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  • Holiday Shopping with Sylene

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year! For those of you who didn’t complete all of your holiday shopping on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, we have some great gift ideas to make shopping a little easier for you. Take a minute to sit down and do some holiday shopping with Sylene.

    In search of stocking stuffers? Regardless of age, Sylene has you covered with Happy Socks for the wee ones and Wolford tights for your friends. We have separate boxed sets of Happy Socks for boys and girls to keep their toes warm this season. The funky patterns will give this classic gift some extra excitement. This is also the time of year when cocktail parties crowd our calendars. Luckily, Wolford has the perfect tights to keep warm while looking fabulous at any occasion. The ‘Romance Tights’ have a transparent dot pattern that leads up to a thigh high bow. Wolford is known for their elegant and comfortable tights; these are the perfect stocking stuffers for the socialite in your life!

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    If you have already purchased a gift but are looking for something extra to let your lady know how sexy she is, Sylene has an endless list of options for you to choose from. One of our favorite festive sets is the Mimi Holliday ‘Amartllis Peep Knickers’ and matching corset bra. This lacy number is sure to get her in the holiday spirit while cozying up with you and a mug of hot cocoa. The floral lace and red silk corset laces up to offer structured support and amplified sex appeal. The ‘Peep Knickers’ wrap low on the hips and are equally gorgeous with the Mimi Holliday signature clasp at the top.

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    Finally, the holidays are not complete without a fresh set of pajamas to wear by the fire. Ugg has our favorite set this year with twill plaid pants paired with a super soft jersey tee for the special man in your life (boyfriend, husband, son, father… who doesn’t love new pajamas?)

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    These last pajamas would make a great gift but after shopping for everyone else you might need something to wear while wrapping everything up? Try Bedhead’s Lipstick PJ set and thank us later.

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    Happy shopping!

  • Falling for Fitness

    ATTN: Pumpkin Spice lovers...fall is finally here! The reasons why this season is so magical are endless. Changing leaves, cozy fires and slipping into your cutest sweater/boot combo to name a few. Once summer is officially over (and we say goodbye to our swimsuits for a bit) many of us see this as a time where we can get away with putting on a few extra pounds. From Halloween candy to Thanksgiving pies to holiday cookies, it is nearly impossible to resist the goodies! The smartest way to approach the next couple months of temptation is to set a practical exercise regimen. If you keep active while indulging, you don't have to feel nearly as guilty!

    Luckily, Sylene has curated awesome activewear this season to inspire you to get to the gym when your cozy bed tries to trick you into watching Netflix under the covers.

    For our yogi friends we suggest Beyond Yoga's "Move With It" mesh bra. The Spacedye fabric and mesh cutouts are sure to get you excited up to get to class and bend into your camel pose. This bra is ideal for women who need medium support. If you are in need of a little extra support, try Anita's Active Sports Bra, this bra accommodates sizes A-F!

    Here is a great video of getting into camel pose, said to wake you up more than a cup of coffee!

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    Activewear is not only worn in the gym these days. That being said, everyone should own a good pair of black leggings. Having a pair of leggings you feel comfortable in is a must this fall. These Essential Gathered Long Leggings are one of the most versatile items you can add to your wardrobe.  You'll be wearing these to sleep in, stretch in, grocery shop in, and any other activity you can think of. Beyond Yoga has perfected the legging by ensuring they keep their shape and color wash after wash.

    Try this 5 minute stretch routine for your healing muscles on your off days!

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    Now that you have your bra and leggings covered, Trina Turk has the perfect top to finish out your look. The Draped Jersey Tank is a great top to sweat or snuggle in. The laser cut details on the back add a funky touch to a tank that will match all your activewear. Don't make excuses! There are bound to be days you can't schedule time to get into the gym; plan to wake up a early and get your cardio in at home. Try something new with this Kickboxing video.

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    Set yourself up to enjoy the next few months by working out and you'll thank yourself a few months later come swimsuit season! A sure way to motivate yourself to get into the gym is to dress the part. Get ahead of the curb and stop in Sylene or shop our activewear online before the holidays take over!

  • Bra Trade In Event

    Sylene is excited for the Bra Trade In Event starting today! Bring in your gently used bras and save $7.50 off a replacement. You will also receive $2.50 off a new pair of panties for your donated pair, or $10 for your bra and panty set.

    Sylene is donating the collected items to The Bra Recyclers, a company dedicated to contributing to women less fortunate while benefitting the environment. The Bra Recyclers learned that "95% of textiles, worn or torn, can be recycled but only 15% are actually recycled". The founder saw an opportunity to improve this statistic and positively impact families around the world. This company believes “the more you give the more you receive. Our success is not just driven by revenue, but by the impact we make in the lives of families in our communities.” The Bra Recyclers uses collected items to make cushion for red carpet events. The donated underwire is removed and sold to metal recyclers to support breast cancer research.

    Here are some facts and pointers to help determine if your bra is ready to be recycled:

    8 out of 10 women aren’t wearing the right size bra. That being said, there are thousands of bras that can be reused or recycled. Your bra sizes change 6-8 times in a lifetime. This change happens during and after childbirth and with weight gain/loss over the years. It should also be noted that the use of birth control can also effect the bra size you should be wearing. On average women own 6 bras and only end up wearing 2 of them. If you have 2 bras in rotation, the lifetime of your bras will be 6-9 months. That being said, if your underwire is digging into your flesh, its time to part with your old favorite and invest in a comfortable bra that will give you better support from Sylene!

    We hope to see you (and your previously loved bras) in the store from October 14-28! The more you trade, the more you save, so dig around in your lingerie drawer and come see us to treat yourself to a likely much needed upgrade. Every woman has that bra she never wears, use yours for good during Breast Cancer Awareness month.

  • Celebrating 41 Years at Sylene

    It is hard to believe 41 years has gone by since the opening of Sylene's first lingerie store in 1975. A lot has happened since the beginning, this post will focus on accomplishments and where we have been since the beginning of this wild adventure!

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    1975 was anything but boring. The Watergate scandal flooded the news, Bill Gates founded Microsoft, NBC aired the first episode of Saturday Night Live, and Sylene opened on Fairmont Avenue in Bethesda, Maryland. Before opening, Cyla’s parents warned her about the difficulties of being a business owner. Cyla was not discouraged by the hard work ahead and was sure she had what was needed for a successful business. 

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    After a few years in business, Sylene became the area experts in fitting prosthetics for mastectomy patients. The shop became known for their mastectomy fashion shows as a way for women to celebrate their strength. As business grew, Cyla’s sister Helen Kestler joined the business in 1980. Helen was able to free up some of Cyla's time by assisting in managing day to day operations. A few years later, in 1987, Cyla was invited to the White House to fit the first lady Nancy Reagan after her mastectomy. This was a huge honor for their business; safe to say all of their hard work wasn’t going unrecognized! 

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    In 1999 Sylene moved to a new home in Chevy Chase, where it is located today. The ladies of Sylene are always thinking of new ways to get involved and give back to the community. As a result, in 2004 the Bra Trade In Event was born. This event gives women the opportunity to trade-in old bras to be donated to less fortunate women in the area. After donating, you receive a discount towards replacing your lingerie in the store. (We encourage you to participate in the upcoming Trade In Event starting October 14. You will save $7.50 off a new bra and $2.50 off any new panty when you trade in your pre-loved items!)

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    Sylene launched a website in 2006 to expand their client reach outside of the DC area. The website is a great way to shop curated lingerie when life becomes too busy for store visits. The following year, Sylene was voted Best Lingerie Store by Bethesda Magazine. It is truly a blessing to turn your dreams into reality, and to have a sister as a co-worker is the cherry on top!

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    The ladies of Sylene are so grateful for these wonderful years and looking forward to many more to come. We can say with confidence that we have the greatest clients in the world, thank you for making this possible! Join us in celebrating our anniversary by participating in our special savings event. (Details for our Anniversary savings can be found on our homepage)

  • Designer Feature: Melissa Odabash

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    Melissa Odabash is one of Sylene's favorite designers and her swimwear is proudly hanging in our shop. This former model is known for her swimwear designs and has been noted by Vogue as creating the "Ferraris of swimwear." Odabash has a great celebrity following and her designs have been worn by Beyonce, Kate Moss, Sienna Miller, Rihanna, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

    Melissa was born in New Jersey in June 1971, she began her career living and working in Italy walking the catwalk. After emerging herself into the fashion scene, Odabash felt inspired to create her own swimwear line. She made these suits by hand and started selling them to independent boutiques in Milan. She immediately had great success and gained recognition world wide. Odabash's designs were featured on the cover of multiple American fashion magazines, expanding her audience greatly.

    These days, Melissa spends much of her time in Palm Beach and you can tell this by her permanently sun kissed skin. Not only is she an incredible designer, but she is also a incredible person underneath her string bikini. Melissa has prided herself on choosing her models with care. She doesn't look for the skinniest models when advertising her suits, but instead Melissa celebrates women with a little more curve to their figure.

    What we love most about Melissa is her huge heart. She has designed suits for women who have gone through mastectomy surgery because she knows the importance of always feeling beautiful in your skin. Odabash joined forces with the charity Future Dreams after living through her sisters experience with cancer.

    Sylene couldn't be more proud to carry Melissa Odabash's swimwear and we continue to be inspired by her charitable designs. Shop Melissa's line here.

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  • Swimwear For Every Body

    The greatest part of summer is the healthy dosage of Vitamin D our skin gets on the daily. While wearing the proper SPF to protect yourself from sun damage is most important, finding a swimsuit that is meant for your body comes second. In order to properly indulge in the warm summer weather, let Sylene help find a swimsuit that's right for you. Sylene offers a wide range of swimwear for women of all shapes and sizes. Use this summer swimsuit guide to find the right fit for you. 

    Ladies with a larger bust may have the most difficult time finding an appropriate suit that doesn't lose its sex appeal. String bikinis often leave chestier girls overexposed and under supported. When searching for the right swimsuit try tops with built in underwire or thicker straps for additional support. Miss Mandalay's Bardot Halter Bikini Top is available in E-FF and has two yellow straps to provide proper support. The pattern of this adorable suit paired with the bright yellow cutaway is sure to turn some heads for the right reason this summer.

    Full figured beauties share the same struggles with searching for support while also finding a flattering cut to highlight all the right areas. When opting for a two-piece, get Robin Piccone Flora High Waist Bottom and matching Keyhole Halter Top. If you'd like to cover up a little more, one of our favorite one-pieces this season is Magic Suit's Yves Color Block Halter. This beautiful suit delivers form, fit and function. The layering of the fabric will have you feeling confident while the halter will have you feeling supported.

    This might come as a shock to some, but small busted women have problems when swimsuit shopping too. In order to add an illusion of a larger bust without the help of your Wonder Bra. an embellished top can aid in this department! The extra padding in this Nanette Lepore Merengue Bikini will give you a fuller cup without looking padded. If you're in the market for a strapless suit (best for avoiding tan lines) pick a suit with some sort of ruffle or tie to accentuate what you've got! This Lisa Maria Fernandez Poppy Stripe Bikini is perfect for you.

    Athletic girls can have curves too! With colorful prints, ruffled details, and padded cups you can highlight your body so it appears you have a curvier body. The Melissa Odabash Brussells Lizard Underwire Bikini has a killer pattern and the feminine shape that your body needs. The fold over bottoms are extremely flattering and add a little bump to your backside. This suit is also perfect for a pick up game of beach volleyball, you won't need to worry about your top slipping off!

    Lastly, if you qualify as pear shaped, our first word of advice is to skip the boy shorts. Boy shorts can attract unwanted attention to your bottom half while there are many suits made just for you. After you toss the boy shorts, try a slimming suit like Miraclesuit's Solid Sanibel One Piece. This gorgeous suit is a slimming black fabric draped in just the right places to look 10 lbs lighter in just 10 seconds! If your mind is set on a two-piece, try this Tommy Bahama Pearl U-Ring Tankini! This suit offers +50 UPF protection with a U-Ring for a sexy touch. This top has built in tummy control and adjustable straps for a perfect fit.

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  • Bachelorette Party Weekend

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    When planning a bachelorette party getaway, three places immediately come to mind. New York City, Las Vegas, and Miami all are the perfect destinations for a bride-to-be's last hoorah weekend away with the girls.

    Regardless of the location, bride tribe color coordination is a great way to ensure the bride stays in the spotlight! Start your weekend off in Wolford's Pure Sleeveless Top. If you're traveling by plane, this top is extremely comfortable yet chic. It is a purchase that you will be happy you made because it can be worn all year long, dressed up or dressed down. Have the bride in white while the rest of the group is in black. Accessorize with 'Bride-To-Be' and 'Bridesmaid' sashes!

    First stop on the bachelorette weekend bucket list is Miami. South Beach is a no brainer when it comes to planning a weekend for a bachelorette who loves to spend her time soaking in the sun. Miami is a perfect location because you can turn it up at night and recover all day on the beach. Have all the girls in Karla Colletto's Black Fringe Dress while the bride stands out in her white Cool Change Shanti Miranda Tunic.

    Next up, Las Vegas. When in Vegas, pool parties are a must. Sip on champagne with the bride tribe poolside while all the bridesmaids rock Marysia's Black Hibiscus Antibes Bikini, the bride will feel like a queen in the same suit but in solid white. After the pool festivities, get dinner and drinks before you watch the Chippendales do their thing. Don't forget, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!

    If the bride-to-be is a city chick (or simply a Sex and the City fan) celebrate in style in the fashion capital, NYC. Start your weekend catching some rays at a rooftop pool while the bride channels her inner Carrie Bradshaw in Melissa Odabash's Cancun Bikini in coral while the rest of the party rocks the same ikat print set in blue!

    Often times, we find ourselves too busy to find a weekend that works for the whole bridal party, especially if members are spread across the country. If this is the case, take a trip down memory lane and throw an adult sleepover! Matching pajamas are a must, we suggest everyone wear a solid colored romper and to gift the bride with this Eberjey Something Blue Teddy for the special occasion. This sleepover can still include talking about boys, painting nails and movie marathons -- but in order to spice things up a bit, this sleepover can double as a sex toy party stocked with toys by Lelo!

    In the spirit of wedding season and bride tribes, Sylene will be doing an instagram giveaway for a Lelo personal massager. For more details on how to win the MIA 2 lipstick vibe, visit our instagram page @SyleneDC !

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  • Mothers Day Gifts By Sign

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    If you are one of the mother-daughter duos that share a special closeness, you should spice things up this Mother's Day and get your best friend (since day one) goddess worthy intimates to feel extra special on her day. Knowing mothers and their selfless nature, she likely wouldn't buy herself anything off this list so that is where you come in! With endless styles, colors and fabrics; lingerie shopping can often times be overwhelming. If you'd rather give her something she can open in front of the whole family, we have also included some nightgowns and lounge wear.  Since shopping for the most important woman in your life can get difficult, we decided to simplify things for you and suggest Mother's Day gifts by her astrological sign.

    Aquarius

    As an air sign, your mother is rational and social. She loves relationships and communicating with friends and family. Her style is classic, this Mother's Day give her a bra that is classic in form but has an exciting print. For your Aquarius mother, get her the Chantelle Eclatante Push Up.

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    Pisces

    You already know this, but your Pisces mama is emotional and ultra-sensitive. She likely cries when she opens presents from you and this year will be no exception. L'Agent's Vanesa Demi Bra is the perfect gift to make her feel beautiful on her special day!

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    Aries

    Aries females tend to be passionate and adventurous. This makes lingerie shopping extra exciting. To match your mother's firey personality, you should gift her Aubad's Woodstock Memories Half Cup. The fun floral pattern is a great alternative to roses this year!

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    Everybody needs a Taurus in their life to keep them grounded. Its time to pay mom back for all the hours she has listened to you stress and talked you through your biggest life decisions. This Stella McCartney Balconnet will make her feel European with it's delicate French leaves, lace and mesh.

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    Those with the Gemini sign tend to be different. They especially like to stand out of the crowd. Give you mother something she would never pick for herself, but is sure to be her new favorite bra. This Heidi Klum Fantasy Bra is the perfect balance of beauty and support and the purple color will make her feel like royalty.

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    CANCER

    You mother is the nurturing kind. She would love something soft and comfortable to wear on the weekend mornings while she lounges. The Cosabella Isabella Chemise is the perfect nightgown for this Mother's Day. The festive print will make her feel pretty and playful while she sips her tea!

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    LEO

    Another fire sign, your mother is creative, idealistic and a source of inspiration to everyone around her. If your mother is well endowed, this Prima Donna Icone Balcony Bra will be the perfect gift for her. The bra is complete with colorful frayed straps and a trendy tweed print. Prima Donna bras are famous for their support so it would only make sense to give this to your #1 supporter!

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    Your mom is a loyal and stable Virgo. She has been there for you without fail through it all. She spends a lot of her time on Pinterest looking up gardening tips, so why not get her something to lounge in while she searches? This Eberyjey Heather Tunic is perfect for lounging in style.

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    LIBRA

    Libras are great communicators. This is ideal for you, because you call you mom everyday for her opinion on work drama, relationship advice and everything in between. The perfect bra for your Air sign mom is the Huit Cotton Magic Air Bra. This is a great bra fir everyday wear, but with a little added help from the removable air pads.

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    SCOPRIO

    Your Scorpio mom is always the most interesting person at the party. She is a simple woman but isn't opposed to taking risks. Get your mom this La Perla Zephyra Push Up. She will love the simple lace pattern that frames the neckline.

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    SAGITTARIUS

    If you learned one thing from your Sagittarius mother, it was how to be independent. She taught you never to rely on anyone. Get her something that embraces her independence and sexuality! The L'Agent Penelope Corset  is an elegant satin corset is perfect to wear under a dress on a date night in the city.

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    As most mothers are, Capricorn's are extra protective. You mother has been doing her best to keep you safe since the day you arrived. Time to let her know how grateful you are! The Natori Charm Robe will keep her warm and stylish while covered in intricate floral embroidery.

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    We hope everyone has a wonderful weekend celebrating their beautiful mothers and our Mothers Day gifts by sign breakdown helped narrow down your choices! If you still aren't sure what to get her, a gift card to Sylene is sure to put a smile on her face!

  • Lingerie Showers

    Wedding season is starting up and before the couples' big day, comes the wedding shower! To help you prepare for the party of the year, we at Sylene put together some ideas to incorporate new lingerie for the bride. Lingerie showers are fun for the bride, but they are also a perfect way to get to know the other bridesmaids and break the ice before the big day!

    This first game is a bridal shower classic. On the invitation, ask each guest to bring a pair of panties that represents themselves or their relationship with the bride. As each guest arrives, pin their panties to a clothes line. The collection of lingerie will add a cute flair to the party decor! After a couple glasses of champagne, have the bride guess who brought each pair. As each pair is selected, the guests can share their funniest or craziest memories with the bride.

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    If the bride has a lot of friends or family who can't make it to the shower, a Panty Piñata is a great way to let long distance friends send their love. When you send out your invitations, include a request for anybody who is unable to attend to mail a pair of panties to the host with a signed note attached. You can find all kinds of pull-string piñatas on amazon like this cupcake one! On the day of the party, fill your piñata with the brides' new undergarments and candy or chocolates she likes. The bride will love to feel as if all of her friends are present when she sees all the panties and notes!

    If you throw a bridal shower with grandmothers or the bride's soon-to-be Mother in Law in attendance, lingerie games can get uncomfortable. Using "Linens and Lace" as an alternative theme allows family to opt for sheets or towels without fully excluding lingerie gifts from your girlfriends.

    This next idea has to be is one of the most clever gifts for a bridal shower! The idea is to write a poem that goes with an assortment of panties. Below is the original 'Panty Poem', but feel free to write something original that will be specific to the bride! Attach a notecard with a couple of lines that goes with each pair. You should include a pair in her wedding color, a red pair, white, frilly, animal print, black, pink, floral...etc. The bride will love this gift because she is now fully stocked for her honeymoon!

    The bridesmaids have a secret to share about our little bride / She is obsessed with underwear and that we cannot hide. So for our little panty queen we gathered up some twine and working as a friendly team we made a panty line. (Bride's name) these undies are to last you all throughout your life and (groom's name) will be pleased to say he has a sexy wife! So listen up to hear about your lifelong panty plan. These underwear, we have no doubt, will last your whole life span! The first are for your wedding day, of course they are pure white. We know (groom's name) will shout, "Hooray!" when he sees you on that night. The next are for your honeymoon, they're sexy and all lace. We hope you'll leave your hotel room, 'cause (honeymoon destination)'s a gorgeous place! On Valentine's you'll wear this pair before you hit the bed, 'cause Cupid's arrow in the air shoots tushies that are red. After a year has passed you'll face anniversary number one. With these you'll surely have a blast 'cause leopard's so much fun! Then when the time is right for you and don't be saying, "Maybe". You'll wear your little pink or blue in honor of your baby. And when your years of wedding bliss become the big 2-5, don't worry - you'll just slip this on to keep the sparks alive. When finally you're old and gray, with these you can't go wrong - 'cause sorry (Bride's name) but at that age, you just can't wear a thong!

    Sylene Gift Suggestions:

    Cosabella

    Eberyjey Teddy

    L'Agent 'Grace Trixie Thong'

    Hanky Panky 'Mrs'

  • Shop: Spring Break

    I think it is safe to say spring (and spring break) is finally upon us! The best way to celebrate the end of winter, without a doubt, is a trip to a sandy beach with a bottomless cocktail in hand.

    To get you excited for your week long escape, Sylene is giving away a pair of $50 gift cards, for you and a friend to use in our swim shop. Details for the giveaway are on our Facebook and Instagram pages. Win or lose, one thing is for certain, Sylene has some beautiful suits ready for you to take along with you on your getaway!

    While on the topic of getting away, our friend Sarah from Fifty Two Thursdays just got back from a trip to Vieques, Puerto Rico. After living vicariously through her for a week, we are dying to soak up some sun. Below you will find photos from paradise. Get inspired, buy a ticket, and shop her looks in our store!

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    Time to face the facts, it is officially CRUNCH TIME to find the perfect suit for Spring Break or your upcoming beach trip. Sylene has this seasons hottest looks ready for the sun!  In addition to Sarah's looks Puerto Rico, we selected 3 more great looks in white from one of our favorite swimwear designers Melissa Odabash!

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