Blogger goes bridal

A wedding dress is often a symbol of love, commitment and new beginnings, a sign of starting a new life with the person you love. But for one blogger, her wedding dress was about all of this and more.

According to POPSUGAR, when blogger and Marie Claire UK columnist Callie Thorpe posted a gorgeous picture of herself wearing a form-fitting lace A-line wedding gown to Instagram, the plus-size blogger used her special day to offer a dose of body positivity.

She started off the caption of her photo sharing that she never imagined wearing such a dress on her wedding day:

“I never dreamed I would wear a dress like this, I used to think that I would never get married until I was thin,” she wrote. “There were even times I doubted myself thinking I would be too self conscious to wear it. “

But, Thorpe wrote that as we get older and “surround yourself with the right people,” those in your life will love you for who you are, not what you look like — just like she wrote her new husband Dan always has.

Closing her post with her advice to brides of all sizes, Thorpe wrote:

“I would like to say this one thing to brides to be everywhere plus size or not do you not feel you have to change yourself or your size to be happy on your wedding day. You are deserving of happiness no matter what your size, and you will still be the most beautiful person in the room next to your love because you will be glowing with the love you have for each other. The happy ending is for everyone so please, please let yourself have it.”

So always remember: beauty knows no size, and love knows no bounds.

 

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Fashion Finds: Shoes

The time is quickly approaching for us to put away our summer sandals and flip flops, only to search for fashionable new styles for the fall.

Whether you’re looking for sneakers, flats, heels, boots or any combination thereof, it can not only be hard to find the style you’re looking for, it can be equally as difficult to find different places to shop. That’s why THL has compiled some of our favorite stores to shop for all of your shoe needs!

6pm.com: Having a large selection of shoes is always a plus, but having a large selection of designer shoes at discounted prices is even better. With a massive selection of designers, styles and prices for all tastes and budgets, 6pm offers one of the most comprehensive selections of shoes available. It may take a little while to comb through the pages of results, but don’t worry: you can always narrow your selection by using the filters to the left of the page. 6pm also offers clothing and accessories as well, so once you find the shoes you’re looking for, you can shop for anything else your heart desires.

Call It Spring: Selling only shoes and accessories, Call It Spring offers a selection of some of the most on-trend styles of the season. From booties to sneakers, Call It Spring has a variety of looks to try and all for moderate prices. If you find something you like, you also get free shipping on orders over $35 (and trust us, it won’t be hard to spend $35 with gorgeous styles like the Vilette pump in stock!). And if Call It Spring’s styles are calling your name, you’ll  have to pay a visit to their sister store, Aldo Shoes.

Shoes of Prey: If you want to splurge on a completely one-of-a-kind pair of shoes, Shoes of Prey is just the store for you. Allowing you to create custom heels, flats, sandals and anything in between, Shoes of Prey lets you release your inner shoe designer while making the process simple and fun; first, you select the type of shoe you want, followed by the color and material you’d like. Then, you can choose from special silhouettes, like d’orsay or open-toe. Finally, you finish it off with any extras, like trim, straps or bows. Offering sizes between a US 3 and 15, Shoes of Prey says they’ll have your custom order to you within four weeks of your initial order. But if custom shoes aren’t on your shopping list, they also have a ready-made selection that offers stylish looks that start in the $100 range.

With all of these shopping options to pick from, you’re sure to find a style that has your name on it — whether you’ve designed a custom pair or you’ve found ready-made shoes from your favorite designer!

Happy Shopping!

 

Beauty knows no bounds

One Texas teenager is proving to the world that nothing can keep her from feeling beautiful and confident — not even cancer.

According to Glamour, after Andrea Sierra Salazar was diagnosed with stage 2 nodular sclerosis Hodgkin lymphoma, she underwent chemotherapy, causing her to lose her hair. But her hair loss rocked her confidence at first, the teen told Buzzfeed.

“Before chemotherapy I had always been a confident person,” Salazar said, according to Glamour. “So when my hair started to fall out I would look in the mirror and I wouldn’t feel that confident about myself.”

But, Glamour reports that “Andrea began to devote more time to modeling after her diagnosis, when treatment kept her out of school and she had time to do it … Her mother helped her get in touch with photographers and agencies who wanted to help Andrea remain confident as her treatment continued.”

And soon, Salazar concocted a plan that would aid in maintaining her self-esteem.  Glamour says she decided to model in a series of photos built on a simple idea: “Cancer doesn’t stop me me from being a princess.”

Glamour says what ensued were several photos taken by photographer Gerardo Garmendia in which Salazar poses in a stunning turquoise gown and gorgeous makeup — all sans a wig. To date, the photos shared on her Twitter account have over 100,000 retweets and over 200,000 likes.

Telling Buzzfeed of her decision to take the photos, the teen said she hopes these images will serve as inspiration to others in a similar position.

“I see all these little girls, and you can see it in their faces that they lose all confidence in themselves,” she said, according to Glamour. “I want them to know that your hair or your physical attributes doesn’t define who you are—what really matters is your inner beauty, the way you treat others, and if you’re a kind person, that shows through.”

 

Style 101: Shopping for jeans

Shopping for jeans can be nothing short of a hassle; besides the different cuts and washes of denim, there are significant inconsistencies in sizing, which can make trying on jeans a nightmare. But what if we told you that you don’t have to lug four different sizes of the same jean to the dressing room just to find one that works?

That’s where this week’s Style 101 comes in, outlining our method of shopping for jeans that nixes the in-store guesswork and places the focus not on your pant size, but on your measurements. Here are a few things you can do to make your denim shopping experience as painless as possible:

First:

Be sure to plan ahead. If you know you will be visiting a shopping mall in the near future, decide on the stores you want to visit ahead of your arrival, and research their denim stock. Take note of the different cuts (i.e. skinny, straight, bootcut, flare, etc.) available, the different brands available and the different washes available (i.e. light wash, dark wash, a rinse wash with whiskering at the hips or fading on the center of the thigh, etc.).

Also decide in advance the kinds of cuts, brands and washes you’d like to pursue depending on your taste, but don’t discount trying something new, either. If a style that you wouldn’t normally wear receives a high customer rating online, it may be something worth trying on once you’re in the store.

Also look for any descriptions of the different cuts online; many stores offer a ‘denim dictionary’ that explains in a few bullet points how a certain cut of jeans will fit. For example, a skinny jean will have a closer, tighter fit throughout your hips, thighs and calves, while a boyfriend jeans is much more relaxed throughout the leg. Knowing this ahead of time not only helps you pick out what kinds of cuts you’d like to try on, it also helps you decide what size to pick out; you may decide to try on a size up in a skinny jean while you may opt for your normal size or even a size down in the looser boyfriend style.

Next:

Take your measurements. For jeans, you will need to focus on your waist measurement (the smallest part of your waist) and your hip measurement (the fullest part of your hips). If you don’t have a measuring tape, try using yarn or ribbon and measure the results against a ruler. Knowing your measurements will help you bypass the standard sizing employed by many denim brands, which often vary. To skirt around standard sizing, compare your measurements to the brand’s size chart listed online before you go in the store; this way, you’ll have an idea of what size you are in a given brand of jeans before you even set foot on the fitting room floor.

Make note of the sizes you are in the brands you are seeking, and take them with you when you shop. Also be sure to look at any customer reviews on size, taking into account whether some customers say the style runs true to measurements listed on the size chart, runs smaller than average or runs larger than average.

Then:

Hit the store, but don’t forget to bring your size notes. This way, once you are digging through the piles of jeans in the store, you have an idea of what size you are looking for in the particular cut and wash you desire.

When trying on jeans, bring the size that best matches your measurements, plus a size larger or smaller depending on the cut of the jean — if you are trying on a skinny jean, bring a size larger to account for the slimmer fit, and if you are trying on a boyfriend style jean, bring a size smaller to counteract the roomier silhouette.

While trying on your jeans, assess the fit, cut and wash. Although it is easy to decide whether or not you like the cut and wash you picked, it can be a bit harder to tell if your jeans fit. Keep in mind that if the jeans fit in one place but not another, they can be altered to remedy the problem. For example, a common problem is that the jeans fit in the hip but are too big in the waist; if your hips are fuller, you should aim to fit your hips first, and then have the waist taken in via alterations. The same goes if the jeans fit your waist but are too baggy throughout the leg; the extra material around your leg can be tailored proportionally to ensure a proper fit.

The Takeaways:

While it may seem more complicated to research your selections prior to your denim hunt, it can be helpful to know a store’s stock, as well as the brand’s cut and sizing before you even set foot in a store because not only will it help you save time, it also makes you much more aware of clothing’s sizing system and silhouettes in general.

Knowing your measurements specifically allows you to be less attached to the size listed on the tag inside the jeans and to focus more on achieving a proper fit.

And remembering that your jeans can be altered to fit your body reminds us that we don’t have to work to fit the clothes; the clothes can be reworked to fit us.

Happy Shopping!

Zenoorin takes home bronze for Iran

The Olympics always produce stories of blowout wins and unlikely victors, and this year’s Rio games are no exception.

Consider Kimia Alizadeh Zenoorin, who the Huffington Post reports not only kicked her competition to the curb in the women’s 57kg taekwondo event on Thursday, Aug. 18, but also became the first Iranian woman to ever win an Olympic medal.

The Huffington Post says that the 18-year-old bronze medalist “fell to the floor and kissed the mat after beating Nikita Glasnovic of Sweden 5-1 in a one-sided contest at the Carioca Arena 3 to secure a breakthrough bronze.”

After earning the country’s fifth medal in the Rio games, Zenoorin expressed her excitement this way, according to the Huffington Post:

“I am so happy for Iranian girls because it is the first medal and I hope at the next Olympics we will get a gold … I am very excited and I want to thank my parents and my coach. They really stand behind me and I am so happy.”

Although the young athlete already made history with her Rio win, she’s sure to be one to watch in forthcoming Olympic games.

Bold style to come via Kenzo x H&M

High fashion is coming to one of the biggest worldwide retailers, and the collaboration is nothing short of amazing.

Launching on Nov. 3, POPSUGAR reports that the Kenzo x H&M collaboration is packed with bold looks, with the main print in the line being tiger stripes that “appear on everything from rollneck tops to high-waisted leggings.”

The line also includes “an oversize[d] jacket and a parka to take you into Winter and, of course, let’s not forget the black Kenzo logo gloves and the tiger-print crossbody bag,” according to POPSUGAR, promising a jam-packed collection filled with edgy styles.

A brand courtesy of designers Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, H&M’s head of design Ann-Sofie Johansson promises that Kenzo’s collaboration with the retailer will offer a unique style that contrasts their previous design partnerships.

Balmain was glamorous and sexy,” Johansson said, according to POPSUGAR, “and this is vibrant, young, and fun.”

An image of one of the dresses from the collection has already found its way around the Internet, and certainly lives up to the hype surrounding the collaboration. Featuring bright blues, oranges and greens, as well as an abstract leopard print, ruffles and a collar, this dress makes fashion fun and dynamic.

Can’t wait for the collaboration to hit stores? POPSUGAR says the line will hit 250 stores worldwide and will also be available online when it launches in November.

Happy Shopping!

Zendaya to star in new ‘Spider Man’ flick

As if a successful pursuits in acting, music and design weren’t enough, Zendaya is set to add another item to her growing resume.

According to the New York Daily News, The Wrap reported that the 19-year-old will play Mary Jane Watson in the forthcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming film. Zendaya inherits the role from Kirsten Dunst, who played Watson in the Sam Raimi trilogy between 2002 and 2007, says the News.

While her involvement in the film was announced in Marchthe News says it was well-concealed by reports saying Zendaya would play a character named Michelle.

Other big names in Hollywood are set to the share the screen with Zendaya, according to the News, including comedian Hannibal Buress, actress Marisa Tomei and actor Michael Keaton, as well as “British actor Tom Holland, who will take on the role of young Spidey, Peter Parker.”

Fans will, however, have to wait until next summer to catch the blockbuster, as the News reports that it will hit theaters on July 7, 2017.

Hardy’s modern chain remain a classic

After a men’s flat woven chain launched in 1992, the John Hardy style became a cultural phenomenon and was instantly carried over into a women’s collection. Now, InStyle reports that the staple is being revamped.

Announcing a new Modern Chain Collection, InStyle says that the line by John Hardy includes six men’s styles and 25 women’s designs, featuring “both gold and silver bracelets, necklaces, rings, and earrings that not only draw inspiration from the original chain-weaving method, but pay homage to the brand’s artisanal craft.”

While the collection delivers a sleek, modern aesthetic, InStyle says that it ultimately remains true to its roots, offering a simple plaited style in ultra-luxurious metals and finishes. The best part is that their elegant design makes them appropriate for all outfits and occasions, allowing you to get maximum wear of out of your jewelry.

If this modern take on a timeless piece of jewelry is right up your alley, InStyle says pieces can be purchased from johnhardy.com, and prices range between $250 and $19,500.

Happy Shopping!

Jumping to victory

Every Olympic athlete has to overcome some hurdles to become the champions that we see on television, whether it’s enduring painstaking training or difficult living conditions in their home country. But some athletes literally have to jump over hurdles to get the gold.

Cue Dalilah Muhammad, who became the first woman from the United States to win the gold medal in the 400-meter hurdle Olympic event, according to the Huffington Post. Even through rain, the Huffington Post says the athlete “shot out of the blocks, rose quickest at the first hurdle and never looked like being overtaken.”

Muhammad beat out Denmark’s Sara Slott Petersen who won silver, while Ashley Spencer of the United States took home the bronze medal,  reports the Huffington Post.

Her margin of victory: 0.42 seconds, according to the Huffington Post, finishing the event with a total time of 53.13 seconds.

Congratulations, Dalilah!

 

Accessible fashion for all

Back to school shopping is in full swing, and besides buying backpacks, notebooks and pencils for your little students, finding fashionable new clothing is also a must. But one designer is making sure that all kids have exactly what they need for school and beyond.

Announced in February as the first major brand to design adaptive clothing for children with disabilities, Mic reports that Tommy Hilfiger and Runway of Dreams — an organization that “works with the fashion industry to create more options for people with disabilities” — are collaborating yet again to release a fall collection of stylish new threads for kids of all abilities.

The 58-piece collection includes “bomber jackets with MagnaReady magnet closures, T-shirts with closures along the back, pantswith an elastic waist and cargo shorts with a velcro fly,” according to Mic, while also maintaining that classic Tommy Hilfiger aesthetic.

In fact, the collection barely differs from non-adaptive options, reports Mic:

“The clothes in Hilfiger’s collection address the various needs of people who have different abilities: for example, adjustable waistbands, pant legs and sleeve lengths for people who use wheelchairs or have limb differences, and alternative ways to put on and remove clothing. The clothes also cost the same as Hilfiger’s non-adaptive collections, and the styles are nearly identical too. It’s just the small details, like having velcro rather than zippers, that set it apart.”

Founder of Runway of Dreams Mindy Scheier explained to Mic the decision to pursue adaptive clothing with Tommy Hilfiger for another season this way:

“Seeing the success of the spring collection was an incredible validation of our mission and proves that there is a real need for adaptive clothing at the mainstream level … We are excited to work with Tommy Hilfiger again and bring more clothing options to the differently-abled community, especially as kids are getting ready to go back to school.”

Summing up the meaning of this accessible clothing line, Scheier told Mic that she sees the collection’s fall revival as the first of only positive things to come in the future.

“With this collection, we are one step closer to making that a reality for people of all abilities, including adults and children.”

To shop the collection, click here.