• Will Model Leyna Bloom Walk the Victoria's Secret Runway?

    Dancer and model Leyna Bloom has made major strides within the transgendered community. Though she works as a female model, she was born a male. Starting in 2014, she took part in a magazine cover feature discussing the topic of the transgendered community. She appeared on the cover of the magazine with her fellow transgendered peers.

     

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    Meet Model Leyna Bloom

    After Leyna’s mother was deported from the United States, while Leyna was still a baby, her father continued to raise her. When she was in the sixth grade, Leyna took up dancing and joined Chicago’s Joffrey Ballet. By the time she was 14 years old, she was performing with Misty Copeland as part of the American Ballet Theater. Interestingly enough, she was given a dance scholarship courtesy of the Chicago Academy of the Arts, but failed to finish her studies because the Academy considered her to be a boy and therefore wouldn’t allow her to perform as a girl. Instead, Leyna went on to complete her studies in 2008 at the Chicago Academy of the Arts. Prior to working as a model she worked at Manhattan, New York’s NoMo SoHo restaurant, where she was a hostess.

     

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    Potential Top Victoria's Secret Model? 

    As a trailblazer for the transgendered community, Leyna gained much attention for walking the runway at 2017’s New York Fashion Week where she modeled for the brand Chromat. This brand is known for having transgendered models represent them. Also in 2017, Leyna appeared on the cover of the October issue of Vogue India. However, she was incorrectly identified in the magazine as being fellow transgendered model Geena Rocero.

    Leyna has also set her sights on becoming a Victoria’s Secret angel. She even ran a public campaign to make herself their first ever transgendered model. Leyna feels that Victoria’s Secret models should be more diverse than they have been so far.

     

     

    Model on a Mission

    Leyna is passionate about fighting for equal rights for the LGBTQ community. She fondly recalls having attended Chicago Pride events as a teenager and has stated that she felt liberated while she was there.

    Part of her efforts to fight for equality included participating in a photoshoot outside of the Stonewall Inn. She did it to pay tribute to everyone who had previously fought for LGBTQ rights. 

     

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    Leyna utilizes social media to help get her message out to the public. She can be found on Instagram @leynabloom, where she has 125,000 followers. She can also be found on Twitter @leynabloom, where she has 11.8 thousand followers. It is safe to say that Leyna is out to make a difference in the world. She is passionate about the causes she believes in and is not afraid to share her true self with the world. Leyna serves as an inspiration to every transgendered woman that feels like she can’t be successful in today’s world. Only time will tell what Leyna will accomplish.

    Leyna Bloom Wiki

    • Height: 5′ 10″
    • Nationality: American
    • Other name: Leyna Ramous
    • Hair color: Brown
    • Eye color: Brown
    • Birthday: April 25th
    • Husband: Vukasin Vujic
    • Residence: New York City, NY

     

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  • 3 Tips to Shop Vintage by Jane Aldridge

    Jane Aldridge

    Lola White Wrap Blouse //  Ruffled Wrap Skirt

    Can’t get enough of fashionable influencers who know how to work social media? Well, then you should probably be introduced to Jane Aldridge of Sea of Shoes. She’s part of the original wave of fashion bloggers and keeps it classy with lots of vintage styles.

    Read on to learn about how Jane built a brand in her free time in school. You’ll also learn about what other things she’s up to, and where you can follow her online to get your fashion fix.

    Jane Aldridge's Vintage Tips


    There’s a saying out there that one should have three hobbies, two of which should be for making money and being creative. Looks like Jane has that covered. According to a profile in Fashionista, she actually started her blog as a whim in high school. She loved fashion and decided to blog about it during free time in school. Keep reading to see how it led to the money part.

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    Her decision to fashion blog isn’t that out there, either. According to that fashionista write-up, her grandmother was also a model and involved in fashion design. You could say she was born to love clothes. It also talked about her family’s love of antiques, which has surely influenced her focus on vintage style.

    In her blog, Jane has shared her tips when buying vintage. She suggests to starting with the name of a designer you like such as Yves Saint Laurent. She also recommends typing in Ebay the era of your design of choice. Another good search technique is to sub out your favorite designer's name and to not be afraid to bid on an item that no one else is bidding on. 

    • Age: 26 years old
    • Birthday: December 23
    • Birth place: Texas


    Sea of Shoes

    She also talked about being in at the beginning of the fashion blogging phenomenon and how it’s important to her to stay true to the style that first got her on readers’ radars. With all the change in the fashion industry (and social media), she offers a bit of a reality check in her opinions on the business of blogging and social media.  She also, however, shows genuine love for doing what she does, an important lesson for people looking to get into a business of their own. She’s spent ten years on Sea of Shoes, and has, over time, grown it into something more. That persistence is key in reaching any goal because more often than not, success doesn’t happen overnight.

    Jane Aldridge

    Ramona Wrap Dress

    Jane Aldridge Wedding

    Having built her brand, she’s gotten the attention of media outlets like Fashionista online, as well as sites like InStyle. The latter did a feature about her vintage style wedding that included embedded Instagram posts that showed off her style. It also showed her fun side by featuring pictures of her Halloween-themed reception.

    Jane Aldridge

    White Silk Dress

    Speaking of her wedding, she and her husband also run a blog that mostly focuses on food and drink, as well as some music and cookbook guides. Her blog’s popularity has allowed her to work with brands like Victoria’s Secret, who had her showing off her favorite gift ideas on their @VSPopUp account last December, as well as a partnership with @LumeneUSA. She also talked DJing on her Twitter account.

    While she’s proud that her blog hasn’t changed much over the years, you really see her commitment to the vintage vibe on her Instagram. The dreamy shots have a similar look, whether she’s talking a favorite find or a travel destination. You can keep up with her by following @seaofshoes. On Twitter, she’s @sea_of_shoes. She’s got over 202 thousand and 102 thousand followers on the sites, respectively. You can also, of course, follow her blog at seaofshoes.com.

    Discover our latest swimwear styles inspired by Jane Aldridge and read our latest fashion blog post on "Favorite Swimwear Styles by Skye Wheatley"

  • Best Styles by Emilia Clarke

    There are very few people who probably don’t know this name. She plays an important character in what’s arguably one of the most popular shows on television. Every season, people wait anxiously to see what’s going to happen next on Game of Thrones, and Emilia is a big part of the cast. She’s got a bit of a love/hate relationship with the whole process of superstardom and super fans, but she keeps a grateful, fun presence online. Read more to learn a bit more about the mother of dragons, and what she’s got planned for her career in the new year.

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    Emilia Clarke Bio

    According to her Wikipedia, the 31-year-old actress was born in London, and it’s where her career began. Seems acting was in the blood, as it lists her late father as having been a theater sound engineer. One of the productions he was involved in actually inspired her to get into the field in another way. One thing you can learn from this story? Keep that inner child alive, and go after what moves you.

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    This early enthusiasm for the stage would lead to several guest appearances, as well as a student film before she eventually won the role of a lifetime. She spent many years plugging away at these small roles while working day jobs to keep the lights on. Let that be another lesson to everyone out there who are dreaming big: while life might get in the way, never completely abandon that dream.

    Emilia Clarke Movies and Shows

    A couple of years after her first credited film role (and her very first TV guest spot) Emilia caught the eye of the casting department of a new series based on fantasy novels. They decided to cast her in the role of Daenerys Targaryen. This character has become a huge fan favorite and led to her becoming one of the highest paid actors on TV.

    Emilia Clarke

    This fame has come with a bit of a price, though. Emilia hasn’t been shy about sharing her thoughts on the criticisms that get thrown at the show, particularly when it comes to nudity and sex. She’s also spoken about how the fame can be a bit scary at times when she goes out in public, opening up to the Telegraph about her airport experiences. Another interesting part of fame for her? Getting her vacation shots showing off the latest swimwear that’s caught her eye plastered all over the web.

    • Age: 31 years old
    • Height: 5'2"
    • Career: English Actress
    • Net worth: $34 million


    Emilia Clarke Sytles

    Emilia has a great style and personality, and when it comes to dressing up she keeps it elegant and feminine. Emilia's hairstyle is a bob and she constantly wears printed and lace dresses. She portrays herself as a princess with her clean-cut corset dresses and gowns. 

    Through it all, she keeps a grateful and fun attitude, sharing her triumphs and adventures with her social media followers. One thing she was particularly excited to share was becoming back of the Star Wars universe. She’s playing the female lead in the Han Solo movie, a part she won late last year. It’s supposed to be hitting theaters in 2018. She was also really excited to share the release of Voice From the Stone in an exclamation-heavy post, showing her goofy, fun side. You can find her on Insta as @emilia_clarke. While she has accounts on other sites, it seems the actress prefers the Insta world, as she has only one post on the other networks.

    Read our recent article on "Charlotte McKinney" and explore her favorite swimwear styles.

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  • How To Buy A Flattering Swimsuit - With or Without Curves

    There is plenty of swimwear for sale in the market. But finding one that can give you the best fit and look is a daunting task. This is so because most swimming outfits work to reveal not only your best assets but also the parts which you would have wanted to conceal.

    Swimwear Fit Guide

    Karma Bikinis Triangle Swimsuit

    Because different girls have different tastes and figures, you will never be able to tell what looks good on someone and what will look good on you. But to make your swimwear hunting a bit easier, here are a few tips that can assist you in finding a good swimwear for your body type:

    Swimsuits for Curvy Bodies

    Whеn уоu hаvе еvеn proportions аnd curves, уоu can gеt away with a variety оf different bаthing suit lооkѕ. Thе bikini was mаdе tо ѕhоw оff уоur sexy сurvеѕ! Opt for bandeau bikini tops because they offer more support and lift. Bikini tops with tie sides on the back offer less support, making them work well for a body apple shape.

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    To balance a heavier top, shy away from minimal coverage over the hips and backside. While you do not need to be in clam diggers, having some fabric over the hips and derriere will give the illusion of a more balanced figure.

    First of all, women can buy tops and bottoms in the same size as the circumference of their busts matches their hips. Secondly, they easily can rock both a bikini and a one-piece. Women with a larger bust should never resort to such styles, as involuntarily disclosure of your chests in the water or at the beach is inevitable.

    Luscious curves must be covered accordingly to their volume. Only that way they will be brought into the perfect spotlight. Well suited swimsuit tops that are cut like a bra, with brackets and safety closure, provide confidence and comfort. 

    Best Swimsuits for Straight Figure

    If уоu have compact, аthlеtiс bоdу, your mаin аim iѕ tо givе thе illuѕiоn оf mоrе сurvеѕ. This саn bе dоnе bу uѕing a tор with раdding аnd сuрѕ and thоѕе with bright huеѕ аnd girliе рrintѕ. Stау аwау from ѕtrаight-асrоѕѕ bаndеаuѕ or ѕhареlеѕѕ full-рiесеѕ bесаuѕе these саn only еnhаnсе уоur аthlеtiс figurе.

    For women with an athletic physique, one of the best swimming outfits that can hug their figure perfectly is a monokini. It works to make your bust and hips look firmer, and it also looks like a one-piece suit that provides the convenience of a two-piece suit.

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    White Pohmoei Monokini

    When you dress to suit your figure, the results are astounding. When it comes to women's swimwear, rulers are ideally suited for bikinis. They do not require extra support in the bust or paneling for the tummy.

    A оnе-рiесе саn wоrk for уоu if you want tо сrеаtе more оf a waistline. Mоnоkiniѕ аnd оnе-рiесе suits thаt bеlt аt the wаiѕt will hеlр сrеаtе mоrе сurvеѕ. Fоr thоѕе with a ѕmаll сhеѕt, it саn bе very сhаllеnging tо ѕеаrсh fоr a suit thаt will flаttеr your buѕt.

    Soah Ruffle Bikini Top

    Soah Hope Ruffle Bikini Top

    Yоur best option iѕ a tор with rufflеѕ tо givе the illuѕiоn оf lаrgеr chest like the Soah Hope Ruffle Top. Yоu can аlѕо opt fоr one with раdding. On thе contrary, орt fоr bathing tорѕ thаt соmе in L, M, and S. Bе aware that cup sizes аnd underwire will рrоvidе the ѕuрроrt уоu need so that your busts will nоt bе аll оvеr thе рlасе if уоu tаkе a dip. Aраrt from that, соnѕidеr lооking fоr thicker ѕtrарѕ and dоublе-ѕtitсhеd bands tо асhiеvе a more flattering rеѕult.

    • Choose bikini tops with ruffles
    • One piece swimwear
    • Monokinis are a good fit


    Discover our favorite swimwear styles and for more bathing suit tips read our article on "How to Choose the Right Bikini Bottom"

  • Interview with Miss Universe Australia Finalist Georgia Gravanis

    Georgia Gravanis at the beach

    Get her look: White Bikini Bottom // White Top

    We all know you secretly love to keep up with pageant models and what they do after the pageant is over. Georgia Gravanis is Miss Universe Australia Finalist 2017 and a bride to be. Her beautiful feed has every one of us swooning over her travel experiences. She is a total beach babe and she knows life is better in a bikini. Get to know more about Georgia Gravanis and her passion for fashion and modeling. 

    Miss Universe Australia Finalist 2017

    Name:
    Georgia Gravanis (GG)

    Where do you live?
    Sydney, Australia.

    How old are you?
    23 but my birthday is coming up soon!

    Tell us a little about yourself?
    I’m a Greek/Australian model and have grown up in Sydney, Australia. I’ve been modeling since I was a child and it has always been a part of my life throughout schooling, university and work. I’ve been featured in incredible campaigns and worked with amazing brands and had the great experience of being part of Miss Universe Australia 2017 placing as a top 10 national finalist.

    I now work full time in HR but when I’m not working I spend as much time as I can traveling (escaping the cold)! We spend a lot of time in Greece and go back every second year but try and visit somewhere new in between.

    This year we have been to Singapore, Maldives and Bali which were all incredible. I absolutely love languages so we love to travel and put my studies to use when we visit new places (as much as I can remember anyway…).

    We heard you are getting married, where will be your wedding and what's the theme?
    I am! We’ve been engaged for 2 and a half years now and the time has finally come to get married! We are getting married in Santorini – our favorite place in the world! We’re having a small, intimate wedding with about 70 people (classified as small when you come from a Greek family) so we’re keeping the theme as simple, elegant and modern.

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    What’s the first thing you do in the morning?
    We’ve just moved into our new home (finally) so every morning we go and eat breakfast on our terrace before work. It’s the perfect weather at the moment to sit outside and relax in the sunshine.

    You’re gorgeous, what does your beauty routine look like?
    Thank you so much, my mum is a beauty therapist and has always taught me to look after my skin and I’ve been using the same products for years! I personally use Skin O2 makeup, Omorfie haircare & J Bronze tan but I keep my routine fast and easy as I don’t have that much time in the mornings and then I use Dermalogica before bed. Find what works for you and stick with it – consistency is key when it comes to beauty!

    If you had to wear the same outfit for the rest of your life - what would it be?
    My knee-high boots and a long t-shirt or shirt dress!

    If you could travel anywhere in the world - where would it be?
    There are so many places on my list to visit!! I would love to visit the Caribbean next but I also studied Japanese so I would love to visit Japan too!

    Georgia Gravanis

    Black One Piece


    What’s your favorite thing to do in your down time?
    Downtime is a luxury for me! We love to lounge around when we get the chance and cook some dinner, watch movies, take our dog Bailey for a walk or have friends over – it’s the simple things!

    They say you are what you eat, what are you?
    Oh no.. At the moment I’m chocolate but hopefully, I can develop into a fruit soon now that we’re in summer!

    How do you stay motivated throughout the year to stick to your fitness routine?
    I REALLY need something to motivate me to exercise – Miss Universe this year was enough motivation in itself to stay fit and now, after a (longer than I’d like to mention) break from exercising I’m going to get back into it so I can look and feel my best for our wedding next year and our European honeymoon!

    I like to mix it up when I exercise – kickboxing is a great way to stay fit and I’ve always loved to swim and regular PT sessions are my go-to but I also enjoy walking on a treadmill in the mornings before work reading a book which was an added bonus to taking some extra time out for myself.



    What are your favorite looks from Bikini Luxe?
    I’m loving all the cover-ups! They’re so easy to throw over a bikini (I especially love the Gigi tunic – all in the name!) I also love the tropical looks and all the one-pieces (loving the Karma Bikinis White Monokini in particular) - there is so much variety and brands to choose from!



    Where do you get your sense of style from?
    I have so many different styles depending on where I am and what I’m doing! I have different styles for work, home, beach, holidays and going out from boho to corporate to casual to sporty! I generally stick with the same brands through which fills my wardrobe with 20 similar pieces of more or less the same thing! (I can’t be the only one who does that!?) but of course my favorite part of my wardrobe is my swimwear section – you can never have too many bikinis!

    Georgia Gravanis

    Wanderlust Triangle Top


    Girls worldwide want to do what you’re doing, do you have any advice for them?
    Whatever you want to do, work hard for it and believe in it all the way! That’s what I’ve done with everything n my life and it’s important to set goals for yourself along the way to look back and see how far you have come.

    In the modeling and especially pageant industry it’s so important to have an understanding of who you are, why you’re there and where you would like to go from there. I’ve always been one to work towards success in silence which is how I’ve come to where I am today and keep working towards my goals. It takes a lot of hard work, time and commitment and life’s not always as perfect as the pretty pictures on Instagram. But if you’re doing what you love, it will always be worth it.

    Georgia Gravanis

    White Hibiscus Beach Dress


    What’s next for you?
    Currently, wedding planning is consuming me! We spend our nights planning, planning and planning!! After the wedding and honeymoon, we’ll come back and continue working on some exciting things that are in the works, there are lots to come!

    How can readers keep up with you?
    @georgiagravanis on Instagram

    • Age: 23 years old
    • Nationality: Australian
    • Accomplishments: Miss Universe Australia Finalist 2017 
    • Guilty pleasure: Chocolate


    If you like keeping up with our favorite influencers, read our recent interview with Australian surfer Holly-Daze Coffey.