Going with the Flow

It’s been a fun two and a half weeks filled with vacation, holidays and a birthday, and we still have New Year’s ahead this weekend! As usual at this time of year, my ability to concentrate has flown out the window, and I expect to return to Hourglassy in January refreshed and inspired. See you soon!

A Zip Tip for Big Bust Jacket Shopping

The Friday before vacation, we had a photo shoot for upcoming Campbell & Kate blog posts, and our stylist put together such amazing looks with the faux leather Liz Claiborne jacket that I wrote about last month that I decided not to return it after all.
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On Wednesday I snipped off the tag, zipped it to just under my chest, and confidently wore it into Manhattan with skinny jeans and boots.

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All was fine until I removed my coat and sat down in my podiatrist’s waiting room. That’s when I noticed the giant air boobs that the jacket created.

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I posted the dilemma on Instagram, and my dear friend Sarah McGiven offered a solution: look for double zippers going forward. I’m sure I’ll get a ton of wear out of this jacket (it cost less than $40 and is already sold out in black on the JCP website), but I’m also sure I’ll be constantly smoothing down the big bust effect when I sit down in it. Maybe I’ll replace the zipper!

Have a wonderful holiday, dear readers, and may any leather jackets that you receive come with double zippers!

 

 

 

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Big Bust Sports Bra as Bikini Top (Preview)

You’re going to see these pictures again when I write my full review, but I can’t wait to share them now. I decided to wear my Lynx crossback sports bra with my Curvy Kate starry-eyed bottoms on our trip around the Napali coast yesterday. This is right before we took a snorkeling break, so I’m dry. Let me say, though, that I was completely unselfconscious in the water–no worries that I was flashing my underwater cleavage to anyone else. And with the rigid non-stretch fabric across my chest, plus the lining, I didn’t give headlights a second thought as I climbed back into the boat. The top was gifted to me by the company, but my  opinions are my own. 

Vacation Surprise  

You’ll never believe where I’m writing this from: HAWAII! We arrived late last night, and of course I was up before the chickens (literally–I read that they wake people up here on Kauai). It’s still dark as I write this.

After Paris in May, you may be wondering how we can be taking a second once-in-a-lifetime trip in a year. Here goes: a single friend who hasn’t taken a vacation since 2007 because she hates to travel alone found out in November that a big December deadline had been pushed to September. She asked if we would  like to go somewhere, anywhere, with her. Incredibly, Mr. Campbell had vacation days he needed to use or lose. Since we got married in our 40’s, we remember what it’s like trying to find someone to travel with,  so we said yes. 

That’s when  amazing things began to happen.  We discovered that we had enough Delta miles for 1.5 roundtrip tickets to Kauai. We  discovered that the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is the cheapest time to stay here. And when we arrived at our gate at JFK on Monday, we discovered that our flight had been overbooked, and they wanted to give each of us a $1300 Amex gift card for volunteering to come a day later. So basically we’ve been given a gift of a free vacation. Avis even gave us a complimentary upgrade to a Mustang convertible!

You know you’re going be seeing some amazing pictures soon, beginning with the Lynx ladder back sports bra that I wore for 20 hours on Monday. I have so much to say about this bra, and I tried to finish a post about it on our 6 hour LAX-LIH flight last night. But it’s not going to happen before our 5-hour boat tour of the Napali coast this morning, so I’m just going to share this airport teaser picture with you.

And because I’m proud of my layering lessons from my stylist friend Christina, here’s the complete look with my DD Atelier denim jacket.

I’m even proud of my sneakers. Do you know why? They’re evidence that I have finally said no to overpacking. We’re doing everything with carry-ons on this trip, so I also said no to every padded bra in my lingerie drawer. Except I couldn’t say no to my favorite bikini–the Curvy Kate starry-eyed bikini. That’s what I plan to wear under my Rock Cotton tunic on the boat this morning (unless I think my new swimmable Lynx crossback sports bra might be a better match for a bumpy ride!).