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JCPenney and Jessica Milagros Celebrate the Launch of Boutique+ Swim

With every cold day, every snowstorm we’ve had, we’ve been praying for the quick arrival of the warmth of the summer season. There may still be snow on the ground, but we’re already looking forward to swimsuit season, and so is JCPenney. The famed retailer has expanded its plus-size private label brand, Boutique+, to include swimwear that fits and flatters curvy silhouettes of all sizes. This first Boutique+ Swim collection is in collaboration with Jessica Milagros, the first plus-size Latina model to land a national campaign with JCPenney.

(Mark Von Holden/AP Images for JCPenney)

(Mark Von Holden/AP Images for JCPenney)

One major concern of plus size fashionistas, besides options and availability of fashionable choices, is the fact that they’re not able to try on swimsuits in stores. Their only option is to order online, try on at home and return what they don’t want but JCPenney is changing that with the Boutique+ Swim collection. Ladies that wear sizes 1x-3x can purchase the swimwear collections both online AND in-store. JCPenney has been creating a wonderful haven for plus-size fashion lovers. You may remember their fab collaboration with Boutique+ plus-size fashion and Project Runway’s Ashley Nell Tipton.

The expanded swimwear collection was celebrated with a wonderful pool party at the Parker Hotel in NYC. Curvy girls of all sizes were rocking one-piece and two-piece swimsuits from the expanded collection. Along with enjoying a break from the winter cold, attendees enjoyed indulging in the pool, customizing and personalizing Tote bags and flip-flops, and an indoor burger grilling station.

As previously stated, each stylish swimsuit is specially-engineered for sizes 1x-3x and features adjustable straps, molded cups, tummy control, and power mesh. Check out Jessica Milagros rocking swimwear from the collection below:

The Boutique+ Swim collection is available exclusively at www.jcpenney.com and in select JCPenney stores now, with additional styles rolling out in April. Are you ready for swimsuit season? What’s your favorite Boutique+ Swim collection piece?

Lands’ End 2015 Swimwear Collection

Although the weather may not be conveying the message, we are officially in the spring season, which means summer is just around the corner. Is your bikini body ready? Whether you are beach-ready or not (we certainly are not), today we’re highlighting the newest swimsuits from Lands’ End. The iconic brand offers three ways to look slimmer with bathing suits that are designed to not only fit wonderfully, but flatter a woman’s curves as well. Many of Lands’ End’s swimsuit styles boasts built-in shaping, and tummy control, with lots of swimwear options that trims every inch, and lets you breathe.

Whether you’re most comfortable in a tankini, bikini, high waisted bikini, swim dress, or you love one piece swimsuits, with their Swim Finder, Lands’ End will help you find the perfect bathing suit to fit your body and lifestyle, in classic colors, bold graphics and prints.

Planning a fun-filled day at the beach or water park, fit everything you need in one of Lands’ End’s durable and stylish canvas totes. The Lands’ End staple comes in a variety of amazing colors and prints. Of course we love the natural colors, but we are drawn to fun prints like the black polka dots, bright indigo paisley, black geo, coral stripe, and true navy paisley.

Lastly, your beach look wouldn’t be complete without some great beach cover-ups and cool shoes. Complete your look with one of the following Lands’ End cover-ups, including UPF 50 Swim Tees, Swim Crop Leggings, Cover-up Tunic Dresses, Jersey Cover-ups, Cover-up Skirts and Shorts, Surf leggings, Sarongs, and Drawstring Pants.

Get to know all these beachwear styles, and more at www.landsend.com.

TYR Sport Spring/Summer 2015 Collection

Bathing suit season is here, and we all know what means, time to go shopping for some fun swimwear. Yes ladies, there’s no escaping beach season but luckily with the swimwear we’re highlighting today, hiding will be the furthest thing from your minds. TYR Sport, named for the Norse god of warriors, and makers of recreational, and competitive swimwear, offers two great collections of swimwear options for spring/summer 2015. The Active Lifestyle Collection, and Huntington Beach Collection.

ACTIVE LIFESTYLE – great for those who use the beach as their gym. Whether you’re doing yoga, running the beach, or paddle boarding, the Breathable Durafast Lite fabric, 60 degree range of motion, sleek fit and unrestricted movement, and UPF 50+ Protection of this collection provides the perfect blend of comfort and function. The collection features must-have sport styles like, Long Sleeve Swim Shirts, Racerback Sportkinis, Boyshorts, Bikini and Triangle Bikini Tops, One-Pieces, Swim Skorts, and Tankikis, etc, in striking patterns and bold, solid colors.

HUNTINGTON BEACH – If lounging is you favorite beach activity, styles from the colorful Huntington Beach collection is your go-to. Whether you’re swimming or strutting your stuff poolside, or on the sand, you will be looking good in these chic, colorful designs. Hypnotize onlookers with a bold checkered, tye dye, tribal, or floral print swimsuit, which comes in One Pieces, Bikinis, Hipkinis, Boyshorts, and Cropped Swim Tops. We love this collection for its subtle sexy details, smocking on the sides of the Highwaisted Bottom, the deep V-back on (our favorite) Milos Aurora One-Piece, and the sheer, mesh detailing on the Milos Isle separates.

What started out as fun, and performance-driven swimwear company for the competitive swim market, has grown into a global swimwear and swim accessories brand, with champion swim athletes wearing TYR Sport’s fashionable prints. So whether you’re looking for swimsuits that perform very well with your activities, or fun, cool prints, get to know this amazing brand.

NYC EVENT ALERT: Ultimate Swimsuit Experience w/ Lands’ End & Glamour’s Swim Truck

It’s almost swimsuit season ladies and we’re sure you’re thinking, “what’s the perfect swimsuit for me to wear this summer?” Thankfully your swimsuit shopping woes will not be an issue this summer. Lands’ End and Glamour is teaming up to bring the ultimate swimsuit experience to New York. On May 21st, anyone who stops by Land’s End The Getaway Tour at Flatiron Plaza, will get style tips to find the perfect swimsuit style for their shape, and the chance to shop for their perfect swimsuit, thanks to a complimentary professional swimsuit fitting and style session with Kendall Farr, fashion stylist, top-selling author and Glambassador from Glamour.

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What’s more, the first 100 attendees will receive a VIP gift bag complete with summer essentials and a great summer read from Random House. While enjoying the day’s event, be sure to check out the unveiling of Lands’ End traveling beach house – a beautiful Coastal-style beach house complete with sand dunes and an upper sun deck – you may find yourself resistant to leave. So if you’re free on May 21, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m, stop by the Flatiron Plaza located at 23rd St and 5th Ave. Keep up with and share your own photos of the Lands’ End The Getaway Tour with hashtag #GetawayTour.

Nicki Minaj Launches Swimwear Collection

Nicki Minaj has expanded her collection for Kmart to include swimwear. Just in time for the warmer weather, the fashionable and extroverted rapper/singer adds swimwear styles that, like her, are bold, sexy and statement-makers. The small collection introduces five swimsuit styles, three of which are featured below. They are reminiscent of the hot pink Herve Leger swimsuit she recently wore in her High School music video – very much her style and personality.

featuring sexy cut-outs, color blocking and silhouettes that celebrate and showcase the woman’s body, you can clearly see that she loves everything sexy and is not afraid to say that. Pure speculation on our part, or maybe hope, but we’re going to believe the other two swimwear styles are two-pieces swimsuits. We’re sure to be seeing the Barbz rocking these styles this summer.

On a separate note, we’re actually surprised she didn’t wear one of her swimsuits in her recent video, but that may just have been timing with samples. What do you think of Nicki Minaj’s swimwear collection? The swimwear will be sold at Kmart and on www.shopyourway.com and will retail for $34.99.

Ipanema Made a Splash as the Official Footwear Sponsor of MBFW Swim

Last week was Miami Swim Week and though I would have loved to be there enjoying the swim shows while having delightful ocean breezes wash over me, I couldn’t attend yet again this season (oh winning lottery jackpot, where art thou?). But I’ve been getting some great feedback on events I missed, such as the roundup on the wonderful events by the Official Footwear Sponsor of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim, Ipanema Footwear, who made quite an impact with models, editors, buyers and VIP guests. Join me as I live vicariously through event attendees.

As the Official Footwear Sponsor,now through 2015, Ipanema made a splash in its successful first year of a sponsorship trilogy. From July 18th-July 22nd, the Brazilian sandal brand commandeered The Raleigh, home of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim, with an impressive poolside cabana, presence at notable runway shows, such as L*SPACE by Monica Wise, and a cocktail event for an exclusive group of VIP guests.

Designed to be a chic beachside living room, Ipanema‘s poolside cabana functioned as an oasis, enjoyed by the event’s guests. Enjoying non-stop foot traffic, Ipanema’s cabana was bustling as guests had their photos taken by a Facebook integrated photo kiosk with an illuminated Ipanema beach backdrop, previewed the brand’s 2014 collection and left with a pair of the Limited Edition Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week flip flops in-hand.

Throughout the fashionable week, models were seen wearing Ipanema flip flops and toting around branded “Model Survivor Kits” catering to the models’ demanding on-the-go schedules during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim. Ipanema created these kits with all the Ipanema-branded necessities any model would need to survive the hectic week, such as a neck pillow, nail file, and of course flip flops, establishing itself as a must-have within the model community.

In celebration of the brand’s sponsorship and the debut of its 2014 collection, Ipanema hosted an intimate cocktail event at Restaurant Michael Schwartz at The Raleigh Saturday evening. Notable editors, bloggers, influencers and taste-makers mingled with Ipanema leadership while enjoying custom Ipanema cocktails named after signature styles, such as the “Maya-Tai” and “Neo California Love”, before leaving with their very own survivor kits

The following evening, Ipanema served as the Official Sponsor of the 2014 L*SPACE by Monica Wise runway show in the Cabana Grande tent. Models were seen wearing their Ipanema Sandals backstage while the show’s VIP guests walked away with Ipanema in their gift bags. Both brands were excited to be partnering for the debut of L*SPACE by Monica Wise’s 2014 collection. Designer, Monica Wise, said, “I feel like Ipanema and L*SPACE go hand in hand. When you think about beachwear, you can’t help but think of a great sandal, and Ipanema has the style to complete the look. Having them involved in our show makes sense in completing the beach style that Miami is known for.”

Designer, Monica Wise, and L*SPACE by Monica Wise model with Ipanema model survival kit 

But that’s not all, Ipanema was also included in the VIP gift bags at the Luli Fama 2014 runway show held the same Sunday at the Cabana Grande tent, proving that there is no beach attire their sandals can’t compliment.

From the overwhelmingly positive response to Ipanema’s 2014 collection, to the brand’s
impact on guests attending Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2014, Ipanema started
the three-year sponsorship off strong. The brand looks forward to continuously making an impact with their chic sandals as the Official Footwear Sponsor of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim for the next two years. They are especially excited about being a part of the event’s 10th Anniversary celebration next year. Hopefully I will see them there myself.

Photo Credit: Getty Images/Gustavo Caballaro

Beach Vacation Essentials | Swimwear from Blue Glue Bikinis

Summertime may be over a month from now but there is still time to get away to escape for some fun in the sun. Yes my dears, it is still beach season though the current weather may be trying to make you think otherwise. And during your escape, whether you choose to frolic in the ocean or lounge by the pool, a stunning swimsuit is essential. If you want to add some glamour to your summer vacation – you need one or two Blue Glue Bikinis.

Based in Bali, Blue Glue is a jetsetters go-to for glamorous swimwear like the above featured (L-R) Tutti Frutti Bandeau, Essentials Body Trikini Drape and Tuffi Frutti Halter Swimsuits. The brand prides itself on being the loveliest and affordable bikinis available in a variety of prints, colors, shapes and sizes to make every woman feel beautiful. What makes Blue Glue bikinis unique (besides the great silhouettes)? They feature a unique micro fiber fabric and a “second skin” texture that’s lightweight, soft, ultra-stretchy and hyper-resistant for optimal comfort. With over 20 cuts of tops and bottoms that can mix and match – bra cup styles to halters plus Brazilian bottoms to boy shorts – Blue Glue offers a variety of swimsuits to celebrate all body types and flatter figures of young girls to mature women. One of my favorite combinations is the All Black Bra Bandeau Black Sequin Halter (with removable straps) paired with the Luxe for Less-All Black Pant Basic Bow Bottom shown below (my other favorite is the above Essentials Body Trikini Drape; it’s so incredibly sexy).

Whether you’re looking for basic black or you prefer a pop of color, Blue Glue will keep your summer style as hot as the heatwave temperatures we had last week. Blue Glue is available at various boutiques across the US as well as in 103 countries around the world. The pieces range from $25.00 – $90.00. Get your chic summer swimwear essentials at  http://www.bikini-online-store.com).

Its Beach Season Part 2 – Hipanema Swimwear & Accessories

In my last post I shared a few cover-ups and shoes you can pair with your bathing suits that are sure to get you compliments. This time around, I figured why not highlight some actual swimwear…….with a few more accessories thrown in. For you two-piece lovers, you’ll love www.hipanema.com.  
Hipanema is a summer festival staple. The swimsuits side bands are composed of a multitude of unique handmade bracelets. The links are made of cotton, acrylic, shell, glass beads, luxex. So go ahead, take a dip in a Hipkini Bikini and soak up some sun. Love the unique bands on the swimsuits enough to want to wear them on your wrists? Then you’re in luck.

Made from pearls, seashells and multicolored thread, the Hipanema bracelets come in eight different styles. The ribbons from Bahia mix with the legendary Copacabana bracelets and the quartz stones with various seashells.