Jersey Girl, Texan Heart: Zaful-Confidence in a Bathing Suit
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Zaful-Confidence in a Bathing Suit

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Bathing Suit:  Zaful // Birkenstock's:  Zappos

Ok, so normally I wouldn’t post a picture of myself in a bathing suit here on the blog, but I was asked to review this one from Zaful and I thought it was a great way to start a discussion.  So far I am half way to my weight loss goal.  I have lost 15 lbs and am working on losing a total of 30lbs because at that point I will be closer to a healthy weight for my height.  I’ve done research and a “healthy” weight for my height is 145.  In my personal opinion I don’t think this is right because I would not look healthy if I lost that much weight, especially since muscle weighs more.  So, I’m going to go by how I feel and how my clothes fit, and my overall attitude towards my body.  By BMI standards I’m actually overweight right now, which I don’t think is true because I’ve been feeling great and I don’t think I look THAT bad in a bathing suit.

Which brings me to my next topic of this post; bikini bodies.

What exactly is a bikini body?  Um, it’s a body that has a bikini on.  When did society come up with the ideal bikini body?  I’m sorry but not everyone can look like a Victoria’s Secret model.  Not everyone wants to look like that, and not everyone is attracted to that body type.  Everyone has their own opinion.   I was extremely self conscious about taking these pictures and posting them on my blog but I knew I had to for the sake of the review.  I told my photographer (aka significant other) that I didn’t feel comfortable enough taking pictures of me in a bikini at the pool in my apartment complex that I’d rather take them in my apartment.  I’m not ready to go out in the world because I feel like since I’m not at my goal for weight loss I’m just not ready.

Then I saw the pictures.

I thought to myself what in the world was I so nervous about.  I’m feeling better, and healthier in my new body.  I may have only lost 15 lbs, but I would say that I’m making awesome progress.  My confidence is slowly coming back with each lbs and inch I shed off, and seeing this picture on my computer made me feel even better because I can see the progress on a full screen.

Ok, now that I’ve gotten all empowering on you, let’s talk about the actual bathing suit since that’s the point of this post haha!

I got this bathing suit from Zaful along with some other things (stay tuned they will be uploaded tomorrow).  I’ve been looking for a color blocked bikini that wasn’t crazy expensive.  Have you seen some of the designer versions that are almost $100?  Who has that kind of money to spend on a bathing suit?  A small piece of fabric that covers your areas so that you don’t get in trouble haha.  I know for sure I’m not about to spend that kind of money.  With that being said I decided to just not get one because of the pricing.  Then when I was offered to do a review for Zaful I looked at their bathing suit section.  They have a few of these bathing suits, but I chose this one because of the colors and because it’s strapless.  As you can see by my terrible tan lines, I need to have something strapless when I go outside.  Want to hear the better news?  This particular bathing suit is only $16.49!

One thing I would recommend is this runs a little small.  I actually purposely wanted to get it a little more snug because I’m in the process of losing weight and if I lose another 15 lbs this bathing suit will be perfect.  The bottoms actually fit ok, it’s just the top that runs a little smaller.  Another tip, when you first wash it make sure to be careful.  The black dye from the panties when I washed it and laid it flat (I didn’t put it in the dryer although I should have) it actually stained a little bit.  So, be careful! 

I paired this bikini with a simple pair of aviators and my metallic copper Birkenstock’s.  I feel like this would be the perfect pool day outfit.  I would bring along a cover up though just in case I want to run to the store or something right afterwards.  Stay tuned for more items from Zaful on the blog tomorrow!

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**Please note I was given this bathing suit as a review, however all opinions are my own.

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  1. When I am asked to review a swimsuit, I feel the same way. I have to turn it down in fear that I don't have the ideal bikini body. But what you've shared here is an eye opener. Thank you! Sometimes, our ideals destroy our image of our own bodies and it is not good!

    Abby | Life in the Fash Lane

  2. Great post! Love that bathing suit!

  3. that suite is adorable, and I love your tattoos!


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