Head To Kohl’s Fantastic Fit Event for Free Bra Fitting!

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From now till April 9th, Kohl’s is having a Fantastic Fit Event in select stores. Click here and select your state to see a list of the locations near you and the dates you can visit that store for a FREE PROFESSIONAL BRA FITTING!

Apparently 80% of women are wearing the wrong size bra. Seriously ladies?! Don’t you know that you don’t wear the same bra size you wore when you were 18 years old?! My bra size changes almost yearly! If I gain or lose weight, my bra size changes and after each child my bra size has changed.

A poorly fitting bra will not only affect the support you get, but how your clothes look on you too! It’s essential to have at least one good fitting bra and you might be surprised to find that that your favorite bra, might not actually be the right size for you!

I was so surprised how many bras were on sale in my local Kohl’s…

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Don’t have time to get to a Kohl’s near you? Check out the Kohl’s Bra measuring resources on their website. You can find tips how to find your perfect fit, how to accurately measure yourself at home, how to spot signs of a poorly fitting bra, and learn proper bra care.

You can also find your perfect style for your specific shape and size too!

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Click here to shop Bras on Kohls.com

Must-Have Essentials for “That Time Of The Month”

If you’re like me, you probably don’t want to wear sexy,lacy undies while you are on your period. Not only do you not feel real sexy during “that time of the month” but you don’t want to risk ruining your Hanky Panky’s.

My weapons of choice when Aunt Flo comes to visit? Check them out below…

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What are these wonderful beauties? Say hello to Jockey Elance Hipsters that will be your new BFF.

Comfy? You betcha!

Great coverage? Oh yeah!

Wash and wear well? Definitely!

Pads and pantyliners stick well to them and these undies stay in place which means your maxi pad stays in place! Nothing worse than having to fish one of those things out of your butt crack, right ladies? Oh yeah, we’re getting all real up in here today, yo!

You can find Jockey Elance Hipsters at Bare Necessities for $19 for 3 pairs!!!! (And you can find a ton of other comfy undies there too!)

Also available from: Macys.com, Amazon.com, Kohls, and of course directly from Jockey.com. And if hipsters are your ‘thang, check out their briefs, bikinis and french cut styles. Myself, I prefer to have my butt covered properly!

As for Kotex, you know you can find their products just about anywhere and everywhere. I prefer U by Kotex pads and U by Kotex Curves pantyliners for a multitude of reasons which I won’t go into and gross everyone out. Let’s just say, they work very well, are comfortable and effective!

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Buy them at Drugstore.com, Walgreens, Target and most other mass retailers. Plus, right now you can get FREE Goody hair elastics when you buy U by Kotex at Target. Only at Target though! Text ‘KOTEX’ to ‘TARGET’ to get your coupon!

However, I haven’t been using maxi pads as much lately since I discovered the Diva Cup


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What the heck is it?

The DivaCup is a reusable, bell-shaped menstrual cup that is worn internally and sits low in the vaginal canal, collecting rather than absorbing your menstrual flow. Wear The DivaCup for up to 12 hours without leaks or worry. [learn more...]

Costing around $25 on Amazon.com for the Diva Cup Model 1 (Pre-Childbirth) and $27 on Amazon.com for DivaCup Model 2 (Post-Childbirth), compare that to the amount you will spend on maxi pads or tampons in a year….

I’ve had mine for about a year and after I got the hang of it, I definitely loved it. I’m glad I didn’t give up on it after improper positioning left me dissatisfied. I double checked the instructions and asked the advice of a friend who also uses the Diva Cup and by my next cycle, I was a pro. I’m convinced this is the way to go now. Way cheaper, way more comfortable, no leaks, and totally worry free. What more could you ask for? Well, I guess no period at all or only periods when you wanted them… or at the very least not getting bloated on your period?!

If your period makes you insanely, freakishly bloated (I can’t be the only one, right?) you might find that those sexy jeans aren’t working out so well for you… Don’t worry, just grab a pair of these…

 Spanx Skinny Britches® Super Mid-Thigh Shaper

The Spanx Skinny Britches® Super Mid-Thigh Shaper slim and trim everything you can fit into your favorite jeans are just look a bit less bloated in whatever you wear during your period (or anytime you feel bloated!). I have at least a dozen different Spanx products and I could NOT live without them. Seriously, biggest lifesaver ever.

Also considering checking out this book I just started reading that has some helpful tips in it:

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Stop Your Bitching…naturally! The Step By Step Guide to Balance Your Hormones & End PMS & Menstrual Cramps (30 Day’s of Tips To Stop Your Bitching…. naturally!)

End PMS & Period Cramps Forever! Tired of suffering every month? This book gives you all the information you need to change your body and feel great all 30 days of the month.

Author Cathy Margolin explains your body’s hormonal cycle in easy to understand language and gives you the tools to balance your hormones throughout the month naturally! Menstrual cycles and period cramps should not be debilitating. The emotional high’s and low’s that come and go with your “Period” are explained and you can now be IN CHARGE of this cycle.. rather than the victim. Learning simply steps to balanced hormones is fun and easy and you will see the difference in the first month.

What are your favorite go-to items for “that time of the month” and how do you cope??

 

Essentials of Buying the Correct Plus Size Bras

When buying plus size lingerie, it is important to keep in mind the aspect of fitting. Proper fitting is the key to comfort when it comes to lingerie, especially if it plus size. Many designer brands are now looking into the aspect of combining high quality design as well as comfort when it comes to plus-size lingerie and bras are no exception to this trend. However, before opting for a particular size of bra, one must also consider cup size, fitting as well as volume. Depending on the type of coverage and volume, the size of the bra might differ from a person’s expectation. Finding high levels of comfort in plus size bras is very important for the buyer.

plus size braThe size and volume of a bra are quite different and can differ from one brand to another. While for a particular type of size and design of bra from one brand might offer full coverage another brand might not have adequate coverage for the same particular type of design and cup size. Therefore, it is always better to be sure of the fitting while opting for bras with larger cup size and volume. Squeezing into a smaller size might seem attractive but it can turn out to be highly uncomfortable. Therefore, spending or opting for the correct size is essential when it comes to bras.

Another important aspect with respect to bigger bras is to ensure a wider strap. The width of the strap of a bra should be proportional to the size of the bra as well. Although the underwire and the band of the bra offer support, it is important that the strap of the bra is wide as well to minimize the weight on one’s shoulder. Narrow straps on a bra of plus size can leave behind marks on the shoulders. Moreover, this extra pressure on the shoulder due to narrow straps will lead to further discomfort.

In addition, narrow straps on bras of plus size is similar to a disaster about to happen. Malfunction or breakage is a common issue with such straps and therefore, it is important to opt for additional support or wider straps when opting for such bras. Opting for bras, which offer double back wraps will eliminate such risks and will add to extra comfort. The greater the support one gets from their bra the greater comfort one will experience. The correct size and support is essential for any good lingerie and for the plus size ones, it is of utmost importance.

Opting for a bra, which is machine washable, would be a good choice since washing them should not turn out to be a hassle. Moreover, one must also ensure that the material and the structure of the bra do not cause any kind of unwanted bulges. If the underlying bra causes unwanted bulges then the dress worn on top of it will not be holding on to its structural or design integrity. Overlooking the design aspect should never be an option when shopping for plus size bras and one must always try to find variety of designs. To learn more, click here.

Most Comfortable Pajamas In The World

gift ideaWondering who makes or sells the most comfortable pajamas in the world? Wondering which brand makes the softest, most luxurious nightgowns on the planet? I went on a comfy pajamas quest and searched high and low to find the most comfy PJ’s on the market and I KNOW that I found them!

I discovered Snoa Sleepwear – a company that created a line of romantic, warm, eco sleepwear that is specifically for those chilly nights. Their guiding philosophy is that being warm is sexy, elegance is essential, and ecological sustainability need not be forgotten in the process. The result is the most luxurious line of sleepwear on the planet. Nighties, pant-sets, bed-jackets, gowns and robes are all created to flatter a woman’s body and wrap her in sensuously soft, warm, and eco-friendly fabrics.

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I’m wearing the Warm Toddy Nightgown in white, which is quickly selling out as people realize this is THE most comfortable nightgown in the world.

The Warm Toddy Gown has a double layer of super soft fabric that hugs your body, and a straight hemline that hits just above the thigh. The Warm Toddy Gown features a luscious wide collar of organic bamboo fleece that hugs the back of your neck and has a flattering V-neck. A six-inch fleece cuff offers instant warmth to one of the body’s most sensitive spots so you’ll be cozy warm even on the coldest of winter nights. This is truly luxury loungewear at its finest! This sexy and warm nightgown comes in white and in black.

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Temperature Regulating Slippers from Smartdogs

I usually get one new pair of slippers every winter and this year it looks like I will be wearing the new Posy from Smartdogs. They are incredibly comfortable, easy to keep on, great sole with excellent traction and suitable for walking outside. I love the super cute flower and the corduroy trim. The insole is soft and squishy and the thing I love the most is that my feet don’t get sweaty in these… It must be the temperature regulating technology they put in these. Works!!

Comfort IQ™ is an exclusive temperature regulating technology that Grandoe® has used successfully for some time in their dress glove line. It was a logical step to extend this exclusive technology to make a collection for Smartdogs® slippers by Grandoe®. Comfort IQ™ is an exclusive Phase Change Bubble Technology that actually stores body heat until it senses your feet need it and then gradually releases warmth. These are the only slippers that are smart enough to balance warmth and comfort on their own. Styles available with Comfort IQ™ technology include the Posy ($55 retail–and the style we received to review) and the Jasmine ($55).


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They are a little expensive, ($55) but I’m starting to think they are really worth it. Between the temperature regulating technology and the durability so far, I am left with a good impression of these slippers. I’ve only been wearing them for a few days so I will see how they fair with regular wear all winter. So far, I love them! I’m looking forward to wearing these all winter. And I’m in LOVE with the purple gray combo! Totally suits my style… As far as slippers go, these are fashionable!

I got size M which fits sizes 6.5 – 7. I normally wear 7 – 7.5 but these fit me just right.

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“What’s Your Nude?”

The following is a great article that appeared today on Fashionista.com.  It was written by the lovely Hayley Phalen, and brings to light an important aspect of our culture and society.  A close friend of mine is a teacher in an inner city school, and has told me many stories of children frustrated and confused because band aids only come in tones that match the skin of white people.  This article is yet another chapter in a book that needs to be updated.  We welcome your comments and insights…

 

“Nude” bras and underwear usually come in colors like beige, blush and ivory. Except, as we all know, there’s a huge portion of the population whose birthday suits don’t come anywhere close to those colors. So what gives?

Psychologist (and African-American consumer) Tara Raines says it’s been a problem for years and she–along with hundreds of other consumers–have finally had enough. Enter the “What’s Your Nude” campaign–a movement, launched today, that asks women and men of all different colors to reach out to bra manufacturers or bra retailers, become a fan of the “What’s Your Nude” Facebook page, and follow the campaign on Twitter in an effort to promote greater diversity in bra colors.

Raines says the last straw came while shopping–where else–at lingerie behemothVictoria’s Secret. “I decided to enjoy some of the fruit of the Victoria’s Secret semiannual sale. I realized the ‘every day’ bras I wanted were only in black, white, and ‘nude’ and I wanted one in BROWN!” she wrote to us in an email. “They only had very few styles in brown but innumerable styles in ‘nude.’ I got pissed.” After discussing her experience with family members and friends and finding out that for more than 30 years, many of them had been dying their bras brown, Raines decided the industry needed to change. The “What’s Your Nude” campaign was born.

“Women of color have tremendous spending power in the U.S. and it’s absurd to think that in 2012 we are essentially disenfranchised when they shop for lingerie,” Raines added. “It’s my hope that this campaign will drive not only awareness, but swift action by bra makers.”

But why make all this fuss over a bra, you ask? Because, as Raines makes clear, it goes a lot deeper than just being able to find suitable undergarments. “As a group, [women of color] are still fighting to have our beauty recognized,” she said. “Part of feeling beautiful is looking like ourselves.” And that means being able to find brown bras that suitably match their skin color–something that many white women probably take for granted.

“I feel it is imperative that women of color be represented in bras, panties, and lingerie. We shouldn’t have to go to a specialty store, on a goose chase, or spend a fortune to get a bra that looks more like us,” Raines wrote. “Being ignored is a slight. Every time I shop for bras, I am subjected to a micro-aggression.”

And it’s not just the undergarment industry that’s the problem–Raines says that products from SPANX to high-heeled shoes need to start reflecting the diverse skin colors that exist in this country. “Since starting this [campaign] a NUMBER of people have emailed me about bandaids!” Raines added.

She added that hundreds of women had reached out to her and to the “What’s Your Nude” campaign to “share their struggles and their ‘secrets’ for tackling the hurdles of not having brown bras available.” So far the campaign has 1,959 fans on Facebook–and counting.

“I hope that through this campaign people will become mindful of women of color both in lingerie and fashion in general,” Raines told us. “I would like to walk into the store of my choice and find multiple sizes, styles, and options of brown bras. I would like to for young girls to be able to buy brown training bras. I would like to be the color brown to be as common to lingerie as ‘nude.’”

 

Last-Minute Christmas: Pajamas from The Children’s Place

When do you open your Christmas gifts? At our house, we’ve settled into a tradition of opening one gift on Christmas Eve and saving all the rest for the next morning. Since this wasn’t how either my husband or I did it growing up, I’m not sure how we came up with this, but I love it. And for the past few years that Christmas Eve present has been one very specific item– pajamas.

Taking the time to wash everyone’s pajamas before I wrap them means we can wake up Christmas morning wearing our new jammies, so we’re ready for photos as we leisurely (ha!) unwrap our remaining presents.

If you’re looking for cute pajamas for your kids, I highly recommend The Children’s Place. My little guy exclusively wears TCP pajamas, and I’ve found them to be durable, warm, and comfy. Plus, with almost every option under $20 (and some even less than $15 or $10), they make an easy add-on gift. Check out a few options below:

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Boys’

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Since there are so many Children’s Place locations, you should be able to find adorable pajamas near you. If– like me –however, you are still scrambling and need something delivered directly to you, Children’sPlace.com is offering guaranteed Christmas delivery for all orders placed by 11 AM ET on 12/23! Even better- orders under $75 ship for just $5, and orders over $75 ship for FREE.