I’m Back!

Hey all! I am finally back!

  
My husband and I took our daughter on a great vacation to Walt Disney World and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

We had a GREAT time! I am working on getting back into the swing of things, and have a lot of posts to get up. 

Below are some pictures I was able to snap with my phone. Once I am able to upload from my camera, I’ll share those as well.

Hope you have all been great!

   
     

Let’s Talk – Bras

Yep, you read that right, bras. 

Earlier today I saw a post making the rounds through Facebook, and I groaned when I saw it.


It made it clear to me, yet again, that women are just not “in the know” about one of the most important pieces of undergarments we wear. 

Back in Oregon I worked at Donna Bella Lingerie, and learned everything I’ll need to know about bras, and it changed my life. I learned how to properly fit women into well made, wonderfully fitting bras; as well as how great I felt when I wore a properly fit bra. 

There’s one company that I won’t name (but seriously, you’ll be able to figure it out) that doesn’t measure right at all, and leaves the vast majority of women who go in wearing the wrong band and cup size. Which leaves them not feeling supported at all.  They put me in a 36DD. What size did I get when I got sized correctly? 30G. No wonder I never felt like I was supported! (Here’s a “secret”, D cups aren’t big.)

A bra should fit snugly around your body, with the band fitting across the middle of your back, not up near your shoulder blades. The snugness of the band is where you get your support from, and it should stay in place. As we would say, “When you lift your arms, your bra shouldn’t travel with you.”

Your breast tissue should fill the cups of the bra with out leaving the fabric loose, but also not “spilling out”. (Seriously, enough with the quad boob.) The straps shouldn’t dig into your shoulders, enough room to slide two fingers through. The underwire shouldn’t dig into your breast tissue, and the gore of the bra should also rest on your chest, between your breasts. 

Your new bra should fit on the first set of hooks, and if you feel like you have a little under arm “wing”, that’s normal. It’s your skin, and no one sees it. Even those skinny 30B girls have it.

When you’re wearing your bra, stand facing a mirror with your arms down at your sides; your breast tissue should be halfway between your shoulder and elbow.

Here are some examples:

 (Panache – Andorra)   

(Freya – Ada Tattoo)

 Okay, so basically now I am going to pick this “bra/boob” post apart. As Kevin Hart would say, “You gonna LEARN today!”

 
1) Somewhat true. There are certain athletic bras I look at and then laugh. Try an Anita Sports Bra, I love mine. I run with it and don’t ever feel like I’m “bouncing” all over the place. 

2) Okay, so this is correct. Bras go to H, HH, and beyond. Bands start off at 28, and go into the 40s+. Women come in all shapes and sizes! (And we’re all beautiful!)

3) BAH!!!!!!! *Insert Annoyed Scream* My “collection” is full of beautiful colors, prints and lace! (Fantasie, Freya, Elomi, Panache, and Wacoal – to name a few – all make gorgeous bras in a wide range of sizes!)

4) ­čśĹ Underwire gives the bra structure and helps with support. It isn’t evil, and when a bra is actually fitting correctly, it doesn’t hurt or dig in. And if you are larger chested, seriously, try cup-sized swim wear with underwire. It’s awesome! 

5) Anyone can get boob sweat, but yeah, okay, I guess larger boobs deal with more.

6) I’ll give them this one too. 

7) Umm…okay? Find a shirt that fits? I wear button up shirts, and I can say that yes, I have tried on certain shirts that do that; just find one that fits properly. 

8) Unless your boobs are fake and perky, yeah, they might not work.

9) Really? I fit many brides, with larger band and cup sizes than me in strapless dresses for their wedding gowns. There are strapless bras out there for women larger than a 32B.

10) Okay, I’ll agree here too. HAHAHAHAHA! That’s cute. 

11) Who cares about squishing your friends face in your boobs? That’s what friends are for! 
If you are in Oregon, head to Donna Bella to be properly fit! (http://donnabellalingerie.com)

If not, search for a boutique near by where you can be properly fit. I also hear that Nordstroms does a pretty good job at getting women into the correct bras.

Happy Bra Shopping!!

Bachelorette – Another Round of Fun!

  

Ah yes, here we go, heading into another “dramatic” episode. 

We left off last week during the pre-rose ceremony cocktail party, and a very over confident Clint. He’s feeling like a big boy because he has his “power socks” on.

Kaitlyn is tired of hearing bad things from others in the house regarding him and is going to send him “down in flames”.

She tells him that she’s tired of “taking steps back”, and he disagrees, stating he is insecure. He also continues to talk just about JJ. I think he forgot that he was there to date Kaitlyn…

Kaitlyn tells him that she doesn’t trust him, at which point he actually says, “I can’t even.” I think I face planted into my couch at that point. 

They head into the house so she can tell the guys she is sending him home. Where JJ turns the tides on Clint and snaps at him, in front of the group, and tells him he needs to apologize. (This is where we heard a loud, collective gasp through Bachelorette Nation.) Bromance, no more. 

JJ tries to smooth it over with him after the fact, and is called a “piece of sh*t” as Clint leaves. I guess Clint isn’t a success story, and maybe needs a new pair of power socks; I think the ones he was wearing might be broken. 

After his departure, JJ locks himself into a bathroom to cry. Then cries again during his camera time. He has to walk away and sobs into the bushes, stands up, slaps himself and whispers, “Son of a bitch, suck it up.” 

At this point all the men want JJ to go. Kaitlyn, however, has decided not to have a rose ceremony. The group finds out they are traveling to New York City!

They arrive at the Knickerbocker Hotel, and pretty much run out to the balcony to yell as a group off it. (Newsflash, everyone knows you’re in New York!)

John, Justin, Ben Z., Corey, Ryan, Tanner, Shawn, and JJ will be on the group date, and while each guy got a little cheer/clap when their name was called. The room went silent for JJ. (Enter crickets here.)

The group arrives and are greeted by Kaitlyn and Doug E. Fresh, and find out they will be doing a rap battle. At least they won’t be physically battling again, this show has enough black eyes right now.

They go up against each other, and it’s pretty funny until JJ says “NYC hoes”, the room gives a collective sound of disapproval. (JJ, again, just stop talking.)

This is also where we see our first glimpse of Nick at the back of the room. We find out that he and Kaitlyn have been chatting via social media and have quite a connection. He didn’t like the thought that she could potentially get engaged without them meeting. 

Then WHY NOT show up at the beginning of the show?! Go through the process like all the other guys did!!!

She is considering bringing him on the show, and tells the guys on the group date what she is thinking of doing. None of them look happy, understandable, it isn’t a good idea.

The men ask some good questions, and Shawn knows exactly who she is talking about. They feel she isn’t confident in the guys she already has there. 

She leaves the party to meet Nick, they are very snugly and chat a little before they kiss. SERIOUSLY?! She feels that she has a genuine connection with Nick, but wants to sleep on the decision to bring him on. At this point, I’m wondering, if she knew back when they were chatting on social media that they had a “connection” why not meet up?! Why come on the show?

She’s creating some of her own drama at this time.

She does eventually head back into the party, and Justin gets the group date rose. When the guys head back to the hotel, they share the news and the mood is very heavy. No one likes this idea. 

Jared will be going on a one-on-one date, but before they go Kaitlyn calls Nick and asks him to meet her after she gets her hair done. 

This may have been the best part, she’s getting her hair styled by Ashley (you know, “The Mesa Verda”). She tells Kaitlyn that her feelings for Nick are lust, and I think we all actually agreed with her.

She meets Nick, and decides to keep him. Bad idea.

She gets ready for her date with Jared, and we have our first Neil Lane plug of the season. (Seriously, Neil, gorgeous designs and pieces!)

She and Jared are at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and enjoy an evening wandering the exhibits, and then have dinner. (At least dinner is sitting on the table, I don’t know if we saw them actually eat.)

Kaitlyn is having a hard time focusing on Jared because of her decision about Nick. They talk about it, and Jared says that he is confident about where they are at in getting to know each other. He gets the date rose, and they take get to take a helicopter tour passed the Statue of Liberty.

The following day she is second guessing her choices, and decides to go talk to the guys about it before the group date. They don’t look happy, and she makes a comment about not liking “how the room feels”. Umm..you chose this, not them. Side note, Corey, I am loving the hotel slippers.

Ian, Chris, Joe, Joshua, and Ben H. are on the next group date where they will be getting to learn some of the steps from Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway! Joshua let’s out a good, “Oh dear God.” He’s my favorite. 

They guys are trying so hard, and Joe looks so lost, but is having fun. This is one of the most entertaining dates I have seen. Until they find out that only one guy will stay, and the rest will go back to the hotel. 

They “audition” by singing “A Whole New World” to her. Chris is chosen to stay, and they will have a part in the show that night. 

The rest of the group isn’t happy, especially Joshua. He doesn’t have a hay bail to hit. Someone bring him a hay bail quick!!! He isn’t looking forward to going back to the hotel, “Nothing there but anger, loneliness, and dudes…and that new guy.” If I could shrink Joshua down to carry him around in my pocket, I would. 

Chris and Kaitlyn get ready for their part in Aladdin. They walk on stage and hold some flowers. That’s it. So all that singing they did to “audition” meant nothing, just a good reason for them to embarrass themselves. 

The two of them then walk through Time Square, and get to walk all the way up to the New Year’s Eve Ball. (This is ABC reminding us to watch New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.)

We then join Nick in a very cramped elevator heading to the room to move in with the guys. This isn’t going to be awkward at all.

“‘Sup guys?” he says as he enters the room. 

In keeping with their running theme of cliffhangers, we’ll find out next week what happens, and who goes home at the Rose Ceremony. 

Until then, have a great week!

John James Audubon State Park

I love finding beautiful places to explore, and photograph. Nature/landscape are easily my favorite things to capture with my camera.

This past weekend I was invited to try my first trail run at the John James Audubon State Park. 

Being from Oregon, the love of trees and nature is part of me, so I was very thankful to find such a beautiful place so close to where I now live. 

The trail run was much harder than I expected, and I am already looking forward to going back and trying again. 

I didn’t take my camera with me, but I was able to take a few pictures with my iPhone. I feel that I was still able to capture the beauty of this park.

   

  

  

Summer Color!

  

I’m all about the printed, colorful shorts for this summer! They not only make an outfit pop, but with the different colors they can be paired with many tops; this keeps your outfits looking fresh.

Aqua Tank Style Blouse – Mossimo from Target

Color Block Shorts – Versona

White Sandals – Cole Haan

Bachelorette – Next Round Of Dates

  
This week brought us the next installment of “Dude Bro Drama”, I mean the Bachelorette…

You know what comes next…Spoiler Alert!

Okay, we start off with Chris Harrison using his favorite word, “Dramatic.” Then join the guys back at the house where we left off last week waiting for the rose ceremony. Kupah has just been sent packing and is out front getting more and more agitated with the crew, and is pretty much yelling.

Kaitlyn goes out to confront him and again, and we see Kupah change this tone. He becomes very calm and tells her that he didn’t come on the show to go home. He says, “I won’t yell anymore.” and Kaitlyn goes back into the house. He then starts to speak in a very immature and mocking tone, “We’re gonna whisper now.” He also says that he doesn’t like her. That’s a quick turn around…moments ago she was “sexy” and “hot”. Whatever, he’s gone now.

We finally get to the rose ceremony!

The roses start getting handed out and we flash back and forth to Tony’s one on one with the camera talking about how the following things behind, “My job, my dog, my bonsai tree.” he also talks about how he “sees through the eyes of a child.” I just don’t think Tony is right for this setting…

Jared, Ben H, Shawn, Jonathan, Tanner, Chris, Ryan, Justin, Ian, Joshua, Joe, Corey, … and Tony. All get roses and will continue vying for Kaitlyn’s heart.

She is seen a little emotional after the ceremony questioning why it is hard already. Because it’s the Bachelorette. That’s why.

When we come back from the commercial, morning has arrived on the mansion and two sumo wrestlers arrive on bikes. They sneak into the guys room and start yelling and banging a gong. I’m pretty sure I would start throwing punches if someone woke me up that way.

JJ starts talking about how he loves Japanese culture, but can only name sushi; and I wish he would just stop talking.

Chris, Clint, Tony, Shawn, JJ, and Joe will be participating in this group date. (Oooh Tony…)

They are going to learn how to Sumo, because we learned nothing from the boxing date. Kaitlyn says, “Have a good time, I don’t want any drama.” *Facepalm*

The men participating in the group date join the rest of the house out front, in their “thong diapers” as they all call them, and it’s…slightly frightening. So much man butt, so much. The screen is basically a big blur.

On top of it, Joe’s left nut is joining the party. He just goes a long with it though.

The men are going to attempt to wrestle with Yama, who weighs 600lbs. “They are going to be picked up by their diapers, and bitch slapped to the ground.” Yep, yep they are.

It’s Tony’s turn and he tries hard, but loses. He doesn’t like this, and storms off. He doesn’t like the aggression and is “peaceful and loving.” Kaitlyn tries to talk to him and I just don’t think I can have a serious talk with a man in a diaper. JJ, of course, tries to butt in and Tony tells him to, “F*ck off.”

Kaitlyn tells him that he doesn’t have to participate if he doesn’t want too. Ian is trying to calm him down. Tony feels that he has a lot to offer, and I truly believe him. I just don’t think he’s right for this kind of setting.

The rest of the men will be participating in a Sumo Exhibition. In front of a crowd, because we know now that we learned nothing from the boxing date. They arrive on bikes and the crowd looks offended at their diapers. My husband quickly pipes up, “I hope Joe put his balls away.” Me too, me too. (Did they get a permit that allowed this much ass to be shown in public?)

The guys battle off and it goes a bit better than the boxing match. Clint is a bit aggressive and is later seen taking a selfie with a group of girls having them say, “Clint is a nightmare!” (Uhh…yeah.)

Back at the house Tony is wondering why they can’t just go to the zoo and mimic animal sounds. (My friend Lance, does an awesome goat noise.) He starts to pack his bag, saying that he can’t do this anymore, but he is no quitter. He finds Kaitlyn and tells her that he “can’t participate in this circus anymore.” Thanks her for her time, hugs her and says good-bye. I bet he’s looking forward to seeing his bonsai tree.

Back at the little cocktail party post-diaper fling, JJ comments on her tight pants. (JJ, I told you to stop talking.) Clint says that he is going to sit back and let her come to him. “Hopefully it’s a priority to talk to me.” Ugh…he can stop talking too.)

After some awkward silence, Shawn finally asks her for some talk time, where they kiss. Clint is getting frustrated because she went back to get the rose and didn’t talk to him. Moron. Shawn gets the group date rose.

Kaitlyn calls Clint out on it and he says (to the camera) that maybe she isn’t the right girl for him, but that he likes some of the guys he is getting to know in the house. Mainly JJ, “He is a sweetheart and a good dude.” Clearly he is seeing something we don’t; or maybe this is just a “birds of a feather” thing. (I’m probably right.)

The next morning we see a date card arrive to Kaitlyn and Ben Z at the house, it says, “Be prepared for anything.” and is from Chris Harrison. A limo then takes them to a questionable area and they enter a room where Chris is standing with dead animals around him. Geez, go dark on us Bachelorette. A sign says “The Basement – A Live Escape Room Experiment”. (I’ll be avoiding this place, thanks.) They have to go into a dark, super creepy room and find clues to escape. Nope nope nope nope.

Limbs hang from the ceiling, blood..and someone is in the bed. (Insert scream.) They go through and start finding clues and things they ae supposed to do, they had to kiss in the room, so romantic. Ben got freaked out at the big snakes in one room. They find their way out, and Chris Harrison, you are rude.

They go back to her house and she says that “The pizza is ordered.” Chances we’ll see it? Zero, but they of course have wine. Ben tries to say that he isn’t afraid of snakes. We all saw Ben, it’s okay, just admit it. He then shares his story about his mom passing away when he was young. I like that Ben opens up the way he does, he seems like a genuinely good person.

We see the pizza, but it is untouched. They are (shocker) in the hot tub drinking champagne. Ben gets the rose, and some smoochie-smoochie.

Group Date Card! Jonathan, Ben H, Joshua, Ryan, Jared and Tanner “Let’s learn to love.”

The guys will be teaching Sex Ed. to kids (whom we thankfully find out are child actors). I’m not sure if this is a better or worse decision than boxing? (Side thought, Jared, can we stop trying with the beard?)

The guys all have “lesson plans” to go over and teach to the class. Joshua is going through is box and Kaitlyn joins him, he pulls out a “feminine product” and calls it a “Tampn”. I laughed so hard I had to pause the show. This poor guy, he learned his sex ed from the cows. He then calls the string a “rip cord”. Joshua is amazing.

During his turn with the class he tells them that girls will have the lining of their uterus “shed…and die.” Ooh Joshua…so close. He then pulls the “tampn” out and refers to it as a torpedo. Wow.

Ben H totally wins this date by explaining “where babies come from”. He uses the right words, and says that there is an emotional, and physical connection. Uses Katilyn as the female example and the rest of the group seems impressed.

I think they are all happy when it is over. Ben H gets time with her and dips her in a kiss. Jared also gets time with her, they slow dance and kiss. Ben H gets the date rose, and Jared looks a little put off, but feels he doesn’t need the rose to validate their connection.

Back at the house, romance is blooming between Clint and JJ. They are talking about time they spend together and we actually see them eating. They both think they are too smart to be on the date (okay, we’ll let you think that), and they are practically cuddling on the couch. Pretty sure there was a comment about them in the shower. They sit in the hot tub and talk about turtles, and the shake hands. Later, Clint serenades JJ and they gaze into each others eyes. Clint does a one on one and says that he has fallen in love with JJ, and that he “is a success story.”

Finally, cocktail party time. Clint is saying that he just wants a rose for more time with JJ. He and Kaitlyn talk about why he was distant during the date, and he tries to say that he was insecure. He tells the camera that he was wearing his “power socks” really just needs a rose. We then see him telling JJ that he has a beautiful jawline. JJ responds that he was going to “make a derogatory remark and unzip his pants.” Clint says that isn’t going to happen…on camera. And again says he loves JJ.

Justin takes his chance and kisses Kaitlyn. Clint and JJ think they are good guys, but call themselves villans. (I don’t think they understand themselves.) Thankfully, some (basically all) of the other men start to give Kaitlyn a heads up about they, or at least Clint.

Clint was feeling really confident about getting a rose..then Kaitlyn pulls him aside. We see them walking away and we hear her one on one with the camera saying he is one of the biggest douche’s in Bachelorette history and is going to go down in flames.

Best of all though, Jared shaved his beard!

We’ll find out next week what happens at the end of the cocktail party. Will JJ and Clint have a lovers quarrel? Will Clint go home? I hope so!

Fashion Tip Friday

The last few weeks on my social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram) I have been doing #FashionTipFriday and it has been great fun.

I decided to post today’s here as well because it’s so fantastic!

 
Edna Mode was the best character in The Incredibles. (She never looks back, darling, it distracts from the now.)

Happy Friday all! No capes! 

Boho Beauty

  

Clearly I have been loving this simple “boho headband” hair style, and pairing outfits with it has been a lot of fun as well.

This outfit, I think, turned out really cute, and can easily be worn to a variety of functions. I was meeting a friend for lunch the day I put it together. I also paired it with black sandals.

Get the look:

Black Maxi Skirt (with wide fold over waist band) – Yala 

White Tami – Old Navy 

White Layering Tank – Tees By Tina

Jean Jacket – Old Navy

White Crochet Headband – Versona

Blue Pendant Necklace – Versona

Sunrise Smoothie

  

I whipped up this smoothie on a whim one day, and it was so good I had to recreate it! It is so simple to make, needing only four ingredients, and is great way to start your morning. 

Directions:

3/4-1 cup Crushed Ice

1/2-3/4 cup Chopped Strawberries (Fresh or Frozen)

1/2-1 tsp Chia Seeds (or more if you’d like)

1 cup Orange Juice

Add items to blender and blend until smooth. Yeah, it’s that easy. 

I used my Ninja blender with the Single Serve Cup, and put the ingredients in as they are listed above. 

If you find that it is really thick, and not blending smoothly, add more orange juice. Sometimes there is too much ice and it turns to thick slush. 

Once fully blended, and fairly smooth, stop blending pour into glass (or in my case, remove blending piece) and enjoy!