answer this year? Introducing the Curvy Kate luxe! This strapless is so good it holds my baps up with no tears and no worries. When I was in Majorca last week it was my go to bra, perfect for day to night, and with the most incredible support. I wore it most evenings and was actually really surprised at how comfortable it was for a strapless. I mean, I’ve even worn it chasing little one around Bristol today!
This bra comes in 3 different colours – nude, white and also black and runs from a size 28D to a 40J so is a massive winner in terms of size range. I received mine in a 36H and in the nude colour. I love the fit as it doesn’t sit too high up under the arms, or too high at the front so you can get away with a cheeky plunge dress! It also comes with straps if you wanted to add them on for day to day. The sling inside also gives extra support, as well as a 3 hook fastening.
This bra is perfect for all year round and is going to be my go to bra for summer days and nights! So if you have a larger bust and are looking for that extra support this is my recommendation for the ultimate summer strapless. As always I will pop the link below. Have you tried the Curvy Kate luxe? Let me know what you thought in the comments!
We’re home, it’s cold(er) and there’s no sand or sangria. But there’s still one last bikini blog I wanted to pop up. It may have been the last bikini I wore on my holiday, but it certainly wasn’t the least exciting!
Introducing the Curvy Kate Maya. As you all know I LOVE Curvy Kate underwear and I’m a sucker for their high waisted bikini styles! Last year I had two of the Curvy Kate Jetty bikinis in gorgeous colours, and this year I was very tempted and gave into it in navy!
But the Maya? Well she’s just a little more exciting. Firstly the print. So so summery, so dare I say it? A bit sexy! And the colour? The red and black tones in the print? Gorgeous! This will definitely brighten up your bikini wardrobe! I received mine in a 36H and overall I think it fits really well. It never once popped open and I didn’t have any over the cup spillage. The support in this bikini is lovely and didn’t rub at all. The bikini top runs from a size 30D to a 44G.
I’m a big lover of a high waist brief and I received mine in an 18. The briefs run from a size 10-22. I love the cheeky cut outs on the side as it looks a bit naughty without any digging in or exposing my wobbly bits. This bikini for me is an overall winner. It was the perfect bikini for the last day of holiday, swimming in the sea and splashing in the pool with little one! I was so glad but sad that I finished the holiday with one of my prettiest items of swimwear (and maybe a few gins!)
This bikini is currently in the Curvy Kate sale so if you fancy treating yourself this summer I’ll pop the link below. For now I’m going to try and escape the football madness in this house and enjoy a good brew. Have you checked out the Curvy Kate sale yet? Have you found any bargain beauties?
We’re on the second to last day of our holiday and I could cry, I never want to come home. The sun, the sea, the serenity! It’s perfection. Over the last few days I’ve been sharing my ‘bikini of the day’ on social media and the last few have been from the lovelies at Panache who gifted me some share with you all and I can tell you they have not disappointed!
The first bikini was the Alanis halter neck bikini and although I was a little worried at first that this would dig in to my neck, like previous halter necks, I was reassured that with a good fit the support would all be in the back. This was completely the case. This bikini not only fit like a dream but was my cup of tea, I’m sure I’ve said before but I do love a floral print! And Panache do this so effortlessly. The briefs I was also a little nervous about, being a tie side and low cut I was nervous about my mum tum being on full show, as I do love a high waist. But after tightening the sides and adjusting to fit these were also fabulous! Mum tum, stretch marks, it all hanging out but all feeling fabulous! I had the top in a 36H and the briefs in an 18. This bikini runs from a 28D-38G and the briefs from a size 8-20.
The second bikini of the day was the Elle balconette bikini which is un-padded, which I’m not used to all but it actually was great. Bearing in mind the sea was a bit chilly and I had nips like tic tacs this bikini had such good coverage. It’s lightweight and is a really good bikini for swimming in the sea and pool. I stayed supported and the briefs have a good coverage, perfect for running after the little ones and not worrying abouts bums and boobs falling out! The print on this one was also really pretty and having adjustable straps on a bikini is really handy for making sure you have the right support all over! The Elle runs from a 30E-38J and the briefs from an 8-20.
Last but certainly not least is the Nina bandeau bikini. This was also sent to me in a 36H and 18 briefs. This was the best by far in my opinion, although the others were truly gorgeous and an amazing fit! A strapless bikini that holds up my saggy baps? Oh yes! This is the one. This bikini is a winner. I was also a little worried about the cut out briefs, but with the stretch on them they’re actually really pretty. And they emphasise my hips which I can’t complain about! I could have possibly sized up on the bikini back as it felt a little tight but never the less I was supported incredibly, and the clasps are such a good quality I had no popping out incidents. Running, swimming, jumping in the sea? All good here! This bikini runs from a 30D – 38G and the briefs an 8 – 20.
As always I will link all the sets below. Although these aren’t budget bikinis they are well worth the money. As I’ve said before the support and the quality from Panache is incredible and well worth the investment. Have you got any summer holidays planned? Are Panache bikini’s on your wish list? Let me know below in the comments, as for now I’m going to raise a margarita and enjoy the sunshine! X
So we’re here! In Majorca, in the sunshine, it’s currently 27 degrees and glorious sunshine, and the gins are well and truly flowing for this mum. The all inclusive life is definitely the good life! And today’s bikini of the day is the Swimsuits for all Gabi Fresh, pineapple high waisted bikini.
When I saw this bikini I was in love, but with a bit of a cheeky price on it I wasn’t sold until a 30% discount came my way. It was all in dollars on the site and I’d be lying if my mathematic skills were up to date… So when the balance came out of my account for this bikini set I realised the exhange rate wasn’t what it used to be. I think around £70 came out of my account, ( including delivery) but I’m happy to pay for quality never the less, so I brushed this off.
One thing I want to express on this blog is to check the fine print! After waiting nearly 4 weeks for this bikini to arrive I was also stung with a cheeky customs and handling fee that cost me just as much as the postage! Which in total landed this bikini at nearly £100! My husband wasn’t convinced that was for sure…
But when I finally received it what did I think?
The fit is pretty good, I ordered the top in a 16G/H and the high waist briefs in an 18. With the sizing on their site being so specific I’d get the tape measure out. As you can probably tell from the photos, the top could be a cup size up but unfortunately this was the biggest they did without going up a back size and with the issue of postage costs, I decided it was something I could live with.
The bikini overall? I’m in love! The print is fabulous (I’m sure you all know how much I love my fruity prints!) and the quality of it is incredible. It holds me up, looks super cheeky and the high waist briefs? So vintage but so cute, perfect for running around the beach with little one.
As always the link to this bikini is below, but please just double check the exchange rate, custom fees and delivery lovelies. Also just have a browse at the Gabi Fresh and other collections, there are so many stunning pieces for all women in such a range of sizes!
We’re currently counting down the days until we fly to Majorca for our family holiday and I’m too excited! Sun, sea and sangria? What more could this momma want?!?
But same as every year we get bombarded with unwanted last minute ‘bikini body ready’ diet plans and workouts. It’s like suns out, diet industry is out in full force! And as a plus sized woman it can be extremely hard. Every day I hear diet talk of some sort somewhere in my day to day life. Whether it’s through advertising, day to day conversation and even sometimes it’s right in your face. Body shaming, it’s upfront, it’s personal, and I find it very challenging.
I was in our local Greggs the other day, when a mother turned to her daughter, she couldn’t have been any older than ten, and when the daughter asked for a sausage roll the mother replied you’ve put on too much weight lately, you can have a water. I wanted to cry. I felt so much for this little girl. Many a time I’ve been on the receiving end of these negative comments, I felt even worse afterwards for not stepping in. I felt disgusted that I just stood there.
I realised. It’s all around us. And we need to get past it. Something needs to change. Last year when I went on holiday I was confident, I embraced my bikini body I loved every second of it! Since then I’ve gained a bit of weight, well a lot actually, I’ve gone up a couple of dress sizes and my body has changed. And that’s okay as I’ve said many a time before bodies change all the time!
So this year as a now size 18 woman I had to buy new swimwear – what a shame! I’ve loved looking through my favourite sites, checking out my favourite plus size blogger babes rocking their two pieces, hunting for inspiration, reading so many reviews, and if I’m honest I can’t wait to get it all out on holiday now!
Body confidence however doesn’t happen overnight. People ask me how I’m so confident, how do you learn to love your body without changing a thing. It’s all about your mind, how your relationship with your body works. Do you talk and look at your body like it’s your best friend or your enemy? Do you surround yourself with positive influences that you can relate to? Do you think well if they can do it I can? It’s all about believing in your self and knowing your own worth. Self love is a journey that I’ve learnt probably will never end. We all have bad days, it’s just how you turn them around that matters.
As a white, able bodied woman I understand my privilege. I also understand that being fat is not the worst thing in the world. Being fat is nobody else’s concern. All bodies are different, mine just enjoys the food in life too much. And that’s me being honest, I love food, I love experimenting, I love cooking. And I am so so lucky that my body allows me to cook, allows me to travel, to try new things. My health is nobody else’s business.
I posted on social media earlier, how to get a bikini body? Slap on the sun lotion and put a bikini on! And it’s true that’s all you need to do. But I’ve been there, when your confidence is low, when you’re scared to show off the back rolls, the cellulite, the stretch marks, the bingo wings and when you’re scared to laugh in front of a camera in case my goodness, forbid your double chin makes an appearance. It’s hard. Loving yourself is hard.
Self love is the greatest love, but it’s also okay to not love yourself 100%. It’s okay if you still want to wear a swimsuit rather than a bikini. But I just want you all to know that EVERY body is a bikini body. The only thing that needs to change is your mind set. After all every body is beautiful. And every body, no matter what size, shape, race, gender, sexuality or ability is bikini body ready.
Bikini worn in photos is from my favourites at Brastop.com, the set is the Curvy Kate
Jetty in Navy. It’s currently in the sale too if you wanted to take a peek through I’ve linked it below.