Try These Hot Swim Suit Options for Cooler Temperatures

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Although summer is on the wane, bathing suits can still be worn year round – whether you’re taking a dip in the heated indoor pool, relaxing in the sauna or while braving the waves on your winter vacation in a Caribbean paradise.


Don’t worry that you soon will be soaking in the last rays of summer. You can still make a splash with your swimwear when the temperature drops. The following tips can help you look hot in your bathing suit when the weather starts growing cooler.


Get more coverage in a swim skirt. Swim skirts are not only a flirty fashion accessory to pair with your fave bathing suit, they also provide extra coverage on those days when there’s a chill in the air. The Endless Summer Banded Swim Skirt from Canyon Beachwear lives up to its name. Flattering for every body type, the banded skirt is perfect for those nippy days at the shore. A wide comfy waist band and a side front slit show just a hint of skin.


Be casual and cute in a caftan. When the temperatures start to dip, you can still heat things up in a caftan. This stylish swimwear accessory adds a dash of luxury to your bathing suit and provides full protection in breezy weather. Caftans come in a wide array of styles, such as multi, knit, hoodie, geometric designs, print and embellished.


Look lovely in a long-sleeve swim shirt. Swim shirts are not just for surfer dudes and dudettes. When you want full coverage on cool days but you still want to look alluring, a fashionable swim shirt pairs beautifully with your bikini bottoms or one piece. Be daring in neon designs or pastels, cheetah print or two-tone colors. Long sleeves also provide extra protection from UV rays and can mask those less-than-perfect areas.


Tame the waves in a tunic. If you’re looking for a fashionable cover up that doesn’t make you feel matronly on the sand, a tunic is the perfect accessory for those cool days at the shore. Versatile and sexy, these short dresses feature three-quarter length sleeves and an assortment of styles, such as drawstring, baby doll, bejeweled, beaded, tie-dye and prints.


Autumn may be on the way, but you can still make the mercury rise while wearing fashionable and trendy swimwear and accessories. Make every season swim suit season!



Canyon Beachwear has been selling designer swimwear since 1979.  Starting with just one store, Canyon Beachwear now has ten locations around the country, as well as an online store.  For more information click here

Wearing Vitamin A Brena Monokini from Orchid Boutique

I found the perfect swimsuit for my body…

Vitamin A Brena

The Vitamin A Brena Noir Monokini in Black ($165) meets all my requirements for a swimsuit. While I would normally go for a midriff-baring 2 piece, my post-partum belly just isn’t show-worthy. So for those days where I don’t want to bare it all, this swimsuit is perfect. The monokini style looks like a 2 piece from the back, but covers my mom-belly in the front.

I also like the low cut front with the adjustable tie and padded cups. It’s a little bit sexy while still looking grown-up and chic. I don’t think I will ever need another swimsuit! Well, at least until I wear this one out anyway. You really do get what you pay for.

I have probably around 20 swimsuits and all of them are almost perfect. Almost… There is something “wrong” with each of them and how they cover, fit or look on my body. Damn swimsuit shopping! I don’t dread putting this swimsuit on though… Not at all. I feel confident and sexy in this swimsuit. Isn’t that worth it’s weight in gold?

me and my kids

I’m sure you’ve noticed that this is the same swimsuit I used in the graphic for our Beach & Bikini Giveaway, right? Don’t forget to enter for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to Orchid Boutique and MORE, now through July 6th!.

Yes, I did receive this swimsuit, compliments of Orchid Boutique, for the purpose of reviewing it. If I didn’t absolutely love it though, I certainly would not be posting a picture of myself wearing it! How often do I post pictures of myself wearing a swimsuit? NOT OFTEN! This one is a winner in my book though and I really want other moms, like you, to see that you CAN look great in a swimsuit after having kids and the right swimsuit is out there for you! I am so glad I found one that is perfect for me. :-)

You can get this swimsuit in black, gray or navy blue from or browse their wide selection of Monokinis to find one that suits you!

Let me know what you think!

Vitamin A’s Monokini Hides Post-Partum Baby Belly!

First off, Orchid Boutique is offering a LIMITED TIME EXCLUSIVE COUPON CODE for 15% that our readers can use from 6/10/2013 until 6/16/2013 at midnight EST. The code is: FashionableInOrchid. Take advantage of this exclusive discount ASAP! Ends Sunday!

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I recommend heading over to Orchid Boutique and checking out their amazing selection of bikinis, tankinis and Monokinis. They carry designer labels and their own brand – all hand picked for the perfect selection of this season’s hottest swimwear.

I can personally recommend Vitamin A Brena Noir Monokini in Black ($165).


This swimsuit has everything I’ve been looking for in a swimsuit!

  • Full rear coverage without looking like granny panties!
  • Plunging neckline that I don’t fall out of!
  • Removable padding in the bra!
  • Adjustable side ties so I can customize the fit!
  • Covers the wrinkly post-partum baby belly and is still sexy!

I chose black for myself because I am very conservative when it comes to swimsuit colors. (This swimsuit also comes in Grey and Indigo Blue) I have a hard enough time finding a swimsuit that I like and fits me well, while covering all the bits I’m trying not to show off. I can’t worry about standing out with a bright and colorful suit too! Maybe someday I will be more adventurous and outgoing in my swimsuit choices. For now, I will stick with this amazing and absolutely perfect swimsuit for me. It hides the “mom tummy” and shows off my curves in a flattering way. I highly recommend it if you are looking for a swimsuit that is sexy, flattering and covers your less-than-perfect parts.

Price: $165 at


As soon as I have a chance to hit the beach, I will be sure to snap a pic of myself in my new swimsuit and show you how fabulous it really is! (You can also read more about this swimsuit on the Orchid Boutique blog!) Meanwhile, check it out on their website and consider getting it with the exclusive coupon code for 15% off valid now until Sunday 6/10/13. Use code: FashionableInOrchid

Don’t forget to enter our Orchid Boutique Beach & Bikini Giveaway for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to along with other cool prizes. Giveaway runs from June 10 – July 6, 2013.

I received the swimsuit mentioned above in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own and I did not receive compensation for this post. 

Enter our Orchid Boutique Beach & Bikini Giveaway!

We teamed up with Florida’s favorite swimwear shop,
Orchid Boutique, to offer our readers a chance to win a $100 Gift Certificate to their site in addition to other amazing products for a total of over $200 of beach-worthy items you need for summer!

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To kick off our Beach & Bikini Giveaway, Orchid Boutique is offering an EXCLUSIVE COUPON CODE for 15% OFF that our readers can use from 6/10/2013 until 6/16/2013 at midnight EST. The code is: FashionableInOrchid. Take advantage of this exclusive discount ASAP! Ends Sunday!

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Orchid Boutique is THE place to shop for a new swimsuit this season! They have an amazing selection of mom-friendly Monokinis that will help hide that post-partum baby belly in a way that is sexy instead of frumpy. I personally recommend Vitamin A Brena Noir Monokini (featured above) that has full coverage in the rear, plunging neckline with removable padding and adjustable drawstrings at hips for versatile side coverage.


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More About Orchid Boutique:

At The Orchid Boutique, our swimwear stylists decide carefully what brands to add to our selection by cherry-picking an elite group of designer swimwear looks. Our goal is to pre-select a unique selection of designer swimwear 2013 and swimsuits for fashion-forward and style savvy women. We offer an elite selection couture swimwear, from bikinis to beach coverups, to one-piece swimsuits… all from the best brands. Browse our wide selection of designer swimwear, bikinis, swimsuits, bathing suits, Tankinis, jewelry and beach handbags.

We are giving away a $100 Gift Certificate to Orchid Boutique so you can pick your favorite swimsuit from their wide selection of designer swimwear!

In addition to that, we are also giving away a Hayden Reis Mr. Sunshine Wristlet Bag valued at $32!

What makes Hayden Reis bags so unique is that they are made of some of the highest quality Dacron sailcloth in the country. That means they are super durable, water & sand resistant, lightweight and come in a variety of beautiful colors. Each bag has been carefully assembled and sewn by hand in the USA.

The lucky winner will also receive three of the best, most popular products from Vani-T, the celebrities choice for self-tanning! You will get to indulge in their Brazilian Bronze Self Tan Mousse, Body Shampoo Cleanse and Bronzing Custard! ($85 worth of products!)

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Tips & Tricks For Feeling Great About Your Body

If you have a summer vacation planned this year, you might now be experiencing conflicting emotions. Part of you will be really looking forward to the chance to get away from it all, get some sun and relax, whilst another part is absolutely dreading having to bare all on the beach.

women_pinching_bellyIf you aren’t body confident and are worried about your beach body, you aren’t alone. A recent survey by Glamour found that on average, young women have around 13 negative thoughts about their bodies every day. Can you believe it?!


According to stylist Gok Wan, this needs to change. Women need to start loving their bodies and celebrating their best features, rather than rushing to get breast implant surgery, tummy tucks or liposuction. This is especially the case when it comes to revealing our bodies on the beach, an occasion which so many women dread. To get yourself ready for the beach, both physically and mentally, Gok has quite a few useful tips and tricks up his sleeve…


Gok Wan Tips:


  • Improve your posture. Without having to hit the gym or spend a fortune on a new wardrobe, you can drastically improve the way you look and feel simply by standing up straight. Your body will look longer and slimmer, and you’ll feel more confident, if you put your shoulders back, hold your tummy in, raise your chin and walk tall.

  • Choose the right swimwear for your body shape. Whenever you buy clothes, you should be looking for cuts, shapes and styles which flatter your body shape (i.e. pear shape, top-heavy, long and lean etc.). The same goes for buying a bikini or swimsuit – you should choose one which shows off your best bits and hides those you don’t like as much, rather than simply choosing a style that is currently in fashion.

  • Strip it all off and take a long look at yourself in the mirror, balancing every negative thought you have of your body with a positive one. So, for every “I don’t like my cleavage – I need a boob job” you should counter with an “actually, I have a really tiny waist” or “my legs are really long and toned”. It can be hard to praise yourself, but it is so good for your self-image and body confidence to focus on the areas you like about yourself, rather than obsessing over those you don’t.

  • Give your skin a glow. To look great on the beach, a top tip is to use a subtle self-tan or a body oil, both of which will make you look and feel fantastic. Body oil, in particular, reflects the light in a very flattering way, making your limbs look slimmer and your skin look amazing. (Check out our own Tips & Tricks for Sunless Tanning & Bronzers)


TFH’s Tips:

If all else fails you and you really need to lose a few pounds, do it the right way and choose The Dukan Diet. I Lost 18lbs in 8 Weeks on The Dukan Diet and I have maintained my new, lower weight since last Fall. It feels GREAT!

No more yo-yo dieting, no fancy drinks or shakes or tiny portions. The Dukan Diet is easy, you never feel hungry or deprived and you learn a whole new approach to food that leaves you dropping pounds left and right. There is an amazing jump start to this diet that will have you losing several pounds in the first week which gives you the motivation to lose the rest of the weight. Hands down the best and easiest way to lose weight, get healthy and keep the weight OFF.  Check out my experience with The Dukan Diet and see for yourself!

I also HIGHLY recommend drinking Green Tea! For thousands of years, Asian people have enjoyed green tea daily and have visibly reaped the rewards of improved resistance to diseases, less joint pain, increased cardiovascular function and no belly fat! Green tea is packed with a special fat-burning compound called EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) that has been shown in studies to prevent growth of adipocytes (fat cells). So drink up!

Fashionable Swimwear: Blue Snakeskin Monokini

There are 3 days left to enter our Oh Cheri! $100 Gift Card Giveaway and we don’t want you to miss out! CLICK HERE TO ENTER! (Easy entry, ladies!)

Why would you want a $100 Gift Card for Oh Cheri! ?

Because Oh Cheri! was started with REAL women, just like you, in mind. They offer sexy lingerie, swimwear and more for every body type! Classy lingerie in a wide range of styles and sizes, including plus sizes up to 6X. Just browse through their categories of romantic sleepwear, seductive corsets and bustiers and flirty babydolls. They also offer swimwear in sizes extra small to 3X and Halloween costumes in misses and plus sizes!

I got the opportunity to review a GORGEOUS and super sexy swimsuit from Oh Cheri! and I know it’s a little late in the season for a swimwear review, but believe me, it’s worth mentioning!!!

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Guria Beachwear Figure Flattering Swimwear

If you are tired of showing up at the beach wearing the same swimsuit as everyone else because you shopped at Target, consider something different…

Guria Beachwear is all about versatility, sophistication, quality and sex appeal. They offer a wide array of mix-and-match separates including triangles, halters, bandeaus and under-wire bra tops that can be paired with low-cut American and Brazilian bottoms that offer a vast selection of contemporary and body-flattering silhouettes. Embracing every figure, Guria Beachwear offers sizes ranging from x-small to x-large with cup sizes up to size F. Using only the highest quality materials from Brazil, you’ll see attention to details, unique embellishments, distinctive texture and even some inspiring prints that are definitely beach ready. They even have an award-winning 3-in-1 top that easily converts from triangle to halter to bandeau.

My favorite and new summer-season essential is their Underwire Halter Top. The contemporary shape and sexy fit is figure flattering and unlike any other swimsuit top I’ve ever owned before. Forget Vicky’s… Guria Beachwear is the new sexy in my book when it comes to swimwear.

Coconut - Underwire Halter Top and Hipster Bottom

Modern and sultry, this flattering top is particular suited for big assets, which I do not have, but it somehow looks great on me anyway! Inspired by Brazilian women and voluminous curves, the new top offers the most coverage for bigger busts plus underwire for exceptional support. This top features molded cups and soft ties at the neck and back to create a swimsuit that cannot easily be overlooked.

The Underwire Halter Top retails for $72 and is available in sizes XS – XL, fitting up to E and F cup sizes.

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