Swimsuits, Shorts, and Sunshine

Pool Party time is here. In the past, I would wear T-Shirts and shorts in to pool because there were not many attractive swimsuit options for big girls like me. Plus size fashion, while having a long way to go, definitely has progressed significantly within the past 10 years. Gone are the days Today, I am no longer hiding behind raggedy t-shirts and shorts. Normally, I steer clear of shorts. That as changed as well. While swimsuit shopping, I decided to shop for shorts as well. Last year, I bought a leopard two pieces from Torrid. This year, I wanted to try a fun one piece.
This one piece swimsuit was under $30 at Ross.

Despite looking frumpy on the hanger, It was actually really cute on me. Sadly, my camera died before I could get a picture of myself in it. Honestly, I did not think that I would like this suit but the cut was extremely flattering.

Torrid: Last year, my two piece, haltered, leopard and black swim suit was a mega hit. I went to Torrid first to see what I could find. Stalk the website and the stores. There have been 40% and 50% off sales off and on recently. I’m waiting to catch a 50% off sale before I settle on a swimsuit.

How nice is this one piece? The vibrant pink coupled with the stripes makes a nice pair. My main issue when shopping is finding items that cover and support my breasts. I left my bra on while trying this on, but I don’t know how my boobs will look it in without the bra. I am rocking this in a 3x.This is my ultimate favorite swimsuit that I tried.

I am a SUCKER for a fun, crazy , pattern!! This geometric printed two piece has my heart. I’m rocking a 4x top and a 3x on the bottom. This was my next favorite swimsuit.

In the words of Drake,”I had high hopes for you, we gon’ see.” And we saw. It was a tragedy in my dressing room.  This swimsuit gave me a 1950’s pinup feel. Sadly, I struggled to get the suit past my thighs. Maybe a 4 or 5x would have helped me more.Since the 4xs and 5xs were all sold out, I’ll have to pass on this suit.

Red Hot! I was skeptical about Forever 21’s plus swimsuits but this red one is really cute! I’m fairly curvy but I have a big belly. I’m just now getting comfortable with my side view. I’m learning to appreciate my sexy from every angle!

Lane Bryant had an interesting selection of swimwear. This polka dot halter top and lace short set caught my attention. Like Torrid, Lane Bryant had pieces that could be mixed and matched. The top is a size 28 and the bottoms are a 24. I would size up to a 26 for the bottom in hind sight.

When I saw this on line, I was extremely excited to try it. Surprisingly, the exposed sides don’t look too bad on me. The breasts space was lacking. My bosom was bulging and droopy. If you have a small chest, try this daring suit. If your breasts are large like mine, take a detour.

Shorty Swim My Way!

My legs can’t continue to smother in pants. Outside of work, I’d prefer not to be in pants if I can keep from it. I haven’t tried on shorts in forever. My mom used to talk about how she hated the shorts that I had so the fear of looking stupid in shorts prevented me from buying them. Life is short, try and buy the shorts. That’s exactly what I did. These dark shorts were cute! I like the top because I can wear it to work and to play.
Look Back At It.

These shorts scream summer to me. Light wash, a little shredded.

When I went back, they were sold out of size 24.

I ended up getting these in a size 24. I like the lighter washes for summer.
If the tops weren’t so expensive, I would have purchased them all. I’m on the come up but I am not there yet! I’m still saving money from my trip to New Orleans.

I am excited to get out this summer hand enjoy the sun! I’m saving up for a girls trip. We should be going in July. I’m trying to enjoy my youth while I’m not responsible to or for anyone. When I say that I have been itching to travel, I truly am not exaggerating. I’ve been in a really good place. I’m more motivated to make the necessary changes in my life to reach happiness. I’m building my new nest. Like a bird, I’m not doing anything to irrational until my next nest (whatever that may be) is made. I want to spend more time enjoying the sunshine. Sheryl Crow said it best, “I just wanna soak up the sun.” Take time to enjoy the little things. Relish in your own glory. Pray more. Laugh with your family and friends. Spend more time with your loved ones. Be more kind. Life is so treacherous, yet so beautiful. With every death, every closed door, there is birth, new life, and new opportunity. During Uncle Buck, I was reminded that it is never too late to begin again. You can always start over. Bills have to be paid, and your mouth has to be fed, I get it. Just don’t waste this live pleasing everyone else. Do something for yourself. Just sit and look at nature. Play a game with your kids. Hug you spouse. Go out on a date. Literally smell the roses. Soak up the sun. Also, don’t look to others for sunshine. Be the sun. Shine on your own. Radiate positivity. Do not be fearful of your brightness! My goal is to shine more in 2016. I no longer want to be a passive agent in my own life.

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My name is Nora. I am a 30 year old Nashville native. By day, I am a #corporaterebel in the Talent Acquisition and Human Resources Industry, In my spare time, I am a plus-size blogger, Youtuber, and social media influencer. On my platform, I discuss beauty, fashion, faith, lifestyle, and everything that I encounter and experience as a young black woman who is building her empire. In my free time, you can catch me playing Sims, binging Netflix and Hulu, enjoying a bottle of sweet wine, enjoying #foodie life, getting my beauty rest, or out styling and profiling.

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