Stop comparing yourself!

I took a big break from the blog because I was planning Spring Break with my kids and hubby.  A few weeks leading up to the break I start feeling a little nervous about putting on a swimsuit, yes I really did.  For those of you that have been to Miami before you know the pressure is real!  Most girls and even mother with 6 kids ( ok, I might be exaggerating) look like supermodels! LOL!

Then I asked myself: ” Marianne how do you write a blog about encouraging women and this is how you feel?” .  I really thought about all of my posts and how they are supposed to resonate with me first.  I know that as women we do it all the time.  We spend time comparing our bodies with other women, our parenting skills, our house, our lives, etc…. Wherever we are in our life journey, we should “own it” whatever it is.   Comparing will lead us to miss so much of what we need to be grateful for.   I had to remind myself that being healthy was more important than anything else.   And most of all being able to spend time away with family was an even bigger blessing!   

Thankfully  most of my swimwear is from Helen Jon- a swimwear line designed by women for women.    I promise you I have yet to find a brand that fits this well.   Although the collection looks amazing on everyone sometimes it feels like they’ve conducted a special research on “real women”.  By “real women” I mean those of us who have had a couple of kids and can’t no longer afford to wear unpadded bras or leave their booty cheeks out.   The fabric feels amazing and the looks are timeless. I’ve worn mine for a couple years now and I can’t do without!  I accessorized all my looks with items from local boutique Stitch And Arrow-everything she sells is always so affordable and chic.


So what I’m not a size 2? Bring on the supermodel South Beach I’m ready -stretch marks, spider veins, cellulite and all!  I’ll rock a swimsuit well into my 60’s and I will do it with style.  I hope we all get into the habit of appreciating our own beauty.  We can do it girls, we run this.  



PS Here’s a discount code if you in the market for swimwear NEWFRIENDS15 on and get 10% on when you sign up for their newsletter.  You can also shop my options below :)





Look #1

Orange and pink paisley bikini set option ( my color/print is sold out) options:

Bikini top  here

Bikini bottom here

Look #2

Tunic options: here , here and here

Chanel espadrilles  here

Beach bag: here and here

Look #3

Crop top set options: here, here and here

Look #4

Bikini shorts here
Surf shirt here
Bikini top here

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