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Walk with me

walk with meIt was such a lovely day out today, and the first one after a row of crappy rainy days so I wanted to bring you with me as I walked down to “my” lake.

It’s mine on the premise that I have adopted it.

I didn’t edit this clip a whole lot, or at all, since I just wanted to show you the joy of one of the first warm days.

The water is very high and its extremely windy, otherwise I usually sit at the end of that little pier with my legs in the water. ūüôā My happy place.

I think this weekend is the one for the first dip of the year. I went in as far as my shorts allowed me and it was 15 degrees, but I definitely think a quick dip is necessary! And I have to try out my new bathing suit!

Raise the sound ¬†a bit to hear all the nature. ūüôā


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That swimwear issue again!

So we are back at that swimwear issue. I just can’t find one I like under 800kr ($100)!
I do have some really difficult though.

  • I want to be able to swim in it.
  • I want my bits to be covered, even if I move around.
  • I want a one piece suit…
  • …in a nice pattern/color…
  • …black doesn’t count.
  • I don’t want any “slimming” effect, or a skirt attached.
  • I don’t want to bother with a cup-size.
  • It would be nice if it had a nice/fun back, but that’s not necessary.
  • And finally I want to be able to dive into the water and do a handstand without showing/or being scared of showing any bits.

Doesn’t that sound like a quite simple bathing suit.
Apparently not!

I found this nice number, with cute pink fishes on it, half off and it was definitely fun in the back, it turned out it was a little bit to fun at the back, we were not made for each other, no, sadly I had to send it back. So now I’m a bit weary of too much fun in the back. I like my butt to be covered… interestingly.

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I have thus decided that surely I can sew one myself. There are great tutorials and patterns out there, and then I can learn to make just the bathing suit for me, several in fact, and definitely for under $100! And after I have mastered the sewing of the Lycra¬†I’m sure I can learn how to embellish and maybe even make them fun in the back! Ha, take that swimwear industry!

These are the pattern with tutorials I am looking at, if anyone have any suggestion Id love to hear about it.

Angela KaneSwimming CostumeYouTube tutorial, simple but… simple.
McCalls 6759YouTube tutorial, I don’t know If I can get a hold of this pattern but the YouTube tutorial is great whichever pattern you use I think.
PapercutSoma SwimsuitWritten tutorials, though I don’t think this would fit me very well since I am curvy and have a large chest.

And I found a Swedish site that at least have lots of gorgeous solid colours of swimsuit material. Otherwise ill just order from farther away and wait, you can find lots of gorgeous fabrics on Etsy.

So wish me luck on this sewing adventure! If it does not work, I’ll be swimming naked!


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Bathing Suit

Take a ChanceI did end up getting a new bathing suit! A bikini, I finally found one I liked, this one has vintage cut high bottoms but with a fun strap detail on the sides. I was a bit worried about the size since you only got to choose your normal clothing size and then a cup size. I do most of my shopping on the internet, so much more comfortable on the couch, right. ūüôā The cup I thought I needed was sold out so I had to go down one or up one, but since I am quite small, proportionally, around my ribcage, I went down a size. And it fit! The size they were out of might have fitted better but it would be a close call in that case.¬†DSC03058This one is from BonPrix, where they have lots to choose from for all body types, though many are of the “slimming, with skirt, you must be ashamed of your body” type that I hate, but lots of fun stuff too.¬†DSC03063This is my own, at least Id like to think so, gorgeous little lake in the middle of the forest, close to Gothenburg in Sweden where I live.

I really like this fun colourful pattern, but I think the high waisted bottoms and the fun side straps had a lot to do with this purchase too. ūüôā


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My Lake

Even if the Swedish summer thinks that its time to pack up, its been really cold and rainy, I don’t care, Im going swimming anyway! Its a bit warmer today, still wearing a long sleeved top, and it was a refreshing swim to say the least!

DSC03054I usually get to have this gorgeous lake all to my self, especially now when everyone else thinks its nuts to go swimming. ūüôā And thanks to all the rain, the lake was crystal clear and I could see all the way to the bottom really far out. Time for a canoe trip I believe!

My LakeI don’t know what it is about water, but I need, really need to be in it, near it or watching it, as much as possible. I get so much energy and it makes me calm and brings me back to myself and whats important. When its to cold to swim, I stand in it with rubber boots and if its ice, I’m ok just watching it. But I LOVE to go swimming in a lake. Its a like being thirsty.

IMG_2993Altered photo using the apps Enlight and Prisma.


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Bathing suits

Bathing SuitDon’t get me started, or, let’s get me started!! Ok, I love water, I’m using the word LOVE here, If you bring me swimming you will see a huge grin grow on my face and when you, and everybody else, thinks its time to call it and is shivering under towels, I can not for the life of me understand what you are talking about and is happily splashing around trying to do a handstand on the bottom of the lake/sea/pool.

So, when I go bathing suit shopping, I don’t want one for sexy sunbathing, I hate direct sunlight, that would fall off important bits if I attempted a dive. And I don’t want a sporty one that resists chlorine and covers way to many important bits. I want a colourful, happy, bathing suit for my body type that is more cute than sexy and lets me get in contact with the water I love more than the sporty ones does. And no I don’t want one with a skirt attached, or bits cut off, and please could we skip the cup sizes! How about throwing in some pineapples or lobsters, that would be fun! Should this be so very hard, apparently so!!! My choices are “black bathing suit with slimming effect and ruffles to hide your tummy, because you have to be ashamed of that thing right” or “extremely skimpy bikini, made for lying very still, turning over to grill you back is ok, by a pool, with very fancy pattern in fun colors” .¬†Needless to say, I’m a bit frustrated with the bathing suit shopping.

The thing is, it should be oodles of fun designing a bathing suit. You have lots of fabric on the front to play with colors and patterns, and then you have the back where you can go nuts making fancy strap contraptions! So where are these kinds of bathing suits. Yes I did find that mermaid one that I showed in a previous post, that thing was gorgeous and so much fun, and also in the states. I’m in Sweden I don’t want to order a suit, have it not fit, considering sending it back, which would probably cost more than the suit itself, that would hurt too much.

Now that I am done ranting, but not bathing suite shopping, have a collage of suits I for one reason or another can not have.

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Oh, and this is the suit I currently have, which I love. But it’s getting a bit faded and damaged.


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