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fullbeauty {Giveaway} – CLOSED

Disclosure: This could be a sponsored post or contain affiliate links (which means I earn a percentage of the sale), but all opinions are strictly my own.

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!


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.


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.


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?


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!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

*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

Mermaid Maternity {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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As much as I have loved going to the beach and pools over the past couple of weeks, my ever-growing belly is just not fitting into anything that doesn’t have the word “maternity” or “stretch” linked to it.  We have fun plans for a water party tomorrow morning with the kids at a friends’ house, the beach is not even 30 minutes from our front door, and the outdoor pools on the base will be opening this weekend.

I knew that I wanted to find something cute and comfortable to wear swimming this summer, and Mermaid Maternity was the perfect fit (ha!) for all of my picky swimsuit needs — modest coverage, tankini top, boy short-style bottom, and no halter tops.  While I’m not so concerned about having something to hold in my stomach this summer with the tummy tuk, I am definitely looking for some support while I’m playing with my two boys.

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There are so many options for mixing and matching through Mermaid Maternity to make your own perfect maternity swimwear!

The founder of Mermaid Maternity tells customers in her About Us section, “I am not a bikini bottom person. I have always found swim shorts to be more comfortable and more flattering. When I became pregnant I looked high and low for maternity swim shorts and was stunned that I could not find any. I made the decision that when I was past the ‘new baby’ stage with my daughter and had more than 2 minutes of free time per day, I would create and sell maternity swim shorts.”

“In the spring of 2009, Mermaid Maternity was launched … with one product for sale. The swim shorts were a huge success, and since then many more maternity swimwear separates have been added – always with the same criteria in mind: comfortable, flattering, functional, and unique. Our mission is to give moms-to-be more OPTIONS in what they can wear at the beach or pool so that they will feel confident and comfortable in their swimsuit.”


 Wrap-Around Bandeau Maternity Tankini Top – Lilac / Maternity Swim Brief – Black


Bandeau Tankini Top – Midnight Bloom / Fold-Over Panel Maternity Swim Brief – Black


V Insert Maternity Tankini Top – Black with White Polka Dots / Maternity Swim Shorts – Black


Maternity Rash Guard Swim Shirt – Tropical / Maternity Board Shorts – Black

I love the top of the Mermaid Maternity swim suit that I received, but I am really impressed by the swim shorts!  I received the Maternity Swim Shorts in Black (shown above), and I loved that there was an insert inside to keep everything covered up while allowing for flowy shorts to keep cool in the warm weather.  They are perfect for my growing belly from the first trimester to the third since the wide panel fits under my stomach.

One Dandy reader is going to win $100 to use at Mermaid Maternity!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of June 1st 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.


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