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Trendy Bikinis That Won’t Go Unnoticed

Summer is here, which means it’s time to dust off your special money bank, break it up, grab your money, and go bikini shopping for those gorgeous pieces that’ll show off your curves and assets, leaving mouths hanging, and the girls green with envy. It’s a wonder that there was a time there used to be a full-length dress which used to be called a bikini, but then times changed, and the wonderful era of the two pieces, geo prints and cut-offs started trending. This summer, we’re going to look at the new swimwear trends that are secretly taking the fashion world by storm.

 Monokinis

Monokinis are one-piece swimsuits which have been trending since 1964, and it’s a trend that’s here to stay. Monokinis not only make women feel comfortable about their bodies but enhance those assets which you want to flaunt. Designers have taken monokini designs to the next level. This bikini was designed to be a unikini, which meant that it only covered the bottom part of a woman’s body, which makes it a very popular choice for those in favor of freedom from the over-sexualized culture of society, but for those a bit conservative, monokinis are available in beautiful designs and have been favored by swimwear designers all over the world.

 Retro Bikinis

Retro has become its own master in the swimwear world. Retro bikini designs range from old-school flower patterns to big and bold geo prints. Retro bikinis give a look of classic elegance with a hint of mischief, and that is really what one wants from a bikini. Retro styles have been big in fashion for many years, and as the summer sneaks up upon us, designers are releasing gorgeous designs in retro bikinis that will suit even the choosiest of people.

 Sheer Bikinis

Why shouldn’t you be a little naughty when it comes to swimwear? Bikinis have always been tantalizing pieces of clothing, but with new sheer designs, such as see-through, mini bikinis, micro and thong bikinis, the swimwear is making sexy look old. Sheer bikinis are dangerous and daring, and when you wear one, you feel like you can conquer the world.

 Leather Bikinis

Leather bikinis are slowly making their way across the swimwear chain and people have noticed. Leather swimwear is unconventional, and with such edgy and dramatic styles, leather swimwear is for the bold and the daring! With multi strap, sexy lacing, and powerful colors, leather bikinis are creative enough for any bikini lover.

 Trikini

Trikinis should come with a warning: ‘Extremely sexy, trikinis are not for the faint-hearted’. Trikinis have been making waves in the swimwear industry since 1967, and have not stopped since. Designers from all over the world have called trikinis tricky to pull off, but when you do, they make you feel like a goddess. Trikinis now come adorned with rhinestones, sexy string designs and require you to have your top game when you come out and wow everyone in your garb.

With the summer right on top, knowing which bikini is going to be in fashion is important, so when the holidays come around, bring your A-game, and wow yourself with your own style, because that’s what counts.

For more bikini trends, make sure to check carlaswimwear.com.au

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Double your Fashion Mileage by Using (Some) Sleepwear as Loungewear

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We know you only have so much closet and drawer space, much less shopping budget, to go around this spring. Making the home a place of retreat where people look forward to going to rest, unwind and rejuvenate after a long day is a definite trend in decorating and it has spilled over into fashion. Whether you are looking for something you can put on after a long day at work or school, or want something that will look good when spending a lazy weekend at home, using sleepwear as loungewear is an excellent choice.

Classic Long-Sleeve Pajama Set: Perfect for Chilly Spring Nights and Mornings

Early spring tends to be a bit chilly, and snuggling up in a set of long-sleeve pajamas is just the thing after a long day. You’re covered up enough that if someone does happen to come to the door, you could answer it, but this outfit, with its drawstring pant and unrestricted top, allows you to relax and feel free the moment you slip it on.

T-shirt and Pajama Pant Set: Light, Fun Choice

If you like to have your legs covered up at night but are concerned that long-sleeved pajamas may be too heavy for you, consider buying a set featuring a T-shirt and pair of pajama pants in a flattering solid color of your choice.

The advantage of choosing this type of set is that you could get away with wearing it if friends stopped by unexpectedly after you had changed into your pajamas after arriving home at the end of the day or on a weekend. Unless you told someone who you were still wearing your sleepwear, no one would be the wiser!

There are a number of lovely nightshirts, gowns, camisole and short combinations available, but you can’t throw a jacket over top of them and run out to the corner store if you run out of something in a pinch. (Technically you could, but you may end up getting way more attention than you had bargained for….)

Tank Top and Capris: Go Casual for Bedtime and Hanging Out

When you want a casual, fuss-free look, a tank top and Capri pants is definitely the way to go. No extra fabric to get caught when you roll over during sleep like when you wear a nightshirt or gown, and you won’t be too hot at night. When you want to hang out at home, you’ll look neat and casual. If you feel a bit chilly, just add a hoodie for warmth.

Pajama Shorts: For When you Can’t Wait for Summer

Who says shorts are just for the summer, anyway? Get comfortable and wear pajama shorts to bed and around the house for spring. Loose-fitting shorts will help you to get the rest you need and feel relaxed while lounging, and several styles of tops are available to go with them, including T-shirts, tank tops, button down shirts, and ribbed half sleeve tops.

 Author Bio: I am Sophie Eagan, and I love anything fashion. I thought I would share this publication with you all as sleepwear is not covered that much online, I think being comfortable and looking great before and when in bed is just as important as evening and summer wear. I was actually going to cover the onesie in this article as many adults are now taking to wearing them!

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Easter Outfits

Hey guys! Easter is fast approaching and if you are like me, you are thinking about what you should wear? I hope that we will have great weather and no more snow for the holiday. Easter outfits,in my opinion should be spring wear and not winter jackets. Here is a look at some of the beautiful Easter outfits that I have found online:

Nanette Lepore Dress
Nanette Lepore Dress
BCBG Bailee Dress
BCBG Bailee Dress
Nanette Lepore Swing Dress
Nanette Lepore Swing Dress
Paul Smith Black Label Printed Floral
Paul Smith Black Label Printed Floral

These are just a few of the easter outfits that I found. What will you be wearing for Easter?

Do Women Really Need to Wear Bras?

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If you ask most women this question, you will probably receive mixed responses. Some women believe a woman should always wear a bra throughout the course of the day regardless of what she will be doing. On the other hand, there are women that believe bras should be worn when the woman wants to wear one or when the occasion requires the wearing of one. For many women the decision on when to wear a bra and what kind of bra they are wearing is dependent upon the event or occasion. Over the years there has been research done regarding whether or not women really need to wear bras. The researchers have come to conflicting decisions in whether or not women should or should not wear bras.

Researchers Against the Wearing of Bras

There are some researchers out there that state women, in general, should not wear bras. They suggest that despite the belief that bras help with sagging breasts, that is in fact not the case according to their research. Following a study of 330 volunteers ranging from 18 to 35 over the course of 15 years, French researchers found that by going without a bra for a year women had firmer breasts, the nipples were sitting higher than they were previously, and that stretch marks faded. They went on to say that, the wearing of bras causes the deterioration of the muscles that support the breast because the growth of breast tissue is hindered.

Researchers also claim that wearing bras can cause unnecessary neck and shoulder pain. This idea is one that is shared by researchers on the to wear or not to wear a bra debate because the fact remains, if a woman wears the wrong size and type of bra it will not give the proper support or dig into the shoulders which can lead to extensive back, neck, and shoulder pain. One woman who took part in the survey agreed with the researchers’ suggestion that not wearing a bra helps with back pain. She stated she had better posture, reduced back pain, and was even breathing much better, all because of going braless.

Researchers and Doctors for the Wearing of Bras

One of the major issues related to whether or not women should wear bras is the notion of sagging. Researchers claim that individuals that choose not to wear a bra will suffer from sagging breasts more than women that go without the simple, decorative, or sheer lingerie. A doctor that specializes in breast health states that the wearing of bras is essential when it comes to helping fend off sagging breasts. Even women with smaller breasts need to be aware that once gravity and age has started to impact where your breasts sit on your body the only thing that can reverse that process is costly and painful plastic surgery.

Those individuals that support women wearing bras also state that wearing the proper bra to fit your breasts, as well as the right style, can help a woman reduce pain in the back, neck, and shoulders. A proper fitting bra also has the ability to help with a woman’s posture.

At the end of the day, it truly is a woman’s decision if she wears a bra or not. If a woman can go without wearing a bra, or use alternatives, like chemises or nipple covers, she can live happily without the problems associated with wearing a bra.

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Have you checked out Clean Eating Mommy yet?

Clean Eating Mommy
Clean Eating Mommy

Hey guys! I started a new blog recently called Clean Eating Mommy. It is a blog about clean eating, fitness and of course being a mommy. I will still be writing for NYC Fit Food Fashion and also have many great guest bloggers that are also going to be writing here on NYC FFF. If you have not had a chance to check out the new page, here are some of the posts that are up so far:

Welcome to Clean Eating Mommy

10 Clean Eating Smoothies

Clean Eating Salmon Moroccan Style

How did we end up co-sleeping?

Slim in 6: Why you should give it a try!

Clean Eating Cashew Chicken

Traveling with your baby on an airplane

Clean Eating Shrimp Burrito Bowls

Sleep Training with Success!

Changing Tables in Men’s Rooms

15 Clean Eating Snacks

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How Does Caffeine Give You Energy?

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Under the microscope, caffeine is a crystalline substance found in many foods and drinks. It is a powerful stimulant that can give you a lift in energy by inducing metabolic reactions that are beneficial. It enhances mental alertness, improves physical responses and reduces the risk of certain serious illnesses. Energy drinks are specially formulated to provide a boost in mental and physical performance.They’re one of the most efficient sources of caffeine available.

Increased Mental Alertness

Caffeine helps to improve your mental focus and concentration. It has been shown that caffeine boosts the effects of certain neurotransmitters. It also blocks the effects of adenosine which is the chemical in your brain that tells you it’s time to go to sleep. By tricking your brain chemistry into thinking that it is time to be awake and improving the transmission rate of active signals, caffeine cause your mind to function in a heightened state. It simulates your natural fight or flight responses to improve your ability to react and improvise under stress.

Physical Responses

Caffeine helps to speed up your body’s natural metabolism. It causes the release of adrenaline and increases your heart rate. With a faster rate of blood flow, the cells in your body have better access to existing nutrients. The liver releases more sugar into the blood stream which also increases the amount of available energy. For better muscle response, your body begins burning more of its stored fat instead of carbohydrates. This helps to increase your available energy for lifting and athletic performance.

Longer Term Health Benefits

Caffeine is an antioxidant. It contains polyphenols that reduce free radicals in the blood stream. It limits the effects of aging and helps to extend the life of healthy cells. Consistent use of caffeine over the long run can improve skin health and increase healthy blood flow. Some recent studies suggest that regular caffeine users are also at a lower risk for serious illnesses like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease and diabetes.

How Much Should I Drink?

Most experts agree that too much caffeine can be harmful and it should be consumed responsibly. More and 400 milligrams a day is beyond the recommended daily allowance. The most popular brands of energy drinks are an excellent source of healthy levels of caffeine:

  • Redbull – 80 per can, 9.5 mg per ounce
  • Monster – 160 per can, 10 mg per ounce
  • Rock star – 180 per can, 10 mg per ounce
  • Nos – 160 per can, 8.3 mg per ounce
  • Up Time – 100 per can, 11.8 mg per ounce
  • AMP – 142 per can, 8.9 mg per ounce
  • Full Throttle – 160 per can, 10 mg per ounce

By way of comparison, consider that a 16 ounce Starbuck’s coffee contains 330 milligrams of caffeine which is over 20 mg per ounce. Most energy drinks do not have this high of a level of caffeine, but they do provide additional nutritional benefits.

Laura Tolentino
bio: Laura is passionate about blogging. She writes for several sites online.

 

Choose Stylish Luggage for Your Next Holiday

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Going on holiday is always a much-anticipated and planned for experience that is often the highlight of the year. Maybe your journey is to some exotic location or perhaps you are finally taking a trip to see family that has moved across the globe. In any event, you want to go in class and that means outfitting yourself with the right clothes and of course luggage that is trendy yet durable. This year, let Charles Ford, famed London luggage retailer, help you choose stylish luggage for your next holiday.

Listing and Organizing What You Need to Pack

Long before setting out to find stylish luggage, it is a good idea to tally what you need to bring on holiday. If it is to be a longish trip, you may need several pieces of luggage and of course you want them to go well together. Will you be carrying a laptop along for a bit of work, even though you are on holiday? Perhaps you need a makeup bag to keep cosmetics separate from clothing and other items which may get damaged if anything spills or leaks. Will you be taking gifts and mementos to loved ones you will be visiting or maybe even planning on bringing tons of souvenirs home with you? Once you have calculated how much space you are likely to need, it’s time to start shopping.

Colour Coordinating Pieces

Many people choose luggage that is all the same colour. Today, colour coordinated bags are all the trend. Many of the finer luggage manufacturers have a selection of colours to choose from so that you can mix and match a variety of colours. Gone are the days when you were limited to black, brown or red as was the case so often in the past. Bright pastels are currently popular as are suitcases with mod designs. Just bear in mind that you will be spending a good bit of money on coordinating pieces so make sure to choose something that won’t go out of style anytime in the near future. You do want your luggage to last a long time so that you can use it again and again.

Style vs. Durability

Many trendy styles are available at discount shops but keep in mind the consequences of buying cheaply manufactured luggage. It is always preferable to find affordable luggage that is built to withstand careless handling at airports, on trains, cruise lines and even buses you may need to take at some point during your holiday. If you cannot afford to get all the pieces you need at once, choose styles that will be trendy year after year so that you can add pieces one at a time. Next year’s holiday just might see you carrying the whole ensemble by the same manufacturer in the very same style.

Stylish luggage shouldn’t be bought on a whim. It is also important to keep in mind that some trends die out overnight. Choose stylish luggage that is built to last and won’t be unpopular in the years to come. You want to travel in style but you also don’t want to replace your luggage year after year. Today’s fashion might be tomorrow’s nightmare so perhaps you want to go a bit conservative on  trendy styles. Keep these hints in mind and your stylish luggage will serve you well for a very long time.

Laura Tolentino
bio: Laura is passionate about blogging. She writes for several sites online.

 

 

Why choose Sandals Resorts?

When looking at vacation spots, Sandals Resorts is always on the top of my list. As Sandals Resorts Rewards members, we are always greeted with a smile and a warm “welcome home”. It may have sounded cheesy at first but the more Sandals Resorts that we have visited, the more any Sandals feels like a second home.

Since my first trip to a Sandals Resort in 2010, I have been sold on the brand. We started out in Jamaica at the Sandals Royal Caribbean. We had stayed in the lower category of room and we had a great trip. I was not blown away by the room but I was sold on the service. All of the Sandals employees were friendly and very helpful. I had been to all-inclusive resorts before and the service was never this good. I am used to the employees just giving you service for the tips. The more you tip the better the service, not at Sandals Resorts. At Sandals, you never have to have your wallet on you. They do not accept tips at Sandal resorts and the service is not dictated by the amount that you tip. The highlight of Sandals Royal Caribbean is the Private Island.

 

Enjoying the Private Island at Sandals Royal Caribbean
Enjoying the Private Island at Sandals Royal Caribbean

Since our first trip, we have been to five Sandals Resorts:

  • Sandals Royal Caribbean
  • Sandals Royal Bahamian
  • Sandals Grande Antigua
  • Sandals Grande Riviera
  • Sandals Halcyon

One of my favorite things about being a Sandals Resorts junkie is the Sandals Rewards Program. We collect points on every dollar that we spend on our trip and then redeem them for money off on the next trip that we plan. If you know me, you know how much I love a deal. Another great thing about the rewards program is how they celebrate you. Once a week at all of the Sandals Resorts they throw a dinner to acknowledge their loyal rewards members. At the dinner management takes the time to meet everyone and also to get feedback from everyone. We also enjoy meeting other members and it does not hurt that they usually give us a gift as well!

What makes Sandals Resorts amazing:

  • the best Caribbean beaches
  • gourmet dining
  • luxurious suites
  • butler service
  • top shelf liquor
  • red lane spa (the spas are amazing)
Dining at Sandals Grande Riviera
Dining at Sandals Grande Riviera

My main complaint about Sandals Resorts is that they are not everywhere… yet! They just opened up Sandals La Source in Grenada and Sandals Barbados. I am dying to visit both as soon as I can find someone to watch the baby! If you have any questions about Sandals Resorts feel free to ask me. Almost as much as I love Sandals Resorts, I love talking about Sandals Resorts!


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