Friday, April 30, 2010

"My Brunette Reality" Shares Some Swimsuit Ideas

Hi everyone! Most of you in the blogging and Twitter world know my guest blogger today as "My Brunette Reality" or "MBR". She is not only a wonderful wife, mother & friend, but a true fashionista. I always love seeing her outfits of the day. She's the best at combining affordable pieces from Forever 21 with higher end pieces-and totally making it work.

Check out her wonderful bathing suit combinations. Even if you're not "bikini ready", you can find inspiration here. Enjoy!

P.S. Look for her new blog coming soon. I know it'll be just fabulous!

Hi friends! I've missed you and hope you all are doing well! Thank you to the Dishy Decorator for letting me do a guest post on her blog, this will be fun!

So bathing suit season has arrived and for many of us, the thought of going shopping for a new suit sounds like evil torture. I hear you, I understand and I have been there before. Who wants to try a suit on when we are still white from winter, brainwashed to hate our bodies, and have to do the "try on" under horrible fluorescent lighting? Normally I would hate this process and send myself into a shame attack for even thinking about a suit, but this year I am so just DONE with the self hate. You may have guessed it, I have been reading "So Long Insecurity" by Beth Moore. If you are dreading shopping for bathing suits I highly recommend reading SLI.
Alright! Lets gets started! I am going to be going on a quick weekend vacay next weekend so I absolutely must purchase some new suits. Like the Dishy Decorator, I also enjoy shopping high to low. Some of my best fashion finds have occurred on the cheap.
Items in this set:
Antibes bikini briefs, $92 Antibes bikini top, $90 Mystique T-Strap Sandals with Gems in Gold or Silver @
Gucci Logo Temple Oversized Square Sunglasses, $275 Helen Kaminski Frida Sun Hat, $110
This first set is of course absolutely adorable in my opinion, well I did put the items together, but I really like all of these pieces for laying out on vacation. Once I put this set together I knew that I could get very similar items for much less.
This set is very similar, but costs much less. Obviously I will be ordering these items instead!
Bikini's aren't what everyone wants to wear and I get that. One piece and tankini suits are having a huge revival and you can find them at many different price points.
This adorable shirred one piece is from Juicy Couture for $160.

Very similar suit, but can be found at Target for $29.73.

Another great suit from Juicy Couture, for $173.00

Mossimo from Target also created this great one piece for $28.00.

Now if tankinis are more your style, they are available at all different price points also.

This Spanx tankini is fun and feminine, the top is $128.00 and the bottom is $78.00.
Merona from Target brought us this great set for the new season. Each piece is $18.00 and the top looks to have good support, which is CRUCIAL!
My best advice that I can give for bathing suit shopping is to use self tanner or get a spray tan before going suit shopping. I know for myself that the warm glow from a sunless tanner always perks me up when shopping. Also, be kind to yourself. I'm not kidding friends, BE KIND. I hope these suggestions help you to find a fun new suit for this season. Always remember to wear your sunscreen and a hat too!
I will be launching a new blog soon and look forward to sharing it with you all! Have a fabulous day!


  1. What a great post! I think we ALL need to remember to be kind to ourselves as we swimsuit shop!

    Loved the selections! Thanks for sharing!

  2. How exciting to see you back! I must have missed something when you went private-I was so sad to not have your posts showing up in my reader anymore. Great fashion tips as always!

  3. Yay! I have been looking for MBR-did she go private??? Thanks for sharing such a great post!

  4. So glad to "see" MBR again. Love those pink selections especially...and will absolutely remember to be kind. :)

  5. Glad to see Shasta is back. I was wondering what happened to MBR. Looking forward to the new blog!

  6. Great guest post ! I have been missing MBR cant wait till your back !! Much luv :)

  7. Ohhhhh new blog, Mrs. BF? Yay! I can't wait!

  8. Hi MBR! Nice to see your post--great ideas! You are very skilled at finding more affordable options inspired by higher end designs! Thank you!

  9. I am so glad to see MBR again...I always looked so forward to reading her blog. I love the second pink suit, I am a huge fan of the halter top and tie bottoms. Thanks for sharing!!!

  10. Love the post and glad to see MBR back. I look everyday down my blog reader to see if there is a post but not so far. This is just torture waiting for your new blog but I am so happy nothing was/is wrong.

  11. Great post, Shasta! I can't wait for your new blog! Keep us posted :)