IMG_3727Every once in a while, I terrify myself. That means putting on a bathing suit. And for extra terror, it means getting in front of a camera in a bathing suit. Pre-cancer, I wore a Popina Swimwear retro bathing suit for a KATU story. This time, I was asked to “model” for a story in The Oregonian. I’ve got some fab new post-cancer pineapples (Thank you, Dr. Zegzula), but what if the rest of me looks like Jabba the Hut? I was about to find out.

Going to Popina Swimwear is such a positive experience because they have a gigantor range of suits, and they get it. The owner, Pamela Levenson, and her staff, know how to flatter whatever body part ails you. As a muffin-top-challenged, late 40-something woman, it felt great to hear: “You’ve got great curves. Now here’s what you do….”

They made me look great in a sweet streamlined tankini. The whole experience was refreshingly empowering, not terrifying. Do I look like an 18-year-old gymnast I used to be? Hell no. But seriously, who cares. Maybe this is the summer to enjoy just being around and quit wasting time fearing things like showing skin.


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9 responses »

  1. Linda Cahan says:

    Looking really good, Jacki! The large tote is a nice touch – I’ll try to find one for all my photos! 🙂

  2. Jackie Mathys says:


  3. Cecelia Crow says:

    You look FAB, roomie! Love ya!

  4. srbparish says:

    Hi Jacki,

    Nice to see a post from you! How are you doing?

    I’m healing a pinched nerve, which provides a good excuse to take breaks and get a sit-stand desk. Other than that, up to the usual. Joseph is an 11 year old giant. Hope all is well with all of you.



  5. retdelia says:

    Great post! You look positively FAB! And I love that shop. Purchased a few retro suits myself there. Hugs and when are we getting together! Ret


  6. Trina says:

    Look at you- hipster, Marilyn Monroe look a like! So beautiful and stylish. You are the focal point of the picture! I am constantly learning from you my friend(:

    In admiration, Trina

    Sent from my iPhone


  7. jeaninesemon says:

    Well, good for you. Which one are you? Jeanine with love and peace

  8. JJ says:

    Totally adorable! This is the year I will finally get myself over to Popina. I’ve been wanting to for ages but my old Lands End suits just keep hanging in there. 🙂

  9. Molly says:

    Love it! You go girl. Looking pretty marvelous in that adorable suit! Pool trips to the pool for sure this summer with our girls.

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