I Wore Green Togs

green one piece togs

Summer’s come early here in Brisbane.  Beach waves. Afternoon storms.  Hot sand. Big sunglasses. Even bigger hats. Ice cold water. Salads and sorbets. Bare feet. Cute dresses. Flowers in my hair. BBQs in the park. Pool days. Movie nights. All the good things to look forward to in the upcoming months.

I found these cute one piece togs are in Luang Prabang in Laos; of all the unlikely places to find swimwear!  After walking around the quaint town, I stumbled across a shop with the adorable emerald green swimsuit.  They are different than any togs I’ve seen here in Australia.

Making the most of the glorious weather, as a family we visited the beach one day during the holidays. I wore my green togs. And you know what? I didn’t really think about it.  What I mean is I didn’t stress about hiding myself under a towel, neither did I feel the pressure to be some sort of ‘yummy mummy’ (whatever that is). I didn’t really think about it but got out there and enjoyed the swim with my kids.

You see, I’ve worked on my health and fitness — slowly and surely — particularly during the last couple of years; (I went back and reread this post I wrote 3 years ago: feeling fat and ugly).  However, my goal isn’t to look amazing but to be the best I can be. Almost the same, I guess, but the foundation focus is different.  There’s a lot of noise about appearance…blah, blah, blah.  I just don’t buy it even though the message is sold everywhere, EVERYWHERE I TURN.  Oh sure, I want flattering clothes, I love pretty stuff, dressing up and the like, plus I enjoy the fact that my wardrobe fits comfortably again and that my legs are more toned.  But I have a slightly shifted focus: it’s not about appearance but embracing this life I am blessed with.

When I pondered about that day at the beach, I realised being self-disciplined about health paid off in the best way possible. Not because I hit the beach feeling like I was rocking my togs…but because I went to the beach without my usual binds — neither bonds of insecurity or pressure to attain to a societal ideal held me back.  There was a freedom for me to just be, and I celebrate that!  Work hard.  Shine without fear. And cute green togs are a bonus.

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Kelly loves life at both ends of the spectrum: wearing high heel shoes one day and hiking boots the next; sipping tea out of a pretty cup and slurping hot coffee from a camping mug; challenging herself physically and stopping for quiet unhurried moments to feel the wind on her face. Kelly and her husband Matthew seek to live a fun and adventurous life with their four children and pet bird.

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  1. says

    Those are really pretty togs – what a fab colour. (Adore your phone case too!). This is where I’m (finally) heading as well. I’m not quite there yet (still some hang ups to overcome) but today I wore shorts and togs for the first time in about 20 years (no exaggeration!) I knew I didn’t look perfect but it didn’t matter, and R was excited because Mummy was actually going into the water instead of just watching from the sidelines.

  2. says

    There is pressure every which way you look to conform to what you “should” look like. I’m at a point in my life where I focus now on whether I feel healthy. I think if you feel good then your confidence makes you look good, no matter if you fit the mould or not. Hmm, note to self, must find some awesome new swimmers.

  3. Kelly says

    Robyn lawley has just put out a range of beautiful swimmers (cossies, togs, whatever!) when she couldn’t find ones she lived to suit her shape. She is a plus size model and doing great things! Check her out for a great Australian girl doing a brilliant job!

  4. Debs says

    Love this post. Just delightful and I want those bathers! I think my attitude has definitely shifted and focused over the years and I am getting closer to where you are now. It’s a nice place to be. Thanks for sharing :) x

  5. says

    You look amazing (although you look amazing in every photo I’ve seen) and in real life too. I’ll always remember that you introduced me to button necklaces!

    You’ve started something new. I wan’t those togs! Emerald looks great on red heads. I wonder if I’d stumble on something similar online. Hmmmm

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