Tomorrow morning I’ll be boarding a plane headed for Grand Cayman Island. So. Excited. We’ve had a busy week preparing for the trip. I finally nailed down which bikinis to bring. I tried on so many of Victoria’s Secret’s new suits, but sadly none of them worked out. Mostly I found the bottoms to be way… View Article

Joules’ Weekly Reading: Bikinis, Epilators, and Trip Prep

Tomorrow morning I’ll be boarding a plane headed for Grand Cayman Island. So. Excited.

We’ve had a busy week preparing for the trip. I finally nailed down which bikinis to bring. I tried on so many of Victoria’s Secret’s new suits, but sadly none of them worked out. Mostly I found the bottoms to be way too skimpy. Maybe something that’s just this side of being a thong looks great on a supermodel, but on a normal person they often come off as overly slutty and just not that attractive. Happily, I did find the above suit on clearance at Victoria’s Secret and thought that the bottoms offered much more coverage. I’ll be wearing it along with several bikinis I found at Target, my go-to for inexpensive swimwear.

Also, on this note I thought I’d share something amazing I discovered: the epilator. I’ve tried various hair removal techniques but I’ve never been overly pleased with them. Professional waxing is simply too expensive to be a viable option, and shaving doesn’t quite cut it when we’re talking about swimsuits. Epilators are pretty much a godsend. Epilators look like an electric razor but are actually work like a bunch of tweezers, plucking hairs out from the root. This unit cost me $60–which is what the average bikini wax costs in Chicago–and it did an amazing job. It took me maybe 30 minutes to do my bikini area. I used Tend Skin afterwards and the few red bumps I had were really minimal. All in all, I can’t recommend it enough.

With that, I’m feeling more than ready be relaxing on the beach, umbrella drink in hand. Feel free to follow along on Instagram.

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