Living in a Swimsuit

Last June, my sisters and I did a round-up of swimsuits. I mentioned in that post that it’d been more than two years since I bought a new swimsuit.

Guess how many swimsuits I bought last year after that post.

If you guessed zero, you are correct.

This year, though, I knew I couldn’t avoid it any longer. If we were going to spend 12 weeks in the scorching heat with a pool in the backyard, it was probably time to buy a new swimsuit or two.

And also maybe something other than a pilled maternity tunic as a cover-up. I mean, dream big here.

My dreams didn’t even extend to a cover-up with pockets.

I have another cover-up that I bought a few weeks ago (it’s a long strapless maxi dress), but I have somehow lost it in the last ten days. I have checked EVERYWHERE, and I have absolutely no idea where it is. This isn’t making me insane at all, as you can imagine.

The last swimsuit I bought (the aforementioned 3 years ago suit) was my first foray into tankinis and I have to admit, I’m really more of a one-piece fan. I just get really tired of adjusting my suit every five seconds. Also, double fabric around your stomach and hips? Not generally the most flattering. 
This year, I got two one-piece swimsuits (I purchased one of them myself and Old Navy sent me the other one) and I’m loving them both. Also, we’re swimming nearly every day, sometimes twice, so it’s really nice to not be constantly be putting back on a damp suit. 

By the way, the difference between a community pool (which we had for three years in Texas) and a pool in your backyard? NIGHT AND DAY DIFFERENCE.

When my parents were putting in their pool about two years ago, a patient was telling my dad about his pool and how they’d calculated that it was costing them about $5,000 per swim because they used it so little. My dad was immediately determined that they would USE the pool and it would not equal out to thousands of dollars per swim. The girls and I are happy to do our part to push down the price per use.

Let me tell you, if we do end up moving to Arizona next year, a house with a pool will be a big priority for me.

I’m still in some need of a new pair of sunglasses. I brought two pairs of them with me to Vegas; the pair I’m wearing in these photos is missing one of the nose-pieces (which actually makes them sit a little better because my face is slightly crooked, but isn’t terribly comfortable), and the other pair fell and broke the other day (I blame Ani, obviously).

Polka Dot Suit: Old Navy (it’s sold out online, but I’ve seen them in stores since I ordered mine).
Red Suit: c/o Old Navy
Romper Cover-up: c/o Old Navy
Sandals: c/o Old Navy
Hat: c/o Old Navy
Sunglasses: BonLook
Book in the photo below, for inquiring minds: Landline

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  • Reply Erica June 24, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    you should be a swimsuit model, like for reals.

  • Reply Allie @ Everyday Adventures June 24, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Those suits are so cute! I just got three new suits this past weekend – I hadn't bought any new suits since my honeymoon three years ago!

  • Reply Rachel June 24, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    It's so funny that you think having a pool in the backyard is the best thing ever. I grew up with a pool in the backyard (in Phoenix) and now that I live in Denver, I LOVE having a neighborhood pool. First of all, just like your dad's patient, we didn't use our backyard pool nearly often enough to justify having it after we were about 14 years old. With our neighborhood pool, I don't have to clean it, take care of it, or worry about my kids falling in it. But I still get to use it almost whenever I want! And every time we go we get to socialize with neighbors. Oh, and backyard pools aren't heated and they don't have a shallow baby pool like our neighborhood pool does.
    All this to say….. it's weird how the circumstances you grew up in shape your opinions for the rest of your life.

  • Reply Kylie Pond June 24, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    You most definitely will want a pool in this heat. Cute suits!

  • Reply Jessica June 24, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    I actually bought that polka dot suit from Old Navy this year, too! It was in Redbook or something and caught my eye…

  • Reply Christine Boatwright June 24, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Jealous that you have "Landline" early! I hope you're enjoying it! Love Rainbow Rowell!

  • Reply JoLee June 24, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Landline. You lucky duck. It looks like you are having a fun summer.

  • Reply Chrissie June 24, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    Your polka dot swimsuit is SO cute. And I can't wait to read Landline!

  • Reply Jen P June 25, 2014 at 3:04 am

    I love reading your posts! So often they make me laugh because you are quite witty. Thanks for the chuckles! 🙂

  • Reply Tan June 25, 2014 at 6:16 am

    Oh my goodness that cover up is perfect, as is that red bathing suit!
    So glad we sat at the same table Friday morning at Alt! Being a teacher, books make me happy so I love your posts (hooray for fractured fairy tales!)

  • Reply Dice June 25, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    Love the cover up and sandals.

  • Reply Nikki June 25, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    LOVE these suits! I'm not usually 1 piece lover for myself but I'm thinking about getting one of these. They're so cute! 🙂 Also I could only WISH we had a pool in our backyard – I know everyone says it, but I would TOTALLY use it!
    Nikki at

  • Reply Alli Aars {You have your blog, we have Aars} June 25, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    Love that cover-up!

  • Reply Monica June 28, 2014 at 4:35 am

    Such cute suits! I am dipping my toes back into one pieces, but they are much harder to find a flattering fit due to the fact that I have had the mom gut since I was probably 8. It ain't gonna go away and tankinis are loose in the right places for me. But as soon as you get in the water they float up too only heightening my fear of the mom gut being exposed. So this is all to say I have to check out those suits now.

  • Reply Ubermel September 15, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    Cute suits! Thanks for sharing. How would you say the dot old navy suit fits? Is it true to size? Is it large or small in the bust?

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