I’m 38 years old.. and I do not have a glossy magazine “bikini body”. I am one of the 85% of women who suffer from cellulite… evil evil cellulite!! That lumpy bumpy stuff that makes us cringe in the dressing room mirror. It runs a course from my butt all the way down to the back of my knees. Oh, from the front, I’m all good in the hood… but from the back, it is a whole nother story. A mine field of crevices, pits and even a varicose vein or two. Foxy?? Um…not so much. Throw in a stretch mark or ten from having Blue and you should be starting to feel me. The phrase “Yikes!” escapes my lips more than a few times during a bikini try on session.
Original Paddle Crew!
Right about now, you are thinking.. “I thought she was going to tell me how to get a banging bikini bod??” Well… I was going to do just that today, lots of information about cardio, squats, diet, push ups, pull ups, yoga till you can tie yourself in a knot.. but, seriously, that has been well covered on the internets. Like over a million articles kind of covered. What can I add to that, except for my own personal tips for getting over the drama in your head and start LoVING the way you look in a bikini…!!
Nothing Says Style Like a Smile!
Tip one: Realize no one sees your perceived flaws the way you see them. We as women have a tendency to hyper criticize ourselves. The insane amount of cellulite I see on the backs of my legs, really can’t be that bad, because no one has ever physically recoiled in horror when I take my cover up off! My advice, try and stop being so hard on yourself, you are 100x more fabulous than you think!
Now, That Is Maximum Coverage!
Tip two: Hang out at the beach with your friends and laugh tons! No matter how much weight I have gained or lost has ever made my friends stop hanging out with me or stop making me laugh. If you have a friend who is nit picking on your looks, ditch them. Good friends love you saggy bits and all.
Trail Blazers of Original Bikini Swagger!
Tip three: Get a bikini for your body type. Find one that plays up all your best assets and camouflages the ones that don’t make your favorites list. Any of our five shops are a great place to shop for an ultra flattering style (I know, kind of a shameless plug! haha). Truly though, until I went to one of our swim clinics, I always wore huge swaths of fabric in my bikini bottoms; major coverage! I learned that all that fabric was making my booty look way bigger than when I was coaxed into trying on a Brazilian.. I went from Granny to Hottie Babe! In other words, try it on… you never know!
Tip four: If your modesty level only allows for wearing a maximum coverage one piece, or if you are a girl who rocks the tiniest of eye patch bikinis with out care, smile and get yourself to the sand! We are all so blessed to be able to stand on the edge of the Pacific Ocean and dip our toes in. Don’t ever let the fear of swimwear stop you from enjoying this beautiful Earth. You will never get to the end of your life and be grateful you spent summers hiding your stretch marks inside. Promise.
One of the First Bikinis! So Scandalous for the Time! So Modest By Today’s Standards!
I hope my tips help you get into the swim of things this spring! If I can leave you just one last tip… a quote from RuPaul “If you can’t love yourself, how can you expect anyone else to?” Now… who is ready for the beach??!!!