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Staying Body Positive This Summer

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We live in really strange, turbulent times, but there is one thing I can say that has been amazing these last couple of years is the body positivity that is coming from Hollywood, the media, popular culture, and social media. 

For once women aren't tearing each other down or judging each other and it's a wonderful feeling - especially in the summer during swimsuit season. 

We joined forces with the boss babes of Lemon Jones Marketing to show off a variety of body types to let you know that any body is a bathing suit body. 

 

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So How Can You Stay Body Positive This Summer? 

Surround Yourself With Positive People:

I know it's hard and as someone who is on social media constantly it's so easy to see a picture of someone on a tropical island, with a rocking bod and get a little sad. But you know what - choose to put yourself in fun situations with friends that support you. 

When you're surrounded by other positive people you know that you're in a safe space, that no one will be judging you, and that you'll be able to have fun. These experiences make putting on that same bathing suit easier even if you're in new or more public environments. 

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Find Your Flattering Suit

Being body positive doesn't mean you have to feel comfortable in everything. Find pieces that make you feel comfortable no matter what. When I look for any type of clothing, a dress, a bathing suit, even jeans I try on tons of options. I want to make sure that I'm choosing a fit, color, and size that makes me feel comfortable, sexy, and stylish. 

For me I tend to choose high waisted two pieces or my Tommy Hilfiger one piece because I'm a sucker for vintage flair. But I choose similar pieces in all aspects of my wardrobe. Like I said it's all about what makes you feel comfortable and expresses your style. 

I always felt uncomfortable in my own skin (by industry standards I've always been a little overweight) but a few years ago I just stopped caring. I found a vintage two-piece polka dotted swim suit I loved and it made me feel good about myself - I wore that thing by a Vegas poolside and felt great. I even had a photo shoot in it I loved it so much - which brings me to my next point ........

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Confidence is Key

If there is one thing I've learned from binging the newest season of Queer Eye is that confidence is the most attractive quality you can posses. If you walk out to that pool/beach/lake feeling unsure of yourself, covering yourself with a towel, everyone is going to pick up on that body language. If you go out and rock your look with a positive attitude no one will question that you're body is absolutely perfect for you. 

And being around great people, finding your flattering suit will give you all the confidence you need to rock any swimsuit attire event this summer. 

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So if you were worried about losing those 10lbs or showing too much skin - don't bother. You have the perfect body for summer and you will rock whatever swimsuit you want! No matter if you're a size 2 or a size 12 or size 22 - know that you are awesome, beautiful, and a magical mermaid. 

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New Years Eve Outfit

It's the start of a New Year which means a whole new you. Whether you're dressing up or keeping it casual we've compiled our best go-to outfits for the last day of 2017. 

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Staying in and watching the ball drop from the couch? Maybe you're heading over to a friends or your local dive bar and want to keep it casual. Joanna's outfit is the perfect choice. It's comfortable with stretchy black jeans and an oversized sweater but still dressy with ballet flats and a statement necklace 

 

 
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new years eve outfit : fashion blogger : lifestyle blog : fashion : winter lookbook

SHOP THIS LOOK: 

 

Jessica had been searching for that perfect sequin dress for years. Truthfully it took her 3 years and she found it on a clearance rack at Target for $25. It was a steal of a lifetime and the ULTIMATE New Year's Eve dress. 

(We tried to attach a link to the most similar dress we could find that is currently available online) 

Whether you're going out dancing, headed to a party, or seeing The Avett Brothers (which she is) its the best dress to end a hell of a year. 

 

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new years eve outfit : fashion blogger : lifestyle blog : fashion : winter lookbook

SHOP THIS LOOK: 

BLACK CRISS CROSS PLATFORMS: DSW

BLACK CRISS CROSS PLATFORMS: DSW

 
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Beauty: Jessica's Top 10 Essential Products from Sephora

Jessica has complied her list of Top 10 Beauty Items from Sephora that she can't live without and that are incorporated into her daily use. 

1. Bumble & Bumble - All Style Blow Dry
The minute I get out of the shower this goes directly into my hair and off to the blow dryer. I have naturally curly hair and without taming it with the blow dryer it can get all over the place. This is the best product I have found to keep hair smooth and soft while giving it style. 

2. First Aid Beauty - Ultra Repair Sunscreen & Moisturizer  
My skin is sensitive and can dry during the winter months so I had been the hunt for a good moisturizer that I didn't have to use everyday. I've found this in First Aid Beauty - it always helps clear up dry spots and is light enough to wear everyday if you need everyday coverage. 

3. Laura Mercier - Foundation Primer Radiance
If you want your foundation to last all day I recommend Laura Mercier's Primers. I choose the Radiance option as I like a little extra sparkle in my foundation. Laura's products are great for sensitive skin and are lightweight. 
 

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4. Sephora Pro Flawless Airbrush - 56
I love this brush! I've purchased it for every woman in my family and use it daily. It's airbrush bristles allow for even and light coverage, it's easy to clean, and gives you the best coverage without wasting foundation or caking it on. 

5. Urban Decay - Ultra Definition Naked Foundation
I wish I could wear matte foundation but every time I do my fave breaks out so I was forced to find a sensitive skin foundation that would give me great coverage. I've found this in the Urban Decay Naked Foundation. It's light but hides all the flaws and evens skin tone. With the combination of the primer and the airbrush you can make this bottle last at least 3 months. 

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6. Make Up For Ever - Aqua Black Waterproof Creme 
Any time I see anyone post about flawless cat eye liner I mention this product. This thick creme is the only product I've found to achieve a perfect line on my eyes. Must use with an angled liner brush to get that deep wing style, this creme is untouchable. It lasts all day, is completely waterproof, and is the deepest black you can find. 

7. Benefit - They're Real Mascara
Who doesn't want longer, darker lashes? This mascara is the perfect pair with the Make Up For Ever creme really accentuating your eyes. Ever since I've started wearing it I've received tons of compliments and even answered questions about where I got my lashes. It's definitely a game changer. 

8. Benefit - Watts Up Highlighter
The shine doesn't stop at my primer but is instead incorporated throughout my face with this amazing highlighter. I primarily use it on my cheekbones right before I apply my bronzer or blush to give my cheeks an extra sparkle. You can also use it on the forehead, nose, eyes, or any other contouring area to give your skin some extra shine. 

Top 10 Beauty Products - Must Have Beauty Products - Sephora Haul

9. BITE - Amuse Bouche Lipstick Duo in Opal/Jam
I'm a sucker for dark lipsticks. I've even been known to rock black and navy, so when BITE came out with a dark duo I had to have it. One side is a dark Jam color that can be worn by itself that comes in a matte finish, or you can apply the Opal side over to create a sparkly finish. 

10. Marc Jacobs - Honey 
I first discovered this scent at Sephora when they were having a rollerball sale and fell in love. While they don't carry the larger bottles of this gently sweet perfume, they do have the lotion and rollerball perfect for in a purse on in a carry on. This light scent isn't overpowering but is tangy enough keep your senses engaged all day. 

We would love to know what are some of your Sephora favorites that are always in your "Sephora Hauls." We also would love to hear your feedback on these products, if you love them, hate them, or can't wait to try them.