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Get Ready! Science Says, “Buying Lingerie Is Good For Your Health!

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There is a shift in cultural happenings where women around the world are practicing self-love and promoting the crap out of it! So, what’s the secret to achieving long-lasting happiness while blowing up your confidence?  Retail therapy.

We’ve all heard the term “retail therapy” before, but now we can rejoice and celebrate the benefits of buying lingerie for ourselves! The journal, Psychology and Marketing, published a study which show that shopping is a way for consumers to achieve happiness from a negative state. However, studies also show when we buy meaningless materialistic items, we only produce short-term happiness (at least until you see your credit card bill). To achieve a long-lasting positive effect, the method is simple, buy something that continually brings you joy.

When we shift our minds from buying lingerie for the benefit of our spouse to buying a piece that speaks to us for our own pleasure and self-confidence, not only will we find a deeper enjoyment, but the impact on our confidence has lasting effects.

In my experience, after talking to thousands of women, there are two levels of emotions when discussing lingerie.

  1. We, as women, want comfort without sacrificing the way we look.
  2. We still treat the word “lingerie” as if it’s something we should whisper. As if the bra you’re currently wearing isn’t a part of your lingerie collection.

Jessamyn Stanley, a woman who is changing the world on body image, said it beautifully in this video,

“Many people are obsessed with ‘how do I look’ vs ‘how do I feel.’ Whenever you assess how do I feel, you always get the right answer.”

Let’s walk through five steps on how to feel good in your lingerie.  This will not only improve your self-confidence, but it will also impact the lives of others in the meantime.

  1. Buy a piece of lingerie for everyday wear. Start with something that isn’t a bra. For example, I wear a slip when I get ready in the morning. It has to be soft and give me shape. This starts my day with feeling beautiful and confident.
  2. Don’t get hung-up on diet culture. It is essential to eat healthy and stay active, but just as Jessamyn Stanley says, it’s time to stop obsessing about how we look and focus on how we feel.
  3. Practice your personal care routine religiously. Don’t be lazy. Wear sweet body cream, moisturize your face, and get some sleep.
  4. Write a new chapter. Life isn’t defined by who you were yesterday, but who you get to be today.
  5. Be inspiring. Being a voice for people who don’t have one can impact thousands of lives. You get what you put into this universe.

It’s really that simple!  Now it’s time to embark on a journey that is going to take you from sufficient to empowered. When we focus on loving ourselves the relationships around us will prosper. Be adventurous and try something new today.  Something that excites your heart… and your wardrobe!

For ideas on adding new pieces to your lingerie collection and where to start, check out my steps to build your confidence with shopping online. You can find it here –>Free Power

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I’ve been putting my bra on wrong… you probably are, too.

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While I cannot recall if I learned this seemingly simple task from my mom, or I figured it out on my own, it remains unchanged since the day I needed a bra. My method, (unchanged), is to put the bra on backwards, clasping it in front of me.  I then twist it around and slip my arms through the straps. Simple, right?

Recently one of my step–daughters, Ashley, posed a question to me. “How DO you put a bra on?” Ashley said she would slip on the straps and reach behind her to fasten up the bra. The mere thought of reaching behind me trying to line up the eyehooks seemed like a waste of time and really got my anxiety up. Does the same rule of reaching behind you apply for a bra with more than 3 eyehooks?

However, If you take the advice of high-end lingerie stores (and WikiHow), they stress the importance of not tugging and pulling on your expensive lingerie more than necessary. This was my first lesson in Bra 101 from my beautiful step-daughter!

The Swoop and Scoop is a final step to achieving the best fit for you!  It sounds more fun than it actually is, but you’ll thank me later. Also, if you put your bra on and find you have a gapping cup, this is a great method to apply prior to tossing the bra in the donation bin.

Ladies, we are WAY too busy saving the world to worry about being uncomfortable. So, rather than waste time researching all of the methods out there, follow these simple steps to ensure your bra fits securely and comfortably.  Also, check out my FREE Ebook for more detailed info on this subject. After all, there is nothing worse than walking around all day wearing a bra that does not fit right.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_link_target=”_self” column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid” bg_image_animation=”none”][social_buttons nectar_love=”true” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” linkedin=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Read This Before Buying Lingerie Online

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Now, let’s get something straight: It’s not uncommon to have multiple sizes of bras in your drawer that all fit great. This is a result of the various brands applying their own measurement standards. It is also what is known as “sister Sizing”. I’ll get to the details of Sister Sizing in a moment.

My first trip to Victoria Secret made me realize this concept. Not to give out too much personal info, but I have always worn a 34C until I was fitted at VS. They told me I was a 32DD! I nearly choked! How was that possible? I don’t want to rule out the fact that I could’ve been wearing the wrong bra size- which is quite likely, as I can’t recall the last time I was measured. But, more likely is the “sister sizing” concept.

In order to ensure you are wearing the right size bra (and to avoid the shock you may feel upon bra shopping) let’s start with figuring out your band size. The band size is the number portion. You’ll need a soft measuring tape or alternatively a ribbon or string. There are actually two schools of thought on this number, which has drawn some online attention so it’s necessary to review both. However, the method you decide to use will ultimately depend on your band size. Here are the methods:

  1. Classic Method

    • Using a soft measuring tape, measure around your rib cage directly below your bust.
    • If you get an odd number, add five. If it’s an even number, add four. The reason you add five is because there are no odd numbers in band sizes.
      Note: This method is more commonly applied to bra sizes less than a D cup because you’ll find the band will be too tight on your rib cage.
  2. New Method

    • As noted above, measure around your rib cage directly below your bust. The number you measure is what your band size is.
      Note: If you are larger than a D cup, it is likely this is the method you’ll prefer. With a larger cup size, women like the added support by a tighter band size.

Next, you’ll need to find your cup size. Using your soft measuring tape, measure around the largest part of your bust.

Subtract your band size from your bust size. The difference in inches represents the letters in cup sizes. For example, 1” = A cup, 2” = B cup, 3” = C and so on.

If you have a size larger than 4 inches it starts to get tricky depending on the brand. Some continue on with the alphabet and some start to double the letters, for example, D, DD, DDD etc.

Check out my Ebook for more information on cup size, I share a handy chart!

Sister Sizing

Sister sizing allows us to move to the left or right on the bra sizing chart and still have a great fit. If the majority of your bras are a 36D, you could move to the right to a 38C and still have a comfortable fit. This is because the calculations are based on cup volume. This is also why it’s important to understand your band size in addition to a cup size.

Keep in mind, there is a range where the structure of a bra will change because it needs to support a certain amount of volume. For example, if you are a 36DD you might find your sister size 38D doesn’t give you the same support you need. It is also important to note, you won’t want to sister size more than one to two sizes to the left or right.

Now that you’re armed with knowledge, it’s time for the FUN part- your online shopping experience!

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