TLBC Summer Staple #3
Summer is a time to explore new things and enjoy old things....
Here is a little something from Kathy!
Summertime means fun in the sun, melting ice cream on your fingers, barbecue filled afternoons, perfect beach days, and best of all summer fashion! As the peak of summer hits us, we wanted to take a closer look at summer fashion and lingerie. It is the season filled with light and comfortable dresses, cutoff shorts, bright colored accents, silk tops, floral patterns, and, a TLBC favorite, flirty summer lingerie!
As the sun shines bright, girls find themselves showing a little more skin to soak up every ray.With flirty outfits on the agenda it is also increasingly common for girls to wear something that shows their bra. While bandeaus and bralettes are in, petite women may find that they still want to have lift and shape while showing their bra!
Fear not petite ladies! There are classy, fun, and fashionable ways to wear these bra showing looks, even while wearing your favorite TLBC style! Below is a link to a video made by one of our very own TLBC Interns showing some great summer outfits featuring looks that show a little of your 'little' bra!
Video by: Sara,@fromCAwithlove, fromCAwithlove
Music by: Ellie Flier, @ellieflier, www.ellieflier.com
The Little Bra Company Spring/Summer 2013 Collection is officially available!
Channeling all things fun, flirty, and 100% feminine, the Spring/Summer 2013 collection is all about mixing comfort, style, and feminine flair. Using bold colors and flattering styles, this collection offers the perfect options for those sunny summer days where comfort is as important as style. The new “Charlotte”[G004] demi-cup bra, for example, features black/nude lace-printed microfiber cups that give all the flirty flair of the look of lace with the practicality of a smooth silhouette.
A must-have for every petite woman’s summer wardrobe is the go-to t-shirt bra. This season The Little Bra Company is making the t-shirt bra a little more fun with “Esther”[G002-1]. This bright sorbet/nude t-shirt bra features the perfect fit of our bestselling “Angela” bra with a stylish lace detailing across the cup and back. “Esther” has a deep-plunge neckline with just a bit of contoured padding to give your summer look a boost.
For the petite woman who is looking for less padding in a bra, but still wants The Little Bra Company’s signature oomph effect, TLBC is introducing the “Eva” [G002-2] bra. This soft demi-cup bra features a unique interior support panel and structural seaming designed to give you shape and lift without any padding! Available in a bold sorbet color with perfectly feminine nude lace detailing, the “Eva” bra does all the work of a push-up bra without the actual fill. You’ve got to try it on to believe it!
Fulfill all your summer lingerie needs and check out these perfectly petite styles today!
Do you want to show off your décolletage but are afraid of looking too sexy? Well, we have a few tips that are sure to flatter your small frame, while still looking ladyike. Glee star, Lea Michele, is a pro when it comes to showing off her petite breasts in a classy manner.
Balance Out Skin with Fabric
Try wearing a dress with long sleeves or a longer hemline to balance skin vs. dress ratio. This is an important thing to keep in mind with an ultra-sexy neckline. Doing so indicates the focus is on showing off one part of the body, not everything.
Add a Feminine Touch
Embellishments like a pop of color, lace lining, or sequins are a super fab way to keep the attention primarily on the garment, and not the “girls.” You can also try accessorizing with a belt or chunky necklace too. These are ways to add a sweet, more modest slant to this otherwise sexy look.
The Little Bra Company
Deep plunging necklines were made for small breasts! Women with petite busts can wear lower cut tops without having to worry about showing too much. Still, the point of these dresses is to show off a little and that is where The Little Bra Company can help you show off just the right amount. The key to looking good in a deep-plunge neckline is to have shape and cleavage where the focus is. The Little Bra Company’s small bras were made especially for smaller-chested women and women with petite frames. Therefore, the fit of The Little Bra Company’s bras, and their strategically-placed contoured push-up padding gives wearers a natural-looking curve and oomph in all the right places. Try The Little Bra Company’s “Lucia” and “Angela” bras for those deep-V outfits. To purchase “Lucia” or “Angela,”or any of our other small bras, please visit: http://www.thelittlebracompany.com/
Use Fashion Tape if Necessary
The best general rule of thumb is that you never, ever want to feel like you could have a wardrobe malfunction at any moment. Therefore, give yourself the comfort of keeping the dress in place by applying fashion tape before you leave the house.
So next time you want to show off your cleavage, think about Lea Michele; it’s not the amount you present, it’s how your presentation enhances your overall look.
Even though the summer season is coming to an end, it isn’t too late to get in shape and lose weight. If you are one of the 50 percent of women in the United States classified as petite – being 5’4″ or under – you may be facing some unique challenges when trying to lose weight that other women may or may not possess.
In his new book “The Petite Advantage Diet” fitness expert Jim Karas attempts to help us petite women understand why regular diets don’t work for us. We no longer need to feel frustration wondering why our taller girlfriends are dropping the pounds more quickly than us! Here are 5 of the tips Jim Karas shares in his dieting book:
1) Allow Yourself to Indulge in Certain Carbs
People forget that carbohydrates are not just breads and pasta, but items like fruits and vegetables too. Healthy carbs, especially those with high water content, are needed to help people stay full and lean in the midsection.
2) Keep Track of Your Calories
Jim Karas estimates that women with petite frames who overeat – even by as few as 28 calories a day - will gain 30 pounds over the course of one decade! So for example: a 45-year-old woman who weighs 160 pounds and is 5’9,” can eat approximately 2,013 calories per day to maintain her weight. A petite, 5’3″ woman of the same weighing, 160 pounds, and same age, 45-years-old, would only be able to consume 1,973 per day without gaining weight.
Look at it this way, if the petite woman were to take in those extra 40 calories per day, she’d gain 4.2 pounds of fat each year! And if you multiply that by 10, that would mean 42 pounds each decade, and an extra 128 pounds over the course of 30 years! So not fair! But that’s just Mother Nature, I suppose.
3) Eat High-Calorie Foods and High-Fat Foods Sparingly
According to Jim Karas, petite women should watch out for three foods in particular when counting their calories: 1) olive oil, 2) avocado and 3) juice. Just one tablespoon of olive oil, for instance, contains 120 calories and is 100 percent fat. Therefore, Karas recommends using it sparingly, no more than one serving per day. Juice, meanwhile, has 25 percent more calories than soda and twice as many calories as liquid sports drinks, so petite women should watch their intake. Commercial juice products are also pasteurized, which kills valuable nutrients and vitamins.
4) Swap Your Meals
Eaters in the U.S. typically start the day with their smallest meal, breakfast, and then work their way up to the largest, dinner. However, Jim Karas says that petite woman in particular should do just the opposite. To start off, he recommends flipping breakfast and lunch servings in order to better balance the day calorie-wise.
5) Skip the Treadmill and Pick Up the Weights
Karas says cardio can actually cause petite women to gain weight. This is because it increases their appetites, and since their frames are small there isn’t as much “room” to store the food. Instead, petite women should focus on strength training. Strength training will fulfill their cardio needs while also increasing their caloric burn. This will enhance their posture by strengthening and flattening their core muscles.
To purchase Jim Karas’ awesome book, please visit his website: http://www.jimkaras.com/
Who says a little thing like being 5'1" has to come between you and looking like a sky-high supermodel? Certainly not Kristen Bell! One of our favorite petite actresses, Kristen Bell, looked absolutely stunning on the red carpet Tuesday night for the Los Angeles premiere of her new movie “Hit & Run.”
The petite starlet rocked the red carpet in a very chic black jumpsuit by designer Jenny Packham. Is it just us, or does Kristin’s small frame look incredibly leggy here? She reminded us of a few fashion tricks petite women can use to give the illusion that we are taller than 5’4.” The jumpsuit she selected for the event is a great alternative, opposed to the ever-popular evening dress, for short gals like us. But there are also a few more reasons why this particular jumpsuit is especially flattering:
Choose bottoms that ALMOST hit the floor.
Pair a long, wide-legged pant with a pair of high heels or platforms—you know, the ones with the hidden extra inches! When the pants drape over your shoes it will look as if those extra inches are just part of your legs. If the pants have a high waist, that is even better!
Try out a deep plunging neckline.
A deep neckline, like Kristen Bell has on, will draw your eye upward. When eyes are looking up, it will make the distance between your face and your torso seem much longer.
When rocking a deep plunging neckline, The Little Bra Company recommends our best-selling small bra, Lucia. Lucia, the must-have little push-up bra for every petite woman’s closet. With her flattering, cleavage- enhancing, deep-plunge style, and convertible straps, Lucia will go perfect with virtually any day or night time outfit. The lace is so pretty you won’t mind letting it peek through to decorate your décolletage. She comes in 8 signature colors, including black and nude as well as a luscious red; but this spring, The Little Bra Company introduced little bra Lucia in two BRAND NEW fashion color combinations: geranium/nude and hyacinth/mink. These bright and flirty colors will make every spring outfit more fun! To purchase the Lucia small bra and thong/boyshort set, please visit: http://bit.ly/RiAGnr
You already know that black is practically magic when it comes to sveltifying and lengthening, but wearing another dark color head-to-toe will do the trick as well. Trying dark shades like navy, charcoal, eggplant, or this season's must-have burgundy will also have the same effect.
In 2008, archaeologists from Europe discovered 600-year-old undergarments. Further research, testing, and carbon dating were required to ensure the assorted lingerie was legit, and as of a couple days ago, these tests were completed. Historians documented early examples of bras back to the 1800s. However, Austrian archaeologists at the University of Innsbruck said Wednesday that these particular brassieres date back to the 1400s! That makes their use much earlier than previously thought!
“We didn’t believe it ourselves,” Beatrix Nutz, the archaeologist responsible for the discovery, told The Associated Press. “From what we knew, there was no such thing as bra-like garments in the 15th century.”
The four linen bras were discovered in an Austrian castle. Some of these pieces look almost exactly like modern-day bras. Researchers now say they have early undergarments supporting the claim that the modern-day bra may actually have its roots in the Middle Ages.
The four bras were decorated with a frilly lace. Hooray for these medieval maidens for supporting their breasts by wearing a bra, and looking good while doing it!
In spirit of the 2012 London Olympic Games, The Little Bra Company would like to honor and appreciate some of the hottest petite women in all different types of sports!
Danica Patrick (Height: 5’2”)
This sexy race car driver doesn't need size to conquer her field. Patrick, known as the face model for Go Daddy, is just as skilled on the track as she is off. Her work in the 2008 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and FHM has garnered consistent attention.
Alicia Sacramone (Height: 5’1”)
This American began her artistic gymnastic career at the tender age of 8. What she didn't predict was that she would finish growing when she reached the height of an 8-year-old boy. Alicia has ten gymnastics world championship gold medals. Sacramone clearly never let her doubters stand in her way.
Kelly Kelly (Height 5’4”)
Working for WWE on its Raw brand, this professional wrestler and diva has made quite the career for herself. A Divas champion in her rookie year, Kelly Kelly has also found a niche in modeling. She has appeared in FHM Online and was once ranked No. 82 on Maxim's Hot 100.
Heather Mitts (Height: 5’4.5”)
Currently a defender in the Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) league, Mitts is often placed in the upper echelon of sexy female athletes. A two-time Olympic gold medalist and a member of the United States women's national team, she has always been used to pressure, considering her years at the University of Florida. Pressure from fans to pose more may also be in high demand.
Elena Reid (Height: 5’2”)
This American boxer can be seen as the female version of Manny Pacquiao. While her nickname is "Baby Doll," Elena is no lightweight. 19-6 as a boxer and 4-1 as a mixed martial artist just about says everything!
Bia and Branca Feres (Heights: 5’3”)
Bia and Branca Feres are Brazilian synchronized swimmers. These twins have been featured on the cover of Spanish-language magazine VIP after starting their swimming careers at the age of seven!
All athletes deserve the best support when it comes to sports bras, even if you wear a smaller bra size. If you are a petite athlete, and want a petite sports bra that won’t give you a “strapped down” look, your search is over! The Little Bra Company would love to recommend our very first petite sports bra, Elizabeth! Elizabeth is a specially engineered sports bra with light padding and structured seaming. She will support and give your breasts a shapelier silhouette, leaving you feeling sexy while you’re working it out! Elizabeth is a great small bra for petite women during their pregnancy, or just anytime you want to wear a wireless bra. There are no wires, clasps or adjustors on Elizabeth; she is a pull-over little bra.
The Elizabeth petite sports bra is available in all 15 of our specialty small bra sizes!
One thing all of these petite athletes have in common is that no matter what their height is, they are confident and always stand tall. The Little Bra Company offers intimate apparel that will enhance and give shape to women with a smaller frame. Be a proud petite because “good things do come in small packages!”®