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