I posted a lot of beach-selfies on Instagram while on my recent vacation to Mexico, and many of you we’re dying to know where I got my bathing suits. You all know I’m a busty girl and have discussed the importance of a well-fitting bra. Supporting your “girls” whether it be in a bra or a bathing suit will make you FEEL GOOD and LOOK GOOD. I got my first bra fitting for my twenty-first birthday, and as dramatic as it sounds, it literally changed the way my clothes looked and felt. Three years ago I decided I could no longer squeeze my tatas into size large bathing suit tops that were ultimately ill fitting elsewhere. I had to take the plunge and invest in some bathing suits that fit my body. So, I bid farewell to my days of stocking up on multiple suits every season from the glorious Target swim section and found some brands that would suit me and my body better and stand the test of time.
There are two sites where I find my cup-sized swimwear: ASOS and Figleaves. Both of these sites happen to originate in the UK. I’m not sure if British ladies are more busty or if Americans just can’t seem to stray away from their itsy bitsy teeny weeny bikinis. Either way you need not fear about exorbitant costs to ship across the pond. ASOS offers FREE shipping and returns, and Figleaves offers FREE shipping and reasonably priced returns to their U.S. warehouse in Virginia. On each of these sites you can shop separate tops and bottoms to suit your unique proportions. ASOS offers up to size 42E(DD) and Figleaves offers up to size 44H. On certain suits, be sure to note the UK to US size conversion. Better yet? There are one piece suits in cup sizes too! I have to admit, monokinis are my newest obsession. There are three particular brands I have purchased from these sites that have a great fit and run TTS: Freya, Midnight Grace, and Cleo by Panache. However, I’ve had such a positive experience on these sites, I would honestly trust any of the reviews and brands (I’ve heard great things about Curvy Kate). Some of the suits pictured are from past seasons, but I’m still going to share the details so you can shop these suits! (Or at least similar ones). As always, shop smart ladies! I always fill my shopping bag and wait for a good deal. I got all my suits either on sale or during a 20% off promotion. Remember my motto, never pay full price for anything!
2. Freya Bardot Underwire Sweetheart Padded Bikini Top and Classic Brief Bottom, Past Season
3. Midnight Grace Heidi Underwire Halter Swimsuit, ON SALE for $24
4. Freya Flamingo Bandeau Bikini Top and Classic Fold Brief Bottom, Past Season
5. Midnight Grace Posy Underwire Padded Sweetheart Bikini Top and Fold Bikini Brief Bottom, $77 ($47 for top and $30 for bottom)
P.S. My sunhats are from French Connection past season via Rue La La!
Over the past decade we’ve become an increasingly digital society in nearly all facets of life. Part of that transition has been a shift in shopping at brick and mortar stores to shopping online. Now, more and more people are shopping online for a variety of reasons. I used to strictly shop at brick and mortar stores, even as the popularity of e-commerce grew. I felt the need to see things in person, touch them, and try them on. At one time, I could never have imagined converting to a life of online shopping.
Since college, travel has become a huge part of my career and life. Between jetting around for work, maintaining a long distance relationship, and visiting friends and family, it seems I’m rarely in one place for an extended period of time. This lifestyle has made me become an avid online shopper because I no longer have the luxury of time to go out and spend a leisurely Saturday shopping at brick and mortar stores. Over the course of my transformation into an online shopper, I’ve become skilled at examining products and assessing them for their fit and quality without the in-person sensory experience. I’ve also realized one of the major benefits of shopping online: price comparing and finding the best deal. It’s online shopping (in combination of many years working in wholesale and retail) that has made me vow to never pay full price for anything. Now, I can’t imagine going back to my old brick and mortar ways.
So, what is the future of online shopping? We’ve already seen strides in e-commerce as social platforms like Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Polyvore have integrated shopping into their experience. Advancements like this will hopefully continue to grow and evolve. There’s also talk of two other digital shopping game changers on the horizon: the e-commerce giant, Alibaba, and the latest retail technology innovation, Beacon.
Alibaba is the leading e-commerce site in China. Imagine Amazon meet ASOS on an even larger scale. Let me give you an idea of the scope of Alibaba. According to Forbes, the site handles more goods than eBay and Amazon combined, and on it’s busiest shopping day last year, Alibaba sold three times as many goods as were bought in the United States on Black Friday. Alibaba is currently preparing for an initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange that is estimated to raise $15 billion. Later this year, the company plans to enter the U.S. market by launching a new e-commerce site, 11 Main.
Beacon technology is blurring the lines between shopping online and offline. Online shopping allows retailers to gather a wealth of information about their customers and track consumer behavior. Web cookies track our every click and the ability to login to sites with social media accounts is just another way to collect more personal data. Retailers with brick and mortar stores want the same ability to gather and track information about their patrons. Beacon technology uses Bluetooth Low Energy to connect to devices like your smartphone when shopping in-store. Currently, the downside of Beacon technology is that it requires retailers to have the hardware installed and users to opt in. However, there are benefits for consumers who elect to participate. For example, Beacon offers hands-free payments. Beacon technology may also help shoppers navigate a store to find what they like best. Most recently the personalized fashion marketplace Lyst has partnered with Paypal Beacon. When Lyst users enter a store that uses PayPal Beacon, they’ll be alerted of brands they follow on the app that are available in the store and have access to current inventory information. Because the technology is still in the very early stages, the possibilities for its application in the future are truly endless!
15 Best Online Stores
Fashion blogger Emma Werner of Fashion Hotbox names her “most affordable, trendy, unique, and overall BEST” desintations for shopping online. What are your go-to sites for online shopping? Some of my faves fell on her list, such as Nasty Gal, Shopbop, ASOS, and Urban Outfitters. See which e-tailers made the cut, and who knows, you might learn about a new online store or two! Read her post here.
Stacy London’s Picks
Stacy London has teamed up with Baublebar to create the ultimate holiday gift guide. When in doubt, gift a girl some jewels! London weighs in with her picks for best statement pieces, layered looks, and timeless classics. If you’re looking for a gift for your mom, your sister, or your girls this holiday season, this guide has got a look to please every uniquely styled lady in your life! I’m personally coveting the layered looks – so versatile!
P.S. Check out Baublebar’s blog, The Post, for the brand’s tribute to What Not to Wear, What NOT to Gift!
The 90’s Trend that Actually SHOULD Come Back
Many ladies would argue that I’m not a true fashionista for the following reason: I’m 5’2″ and refuse to wear a heel over 4 inches. I know you tall ladies are fuming at me for not taking advantage of the ability to wear 6-inch pumps and only be 5’8.” After years and years on pointe shoes back in my ballet days, I refuse to torture my feet any longer! So, it’s no wonder I’m rejoicing at this 90’s comeback: the court pump. And the heel height is (drum roll please…), 3.5 inches or less!
P.S. My philosophy is: you can have it all and never pay full price. See how much (or rather little) I snagged these pumps for from Rue La La. The deal is over now, but Cole Haan is a brand that recurs on many members only deal sites like Rue La La, so stay on the lookout!
A collection of early Dior photographs from former photographer of the stars Mark Shaw was recently revealed. Shaw is best known for his photography for Life magazine in the 1950’s and 1960’s. These intimate images are up for auction at 1st Dibs. These are a must-see!
Tis the season for remarkable holiday and resort campaigns that make our wishlists runneth over. Popsugar has highlighted seven campaigns they find particularly swoon-worthy. Of their picks my personal fave is probably the Nicole Kidman for Jimmy Choo Resort 2014 collection I featured on the blog a few weeks ago. However, I’m also loving the Banana Republic ad. If this doesn’t say classic holiday campaign, I don’t know what does! Check out the complete list here.