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Take Me to the Beach

Esther Williams swimsuit

Esther Williams swimsuit

ModCloth sun hat

Esther williams swimsuit

Esther Williams swimsuitIt has been years since I was last on an actual oceanside beach. I’m pretty sure the last time was in Goa – which is already two years ago! Thankfully, that dry spell came to an end this weekend. My husband and I ventured out to Manasquan Beach and had a wonderfully relaxing time. (If you’re looking for a gorgeous, quiet beach on the Jersey Shore – I highly recommend this one.)

And what better time to show off my favorite swimsuit? This retro-looking swimsuit is by Esther Williams, and I absolutely adore it. I get so many compliments on it, and it is so comfy. I love how this swimsuit just stays where it should. I don’t have to worry about anything being exposed that shouldn’t, it doesn’t give me a grundy – I can move without worrying (as you can see in the jumping picture)! Wahoo! There is nothing better than actually being comfortable in a bathing suit.

It also goes really well with my great big sun hat – another bonus. It was a good thing I had my hat on that day, because I was a complete idiot and forgot to apply sunscreen to my back. Thankfully, the sun hat covered all of my upper back, and my swimsuit bottoms come up quite high…so, there’s only a small strip of my back that is bright red! I won’t be making that mistake again, but at least I know the hat can hold its own in the sun protection department.

The Beach

I know swimsuit season can bring all kinds of not-so-nice feelings up, but there are so many awesome swimsuits cropping up that flatter all body types..especially at ModCloth. They are really embracing all shapes and sizes. If you haven’t seen their swimsuit campaign be sure to check it out, it features ModCloth employees, who are not photo-shopped, rocking the swimsuit I have on.

(Click here to see an article on the campaign.) It’s a good reminder to celebrate ALL body types, and not to knock one type down in order to bring another up. Everyone is different, and nobody has a perfect body!

I have a challenge for you all (and myself) this summer – let’s all try not to make comments about others or ourselves like “I/she could lose a couple pounds” or “she needs a burger” or “she’s too muscular” or “why’s she wearing a two-piece” or “I could never let my stomach hang out” etc. Let’s build each other up this summer! Compliment each other, embrace our bodies, and admire the courage it takes to bare it all at the beach! Who’s with me?

Where to find it:

Swimsuit: Esther Williams

Sun hat: Amazon


  1. Oh my goodness, you look like a movie star! I love you in this suit! I have this suit in white and in a beige/orage/green floral print too. I’m (likely) featuring some swimwear on the blog this summer, but it’s a weird feeling to do so haha. That said, you look great so keep these kinds of beachwear photos coming! XO
    -Lauren Blair

    1. Oh my! You are far too kind, Lauren! Haha, I agree. Posing in a swimsuit is an awkward experience. I’m looking forward to seeing your posts! I would like to get this suit in another color, just can’t decide which one! 🙂

  2. Wow Woman You Look Amazing! You look so adorable in this swimsuit. I like this promotion from ModCloth. One of the major reasons I started blogging was to embrace the beauty of all women as well. It is good to see you are also promoting inclusion and celebration of all women’s body types. Thank you!


  3. LOVE this post and photos! And the swimsuit! And the hat! Lol! I love everything about this! That retro swimsuit is so chic and set the tone of the whole look! I always love your big sun hat since I saw it first time! 😉 I always bring some waterproof sunscreen spray if I will near water. 😉
    Have a great weekend and take care!


    1. Thank you so much, Grace! This hat is the best!! And oh yes, I have started carrying sunscreen with me everywhere I go. I looked like a crazy person with how often I applied it this weekend! I hope you had a great weekend too!

  4. You look so amazingly glamorous! And so elegant and chic with the sun hat!
    I love the whole look you’ve got going here! Very classy!
    Much love

  5. I am so impressed by that jump shot–you look like you’re practically floating, haha! And I love that swimsuit. I’ve been looking at the Esther Williams ones on ModCloth, too, but I wasn’t sure if it would be comfy. So now that I’ve read this post, I think I might pull the trigger on one! There’s one with a quirky lobster pattern that I’ve had my eye on for a while…

    1. Haha! Thank you, Devinne! I never ever succeed in jump shots, and didn’t even get the look I was going for here…but I had wanted to include it to show a side view of the suit. But I’m glad it looks OK anyways! 🙂 And I really want to see the lobster pattern Esther Williams suit! I kind of want to buy another one myself, because this is the only suit I own that I feel comfortable in…might have to wait until there’s a sale, though! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, Kathy! I really didn’t know if my jumping picture worked out – so I’m glad to hear some positive feedback. 🙂 And yes ModCloth’s swim campaign made me so incredibly happy. That company rocks!

  6. First off, you have an amazing body! Absolutely rocking this swim suit! I adore the retro style and oh my these polka dots! Just beautiful!! Plus, how fabulous that it goes with your super chic hat?!? I always wanted a retro type swim suit and this is one I would definitely buy.


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