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It's no secret that we women have a love hate relationship with our bodies, whether it be our butt, legs, thighs, nose or breasts, there will always be something we're dissatisfied with which is normal. You would have to pretty superhuman and mentally elevated to look at yourself in the mirror and say to yourself “i am perfect” and walk away truly believing this. I personally have to say this mantra a couple of thousand times before my mind gets it, but hey - I’ll save that for another blog post perhaps…

For now, I wanted to talk about breasts and our relationship with them. It is a topic that Olyinka being a lingerie brand deals with on a daily basis and one of the most contentious issues around the subject of breasts is shape - Are they perky enough, big enough, are they are too small, too flat, too droopy? Do they feel ok? Are they too hairy, freckly, wrinkly, spotty and are you less than a woman because you dont have breasts? All these issues and more are very real to women.

In one of our newsletters we discussed how we view our bodies and asked the question; If we saw our bodies beyond the aesthetic, would we treat it differently?

What if you viewed your body as a vessel whose purpose is to carry your spirit and help you to navigate your life on this earth?

We believe that if you viewed your body a something that needs to be aesthetically pleasing and perfect - you will be forever wanting to change it.

However If your understood that your body is designed carry your spirit, to nourish and care for you, in order for you to function effectively and operate at your highest level, then maybe you would view your body no matter the shape, size and imperfections as a thing of beauty.

So, breasts - what are their functions? Well to nourish, to comfort, a symbol of seductive expression. They represents love, affection, emotions, compassion, so it is no coincidence that our breasts are connected to the heart.

The ancients viewed the breastplate as a symbol of power, so to all women who do not have breasts for whatever reason, your breastplate contains your power, you are still whole spiritually whole, you are still woman - remember this.

To encourage you, we found the following article in The Cut Magazine - New York Women who draw their boobs. The Cut polled 57 New York women, ages 17 to 72 (plus one 4-year-old who grabbed the marker from her mom) and asked them to draw their boobs and write one sentence explaining how they feel about them. In cafés and bars, on playground benches and on the way to work, women laughed when they heard the question, disparaged their drawing abilities, and gave it a shot.

Check out the article and read what women really feel about their boobs, you may feel the same also, and what is your relationship with your body, are you happy, dissatisfied? Lets start the conversation below… we would love to know…


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Olyinka is a brand that produces beautiful, handcrafted, vintage-inspired lingerie. It is also our mission to change the narrative of the lingerie industry by encouraging, inspiring and empowering women which we do via our monthly newsletters, in addition, you will also have first access to exclusive news, freebies and discounts. So sign up below! Be part of our movement! And as a thank you, you will receive our exclusive pocket eBOOK: 10 Steps to Body & Mind Confidence which contains 10 keys every woman should know to obtain all round body confidence. Sign up here!

Iskra Lawrence on loving your body

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(This post was originally published on September 2nd 2017 and updated on September 2nd 2018)

Iskra lawrence a model and body positive advocate collaborated with High Quality Human Beings to film a video about body confidence and she did so by stripping down to her underwear in a New York City subway train. Oh yes she did! Some commentators have objected to this film by saying that Iskra was being provocative, but we believe in order to get people's attention about important issues such as body confidence, provocation is needed.  Women's bodies have been objectified and over-sexualised for too long. Women have hated their bodies because it did not conform to societal standards and as a result have unconsciously surrendered their bodies to these powers. Women are now waking up, taking back control by accepting their bodies and as a result society and industry leaders are now being forced to adjust to the pressure and the movement.  So whether you agree with Iskra's methods or not, this movement is here to stay and could not have been possible if it was not for her and countless other women speaking out against these issues. We wanted to bring to you awareness of the women we follow  and who are doing great things in this arena and compiled a list of body positive Instgrammers we recommend you follow. By giving more power to this movement, women are in control and to this we say, yes and amen! Enjoy x


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Olyinka is a brand that produces beautiful, handcrafted, vintage-inspired lingerie. It is also our mission to change the narrative of the lingerie industry by encouraging, inspiring and empowering women which we do via our monthly newsletters, in addition, you will also have first access to exclusive news, freebies and discounts. So sign up below! Be part of our movement! And as a thank you, you will receive our exclusive pocket eBOOK: 10 Steps to Body & Mind Confidence which contains 10 keys every woman should know to obtain all round body confidence. Sign up here!

Girl Up: The Secrets to an Extraordinary Life by Courtney Ferrell

Ladies, question...

If you are between the ages of 17 and 30, what advice do you need right now to move your life ahead? And for you ladies who are 30 years plus, what advice would you have liked to have in your teens and 20's that would have helped you navigate your life today?

We are always searching for the best resources to inspire you to the next level of your life journey, and when we came across this Ted Talk, we were seriously excited. Courtney Ferrell a creative thinker, speaker, and writer, prepared this talk specifically for young women between the ages of 17-24 that provides advice which could potentially create for them an extraordinary life.

Though Courtney's advice is for young women, it is really for women of all ages; it is the kind of information we wish we could have all had entering into adulthood, and Courtney does this in an energetic, funny, intelligent and loving way.

Girl Up! Is about being a confident woman, confident in yourself, your abilities and comfortable in your skin. Furthermore, surrounding yourself with people who will also help you become this woman.

So ladies watch this video and take notes. For those of you who are in your 20's and 30's take action. And for those of you who are in your 40's upwards who may think its a little too late, its never too late. Take immediate action and also pass down your own life lessons and experiences to those that are younger than you and help someone else to Girl Up!. Enjoy!


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Olyinka is a brand that produces beautiful, handcrafted, vintage-inspired lingerie. It is also our mission to change the narrative of the lingerie industry by encouraging, inspiring and empowering women which we do via our monthly newsletters, in addition, you will also have first access to exclusive news, freebies and discounts. So sign up below! Be part of our movement! And as a thank you, you will receive our exclusive pocket eBOOK: 10 Steps to Body & Mind Confidence which contains 10 keys every woman should know to obtain all round body confidence. Sign up here!