So now I don't know if I'm doing this post in spite of her or to spite her. Truth be told, the post was already planned. It's been in the works for weeks. I wasn't sure what I was going to say, but I knew what I was going to be wearing. Really her post helped inspire me to write. It's been hot the last few weeks. I mean, REALLY hot. I heard on the news tonight that over 19,000 heat records have been broken across the country in the past week. Sweaty back fat may be offensive to some, but I'm not going to be miserably uncomfortable so you don't have to see the parts of me that you find gross.
You may have noticed the internets have been a-buzz with bathing suit fashion posts this summer season, so I'm adding my post to the conversation already out there. I decided to celebrate my beach-ready body by taking a little mini-vacation with my best friend. We stayed in a quaint inn in nearby Anniston. The inn was originally a family home built over 100 years ago, and it has been operating as The Victoria Inn and Restaurant since 1985. The pool area was perfect for our vintage vision for the Kiyonna's Kelly swimsuit. My best friend Callie did my hair and make-up in a 1950s' pin-up girl style and the talented Lauryn Brook of Olive Photos took my photos!
We had such a good time playing around the pool, and eventually a crowd gathered to watch. I guess we were an interesting sight to behold. And even though every fiber of my being was telling me to run and cover up, I held my ground and worked it!
Did I ever think in a million years that I'd be posing in a swimsuit for the world to see? Of course not! I imagine for most women the very idea sounds like the stuff nightmares are made of, myself included. At the same time, comments like that a friend posted on Facebook infuriate me! What does that mean dress for the body you have? Am I dressed for the body I have because I didn't wear a bikini? Or should I be in pants and a long sleeve shirt and hiding in the darkness of my basement? I'm not trying to get all political; I'm just trying to be cute in a bathing suit!
And I think I did a pretty darned good job! As usual Kiyonna has created a great product- the bathing suit feels very luxurious and well made. I did go up a size, as most women do, but I lost some of the "shaping" benefits by sizing up. This baby will definitely smooth you out and pull you in. I love the little details- the knotted top, the crisscross back, the ruching, the ruffles. It is super feminine and vintage- just perfect!