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My Hair or Yours by Sol Paulino


My hair or yours





So as most of you may know I have really curly hair. I mean really curly like big fro curly. Now at my 24 years of age. I have really learned to love it with its good days, its bad days and its uncooperative days, but where my problem lies is how long it took me to accept my hair.



Growing up in the Dominican culture my hair was not accepted. I had to get it styled at the hair salon every week. Why you ask. It’s because natural hair or curly hair is look down upon there. When I moved to the US everyone always asked me why I wore my hair straight all the time and my answer always was because I didn’t like my hair. I know, I sound kind of silly but your hair is like any other park of your body. You either love it or you don’t. As I grew older I have learned to appreciate my hair in its natural form. Now the problem is that the whole time I was trying to keep my hair straight I processed it and colored it a few times. At the beginning of this year I started to notice that my curls were not the same anymore.





I decided to make the change. I stopped straightening my hair and decided to go back to a dark color. Then came the search for the right hair products. Now I am sure you all can relate to me when I say that there are A THOUSAND hair products out there in the market and that they all claim to do the same things and they all range in prices but they don’t all work for every hair. So now I was on a hunt to find the perfect products for my hair. After going through what seemed like a million products I finally found the perfect combination for my hair (I will leave a list of the products I used in my current routine at the bottom of the blog), I started to play with different hair styles and I realized that my hair is beautiful and I am in love with it as it is.



I guess the point of me writing this article is that I want to empower all women to love their hair. We were given a personal look/style and we need to embrace it. It is just a matter of finding the right products for your hair type. Having curly, wavy, straight hair makes up part of who we are and we should embrace it. I am still in the way to discover all my hair has to offer, but I will not let other opinions or my ethnic background define my relationship with it. So tell me; my hair or yours?

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AngieFace: Review on "Beauty" One Piece & SwimClassy.com

Good day, lovelies

As women, one of the biggest deals about getting summer ready is to wear that perfect swimsuit. We do crunches, we skip out on meals or eat very little at least and try those impossible diets (I know all about them), just to look summer ready for the perfect swimsuit! Here's an idea: What if we just love the bodies that we are in and just wear the damn swimsuit anyway?

Like many of you, I have had body image issues where even at my smallest I have felt: fat, unattractive, flabby, cellulite ridden.... ALL OF IT! As I've grown very comfortable in my own skin, I've found out this: Life is too short to not just wear the damn swimsuit or to kill myself trying to get into one to suit my ego. We are all beautiful! No matter the shape, size, color, or anything else.

Swimclassy - This company is all about body positivity as they do not even change the pictures or edit them on the site, to look "picture perfect." You have to see their mission, which is what made me fall in love with them (well the swimsuit styles did too).

According to their About Us section:

Who is Swim Classy?
"Swim Classy is not only a swimsuit store but a movement. All photos are unedited, and untouched (except for lighting) to promote body positivity . We want you to look at our photos and gain confidence as opposed to lose confidence, because ladies- No matter what shape or size you are- you are always SLAYING! Social media has already been taken over with how us ladies are EXPECTED to look, and if we don't look a certain way we should feel ashamed. Swim Classy's goal is to one day override that and create a new fad for women- and that is to LOVE yourself just the way you are!"

See my picture below which is a review of my swimsuit purchase. It's "Beauty" in red. I love that it has stretch to it and is also sexy and it's simple but sexy. The color is popping too and there are other colors on the site that are similar to this style (black & white).
If you want to shop, you can use my coupon code for 25% off! Use: ANGIEFACE at checkout.

Thank you for reading.

​Angieface

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Styling From The Gents Section

You know those days when we want a break from the little black dresses, the skirts, the leggings, the maxis, the culottes, the bodycons, the jumpsuits and rompers. Why not try menswear. You’ll be surprised at the versatility of it and the million and one ways in which you can style them.



I gave mine a feminine edge with the barely there sandals but if you want to go all the way, you can try pairing with oxford shoes or even proper men’s shoe if you can lay your hands on a pair that is your size. *Quick tip on buying men’s shoe (for ladies), I’ve realized that buying a size smaller than your regular size does the magic. I must confess though, the men’s section is a tad more expensive but totally worth it.





So, what do you think? Drop your comments and let me know your take on menswear and how you would style yours.

Thanks for checking back in. Please don’t forget to like, share and subscribe to my blog.

Love. Chika, xxx


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TGTBTM- You’re Looking Fat! # swimclassy

I have never had a problem with body image. Since my senior year in high school I had been a consistent 110 or 115 pounds. I gained all my weight while I was pregnant. After my little one I was a whole twenty something pounds heavier (and even more now)! I know some of you are probably thinking “okay Taylor that's nothing” but for me it was a lot. I "looked" fine and my doctor said I was doing great but I "felt" like I weighed a ton. No stretch marks but I did have a cute little gut, and my butt felt huge! My weight gain didn't really affect me until after I had Deuce (my son's nickname).

I would look at my body and remember what it used to look like and become disappointed in myself for not doing more but what is more? After I gave birth I was doing exactly what I was supposed to do; giving my body time to heal, doing my summer school work to try and catch up, but most importantly taking care of my baby boy. My friends, family, and people I didn't know well, would tell me how good I looked for just to have had a baby but again I felt heavy and insecure. Parents.com has a great article on different fears about body image that one could have while pregnant but all of mine came after I gave birth.



You see all these celebrities like Beyoncé and Kim Kardashian after they’ve had their babies and you say hey I can look like that, let me kill myself working out and not eating! NO! What I’ve had to understand is that everyone’s body is different. What works for them or your friend on Instagram who just had a baby and looks great might not work for you, and that’s fine! Try different realistic things and see what works for you and your schedule.

For a while I was doing nothing but eating every and anything I could get my hands on then my grandmother told me I was looking fat and I had to do something because grandmothers know and they tell it like it is! So I called up a friend told him I needed to get fine and he said he would workout with me! I cut out fried foods, sweets (Snickers are my weakness), and I started drinking a lot more water! I see the difference and others do too but most importantly I feel better!!

XOXO,

Tay



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Hi my name is Taylor Green and I’m 24 years old from Dallas, TX! I’ve always wanted to start a blog and after I became pregnant and had my baby I thought why not?! I’m a new mom and I have all this new knowledge and insight on the world! Ha!

Motherhood was the best thing that has happened to me but it is not all glitter and gold, it’s hard work! I’ve got a lot going on but I have had a lot of help and have learned a lot along the way and with my blog I plan to share our lives! The Good, The Bad, The Mommy or TGTBTM

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CLEOPATRA LookBook: Promoter of the Month, RA!

This blog post is dedicated to our gorgeous September Promoter of the month: Ra, also known as @raiman_xo on IG so be sure to give her a follow!

The following lookbook was created and styled by Ra, wearing www.swimclassy.com, Cleopatra. Click here to shop Cleopatra now.




SLAYYY GIRL!!!



Let's just have a moment of silence for this perfect photo. insert pray emoji here





and as a bonus we just added this adorable screenshot of the video she took for us, but you can watch the full video on her IG page @raiman_xo



CONGRATULATIONS GORGEOUS!!!

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Life as an Endomorph by Azadeh

:: Life as an Endomorph ::







Have you ever wondered why it is SO easy to gain weight, but so hard to lose? Why does it seem like so many others can eat copious amount of junk food but if I even sneak a peak at a greasy pizza or inhale the intoxicating aroma of a delicious brownie, I swear I gain five pounds in that exact moment. I could run miles and hardly see a difference in my figure. Why do I feel like I have no control over my body? It’s like my body has control over me and my lifestlye. I used to obsess over this. I’d fantasize about my ideal body frame, how I’d finally be able to wear skinny jeans and crop tops without feeling fat. I spent years researching and unsuccessfully trying out products and diets, but I finally figured it out!

The reason why I have struggled so much is by not accepting there are certain things I can NOT change about myself, but there ARE things I can improve upon. I will NEVER be a size 0 or 2 barely a 4 simply because Momma wasn’t lying when she said I was ‘big boned’. However, I CAN tone and slim down! First and foremost I needed to understand my body type. I am a pear shaped gal who’s gotta give it up to all the celebrities who have given my body shape respect and sex appeal. However, I still didn’t look like the goddesses Lopez, Knowles, and Kardashian. They work hard training their bodies to be their friend, not their enemy.




I discovered WHY I am a pear shape is because I am an endomorph. What the heck is an endomorph? No, I am not an alien. This is not some sort of lifestyle choice. I was born an endomorph. This means my body has and always will naturally store fat, specifically for me in the butt, hips, and thigh region. Endomorphs have SLOOOOOW metabolisms and a naturally lower tolerance for carbs. By focusing my diet on healthy fats, proteins, and greens IN COMBINATION with high intensity interval cardio for 30 minutes four times a week ( I hate cardio), along with (my favorite) weight training, it’s slow and steady that wins the race. I lost 5 pounds a month. That doesn’t sound like much but time flies by and the weight loss adds up! I lost 25 pounds in 5 months, but more importantly, I toned & firmed my junk in the trunk that I have come to appreciate and love about myself. I even have a 2 pack that looks GREAT in crop tops and high waisted skinny jeans! Yes, I actually wear skinny jeans and instead of feeling fat, I feel curvy in all the right places.

I still see women who don’t have to do ANYTHING to maintain their perfect figures but I actually feel bad for them now. They may look healthy on the outside but they are not truly providing their body with nutrients and working their muscles! They have a struggle too! It’s not easy for them to gain body mass or muscle, just as it is not easy for me to lose my excess. I truly believe that all bodies are absolutely beautiful. I don’t want to be negative anymore, I want to respect and love my body despite it’s ‘flaws’. That is why I am ECSTATIC to be collaborating with Swim Classy to promote body positivity and self love. They say when you eat healthy and workout you’re ‘getting the gains’ but the number one thing I’ve gained is self confidence despite how I look, it’s all about how I feel. I feel proud for taking care of myself, sharing my journey, and unexpectedly inspiring others to do the same.

You are out of this world, babe!

Love,

AzadehAlien




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Styling Tip - Pair your Swim Classy Suits with these bad boys for a KNOCKOUT outfit!
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:: My Favorite Swim Classy Suit ::
https://www.swimclassy.com/collections/one-piece/products/princess-pool-side-one-piece


:: Endomorph Diet Plan ::
http://healthandstyle.com/body-type/endomorph-diet/


:: Endomorph Workout Plan ::
http://healthandstyle.com/body-type/exercise-for-endomorphs/







About the Author:

Hey love! My name is Azadeh (persian for freedom). I never felt I lived up to my name. I never felt free. I was filled with doubt, worry, fear, regret, negativity. I was an extremely shy girl who didn’t stay in one place for long and spent my life dreaming in silence of what my world could be. I had many interests in music, writing, photography, fashion, movies, acting, teaching but I was not confident in any of these pursuits and therefore didn’t even take the risk in pursuing them. I also hated my body for being too curvy and being too uncoordinated to join any sports to appease the excess baby fat. I hated my personality. I was weird. Super shy in public super silly and outgoing in private. I hated being seen as weak, both physically and emotionally. Due to a turbulent abusive household, I was extremely secretive, my main goal in life was to keep the peace in all aspects by being invisible, a good girl and act silly only with my sisters as entertainment to distract from our pain. Once I grew older and lived far from family, I realized I spent my life trying to be selfless, worrying about everyone else in order to never deal with myself, my own issues. It’s still a battle but I have made great strides in self confidence. I am pursuing my dreams of acting and creating my own content on youtube, along with embracing my quirkiness on snapchat, experimenting with my makeup, fashion, and photography on instagram, and treating my body with love and respect in the kitchen and at the gym. I have felt more and more free in being who I am meant to be by accepting what I can not change and changing what I can not accept. I have let the wrong people in, realizing my capacity for love and it’s own weakness. I am learning to love myself before I hope for others to love me at all. I now feel that my name fits me, I feel free to live my life to the fullest, because I am living it purely for me.

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Journey on Self Acceptance by Itsknotsoeasy #swimclassy


I AM a YouTuber! I am someone who struggled with low self-esteem from a young age. I literally hated everything about me! I was constantly made fun of because of things I could NOT change. It was always...my nose is too big, I’m too tall, I’m too skinny, my breast are too small, I have no curves, my forehead is too big, my lips are too big, my voice is too deep! After hearing this most of my young adult life, I grew to hate who I was. I would look in the mirror and become literally disgusted!



I remember being in high school and my mother took me to a modeling agency. They told me they loved my look, however, would I be willing to get a nose job?! I remember thinking, if you liked my look, why do I have to change it?! My mother offered to fly me out to California to go to the best plastic surgeon to have it done and I told her, NO! Even then, at my young age, I knew NOT to tamper with that which God has blessed me with. I thought, it may not be pleasing to everyone else and I may not find it to be my best feature, but if GOD made me this way...He must find me beautiful! All that ever mattered to me, even before I knew God personally, was WHAT does GOD think of me!


It wasn’t until I went away to college and discovered God, my creator, that I begin to see myself different! My pastor told me to pray and ask God to show me, myself through His eyes. So I did! I began to meditate on psalms 139:14 that states, “I AM FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE! This OPENED my eyes. I no longer looked at myself as disgusting or ugly. I saw the beauty and perfection of who I AM! I am one with GOD! If I AM in HIM, then that means I AM made perfect THROUGH Him! The more I grew to know my creator, the more my inner confidence began to peak through. I no longer envied other women. I no longer desired to have that which others worshipped! BIG breasts, BIG bottoms.... these are worshipped today! But, today, I worship the one who created me FEARFULLY & WONDERFULLY! I worship God! My creator and the creator of all living things!



I love the skin I’m in! After 6 babies, I AM blessed to still be able to have the energy to put effort into taking care of my temple/body and to bring forth beauty tutorials to help motivate and inspire women all over the globe! My declaration is.... IF I CAN DO IT...THEN ANYONE CAN DO IT! God Bless!



Author: Itsknotsoeasy

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Blog Submission: Alexandria Brown! #SwimClassy

Hello #SwimClassy,

The story about me is simple. I used to weight around 110lbs. I have worn sizes 0 to 10. I started to struggle with my weight in high school where I was probably the biggest I ever. I lost the weight to where I was comfortable and happy. After having children, I struggled losing weight and pregnancy gave me a Thyroid condition, which made it even more difficult to lose weight. I struggled with my weight in the beginning not allowing myself to accept me for me. I also struggled with allowing my weight to consume me. I didn’t love myself the way I used to. I learned to accept myself as I grew older

The one thing that helps and inspire me to accept and love my body is my confident that I have and accepting all my flaws. I believe my love for fashion has always help me ever since I was little. It has given me confident from wearing my favorite black dress without caring if I had a small roll or two on my belly I just work it like there was no tomorrow. I accept my flaws because that what made me special and unique. The stretch marks that I have are a sign of my two beautiful children who lived in my belly for almost 9 months. Before I used to work out because I need to lose weight to fit the standard size of clothing. I work out because I want to be healthy. I eat better because I want to. I want to make my own standard on my blog. I want everyone to feel confident in whatever size they want to wear.

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POSITIVE BODY IMAGE #SwimClassy Blog: Hilliry Banks

From elementary to middle school I was always picked on and bullied for being too skinny and pretty much having no shape. I recall one instance during my middle school dance class a girl (who shall remain nameless) asked me, “why do you wear a bra, you don’t have any boobs,” in front of the entire dance class. As a young girl who developed later than most girls, that comment was extremely hurtful and embarrassing. I believe when you’re young every child wants to fit in to a certain degree and when you are young self-confidence & positive body image is important to self-esteem. Now it is crazy to see those same girls who bullied me and how different their appearances are in our 20’s. I could have taken the stance, do unto others as they do unto you, but God says, “He will never put more on you than you can bear.” I made it through depression and feeling ugly and they did not break me they made me stronger. Now, I make it a point to uplift my little cousins especially when it comes to body image because I know how it feels to have a negative
body mindset.

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