Corporate Curves Report: How Trinny and Susannah changed my mind about grey!

I’ve never really cared that much about the tv shows that give style advice but do sometimes watch them. Yesterday there wasn’t much on, so I happened to catch a glimpse of Trinny & Susannah in Denmark. A lovely blonde, green-grey-eyed female law student was stuck in a rut wearing hoodies and jeans but said that there was a peacock inside her that she wanted that to show. So she thought that the only way to stand out would be by using bold colors. I personally am inclined to think so, too, although the colors reflect my mood as well.

But Susannah actually put her in this golden dress first. The student said it looked too bland, but Susannah said that pale can be beautiful and glowing.

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To prove her point she wanted them to take a photo of her in a bright red dress.

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I still was with this woman’s thinking that color looks amazing. I suppose it’s something when you are very pale and have such icy colored eyes as well that you don’t think that anything pale looks nice. But when they compared these two shots of her on Susannah’s phone I did start to get her point.

How they ended up styling her was grey, but interesting grey.

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Susannah made a point “Now YOU are the most interesting part of  this outfit and it makes your eyes really pop out.” When she had her hair and makeup done, I finally agreed!

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This all then ties into a what to wear situation on the same day. I wore a white knitted Calvin Klein dress with black tights and did not want to add a navy trench coat on the outfit, especially since I was wearing leopard print ballerinas.

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Then I thought of the Pepperberry full skirt trench that I’ve sort of been eyeing for a long time. I knew it was on sale, but only now after realizing how grey can really accentuate my icy eyes and pale skin in a complimentary way did I finally buy it. I’ve just thought that grey = boring.

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Now I’m just a little unsure of the fit as I’ve usually had to take 16RC in coats because of shoulder room, but there was none left. I took a risk with 14SC then, as I am smaller now the last time I shopped with them so fingers crossed. Here’s to hoping it fits. Then I’ll have a black wool coat and navy and grey trench coats, so I should be all set for this autumn.

 

 

 

 

From Fit & Active September 2013 to Fit & Active 2014

It’s been a pretty hard year at Campbell & Kate, so when I try to assess my accomplishments for the year, it can get pretty discouraging.

Then last Tuesday I put on my new 32FF Panache sports bra for spinning class, and I realized that I’ve achieved something very important after all, and it all began with last year’s Fit & Active September. Last year at this time, I met my goal of exercising 16 times in the month of September. This led to joining the YMCA in October, and this eventually led to listening to my doctor’s warning about my high cholesterol and enlisting the help of an amazing nutritionist. Since I mentioned my nutritionist last March, my LDL cholesterol has come down another 35 points to 102 (it was 217 last December), and my doctor says I am now in the “low to no risk” category for heart disease. On top of that, he’s halved the dosage for my blood pressure medicine.

I am so grateful to Nicole over at Fussy Busty for helping me start this path to better health. This year, Sophie at Two Cakes on a Plate is going to kick off a Fit & Active October, so look for related posts in the busty blogosphere.

I don’t have any “fit and active” goals this year other than to keep doing what I’m doing. Instead, my October goal is to be wearing a bra by 9:00 a.m. every weekday–pretty much the opposite of what Mia wrote about last week–because I have a theory that I need to be dressed so that I can walk out the door in order to be productive. Otherwise, I feel like I’m still in my pajamas, and I just don’t seem to take myself as seriously when I feel that way.

Even though I don’t have any fitness goals for the month ahead, I want to share my biggest takeaway after reaching last year’s Fit & Active goal. Everyone says to listen to yourself, and this was a situation where I had to take a risk to do so. We had been trying to save money by going without a gym membership, but I could tell that boredom was setting in after just five of my sixteen walks. I had already tried to make do with the cheap gym closest to our house, but it was super crowded, and the only class I liked was becoming repetitive. My husband joined an inexpensive gym with great equipment a little further from our house, but they had no classes, and I knew I would need more than weight machines, treadmills and ellipticals to keep going. The Y, on the other hand, was clean and spacious with a lot of classes taught by qualified instructors. The only problem was that it was 14 blocks away, and Mr. Campbell felt I’d never use it.

I decided to join to prove him wrong. I knew I needed to take better care of my health, and I knew I needed a gym like this to do so.  Besides, if I didn’t use it in October, I could cancel my membership without losing any money.

Readers, this decision led to probably our third biggest argument in our marriage so far. We have an agreement to consult with each other before we spend anything over $200. Because a year’s membership costs almost $700, Mr. Campbell felt I had violated the agreement, but because I joined when there was no initiation fee, and each month costs $57, I felt I’d kept it. However, I knew why he felt bad–I had purposely joined without consulting him because I knew he would try to talk me out of it.

Fortunately, the risk paid off. I’m the slowest runner in boot camp and still can’t do a real pushup, but I can feel muscles in my arms, and my waist has reappeared. I knew my very health depended on joining that gym, but I am so very thankful that our marriage survived my subterfuge. We’re even getting stronger in the way we deal with money together.

So you can see why putting on my 32FF Panache sports bra to go to spin class last week was such an accomplishment.

 

Off the Rack

Sorry, no Off the Rack this week. I’m away for the weekend. But I’m hard at work altering my Le Mystere Soiree Low-Back Bustier so it doesn’t peek out of my wedding dress, so get ready for a nice, long alterations post in the coming weeks!

Best Breasts Forward ~ Taking it off

I’m sure most of us have seen this meme.

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They all apply to me. No matter how well it fits or how beautiful my breasts may look in it, I hate wearing a bra. The first thing I take off after my shoes is my bra. In fact my husband, son and daughters are accustomed to finding a bra on the seat of a kitchen stool, dining room chair or neatly folded and tucked under a decorative pillow on the sofa. I always do a bra check before “company” comes over.

I haven’t always been this way. I was still too self-conscious to go braless in my own home growing up, and the first time I lived with someone I was still uncomfortable. It took about three years of living together for me to feel okay walking around my home without a bra in front of my husband, but I haven’t turned back since. At this point in my life, my immediate family has seen me nurse two children for a year each, so seeing my covered breasts without a bra is no big deal.

Because I am such a “bra remover”, I’ve become curious about the effect it has had on my breasts. There are those that say not wearing a bra makes them “saggy” faster; however there are studies that report wearing a bra could increase sagging. They all found that how much your breasts sag has to do with genetics more than anything.

This has led me to ask, why do some large-busted women wear bras all day and even sleep in them? Do you experience pain or discomfort when not wearing a bra? Do you sleep in a special bra?

I always get such useful information from my readers, so I’m looking forward to your input.