Meandering Monday

We finished our giant can of Christmas popcorn last night, so I guess that means it’s time to get back to work. Frankly, I’m thrilled. I missed my routine, and I was away from Hourglassy long enough to miss writing, too. I hope you had a wonderful break from your own routines last week and that the new year ahead is full of promise for you.

We’ve just returned from ten days in Florida with my mom, and last Monday my sister and I took her shopping at Talbot’s. While there, I told my sister that this top would look GREAT on her. It’s especially nice because it has a double-layered front that keeps everything smooth and might even help with headlights.

jersey topShe sighed and said she couldn’t buy something like this because she always gets spots on her tops. Tee hee! I had the hardest time not telling her what I’d bought her for Christmas right then and there. She was actually excited about her gift when she opened it. My other sister, however, has yet to be persuaded that Spot Lifter II is going to change her life. (I took a photo of her expression when she opened it, but the picture is too unflattering to share with you.)

After Talbot’s, the Lily Pulitzer store drew us in. I have never considered myself a Lily Pulitzer customer, but some of the prints and colors really captivated me. For instance, I love this coral paisley on navy background in their Henley maxi dress. I think the print could even distract from the single chest pocket that would be disproportionate to our busts.

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The colors in this tunic dress caught my eye, but the more I studied it, the more I appreciated its bust-friendly seaming, complete with integrated pockets! It’s made out of a feather-light cotton lawn that I can’t imagine adapting for winter weather, so I didn’t even tempt myself by trying it on. However, I would love to have this option in the summer.

DD friendly Lily Pulitzer sanibel tunic dress

BiuBiu offers a knit tunic with the same princess-seams-and-integrated-pockets idea for winter.

DD friendly Biubiu tunic pockets

And even though the seams don’t continue to the back, Urkye offers a similar pocket-in-princess-seams feature in its Kieska dress. Leah raved about her own Kieska dress back in 2012.

bust friendly kieska dress urkye

Finally, we were shopping on the same street as La Bella Intimates, and I had hoped to find out my current Kris Line size there, but we ran out of time. My sisters and mom are back to wearing horribly fitting bras. In the past I would have pushed for a girl’s day out to a bra store, but I’m afraid they’ve worn me down.

Best Breasts Forward ~ The Other Mia

I must admit that I went back and forth for a while on how I should word this post or if I should talk about it at all. Fortunately (or Unfortunately depending on your view) I think it’s important that I speak to you all the same way I would a friend, openly.

Being above a G cup makes it even that much more difficult to find examples of women who have bodies that look like mine. Whenever I do find that unicorn, I take notice. I came across Mia Zarring while doing a Google search for G cup and up women. It’s astounding to see what comes up when searching anything breast related. Sifting through the porn, I found that Mia Zarring is a 5 ft 5, 34K from Russia.  Obviously she’s beautiful.

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I can’t read Russian so I pretty much have made up her story in my head through her photos, kind of like how my children used to do before they could read.

The thing about that is that Mia Zarring is not a fictional character. She’s a person. If I took only the photos Google gave me and created her entire life story from them, what would that say about her? More importantly, what would that say about me?

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Being the inquisitive woman that I am, I looked for and found Ms. Zarring on Instagram. Here’s where it gets interesting. The pictures on Instagram seem more personal. They aren’t just publicity shots. Because they are so much more candid we see a different side of her, one that feels very familiar to me.

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Looking through both sets of photos brought up a lot of questions for me. As a women with very large breasts, I am keenly aware of what message people receive when the girls are “on display”. It seems as though in some photos she is purposely doing so as a part of her “work”. But, in other more candid photos is the message being sent the same as the message that is being received? And what if there is in fact no message being sent? What if she just likes that look?

What I’m getting at is, as busty women, we know assumptions are sometimes made about who we truly are. The way we dress can often swing an opinion positive or negatively. Once we’ve put our breasts out there, cleavage and all can we ever really go back?

Yes, we are in control of the message we are sending but are we ever in control of the message that is received?

Happy Holidays Hiatus

You’ve probably noticed that I haven’t been a very prolific blogger the past few weeks, and I have a feeling that my pared-down posting will continue for the rest of the month because I have a few non-blog goals that I want to meet before Christmas. However, I fully expect this hiatus to reinvigorate my writing in the new year!


Darlene’s Top Two Picks for Busty Christmas Gifts

Neither of my favorite items are sexy or glamorous–especially not my top choice–but these are two products that I can’t live without.  They work for almost any cup size, and they cost well under $50.

My unreserved NUMBER ONE TOP CHOICE is a wardrobe saver that rescues all my tops from the trash: the Albachem 1674 Spot Lifter II.

albachem-1674-spot-lifter-iiI went into great detail about Spot Lifter II on the Campbell & Kate blog last March (and abbreviated detail on Hourglassy), but since then I’ve come to love it even more. My favorite turquoise tee-shirts are like magnets for oil stains, but I just douse them with Spot Lifter and it’s like there was never anything there. In November, I ate spaghetti in a white Campbell & Kate shirt. I had JUST congratulated myself for getting to the last bite without any spills when–of course!–my last bite missed my mouth and landed on my chest. I would have been extremely annoyed pre-Spot Lifter. Instead, knowing I had Spot Lifter at home, I just laughed at myself and moved on. Sure enough, my shirt looked as good as new after treatment.

We have an extremely limited Christmas gift budget this year. Think $15 per sibling. Happily, AllStitch only charges $7.49  a can, so I bought one for each of my two sisters. Shipping is more expensive because it must go ground (if it weren’t for the aerosol, I’d  take them in my suitcase to Florida). One can costs a little over $11 to ship, but combining both sister’s cans into a single order only cost $12.22. If you’re wondering whether there’s enough time for an order to reach someone by the 24th, I think there is. I placed my order on Saturday, December 12, it went out on Monday, December 14, and it’s scheduled to arrive tomorrow, December 17.

Do I expect my sisters to be excited when they open their gift from me? No way! But I’m pretty sure they’re going to thank me again and again in 2015.

Now for MY SECOND TOP CHOICE: the Bra:30 hipster tank top that I wrote about in October. Back then, I predicted the cost per wear would be excellent, and I was right. I wear it all the time–first thing in the morning and again when I change into lounge-y clothes at night. It was a lifesaver at a family reunion I attended recently because I had NO privacy. If my gift budget were higher, this would be my main gift to each of my sisters and sisters-in-law, and I’d give them the Spot Lifter as a stocking stuffer.