Photos thanks to Taylor Cole
Swimsuit and denim shorts (c/o) Marshalls; Plaid Shirt; similar gold sandals; sunglasses; TLC&You beach bag; Rebecca Minkoff fringe bag; Mad Jewels bracelets
Ever had that dressing room moment where you wanted to jump for joy because you’ve just tried on something amazing? I had that moment recently when I put on this swimsuit at Marshalls, and I seriously wanted to knock on the person’s door next to mine just so I could get a high five or something. Then I thought, “Get your shit together, that’s weird, Nikki.” Let me rewind here. I headed into Marshalls that day with a challenge: find the perfect swim look. Armed with a $50 gift card, a good attitude and admittedly low expectations, I began browsing through the swim racks which were mostly on sale because it’s mid-July and every retailer is already thinking about fall. (I, on the other hand, am thinking about working in a swimsuit everyday to try and beat this mid-summer heat.) I picked up a cute top here, bottoms there, and then I came across this suit. It may not look like much to most, but to those of us with curves up top, it’s a rare find. A bandeau with enough coverage, a bit of hidden underwire, and a removable strap that doesn’t have to tie behind the neck (and cause neck pain all day). It fits like a dream, and the best part? The set cost me a whopping $16. No joke. On the way out, I scooped up a pair of my favorite denim shorts (in a color I didn’t have already, of course) for a fraction of their original price. It was pretty much one of those Marshalls days that makes you feel like you just kicked total ass. The type of day that makes you want to just grab a killer beach bag (this one is TLC&You and it’s amazing) and hit the beach. Happy weekend, everyone!