Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Curvy Kate Making Me Proud In My Bikini and Fab Giveaway

A while ago I saw a lovely display of Facebook support for Vicki (aka the very brilliant Honest Mum )who posted this picture of herself in a bikini...

This led on to a rush of motivated Mum's proclaiming their proudness in their bikinis. Posting pictures of themselves on twitter using #ProudInMyBikini I'll be honest i found it uplifting and motivational and I started researching bikinis for the lady (well me) with larger ladies (boobs you know) and I discovered Curvy Kate, not only do they have gorgeous bikinis, swimwear and undies in sizes up to cup size K! They are also super lovely, when I explained what I wanted to join in with they agreed not only to send me a bikini to review but also to offer one as a competition prize. They were supportive and positively encouraging that I should proudly show off my curves.

In my head I thought I'd post a picture of me on a lovely beach on our holiday to Tunisia (everyone looks glowing and glam in the sun right?) but that holiday obviously never happened and then chicken pox hit and poor Peanut was very miserable and the bikini sat looking at me from my desk and every time I thought I should tell you all about it I got nervous and then I read something awful.... A gorgeous plus size blogger, Laura, from my lovely Bloggers Network posted a picture of herself in a lovely Jumpsuit on her blog What Laura Loves and it was shared on the Simply Be's Facebook page only to be met with unkind words and comments and that swhen I got very nervous about what I'd agreed to. I mean I'm not glam or gorgeous or a fashionista and Laura is Plus Size model, she's glam and gorgeous and confident and lush!!! What the heck are folk going to say about me?

So I quietly ignored the most beautiful bikini I've ever owned, despite the fact that actually the great fit and quality stitch make this bikini really comfortable and super flattering , the skirt provide a bit of coverage for my less than firm mum tum and the top has a great bandeau style that lifts and supports, and that my first thought was oh my I'm looking forward to wearing this on the beach.

I quietly let the unkindness of a minority overshadow the uplifting words and comments I'd seen for loads of mums and I took the cowards route of just burying my head. The weird thing is though, I look much more kindly upon my body now in its post baby state than i did when I was a slinky 21 year old! I dont mind the soft squashiness of my tummy and the fact that I shant be going braless ever again is just testament to the work my boobs have done nourishing my three beautiful babies so theats fine too.So why should I even care what people who Ive never met might say?

And so I'm not going to let haters spoil something good for curvy women who want nice swimwear and underwear. So here it is.... Little ole non fashion blogger mum of three in a bikini for the first time in 15 years.

You know what Im not as Glam as Laura or Vicki and generally on holiday I wear a huge cover up unless I'm actually in the pool but there I am I did it (eek)

 

But what a bikini! It's high quality, well made, well fitting and comes from a company who care about their customers and who are positively encouraging that we should love what we have and give our boobs the support they desrve. Thankyou Curvy Kate, I may not be getting a far flung holiday this summer, Im never gonna be a model but I'm gonna rock this 'kini all over splash landings on our staycation!

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50 comments:

  1. You look beautiful! Your smile makes you look confident too! And yes you do look as glam as Vicki! You are both beautiful, confident and glam!

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  2. You look stunning, lady, thank you so much for joining #proudinmybikini and thank you too Tracy for your kind words. I am so sad to read about your blogging friend and I do worry about how cruel others can be sat behind their computers but their opinions don't matter, let's surround ourselves with positivity and ignore the haters. So glad you shared this and can't wait to include you in the collage at the end of the summer on my blog xx

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  3. I love the Plain Sailing Ink Spot bikini! Cute! http://www.curvykate.com/proddetail.php?prod=plain-sailing-ink-spot-curvy-kate-swimwear-bandeau-aw15&cat=150

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  4. I like the Moonflower Black Floral http://www.curvykate.com/proddetail.php?prod=moonflower-black-floral-curvy-kate-swimwear-padded-bikini-ss15&cat=142

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  5. You look beautiful lovely lady. Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested

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  6. http://www.curvykate.com/proddetail.php?prod=luau-love-black-curvy-kate-swimwear-tankini-ss15&cat=142

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  7. http://www.curvykate.com/proddetail.php?prod=plain-sailing-ink-spot-curvy-kate-swimwear-bandeau-aw15&cat=150 this one x

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  8. You look great! I love this whole trend of people being proud to pose in bikinis - I've only ever worn one once, back (way back!) when I was a size 6-8 and even then I felt so self-conscious. I try to worry less about what people say now though, so I'd go for: http://www.curvykate.com/proddetail.php?prod=shockwave-electric-shock-curvy-kate-swimwear-halterneck-bikini-ss15&cat=142

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  9. http://www.curvykate.com/proddetail.php?prod=luau-love-black-curvy-kate-swimwear-tankini-ss15&cat=142

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  10. http://www.curvykate.com/proddetail.php?prod=shockwave-electric-shock-curvy-kate-swimwear-tankini-ss15&cat=142

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  11. http://www.curvykate.com/proddetail.php?prod=plain-sailing-ink-spot-curvy-kate-swimwear-bandeau-aw15&cat=150 this one x

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  12. I like this one! Whether I would wear it is another matter! :/
    http://www.curvykate.com/proddetail.php?prod=beach-bloom-topaz-floral-curvy-kate-swimwear-moulded-bikini-ss15&cat=142

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  13. http://www.curvykate.com/proddetail.php?prod=moonflower-black-floral-curvy-kate-swimwear-tankini-ss15&cat=142

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  14. I like the Luau love black bikini the most x
    http://www.curvykate.com/proddetail.php?prod=luau-love-black-curvy-kate-swimwear-top-ss15&cat=150

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  15. They are all gorgeous but I really love the Plain Sailing Spot Tankini!

    http://www.curvykate.com/proddetail.php?prod=plain-sailing-ink-spot-curvy-kate-swimwear-tankini-ss15&cat=150

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  16. http://www.curvykate.com/proddetail.php?prod=moonflower-black-floral-curvy-kate-swimwear-tankini-ss15&cat=142

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  17. http://www.curvykate.com/proddetail.php?prod=luau-love-black-curvy-kate-swimwear-top-ss15&cat=142

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  18. http://www.curvykate.com/proddetail.php?prod=plain-sailing-ink-spot-curvy-kate-swimwear-bandeau-aw15&cat=150

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  19. You are amazing Karen - huge well done for doing this. You are gorgeous inside and out ;-)

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  20. Beach Bloom Topaz Floral - http://www.curvykate.com/proddetail.php?prod=beach-bloom-topaz-floral-curvy-kate-swimwear-top-ss15&cat=142

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  21. You look beautiful Karen.

    I'd love this onehttp://www.curvykate.com/proddetail.php?prod=plain-sailing-flame-spot-curvy-kate-swimwear-top-ss15&cat=150

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  22. You look beautiful Karen.

    I'd love this onehttp://www.curvykate.com/proddetail.php?prod=plain-sailing-flame-spot-curvy-kate-swimwear-top-ss15&cat=150

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  23. I love this one - I do need a few new bikinis, I just resent spending holiday-going-out money on new ones for one week a year. Some of mine are really old, lol http://www.curvykate.com/proddetail.php?prod=plain-sailing-ink-curvy-kate-swimwear-halterneck-aw15&cat=150

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  24. I love the Luau Love Black http://www.curvykate.com/proddetail.php?prod=luau-love-black-curvy-kate-swimwear-top-ss15&cat=142

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  25. This was my favourite..

    http://www.curvykate.com/proddetail.php?prod=plain-sailing-flame-spot-curvy-kate-swimwear-top-ss15

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  26. Definitely this one
    http://www.curvykate.com/proddetail.php?prod=cocoloco-topaz-curvy-kate-swimwear-plunge-bikini-ss15&cat=142

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  27. I love this one http://www.curvykate.com/proddetail.php?prod=moonflower-black-floral-curvy-kate-swimwear-tankini-ss15&cat=142

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  28. http://www.curvykate.com/proddetail.php?prod=plain-sailing-ink-spot-curvy-kate-swimwear-padded-bikini-aw15&cat=150

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  29. I always appreciate companies who cater to curvy girls!
    Found you through the UK Blogger Facebook group - you're so awesome and brave for posing in your bikini on your blog! You look awesome.

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  30. http://www.curvykate.com/proddetail.php?prod=shockwave-electric-shock-curvy-kate-swimwear-halterneck-bikini-ss15&cat=142

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  31. http://www.curvykate.com/proddetail.php?prod=moonflower-black-floral-curvy-kate-swimwear-top-ss15&cat=142

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  32. I love this - http://www.curvykate.com/proddetail.php?prod=luau-love-black-curvy-kate-swimwear-top-ss15&cat=142

    Ashleigh

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  33. I love the plain sailing ink spot! http://www.curvykate.com/proddetail.php?prod=plain-sailing-ink-spot-curvy-kate-swimwear-padded-bikini-aw15&cat=150

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  34. I love this http://www.curvykate.com/proddetail.php?prod=plain-sailing-ink-spot-curvy-kate-swimwear-padded-bikini-aw15&cat=150

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  35. The laua love bandeau in black is lovely http://www.curvykate.com/proddetail.php?prod=luau-love-black-curvy-kate-swimwear-bandeau-bikini-ss15&cat=150

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  36. http://www.curvykate.com/proddetail.php?prod=plain-sailing-flame-spot-curvy-kate-swimwear-top-ss15

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  37. I'd love this one >> http://www.curvykate.com/proddetail.php?prod=luau-love-black-curvy-kate-swimwear-bandeau-bikini-ss15&cat=142 x

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  38. http://www.curvykate.com/proddetail.php?prod=ocean-drive-electric-curvy-kate-swimwear-top-ss15&cat=142

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  39. You look amazing in your bikini! I'd go for this one, love the bright yellow - http://www.curvykate.com/proddetail.php?prod=ocean-drive-chameleon-curvy-kate-swimwear-top-ss15&cat=142

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  40. I love this one http://www.curvykate.com/proddetail.php?prod=moonflower-black-floral-curvy-kate-swimwear-padded-bikini-ss15&cat=142

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  41. I need a good black classic, so I'd choose this (although I'm very tempted by the more colourful ones! http://www.curvykate.com/proddetail.php?prod=luau-love-black-curvy-kate-swimwear-tankini-ss15&cat=142
    Good for you xx

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  42. I would love this one the colours are amaizing :-)

    http://www.curvykate.com/proddetail.php?prod=ocean-drive-electric-curvy-kate-swimwear-tankini-ss15

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  43. I love this bikini
    http://www.curvykate.com/proddetail.php?prod=plain-sailing-ink-curvy-kate-swimwear-top-ss15&cat=150
    and thanks for sharing your photo - you look great!

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  44. http://www.curvykate.com/proddetail.php?prod=luau-love-flamingo-curvy-kate-swimwear-top-ss15&cat=142

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  45. http://www.curvykate.com/proddetail.php?prod=luau-love-black-curvy-kate-swimwear-tankini-ss15&cat=142
    Elisha

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  46. http://www.curvykate.com/proddetail.php?prod=plain-sailing-ink-curvy-kate-swimwear-top-ss15

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  47. http://www.curvykate.com/proddetail.php?prod=plain-sailing-ink-spot-curvy-kate-swimwear-tankini-ss15&cat=150 :D xx

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