About two years ago (almost exactly!!) I went to Hawaii for the first time and fell absolutely in LOVE. The ocean is so calm and beautiful and the temperature is just perfect.. The people the food… I could really go on forever! So when Rachel (of Rach Martino) asked if I wanted to come along on her trip with her family I was like CAN I!?! And two months later.. Here I am living my best life in matching Aerie swimsuits with her!
Aerie as ya’ll all know if one of my favorite brands to wear because not only are their suits SO cute, but they are a body positive brand and take it even a step farther by having no retouching or photoshop done to their photos! I’m wearing a large in the Aerie unlined underwire bikini top (and it fit my 34DDs!) and a large in the high waist cheeky bottoms that are so freakin flattering and comfortable! There’s also a one piece version here!
Soaking up the sun in a swimsuit used to be something I feared and honestly didn’t enjoy at all because I was so fearful of what someone thought of my body.. I would always wear a tee shirt or shorts to cover up because I felt like I didn’t have the right body to wear a swimsuit. As I got older it just hit me… what am I doing!? My body is perfect and gives so much to me.. Why do I hate it so much? The things I had held back on or missed out on because I was too busy worrying what someone might think about me.. I decided to start making a change to love myself and see myself in a different light.
As I’ve shared with many of you before, my parents passed when I was 7 and then when I was 16. I think all of the time if they had experiences they wished they wouldn’t of missed out on.. If they held because because of silly insecurities. To be honest with you, I may never know. But what I can do is make sure I savor every single precious moment of my life and love every inch of myself because life is just too short. I might have some tummy rolls and I might have thick thighs, but I am PROUD to be me. I’m proud of who I am and know I am so much more than what the outside of my body looks like.
So Aerie, I say thank you for encouraging girls all over to do and feel the same way. And I absolutely love that for the 4th year in a row, Aerie is launching their Love The Swim You’re In campaign. For every 100% unretouched swim photo shared with #AerieREAL @Aerie, Aerie will donate $1 (now up to $50,000!) to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA). So, shop for your favorite new swim styles on Aerie and share with me why you love the swim you’re in!
This post is sponsored by Aerie and ShopStyle, but all thoughts on this adorable swimwear is truly my own!