Get Ready for Summer: Land's End Swimsuit & Cover Up + $25 GC Giveaway

*Sponsored solely by The Kiddie Fashionista

Much to my dismay, my husband insists we go to the beach more often this year. Uh, seriously? Why? Doesn't he understand that I'm over-weight, can't swim and have suffered one too many sunburns to even attempt such a thing? No excuses, he says. The kids need to enjoy our South Florida beaches, and I need to suck it up.

First on my "get ready for summer" agenda is finding a comfortable yet stylish swimsuit. I may feel like a beached whale, but I don't have to look like one. So I racked my brain trying to think of a place I could find a suit that would be practical and stylish, and that little light bulb inside my head turned on when I thought of Land's End.

The mega-popular catalog company has supplied our home with tons of affordable and comfortable clothing over the years. Then they made their way into stores like Sears (only three blocks away from my home!), and I was in heaven. Need a simple tank for the summer? Land's End has those in every color imaginable. Want a canvas bag to haul your goodies to the park or the beach? Land's End has those too. I actually gave those out as gifts to all my bridal attendants. But I digress. The point here is to find a chic yet functional swimsuit for Mama Padron (moi ;-). I found exactly what I needed with just a few clicks of the mouse (as I knew I would).


I chose this solid empire-waist tankini top ($48.50) and matching mini skirt bottom. The top's gathered bodice, empire waist and soft cup bra offer support and comfort while the stretch fabric gives the assurance of much-needed concealment. The matching mini bottom ($56.50) comes with an attached panty so there are no worries of a "flashing" incident. Of course, I would never go to the beach without a cover up! This cotton jersey hooded dress ($29.50) is the perfect addition to finish off the look.

While all these pieces are available in a myriad of colors, I went with black for the swimsuit and navy for the cover-up. These choices come with built in longevity as the basic nature of their colors and designs will allow me to use them for many summers to come. All the pieces I selected also come in regular sizes so there's a suit at Land's End for women of all shapes and sizes.

Are you dying to shop for a swimsuit, cover up or any other summer staple from Land's End? Then you should definitely enter our Get Ready For Summer Land's End Gift Card giveaway. One of our readers will win a $25 gift card good toward purchases online at LandsEnd.com and Sears.com, for Land's End catalog purchases or for in-store purchases at Sears, The Great Indoors and Kmart!

To Enter:

Mandatory: Leave a comment on this post telling us what item you need most to get ready for summer.

Extra Entries: Leave a comment after your mandatory entry for each of these actions you take.

You have (8) chances to win. The giveaway ends on Wed., May 26th at 12:00pm. A winner will be randomly selected from all submitted entries.

Good luck!

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UPDATE: CONGRATULATIONS, Kim!

You're the winner of the Land's End $25 Gift Card giveaway.