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Ooh La La, Louise!

The sun is shining, the day is warm. More than anything, you want to hang out on the beach or in the pool. Are you really going to do it in that ratty 0ld swimsuit? Of course not! You’re going to get a new one.

Looking at your credit card statement, though, you know you have to be practical. Does this mean you can’t look your best at the beach? Of course not! It just means you need to shop a bit carefully.

Huit Chez Louise Bandeau Swimsuit Front This little piece of blue heaven is the Huit Chez Louise bandeau swimsuit. Pretty for lounging, but built so you can actually swim in it, this is the perfect suit for looking gorgeous and feeling confident.

Of course, some of us cannot feel our most confident if we fear that our backsides are on too extreme display. If that describes you as much as it does me, then I invite you to take a look at the rear view you’ll be offering in this suit:

Huit Chez Louise Bandeau Swimsuit Back Sexy, yet dignified.

So, pretty, discreet, equally up to the task of swimming or lounging beautifully with a cold drink and a fabulous beach hat…so far it meets every possible requirement. But what about the price tag?

Well, it does normally run $111.00 retail, I grant you. Right now, though, at Fig Leaves you can get it for just $83.25.

So, pretty, discreet, good for swimming or lounging, and a great deal? That’s my idea of heaven.

Friday Finds Under Fifty: The In the Swim Edition

I know, I know, it’s still freezing outside. But there are heated pools all over this great land of ours, and even those who don’t have easy access to one know that the weather will surely grow warmer over time. If you swim, if you use a hotel hot tub, if you want to sunbathe after a long, cold winter (just be sure to use plenty of sunblock and limit your time under those rays because skin cancer is definitely not superfantastic!), you will eventually need a suit to do it in.

One of the best places to look for a good deal in that regard is SwimsuitsForAll. Whether you’re plus-sized (up to size 34), have a long torso, or are just looking for a good swimsuit at a price that doesn’t make you wince, this is the place to go. They also have some superfantastic options for another underserved sector of the populace: women who have had mastectomies.

Penbrooke® Mastectomy Kenya Tankini Swimsuit
The choices for a really great swimsuit take a distinct nosedive post-op, but this is a option that doesn’t assume a lady doesn’t wish to continue to look her best after the battle. (courting cancer is far from superfantastic, but surviving it is absolutely superfantastic) Heck, I might want this one just because it’s so cute!

The original retail price on this beauty was $78.00, but right now it’s on sale at Swimsuits For All for the mere pittance of $24.00! At that price, you might want to get two.

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Half Off Hot Swimsuit

One thing that I find eternally frustrating as a plus-sized woman is the dearth of attractive, reasonably-priced swimwear in my size. When I find something pretty, chances are it doesn’t come in my size. If I find it in my size, chances are it’s designed to make me disappear in a plain, neutral corner. If I find one that’s the right size to fit me, yet fun and sassy enough to please me…chances are it costs an arm, a leg, and three internal organs. I can’t justify spending that much on something I wear a few times a year. Thus it is that I spend entirely too little time being fed pre-peeled grapes by cabana boys with oiled chests and exquisite talents for making cold drinks appear at will.

All that may change now that I’ve discovered Swimsuits For All. They carry a great variety of swimwear for men, women, children, and yes, plus-sized women. Take a look at this one:

Longitude Blue Flower Swimsuit The cut is pretty, the fabulous, swirly flower print in shades of blue and white with touches of black is sure to be noticed in a good way, and it even sparkles with a few subtle touches of silver!

All in all, this is perfect for lounging at the side of the pool in a really great sunhat and shades being fed grapes, but if you choose to get all wet, it looks practical, too.

Oh, and I did say something about a good price, didn’t I? Well, this gorgeous swimsuit is normally available for just $88.00. That’s not too bad, as swim suit prices go these days. But with sale code: longitude50, you can take 50% off that price and spend just $44.00! And if this suit doesn’t float your boat, it works on other selected swimsuits by Longitude, too.

Go take a look. I’ll be over here with Raul, being fed fruit.

Pool Cues

Do you have a superfantastic swimsuit? No? Then now is the time to head over to Bluefly.com for their sale on designer swimwear.

DKNY Halter Swimsuit You’ll save an extra 20% off of Bluefly’s already deep discounted prices on a wide variety of swim suits now until 6am EST on the 15th. For instance, this DKNY teal halter maillot goes for a retail price of $112.00. Bluefly usually sells it for a bargain price of $67.00. But if you act now, you can get it for just $53.60! That’s more than half off the retail price! Don’t like the teal? It also comes in purple. Don’t like the suit? Check out the rest of the sale.

In the News at the News

Newport News is having a sale on their clearance sales. That means you can get 25% off on styles that were already marked down to terrific prices, if you just use their handy dandy discount code. What’s not to love about that?

Take, for instance, this bright and breezy poly/spandex jersey knit surplice-style halter top.

Newport News Surplice Halter Top It comes in four mouth-watering colors (Magenta, Chartreuse, Ocean Blue, or – as shown – in Orange), and sizes from XS to XL. Oh, and yes, all sizes are available in all colors…or at least they were when I started writing this!

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Catch a Wave

With swim season coming up, a lot of us are looking for new suits. I don’t know about you, but I find myself entranced by this fun and funky Gottex one-piece in a vibrant, Pucci-esque print.

Gottex One Piece Swimsuit It has an interior soft cup shelf bra and flexible side boning for a combination of support and comfort. It’s also fully lined. Oh, and the spaghetti straps are removable if you’re in need of an even tan line.

Best of all, Bluefly.com has it on sale for just $77.00. That’s 40% off the suggested retail price of $128.00.

Get In the Swim of Things

Yes, I know it’s still icy outside. No, you haven’t taken down the Christmas tree or rung in the New Year. On the other hand, cruise season is rapidly approaching and now is the time to prepare.

Shape Fix Bandeau Swimdress
Luckily enough, Newport News is holding a sale on their 2008 swimwear line. This is your chance to get a pretty, fashionable new suit at a bargain price. For instance, this lovely Shape Fix bandeau suit comes in six different colors and Tall and Women’s sizes as well as Regular. It features an underwire keyhole, shelf bra, as well as front and back power-mesh control for a firmer look. Normally, it sells for $49.00 to $54.00, but right now you can get it for $39.00 to $44.00.

There’s nothing like being fabulous, fashionable, and frugal all at the same time.