Slimming + Sweating = Swimwear Shopping

Urrgh, I am sooooo hungry all the time!!!!

I could just about put up with constantly feeling like I  want to eat my own arm, if the number on the scales moved downwards more rapidly.

This is an excruciatingly slow and painful process for someone like me, who wants instant results and has a major problem with patience!!

So in order to keep myself motivated I thought I would post about the reason for this diet/ exercise onslaught…the dreaded Swimwear Shop.

Yes, it is that time of year when (if you’re luck) a summer holiday is looming on the horizon. Unfortunately a summer holiday also brings with it the stress of swimwear and more precisely the body that goes into said swimwear!

I am determined to sort it out this year so I have allotted three months instead of my normal three days to toning and trimming… will this plan work?

I’m going with a “yes” and with this positive attitude firmly in place, I am going to start my quest for flattering/ stylish swimwear…does it even exist if you’re not a Victoria’s Secret model!?!

First stop, not cheap but surely SPANX, with their ‘suck it all in’ technology have got it right!!

Spanx- Whittle waistline draped one shoulder one piece, £195 reduced to £146.25

Spanx– Whittle waistline draped one shoulder one piece, £195  reduced to £146.25

SPANX - Full coverage bottom, £82 reduced to £61.50

Spanx– Full coverage bottom, £82 reduced to £61.50

Or how about Miraclesuit?

They promise to make you look 10lbs lighter in 10 seconds!!!

Miraclesuit- Camilla strapless swimming costume, £135

Miraclesuit– Camilla strapless swimming costume, £135

Miraclesuit- Single strap swimsuit, £135

Miraclesuit– Single strap swimsuit, £135

Maybe a bit of strategic panelling is required?!?

Anna & Boy- Panelled swimsuit, £186

Anna & Boy– Panelled swimsuit, £186

Melissa Odabash_ Bahamas bandeau swimsuit, £201

Melissa Odabash – Bahamas bandeau swimsuit, £201

These are all a little pricey but I’m assuming you get what you pay for!!

However if you’re after a slightly more purse friendly option, how about these?

Marks & Spencer- Autograph tummy control pleated halterneck swimsuit,  £35

Marks & Spencer– Autograph tummy control pleated halterneck swimsuit, £35

Debenhams- Elle tummy control bandeau swimsuit, £32 reduced to £25.60

Debenhams– Elle tummy control bandeau swimsuit, £32 reduced to £25.60

Lascana - Navy polka dot swimsuit, £42

Lascana – Navy polka dot swimsuit, £42has

And if it has to be a bikini then maybe the cover a multitude of sins, high-waisted, 1950’s trend is the way to go?

Dolce & Gabbana- Striped bandeau bikini, £330

Dolce & Gabbana– Striped bandeau bikini, £330

Norma Kamali- Bill ruched bikini briefs, £150 & Johnny ruched bandeau bikini top, £150

Norma Kamali– Bill ruched bikini briefs, £150 & Johnny ruched bandeau bikini top, £150

Next- Padded underwire bikini top, £16 & High waisted briefs £12

Next– Padded underwire bikini top, £16 & High waisted briefs £12

Freya- Showboat high waisted bikini brief, £27.50 & Showboat underwired halter bikini top, £34.50

Freya– Showboat high-waisted bikini brief, £27.50 & Showboat underwired halter bikini top, £34.50

I’m feeling like that there may be light at the end of this rather dark and chocolate free tunnel and  if all else fails I suppose there’s always kaftans!!

Have a lovely weekend and Bank holiday!


Great Gatsby Galore and the Roaring Twenties.

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So I think you would probably have to have been living on another planet, to have missed that the remake of The Great Gatsby, directed by Baz Luhrmann, is to be released on the 16th May 2013.

I for one will be going to see this, not only because I think it will be a great movie but better than that, the one and only Miuccia Prada has designed the wardrobe…this in itself will make it for me!

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F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel has started a slow and subtle 20’s revolution.

Will we be flapping our way through the summer?

Quite possibly, though it’s not the easiest decade to pull off; a straight up and down boyish figure is what we’re going to need and this definitely rules me out!

However to get us in the mood and show us how it should be done Signe Vilstrup has shot these fabulous images for the Harrods Magazine

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Hmmmm, does anyone know where I can get some super strength spanx from!?!?!

It appears that the gym and I are going to be fairly inseparable if this trend hangs around too long!!

If dressing the part isn’t tickling your fancy then this may be more up your street.

Harrods are launching a pop – up Twenties themed space from May 9th – 20th .

According to Vogue, the space will allow Harrods customers to “hark back to the lavish entertaining and unmistakable glamour of the roaring Twenties”.

The Tasting Room and Wine shop will be transformed with Art – Deco decor and cocktail making demonstration will be on show throughout the day.

Now this is part of the Twenties revival I’m more suited to!

If you interested a one-off evening event will be held on Friday 10th May, allowing guests to enjoy a twenties style jazz band, canapés and the best part – a cocktail mixing masterclass held by award-winning mixologists.

Tickets cost £50 and can be booked by emailing

Any takers?