Tuesday, July 31, 2012

USA Women's Beach Volleyball Crush!

They Rock The Beach!

By Eve

Congratulations to the USA Women's Beach Volleyball Teams of Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor (above) as well as Jennifer Kessy and April Ross (below), celebrating their wins and great start to the London Olympics, 2012!

There's sure to be more awesome moments and exciting game play with these two USA teams. Be sure to watch!

For Walsh and May-Treanor, it was their 16th Olympic victory and they celebrated later with May-Treanor's 35th birthday.

"We're celebrating on California time,'' Walsh Jennings said early Tuesday morning in London.

Recipe(s) for Success: Workout & Lingerie

By Katie
You've just worked out. Hard. And now you're ravenous. Sound familiar? Yes, it's extremely important to refuel after a sweat (or romp) sesh, but you don't want to undo what you just did.
Remember, abs are made in the kitchen; here are 3 protein-packed recipes that are easy to make, healthy, and under 300 calories:

1. DIY Trail Mix: 1/4 nuts, 1/4 dried fruit, 1/4 cup seeds, 1-2 tablespoons flaked coconut, 1-2 tablespoons chocolate chips. Mix together and portion 1/4 cup into baggies to store in your gym bag.
2. PBB&T: 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter, 1 banana, 1 whole wheat toast. Spread the PB on the toast, slice the banana in half and place it in the bread, fold the bread up and eat-up!
3. Smoothie: 1/2 cup cherries (fresh or frozen (they help with soreness too!)), 1/2-1 cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt, 1 banana, 1 tablespoon nuts, water or milk to smooth it out. Blend all ingredients in a blender either the night before or the day of, garnish with more nuts and/or fruit.
All of these combo's have just what you need after a sweat-sesh, regardless of your activity of choice ;). Eat within 30-60 minutes after a workout to reap the benefits of these snacks and have energy for the rest of the day/night!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

HIIT Lingerie!

HIIT-a quick way to look your best in lingerie.

By Katie

Saddlebags, muffin tops, spare tires, chicken wings-we've all heard them and probably have even pointed out these "flaws" on ourselves. How can we get rid of these problem areas so we can feel confident (link back to confidence post) and look sexy in lingerie (add photo of your lingerie)?

Your first daunting thought may be to spend hours in the gym doing millions of push-ups and squats in hopes to develop sculpted shoulders and toned gams to flaunt in lingerie. WRONG! Spot reducing, or targeting specific areas on your body that you want to lose fat from, has been a common myth in the fitness industry. Although those push-ups and squats are sculpting exercises, if there is a layer of fat on top of the muscle, you will see little (if any) definition. 

So what's a girl to do? High intensity interval training!

HIIT, a form of cardiovascular training, is alternating periods of high-intensity exercise (sprinting, hills, jumping rope) with lower-intensity exercise (jogging/walking, marching) for any desired amount of time. The benefits of HIIT are: improved overall fat loss, increase in Vo2 max (max amount of oxygen you can uptake during exercise), and a greater EPOC (excess post-exercise oxygen consumption), meaning you'll continue to burn fat and calories even after the workout is completed. Another great benefit of HIIT is you can complete a workout in 15-20 minutes and no equipment is required!

In no time, you'll be flaunting not only a confident and sleek body in lingerie, but a toned one too!

Lingerista Lifestyle: Comfort Lingerie & Chocolate Chip Cookies

By Kirsten

Some of the most precious gems in life aren’t objects but memories instead. The Keep Me bra ($42) calls for a comfortable jaunt down memory lane.

Memories of grandma baking are my favorite childhood moments. Propped on the counter as she whipped up delicious cookies, allowing me to lick the spoon occasionally—these are the memories I cherish the most.

Chocolate chip cookies being a special portal to those afternoons with grandma.

Here is a far less fussy version of Grandma’s Cookies:

                          1 cup margarine, softened
                          1 cup white sugar
                          1 cup packed brown sugar
                          2 eggs
                          2 teaspoons vanilla extract
                          3 cups all-purpose flour
                          1 teaspoon baking soda
                          2 teaspoons hot water
                          1/2 teaspoon salt
                          2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
2.  Cream together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then
stir in the vanilla. Dissolve baking soda in hot water. Add to batter along with salt. Stir in flour and chocolate
chips. Drop by large spoonfuls onto ungreased pans (makes 24).

Bake for about 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are nicely browned.
Sometimes nothing tastes sweeter than a memory.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

600-Year-Old Bra Uncovered in Austrian Castle

By Anthony Castellano / ABC News

Thank you to ABC News and Anthony Castellano for the bra busting news about the 600-Year-Old Bra Uncovered in Austrian Castle below!

Victoria’s Secret might get credit for reinventing the brassiere, but the earliest-known bras now date back to the Middle Ages,  according to Austrian archeologists at the University of Innsbruck.

The university said Wednesday that it found four linen bras in an Austrian castle dating back to the 1400s, proving that women wore bras more than 600 years ago. It’s such a revolutionary find because fashion experts thought the modern-day bra was only about 100 years old after women became tired of tight corsets.

One specimen in particular “looks exactly like a [modern] brassiere,” Hilary Davidson, fashion curator for the London Museum, told The Associated Press. “These are amazing finds.”
Some of the ancient bras were intricately decorated with lace, suggesting that they were meant to be seen by someone else other than the person wearing it.

Although the linen garments were discovered in 2008, they did not make news until now, says Beatrix Nutz, the archaeologist responsible for the discovery. Researchers said the bras underwent carbon dating and they had to make sure the look of the bras fit with the 1400s.

“We didn’t believe it ourselves,” Nutz said. “From what we knew, there was no such thing as bra-like garments in the 15th century.”

Among the more than 2,700 textile fragments that were found in the Lemberg Castle in Tyrol was a linen undergarment that looks like a pair of panties. Nutz said it is men’s underwear because women did not wear anything under their flowing skirts in the Middle Ages.

Women started experimenting with bra-like garments in the 1800s, but it wasn’t until when the modern-day brassier was invented by Mary Phelps Jacob, who received a patent for her bra in 1914.

Stress Relief At Your Desk

By Katie

Working at your desk all day can leave you achy and stressed for when you get home, not a winning combination if you planned to wear this...
If you don't have time to sneak off to the gym during your 9-5, here's a yoga practice that can be done right at your desk.

1. Mountain pose (picture 1)  

2. Eagle Arms and Legs (picture 2)

3. Seated Spine Twists (picture 3)
4. Thread the Needle (Picture 4)

5.Lotus (picture 5)

6. Warrior 1 (picture 6)

7. Scale Pose (picture 7)

8. Restorative (Childs) Pose (picture 8)
Studies show that moving throughout the day can help alleviate stress and simple poses like these keeps the mind alert, so you can leave the office feeling rejuvenated and restored for the nights' festivities! 

Clear your desk so you can clear your mind and reap the benefits of flexibility -- for health and sexual reasons!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Bra Testimonials: Online Bra Fitting

"I wanted to say thanks for the customized bra fitting page. I have spent 20 years frustrated with finding bras. I figured because I was small I should be wearing the smallest bra made. I fought with puckering and tight fitting bras until I just figured I had to suffer with awful bras forever. I never thought about going from a 34AA to a 32B because I didn't think I had enough to fill the cups. Thank you for opening my eyes to the possibilities. I went bra shopping today and found great bras. Now I don't have to squeeze by breasts into odd positions and the band sits on the breastbone like it should. Too bad I had to wait so many years to realize I could go up a cup. Keep up the great advice."

~ Barbara   7/18/12 

For more information, click on Testimonials and Love Letters!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Lingerista Lifestyle: Pretty Bras & Peppermint

By Kirsten

As a Lingerista, you know how to embrace your sexy side along with the other faucets of your life. The modern woman works, volunteers, raises children and has a social life. It is easy to get lost in all of life’s demands. 

It is time something embraced you: the WACOAL Embrace LacePetite Push Up Bra ($50). The delicate flower embroidery offers a femininetouch to a powerful bra, reminding a busy Lingerista how important it is to feel beautiful underneath. 

Allow your girly side out with a summer treat: a DIY pedicure.

Begin with homemade Peppermint foot scrub.


Take 1 cup granulated sugar and pour into a mixing bowl. Gradually add your favorite Olive Oil or Coconut Oil and mix together until you have a slightly wet, but grainy consistency (really, whatever looks good to you).

Add a few drops of Peppermint Essential Oil

Volia! Gently exfoliate your feet.

Rinse and trim the nails using clippers.

Then add some razzle-dazzle to those toes with a glittery paint to really show that inner diva. Another option is buying glitter from a craft store and putting it over wet polish to really bling out those nails. 

Celebrate Your Inner Eve!

Feeling Sexy and Motherhood

By Julie

Sometimes it’s hard to feel sexy after you become a Mom. Once you become a Mom your first priority is that little baby, toddler or child. It can be hard to feel sexy when you are exhausted chasing after children all day long and being up with them all night.

You’d like to feel like this:

But really you are beyond exhausted and the last thing you want to do is put on sexy lingerie. Usually it is comfy pajamas that are more than likely stained with breast milk. 

It’s particularly hard to feel sexy while breastfeeding. It’s easy to start feeling like a farm animal while nursing and the last thing you want is someone else touching you. Hormones are definitely raging. Your sex drive is most likely non-existent. The reason for this is the hormone prolactin which is necessary for breastfeeding. Unfortunately, it also lowers your sex drive. Don’t worry it does return after you are finished breastfeeding.
Once you are finished breastfeeding, you might start to feel your sex drive returning. Now what? You’re still getting up three times a night with a teething restless toddler. You’re still chasing that increasingly busy toddler during the day. You are so tired you can’t see straight. This is when you need to start concentrating on yourself and your needs.

Here are a few ideas to get to feeling sexy again:
1. Take a nap. If you feel exhausted you aren’t going to feel sexy.
2. Make a date with your partner. Concentrate on each other.
3. Go get a massage and pedicure. Spend time relaxing.
4. Get your hair done. Make yourself feel pretty. You’ll start feeling more like the old you and less like a milk cow. Promise.
5. Now go shopping. Wear something pretty that fits right and you’ll start to feel sexy again.

I love this soft, cozy bralette made of a cotton blend that feels like silk. Looks a lot better than my stained PJs!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Eve Interviewed By Candace Rose

Over the years of having my lingerie store, I've been interviewed by numerous people. One of my all time favorite interviewers and all-around people is Candace Rose, Interviewer Extraordinaire. Take a look at her interview with me below as we discuss bra fittings and my new Custom Bra Consultation in which over 1,600 people have taken in two months!
Enjoy yourselves, my dear, Lingeristas! 

~ Eve


Interview: Custom Bra Consultation 101 with Founder "Eve" of Eve's Lingerie


By Candace Rose

I was recently joined by "Eve" of Eve's Apples Lingerie who stopped by to discuss her new Custom Bra Consultation fit tool, which helps petite and small busted women find their true bra size in the comfort of their own home!

GavyinErik__090"Eve" of Eve's Apples Lingerie

Candace Rose: You recently launched your new online bra fit tool- can you tell us about it?

"Eve" of Eve's Lingerie: "Sure. It's called the Custom Bra Consultation. I started it because I was finding that even though Oprah had done a whole special (on bra fitting)…supposedly all these women in the United States were finding their correct bra sizes, but the more that I got into learning about small and petite breasted women the actual traditional bra measuring method does not work on small busted women.

    And so I had to come up with a different method that would work. What the Custom Bra Consultation does is take all the different (bra fitting) methods. I take about five different methods to fit a person online when I do a personalized fitting. So I took several of those methods and I put them into my own consultation. That way people could get their fitting and results immediately.

Custom Bra ConsultationCustom Bra Consultation. Image courtesy of Eve's Apples Lingerie

    What I take into account additionally that other bra fitting methods don't take into account is the breast tissue amount, the breast placement and the body type and how that works in relation to the measurements. That's really important for small busted women and petite busted women."

Candace Rose: What would you say are some of the most common complaints you hear from women who are petite or have small breasts?

"Eve" of Eve's Lingerie: "A lot of complaints that I get are that the bra top is puckering away from their breasts, and so what a lot of women think is that the cup size is too big for them and that's why it's puckering away from their breasts. And in reality what's happening is their breasts are wider than they think they are. The underwire is not going completely around the width of their breast, and so it's hitting their breast, causing the cup to pucker. The result is women, without getting professionally fitted, are self-correcting by going down cup sizes. When in reality, what they need to do is go up cup sizes to get a good fit."

Candace Rose: What inspired you to create and launch your new Custom Bra Consultation?

"Eve" of Eve's Lingerie: "I launched the 'Size Up The Web' campaign in 2010, and my goal was to fit as many women online as possible. I didn't realize how many women would be contacting me within a couple months of launching. Within a couple of months, the amount of requests were simply beyond what I could personally handle. It became apparent to me that I needed to create something so that I could reach as many women as possible and give them information. I thought about doing a book or something like that, I know that a lot of people go that route, but I wanted people to be able to have this for free.

    I really think it's about empowering women and helping them understand what's going on with their bodies and their breasts so that they could make good choices. A lot of women feel bad about themselves. And I wanted them to be empowered."

Candace Rose: Why do you think women are (sometimes) hesitant to be fitted properly?

"Eve" of Eve's Lingerie: "A lot of my smaller busted women friends have told me they haven't gone in to get fitted properly because frankly they're just too embarrassed to go in. They've been ridiculed for most of their lives, and it's sad to say that we really live in a society that's very body conscious and breast conscious. I think unfortunately women internalize it.

    I like the idea of giving them a private consultation online. They have the privacy of doing this in their own home and being able to find good answers and results that can help empower them without having to go some place outside their home to get it.

    I had a friend who went in to get breast implants and she specifically asked the plastic surgeon for a size B cup. He said 'no problem, you'll have a B cup'. She got out, I looked at her and I said 'you are not a B cup, you're a 32D or DD'. She went, we got her fitted and she's a 32D/DD depending on the brand that she wears. She was like 'what'? And it's permanent now, and she can't do anything about it, because now she has these breast implants. I'm like 'you probably were a B cup before you even got the implants'. And here's the thing- it's people’s perception of what small breasts are is completely distorted because of society and the media.

    In my experience a lot of women think that they're smaller breasted than they actually are. It's really perception. Unfortunately, a lot of it is that society tells them that a 32C looks a certain way, when in reality a 32C looks many different ways based upon body and breast shape.

    A lot of women are really surprised to find out their true bra size. And I think a lot of it is due to that main issue that I mentioned about the bra cup puckering because a lot of women are self-correcting in the opposite way- they're going down a cup size instead of up a cup size. They think they're a lot smaller than they really are. They're surprised when they find out their true size."

Candace Rose: If I was looking to be fitted online, what tools would I need?

"Eve" of Eve's Lingerie: "You would need a measuring tape, your computer, access to the internet and you just basically need to follow the directions. I think the most challenging aspect is just getting the band width size and the individual breast measurements. If you follow the instructions it's pretty simple and basic; you get between one to five pages worth of information based upon your breast size, your measurements; it'll give you your bra size or bra sizes- if you have two different breast sizes and things like that."

Candace Rose: How do you measure yourself when doing the band measurements and individual breast measurements?

"Eve" of Eve's Lingerie: "If you're doing the band measurement, what you want to do is get the measuring tape in the back and you want to be standing up straight, and you want it very, very level. You want to be looking in the mirror when you're doing it and bring (the tape) around - you want it tight. But you don't want it so tight that obviously it's bulging into the skin. But you don't want it so loose either. You need it to have a little snug fit.

    Then get the individual breast measurement. You need to actually look at your breast tissue and you use your hands because sometimes if you just look at it you may be missing some of the breast tissue, especially side tissue. As women get older they get more side breast tissue, so you want to make sure you get all the breast tissue in when you're measuring. You want to go from the inside of the breast, go across the nipple and go all the way around to the side of the breast until you end with the breast tissue. All of that needs to get into the cup. Otherwise, you're going to have that puckering effect that we talked about earlier and it's going to make the cup pucker away from the breast."

Candace Rose: In our previous interview you mentioned being properly bra fitted in England, and how it changed your life. Do you mind touching base on that again?

"Eve" of Eve's Lingerie: "Sure. Absolutely. When I first started Eve's Apples I started as a blog, and I was looking to do my own brand- which actually I'm in the process of designing my own brand right now and launching that- so that will be coming out in 2013. But what I was initially going to do - the styles that I was going to do are different because the research I've found having my website and women are buying something different from initially what I was going to do and so I'm happy about that.

    When I went to Rigby & Peller over in London -that's where the Queen gets fitted, and I figured if it's good enough for the Queen, it's good enough for me! So I went and I got fitted there, and what they do is they don't do any measuring tapes. They put you in a dressing room, and they have you unrobe to your waist. And they just look at you. They look at your breast placement, your breast tissue.

    That's really where I was inspired to come up with using that along with the measurements for the smaller busted women for the online tool. When I first went in to Rigby & Peller, I thought that I was a 36A, and the woman came back and told me I was a 32C. I thought it was a joke. I thought that I was on Candid Camera. The only thing that gave me peace about that was that I was sitting there with nothing on top and bare breasted.

    That was actually the best fit that I had ever had in a bra. When she came back with the 32C bras- they fit like no other bras had ever fit me. They fit just perfectly. I could not understand how I could be small busted and wear a 32C. That completely rattled my world and changed everything that I was going to do and all the styles that I had created. That's where the whole journey began, that moment."

Candace Rose: As you mentioned in our previous interview- a lot of women with small breasts have wide set breasts. What would you say are the best bras for wide set breasts?

"Eve" of Eve's Lingerie: "It depends on what you want to do with your breasts. If you want cleavage, I would recommend a plunge bra, they really bring them together. The plunge bra has padding on the sides so it's going to push your breasts together. If you want more of a lift I would recommend a push up bra. A lot of small busted women also don't want any padding, so there's some great Timpa bras that don't have any padding in them and they're sexy and beautiful and feminine without having any padding there."

Candace Rose: Are there any styles that you would say women are petite or with small breasts should avoid?

"Eve" of Eve's Lingerie: "I would recommend being very weary of contour bras for small breasted women or petite busted women because what happens is, is the cups are cut pretty high on the top of the breasts and so I recommend looking at the styles and making sure that the cut is low enough on the top of the breast so that the breast isn't getting lost in the material because that will really affect the fit."

Candace Rose: What are some of your favorite styles for those with small breasts?

"Eve" of Eve's Lingerie: "Some of my favorite styles- I love the plunge for cleavage. I love Balconettes for something sexy. I love push ups for something sexy as well and also for everyday use. And then I have to admit I am utterly in love with bralettes because they're just so comfortable and they can be sexy, they can be sweet, you can wear them to bed, you can wear them out. They're very versatile."

Candace Rose: Can you tell us a little bit about some of the bras that you feature on your website, Eve's Apples Lingerie?

"Eve" of Eve's Lingerie: "The Little Bra Company 'Lucia' bra gives great cleavage and is really sexy with lace and it's a plunge bra- I absolutely love that. When I want a little vavavoom, I go to the Little Bra Company, and I look to see what I have in stock there. I also love the Timpa bras because they have a great fit on a petite figure or a small bust, and they're very, very comfortable. And then Eberjey- I just love Eberjey's name because it means to wear something close to your heart. And their products are just so comfortable. They're well made, they're sweet- I just love Eberjey. I wear Eberjey bralettes all the time, and I have them in almost every color.

Candace Rose: With swimsuit season right around the corner, do you have any tips on picking out a bathing suit top? It can be difficult.

"Eve" of Eve's Lingerie: "It can be very difficult. Before you pick out a bathing suit top decide what you want that bathing suit top to do. I recommend that for bras as well. Think about what function you want it to have. Do you want it just for fun? Are you going to be exercising in it? Are you going to be doing laps or is this something that you're going to wear to the beach? Do you want it to be sexy? Do you want it to be flirty? And then go for that.

    There's some really cute Voda swimwear on my website that gives amazing cleavage in your swimsuit. And then there's also the traditional triangle bra which is really fun and great for the beach as well. It's always been recommended (traditionally) for smaller busted women. And then there's bandeaus, they're always recommended with a little bit of a ruffle to give you some volume at the bust line."

Voda Envy Push Up BikiniVoda Envy Push Up Bikini - Image courtesy of Eve's Apples Lingerie

Candace Rose: Do you have any additional tips or information you'd like to share?

"Eve" of Eve's Lingerie: "When you go bra shopping just think about what you want the bra to do. The nice thing is that manufacturers are starting to make more bras so you have more options than you did before. Think about what you want it to do. Think about the function of the bra that you want it to be, because you can have a very plain functional bra now. You can have a very beautiful non-functional bra or you can get something that has a combination of function and beauty.

    It really just depends on what you want. So get very, very clear about what you want and then don't get frustrated when you measure. Just know that it might take you a little bit of time. If you have to - lay down flat on the ground when you do the breast measurement or the band measurement--that helps as well (if you feel like you're not getting the right fit)…I don't think some women are reading how to actually do the measurement(s), and I think what's happened is they're getting the wrong results. So make sure that you get all that breast tissue in when you measure around for the individual breast measurements to get the correct answer."

Custom Bra ConsultationCustom Bra Consultation - Image courtesy of EvesApplesLingerie.com

For more information and to be fitted by Eve's Custom Bra Consultation go to:

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Teaching my Daughter about Boobs

By Julie

Kind of a funny title for a blog post right? 

Frankly, I never thought I would write about teaching my daughter about boobs and bras, but this seems to be the most fitting venue. 

My daughter has been fascinated by my undergarments since she was a toddler. She has worn them on her head. She has tried them on, and I’ve had to chase her to get my bras back. I suppose seeing your mother put on a relatively strange contraption over her chest can be awfully compelling for a two year old. She has always been curious about everything. She has always been full of questions. I've always held the attitude that children shouldn't be lied too. My daughter is too smart for that anyway. I tell my daughter the absolute truth about most things -- if I feel it is appropriate.  

So when the question about my bra came up the answer was simple. My bra holds up my boobs. 
Isn't that what it does essentially?


Wacoal T-Bra Push Up Bra, $48

Of course that wasn’t good enough. 

She needs to know everything about everything. She then asked, “What do boobs do?”. Well that gets to be a little more complicated. Here is essentially what I told her: Boobs provide milk for babies. When you and your brother were babies I nursed you which means I fed you milk from my boobs. In my opinion, this is the best answer to her question. I’d love for her to grow up with idea that her breasts were given to her for a purpose not to enhance her sexuality, even if she never breastfeeds a baby.

Now that she is a little older she likes watching me dress and seeing what outfits I put together and what underwear I wear. She often says, “Ooh Mommy, I like your underwear, it’s so pretty!” 

She would love these lingerie pieces from Mimi Holliday:

Spicing Things Up...In The Kitchen

Believe it or not, there are more places than in the bedroom that need to be spiced up; after all, variety is the spice of life! Try the kitchen; a key spice used in foods may be your answer to looking even more sexier in this (add a pic of your lingerie).

Capsaicin, an ingredient in peppers and chilies, increases the body's metabolism so you burn more calories after a spicy meal and it helps keep blood sugar levels stable, just like exercise does. Over time, this spike in metabolism could help you in the weight loss department, as long as it's used as a supplement with an exercise routine and a healthy diet.

Add a sprinkle of red pepper flakes in veggies, a couple shakes of Tabasco sauce in your morning eggs, or slivers of red bell peppers in a salad to get the fat burning benefits of capsaicin! 
Warning! Eat spicy foods at your own risk, because maybe, just maybe, that extra pep in your step you get may take that spice and head right back into the bedroom..you've been warned.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Dita Tesses Out Interview

By Eve

Her burlesque shows are noteable, her lingerie is retro and glamorous...Dita Von Tesse has created herself a nice niche aimed at sex appeal. To find out more about this fabulous women, click on the video below where she is interviewed by Russel Brand.


Quotable Lingerista: Sharon Stone

 “I dont believe makeup and the right hairstyle alone can make a woman beautiful. The most radiant woman in the room is the one full of life and experience.” -Sharon Stone

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Exclusive Designer Interviews: Voda Swim

By Eve

One year ago, Eve's Apples Boutique introduced this incredible swimwear lingerie, focused on boosting your cleavage. At the time, I was fortunate to interview the lovely Yulia Drummond, Owner & Designer of Voda Swim

Lingeristas had been asking me for years about swimwear and the best bathing suit top for petite and small busts who want a little something extra on top. Well, look no further. If you're interested in adding natural looking cleavage to your bustline, you'll want to check out Eve's Apples Online Boutique and read the inspiring interview, below, with swimwear designer Yulia Drummund of Voda Swim.

Voda Swim, a quality product that adds 1 - 2 cup sizes for a fuller look. Owned and operated by Yulia and Dustin Drummond, not only is Voda Envy Push Up swimwear exciting, but also the company that is inspirational in its creations along with helping others feel good in their swimsuits!

To find out more about Voda and the genius behind it, read my interview with Yulia below.

Eve: What was your inspiration to become a designer?

Yulia: For the longest time I couldn't find a bikini that would make me feel sexy and look flattering on my body. That inspired me to design a push up bikini that I would feel very sexy and confident in. The best part I love is that even though it is a push up bikini it looks like a regular triangle bikini top so nobody knows your secret! It doesn't have any uncomfortable wires that dig into the skin and barely retains any water, which still creates an amazing push up effect even after a swim.
Eve: Who or what is your greatest design influence?

Yulia: I would have to say is that it is our customers. We listen to our customer's feedback all the time and that helps me improve or create new products that I know women will love.
Eve: If your designs made one statement what would they be?

Yulia: "Look at me. I am hot, I am sexy, and I turn heads!" Everyone should be able to feel this way!
Eve: What was your biggest obstacle in starting your business?

Yulia: Trust me, there were plenty. But the biggest obstacle was always ourselves. First, it took us a full year to design and redesign and redesign again the Envy Push Up® top to make it perfect. We had to research different materials and test them to find the perfect balance between low water absorbency and softness. Not to mention the shape and design which I must have re-molded 100 times or more. And for the business side of things, it simply comes down to knowledge or I should say "lack of it" at start-up. When we first started this business we had no idea how to register a company, write a patent, submit trade marks, design a website, and much much more.

What is your greatest reward/joy in designing or your business?
Yulia: Knowing that I help women out there and have enough courage to rock the bikini again. We get countless testimonials from women who used to hate going to the beach...that was until they tried on a Voda Swim bikini of course! I remember one particular testimonial that really touched my heart from a woman that would only wear a tank top or t-shirt to the beach. She was so happy and said how Voda Swim had literally changed her life!
Eve: Who is your favorite designer?
Yulia: Zac Posen. His designs are always fresh and very inspirational. He seems to have mastered the art of blending practicality with creativity. Plus, I met him once and he seems like a very nice person.
Eve: What is your favorite quote that you live by?

"It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves." — William Shakespeare I change it a little and say this to myself everyday "I am the creator of my own future and destiny". I strongly believe in setting definite goals and paving your own road to the future.
Eve: What is your favorite piece that you designed? Why?

Yulia: Ruched lace bikini top from Voda Swim's current 2011 collection. During the night I had an inspiration or a dream about that bikini. When I woke up (at 4:30am! on Saturday!) I started sewing the sample immediately and about 4 hours later I had a finished bikini top. It rarely happens that easy but it was perfect on my first attempt! Talk about inspiration!
Eve: What is the most important piece of advice when trying on/wearing lingerie/bras/swimwear?
Yulia: Get the correct bra size measurement. I see so many women being measured wrong and then they buy bras and bikini tops that are not their true size. I just think with the correct bra size measurement we can find the best fitting bra or a bikini.
Eve: What is the one piece of lingerie/swimwear that you can’t live without?
Yulia: My favorite Voda Swim bikini of course, particularly the Lipstick Hoop String Bikini with the Brazilian bottom. The color is so great and vibrant and everybody gives me compliments when I wear it...especially my husband! :)

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Lingerista Lifestyle: Indepdence Lingerie

By Kirsten

American women have always been fashion-forward. Betsy Ross quilted the flag with a beautiful mix of stars and stripes; if we’d left it to a guy who knows what color combination we’d be wearing for the Fourth of July.

Celebrate your freedom with a comfy, sexy EBERJEY Retro India Lace Bralette ($48). Available in white, navy, fushia, pink and nude, the firework display won’t be the only stunning thing at night.

An easy treat to whip up for independence day parties are parfaits. Equally filling and beautiful, this light summer treat is perfect to cool of with.

Parfait Recipe (serves 4):
2 cups plain yogurt
2 cups your favorite granola
2 cups fresh berries (raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries)
4 tablespoons honey

1. Line up 4 white wine glasses. Spoon 2 tablespoons of yogurt into each glass
2. Spoon 2 tablespoons of granola overtop and smooth surface.
3. Spoon 2 tablespoons of fruit overtop and smooth surface.
4. Repeat the process, adding a bit of honey here and there, to taste.


With the antioxidants of the berries, you’ll be feeling as good as you look. America the Beautiful indeed. ENJOY!


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