Posts tagged ‘Nordstrom’

Fashionable One Piece Swimsuits

An upcoming vacation had me looking at so many swimsuits in stores and online. It was refreshing how many fashionable and fun options there are for one pieces in 2017. Unfortunately I could not find one that fit my super long torso in time for my vacation, but I found great options for people to have more standard body proportions.

Target had so many options. It is also worth mentioning that Target now carries bikinis in D and DD cup sizes. They are a great place to look for affordable swimsuits.



This was my favorite of the swimsuits I tried on at Target. It was slightly too short for my torso, but otherwise it was great. The mesh panels are just the right amount of revealing. $40.



This was my second favorite at Target. The back is so pretty in person. The black on black crochet is pretty and not overly bohemian. Unfortunately this back style doesn’t provide tons of support for women with a larger bust. $40.


High neck swimwear is becoming more and more popular. I love it because I think it looks elegant, it also helps prevent sunburns on the delicate skin. Bright patterns are a must in summer for me.TargetSwim5

Only $40, and it looks similar to some much more expensive options.

Every year Nordstrom has cute one piece swimwear. The bad part for me is I always end up liking very expensive swimsuits that they sell.


This Robin Piccone swimsuits is my dream suit of the season. At $158 I just couldn’t justify the price tag (last year I only wore a swimsuit 2 times).


 This Isabella Rose swimsuit is even more stunning in person. i love the romantic floral pattern. At $150 it was also out of my price range.

Anthropologie has a one piece exactly my level of sexy.



I love everything about it, color, deep plunge, and the mostly open back. This OYE Elvira one piece is $350, so I didn’t  buy it because that’s more than my car payment.

Figleaves is a UK based website that I suggest to all the women I know that are busty. It is one of the few sites to have bikinis for larger cup sizes, and they have some fun one pieces.


This Seafolly one is my favorite that they are offering this year. For$142 it is spendy, but it is very different from others I have found.

Remember that swimwear like all fashion is all about personal preference. You should wear what makes you comfortable. One pieces can be fun and sexy, they aren’t just for older women. Also this swimsuit season, don’t judge or body shame other women. Everyone should love their body, but many people struggle with that. So if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t; say anything at all. Have fun in the sun.

~Caitlin Malia~


Going Braless…?

Going braless seemed to be all the rage in 2016. When I first heard about this my immediate thought was, oh God no. My chest size has fluctuated when my weight has fluctuated. At my heaviest weight in college my bra size was 32E or 34 DD/DDD depending on the brand. This added a lot to my hesitation to going with out a bra. However I am now pretty in shape and have a smaller chest (32DD last time I got sized). The supposed health benefit to going braless got my attention in 2016 so I started looking into it more.

As a woman that used to have a large chest I can tell you, wearing absolutely nothing is not comfortable. Going braless and wearing nothing for support if you have a large chest can be truly painful. One time in college I ran down the stairs in my condo in just a t-shirt and shorts because I was excited about a delivery I was getting. I immediately regretted my decision and my chest hurt for 48 hours. If you are above a DD cup going braless and having no support will probably not be enjoyable. But if you are below that size there are some minimal support options that are decent.

Bralettes can be amazing. I was turned onto them in 2012 by a co-worker who has a fuller chest than me, and the Free People brand ones worked for her. I learned it is important that the bralette be very fitted if you want it to give you that little bit of support. The ones with thicker straps or racer backs in my experience provide more support. The ones that have practically string for straps as you might guess, provide zero support.

This is the most recent bralette I purchased. It is so pretty in person, and a week after I saw it Victoria’s Secret had bralettes 50% off. So I purchased it for $17.25, but the regular price in $34.50 which I think is a tad high. It provides  a little support, enough that I don’t feel naked. It also makes me feel pretty, I’m a sucker for lace and it reminds me of summer.


This long line racer back style provides a surprising amount of support. It’s no traditional bra, but it keeps everything in place and more comfortable. This one is by Out From Under, $20 from Urban outfitters.



This Free People option is available from Nordstrom for $20, or 2 for $36.


Seamless sports bras are also a nice option if you don’t want a traditional bra, but also don’t want to go braless. This Zella sports bra is $38 from Nordstrom.


If you are okay will going braless but don’t want to have to worry about nipping or a nip slip pasties (silicone nipple covers) are a great option. These reusable ones are available from Target for $9.

Apparently going without a conventional bra forces the muscles to develop more, so in theory your boobs are perkier. You have to start it when you are younger to develop the muscle tone, but no article I found gives an exact age.

For me this will not be an everyday thing, but on the occasional day off I will try it out.

Spring Time = Sandal Time

I always get excited for spring in Oregon. All the flowers start to bloom and it is beautiful. My favorite thing about spring in Oregon though, is the new wardrobe possibilities. 8 months out of the year it is cold and rainy so clothing and shoe choices are limited.

For me spring means sandals and open toed shoes. Below are some of my favorites for this year.

SamEdelmanSam Edelman Sandals $70 at Nordstrom.

MelissaMelissa Jelly Sandal $50 at Nordstrom.

IvankaTrump-99Ivanka Trump Sandals $100 at Nordstrom.

One thing to remember, a pedicure is your best friend when you wear sandals. I hope everyone is enjoying spring so far.

~Caitlin Malia~