Spring fever, as usual.

First things first!

Winner of the spectacular Karastase Hair mask is…..
Erin Rump! (email me your address at [email protected])
Congrats! And thank you to everyone who entered, I totally love you for it.

Ok on to the post…

I start getting spring fever as soon as I put the Christmas Tree down.
Once Christmas is over winter is just cold, it has nothing left to offer me.
Which is why I have been on a hunt for a cute suit.

A one piece.

Not because I don’t love bikinis, I adore them and there are FAR more of them to choose from at much more reasonable prices.
The problem is, the majority of my swim time is done with a two year old, a very curious two year old who thinks nothing of yanking the only strings that stand between me and public nudity.
The other thing is I am human and sometimes over eat or over drink soda which leads to being bloated which leads to something called bikiniphobia…

I just want an option that is a little more reliable this year.

Cute Suit

Alloy | ย Hereย 

cute suit

J. Crew | Here

cute suit

Asos | Here

Hazel eyes tomorrow…hopefully – sorry with all the moving and what not…I’m behind!


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    February 21, 2013 at 2:27 am

    O dont think the top one is an option. first if you are as small chested, and as thin as the model …it looks horrible. Does nothing for her. If you are bigger, i think by how LOW this goes you will be falling out of it while playing with your 2 yr old..lol. looove the middle one, very pretty and practical.

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    February 21, 2013 at 2:30 am

    They’re all adorable, but I definitely love the J. Crew suit the best. It looks like the top of an evening gown! The peachy pink color would look fabulous with your new blond hair too ๐Ÿ™‚ Good luck picking one!

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    February 21, 2013 at 2:32 am

    You may want to stick to a suit with straps. I love the bandeau tops, but holding my little girl in the pool means her hands are right there and well… I love the look, but if you thought ties were trouble, just wait until there are no straps.

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    Miss Viola Swamp (@imaqt209421)
    February 21, 2013 at 2:33 am

    I actually really like the top one the best :). I think it would be hard to wear a strapless suit without being aware of it the whole time.

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      February 21, 2013 at 2:50 am

      oops…now i have spent the 15 minutes browsing bathing suits…and thats just one site. lol I agree with you all about the straps, and its nice to have the option of removing it. i love the colour/bold pattern on the top one..but i am quite “flat” like the model and would have a big flat expanse of chest bone in that suit..lol. it doesnt come with any type of padding, just a shelf bra. I love the evening gown description of the pink one. ๐Ÿ™‚ And I love that a one piece doesnt have to look matronly. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Brittany Broome (@brittany_elyse)
    February 21, 2013 at 2:51 am

    Cara! I’m with you here. I have no two year old, but bikiniphobia is a problem of mine. I live in the UK but still couldn’t resist all of the swimsuits at Black Milk from Australia. They’re really simple, flattering cuts with really quirky designs – definitely worth adding to your browse list ๐Ÿ™‚ I got this one (in February – mid winter!) and love it… http://blackmilkclothing.com/collections/swimsuits/products/galaxy-purple-swimsuit

    Brittany x

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    Lisa G.
    February 21, 2013 at 3:21 am

    For my recent trip to Jamaica with I bought three one-pieces from ASOS, they have so many cute options. When I got the package in the mail and showed them to my husband he was a little hesitant (what man doesn’t want his wife in a bikini vs. a one-piece) but when I tried them on he was sold. He thought they were sexier than my bikinis! Go for it! I was much more comfortable especially after a week of overindulging!

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    February 21, 2013 at 3:22 am

    I purchased a suit from Macy’s 2 years ago that’s very similar to the JCrew one. I love it! Super comfy & flattering & you don’t have to worry about kiddos untying anything!!

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    Maddy Cane
    February 21, 2013 at 3:40 am

    I love the last one the best, it looks like a really flattering cut (helps that the model is stunning though! xxx

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    February 21, 2013 at 3:40 am

    I would go for the Alloy one! Suitable for a mom, but not a mom suit ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Amanda McGuire
    February 21, 2013 at 3:50 am

    Wow love the pink one!! I’m so glad you posted this! Having had 2 kids within the past 2 1/2 years I was dreading “bikini season”. Your posts always leave me a little happier after reading. ๐Ÿ™‚ You’ll look great in any of them, have fun!

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    February 21, 2013 at 3:57 am

    So cute!!! I’ve always liked http://www.divinitasole.com for suits…they always have cute mommy suits:)

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    February 21, 2013 at 4:02 am

    Thank you Cara! I love LOVE your blog and ideas. I feel prettier already for the things you have taught me since I found you via Pinterest a few weeks back! Thanks for sharing busy mom life with us ๐Ÿ™‚

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    February 21, 2013 at 4:06 am

    The floral is gorgeous!

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    February 21, 2013 at 4:13 am

    Hi Cara – I just wanted to say how very much I enjoy reading your blog – it’s diverse, cute content & offers great tips – keep it up.


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    February 21, 2013 at 4:37 am

    J. Crew. So pretty.

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    February 21, 2013 at 5:05 am

    I love lime ricky swimwear. The tankini’s are great. another I love is http://www.divinitasole.com/designer. I have to say I do love your j crew pick.

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    Angela Davis-Whitbeck
    February 21, 2013 at 5:36 am

    The J. Crew suit in guava is timelesss and will hide a multitude of figure flaws. The the color is amazing and can be worn with a skirt, a scarf, or a wrap and sundress. Sandles and jewelry can complete this look in so many ways and work into so many different pieces. It could be the one staple for your vacation carry-on with a few skirts, a sweater, a pair of sandles and flip-flops, and a beautiful scarf. There’s no reason to check luggage again!

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    February 21, 2013 at 6:27 am

    I love the pink one! But I think the alloy one would look fabulous on you! I am also considering a one piece this year.

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    Liza Lu
    February 21, 2013 at 6:59 am

    I am so excited and full of anticipation for your hazel eyes posts! As far as the bathing suits are concerned I’d like to respond in MFK fashion… ๐Ÿ™‚ 1st suit- K 2nd suit- F & 3rd suit M
    Hope you find the perfect one! All three are lovely though ๐Ÿ™‚

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    February 21, 2013 at 8:22 am

    Cara, check out Hapari.com. They have THE CUTEST tankinis ever. Long enough to cover your tummy but soooo flattering. Once I bought one of their suits I have never bought another brand and I probably never will…they are THAT awesome!

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    February 22, 2013 at 12:51 am

    i like the first one & jcrew one best! how tall are you, cara? im not that tall (5′ 7″) but i have a super long torso so i can never find a one piece that fits me. not sure if anyone else around here is shaped like that…but id love to hear any suggestions for where to shop for a one piece that the boob-covering area doesnt land at my upper rib cage lol

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      February 22, 2013 at 7:34 am

      J Crew for long torso. I got one last year, adorable and wedgie free.

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    February 22, 2013 at 2:47 am

    i love the swimsuits you picked out! you’ve got me wanting a one piece this year and i don’t even have kids! lol!

    may I also add a request for a grey eyes tutorial? or would that be too similar to the blue? as much as i want to believe my eyes are blue, they really are more grey and i have a hard time finding ways to make them stand out and not look so boring. ๐Ÿ™ love your blog!!

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    February 22, 2013 at 4:31 am

    Love the first one! I may have to order that one myself! Sidenote–wondering if you would do a few eye tutorials using the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palate? ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for all your awesome tutorials! You have totally helped me figure out how to do beautiful makeup.

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    February 22, 2013 at 4:44 am

    Love the top one!

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    February 22, 2013 at 7:33 am

    Go with J Crew. I bought my first one piece there after baby #2 last summer. The fit is great and they are super cute. Added bonuses: the price isn’t jaw dropping & they come in long torso. Not sure “long” is something you need, but the last thing I needed was front to back wedgie while chasing my two year old on the beach.

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    kassy stuart
    February 24, 2013 at 2:18 am

    I’m also on a suit hunt. Such a pain! I swear I can never find the perfect one :/ Oh and I’m liking the bottom one ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Amanda Wright
    February 26, 2013 at 1:56 am

    The peachy pink j crew one is adorable. Ruching (sp) hides and that color is perfect for your skin and new hair!!

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    January 30, 2014 at 6:50 am

    I agree with others about a tutorial for the second look. That’s exactly what I would like for the office.

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