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Best Tips to Build an Active Lifestyle Capsule Wardrobe

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If you are a busy person with an active lifestyle, you most likely prefer practical clothing. Still, have you ever been in a situation where you bought a clothing item and then you only wore it once or never? You know the situation where your friend buys a trendy shirt or you spot a cute skirt in a boutique and you like it so much that you can’t resist buying it. However, it later turns out that you and your friend have completely different styles and that a skirt is not in accordance with your hectic and active lifestyle, so the clothing items just end up sitting in your closet.

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To prevent this from happening in the future, we bring you a few useful tips on how to build a pragmatic capsule wardrobe that will fit into your active lifestyle.

Redefine your lifestyle and your style

To figure out what kind of wardrobe you need, you should get an image of what kind of activities your day consists of. Do you work in an office or from home? How many times a week do you exercise? How often do you attend semi-formal occasions, such as dinner dates or a fancy night out with your friends? How often do you wear formal clothes, such as elegant dresses you would wear to a wedding? For example, if you work from home, you will need more practical activewear because you want to be comfortable. There is no need to spend the day in trendy, but not so cozy jeans.

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On the other hand, if your style is chic and functional, jeans can be better used when you are going out with your friends. You can just pair your jeans with some amazing high heels and a stylish spaghetti strap top and you get an alluring evening look. This way, you will not have to spend extra money on buying new dresses, which although beautiful, are still unnecessary.

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This basically means stocking up on functional, athletic pieces. Moreover, you need not only activewear but also versatile items. For instance, start with basics, such as swimwear. You want pieces that you can wear at the beach but also when you decide to do a bit of swimming at an indoor pool instead of an hour at the gym. The best option is chic high waisted swimsuits that are both practical to swim in and are extremely flattering, accentuating your waist and your curves. Make sure to get a few in different colors/patterns with matching bikini tops, so you have a variety to choose from.

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Additionally, you will also want fashionable pieces that are cozy which you can wear while working from home (unless when you have an important Skype call) and when you are going to the gym or for a morning run. Thus, your capsule wardrobe should include a lot of comfy yoga pants. You can wear them with cute tees and workout tops, so make sure to include a number of those functional items as well. What is more, you can include pieces that are the perfect athleisure, such as trendy and sporty crop tops, stylish biker shorts and even a modern, athletic crop sweater that is extremely on-trend yet quite practical when going exercising.

And don’t forget about sneakers, as two or three pairs of comfy sneakers are essentials for a functional wardrobe.

Mix and match

We have already mentioned athleisure as the goal of creating a capsule wardrobe for anyone who has an active lifestyle. This means mixing and matching practical clothing items with some staple pieces while at the same time creating fresh looks with the existing items. For example, you can always match your yoga pants with an oversized sweater and a pair of sneakers to get a lovely daytime look. Moreover, your functional cotton tees can be matched with some high-waisted trousers and a fitting blazer to create a modern and sophisticated look that can be easily worn with both sneakers and high heels.

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6 Reasons Why You Need to Read The Secret Every Year

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The Secret is a phenomenal book that CHANGED my life. Learning about the law of attraction helped me to understand:  

  • How to establish a winning mindset 
  • Take ownership of my actions and my life’s purpose 
  • How to handle negativity and toxic people  
  • What it takes to succeed personally & professionally 
  • How to focus on the right stuff
  • The importance of establishing healthy boundaries 

Reading is how we expand our minds and this is why I started the Dressing Room 8 Book Club. When I re-read The Secret this year, I had a major revelation. There are some books that must be read more than once. In fact, there are some books that you NEED to read each and every year. I urge you to add The Secret to that list of books you need to read over and over again. 

6 Reasons Why You Need to Read The Secret Every Year

1) Humans are Creatures of Habit

“When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but creatures of emotion.” – Dale Carnegie 

If you want to change your life, then you will need to change your mindset, actions, and behaviors again and again. To become a practitioner of the law of attraction, you will need to read about the law repeatedly. Thus, reading The Secret will help you learn how to manifest the life you want each and every day. 

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2) Stinking Thinking is Too Easy

It is SUPER easy to be very negative towards ourselves and others. According to Psychology Today, “Multiple studies have revealed how chronic negative attitudes can adversely affect one’s healthhappiness, and well-being.” Given that negativity diminishes the type of lives we have, you must acknowledge when you are engaging in self-defeating talk, making negative assumptions, focusing on past negative events, or playing the comparison game. You are only hurting YOURSELF. The Secret will teach you how to change your stinking thinking. This is a lesson that needs to be learned and relearned repeatedly. 

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3) Our Memories Aren’t As Long As We Think They Are

When it comes to the human brain, there are some interesting facts you should know about. According to southtree.com

  • “Short-term memory can hold up to 7 pieces of information at the same time… But only for around 20 seconds!”
  • “Most memories adults have come from when we were between 15 and 25 years old. The “reminiscence bump” which is the tendency for older adults to remember events that occurred during their adolescent and early adult years, can account for 60% of all memories.”
  • “The brain’s hippocampus (not hippopotamus!) plays a significant role in transforming short-term memories into long-term ones. It is a small horseshoe-shaped area in the brain, present symmetrically on both sides of the brain. It declines with time and by the age of 80, 20% of its nerve connections can be lost. If one side of the hippocampus is damaged, it won’t affect memory at all. However, damages to both sides will stop the storage of any new memories!” 

Our brain is a remarkable organ. I would argue it is the most important organ in the human body. Sadly, we will not remember every single thought we have or every event that takes place. The limitless knowledge you will learn in The Secret has to be re-read every year because: 

  • You will forget some of the knowledge you learned 
  • You will not understand all the advice the first time you read the book 
  • Your interpretations of the book will change year to year 
  • Re-reading the book will spark information that you learned and forgot  

4) You Are Your Own Savior

You are responsible for the following: 

  • Finding your life’s purpose 
  • Discovering your passions 
  • Understanding what makes you happy 
  • Establishing healthy boundaries personally and professionally  
  • Learning from “mistakes” or “failures”  

If you need to change your life, no one else is showing up to make the change possible. It will be up to YOU to make the necessary changes. You are your own savior and your #1 advocate.  

5) Never Too Much Positivity in Life

Rarely have I heard someone complain about having “too much” positivity in their life. If you read The Secret every year, you will be left feeling rejuvenated, inspired, and activated to move forward with your goals and ambitions. The overwhelming positivity you are consuming will make you grateful. How could anyone have an issue with this? 

6) Learning is an Ongoing Process

As an educator, I notice people learn information when they repeatedly read and study the material. If you want to commit The Secret to memory, re-reading the book every year will make this possible. 

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3 Ways I Found Myself in Pageantry

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I was 17 years old when I competed in my first pageant. Prior to that experience, I had zero interest in the pageantry industry.  I thought pageants were for those “pretty, popular girls,” and I didn’t believe I fit into that category. I was that girl that was comfortable wearing jeans and a t-shirt who was content with being a straight-A student, student leader, and singer.  The truth is I suffered from low self-esteem and a lack of self-confidence. It wasn’t until I received a letter in the mail asking me to be a part of the Miss Teen of Alabama pageant that I shifted my mindset about pageantry.  Through my experience at Miss Teen of Alabama, I learned that what I possessed on the inside of me is of utmost importance. My looks, my family background, or my socioeconomic status did not matter. In spite of everything, I was worth celebrating.

Now 17 years later, the pageantry industry has taught me more about myself that I could ever imagine. Through this industry, I was able to find myself. I bet you are wondering how an industry that is filled with glitz and glamour can help someone find themselves. Let me show you.

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#1 Pageantry helped me find my confidence

Pageantry empowered me to step out of my comfort zone. I had to learn how to interview in front of a panel of judges, model an evening gown, and answer an onstage question.  The latter two are done in front of hundreds of people.  Many of those people I didn’t know or never would have encountered had it not been for a pageant.  The thought of this may sound overwhelming or scary, but once I took that step, there was confidence on the other side. The only way I was truly able to gain the confidence I needed to successful was to do what made me uncomfortable. This new found confidence has empowered me to start businesses, write books, and pursue acting just to name a few.

#2 Pageantry helped me find my voice

I have always been a quiet person. I never liked confrontation, and I was not always comfortable expressing my opinion without fear of persecution. Pageantry helped me find my voice. The industry taught me I had a voice that was important regardless of what others thought about it. Pageantry also gave me the courage to talk about a health issue that I had been battling with for years. Through pageantry, I was given a platform to talk about my battle with endometriosis. Now, every chance I get I educate others about this debilitating disease so they can be advocates for their own health. My ability to share my story has opened doors to be a part of worldwide publications and campaigns. This may have never happened had it not been for the industry allowing me to be candid and share my story.

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#3 Pageantry helped me find my purpose

This industry birthed my purpose. I always loved empowering women and girls, and it wasn’t until I started competing that I knew what I was put on this Earth to do. Essentially pageantry became my ministry, and I use it as a vehicle to empower women and girls to create clear visions for their lives so they can experience success. The industry is much more than gowns and crowns; lives are being changed for the better. Goals are being accomplished, and dreams are being realized.

As you can see, pageantry has impacted me in many ways. I am grateful I got the opportunity to experience the industry and grow into the woman I am today. Who knew that a simple letter in the mail could have such an impact?

Everything You Need to Throw a Fabulous Cocktail Party

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Summer is almost here, and one of the best things to do in the summer is to have a cocktail party in your backyard, or even better, at the rooftop with a fabulous view. If you’re planning a gathering, here are some tips on how to make it happen:

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1. Make it look good from the start

You can just throw a party and hope for the best, or you can plan everything to make sure your party will be the one everyone talks about. Interior design is important, so if you know someone who can help you, don’t be shy to ask. Your guests need to feel comfortable, but also they need something to admire. Some floral arrangements will definitely help you achieve the spring/summery vibe, and adding certain details such as candles and tablecloths can help you there.

Also, make sure your invitations look good so people will know what to expect. Hosting a party isn’t an easy task, so make sure you have a plan B in case something goes wrong.

2. First impressions are important

Even if you plan the most amazing party, you need to consider the importance of first impressions. That’s why having welcoming drinks can help you set up the right atmosphere and make your guests feel relaxed, especially if they’ve traveled a long distance to come to your party. When you have a cocktail party, you need to set the mood from the get-go because your friends have come for a reason: to have a good time. Another option would be to have a themed party; that way you can choose food and drinks accordingly. Another tip would be to hand out small welcoming gifts to your guests, so they’ll feel appreciated.

3. Plan your drinks before the party

Many will agree that partying was so much easier when you were younger. You only needed a bottle of vodka and some cranberry juice. With adults, things are much more sophisticated, so it’s necessary to plan the drinks carefully before the party. If you’re unsure, check with your friends beforehand. What types of drinks do they like? Are there any teetotalers coming?

That’s why having cocktails on the menu is a good idea since they can be made creatively and you have plenty to choose from. Margaritas, martini-style drinks or anything with tequila is a good choice. If you’re unsure where to find a good mixologist, remember that nobody does it better than New Yorkers, so an acknowledged expert in mixology from NYC can be a perfect choice. Whoever you hire, make sure they use ingredients of the highest quality. Also, having a stocked bar will give you enough time to talk to your guests instead of pouring drinks.

4. Don’t let your guests be hungry

Aside from drinks, good food is the heart of the party. You don’t want your guests to ditch your gathering so they could go and grab a bite somewhere else. That’s why it’s necessary to provide them with delicious food and deserts. They don’t need to eat a full meal, but finger foods such as hors-d’oeuvres will make your friends feel satisfied throughout the evening. Hiring a professional caterer will definitely help you ensure that all the food is well-prepared and tasty.

But, before you decide to hire anyone, check with your guests if they’re allergic to anything to avoid unpleasant situations. Same goes for vegans—make sure you have some meat- and dairy-free food so everyone can feel welcome.

5. Make it practical

Fancy parties in movies are the best. Everyone looks amazing and nobody ever spills anything. Unfortunately, in real life, you need to be more careful, and if you throw a party, it’s necessary to ensure that your guests are comfortable when handling glasses and plates. That’s why it’s always easier to serve food that doesn’t require a lot of silverware and heavy plates. A cocktail party is different from a regular dinner party, so it’s recommended to serve food that requires only napkins, toothpicks and fingers to eat. It’s much easier for everyone, but if you want to have plates, feel free to do so. 

These tips will help you organize an amazing cocktail party. Just remember to plan everything ahead and relax as much as you can. Make sure your guests feel comfortable and welcome and don’t obsess too much over insignificant details. After all, having fun is what really matters.

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Tips and Tricks in Incorporating Rings in Your Wardrobe

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Adding stunning boho rings into your wardrobe might seem hard, but the reality is that with a bit of focus and the right ideas you will do just fine. It all comes down to understanding what type of rings you want to use and how you plan on making the outfit work. 

Matching Metals

Yes, if you want to use stunning boho rings, then a good idea is to match metals. If you have any metals already a part of your wardrobe, make sure that your rings match it. The color and/or material matching experience might be a bit of a hassle at first, but it will totally be worth it once you tackle everything and do it the right way. You can also opt for similar tones, it doesn’t have to be the same color.

Balance Rings for Both Hands

When you want to have a bit of a balance, you wear stunning rings on both hands. You don’t have to use them on the same finger, just have one ring on the left hand and one ring on the right hand. The idea here is that a bit of balancing can do wonders and it will make things a whole lot better.

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Proportion Matters

Aside from balance, you also have to think about proportion. More often than not proportion is a problem because you don’t want a large ring on one hand and one larger ring on the other hand. The same thing happens with hand size. A smaller hand size requires a smaller ring for example. Try to think about proportion as well, and you will be just fine.

Use It As a Way To Increase Your Confidence

Start wearing the boho rings around your family at first. This will give you the confidence you need to make the outfit work. Try to be committed to the idea of wearing the right ring and use it a few times before you choose to add it to your outfit. The more you get accustomed to it, the better it will be in the end.

Think About The Right Ring Style

Not all of us can wear every ring out there. Some will like stunning bohemian rings, others less so. The idea is to identify what you like and just use the type of ring you enjoy the most. It does have to match your style. Which is why it makes a lot of sense to go with the bohemian approach, as it’s so cool and exciting!

We encourage you to take your time as you try to find ways to include a great ring into your outfit. Don’t rush it, adding a new accessory takes a bit of prep work and commitment. But it can totally be worth it once everything is pulled down together. We recommend you to avoid any rush, adapt to all of this and the results can be amazing!

Less is More

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Growing up did you ever hear your elders tell you that “less is more”? I definitely heard that phrase over and over again. The more I heard it, the more I questioned the validity of the phrase. As I have gotten older, I now realize why this simple phrase is not only right, but it is much more profound than most people realize. Let’s discuss…

Less Talking, More Doing

It might seem natural to share what we are thinking about with our friends and family. Sadly, not everyone in your life is invested in your happiness or joy. In fact, there are people in your life who would probably celebrate the challenges or obstacles you are facing. Thus, it is important to focus on taking action instead of discussing what you intend to do! 

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Less Self-Doubt, More Confidence

Has self-doubt ever helped you? What about fears? Do your fears make you more successful? No, No, and No! The more time we waste with self-doubt, low self-esteem, or fears, we are standing in the way of our goals and dreams. Who wants to do that? 

Less Fighting, More Peace

Are you tired of seeing women fighting with each other in public? I am deeply troubled when I see women fighting over politics, relationship matters, fashion, or other trivial matters. We are stronger together. What will it take for all of us to look past our differences and embrace each other completely? 

Less Entitlement, More Gratitude

When Oprah wakes up she says “thank you” and focuses on what she is grateful for. What do you do when you first wake up? The more grateful we are, the more the universe is able to send you things to be grateful for. Be grateful for the good, the bad, and everything in between. This is how you can learn, grow, and evolve. And, never take anything for granted. Gratitude is the name of the game!  

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Less Pretense, More Reality

I am a HUGE fan of social media. It is a wonderful way to grow your business, build a platform, and grow a community. When you are sharing your life on social media, are you authentically sharing what is going on? Or, are you sharing what you want people to believe your life should look like? Let me know what you think in the comments section. 

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Make Your Next Moment Unforgettable with Basic Invite

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Are you planning for an upcoming graduation, wedding, party or event? In need of a really cool invitation to really wow your friends and families? You will ABSOLUTELY love the invitations from Basic Invite

When celebrating a special time in our life, there is a lot to consider: 

  • How many people should you invite? 
  • How much will the celebration cost? 
  • Did you choose the best location to accommodate your friends and family?   

Do you know one thing that shouldn’t cause you stress and worry? The invitations for your special event. Creating and sending invitations for the event should only be fun, creative, and enjoyable.

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Almost Unlimited Colors

Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options for cards with instant previews online. Once you select a design, you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options to make the card exactly how you want it, down to the smallest detail. This is what separates them apart from almost any other online stationery company and is what they feel is their biggest draw.

Custom Samples

Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows the ability to order a printed sample of the actual invitation so you can see exactly how it will print, as well as the paper quality, before placing the final order. How cool is this? 

Over 40 Different Colors of Envelopes

Basic Invite is just as colorful with envelopes as the invitations. You can choose from over 40 different colors, so your invitation stands out even before it is opened. I know you’ll find a color that absolutely matches your occasion. All of their envelopes are peel and seal, so the envelopes can be quickly and securely closed by hand. No need to keep a wet sponge handy.

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Basic Invite offers an address capturing service that allows customers to simply share a link on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, or any other form of social media to request their friends and family’s addresses which will be stored in the customer’s account and can then be selected during the design process. Basic Invite offers recipient address printing at no cost on all card orders.

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Combining Style and Comfort in Your Everyday Fashion

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In the past, fashion was equated with an obsession over trends and the newest designs, often at the cost of function and comfort. ‘Beauty is pain’ seemed to be the motto of women everywhere. However, this old-fashioned phrase is now being challenged and replaced by a new notion – style and comfort merging together into a powerful fashion combination that makes us feel happy and confident in our own skin.

If you want this style to become your everyday go-to fashion choice, then read on to find out how to achieve it with ease.

Stepping out of the norm

By now, we should all know we don’t need to endure constricted clothing and feet-killing footwear in order to look chic and stylish. On the contrary, comfortable shoes have been the number one priority of fashionistas during the last few years. Models like Bella Hadid and Zoe Kravitz often choose sneakers as their go-to footwear option, in order to stay comfortable while still looking incredibly stylish.

The most popular choice is a fashionable Nike shoe, which is the perfect example of footwear that combines functionality and comfort with the latest style trends. But the best part about these amazing shoes is their incredible versatility. Whether they’re paired with jeans and a simple T-shirt for a casual look, or even worn with a power suit as a smart casual outfit, these comfortable sneakers can truly be a part of any stylish look.

Introducing athletic elements

A trend that has increased in popularity over the last few years, athleisure is the perfect way to combine comfort with style in everyday outfits – it blends sportswear with ready-to-wear pieces in order to create outfits that are practical and completely fashionable. Although athleisure may not be an appropriate style to wear at the office, it is perfect for when you’re heading out to lunch or drinks in the evening.

But the true beauty of this style is that it’s very easy to pull off – simply pair a sporty crop top with high-waisted trousers, wear a pair of plain leggings with a chic oversized coat or even layer a sports bra under a leather or denim jacket in order to create a balanced look. Complete the outfit by accessorizing properly – a pair of aviator sunglasses, a baseball cap or a stylish backpack will all work perfectly with this chic style.

Opting for the comfort classic

A wardrobe staple that many of us already own, a good pair of jeans is the perfect item of clothing that is both incredibly chic and extremely comfortable. As long as you find the perfect pair, jeans can easily be dressed up or dressed down and they’ll never fail at making you look stylish and classy. Apart from endless casual looks, jeans can be incorporated into many smart outfits as well, as long as you get a little creative. Opt for a pair of dark wash, straight leg jeans and pair them with a flowy silk blouse. Put on a structured blazer or a classic trench coat on top, grab a pair of basic ankle boots and your favorite tote bag, and you have the perfect outfit for college, work or even evening drinks.

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Adding a comfortable couture moment

Extremely sophisticated and highly fashionable, it’s no wonder that midi skirts are a favorite of many top Instagrammers and fashion bloggers. The flow of this skirt makes you feel completely comfortable in your own skin, but the best part is that it can be worn on almost any occasion, from casual to formal events. If you don’t feel like emulating the entire look with a white dress shirt and a wide statement belt, there are many ways you could tone it down and make it more suitable to your day-to-day life.

For a stylish, office-appropriate outfit, pair this skirt with a fine-knit sweater and some comfy block-heeled shoes. For a more casual, everyday look, opt for a pair of plain sneakers and a basic T-shirt and complete the outfit with a chic crossbody bag. Any day in a fashionable outfit like this is bound to turn into a spectacular one.

Whichever style you prefer, don’t be afraid to let your creative juices flow. Choose random items from different styles, combine them in unexpected ways and something great will happen each time – you just need to trust your instincts.

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Why the One-Piece Bikinis Are So In This 2019

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It’s that exciting time of year, second only to Christmas when the weather turns hot, and the latest swimwear fashions hit the shelves. Ladies, this season you are going to freak over the hot new trends set to dominate beaches everywhere! 

Out with the drab old bikini and in with the new one-piece bikini! And with the buzzworthy designs and patterns that are scorching hot for 2019, you may as well burn your old swimwear and buy a dozen new ones! Everybody looks dynamite in the one-piece bikini which is so flattering – unlike the unforgiving bikini!

The Reinvented One-Piece Bikini

Forget what you know about the one-piece bathing suit. We’re not talking mom wear. We’re talking about the reimagined one piece that was this year’s uniting force at Miami Swim Week. Cut-outs, high waists or high cuts are just some of what you can expect to find.

Designer One Piece Styles

The reimagined one-piece bikini comes in many designer styles, offering every body shape it’s bathing suit match made in heaven.

  • Geometric Cut-Out: For a slimmer more defined waist the cut-out – meaning the side(s) have been tastefully removed – is your best bet. If you have a straight or rectangular body.
    • Halter Monokini: Are great mid-coverage suits that show off those hips and a bit of cleavage.
    • One-sided Cutout: Ideal for those pear-shaped ladies as it’ll show off those hips!
  • High-Waisted: Hourglass figures rejoice! Even though you gals can rock just about anything with your perfect proportions, high-waisted swimwear really does wonders at lengthening your legs and slimming down your waistline. Where are all the curvy girls at, this style was made for you, slap a plunging V neckline, and you’re going to look sensational!
    • Halter Monokini: The high waist will give you a slimming look.
    • Plunging Neckline: Got an hourglass figure, this will show off those assets nicely.
    • Open Back: Great on anybody!
    • Sheer Halter: Flash some skin comfortably with strategically placed sheer panels, with the high waistline it’ll provide extra support and will look gorgeous on the plus size women out there!
  • High-Cut: If you’ve got an athletic body, show off all your efforts! It also makes for a more rounded behind.

Designer Trends

2019 promises to impress in patterns, colors, and styles!

  • Swimwear Trends: Deep V-necks are all the rage and if the underwire is exposed – all the better. Criss-crosses and ruffles are so totally drool-worthy and available in this year’s sultry colors like neon yellow. Hello velvet, surprised to see this as a swimsuit material – you should be – but it’s seriously trending again this season. Long sleeved or laced up bikinis are the final trends worth ogling over.
  • Colors and Prints: If you’re looking for this year’s preferred prints, look no further than neons, pastels, stripes, polka dots, paisley, nude colored or animal prints. Pick your style and find your print and get ready to make a splash.

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Toss out all your old itsy-bitsy teenie-weenie yellow polka dot bikinis, they are so out and get stoked to start shopping for this season’s huge trend, the one-piece bikini! 

How to Successfully Pitch an Idea to Your Boss (Even If You’re Not the Outspoken Type)

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Feeling heard and valued in the workplace shouldn’t be an impossible accomplishment. If you know your company down to the smallest detail and you work hard, your perspective has the potential to shape and mold the future success of everyone affiliated with that company.

Despite the knowledge that you’re working for the greater good, it may not always be easy to get your ideas out of your head and into the real world. A carefully crafted approach can help you find the confidence you need to enrich the professional interests of those around you.

Thoroughly Document Your Idea

Impactful ideas are never so simple that they can be thoroughly expressed in a few words. If you want your pitch to count, you’ll need to know exactly how to document it. Typing out your idea in great detail will give you time to observe and highlight the finer points. It also gives you multiple delivery options. You can practice and memorize your detailed pitch, or you can speak a little and hand your boss the document for the review. You won’t need to worry about glossing over anything crucially important or misspeaking if you’ve had enough time to perfect the presentation of your idea.

Consider Contingency Plans

Your idea might need some work. There may be factors that conflict with your end goal, making it difficult to accommodate some of the finer nuances. Other things may need to change in order to make that idea feasible, complicating its implementation. If your idea is strong enough, these accommodations may be worthwhile. If your boss needs to do mental gymnastics to figure these things out, she may be hesitant to give it a shot.

Think about anything else that may need to be reworked or modified. If you have suggestions for those things, note them. Include proposed changes with your idea proposal to make even the most difficult idea seem viable for implementation.

Wait for the Right Time

Even though you’re completely prepared, your boss might not be. Your idea may require an hour or more of discussion. If she has a lot to do, she might not be able to give you the time and attention you deserve. Let your boss know you have a big idea you’d like to discuss at her earliest convenience, and tell her you’ve prepared all the necessary information for that discussion. 

Allow her to get back to you when her schedule will allow her to be fully present and engaged. Great things aren’t worth rushing. You don’t want to run the risk of her misunderstanding or feeling overwhelmed by everything you’re putting forward. If it takes a while, use that time to your advantage. You may come up with more ideas or improvements for your ideas in the interim.

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Make Sure You’re Comfortable

In order to speak freely and confidently, you need to be comfortable. Comfort isn’t a necessity, it’s a luxury. If you’re packed into a skirt suit that feels too tight and wearing heels that are squeezing your feet, your discomfort will be a constant distraction that may translate as a lack of confidence. Truthfully, most womenswear is not at all designed for comfort.

Wear something that makes you feel as though you look great, but be sure that you have full range of motion. Becoming animated and gesticulating during your presentation will only serve to show your passion – don’t let your clothes stop you.

Take and Apply Feedback

Your boss might turn you down during your first pitch, and that’s absolutely fine. She might provide you with feedback, concerns, and information about obstacles. This doesn’t mean your idea will never come to fruition. It simply means you need to modify your idea and its trajectory based on new information, something that true innovators and entrepreneurs do. The most successful people will experience a barrage of rejection before they find the idea that makes the biggest impact, but continue to pursue these ideas through to completion. 

In short, successfully pitching your idea is equally a matter of clarity, confidence, and resilience. Approaching the process from the right place without reservation is the secret to moving mountains in the business world.