16 Underrated Lingerie Brands That Aren’t Victoria’s Secret ~ Augusta Falletta

1. Nubian Skin

Nubian Skin

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Ade Hassan, the founder of Nubian Skin, was frustrated by the lack of skin-tone lingerie for women of color. Nubian Skin was born and has been making a diverse range of shades ever since. 

Pricing: $15–$50

Where to Buy: NubianSkin.com

2. Naja

Naja

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Two percent of every Naja purchase goes toward supporting their entrepreneurial sewing program for women through local foundations. They also employ single mothers through Underwear for Hope. 

Pricing: $9–$110

Where to Buy: Naja.co

3. Harlow & Fox

Harlow & Fox

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Harlow & Fox’s gorgeous lingerie is designed exclusively for sizes 30–38 D–DG. 

Pricing: $144–$287

Where to Buy: Harlowandfox.com

4. Wacoal

Wacoal

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Wacoal’s all about making beautiful lingerie that actually fits and feels right. Plus, its Fit for a Cure program helps to raise awareness about breast cancer with complimentary fittings around the country. 

Pricing: $15–$98

Where to Buy: Wacoal.com

5. ThirdLove

ThirdLove

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ThirdLove is a genius brand because they have… wait for it…HALF-CUP SIZES. For every woman who’s had to settle for a bra that’s a little too snug or loose, this is the solution. 

Pricing: $45–$68

Where to Buy: Thirdlove.com

6. Chrysalis Lingerie

Chrysalis Lingerie

Chrysalis lingerie was created specifically for the women of the transgender community and it’s beautiful AF. 

Pricing: $75–$85

Where to Buy: Chrysalislingerie.com

7. Dear Kate

Dear Kate

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Dear Kate’s underwear is built to keep up with periods, sweat, stains, and anything else a woman’s body will throw at her on the reg. 

Pricing: $32–$48

Where to Buy: DearKates.com

8. Hips & Curves

Hips & Curves

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Hips & Curves makes lingerie and sleepwear for plus-size women that ranges from sweet AF to really, really ~sensual.~

Pricing: $6.95–$69.95

Where to Buy: Hipsandcurves.com

9. Thinx

Thinx

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Thinx is all about allowing — and encouraging — women to talk about their periods, and its underwear is meant to be worn during them. 

Pricing: $24–34

Where to Buy: Shethinx.com

10. You! Lingerie

You! Lingerie

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You! Lingerie makes maternity undergarments that convert into breastfeeding bras by unhooking the cup. Not to mention they’re frigging beautiful. 

Pricing: $13–$62

Where to Buy: You-lingerie.com

11. Brook There

Brook There

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Brook There’s undergarments are made of sustainable and organic fabrics made to last, and they’re all designed and constructed in America. 

Pricing: $32–$145

Where to Buy: Brookthere.com

12. Adore Me

Adore Me

Once you fill take a quick ~preferences~ quiz on the kind of lingerie styles you love, Adore Me curates a collection based on your taste. You can sign up to be a VIP member to get perks (like $10 off any style, anytime and every sixth bra-and-panty set free) or just sign up as a non-member and order whatever you want. 

Pricing: $19.95–$49.95

Where to Buy: Adoreme.com

13. Play Out Underwear

Play Out Underwear

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Play Out underwear is gender neutral, designed with the idea of allowing people to break out of the constrictive gender binary. 

Pricing: $24–$28

Where to Buy: Playout-underwear.com

14. Marie Yat

Marie Yat

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The minimalist lingerie at Marie Yat is seamless, chic, and unisex. Its online store is coming soon. 

Pricing: Coming soon. 

Where to Buy: Marieyat.com coming soon.

15. True & Co

True & Co

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True & Co is dedicated to finding every woman’s perfect-fitting bras. Once you take a quiz online, it determines which bras will fit your body type best so you don’t have to do any guessing. 

Pricing: $15–$95

Where to Buy: Trueandco.com

16. Clare Bare

Clare Bare

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Clare Bare produces handmade, eco-friendly lingerie that’s a mix of vintage and modern styles.

Pricing: $30–$182

Where to Buy: Clarebare.com

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This Curvy Yogi Is The Most Inspiring Human You’ll See All Day ~ Alison Caporimo

Meet Valerie Sagun, a 28-year-old yogi from San Jose, California.

Meet Valerie Sagun, a 28-year-old yogi from San Jose, California.

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Sagun has been practicing hatha yoga for the past four years. Hatha is a set of physical exercises, known as asanas, that are designed to align your skin, muscles, and bones.

Sagun started her Instagram Big Gal Yoga a year and a half ago.

Sagun started her Instagram Big Gal Yoga a year and a half ago.

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“At first, I only did Tumblr,” Sagun tells BuzzFeed Life. “But when I got to 10,000 followers and people asked me to join Instagram, I decided to go for it.”

And her photos are fly AF.

And her photos are fly AF.

Valerie Sagun / Via instagram.com

Crow pose? More like queen pose.

To start, her yoga wardrobe is TO DIE FOR.

To start, her yoga wardrobe is TO DIE FOR.

Valerie Sagun / Via instagram.com

“It can be hard for bigger women to find good leggings,” she says. But, let’s face it, she looks flawless. Sagun swears by her favorite brands Rainbeau Curves and Fractal 9 for comfy, colorful athletic wear.

And her confidence is contagious.

And her confidence is contagious.

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“I’ve never really felt self-conscious about my body during yoga classes,” Sagun says. “For me, yoga is all about the mind and positive thinking. I get anxiety and depression, and practicing has helped me through that.”

She’s always down to try new things.

She's always down to try new things.

Valerie Sagun / Via instagram.com

Like using a yoga wheel. “It helps to open your back a lot more during stretches,” Sagun says.

And pushing herself is the only way she knows how.

And pushing herself is the only way she knows how.

Valerie Sagun / Via instagram.com

“Acro yoga was one thing, especially as a bigger-bodied person, that I was scared and doubtful to try,” Sagun writes on her Instagram. “But it was so fun to practice.”

Sagun loves yoga so much that she’s currently trying to become a teacher.

Sagun loves yoga so much that she's currently trying to become a teacher.

Valerie Sagun / Via instagram.com

She started a GoFundMe to help raise money for tuition at 7 Centers Yoga Arts in Sedona, Arizona.

“By being a curvy woman of color, I get to show a lot of underrepresented people that they are capable of anything,” she says.

"By being a curvy woman of color, I get to show a lot of underrepresented people that they are capable of anything," she says.

Valerie Sagun / Via instagram.com

“We need more diversity so that, one day, diversity just becomes something normal that happens everywhere.”

"We need more diversity so that, one day, diversity just becomes something normal that happens everywhere."

Valerie Sagun / Via instagram.com

“Everyone who is interested in yoga should feel comfortable practicing it,” she says.

For Homeless Women, Getting Their Period Is One Of The Most Difficult Challenges by Eleanor Goldberg

Here is a very interesting article about the struggles of being female and homeless. These issues are rarely discussed in relation to each other but this piece offers great insight into some of the additional challenges of being a woman living on the streets.


 
SAD HOMELESS WOMAN

Homeless women typically know where to find a safe place to sleep or a hot meal to eat. But when it comes to taking care of their feminine hygiene needs, they often have nowhere to turn.

Tampons and sanitary pads usually top the list of needs at shelters, since they’re pricey and supporters don’t often donate them, social workers told Al Jazeera. Compounding the issue is the fact that clean showers are also scarce, and not washing during menstruation can lead to infections.

It’s a desperate situation that many homeless women feel resigned to accept.

“I’ll never be clean,” a young woman living on the streets of San Francisco once told Doniece Sandoval, the entrepreneur behind Lava Mae, a mobile shower program, according to Nation Swell.

Maribel Guillet, 36, is all too familiar with that despondent feeling.

Guillet, who lives in a Bronx, New York, homeless shelter, typically menstruates for about 10 days and experiences heavy bleeding, she told Al Jazeera. But because of the shelter’s strict restrictions, she can’t always use the restroom as often as she needs to.

The fact that menstruation is a taboo topic to begin with, means that people who are able help, often aren’t even aware that such a vast need exists.

While donating clothes to a homeless day center in Camden, New Jersey, back in 2009, Joanie Balderstone and her partner, Rebecca McIntire, asked the women there what else they really needed.

The overwhelming consensus was pads and tampons, the couple wrote on their organization’s website.

That interaction is what spurred the pair to found Distributing Dignity, a nonprofit that donates bras and feminine hygiene products to women in need.

A few months later, they hosted their first “Mardi Bra” party, according to Philly.com.
Guests donated 80 new bras and hundreds of feminine products that the founders distributed to shelters in Camden.

They’ve since expanded to help shelters throughout South Jersey and Philadelphia.

Gaining access to such an everyday item has proved to be invaluable to the women Distributing Dignity helps.

When residents at Camden County Women’s Center, which supports survivors of domestic abuse, recently got shipment of sanitary napkins, they were thrilled to see that the box contained pads of varying sizes.

“It sounds silly,” Jeen Moncayo, a case worker at the center, told Philly.com“but the choice is empowering.”

See how you can help at Distributing Dignity.

Article Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/14/homeless-women-tampons_n_6465230.html?cps=gravity_2689_8142719178344441973

Untitled by Dani.Love

PlanetSunshine spilled in through the small spaces o f the blinds, finding its way over her body struggling to sleep. As her eyes twitch, fighting off the images beneath her lids, the sun’s invasions intensified whatever was happening in her subconscious mind. Instinctively, she lifted the knitted teal and orange throw above her head, in an attempt to shield away the torturous moment between her mind and mind’s eye. The vibrating sound of her cell phone alarms startled her, but only slightly as she pressed snoozed, eyes still closed. She wiped her eyes as to erase the dream’s journey. Finally, she forced open her eyes, perhaps too full to endure anymore. Routinely, she reached over to her handcrafted nightstand, which held her journal and favorite pen. She sat up, letting her wild locs fall freely, and did what she has been doing since the arrival of these images.

She wrote.

She wrote, tears forming, trapped in the corner of her eyes. She wiped them prematurely as she always did. Afraid the falling tears would bring the written words beneath them to life. She was oblivious, or perhaps in denial, to the fact that reality already occurred. That she has been a living result of a motherless child. Not that her mother was deceased or even absent, not physically at least.

She wrote away at this nagging dream, needing to put the pieces together, where she is running from danger into the arms of her mother. Towards her mother she runs. To safety she needed. To safety she thought.

To Be Continued….

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I took a writing workshop class over the summer and while it was helpful hearing other people’s critique of and reading each others’ work, it was most difficult for me to write during the prompts. My mind would just shut down. Perhaps it was me thinking too much and/or comparing myself to the other writers in the workshop, all who are SOOOO brilliant. Any who, this was the first (and perhaps the only) piece that came freely to me during a writing prompt session. I said I’d come back to this and when I do, I will share its growth…

Thankful Thursday – Things Moms Want Their Daughters To Know

Simple words of wisdom from Mothers to their young daughters, but really they could apply to anyone. What do you wish you were told when you were growing up? What secret to life do you wish you had learned early on? For me, it is to be fearless and not afraid to fail; those words would have come in handy. Here are the tips shared by these Mothers in this short clip.

  1. Be confident in your body
  2. Don’t be afraid to fail
  3. Be a powerful woman
  4. Fill your life with love

Share your words of wisdom in the comments section below. Stay Awesome and Enjoy!

Thankful Thursday -10 Things Every Female Should Know by Natalie Patterson

“I am enough”
“I am enough”
“I am most certainly enough”

The magic words uttered by Natalie Patterson in her unforgettable poem 10 Things Every Female Should Know. Everyone needs a pick me up. Everyone needs to be reminded of their unique awesomeness. In this amazing and soulful reading, Patterson plays the cheerleader – she is in your corner pushing you on. Forward my comrades, forward! Enjoy.

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