Spring Showers Bring Summer Swimsuits... Eek

13 April 2012

Well people, spring is here. 

While I love the signs of the world waking up with the green leaves, endless flowers and pollen dusted cars, a small part of myself cringes. Spring and fall are my most favorite seasons. So why cringe?

Summer is my least favorite. By far. And it's on its way in a hurry.

Summer in Austin is like living in a humid sauna with a bunch of ridiculously tanned and fit people, all wearing tiny clothes. Right when we moved to Austin last summer, all of the health stuff kicked in, and I was incredibly uncomfortable (and insecure) wearing shorts, tank tops, really anything summery. I was having insane hot flashes and would sweat profusely in the air conditioning, so venturing out was out of the question.


 

I was also 30lbs heavier. And feeling pretty low about myself. Now, I am on the up and up and trying to shake the fat girl feeling. I am shrinking slowly, but definitely still have lots of lumps and bumps, as well as some really weird extra skin hanging out in very visible places.

With cooler weather clothing, I have been able to artfully disguise the parts of me that are still changing, and I have grown very accustomed to being more covered up. Now that the temps are rising by the day, I'm having to come to terms with a lot more of this new figure being exposed. 

I also realized that I beefed up my fall and winter wardrobe, and nothing from the last two summers fits. By a long shot. 

  


Outfits like this aren't going to fly for long, as I was already a little toasty in this in the 80 degree evening. I know shorts, shorter skirts and tanks are going to be essential to survive the hot summers. And swimsuits. Even typing that word made me a little dizzy.

I guess there is a part of me that thought by this time, I would be back to 'normal' and I wouldn't be worrying about buying a whole new crop of clothing in larger sizes. There is a little bit of embarrassment, a little bit of defeat and a lot of determination to return to my normal size. 

Zebra print? Or Crazy squiggly line print?
Shirt: NY&Co (2008)  Skirt: Old Navy (2012)  Belt: Forever 21 (2012)
Sandals: Charlotte Russe (2011)  Bangles: Forever 21 (2012)
Aviators: Gas Station   Purse: Thrifted (2012)

So, I will be venturing out to find some more transition clothes for the upcoming heat and humidity, as well as a very cute one piece that I can wear shorts with. Excuse me, I believe I just threw up a little.

Pray that I don't have a completely unhinged moment and that the shop girl doesn't find me rocking in a corner in the dressing room. Drunk and crying. Because right now, that's what my Saturday is looking like.


55 comments:

  1. You look great! I bet your summer shopping will go better than you think. And I love that skirt ... pink and zebra is one combo I've never tried before. :)

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    1. Oh thanks! The skirt looks zebra, but it's actually a bunch of broken up lines in navy! Kind of a cool illusion!

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  2. Ahh you look so lovely, I can empathise on the dreading the skimpy Summer garb though. I'm 3stone lighter than I was and still feel far from ready for skimpy stuff.

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    1. Yes, I think it's as much mental as it is physical :)

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  3. This is such a cute outfit! You look great in it!

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  4. That maxi skirt looks so good on you! I live at the beach and so summer is actually my favorite season. I think it's coming early this year though and I'm not quite prepared yet for bikinis! Have a great weekend, Britt!

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart

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    1. I live in Texas, and have for a good portion of my life, yet I'll never be prepared for bikinis :)

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  5. Looove the skirt! Old Navy really? Looks like I need to make a pit stop into Old navy! Really liked the color combo!
    I am on the same boat trying to “get fit” for summer.. WE CAN DO IT LOL!

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    1. Old Navy has really stepped it up! I always manage to find a couple of things each season that I obsess over. Spring definitely were those maxi skirts and these great bright blouses that really pair with anything.

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  6. I hear ya. Summers here are brutal! So not looking forward to the next six months of heat. Good luck finding a suit!
    -Kristen

    The Mrs. and The Momma

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    1. Thanks! I'm trying to do some online checking before I head out so I don't lose my nerve and run for the hills.

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  7. I think you're beautiful! I love this whole look, especially that cute skirt! :)

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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    1. Aw thanks girl. This skirt was too fun to pass up! And for 12.99, there was no resisting :)

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  8. this outfit is awesome ... love that skirt ... and don't stress over summer , it will be here and gone before you know it!
    jess
    JESS CAUSE BLOG

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    1. Yay! I'm looking forward to fall already... blazer, boots, scarves oh my!

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  9. Even prettier than both spring and summer, you are! Great ensemble! Lovin' the salmon-colored top and the loud contrast of the skirt. Very chic and appropriate for the weather. :)

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  10. I love this outfit! You are gorgeous :)

    Meg

    http://www.themagpieblog.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks girl! I loved my feature on the blog by the way! Thanks so much for having me!

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  11. summers in Texas are intense, but I know you can get through it :) You are so tiny! I cant believe you are dreading swimsuit season?!

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    1. I may not be very 'large' but a little fat goes a long way :) Put 10 extra pounds on a petite frame, and you have rolls you can hide pencils in. And I only wish that last sentence was a joke!

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  12. You look so summery and chic. I love the buttondown with the maxi. Very feminine and pretty. Happy Friday!

    http://shannonhearts.blogspot.com

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  13. this is a great outfit! maxi skirts are so cool and of course I do love pink! you look very pretty!
    www.miouprincesslovespink.blogspot.com

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    1. Pink and blue is my favorite combination, with mint and red in second! So this was fun to wear!

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  14. great inspiration! love the first pic!
    thanks for sharing!

    if you like we can follow each other on bloglovin :)
    let me know!
    STYLE DECORUM

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  15. Britt, you look beautiful and I completely empathize with you! I moved from the Northeast to the Sonoran desert a year and a half ago, and I teach at a university where everyone is unbelievably perfect and tan and fit and 18 years old. The only thing we don't have here is the humidity, luckily, but we do have 100+ degree temps for weeks on end. I know it's virtually impossible to not compare yourself, and the self esteem can take a definite hit. But it sounds like you've made amazing progress, so keep that in mind on your shopping trip this weekend. Best of luck to you! If I were in Austin I'd go with you and we could down a bunch of margaritas together and then hit the swimsuit section slightly tipsy. ;) I found a black one-piece last summer with ruching through the midsection, that came with the cutest frilly swim skirt ... it's flirty and cute, but doesn't reveal too much. Maybe you'd feel comfortable in something similar? Have a great weekend!

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    1. Oh yeesh! AZ is hotttttt so I could only imagine. And I would 100% take you up on the margaritas before swimsuits date. Heck, with a few in me, I may even go for a monokini! Look at me being wild. Rawr.

      I have a black one piece that I bought online, which ended up having a HUGE deep V in the front that almost goes to my bellybutton. Unfortunately, on the 5'10" model it was a mere slit. On me it is a full on gash. Sooo I am now looking for a cute one piece that mirrors the styles of the 50's with the low legs and scooped back. Thanks for the tips!

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  16. Hey girl! I know it is sucky to have to deal with the dramatic changes in your body, believe me, I have been there with weight fluctuations. It is difficult.

    I will tell you, one thing that may make you feel better is getting a bra-sized swimsuit. I know that I love the ones by Freya and they are ADORABLE and incredibly flattering due to the fact that you get support up top and coverage wherever you want it. It is worth investing in a fabulous suit! You def should check them out.

    Feel free to email me if you want to talk more about options - I worked in retail for a long time and was also a lingerie/swimsuit fitter! It is a big big adjustment and know we all are cheering you on. You look wonderful and now we need to make you more sure of the you on the inside, too!

    xoxo
    Whitney

    http://www.worthystyle.com

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    1. Whitney-

      Holy cow. Thank you so much! Your advice is priceless. The bra swimsuit is a great idea. I want to find one with a little structure that mimics the suits from the 50's. I like the lower leg with little ruffles and scooped back. I will keep that in mind when I look tomorrow. If I can't find anything in stores, I'll probably order a few and try them on at home. The light is a little more flattering here and so much more comfortable :)

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  17. You look great. You will be back to your normal self in no time. Good Luck with the shopping.

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    1. Thanks girl! Ready for the challenge. And the mimosas. :)

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  18. You look lovely in this look, i love the pattern on that skirt and the pop of pink. Good luck shopping, bathing suit shopping for our vacation almost reduced me to tears so I can totally relate.

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    1. Thank you! I chickened out and ordered a bunch online, so I can weep in the privacy of my own home :)

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  19. What a fun outfit! It looks great on you :)
    x

    Marielle

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  20. what a beautiful outfit! I'm in love with your skirt =)

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  21. Verry nice outfit!I love your skirt!

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  22. I honestly don't think you have anything to worry about for summer, you look great!

    And I love that printed skirt, so lovely!

    Mallory
    whitwatwear

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    1. Aw thanks! It's more of the amount of exposed skin that freaks me out. You can hide a lot under this skirt :)

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  23. I love this skirt on you - and the pink shirt :) I just found your blog btw and you are gorgeous !

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  24. wow I love this kind of outfit: black and white pattern + color!

    Have an amazing upcoming week,
    Cri. (ilpiccolmondodicri.com)

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  25. Love the maxi skirt especially with that shirt its such a gorgeous colour!
    Lovely blog, I'm following!
    Thank you for following and commenting!
    Cara x

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  26. I love that pink button down w/the maxi skirt! Such an effortless, cute outfit! I actually just purchased a hot pink top similar to that & have been loving wearing it as well :)

    xx Louise
    http://alittlebeautylux.blogspot.com

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  27. I found this post both inspiring and reassuring because I feel like I'm fighting the body-fluxation stuff a bit too.

    You look absolutely gorgeous though and no one else can have your style, which is a good thing to remember when all the runners start to seem annoying just by being...

    Now to make an Old Navy stop!

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  28. You are looking great girlie!!! And you are healthy... the most important thing. I have found that a majority of what you wear is how you wear it. Rock that bathing suit with confidence and threaten anyone that gives you a dirty look.

    At least that's what I do ;)

    p.s. Now I also have to go to Old Navy - you have such great style!

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  29. love it!

    you look amazing!

    xx

    http://shoesncoffee.blogspot.com/

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