What’s better than doing some bra shopping, especially when there’s a sale? (Photo courtesy Gap.com)
We were all about boobs this week, so why not carry that into the weekend?
A recent Women’s Wear Daily survey showed that 64 percent of women are wearing the wrong bra size. I believe that I am guilty, in spite of years of gentle reminders from a fashion blogger friend to figure it out already. (Her guide on how to get fitted is still the best thing I’ve read on the topic.) If you need some help with the measuring tape, there are plenty of places to go. In the NYC metro area, Brooklyn’s Iris Lingerie is an excellent place to get fit, as is the Upper West Side’s famous Town Shop, which has been sizing up women for more than 100 years (seriously). In the D.C area, I’ve heard nothing but good things about Coup de Foudre Lingerie. They even offer a free 30-minute bra makeover, so there is really no reason to procrastinate.
If you’d like to start out online before you work with someone in person, Victoria’s Secret has a “Find Your Perfect Fit” quiz, and the ladies at True & Co. have created a two-minute fit quiz that will help you select bras from their online store. They’ll then send you five to try on, and you pay only for what you want to keep.
Shop for the “Girls”
Once you’re properly sized, it’s time to splurge on some summer lingerie. And speaking of Victoria’s Secret, their semi-annual sale is happening now, with bras at $15 and up. If you’re feeling super sexy (and why shouldn’t you?) Agent Provocateur’s semi-annual sale is on too, and since their pieces are pricey in general, this is the perfect chance to treat yourself without breaking the bank.
My personal pick for this week is the Gap Body sale, with bras at 40 percent off. This is one of the most comfortable lines I’ve ever tried — and the sale includes pajamas and underwear too — so it’s definitely worth your while.
Check Out a Bodice-Ripper
Even if you’ve never read a romance novel, Diana Gabaldon’s Written in My Own Heart’s Blood (Amazon.com, $20) may be worth an exception. The reviews are excellent for what Amazon is calling the best novel in this genre so far in 2014. Here’s a synopsis: “At this moment, Jamie Fraser returns from a presumed watery grave to discover that his best friend has married his wife, his illegitimate son has discovered (to his horror) who his father really is, and his beloved nephew, Ian, wants to marry a Quaker. Meanwhile, Jamie’s wife, Claire, and his sister, Jenny, are busy picking up the pieces.”
I don’t see how that could end well, but I’m pretty sure the reading will.
I admit it: I have never had a mammogram. Have you? I also haven’t done a self-examination in quite some time, as important as I know it is to do so. The National Breast Cancer Foundation provides plenty of great tips for at-home breast exams, as well as a helpful video explaining the different procedures and what you may need. Their online resources also include a planning tool for early detection, which can increase breast cancer survival rate to 98 percent.
I had a physical this week, and a mammogram is on my list of assignments from my doctor. I promise I’ll call on Monday. Join me?