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Squad Goals

“When worst comes to worst, squad comes first!” I don’t know who came up with that

quote, but when I found it I was totally inspired. I’ve been thinking a lot about

formal dresses australia and seeing a lot of “promposals” on social media over the last few

months. It got me thinking, is a date a necessary part of a fantastic homecoming, prom,

party, etc. Edna Buchanan once said, “Friends are the family we choose for ourselves.”

and I couldn’t agree more. I think hanging with the squad is way more fun than

anything else! So take a note from Taylor Swift and rule the night with your squad!

Faviana understands exactly what we mean, this week they released the amazing

empowering images below which illustrate this point perfectly!


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The First 5 Steps to Shopping for Bridesmaid Dresses

You probably have the dress; now it’s time to find their dresses—the ones your bridesmaids will wear. Almost every bride has uttered the famous phrase, “They can wear them again!” but, truth be told, most maids don’t. So while that’s a lovely idea to keep in mind, it shouldn’t be your number one priority. Instead, focus on these things, according to Jacqueline Weppner, founder of the bridal styling house Merci New York.

3. Consider the season and time of day. The date of the wedding is probably a big factor in your décor—fall tones and apple centerpieces for October, peonies and spring colors for May—but the time of day matters, too. Black dresses could be perfect for November but a little forced for an outdoor, mid-day ceremony.

Swimwear: What to buy for every body type

Swimwear: What to buy for every body type

I hate to break it to you, but bathing suit season is right around the corner.

Trust me, I’ve got my fair share of work to do before this body slips into even the most modest of maillots.

In fact, I’ve already joined a group on Facebook to help motivate me to get in shape for just that reason.

Let’s just say though, that I’m not where I want to be by the end of May or early June when the pools start to open. How can I fake it in a pretty fabulous suit until I make it into the one I really want to wear?

The trick is to find suits to play up your strengths and minimize your “problem” areas.

Here are some gorgeous suits for all body types:

Pear Shaped

This is one of my problems – big hips. Great for birthing. Not so much for looking long and lean. Try tankinis with higher cut legs that lengthen or go the itty-bitty string bikini route. The tiny top will show off a great chest and the bottom’s string ties can be strategically placed to minimize the width of your thighs. But always, always draw the eye towards your chest with deep v-neck suits or bikini tops that are tastefully revealing. Swimsuits with asymmetrical cuts and/or tiny prints are also ideal.






Lucky you, you’re probably in great shape with very few (if any) rolls to hide. But maybe you really want to create cleavage with some bust-enhancing details. Choose suits with ruffle detailing or a ring bandeau to separate and accentuate. Halter-tops also pull the girls up and in to make you look a little more voluptuous than you actually are.




Short Torso.

You really want to concentrate on creating separation between your bust, waist and hips. Choose suits that are supportive, have an “X” pattern that lengthens or graphic cuts and colors. An roll-down bikini can also be adjusted to show more or less torso, makes legs look long and creates three separate body sections too.






While some women are complaining about too many curves in the wrong places, you tall and lean girls would probably kill for killer curves. Create some with front-tied tops or frills. Ruffles always add curves where there are none. Choosing hot colors like red and fuchsia always increase the va-va-voom factor.




Apple shaped

Be glad you have lean legs (I’d kill for those!) But your tummy may need a little minimizing. Ruching and a chevron print are always flattering for a bigger belly and a deep v-neck shows off your assets. Or choose one piece suits with side details – the optical illusion creates a leaner waistline.


The pooch

Still trying to recover from giving birth a time or two. Even if it’s been years since you’ve brought little ones into this world, your pooch may be ever-present. Brands like Spanx(R) are made for you. Sleek suits with tummy-taming technology are ideal for holding it all in. Or choose retro high-cut bottoms with ruching. Channel your inner pin-up girl in one of these suits.


See these suits and more on my Pinterest board


Now for some tips on shopping for swimsuits:

Go carb-free for a couple of days.

Cut the carbonated sodas, excessive amounts of pasta and bread, and gas-producing veggies like broccoli and cabbage. Your tummy will be flatter and you’ll look less puffy altogether. Your reflection in the mirror wearing all that beautiful plus size swimwear will thank you.

Don’t limit your suit-search to ones that you can try on in town.

Many companies like,,, and more have free shipping and returns on swimwear. Order a million styles if you have to, and try them on in the comfort of your own mirror.

Prepare your skin.

Hair-removal is a must. Pretend like you are heading to the pool with smooth legs and bikini line instead of the swimwear department at Dillard’s. A little self-tanner will help even more. After all, all women know that tan fat looks better than white fat.

Make sure your bathing suit fits even when you’re not just laying around in the sun.

Do squats or lunges, run in place or do jumping jacks in a suit you like. If it won’t stay put in the dressing room, how do you expect to chase your kids around the pool deck all day?

If all else fails, have a few cocktails and take a buddy.

Loosen up with your bestie beforehand. She’ll give you a much-needed second opinion on the great ones and will laugh with you at the really bad options. Just make sure she’s suffering alongside you while trying on her own swimwear from!


Summer is nearly upon us, which means that in just a few weeks time, our lives will revolve around planning jaunts to the nearest body of water, mapping out which parks, rooftops and random stretches of grass are prime for sunbathing, and buddying up with anyone in our peripheral social circles who has access to a swimming pool. It also means that peak vacation season will swing into high gear, and our Instagram feeds will transform into a never-ending scroll of crystal clear Caribbean beaches and sunsets along the Amalfi Coast.

Needless to say, the aforementioned Instagrammers never travel without a bevy of swimwear options, because the only social media bait that’s more powerful than a cutesy pool float is a fashion-forward bathing suit. While we’ve already established that industry insiders all flock to many of the same styles and brands, there’s a handful of swim-fluencers (sorry, I had to) who seem to be one step further ahead of the pack when it comes to discovering the “the next big thing” in the swimwear space.

In case you need a little inspiration, we rounded up 15 of Instagram’s most popular swimwear enthusiasts, whose feeds feature some of the coolest suits around, along with an envy-inducing mix of exotic locales, flawless beach waves, super-even tans and, yes, impossibly toned “bikini bodies.” But hey, these babes have managed to turn their vacations into big business, which in itself deserves a follow, if you ask us.


This 19-year-old California native has modeled for a variety of beachy brands over the years — PacSun, Brandy Melville, Hurley, etc. — which is not at all surprising considering her surfer girl-next-door aesthetic. Her Instagram feed, which boasts an impressive 5.2 million followers, consists of mainly bikini pics shot on breathtaking beaches — often alongside her equally hot (and Insta-famous) Hawaiian boyfriend, Jay Alvarrez.


Anastasia Ashley first rose to fame as a professional surfer, but thanks to the power of social media, she’s now just as well-known for her stylish, swimwear-heavy Instagram page, which has amassed over a million followers. But make no mistake: This girl’s an athlete, and you’re more likely to find a photo of her running, surfing, golfing or some other competitive activity than of her languidly lounging by the pool.


Simply put, this Los Angeles-based babe looks good in a bathing suit, which is why she posts a hell of a lot of photos of herself in them… and why over 750K people follow along. For what it’s worth, said bathing suits are often very cute.


The two social media powerhouses behind the blog A Bikini A Day Natasha Oakley and Devin Brugman (from Australia and Hawaii, respectively) are arguably the pioneers of this crew, and have successfully turned their obsession with bikinis into a full-on lifestyle brand. Aside from their own line of suits called Monday Swimwear, they’ve collaborated with dozens of international labels, have kicked off a fitness series called #BODYLOVE and, like countless other brands as of late, are expanding into activewear.


From Hawaii to Maldives to California, this 19-year-old blogger and author (she published a Young Adult novel before graduating high school) is all over the place, but wherever her chosen destination, little more than a bikini is required dress code-wise.


Yamamoto, better known as @gypsyone on Instagram, is a photographer, blogger and artist whose work takes her all around the world, making for some exceptional swimwear pic opportunities. Born in Hawaii and based in Los Angeles, Yamamoto (who also has Japanese and Puerto Rican roots) has a uniquely exotic look, which is likely why she’s garnered a following that’s close to a million strong.


These California-born sisters are the founders of popular swimwear label Mikoh, which has become known for its sporty silhouettes, accented with macrame and intricate string detailing. As a former pro surfer, creative director/designer Oleema knows a thing or two about the laid-back lifestyle, while Kalani heads up the business side of the operation. However, when it comes to Instagram, they both capture similarly stunning images of white-sand beaches, tropical treats and a cute boy or two. (FYI, Kalani is dating Kelly Slater.)


The LA-based blogger, model and stylist (aka @keller_rose on Instagram) has built herself quite an impressive fan base, thanks in no small part to her super-sexy bikini photos that often leave little to the imagination.


Yep, another LA-based model who looks damn good in a swimsuit. With over 820K Instagram followers, it’s no surprise that Sports Illustrated took notice, featuring her in the 2016 Swimsuit issue.


The Hawaiian model (whose dad is famed surfer Kala Alexander) is downright beautiful, what with her bleached-out curly hair, piercing blue eyes and flawless, tanned skin. So, it should come as no surprise that she is a pro at posing in a swimsuit, whether it be in a remote cove in her native Kauai or on some stretch of beach in Bali.


Countless brands have called upon California-born Rocky Barnes for collaborations over the past couple of years — think Revolve, Polo Ralph Lauren, Vitamin A Swim, 360 Cashmere and more — thanks to her impressive following and versatile, exotic looks. With a blog that encompasses her love for travel, fashion and lifestyle, we have a feeling she’ll be a fixture on the scene for quite a while.


Sahara Ray’s bikini-heavy Instagram page is so popular (it boasts over 930K followers) that it only seems right that she launched her own eponymous line of swimwear — unsurprisingly, it’s a hit among the blogger set.


This Australian model-slash-DJ is now based in LA, and she regularly takes to Instagram to document her adventures and hijinks around the globe. After one scroll through her feed, it’s easy to see that she’s always the life of the party — and the one in the cutest bathing suit.

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5 Beach Destinations To Visit This Year

5-beaches-must-visitCalling all beach babes! Summer may be a while away, but a girl can dream, right? Lately, we have been daydreaming about our favorite beach destinations across the world and these are the five that you simply must visit in 2017 affordable beachwear. What are you waiting for, ladies? Start planning!

Balearic Islands, Spain


Where to Stay: Ushuaia Ibiza Beach Hotel – the ultimate party hotel.

Where to Eat: Pura Vida Beach Club and Restaurant – for mouthwatering Mediterranean food.

What to Do: Party on a yacht.

Gold Coast
Queensland, Australia


Where to Stay: Palazzo Versace – as the name suggests, this hotel screams luxury living.

Where to Eat: Hellenika – for the succulent lamb shoulder. ‘Nuff said.

What to Do: Take a surfing lesson.

Maya Bay
Ko Phi Phi, Thailand


Where to Stay: Layana Resort and Spa

Where to Eat: Le Grand Blue – for the unbeatable ambiance.

What to Do: Learn how to scuba diva and make some new underwater friends.

El Castillo
Tulum, Mexico


Where to Stay: Posada Marguerita – because it opens on to the beach. Ah, bliss!

Where to Eat: Casa Jaguar – for the tasty cocktails and quirky fusion cuisine.

What to Do: Take a trip back in time and explore the ancient Mayan ruins. Talk about a flashback.

Paradise Beach
Mykonos, Greece

Paradise Beach

Where to Stay: Myconian Ambassador Hotel & Thalasso Spa Center – for the spa, of course! Don’t miss the breakfast, either.

Where to Eat: Tropicana Beach Bar – dinner and drinks, anyone?

What to Do: Work on that tan, girl.


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