Age-Old Lingerie Myths Debunked

Age-Old Lingerie Myths Debunked

Lingerie, particularly bras, are a woman’s wardrobe staple and also one of the most challenging pieces to buy. You want to find something that is comfortable, supportive, and pretty. It also needs to fit into your personal needs from exercise to a night out. And the hardest part just might be finding your correct size! Below are some of the most common myths and what you really need to know when building a lingerie wardrobe.

MYTH: It’s okay not to wear a bra at all

This is a somewhat controversial topic, but most experts will agree that it’s a good idea to wear a bra. A bra offers support and can take off the strain on your back and overall posture. If the root of not wanting to wear a bra is comfort, look for a soft yet supportive style like a bralette or one of the many wire free options.

MYTH: Straps provide all of a bra’s support

This is a big misconception and completely false. The majority of a bra’s support should come from the band and not the straps. If your bra is uncomfortable because the straps are sliding off or are digging into your shoulders, go down a band size and up a cup size or even two. For plus size women, consider wider bra straps with padding which can offer a combination of comfort and additional support.

MYTH: Finding your right size bra is complicated

Here are four things to keep in mind. 1) don’t get hung up on a size 2) understand that different brands fit differently, even when marked as the same size 3) learn how to measure yourself or make an appointment with a bra fitter 4) you can also buy a few sizes and styles online and try them on at home. Finding your right size bra is not that complicated, but it might require some patience. When trying on a bra, make sure that you try it on with a t-shirt so that you can see if you get the shape that you really want.

MYTH: Never wash your bra in the laundry machine

While some may recommend hand washing your lingerie, you can put your bras in the laundry provided that you do so carefully. Use a lingerie bag and make sure that you close the bra so that the hooks don’t catch on anything. Never put your bra in the dryer since heat will harm the spandex or other stretch fiber.

MYTH: Shopping for sustainable fabrics is challenging

For several years, there has been a big trend in shoppers wanting products that are earth friendly and responsibly made. Likely, this trend will continue as more products become available and prices are closer to what consumers are used to paying. Dora Lau, founder and CEO of Dora L International, a global sourcing and design company says, “the interest in sustainable products is part of the growing wellness trend. Woman are seeking products that are good for themselves as well as the environment. Purchases are more mindful and take into consideration how we feel about the brand and it’s social responsibility.” Lau says that great strides have been made with fabrics created from Bamboo, like Lenzing Modal and Tencel.

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4 Simple Yet Effective Ways To Jazz Up Your Outfit

If you are real life fashionista and like to take care of your appearance, then this article could be of great use to you. Everyone likes to look their best as the clothes that you wear and the way that you present yourself can tell the world a lot about you. So, it is important to project a positive image out there for all to see. Continue to read on in order to learn some simple, yet effective ways that you can jazz up your outfit.

  1. Jewelry

A simple yet effective way to make any outfit pop is to add some sparkle and character in the form on jewelry. If you are unsure of how to choose the right jewelry for your outfit then don’t worry as some tips are listed below:

  • Focus on the necklines – for example, if you are wearing a V-neck then you may want a shorter necklace. Alternatively, if you have a boat neck, then you want a necklace that is longer. A turtleneck is great for earrings and bracelets, and pearls would go well with a sweetheart neck.
  • Do not go overboard – adding one or two pieces of jewelry is often more than enough. This is especially true for formal events when you want to look elegant. Choosing a few high-quality pieces such as crystal silver rings is highly recommended.
  • Choose a focal piece – if you have lots of loud and bold jewelry, it is advised that you do not wear them altogether. Instead, choose one bold piece out of your collection to be the focus.
  1. Shoes

Never underestimate the power of shoes! While you may not realize it, your shoes are one of the first things people look at when they see your outfit. So, be sure that your shoes match well and compliment your outfit. It is important to remember to clean your shoes too. Do not neglect this as leaving the house with muddy or dirty shoes is not a great look. Be sure to read the care instructions so that you can take care of the fabric of the shoe properly.

  1. Have the right bag

Another important consideration is the bag. Of course, not all outfits require a bag. However, if you plan on taking some essential items with you, taking a bag with you is recommended. A bag is a great way to add some color into your outfit if color is what you are lacking. So, if you are feeling an all-black look then you could pair this with a colorful bag to break up all the black shades.

  1. Makeup

Makeup for many is a great way to jazz up your outfit. You could go for a natural look if you please or you can find a way to match your makeup look with your outfit. For example, if you are wearing an orange shirt as part of your look, then why not compliment this with some orange eye make-up.

TUNE IN | Buttah Skin’s BEYOND THE SURFACE Digital Series for Black History Month | EPISODE 4: Nina Parker

Tune in and watch episode 4 of BEYOND THE SURFACE by Buttah Skin, executive produced and hosted by Natalie Manuel Lee. In honor of Black History Month, the show will highlight Black creatives and changemakers and examine the stories that have shaped their lives and careers.
 
This week, Natalie chats with E! host, broadcast journalist and fashion designer, Nina Parker. Nina discusses how it’s never too late to change careers, how contentment can be a distractions from true career goals, and the importance of loving herself first.
 
BEYOND THE SURFACE will stream across official Buttah Skin platforms each week on Thursdays, including the brand’s official website, ButtahSkin.com, as well as their official Instagram @buttahskin. In addition, the audio version of each conversation will be available in podcast form via Apple Podcasts and Spotify. 
 

5 Spring 2022 Accessory Trends That Will Elevate your Style

Accessories can make or break an outfit, and no-one understands that better than Jenn Loyd, Fashion Stylist for NBC & CBS, a Personal Fashion Stylist, Lifestyle Expert, and founder of Lobe Love, a bespoke accessory company.

Over the years, Jenn has styled hundreds of women, and is passionate about helping women look and feel their best, and uncover their own unique, personal style. When it comes styling a look, Jenn pays attention to details with accessories.

“When I’m not helping women win their freedom from Outfit Overwhelm into Clothing Confident, you’ll find me creating and celebrating a life that is functional AND fun”, says Jenn.

Jenn was interviewed on Spring 2022 accessory trends, and we’d love to share her insight with you:

1. What colorways are you seeing for Spring?

There are going to be so many dreamy colors: Periwinkle, soft lilac, soft tan, and my personal favorite – hot pink.  A gorgeous infusion of color!

2. Do you foresee all-white ensembles featuring? What does this mean for accessories?

I  love all white ensembles because you can pair them with any color statement. An all-white ensemble will instantly pop with colorful accessories or you can keep your statement pieces all white for a clean, sophisticated look.

3. With the abundance of crochet predicted, what accessories do you have in mind to 

complement this look? 

I would love to pair crochet looks with jewels… we have some coming in spring that will work exceptionally well with crochet. The juxtaposition of organic wool with glittering stones works well.

4. Any gingham accessories for Spring? If so, what colorways?

Gingham will be a fun pattern this season and I would wear it in the colors for spring. I’m gravitating towards soft lilac and hot pink for earrings and headbands in particular.

5.  With sexy bra tops making a return, what earrings will best compliment this look?

Depending on the detailing of the bra, I would pair them with some fringe earrings or jewel with fringe earrings. The minimalist bra look allows for a ‘wow’ earring to fill up the space.

6. Your top embellishments for Spring earrings?

I am big on jewels this Spring in soft tan, purple and blues. Chains and pearls will be making a statement as well and adorn your ears perfectly.

Fashion and Beauty Influencer Aaliyah Jay Relaunches Fashion Label Twisted Saints

In time for Valentine’s Day, fashion and beauty influencer, YouTuber and content creator Aaliyah Jay launches her re-branded Twisted Saints clothing line.
The Twisted Saints website will include three new items including a sheer patterned mesh top, leather pants and cut out yellow and a blue body con dress.
Fashion has always been a strong interest for Aaliyah, so it’s no surprise that she has started her foray as a fashion designer. On her YouTube channel, Aaliyah can be found doing vlogs, fashion and beauty tutorials and more uniquely she also does amazing fashion history videos such as the ones she did on Zelda Wynn Valdes (creator of the Playboy Bunny costume) and Maurizio Gucci and doing fashion commentary such as the videos of her best and worst dressed of The LACMA Gala 2021, The Met Gala 2021, The Oscars 2021 and most recently she covered the fashion from the 2021 American Music Awards on What’s Trendings’ Instagram page.
“​​I created this brand to create a world where everyone can be their true self while still dressing the part,” says Aaliyah Jay. “I’m excited about this relaunch because it feels very personal because while creating it, I found myself, my path and my voice again through creating these pieces!”
Check out recent YouTube video of Aaliyah explaining common misconceptions of her brand and discussing Twisted Saints below.
ABOUT AALIYAH JAY
Over the past 5+ years, fashion and beauty influencer and Youtuber, Aaliyah Jay has cultivated a following of over 4 million across her social media platforms. Aaliyah creates fashion, beauty, travel and lifestyle content that she hopes will inspire others to be their authentic selves.
Originally from Boston and now living in New York, Aaliyah Jay is now venturing into the next step of her career, one as an emerging media personality and fashion designer. She will be relaunching her unique clothing line Twisted Saints out Q1 2022, in addition to growing her already large platforms and expanding her media profile.
ABOUT TWISTED SAINTS FASHION LINE
Bold colors and patterns make the new Twisted Saints launch a perfect ready to wear line for the confident, independent and inclusive individual. An individual with a mind of their own who wears what they want fearlessly. While the line is geared towards women, the line is inclusive for all genders and non binary individuals. When wearing Twisted Saints, remember it’s your world, everyone else is just living in it.
SOCIAL REACH
5.4M TOTAL REACH

GET SPRING READY WITH Democracy, a Casual Lifestyle Brand Embraces Women of All Shapes & Sizes – TikTok Outfit

Democracy highlights the new meaning to the principles of “Curve Equality,” Democracy continues to be the industry leader with their signature “Ab”solution® Fit Technology offerings; three (we have a lot more than just 3 products with this technology) products that are engineered and designed to fit every curve, and flatter a woman’s shape by fusing together style, comfort and a great fit.

With their proprietary “Ab”solution® jean, “The Glider” “Ab”solution Booty Lift Jegging and “Ab” leisure jogger, Democracy accomplishes the principles that the brand has been built upon, acknowledging that shapes are different but created equal.

  • The “Ab”solution® jean uses innovative construction that incorporates smooth, super-stretch denim, slimming panels to mold and hold, a hidden inner elastic waistband for a no gap waist, mesh panels for tummy control, signature curved back yoke, and strategically placed pockets which give her a “booty lift.”
  • “The Glider” jegging provides the look of premium quality jeans with the fit of your favorite pair of leggings, with mold and hold “Ab”solution® technology. With an extra-wide pull-on high waist, along with a faux-fly and decorated in a rich dark indigo hue, these stretch-kissed jegging jeans gives off the look of classic jeans.
  • The “Ab”leisure pants are the definition of comfort and style. With a tapered, not too tight fit, the “Ab” leisure jogger features an easy pull-on waist with drawstring and roll cuff hem, along with a faux-fly front and functional front pockets.

ABOUT DEMOCRACY

Democracy is a denim-based casual lifestyle brand, devoted to the woman who grew up with fashion, then got busy with life. She’s passionate about her family and career, but never lost her desire to feel good and look current. With this under-served customer in mind, Democracy was born.

 

Founded on the principle of “Curve Equality,” which acknowledges that all shapes are different, but created equal, we designed a jean that maximizes a woman’s shape by fusing together style, comfort and technology. Democracy’s signature “Ab” solution jean uses innovative construction that incorporates smooth, super-stretch denim, slimming panels to mold and hold, a hidden inner elastic waistband for a no gap waist, mesh panels for tummy control, signature curved back yoke, and strategically placed pockets which give her a “booty lift.”

 

Built from the bottoms up, Democracy blends a universal fit for all shapes and sizes with an effortless aesthetic. Inspired by this multitasking woman with an ageless mindset, Democracy introduces emerging trends in an accessible and affordable way that meets all of her lifestyle needs. Through unparalleled value that fits her body and her wallet. Democracy embraces who she is, enhances what she’s got, elevates her confidence, and evolves her personal style.

 

Caren Lettiere, founder and President of Democracy Clothing and she is a true thought leader in the Women’s fashion space and built a brand for ALL women. Fueled by the passion to fill a void in the marketplace for unmet fashion needs of women like herself, along with her deep desire to look current herself in flattering and age-appropriate clothing, Caren created the Democracy Clothing Brand. Founded as a denim based casual lifestyle collection best known for its “Ab” solution jeans and pants with fit technology, Democracy embraces women of all shapes and sizes, providing them with confidence building, modern clothing that fits both their bodies and their wallets. Today, Caren is leading a dynamic dream team through a period of unprecedented growth. In November 2019, Democracy launched a shop-able e-commerce site DemocracyClothing.com to facilitate an even closer connection to the brand’s loyal customers so they can look good and feel good while doing good.

 

 

Fashion Influencer Aaliyah Jay (2 million +) talks new fashion line, success & more on Blavity TV

In a new article and video by Black culture platform Blavity, fashion and beauty content creator and influencer Aaliyah Jay is highlighted. In the clip, Aaliyah discuses the upcoming relaunch of her clothing line Twisted Saints out Q1 2022 as well as her rise as an influencer and the implications that result from her success.

Over the past 5+ years, Aaliyah has cultivated a following of over 4 million across her social media platforms. Aaliyah creates fashion, beauty, travel and lifestyle content that she hopes will inspire others to be their authentic selves.

Now in LA and originally from Boston and New York, she is now venturing into the next step of her career, one as a fashion designer and correspondent. In addition to fashion commentary and vlogging, she will be relaunching her clothing line Twisted Saints at the beginning of 2022 in addition to growing her already large platforms and expanding her media profile.

SOCIAL REACH

4.4M TOTAL REACH

Instagram: 2.0M FOLLOWERS

Twitter: 296K FOLLOWERS

YouTube: 1.5M SUBSCRIBERS

Tik Tok: 303K FANS

First Lady Jill Biden was Spotted Wearing Designer Heather B. Moore’s Jewelry

On several occasions, First Lady Jill Biden was spotted wearing designer Heather B. Moore’s personalized jewelry. Moore’s approachable designs have helped wearers personalize and memorialize important people, places, and events in their lives. Her designs have won industry awards for more than a decade.

“Our approach is to find out what’s most important to the customer,” says Moore. “It might be a drawing made by one of their children, the date or place they were married, or a note from one of their grandparents. Those define who you are, and we turn them into jewelry so that they are always with you. You might start out with one memory, like the day your child was born, then add to that over the years, one piece at a time.”

Dr. Biden has been spotted wearing several different combinations of her pieces (including at least one with her children’s names), something that the Heather B. Moore collection makes it easy to do.

“We help you pick the right pieces to express your style,” says Heather. “That way, you have a fresh look for each occasion. All of our pieces are handmade in the US, too, and designed right here in Cleveland, Ohio.”

Heather B. Moore was the original designer who brought personalization to fine jewelry. In addition to making her work available through dozens of fine jewelry stores across the country, Moore also offers online design services at heatherbmoore.com for those who don’t have a local source.

“I started this company to help people cherish who they are. Knowing that the FLOTUS is a fan is a dream come true!”

eBay Sneaker Drop w/La La Anthony, DJ Skee, and Jacques Slade Launches

Last week, eBay announced “The Sleigh Drop,” a new sneaker sales event that offers exclusive access to some of the world’s coolest collections. Throughout the holiday season, three renowned sneakerheads – La La Anthony, DJ Skee and Jacques Slade – will bring their impressive collections of rare kicks to eBay, where a sneaker is bought every 4 seconds. 

This series of drops kicks off with sneaker seller SoleStage listing 700+ pairs of highly-coveted kicks from DJ Skee’s closet, like the Air Jordan 1 Retro High Off-White and the Nike Air Yeezy 2 NRG Pure Platinum. New items from Skee’s collection will be released every Friday during the month of November. 

“This holiday looks really different, and these drops give sneakerheads access to highly coveted pairs that you can’t get anywhere else,” said Garry Thaniel, General Manager of Sneakers at eBay. “Supply chain challenges have reshaped the season, and shoppers are craving the rare, the unique and the hard-to-find, especially when it comes to enthusiast categories like sneakers.”  

eBay will continue to give the gift of grails throughout the month of December, dropping the personal collections of Jacques Slade on December 3 and La La Anthony on December 17. eBay shoppers can visit eBay.com/TheSleighDrop to browse the collections. 

eBay Sneakers  

Across the entire sneaker category, eBay has made buying and selling easier and more trustworthy for buyers – and charges no seller fees for listings over $100. The recent launch and expansion of its Authenticity Guarantee service ensures all new and pre-owned sneakers sold for over $100 in the U.S. are fully vetted and verified by an independent team of industry experts

Follow @eBay and @eBaySneakers on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, TikTok and Facebook.

 
By the Numbers

  • eBay’s sneakers category continues to grow at double-digit rates
  • A pair of sneakers is bought every 4 seconds on eBay 
  • Pre-owned sneakers are selling 15% faster, month over month, on eBay   
  • The women’s sneaker category grew more than 80% on eBay over the past year 

Source: Numbers based on eBay North America (U.S. and Canada) Jan-Jun 2021 sales data.

About eBay
eBay Inc. (NASDAQ: EBAY)  is a global commerce leader that connects millions of buyers and sellers in more than 190 markets around the world. We exist to enable economic opportunity for individuals, entrepreneurs, businesses and organizations of all sizes. Founded in 1995 in San Jose, California, eBay is one of the world’s largest and most vibrant marketplaces for discovering great value and unique selection. In 2020, eBay enabled over $85 billion of gross merchandise volume. For more information about the company and its global portfolio of online brands, visit www.ebayinc.com.

Forever 21 Breast Cancer Awareness Collection

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Forever 21 is proud to continue to support Stand Up To Cancer and hopes to rally its shoppers to help build on last year’s success.

From 10/1/2021 – 10/31/2021, for every specially marked SU2C Collection item sold, Forever 21 will donate $1 to SU2C, with a minimum guaranteed donation of $5,000. Shoppers will also have the opportunity to support the organization by rounding up their purchase to the nearest dollar at checkout at Forever 21 retail locations nationwide.

Breast cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer (behind skin cancer) among American women. In the U.S., about 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) has dedicated over $54 million in funding to breast cancer research and Forever 21 is proud to continue to support this organization in 2021.