Put On Your Swimsuit This Summer- #MySwimSuitStyle

I love summertime. I love the beach. I love the pool. What I don’t love — actually what I have come to loathe —  is wearing a bathing suit. And I’m not talking about a bikini or even a tankini (which I gave up in my early 20s), just a regular full-coverage swimsuit (sometimes with a skirt or pair of shorts). This is why it is ridiculously hilarious that I agreed to write this blog post and share a photo of me in my swimsuit. But, I suppose I can blame María José Ovalle of Very Busy Mamá for this one. She challenged me to put on my swimsuit, take a photo and write a post to promote self LOVE, not self loathing. Actually, she personally emailed me and asked. And if you know her, she is not someone to say no to — especially when you realize how brave and passionate she is about promoting self love.

I am at my largest non-pregnant weight right now. I have cellulite, stretch marks, lots of curves, and many imperfections. I could list off a lot of things that I would “fix.” But, I am me and this HAS to be enough. Being me is not so terrible. In fact, being me IS BEAUTIFUL because beauty is not about the exterior.

This doesn’t mean I’m not trying to get to a healthier version of me, but it means I have to accept where I am at this moment. I have to embrace myself. And apparently, I’m supposed to share a photo of me to do it.

So, please don’t make me do this alone. Help spread this message of self love. Put on your swimsuit this summer. Take off your cover-up. And embrace where you are right now. Time passes too quickly to wait until you feel ready. Children grow too fast to worry about how you look while your kids are begging you to join them in the pool or in the sand. And if you are feeling extra bold, please share a photo of yourself on social media and use the hashtag #MySwimSuitStyle.

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P.S. – This is the most terrifying post and photo I have ever shared. Vanity is one of those really tricky things. I believe in self love and in this message, but it doesn’t mean this was easy to do. In fact, it was darn difficult. Okay… I am holding my breathe as I hit publish. MJO this is for you!


The Challenge: I am participating in the #MySwimsuitStyle challenge hosted by María José Ovalle of Very Busy Mamá and co-hosted by the fabulous Katie Reed of A Mother Thing, Reesa Lewandowski of Momma Lew, Vicky Mason of The Mummy Chronicles and Andrea Summers of Momma in Flip Flops.

WHY: To promote and encourage self LOVE not self loathing this summer!

Join by showing off YOUR swimsuit style, let go of your insecurities and let’s make a SPLASH this summer.

HOW: Write a blog, or simply post a picture in your swimsuit to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using
#MySwimsuitStyle and visit participants leaving positive comments!

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Nicole Dash is a writer, blogger and business owner who lives in the suburbs outside Washington, DC with her husband and four children. She started her career as a journalist and copy editor. She also managed public relations and corporate communications for a national franchise company, but in 2009 started a home-based daycare. Nicole has enjoyed success as a small business owner and is a leader within the child care community in Northern Virginia. In 2012, she began her heartfelt blog, Tiny Steps Mommy, where she writes about family, life, parenting and finding herself amid the chaos. She is an active member of the Washington, DC blogger community and is listed on the blogroll of more than 20 local blogs. Nicole is also a Huffington Post Blog Contributor and writes for The DC Moms. She is extremely social and loves connecting on Facebook and Twitter.




  1. Honestly and truly, hand on my heart, please do not be terrified of this photo. You look AMAZING. The blue is beautiful, and you are curvy in all the right places. Thank you so much for having the courage to post – but know that you look FAB.
    Katie @ AMotherThing recently posted…Stripping Off My Insecurities and Showing my #MomBod for #MySwimSuitStyleMy Profile

  2. You look great Nicole, and your hair is super cute. That blue is a great pop of color, your next step is to leave home and hang out at the pool or breach. I bet you will have fun and look really cute while doing so. #MySwimsuitStyle
    Michellette “MimiCuteLips” Green recently posted…This body in a 2 piece #MySwimsuitStyleMy Profile

  3. You look GORGEOUS! I’m so for real. It was hard for me to do also so I know how you feel. But just believe that in our eyes you are one good lookin’ chica ready to hit the pool/beach! xo
    Carin Kilby Clark recently posted…The Joy of Self-Love {and My Swimsuit Style}My Profile

  4. girl you look phenomenal! what a pretty lady. thanks for being so brave :)

  5. Love this concept – encouraging beautiful shapes rather than photo shopping the very flaws that make us real. Thanks for being brave!
    Suzanne Holt recently posted…Five Ways to Get Your Kids More Active this SummerMy Profile

  6. You know that I’m BEYOND proud of you and HAPPY for you! You look spectacular, I have NO idea what you looked like before but what I’m seeing right now is a good looking mama who looks like she is ready to enjoy a day out at the pool or beach. and that’s the point, we don’t compare you to the previous you, only you do that to yourself. Beautiful Nicole and THANK YOU for joining in. I hope this is a first step to looking and feeling good this summer! xoxo
    Maria Jose @verybusymama recently posted…LOVING not Loathing #MySwimsuitStyle this SummerMy Profile