I've always loved hanging out by the water in the summer but HARDLY swam to avoid wearing a swimsuit. I considered myself in decent shape since I was an active teen with dance and cheer in high school but fast forward to after giving birth to my son and oh boy, EVERYTHING changed. I have stretch marks on more places that I'd like to mention and a squishy tummy that made a perfect pillow for Zay but not the cutest look in a bikini. I became super self conscious making sure tight clothing was not apart of my day to day lineup to avoid harsh stares and glaces when we went out. It was hard for me to accept this new mom body I was given, especially since I spent majority of my life in size zero clothing. People around me saw my inner strength- "You just had a baby? You look great!" But on the inside I didn't feel right, the new me still felt foreign.
I recently teamed up with lime ricki swimwear to help show off some of their adorable printed swimsuits this season and I remember looking through their website searching for ANYTHING that can cover up my mum tum. I went for this adorable lemon printed top and this fun candy stripe high wasted bottoms. Fun prints + frills is the perfect way to conceal ALL the things. When it arrived and I put it on, I must admit I LOVED how it smoothed down my trouble spots and highlighted the good stuff all while being tasteful for being outside with my son. I showed it off on instagram and you all LOVED it! But then it got me thinking...
Why was I trying so hard to conceal something that has brought so much good to my life? My body was the vehicle that nurtured, cared and housed my baby boy for an entire nine months. It was a machine and something I should be proud of! I am all about positivity and how your mindset is the breeding ground for success, it never occurred to me that I was my own worst enemy tearing down something that needs to be built up. Now granted, I could work out and fix the areas I am concerned about (if y'all have any workout tips PLEASE let me know!) but for now this is where I'm at and this body is going to be celebrated. I put up this picture on instagram (that I almost talked myself out of posting) on how my new venture for positivity towards myself was starting with me has gotten such love, it brought me to tears! I didn't do it for the "likes" but I had to say it to myself publicly; I LOVE ME.
I am so grateful to Lime Ricki and there amazing company- this swimsuit changed everything for me and without it I don't know if I would have come to this conclusion on my own- I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have. Lime Ricki has some of the best prints, and suits that fits a wide range of sizes for women all over! I'm only five and a half months post partum and I have never felt more comfortable in a swimsuit, even before I became a mom. You can mix and match your top and bottoms through this shop and with my custom combo I'm not worried that it'll show too much or that I'll be fidgeting with my clothes all day. The quality is amazing and I'm pretty sure this swimsuit and I are going to be the best of friends for lots of summers to come.
Lime Ricki just dropped their new spring collection and it is beautiful! I can't say enough great things on how these swimsuits will be a great addition to your next family vacation or weekend at the splash pad. Invest in something that will make you feel good from the inside out- your body ROCKS mama, and don't you forget it.