Blog Briefing and Due Diligence

1.  Thanks to everyone who responded to my name change poll.  “Hourglassy” and “Red Violet Project” tied for first place and gave me an angst-ridden week.  Then a friend called it “Red Velvet” on Monday and another called it “Blue Violet” on Wednesday and broke the tie.  So look for the “Hourglassy” name change soon!

2.  I’m trying to schedule a bra fitting for two teenage girls.  Budget will be an issue.  What is the absolute minimum of bras (type, style, color) that you think a high school girl should have in her lingerie drawer?

3.  Finally, let’s see if I can do a better job reviewing winter coats before the spring than I did reviewing swimsuits before the fall.  Brooke’s comment about Gina’s green raincoat has me looking for coats with flattering princess seams.  If you find a coat that looks great on you, please share it with us!

I’m in love with this Strenesse Gabriele Strehle coat that I found in October’s Real Simple.  You can find it on the company’s website here.  Is there any chance it would lay correctly at the chest?   I’ll let you know if I  find out.

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Roll Up Your Sleeves!

On my way to lunch last week, I passed a woman in a button-front shirt with rolled up sleeves.  She looked so sharp that I found myself wondering, “Is there a ‘right’ way to roll up your sleeves?”  Then the weekend edition of the Wall Street Journal published a diagram called “How to:  Roll Your Sleeve Like the Fashion Cognoscenti“.  It isn’t online, so I quote the newspaper directly after the jump. I use my Carissa Rose Justina shirt to show the contrast between cuff and sleeve.

Step One

Bring your cuff halfway up your arm in a single, large fold.

Step Two
Fold the remainder of the sleeve up once
and tuck in the excess fabric, but don’t be too neat.

Step Three
Make sure the cuff peeks out.  Depending on your shirt
and the size of your arms, one fold may be enough.
Step Four

But for a tighter, more committed casual look, roll twice.

Below, I try it with my Moi-Meme shirt that I’m enjoying wearing today (a review of the altered shirt is coming soon!).  My arms are pretty short, so I only needed to fold it twice.  The cuff length is 2.5″.

Cuff halfway up my arm in a single fold.

Remainder of the sleeve folded up, excess fabric tucked in and cuff peeking out.

Of course this doesn’t actually mean there is a right way to roll up your sleeves, but now you know how the “fashion cognoscenti” do it.  I love that word . . . cognoscenti.

Links and Laughs

1. My favorite quote from the SNL skit with Katy Perry: “Looks like today’s show is brought to you by the number 38 and the letter double-d.”

2. Here’s another great blog for large-breasted women: dbusted.  I really enjoyed her story about being twelve with “nice boobs”.  (And I’m looking forward to seeing what’s in her store when she launches in October, even if she’s all the way over in Australia.)

3.  And raise your hand if you can relate to this vent from the 34G author over at wehateyouloveus.

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Maker Faire Curve Cam!

Until I found free tickets to it on craigslist yesterday, I had never heard of the Maker Faire. Besides all the tech-y, craft-y exhibits, here are a few other items I found extremely interesting.

She’s probably a B cup, but I was transfixed by this ride attendant’s corset, which you know I’m a sucker for.  She didn’t remember where she bought it, but the “skirt” she’s wearing is actually a man’s Utilitkilt
Every now and then, Mr. Campbell will say, “She should have called me before she left the house this morning,” and I’ll know he’s found something I have to see.  My explanation for why she would wear this outside?  It’s only for her boyfriend.
The exhibitors were trying to make their subject sexy, but I have no idea what they invented.  I think the contraption embedded in this bustier reads the wearer’s body temperature and transfers it somewhere.  I’m sure there was more to it, but my eyes were glazing over as they talked.

I’ve added a few more pictures after the jump that have nothing to do with bustiness.

This woman makes blank notebooks from old books.
I loved seeing this mother and daughter working together at the crocheting table.
This man’s cap, shirt and pants were made from old Metrocards.
I want this Oliso smart iron.  You don’t have to lift it up to keep from scorching your clothes.