Summer Pool or Beach Style

Summer Beach Style for Women over 50

Summer Pool or Beach Style

Quote of the day: “The great thing about an attitude is that it’s yours and you can change it.” Joyce Meyer

Hanging out at the beach or pool is not only for the young women, right? And even if you don’t have water nearby, it seems to be one of the popular choices for many vacations! So knowing some great options for your beach style is good for those times.

I introduced Terri in our last post about hiking, and she gives some great ideas if you are an avid water activities person! Even if you haven’t tried these activities, it’s never too late to start!! And then the 3 of us will address the beach outing!!

Terri from Second Wind Leisure:  Terri is the perfect example of an California outdoor girl! And she shows us some photos of her on her paddle board, with her kayak and out in the water.

In Terri’s words: “In this photo, I’m wearing a bikini top from Athleta. The shorts I am wearing (to hide the thigh jiggle) were purchased years ago at REI, but I have never seen anything like it lately. Swim shorts are available in a variety of online stores.  I bought a similar pair last year from Amazon. Some ladies like the longer styles for kayaking and stand-up paddling, since you are up and out of the water. Yes, and I should be wearing a life jacket in the photo, so don’t judge 😊

Summer beach style for women

Normally for stand-up paddling I don’t wear anything on my feet, but I do have a couple pairs of water-resistant, beach-friendly flip-flops (Zealand brand—have arch support for our aging feet), that I wear walking back and forth with my gear.


I own a couple of these white caps for my head. Being a redhead, the top of my head (especially my part) get really sunburned. The hat is also SPF 50+.

The white top is a rashguard/SPF top to wear over a bathing suit or sports bra. Got this from Athleta online. (BTW, Athleta and Title 9 already have some great summer clearances available now—good to get something for the next summer or even now).

The water tights are also from Athleta and also come in a capri. They are not neoprene and won’t keep you all that warm but it does offer 50+ spf sun protection. Plus if your legs are lily white and you don’t want to scare people or get too burnt, then these work, especially in April and May when we paddle at the delta—the water is still pretty cold.

Beach Style for Women over 50

Wet Suits

My first season at the delta in 2009. Most wetsuits that I saw then were mens’ and did not fit well. I did a search online and these are really two pieces, both made of neoprene. The top is a lightweight neoprene vest that can be worn over a bathing suit to keep the upper body warm.

The bottoms are heavier neoprene shorts that slip right on over bathing suit bottoms. These can be worn separately or together, depending on what water activity you are doing. The added bonus about neoprene is it blocks UV rays.

Beach style for outdoor activities

General Footwear—for watersports there are lots of options. You can buy water shoes, Vibrams (the ones with the toes) or neoprene booties to wear depending what you will be doing. For windsurfing, I wear booties because the river bottom at the delta is slimy and muddy. On the SUP or kayak, I just go barefoot. When I first got plantar fasciitis (heel pain), I wore my vibrams, but gradually I got over the condition. I still wear the arch support inserts for hiking shoes or any shoe that has a closed toe. Losing 30 pounds definitely helped with the condition”

Jodie’s (50+), Nancy’s (60+) &  Charlotte’s (70+) Outfits: Here we are enjoying a fabulous Saturday at Chatfield Resevoir with our beach style!

You may not love the idea of putting on a bathing suit or being seen in one, but I do think we need to practice more body love instead of being so critical of ourselves. None of us are perfect, and it’d be too boring even if we were!! So let’s embrace our wonderful bodies as is!!

Even if you don’t go to the beach or pool regularly, I do think it’s nice to have at least one good fitting bathing suit in your wardrobe, for those just in case moments.

Beach Style for Summer

The Accessories

What else do you take to the beach? Sometimes the extras make all the difference for this type of outing!

Let’s take the sunscreen for example. One of the lessons I’ve learned is that sunscreen becomes less effective over time. Therefore, it’s one of those items that is worth replacing every year whether it’s empty or not! We tend to buy the kid’s 50 SPF!

I still read magazines, so I brought along my newest edition of my InStyle! And can I tell you how good it was this month? For some reason, most of the articles applied to women my age and were very uplifting!! Some of the clothing outfits are still too “out there”, but it’s fun to check them out!!

For those of you who read a Kindle, do you take it to the beach?? I’ve always wondered if they would get ruined by the sand?

Beach Style Gear

Hats, Totes and Towels

So now that I’m not the sunbather that I used to be, hats are definitely my go-to beach style piece when I’m out in the sun!! And the nice thing is you don’t have to spend a ton of money on these!! My hat was a gift from Chicos (but you can still get your own) when we went out to LA with the Fierce 50 women! I love that the straw hats can be in different colors now, or have decorations too!

Tote bags are an essential, to carry all of the extras we need while we’re relaxing!! My “Beachy” tote was another gift from Chicos, and is the perfect size! Nancy’s bag says “LaLa’s Forever” in reference to her group of friends from high school! It’s more of a sling backpack with the ties at the top! Then my mom brought her plastic bag so it would survive the sand and water!!

Of course, having a good sized towel makes for laying outside so much nicer!! However, if you’ve noticed, there have been some circular towels  that are all the rage lately!! If anyone has one like that, you’ll have to let me know how you like it! Otherwise, I’ve been used to the long, rectangular towels that I grew up with!

Beach Style for Older Women

Cover ups

Let’s discuss cover ups to wear to and from the beach or pool. I found a large selection of them below, but you certainly don’t HAVE to buy one and wear it just as a cover up, right? Many of the items I found below could easily be worn as a tunic with leggings!

Of course my mom whipped up this white eyelet cover up with some material that she already had in her basement!! Don’t you think it’d be a fun tunic over her black leggings with a big, bold necklace?

Nancy’s cover up reminds me of an oversize t-shirt. So there’s another idea if you don’t have an actual cover up in your closet. Borrow your husband’s t-shirt or buy a men’s shirt when it’s on super clearance!!

As for my cover up of choice, I just grabbed a large scarf and tied it around my waist. I actually used this same scarf for the same idea 2 years ago in a post! But notice, that  I wore the stripes vertically this time!! The other idea is to wear a kimono if you have one because they are basically the same thing!

Enjoying our Beach Style

Bathing Suits

And then there’s the dreaded bathing suit! I think I hear more women complain about trying to buy this item than all other clothing items combined!!

Finding a swimsuit in August in practically impossible in the stores, but this is where online shopping can be advantageous! Who else has needed to buy a bathing suit at the most inopportune times?

I’m sure most of us defer to a one piece at this point, but if you really have trouble getting a good fit, you might look into a two piece. It doesn’t have to be a bikini, but being able to buy one size for the top and a different size for the bottom can help tremendously! Even if you have to buy 2 different suits to get this to happen. that is why shopping when they are inexpensive, it’s fine!

But let’s talk about some of the newer suits out there too! When I asked my question of the day on Instagram Stories last week about how many bathing suits everyone has, Cathy responded 1 miracle suit! I’d never heard of a miracle suit so I went researching. It seems like many companies have one, but here are a couple. If you prefer Chicos, then I love the way this one is designed! But there are also miracle suits with a tankini top and shorts! On top of that you can often find the same suit in different sizing like here and here! Of course these suits are in no way inexpensive, so it’s never a bad idea to check out Target! Just remember you can always order many sizes and then return what doesn’t work!

Beach Style for the Group over 50 years old

A day at the beach, is meant to be fun and relaxing! And as long as your beach style works for you, I bet you’ll have a ton of fun!!

And I have to show you how most of these items apply to women of any age. I just read Aditi’s post on this same subject—see if you agree!!

Thanks to one and all of you for your support. It means more than you know!

The Facts

Even if you wouldn’t consider purchasing your clothing online, it can be helpful to look through my links to see what is available! It certainly doesn’t hurt my feelings, if you click on them but don’t like them. Just so you know, one of the ways I make money from this blog is through these linked items.

Keeping in Touch

Are you registered for my email reminders to let you know when a post goes live? I’d certainly love it if you take the time to sign up and make sure all your friends sign up too!! There are other ways to follow my blog. Facebook readers can see my posts by liking my page. Or my Pinterest page has all of our outfits in a nutshell! Then there’s also Instagram! I’m really trying to grow this platform, so if you’re on it, I’d appreciate the follow!

And if you’re new to the party, you can always see our outfits organized by categories, here! Don’t forget to check out the deals & discounts too, on this page!

It’s always amazing to me how beach cover ups come in so many styles & varieties. This could be the time to grab one, if you’ve been searching an addition to your beach style!

  • Deanna Anthony

    Loved the post! Pictures are Awesome! Info is, too. Thanks so much!

    • Thanks so much Deanna. I’m so glad you liked this, and I hope you stop by again!

  • You all look very summery and like you’re having lots of fun!

  • Anthony Lozzi

    I wish we had a beach around Springfield that wasn’t a toxic dump, haha. Makes me feel like we’ve missed summer 🙂

    • It is such the perfect vision of summer…to hang at the beach! Then again…that’s what vacations are for!!
      Thanks Tony!

  • Pinning! Great ideas. I need more body love.

    • Thanks Lisa!! It seems hard for all of us, but we are all fabulous!!

  • Thank you for sharing your lovely post at TFT, this maybe my favorite of all time, pinned and featured! xo

    • Thanks so much Katherine. I must admit that both mom and Nancy weren’t excited when I told them about this at first—but I think they agreed it turned out great!!

  • I just love these photos of you ladies on the beach Kodie. One’s to treasure xx

    • I think mom and Nancy were surprised with these photos, Laurie because they weren’t looking forward to them!! 🙂

  • All very adorbs! I love how happy you all look, too.

  • WOW! WOW! WOW! And that’s one for each of you gals!
    Three beautiful beach babes!!!


    • Awwww….that’s so nice Carmen!!
      Thanks so much for the positive words!!

  • Nicole Mölders

    Thanks for joining the Top of the World Style linkup party with your great beach look. you are also stand paddling with your dog like the guy in AK in the photo on my blog 2 weeks ago.

    • I know…I laughed when I saw your photo of that paddle boarder with the dog, and shared it on FB and tagged Terri, since that was her with her dog in our post!!!
      Thanks, Nicole!

  • Amy D. Christensen

    Look at you bathing beauties! Looks like a good time. I think I would be less worried about what I looked like if I was going to the beach or pool with a bunch of friends, cuz then we would all look like older ladies in our swim suits. Ha, ha. – Amy

    • That’s exactly the truth Amy!! I know mom & Nancy felt better that we took all of our photos together instead of individually!! But really, every woman is beautiful—right?

  • Gosh you all look so good in a bathing suit. Especially you Jodie. Heck, where are the bellies? I haven’t had any children but I have a big belly. Not fair.

    • I left my belly at home for the day…ha ha!!!
      Actually my husband and I took Pilates for many, many years, and I think that has helped tremendously. Then again, you should’ve seen my grandmother—I think I also have her genes!!!
      Thanks for the shining compliment, Greetje!!

  • Lovely ladies! I would love to try paddle boarding as well, hopefully before this summer ends.

    Jessica |

    • I bet you’d be fabulous at it, Jessica!!
      Thanks and have a wonderful weekend!

  • Ah!! There’s the paddle boarding photo you told me about! Very cool! And this is such a fun post! You ladies all look wonderful in your beach attire. 🙂


    • Isn’t it funny how people paddle with their dogs?? I love that photo!!
      Thanks Lindsey!!

  • Piecesof Frost

    Awesome Post Jodie, Your post gave my mom some ideas of what to wear to the pool when we go on our trip to Disney World in December. You are a great help.
    Theodore Frost,

  • This is such a fun post! Jodie, I think I had the same or nearly identical suit in my early years of high school!


    • Thanks Mary!!
      So the funny thing, is maybe this suit is that old, Mary??? Wouldn’t that be funny?? LOL

  • Mother of 3

    A great post and you all look lovely!

  • You all look great in your beachwear! I agree, you should have a good fitting suit just in case. Love your hats and coverups!

    Doused in Pink

  • I certainly admire Terri’s athleticism! And you all look great in your swimwear! I’ve never been much of a beach person. I can’t swim at all, so its never been a big draw for me. But, as far as your Kindle comment…I have one…on it now… I have a wonderful little clear sleeve it can slide in that is waterproof and can also keep the sand off. You can still see everything, flip pages, play games through it, whatever. Its great! It just looks like a thick ziploc bag with a string you can hang around your neck. Its very inexpensive and you can get it on Amazon. Great for the beach, pool or the bathtub! (My fave place to use it!)

    • I have to admit that the beach is pretty, but if I’m given a choice, I usually choose the pool. Although with my skin cancer, now I choose the inside–ha ha!!
      But it’s nice to know that the e-readers are prepared for the outside like this!! Thanks Ronnie!!

  • Lovely photos, and I’m sure you ladies have so much fun together!

  • Awww, the three of you have incredible beach style! I seriously love the photo of y’all from behind. Cute hats and cover ups all around!

    • Thanks Jennie…it’s few and far between that we go, but might as well be prepared, right?

  • Aditi Oberoi Malhotra

    Cute shots!! perfect looks for the beach!
    Adi xx

  • I love that first picture of you all sitting with your backs to the camera and arms overlapping

    We’re about to head into spring then summer and I’ll need some new swimmers / bathers / togs / swimsuit this year. I actually don’t usually go near the ocean but enjoyed some water aerobics last spring so should try to get into that again.

    It’ll definitely be a one-piece swimsuit for me and I probably won’t spend much – if I’m going to wear it in chlorine regularly. I probably need a new cover-up as well. (I’ve had weight loss surgery in the last year and my body’s changed a lot since I last bought a swimsuit – 80+lbs). #teamlovinlife

    • I always feel more comfortable in a one piece too, Deborah!!
      There are a couple of my friends and I that go to the hot springs quite a bit, and what I’ve noticed is the butt gets worn out from sitting on the rocks—haha!! Either that or I have a butt problem..LOL!!

      • The pair of bathers / swimmers / togs / trunks (depending on where you’re from in Australia!) I used to wear for water aerobics basically got eaten away and all of the elastic started to fray! I gather it’s the chlorine that does it!

  • You ladies must have so much fun together doing these posts 🙂 Looking fab as always!

  • dan

    This is a delightful post about all we need on the beach! You three look lovely !! Very nice hats and cover ups…
    I usually read ebooks on my tab on the beach. Of course I pay attention to it …no damages for the time being ( I am crossing fingers for the future! 😊 )

    • Thanks so much Dan!
      It’s nice to know you haven’t had any issues with your ebook on the beach!! I always wondered about that!!

  • You ladies look so fabulous in your swimsuits! And Jodie, I must say that you are in amazing shape!


    • Thanks so much Liz!!
      I wish I could tell you that I’ve been working hard on my figure, but the truth is I had some hormone issues that made me lose some weight—it was a little scary, for awhile, but I’m stable now!

  • Sarah M


    Oh, so lovely !


  • Miriam Zakharova

    this post is so sweet!

  • I love the colors of your suit!

  • You know, I wondered if we’d get a beach post from you 😉 I had a miracle suit once – it was seriously a pain to get in & out of…especially when you’re wet. As an aside, I love Nancy’s bathers. #TeamLovinLife

    • I never thought of that aspect of the miracle suit—I guess that means it’s a miracle if you can get it on and off too—LOL!

  • Oh awesome. You all look spectacular! Great ideas for beachwear too 🙂

  • Sue Loncaric

    Oh you are all Sizzling Jodie! You, your mum, your stepmum and Terri. Certainly all beach girls that is for sure and looking great!

    • Thanks Sue!!
      This was funner than I originally thought it was going to be!! And it’s all thanks to Terri!

    • Terri Webster Schrandt

      Thanks, Sue, this was indeed a fun post. Fashion is everywhere! I’m sure other fashionistas would love to know what looks good in fitness trends for running, Sue!

  • Esraa Bassiouny

    I love the beach more. I am a beach girl.
    Would you like to follow each other on bloglovin’? Follow me and I’ll follow you back.

  • Nicole Mölders

    LOL. It seems like you have the same preference in swimsuits as I do. I want a high cleavage. I know, I am a wimp. I am so afraid of jellyfishes.

  • I think you all look amazing here and I love all your beach accessories, especially your mom’s coverup! I wish I could sew like that – nothing half decent I’ve ever made has been prefaced by “whipped up” lol.

    • That made me laugh Lydia!! Because that’s exactly what she does—she just whips something up!! Now don’t get me wrong–there are times she has issues too…but she is amazing!!

  • This is such a great post and adorable pictures of the three of you! I love your bathing suits and those hats are too sweet! I’ve never been comfortable in a bikini so I always love seeing one pieces. I also have to add that the three of you seem to have a great relationship, which I think is wonderful! Thank you for spreading some of that love around!


    • We do get along fabulously, which makes life so much easier, Cathy!!
      Thanks for your wonderful comment and enjoy your day!!

  • What a lovely pictures! I love going to the beach. But I still need a bathing suit. I actually don’t want one, I like bikinis better. But my body screams: NO, you need a bathing suit!

    • You can wear whatever you want Nancy!!! You are fabulous!!

  • Len Dela Peña Parent

    OMG such beautiful and inspiring ladies! Love all your summer essentials. Those beach hats are perfect! + your photos are fabulous!!!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Have a wonderful week!

    Much love, Len


  • Fabulous Ladies & I love your beachwear.

  • The cover ups are to die for Jodie! The one that I like is sold out!!! 🙁

    • I know…isn’t that a colorful delight to the eyes, Rebecca!! I would’ve updated it, but I couldn’t find one like it, and it was so pretty!! I figured you could almost make one like that from a lightweight blanket??

  • You three are so cute! I love these pictures of you, especially the first one!!!

    Pumps & Push-Ups

  • jess

    Love the suits on all of you! Pretty details and love the color of yours Jodie. You all look fab and so fun at the beach. Your coverups are lovely too.. I like the sarong.
    Have a great week!
    jess xx

  • Fabulous x 3!!! You ladies make my day every time I visit! Your beauty, warmth and authenticity shine through in every post and make me feel like I’m checking in on old friends. This photoshoot looks like it was so much fun and each one of you looks amazing in your suits! Bravo!


    • Oh, Mary! Your words are gong to make my mom and Nancy smile so big when I forward this (of course, it did to me too)!!
      Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

  • Laura

    You all look like you are having so much fun! I love all your different coverups, especially your mom’s! I’d love to see her style it a different way too!

    • I’ll have to remember to try to do this Laura!! I know she’ll put it away with her beach stuff, and I’ll totally forget!!

    • I’ll have to remember to try to do this Laura!! I know she’ll put it away with her beach stuff, and I’ll totally forget!!

  • You ladies are rocking these suits! I adore these photos at the beach and love those hats.

  • You three look so cute! Lately, I just find it too much of a pain to put on a bathing suit and lug everything I need down to the pool! The 100+ temps we are still having don’t help in the least. I must say that the ladies I have seen at the pool have the cutest suits I have ever seen! They have gotten them at Macy’s!

    • I totally know, Darlene—it’s like you need to take your entire house with you between the snacks, water, sunscreen, books and towels, right?

  • I love this! I know I say that a lot, but you ladies all look wonderful and I love how you’re showing real women wearing real bathing suits doing real activities near water. I think we’d all be less self-conscience if we saw more than just thin, 20 year olds in bathing suits all over our computers and ads and tv’s. For your more bustier readers (like me) I recommend the bathing suits that you order for your bra size. That way you have a great fit and support. Have a wonderful warm Wednesday ladies!


    • It’s so true!! We absolutely need to see more of “real” women in advertising—it makes us feel better about ourselves, and then we buy more!!
      Thanks Julia!!

  • Rebecca Saffer

    You three just get more and more fabulous with each post! Love these photos showing a fun day by the beach. Great tips on buying children’s sunscreen and the need to replace the sunscreen each year. I am guilty of keeping bottles for longer periods and will toss yearly if not used.

    • You really are so kind Rebecca!! These words mean so much to mom & Nancy, so thank you for always being so positive!!
      I have to admit that until I got burned with sunscreen on that was expired—I did the same thing! It’s the ONLY thing I throw away even though it’s not used up!!

  • Terri Webster Schrandt

    So fun to be part of your summer outdoor fashion series, Jodie, quite an honor, really! Since most of my water activities are in the wind most days, a big floppy hat is something I can’t wear too often! But I love them, own a couple, and LOVE all of yours, and your fashion sense. End of summer swim suit clearances are happening now. thanks for featuring me and my lifestyle (lots of visitors to my blog the last couple of days! Hope you get to have a little more beach time!!

    • This really was the push we needed Terri, to try some other ideas, so let me thank you!!
      And to think I was going to push you out of your comfort zone– haha!!

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom

    Y’all look so adorable in your suits! I bought a one piece this summer, but I also like tankini’s. My problem is I don’t have a lot on top, so I try to find pieces that help in that area… and, I hate when the bottoms are cut too narrow where you have to keep pulling it down… Swimsuits are def. a pain to shop for… and I agree, shopping is August is almost impossible. I really like to try to shop ASAP in the Spring so I have a huge selection of styles AND sizes. A good coverup is important too and I recently got a little bag from my Fab Fit Fun box that is waterproof and chic and I can throw my wet suit in it.


    • That’s the best kind of bag, truly….for the beach. Of course, if I don’t go in the water–then nothing’s wet!! Ha ha!!
      It’s funny you think that not having a lot on top is a problem!! I think it’d be easier!!
      Thanks Carrie!!

  • Amy K

    What a fun post! I love your blue green suit and that great wrap around scarf/skirt! It looks like Debbie’s cover up has a hood! How cute! Your mom looks great in that black suit! Great idea to shop now because there are sure to be some great deals! Thank you as always for a great post!

    • That coverup does have a hood, Amy!! Isn’t that so fun??

  • Judy Gramith

    I just LOVE that first photo of the three of you, from the back, with your cute hats on and your arms perfectly crossed over each others! I feel the same way about the very last shot. These are frameable pieces!! They just say SUMMER in such a fun way!
    You’ve beautifully covered water activities with the contributions of Terri! Here’s a lady who clearly knows and loves her water sports! Lots of great information here as well. I really love kayaking although I’ve had only a few opportunities to do it.
    This was a memorable post ladies!!

    • Terri Webster Schrandt

      Hi Judy! thank you for your kind words and hope you can get out on the water soon!

    • This was a fun day, and the photos came out better than I hoped!! Let’s just say that mom and Nancy weren’t totally thrilled for this adventure, but they were troopers!! And don’t they look incredible??
      Thanks Jude!!

    • This was a fun day, and the photos came out better than I hoped!! Let’s just say that mom and Nancy weren’t totally thrilled for this adventure, but they were troopers!! And don’t they look incredible??
      Thanks Jude!!

  • Lovely post! Great see you all having fun by the sea 🙂

    Gemma x

  • This is such a fun post! Everyone looks like they are really enjoying themselves. It reminds me though that summer is almost over and I have not had a bathing suit on once! Peace!

    • Well…it is different when you don’t live on the beach, right, Cheryl?
      I know when I go to my knitting retreat, there are a couple of us that visit the hot springs—and that’s usually the only time my bathing suit comes out anymore!!
      That’s why this was so much fun!!

  • donnaduck

    I love this post, Jodie! You all looked like you were having such a great time! And while you can go to the beach with whomever, I truly believe going with girlfriends (or in my case, our 4 generations of women!), is the way to go for a good time! Lots of talking, laughing, reminiscing, and EATING! I love our annual beach trips to Ocean City, MD look forward to them every year! I’ll send you a picture of the 4 of us on our way this past June- we had a blast!

    Love your suits, cover ups, and accessories! I do bring my tablet to the beach, but it’s difficult to read. I much prefer magazines- and then I don’t care so much if I get sand on them! We also wear some kind of shoe (water shoe, sandal) because beach sand is HOT!! I think we look like pack mules sometimes, with all the stuff we bring down to the water, but honestly, we use every bit of it- from the umbrella & blanket, to the beach chairs & food coolers!

    Glad you all had fun in the sun!! 🙂

    • I totally want to see your photo, Donna!! These times are what life is made of—the fun and laughter keeps us young at heart, don’t you think??
      And I really did laugh at the term pack mules!! Because it’s true—you need “stuff”….lots of stuff!! But it’s so worth it!!!
      That’s such a good point about the magazine—you don’t care about getting sand on it….and then I can also throw it out there. I don’t have to lug it home!!!

  • I love the photo of the three of you in your swimsuits laughing together at the end, what a nice shot! While I don’t do any sports in the water I’m a big fan of a cute coverup or sarong over a bikini at the beach! You all wear them well 🙂

    Hope you are having a good week 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

  • Living on Cloud Nine

    Look at you all having a ball in beach style! Again, you gals reign supreme in the accessories department, great bags!!

  • Tina von tinaspinkfriday

    ohhhh what a wonderful post Jodie. Stunning beach pictures of you three ladys. ♥️

  • Jodie, Charlotte, Nancy, Terri…

    THANK YOU! I love everything about this post because it’s so empowering.

    For years the swimsuit thing would actually feel demoralizing for me because I wasn’t shaped like the photoshopped models in the catalogs (or Jodie 😉).

    And even though I often still keep my board shorts on or add a swim skirt, I’ve started looking at myself a little differently…and not because I compare myself with other women. But I think it’s because–dozens of years later–I’m okay with “it is what it is”… that’s how God (and pizza) made me… and I love both 🙂

    Way to go fierce ladies!!!

    • This is the best comment ever, Em!
      I just had this conversation with a good friend yesterday! Our bodies are perfect the way they are—they house our fabulous brain and innards and are wonderfully unique.
      As just so you know, I haven’t always been thin—I was having some hormone issues the last couple of years, and somehow lost a bunch of weight. Now while everyone would say that they wish that would happen to them, trust me when I say, it’s frightening. Google unintended weight loss and you’ll see what I mean. Luckily, we think it’s only the hormones…and I’ve seemed to stabilize which is good!!
      And as much as I think we finally learn that our bodies are fine the way they are as we get older and wiser—it amazes me that many women still stress about it!! Let’s just say, mom and Nancy weren’t exactly thrilled about the thought of this post! But aren’t we just lovely together??
      And I made sure to forward this comment to everyone—your words are truly fabulous!

      • Lovely, indeed! When I saw your cover photo, I thought… “I’d definitely frame that picture!” What a great shot!

        And whoa, dropping fast weight would definitely be scary! I had a few nervous numbers on my knee surgery pretests…and was already trying to adopt pre-mortem philosophical perspectives. And with your med background, you have TOO much info not to self diagnose. Sorry you’ve gone through all that stress!

        • Thanks Em! We do try to embrace the idea of embracing every day, since you just never know….

        • Thanks Em! We do try to embrace the idea of embracing every day, since you just never know….

    • Terri Webster Schrandt

      thanks, Em, you bring up the important point that we should be happy with our imperfect bodies, and just enjoy ourselves in our lives and leisure time. And since God did indeed make these bodies, then to Him they are perfect!

  • Mireille

    You all are too cute! And those bathing suits and cover ups fit you all to a T!

  • Bev @ Walking Well With God

    So timely. We’re heading to the beach for a week. My big wide brimmed hat is always a must!! You ladies look great!
    Bev xx

    • Have a fabulous time Bev!!
      I would have never worn a hat when I was younger, since I wanted to get tan (impossible with my complexion, but still a want for back then). Luckily I’ve gotten smarter in my old age!!