Archive for April 3rd, 2013

April 3, 2013

The New Shape of Sexywear…I mean Shapewear

 

Happy Thursday! I hope everyone had a great week! In my blog, a couple of weeks ago I mentioned spring cleaning and tossing clothing items that don’t work anymore.  That includes what we wear under our clothing.  After going through my undergarment drawer, tossing items I’ve had too long, too small, to big and so on, I realized I needed new everything.  I went to Nordstrom and bought all new Commandos, my favorite seamless panty. They are completely smooth and show absolutely no lines and very comfy too.

Next to look for a bra.  I took about 10 different bras to the dressing room only to re-emerge tired, frustrated and empty handed. I decided to plan another day out for bra shopping but first I went to my Go To Source on just about all things…..Marzia Prince. She can usually always solve my dilemma or at least put me in the right direction.  Well this time was no different, a total score! I asked her what bra she wore and she told me to go to Bed Bath and Beyond, I thought she didn’t understand my question.  So I repeated myself and she repeated herself and I ended up at the mega home goods store with best bra I have ever purchased. Drumroll…..the Genie Bra.  For $19.99 you get two seamless shaping bras that lift your chest and bring the girls closer together. Its kind of like a sports bra and bra merged into one and the band is wide enough that there are no back rolls.  Its the absolutely best fitting and most comfortable bra that I have ever worn.  I would describe this bra as shapewear for your chest. Amazing and so well priced!

 

 

Now, more on the topic of shapewear.

Shapewear is a glorious invention that every woman should know about and take advantage of.  Shapewear provides instant slimming, smoothing and shaping while enhancing your curves.  Va Va Voom!

  • All-in-Ones – Body suits or shaping slips are used from everyday support to special occasions, think backless, plunging neckline and convertible straps.  Look for compression at the tummy, hips and rear.  Most of these types of body shapers are sold by bra size.
  • Top Toning – Shaping camis, tanks and shirts can provide the same support as a bra while slimming the tummy and smoothing unsightly bulges.  Some top toners provide control to the arms.
  • Hip & Thigh Support – Seamless bike short designs provide shaping from high waist to mid-thigh and some slips even have built in bike shorts for extra support and smoothing.
  • Tummy Tamers – Nip your waist without losing your curves. Waist cinchers offer firm control in the midsection and accentuate the waist.  Panty briefs draw in the stomach and waist while smoothing your seat.
  • Lingerie Look – Until recently most shapewear pieces only came in black, nude or white. Now designers such as Bethany Frankel’s Skinnygirl Solutions offer all the shape in support but in a sexy lacy lingerie look.

Honestly shapewear can be expensive, so I discount shop for mine at places like TJ Maxx, Kohls and Amazon.com.  Now invest in a piece of shapewear for that special dress or  your favorite skinny jeans and believe me you will see a noticeable difference!  Also check out the Genie Bra, it really is amazing and Bed Bath & Beyond always has those $5 off coupons on the back of their sales ad!

I hope you enjoyed your lesson in shapewear and all have a wonderful weekend!

Kathy, The Fit Fashionista

 

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April 3, 2013

Passions and Perspectives

I’m going to share something profound: “It only has to work for you.” I said this for the first time a few years ago, as I consoled a friend under criticism for the way she looked. She was proud of herself and liked who she saw in her reflection, but society (specifically an acting coach) told her otherwise. She wanted to be successful as an actress, so she listened to the feedback and decided to try and see things the coach’s way. I witnessed her trying to implement changes that just weren’t sticking, plans that she didn’t want to prioritize, and worse, I noticed she wasn’t as joyful as she once was. The goal wasn’t properly aligned with her core values and the coach didn’t explain how outward appearance could help her career… and would it? After a few daunting weeks, over two cocktails, we decided on another perspective for her, her career goals, and her overall well-being. I wasn’t coaching at the time, and as a corporate career girl, I noticed that, I too, felt the need to prioritize things that really didn’t matter to me. Looking inward, I saw certain things I did for society, not for me, and I really didn’t understand why I gave these activities so much of my time and energy. When girlfriends get together, we really can save the world!
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Back to my friend, she didn’t love her new self and didn’t see much additional success from the effort. She missed being comfortable in her skin, she missed her evenings, which now consisted of “workout #2,” and she missed sweets. She missed her friends. We decided she can be a successful actress by sharpening her skills and being her best self. This included being herself and letting her confidence and pride in herself shine through. good friends_winnie the pooh

If you’re calling me a hypocrite right now, because my profession is to motivate, challenge, encourage clients toward living a fit and fun lifestyle, hang with me a bit longer. As a wellness coach, Advocare nutritional advisor, and part of the Healthy Housewives team, I’ve had the opportunity to visit with a diverse group of people. I’d venture to say that each of my clients has a different set of priorities, passions, and perspectives. They also have varying obligations, work schedules, diet preferences, and personal beliefs. Some don’t believe in working out, some don’t like supplement companies, many are on budgets that demand creative solutions, and some feel like the word organic equals over-priced. Can you believe that some of my precious clients feel that pageants give women a bad name? (GASP!) How does one find success as a wellness coach with so many varying opinions swirling around? It’s only possible with a foundation of respect, understanding, and flexibility. I’m prepared to welcome the whole person and personalize our work together according to personal passions and perspectives.
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What does this mean to you, and why should you care? Well, do you have wellness goals for yourself? My opinion is that everyone should. Are you afraid that since your lifestyle doesn’t allow for a certain way of fitness, exercise, or nourishment that’ll you’ll never reach those goals? Let me encourage you by saying you are awesome just the way you are, from right where you stand/sit today. There are so many activity and nourishment resources in our world today and guess what… there’s something that fits your perspectives and passions.
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For example, among the Healthy Housewives team, you have experts in strength training, Pilates, yoga, distance running, and you have ladies who are experts at “child aerobics.” (Basically jumping, dancing, and playing with your children as a form of exercise.) You have career women who have to create pockets of time for exercise and glamorize the “messy bun” hairdo. You have women who don’t eat meat, who love meat, who enjoy dairy treats, and some who get nauseated at the thought of dairy.

Just for fun, do a friendventory in your circle of influence. What perspectives, passions, and awesomeness do you have among your group? Did you just get creeped out or do you feel peaceful knowing it is okay to disagree? It only has to work for you! Respect varying opinions and do what’s right for you, for your life, and for your goals. Above all, be kind to yourself and to others.
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If there was any question, RUNNING is my passion! Message me if you want my perspective on something. Until then, I will respect you, honor yours, and send only positive your way. Enjoy your Wednesday! Lacey