#putonaswimsuit

 

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I spent Sunday at The Cheshire , getting pampered by Dominic Michael Salon and Brea Politte Makeup in preparation for a photo shoot with Lori Coulter Swimwear.  I’ve met Lori before and always love her brand’s philosophy about making women feel comfortable in a swim suit and embracing their figure- small, large, short or tall. In fact, the hashtag for the morning, which was spent sipping cocktails and lounging with fellow bloggers in between snaps, was #putonaswimsuit. The idea: don’t go to a pool party and hang out in your clothes because you’re embarrassed about your “swimsuit body,” don’t wait until you lose five pounds or don’t wait for that baby weight to disappear before you’re willing to show some skin. Just do it. Just put on a swimsuit and enjoy summer as you are.

I know we are our own harshest critics and I can’t lie… when I first heard about this blogging opportunity, I was reluctant to apply simply because it would entail being photographed in a swimsuit.  Photographs are so permanent! And I am not photogenic. And I have small boobs. And short legs. And some spider veins that really cramp my swim suit mojo. But whatever, I channeled my inner Lori and left my reservations at home. And am so glad I did.

The suit I chose was this black and white maillot that is elegant, sophisticated and slightly retro. It covers all the right parts and makes me feel completely comfortable swimming or lounging poolside. I can think of (at least) 5 readers of this blog who would look so good in it too!!

Shop my exact suit here and Lori’s entire collection here (for reference I am wearing a size 4). And… better yet, use code caradisefound2016 for 20% off your order until July 31st. Happy shopping!

Photos courtesy of Elizabeth Weisman Photography.

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Dinner for a cause

In case you think you’re reading just any old blog, you are wrong. You are reading the blog of a St. Louis Fashion Week Blog Ambassador. Impressed? I thought so. As such, I attended lunches, dinners, shopping parties and events around town that highlighted both important issues in our area and cool spaces in St. Louis.

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Mixing up Blogger Cocktails at Central Table (photo courtesy of Ashley Kuenstler photography)

One that I found very humbling and informative was dinner with the Missouri Eating Disorder Council (MOEDC), Socially Jen, and Lori Coulter Swim at Central Table. Perhaps because I have two young girls, this event really hit home. The dinner aimed to break the silence and debunk the myths associated with eating disorders and was appropriately entitled Feed The Facts. The facts were startling and I’m ashamed to say, totally new to me. Take a look at these: 90% of the people who get eating disorders are women, 90% are ages 13-23, less than 10% of those affected will receive treatment and 20% of those affected will die. DIE. Did you know that? I had NO idea. The discussion really focused on getting people with this disease help. You can help by learning about the disease and speaking up. If you live in Missouri (and even if you don’t), visit the Missouri Eating Disorders Council website for resources and more information.

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Bloggers learning about the MOEDC’s new Myths Campaign, striving to educate the public on eating disorders. (photo courtesy of Ashley Kuenstler photography)

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