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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?

Support Breast Cancer Research Year-Round with these BCA Products

Did you know you don’t have to wait until October to help support the BCRF in helping to raise awareness and continue to find a cure for Breast Cancer? While we all hope you know you can make monetary donations any time of the year, not many people know there are lots of brands that have BCRF products available to purchase either year’ round or months in advance. Today we’re happy to share some of those BCA products with you across all the markets – fashion, beauty, accessories, fitness, home, etc. If you love shopping or just love great products, we’re here to help you shop for the cause. You’re left feeling great and in possession of some amazing BCA products.

Alex and Ani Spiral Sun Expandable Charm Bangle

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We love Alex and Ani and are proud owners of one of their signature bracelets. To support the cause, they present this signature Expandable Wire Bangle in yellow gold, and silver finishes boasting a pink spiral charm. The bracelet retails for $38.00, with 20% of the purchase price from each Spiral Sun Charm sold, going to the BCRF, with a minimum donation of $25,000. Get it now at Alex and Ani retail locations, www.alexandani.com, and authorized retailers.

LF Stores BCRF T-Shirt

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The comfortable v-neck BCRF T-shirt retails for $88.00 with 100% of the purchase price being donated to BCRF. It is available at LF Stores year-round. In addition, LF store has in-store events held throughout the year that also benefit BCRF. For more information, visit www.lfstores.com.

With You Lockets BCRF Product Collection

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You will love the stunning customizable collection of modern lockets from With You. The range of jewelry is inspired by the simple idea carrying your most cherished relationships and memories with you at all times. The With You/BCRF Product Collection of beautifully designed lockets includes the following: Georgie Necklace, Georgie Ring, Birdie Necklace, Isabel Necklace, Elaine Necklace, Elaine Bracelet, and Mimi Necklace, which ranges in price from $199.00 – $429.00. 10% of the purchase price of any of the With YouBCRF jewelry is donated to BCRF. Get to know these items today at www.withyoulockets.com.

Dooney & Bourke MLB Pink Ribbon Zip Top Shopper

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Ladies, if you’re a baseball fan, a fan of stylish bags, and want to support this wonderful cause, the Dooney & Bourke MLB Zip Top Shopper is for you. The stylish but practical tote is made of a coated cotton fabric that’s imprinted with your favorite baseball team logo, and it is trimmed with natural bridle leather. Each bag is adorned with a chic enameled pink ribbon charm and hot pink nylon lining. The bags became available for purchase on 5/1/16 and will continue while supplies last. Each bag retails for $268.00 with 20% of the purchase price going to BCRF. Get more details on www.dooney.com.

Everlast Pink Collection

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Want to fight for the cause while you KO your opponent? Check out this trio of products from Everlast. Their Pro Style Elite Training Gloves, $39.99, are durable, breathable and comfortable, perfect for heavy bag work, mitt work, and sparring. The Evergel Hand Wraps, $24.99, help dissipate impact energy, protects your knuckles, and can be used under gloves or alone for speed bag and shadowboxing workouts. The 108” Hand Wraps, $6.99, are machine-washable, provide wrist support, and can be used under gloves or alone for speed bag and shadowboxing workouts. Everlast makes a donation $75,000 annually to BCRF, regardless of sales. Get these now at www.everlast.com.

TYR Pink Collection

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Swim fans will love the TYR Pink Collection. The famed swim brand features swimwear and swim accessories that help support the cause. The TYR Pink Xenon Diamondfit Swimsuit, $59.99 is constructed with 100% Polyester, provides 300+ hours of performance, is 100% chlorine-proof, 100% colorfast, and ensures UPF 50+ protection. The TYR Pink Special Ops 2.0 Femme Polarized, $29.99 is designed for triathlon, the open water, and training. They provide clarity, precision, and comfort by filtering out 99.9% of the surface glare that causes eye fatigue. The TYR Pink Big Swimple Tie Dye Goggles, $14.99 is equipped with durable, hypoallergenic Silicone gaskets that provide a comfortable, watertight seal. Featuring a simple and secure release button for quick strap adjustment. The TYR Pink Alliance 30L Backpack, $49.99, is a lightweight, durable and water resistant space-saving backpack with a protective compartment for electronics. The 30L backpack maximizes storage without adding bulk. TYR will donate $1 – $5 per purchase to BCRF on the above items. Get these and more on www.tyr.com, and at select retailers.

Wilson Sporting Goods Hope Tennis Balls

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The Wilson Hope Tennis Balls help provide excellent performance on all court types and provide a great way to support the cause while keeping fit. Each 3-ball container retails for $3.99 each. Wilson donates to BCRF $250,000 annually, regardless of sales. For more information on these BCA products, head over to www.wilson.com.

Apollo Tools Pink Tool Kits and Garden Tools

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Fancy yourself a handy woman? Grab hold of the power of pink with Apollo Tools. The home and garden tool company proudly support BCRF and the do-it-yourselfer with a full line of pink tools and pink gardening tools. The pink kits make wonderful gifts for all occasions and come in handy no matter your need. They come in easy-to-carry storage cases and most come with a full Lifetime Warranty. The toolkits range in price from $14.99 – $99.99, with $0.25 – $3.00 from every purchase going to BCRF. Get the Apollo Tools at Target stores, www.target.com, Meijer stores, Ace Hardware, www.amazon.com, www.homedepot.com, www.apollotools.com, and www.bcrfcure.org.

Comfort Revolution BCRF Pink Cooling Gel Pillow

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For those of you who perspire while sleeping, the Comfort Revolution BCRF Pink Cooling Gel Pillow is the answer to your dreams. Boasting premium memory foam and exclusive Cooling Gel technology, this revolutionary pillow if the solution to temperature-perfect sleep. The cooling gel layer enhances circulation for a refreshing night ’s sleep, while memory foam cradles your head and neck for full muscle relaxation. The Breast Cancer Awareness Pink Cooling Gel and Memory Foam Pillow is designed with pink bubbles – a BCRF exclusive and retails for $160.00 with $5 from every purchase going to BCRF. Get it now at www.jcpenney.com.

Cool Gear Water Bottles

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Stay cool during the hot summer days with these not-so-ordinary Cool Gear Water Bottles. Available in two styles: 16 oz BCRF coolgearcan in 3 exclusive designs, and the 28 oz BCRF water bottle with EZ-Freeze freezer stick, you’ll have no problem staying hydrated and cool. The 16 oz BCRF coolgearcan is a BPA-free, double-wall insulated “can” that keeps drinks colder, longer. It boasts a  spill-proof slider lid, twist off cap for easy filling and cleaning, and is top shelf dishwasher safe. The 28 oz BCRF water bottle is made from BPA-free Tritan, features a non-toxic EZ-Freeze freezer gel stick to keeps drinks colder, longer, a sipper cap with straw, and built-in finger loop for carrying. The bottles range in price from $9.99 – $10.99 with 10% of the purchase price going to BCRF. Grab your favorite design at www.shop.coolgearinc.com.

O2COOL

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Continuing the hydration, here are some more hydration products from O2COOL. These innovative O2COOL BCRF products include two of their patented Mist ‘N Sip water bottles, the Arcticsqueeze. and the Ergo Drinking Bottles. These are not just water bottles, they are water bottles that keep you cool and hydrated. The third item is their iconic patented Deluxe Misting Fan, an essential item for staying cool during these hot summer days. Look for these BCA products now and help support this great cause. The bottles range in price from $11.99 – $14.99 with 10% of the purchase price going to BCRF. They’re available now at www.o2-cool.com/breast-cancer.

Cuisinart Pink Product Collection

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Love to cook? Stay with the knowledge that every time you create something delicious in the kitchen, you’ve helped get us closer to a cure. Cuisinart is proud to partner with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation on the Cuisinart Pink Product Collection, which includes the EasyPop Hot Air Popcorn Maker, $39.95, Velocity 600-Watt Blender, $79.95, and the Frozen Yogurt, Ice Cream, & Sorbet Maker, $59.95. By purchasing these and more pink products, you’re helping Cuisinart to continue to donate $32,500 to BCRF annually, regardless of sales. All are available year-round at www.cuisinart.com.

Rabbit Air MinusA2 Ultra Quiet HEPA Air Purifier BCRF Special Edition

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As modern day humans, we’ve taken to spending more time indoors, especially on days when the weather is at extremes. The problem is, indoor air can become unhealthy. This is where home products like the Rabbit Air MinusA2 Ultra Quiet HEPA Air Purifier BCRF Special Edition works its magic. The stylish air purifier is an ultra-quiet, wall-mountable HEPAair purifier is not only lovely to look at, it offers six stages of filtration, including deodorization and a customized filter to alleviate specific sensitivities. It comes with a five-year warranty and lifetime 24/7 tech support included in its $479.95 (for model SPA-700A), and $569.95 (for model SPA-780A) price tag with 5% of the purchase price going to BCRF. It’s available now, while supplies last at www.rabbitair.com.

Koi Scrubs Kathryn Top in Camelia and Bridgette in Heavenly Wings

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Nurses already do so much for Breast Cancer survivors ad we know they’d love the chance to do some more. Koi Scrubs is giving them the chance ith their koi Courage Collection. They welcomed their Kathryn top, and Bridgette top last month, both $28.00, to support BCA efforts, at authorized koi retailers with retail locations, online retailers, and koihappiness.com. For every Kathryn top and Bridgette top sold, koi Scrubs will donate $2.00 to BCRF. To find the koi retailer nearest you, visit www.koihappiness.com/store-locator.

Officemate BCRF Awareness Office Products

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Make your work life an extra meaningful one with these amazing BCA products from Officemate. With everything from clipboard storage, clips, scissors, hole punch, stapling glue sticks, and card & sign holders.  All of the Officemate BCA products range in price from $3.95 – $16.95, and are available now with $0.10 – $0.50 from the sale going to the BCRF. Help support the cause with these products from Amazon, Office Depot, Staples, www.officemate.com, and other retail locations

Will you help join the fight by shopping for the cause? To see even more products you can purchase now, visit www.bcrfcure.org today.

Luxury Fit for a Queen: Rigby & Peller Lingerie Stylists London

Our degree of separation from the Queen was officially dropped to one thanks to the US launch of Rigby & Peller Lingerie Stylists London. We were one of the lucky few who had the chance to preview the new flagship location in New York and have a sit down with the Queen’s fitter, the very charming June Kenton. The renowned lingerie retailer, founded in the UK in 1939 by two female corsetières, Gita Peller and Bertha Rigby, has expanded to our side of the pond with 13 US locations.

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The Rigby & Peller Lingerie Stylists London stores, who believes every woman should be properly fitted every six months, brings their distinctive and rich heritage of more than 75 years in the premium lingerie business and their signature luxury service pioneered by the company called “Lingerie Styling.” 

“Van de Velde is committed to bringing the Rigby & Peller brand to the American woman,” says Dirk De Vos, Director of Retail at Van de Velde, Rigby & Peller’s parent company. “We will bring a high level of service paired with premium product offerings to the American consumer under a brand that brings years of experience in Lingerie Styling and which also holds the Royal Warrant of H.M. Queen Elizabeth II.”

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Each Rigby & Peller store carries more than 90 bra sizes ranging from A to K cup. Their amazing personal shopping and fitting experience is like no other (you know your girls will be well carried when each Rigby & Peller bra contains 45 components, as opposed to the usual 25 and each Rigby & Peller bra takes 30 minutes to assemble). They go beyond supplying the typical bra for all your garments and encourage having styles that keep up with seasonal trends and fashionable colors. In fact, Mrs. Kenton stated just as women have various garments and shoes in their closets, they should also have different bras: a t-shirt bra, a bra for seduction, a bra that makes us feel beautiful, and so on. We’re really excited about the fact that they also offer swimwear with swim tops that fit and support you as wonderfully as their bras too.

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The stores carry premium brands like Marie Jo, PrimaDonna, Aubade, Empreinte, Simone Pérèle and many more, with a range of brands exclusive to the Rigby & Peller’s US stores, including Le Chat, Barbara, On Gossamer, Hanky Panky, Jonquil and In Bloom. The first of our favorite moments of the evening (the second was interviewing June Kenton…see below for the video) was being fitted and finding a gorgeous plunge bra that didn’t only fit our bountiful girls, but our naughty side as well. Behold the Aubade Tickle Belle Bra, a knockout bursting with seductive details, such as the removable, fringed plumetis tulle bow, which can be used for lots of fun purposes.

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Check out the video of our interview with the incredibly sweet and hilarious June Kenton. We know it was a bit cheeky, but we had to ask the first question but, of course being the proper lady Mrs. Kenton is, we’re not surprised that we didn’t get one. It was a wonderful evening just the same. Enjoy the video below and please forgive our lack of makeup (it was a rough day):

In addition to Rigby & Peller’s new U.S. stores, the brand also has locations in the United Kingdom, Germany, Denmark, Hong Kong and China. To learn more about Rigby & Peller or to make an appointment to receive a personalized Lingerie Styling session, visit www.rigbyandpeller.com or pop into their NYC Flagship at 104 5th Avenue.

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.

Wear Your Curves Proudly | City Chic’s Spring 2015 Collection

We hate begin this post by saying we’re highlighting some stunning plus size fashion from City Chic for Spring 2015. We’d much rather say today we’re showing some very chic, sexy, and glamorously bold spring 2015 looks, which just happens to be for the plus size fashionista….because that’s exactly what they are. Ladies, if you have some bodacious curves, you definitely need to read on for some fun, fashionable, and fearless spring fashions for this fab fashion label. Whether you’re looking for some stunning dresses, chic separates, or sensual intimate apparel or swimwear, you need the stylish offerings from City Chic.

Are you in need of some fab day dresses? Perhaps some stylish festival looks, or some spring/summer staples. There are so many fab options to love from City Chic. We are head over heels over all the belted options, whether they be maxi dresses, short dresses, or jumpsuits. A skinny belt adds an even higher level of sophistication to these great looks. We’re dreaming of having the bold red with black trim maxi, the stunning navy flared dresses with red belts, and the red and black floral jumpsuit in our closet now.

The aptly named City Chic is bursting with incredible looks for spring, you may find yourself looking to replace everything in your closet with these great pieces. You may also find that your friends that are not shapely or voluptuous will seethe with envy that these great spring looks are not available in their size.

City Chic wonderfully proves that just because you’re a size 14 and up, you don’t have to give up on having a chic wardrobe. We hope you’re already a fan of the brand and you’re aware of all of these stunning pieces, but if you aren’t, welcome to your new favorite label ladies.

What are your favorite looks from City Chic’s Spring 2015 Collection?

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).