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  • Tuesday Tip Day | Reduce Your Risk

    Tuesday Tip Day |  Reduce Your Risk 

    Ways To Help Reduce Your Risk For Breast Cancer

     

     It is never too late to learn the many different ways to help reduce your risk for Breast Cancer. Even if no one in your family has been diagnosed with Breast Cancer, the 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, statistic still applies.

    Here is a list of helpful ideas to consider that will help lower your risk for Breast Cancer:

    * Make a mammogram appointment if you haven’t had one in a while.

    * Every month you should do a breast self-exam. There are two parts to this exam. The first part is looking and the second part is touching. Websites like Bright Pink,  offer step-by-step instructions on how to do an accurate self-exam. The organization also offers monthly breast self-exam reminders that can be sent directly to your phone.

     

     * Maintain a healthy weight.

    * Stay physically active—the American Cancer Society recommends a daily workout of 30 minutes, which also includes walking.

    * Avoid consuming too much alcohol.

    * If you are a new mother, breastfeeding 1+ years has several benefits for you and your child.

    * Consume more fruits and vegetables each day. The top fruits and vegetables for great health include citrus, berries, cherries, broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kale, spinach and tomatoes.

    * Maintaining a positive outlook helps your body maintain a healthy balance and will help you make healthy decisions.

    Even though the statistics sound scary, if you take the time to maintain a healthy lifestyle while taking the time to stay informed and conduct your self-exams each month—the survival rate for those who discover they have breast cancer at an early stage is 98%.

    It is important to note that for younger women, it is common to feel lumps each month around your menstruation cycle. Lumps that you have not felt before and that feel harder that the breast tissue, like a frozen pea, are a concern. Other symptoms may include persistent itching, nipple discharge or any other major changes in your breasts like change in size or shape. If you experience any of these or are not sure, always make an appointment with your doctor.

     

    It is important to know your breasts so you can recognize any changes…so ladies start feeling your boobs.

     

    Support the cause and shop for bras! - Use code THINKPINK for 15% off storewide! 15% of sale proceeds will be given to The Foundation for Living Beauty!

     

    XOXO,

    The Little Bra Company

  • Motivational Monday | #ThinkPink and Get Involved

    Motivational Monday| #ThinkPink

     

    How Are You Celebrating Pink October?

     

    All month long we will be celebrating and supporting National Breast Cancer Awareness. There are many ways to get involved this month, even simple ways like wearing a pink ribbon or pink items. While October may also mean Halloween festivities, it is still important to spread information about the first leading cancer found amongst women.

     

    Become More Active: You don’t have to wait until the New Year to change up your workout plan. This month you can celebrate Pink October by becoming a healthier you. Sign up for a local race that raises money towards Breast Cancer Awareness, even if you are not a great runner like many of us, walking is always an option.

     

    Join An Organization: This is a great way to make new friends and support your fellow ladies, while learning about Breast Cancer. Websites like the American Cancer Society offer tips on where to look to volunteer or how to start a wellness program at work.

     

    Spread The Word: Social media has made this part very easy. Every great article that you come across, even workout or eating ideas, are great to share to your circle of friends. Encourage those around you to get involved. Make sure to research the latest hashtag trends; so then your posts will reach more people outside of your close circle of friends.

     

    Think Pink: Another way that is a fun one is trying a new recipe that is pink, wearing pink or painting your nails pink. Want to start with your basics? Shop TLBC with code ‘ThinkPink’ and get 15% off this month! Go crazy with the color, pink is the new black this month and will remind you the importance of this month each day you wear it.

     

    Help TLBC support the cause and get involved!

     

    XOXO,

    The Little Bra Company

  • TLBC CONTEST | Summer Style Staple Challenge

    TLBC Summer Style Staple Challenge

     

    Enter to win a FREE SET and be featured on the TLBC blog!

    The Summer Style Staple Challenge is all about how you dress your favorite TLBC styles! This is #selfie central people!

    We want to see your favorite TLBC styles in action. Show us your summer outfit of choice featuring TLBC signature styles. Have a favorite summer dress that works perfect with Sascha? Show us! Is Lucia your must have under that sheer tank? Style to perfection and share!

    Over the next 10 days TLBC will be running the Summer Style Staple Challenge. Two styles will be featured every 2 days. A winner will be chosen for every style set and will featured on the TLBC blog and receive an exclusive TLBC discount! At the end of the challenge a Grand Prize winner will be chosen from the style set winners and this lucky person will win a FREE SET!

    No one goes home empty handed here! Every contest participant will receive a 15% discount code just for taking part!

    Contest rules and regulations below:

    Entry Method

    There are three methods of entry – make sure to tag and hashtag to insure we receive your entry!

    • Facebook – Post your Summer Style Staple Challenge picture and tag The Little Bra Company
    • Instagram – Post and tag The Little Bra Company with #thelittlebracompany #tlbcsummerstaple
    • Twitter – Tweet your photo to @thelittlebracom and # the TLBC style featured!

     

     

    Contest Rules

    1. Two styles will be featured every 2 days. You will have those 2 days to share your favorite ways to wear either of the featured styles using one of the specified entry methods.
    2. All participants must be fully clothed in every image. Bra straps, bands, and details can be shown.
    3. Up to three entries per person.
    4. Instagram profiles must be “Public” to insure entry is received.
    5. Winners will be notified via direct message.
    6. Style Set winners will receive exclusive discount on their favorite TLBC styles
    7. Grand Prize winner will win free set of their choice.
    8. All winners will be featured on TLBC social media as A Team Style Icons.
    9. All participants will receive a 15% promo code.

    Good Luck all!

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    Day 1 & 2 - Style Set

     

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    XOXO,

    The Little Bra Company

  • TLBC Fashion Focus | Designer Spotlight

    Designer Spotlight | Carolina Alvo

     

    In honor of TLBC Fashion Focus week, we are highlighting one our favorite petite designers, Carolina Alvo!

    Carolina Misan Alvo is the founder of  ‘Carolina Alvo’, a fantastic clothing line featuring fresh and elegant pieces that will fit and flatter the petite frame to perfection!

    As a true petite, measuring in at 4’9, Carolina truly understands the frustration that comes with shopping for a petite frame. Unsatisfied with her options and taking matters into her own hands, Carolina launched ‘Carolina Alvo’! With a clear vision and the determination of a born entrepreneur, Carolina has founded a company that not only creates perfectly petite pieces, but also works to inspire and empower petite women everywhere.

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    LBC: How did Caroline Alvo become what it is today?

    CMA: I am 4’9” and shopping has always been a nightmare for me. I always wished for a better shopping solution but was never able to find one, even in the petite sections of major retailers. So when I was unexpectedly laid-off from my job in January 2013 I decided that it was my chance to see if I could create the shopping savior I had been looking for. I initially started the company as a petite retailer where I brought together petite and petite-friendly designers all in one store. Ultimately I decided to move away from that business model and create my own brand because I wasn’t able to find enough designers that made great clothes for petites. I took all the early customer feedback and created Carolina Alvo as a source for essential pieces that every woman needs in her closet that can take her from work to weekend and everywhere in between!

    LBC: What is the inspiration behind the new collection?

    CMA: Feedback from my customers plus the amazing businesswomen I have gotten to meet throughout my many years of living in New York are definitely the inspiration behind my collection. I had so many customers write to me saying “I need more petite basics,” “I’m 50 years old and I want to wear something age-appropriate, but hate the boxy pant suits available in petite departments!” I took this feedback and thought about the inspiring women around me – they were running around from one place to the next doing amazing things, and they didn’t have any spare time to endlessly search for an outfit that fit right and made them look great. I wanted to create a line that could seamlessly fit into their lives so they could get along with the great things they were doing in their day.

     

    LBC: What are your biggest fashion struggles as a petite?

    CMA: There simply aren’t enough designers making clothes for petites. You crave the selection and the styles available in regular-sized clothing, but you also crave a proper petite fit. So it’s pretty hard for most petite women to find a lot of basic things – from jeans, to maxi dresses, to a suit for work. Even though we’re half the female population in the US the fashion industry has quite literally overlooked this huge market!

    LBC: What are your favorite things about being petite?

    CMA: I think it’s shaped a lot of my personality – I think if I was taller I would have a totally different personality, so I’ve learned to embrace and love my height. On a practical level, I love that I can fit into small spaces. You won’t see me ever complain about sitting in coach on a long flight – I can sleep like a champ on planes !

     

    LBC: What are your 2 favorite pieces from the debut 'Carolina Alvo' collection?

    CMA: This is such a tough question! Since there are only five pieces, I really love them all because they are so versatile and easy to style. But if I had to pick two, I would go with the Avani Blazer, which I’ll usually wear with jeans, and the Kathleen Dress, which makes me look instantly put-together.

     

    Pre-order here

     

    LBC: What is your best piece of fashion advice for petites?

    CMA: Petites can wear anything thing – I don’t believe in “fashion don’ts”. The key is finding things that are truly made for your proportion. Once you find that, you can pull of anything your heart desires…and yes, that includes cropped pants and loose-fitting clothes.

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    A petite powerhouse with a wonderful aesthetic, Carolina Alvo, is a true example that “Good things do come in small packages.”™ The TLBC team is excited to share her story and supports all she is doing to change the way petite women approach shopping and fashion in general.

    XOXO,

    The Little Bra Company

  • Motivational Monday | Get Bikini Ready!

    Motivational Monday

    Summer is here and your favorite bikini is beckoning from that box you stashed it in all winter –

    It is time to soak up the rays and work on those tan lines we love to hate. The TLBC Team is excited for beach barbecues, pool parties, and quality fun in the sun. Only problem….we may not be feeling totally bikini ready.

    If you are feeling a little apprehensive about taking it off this summer try a few of these Desk Workouts! These simple easy moves can be done at work and will help prepare you for thebathing suit filled season ahead!

     

     

    1. When you dip, I dip, we do…The Chair Dip

    • Target – Arms, core
    •  In a seated position, place your hands in the center of the armrests. Lift your feet and engage your core.  Press your hands down on the armrests and raise your body off the chair until your arms are straight. Hold for 1 second. Do 30 reps.

     

     

     

    Illustrated by Ben Wiseman

     

     

     

    2. Lift it up, up, up, you’re on fire! -The Desk Pushup

    • Target – Arms, shoulders
    • Facing your desk, place your hands shoulder-width apart on the edge. Step back about 3 ft. Keeping your back and legs straight, do pushups against your desk. Make sure to lower down until your chest is almost touching the desk! Do 15 reps.

     

     

     

     

     

    Courtesy of Prevention Magazine

    3.Put your thing down, flip it, and Reverse Crunch it

    • Target – Core, inner thighs
    • Scoot forward on your chair with your hands on the armrests. With your knees together slowly raise your legs as close to your chest as you can get them. Hold for 1 sec then slowly lower to the ground. Remember to keep your back straight. Do 15 reps.

     

     

     

     

    Courtesy of www.lhj.com

     

     

    4. Drop it like it's hot and try  The Chair Squat

    • Target – Legs, butt
    • Stand a few inches in front of your chair with your butt facing the chair. With your arms straight in front of you slowly bend your knees and lower your butt, as if you were sitting. As soon as you feel the chair graze you stand back up. Do 15 reps.

     

     

     

     

     

    XOXO,

    The Little Bra Company

  • Monday/Tuesday Motivational Remix! | Dreams + Determination = Success

    Dreams + Determination = Success

    Hi Fans!

    Whether you are just entering the working world or a 20 year veteran looking at a career change, your dreams are possible! If you put in the effort, are passionate, and determined to succeed, then there truly is no stopping you.

     

     

    For this edition of Motivational Monday we are focusing on our inspirational owner/founder Emily Lau! As a female small business owner Emily has faced many challenges and has learned to cherish and celebrate every triumph, big or small! Her passion for The Little Bra Company and commitment to its mission, have carried this company through seven increasingly successful years. She is the driving force behind TLBC, a constant positive influence within the company, and living proof that dreams + determination = success!!

    Some exciting news - Emily is featured in this month's issue of Phoenix International Magazine!!

     

     

     

    The four page spread features a wonderful interview by Ann Lee and superb photography by Ari Michelson.
    Pick up your copy today to learn more about The Little Bra Company, Emily Lau, and her must have TLBC bras!

     

                  

     

     

    XOXO,

    The Little Bra Company

  • Fabulous Friday | NEW TLBC WEBSITE!

    Hi Fans!!

    Exciting news to share here @ the TLBC headquarters… our new website is launching on MONDAY!!

    We are super excited to give all our customers a new and improved shopping experience. Our site will feature a clean and updated layout that is optimized for easy and intuitive shopping!

    With updated fit-tips and an extended FAQ section you are sure to be able to find your perfect TLBC style stress free!

    Shop on St. Patrick’s Day and receive 15% off any style!!

    Promo Code: LUCKY15

    Code valid through 3/21/14

     

    XOXO,

    The Little Bra Company

  • Motivational Monday | Oscars Speech Edition

    Motivational Monday Oscars Edition

     

    Happy Monday!!

    It is the day after Oscar Sunday and we, like so many others, are reliving every wonderful, crazy, touching, hilariously perfect moment!

    The fashion was wow; the nominees were all amazing, Ellen did a lovely job, and the winners were all gracious and deserving! We enjoyed the best selfie moment to date (as did everyone else clearly). We started to crave pizza right around the time it was passed around, and we jumped on board the new ultimate fantasy couple train- hello Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emma Watson!

    Whether you enjoyed it as much as we did or missed the golden statue’s big night, there were some truly inspirational moments that the TLBC Team would like to commemorate for this special edition of Motivational Monday!

    Last night, like many Oscar nights before it, was chalk full of beautiful, heartfelt, and tearful acceptance speeches. Touching stories and wise words were shared, all together making some wonderful TV moments.

    Jared Leto spoke beautifully about his mother and ended with “…to those of you who have ever felt injustice because of who you are and who you love, I stand here in front of the world with you and for you.” Eloquently put Mr. Leto. We thank you for those beautiful words and your equally as beautiful hair!

    Cate Blanchett once again proved she is supremely classy, and a little bit bad a** (excuse the strong wording). In a speech including many words of thanks and lovely messages to her fellow nominees, (reference “#suckit Julia, you know what I mean?”) she ended with a shout out to the strength and prominence of female driven films. Her strong parting words “The world is round people!” were some of our favorite of the night.

    Matthew McConaughey won best actor for his superb job in Dallas Buyer’s Club and once again regaled us with his flawlessly wise words and smile worthy life lessons. Sharing with us his secrets for a happy life, which include God, something to look forward to, and a hero to chase (incidentally it’s himself in 10 years). Matthew once again made us smile, made us laugh, and ended with our favorite “Alright, alright, alright!”

    Though all of the above were wonderful and memorable, this edition of “Motivational Monday” includes a line from the supremely lovely Lupito Nyongo’s speech. The best supporting actress winner was the epitome of grace and style last night and, with her words of thanks, she solidified herself as a true lady -

    Our favorite moment - “No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid”.

    So as you begin your week, remember that your dreams are valid, and this may just be the week to begin chasing them!

     

    XOXO,

    The Little Bra Company

     

     

  • Fabulous Friday | Valentine's Weekend!

    Valentines Date Night!

    Happy Valentines Day!

    Here at the Little Bra Company we understand the struggle of coming up with ideas for a date. There is always the tradition of dinner and a movie; but why not spice things up a bit! It is Valentine's Day after all! Even though a dinner and movie are something we all love, stepping out of your comfort zone is always needed. The TLBC Team has put together some fun and cute Valentine's Day date ideas to help inspire you this Valentine's weekend!

     For the Wanderlust Couple…

    Decorate your home in partner’s favorite place to travel, or that one place you both are dying to see! This is a great DIY date since you can really get in the spirit of the holiday. Make something fun and cheesy that you will both love. Carry the theme all the way through the meal and feel as though you're enjoying a romantic evening away!

    For the Vino Lovers…

    Go wine tasting! This could be a romantic date or a weekend away. Being surrounded by the luxurious wines and the beauty of the vineyard creates a magical experience that is perfect for Valentines Day.

    For the Active Couple…

    Learn to dance! Pick any genre of dance that you find sexy and sassy. Dance is a great way to get in a flirtatious mood. Stay close to each other and let your body do the talking!

    For the Nature Lovers…

    Make a point to spend quality time together outside! Spend the day/evening exploring, make a bond fire, bring a picnic for under the stars and enjoy a romantic time together cuddling under the under the afternoon sky or evening stars!

    XOXO,

    The Little Bra Company

  • Motivational Monday!

    "The secret of getting ahead is getting started!" 

    It’s the dreaded Monday again. Don't let the week pass you by ladies! As they say, the early bird catches the worm; so start the week off right and get a jump start on all those errands, projects and paperwork that's been piling up. We know you can do it!

    It can all be overwhelming and sometimes it is easier to put things aside or find excuses for why things can’t get done! Trust us...we get it! Instead of facing the daunting task of tackling everything on your to-do list how about picking one task and devoting this week to getting it started.

    Taking it step by step and focusing on the small accomplishments will help to keep you focused and not too overwhelmed. Whether it's a new workout schedule, a big project at work, or a home improvement plan get it started this week, and you will be ahead of the game before you know it!

    Just get started ladies, the beginning is often the hardest part!

     

    XOXO,

    The TLBC Team

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