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Holidays are on the horizon as we enjoy the start of sunny May and with this issue we bring you an exciting twist on the usual, beautiful Summer imagery...a sneak peek behind the scenes. Come on the journey with us to the flawless beaches of Mexico to see where and how we brought our gorgeous collections to life.

Continue to Destination Figleaves, our new website feature that edits our collection down into the styles you'll want depending on the type of holiday you choose, from a Girls Getaway to Island Glamour, we're starting the journey to Island Glamour, look out more destinations in upcoming issues!

Also in this issue, we talk to the glamorous, super driven, Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx shapewear...just what we need in time for the wedding season, we're sure you'll be inspired.

Finally, we're celebrating the start of summer, by giving you the chance to win a swimwear collection of your choice and all you have to do is Pin to Win! Yes...that's it, for all of you Pinterest lovers, find your favourite style on the website and find all the details you need at the end of the issue.

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Some 80 miles south of Cancun, Mexico lays Tulum, a beautiful and unspoilt stunning array of beautiful waters, shorelines and white sandy beaches. Our adventure began last November for our annual Swimwear campaign; excitingly allowing us to escape the cold (and consistently!) dreary UK these days in favour of a paradise haven adored by travelers and honeymooners alike.

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Our beautiful models mirror the image of the brands we house at figleaves. Blonde, curvy and in love with fifties style, Emily's beauty and confidence was the perfect reflection of the Midnight Grace brand that is proud to celebrate women's curves and give ultimate confidence wherever they holiday.

But it's not all down to the models, our expert crew, from styling to hair and make up, were on hand to ensure that every shot was nothing short of perfection!

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You can shop the shoot here and not just the styles that Emily and Natasha wore...discover the full shoot edit. You won't be disappointed!

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For everything you need to jet off in style this Summer, visit Destination figleaves. Wherever you holiday, we've edited our collections to suit your needs from lightweight linen For The Journey to breathtaking bikinis for Island Glamour and oh-so-pretty prints for your Girls Getaway. With each upcoming issue we'll introduce a new destination.

For a glamorous getaway, discover designer bikinis to shaping swimsuits in the richest hues, and with the most intricate details. For this destination, figleaves swimwear Paisley is our highlight.

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With summer parties on the horizon, what better time to catch up with the glamorous, shapewear extraordinaire, Sara Blakely, the founder of Spanx

What inspired you to create the Spanx brand?

My own butt! I didn't like the way it looked in my white pants, so I cut the feet out of control top pantyhose, and SPANX was born. I loved my rear view and was able to wear open-toed shoes, but the hose kept rolling up my legs all night. At that moment, I knew I was onto something that women needed: a thin, lightweight shaper that eliminated panty lines and made clothes fit so much better!

What is Spanx best-selling product and why?

SPANX In Power Super Higher Power is consistently in the top 5 thanks to its comfy fit and super slimming support. It's a staple for every woman's wardrobe because it eliminates VPL and firms up the lower half under skirts and dresses.

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How would you describe the brand in three words?

Innovative, Empowering, and Generous

What is most exciting thing you've done since starting Spanx?

There have been so many pinch-me moments! Having Spanx named as Oprah's favorite thing in 2000 and then appearing on her show years later to present $1 million to her Leadership Academy are high on the list. Scaling a hot air balloon and having tea with Sir Richard Branson at the top was definitely exciting and terrifying! Other milestone moments that come to mind are the launch of the Sara Blakely Foundation, opening our first Spanx retail stores late last year and every time a celebrity like Claire Danes or Adele says she has her SPANX on! On a personal level, I got married and became a mom during the journey, which has brought so much more excitement and joy to my life.

Tell us what a typical day consists of for you?

Waking up in the morning to the sound of my son and groggily making him breakfast then dropping him off at school. That is usually followed by phone interviews with media outlets. I head to the office after lunch for meetings to review the latest prototypes and branding for new collections like denim, applicants for our Leg Up program and Spanx catalog cover options. I always end the day with dinner with my family when I don't have an event, read to my son and tuck him into bed (multiple times!) then take a bath and fall asleep watching Tivo.

What advice would you give to anyone thinking of starting their own business?

Don't be afraid to fail! It took me two years from the time I had the idea for SPANX until the time I had a product in hand ready to sell into stores. I must have heard the word "no" a thousand times! When I was younger, at the dinner table my father would ask my brother and me what we failed at, and if we didn't have a story of something that we failed at that day, he would be disappointed. This inspired us to take risks and try new things. Fear and "no" prevents so many people from pursuing their ideas. To me, failure is not trying, rather than not succeeding.

What can we look forward to from Spanx in AW13?

In time for the holidays, we are launching a collection called Oh My Posh! It is lingerie-inspired chic shapers, with sexy subtleties like removable garters and power mesh paneling. I personally can't wait to wear the Retro Body Suit - the low back design is perfect for all my formal dresses! But my all-time SPANX favorite is my Bra-llelujah bra! It is a front-closure, back-fat busting miracle and so comfortable; I literally wear it every day.

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The latest menswear brand to hit figleaves.com, grab his attention with these animal inspired trunks for the beach - bright and vibrant, he won't go unnoticed!


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