I waited a little before posting this because I felt a bit guilty about flaunting the fact that I’m barefoot while the east coast is in the midst of a blizzard. Then I realized that more than a few of my friends had gotten “stranded” in their tropical New Year’s locations due to canceled flights. So here we are. Me, the beach, a bikini, and my boy, Smitty.
Seeing as I’ve run out of clothes, I’ve pretty much stopped wearing them altogether. Good thing I’m conveniently located where this is not frowned upon and does not require the use of a pole or clear plastic platforms. The lack of clothing has also forced me to take a good hard look at my body, which in turn, has made me even more fond of running, hiking, and online workouts in the absence of weekly Pilates classes. There is something to be said for living in a warm climate year round… you never have the chance to pile on layer after layer of clothing (and winter weight) and hibernate. Don’t know about you, but I’d sure trade seasons for toned tanned abs. Even though I’ve done fairly well avoiding the holiday bulge, we all have body parts we favor over others. This can be tricky when hitting the beach or pool and picking out a coverup to complement your cute suit.
Perhaps you loathe your legs or maybe you struggle with your stomach, or perhaps you’re that B we hate who loves every square inch of her genetically freakish body. Whatever the case may be, there’s no reason to stay in the shade swaddled in unnecessary amounts of fabric. If your tummy is the trouble, but you’ve got killer stems, show them off by wearing a cropped tunic or tied up T. If you have the abs of a Victoria’s Secret Angel, but are not loving your legs, a long maxi skirt with sky high slit will do the trick. More likely than not, you’re being way harder on your body than need be, but we’re our own worst critics, right? One thing is for certain. I did not spend nearly enough time in a bathing suit last year- or at the beach for that matter.
hat: custom (similar here), shirt: dad’s (similar here), bikini: Tibi (similar here), skirt: Brandy Melville (similar here), dog: Smitty
It’s true. The empress has no clothes.