• Selena Gomez is #BodyGoals in Cabo

    Selena Gomez is care free this Valentine's Day, it looks like she's living her best life while on vacation with her girlfriends. This is the kind of positivity we ALL need in our lives.

     

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    On Monday, the 26 year old Gomez shared a behind the scenes look from her best friend's trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico for a bachelorette party.

    “My best friend is getting married, so we celebrated her! Future Mrs. Lopez,” Gomez captioned the post.

    While she's generally a private person, Selena shared these fun hearted shots of her and friends Courtney Barry, Ashley Cook, and Raquelle Stevens. 

     

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    For the outing, Gomez sported an off white two-piece bikini and chunky gold hoops, with her hair styled in a messy ponytail. We're LOVING her effortless look, she looks happy and healthy too.

    One thing that stands out to us though, is just how normal she looks. It's hard to believe that the most followed person on Instagram is doing things the exact opposite of what we all fall victim to on a daily basis, which is editing and modifying our bodies via editing apps and filters. She looks amazing, and she's such a great role model for young girls and social media addicted women world wide.

     

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    Her posts serve as a great reminder to just focus on living your life, be happy, and stop worrying so much about always looking PERFECT. We're not perfect, and never will be. We challenge you to post more realistic and relatable imagery on Instagram moving forward. We all have pores, and stretch marks, and cellulite. Our butts aren't always perfectly perky, acne happens. Stop pretending to be a mannequin all the time! We're making an effort to practice what we preach as well, so expect to see more realness from us moving forward.

     

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    Is there someone else that preaches this type of positivity that you love to see updates from? Share them with us so we can check them out! :)

     

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  • The Most Efficient Ways To Build Your Clothing Line

    When you are a beginner in the field of business, it can be challenging to figure out how to start. There's just a lot to prepare, and more often than not, it can overwhelm you. The amount of work to be done can discourage some people. But if you are someone who won't give up just because of the challenging process, then you are going to be one step closer to making your clothing line succeed. To make everything easier for you, here are some short guidelines that will help you start your clothing business.  

     

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    Your Brand’s Name and Identity

    These days, people are getting more and more encouraged to start their brand. The businesses in the clothing industry are growing, and the competition is getting tougher. That's why before anything else, you need to think of a brand name and the identity that you want your business to have.

    The brand name is essential because this is one of the first things that people will remember to find and recommend your business. You have to think of a name that is unique, easy to remember, and will describe your business. It's even better if your brand name can tell the story of your business. It can be long, or it can be short, but remember that if it's too long, the customers might have a hard time remembering your name.

    Another thing that you need to think about is the niche and the identity of your business. What is your business’ purpose? Who are the people that you want to serve? What are the products and services that you want to offer? And what makes you different from your competitors? Answering these questions is vital for your business. Not knowing your identity while doing your business is not good because you won’t be able to focus on the things that would make your company grow.

    Having a solid identity would also allow your customers to see that you are different from other startups. You can introduce to them who you are and what you can offer. That is important to be remembered in the clothing industry. You can't just make any products for the sake of earning. When you know your identity, you know your purpose.

    Launch A Website

    Having your website is a must if you want your customers to notice you more. Everyone is online, and you can take advantage of this by bringing your brand online as well. Even if you are not going to have an online store, it's still vital for you to have a website where you can introduce your company, what you do, and how you can help people. You can put up pictures of your items on your site and even post articles that you can use to facilitate your readers.

    However, having a website is not enough. It should have a professional design so that your audience will be encouraged to see more of your page. Good website design will capture your visitors' attention and make them more interested in your brand, and your designs so make sure to invest in professional services provided by web designers as well. A good web designer will help you find a design that also matches the identity of your brand.

     

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    Interact on Social Media

    Besides having a professional website,  social media presence will also help you get customers. Social media platforms give people new opportunities to connect, and it provides business owners like you a way of reaching out to more people from around the world.

    There are a lot of things that you can do using social media platforms. You can use your page to promote your events, sales, and promotions. You can also reply to customer inquiries using your page. Now, this is a friendlier way of giving customer service as well since most people today are on social media. It's going to be easier for them to reach you.

    Marketing clothing brands are easier using social media platforms because people will see pictures of your items even when they’re just scrolling through their feeds. Social media marketing doesn’t feel like marketing at all which is the best part about it.

    Prepare A Marketing Campaign

    There are various ways to market your brand. There are offline strategies and online techniques to choose from. You can do one of these methods, or you can also use both. Some examples of traditional marketing campaigns are giving away flyers, garments, and T.V. advertisements. Meanwhile, online marketing strategies can include social media marketing and Search Engine Optimization. Marketing professionals would be able to help you plan a marketing campaign that is suitable for your target market and business. But it's important to remember that overzealous marketing should be avoided.

     

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    Plan The Pricing And The Financial Goals

    Setting your prices is one of the most challenging tasks for a business owner. To arrive at the right price, you have to consider various factors like the production costs, the rates of your competitors and the amount that your target customers are willing to pay for your items. Startups are usually tempted to price their products low as a strategy to invite more customers. However, giving too low prices might not be able to provide you with the profit that you need to keep the business running. Thinking of your financial goals is also essential so don't compromise your price too much. The best thing to do is to find the perfect balance in price by considering these factors.

    Meeting With Manufacturers

    Once you are done planning these critical things about your business, it's now time to look for a manufacturer that you can partner with. Looking for the best manufacturing company is vital because they will be the one that you can trust to make the items that your customers will receive. Before signing a contract with your manufacturer, you can ask them if you can meet up first and talk about how garments are produced in their unit. Now, this would allow you to make sure that you are choosing the right people for your business.  

  • Model on a Mission, Meet Carol Alt

    You’ll know her as a classic ‘80s supermodel (who’s considered to be one of the most famous of them all by some), but today? She’s got a little something different going on.

    While you’ll still probably find some great clothing and travel inspiration looking at her social media, Carol has specifically dedicated herself to doing more than making you look good: she wants you to feel good as well.

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    Read on to learn more about her career, and how she’s working to accomplish this goal. You’ll also see a few of the common questions asked online and where to follow her online.

    The basics

    This 57-yeard-old Super Model will be marking another year on earth in December of this year, and her wiki lists her as being a New York native. She’s 5’10 and currently represented by The Model CoOp in New York and d’management group in Milan.

    Her career began while she was still in her teens, and she reached the height of modeling goals only three years later: landing the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. That was obviously a huge door opened for her, and her Wikipedia credits show it. She’s had covers in pretty much all the major fashion magazines, including ones around the globe. She also has been the face behind some of the biggest beauty and cosmetics brands.

    She has had an extensive acting career here and overseas. This has also included stints on reality TV and several awards. She was also married to hockey player Ron Greschner for 13 years, beginning in 1983.

    Beyond the Cameras

    Versatility is key in a long, successful career, and Carol is proof of it. She’s also credited as an author, mostly focusing on diet, health, and modeling. She’s also been a part of a documentary taking people inside the modeling industry, giving viewers insight into their favorites and what it takes to be part of the business.

    She’s also a philanthropist, supporting a number of charities centered around helping animal and children.

    A recent project is a show on Fox News that delves into health and wellness. It’s called “A Healthy You” and began back in 2013 and ended in 2015. It was a thirty-minute program in which she shares her own tips for living healthier, as well as the advice of others. According to celebrity net worth, all this has helped her to build a net worth of 25 million.

    The Mission

    The last project mentioned was just one part of Carol’s mission, which she’s talked about extensively: helping people get and stay healthy, and feel better. She’s got a series of blog posts detailing her own health struggles, as well as her extensive research that led her to a raw diet. She talks about cleansing, the dangers of sugar, and how it’s important to work with your doctor and do the research to find the diet that will help you feel your best.

    Social Media Stats

    Instagram: @modelcarolalt

    Followers: 118K

    Twitter: @modelcarolalt

    Followers 116K

    Facebook: Carol Alt

    Likes: 114K

  • Meet Sports Illustrated Model Adaora Akubilo

    If you’re looking for fashion inspiration, then meet Adaora Akubilo. Sometimes, you need a little personal or spiritual inspiration. Well, if that’s the case, this next influencer has you covered! With her style and gratitude-focused Instagram, you can get all the inspiration you need.

    Read on to learn a little more about this model who’s been steadily gaining dominance in her field since accomplishing a major feat..

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    Adaora Akubilo Interview

    So, Adaora Akubilo was born here in the States, but ended up moving to her parents’ native Nigeria when she was a small child. She spent a decade there before returning to her birthplace and starting on a big goal.

    Adaora was born in 1984, and put her education first, despite some early interest in her as a model. She received a degree in education, and then moved on to focus on her modeling career.

     

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    According to her feature in Sports Illustrated, she once worked as a waitress, and the experience didn’t really agree with her. She says her back hurt a lot while waitressing and it wasn't for her.

    She has a toddler son that was featured in a campaign with her and is married to a teacher. Did you know that she's 5'11"?

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    Since being discovered as a teenager by the John Casablanca Agency, the girl she's landed campaigns for major brands like Gap and Garnier Nutrisse.

    Two of her proudest accomplishments are getting the mother of all modeling gigs: being in the SI Swimsuit Issue two years in a row. This must have been especially sweet for another reason: according to her Wiki, she tried for a spot years before and didn’t get in. Just goes to show that persistence is key in reaching your goals.

    Her other proudest career moment was where she got to pose with her son. She’d been dealing with a lot of emotions and career insecurities following the birth of her son, which is understandable as her physical appearance is thrust into the spotlight. Posing with her son was an emotional and career defining moment.

     Check out the models social media stats:
    • Instagram: @adaoraakubilo
    • Twitter: @adaoraakubilo
    • Height: 5'11
    • Bust: 34
    • Waist: 25
    • Hips: 36
    • Dress: 4
    • Shoe: 10
    • Hair: Dark Brown
    • Eyes: Brown
    • Agency: Next Models
  • Exclusive Interview with the Model Who is Normalizing Stretch Marks on Instagram

    Every once in a while we stumble across a girl on Instagram who just steals our hearts. One such person is Vanessa Ariel Torres, a beautiful Puerto Rican & Indo-Trinidadian model who we've watched build her social media following from the ground up over the years. With her cheerful spirit, and effortlessly gorgeous photos she's been popping up all over our feed lately, so we felt it was only right to share the goodness with our Bikini Luxe babes.

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    One of our favorite things about her is that she doesn't Facetune her STRETCHMARKS. Yup, you read that correctly. She's got a bangin' body and has tiger stripes JUST LIKE THE REST OF US. It's so refreshing to see other girls commenting on her posts, thanking her for being real and honest and not photo-shopping her body. We can't get enough! So, it's time for you to meet Vanessa, one of our favorite babes on the 'gram.

    Meet Vanessa, the triple threat beach babe who's beautiful, intelligent, and has a good freaking soul.

    How old are you and where do you live?

    I'm 20 years old I live in South Florida.

    Tell us a little about yourself?

    Well, I’m Vanessa Ariel Torres - named after my mother’s favorite girl’s name and the Little Mermaid! I was born and raised in Southeast Florida where I lived with my gorgeous family consisting of my mother, father, brother, and little sister.

    I enjoy really simple things - my favorite black coffee with agave nectar in the morning or a yummy smoothie bowl, sitting and watching tv all day with my cats, going to the beach when it’s hottest outside, or even just taking myself out for food and, of course, documenting my life through pictures! Each day is such a gift - there’s always some joy and fun to be found.

    What are you are most proud of?

    I’m most proud of who I am as a person and my achievements. My mom raised me to be a strong, independent, smart and confident woman and she really did succeed. Pretty much everything I love about myself, I owe to her.

    I’m so grateful for confidence and self-assurance to come easy to me because I see so many girls struggling with that every single day, but it means the world to me when I can pull other girls out of that and help them gain the confidence that they so deserve to own.

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    What’s the first thing you do in the morning?

    First thing I do is stretch, say good morning to my cat, drink water, and then head to the bathroom to start my morning skincare routine.

    You’re gorgeous, what does your beauty routine look like?

    Thank you! I use a lot of natural products and weekly face masks. I make sure to wash my face at least twice a day and always before I get into bed. I NEVER forget to moisturize!

    If you had to wear the same outfit for the rest of your life - what would it be?

    High-waisted sweatpants and a cropped t-shirt with my Nike’s.

    We want to know, what’s in your beauty bag?

    My beauty bag is all skincare products. I start with a salicylic acid cleanser, then rose water toner, hyaluronic or glycolic acid, and either jojoba oil, rosehip oil, coconut oil, or vitamin e oil for moisture. It takes me a pretty long time - my friends and family always make fun of me for it! As for my makeup bag, I always have concealer, mascara, eyeliner, lip gloss, and an eyelash curler.

    Who’s your favorite musician to jam out to when no one’s looking?

    I have so many that I love! There’s Camila Cabello, Vance Joy, Lovely the Band, Christina Aguilera, Yerba Buena, Rodrigo Amarante, J Balvin, Ludwig van Beethoven. I love so many genres.

    If you could travel anywhere in the world - where would it be?

    I would island-hop the South Pacific Islands! That part of the world looks so surreal.

    What’s your favorite thing to do in your down time?

    I love to have picnics on the beach - there’s such bliss in eating my favorite foods in the warmth of the sun with the ocean as my view. Or of course there’s those amazing days where I can stay home and cuddle up on the couch with my kitties watching Netflix with some hot ginger tea.

    They say you are what you eat, what are you?

    I’m a smoothie bowl topped with almond butter and cacao nibs!!

    If your best friends could tell us something embarrassing about you, what would it be?

    Probably that I’m actually very dorky, tell corny jokes that I think are legitimately funny and a big nerd who’s always sharing “fun facts” and I only know this because I’ve been told so!

    What are your favorite looks from Bikini Luxe?

    I absolutely love Soah and Agua Bendita. The lifestyle shots with each bikini are stunning and makes you want every piece LOL.

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    Where do you get your sense of style from?

    That’s almost a tough question because I have so many different styles based on my mood! I usually tend to go for a comfy sexy-boho style, but then there’s the edgy styles, laid back and flowy style, crisp-fashion styles, and sporty styles.

    In general, I get my sense of style from what makes me feel awesome and truly speaks to me. Because, you know, clothes totally talk.

    What inspired you to start modeling?

    Every year since I was little, my mom and I would watch the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and the Miss Universe pageants. It was so empowering and beautiful to watch - I wanted to be them!

    Being a source of inspiration and empowering other people would be a surreal feeling. I always loved taking photos, so around 17 years old when I started using social media a lot more, I took to social media to share it and it started from there!

    Is this something you do Full-Time?

    I’d definitely consider this as a part-time kind of job because it doesn’t take out as much time as a ‘9-5’ and I’m also a college student. Between modeling and building my presence on social media, I’ve been studying to earn my Bachelor’s Degree in Neuroscience and Biology, which I’m super excited about because my major is a field that has always interested me- I want to study the human brain and our behaviors, tendencies, and why we are the way we are!

    I earned my Associate’s Degree in Biology at 18 years old because I went to college for the last two years of high school - which I am so immensely proud and grateful for (I was not a fan of high school life).

    Tell us about your dream collab, who is it and why?

    Victoria’s Secret - the women they’ve worked with are goddesses. It’d be unreal!!

    Girls worldwide want to do what you’re doing, do you have any advice for them?

    Be good to yourself, your body, and other people. Everyone loves kind-hearted people and I strongly believe that you attract what you put out. Also, just be yourself! It sounds cliche, but in a world full of millennials trying to look, act, and be like each other, feel free to be the odd one out.

    Emphasize the little things that make you different and that you love about yourself whether it be something mental or physical.

    What’s next for you?

    Currently, I’m just making sure to have fun with whatever I do. I plan to travel a lot more in the next year and so on, so I’m super excited for that. I’m done waiting to live my life, traveling is what I’ve always wanted to do and I don’t see the point in prolonging something that makes me feel whole!

     

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    Instagram Influencer Information:

     

    Twitter: @vanessaarielt

    Instagram: @vanessaarieltorres

    Age: 20 years old

    Ethnicity: Puerto Rican & Indo-Trinidadian

    Location: South Florida

    Major: Neuroscience and Biology

    Modeling Agency: Neon Model Management