Getting Summer-Ready: Swim, Sun, Sand & Swimsuits!

May 12, 2012

I’m a new graduate and my one objective over the summer is to get some sun.  My goal is to take lots of photos, catch up on my reading, and accomplish both at the lakeside all summer!   The weather is just warming up here in Chicago and the lake isn’t too far- I’m already unpacking my sandals and getting ready for sunshine.

I’ve also done some shopping…I’ve been in desperate need of brand new beach apparel and accessories since it’s been several summers since I’ve actually had time off.  Oh, the life of a graduate!

Getting Ready For The Sun:

I have been using my favorite sunless tanner on my legs for several weeks now- I use the Subtle Tanning Lotion from MK because the smell doesn’t annoy me and it’s never given me orange streaks, I love this stuff!   As I get more sun exposure, I use SPF 30 sunblock on my body, and MK’s Day Solution SPF 25 for my face, back of my hands, and chest area.

How to get ready for summer

Shoes: Colin Stewart from Viccy’s Secret  Sunglasses:  Coach  Jewelry:  Dondalee’s  Suncare: Mary Kay

The Swimsuit That Stole My Heart:

Swimsuit:  Betsey Johnson c/o The Orchid Boutique

As a diehard Betsey Johnson fan, I was in love with this State Fair One Piece and had to have it!   What’s great about this piece is that it comes in both a one piece or as a bikini and it has a removable strap.   The suit gives full coverage without frumpiness, I adore the flirty frills and fanciful print.

I was planning on hitting the beach with this on, but we’re expecting rain in Chicago throughout the weekend and I could not wait to share it with you…seriously, it’s been a LONG time since I’ve been this obsessed over a swimsuit  (I think the last time I loved a suit this much was a Sesame Street one piece I wore when I was 4.)   I usually am pretty darn self conscious, especially in swimsuits, but I am stocked to hit the beach in this one piece!

My Tips For Finding A Swimsuit That Suits You



Do you do anything to prep for swimsuit season?

What are your fave summer accessories or swim fashion tips?


19 comments so far.

19 responses to “Getting Summer-Ready: Swim, Sun, Sand & Swimsuits!”

  1. I LOVE that swimsuit! It’s so much cuter than it looked on the website! I really have no business shopping right now, yet I feel compelled to go browsing….. (Please, hide my credit cards!)

    • Shannyn says:

      Hahah… we should get matching swimsuits! I’m just sayin’… ginger ale and sweet tea vodka, a sunny beach somewhere, laptops (or iPads in hand) maybe a hot cabana boy to refresh our drinks while we write blog posts next to the water. Just sayin’…

  2. Carrie Smith says:

    I love Betsey Johnson anything and this swimsuit is really cute! You look amazing in it too. You should flaunt your stuff proudly 🙂

    • Shannyn says:

      I adore Betsey Johnson, she was in Alpha Xi Delta (that’s why I’d guess she uses pink roses in her stuff so often) and the more I can get my hands on, the better! Leopard, floral, stripes..she’s got it all going on. I was so psyched to find this suit!

  3. Di says:

    I love the bathing suit on you! It looks great and such a fun print and design! Plus the option of wearing it with or without straps add for a versatile look.

    • Shannyn says:

      Thank you Di! I look forward to connecting on Twitter more often and I love your blog… high fives to a fellow Birchbox lover! 🙂

  4. Amber says:

    Really great post Shannyn! I *love* the suit – it’s feminine and fierce at the same time!

  5. Tammy says:

    That is quite possibly the cutest one piece I have seen this season! I love it.

    • Shannyn says:

      I know, isn’t it fabulous? I have always been in a weird position to find the right swimsuit- either one pieces are frumpy or bikinis don’t fit right and show off all the wrong stuff, I’m in heaven now that I found the perfect bathing suit!

  6. jannatul says:

    that swimsuit looks cute on you

    • Shannyn says:

      Aww, thank you! I was so nervous about being photographed in a suit for the blog, but having the right suit really helps! Hopefully the weather in Chicago will improve enough for me to wear it out!

  7. Hillary says:

    You look absolutely beautiful!!!! The swimsuit is gorgeous! I love it!! Betsey Johnson is one of my favorite designers! You seriously rock this swim suit! You are stunning!!!

    • Shannyn says:

      Seriously, I cannot say thanks enough for all of the kind comments! I’m so shy about being photographed on here…it’s something I have to get over since I love fashion and photography so much! I think reading all of gala darling and already pretty’s posts about body image have really helped!

  8. Daisy says:

    That’s an adorable swimsuit! It looks so cute!

  9. ImpulseSave says:

    Looks gorgeous Shannyn! I can’t believe you found such an incredible suit. It’s so great when you can actually find something you can be obsessed with, rather than just the same old whatever. Hope you get to wear it a lot this summer!

  10. Jenny McDonald says:

    Love the Betsey suit! I’ve been on the market for a perfect one, and I’m leaning towards the adorable retro looks that Torrid has right now.

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