Health and Beauty

I Can’t Buy American Bras

Or, Why I Have a Grudge Against Victoria’s Secret.

I may have mentioned before that I was quite underweight as a teen. The result is that for quite a while my breasts were rather small, which is uncharacteristic of women in my family. Ah, genetics. Skeletally, my ribcage is also quite small; I have a high ‘waist’ because it’s the thinnest part of my torso. So, the bras I wore were small, teen bras.

Once I climbed up near a healthy weight, those genetics persevered and suddenly it was a big problem if my bra didn’t fit right! I started to safety-pin the back of hand-me-downs, to make both the cup and band fit.

I quickly realized that American bras use a weird system for sizing; they make the band shorter but use the same cups. However, this makes the band become proportionally smaller as the ribcage shrinks or the cups grow. This is a big problem! I’m sure you’ve never seen a busty petite woman with boobs in her armpits, but I’ve sure worn bras with an underwire digging in there.

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Closet Update: Triumph Over Yogurt

A great feature in my apartment is all the closet space. Across from the bathroom is a walk-in closet that’s as large as that whole room plus the tub! With the help of my BF, I’ve been getting a clothes system together that’s easy for depressed yogurt like me to maintain.

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Health and Beauty

The Closet Overhaul

Do you ever read those articles about minimalist living? With the pictures of closets with 8 inches of space between each item? And those photos of a renovated-loft-barn with square yards of open space showing off the hard wood floors, with a drink in a mason jar on the raw-beachwood counter? Yeah, me too. It’s amazing that technology these days can access an alternate dimension.

I’ll be moving out of my family home this fall, into a little studio apartment. I don’t own much furniture, but I had an unreasonable love for little nick-nacks as a kid so I need to downsize my possessions by about x10. I don’t want feel like I’m leaving behind too much junk for my parents to deal with. However, first comes Dealing with My Clothes.

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