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Friday Find Under $50

ASOS swimsuit, $47.52

A figure-flattering swimsuit is an absolute necessity when the mecury rises. I’m fond of the waistline-whittling, color-block panels of this suit and the pure white inset that shows off a golden glow (faux, of course!). 

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Summer Lovin’

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Every beach getaway deserves a new swimsuit, so I was especially grateful that Orchid Boutique offered to send one over just in time for our South Carolina vacation. The shop offers an array of beach essentials and has already become my go-to destination for flattering one-piece swimsuits.

I fell for the whimsical updates on this classic navy swimsuit. There’s enough ruching to hide trouble spots and the box pleats are a welcome way to boost my small bust. A word of warning to other ladies with full hips: this suit is difficult to hike up. I had chosen my regular size (I didn’t want it to be too large on top), but I’d recommend sizing up if you’re blessed with an hourglass figure. It comes with a detachable halter strap if you’re looking for additional support.

Really, though, I felt beautiful in this swimsuit and isn’t that what matters most? (Truth be told, I didn’t feel as confident as the bikini-clad gal on the beach nearby. Her boyfriend was snapping photos of her in some awfully risque poses!)

Featured: gifted Seafolly swimsuit // Juicy Couture sunglasses // Essie “First Timer” nail polish

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Currently Coveting

Right now, I’m coveting:

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Top 10 Blue Swimsuits

We haven’t planned a 2013 seaside escape yet, but that’s not stopping me from dreaming of a new swimsuit in a pretty shade of cerulean. I’ve got my eye on this strapless, scarf-print version from J.Crew (and these yellow shorts to go with it).

Shop It: J.Crew tulle underwire // Miu Miu bow bandeau // J.Crew striped halter // Norma Kamali halter // Violet Lake bikini top and bottom // Tory Burch bikini top and bottom // J.Crew one-shoulder // J.Crew scarf print // J.Crew bikni top and bottom // J.Crew scalloped tank

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Weekend Snapshots

Weekend Snapshots:

  1. A couple of my favorite baubles
  2. Downtown Madison
  3. Wisconsin pennants decorate the ceiling of The Old Fashioned
  4. Celebrating Independence Day a few days early
  5. A food truck near the state capitol
  6. Escaping the blistering heat

You can follow me on Instagram @bedknobsandbaubles

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Bathing Beauty: One-Piece Swimsuits

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I only feel svelte enough for a bikini about 10% of the time and that’s only when the conditions are optimal: I ate well, exercised that week and kept away from the cocktails. For the other 90%, I rely on a one-piece suit with strategically placed ruching. This year, I’ve grown tired of my blend-into-the-background black suit and am looking for something much more vibrant.

  1. Arrowhead Ikat Tank, J.Crew, $98
  2. Prickly Pear Tank, J.Crew, $82
  3. One-Shoulder Tank, J.Crew, $150
  4. Leopard-Print Suit, Diane von Furstenberg, $110
  5. Garden Floral Tank, J.Crew, $92
  6. Polka Dot Tank, J.Crew, $86
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Cheers to the Weekend!

Wear your most glamorous swimsuit this weekend, sip a fruity cocktail and enjoy the summer sun.

Sunglasses // Bag // Swimsuit // Shoes // Gin // Lemon // Cocktail

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This afternoon, we head to Chicago in anticipation of tomorrow’s flight to Fort Lauderdale. I’m looking forward to oceanside mornings and afternoons exploring … and absolutely no computer. Although, I’m sure I’ll be on Instagram.

See you next week!

#vacation#Florida#swim
This afternoon, we head to Chicago in anticipation of tomorrow’s flight to Fort Lauderdale. I’m looking forward to oceanside mornings and afternoons exploring … and absolutely no computer. Although, I’m sure I’ll be on Instagram.
See you next week!

Look forward to summer with this striped swimsuit from Old Navy. With its flattering cut and strategically placed stripes, I don’t think it’ll be available for much longer.

#sartorial steal#old navy#yellow#swim
Look forward to summer with this striped swimsuit from Old Navy. With its flattering cut and strategically placed stripes, I don’t think it’ll be available for much longer.