Just Keep Swimming Swimming: thoughts on swimwear

 

Here is a little video that I found encouraging, refreshing, and convicting. Thought I’d share it for all you gals who have that same incredible love of Summer and sunshine. Of swimming and watermelon and bonfires. And hatred of swimsuit shopping, wearing, and watching.

This girl is beautiful, tasteful, modest, and classy. I appreciated her view, how she presented it, and all she is doing to encourage modesty.

Check out her website here.

It’s the yearly struggle. Here we are again, April, my body needs a tune up. Nope, I don’t look like a spray-painted, six foot tall, supermodel AGAIN this season. What happened? I was supposed to have totally transformed over the winter… but nope. All I did was get pale. #QueueDiscouragementHere

Thus begins rigid exercise and strict dieting.

(what a strong Godly Christian would do here… insert Respect the fact that I am made unique and beautiful in the Image Of Christ.)

Now it’s May…. time to go shopping. Oh!!! This is the best part!

And I ask myself…. is that actually a size 4? Then the next question… is that honestly considered publicly acceptable?

(More importantly, in the mind of a strong Godly Christian is the question, Is that actually acceptable to God?)

Now…. I’ve finally settled on the swimsuit I feel is most suited to my body, I feel the best in, can tolerate comfort wise, and feel is the most modest option. And June is here. Time to hit the swimming hole, pool, and beach.

Thus begins the battles of humiliation, jealousy, sin, lust, embarrassment, wardrobe malfunctions, tan-lines and all those wonderful aspects of swimwear for men and women. Both of whom are now struggling immensely by now.

And I ask myself….. what’s a strong Godly Christian girl to do?…. or guy.

Lately when I struggle with jealousy my response has been a mental quotation of the verse

Envy rots the bones.”

That has helped me a great deal in that department. It’s kind of a kick in the pants. Snap out of it. Do you want rotten bones? That certainly wont make you more beautiful. Like they all say….. beauty comes from with in.

And as for the rest, trying to remind myself when I’m faltering, stumbling, sinning that:

1.) Is it more important to be the same as everyone else or to esteem my brothers ahead of myself, to be a good witness, to value my body as the temple of the holy Spirit?

2.) Modesty aside, what is trashy what is classy? What would Audrey Hepburn have done?

3.) Am I a respecter of persons?…. or God and his standards.

4.) Do I cherish my own body?

5.) Am I having grace with those who have not come to my convictions?

“Above all these things have charity, which is the bond of perfection.” Col 3:14

I have already failed this summer. In my actions. In my heart. In my mind. Over and over, to be truthful. It was bathing suit weather that inspired this post, actually. BUT DAILY TAKE UP YOUR CROSS AND FOLLOW HIM. GROW.

‘What defines us is how well we rise after we’ve fallen.’

So, this is how I’m growing. What I’m thinking. I decided to share to try to encourage all the other young women battling the ‘itsy bitsy teeny tiny yellow polka dot bikini’ craze in America.

A few images…..

swim suit

from Rey Swimwear
(skirted style)

From Rey Swimwear (Skirted style)

From Rey Swimwear
(Skirted style)

 

Seafolly Pin Stripe Boy Leg One Piece Swim Suit

Seafolly Pin Stripe Boy Leg One Piece Swim Suit

J Crew One Piece

J Crew One Piece

J Crew One Piece Polka Dot

J Crew One Piece Polka Dot

From FreshModesty

From FreshModesty

HighWaisted two piece with Cardigan  // Pinterest image

HighWaisted two piece with Cardigan // Pinterest image

 

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Chocolate and Plumb: ready for adventures

Hi y’all! I hope you’re having a brilliant sunshiny day.

Well, to be perfectly honest, I love this outfit. If I do say so myself.

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New York & Company Skirt: Goodwill 1/2 price- $2.40 Ann Taylor Loft Shirt: Goodwill 1/2 price $2

It’s really more of a Fall outfit but I went ahead and wore it for a supper engagement last night.

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I love the shoes on the road, it makes me think of heading for an adventure.

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Massimo Shoes: Goodwill- $8

I love the personality punch of the  chocolate colored vest.

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I love the skirt because I think everyone needs at least one perfect denim skirt. One that matches everything, fits just right, looks just right. Yeah. It’s a staple.

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Ann Taylor Loft Vest: thrift store- $5 I think

I even love the simple shirt. The dusty plumb color and the draped neckline. It’s Ann Taylor Loft.  I bought it from Goodwill, though, of course.

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Necklace charm: Fossil- Thrift store find. Chain: Vintage from my Grandmother

The necklace is one of my favorite necklaces to wear. I got it from my favorite thrift store. I have a booth in this store. Centerville Market Place. It’s a lovely little store. The owner is quite nice, too, and we’ve developed a friendship. You can read a bit about the store here. I’d say the same of the necklace. For some reason it has a unique vibe and the arrow just makes me feel as if I’m headed in a new direction. Going on an adventure. I suppose I’m reading a lot into it, but we all have our nostalgic little feelings about our favorite pieces. That’s why they’re our favorites…. right?

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Gold Hoop Earings: Vintage clip ons Pink Studs: Walmart pack of 12 $3

I braided a small braid to the side of my hair with my bangs. I’m really into the ‘hair braids’ fashion right now. It’s perfect for summer. Usually I blow dry my hair. But lately I’ve been air drying it which has given it plenty of texture. Then I throw it up into a pony tail or messy bun with a little braid and it just seems so fresh, quick, a simple. That’s exactly what I’m after for Summer. You don’t want to look all made up in Summer. It’s better to have some light fresh make up and some easy-going hair and be on your way. On your way to an adventure!

The flowers were the biggest must. I love flowers. I really do. Especially wild flowers!

“All good things are wild and free.”

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And I especially especially! love wild flowers in your hair!

“Get over your hill and see.. what you find there, with grace in your heart and flowers in your hair.” – Mumford and Sons

Have a wonderful charmed day today and go on a Summery adventure!!!

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