Archive for May, 2012

Thank you everyone who took the time out to pledge and help Syiim reach its goal on Kickstarter. As goods are purchased and swimsuits are being sewn, there is a heart-felt appreciation that each and every one of you helped to make this happen with your selfless and considerate support. Syiim thanks YOU!

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Finding the perfect swimsuit becomes the dreaded beginning of the summer season ritual for many women. When trying on swimsuits, it is important to be realistic and to find suits that flatter your body type. A flattering swimsuit makes the most of the proportions of a woman’s figure. The key to choosing a flattering swimsuit is less about how great the swimsuit looks and more about knowing what colors, print and silhouettes go best with your body type. Here are a few tips on how to choose a suit to flatter your figure, accentuate your assets and hide your not so favorite parts.

Shapes

The first step is to KNOW your body type. There are generally four body types: straight-figure, pear shape, apple shape and the hourglass shape.

  • Straight Figure– So you’re not so curvaceous as your other friends. That’s okay! Choose a suit that emphasizes your bust and hip area.  A bathing suit with ruffles, ties or other embellishments will do the trick. This will give the illusion that those areas are bigger and hence creating a waist. Wear a swimsuit with bold horizontal stripes or a horizontal pattern to create the illusion of curves. These will draw attention across your body, rather than up and down. Avoid swimsuits in darker colors, which can make your frame appear even narrower.
  • Pear Shape– With this body type you are smaller at the top and carry more weight in the lower regions, at your hips, thighs and legs. The key for this shape is to draw attention to above the waist and away from your lower section. The answer is a wearing a swimsuit with a lower neckline. Also look for bright, lighter colors on the top of the swimsuit. Mix and matching your suit is a neat trick. Prints on top and dark solids on bottom balance out this figure type, as darker colors are slimming. A monokini is also a good choice. It is the one-piece with the back mid-section cut out of it. It is designed to make your torso look longer and draw attention to your waist and away from your lower region.
  • Apple Shape–  For this figure, you have a larger upper-body and fuller breasts. Buy a bathing suit with patterns. Avoid strap-less suits and ones with ruffles and a lot of detailing on the top. Halter tops with banded support are a good choice. (For fuller breasts see tips below).
  • Hourglass Shape–  Hourglass figures have a curvy upper and lower body, and probably a small waist. Choose swimsuits with a matching top and bottom or solid colors. The key to flattering this body type is to avoid wearing two pieces that have little coverage. This can over-accentuate your curves and make you look either top or bottom heavy. One-piece bathing suits work well with this shape.

Features

In addition to finding a suit that flatters your figure, you also have to consider your features and what suit will work best with them.
  • Large Breasts– If you have large breasts, avoid wearing skimpy tops with little coverage. Look for suits with a full coverage such as halters, especially the ones with the band for under the bust.  For this feature the most important thing to look for is support and good bra construction, so look for suits with wider straps and that fit snug under your bust. If you would like to buy a one-piece suit, find one with foam cups or a shelf bra.
  • Saggy Breasts– Swimsuits with push up support and foam cups are the answer for this feature. Buy suits with a banded halter or bra cup top. This silhouettes naturally give more support and keep the bust in place. The more comfortably snug they are the better.
  • Small Breasts– For a small bust frame choose a suit that has ruffles on top.  Triangular cups connected by a string will draw attention to your chest and give the illusion of a fuller bust. Using the string, adjust the cups so they are closer together, which will emphasize cleavage. Also buy cups with removable padding. If you are totally flat chested avoid bra cups that are shaped to hold a bust. It will look empty and re-emphasize what you’re trying to distract from.
  • Bigger Midsection– If you feel that you have a bigger tummy, look for a one piece suit that has ruching. A one-piece suit that has draping or color blocking with a dark-colored mid panel around the waist can help to hide a larger tummy. You can also choose a one-piece swimsuit with a belt to cinch the waist. Avoid one-piece suits with the empire seam (right under the bust) suit with high-cut legs can draw attention to the curves of your body rather than the center of it. Choose suits in darker colors to make your frame appear slimmer. You can also look for suits with tummy control panels or power mesh. These have little spandex and is geared to pulling in the tummy area and creating a firmer look. Think Spanx for swimwear. Want to wear a two-piece suit? Try a tankini. It will cover your tummy but still give you the look of a two-piece and the options to mix and match your bottoms.
  • Short Legs– To create the illusion of longer legs wear a one piece with a high cut along the leg opening. String bikinis with tie sides are great as you can tie them a little higher on the hip to create the look of a longer leg.
  • Long Torso/Tall Woman– The average one piece is fit on a woman who is about  5′ 7″. So for a figure that has a long torso the suit may not fit properly and will feel like it’s not giving enough coverage at the bikini area, not sitting correctly under the bust or feels short and uncomfortable in the length. For this shop brands that dedicate one-pieces to tall women.
  • No Buttocks– If you feel you have a very small buttocks or none for that matter choose a bikini with ruffle details at the waist or on the back of the bikini. Also swimsuits with ruching down the middle create the look of a larger bum. You want to avoid the saggy look in the back so try going a size smaller. Less coverage can make the area appear larger.
Tip: Don’t buy a swimsuit based on size, buy it based on fit which is the most important factor in choosing a swimsuit to flatter your figure.

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As you all know Syiim is a company that finds unique ways to give back! A runway show isn’t complete without accessories, and I think you’ll be happy to know that through the small purchase of a few accessories for the show, Syiim swimwear is giving back!

Items such as hats, bangles, earrings and bags have to be purchased or burrowed to help create a complete look for the runway. For Syiim swimwear the decision was made, that the majority of our accessories will not only accentuate the line, but will also support a good cause. Below is a brief list of how our debut collection is giving back:

  • Hats- Straw hats provide income to the local Jamaican market as they are purchased at the craft market and then decorated or hand dyed to collaborate with the collection
  • Bangles- Apart from the wooden bangles that are being dyed in house, we’re also accessorizing with clay bangles that are carved with positive messages and whose proceeds provide Africans with clean drinking water.
  • Bags- The handmade straw bags in the collection are either from the local Jamaican craft market or are made by refugee ladies from a little village in the western interior of Madura, a small island in Indonesia. These ladies live with no electricity, no running water, and no paved roads. Each family must carry their own water to their home. Syiim’s purchase of these bags helped to provided income to this community.

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Whether you’re at the beach or laying out by the pool it’s a good idea to protect your skin and lips with SPF protection. Before heading out under the sun and UV rays it’s a good idea to work on some sunscreen and lip balm. And what better way to do it than using a product that is made of the highest quality natural and organic ingredients and free of harsh chemicals.

After much searching we found LAVANILA. A brand dedicated to providing high-end products that are 100% good for you. Their products contain no petrochemicals, Phthalates, propylene glycol, mineral oils, silicone, synthetic dyes, sulphates or parabens. They have a Sun Care SPF collection that features a sunscreen body cream, face cream and lip balm. Unlike traditional sunscreens that use harsh chemicals, LAVANILA products are infused with superior components of minerals, anti-oxidants and shea butter that not only protects but also soothes and hydrates. Their Healthy Lip Screen SPF30 is a must-have for daily use, and is our new addition to our bags! It contains a superior complex of vitamins and essential organic oils to provide powerful protection. We only wish it came as a stick!

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Happy Cinco de Mayo! Today we share a fun recipe with you for what is now known as the famous Beer-garita! We’re not sure who was the first person to think of combining ice-cold beer and tequila, perhaps a tipsy fellow made an accidental spill of one onto the other, or a nearly finished glass of margarita was reused to have a beer, whichever it may be the Beer-garita has made its way around to Mexican pubs and restaurants and have become a popular drink on menus. The combination of the two may sound a bit odd but if you’re a fan of tequila or tangy drinks, you’ll find this cocktail delightful! Unlike the Sangria, another favorite of ours, to whip up a good Beer-garita is quick and easy! Follow the below instructions and enjoy!

INGREDIENTS

  • 8 oz. tequila
  • (2) – 12 oz. beers.  ( use a light beer or corona )
  • 2 oz. orange juice
  • 1 can frozen limeade concentrate
  • 8 wedges Lime
  • 1/2 Cup salt
  • a Pitcher half full of ice cubes

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Fill pitcher half way up with ice.
  2. Slowly pour beer over the ice.  It will foam up so a slow pour is essential.
  3. Add tequila, orange juice and  frozen lime aid.
  4. Stir well to blend all ingredients.
  5. Pour salt out on to a small plate.
  6. Take a lime wedge and rub it around the rim of the glasses.
  7. Dip glasses upside down into the salt plate to coat the rim.
  8. Pour drink into glass and garnish with a wedge of lime!

Makes 4 cocktails

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