The Must Have Collection of Plus Size Activewear Is Here, Ladies! Get Into Dia & Co Active!

Most of y’all should be familiar with Dia&Co by now, right? The online personalized stylist company is fit to tailor a curvy girl’s needs via subscription boxes with the motto, “try it before you buy it!” Well. it’s partnerships and collaborations have substantially grown since our fearless leader Marie Denee unveiled her unboxing. And today? They announce their latest project with their plus size activewear project, #FitToThrive!

The subscription service has worked with cool brands such as Girl With Curves and is all about the body-positive movement, as showcased with their #MyBodyFirst campaign.

Well, now, Dia&Co is leveling-up and taking over the activewear industry! Say hello to Dia&Co Active! Offering activewear sizes 14-32, Dia&Co Active is the world’s largest selection of plus size activewear!

And those cool partnerships are only getting better! The line will feature brands such as Day/Won by Candice Huffine and EleVen by Venus Williams! In fact, EleVen’s plus size line will be exclusively at Dia&Co!

*faints*

Along with the launch, Dia&Co is announcing a new campaign, #FitToThrive! The brand’s mission is to prove that plus size bodies are not the “before” and it’s time to eliminate the exclusion of curvy babes from the fitness industry!

“Caring about wellness doesn’t stop at a certain size but those of us who wear sizes 14+ often face a toxic fitness culture that at best ignores us, and at worst, openly shames us,” said Nadia Boujarwah, Dia&Co Co-Founder & CEO. “For too long, we’ve been portrayed only as a “before” photo, but that stops now.”

Marie’s Dia & Co personal stylist, Ashby Vose explained just how she’s #FitToThrive on her own social media

“My body? It’s strong. It’s flexible. It’s powerful,” Vose exclaimed. “We don’t get to see nearly enough images of plus-size bodies being active and it’s time to change that. I’m grateful for @diaandco for seeing me as something more than a “before” image in a weight loss commercial, because I am so much more. I am #fittothrive.”

You ARE so much more Ashby, and thanks to you and Dia&Co for inspiring us to feel the same!

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These Are The Hottest Royal Bachelors

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(Now Prince Harry is officially off the market)

While Prince Harry was renowned for being one of the most eligible royal bachelors in the world, he was by no means the only one. If anything, his nuptials to Meghan Markle last weekend highlighted some of the contenders to take his crown, from cousin Louis Spencer to Princess Margaret’s grandson Arthur Chatto. Which got us thinking: who else is up-and-coming on the royal bachelor scale? From Prince William’s 18-year-old godson to the Scandi Prince turned model, here’s a definitive guide…

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Arthur Chatto

Princess Margaret’s eldest grandson Arthur has definitely inherited her classic good looks, with the same blue eyes and full lips (he looks a bit like a more manly Harry Styles, no?) The 19-year-old is a fitness buff, constantly posting pictures of his workouts and gym-honed body on Instagram, and is in his fresher year at the University of Edinburgh studying History of Art, where his big brother Sam Chatto is also studying.

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Prince Constantine-Alexios of Greece

Prince William’s 18-year-old godson (bet that makes Wills feel old…) may be a member of the Greek royal family, but he grew up in London (the family were famously exiled from their homeland, although the deposed King Constantine did move back to Athens in 2013) and is now at university at Georgetown in the States. Clearly inheriting his famously beautiful mother Crown Princess Marie-Chantal’s good looks, Tino, as he’s called, is probably already breaking a few American hearts…

 

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Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah of Jordan

Now that being Queen of England is pretty much a no-go, why not the Queen of Jordan? 23-year-old Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah is first-in-line to the throne after his father King Abdullah, and he’s very easy on the eye to boot. With voluminous dark locks, big brown eyes and well-kept facial hair, not to mention a body honed by playing football, we don’t think falling in love with him would be hard.

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Prince Nikolai of Denmark

The first two things that come up when you Google 18-year-old Prince Nikolai of Denmark are ‘height’ and ‘model’, which tells you exactly why he’s on this list. The statuesque Scandi made his modelling debut at London Fashion Week last season, and we can see why, with his floppy dark curls, blue eyes and superior height. If you’re only in it for the money though – there’s a catch. The Prince has effectively been ‘cut off’ by his grandmother the Queen Margrethe, and he’s been let off the hook for any royal duties, too, as the son of the second son and seventh-in-line to the throne. Prince Andrew, take note…

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Prince Jean Christophe Napoléon Bonaparte

Alright, history buffs, we know that Napoleon Bonaparte was never actual royalty, and that the French abolished the monarchy in the 19th century, but there are some circles in France who recognize the descendants of their famously war-mongering emperor as a member of ‘the Imperial House’. The 31-year-old great-great-great-great nephew of the famous ruler is fluent in three languages, and has worked in banking in New York, with his most current position being in private equity in London. So if the whole ‘being royal’ thing doesn’t work out, he’s probably quite financially stable, too.

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Prince Mateen of Brunei

Brunei’s answer to Prince Harry, this 26-year-old is not only Disney prince levels of handsome, but he also graduated from military training at Sandhurst, plays polo and football and is a pro at boxing and Muay Thai. He’s also big on Instagram – boasting a whopping 892,000 followers – so we imagine he would be up for taking pictures of you on all your exotic travels together, too.

Pippa Middleton’s royal wedding dress draws Arizona iced tea comparisons

Pippa Middleton’s royal wedding dress draws Arizona iced tea comparisons

Pippa Middleton arrived at St. George’s Chapel for Saturday’s royal wedding in a $695 green-and-pink floral dress by British brand The Fold.

But while her look fit right in with the ceremony’s unofficial color palette —  both Queen Elizabeth II and Meghan Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, also wore shades of green — Middleton, 34, is drawing some rather uncanny comparisons on social media, due to her dress’s striking resemblance to a container of Arizona iced tea.

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Kate Middleton’s younger sister is pregnant with her first child, and will celebrate her first anniversary with husband James Matthews on Sunday.

Was Meghan Markle channelling Princess Mary with her wedding dress?

Comparisons have been drawn between the wedding dresses of Princess Mary of Denmark and the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle.

It might not be long since the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex happened but Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark is returning top results in Google. Why? Well, not a small handful of commentators have noted its similarity to the Duchess of Cambridge’s custom Givenchy gown, designed by Clare Waight Keller and ooh-ed over by billions of people yesterday.

But let’s not go crying copycat in too quick of a hurry. Firstly, Clare Waight Keller certainly would have been aware of iconic royal wedding dresses throughout history when she went to work on the gown and then would have worked around Markle herself; her taste, her shape, melding it with her own sensibilities honed at Calvin Klein, Gucci, Chloé and now Givenchy.

It is not an accusation, and nor should it be. Those well-versed in royal, and indeed fashion, -history should know that appropriation is an inevitability and originality near-impossible. What is fresh, and what has been executed here with a contemporary flavor, is a timeless dress, matched with the accessories that ground her look in her specific context. The veil, reflecting the 53 Commonwealth countries in hand-embroidered flora, the tiara a gesture from the Queen and a tie to British Royal History, the shape, a nod to a silhouette favored by Hubert de Givenchy’s during the decade of the French house’s founding nearing 70 years ago.

If we were to nitpick, Mary’s was off-white, duchesse satin, with cascading ruffles and panelled lace underlay by Danish designer Uffe Frank. Markle’s was a brighter lily white, with no lace and no ruffles. The Crown Princess of Denmark’s neckline has a slight scoop, rather than straighter bateau as in Markle’s, again though, if we’re being fussy.

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark (left) and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle on their wedding days, in dresses that have drawn inevitable comparisons

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark (left) and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle on their wedding days, in dresses that have drawn inevitable comparisons

A bateau neckline? Nothing new. White silk? Certainly not. But that it was tailored and tweaked to suit Markle personally, paired with the right accessories and a complementary veil by an experienced tastemaker in Clare Weight Keller make it envy-inducing. Comments that she won’t be setting trends will most definitely be proved wrong – trends don’t have to be new (can you say ‘florals’?). Dressmakers underestimating the power and visibility of the Royal wedding will be caught short. It isn’t that it’s groundbreaking, it is alluring because it is in fact so enduring, and simple styles in fashion are those that do not suffer being dated. “The dress epitomises a timeless minimal elegance referencing the codes of the iconic House of Givenchy,” as Kensington Palace described. “The slim three-quarter sleeves add a note of refined modernity.” We tend to agree.

The Best Fashion Looks You Can’t Afford From The V. Rich Royal Wedding Guests

The Best Fashion Looks You Can’t Afford From The V. Rich Royal Wedding Guests

Sure, you might say the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was entirely about “love” and “bringing the nation together”. NO. WRONG. It was entirely about who wore what (and which of Harry’s ex girlfriends would show up, and will anyone make a supreme, global embarrassment of themselves by sitting in the wrong seat).

How Meghan’s reception dress compared to Kate’s

After a wedding speech by Harry that guests said moved people to tears, the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex travelled to their evening reception at Frogmore House.

Meghan changed from her Clare Waight Keller ceremony gown into a soft white bespoke halter neck dress by Stella McCartney, made of silk crepe. Harry swapped his military uniform for a black tuxedo.

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Kensington Palace said: ‘The Bride is wearing shoes from Aquazzura made in silky satin, with nude mesh, with soles painted in baby blue.’

George Northwood styled her hair, into an updo again, but this time more relaxed.

The second dress was a hit on Twitter, with some saying it was even better than Meghan’s first gown.

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There was a lot of speculation as to whether the ceremony dress would be by Stella McCartney.

Meghan is known to be a fan of the ethical British designer, she wore one of the designers dresses last month.

The dress was in line with Meghan’s simple, sleek style of her first dress, with a completely different neckline.

Enormous trains make cutting shapes on the dance floor pretty difficult so it’s standard for royal brides to change into a second dress later in the day.

Kate swapped her Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen wedding gown for a simpler dress for her evening reception in 2011.

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But while Kate went for ivory satin for her second gown of the day, also by Sarah Burton, Meghan stuck with white, ‘lily white’ according to Kensington Palace.

Kate’s neckline was sweetheart, a classic in bridal wear, while Meghan’s high halter neckline is a bit more edgy and modern while still having a thoroughly regal feel to it.

Meghan kept it as plain as her first dress, but Kate’s Burton gown said ‘evening party’ in a different way, with a bit of sparkle in the embellished waistline.

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Kate’s style is pretty demure so it was no surprise that she covered her shoulders and arms with a white angora bolero cardigan.

Meghan’s second dress though was all about her shoulders and arms.

Harry drove his new wife in a silver blue Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero with the number plate E190518, the date of their wedding.

5 OUTFITS YOU’LL WEAR ALL SUMMER

The same sunny days roll around every year, but the debate on what to wear is always a new one. In search of some much needed inspiration, we tapped influencer Lauren Johnson of @Discodaydream for her sartorial expertise. As an entrepreneur, mother, and California native, she knows what’s up when it comes to summer dressing. Plus, she’s always decked in looks that make us want to ditch our current wardrobe and start fresh. Case in point: five outfits (and her tips on how to style them), for the season.

 

 

TO A TROPICAL ISLAND

 

 

They say packing for vacation is easy (‘just throw a bikini in a bag!’), but it can be tough to find the right cover-up! A maxi dress with smart side ties allows you to wear it loose for the beach, then cinch it in for drinks at night. And don’t forget footwear. A pair of chunky white slides is both chic and comfortable. To really elevate a plain white dress, add the season’s most on-trend accessory: a basket bag. This piece is updated with a long strap.

 

“This dress is a versatile day-to-night piece that won’t take up valuable real estate in a suitcase.”

 

TO A MUSIC FESTIVAL

 

 

If contemplating another pair of denim shorts and a flower crown has you stifling a yawn, think about pairing a crop top bearing a cool back detail with printed pants, metallic-accented slides, and on-trend cat eye sunglasses. Pants are comfy and will keep you warm when the weather cools down, and a print feels fresher than suede fringing. “These pants are really comfortable and breezy, which is perfect for long days spent outside in hot summer temperatures,” says Johnson.

 

 

If you’re looking to expand your wardrobe repertoire, try the ultimate in outfit hybrids: the jumpsuit. It’s an easy one-stop-shop that is both practical and pretty, especially in white lace with statement shoulders and a cute tie. “Wearing a romper for a weekend hangout is the perfect mix of form and function,” says Johnson.” I love the feminine ruffles on this one, and the shorts allow for maximum comfort and movement.” To keep it fashion-forward, wear with gingham flatforms and sling a denim jacket over your shoulder.

 

TO A PARTY

 

 

There’s a reason dresses are a closet staple—they always look great, with minimal effort required. This printed wraparound number, for example, is dressy enough for cocktails with a pair of higher heels, and cool enough for a pool party when worn with slides. Finish off your look with the perfect summer beauty accents: a pinkish-gold bronzer, nude lipgloss and a spritz of your favorite fragrance.

“My summer uniform is normally a mini dress, so this is the perfect flirty party look.”

 

 

TO A WEDDING

 

 

You don’t want to outshine the bride, but a maxi dress in marigold yellow is special and standout. Skip the florals and look for a dress with interesting details—a crossover back, keyhole cutout, and pleating. The key to keeping it cool is in the accessories: Try metallic shoes with interesting details. “Pairing this dress with gold block heels plays up the warm color and keeps the look fun,” Johnson adds.