Is This Real Life Or Is This A Fantasy Bra?

Is This Real Life Or Is This A Fantasy Bra?

How Victoria's Secret busted this bra.

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If you ask me, Fantasy Bras are meant to be, well, a fantasy, and let me tell you, this just looks like a glitzed up version of their already-existing T-shirt bra with a body chain attached.

It's just been announced that the Victoria Secret Angel, Elsa Hosk will be wearing the notorious lingerie piece this year in the show.

This year's bra fell short of many people's expectations, and the bra budget. This bra, covered in more than 2,100 Swarovski crystals is valued at $1 million. Sound expensive? When talking about Fantasy Bras, this is back-pocket money.

2018's Fantasy Bra is actually the least expensive bra, right alongside the Million Dollar Miracle Bra worn by Claudia Schiffer in its primal year of 1996.

Let's look at the track record for the lingerie you long for:

In 1997, the Diamond Dream Bra was born. Worn by none other than Tyra Banks, the $3 million dollar bra was simplistic with a whopping 42-karat diamond hanging in the center.

1n 1998, the Dream Angel Fantasy Bra was announced and worn by Daniela Pestova. Taking on the (much) more expensive form of simplistic pre-existing bras, the mesh material and floral patterns made of various jewels racked the cost of this bra up to $5 million.

Van Gough would be proud of the 1999 Millennium Bra. Worn by Heidi Klum, this (literally) star-studded bra made up of over 2,000 diamonds and sapphires depicted what looked like a starry night sky. This bra cashed in at $10 million.

The Red Hot Fantasy Bra was worn by the red-hot model, Gisele Bundchen in 2000. The $15 million bra consists of 1,300-karat diamonds and Thai rubies. This bra was so expensive, that it landed a spot in the Guinness World Record Book as the most expensive piece of lingerie ever. Imagine that amount of bucks on your boobs.

In 2001, the Heavenly Star Fantasy Bra was the first ever Fantasy Bra to appear on the famed Victoria's Secret Fashion Show runway. Heidi Klum had the pleasure of taking it for a walk down the runway, carrying $12.5 million on her chest. The bra was made up of 1,200 Sri Lankan pink sapphires and 90-carat diamonds.

The Star of Victoria Fantasy Bra was born in 2002 and worn by Karolina Kurkova. This bra was composed of a 60-carat Mouawad Mondera diamond, surrounded by 1,600 emeralds and 1,150 rubies that created an organic flowery design. This baby will cost you $10 million.

Once again, Heidi Klum walked the runway in yet another Fantasy Bra. This multicolored bra became home to 2,800 jewels as well as the second largest Excelsior diamond in the world – 70-carat large to be exact. This Very Sexy Fantasy Bra is equivalent to $11 million.

Tyra Banks' "hoe, but then make it fashion" quote came in handy when the walked the runway in the Heavenly 70 Fantasy Bra. At the cost of $10 million, the sheer bra was traced in 2,900 diamonds in 18-karat white gold, with a 70-carat diamond in the center.

Speaking of ho's, Gisele Bundchen ho, ho, ho'ed her way down the VS runway in 2005 in a Santa-themed outfit. This outfit's main accessory was the Sexy Splendor Fantasy Bra, composed of 2,900 pave diamonds, 22 rubies, and a whopping 101-carat diamond set in 18-karat white gold.

In 2006, Karolina Kurkova melted hearts in the Hearts on Fire Diamond Fantasy Bra. The blinding sparkles may throw you off, but this bra only cost $6.5 million - as opposed to the normal double-digit million dollar bras we're used to. This bra featured 2,000 diamonds and a 10-carat diamond in the center.

This lingerie set is all I want for the 2007 holidays! The Holiday Fantasy Bra worn by Selita Ebanks was encrusted with diamonds, rubies, emeralds, and yellow sapphires equaling $4.5 million. It even came with a matching thong and garter belt.

Probably one of the most famous Angels there is, Adriana Lima finally rocked the Black Diamond Fantasy Miracle Bra in 2008. This $5 million black-on-black bra was made up of 3,575 black diamonds as well as 117 one-carat diamonds and 34 rubies.

Marisa Miller rocked the Harlequin Fantasy Bra in 2009. This 2,300-diamond bra came with a 16-carat heart-shaped diamond, all costing $3 million.

Victoria's Secret dropped a bomb with their Bombshell Fantasy Bra in 2010. This bra was debuted on Adriana Lima, consisting of 3,000 white diamonds, light blue sapphires, and topazes, all set in 18-karat white gold. After 1,500 hours and six Damiani craftspeople, the $2 million bra was complete.

In 2011, Miranda Kerr wore the $2.5 million Fantasy Treasure Bra. This sea-themed bra was made up of more than 3,400 jewels and 142-carats of diamonds, pearls, citrines, and aquamarines.

This flora and fauna combo will have you feeling lost in an enchanted forest. In 2012, after 11 years of being an Angel, Alessandra Ambrosio floated her way down the catwalk in the Floral Fantasy Bra. Consisting of 5,200 amethysts, sapphires, rubies, as well as white, pink, and yellow colored diamonds, this bra cost $2.5 million, topping it off with a 20-carat center diamond.

In 2013, Candice Swanepoel was deemed the fairest of them all, having been chosen to wear the Royal Fantasy bra. The Snow White themed set was topped with 4,200 jewels all set in 18-karat gold. And unlike previous years, the centerpiece diamond was replaced for a 52-carat ruby.

After 18 years of Fantasy Bras, Victoria's Secret must have been seeing double, because 2014 was the year of twins. Giving off serious Gemini vibes, Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio came out in the Dream Angels Fantasy Bras. The Pascal Mouawad tops were colored blue (Adriana) and red (Alessandra) adorned with gorgeous, sparkling body chains. Altogether, they took more than $2 million (each), 16,000 sapphires, rubies, and diamonds, as well as over 1,380 hours to make.

After seeing doubles, Victoria's Secret was seeing stars! The 2015 Fireworks Fantasy Bra was debuted by Lily Aldridge. Once again, Pascal Mouawad designed the $2 million bra made up of 6,500 jewels of blue topaz, yellow sapphire, red garnet, and pink quartz.

In 2016, Jasmine Tookes had the honor of wearing the Bright Night Fantasy Bra. This $3 million bra was made of more than 450-carats worth of diamonds and emeralds, all set in 18-karat gold.

Now onto my personal favorite, the 2017 Champagne Nights Fantasy Bra. Laid Ribeiro had the honor of being the fourth black model to walk in and rock out the Fantasy Bra. Designed by Mouawad Jewelry, the 'Arabian Knights' inspired bra was made of 6,000 white diamonds, yellow sapphires, and blue topazes totaling $2 million.

And that straps up all the bras leading up to Elsa Hosk's 2018 bra and body chain.

Be sure to tune into the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show on November 8th!

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Why I Canceled My VIP Fabletics Membership

I was a VIP member with Fabletics for a year and I canceled the membership. Read on to get the inside scoop on quality, customer service, and why I ultimately canceled my membership.
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Fabletics is the online subscription athleisure line launched by Kate Hudson in 2013 that mimics the styles of Lululemon products but for a much more affordable price. At first glance, the products claim that their retail value is about the same as any Lululemon product- but there's always a catch, am I right? The deal with Fabletics is that if you subscribe to be a VIP member, you get ridiculous discounts and supposed savings. I'll go over how Fabletics works, my experience with various aspects of the company and the products, and why I ultimately canceled my membership with the brand.

How it works

If you go to the Fabletics website, you'll begin membership by taking a style quiz. One of the services that Fabletics offers is that outfits will be curated for you by a stylist based on your responses to the initial quiz. Products and outfits suggested ought to represent your size, style, and functional requirements. A collection of new "outfits" is updated every month, but you are not forced to choose any of these particular styles as you can roam freely through the website to find a product that you feel suits you well.

Once you either chose to buy an outfit (usually composed of two to three items) or a single item, proceed to checkout, pay, and your new products are shipped.

Most of the benefits and discounted prices only come with the VIP Membership which I will explain below.

With the VIP Membership, you get up to 50% off retail prices, gain points that you can later redeem for small items (they only started this recently), accrue a store credit, and cancel at any time. But, as with everything, there's a catch. Since this is a subscription service, you are expected to buy something every month- kinda.

When your new outfits are collected and open to view on the first day of each month, you can browse/select one that you want to purchase or look at individual items under other categories. If you don’t shop or “Skip the Month” by the 5th, your credit card will be charged $49.95 on the 6th until you cancel.

That charge can be used as a credit to spend or save. What they don’t tell you is that if you build up a few monthly credits, you can only use each "$49.95 credit" one purchase at a time. So even if they have taken $90.90 out of your bank account, you cannot spend it all at once.

You may say, "Oh well just make two separate purchases then." Buuuuut then you run into issues with hitting the minimum price to qualify for free shipping- and the shipping price was ridiculous. Plus, when you get your package, it’s in a non-descript black plastic bag that is usually crammed into your mailbox.

The styles

I always used to get compliments on my Fabletics leggings and tops. With mesh details and cool cut-outs, there was nothing not to love. High-waisted styles gave just the right tightness to feel controlled but comfortable, and every pair of leggings gave me that "hugged" sensation. Styles and color schemes rivaled those of Lululemon for a fraction of the cost. Sounds great- and it was.

As time went on, the styles were almost all patterned with odd splotchy and bright colors or large, overbearing prints that didn't match anything. Even when new styles were just released, they never had my size in the few colors that I liked or any that were the right length for my short little legs. It came to the point where I was desperately searching for a few styles that I half-way liked and then I would click on them and hope that they had my size (which they usually didn't). I had rarely had these problems when I had first signed up. Needless to say- I was no longer impressed.

Why I canceled

The new styles may work for some other ladies, and if you can rock it- props to you! But Fabletics' new patterns and styles just weren't for me and didn't fit my style anymore.

The style changes along with the sizing headaches, and the fact that $50 was being taken out of my account whether I received a product or not, were all factors in my decision to cancel my VIP Membership.

In addition, the owners of Fabletics started all these other lines for men, kids, shoes, bags and ahhhh! There was pressure to buy from these other lines and to save here and there and everywhere or combine this and that and wooooo...just too much going on. I don't have kids, or a guy I buy clothes for, and I do not need any other incentive to buy shoes, clothes, or purses- I'm already fighting those urges. :)

I also started seeing ads for Fabletics everywhere offering new members these ridiculously good deals. That's great and all, but Fabletics didn't really offer any deals like that at all to maintain current members. Even with the emails I received, there were these ridiculously good deals on all these things that no one wanted, had awful reviews or were only in odd sizes. It became so gimmicky to me and I personally didn't feel like a valued customer.

The cancellation Process

Once I decided to cancel, I tried calling and had a hard time working through the menus to actually talk to a person. So I turned to the live-chat feature that pops up on the website.

My biggest concern was that I had two member credits and I wanted to know if they would be voided with no refund if I canceled, if I needed to try to spend the store credit before I canceled, or if I could get that money back without having to buy something I didn't like.

Once I explained my questions to the agent on the live chat, she of course suggested that I use my member credits on products before canceling and that she would give me some percent off or something and I remember responding, "can't you just put the money back on my card? The current styles just aren't for me and there is nothing that I'm interested in that you have in my size." Luckily, the agent responded that she would transfer those credits back to my account and warned that it would take a few days for the money to show up.

I will have to say, whoever was helping me with the live-chat seemed very concerned with making sure I had a positive interaction and apologized profusely for the reasons that led me to cancel. She handled this very well. I walked away a happy customer because I honestly thought that the money that was automatically charged those few months that I forgot to skip was long gone and she did the right thing of returning it to my account. I was impressed with this aspect of my experience.

Bottom line...

All in all, I would recommend signing up for the VIP Membership IF you browse the available styles and like them, and if you are willing to really keep up with your "skips" and membership credits. For me, the new direction that the company is going with their styles isn't a good fit and I personally struggle to find styles that I like in my sizes.

I did make many satisfying purchases with Fabletics over my time as a VIP Member and for a good stretch of time, I was a very happy customer and fan of Fabletics products. Unfortunately, the styles are changing and I have gotten so busy and tired that I constantly forget to "skip the month" when I don't see anything I like and it just isn't something I personally think is worth the money for me right now. But for many of you, it may be the perfect time to sign up! It just depends on your style preferences and your ability to regulate your spending on the site.

They have lowered the shipping cost if your purchase is under the minimum, they have started the membership points program, and they have increased their customer service team and reduced phone wait times. Plus, while I was verifying information for this article, I browsed through the new July styles and I'll have to say, I really like a lot of the new items. So perhaps Fabletics is trying to improve and maintain their older clientele while also appealing to other, new clients with other styles. All I can say is that I wish the company all the best and I hope that they can regain lost customers and expand into new areas of fashion.

I hope that this helps you make an informed decision about becoming a Fabletics VIP Member and that you find an athletic wear line that is best for you!


Cover Image Credit: Fabletics Campaign

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10 Reasons The ‘Nike Shorts And A T-Shirt’ Outfit Is Undefeated

A go-to outfit anytime of the year!!

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Every girl LOVES a good t-shirt and Nike shorts outfit. We all have that one fit that is our go to, no matter the weather. Here are 10 reasons that this outfit is undefeated.

1. You can wear it whenever

If it's hot, humid, cold, or raining, catch me in shorts and a t-shirt. The outfit is so versatile.

2. It’s easy

No need to stress about picking out an outfit the night before, just go with your favorite fit.

3. Affordable

Ok yeah, the shorts may be a little expensive, but if you have a boyfriend, hello free t-shirts. And if you don't have a boyfriend, check out Goodwill or the sale section at your favorite store.

4. You can rewear it and no one will care

Trust me no one will judge you if you wear the same outfit once or twice a week. Honestly, when it's warm out I wear the same shorts and t-shirt outfit once a week. We all do this, so it's nbd.

5. You can dress it up

Yes, it is possible to dress up such a simple outfit. Throw on some hoops and cute bracelets. There, go cute, simple, and took no time at all.

6. You can wear it to bed and class

Talk about versatile. You can go to bed in what you want to wear the next day. Let me sleep in as much as possible, please!!

7. Comfy

This is hands down the comfiest outfit you could ever wear. Oversized t-shirt and shorts, it just sounds comfy.

8. Easiest clothes to put on

Literally it takes .5 seconds to put on shorts and a t-shirt. Get ready in less than a minute.

9. Shows a lot about you

This outfit may be, and comfy, but it can actually show a lot about you. It can show where you've traveled, if you're in a sorority, play sports, etc. There's a lot of personality in that one shirt.

10. Maybe you’ll workout??

We all have those thoughts when we put on our shorts and a t-shirt, like eh maybe I'll go workout today since I dressed for it.

Writing this article has made me want to go shopping...catch me at Nike!! I hope you feel more comfortable to wear your Nike shorts and t-shirt outfit all day everyday!!

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