How to Turn Every Body Into a Beach Body

We can’t really be sure if it was Instagram (read: a range of extremely gorgeous, over-the-top, stunningly beautiful and out-of-this-world hot women) that has gradually instilled us with this body, fashion and makeup paranoia or had we always been a tad anxious about it all just didn’t have it flaunted in our faces daily. Whichever the case, things are as they are – to most (if not all) of us it’s become extremely important to look good no matter where we go or what we do. The problem? It’s not always possible.

Although they may attack your “laziness” with arguments such as “where there’s will there’s power” and other similarly annoying word-gimmicks, you and I both know life doesn’t always grant you an extra of two hours to do your contour or a day off to go the gym. But, we do what we can, especially in the midst of getting ready for our upcoming summer holidays.

We are in this together. So, to help you eliminate that summer insecurity and get you back into a positive mindset, we’ve put together a little guide that should work to your benefit.

Ladies, do read on:

Take a look at your body, objectively

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We’re all prone to judge ourselves in much crueler ways than others would. With that in mind, it may be possible you are being just a little too harsh on yourself and that you actually look pretty fine! Still, whichever the case, take a look at yourself in the mirror (wear just your underwear) and instead of focusing on what you don’t like, make sure you highlight WHAT YOU DO LIKE about yourself. Try this exercise for a few days in a row and you’ll see what it’ll do to your self-image.

Do mind what you eat

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We are all fat… well, at least judging by the supermodels, commercials, billboards and other in-your-face methods of killing our self-esteem. Try to ignore those, really. If you had an entire day on your hands to just work on making yourself pretty, you’d look like a freakin’ diva! So, let’s forget about the unreal beauty standards for a second and think about our health. Make a promise to yourself that you’ll work on regulating your diet in order to increase your energy levels, brain functions and overall life quality. Include leafy greens, veggies, fruits and lean meats into your diet for a fantastic health boost. The extra pounds? They’ll melt away as a side-effect of your healthy lifestyle.

At least go for a run

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Again, this doesn’t mean we’re cracking under the pressure of “fitness gurus” and other annoying fitness trips. This is for you – your feeling of fluffiness and your health. If you can’t make it to the gym, at least go for a run around the block. If it’s not five times a week, make it three times… as long as your body is getting some physical activity, you’ll be fine.

Buy a kick-ass swimsuit

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Regardless of your size, you can look jaw-dropping on the beach. No, don’t role your eyes at us… you can! Can we talk about Ashley Graham for a second? Her curvaceous body is absolutely beautiful (as is her face) but the main reasons she oozes the gorgeousness she does are because a) she loves the way she looks and b) she knows what type of clothes/underwear/swimsuits to wear.

So, instead of trying to squeeze into a two-sizes-smaller bikini just because you want to prove something to somebody or wearing cuts that make your breasts look ranger or cover up the fact that you are “too skinny”, opt for a cut that agrees with your shape and compliments your figure. With a range of fantastic Baku swimwear you’ll find your pick in a jiffy.

Embrace all that is you

No matter your size, shape, the lines on your face or the projection of your beauty… you ARE gorgeous as you are. Leave comparisons aside and focus on you – ways you can upgrade yourself to be the best version of the fantastic creature you already are and strive towards a confident, healthy life.


BigBoxPlay Creates the Ultimate Fort

BigBoxPlay take a child’s love of forts and cardboard boxes to the next level by providing a life-sized box system with tunnels and towers that can be arranged and rearranged in endless configurations. Made from durable, double-walled cardboard, the forts are so strong that children can even stand on them! Best of all,they’re easy to take down, and set back up again. . . with large plastic screws holding the pieces together, little hands can do it themselves! Perfect for those living in cold weather climates when you have to beat the indoor blues!

Reignite Imaginations and Playtime with Innovative Life-Size Durable Play System

Nationwide, parents and educators are struggling with the negative impact that digital devices and less physical playtime are having on our children’s development, interactions, and creativity. It’s time to reimagine playtime and get kids back to basics of building imaginary worlds with BigBoxPlay. Tapping a child’s love for building forts with its modular play system, BigBoxPlay is a first-of-its-kind play and learning system that is reimagining playtime!

Wholesome family fun for everyone, BigBoxPlay is a durable “life-size” modular play system designed to spark imagination and teach youngsters important skills like creativity, collaboration, storytelling, empathy and problem-solving — all vital for success in today’s modern life and work.

Unlike the usual flimsy cardboard cut-out play options, BigBoxPlay gives kids a rough and tumble double-walled box system with tunnels and towers that can be arranged and rearranged in endless configurations for hours of fun as they unleash their imaginations.

The BigBoxPlay irresistible play system includes these unique features:

* Extremely strong, durable and modular

* Fun to assemble and quick to disassemble for easy storage

* Customizable with different themes such as castles and spaceships

* Available in different box-sets and configurations to fit any room size or outdoor area

* Environmentally friendly

* Great value and fun for the whole family!

Featuring different themes, activity kits, and Adventure Guides, BigBoxPlay will empower your child to build anything they can imagine while having a special magical experience for hours on end.

BigBoxPlay is getting a boost with a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign that will be live on May 9, 2017 for 4 weeks. Supporters and fans can take advantage of an exclusive pre-order pricing of $75-$135 with free shipping within the Contiguous U.S. BigBoxPlay units will be shipped to all Kickstarter backers within 3 monthsfrom the end of the campaign. Please go to to learn more about BigBoxPlay and be among the first to receive special discounts for this exciting new product.

About BigBoxPlay:

Frustrated with all the digital toys dominating the market, Founder Pete Moffett wanted a special way to connect with his grandson. Recalling wholesome memories of captivating play experiences from his childhood, BigBoxPlay was developed to take building the best fort to the next level.


Dreamy Beauty Bar by Lynda Quach

Everyone knows that Toronto is a place you dress to impress! It is really important that you look your best because it seems like you will always run into someone you know.

Pricing to keep your looks up can get costly but if you are looking for a referral, I have one for you! Dreamy Beauty Bar is a boutique lash/brow studio located in a cozy location on Queen East. Even with a tiny place, the best thing about Lynda’s beauty bar is the exceptional quality.

I had no idea what to expect when I showed up for my microblade appointment! Lynda sent me reminder before my appointment and made me feel comfortable right away. We discussed the shape of my brows currently and what our goals are. Then we talk about the color that I felt most comfortable with. We decided to go with a light brown black color.

I never ever had symmetrical brows in my life and I have always had bangs! I am so happy with the results and my entire make-up routine seems so much easier. Look at my very light natural brows before my microblade procedure!

After the 1 hour of careful microblading, we were finally ready for the big reveal!

Brow Reveal Time 🤗 Imagine saving soooo much time in the morning

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Lynda also sent me this handy guide to know what to expect during the ‘recovery’ time of the brows.


The first few days it does seem dark but now they are just perfect!

If you are in Toronto make sure to call Lynda and visit Dreamy Beauty Bar.

Tues – Fri: 11am – 7pm

Sat: 11am – 5pm

Sunday: Appointment only

Monday: Closed



WINKY LUX just raised $2M

WINKY LUX, a digitally native Gen-Z beauty brand known for its whimsical packaging and rapid-fire innovation, has raised $2 million in seed funding led by Female Founders Fund (“F3”). Other notable investors include venture capital firms BBG Ventures, GGV, SoGal Ventures and TGZ Capital, a new fund whose managers include celebrity YouTuber Cameron Dallas.

In addition to the sales on, the WINKY LUX brand is sold in more than 1000 global retail locations including top retailers like Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, and Mecca Maxima. In the fall it will be an anchor offering in the hotly anticipated “Riley Rose” beauty concept store created by Forever 21. Known to it’s customers by the hashtag #ItsAWinkyWorld, the less-than-two year old brand has cultivated a fanatical following of young consumers seeking luxury experiences at an approachable price.

WINKY’s ability to leverage the accessibility of the brand in both technology and traditional sales is what attracted the interest of the investing partners, who saw an opportunity to help the company continue to build a digital beauty brand with the perfect combination of both traditional retail and a digital-direct e-commerce model. “As a nascent brand, WINKY LUX has been able to successfully tap into today’s digital customer and we are excited to work together for this next phase of growth.” Anu Duggal from Female Founders Fund.

Funds will be used to expand digital campaigns, increase the product offering and open the first WINKY LUX pop-up shop in lower Manhattan. WINKY LUX will continue to acquire customers through influencer collaborations and trend driven content, and with their unique supply chain, new products can be developed and launched in as little as 45 days. This fast production cycle allows the brand to leverage trends at the speed at which they happen.

“We’re thrilled to partner with like-minded investors who have track records of backing great innovation. Our goal is to provide a beautiful luxury experience to our customers through data driven personalization, indulgent packaging and extraordinary experiences both online and offline. Our customer’s happiness is paramount and our new partnerships will increase our ability to captivate and delight her.” says co-founder Natalie Mackey.

Winky Lux is a fast-to-market cosmetics brand that launched in October 2015. All of the products are paraben free, cruelty-free, non-toxic and heavily pigmented. The collection consists of lip pills, glosses, eye palettes, complexion powder, blush, rainbow brow palettes and the innovative Flower Balm lip balm. Each product is indulgently packaged in custom white lacquer, silver, and gold and comes in a luxurious box. High color payoffs, long-lasting wear, and silky finishes create the ultimate beauty experience.




There’s no law that says Nursing Bras have to be frumpy & beige. I checked.

Celebrate Motherhood in Style With You! Lingerie

Sexy, stylish maternity and nursing bras,

sleep and loungewear designed with mom in mind

Pregnancy and breastfeeding are beautiful, your nursing and maternity lingerie should be too. Designed to embrace and celebrate your new curves during pregnancy and breastfeeding, You! Lingerie provides a perfect balance between functionality, support and comfort without sacrificing style, ever! All the nursing bras, tank tops and sleepwear exude luxurious sensuality, playful style and femininity in its wearer with the functionality of discreetly breastfeeding that hungry baby!

You! Lingerie was born when founder Uyo Okebie-Eichelberger searched endlessly for beautiful nursing lingerie as a first-time breastfeeding mom. The more she searched, the more daunting it became to find a cute, well-made and affordable maternity and nursing bra. Equipped with her Duke MBA and experience as a brand manager, Uyo took matters into her own hands, resulting in the launch of You! Lingerie in 2010. With a mission to make breastfeeding and expecting moms feel confident and beautiful every day, You! Lingerie is designed to not only be sexy, colorful and luxurious, but have also been crafted to provide great support and functionality to pregnant and nursing mothers.

Would you kill for a drop-dead gorgeous nursing bra? Look no further! Explore the sexy, stylish designs from You! Lingerie:

Chloe Maternity & Nursing Bra:  Your other black bras are about to get super jealous of your Chloe Nursing bra. Beautifully constructed maternity and nursing bras feature full molded black cups, black butterfly shimmer lace with caged straps detailing embellished with the brand’s signature splash of hot pink color throughout – cup lining, nursing clips, and decorative bows. Providing both function and everyday comfort, the Chloe nursing bra is lined with 100% cotton for breathable comfort.

Darcy Super Mom Super Tired Maternity & Nursing Pajama Set:  Including a super soft gray cotton nursing tank top and PJ pants in white and pale pink stripes that are perfect for late nights breastfeeding or all day lounging. We know you’re a “super mom,” but you’re also “super tired.” Being a mom is a full-time job, so unwind and recharge those super mom powers in this effortlessly chic pajama set.

About You! Lingerie:

You! Lingerie’s collection of sexy, stylish maternity and nursing bras, sleep and loungewear is designed with the fashionista mom in mind. Made to not only be sexy, colorful and luxurious, they also have been crafted to provide great support and functionality to pregnant and nursing mothers. On a mission to make breastfeeding and expecting moms feel confident everyday, You! Lingerie believes that motherhood is beautiful, your nursing and maternity lingerie should be too.


ECO-Mom’s Ocean-Friendly Line is at Target!

Last month, the June 8th was World Oceans Day, and we never stop to protect the ocean. Families like yours can now help save our oceans by making one small lifestyle change: Go plastic-free at lunchtime! ECO-mom Sandra Harris has provided one such solution with her award-winning brand, ECOlunchbox (, which is available at Target stores nationwide June 25th.

ECOlunchbox’s mission is to help families reduce their dependence on plastics and use products that produce zero waste to the environment. The accumulation of plastic waste has severely harmed our ocean life, having contributed to hazards like the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and the decay of the Great Barrier Reef.

In fact, recent studies found that by the year 2050 – there will be more plastic than fish in our oceans! Learn more about the perils of plastic, here.  

This is why ECOlunchbox offers a plastic-free lunchware alternative to regular food-packing containers.  Every item in the ECOlunchbox line is made with non-toxic materials such as stainless steel, cotton or plastic-free silicone.  The line boasts an array of eco-friendly food accessories, bentos, and bags that come in various shapes and sizes – even the container lids are made of silicone and embossed with inspiring ocean motifs.

Harris explains that if the silicone lids were to get lost in the environment, the silicone material won’t break down into small bits like plastic does in our oceans, where it’s ingested by marine birds and animals. According to the Washington Post, “Plastic has wound up in the stomachs of more than half the world’s sea turtles and nearly all of its marine birds, studies say. 

Thanks to ECOlunchbox, tens of millions of pieces of trash has already been averts from use and disposal – confirmed by the company’s “Planet Impact Study” It’s easy for you to help do the same: Next time you plan on packing food on the go, opt for a plastic-free lunch and shop ECOlunchbox at Target. Two of their ocean-inspired products from the line’s Blue Water Bento collection – the Seal Cup Trio and the Splash Box, is sold at select Target Stores Nationwide beginning June 25th, 2017. 

More about ECOlunchbox:

ECOlunchbox is a woman-owned, mission-based social enterprise built on the passion, excellence, innovation and love of healthy people and planet. ECOlunchbox is best in class when it comes to trends in lunchware: with its sleek and polished design, ECOlunchbox products are lightweight, easy to pack, reusable, stackable and clippable, hassle-free, and are easy to wash by hand or toss in dishwasher. This affordable line is sold at major retailers like Bed Bath and Beyond, is coming to Target in June of 2017, and sold online, here.  In an additional effort to help our Ocean life, ECOlunchbox has recently partnered with

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