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Its coming up to holiday season and I know I’m not the only one that dreads getting a bikini on! I think we tend to beat ourselves up a bit about how we are meant to look (for other people) I’m becoming more confident the older I get. I think you need to be happy with the way you are, not everyone has the same body shape and I’m so guilty of comparing myself to taller, thinner women, but that’s just not me, I’m curvy, and if you are comfortable with that then you start to ooze confidence and feel great.

So now I’ve hit my forties I have to think very carefully about the swimwear that I buy. I’m not going to stop wearing bikinis just because I’m 40, I still have a good figure! I love a good bikini, and if worn with the right accessories you can look great. I do love a good swimsuit too, but they just seem to make me look (dumpy) if that’s a word?

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I need a bikini top that is built like a bra, it needs wires and support and the cup size needs to be full. The bikini bottoms need to be flattering and if they have a fold over detail (to cover the tummy) that’s even better. The bikini above is from Fantasie Swimwear and this style is the Masai Mara collection, they also have a lovely selection of matching beachwear. I have the Palazzo Pants (above) also from the Masai Mara range which are a lovely floaty cotton pant that look really stylish.

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and they have pockets!!

I have included some of my favourite swimwear and beachwear pieces from Fantasie and Marks and Spencer that are available now, I’ve linked everything below..

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Masai Mara full cup bikini £42 http://www.leialingerie.com/fantasie_bras/full-cup-bikini/fs6302.aspx?colour=black

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Masai Mara bikini brief £28 http://www.leialingerie.com/fantasie_bras/bikini-brief/fs6306.aspx?colour=black

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Masai Mara palazzo pants £54 http://www.leialingerie.com/fantasie_bras/trousers/fs6310.aspx?colour=black

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Caya full cup bikini £42 http://www.leialingerie.com/fantasie_bras/full-cup-bikini/fs6041.aspx?colour=brown

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Caya bikini brief £26 http://www.leialingerie.com/fantasie_bras/bikini-brief/fs6043.aspx?colour=brown

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Caya kaftan £48 http://www.leialingerie.com/fantasie_bras/kaftan/fs6046.aspx?colour=brown

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Marks and Spencer secret slimming lace-up swimsuit £29.50 RED/BLACK http://www.marksandspencer.com/secret-slimming-lace-up-swimsuit/p/p22494165?image=SD_02_T52_2705_Y0_X_EC_90&color=BLACK&prevPage=plp&pdpredirect

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Marks and Spencer Swimsculpt animal print swimsuit £39.50 http://www.marksandspencer.com/swimsculpt-animal-print-swimsuit/p/p22498233?image=SD_02_T52_6354_Y4_X_EC_90&color=BLACKMIX&prevPage=plp

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Marks and Spencer animal print embellished kaftan £29.50 http://www.marksandspencer.com/animal-print-embellished-kaftan/p/p22491597?image=SD_02_T52_6362_Y4_X_EC_90&color=BLACKMIX&prevPage=plp

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Marks and Spencer printed multiway bikini top £25.00 http://www.marksandspencer.com/printed-multiway-bikini-top-b-e/p/p22499281?image=SD_02_T52_6413U_KQ_X_EC_90&color=MINTMIX&prevPage=plp

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Marks and Spencer printed hipster bikini bottoms £16 http://www.marksandspencer.com/printed-hipster-bikini-bottoms/p/p22502146?image=SD_02_T52_6423P_KQ_X_EC_90&color=MINTMIX&prevPage=plp

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Marks and Spencer parrot print sarong £15 http://www.marksandspencer.com/parrot-print-sarong/p/p22502732?image=SD_02_T52_6409_KQ_X_EC_90&color=MINTMIX&prevPage=plp

Have a lovely evening, Joanna x

 

 

 

 

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