Sunday, May 13, 2012

Yep, me in a bathing suit: Annee Matthew - Review & Giveaway! CLOSED

Maternity bathing suits and I have never been friends. When I was pregnant with Carina, I ended up with a tankini top that was so tight it was uncomfortable - at 18 weeks. Since I really didn't appreciate that stuffed sausage feeling, I never attempted to wear it after that. And the bottoms? I tried on a size Small, Medium, AND Large and none of them fit; they were all too small. So I just used some of my old, rather stretched out non-maternity bottoms and they didn't match at all. Truth be told I looked pretty ridiculous.

Annee Matthew, designer of unique, stylish, and functional clothing for Moms and Moms-to-be, just sent me their new Twist Tankini Swimsuit. This two-piece tankini has room for use during pregnancy and easy access for discreet breastfeeding. It also has bra cups for added comfort and a low rise bottom. Fabric: 80% nylon and 20% elastane.
Maternity Bathing Suit, Maternity Tankini, Pregnant Bathing Suit

I am in love. Here's why:

1. It is super comfortable: no tightness or stuffed sausage feeling. There is even some room to grow which I, at just 21 weeks, really appreciate. I'll be able to wear this suit through the end of the summer for sure. Also, I much prefer the padded bra cups to the underwire of my previous maternity swimsuit.

2. There are openings for breastfeeding. So not only can Carina nurse now, but in those first few weeks postpartum when I'm still packing the extra "saggy bag of jello", as I affectionately refer to it as, I can easily breastfeed the new baby at the beach or pool. I think this swimsuit will be perfect for the whole body transition from early pregnancy to giant belly and then through the post-partum period and beyond.

3. Now, let me preface this last point by saying that I hope you know by now that I'm not a vain person. I think I look pretty awesome in this swimsuit; it really accentuates the bump nicely. I feel pretty and confident while wearing it, which are not common states of feeling for me lately.

Maternity Tankini, Pregnant Tankini, Maternity Swimsuit
Maternity Bathing Suit, Maternity Swimsuit, Pregnant Tankini
Yikes, I'm almost translucent. Momma needs a spray tan or something ;)
These pictures come courtesy of Mike doing his best Austin Powers impression ("yeah baby, yeah!") replete with authentic chest hair. Please forgive the awkwardness - I'm clearly not a model. If I remember correctly I even said "arrrgggh I'm so awkward" before each and every photo he took.

Oh, and I didn't take a photo of the breastfeeding access, sorry. I figured that was probably more of Mama G than you wanted to see. The Annee Matthew model shows you here :)

More about the designer:
AnneeMatthew celebrates more than motherhood. We celebrate Womanhood because every mother is a woman. Not just any woman but a strong, happy, contented and independent woman. You are a woman who is totally inspired and takes pride in your appearance. All styles have discreet nursing access and most are designed to be worn while pregnant, for easy breastfeeding and beyond! The designs are innovative, fashionable and suitable for all phases of a mother's life!

For the next 2 weeks, get 30% off of your entire order (excluding jewelery) from Annee Matthew with coupon code GGG30! Stock up on cute short sleeve tops, dresses, and swimsuits for the summer. Coupon code valid until May 31st, 2012.

Annee Matthew is offering one of my readers the Twist Tankini Swimsuit!

How to Enter:
This is a Rafflecopter giveaway. Click "Read More" below and then follow the instructions on the widget. All currents count! The giveaway is open to US and Canada residents and ends at 11:59 PM on Monday, May 21st.

The first entry is mandatory - Visit Annee Matthew and tell me which style/garment is your favorite! Once you complete this entry, the widget will give you the option of completing the rest. Complete more steps for more chances to win!

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I was not compensated for this review. I received the item free of charge for reviewing purposes. All opinions are honest, and my own.
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