7.06.2011

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My fam hopped in the car on Saturday for a semi-impromptu trip to Chicago...my aunt and her family live just outside of the Windy City, and we staged the closest thing to a reunion my paternal side of the family has seen in years. Only two members were missing: my cousin Chad and my fiance, Gabe.

Pretty. Durn. Close. :)

We opted to stay at a hotel in order to keep things sane for my aunt who was hosting...and this meant one thing: hitting the pool. Although I'd found a one-piece suit months ago at Old Navy, it was left behind in my frantic packing. So, my dad honored the a need to shop and drove us to the nearest mall, where I snagged this suit on sale. On my way to the checkout, a crocheted swim cover up** found its way into my arms. Don't you hate when that happens?

And while I doubted it for a second, I surprisingly...LOVE it. It lends an appropriate amount of modest coverage...especially if, like me, you're not a skinny-minnie and have a few body image issues. But, the playful crochet is enough fun to still feel young and retro.

Later that day, my trusty $20 sunglasses bit the dust. So, it was off to Target where I picked up these ridiculous olive + gold shades**. I made my sister swear they weren't totally unattractive on me. Truth is: I didn't care. They were too fun to follow rules about face shapes and lens size.

When this outfit came together the next day, poolside...I may have looked like I stepped out of a 70's time capsule.

Oh, well. It was groovy to me.

**These items are no longer available on the Target and JCPenney website. Bummer, right? What gives? Check out a photo of the crocheted cover up here.

12 comments:

  1. I love a hotel pool. I also love channeling my inner 70s diva!

    Writing you a letter. I figure you could use something cute to put up on your fridge. Watch the post!

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  2. LOVE this photo! While you're thinking groovy 70's, my initial thought on that black and white rug was 60's mod. I love it and I'm bummed that cover-up can't be mine!

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  3. I need you to make a quick trip to the mall for me - I'm never this successful.

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  4. LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! i so need a cover up!
    :) Bobbi

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  5. A gorgeous 70s time capsule! Take away the greasy hair, and it was really fun fashion.

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  6. I love the whole ensemble! Cute!

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  7. seriously cute. but why are they already clearancing swimsuits out when i haven't even made it in to my swimsuit yet this year????

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  8. I love the bathing suit and the cover-up! They both look so cute, and I'm sure you looked great in them, even if it did look like something right out of the 70s (frankly, I kind of prefer clothing from that decade).
    I actually just made a trip to the local outlets today to get some summer clothes (my wardrobe was seriously lacking), and I'm so happy with what I came home with!
    I'm glad you had a great 4th of July weekend!!
    <3 Kiersten

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  9. I love this photo! You look so chic!

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  10. Completely cute outfit!! Great picks Bethany!

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  11. I think you look pretty amazing. The way you are posing is just perfect. I think the sunglasses and the cover up are both fantastic finds :) Thanks for your kind words.

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