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Swim Guide 2011: Swim Sale Finale!

</p> <p>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

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

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