(Sunglasses: Topshop, Swimming Costume: Rhythm via ASOS, Shorts: M.I.H)

I guess you could definitely say these aren't your average swimsuit pictures (the top one even looks like something from an Always advert too, but the less said about that the better, right)? I definitely don't look poised or polished- and despite my funny old career which would lead you to think otherwise, I'm definitely more comfortable behind the camera than I am in front of it (don't laugh mum). Taking pictures like this is always daunting (especially when you're make up free and glowing from the 30 degree heat). You're picking out every lump and bump, contour and curve and wondering if you could have possibly worked harder at the gym or really persevered with not eating chocolate for the five days prior to stepping on the plane (I mean, come on)...

But do you know what? I felt good. I didn't feel stressed. I didn't feel unwell and I felt constantly inspired and achy from laughing from the women I was away with (the nearest I'll be getting to a six pack that's for sure). And isn't that what matters the most? I didn't want to turn this into a body confidence think piece because I know I'll never be able to articulate those feelings as well as so many others do, but having picked up this total winner of a swimming costume on ASOS (then photographed it, analysed the pictures as I chose what to upload) here we are. Sometimes I think it's important to tap into these conversations (even when my main topic of chatter was the outfit)- because we're all only human, and sometimes embracing and discussing our insecurities reminds us of that.

Anyway! A quick note on the swimsuit, right? This little get up was one of my favourites that I took away with me and could't believe it was all from ASOS. I was so blown away by this swimming costume find, which hugely reminded me of the solid and striped pieces I love (but didn't manage to pick up) and paired with these high waisted and slightly longer cut M.i.H jeans- I felt a little bit Age-of-Aquarius and a little bit Bay Watch- which I'm certain is only ever a good thing- perhaps next time I'll brave the red all in one too. Ahem.



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(Sunglasses: Topshop, Swimming Costume: Rhythm via ASOS, Shorts: M.I.H)

I guess you could definitely say these aren't your average swimsuit pictures (the top one even looks like something from an Always advert too, but the less said about that the better, right)? I definitely don't look poised or polished- and despite my funny old career which would lead you to think otherwise, I'm definitely more comfortable behind the camera than I am in front of it (don't laugh mum). Taking pictures like this is always daunting (especially when you're make up free and glowing from the 30 degree heat). You're picking out every lump and bump, contour and curve and wondering if you could have possibly worked harder at the gym or really persevered with not eating chocolate for the five days prior to stepping on the plane (I mean, come on)...

But do you know what? I felt good. I didn't feel stressed. I didn't feel unwell and I felt constantly inspired and achy from laughing from the women I was away with (the nearest I'll be getting to a six pack that's for sure). And isn't that what matters the most? I didn't want to turn this into a body confidence think piece because I know I'll never be able to articulate those feelings as well as so many others do, but having picked up this total winner of a swimming costume on ASOS (then photographed it, analysed the pictures as I chose what to upload) here we are. Sometimes I think it's important to tap into these conversations (even when my main topic of chatter was the outfit)- because we're all only human, and sometimes embracing and discussing our insecurities reminds us of that.

Anyway! A quick note on the swimsuit, right? This little get up was one of my favourites that I took away with me and could't believe it was all from ASOS. I was so blown away by this swimming costume find, which hugely reminded me of the solid and striped pieces I love (but didn't manage to pick up) and paired with these high waisted and slightly longer cut M.i.H jeans- I felt a little bit Age-of-Aquarius and a little bit Bay Watch- which I'm certain is only ever a good thing- perhaps next time I'll brave the red all in one too. Ahem.



x

24 comments:

  1. You look beautiful and I love that swimsuit - go stripes! <3 So glad you were so honest in writing about your feelings too, as I think sometimes people think you're immune to insecurity if you're "used" to being in a lot of pictures, but it's not always the case! I bet I could learn a lot from you seeing as I barely have any pictures of me on my blog - I just get so nervous to ask people to take my photo!

    Thank you for writing this post! xx

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

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  2. This swimsuit is so pretty, definitely going in my basket! You are absolutely gorgeous !!!

    Zeynab x
    The Beauty Load

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  3. I love that swimsuit, it's so cute!
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  4. i love this outfit you look so lovely xx

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  5. Love the swimsuit, and you look gorgeous in all these pictures!

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  6. Great post! :)

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  7. You look amazing girl! I love the swimsuit, it's so cute!xx

    Lucy | lucy-cole.co.uk

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  8. Great suit. Also can double up as a body suit. Love it!

    Liv

    http://livforstyle.net

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  9. You are looking incredibly cute and so summery in this outfit!

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  10. That swimsuit looks really nice on you.

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  11. The shorts are adorable with that little rainbow!! also love the positive energy you show in these pics!

    xx from italy
    Cate ღ 35mm in Style

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  12. OMGeee that cossie is so cute! I need to get my hands on this

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    Ellie xx

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  13. that swimsuit is divine. need to find one similar, loveee. <3

    Indya
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  14. Loveee these shots Liv! You look amazing :)

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  15. So beautiful swuimsuit
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  16. The swimsuit is gorgeous and you look beautiful! Love that you were honest about your feelings taking these photos and insecurities; you're right, we're all only human and I think its great to mention these things even if you're not going into a full on post about them! Totally want a little striped cossie now...
    Sophie xxx

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  17. I love this swimsuit! Beautiful pics!

    FashionnPasion

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  18. This is a lovely post, I love the chatty style of your blog! This swimsuit is to die for, I will definitely be checking it out & am so glad you had such a great time.

    Holly from The Art of Being Holly xo

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  19. Super cute Liv! Also dying over that little rainbow on your shorts!

    -Amanda
    www.wanderlustandwardrobes.blogspot.com

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  20. I totally understand your concerns about taking photos, especially in the summer when hair gets dry from the sun and makeup melts on the skin haha. I have the same worries. However you look great here, and the most important is that you're having a great time and taking photos to keep memories of it! :D

    Julia x
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  21. Aaahh stunning photos! And when you mentioned being more comfortable behind the camera; I SO relate! Your writing was actually very inspiring, knowing that despite certain doubts, at the end of it, you felt good and un-stressed. You look GREAT in these photos, and honestly, no one is harsher to us about our insecurities than we are to ourselves, right? Also, I think it's about the company you keep! Like having friends that inspire you and make you laugh. <3
    Lovely post as always, Olivia. Have a great week!

    Joanne | Life in Blue Skies

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  22. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this Liv, I've always felt different IRL to in my head and it really makes me concious on camera, but fine in life - almost the thought of sharing it makes me feel 10x larger and more squidgy. It's such a topic, I have so many thoughts, but you look beautiful babe always think you do <3 <3

    Lauren x
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