A Day At the Beach and A Lesson in Self Love

Before I get into my Memorial Day Fun at the beach this past weekend, I have a confession to make:

This post almost didn’t make it.

It’s because I’ve come down with a serious case of the self-conscious monsters! You see, when I bought my swimsuit, coverup, and hat from Target I was in love with it all and couldn’t wait to wear it!  Then, being of blogger-mind, I thought the beach would be a perfect place to get some outfit pictures in for a cute post this week!  So during my outing I recruited my sister to take my pictures for me and just when I thought I was good to go, I took a look at the pictures.  My first reaction was that these pictures were not going up.  I didn’t like them at all and it wasn’t because the swimsuit was cute because I still love it but I felt really self conscious.  I know that I fell off my fitness wagon for the past two months and haven’t been eating as well as I should – which happens when you have a million things going on in your life.  But anyway, I wasn’t happy and I didn’t want to post these pictures.

Then this morning I was catching up on my blog reading and I came across two blog posts on finding sself-confidence in a bathing suit that Afrobella and The Curvy Fashionista did in which these brave women showed off their curves in bathing suits.  Both of these posts reminded me that there aren’t enough women in the blogosphere to show that fashion is gorgeous in all shapes and sizes.  It reminded me that one of the reasons why I started this blog was to show that fierceness comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors.  So no matter how much I may still be flinching on the inside to show myself in a swimsuit, I”m going to do it. No, I need to do it.  How can I support and preach about the topic of self-love if I don’t do it myself?

Now that’s out, I can get into this post like I need to!  This past Sunday I spent the day at Hollywood Beach with my family.  Like I said before I got this entire ensemble (sans the sandals) from Target.  I loved the fact they had the cutest one piece bathing suits that are so on trend this season and carry them in my size too!  I normally end up shelling around $100 for a swim suit that not only comes in my size but accomodates my “girls” as well.  This one I got on the clearance rack for $18!  It didn’t come with straps but had the hooks inside the suit so I just borrowed the removable straps from a strapless bra I own and voila!  I have all the support I needed!  The coverup was super comfortable and covered up everything I needed when I was ready to walk the boardwalk.  The floppy hat not only looked super cute, it kept my frizzy hair out of site and the sun out of my face.  Gotta love that!

Hollywood Beach

Ladies, the water was super warm that day! Loved it!


Me and All my glory! It's me and I have to learn to love her more!


I think this is the first time on the blog I am makeup-less! It's all good because it was waay too hot for all that!

I just love the architecture along the Hollywood Beach boardwalk

Here are a few scenic shots of the beach.  It was such a beautiful day out there!  Definitely one of the perks of living in South FL!




How lucky to have a condo this close to the beach?!

Polka Dot Swim Suit:  Target

Linen Tunic Coverup:  Target

White Floppy Hat:  Target

Sandals:  Payless


46 thoughts on “A Day At the Beach and A Lesson in Self Love

  1. Tag says:

    You look GORGEOUS!!! im glad you decided to post this because it is really sad only seeing pictures of the “ideal” thin body type. We all need to learn to love ourselves and our bodies. Very inspiring!

    • MJ says:

      Thank you! Love me some Target!

      And you are so welcome! Thank you for tweeting Gala Darling’s post. I don’t follow her so if I didn’t see it I wouldn’t have checked that story out (and never would have written my follow up post to this! :) )

  2. Alyson says:

    What a wonderfu post (and, SOO awesome to find a local blogger through twitter). I’m so glad you posted this — actually a big braver than me, though I’m working on it! — to share with women that we’re all beautiful. Funny that the more I read blogs I’m almost more comfortable in my skin instead of less because it’s so much more a real portrayal of women out there, not just the skinny minnie celebs and models paraded in front of us. If interested, I wrote a post about weight a few weeks back:

    Hope to meet you in person at our tweet up. :)


    • MJ says:

      You know I felt the exact same way when I started blogging. I was in place where I was so unsure of myself and just continuing to blog and connect with other bloggers I felt like I was finding my place in the world and it gets a little bit easier to do posts like this!

      I’m so stoked that in a span of one night on Twitter I found a whole bunch of Palm Beach bloggers! I’m so psyhced for the tweetup! :)

  3. Angela says:

    MJ, I’m so glad you did your post. I think you are much braver than you probably thought.
    You are such an inspiration to so many of us! I was impressed to the point of reading even your older posts, just to see what else this ” classy young lady: had to say. You’ve got the right mindset, keep doing Y-O-U ; )

    Angie B

    • MJ says:

      Oh wow!! I am too flattered by your comment! Thank you so much! Even if I can just help one person, I have accomplished what I set out to do with my blog :)

  4. Nicole says:

    Ahh! I love your swimsuit! So darn cute. And I’m so jealous you get to go to the beach already..it’s still too cool here in Canada :).

  5. Anika says:

    OMG darling!!! You are stunning in every way, and so inspiring!!! I am so happy you are being brave enough to not only share the photos with us but also share your inner dialouge about it. Love it! I recently bought a leopard swimsuit, and when I post that is the day I blow my box into obliviation. Mwuah!!

    • MJ says:

      Thank you so much love!! I definitely blew my my safety net clear out the water but that’s cool! We are making strides already so who knows what more we’re capable of! :)

  6. For Those About To Shop says:

    I JUST wrote a post about the way fashion mags talk about “flattering” swimwear and then proceed to post pictures of sculpted skinny models wearing them! Makes no sense…you are right there is a paucity of images of women over size 2 wearing swimsuits in fashion media and we need to increase that exposure. You look amazing!

    • MJ says:

      You are soooo right!! How can we know it flatters a woman wearing curves if we don’t see such a girl in them!

      Thank you so much for the compliment! :)

    • MJ says:

      I’m loving these retro swim suits that they’re coming out with now!

      The day was such a gorgeous day! The ocean is one of the things I fell in love with I moved down here!

  7. Jessie at Fashion Limbo says:

    Well I adore that swimsuit and I think you look absolutely fabulous and kudos to you for celebrating yourself with a stunning piece of clothing, a lovely day at the beach and sharing your gourgeousness with us xxx

    • MJ says:

      It’s such supportive comments like yours that helped me put this post up in the first place. Thank you so very much!

    • MJ says:

      Thank you so very much! That really means a lot and that entire process has definitely helped me grow as a blogger and as a person! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  8. Lola says:

    Thank you so much for your courage; I think you look gorgeous in your bathing-suit, very chic! Hugs to you from an overweight woman in Germany

    • MJ says:

      Thank you Kara! You have a great point and dealing with that challenge can teach people a lot about self confidence and loving yourself in your own skin, no matter what it looks like! :)

      Hollywood beach is awesome! You should definitely check it out!

  9. anupriya dutta says:

    I am loving the swimsuit on you :)
    The best way to have fun is perhaps the time
    when you stop being self conscious and this
    post has made
    my learn that.. I am glad I got to view this!
    I am loving that dress :D

    • MJ says:

      Thank you very much! You’re right, once you let all those nagging little voices go you can really have a good time! :)

  10. designedbyann says:

    I’m glad those pictures finally made it to the blog!
    This swimsuit is really nice and I like the hat too! You’re very classy, girl! :)

  11. GRIT & GLAMOUR says:

    I. LOVE. IT! The hat, the dots, the cover up (hello, I need that!)! It’s so put-together and stylish, even on the beach.

    But let’s talk about this amazing, honest, beautiful post. I am so touched by it and so glad you didn’t let your inner thoughts keep you down. Just today I read a similar post by Anika that you should read too:


    “…fierceness comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors.” You got THAT RIGHT!!! You are beautiful, inside and out. Don’t you ever forget it!

    • MJ says:

      I just read that post V and it totally tugged at my heart strings. I can totally understand where’s she’s coming from!

      Honestly, its bloggers like you who offer so much support that help combat those inner voices and try to lead by example. Thank you so much and I’m really glad I did this – it has definitely helped me feel better! :)

      Thank you soo much V for your support!!

  12. Krystle says:

    WOO HOO!!! LOOKIN’ FIERCE, lady!! I’m so excited that you stepped out and posted these!! Not only that, but you were totally authentic about it. I love that you decided to be true, and say “hey, this was hard for me but I’m doing it anyway.” That’s beautiful!!!


    • MJ says:

      Thank you Krystle! This season for me is all about stepping out my comfort zone and I’m surely way out of that zone! But in the end I’m glad I did! Thanks soo much for your support girl!

  13. Courtney says:

    You go girl! (Yeah, I said it!)


    It takes a lot of confidence to just take those photos, let alone post them for your readers. I’m glad you did it and I hope it inspires others to do the same.

    • MJ says:

      Thanks Courtney! I’m feeling a little better about it! I remember when you did a post without any make up and that took a lot of confidence too! ;)

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