Swimwear company ensures all are beach ready

Finding swimwear that fits and flatters you can sometimes feel like finding a needle in a haystack, but when online retailers offer a selection of stylish swimsuits for every body type, shopping can get a little bit easier.

Cue Lilly & Lime, a swimwear company that Bustle says is “designed solely for D+ cup chests.” Created by Emma-Jane Hughes and Ashleigh Hill in 2016 after failed attempts to find swimwear to suit and support their own frames, Bustle reports that Lilly & Lime now boasts a range of styles, silhouettes and prints to satisfy a spectrum of tastes.

The Australian-based brand offers sizes that range from 28D to 38HH in bikini tops and 8 to 18 in bottoms, which allows you to not only mix and match styles to build a look all your own, but also to ensure that each piece fits perfectly.

“When you’re bigger busted, you don’t feel comfortable in a bikini unless it is a great fit and you feel secure and supported,” said Hughes in a release. “Ashleigh and I know how this feels and how hard it is to find. We wanted to create a range that would empower women with larger busts like us to be confident, have fun and feel good in stylish and secure bikinis.”

From balconettes to bandeaus, high-waisted bottoms to cut-out briefs, Lilly & Lime has every style you could possibly want and in a host of cute prints and gorgeous solids. As for cost, these suits won’t drain your wallet any more than other big-name brands, with tops priced around $60 and bottoms costing between $20 and $30.

Sound like swimwear you need to make a splash this summer? Check out Lilly & Lime here.

Patrick posts body-positive Instagram message

Instagram is filled with before-and-after style photos, but a recent trend on the app has been to share how different lighting and poses can affect the way one’s body is perceived. While the trend has largely been fueled by photos of models or fitness bloggers, race car driver Danica Patrick couldn’t help but join in.

According to Today, Patrick took to Instagram to post her own side-by-side photo in which the only thing different was the way she was posing. While the photo illustrates that something as subtle as a pose can make a difference in the way our bodies look, Patrick’s caption shed more light on the issue.

“We all want to look our best at all times, no shame in that,” she wrote, according to Today. “But don’t let someone else’s body put yours down. Use it for motivation.”

Concluding her post with one last inspirational message, Today says the famed driver told her followers to always respect their bodies.

“We all know when we are treating our bodies with the respect it deserves. It’s the one and only thing we own for life.”

Gomez goes ’70s glam in Coach campaign

Never has leather looked so good. But when you put Selena Gomez and Coach handbags in the same photo, the results are stunning.

Look no further than the singer-actress’ first-ever campaign for Coach, which ELLE says features Gomez in several ’70s style photos shot by Steven Meisel. Clutching rich leather bags, Gomez is draped in lush furs, giving the photos a luxurious vibe that screams fall fashion.

Ready to get inspired to build your fall wardrobe? Check out some of the gorgeous photos from the campaign here.

 

Aden poses for Allure

Halima Aden is only 19 years old, but that doesn’t mean she can’t slay like the big-time models. Judging by her new cover for Allure magazine, Aden did just fine — and even made history in the process.

According to HuffPost, after “becoming the first Miss Minnesota contestant to compete in a hijab and burkini in November 2016,” Aden earned another first, this time becoming the first cover star for Allure to wear a hijab.

But this isn’t the only history the young model has made thus far: HuffPost reports that Aden “became Vogue’s first hijab-wearing model in June and walked the Yeezy show in February,” only just beginning to cement her place in the fore of the American beauty and fashion industries.

Posing in a Nike hijab and a red, white and blue hoodie, Aden’s gorgeous cover photo for Allure is accompanied by the headline “This Is American Beauty.” HuffPost explains that while the magazine intend to make a political statement with Aden’s photos, the spread comes at a time when the public forum is filled with talk of travel bans and hate crimes directed toward Muslims.

For Aden herself, HuffPost says the model shared with Allure that wearing the hijab shields her from negative comments about her looks.

“‘I have much more to offer than my physical appearance, and a hijab protects me against ‘You’re too skinny,’ ‘You’re too thick,’ ‘Look at her hips,’ ‘Look at her thigh gap.'”

To learn more about Aden and see her Allure photo spread, click here.

 

Veras verifies body positivity in swimsuit photos

Everybody has a bikini body, no matter what the haters say, and Diana Veras proved this to be true in a string of recent swimsuit photos posted on social media.

According to Cosmopolitanwhen the model’s Instagram photo of herself looking fierce in a pink off-the-shoulder bikini drew negative comments from online trolls, Veras decided not to hide but to instead fight fire with fire — by posting even more bikini photos on Twitter.

Directing the photos’ caption to those shaming her, Cosmo said Veras wrote, “Here’s more of my lil chubby ass in a bathing suit since it offends men so much.”

With over 75,000 likes and 16,000 retweets, Veras followed up her popular clap-back photos with a written statement, sharing that she hopes people understand there are variations of beauty that deserve equal admiration.

“…Don’t forget that I can’t speak for all plus sized women,” she wrote. “We all come in all different shapes, sizes, proportions, colors, and ALLLLLL of our beauty should be celebrated. Even though I’ve had my own struggles with my body, I don’t want 2 silence the voices of other beautiful women who also deserve recognition for their efforts.”

Perhaps Veras said it best when she concluded her message by saying, “There is so much room for all of us to shine.”

Conrad unveils swimwear line at Kohl’s

Lauren Conrad’s Kohl’s line is about to get a little bigger.

According to PopSugar, the multi-hyphenate is launching her first-ever “Beach Collection” under her LC Lauren Conrad line, which is set to include “swimwear (both one-pieces and bikinis meant to be mixed and matched), airy drawstring shorts, off-the-shoulder dresses, and other warm-weather essentials, starting at $34.”

Maxing out at $68, PopSugar says the collection has a resort-like feel with tropical prints, with Conrad adding that she chose “very fun colors, like hunter green and paprika, and then some really pretty peaches-and-cream.”

Sound like everything you’ve been looking for? Check out the Kohl’s-exclusive collection here.

Dunham demonstrates body-positive point on Instagram

Lena Dunham recently bared it all on Instagram to make a statement on body image and self-love — literally.

According to InStyle, the Girls creator and star posted a nude photo of herself (save for a few strategically-placed emojis) along with a caption that not only discussed the impetus behind her decision to post the photo, but also the reason why she is choosing to love her body. Referencing the Instagram account @eatingboys, which InStyle reports frequently addresses body image, Dunham wrote:

“Just wanted to share that one of the reasons @eatingboys has inspired me so much is because of the way she mixes her humor and sexuality. I spent so many years loving my body but thinking it wasn’t lovable by others- its sole purpose was to be fodder for jokes.”

Dunham continued her caption says InStyle, sharing that she often made herself the punchline to jokes so no one else could, but now, she recognizes that her body is worth much more than a joke.

“…At age 31, having been through hell and back with my health and other people’s perceptions of my physicality, I feel deeply comfortable with the idea that this pear-shaped pot of honey is equally good for making people laugh and laying out like a Suicide Girl circa 2004. Love it all.”

Thanks, Lena Dunham, for reminding us to “love it all.”

Show your pride in style

June is Pride Month, and as we are celebrating all of the LGBTQ+ friends and loved ones in our lives while also remembering LGBTQ+ history, we need to wear our hearts and our support on our sleeves — literally. But you don’t want to just buy any product; that’s why we compiled a few items that will not only help you celebrate Pride Month in style, but will also benefit some great organizations that support LGBTQ+ rights every day of the year.

Milk Makeup Glitter Stick

In honor of Pride Month, InStyle reports that Milk Makeup has introduced its first glitter product to its lineup. The multipurpose glitter highlighter not only “imparts a subtle sheen and you can put it on your bod, your cheeks, your lips, and your lids,” InStyle says half of its profits will be donated to The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center (The Center) in New York City. For $30, this cheerful little stick allows you to “express individuality, inclusivity, freedom, and joy” while also supporting a worthwhile organization.

Custom Converse Pride Shoes

If you’d rather invest in apparel, Converse recently unveiled a customizable line of unisex sneakers that can be tailor-made to your taste. Starting at a base price of $85, their high-top and low-top offerings can have everything from their body to their lining changed. And while you’ll end up with a sweet pair of kicks that will have you celebrating Pride Month well past the final day of June, Converse says the proceeds from each pair of custom Pride shoes sold will benefit the It Gets Better Project and the Happy Hippie Foundation, “two organizations committed to empoweringLGBTQ youth around the world.”

AEO Pride #WeAllCan Graphic Tee

Wear your pride on your sleeve with this #WeAllCan graphic T-shirt from American Eagle, which features the hashtag on the front with a list of all the things the LGBTQ+ community and its allies can do; from “Unite” to “Stand Up” to “Love Everyone,” the list concludes with “Pride 2017” to commemorate this year’s Pride Month. The best part: 100 percent of the proceeds from the sales of this T-shirt will be donated to the It Gets Better Project.

While half of June is already in the books, we still have the rest of the month to celebrate — and remember, standing up, advocating for LGBTQ+ rights and supporting our fellow human doesn’t end once the calendar hits July 1.

Happy Pride Month, everyone.

 

Fashion ABCs: Just ‘b’ecause

The warm weather is here, and summer is officially in full swing, so if you’re looking to beef up your wardrobe with some fresh styles for the season, you’ll have no problem with these stores. ‘B’ sure to check them out for all your summer must-haves!

Bloomingdale’s

Perhaps one of the most iconic department stores, Bloomingdale’s is the ideal destination for all of your wardrobe needs (and wants). With a range of luxury and mainstream designers, there is something for a variety of budgets, and if you sign up for their emails, you can have sale notifications sent directly to your inbox. Bloomingdale’s also offers free shipping on orders over $150 — and believe us, it won’t be hard to spend $150 there!

Boohoo.com

If you crave a cool street style look this summer, boohoo is the place for you. With the trendiest looks you can find, boohoo offers their styles at reasonably affordable prices and in a range of sizes, including petite and plus. What’s more is that they hold massive sales — like their current 50 percent off everything — that will score you the chicest styles for a whole lot less.

BaubleBar

Every outfit needs to be accessorized, so if you’re in the market for something shiny or colorful to incorporate into your summer attire, check out BaubleBar. Boasting traditional, modern and trendy styles, BaubleBar offers both sleek and statement pieces that will complement any look. The online retailer also offers 15 percent off for new shoppers who sign up for emails, and sometimes include free gifts with purchases of a minimum amount, so you can stock up on jewelry for any outfit you may wear this summer.

Ready to amp up your summer wardrobe? Head to these stores now!

Oregon governor signs equal pay law

Oregon just took a major step to make equal pay a reality.

According to a news release published on the Oregon Business Report, Governor Kate Brown signed into law the Equal Pay Act of 2017, a law that aims to “address pay disparities among women, minorities and other protected classes.”

The release says that the new law blocks employers from “compensating certain protected classes” — which are defined by characteristics such as race, sex, marital status and disability, among other things — less than their co-workers for work “requiring substantially similar knowledge, skill, effort, responsibility and working conditions.”

Furthermore, the law explains the circumstances in which pay is considered “lawful,” which includes instances in which pay differences are doles out based on merit, seniority, quality or quantity of work or experience level. The act even affects employers in the hiring process, outlawing the act of learning a candidate’s previous pay and setting their current pay at a rate equivalent to that of their previous or current position.

Let’s hope other states soon follow suit!