A Letter To Victoria's Secret From All The Pissed Off Women Needing Swimsuits

A Letter To Victoria's Secret From All The Pissed Off Women Needing Swimsuits

I'm not one to tell you how to run your company, but discontinuing your swimwear was not the smartest.

Dear Victoria's Secret,

I have never owned or ran a multi-million dollar company, so I am not making judgments regarding your marketing decisions. However, since your announcement regarding your decision to stop manufacturing your highly coveted swimwear, I have witnessed countless rants on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. and almost every girl I know have a mental breakdown over where they are going to buy their swimsuits this year.

So, why can we not just get them somewhere else? You just get us VS. You understand that underwire is important for us women who are bigger than an A cup, and push-up padding is helpful for those lesser blessed women. You understand our need for something sexy, yet also supportive and "covering." You were also easier to customize than some places, and sizing was not a problem, since most of us already buy our bras and underwear from you. We are also creatures of habit, so I, and others, have begun to look forward to seeing your new designs every year.

So, are we going to stop shopping at VS? Of course not! We just want you to know that we are deeply saddened and disappointed...and if you ever decide to bring them back, we will welcome you with open arms.

Although we are all a little ticked off by this decision, and I feel as if it will impact our lives greatly, I feel like it may impact you as well. I myself bought 3 or 4 swimsuits a year from you, and while on the website, a few other things. Most girls I know also bought a good bit from your website when summer came around. Now? You won't have that. Sure you have the fitness wear collection, but sorry VS, Nike has my heart in the fitness department. So while I hope it doesn't hit you too hard negatively, i kinda do, so maybe you'll bring them back.

So, VS, I hope you consider your customers anger and disappointment and give it a second thought for next year. In the meantime, I'll just be frantically searching the internet for my swimsuit for this year.


Your Pissed Off Customers

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Sorority Life: It’s Not What You Think

Getting Rid of Our Eagerness to Jump to Conclusions

I bet I can guess what you’re thinking. It’s probably something along the lines of, “Wow, what a typical sorority girl thing to write about.” I can’t say you’re wrong. 

I’m not ashamed to label myself as just that: a sorority girl. I’m pretty proud of it, honestly.

Can I walk you through how I came to be one of these? A sorority girl

First, lets go back to recruitment week. I was BEYOND nervous. I didn't know what I had gotten myself into. I thought to myself on many different occasions, “This is a mistake, I’m not fit for this, I should really just back out now.” It was overwhelming, and I was exhausted from both talking my head off for hours at a time and not getting enough sleep. I would leave my dorm early in the morning, and often not return until late at night.

Even though I questioned my decision to rush the whole week, I can’t help but look back and laugh at myself now.

Being a part of a sorority has already done so much more for me than I could ever possibly do for it.

I’ve gained sisters, 150 of them. I’ve gained friendships that I’m sure will last a lifetime. And yes, I’ve gained future bridesmaids. I’ve developed a love for serving and giving back to the community. I’ve made memories I will never forget.

Ugh, I know. So incredibly cheesy. But also so incredibly true

However, sometimes sorority life is not always easy-breezy. 

It often keeps my schedule full. I've already spent many late hours working on banners. Study hours took up a lot of my time while I was a new member. Coming back after spending a weekend at home in time to make it to chapter is sometimes hard to do. I’m not always motivated to walk across campus in order to get points for going to a sisterhood or a career and personal development. I’ve mopped, dusted, vacuumed, and swept different parts of the house in order to keep it looking nice and neat. 

Sorority life has taught me how to manage my time. It’s taught me how to find the good in everything. It’s taught me to appreciate my free time even more. But most importantly, it’s taught me not to jump to conclusions. 

Before I joined one, I myself had my own idea of what being in a sorority was like. I had my own stereotypes of what sorority girls were like. 

We’re so good at that. 

We’re good at assuming. We’re good at accusing. We’re good at judging. We’re good at stereotyping and name-calling…just because we don’t know. We don’t know what it’s really like. We don’t put ourselves in someone else’s shoes in order to try and understand what they’re going through or where they're coming from. 

Instead, we decide to form our own opinion before we really know because we have an eagerness to jump to conclusions. 

It’s human nature, we all do it. We all judge based on first impressions or appearances. We all stereotype based on what we think we know, or what we’ve learned from what society tells us. 

But, just because we all do it doesn't mean it’s okay.

Our God holds us to a higher standard than this. We are not called to submit to a life that looks like the world. We’re not called to live like everybody else, and this includes being quick to judge or assume. 

Our God is a God of grace and love. He shows no favoritism. We’ve all heard it a thousand times, but He is the judge, not us.

Even though it's so incredibly difficult sometimes, I would encourage you to first recognize the grace and mercy God shows you each and every day. Think about this, remind yourself of it often, and I promise it will help you to remember to extend this grace, mercy, and love to others around you, rather than jump to conclusions. 

“For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.” Galatians 2:13

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Valentine's Day Doesn't Just Have To Be For Your Significant Other

Use the day to show love to family, friends, and yourself

Valentine's Day is the sweetest holiday of the year. Whether you believe the holiday is a Hallmark gimmick or a true testament to love, it's a day that can stand for more than some chocolates and a bouquet of flowers.

At the heart of this commercialized holiday is really just a lot of love. Valentine's Day is an annual reminder to show love to those you really care about.

If you have a significant other this Valentine's Day, show them some homemade love. Expensive dinners and jewelry are always nice, but taking the time to make something for the one you love can be even more special. This day is about more than a special gift; this is a day to show the person you love exactly how much you love them.

If you're heading into Valentine's Day single, grab some friends and start spreading some love around with those you hold most important in your life.

Show your friends just how much you love them. Whether you celebrate your girlfriends with a Galentine's Day celebration or spend the night watching rom-coms with your roommates, do something with the friends in your life that mean the absolute most to you.

Text your family members and let them know that you love and miss them. Send a Valentine's card home to your mom.

Remember to take time out of your day to show yourself some love, as well. Even though this holiday is marketed toward showing others' love, there's no reason that you can't take the day to love yourself a little bit more, too. Treat yourself to a nice dinner, buy some fancy chocolates, and spend the night watching a movie that makes you laugh no matter how many times you've seen it.

You could also use Valentine's Day as an excuse to smile a little more and spread love to strangers that may need some. You never know who this holiday makes feel a bit more lonely than usual. Stop to talk a minute longer to someone at the grocery store, hold the door for a few people, and smile to those you pass on the street.

Valentine's Day is commercialized and forced sometimes, but you can still use this day as a reminder to spread love to those around you.

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