Thursday, June 17, 2010

Bikini Body?

Is there any girl out there who truly enjoys bathing suit shopping? Like most girls, my weight fluctuates up & down, but even when I'm at my skinniest (which I'm certainly not now), standing in that dreaded fitting room light in front of a full mirror in a bathing suit can spiral me into the worst mood in a split second. Even when I'm the happiest with my body, as soon as I try on a bathing suit, everything I criticize about myself becomes grossly exaggerated . . . those bright mirrors are cruel! And mocking!

I'm heading down to the O.C. in a few short hours to visit my dear friend Amyola (and her new baby, Sam!), so yesterday I went to Target to try to find a new bathing suit. Needless to say, it was an unsuccessful endeavor. In my fantasy, I'm wearing a white monokini, big black sunglasses, a floppy hat, and red lipstick. HA! Never gonna happen.

The terrible irony is that the trying-on-a-swimsuit experience isn't nearly as bad in my own house as it is at the store, but it's way too risky to buy a freaking bathing suit without trying it on first, considering I have to try on about 42 of them in the fitting room before I find one that I think actually looks cute on.

Today, though, I stumbled upon this beauty at Anthropologie's website, and it just might be worth ordering (and inevitably shipping it back):


Gorgeous, right??

Anybody have any tricks to making bathing suit shopping any less miserable?

Also: thanks to my sister and stepmom, I'm now obsessed with playing Words with Friends on my iPhone. Who else plays this?! I need to know right away so I can start a game with you! Tell me your username! And if you don't play it yet, please download it pronto. ;)

Wish me luck finding Seth and Ryan on Newport Beach!

25 comments:

FourJedis said...

I order several to have sent to my house, try them on there, and return the ones (or all) that don't work out... The thought of going out to a store to try one on gives me nightmares. Love the Anthropologie one-piece. Yay - another Words with Friends obsessed gal out there - I'm Nattie1102 on there - start a game! :)

Everton Terrace said...

The Anthro suit is swoon worth. Would love fantastic with said floppy hat and lipstick - and heels of course. They should make special swimsuit changing rooms with slimming mirrors and lighting that makes you look tan. They'd sell a lot more (and possibly have a lot more returns). Thrilled you like the necklace - you deserve it.

J. said...

I HATE swimsuit shopping. I generally buy a new suit every couple of years (I'm cheap!) and I always make a day of it with friends so we all have moral support... and generally LOTS of margaritas! I do love that suit from Anthropologie.
AND I love playing words! My name is JessieD13... come play!
XOXO

Faiza said...

the only reason i don't like swinsuit shopping is because the selection sucks if you are bigger than a b cup and dare to have hips. i don't mind trying suff on and on and on but i really haven't found that many options to even be able to do that. sigh!

Jen said...

Oh goodness, I know the feeling, and the Target fitting rooms are God awful. Although, lately, that is where I have the most success finding suits. I'm in the market to find a new suit before the fall (going on vaca), and I'm not impressed with Target's selection, so I might go the ordering and returning route, and try them on in the safety of my own home. :)

Good luck and have fun on your little trip!

P.S. Thank you so much for the e-mails and the comments! It's nice to meet someone in the blogosphere who is at the same point in life as I am. I'm following your blog, and I absolutely adore your blog design. Gorgeous!

D e g a i n e said...

I completely agree, even when you think your body is at its best those mirrors kill every vision in a split second haha, great post!


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CultAnthro said...

Modcloth had some really cute swimsuits - very retro, one-piece. You should check it out.

shopgirl said...

Just stumbled upon your blog and I gotta say I like what I read. Bikini season is what it is. Every year, I try and squeeze into my old ones and some years, I can't. I live in Italy and I find there are more options here, however, the sales people are more intrusive, so often they pressure you into showing what you've tried on when you absolutely don't want to. They're not sensitive that way or maybe they don't have body issues.

Anyways, I look forward to reading more. Now a new follower.

Rambles with Reese

Taylor Sterling said...

oh bikini season! I have a love/hate relationship with it! I have to say that is a beautiful swimsuit!

Michelle said...

Shopping for a swimsuit is pretty much the worst thing ever. I hate it!

Elle Sees said...

go before you've eaten a lot and don't go when you feel bloated. take a deep breath.

Erika said...

I never go bathing suit shopping; I simply don't have the patience. Oddly enough, I happened to find a couple of suits on the Forever 21 website a few weeks ago, ordered them, and fell in love. Yayay!

Rasha said...

Hate swim suit shopping!

bananas. said...

Oh lady, don't EVEN get me started...me in a bathing suit? TERRIFYING! Gah. I shutter at the thought which in hawaii means every second living in a two piece. I could go one piece but I fully enjoy a tan belly...oh and here's the awesome part...laying out in the sun means laying on one's back, aka flat looking tummies. Its the getting up part that sucks.

abbabowen said...

Take your favorite friend that loves you for who you are and also loves your body. As my mom says, "Our bodies are merely a vehicle for our soul." Nice, huh? Your friend can highlight what looks great and boost your confidence. S/he will make you feel fabulous, as well as gopher for you between the dressing room and the racks. Find a suit that highlights what you love about your body, and a cover up that hides what is not your favorite part. Good luck. I now only wear one pieces.;)

Diana Mieczan said...

Sweetie, I think we all have hard time with swimming suit shopping....I always have such a hard time choosing a right fit and the one you found looks so amazing and stylish!
Darling enjoy your visit with your friend and the cute baby:)
Have fun and I bet you look great in the piece you got:)
Happy Thursday:)

chelsea rebecca said...

ahhh i am terrified about bathing suit shopping! the lighting and the mirrors AHH THE HORROR!
but that swim suit is so cute!! i love it!
GOOD LUCK FINDING SETH&RYAN! please give seth a kiss for me! haha.

Len♥reNeverM♥re said...

me too...can't help being self conscious about being in bathing-suits. Loving the vintage inspired pieces I've seen at the store lately!
xo

knk said...

yes she looks Gorgeous

Miss Caitlin S. said...

haha, I love this. I know - bathing suit shopping is always so hard, no matter if you are feeling kind of good you go in and all of a sudden you notice a new fat deposit you didn't see before... tight.. :) That bathing suit is super pretty!

g e o r g i a said...

It is dredful! I struggle with not buying a MOM swimsuit, yet I want a one piece! This one from Antro is gorgeous! I might have to hit the website! I hope you find the perfect one that you feel fabulous in :)

Heather Taylor said...

I absolutely will not shop for a swimsuit in a store. The lighting is terrible and I feel overweight no matter what. I've been on the hunt for the perfect figure-flattering swimsuit for ages that covers while remaining vintage.
And here is the gold mine site that has it:
geronimocollection.com

Go there! It will not disappoint!

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eQ said...

They really should figure out the fitting room mirror situation if they want to sell their stuff! It's weird right?! You would think that they would WANT to make the fitting room a place one can't wait to get into. Sadly, the fit room mirror has become my arch nemesis these past few years.

drollgirl said...

THIS BATHING SUIT IS FAB!

i haven't gone bathing suit shopping in years. i remember the last experience. IT WAS HORRID. and i was moaning and complaining, and the shop owner told me every chick has issues and to make the best of it. that really didn't help much! i'd rather wear a wet suit, but since i don't surf it really doesn't make sense.

and those awful mirrors and cruel lighting REALLY DON'T HELP MATTERS! argh.