Feeling Body Confident On Holiday

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When I was in year 10 I wore a checked red shirt, teeny tiny denim mini skirt and Mickey Mouse cross body bag from H&M kids for non-school uniform day.

After school that day I hung out with a friend and some boys from another school at the local park.

One of those boys looked me up and down and said ‘Cor, YOU have the best legs in the whole of Littlehampton’.

What a fella, eh?

Anyway, that little boost of confidence stuck with me for a long time (even though LOL), it made me feel like there was something, anything, decent about my body. Like I wasn’t some hideous beast of the swamp, the way most teenage girls assume they are.

Over time my legs, ahem, fell curse to the same hereditary gene that cursed my mum and my nan and they became a part of my body that I no longer wanted to flaunt to the masses (there’s a reason I have such a penchant for midi skirts y’know).

And every summer I have the same battle with myself – I battle about whether I can wear cute little denim hot pants to festivals the way other girls can, whether I can look cute in just a cossie and oversized shirt by the pool the way other girls can and whether I can show off my holiday tan in a teeny tiny playsuit the way other girls can.

The answer is that OBVIOUSLY I can wear whatever the flippedy flip I like, because NO-ONE is judging my body as much as I think they are. Because heck, they’re too busy trying to nail an I’M ON THE BEACH selfie and order the most Instagrammable ice cream they can find on the menu.

But to keep myself feeling like a confident sass queen whilst sunning myself on holiday, I try and keep my legs feeling as hydrated, smooth and fuzz-free as possible, so that they’re the best possible versions of their curvy selves.

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Aside from slathering them in body oil post-shower, I’ve been using the Wilkinson Sword Hydro Silk Bikini – a 2-1 girly gadget that shaves, trims, shapes and hydrates.

At one end, features five curve-sensing blades to adapt naturally to women’s curves, whilst the other has a trimming tool which is absolutely the one for keeping your bikini line in check.

Ain’t nobody got time to worry about a stray hair making a bid for escape, am I right?

It’s the perfect multi-purpose beauty tool to throw in your luggage ready for touch-ups, especially if you’re lucky enough to be heading into the sunshine for longer than a week.

I found that it gave an incredibly close shave for even those hard to reach areas, even when you’re in the shower – without y’know, having to resort to yoga for experts just to get close to your inner thigh.

AND it didn’t irritate my legs in the slightest (same couldn’t be said for the mosquitos…), thanks to the built-in moisturising serum next to the blades.

It’s made sure I feel confident enough to ditch the black tights now the sun’s kinda trying to do its thing, and taking a lelfie – aka a selfie of my legs.

Aside from fuzz-free, silky pins, I’ve also found a hearty splash (or three) of fake tan makes me feel a little more comfortable in my own skin.

OH and also – getting used to seeing myself in a swimming costume. If (like me) you tend to avoid full length mirrors when you’re pottering about in your pants trying to find wherever the heck you left your jeans, take your toosh down to your local pool.

Not only will it help you work out whether your new swimwear gives you accidental nip slips every 22 seconds, but it’ll reassure you that HEY LOOK, people have better things to do with their eye sight than critiquing your body.

That way when you do finally get on holiday, it won’t feel like such a huge, dramatic coming-out party for your body that you’ve built up in your head to be far worse than it is.

SO yeah, gow do you help yourself feel confident on holiday? Got any tips for your gal? And have any of you given the Wilkinson Sword Hydro Silk Bikini a whirl?

You can shop it here.

This is a sponsored post, but all body confidence vibes and product reviews are my own

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  • Dayummmm that first photo though…!! Alice xx

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  • You look great – and have amazing poolside style!
    Jennifer x
    Ginevrella | Lifestyle Blog

  • See, I really like your legs. Without sounding like a creep, I saw a photo ages ago on Instagram and your calves look spot on (i was going to comment saying so but thought that’d be weird haha) but no, i think your legs are really nice.

    – Arora xx
    http://www.aroraappleby.com

  • You are just so damn perfect! You look amazing in you swimming costume! Sophie x

    stylestarsandsparkle.com

  • Amy

    I absolutely hate my legs, but it is so important to remember that most people are worrying too much about what they look like to pay that much attention to what anyone else looks like (also you look bloody great)
    Amy xx
    http://www.callmeamy.co.uk

  • Where is that swimming costume from? It’s so lovely and you look incredible in it! I need some of those body confidence vibes xoxo

    • I second this! That swimming costume is gorrrrgeous! <3 x

  • Rebecca Hanson

    I think you look amazing. Your posts give me confidence so don’t stop. I have the same thighs as you and have always worried about wearing little jean shorts as when I look down I just see huge tree trunk thighs! Thank you for inspiring as always.

  • Looking bloody beautiful as always! I’ve just spotted you’re reading Becoming – I went to a writing workshop with the author a couple of weeks ago and fell a bit in love – great isn’t it!! x

  • You looks absolutely gorgeous as always!! 🙂 Great post

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    xx

  • Where are those bloody sunglasses from?! They’re beautiful!

    Great post by the way lovely, I feel the same way about my legs so I might just try that razor. I try to stay away from fake tan though and embrace my paleness haha!

    http://www.happyhels.com

    • Aww thanks! They’re from Quay Australia which is available at ASOS x

  • You look absolutely beautiful! I wish I had such nice boobs like you!

  • I love this so so much! You look so gorgeous and so happy in all of these photos! Definitely nailed the holiday style girl! xx

  • Jen

    Yay for baring your legs- you look beautiful! Love the bathing suits too. I just bought my first pair of shorts in 20 years and am excited to free my legs this summer 🙂

    http://www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

  • First of all, I love seeing ladies who have body confidence! You go, girl! You look amazing. Also, I am loving the one-piece swimsuit that you’re rocking! And that palm leaf shirt.
    One question: what is the pink book called in that photo?

    poppyandpapaya.com

    • Awww thank you! It’s called Becoming as is by Laura Jane Williams x

  • GIRL you look amazing! Never let insecurities make you believe that you’re not perfect the way you are. And honestly, isn’t it such a shame how much time we spend dragging ourselves down because we don’t look like VS Models when in reality NOBODY cares :’D

    Love, kerstin
    http://www.missgetaway.com/

  • You are looking amazing in these photos – you really do look so confident, it’s lush. Hope Thailand was a dream xxxxx
    http://www.fashionnomads.com

  • Aimee

    You look amazing! A bit of body confidence was exactly what I needed this weekend! Got my legs out today and after the first 10 minutes of feeling self conscious it was great, cos guess what? Nobody gives a shit about my legs! There are too many problems in the world already without us girls putting ourselves down!

    • EXACTLY this! The first 10 minutes are always like omg rolls omg cellulite omg I look hideous and then as soon as you’ve got over yourself, it’s fine! x

  • Really love this post, you look amazing! Where did you get your all in one costume, the print is beautiful!
    x

    https://ameliagilmore.blogspot.co.uk

  • Great post! Pictures are beaut, you look amazing!
    I think your legs/you are fab! 🙂

    Caroline.x
    http://www.carolineelgeywhite.com

  • Girl your outfits and photo and just blog in general is perf right now.
    Nobody will critique you as hard as you do yourself but we all relate to those bad vibes we sometimes give ourselves when it comes to getting back to basics in the summer.

    Unfortunately I cannot shave as salt water / grass etc only ever seem to irritate me when i have shaved my legs, so i’m a total epilator fan – but these seems like a handy little gadget! xo

  • You look absolutely gorgeous and incredible photos!

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  • Angelina

    Awh what a sweet post! My insecurity is also my legs, so I completely relate. Oddly though, I feel more comfortable on vacation, than locally, if I’m in a bikini. It just seems much more normal and accepted when you’re not at home for some reason!

    http://hnnhvnbls.blogspot.com/2016/07/5-things-you-can-make-with-clay.html

  • I’ve been in a mental e45 moisturizing routine for the past week to try and shift my awful excema before I go on holiday this week. My legs themselves don’t bother me (although I do have a full length mirror at an awkward angle that makes them look like wee tree trunks half the time) but it’s my skin that is the absolute worst. Might actually consider tanning for the first time since Johnstons Holiday Sun circa 2005 to cover up the redness so I’m less self-conscious. Great post, you’re looking super confident!

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  • I LOVE your swimsuit in the first pic (also the backdrop. amazing, where is dat?!). I have weird swimsuit probs because of surgical scars, but mostly I try to not g.a.f. because as you say once you are at the pool/the beach/ wherever people are totally not caring what anyone else looks like other than themselves, which I always forget until I’m there. 🙂

  • You are looking hot af in the first photo girl, and I can be prone to forgetting about my hairy legs (and arms, oops) come holiday time or weekend – such a mare when you pop a t-shirt on.

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Beauty Wellbeing

  • George

    You look great! Enjoy all your poolside adventures!

  • Donna

    I can barely even read the blog with the gray font. 🙁

  • Just come across your blog after it came up in a ‘recommends’ type email from Bloglovin’ and I have to say I’ve fallen a bit in love haha! This post is amazing! So honest and just how I’d like to feel about myself. I have a couple of weddings and a holiday coming up and am desperately trying to get myself in to the ‘loving my own body’ mindset, with a bit of exercise and a healthier eating regime.
    Love your confidence and am loving this blog 🙂 xx

    https://madebymoohandblog.wordpress.com/

    • Awww I’m so glad to have a new reader! Another way I sometimes look at it when my body overwhelms me is to remember everything it has been through. Every battle it has survived, everything that it has worked through to come out better than before. Think of it as your trophy, it makes me feel a bit prouder of it that way – bumps, lumps and all! x


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