8 January 2016

The Look: Bikini Bod

Triangl neoprene bikini'The body is meant to be seen, not covered up'. Marilyn Monroe
denim macro
 bikini triangl

denim bikini
 Bikini: Triangl Brigitte Bikini (Get It Here)

I’ve never been one for swimsuit photos, but after almost a year of upping my workout routine I thought ‘what the heck!’ Like most young women, I have spent most of my adult life having a negative relationship with my body. From dreading buying that pair of jeans, to covering up my self-named ‘thunder thighs’ every time it was warm enough to brave a swimsuit.

But for the first time in my life, I am not embarrassed to say that I am starting to feel more confident in my own skin. So when Triangl sent me this stunning neoprene bikini, I decided to head to the beach and take some snaps. Yes: I will never be Miranda Kerr. Yes: I have stretch marks. Yes: My thigh gap is smaller than one inch, but, you know what: I’m ok with that. This beautiful neoprene bikini hugs my curves like a glove, giving me that extra inch of body confidence I need to bare all (well…nearly) on the beach.
crochet bikini
I’m still not gonna get out all the trumpets and exclaim that ‘I have the perfect bikini body.’ As a matter of fact, you’re more likely to find me whacking out the odd violin and play ‘an ode to my chub thighs.’ But I’m getting better. And, from seeing such a huge improvement in both my body confidence and my physical shape in the past year, I thought I would share with you my tips.

Disclaimer: Girrrrlll… you know I’m not a personal trainer/dietician/ whatever. But I would love to think that I’d helped one person feel just that little bit better about their bod. And hey; I’m gonna take that chance!

1. Aim for strong not skinny 
Back in my teenage years, I put far too much emphasis on what the scales were reading. It only took me until now to realise that the scales can often be our arch nemesis. But once I aimed to build muscle and fitness, I actually started enjoying working out. I set myself cardio goals and made it a personal challenge. Believe me you will get such a good buzz when you can finally do those 30 stomach crunches!
bikini body image

2.     2. Know What’s Reality
It really saddens me that young women compare themselves to those stunners in glossy mags. Guess what? Those stretch marks? That cellulite? Once little poof of the Photoshop wizards wand and it’s all gone. Beyonce has cellulite. Almost everyone has stretch marks: own it!

With models, it’s all in their genes! As someone who has worked closely with runway models I can only begin to tell you the amount of junk food these girls eat backstage! They have some sort of turbo-power metabolism. We should aim for what’s healthy for us.
 bikini pear shape
3.    3. Enjoy life
GRRRRRR at diets! C’mon; who wants to give up ice cream? These calorie-cutting diets seem all great for that three month program, but once we ditch it, all the weight will come creeping back on.
My motto is: enjoy life! Don’t skip those poolside mojitos with friends or that crème brulee, but do you really need fast food? Similarly, make exercise something you really enjoy. Working out doesn’t have to be doing burpees until you faint, it can be as simple as an afternoon walk or a salsa class. Find what you find fun and stick to it!
Triangl neoprene bikini
4. Embrace yourself
Perfection is over-rated. Imagine just how much pressure you would be under if you were Gigi Hadid? Embrace all the beautiful things about yourself inside and out.
neoprene bikini Rachel


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  2. Sexy sexy

  3. I love it!

    The Cutielicious

  4. You look gorgeous!!!

  5. Whaoooo! You have an amazing body Rachel. Beautiful swimsuit. It looks perfect on you!
    Great post! Happy Weekend babe.
    Xo, Raysa

  6. Amazing bikini dear!!!

  7. This Triangl bikini is so beautiful! Love the color combo (:
    Nati xx

  8. You certainly have a bikini bod. Such an amazing figure and a beautiful bikini, I do love the blue shades in this piece. Laura x

  9. one word: sexy. You have the body for a bikini. I dont think I can pull this off

  10. Love the swimsuit...beautiful!

  11. this bikini amazing, super fab location
    happy weekend
    fashion blogger

  12. Drop dead gorgeous. Cute bikini too.

  13. Rachel you look absolutely gorgeous! This bathing suit was made for you!! I love that you picked blue, my fav. I'm so glad to hear that your feeling more confident in your body, as you should. Your confidence shines through in these photos :-).

    Have a great weekend gorgeous !

  14. What a fantastic bikini, it's really striking! You're very toned, that's certainly what I aim for as well as being strong

  15. Great bikini!

  16. You are perfect with this beautiful bikini Rachel. There is a problem, I want summer and sea. Here in Italy there are 2° and rain time.... :-(
    Kisses and thank you for your visit,

    Eniwhere Fashion
    Bloglovin of Eniwhere Fashion

  17. beautiful! I love that triangle bathing suit :)

    Lots of love,
    Kayla xo // Kayla's Vibration

  18. These are fabulous photos Rachel, girl you're workouts over the past year have well and truly paid off! Your tips are all so on point, especially closing the door on diets, as well as finding ways to workout that you enjoy - after all, it's not a chore if you're having fun! :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice

  19. You look fabulous, the bikini is so lovely! Love your blog .x

  20. Nice swimsuit :)
    Maria V.

  21. You are DROP DEAD STUNNING. Forget Triangl swimwear, I'm pretty sure everyone wants to wear YOU. As for the "perfect bikini body" what the hell is that anyway? Some silly thing made up by society to make women feel bad about themselves. I, personally, think you look incredible as I'm sure all the comments on here convey. I'm happy to hear you are aiming for strong and feeling more confident in doing so. I have struggled with body issues as well over the year.. It takes so long to accept yourself, and love yourself because you are enough. You always were, you just may not have been able to see it :) I

    want to shared with you something I wrote and shared with a few people but this post made me think of it: I have outgrown many things. I have outgrown relatives who gladly offer criticism but not support. I have outgrown my need to meet my family's unrealistic expectations of me. I have outgrown girls who wear masks and secretly rejoice at my misfortunes. I have outgrown shrinking myself for boys who are intimidated by my intelligence and outspoken nature. I have outgrown friends who cannot celebrate my accomplishments. I have outgrown people who conveniently disappear whenever life gets a little dark. I have outgrown those who take pleasure in gossiping and spreading negativity. I have outgrown dull, meaningless conversations that feel forced. I have outgrown those who don't take a stand against ignorance and injustice. I have outgrown trying to please everyone. I have outgrown society constantly telling me I'm not beautiful, smart, or worthy enough. I have outgrown trying to fix every little flaw. I have outgrown my tendency to fill my mind with self-doubt and insecurity. I have outgrown trying to find reasons not to love myself. I have outgrown anything and anyone that does not enrich the essence of my soul. I have outgrown many things, and I've never felt #freer.

    I hope that empowers you the way it empowered me to write it and share it. May this weekend be filled with many blessings for you, dear Rachel, because you are deserving of them all..


  22. Amazing pictures and congrats on your body! That takes discipline!!! Love triangl I have similar ones :) kiss

    BamBam Blog


  23. You make some great suggestions, I think it's really important to eat well and have a balances diet too! I want to get more into the fitness side of things though :)

    Velvet Blush

  24. Beautiful pictures! That bikini is amazing :)

  25. Gorgeous xxx

    Great Post. Lovely Blog. Really loving your blog.
    Keep in touch, Will feel proud to see you on my blog. xxx

  26. Oh wow, you look amazing! This post made me miss the seaside so much!


  27. You look so stunning, Your work out has totally paid off. I love the tips you just gave on working on the body, they are very realistic.

  28. That's amazing!

    Have a nice week end!
    Photographer Gil Zetbase

  29. Gorgeous swimsuit! And you look fierce, girl! Thanks for sharing! x

  30. Very cute! I love the stitching it looks like a mix of denims.

  31. look beautiful and sexy. Wait right there while I hit the gym. Ha!!

  32. Oh my goodness, you look absolutely beautiful! I love the bikini & congratulations on working so hard to reach your goal xx

  33. You have a beautiful bikini ready body! And that swimsuit looks great on you.
    Hope you're having a great weekend!

    xo, jackie

  34. You look beautiful! Please do a post on your diet and exercise regime as well. Would love to read it :)

  35. Gorgeous bikini! Jelly of this beach weather, it's cold and rainy in Boston!

    Happy New Year!

    Chow Down USA

  36. you look gorgeous. thank you for writing this posts and empowering women all over the world. women need to embrace their bodies and need to feel sexy and confident no matter what!


  37. Rachel, you do look amazing in these pics and your post is so true ! I agree with everything you said, you have a fit, healthy and beautiful body and this bikini is wonderful, need to get myself one asap ! Kisses

    Fashion and Cookies - fashion blog

  38. It's all in our heads. Isn't it a pity to have a nice body and hide?

  39. Preach it, girl! Everyone should feel comfortable in their own bodies, I think that confident is sexy! And you look like a beautiful goddess in these pictures. That bikini is awesome, I really like the print and I've heard amazing things about Triangl, so congrats! :)

  40. You look amazing Rachel. Agreeing with 'to look strong and not skinny'. My little goal this year is to be fitter, firmer and healthier x

    Real Life Nerd //

  41. You look incredible & you are absolutely rocking it!

  42. Such an utterly stunning look!I love this post.

  43. Hard work definitely pays off! Congrats girlie and I love that two piece on you.

    XO, Jessi

  44. What a chic bikini, you look amazing

  45. OMG you have looks that could kill, you are so toned!!! I love the bikini too I keep meaning to get a triangl one for summer. Great tips btw hun, I need to get back into fitness to feel more confident xxx

  46. Looking great!! <3

  47. Amazing bikini! Can't wait for summer after seeing these pics!
    Fashion Soup

  48. Nice post!
    You looks gorgeous wearing that bikini!

  49. I have the same Bikini and I love it ♥ Looks wonderful on you!

  50. You are very beautiful. I love your bikini. Here you have a new follower. A little kiss.

  51. Very pretty bikini set and a gorgeous view around you :)

  52. wow, that bikini is so gorgeous :)

  53. Great photos :)
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    Sonya Thaniya
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  54. Hotness overloaded babe! So gorgeous! Hope you have a wonderful week doll!
    Much love, Len

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  56. Work it girl! Such an inspiring post about body image which most of us struggle with! But you look AMAZING!! Love that bathing suit too!

  57. You look amazing! And these are such great points! Beautiful post!

  58. It is so cold here, I wish I could wear a bikini. But you look absolutely amazing and I am so loving all of the photos.

    Kia / KTS

  59. Perfect bikini body: Put on bikini. Done.

    It took me a long time to come to terms in my own skin. After a decade of battling an eating disorder, my past few years have been AMAZINGLY freeing. Not worrying about my body made my body look the best its ever been. It's a mindset. I also stopped weighing myself over 3 years ago. Not knowing the number and not being a slave to it is fabulous.

    Wishing you all the best on your body empowerment journey!
    Style Tomes || Style Tomes on Instagram

  60. You look great dear!

  61. Dear Rachel,
    You look simply wonderful and I'm so happy with you that you finally feel confident in your really beautiful body!
    Thanks a lot for sharing the adorable pictures, they brought a warm feeling in my heart. I agree absolutely about what you wrote and I want to add that when I was young I thought that my body has so much improvement - but didn't realise how good my body was at that time. Obviously it happens young women don't see their own beauty ...
    It's wonderful you feel now confident in your body!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    International Time-Related Giveaway: Bad News and More

  62. Great post - you have a fantastic figure!

    Jenn | Jennifer Jayne

  63. Wow, this is such a wonderful post, Rachel! First off, you look amazing in that bikini, which is perfect on your body and skin tone! I agree, we should focus primarily on being strong and healthy, not skinny. I also agree that we should stop comparing ourselves to these models and celebrities we see on the magazine covers because like you said, they too have cellulite and stretch marks! We only get one body, which makes it so important that we not only take care of it, but also love and accept it. Such a great and inspiring post, beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing!



  64. First of all, I love your swim suit. The pattern looks gorgeous and you look great in it. Secondly, you do not have thunder thighs! You have a very nice figure and I don't think you need to be self conscious at all :) That being said, I totally understand, though. I always prefer wearing a bikini top with short swim shorts instead of bikini bottoms because I don't like the look of my thighs either and I hate my stretch marks. I am learning to not be so hard on myself, though, and try to appreciate the things I do like about my body more.

    You look great hun! Hope you are enjoying your stay in England.

    xo, mikéla /

  65. You look fantastic! I love your confidence! The bikini is very cool and fits perfectly


  66. That is a gorgeous suit and looks stunning on you! Very nice.

    Allie of ALLIENYC

  67. This bikini is beautiful! Luckily my new years resolution is to hit up the gym more often. It looks great on you.

    Brittny |

  68. Your Triangl Bridget Bikini is beautiful and you look fabulous! Thanks for the pep talk - I needed it :D

  69. Fall in love with the look and the photos were wonderful .


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