Summer Ready with Diane’s Lingerie

Summer Ready with Diane's LingerieIt’s official: summer is finally here on the west coast! For months us ladies wait patiently to bust out our warm-weather wardrobe, body-con dresses, low-cut t-shirts, off-the-shoulder tops, backless boho rompers…sounds divine doesn’t it? Not so much when figuring out what bras to wear under those delightful pieces seems more difficult than navigating the Bermuda Triangle. This conundrum is one that so many women face at this time of the year: how to still rock these fashion-forward pieces with the proper undergarments as a normal healthy-sized woman and not a waif-thin model. If you’re larger chested like me, going without any support is not an option, but visible straps or unsupportive miniscule bras that don’t hold the girls up doesn’t sound very appealing either. Now what’s a gal to do??!!

summer ready with Diane's Lingerie

Enter the perfect fitting summer bra, from the experts that have been doing it for over 30years, Diane’s Lingerie. I first began shopping at Diane’s Lingerie about 6 years ago, and it was truly life changing. For so long I was unable to find a proper fitting bra for my small frame and large cup size. The big box stores automatically think that if you have a large cup size you must be 200 pounds, therefore you don’t need a small band size at all. Not the case! Upon my first fitting experience at Diane’s, I learnt that almost 80% of women wear the wrong sized bra (I know, it’s utterly shocking) and even with my extensive knowledge on the subject, I still was off with the fit I had at the time. Thankfully the lovely staff at Diane’s outfitted me with the proper size and the proper shopping know-how. I immediately came home, put all my old bras in the charity bin and I haven’t looked back since.

summer ready with Diane's Lingerie

If I had challenges with finding the right bra, I know that other women definitely have them too. That’s why I was so excited to partner with Diane’s Lingerie to host an intimate event this month that tackled the summer undergarment problem, while also teaching women the tips and tricks to find the perfect fitting t-shirt bra. It was wonderful to have Diane’s Lingerie filled with female media and digital influencers of all different shapes and sizes, all with different sets of concerns that we could tackle and solve in one evening. As Diane’s motto so perfectly states, every body is unique and we fit them ALL.

summer ready with Diane's Lingerie

Some of the lovely guests in attendance, from left to right: Meghan Faye, Crystal Carson, Lucy Yun and Fashion Magazine’s Joy Pecknold.

summer ready with Diane's Lingerie

June132016_Event_DianesLingerie5 copyFor those you didn’t get a coveted spot to the Summer Ready event, I want to share with you the knowledge that was the cornerstone to my presentation for our guests. Firstly: how to find the perfect t-shirt bra. In order to find the perfect one, you must first know what “perfect” looks like. A great-fitting t-shirt bra is one with smooth and seamless cups, and that is completely invisible when worn under your t-shirt. For fit, here are the top things to look for:

  • The bra band should fit snuggly because it provides the majority of the support. The bra band should sit lower down on the back (parallel or lower than the front of the bra), and it shouldn’t be riding up. Most women are wearing the bra band too loose, which causes it to ride up the back while the front of the bra tips forward. This creates an unbalanced silhouette. It also causes the back to not look smooth under a t-shirt. When the bra band is too loose, it also means you are getting no support from the bra.
  • The placement of the wires should include all of the breast tissue.
  • The cups should hold all of the breast tissue, no gaps or spillage.
  • The center gore should sit flat against the chest.
  • The shoulder straps should have the proper tension and stay in place on the shoulders. That means no falling straps when you move your arms.

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Highlights from the event’s fashion presentation, with Diane’s Lingerie’s Store Director, Lynda Barr

A flattering fit always comes first when choosing a bra, but if you’ve got the fit down pat, then it’s time to have some fun! Never before in fashion have bras become a fashion piece themselves; no longer completely covered up, bras and bralets are peeping through see-through lace, worn alone under blazers and vests or as a top to high-waisted skirts and wide-leg pants. At the event I wanted to play with this concept and provide some fashion inspiration for our media guests. I styled two fashion forward summer outfits as part of my presentation, which had the bras on full display! First I styled a blue and white gingham-printed Marie Joe bra as a top (that can also pass as swimwear!), worn under a white long sleeveless vest and paired with a printed high-waisted skirt with a fun hemline tassel. The next outfit had a strapless bra peeping through a gorgeous beach coverup (both from Diane’s Lingerie) that can be dressed up with jeans and heels (as seen on our model) or dressed down with shorts or a bathing suit for the pool. When you have a proper-fitting, great quality bra, trust me, you’ll want to show them off!

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Posing with Diane’s Lingerie’s President and Owner, Sharon Hayles and our two models who are wearing the fashion looks I styled, all using bras from Diane’s Lingerie.

The last bit of knowledge myself and the staff at Diane’s Lingerie wanted to leave our guests with was what bras make up the perfect bra wardrobe. As women we all have underwear drawers filled with pieces we either never wear or have only worn a handful of times. That’s simply money down the drain! Instead, the staff at Diane’s recommends having the following must-have pieces:

  • Seamless bras (for those t-shirts and tight-fitting dresses)
  • Sports bra
  • Strapless bra
  • Multi-way bra (aka a bra with straps that can be manipulated and changed to accommodate different straps or halters)
  • Special(Just for you) bra- something lacy and fabulous! And while you’re at it, get the matching bottoms too.

summer ready with Diane's LingerieSome last words of advice on your bra wardrobe…even if you know your size through and through, you should still be fitted once a year. Factors like weight change, pregnancy, and hormones can cause breast size to change.

The Summer Ready x Diane’s Event was such a treat to be a part of, and I happy to be able to share the knowledge we provided here on Style by Mana with all of you. For highlights and more tips from the event, be sure to follow @DianesLingerie on social media and look up the hashtag #summerreadyxDianes.

summer ready with Diane's Lingerie

Speaking to Daily Hive’s Lifestyle Editor, Crystal Kwon.

summer ready with Diane's Lingerie

summer ready with Diane's Lingerie

Happy Summer!! xx

It’s Been Awhile…A Style By Mana Update!

StylebyMana returnsHello my dear Style By Mana readers!

It’s been awhile, hasn’t it?? Apologies for the radio silence, will you forgive me? I hope so… because I have lots to fill you in on. This past year has been quite the eventful one. Exciting life and career changes, primarily my big move last fall to Toronto to become the new Associate Producer on CBC’s Steven and Chris (more on that in a minute), paired with an immense lack of time to update this little online space of mine, resulted in a longer-than-planned hiatus. Thank you however for still visiting, still sharing, and still emailing me your wonderful questions and feedback. I created Style By Mana as a resource for everything lifestyle: the best fashion tips, must-have home decor, my favourite beauty products etc…a playground for me to share what I love, while also imparting my advice. The time away has given me a chance to recharge, to get re-inspired and to plan a whole new series of content for you, which you will begin to see in the coming weeks!

A lot of the new content you’ll see will be inspired by my work on CBC’s Steven and Chris. As both a lifestyle producer and on-air fashion contributor this past season, I was given an amazing opportunity to be creative, working alongside an immensely talented team to produce segments that helped viewers improve their lives through their personal style, their homes and their health.

Steven and Chris with Mana Mansour

Steven and Chris with Mana Mansour Steven and Chris with Mana Mansour

*The photo above was taken for my 2015 bridal trends segment, one of my favourites, catch it here.

While we wait for a new and exciting season of Steven and Chris, I will be continuing those conversations that started on-air, and provide you with similar content, but with Style By Mana twist of course.

I thank you for your continued readership and look forward to hearing what you think!

xo Mana

Office Styling with I SEE NOISE PRINTS

I have been a long-time fan of Randa Salloum’s chic line of hand-made prints, I See Noise, since I first discovered them through reading her fashion blog The Unprecedented. I fell in love with her use of gold and silver foil, and how she mixed the elegant with the edgy; images of perfume bottles and lipstick go side-by-side with skulls and stag heads. Ask anyone who knows my home decorating style, and you’ll find out how much I love anything metallic with anything animal…antler horns, faux fur throws, give it to me! When my office area needed a bit of sprucing up, I just had to collaborate with Randa, and use the I See Noise Prints I was coveting. She recently came over to my home and helped me frame and style my prints, which turned into an amazingly fun day that was all captured by talented Vancouver photographer Ainsley Rose. Many know Ainsley from her elegant wedding photography, but she’s also worked with some familiar Vancouver faces through her lifestyle photo-shoots. Ainsley made us feel completely comfortable and captured some wonderfully candid moments during our office styling session.

Here’s a look at the gorgeous photos, starting from the beginning of our styling session to the end result, followed by some of my tips for styling your prints in your home:

Office Styling with I See Noise Prints

Office Styling with I See Noise Prints

Office Styling with I See Noise Prints

Office Styling with I See Noise Prints

Office Styling with I See Noise Prints

Office Styling with I See Noise Prints

Office Styling with I See Noise Prints

Office Styling with I See Noise Prints

Office Styling with I See Noise PrintsOffice Styling with I See Noise Prints*All photos by Ainsley Rose

Mana’s Print Styling Tips:

  1. Use unconventional frames for the prints. If the print is black and white, use a gold or silver or even a bright coloured frame to make it pop. No need to always match the frame to what’s inside of it.
  2. When styling your prints, use different levels for layering. Play with height and even depth for the objects you place behind or in front of the print.
  3. Placing frames on the ground, leaning up to walls is a great way to add character to a space without ruining walls. Great tip if you’re a renter!

Welcome!

Welcome to Style By Mana, on online publication where I can share with readers my passions for everything lifestyle, fashion and design. Putting this site together has been a long time dream of mine and I am so thankful that you’ve stopped by!

How did Style By Mana come about? After I created West Coast Style, my weekly fashion and beauty segment on local television (in my hometown of Vancouver), I realized that there was so much more that I wanted to share and inspire about fashion and design that went beyond the confines of a short timeslot on a television schedule. With an online space, whatever I share can be accessed anytime, anywhere and by anyone! Another reason to start this site came from YOU, my lovely viewers and fans of my work. So many women (and even some men!) would message me on social media or come up to me asking where they could find the trends we featured on the show, what myself and my interview subjects were wearing, or further questions about what we were discussing (i.e. what skin care should I get for oily skin like mine? etc.).

I do however want to put this out there, Style By Mana is not just a personal style profile. From time to time, you will see outfit posts, so that I can share my ideas of how to assemble outfits and trends, however this online publication is an extension of my work as a journalist, sharing tips, stories, and inspiration that you can translate into your own life. While this site will be primarily focused on fashion and beauty, we’ll be diving into other lifestyle topics from personal wellbeing to interior design, featuring some special guests and contributors along the way.

Happy reading!

Xo Mana