No? Me neither lol! Well, I guess we have to work with what we got :-). Being Bikini Ready doesn’t start with your body but with choosing the right swimsuit that will flatter your physique and hide imperfections. If you have been following me you should have realized by now that I love deals and therefore wouldn’t spend more than $90 on a swimsuit unless I’m being invited to one of Diddy’s legendary yacht parties. Here my recommendations based on your body type. All swimsuits are from Target if you like a piece simply click on the picture or the price:
Busty and Problem Zone Mid-Section:
This Mesh-Inset Bandeau One Piece is figure-flattering and flaunts your assets with sporty mesh inserts. It has removable cups and a removable strap for extra comfort and sexiness. Price: $39.99 by Target
Pear Shaped (heavier on the bottom than top):
This playful black and white print is complimented with a pop color crochet trim that’s right on that boho trend. The underwire and push-up bra gives you that extra enhancement. The thin strings on the bottom won’t draw too much attention to the ticker part of your body.
Price: $17.99 for Top and $14.99 for Bottom by Target
This printed bikini is the perfect suit for the modern boho girl. This push up midkini bikini top has attached over the shoulder straps and a double wing back hook closure for a great fit.The longer top will create the illusion of working with more up there 🙂
Price: $17.99 for Top and $14.99 for Bottom
Turn heads with this eye-catching combination of bold colors and mirrored geo-print designed to draw in your waistline and enhance all your curves. Well placed black panels and lengthening princess seams will keep those eyes wandering just where you want them to create a smooth, slimming look. Soft bra cups, comfy under wires and adjustable straps add comfort with a flattering look and feel.
Price: $69.99 by Target
I hope this helped you out, guys! Let me know what you think.
Readers and followers always ask me which events are worth attending and which are a waste of time. The events listed are also a great opportunity for network and connect with the movers and shakers of specific industries.
1. Pink Pumps and Paparazzi 7:
For seven years, PPP has revolutionized the standard fashion show with its wildly popular annual soiree. Utilizing innovative venues, community partners, bold entertainment and a unique mix of haute-couture and ready-to-wear looks, Pink Pumps and Paparazzi has created a one-of-a-kind style experience for Dallas and beyond.
When: April 23rd 2017
Where: Frontiers of Flight Museum 6911 Lemmon Ave, Dallas, TX 75209
DIFFA/Dallas presents House of DIFFA 2017. This extraordinary fashion experience provides an exciting mix of philanthropy, theatrics and DIFFA/Dallas’ legendary runway production for close to 2,000 Patrons enabling grants for HIV/AIDS service organizations in North Texas. This is personally one of my favorite events my dear friend and mentor Rhonda Sargent Chambers will produce the runway production and she has always been able to impress 2000+ guests.
When: May 6th 2017
Where: Omni Dallas, 555 S Lamar St, Dallas, TX 75202
3.8th Annual Emmitt Smith Celebrity Golf Invitational & Gala:
“The Emmitt Smith Celebrity Invitational golf tournament and gala, presented by title sponsor Healthcare Highways, marks its 8th year of grand-scale fundraising to directly impact the lives of thousands of North Texas children, families and their communities. The fundraising activities will begin with a Friday Night Gala presented by Albertsons/Tom Thumb, led by Honorary Chair Faye C. Briggs and Event Chairs Carmaleta Whiteley Felton and Otis Felton, at the Omni Dallas Hotel.” (www.emmittsmith.com/) This will be a star-studded charity gala with plenty of entertainment for a great cause.
Blavity, one of the top media outlets for black creatives is hosting a two day conference for influencers, digital creators and entrepreneurs. With the motto of “living your best life” this premier events will offer sessions that range from intimate AMA discussions, fireside chats, and finding your tribe. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with like-minded young professionals as well as absorb knowledge from speakers such as Necole Kane editor in chief of XO Necole who was formerly known as Necole Bitchie.
When: June 9 & 10, 2017
Where: Venue One, 1034 West Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60607
Bringing together hundreds of thousands of fans, celebrities, and thought leaders, BET Experience and the BET Awards are a whirlwind celebration of culture. The BET Experience is a mix of music, entertainment, fashion and networking every Millennial will enjoy. Whether you party it up at the free live performances in front of the Staples center, absorb knowledge during the celebrity panels in the convention center or enjoy the actual BET awards, this 4 day experience has been an extra-ordinary festival for the past 5 years.
I hope after reading this you will mark a couple dates in your calendar and maybe even travel out of town to absorb new impressions and fully embrace the industry you are passionate about! Please comment and share with others!!!
After my own experience in the marketing world this yerand reading Kate Harrison‘s interview with Stacy DeBroff, CEO and founder of Influence-Central in Forbes magazine, these are definitely the Top 3 trends to watch/follow this year:
1. Experiential Marketing: Now more than ever customers want more than a great product or service, they want an outstanding experience. This is where companies have to get creative! I always love to shout out local companies that excel at this very task. My Event is The Bomb (MEITB) took the simple photo booth concept and turned it into a leaner operation physically as well as technologically advanced it with boomerang like GIFs that can be shared via social media and mobile phone. MEITB turns even the most boring party into a fun soiree.
My second example is Fluff Pop a gourmet cotton candy company that created an entire new experience with our good Ol’ cotton candy. They revamped an old school treat with a myriad of flavors (sriracha, lychee, mango just to name a few), reduced it to bite-size, and found different applications. One of those is utilizing the cotton candy as garnish for ice cream or fancy cocktails, as a sweetener for hot beverages or as a glow stick for fun parties. On top of all that Fluff Pop tastes delicious and I’m always happy to see them at parties :-).
2. Influencer Marketing: Consumers want to hear honest opinions from their peers or “Influencers” they value and trust. They want to relate to a real person not a supermodel or actress. Whether these opinions are always honest in another story… Especially fashion and lifestyle brands hire industry key players to promote their products. Companies that choose the right influencers (I posted here how to find the right influencer, scroll to 3.) tremendously grew their brands. Among those firms that successfully implemented influencer marketing are: Anastasia Beverly Hills, Fashion Nova, and Good American (sold $1 million in the first month). Khloe Kardashian is co-founder of Good American and she has not only utilized her high profile sisters Kim, Kourtney and Kylie to endorse her new denim line but also influential socialites, it-girls and curvy relatable women.
There is also a flip-side to this strategy unfortunately as some companies such as “Flat Tummy Tea” took their influencer program too far by overexposing their products. It has become very obvious that most of their influencers are paid to produce outstanding reviews. Consequently these type of firms lost credibility with many customers. If you have questions about influencer marketing feel free to email me or comment below.
3. Social Media: The power of social media in undeniable, it’s being used as a search engine for products & services and it re-directs the entire shopping process. In today’s day and age you can even conveniently shop directly off Instagram thanks to the Like2Buy platform and a new Instagram extension that is currently being tested with 20 retailers.
Additionally, most customer service can be resolved on social media. Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter also put pressure on companies on the flip side customers feel empowered by it. There isn’t a single company on this planet that wants other customers to see a bad review or complaint. Therefore public complaints have to be dealt will diligently and fast. Media faux-pas such as pull of the latest Pepsi commercial starring Kendall Jenner shows just how powerful social-media has become over the past few years.
It’s inevitable that social media has to be part of your marketing strategy nowadays. In order to successfully implement social media marketing your virtual image has to become consistent, super responsive and solve problems in a timely manner due to the simple fact of how people share and consume information in this technology advanced era.
Please let me know your thoughts or any questions you might have. This is a brief recap of marketing trends to watch/follow in 2017. I hope you enjoyed this read if you did like and share with family and friends!!!