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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