This week we are going to talk about your "Summer Bummers". What is this crazy lady talking about? Well I am talking about all those things that may keep you from doing something fun because you have nothing to wear or you just don't feel comfortable in your clothes to go or do. Yall know what I am talking about...how many pool parties are you going to turn down this year because you do not want to get in front of anyone in a bathing suit? How many BBQs are you not going to because it is too hot and you don't want to wear the bare minimum and show off your arms? Well, let Rachel help a sister out...
First let's talk pool parties or the beach. I used to cringe when I thought of attending a pool party. But, I did not want that to keep my kids and my hubs from attending because I was being selfish. So, I got smart and learned of the best thing ever invented, the swimsuit cover up and all the other fun accessories. Now keep in my folks, I go to the beach with my itty bitty sisters and mom, so this mama had to figure this out and make it a good time. So here are my keys to feeling good at a pool...without actually getting drunk :)...
- First things first - take the time, spend some money if needed, and buy a good swimsuit. I know this sucks, and we all LOATHE swimsuit shopping, but it is a must. My favorite place to shop for suits is Dillards. Tons of brands and options. You have to get one that FITS. That means not being ashamed to go up a few sizes if that means keeping your girls in and not feeling completely exposed. Feeling really uncomfortable? BUY BLACK!! It is slimming and easy. The truth is, there may be a time when you HAVE to be seen in that suit if you venture to the pool, and it needs to look good. (you know when your 5 year old goes down the slide and you have to dive in after them :) )
- Second - now honestly, we are going to cover that baby up. I know, you probably just spent a fortune getting the best suit you can find, but this is essential to feeling great. You need to find a fabulous cover up. One that you would wear as a shirt or dress if you thought you could pull it off. It needs to cover the booty and not feel like it is too short. There are so many cover ups to choose from these days and I know they can be expensive too. I believe they are worth the money if it means you can go out with family and feel comfortable. There are some with bling even!! Try them on with your suit and find one that you feel really hot and comfy in. This is the most important part!!!
- Last - ACCESSORIZE!!! This is the cheap stuff that can make a huge impact. Now that you have your suit and a super fab cover up, get a pair flops or sandals to match. Seriously match it up. Get yourself a cute hat. I am serious! Or find a scarf that will look cute tied around your head. Match your towel to your ensemble. Last, but not least, don't forget your sunnies! Sunglasses can cure any look, right?!
Okay - so you need visuals? Here are a bunch of examples of my looks over the last few years. I can tell you that almost every set came from Dillards and they are at least a year old since I have not bought any thing this year. I have spent some cashola on these items, but I have had them for years now and feel like I can wear them for a few more years. So there is the only way you will see me in a bathing suit on the internets these days :)....oh and you can see some older pics here of my sweet babies :)
So - just keep the entire look on the whole time. Sit on the edge of the pool and stick your feet in to stay cool. I promise it is full proof!! Will you try it?