8.24.2012

"Just Act Like You're Reading A Book..." (Truths Behind A Bikini Photoshoot)

Let's talk about swimsuits for a minute shall we?
It only seems fitting since I just inhaled five pounds of macaroni and cheese, a bag of chips with guacamole, and one plus one too many margaritas. No but seriously.
you know it's good food when the sun can't even take it's eyes off of it....
 
I'm thinking if I talk about being in a bikini my stomach will remember it needs to forget about everything it just ate. Or something like that.
K, back to swimsuits though.
You know there is a difference between cheap $9 swimsuits and high quality (however still reasonably priced) swimsuits don't you? I didn't. Until now. Cue Swimspot. Only the BEST website for women's swimwear ever. Ever ever.
 
You see, I've always been a clearance girl through and through.
Finding a $3 top and a $4 bottom, shoot I thought I struck gold.
That is until I realized that the top only covered a quarter of what it was supposed to and the bottom made my butt look like it had the same elasticity of an eighty year old woman.
What I'm getting at is it's not a good look.
 
However. Recently I truly did strike gold. We're talking my ladies actually stay in place (goooooood-bye awkward side boob) and my butt, well it actually looks like a butt.
Who knew swimwear was meant to show off your ass(et)s and not make a mockery out of them?
 
Anyhow, once I realized "hey--you have a swimsuit that fits!!" I figured I should take pictures in it.
Because that's what any humble blogger who cares about her bloggers body parts would do.
So I did just that. And it went a little something like this:
 
Me: "Uhhh. So I thought I should take pictures of me in this suit to post on my blog. Is that weird?"
Husband, Friends, Husbands of friends: "Yes. Yes it would be weird."
Me: "Perfect. Let's do it."
 
Five minutes later.
 
Me: "Posing in a swimsuit is so weird. Like posing in clothing is bad enough..but this. This is bad. What do I do to look normal?"
Friend: "Here. Act like you're reading a book!"
 
Me: "Okay that was fun!! I like acting like I read books! What else could I act like I like to do in a swimsuit?!"
Friend: "Oh I know! Jump up and down!"
Me: "Oh my gosh. Jumping off the diving board scares me. I can't get water up my nose!"
Friend: "No, no. You aren't actually going to jump off. You will just act like you are..."
Me: "Right. Acting. I'm good at this..."
 
Me: "Yeah I don't know about pictures of me standing up in a bikini."
Friend: "You're right. Lay down. Everybody always looks better laying down..."
 
Me: "Maybe like we should just do my head?"
Friend: "Good idea. Just stick with your head."
 
Moral of the story: My swimsuit rocks. My swimsuit modeling skills do not.
 
However, I thought it would only be right of me to allow YOU to have the opportunity to have your own bathing suit photo shoot. To do so, you are going to need a suit.
I'm thinking $50 is a good start to this process.
 
That's right. Swimspot is giving one of you a chance to win $50 bucks to their fabulous inventory. My favorite part of the whole site?
They have VIDEOS of REAL women modeling the suits.
No reading books, no jumping up and down, just simple walk and turn videos.
No I didn't spend three hours just watching the videos, what are you talking about?
Okay, you're right. I did.
Not only that--they have LIVE Fit Specialists that you can call up and have them help you out.
You know to ensure that your assets don't get mistaken for liabilities.
I'm telling you--Swimspot is the Tiffany's of swimwear.
 
Here's how to enter friends.
 
Mandatory:
Visit Swimspot and tell me one swimsuit you would buy.
 
Additional Entries:
Like Swimspot on Facebook
Follow Swimspot on Twitter
Share this giveaway via any form of social media
 
ps. If anybody wants to purchase this and send it my way, I wouldn't be mad.
 
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93 comments:

  1. My pick is http://www.swimspot.com/One-Piece-Swimsuit-Slimming-Swimsuit-Maldives-Athena-Bikini-2088.aspx
    (Your pictures turned out super cute!)

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  2. I love this one! the gray is so cute!!

    http://www.swimspot.com/Athena-Heavenly-Grey-Bandeau-Swim-Top-and-Belted-Swim-Bottom-3754.aspx


    brave brave girl posing in your swimsuit :)

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  3. The suit you are wearing is adorable! I am going to Jamaica in October and could use a new swimsuit. I would choose and Athena one. They are great quality and are not tiny pieces of fabric which is great for my post baby bod!

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  4. I'd get the Royal Bandeau Bikini Top (and bottoms, duh) by Hurley. Super adorable!

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  5. Love your bikini pics! So fun! I'm loving the Opening Night Peekaboo Tankini Top!! I'm thinking it could hide a lot!! Lol!

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  6. I love this one!
    http://www.swimspot.com/Luxe-by-Lisa-Vogel-Healing-Sands-Bandeau-Top-and-Swim-Bottom-2528.aspx

    the ruffles are adorable. I'd also like it if I looked as smoking in it as you look in yours. I'll sit and eat mac and cheese, guac, and margs all day long if you can promise that.

    Thanks in advance ;)

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  7. This one is my favorite! :)

    http://www.swimspot.com/Ella-Moss-Flora-Reversible-Halter-Top-And-Ruffle-Bottom-2405.aspx

    And for the record...you look adorable!

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  8. Thanks for telling us all about this! I would love this one! I've been wanting a one shoulder bandeau forever! http://www.swimspot.com/Luxe-by-Lisa-Vogel-Black-Bandeau-and-Solid-Swim-Bottom-2332.aspx

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  9. My pick is this one!

    http://www.swimspot.com/Athena-Heavenly-Bandeau-Swim-Top-and-Tab-Side-Bottom-3730.aspx

    I love it!

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  10. I like the Athena Seychelles bikini. The top would really rock with my board shorts. P.S. I think your bikini pics are really fun!

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  11. First of all.. you are gorgeous! And have guts - I could NEVER post pictures of myself in a bikini! But, my choice of a new bikini would be the Splendid - In Bloom OR the Athena - Heavenly! :)

    Sara

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  12. Seriously sooooooooooooo cute!!!! Love ya girl. I love the jumping pic where you're like screaming haha soo funny! www.losethecushion.com

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  13. The royal bandeau bikini is cute!

    ashlyn@letitbebeautiful.com

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  14. I would definitely get the Luxe by LV triangle top and bikini bottom in black. Love!!

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  15. I'm following on Twitter! Thanks Erin
    xx

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  16. You brave, brave soul. But you know, if I had a body like yours I may put my hot self in a bikini all over the internet, too!

    I'd get one of these:
    http://www.swimspot.com/Womens-Swimwear-Slimming-Swimsuit-Maldives-Athena-Swimwear-723.aspx

    http://www.swimspot.com/Athena-St.-Lucia-Bandeau-Top-and-Tunnel-Bathing-Suit-Bottom-3708.aspx

    Great giveaway, thanks!

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  17. hahahha love this. not a chance i would have even taken any of those so as far as i'm concerned you're an awesome swimsuit model!

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  18. I'm pretty sure you could model anything and still look good! I really loved the Luxe By Lisa Vogel Asymmetrical Bandeau Top. Not sure I would love the tan line, but the strap comes off so that would be nice!

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  19. and following on twitter. I'm assuming you wanted separate comments for each entry?

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  20. the athena heavenly halter one piece is so simple and cute!

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  21. Love that bikini. Wish I can find one that hides my abnormal build! Then I would have struck GOLD!

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  22. SO MANY AWESOME CHOICES!!!!

    I think *think* I would choose this one:

    http://www.swimspot.com/D-Cup-Bikini-Womens-Bathing-Suit-Shred-Next-Swimwear-933.aspx

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  23. I like this one!! http://www.swimspot.com/Luxe-by-Lisa-Vogel-Opening-Night-Maillot-One-Piece-Swimsuit-2620.aspx

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  24. I would get the camo lounge pants. Just kidding! I like the Splendid Carnival bikini. Too cute!

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  25. You look great and are soooo brave to put pictures of yourself in a swimsuit on your blog...there's quite a few vacation pics that didn't make it only my blog for the very reason that I was only wearing a swimsuit!

    This one looks great! http://www.swimspot.com/Activewear-On-the-Bar-Tankini-Top-and-Black-Swim-Short-2268.aspx

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  26. Love your suit, but I also love this style, http://www.swimspot.com/Luxe-by-Lisa-Vogel-Coral-Bandeau-Bikini-and-Swimwear-Bottom-2327.aspx OR this one :) http://www.swimspot.com/Luxe-by-Lisa-Vogel-Healing-Sands-Triangle-Bikini-and-Pant-2393.aspx

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  27. I like the foxy lady triangle top bikini.
    I like them on Facebook and twitter!

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  28. I always buy the cheap swimsuits too! I like the socialite tunic!

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  29. i'd get the athena maldives tankini top!

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  30. Eeeeek!! Thanks for the recommendation. I too am always looking for good, okay priced suits to cover up what I got.

    Double entry :) I follow them on twitter annnnd I totally would get the Hurley - Royal Asymmetrical One Piece Swimsuit. I really want a one piece because they are so sophisticated and stylish.. this one would be amazeballs, i'd love it in white! Thanks E!

    blogmoreworryless.blogspot.com

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  31. I would choose the Athena CasablaSplit Underwire Bikini top and tunnel side bikini bottom (in athena casablanca).

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  32. I totally buy target clearance swimsuit or pacsun lol I'm pretty small up top so I need enhancer tops haha

    I like the Athena heavenly bandeau top with the belted bottom.

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  33. I love the Luxe by Lisa bathing suit! It's really simple yet cute!

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  34. My pick is the Athena-Moorea Bandini Top and Retro Bottom. It's the one featured on the home page. I looked through all of the ones they had to us "full figured chicas" ;) and just kept coming back to this one! It's original...not like every other tankini out there...

    http://www.swimspot.com/Athena-Moorea-Bandini-Top-and-Retro-Bikini-Bottom-2317.aspx

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  35. haha! You are so fun (and pretty!)! I love the State of Lace Tankiki!

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  36. You are too cute! I love the Athena Heavenly suit in bright pink! Plus many many more!

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  37. I LOVEEEE This one:

    http://www.swimspot.com/Athena-Heavenly-Bandeau-Bikini-and-Belted-Bikini-Bottom-3597.aspx

    or I love it in white:
    http://www.swimspot.com/Bandeau-Bikini-Athena-Swimwear-2-Piece-Bandeau-Bikini-2614.aspx

    I love that they have the perfect fit for every body type!!

    Great giveaway! I've been looking for a suit for our Hawaiian getaway next summer and I will have to add this one to my collection! Hope I win!! :)

    Chrissy at Prayers & Pearls

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  38. I want this one Athena - Heavenly Bandeau
    It is so awesome!

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  39. ooh i love the Luxe By Lisa Vogel - Foxy Lady !

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  40. LOVE this one: http://www.swimspot.com/Next-Reversible-Teal-Bikini-Top-and-Banded-Bikini-Bottom-2273.aspx

    The nice wide band on the bottom would help hold in these hips :)

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  41. I'll take the Heavenly in several colors, please!

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  42. I would get this top:

    http://www.swimspot.com/Removable-Straps-Tankini-Athena-Swim-Suit-Crochet-Tankini-2549.aspx

    So cute!!

    Alyssa
    elementalcarbon12(at)gmail(dot)com

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  43. im looking to get a cute one piece so i would probably go for the ella moss ruffle suit or the yellow polkadot one. super cute!

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  44. I would love the Reef-Drama in the Jungle suit. So cute!

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  45. I love this one!
    http://www.swimspot.com/Splendid-Marcel-Stripe-Triangle-Bikini-Top-and-Retro-Bottom-2371.aspx

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  46. I would get the Ella Moss - Solid Bandeau Bikini Top and bottom!
    keshakeke@aol.com

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  47. I want the Luxe by Lisa Vogel Opening Night Convertible Halter Top!! Oww- oww... that one's swanky.

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  48. I like Swimspot on facebook
    keshakeke@aol.com

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  49. I follow Swimspot on twitter
    keshakeke@aol.com

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  50. I tweeted this giveaway
    https://twitter.com/keshakeke
    keshakeke@aol.com

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  51. I love this one: Luxe By Lisa Vogel - Opening Night Peekaboo Tankini Top http://www.swimspot.com/Luxe-by-Lisa-Vogel-Peekaboo-Tankini-and-Swimsuit-Bottom-2403.aspx

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  52. I tweeted about the giveaway: https://twitter.com/pinterestaholic/status/239694883667972096

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  53. Definitely this one!

    http://www.swimspot.com/Luxe-by-Lisa-Vogel-Black-Bandeau-and-Solid-Swim-Bottom-2332.aspx

    Simple yet oh so cute!

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  54. ummm cutest suits ever - i want this one. http://www.swimspot.com/Ella-Moss-Solid-Coral-Bandeau-Swimsuit-Top-and-Retro-Bottom-2541.aspx and i also want the model's body soooo let's try and make that happen too..

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  55. I like this http://www.swimspot.com/BikiniBuilder-Halter-SolidBikini-Splendid-3315.aspx

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  56. Great giveaway! I love the Opening Night Peekaboo Tankini Top!

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  57. I like SwimSpot on fb! (Marty Musser)

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  58. I follow SwimSpot on twitter! (@MerMarty)

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  59. Love the Hurley Ole Twist bandeau!
    x Hilary
    hilary . l . adams @ gmail . com

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  60. I "like" SS on FB.
    x Hilary
    hilary . l . adams @ gmail . com

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  61. Loving this one- http://www.swimspot.com/Luxe-by-Lisa-Vogel-Opening-Night-Maillot-One-Piece-Swimsuit-2620.aspx Simple and sweet!

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  62. This is my favorite! http://www.swimspot.com/Splendid-Venice-Bandeau-Top-and-Tunnel-Side-Swim-Bottom-3677.aspx

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  63. I follow Swimspot on Twitter.

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  64. I love this one-piece! http://www.swimspot.com/Athena-Womens-Swimwear-Cute-Bandeau-1-Piece-Monokini-2550.aspx

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  65. Haha. I loved this post. I would choose the Ella Moss Native suit!

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  66. I like the Luxe by Lisa tankini!

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  67. Although I'm not sure how I could ever decide on one, I really like the Athena Seychelles Sweetheart suit.

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  68. Its really hard to find swimsuits that can handle all of the goodies.. and this one seems like it would do the trick!
    http://www.swimspot.com/Splendid-Sweetheart-Bikini-Top-and-Striped-Swimwear-Bottom-2363.aspx

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  69. i like this one: http://www.swimspot.com/Next-White-Halter-Bikini-Top-and-Retro-Bathing-Suit-Bottom-2289.aspx

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  70. I don't need another bathing suit since summer is almost over, but I wanted to say that this post is so funny!

    http://laurensweetnothings.blogspot.com/

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  71. this one!! It looks wave proof for surfing :) I'd prob buy a new rash guard as well :) Thanks for the giveaway!!
    http://www.swimspot.com/Halter-Swimsuit-Hurley-Swimwear-Serengeti-Hurley-Bikinis-794.aspx

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  72. this one!! It looks wave proof for surfing :) I'd prob buy a new rash guard as well :) Thanks for the giveaway!!
    http://www.swimspot.com/Halter-Swimsuit-Hurley-Swimwear-Serengeti-Hurley-Bikinis-794.aspx

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  73. I thought about taking pics in my suit the otherday...but im not sure they would have turned out as great as yours hahah! I am really lovin this suite http://www.swimspot.com/Athena-Heavenly-Bandeau-Swim-Top-and-Tab-Side-Swim-Bottom-3614.aspx

    picture worthy

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I read and appreciate every one of your comments. Thanks for stopping by my space and sharing a piece of yourself on this huge ole internet. I meant that in the least creepy way possible. I'm just good at making everything awkward. Anyhow, thank you for your comments. They make me smile :)