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BUSTED Q&A: Allie Keck

By Rebekah Vlassis

BUSTED Q&A: Allie Keck
@alliekeck94
1. Does music run in your family or do they just think you're crazy? 
Music doesn't really [run in my family]. Even if it did, my family would still think I'm crazy.
2. Who are the top 3 musicians that inspire you? 
Elle King, Maren Morris & Miranda Lambert
3. Do you write your own music? 
I've been writing since the age of 16. Most of my songs are about boys - as "Taylor Swift" as that sounds. [Writing] has always been an outlet for me. It's a way for me to show an emotion other than sarcasm.  
4. How do you block out the haters?
I get a lot of comments on my nostrils flaring when I sing. My sarcasm comes in handy when people are rude on social media. 
5. Is Nashville anything like the TV show? 
Disclaimer: I've never watched the show. I don't know why but I'm guessing I have some catching up to do!
6. What are you Netflixing right now? 
I'm watching Friends for the 6496016 time
7. What is your favorite midnight snack? 
Ice Cream. Always ice cream.
8. As an entertainer, do you feel pressure to be a certain body type/size? 
Absolutely. Body image is always something that's in the back of my mind but I don't allow it to hold me back. 
9. How do you find clothes that fit your curves? 
It's so hard and something I complain about often. My shirts are supposed to be around a XXL and my jeans run anywhere from [an American size] 6-10. I'm getting to the point where I can hold it up on the hanger and know better than to bring it into the dressing room. Shopping is one of my favorite things when I can find things that fit. Also, I don't pay full price for anything. #ClearanceQueen
10. What do you do when you're not playing a show?  
I spend a lot of my free time at the gym. I haven't always been this size and I haven't always been this confident in myself. It's also a huge stress-reliever for me. 

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3 Silhouettes To Stop Wearing Right Now

By Rebekah Vlassis

3 Silhouettes To Stop Wearing Right Now

The babydoll shape is adorable for a preggy mama but other than that this look will not flatter your full-bust or curvy shape. As a busty girl, you know you don't want anything which seems to add volume to your natural waist.

The Switch: Trade in your babydoll for a two-piece midi dress showing off your curves in all the right places.

 



Just like MK Olsen circa 2005, this shape is actually really great on a square-shaped figure. Unfortunately an all-over oversized silhouette does nothing to flatter the natural lines of a full-bust or curvy body. Don't hide those lovely lady lumps, mama! If you must try the oversized look opt for a tucked-in boyfriend tee or a boxy crop to show off your waist.

The Switch: Bring your waist out of hiding and trade in your oversized tunic for a boxy crop tee.




Also reinvented for Fall as the Broad Shoulder trend, this silhouette is not a friend to your boobs. I repeat. As with the babydoll, this silhouette does it's best to hide your natural waistline creating a balloon-type shape around your belly.

The Switch: Replace your cocoon LBD with a bodycon off-the-shoulder rib knit sweater dress. 

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BUSTED Q&A: Mafalda Gomes

By Rebekah Vlassis

BUSTED Q&A: Mafalda Gomes

 

1. If you could only use ONE makeup item to get ready what would it be? 
 
Wow! We're starting with a really hard question! I think I'd go for liquid liner because I love the cat-eye look and I've been wearing it since I was fourteen! I'm still trying to figure out how I'm going to survive without concealer though.
 
2. How do you deal with the haters?
 
People will always want to throw in their two cents about everything and usually, they hate on you because they're the ones who don't feel comfortable enough on their own skin. I pity them but I always call rude people out! I don't like to be disrespected. 
3. What animal do you feel a kinship with and why?
 
Cats. I love cuddles and snuggles but I can be quiet moody.
 
4. What has been your biggest challenge right now?
 
I'm currently twenty four and I have no idea of how to adult. It's really frustrating to make it all work perfectly: work, friends, boyfriend, family, shop for nice things but also save money and the worst...schedule your own doctor appointments.
5. What is your weirdest food combination?
 
White chocolate and Cheetos. Trust me, it's AMAZING.
6. What is your go-to "Feel Sexy" item? 
A skinny black dress.
 
7. Where does this inner confidence come from and how do we get it?
 
I dealt with extreme low self esteem as a teenager mainly because of my weight. My family did what they thought it was best for me and always forced the idea that I had to slim down and go on a diet. I went to several doctors and did all the crazy diets you can imagine. Even when I slimmed down I'd feel really bad about myself so I figured out that I had to make up with my body and learn to love myself. Losing weight wasn't helping.
I started to look up to plus size models and search for body positive posts on Tumblr and Instagram. Realizing that these women looked just like me and that I found them beautiful was the turning point for me. Then, I know it sounds silly, but taking full body pictures (mainly in underwear), was very helpful. Staring at those pics or myself in the mirror didn't hurt as much as before and I became more confident!
I also worked at a Portuguese bra store as a bra fitter and dealing with women every day made me realize that we all try to live up to impossible beauty standards. Assuring that they were amazing the way they were was also very healing for me. 
 
8. Plus size clothing tends to cover a curvy figure instead of flatter. What are your thoughts on this? 
It really bugs me! Another thing that helped me become more confident was starting to shop for plus size clothes instead of trying to fit in smaller sizes. I love the feeling of being able to buy everything in my size but sometimes I'm looking for a more tight piece or a big cleavage and not all brands cater to that need.
If brands are aware that bigger women look out for clothes in their size, they should know that we don't particularly enjoy looking like a potato sac. I hope they start working on more flattering designs.
9. Who do you find are more intimidated by you: men or women? 
 
I'd have to say men. I don't lose sleep over it, to be honest. Men still assume that every women needs their validation to feel good, so it's very confusing to them to meet a confident girl that discards their thoughts and opinions about her looks.
 
10. What is your key to feeling sexy in lingerie and not silly?
 
Get a proper fitting and wear pieces that make you feel comfortable yet sexy! I'm not a big fan of thongs, per example, but I'm sucker for lace panties. They make me feel really good!
Get out of your comfort zone! Chose a dark blue bra over a black one and ditch the whites and nudes for tender pastels. 

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It's Not That I Don't Want To Run It's Just That My Boobs Don't

By Rebekah Vlassis

It's Not That I Don't Want To Run It's Just That My Boobs Don't
Were you that girl in high school forging doctor's notes to get out of running the mile in P.E.? If something had the possibility of making me sweat at school I was out. I mean, there were boys at school. I thankfully didn't get my boobs until my twenties - I don't think my barely-there self-esteem could have handled that. I was the girl in grade school who may or may not have cried when she incorrectly answered the teacher's question; In my defense, it was Kindergarten.
The last time I tried to run my boobs quit on me.
The week before I found out I was pregnant I had to stop my daily afternoon 5k's due to an unprecedented boob soreness and sensitivity. I wasn't experience morning sickness, tiredness or fatigue - just good ol' boob sensitivity. This was frustrating, at best. The soreness eased up and I was able to jog frequently during my second trimester. But by my third trimester there was no fat way in heck I was running. I was however walking for an average of thirty minutes daily. 
The three months after delivery I was basically held prisoner by my nursing babe and my nursing boobs. I had gone from a 34DD to a 38F. My husband and I had now on occasion began referring to them as the "Natural Low-hangers" because I read somewhere among the ridiculous amount of baby books that bras with underwire block milkflow - fast-forward two months and the mere presence of underwire was offensive to me. Why we were talking about my boobs so often that they earned a nickname was beside me. Now my little girl is seven months old and nursing has to settled down enough to fool me into thinking I could rejoin the wonderful world of running.


When I say my boobs quit on me I'm referring to the unfortunate act of them bouncing out of my bra, forcing me to walk-of-shame-and-defeat myself home. When I say I love my VS bra I mean it in the Golom-est sort of way. The VS is almost always in the dirty clothes because I make a point to exercise four times a week and like crime, laundry doesn't take a day off. It also wasn't in my best interest to become a homemaker for a man who works construction, plays hockey and builds furniture when he's feeling like "being lazy". When the VS bra is ultra dirty, like 3-5-days-of-sweat dirty, I double-up with two subpar bras which clearly is not doing it. Refer to "bouncing out".

So today I opted to wear my 2-day-dirty VS bra. In the wake of Halloween let's say we're about 1/3 of the way into a psycho serial killer flick. I head out the door close to 10pm because that's what you do when you're a hot chick with big boobs and there's a crazed serial killer on the loose. Ten minutes out and the streetlight above me explodes - CRASH - What was that?! - SCREECH - An owl dives down and howls inches above my head before disappearing back into the darkness.

RUNNN! I'm running Forest-Gump-breaking-out-of-his-braces fast.

Suddenly I can hear footsteps behind me. Following me. Chasing me. They are getting louder...and louder. I am too frozen to turn back and see what it is. run. Run. RUN. The footsteps are coming faster. And louder. Louder. AND LOUDER!
Aaaand....the zipper on my bra breaks.

Funeral to immediately follow. She was a good bra.

To blame my boobs for this would be a misstep. I love my boobs. I love how God has made me. His plan for me is always the best. And if having nursing boobs which are full of milk to feed my beautiful baby girl is part of that plan then I'm so down.

So maybe running 3-5 miles everyday like I am used to doesn't fit into life right now and for me, that's okay. Life is constantly changing and that is beautiful because it also means the bad days will go away. The never-quit part of my brain is now learning to be flexible and roll with it - of course a crying, pooping baby with no regard to social queues helps. This is not an excuse for exercise: this is an excuse to love your life where it is. I am not content in any sense of the word; since I had my baby nearly 7 months ago, I have started two businesses and I am in the process of launching one more. What I am learning however is to love the process.

This life is such a joy. I am so in heaven with my man and our baby girl and I am not going to waste any more time not enjoying this time.

There is no one perfect answer for How To Have Your Best Life. But there is beauty in finding what works for you and just doing that. You can almost instantly see the fruit that comes from that; fruit like peace, joy, rest and love. A happy mom makes a happy home with happy babes.

I'm just a new mom trying to find balance in a new life.

#bodyacceptance #lovingmybody #lovingmylifeAsItIs

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Busty Is Beautiful

By Rebekah Vlassis

We are so excited today to announce the launch of our BLOG!
As we draw closer to the first selling season for our brand, I wanted to create a place where women can come to be refreshed, encouraged and loved. 
As a curvy woman I have always had a hard time finding clothes that fit me. For years I thought if clothes didn't fit me but they fit my friends then I must be the problem. I must be fat. It wasn't until my twenties when I was at my smallest wearing a size 2 and clothes still weren't fitting me correctly. Well yes, I was a size 2 but my boobs were a full D cup. 
Nearly a decade and a baby later, I am now wearing a dress size 8 and a 34DDD(F) bra. Finding clothes that fit is even harder than before. For the majority of my adult life I was convinced that clothes didn't fit me because I was fat. I was the problem. It wasn't until I realized I just have huge boobs. I am not Average, Petite or Plus Size. I am 5'4", 144 lbs, dress size 8 and a 34DDD/F. I am a Full-Bust body type. 
According to The New York Times I am not alone; the most popular bra size in America is a 34DD. A 34DD by no way fits into the Average American Size Scale. I started this company to make clothes for myself. I was fed up having to settle for too-big clothes and paying an arm-and-leg for alterations and tailoring. 
My goal now is to validate all busty women in an industry which has otherwise neglected and overlooked them as a whole. 
Busty girls, I see you. You are not alone and you are beautiful. 
As a Full-Bust brand, we plan to carve out a place in the fashion industry for busty women. And with the launch of our blog, we aim to give women like you hope through community. 
Xo
Rebekah

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