A Sneak Peek from Leah’s Wedding

Last Saturday was an absolutely perfect fall day for Leah’s wedding. And as you would expect from a bride and groom who include a reading from Julia Childs in their ceremony, the food was a-maz-ing. Of course Leah isn’t posting today, but she said I could share the pictures I took. She’ll tell us soon how she made her Le Mystere bustier work under her gorgeous gown.

leah bridesmaids

I want to know how her bustier bridesmaids chose their dresses (all in cream) and what they wore beneath them. By the way, the bridesmaid in the middle is the one who introduced Leah and her husband.

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Here’s a closeup of the back of the tallest bridesmaid’s dress.

And finally, pictures of Leah in her gown.

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leah first dance left back

leah gown front left

leah left front closeup

Corporate Curves Report: Fit & Active with Fustra

It seems like only yesterday that Tina began sharing her corporate perspective on Hourglassy, but we’ve been reading her weekly reports for more than two years! Along the way, she’s shared her feeling of “being ok with a bigger curvy body in the corporate world”, and she’s shown us that it really is possible to dress professionally without getting stuck in a suit rut. Our only Finnish writer, she’s helped us examine cultural differences surrounding large breasts, and she’s given us invaluable cold weather dressing advice gleaned from Scandinavian winters. All the while, she’s been working 10-12 hour days as she climbs the corporate ladder.

Being busty is just one part of Tina’s very full life, and I am so thankful that she has paused each week to reflect on it for us. As Tina’s ambitions and responsibilities have grown, however, so has the challenge of focusing on this one facet of her physique. You probably got a hint of this from her “Part of Me” post a few weeks back. Because of this, today’s post will be Tina’s final regular Corporate Curves Report. I know it will leave you wishing for more.

The Fustra Method is a training method based on Fusion Functional Training, which is used to balance the body’s muscles, improve body control, and improve your posture and mobility.

  • The training method emphasizes good posture, correct breathing technique, and increased core strength by performing the exercises with the correct technique.
  • Fustra was originally developed for professional athletes to increase the muscle balance, but the method is especially suitable for individuals with neck, shoulder and back pain.
  • Modern day society automatically makes individuals focus on their minus muscles (front side). The FUSTRA method instead activates the plus muscles (back side), especially in the center of body, which is the core.
  • The over-activation of the minus muscles causes people to suffer neck, shoulder and back pain.
  • Fustra was founded in Sweden in 2005 and developed by Finnish personal trainer Jarkko Kortelainen.

Basically in every single exercise you need to have a straight back so the skill of tilting your pelvis front is essential. You soon learn to understand when your posture is straight, and slowly but surely you start thinking about your posture in your everyday life!

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With the block the legs are kept apart far enough so that the pelvis stays straight when performing the different exercises. Some of the moves might look simple to do but just try to lift the stick with your back and butt glued to the wall and lift the stick up with just your shoulder blades! Not arms.

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Same with the side lifts. Sure I could lift heavier weights if I used my arms to lift them, but instead strengthening the shoulder blades is essential to balance the posture–especially for us busty women!

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This method suits my broken and tilted body extremely well as I can’t do any heavy impact sports with my broken ankles–Fustra has no jumping! There are aerobic portions as well. My Fustra personal trainer Maria and I selected the most Fustra looking exercises to showcase here.

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What I’ve achieved:

– my shoulder blades actually move. They didn’t at all when I started

– my pelvis was tilted and frozen in one positions, and I could only lift my left leg over the right when sitting. Now both ways work, and my pelvis is free to move, also gaining more balance though it’s still tilted.

– I’ve gotten my lower abs back from non existent. I still have a long way to go, but they are strong enough so that I could start riding horses again!

– my arms have far bigger movement ratio than in years!

– breathing is easier due to increased stability and movement ratio.

– I feel much stronger in general and I have converted several kgs of fat into muscle.

– I have gone down one clothing size.

Fustra training also includes a diet, personal goals, and regular InBody analysis. Each session is done with a personal trainer who makes sure you do the exercises correctly and safely. And motivates you to push on! Worth every single cent.

A Tale of Two Camis for D Cups and Up

At our clothing swap silent auction, I shamelessly bid on–and won–the Zinnia cami set from Real Girls Lingerie. Finally, here was my chance to wear the brand I’ve been wanting to try since Kendra reviewed her Zinnia cami for Boosaurus in 2012. I ordered it in Medium Large Cup.

Greedy for even more, I also convinced Diana to leave one of her Bijte triangle lace and silk mesh camis with me to photograph now that I can fit her size large*.

bijte triangle silk stretch cami

This isn’t going to be an extensive review of either cami. Kendra already did a nice job of reviewing the Zinnia in 2012, and I went into a lot of detail about the Bijte cami last year. Now that I’ve slept in the Zinnia and can fit in the Bijte, I highly recommend both.

The Zinnia is a fun busty lingerie option. Remarkably, the first morning I woke up in mine, the triangles continued to encapsulate my breasts as completely as they had when I’d first lain down the night before.  I have since had occasional spillage, but a simple readjustment takes care of itig.

The Bijte was only on loan to me to photograph, so I couldn’t bed-test it for a full night. However, everything stayed in place for the few minutes that I did lie down in it.

I would happily traipse around my house in either cami, but I wouldn’t answer the door in them. The Zinnia triangles are sheer, so nipples are clearly visible (I’ve photoshopped them out of my pictures below). The Bijte triangles hide the nipples, but the torso is sheer. And of course the plunge is deep and revealing. In other words, these camis are meant to be sexy.

There’s not a lot of lift and support going on in these pieces–they don’t have underwires, and they don’t use compression. The Zinnia, with its stretchy straps, can be especially hammock-like. But if you’re looking for something pretty and sexy that is made to fit the D+ bust, then there’s a lot of that going on with these two brands. Thanks to Real Girls Lingerie and Bijte for continuing to provide full-bust lingerie options that we can’t find anywhere else.

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bijte cami front

bijte cami side

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*Talk about full circle. The Bijte cami in size large was the reward I gave myself for sticking with Fit & Active September in 2013. When I could barely fit it over my 34GG chest, I rewarded myself with a YMCA membership instead, which led to being able to fit the Bijte cami! Win win.

 

Panache Sports Tank Giveaway

I wore my Panache sports tank to Total Body Conditioning this morning and loved it even more. While we were waiting for the room to become available, I jumped up and down to show my classmates how supportive it is. “Wow!” said one women. “Nothing moved!” This of course led to a discussion of bra sizes in which another woman said, “I have a friend who got a reduction, but she wore an F cup. Some sizes are just too large!” I didn’t even bother educating her. I did, however, propose to the Exercise Director standing next to me that we have a bra fitting event some day, and she liked the idea. So maybe my plan will actually happen!

Are you ready to find out how you can win your very own Panache sports tank? Read on.

In yesterday’s review, I mentioned how I felt overdressed the first time I wore my sports tank.  Following that experience, I read this woman’s reaction to being the only one wearing color in a sea of LBD’s at a black tie wedding:

Off to the 5 o’clock black-tie wedding only to be totally humiliated. Walking up to the church, every woman I encountered had on a little black dress and black heels. Luckily I had on a black coat to cover my fashion disaster. Yes, the men all wore tuxes but the women were dressed down compared with what I learned online. I never took my coat off at the wedding and refused to go to the reception!

So here’s the question we need you to answer in order to win the sports tank: How to deal with standing out? Your answer can take many forms. Here are just a few examples:

  • a personal story
  • tips for standing out on purpose
  • tips for when you find yourself standing out by accident
  • reasons for standing out (or not)
  • ways you psych yourself up for–or out of–standing out
  • inspirations for standing out

And it doesn’t have to be boob-related, although of course that is ALWAYS welcome here.

Here are the rules:

  1. Send an email to giveaway@hourglassy.com with “Panache Sports Tank” in the subject line.
  2. FOR ONE ENTRY, answer the question.
  3. FOR AN EXTRA ENTRY, make your answer so amazing* that we’ll want to publish it on Hourglassy (whether we actually do or not).
  4. And because we’re still dreaming of holding Hourglassy events around the country, tell us the closest major city that you live near and how long it takes you to get there (if you already told us for the Perfect Cami giveaway, just say so).
  5. The deadline for entering is 11:59 PM on October 31–the end of Fit & Active October.
  6. Unfortunately, this giveaway is only open to residents in the United States (I’m sorry!).
  7. Caveat: If for some reason the winner’s size is no longer available in the sports tank, Panache will provide a sports bra instead.

It will take us some time to read through the answers, but we’ll announce the winner by Monday, November 17, at the absolute latest.  We will assign each entry a number and use a random number generator to select the winner. If you don’t want us to publish any part of your answer, please also say so. If you don’t want us to use your real name when we announce the winner or publish your answer, please tell us what to use in your email.

*Hint: “Amazing” means no cliched commands like “Be confident” or “Accept yourself”.