A bra story

I thought that this subject might appeal to a broader audience so I thought I separate posting might be helpful. This is a response I provided to Biscuitsmom's question what brand/style of bra do I wear when I do my posts.

I rotate between 6-8 bras on a daily basis. I do not wear the same bra 2 days in a row. I wear a size 34K and even discovering that fact took more than a good professional fitting. (SA's are reluctant to lift up the girls to get a proper band measurement so I usually ended up in a 36J which would constantly ride up my back. I enlisted DH to help me get an accurate measurement and I no longer have ride up issued now that I have 34" bands.

I have 2 Bravissimo Alana bras
I have 1 Panache Tango II bra
I have 1 Panache Tango Classic bra (today I wore this one)
I have 1 Panache Tango Luxe Balconnet bra
I have 1 Fantasie Kathryn underwire side support bra
I have 2 Goddess Kiera bra (these are American bras so they are size 34M -- American bra sizes beyond D cups only increase by a 1/2 inch rather than 1inch like european bras)

I also wear a Flexees "fat free dressing" shapewear cami under most of my outfits. I have 2 of these in black.

I buy all of my bras on line. My favorite websites are:
Bravissimo.com -- I usually never have to pay more than $50.00 for a bra here
Herroom.com -- expensive but lots of great reviews on fit and quality
figleaves.com -- they have great sales I got all of my Panache bras from them and paid less that $35.00 for all of them in late December

other sites I like for comparison are:

* I forgot to mention that all of my bras are classified as full coverage for the most part.


Poppy Power!

Today’s outfit was inspired by Lyn*. This was not a specific commentary on what she wore, I was more inspired by how she wears her clothes. So this is an appropriate interpretation on what Lyn* would do on my body. I once wrote on one of her posts that her style makes me want to unleash my inner girl. Inner girl is on the loose and running free today ;-)

Also I find this look empowering because of an incident that happened to me yesterday. I’ll have to start with a little background. On Tuesdays and Thursdays I work at a boutique law firm that does estate and tax planning (yes this would be my dream job – I’m strange like that). There is only one woman attorney and the rest of the women are support staff. Needless to say the style quotient in the office hovers around zero.

Yesterday I was informed by the office manager (a woman) that I would need change cubicles. I didn’t think anything of it until I walked over to the new cubicle to find it… well, there’s no nice way to put this--a MESS! There were files, and papers stacked higher than my head when I sat down. Everything was covered with dust and nearly every inch of the desk top on three sides was covered with clutter and the keyboard made me want to sanitize my hands frequently. Needless to say this was a far cry from my old cubicle.

At first I was overwhelmed by the idea that I was expected to perform complex research in this environment. My eyes could barely focus on the tasks I had to complete for fear that something would come out of the mess and give me germs. I dutifully finished out the day and even completed one of my research assignments. I later became resentful once I got home. Then I woke up this morning with the perfect solution. Thursday morning I’ll just ask if I can volunteer to clean up that cube because of my allergies. Problem solved.

Needless to say my “deserve quotient” was pretty high this morning as I tried to figure out what to wear today. (Deserve Quotient is my little expression for how we soothe ourselves when things don’t go our way). So I am wearing a Lyn* inspired outfit to remind myself of a couple of things, you catch more flies with honey; anger is OK as long as it doesn’t blind you from finding a solution; and finally, we are all unique flowers with unique beauty and that uniqueness must find expression.


The skirt that keeps on giving

I think this is the third or fourth time I've worn this skirt since it arrived early last month. It has become one of my favorite pieces. It's an a-line but not overly voluminous and frou-frou also it has texture, pattern and color to a lesser extent. Not many of my clothes have this combination. ( I am recovering from my previous pattern aversion).

The happiness factor with this skirt is increased by 10 fold now that it plays well with my favorite color cobalt blue. Comments and feedback is always appreciated :-)


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A little sparkle at work

I have been up since 5 a.m. this morning. I had to take my car into the dealership. This outfit simply came together after I returned from my early morning appointment. The car is fine --nothing serious.

I think the mauve trousers (GAP) were the inspiration for this outfit. I love this sequin tee from BR and the sweater is BR too. A few years ago I would never have worn such a muted color palette, but I think the sparkle at the neck adds the zip to this outfit.

What do you think can three different solids work together in one outfit?


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