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Venus: Bathing Suits That Are Out of This World

Posted on May 25, 2016 by Lisa Ricard Claro   20 Comments | Posted in The Naked Truth


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Since today is Naked Truth day, I’m forced to tell the true reason for this re-run of a blog post from waaaay back in 2009: I forgot today is Wednesday. Oops. So what’s the big deal, you ask? The big deal is that I always post to my blog on Wednesday, and as a type-A sort, I’m physically incapable of not posting when I’m supposed to. That would be wrong. So, so wrong. I’ll lose sleep over it. Seriously. But it’s almost 6 p.m. and I have to vamoose in a little while to go to my BFF’s daughter’s high school graduation, ergo, a blog redux is below. It’s been seven years, y’all, so I’m guessing I could have passed this off as a new post, but . . . yeah . . . the Naked Truth and all that. The really sad thing is that I could have written it this week because in all this time nothing has changed. Fat pants . . . check. Bathing suit horror. . . check. Addiction to Peanut M&Ms . . . check. In fact, the only thing that’s changed in this blog post is the swim shop I sent you to. Newport News is no longer a valid spot. But never fear. There is a better place to go for bathing suits. Read on, Buttercup!


It is a testament to the difference between the sexes that our first warm, sunny day in quite some time meant a Saturday of fishing at the lake for my husband and a day of self-examination for me. He’s bobbing around in a fishing boat with his buddy and a full cooler and I’m groaning because I had to wear my fat pants instead of comfy capris or shorts. (Clearly those Peanut M&M’s I’m addicted to are not low cal.) I’m afraid to pull out the old tankini, my friends. Terrified. Because I know it ain’t gonna be pretty.

What’s a chocolate-loving Southern lady to do?

Panicking is not the answer. It only triggers the urge for a larger bag of Peanut M&M’s (the dark chocolate…mmm…) and, well, that isn’t going to get me out of these fat pants.

Okay, here’s where you expect me to tell you all about a great walking/yoga/Pilates/aerobic/fill-in-the-exercise program to slim you down for summer. Please. This is me you’re talking to. The Peanut M&M queen. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for exercise. But I need something to shape me up in a bathing suit now, not six months from now.

Fortunately, there is a place that offers options for the dreaded bathing suit. Newport News has a whole line of suits that are styled for specific body types, and some actually promise to give the illusion of a slimmer you and me. The site is easy to navigate, and there are lots of options depending on what you want to hide or enhance. Give it a click and check it out! You’ll thank me later. I promise.

I’d love to say I’m going to find a flattering bathing suit (isn’t that an oxymoron?) that shapes me up, and that I’ll post a picture here for your viewing pleasure. Ha! And Peanut M&M’s are fat free.

Happy suit shopping!


Thanks for hanging out with me. I promise to remember that next Wednesday is, well, Wednesday. I’m actually excited about it, because I’ll be unveiling the book cover for #3 in the Fireflies series, Love to Win.  It’s so beautiful! Release day is July 30th. I can’t wait!

See you next week. Have a good one!

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20 Responses to "Venus: Bathing Suits That Are Out of This World"

  1. Comment by Pat
    May 25, 2016 at 6:52 pm  

    One of the most evil things ever forced upon womanhood…shopping for a bathing suit. Ugh!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      May 28, 2016 at 8:03 am  

      It’s true, Pat! Bathing suit shopping ranks right up there with dental work. Gak!

  2. Comment by Jerri Ricard
    May 25, 2016 at 8:42 pm  

    So excited to see the new cover!!!!!!Squeeee! And You know you are a venus in your suit! ♡♡♡

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      May 28, 2016 at 8:04 am  

      You’re going to love the cover. It’s so gorgeous! I’ve been sitting on it for months waiting for the right time to reveal it. I had to wait until Love to Believe had been out a little while so as not to confuse anyone. But I do adore the new cover! 🙂

  3. Comment by Stephanie Trietsch
    May 26, 2016 at 9:16 am  

    Very timely. We’re going to the beach next week and I’ve put off the ‘big buy’ until it’s too late to shop on-line. Oh, did I mention my size 2 daughter is going with us???

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      May 28, 2016 at 8:06 am  

      Have fun at the beach. I envy you the trip, and I don’t mean “shopping” trip. lol Maybe you’ll find something at the Venus site. They make it easy to sort through the suits. Good luck. And have a blast on your trip!

  4. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    May 26, 2016 at 10:22 am  

    I love this because I can relate. I too am an M&M peanut lover. I can actually see where those M&Ms have reappeared on my thunder thighs.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      May 28, 2016 at 8:07 am  

      It’s very disheartening. I just don’t understand why all the good stuff has to pack on the pounds. I do love my Peanut M&Ms. The peanut butter ones are yummy, too, and I’ve seen coffee M&Ms advertised, but they aren’t available here yet. I think the makers of M&Ms are trying to torture me.

  5. Comment by ButtonsMom2003
    May 26, 2016 at 3:31 pm  

    I love peanut M&Ms. 🙂 I HATE buying a bathing suit. I did finally find one I was OK with and bought it before our Hawaii trip but it never left the suitcase. 🙂 It will probably get some use this year at the pool.

    I can’t wait to read Love to Win!!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      May 28, 2016 at 8:12 am  

      M&Ms…just one more thing we have in common. 🙂 Glad you found a suit you are comfortable with. That’s really the main thing. And the book…yes! July 30th!

  6. Comment by Donna Volkenannt
    May 26, 2016 at 4:43 pm  

    Two words that strike fear in the hearts of grown women: swimsuit season. Funny you should mention peanut M&Ms. I bought a small bag for my grandson the other day. Put them in my purse. Forgot about them until about an hour ago. Oops. They’re gone.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      May 28, 2016 at 8:13 am  

      Ha! Well, I’m sure your grandson won’t miss them at all. Sometimes those little rascals…M&Ms, not grandsons…do disappear in a flash. I’m sure your body just craved the protein. Let’s go with that. 😉

  7. Comment by Sioux
    May 27, 2016 at 3:23 pm  

    Lisa–Hey, peanut M & M’s are nutritious–so much more so than the regular ones, since they’re packed with protein.

    I’m looking for one of those old-fashioned suits with the long skirt that is part of it. Do they still make those? I hope so…

    • Comment by Stephanie Trietsch
      May 27, 2016 at 5:32 pm  

      As a follow up, they do not have long skirts, it is possible to find one with an underwire and has anyone else fallentirely for the mint Oreo Thins?!?

      • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
        May 28, 2016 at 8:17 am  

        Mint Oreo…wait. What? WHAT? Where may I find these? I’ve not seen them at our Publix or Kroger. That sounds so good! And if they’re “thins” then they must be a diet foot…right? 🙂 Seriously, where can I buy them?

        • Comment by Stephanie Trietsch
          May 28, 2016 at 3:18 pm  

          Target. Oh, my!!

          • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
            May 29, 2016 at 9:37 am  

            Does that mean you got lucky and found what you wanted? Or that you wish you’d never looked at their selection? lol

          • Comment by Stephanie Trietsch
            May 29, 2016 at 10:08 am  


          • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
            May 31, 2016 at 9:26 pm  

            🙂 lol

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      May 28, 2016 at 8:15 am  

      Venus has all kinds of suits which you may narrow down by body part. It’s really kind of cool. They’re my new “go-to.” M&Ms are healthy for the protein, of course, but let’s not forget all the good stuff in chocolate, too! Why, it’s practically a super food!

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