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Glamazons, Our mothers are our first style muses. They’re our introduction into the world of fashion and beauty — from the first time we watched them spritz perfume and put makeup on in the mirror, or slid our baby feet into their high-heeled shoes. When we grow older and consider ourselves fashion and beauty pros (AKA Glamazons), there are still bits and pieces of our style we can trace back to them, whether it’s a reminder to always wash your face before bed or lesson to always take pride in inner and outer beauty that we carry with us. To celebrate Mother’s Day, we asked the Glamazon team to share the best piece of fashion and beauty advice they learned from their Moms.

Read on for priceless style tips from our favorite girls in honor of Mother’s Day!

Glamazon Jessica

My mom was — and still is — the style queen. I inherited her love for accessories, like high-heeled shoes and delicate earrings. She is one of the most creative people I know, and she uses fashion to express that artistic flair. Growing up in our small town, it was easy to dress like everyone around you, but my Mom wasn’t afraid to stand out with her clothing choices. That taught me the importance of being comfortable in your own skin, and inspired a confidence in me I didn’t know I needed. Now, I find myself adding quirky shoes or blazers to show off my personality, just like I saw her do so many years ago.

Glamazon Andrea

One of the best beauty tips I learned from my mom is to always wear lipstick and blush. No matter how you feel, it immediately livens up your face and puts you in a better mood.

Glamazon Makho

My Mom is a style star! Every time she leaves the house she takes great care to fix her hair, do her brows and spritz on a nice scent. Not to mention she is always immaculately dressed. I’ve learned much so much from her, she’s inspired me to follow suit in my life. The best beauty tip she’s ever given me is take pride in my inner and outer beauty.

Glamazon Margo

The best beauty advice my mother ever game me was to really love myself. I didn’t grow up in the most diverse area and she always taught me to love others based on their character but to take pride in my dark skin and kinky hair. As for style advice, she always said to keep my outfits simple-yet-chic add pop with amazing accessories.

Glamazon Briea

My mom taught me that keeping a jar of Vaseline handy can fix virtually any beauty problem, from cracked heels to dry lips. And to this day, I never go anywhere without a travel-sized jar in my tote bag because it really works wonders. She was also very big on making sure I washed my face before bed, which is what I credit my smooth and even skin to.

As you can see, our mothers are the original Glamazons!! What did your mother teach you about fashion and beauty? We’d love to hear from you in the comments! Happy Mother’s Day!

xo/Kisses,

The Glamazons

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Glamazons,

Given the pain women often endure silently — and the mental health issues like depression that can come from that — I’m not into the superwoman trope. Yes, I’ve been fortunate enough to live many of my dreams, and I’m blessed to have just landed an amazing job. But life is not nearly as perfect as everyone portrays on Instagram. There are times when you need your friends, and I found myself in that position at the start of Mother’s Day weekend. I’m still very much mourning the major loss of my grandmother, who was like a mother to me. I usually can try to muster up positive words on my own, but on Friday, I needed the support and love of my friends and family to face this holiday. And then I realized, if I feel this way, other people are surely feeling it too. So I turned to my village for advice on how to get through Mother’s Day after losing a mother (or a mother figure). And I learned so much more than I expected to. More importantly, I truly felt grateful to be surrounded by love. Read on for some helpful words of advice if you’re facing a holiday after losing a loved one.

Ty, Gorgeous in Grey

“Break up with the Internet for one day. Mother’s Day (on the Internet) is a dangerous overload of inspirational messages and memories for someone who is grieving. If you must, post your obligatory Mother’s Day message and then log off. Use this time to invest in the relationships that you still have here.

Use Mother’s Day to honor your loved ones. Take one memory or tradition from your loved one and incorporate it into a new more modern tradition that you can do with your family. This will be hard but ultimate will allow you to forge new bonds with your family.”

DanielleVictory Church

“Time doesn’t heal but it allows you to find different ways to cope to make it easier. One of the big things to help you cope if you’re a believer is that you’ll see your loved one again, and that they don’t have to deal with the pain or the stress of life anymore. Think if your loved one was here, what would they say? They would want you to continue to live life, and enjoy it, and do the things that bring joy and love to your family. That’s one of the biggest legacies your grandmother has left behind: to love everyone. You have so many other mother figures in your life, and you should cherish them and give them their flowers while they’re here.

Kevin (my cousin)

“I know these are very difficult times for you. I would say always keep in mind that as her granddaughter/ daughter you are an extension of her so in that she is still here because YOU are still here. You have every memory, every lesson and ALL the love SHE gave to you still very much alive within you. You have to let it shine everyday! The strength she possessed, her beauty inside and out, her wisdom, everything she ever taught you, all the reasons you miss her, those are actually the gifts she gave you that can never be taken away. You honor her when you go out into the world knowing that you are the woman SHE raised, shaped and molded. You are her legacy that must carry on. She wouldn’t want that legacy to be of pain and grief, while it is hard because those feelings of missing her are so strong, she would want to know that you are being everything she invested into you to be and you have to be everyday. You are a living tribute to her if that makes sense. Give yourself time, time may not always heal all but it does get easier. This is what helped me through when I lost my mom.”

Nicky (my cousin)

“One thing I like to do is have a good cry. It makes you feel a bit better, it doesn’t ease the pain but it will release the tension that you have. I’m going to think about all the wonderful things that I am and the positive woman that I’ve turned out to be because of those women who are no longer here.”

Kofi (family friend)

“First – what you are feeling is normal and it is apart of the grieving process so don’t fight it. My mother used to say you never get over losing a parent, you just learn how to live with it. Second, in time it gets easier, but there will always be moments of sadness. I encourage you to allow yourself these moments of sadness it is a reminder of the impact the person had on our lives. It happens for me not so much on holidays but moments with my children or the last episode of Oprah or the Selma movie. Some people make new memories on the holidays which are difficult for them in order to reframe it – such as vacations, special lunches, etc.”

I hope this helps you as much as it helped me. Sending lots of love to everyone who is dealing with grief or the loss of a loved one today.

Glamazon Jessica

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Glamazons,

Can we just talk about the heat for a minute? It has been so unbearable lately. Most of the time, I barely want to leave the house let alone get super dressed up. That’s why denim shorts are like a heaven-sent gift to my closet! I think of them as my timeless best friend. I can slip them on and just go while still looking as put together as possible. Plus, they keep me cool in these disrespectful temps.

But here’s the thing: just because I love them doesn’t mean they have always loved me. Finding a wearable pair used to be difficult. My thighs didn’t agree with anything too short or tight. And then there was the hassle of figuring out just the right pieces to pair them with so my ensemble looked fresh and unique every single time.

So once I discovered that you can style denim shorts in ways that are fun and chic while still being daytime appropriate, I was obsessed. And you can experiment with patterns, colors and lengths to really take your casual look to the next level. What’s not to love?!

Shop some of our favorite denim shorts here:

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Want to wear denim shorts this season but not quite sure how to style them? Get into how some of our favorite Glamazons rock theirs:

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 Image: Grasie Mercedes

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 Image: Always Judging

Are you into denim shorts? How are you wearing yours? Let me know in the comments!

Keeping It Fashionable,

Glamazon Briea

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Glamazons Blog by Glamazon Jessica - 1M ago

Coat: Forever 21 (Similar)| Bra: Urban Outfitters | Pants: Free People | Hat: H&M (Similar) | Bag: Le Petit Jouers | Boots: Jeffrey Campbell

Glamazons, Am I obsessed with the music festival? It’s a valid question to ask right now because I just realized I’m in between two of them: Coachella in Palm Springs and Jazz Fest in New Orleans. I love concerts, fashion and food — and any good music festival basically has all of that in droves. There are few things better than a day of concert-hopping, dancing, eating good food, shopping, and just hanging out with friends. BUT I’ve been to enough music festivals to know they can be frustrating if you’re not prepared. At Coachella — which was hands down the best music festival I’ve ever been to — there were moments when we were melting in the desert heat or coughing up a storm from dust or freezing as the temperatures dropped at night. Definitely NOT the move! And at Governor’s Ball, it was such a pain leaving the music festival every day, whether we were waiting forever for the bus, or walking for hours to find an Uber.

Below, a few tips for making sure your music festival experience is full of good vibes and good vibes only! -Dress comfortably.

Festivals have become a mecca for street style, but you don’t have to sacrifice comfort to look the part. A good festival outfit starts with a pair of shoes you don’t mind walking in all day (sneakers, boots are my go-to) and it ends with layers you can peel on and off as temperatures change. I’d also recommend a hat if the sun is blazing to shade you from the heat.

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-Bring a sheet.

Might sound crazy but on the last day of Coachella, I packed a bed sheet and it really came in handy. During down time between sets, we just plopped right down on the sheet and hung out and relaxed before the next show. A sheet really works wonders when your crew wants to sit down but there are no chairs available. I just stuffed it in my drawstring bag so it wasn’t even a pain to carry.

-At Coachella, a bandana is actually necessary.

Silly me, I thought people wear wearing bandanas at Coachella as a fashion statement. I swore it was some sort of Western-inspired trend. WRONG. There’s dust being kicked up all over the festival grounds at Coachella (#desertproblems) and breathing it in is not the best experience, especially if you have asthma like me. The first day I was super sick (and some of my friends were, too) and I learned there’s a thing called ‘Coachella cough’ that people get afterwards. Yikes. The next two days, I wore the bandana and I felt so much better, especially when we were walking from set to set.

-Stay hydrated.

Speaking of feeling better, hydration is so important at music festivals. It’s hot — the sun is beaming down — and you may have a cocktail or two while you’re there. Before you know it, you’re drained, sick and tired — and you’re left wondering why you feel so horrible. The solve for that? Water. I experienced the same thing at Carnival, and once I started drinking water throughout the day, I felt significantly better.

You’ll Also Love: Carnival Is Just As Incredible As They Say PLUS What I Did to Prep

-Go later in the day.

If you’re not here for the hot sun, it may be better to go later in the day. The best acts at Coachella came on around 5/6pm, so we headed there every day around that time. The sun was just setting, and we didn’t have to wait hours in the heat to see our faves.

-Invest in a portable charger.

Posting to IG stories, checking the Coachella schedule on the app, texting/calling your friends and taking a ton of pictures will inevitably lead to a 0% battery. I brought two portable chargers with me to Coachella so I never ran out of power. It definitely paid off when we trying to link up with everyone by the end of the night. There are also some charging stations so it pays to bring your adaptor, too.

-Bring a bag that’s easy to carry.

OK before I got to Coachella, I heard a guy went wild pick-pocketing people’s phones and took 100-plus devices. That’s actually nuts. With that in mind, I brought a few bags that were easy to carry and hard to pry open: a zippered crossbody bag, a backbag (that I wore hanging in front of me), and a fanny pack that I turned to the front as well. I love a good hands-off bag that is harder to pry open – pick-pocketers are out of control!

-Figure out transportation before hand.

Post-festival transportation is always a headache. If you stay for the last act, everyone usually leaves at the same time and it’s a nightmare trying to file crowds out of the festival. I remember at Meadows, I left my friends and ended up stuck in a sea of people trying to get to the subway. It gave me so much anxiety because there was no place to run if something happened. I hate that feeling.

That said, I’ve learned that it pays to figure out transportation ahead of time. There are some taxi apps you can use to schedule pick-ups — and if you go that route, perhaps pick a location near the festival (but outside the festival grounds) so you can get picked up quickly. Prefer public transportation? It’ll help a TON to leave a few minutes before the last set is over so you can miss some of the crowds. We were lucky to have a shuttle waiting for us at Coachella, and we just met them in a private pick-up area every day. If you’re going to a festival with a big group, a shuttle may be worth the investment. Either way, don’t end up like me inching through a crowd at Meadows or waiting in line for hours for the bus at Governor’s Ball.

Any festival survival tips I missed, Glamazons? I’d love to hear from you in the comments! Happy festival season!

Kisses,

Glamazon Jessica

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Glamazons Blog by Glamazon Jessica - 1M ago





Glamazons, As I was brainstorming this Cuba travel post on the plane, it occurred to me that I haven’t done a travel post on the blog in awhile. And then I realized I still owe you guys Haiti and Thailand recaps! Life (read: work) definitely got in the way. Let me first apologize for that, and also jump right into this Cuba recap so it doesn’t wait another second — especially since the flight deals are SO good, and I’m sure a lot of American travelers will try and book a trip soon.

Before I get into the amazing weekend we spent celebrating my bestie LoveBrownSugar‘s birthday, I wanted to share my full, in-depth recap from when I visited Cuba a few years back. Here’s a post about prepping for your Cuba trip, and another with plenty of info on what to do once you’re there.

OK, onto this trip. The country is still as dreamy as I remembered. It was amazing to return to Old Havana, walk through the cobblestone streets lined with pastel-colored walls, salsa dance on the sidewalk, and take in all the beauty and wonder of Cuba. The people are so warm and kind — they go out of their way so you truly feel welcome on their island. I’m so grateful to every single person I met while exploring Cuba.

Now I’m no expert (that would be my family friend who hosted our first visit, Jaye) but I am blessed to have traveled there twice now, once with my family and a second time with friends. There were plenty of pinch-me moments (like going to Ernest Hemingway’s house and riding around in antique cars) but there were times when I thought ‘Next time, I’m definitely doing XYZ.’

That said, here are some Do’s and Don’ts I learned from my time in Cuba that will totally enhance your experience in one of the most beautiful countries in the world:

1. Don’t: rule out AirBNB.

Augusta Sagnelli

The first time I traveled to Cuba, I stayed in Hotel Nacional. It was lovely — some of the best mojitos in town (seriously, people come just for the drinks), a line of antique cars waiting outside, the iconic older women with cigars in hand standing by the door, a rooftop pool, comfy beds, etc. While I enjoyed it, if you want an experience that feels more intimate and less tourist-y, AirBNB might be a great option.

For the second time around, I stayed in this amazing AirBNB in Playa, right outside of Havana, with a pool, a hammock, an outdoor shower, an indoor bar, bathrooms in each room, and the list goes on. The host and the staff was simply top of the line. By the time we left, it felt like we were old friends (seriously, we were gushing over pics of the host’s daughter, and hanging out with his wife). They went out of their way to accommodate us, even laundering our swimsuits and dresses without us having to ask.

On our first day in Cuba, we stayed at another AirBNB where the host made us breakfast even after we missed the designated time. She even suggested a restaurant — Rosa Negra — for us to dine at. It was frequented by locals (we were the only tourists) and affordable and delicious. Those little touches really add to your experience.

I will say, since AirBNB situations can be less secure than hotels, read the reviews for where you’re staying and connect with the host of your house (who is not necessarily the AirBNB contact as someone else may manage the house) directly before you travel to firm up details. I’ve read horror stories about people arriving to a house that’s nothing like the listing, and we had our own challenges finding the exact location and the on-site host when we arrived to Cuba.

2. Don’t: assume the food is all bad.

Augusta Sagnelli

Before I first went to Cuba, I read that the best Cuban food is in Miami. *cringes* I found this to be far from the truth. It’s all about where you choose to dine. Government-owned restaurants, which tend to cater to tourists and be centrally-located, aren’t the most appetizing. They are usually light on seasonings and light on portions, thanks to government rations. The secret to good food in Cuba is the paladors, privately-owned restaurants that are sometimes run out of people’s living rooms. I blogged about them here. Paladors like La Guarida, Conscinaer, and RioMar are absolutely delicious.

3. Don’t: forget snacks.

I quickly realized mini-meals to nibble on go a long way in Cuba. Christina brought trail mix, and it’s amazing it lasted the whole trip because everyone was passing it around for a few bites. Some restaurants have long wait times and if they’re not in walking distance, it’s helpful to have snacks to curb your hunger until your meal is ready. Next time, I’m totally packing trail mix and breakfast bars right alongside my sandals and shorts.

4. Don’t: forget to donate.

The first time we went to Cuba, we brought a ton of items to donate through a local church: shampoo/conditioner, lotions, scented sprays, feminine products, and the like. This time around, I brought toiletries and feminine products and handed them to our host, who was truly thankful. You’ll love your hosts, and you’ll want to gift them by the time you leave. And they’ll really appreciate whatever you’re able to bring, even if it’s just a few small items. If you feel moved, consider checking a suitcase full of donations. When you leave, you can fill it up with souvenirs.

5. Don’t: think you’ll rush through the airport.

Speaking of airport travel, prepare for wait times when you arrive: customs lines are real. You can check a bag (especially if you’re bringing a ton of donations) but carry-ons are easier to navigate, as it may take a long time to retrieve checked luggage. The money exchange line at the airport is also long, so you can wait or head to a bank to avoid the time lag. When leaving the island, most advise arriving at the airport three hours ahead of time.

6. Don’t: stress out about your visa.

The second time I traveled to Cuba, I flew Jet Blue (get into their flight deals!) and the visa process couldn’t be smoother. I was directed to a downstairs area for Cuba travelers, where I showed my passport and paid $50 on my debit card for a visa, which was issued to me immediately. Just make sure your passport is up-to-date, and the rest of the process is a total breeze. You can choose a “people-to-people” trip, which I did the first time, or “journalistic activities” which I chose the second time since I knew I’d be writing this post.

7. Don’t: freak over wifi.

Glamazons, listen, the idea of going without Wifi can be a harrowing one. It’s a bit scary to be disconnected from news, friends and family for a weekend — but it’s also so refreshing to turn your phone off and actually live in the moment. There were times I missed Wifi, like when I first heard about the Muslim ban and wanted all the news via CNN.com, or when I landed in Cuba and didn’t get to update my family right away. But when I’m working in NYC, I’m glued to my phone 24/7 and it can be overwhelming. In Cuba, I can hear myself think, and that kind of peace is so rare and valuable these days. You can always get a Wifi card at your hotel or at a ETECSA telecommunications centre — but I beg you: try to treasure the moments where you’re truly, happily disconnected.

Augusta Sagnelli

One such moment? When we celebrated Christina’s birthday by jumping in the pool in our dresses! Or when Simone, Christina and I stayed up all night talking about life, and I got a word about something I’ve been struggling with for years. The best moments happened when we were disconnected.

8. Don’t: go without tipping.

Everyone wants a picture of/with the iconic older woman with a cigar on the streets of Old Havana, but don’t think you’re getting one without tipping her. A group tried to take a photo without tipping and she ran right after them, lol. She was adamant about getting her due (as she should be!). I advise carrying CUCs in small numbers for that very reason. I also tip the women giving out toilet paper in the bathroom, waiters, cab drivers, hosts, and the list goes on. More info on the two types of currency in Cuba, and the importance of tips, here.

9. Don’t: run out of cash.

Speaking of currency, it’s imperative that you bring all the cash you anticipate needing for the trip with you. It’s extremely difficult (read: near impossible) to access money in your U.S. bank once you’re on Cuban soil. Before you travel, change your U.S. dollars to Euros since the Euro to CUC exchange rate is closer to 1:1 (I recommend researching the best exchange rate ahead of time, whether it’s your bank or Travelex — when I traveled, Travelex was best). More is better, so you don’t run out.

10. Don’t: underestimate the importance of research.


My friends and I always love researching a country’s culture before we go. It really pays off when a country has customs and traditions that are different than your own. In Cuba, sneezing in public, or using the word papaya (they translate it to mean vagina) are cultural faux pas. The more you know, the better.

11. Don’t: use the word ‘Cuba’ in any online transfers.

If you transfer money using Paypal, Venmo, Cash App, etc. before you go — for activities in Cuba — do not say Cuba anywhere in the transfer notes. It will be flagged, and the money won’t go through for a few days. We learned this the hard way.

12. Don’t: neglect to use helpful apps (even with no wifi).

I recommend getting the Triposo app before you leave, then downloading all the Cuba-related info so you can view when you’re not connected to Wifi. It has maps, background info, restaurant and nightlife recommendations, and guides written by other travelers. Super helpful, especially when you don’t have Wifi access.

13. Don’t: ignore the history.

You’ll have a much richer experience in Cuba if you fully immerse yourself in the present-day culture and study the country’s complicated history. As I wrote in my last post, “Cuban culture is inextricably linked to the Revolution: the corrupt government led by Fulgencio Batista that preceded it, the Communist regime that followed it and the strong sense of nationalism it fostered among Cuban citizens. You’ll have a much better understanding of the Cuban way of life if you read up about the revolution before your trip. And when you arrive in Cuba, there’s no shortage of museums and monuments dedicated to that armed revolt.”

Read up about the history (a reading list to come!), visit museums, go on a guided tour. You’ll appreciate Cuban culture so much more when you learn the history that helped shape it.

OK that’s it for now. I’ll add if there’s anything I think of later! If you guys have any more tips or questions, feel free to share them in the comments. Would love to make these posts a huge resource for anyone traveling.

Guys, I can’t WAIT to go back. Next time, I want to get more into the nightlife. I hear there’s a great salsa party every Sunday and a fun club called Las Vegas, and I definitely want to check it out. I also have to get back to..

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The good thing about the dip in temperature is that ski trip season is finally here. The slopes are open, Glamazons! Now, we just need to make sure that you are skiing down the slopes looking ovah. You know, just in case there are any cute boys checking out your moves on your ski trip.

And … you’ll need something cute to sit fireside drinking hot cocoa. Oh, and something for a nice dinner. Now, I have yet to go on a skiing trip. But let me tell you Glamazons, after putting together the inspirational outfits for this post, there is definitely a trip to a ski lodge with the girls in the near future.

Now, back to your look. I’m always, and I mean always cold so this means layers on layers on layers, if you’re anything like me. I’m taking long underwear ladies. Followed by a sweater, perhaps a North Face pullover, ski jacket and pants.

What exactly does that look like? Well, this season’s trends lend themselves to cold weather getaways. Think chunky knits, puffer jackets, moon boots, blanket scarves, and the like. And you don’t have to go with boring styles either. Our favorite brands offer everything from glitter snow boots to metallic puffers. Ready to hit the slopes? Shop some ski trip-worthy pieces below:

What to Wear to a Ski Trip: Blanket Scarves

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Chunky Knits

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Snow Boots

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Ski Gear

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Who has a ski trip in the works?

Stay Stylish,

Glamazon Channing

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Glamazons, you don’t know how much I appreciate lines like GabiFresh X Swimsuits For All. The swimsuit market for plus-size shoppers has been in need of an overhaul for some time. At my first job at The Magazine I was in charge of the plus-size market, and seriously, if I had $1 for every ruched one-piece swimsuit I’ve seen (paired with a matching skirt…ugh), I would never have to work again. The swim options were all lazy, boring and uninspired — it was like designers thought how can get them to cover their bodies as much as possible while still being appropriately-dressed for the beach? Gross. Anyway, that’s why I’m so glad GabiFresh came through and turned the swimwear market upside down. She coined the fatkini (rightfully explaining that … it shouldn’t be a big deal that she’s wearing one in the first place) and then took it a step further by launching her own swimwear line with GabiFresh X Swimsuits For All that sells out every. single. year.

There isn’t a single collection I haven’t loved, whether she’s doing cage bikinis, cut-out one pieces, or flirty cover-ups. It’s unapologetically bold and sexy, and it ranges in size from 10-26, and 10-26 in D/DD cups, as well as E, F, G, and H cups. About. Time. The latest collection hit stores today (Tuesday). Check out my favorite pieces below and pick them up while you can as they’re sure to sell out quickly!

Shop GabiFresh X Swimsuits For All 1. GabiFresh X Swimsuits For All Terrain Caged Underwire Swimsuit

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Love the cut-outs and sheer detail and bombshell bra cups — and the back is just as sexy.

Shop: GabiFresh X Swimsuits For All Terrain Caged Underwire Swimsuit, $91.20. SwimsuitsForAll.com.

2. GabiFresh X Swimsuits For All Element Underwire Bikini

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You guys know ’50s style swimsuits are my favorite, and the striped detail on this two-piece set makes it an instant head-turner.

Shop: GabiFresh X Swimsuits For All Element Underwire Bikini, $81.60. SwimsuitsForAll.com.

3. GabiFresh X Swimsuits For All Ember Cutout Swimsuit

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You don’t know how happy I am to see vinyl on a swimsuit. The thing I love most about Gabi’s style is that she experiments with trends in a way that feels genuine and effortless; she’s cool without trying. That POV trickles into her designs, and this edgy, eye-catching suit is classic Gabi.

Shop: GabiFresh X Swimsuits For All Ember Cutout Swimsuit, $86.40. SwimsuitsForAll.

4. GabiFresh X Swimsuits For All Whirlwind Ribbed Monokini

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This monokini style was super on trend last summer and you’ll see it popping up again this year. Obviously, I’m a big fan of the cut-outs, but the color-blocking here is also playful and memorable. Def add it to your must-get list.

Shop: GabiFresh X Swimsuits For All Whirlwind Ribbed Monokini, $86.40. SwimsuitsForAll.com.

GabiFresh X Swimsuits For All Habitat X-Back Swimsuit

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Ugh how sexy is the high leg and criss-cross strap details?! And it cuts high enough on top to just give a hint of side boob. This may be my favorite swimsuit style of the season.

Shop: GabiFresh X Swimsuits For All Habitat X-Back Swimsuit, $86.40. SwimsuitsForAll.com.

Shop the entire GabiFresh X Swimsuits For All collection here. What are you getting, Glamazons? Let’s talk shopping lists in the comments.

xx

Jess

The post 5 Things I Need from the New GabiFresh x Swimsuits For All Collection appeared first on Glamazons Blog.

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Glamazons, I’ve desperately been trying to figure out how to organize a closet. It’s seriously become the bane of my existence. Bringing order to that space is the top of my to-do list, but just thinking of the work that lies ahead is bit overwhelming. With the new year approaching, it’s the perfect time to organize and declutter your space. Nothing like a fresh revamp of your living area to start the new year on a good fit. Ahead, find six steps that will help you quickly get the job done.

How to Organize a Closet in 6 Steps Start from Scratch

Sounds scary but remove everything from your closet before you begin reorganizing anything. This will help you determine how much space you have to begin with.

Clean

Once everything is out of your closet, clean it from top to bottom. Throw out that broken hanger and the old shopping bags. Make sure you pick up all the loose paper and receipts that are lying on your closet floor (or that may be just me, lol).

Take Inventory and Get Rid of Old Clothes

Pack up everything you don’t need or don’t wear — and donate the items to a local charity. Getting rid of clothes or shoes you don’t wear will free up more space in your closet. I know it can be tough parting ways with what was once your favorite party dress, but if you were wearing the dress before Bey and Jay were married, just donate it!

Create Sections

Hang all your jeans in one space, and your dresses/sweaters in another. This will help you put an outfit together quickly and efficiently; you can mix and match tops and bottoms to your heart’s content.

Color Coordinate Each Section

Take it a step further and color coordinate each section. Place all your dark denim together, and your light jeans in the same place, and continue this throughout your closet. It makes all your pieces easier to find (and added bonus: it looks beautiful).

Storage

Glamazons, if you’re short on space add storage boxes to store things like your purses, scarves, and hats. Storage containers will help you maximize your closet space.

Make It A Routine

After you put in the work and get your closet organized, the last thing you would want is for it to become a disaster again. To prevent this designate 15 minutes a day to putting things back in its proper place. It’s so worth it.

Shop some of my favorite closet organizers here:

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Glamazons, how many of you are struggling with a cluttered closet? Tell me all about it in the comments section.

Fashionably yours,

Glamazon Jamiese

Photo: Augusta Sagnelli

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Glamazons, the best gift you could ask for (as a fashion fanatic) is here: the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale. Each year, this special time of year comes along with deep discounts, just in time for the stack of holiday gift cards you may have acquired yesterday. It’s a great time of year to do a wardrobe revamp — sure picking up a few trendy pieces — but mostly focusing on quality basics you can now scoop up for less. I’m talking sweaters, jeans, coats, boots, etc. for so much less than their regular price. I mean … a pair of best-selling skinny jeans are going for $33 in the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale right now, can you even?

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I’ve been trying to avoid fast fashion in recent months (more on this later) so my best option for getting quality items I’ll wear again and again without spending a fortune is to take advantage of sales like these. And I feel much better about my purchases when I’m buying something I’ll actually repeat — and I’m getting it at a discount. One thing I noticed in years prior is that I had a ton of beautiful, head-turning items in my wardrobe but no basics I could mix and match. This is the best time to change that, stock up on wardrobe essentials, and save your coins at the same time. If you’re on that same vibe for 2019, you’ll clean up at the Nordstrom Half Yearly sale: stocking up on wardrobe basics of course and a few trendy items that are worth shopping (ahem, that striped faux fur coat). Because you deserve.

Check out some items to shop at the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale here:

 
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Happy shopping!

Kisses,

Glamazon Jessica

Photo: Joe Chea

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