Personal body confidence is something that I’ve been working on for a while now as its not something that has always come naturally to me, but as you’ll probably remember from my body confidence blog post a couple months back, I’m starting to feel more and more comfortable in my skin and seeing positive changes not only in the way I look, but how I feel on a day-to-day basis. Swimwear is something I’ve always been a little daunted by, especially over the past couple of years, but recently I’ve been feeling better about the way I look and embracing my body shape and pale skin, so when M&S contacted me to send me some surprise holiday pieces I took the bull by the horns and said HELL YES, let’s do this!

I received the most gorgeous package from M&S which consisted of a dreamy beach bag filled with two beautiful swimsuits, both bold and colourful, so right up my street! Each is a slightly different shape, one halterneck with pretty back tie detailing, and one the more traditional swimsuit shape with a flattering wrap-over design. I absolutely LOVE both designs, and they couldn’t be more my style. I also received two cover-ups, both of which are relaxed shirt styles, one sheer black which is super flattering, and one white cotton which is going to be brilliantly versatile for Summer days. Sadly, I don’t have any holidays booked for the rest of the year as we’re saving up for our wedding and honeymoon next year, so to put these to the test I hot-footed it to my favourite Spa at Ribby Hall for a morning by the pool!

First impressions for both of the costumes is that they fit incredibly well and both are super flattering on my figure. I can’t explain how happy I was when I looked in the mirror (something that I’m a lot of us find a scary prospect in swimwear!). They both instantly boosted my confidence and made me feel amazing thanks to their hidden slimming panels and flattering shapes. Quality-wise, both are definitely going to last me a long time, which is perfect as they’re already both top of the packing list for next year’s honeymoon! The colours remind me of the costumes I used to have as a kid, splashing around in the paddling pool in the garden in summer or on our holidays with friends at the seaside!

I must admit, I was a little nervous to look back at these photos, as they look great on the little camera screen but once you blow them up full size on the computer it can be a completely different story. Do you know what though? I’m so pleased with how they’ve turned out. I think its important to point out that there is no editing on my body (only adjustments to the overall colour of the photos to balance out the light) – so this is all me – stretch marks, a bit of cellulite and definitely no thigh gap, but who cares?!


Swimwear & Beach Cover Ups – all from the M&S Holiday Shop*



If you fancy winning an M&S holiday package similar to the one I received, complete with some gorgeous swimwear, then all you need to do is share your favourite holiday snaps or memories with me on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtags #NoHolidayHangUps. Head over to my Facebook or Twitter pages for all of the details. I’ll be choosing my favourite entry on Wednesday 9th August and will announce the winner on Twitter. Good luck!

C x

This post was written in collaboration with M&S. Thank you also to Ribby Hall Spa Hotel!

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