My Poolside Must Haves

Please do not assume that because I am putting myself out there in a bikini on the blog, that I am completely secure with how I look in one.   I am exactly nine months out from my second baby boy and although my pre baby clothing fits, my body is not exactly where I want it to be…not sure it ever will be and hey….I am ok with it.  My new motto…”two kids and I don’t care”….Who is with me?  Hope you find some swim style inspiration and have a great weekend:)

I have sold this Echo cover up time and time again through my Box Service. I am not sure what took me so long to try one for myself but when this bright orange hue arrived, I had to scoop one up for myself.  Much like I believe you shouldn’t be in your yoga pants on the daily, I also believe ratty oversized fraternity shirts are not sufficient bathing suit covers. Every women needs a great pool/beach coverup that is chic and flattering.  The one I am wearing is available here in pink and turquoise or in ombre here all for under fifty dollars!

FACE:  I started using Mustela products when Preston was born.  I like that it is all natural and free of all the bad stuff.  Naturally I purchased their sunscreen for the boys this summer and am using it for myself too.  I don’t wear much sunscreen on my body…but my face….whole different story.  I use 50 SPF on my face…daily….mama don’t mess around.  What is the point in all the expensive lotions, potions and wrinkle creams if I don’t protect my face from the sun?  A good strong sunscreen for your face is essential.
HAIR:  If you follow on Instagram you saw my post of the Organix Argan Oil shampoo and conditioner I am currently using.  I love it!  When I saw they also had a sea salt spray for your hair it was a no-brainer.  I spritz my hair with this throughout the day, in and out of the pool or ocean for beautiful sexy undone hair.  I like to wear my hair down so that some natural highlights can kick in and give me that impossible to bottle sunkissed hair!

It won’t be much of a pool or beach day if you don’t have a great swimsuit that you feel confident in.  I
had a serious inner battle about getting a one piece or a bikini this year.  Turns out (after trying for months) that I look horrible in a one piece due to my long torso (I still might try this one).  Even with my not so taut tummy, I feel more confident in a two piece…go figure!  I spied this nautical number at Target by the brand Mossimo available here.  The pieces are sold separately so I am able to mix and match sizing and total bonus…the top is reversible…one side is solid navy and the other is striped…two suits in one…Yes please!!!

I often don’t believe the hype around these type of products but my friend from highschool is involved with the brand It Works! and wanted to send me a few of their body wraps.  I am game to try anything once so I took a break from the sun for an hour yesterday and wore it around my waistline.  Low and behold, I lost a little over an inch!  Crazy, right?  I feel pretty damn svelte too…and how we feel is half the battle, no?  Basically you wear the Ultimate Body Applicator for 45 minutes (on any body part you want to minimize) and massage in the gel after taking it off.  It works for 72 hours after applied.  Many clients use them weekly as a body slimmer you apply instead of wearing (think in lieu of Spanx).  Personally, I am not sure I would use this consistently year round, but I could definitely invest in it for a few months during the summer to keep me feeling confident in a bathing suit.  What I am even more intrigued about is some of the other products like their stretch mark and scar moisturizing cream.  I am always on the prowl for a great lotion with these healing properties. They also have a detox line that I want to try. For the product featured below a box of 4 (month supply) is $99 OR if you become a loyal customer it is $59.  If you are interested in finding out more information please visit Amy’s site or contact her via email  Some shots of my results below.

On top is the before at 32 inches and on the bottom is the after at 31 inches:)  Pretty cool, right?

* I was given product for review but all opinions are my own.

Posted by Andrea Brusuelas

54 responses to “My Poolside Must Haves”

  1. rlutz says:

    Wow…you look fabulous!! I really love the color and fit of the cover up. Have a good weekend!

  2. Applebypie says:

    You look fabulous ! The cover up is just the most perfect colour too – I love it.

  3. You look fan-friggin-tastic!!! Love everything and I did the It Works on my inner thighs and lost almost an inch on each leg. I was amazed too! 😉

    Seriously though, why are you not saying “come and see how great I look”, you have nothing to worry about…like at all…like not even a little. Great cover up and suit too! xo

  4. Jenn says:

    Oh, it’s a one-piece kind of summer for me for sure LOL. You look fantastic!

  5. MyWalletMyStyle says:

    Love the bikini and i agree, lovely color on the cover-up. Both make a fantastic color combination. This summer its all about my cover-ups.

  6. Krystal says:

    i am intrigued by that body stuff! and you look awesome for post baby girl!

  7. Polly says:

    Oh hello yummy mummy, you look freaking fabulous.

  8. Dont worry….you look absolutely GREAT in a bikini already nobody can tell you just gave birth a couple of months ago!


  9. I just love your bikini and coverup, and they’re so cute together!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Did the results of the body wrap last for 72 hours for you?

  11. Carly says:


    The results are still in effect for me…my waist is still size 31 opposed to the original 32 measurement…
    I will need to do the wrap probably about once a week or a couple times a month to maintain permanent results…but I am 4 days out and still going strong:)

  12. You look fabulous!!!! I was just asked to review the It Works! product!! Now I’m more excited to check it out. 🙂

  13. I think there is a rule somewhere, I am not sure where exactly, that you are allowed to have a little bit of leeway after you bring two children into this world. By the way, you don’t need any leeway. I am with you on the cover up, nice choice of many different colors.

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  14. Shelly says:

    I don’t want to be too personal, but what size do you wear? You with a 31 or even a 32 waist looks nothing like my embarrassment of a 31/32 waist. You look awfully good in every outfit you put together, and you are rocking that bikini. Perhaps I’m not getting things in the right size.

  15. Carly Walko says:

    Shelly Not too personal..I wore a bikini on my blg, lol!
    I wear a size 4/6 and a size 27/28 in jeans depending on designer.


  16. Lissy says:

    First of all, you look great in your bathing suit! I love the color of the cover-up. And, woa, I want to lose an inch (or a few) with the wrap!

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