I’m back from our magical Mauritian honeymoon! We really needed some time to take it easy after the hard work over the past year for the wedding, so that’s exactly what we did. Lots of sunbathing and swimming in a turquoise sea. And lots of eating – superb seafood galore! I’m also a bit of a menace at a well-stocked breakfast buffet – I don’t think I had many breakfasts that weren’t three courses… Basically, bliss. Mauritius has tourism down to a fine art – which is either a good or bad thing depending on how you look at it, but I have to say it makes things a lot more pleasant when everyone you meet is friendly and hospitable!
Going out to a tropical paradise it was tempting to plan a tonne of outfit shoots for the blog because when would I be somewhere like this again? But, honestly, I just didn’t feel like it. So, I stuck to doing two – and this one is extra special because it’s in collaboration with For Luna and is my first (and could well be the last!) swimwear look! I’m fortunate that while I know I don’t have a model’s physique, I’ve been quite comfortable in my own skin since probably my mid 20s. I feel lucky for the shape I have and that while I watch what I eat, I’m not obsessive about it and still have plenty of treats.
Even so, it wasn’t without any trepidation that I signed myself up for a bikini shoot! I’m not toned and I carry weight on my stomach, and I’m bigger than I was when I was younger, naturally. But, I really wanted to do it for myself as a new challenge – and being somewhere this warm and beautiful was a good time to try. The key to this was going to be a darn good bikini, and For Luna’s got plenty of those! I knew the range this bikini was from was designed to be flattering and I’m so pleased I’ve had chance to take this set for a spin because it’s fab.
As tempting as it was, I haven’t airbrushed my figure and I wasn’t holding my stomach in in the below photos. The latter was because I forgot entirely, we were concentrating so hard on the lighting side of things, as usually I would! But the fact is I’m not and I do have a little tummy, but as you’ll see from the below side shot you’d hardly know it in these bottoms, they do a great job of holding it in. Honestly, I can’t rave about this bikini enough, I felt great in it. Note that I had to size up in the top because I needed the bigger cups, so if you’re blessed in that area you might need to do the same.
Hair flowers (x4): Alternate Normality
Earrings: Bow & Crossbones
Parasol: Zulily (they come in now and then!)
You’ll have to forgive me if I flit around the seasons now, as I have some autumnal collaborations in the works and coming up soon, and one more honeymoon look to share!