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2 Apr

#AerieREAL girl: my bikini secret

ever since i started posting in swimsuits and making body confidence a very focused part of Sassy Red Lipstick, i’ve received comments and messages from women around the world asking me how i became comfortable with my body. they want to know how i feel so comfortable rocking my curves in a bikini and ask for any tips i have on boosting their self-esteem when it comes to their own body. many of these women express how they feel so self conscious whenever they go to the beach or pool and that even the idea of wearing swimsuit gives them a little bit {or a lot} of anxiety. they tell me that they shop for the most covered one piece they can find that hides all their insecurities, and that they would “never” dream of wearing a bikini.

well, tonight i want to talk about my one big secret for feeling confident in a bikini. it may sound easy but it’s difficult for many women to do mentally.

so… are you ready for Sassy Red Lipstick’s big tip on how to feel confident in a bikini? i’ll break it down into two steps: here it is:

1. buy a bikini

2. wear it!

there’s no big secret that will magically make you feel you confident in your own skin. only you can make that decision. there is nothing or nobody that can make you love your body if you don’t love it yourself. it’s an inward decision. but if you can start to slowly chip away at your negative thought patterns and replace them with positivity, i promise you’ll feel an outward change. like i always say, when you feel good, you look good!

something incredible happens when you accept your body exactly how it is and stop worrying about changing it. the best part about being body positive is that you don’t have to lose a single pound to feel like you look fantastic! it’s all in your mindset. once you realize that your body is what makes you a real, strong, beautiful woman, you worry less about who’s looking and you focus more on who you are! pounds on a scale don’t define you, numbers on a clothing label doesn’t define you, you define you. and trust me, there is a sweet freedom is letting go of all those negative thoughts and accepting yourself.

i’m so happy to be at a place in my life where i can honestly say i love my body. i feel as comfortable rocking a one piece as i do a bikini. there’s not a single part of my body that i stress over and want to change. i didn’t get here overnight, but i’m here because i knew it was an inward decision i needed to make to be happy. if you feel the same way and you know how sexy you are, good for you! keep rocking it! if not, then just know i’m here for you and i am more than ready to be your cheerleader. society has created such a narrow mold of what women should look like, but that’s nothing close to what real women look like. let’s support one another and keep promoting the fact that real is sexy.

i’m so happy i’ve had the opportunity to partner with Aerie to share these unretouched bikini photos with you. i’m so in love with this brand that encourages women to show their body some love, no matter the shape or size! #AerieREAL

ps: did you catch my feature in Cosmopolitan with the #AerieREAL campaign?! i’m still in shock over it and couldn’t be more proud that such a large publication is taking notice of such an important campaign. nothing like real women loving their real bodies! coral ruffle bikini top c|o Aerie
floral high-waisted bikini bottom c|o Aerie
round sunglasses
Morange lipstick

33 Comments
  • Monica Packer

    This is such a powerful post–I’m going to share it every way I can. I love everything you stand for. It’s sad that despite working on this body-shame side of myself for so long, I still struggle with it on the daily. You motivate me so much to keep trying! Just love you so much.
    PS: How cold were you? And did Robbie take this pictures?!

    April 2, 2017 at 11:42 pm Reply
  • Megan Ballard

    You look gorgeous! I love this bathing suit. Congrats on the feature. xo ~ Megan The Fashionista Momma

    April 3, 2017 at 8:13 am Reply
  • Barbara

    I think some of it comes down to buying a bikini that you LOVE. That you LOVE so so SO much that all else matters less and when you don that bikini, you feel awesome because you LOVE that bikini.

    At least, that’s what has helped me beyond buying the bikini and wearing it!

    April 3, 2017 at 8:42 am Reply
  • Janelle Reeves

    LOVING that suit!! And I totally agree… I spent so much time trying to get a perfect summer bod before wearing a bikini. Now I just wear whatever I want & feel good in!

    April 3, 2017 at 10:12 am Reply
  • Savanna

    I love the movement they’ve had going on, and you look gorgeous!

    April 3, 2017 at 10:13 am Reply
  • Lauryn Hock

    You always dress so well for your body type! Love your secret!

    April 3, 2017 at 10:31 am Reply
  • Hannah West

    This is everything. I love everything about this. Thank you <3

    April 3, 2017 at 10:39 am Reply
  • Nina

    Looking fabulous in that bikini!

    Xo, Nina
    Law of Fashion Blog

    April 3, 2017 at 11:14 am Reply
  • Sara

    I’m a huge fan of this no-retouching campaign! It is so refreshing to see real women with real bodies, just like you and me! You look amazing in your bikini – keep on rocking, girlfriend!

    xo, Sara

    April 3, 2017 at 3:31 pm Reply
  • Marcie Parson

    LOVE this suit on you!! 💗💗

    April 3, 2017 at 6:10 pm Reply
  • Kelsey

    You are so gorgeous and radiate confidence! You inspire me and so many other women!

    xo Kelsey | http://www.chasingcinderellablog.com

    April 3, 2017 at 8:20 pm Reply
  • Living in Color

    These are amazing secrets, lady! Thanks so much for sharing <3

    April 3, 2017 at 11:33 pm Reply
  • Morgan

    The colors on this suit are perfection!! You looks SO ADORABLE!!

    -Morgan
    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

    April 4, 2017 at 9:58 am Reply
  • Annie

    This suit is so cute. I have never owned an Aerie suit but you are rocking this one!

    April 4, 2017 at 7:20 pm Reply
  • Tristan Dennington

    Girl, you look absolutely amazing! You are such an inspiration. Congrats on the feature, too!

    April 4, 2017 at 10:05 pm Reply
  • Angelle Marix

    Ahhhh, look at you, gorgeous!!!! Love this swimsuit on you. You are such an inspiration.

    xoxo,
    Angelle
    http://www.dashingdarlin.com

    April 4, 2017 at 10:25 pm Reply
  • megan

    you look so pretty!
    xoxo- megan
    http://www.pipmegan.com

    April 5, 2017 at 9:18 am Reply
  • Nataly

    You look so great in this bikini! Great post and thank you so much for sharing!

    April 6, 2017 at 2:45 pm Reply
  • Laura @ Walking in Memphis in High Heels

    I love this bright and fun suit! You look so gorgeous and confident!

    April 6, 2017 at 2:57 pm Reply
  • Stephanie

    My favorite part of this post “something incredible happens when you accept your body exactly how it is and stop worrying about changing it.” oh how true that is! I’m still learning to accept my body, and hope someday to get to the same point as you! Love these gorgeous unretouched photos!

    Stephanie // SheSawStyle.com

    April 7, 2017 at 11:35 am Reply
  • Lexi

    COSMO!? Girl, that is incredible! Congratulations! And you look beautiful, as always.

    April 7, 2017 at 1:44 pm Reply
  • Anna English

    Loving this swimsuit on you. I’ve been a HUGE fan of AERIE for years because of this campaign!

    April 7, 2017 at 6:51 pm Reply
  • Donna

    You are such an inspo – don’t stop! You are absolutely gorgeous inside and outside and I love following you! XX

    April 9, 2017 at 3:51 pm Reply
  • Anna Baun

    So much love for this post! You look absolutely gorgeous and I love the positive message for all girls and women! And, lots of congrats on the feature! XO

    Anna || alilyloveaffair.com

    April 10, 2017 at 8:17 am Reply
  • Stephanie

    Love this suit on you! Such a positive message. You look great!

    xo, Steph
    http://www.urbanblonde.com

    April 10, 2017 at 8:24 am Reply
  • Lacey-The Glitter Gospel

    This is serious perfection! Another reason to love Aerie! Your confidence shines girl!

    xx,

    Lacey
    http://www.theglittergospelblog.com

    April 10, 2017 at 1:05 pm Reply
  • Erica @ Coming Up Roses

    AMEN. You are SO beautiful, Sarah, inside AND out!!! So proud to know you.

    Coming Up Roses

    April 11, 2017 at 11:23 am Reply
  • Amy M Loochtan

    I always, always, always enjoy reading your posts! you rock that!
    Coffee Beans and Bobby Pins

    April 11, 2017 at 12:37 pm Reply
  • Rachel

    You are rocking that bikini! Definitely an inspiration!

    xo Rachel – To Hell in a Handbag

    April 12, 2017 at 12:53 am Reply
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