Sun Hats and Polka Dots.

February 27, 2016






















Swimsuit: c/o RAD Swim | Tunic: Miss Match (similar here) | Sun Hat: Boutique (similar here) | Necklace: c/o Swell Caroline | Beach Bag: (currently crushing on this one!) | Lips: MAC Faux | 
Spray Tan: Blush Tan (La Jolla, CA and Boston, MA)
What could be better than a big sun hat and a polka dot swimsuit?! This swimsuit is to die for from RAD Swim! It’s so comfortable and supportive, something that isn’t always easy to find. The fabric is incredibly soft. I love the waistline on this piece, it adds an instant flair. Who wouldn’t want that while relaxing on the beach or by the pool, I know I am always up for that! PS use code ‘TOPKNOTSANDPEARLS’ for 20% off.
I paired this with my big sun hat to keep a classic feel to the look. I also brought in a little bohemian flair with my cover up and necklace. You don’t have to leave your accessories at home when you are going to the beach or the pool, wear a piece that is durable such as this necklace that is made out of wooden beads. 
Even though I live in SoCal, I don’t lay out in the sun very often. This is a fact I need to rectify, but until then I got my first spray tan done! This is an all organic tan done by Blush Tan in La Jolla. I am so pleased with it! The first day as the tan was setting I was a little worried because it was darker than I wanted, when I took a shower after the Tan set it, the color came out perfect. Don’t be shocked like I was, the color sets in beautifully! It may be February but it’s warming up down here. My white skin needed a little help to fit in with the crowd here. If you are in the area, go visit Blush Tan and use this code ‘topknots20’ for 20% off a full body tan! 

Transparency: I was hesitant to post some of these pictures because of my stomach. Many of you who have followed me since the beginning or know my personally, know my history. I went into eating disorder treatment at Remuda treatment center in July of 2011 after struggling for over 6 years. I left with more tools to overcome my trials than when I entered but my work wasn’t over. The last couple years have been the hardest of my life: mentally, emotionally, and physically. Having to correct a lifetime of incorrect labels on myself and habits is not an easy task. It takes dedication and constant effort. I want to be transparent with you and shoe you that life isn’t about perfection. That I care about showing the real me and not a facade. No one is flawless, no matter how they portray themselves. I want you to be encouraged to love yourself for being imperfect because that is perfect. I love myself, even with my acne and imperfect figure!

This is what recovery looks like. 

Photos Curtesy of Rachel from Rachel McQuead Photography

1 Comment

  1. February 28, 2016 / 2:13 am

    Thanks for sharing, Nicholle! And for the record, your tummy isn't even noticeable. 🙂 You are beautiful and I love how relaxed and comfortable you look in these photos! That is not the face of a girl afraid or believing lies about herself. I'm celebrating recovery with you! Keep being an example of freedom in Christ.

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