Monday, May 21, 2018

Summer Wedges + Life Update

Dolce Vita Shae Wedge Sandal

This consistent blogging thing is not working in my favor and I feel terrible! There are so many topics I want to cover and never seem to find the time. I love each of you who have reached out to me and told me how much you enjoy my little creative space on the world wide web 😛 Thank you for being patient. Today I am going to focus on some summer wedges you must get and a quick life update.

Summer Wedges

Thanks to my former neighbor and friend, @boymom_style_file, I have these amazingly comfortable, super cute wedges for summer! She found them at DSW and thank goodness she shared them on her Instagram! You should really get a pair! They come in white, blush (which I am wanting), rose gold, grey, and black. You can find them here or on the “Shop My Looks” page. Also, go give this gorgeous gal a Follow! There are a few other wedges I have my eye on, so I have included those below.

Life Update

Goodness, where to begin…I accepted a new job in December, started in January, and suddenly it’s mid-May!? What happened?! I have been absolutely loving my new job, responsibilities, and my team. I don’t get as much one-on-one interaction with student assistants like I did in my last position, but the positives certainly outweigh the negatives. The first day I stepped foot in my office I knew I was meant to be with this group.

I have been to two professional conferences and have another one coming up at the beginning of June. I love departments that believe in developing their staff. It goes a long way with retention of employees. Our department’s director also started what I refer to as “book club” with myself, the other assistant director, and the associate director. We are reading John Maxwell’s The 5 Levels of Leadership and the time with each other is really uplifting and eyeopening. The opportunity to discuss our takeaways from the book and learn from each other makes each of us stronger leaders. Plus spending uninterrupted time with our director is a bonus. We are all so busy and rarely have time to talk. One of last week’s discussion questions asked what would you do with an extra 8 hours. The takeaway was there are only 24 hours in a day and we are not given more time so how can we spend time reflecting and planning for the future with the same amount of limited time. It was a great reminder to use any “free” minute to do so. Whether that be on a commute, in the shower, or while waiting for your Starbucks order!

The hubs has switched to day shift and adjusting fairly well. Always an adjustment for us when we take on new habits and routines. Last week was National Police Week. As a thank you to the officers I got together with the other wives, girlfriends, family members to put together goodie bags for each of the officers. We kept is simple and added some snacks, hand sanitizer (a must), car air fresheners, etc. It was certainly a group effort and I couldn’t have done it without help. Next year I would like to make it bigger, but we were crunched for time (remember how I started this section…”suddenly it’s mid-May!?”).

National Police Week GiftbagThe most exciting thing to share is that the hubs and I are finally returning to Grand Cayman! It has been 4 years since we went. He and I will head there a few days earlier than the rest of the family. We wanted to make sure we got some travel time to ourselves since this last year has been busy and we have rarely had time to be together.

There are so many things we are looking forward to on this trip. Particularly being lazy 🙂 After all our travels the last two years we are ready for some peaceful beach time with zero expectations and plans. If we want to take a nap and sleep in, we can!

I think that is all I wanted to include in my life update. Follow our travels through Snapchat (@r8d6g) and IG Stories (@lexiandlady).

Until next post…xoxo Becca

Monday, April 30, 2018

One Swimsuit Brand to Rule Them All

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When Victoria’s Secret announced last year they were discontinuing their swim line, I (and many other women) began to get nervous. See today’s post is going to be a slightly personal account of my swimsuit odyssey.

For much of my adult life I have struggled to find swimsuits that support “the ladies.” While I love the idea of a cute bandeau or triangle top, those options have been out of the question since high school. Victoria’s Secret was my go-to brand for swimsuit tops because they came in bra sizes. After their announcement last year I knew this year’s struggle to find a swimsuit was going to be tough. I prepared myself for the disappointment and started searching early.

The Journey

At the recommendation of a coworker, I started with a top from Athleta in their bra size collection. It seemed reasonable; underwire, “support.” Yeah no, 5-seconds in and I was about to cry. There in the dressing room, horrified at the reflection in the mirror, I quickly took it off, placed it on the hanger, and left the store with my head hanging.

Determined to find something, I searched online for full coverage or bra size swimsuits and came across ASOS’ line of “fuller bust” options. I ordered two super cute tops and waited patiently for them to arrive. The day they were delivered I was so excited to get into them and decide which one to keep. Again, seconds into putting the top on and all I could do was laugh at the ridiculousness that was before me. Back in the box and on their way to ASOS they went.

Next was Tommy Bahama, spoiler alert, also a nightmare. While the top looked great and had good coverage, there was no support and as I moved I could tell I would be one ocean wave away from flashing the world. Into the box they went with the return label attached. Strike three!

The Home Run

The hubs started noticing my frustration and immediately started searching for big boob friendly swimwear. Bless him, he came across Bravissimo from the UK. Lucky for me, they began selling in the US last March! They are a company who recognizes that women come in all shapes and sizes, including their boobs. Read about the company here. Still skeptical I carefully read the reviews, over analyzed every image, and ultimately ordered 3 tops. Waited, waited, waited and then they arrived. Hesitant they would be another flop (no pun intended), I put the first one on and what in the world…it fit! Hallelujah! Believing it was a fluke, I put the next one on and it fit too! Guess what, the third top also fit. What a miracle I thought. This can’t be real! Surely there is something terribly wrong. I inspected myself in the mirror, walked around, looked in the mirror again. Much to my disbelief, all three options fit and fit really well. I immediately texted another coworker who experiences the same issues I do and told her it was worth the price tag.

Because of this blog, I knew I had to share my struggles and my success (thanks to the hubs!) in case any of your suffer from trying to find big boob friendly swimwear. I highly recommend Bravissimo and hope you’ll be just as satisfied if you decide to try it.

In other news, Lexi turned 8 on Friday and who is so excited about the new prince!? Louis Arthur Charles (p.s. it sounds so elegant in a British accent).

Until next post…xoxo Becca

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