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Mermaid Maternity {Giveaway}–CLOSED

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Raise your hand if you cringe when I say the words “maternity swim suit.” It doesn’t matter how big or small you are, or how “tiny” or “wow, are you  having twins?” your stomach is, most maternity swim suits are just horrible! They’re unflattering, uncomfortable, unfortunate, and you inevitably end up feeling dumpy and large. Well, ladies, rejoice! I have found a company that will forever put that stereotype out of your minds: Mermaid Maternity!

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Mermaid Maternity is a swimwear company dedicated to offering well-made, supportive, super cute maternity swim suits. Believe me when I say I like all of their designs and had a really hard time picking which suit I wanted to review! They don’t have a million to choose from, but that guarantees that they have taken the time to truly perfect the styles and patterns of the suits that they do offer.

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Their basic model is this: you pick a top you like, then pick a style of bottoms you like and voila! you have a swim suit. In tops they offer a V-Insert style, a Halter V-Insert style, a Bandeau style and a Wrap-Around Bandeau style. For the tankini top, you can choose from three different patterns or four different solid colors.  The bottoms are all black (a smart, flattering choice, in my opinion) and come in several styles of briefs, shorts, skirts and board shorts. They vary in length of the short as well as length of the maternity panel at the top. They also offer a few Rash Guard tops  and a selection of Plus Size swim choices.

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I chose to review the V-Insert Top in Raspberry with the Fold-Over Panel Maternity Swim Shorts, and let me just say I. LOVE. THIS. SUIT!!! First of all, it’s comfortable. The top is supportive and gives me the coverage I need while still feeling like a swim suit. The V-Insert style is flattering and I love the knotted details in the fabric along the shoulders. The adjustable straps can be worn straight down the back (like a bra) or crossed in an X. I like the X because I feel like it gives me that much more support, which I need with this pregnancy chest! The fabric is thick and stretchy and feels like it will last through several more pregnancies (assuming I have any more!). The best part of the suit, however, is the tie on the side. Every Mermaid Maternity suit comes equipped with this drawstring hem to grow with you as your belly expands, and the tie allows it to conform to your shape as well as stay down in the water when you’re swimming (unless you like your top floating up and around you like a skirt underneath your chest…).

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The bottoms are another favorite part of this suit. They are tight and short enough to look like bathing suit bottoms but not so tight and short that I feel uncomfortable in them. My legs (especially my upper thighs) are definitely not my best feature, and these little shorts allow me to cover them right up! Plus, let me tell you how awesome is it to not have to worry about trimming up around the sides every time I’m going to go swimming…you know what I mean, ladies!

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I’ve already worn this suit to the pool a few times and to the beach once, and I’ve chased around my two kids and walked miles in the sand in it, and I’ve yet to feel uncomfortable or self-conscious. In fact, I feel great in this suit! I’ve gotten several compliments on it from both friends and my husband, and every time people are amazed at the quality and craftsmanship that have gone into this swim suit. That said, they’re not cheap. The tops run between $60-68 and the bottoms are anywhere from $32-52, depending on the style. DON’T LET THAT DETER YOU! This is one purchase worth spending the big bucks on! Trus me when I say this suit will not fall apart or stretch out after one pregnancy/summer. I fully intend to wear this suit at least twice a week all summer long and still get more use out of it in a few years. Mermaid Maternity’s customer service is superb, so if you order something from their online store and discover you don’t like it, they will work with you to help you find the perfect swim suit for your beautiful, pregnant body. Now go do some shopping! And then enter to win $100 to their online store!

Win $100 to Mermaid Maternity and pick out the suit of your pregnant dreams!

** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of May 20, 2014, and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Mermaid Maternity, but all opinions are strictly my own. The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own and are not influenced by monetary compensation.

Hapari Swimwear {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Ahhh, swimsuit season.  The phrase that can strike fear into exhausted mothers everywhere (especially me) who wish they hit the gym a few more times than they actually did.  But don’t get me wrong, we’re going to hit up the beach nearly every day this summer if I can help it, so I plan on feeling completely comfortable in what I’m wearing, lest I spend the summer in something too small/revealing/uncomfortable.  Ladies, I have found a dream suit, and I have Hapari to thank.

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First, however, have you seen their line up this season??  CUTE, CUTE, CUTE!!

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These are modest, attractive, stylish, colorful, and affordable.  Can’t you see yourself in one of these?  This Palm Desert collection is full of such fun colors and prints!

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Now being a big-chested girl with a lot of post-baby tummy fluff to keep under control, I was really intrigued by these swim dresses.  I figured the long length would keep the fabric from creeping up my waist like tankinis do, and the side ruching would be extremely forgiving.  True on both accounts.  This is a VERY friendly and flattering cut, in my opinion, especially for curvy women.

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I ordered the Black Seaside Tankini and Swimdress ($59) and the Red Tummy Tuk Swim Shorts ($35), again, opting for comfort and containment 🙂

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Now pardon my camera phone pictures.  I wasn’t about to take the DSLR to the public pool.  Would you?  My opinion of both these pieces is only complimentary.  The 80% nylon/20% spandex blend is both comfortable and thick enough to feel substantial.  You can even machine wash this if you wanted.  Btw, this top is also available in Plus Size.  The shorts are fantastic.  They are exactly what I was hoping for in terms of something high-waisted that would hold in my guts.  Perhaps an inch shorter on the inseam would make them a little less “motherly” and more trendy, but I couldn’y care less.  They are comfortable, supportive, and bright with an excellent fit.

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Notice that I wore an extra black bikini top underneath my suit for a little added support, so the straps look much thicker than what is actually attached to the suit.  By the way, these straps are removable and interchangeable so that you can wear this as a halter, criss-cross or tank.  You could also let out the drawstring and wear this as a longer bandeau dress for, you know, when you get back on your cruise boat and want to hit up the buffet after your swim on the beach.  And now…

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Its true!

One lucky winner will receive a $100 giftcard to spend at Hapari.com!!

Its going to be a beautiful summer!

*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of May 7th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation.  

Persona Swimwear {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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I feel like showing up at a pool party wearing the same this-year’s-trend swimsuit as another girl is like wearing the same dress to Prom.  Yuck!  Your swimsuit can make such a statement and attract attention when it is a chic style in a unique print or cut.  I’m so sick of seeing the same suits out there, and when you’re limited to one-pieces (thank you, stretch marks), the options really narrow down, but when I came across Persona Swimwear, I fell instantly in love with their colors and designs!  These are all totally my style!  Eye-catching, memorable, flattering, and unique!
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Don’t you agree?  I’m LOVING the one-pieces, especially this one in the middle: The Paris Tankini.  It feels so French to me, and the black ruffles are so flirty.  What a I love about these fashions are that the one-pieces are adorably unique (and I would wear any of them in a heartbeat) and even the two-pieces are still more modest than most, and not ridiculously skimpy like the bikinis you see lately.
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Emily Sanders is the SLC-based fashion designer of Personal Swimwear.  She has been a Gallery Director, writer, designer, and professional artist for a number of years.  I read in an online article about her that she was caught streaking at Girls Camp during Fast and Testimony Meeting.  Haha, for some reason I love that!  With Emily’s extensive art experience and background, she merged the two worlds of art and fashion, and started Persona Swimwear in early 2010.  When asked where she got the name for her company, she said,
“The name Persona comes from the influence of the very purpose of clothing. Yes, we wear it as protection from the elements, but as humans we have transformed it into a statement of who we are as a person.  It’s like a little piece of theater — what we wear says to the world what character we play; in other words, we put on a persona.”
I was pleased as punch when Emily offered to send me TWO swimsuits from her line!
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I wore the Alice in Wonderland Tankini (sold for $85) to the beach last weekend, and I’ve decided that this is my FAVORITE swimsuit of all time!  And I find it interesting that of all the swimsuits I’ve owned, this one is definitely the most covering, as in showing the least amount of skin, but this is by far my husband’s favorite on me.  I agree.
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Don’t I look like a Tiffany’s box?!  I love the color, and the cute little bows give it a hint of flirty.  Having them placed on the small of the waist is a great way to accentuate the waist in a good way while directing the eyes away from a fluffy stomach.  Maybe a reason why I love it so much is because it is SO comfortable!  No tight straps digging into my shoulders, and I’m not constantly pulling and tucking at the fabric.  This is a size Medium, and so you can see that on a DDD, its a little snug, but not too bad, huh?  I think this is a GREAT swimsuit for all cup sizes and it can flatter a multitude of shapes.  The key characteristic for me is the LENGTH!  I love how it elongates a short torso and stays snug around the hips.  The shorts are super comfy and the boy cut is just right with this top–short but not ‘cheeky’ or too tight around the thigh.  I can’t keep praising this one enough!
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I also received the Roller Derby Girl Tankini, which is also so stinkin adorable!  Cute, cute, cute!  I thought I should share my wealth in fantastic swimsuits, and that this one would look fabulous on my cute sister-in-law!  Here is Holly in all her adorableness, rockin the Roller Derby Girl Tankini at the beach in Chicago!
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Here are her thoughts:
This suit offers the 3 C’s, if you will: Cuteness, Confidence, and Comfort!
This was my first time wearing a tankini and, I must say, it was a wonderful experience.  I felt cute, yet covered, but not COVERED, if you know what I mean.  And I don’t remember the last time I wore a pink swimsuit–it’s just so girly, isn’t it?!  I think those pink bows can bring out the cute in any girl!
Like Camille, I have a (somewhat) fuller-than-average body so support is always a concern for me when it comes to swimsuits.  Ladies, these suits are very well-made.  They are sturdy and will hold you in at all the right places so you can feel confident and relaxed while you enjoy your day at the beach with family and friends.
And I saved the best for last: this suit is comfy!  Camille said it and I’ll say it again–I have never worn such a comfortable swimsuit!  Just yesterday I went to the beach and hated walking home in the midday heat and humidity of Chicago.  My swimsuit’s shoulder straps were digging into my shoulders and I just wanted to rip it off!  So I was thrilled when I tried on this suit and immediately knew I wouldn’t have to deal with that today!  Gosh, it was comfy…so comfy.

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Best giveaway prize of the summer:  One winner will get to pick any swimsuit from Persona Swimwear!

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*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of July 7th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Persona Swimwear, but all opinions are strictly my own (and Holly’s)

fullbeauty {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Having a full figure is a blessing and a curse.  Usually a curse, in my opinion.  I haven’t been able to buy a fitting bra from a regular store (aka Target) since high school.  The waistline on dresses always creeps up to “empire” style, and finding a button-up shirt that fits in the waist but can still button all the way up is a joke.  I’ve taken completely to online shopping when it comes to bras, and whether you’re plus size or not up top, you will find some super flattering and beautiful bras at fullbeauty, in bra sizes 32-58, cup sizes A-N!

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The same frustration comes in finding swimsuits that cater to a full figure!!  Its a nightmare trying to find something with enough coverage AND support for a mom who doesn’t want to show a heap of cleavage at the kiddy pool.  Have YOU found your swimsuit of the season?  Let me show off some way cute options from fullbeauty!  All of these are perfection in my book: they come in larger bust sizes, they are modest, and they are right in line with what is stylish and trendy right now.  Big busted women can be stylish too!

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What makes these suits so great is that they are made in larger sizes, and not just for high school bodies.  These are for the mom with stretch marks, saggy skin, and post-baby fluff!  Many of these suits feature compression fabric and built-in underwire support, along with tummy control panels in gathered side shirred styles to hide flaws.  Music to my ears.

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I’m really embracing the swimdress lately.  Oh where are the thighs of my youth?!  I was super excited to review a swimdress from fullbeauty, and I hit the beach this weekend to show it off!  This is the Nautical Stripes Swimdress, sold for $69.99-$79.99, featuring a fun fold of fabric that starts across the bust and goes over the shoulder.

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Things I love about this swimsuit: I LOVE nautical, so we were in instant match based on the colors and stripes.  The gold anchor clip on the shoulder is classic, and the fit is great.  This is not just a dress–it has a suit underneath made in powernet lining for great compression and comfort.  It has a shelf bra and foam cups, and I was surprised with the nice and thick weight of the nylon/spandex which also provides SPF 40+ UV protection.  Note that on my body, the shelf bra was pulling the swimsuit down too much for my taste, so I just snipped it out, and then it layed the way I wanted it to.

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I love it!  I think it is the PERFECT mommy swimsuit.  I’m not trying to pick up men.  I’m trying to pick up hooligan children and keep them from drowning.  I don’t have to wear a frumpy swimteam one-piece, though!  This is still so cute in my book, and I feel so confident wearing it.

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Ok, not to draw attention to my chest, but do you see how supported and shaped my (ahem) bust is?  I’ll let you in on a secret: The Swim Bra.  Have you heard of it? Fullbeauty sells this wonder for $34.99-$39.99, and when I saw it, I knew it would be worth every penny.

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Are you familiar with the feeling of droopiness and complete lack of support in a swimsuit?  There is nothing like feeling exposed and unsupported when you’re wearing nothing but stretch knit in front of family and friends.  This swim bra is my favorite addition to my swim wardrobe, and will accompany every swimsuit I ever wear.  So why is it so special?  First off, it has thin, quick-drying foam cups that won’t absorb water and make you look ridiculous.  Item #2: it has convertible straps that attach anywhere to work with every swimsuit style, regardless of whether you want to wear it with a halter top, cross-back, or even strapless suit.  Also, there are silicone grippers lining the top to provide a close and secure fit without shifting.  See?

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I’ve considered wearing this as a full-time daily bra, especially in the heat of the summer, when I’m sweating like a banshee and moisture under my clothes is so uncomfortable.  My only qualm is that the clear straps are too long, even when adjusted to the shortest length, to wear like tradition over-the-shoulder bra straps, but they’d probably be fine on a taller person, or when worn in a cross-body or halter style.  It is very lightweight and totally comfortable, and SO worth the investment.

Now go pick out your swimsuit of the summer at add a swimbra to your order!  Remember, whether you’re plus size or not, fullbeauty is stocked with beautiful lingerie styles in bra sizes 32-58, cup sizes A-N!

One winner will win The Swim Bra in their choice of size and color!

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*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of June 28th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway were sponsored by fullbeauty, but all opinions are strictly my own

Albion Fit {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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I really think that the difference between loving and fearing swimsuit season is whether you have a cute swimsuit or not!  One that flatters and slims and makes you look great vs. something dowdy that showcases your weakness and exposes your lack of will power all winter long!  My post-hibernation body is nothing to get excited about, but I still can’t WAIT to hit the beaches this summer!!

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I’ve been hunting swimsuits like a safari man, adamant that I can find something one-piece and doesn’t scream “Mommy”, and I fell absolutely in love with nearly EVERY single suit from Albion Fit!  Albion carries women’s fitness and swimwear, all beautifully styled and fashionably constructed.  I pinned nearly half of these swimsuits the instant I saw them.  Are these not adorable in every way?  These are sooo ME!

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But oh no, the fabulous doesn’t stop here!  Tennis anyone?  These make taking tennis classes 100% more appealing.

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While you’re drooling over Albion’s website, check out their workout clothing.

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Albion so generously sent me a Go Long Crew to review!  I opted for the Go Long Crew, Ivory and couldn’t be happier.  These tops are great because they let you transition from relaxing, to errands, to workout without a wardrobe change.  I could wear this around the house, then to the grocery store, then to the gym while feeling comfortable and cute in all three settings.  The material is so lightweight and breathable, making it a favorite for workouts, and it is totally soft enough to sleep in.  I reeeeally love how LONG it is!  Every busty girl knows the frustration of shirts in regular sizes that creep up your body.  Its nice to have my waist and hips covered in a flattering fitting top.  Many of Albion’s Go Long Crews have thumb holes, which I think is so fun and sporty!

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Here is coupon code for our readers!  dandy15 will save you $15 on any purchase of $50 or more, but this code is only good through Thursday, so shop, shop, shop!  Go get that dream swimsuit!

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*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of May 23rd and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Albion Fit, but all opinions are strictly my own

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