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Swim Guide 2011: Swim Sale Finale!

Unless you live on the West Coast, bikini season is pretty much over. Gone are the days when we are stressing about bikini shopping and skipping the chocolate desserts. But there are still a few more days to bask in the sun and soak up the final rays of summer! If you want a fresh new bikini to finish off the summer, now is the time to shop swimwear sale! Get a cute new bikini for your last summer vacay or buy the one you've been eyeing all summer!

Get 'em while they're hot!

Posted on July 22, 2011 at 7:00AM | Permalink | 0 Comments


Swim Guide 2011: The Pinup Girl

If I could go back into time, I'd go back into the 1940s--where girls with curves, high waist bottoms, and good old fashioned gentleman were in!

If you're looking for a little pinup girl style (a la Bettie Page) this summer, you're in luck! Pinup style is on trend this season, so those high waist bikini bottoms and cleavage enhancing tops should be easy to spot at your local shopping center. Of course, you should check vintage shops or thrift stores for cool pinup girl bikinis. Who knows--you might find a real gem!

I would mix up my retro bikini with a crop top, high waist shorts and a cute pair of flats. Pull your hair back in a bandanna for that extra flair!

Posted on July 08, 2011 at 7:00AM | Permalink | 0 Comments


The Best Swimsuits for a Slimmer Bottom

Sure you love your voluptuous backside, but when it comes to swimwear, you aren't satisfied with the way bikini bottoms fit your bum! So, what's the best swimsuit style to flatter a big bottom?

I prefer wearing bottoms with rings. It's a flattering adornment that keeps your swimwear from riding up! There are several other figure flattering styles, too. Boyshorts are a great way to flatter your bottom, and for a more modest fit, avoid the cheek-exposing styles. A skirted bottom is a feminine way to slim your but and balance out your hips. I prefer skirted bottoms with ruffles! Low rise bottoms also balance out your curves because they sit lower on the hips. Another great way to balance out your curvy backside is by drawing attention to your bust--a plunging neckline on a one piece works wonders!

For those modest beauties, a sarong is a great way to keep your rear covered while you're walking on the beach or playing in the sand. It's classy and chic!

Avoid bottoms that expose your cheeks--it just isn't flattering in most cases. Also, if you have wide hips, don't be scared to go up a size to ensure a perfect fit without creating love handles!

Posted on June 30, 2011 at 7:00AM | Permalink | 0 Comments


Caribbean Cruise: Swimwear and Coverups under $50

Going somewhere this summer? How about on a cruise?

Before my departure for my birthday cruise to Mexico, I had to make sure I packed my most stylin' swimwear and cover-ups because I knew I was going to spend most of the time soaking up the sun!

Since comfort is the essence of summer style, you'll definitely want to wear flats for the day. There is so much to do on a cruise, so your coverup should easily take you from relaxing on the lido deck to going on an island excursion. And don't forget the floppy hats, sunscreen, and over the shoulder straw bags!

I wore a sarong tied as a skirt along with a cropped top and gladiator sandals. It was perfect for enjoying my excursions in Mexico and laying out by the pool on the boat!

Here I am enjoying Cozumel!


Posted on June 14, 2011 at 7:00AM | Permalink | 0 Comments


Poolside Attire: Swimwear and Coverups under $50

As the Memorial Day festitivites have drawn to a close, you're probably all hyped up about the forthcoming summer! But until you take your big summer vacay, you might be spending most of your weekends lounging poolside. When you're hanging out by the pool with your friends, you're probably going to spend more time working on your tan rather than swimming in the water. A two piece swimsuit (preferably with a strapless bandeau top) is the perfect option to getting the perfect summer tan without too many visible tan lines. Of course, you'll also need a chic coverup, like a kaftan or loose fitting chiffon coverup.

So what are the most fashionable pieces for soaking up the sun for under $50? Take a look at the pieces above in B's Swimwear Guide Exclusive! Click on styles for more information.

Posted on May 31, 2011 at 7:00AM | Permalink | 0 Comments


Swim Guide 2011: How Much is Too Much for Swimwear?


There are two things in life that are always ridiculously pricey to me--swimwear and lingerie. Why should I spend more than $50 for two plies of fabric tied together with a string? I suppose the price is higher because swimwear is seasonal, but the markup is insane.

However, I can understand why some will pay a high price for swimwear and lingerie. When you're wearing lingerie or a bikini your entire body is exposed except for, you know, your private areas, and sometimes even those end up being exposed. (Hello thong bikini!) I think it's okay to pay a little more to make yourself feel more confident and sexy or to flatter your figure.

I'll pay a little more for a bikini bottom to cover my big butt (what can I say? Baby got back!), but I'm pretty happy with the top portion of my body, so I'll usually get a cheap bikini top. Even when buying bikini bottoms, I still like to shop around for the absolute best deal (even if it includes searching Walmart options) just to make sure I can't find the same thing for half the price. I'll also pay a little more to ensure the best fit. I'd love to pay $10.80 for some of Forever 21's fabulous swimwear, but they just don't cover my bum well enough! And if there was an H&M around here, I'd definitely try to work my way into one of their bikinis!

But no matter how much I long for the perfect bikini, I won't spend over $45 on one. For me, any more than $50 for an entire bikini is just too much for swimwear.

How much do you usually pay for swimwear?

Posted on May 30, 2011 at 7:00AM | Permalink | 0 Comments
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Swim Guide 2011: Plus Size Model Tara Lynn for H&M Swim Collection


I have some great news for curvy beauties to kick start Beauty and the Budget's first ever Swim Guide series!

Plus size model Tara Lynn is featured in H&M's Summer 2011 campaign! H&M has already featured some of the top models this year, from Gisele Bundchen to Karlie Kloss, so it comes to no surprise they would want nothing less than an uber gorge model for their Big is Beautiful collection.

Formerly, Tara Lynn also modeled for Forever 21's Faith 21 line, so she is definitely a familiar face in the fast fashion world! She looks absolutely stunning in these ads.

To see more photos of Tara Lynn for H&M, keep reading.

Posted on May 23, 2011 at 7:00AM | Permalink | 0 Comments