Bandeau Gingham & Flowers bikini £24.99*
Its not every day I'm asked to review swimwear, but I saw the chance for a bit of fun here. Bonprix sent me two swimwear sets and a bunch of 'kitsch' props, including a backdrop, a beach ball and a new friend in the form of an inflatable parrot.
What with it being so ruddy miserable outside recently, they had the idea to bring some smile and sunshine indoors with a retro beach photoshoot - How could I say no? Someone bring me a long island iced tea!
Recently, I've not been a great lover of my body. At the moment I'm over a stone heavier than I always have been, and I'm struggling to lose it. Saying that, I've always been a firm believer in natural beauty, and embracing what you do have whilst you have it. Yes, I may have chunky thighs, a pot belly (I had to crop it), and childbearing hips, but I suppose I have slender shoulders and a smaller waist - I can work on the rest if I want to (finding the motivation is another thing altogether though). So, this is me!
Its almost impossible to avoid the constantly perpetuated idea of perfection and in turn demand perfection from ourselves, and disappointingly falling short. Sometimes we just have to take a step back and appreciate our bodies for what they are and the amazing things they're capable of.
No matter how much we try to forgive, accept, and love ourselves though, who can really escape times of consciousness? Well, this swimsuit is seriously forgiving and perfect for those times. It has adjustable straps and soft moulded cups, as well as rouching around the stomach area. This, with the slight wrap around the bust, gives an instant confidence boost. I wore this to Sopwell house and strutted around the pool area proudly (Kind of).
The bikini is also a gorgeous shape, and the bottoms are fully adjustable for a perfect fit, and to avoid the dreaded muffin tops - I really need to book a real holiday now!
Being positive - Tell me one thing you like about yourself ;)