That's why I was so excited to be selected to participate in Smart & Sexy's Back To School Blogger Bonanza! I couldn't wait to get some of their gorgeous lingerie, undergarments and swimwear to review. I have drooled over the items on their website many, many times, and have always been struck by the pretty yet modern feel to these garments. I couldn't wait to see what the expert staff at Smart & Sexy hand-selected for me!
When my package from Smart & Sexy arrived, I felt like a kid at Christmas. Their items were beautifully wrapped, which only enhanced my anticipation. As I opened my surprise grab bag, I immediately felt as though the Smart & Sexy staff were mind-readers. They somehow tapped into my sense of style and sent items that fit my taste and personality perfectly! Take a look at what I received!
I also loved my chemise style sleepwear from Smart & Sexy. Red and black just happens to be my favorite color combo for lingerie and sleepwear, and I adore the fun, heart print on this item. If this nightie can't get my husband's attention, I will definitely have to check him for a pulse! This garment is soft, flirty, and offers amazing support in the boobage department. The cups are padded and feature underwire, so bustier gals can get away with wearing this with total confidence. I have noticed that a lot of chemises do not offer this type of support, so this was a welcomed treat! Since Smart & Sexy bases their sleepwear on bra size, I found that this item fit me fabulously. It is also incredibly comfortable to wear. This has quickly become one of my absolute favorite lingerie items!
Last but certainly not least is the Smart & Sexy bikini. When I first realized I was sent a bikini, I went into panic mode and actually started crying. You see, I have struggled with my weight and body image for YEARS. I was never really told I was pretty growing up and my first marriage was incredibly abusive. When you're told for years you're not good enough, you begin to believe it. So needless to say, I have very low self-esteem. (My husband claims it's non-existent.) After 3 children, all born via cesarean, I definitely have certain body issues that I am learning to deal with and accept. Yes, I have stretch marks. Yes, I have the dreaded belly pooch. But in the past 7 months I have lost 45lbs and I currently weigh less than I did at the age of 13. So now that I am at a relatively healthy weight at 136 lbs, I mustered up my courage and tried on the bikini. I was SHOCKED. It actually looked okay on me! No, I don't look like a super-model. Sure, I will more than likely wear a sarong style cover-up with it. But still...I can actually get away with wearing a bikini without looking too freakishly ridiculous.
Why am I going into so much detail here? Isn't this a little on the personal side? Yes. And it's even hard for me to type. But I know I am not the only woman who has these issues with their body, and I believe in keeping it real with my readers. Getting a bikini for review was a bit traumatic for me. It took a lot to actually put it on and face the mirror. Thanks to Smart & Sexy sending me a darn bikini, I feel a good bit more confident than I did before. The bikini is gorgeous for one, and it also features the padding and underwire found in their bras and sleepwear. My point is this: Smart & Sexy makes beautiful, flattering garments that cater to REAL women with REAL bodies. Even bodies that have gone through 3 pregnancies. Smart & Sexy wants women to feel just that: Smart AND Sexy. Who says beauty comes in one size or shape? Being a mom IS beautiful, stretch marks and all. Sexy doesn't have to end because motherhood begins.
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One very lucky follower will receive a Smart & Sexy grab bag, filled with a wonderful variety of their amazing products! These items will be based on the winner's size and will be hand-selected by the expert staff at Smart & Sexy! How cool is that?!
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***Disclosure: I received a complimentary product to facilitate my review. No other compensation was provided, and all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***