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It's National Swimsuit Confidence Week! (May 23 - 27, 2011)

As someone who has been avoiding wearing a swimsuit in public for the past 7 years, it took a lot for me to review a Lands' End swimsuit last year.  Even though I published a photo of myself wearing the swim separates, confident was certainly not what I was feeling.  Since then, I have accepted that I will not likely be my pre-motherhood size 5 again and have slowly built my confidence again.  That is why I was happy to be invited to participate in National Swimsuit Confidence Week by Lands' End.

Here I am in the Beach Living V-Neck Tankini Swimsuit Top and the ShapeWear High-waist SwimMini from Lands' End.  Although I was sent a size larger than I would normally wear in both pieces, I think I still look pretty darn good for someone who had carried twins at one time.  (I was giving my photographer [a.k.a. my husband] the evil eye because he was making fun of my pose.)

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This year, Lands' End has teamed up with the Curvy Girl Guide to help promote positive body images for women.  Would you like to join the movement?  Here's how . . .

•  Get the Twibbon – Go to and
display the “I have swimsuit confidence!” Twibbon on your Twitter profile photo. Send
a tweet to @LandsEndPR proclaiming “I have swimsuit confidence!” #landsend for a
chance to be entered to win a $500 Lands’ End gift card – winner announced May 27.

•  Participate in a Week of Tweets – Mark your calendar each day May 23 – 27, 2011
from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. CDST so you can join in the series of National Swimsuit
Confidence Week events on Twitter. Follow @LandsEndPR and tweet at #landsend.
We will be announcing exclusive swimwear promotions, giving away great prizes and
inspiring women to embrace their swimsuit beauty.

•  Bloggers Join the Movement – On May 23, 2011, 21 women from Curvy Girl Guide will
show off their swimsuit confidence by posting a photo in a 2011 Lands’ End Swimsuit.
You can join in by posting your swimsuit photo on May 23, 2011 to inspire your
followers – send a link to libby.schmeisser[at]landsend[dot]com for a chance to win one of
five $100 Lands’ End gift cards.

Thank you to Lands' End for sending me a complimentary swimsuit sample in order to participate in this campaign.