Monday, September 12, 2016

MOVING ON UP!

SO I did it guys, I finally bought a domain and switched to WordPress. I've been thinking about making the switch for awhile and  I finally decided to just do it already! Anyway please update your links to the new site http://www.blackcatlies.com ! I'll be posting there from now on and I'd love for you to continue to follow along!

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

The Dreaded Bra-Blems with Third Love (and 15% off!)

 I hit puberty pretty early, my hormones got going and I went from zero to sixty real fast. I wasn't exactly thrilled with my new (ahem) growing assets. I was never that girl the dreamed of having boobs, they just came. I didn't go so far as Christina Ricci in Now and Then and literally tape down my breasts, but when I watched the movie I seriously considered it.



                 
Needless to say I've been through my share of "Bra-Blems." Slipping strap? yep. Quad-Boob? been there, done that, still have nightmares. Cup gaping? oh yeah. Most recently I suffered though the dreaded digging in strap. It was so bad one day it felt like my bra strap was literally cutting into my circulation.  Here are a few things I've learned on my Bra journey:
  1. Get fitted. Most women are wearing the wrong size bra and you'll be amazed at what the right size bra will do for you. 
  2.  If you have a little spillage on one or both breasts (Quad-boob or Tri-boob) a full coverage bra or going up a cup size may help.
  3.  If your strap is digging into you it may be due to a worn out bra or the need to go down a band size.
  4. If you want your bra to last hand wash it. Yes it's a pain, but it's worth it if you love the bra.
  5.  You get what you pay for (usually). Cheap bras are fine but I've found they generally wear out faster than better quality bras. 
  6.  Find a place that can actually fit you. Some places only offer bras up to a certain size, don't be deterred by these places. If you have big boobs go to a store that stocks your size, a good fiting bra is worth it. 
  7.  If you've lost or gained weight you may want to get resized. Weight fluctuates for a variety of reasons and that can seriously impact your bra size. So, if you've gained or lost weight recently it may be time to get resized to make sure you're getting the support you need. 
  8.  Lace bras are cute but impractical. I love a lace bra but I've found they're generally better as a special occasion bras vs. everyday.  If you wear anything tight over them you're gonna see the pattern of the lace through whatever you're wearing.
  9. A nude colored bra is best under white. You may think a white bra would be better under a white shirt but actually a bra that matches your skin tone won't show up under white.

Despite all that experience I can count on one hand the number of truly comfortable bras I've owned. Thus, like many women I know, once I get home my bra is one of the first things to come off.


But like it or not Bras are an important part of every women's wardrobe. Those ladies need support! And a great fitting bra is an asset every woman should have. There is definite magic in a well fitting comfortable bra. But, for such an important foundation garment it's funny how little we actually know about bras and how to fix all our "Bra-blems."  


  Thankfully Third Love has come to the rescue! Third Love has worked tirelessly to revolutionize the search for the perfect fitting bra. They understand all breasts aren't the same and bras should fit you and your unique shape. They've put together a few tips to help you fight those common "Bra-Blems." 




So if you're in need of a new bra or just want a more comfortable fit click on over to Third Love and try out their fit finder for yourself. If you find a bra you like they're also offering 15% off with the promo code BRABLEMS.  Go get yourself a comfortable and cute Third Love bra, so ripping off your bra won't be the first thing on your mind the minute you walk through the door.


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

What I didn't buy at the Thrift Store

I haven't found anything too crazy at the thrifts lately. But I figured I'd share a few of the things I've noticed but for one reason or another didn't buy. 


1. Silver and White Vase



 I thought this vase had a pretty cool look and love the texture on the silver part. But I didn't have a place for it at home.


2. Dooney and Burke Monogram Bag



This bag reminds me of hard of high school so hard, you know that time about 10 years ago (yeesh) when colorful monogram designer bags were all the rage. I carried it around thinking maybe it was worth something or my moms friend who re-sells things could re-sell it but I looked it up on the internets and it wasn't worth much, so I left it for someone who'd love it


3. Silver and Turquoise Plates


I'm not sure what you'd use these for maybe as a bowl to hold fruit or something? Anyway I love the kind of southwestern vibe of the plates and I thought they were pretty cool.


4. Green Chair



The Upholstery of the chair isn't great but I like the lines of it.


5. Clarinet



Aside from Pianos / Keyboards I haven't found any musical instruments at the thrifts. So when I randomly opened this case and found a clarinet I thought it was pretty cool. I don't play and don't know a thing about them so I left it.


6.  Lanvin Bow Flats


Yes you read that right I found a pair of legit Lanvin flats that fit me perfectly, but I left them behind. Why? Because they were $100.00. The day I went they did have 30% off clothes, shoes and Accessories but $70.00 was still too much. I looked it up and that is a really good deal on these shoes considering they retail for 500.00-750.00 online. I probably should have gotten them, but I'm trying to save money right now so I passed.

7.  Orange Guy Bowling Pin


This bowling pin was unique. I would never buy it but I thought it was kind of fun. 

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Currently Obsessed : Flair

If you're like me when you think of flair you think of this:




But just like mini back packs and slip dresses TGI Fridays level Flair is back with a vengeance, and I'm kind of loving it. I recently thrifted a nice denim jacket and have since then been obsessing over what Flair I want to add, how much, and where. I'm all about DIY Flair and have been scouring the interwebs for cute patches, pins, and jacket inspiration. I'm also slightly obsessed patches on things besides jackets like shirts, bags, skirts and jeans. Here's a few inspiration pics I've been drooling over.


                                         














Since obsessing over flair I've noticed pin flair is a lot easier to come by than patches. I've found pins at flea markets and thrift stores, usually for around .99/$1.00. But patches... patches are harder to come by. So i've had to resort to online avenues to start my patch collection. Although I think I may check out my local Walmart, JoAnne Fabrics and Michael's to see if they have any cool ones on hand as well. If you know of any good places to get cheap patches let me know! Patches it turns out are a bit expensive. Anyway, Here's a little peek at some of my favorite patches from around the web.

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I also love this DIY embroidered signature jacket I saw by Youtuber Drew Scott. It'd be a lot of work but his results are amazing.


                

Finally I'm pretty sure I need another Denim jacket because while I love all the Flair part of me also wants just a simple denim jacket with no frills for my more basic days. Back to the thrifts I go!

Here's my current Flair situation:




Are you into the Flair trend? If so let me know if you've done and DIY's ,where you're getting your flair inspo, and where you're finding your flair.