How to find the Right Bra

I have recently found that most of my bras I currently own…I love wearing. Weird, right? And it got me thinking why do I love these bras? Why do they fit properply? And what made me buy them? So I thought I would share my bra-buying journey.

First thing, I asked to be measured, which is recommended every 6 months. And to tell you the truth my correct size was not what I thought I was. I always like to be measured before buying a bra, but it had been over a year. Many places offer measuing: Aerie, Victoria Secrets, and Nordstrom. And I know some people may find it awkward to have yourself measured, but in all honestly it takes 2 seconds. They measure you over your shirt and take 2 measurements: band and bust. The band measurement is just above your bust, right about where the straps meet the top of the cup. The bust measurement is at the fullest part of your bust.

Next, I took the time to try on multiple different styles of bras. Now most people may do this, but for me I am a creature of habit. I will buy the same thing if I like it and that is especially true for bras. But this time when I was looking the salesperson brought me a few other options and it got me thinking maybe my bra style choice was not the best for me? My advice is try as many different styles as you can because some days one style feels better than others.

Next, understand what your “sister size” is. This is something new to me and is very valuable to know. Sister sizes are groups of bra-size equivalents that are related by cup volume. And since everyone has varying breast shape, band size and cup size, that rarely means you fit one exact size. Understanding what sizes are equivalent for you can help you find a better fitting bra.

Finally, I also talked to my friends about what brassieres they were wearing. And that gave me some new options to try out. I discovered Savage by Fenty makes great bras. And I love the inclusivity of the brand. I recommend asking your friends what they are wearing. And to research other brands and see what is out there. There are so many options and for all body types now, that I think anyone should be able to find the perfect bra.

Other advice I have for your undergarment journey:

Replace your bras every 6 months, I know its annoying and pricey but it makes the world a difference.

Wash them in a bag on delicate and don’t dry them- makes them hold their shape and last longer.

Hook your bra together when washing – that way it doesn’t get tangled and all stretched out.

I hope this post helps you enjoy the bra buying process a bit more. Throughout the post are some helpful links to a better bra shopping experience. And let me know if you have any other advice!

Quarantine Date Ideas

During this weird time, we’re all trying to adjust. And that means adjusting how you normally do dates! If you’re quarantined with your significant other, setting aside the time to still have date night (or day) is important. It helps create a sense of normal and gives you something to look forward to.

So I thought I would share what me and my significant other are doing for date nights during quarantine.

  1. Cook a favorite meal together- pick something you both love to love to eat. This can be a fun evening making a meal together and great quality time too!
  2. Watch a favorite or new show together and make it the coziest spot in town. We started watching Hanninal (we both love the movie Silence of the Lambs) and we watch maybe 1 or 2 episodes on certain days of the week. It gives us something to look forward to and lets us spend some quality time together.
  3. Pick a movie series to watch and only watch it on certain nights. Get all the supplies you need like blankets, snacks, and drinks. Put down the phone and cuddle up on the couch to watch the movie. Pretend like you’re in your own private movie theater. Currently we are watching all the Marvel movies in chronological order and it has been something to look forward to during the week!
  4. Order from your favorite takeout spot– this is a great way to support your favorite local spots and also create a date night at home! We’ve done this a few times and it always is a nice date!
  5. Have brunch together! We have been taking advantage of this while we’re both at home. Normally we can’t do brunch together because of our work schedules, but now we can. We’ve been cooking brunch ourselves, but you can also order from your favorite breakfast spot. Dedicate and hour or two for this one morning and enjoy!

Some pics from our date ideas are below! We made butternut squash risotto with poached eggs (a favorite meal of ours) and my avocado toast I shared a weeks ago for brunch one day!

I hope these ideas give you some inspiration for date night! And let me know if you have any other ideas too!

Kitty’s Avocado Toast

1 piece of whole wheat bread

1/2 half of avocado mashed up

1 tablespoon of crumbles of goat cheese

1 egg (I like mine fried over medium)

However many dashes of hot sauce (I like Cholula)

Salt and pepper

Hope you enjoy!

The Art of Moving

A few weeks ago…actually back in February I wrote about my pre-moving tips. And now after finally moving into my new place I have some more tips I’d like to share. Because moving is truly an art, that I don’t think anyone has mastered.

  1. Think you have enough boxes or bins- get more, many more. You might think you have enough but you don’t, at least thats what happened to me. Now thankfully we had some overlap between places and could unpack and then reuse the boxes, but that isn’t always the case. The more boxes the merrier.
  2. Hire movers if you can afford them. I had movers for the first time this move and the definitely made the difference. And this made a big difference in the efficiency of being to move everything, especially the larger items. (Sidenote: I had to move during the pandemic and thankfully my movers were still able to come. They wore gloves and I only had them move the very large pieces. I had moved most of our small items before they arrived.)
  3. Pack a bag with all the essentials you’ll need. A friend mentioned this as a great idea and I’m glad I followed her advice. I used my travel kit I always have ready to go and made sure to pack some clothes and shoes in a bag. Then I packed up everything else and was able to find all my necessities like makeup and medicine after getting to the new place.
  4. Overlap between places can help make moving less stressful. Lucklily enough there was about 5 days of overlap between me getting the keys to my new place and moving out of the old one. It definitely reduced my stress and helped me clean both places.
  5. This is for all my pet parents- but have a plan of attack for moving your little furry friends. Moving one cat can be stressful enough but moving three is….well purrfectly awful. Haha see what I did there? Before the move we decided what day the cats were going to the new place and made a list of everything we needed to bring. I also packed things that smelled like me and knew the cats would want. A new place can seem very scary to them, but having a familiar smell can help ease the stress.

I hope you enjoyed my art of moving tips! I think for now I’m going to enjoy the new place and never move again (at least for now). Let me know if you have any tips!

Tips for Working from Home

Hello everyone! In light of what is going on in the world I took some time this past week to prep for the next few weeks and rearranged my upcoming blog posts. I’ve decided this week I’m going to share my top tips for working from home. After working from home for an entire week I think I have nailed down a routine that works for me. Hope you enjoy and stay safe everyone!

  1. Have a designated space for where you work from home. Even if this is your couch, (but I try to avoid working from the couch- makes me more productive) having a specific spot where you are going to work from, I think is important. Designating a specific space as your office allows you to keep some normlcy while working from home. I make sure the area I am going to use as my “office” is clean and has everything I would need at my reach. And this is also helpful if you are going to be working home with others. Each having your own space for work will help you feel less on top of each other.
  2. Make it comfy. One of the perks of working from home is you can wear what you want. Dress in sweats if you feel like it. Use all the pillows and blankets to get cozy. Make working from home as comfy and cozy as you want it to be. The
  3. Keep a schedule/routine. If you have a particular routine during the work week try to keep it as much as possible. I think this helps create some normalcy and keep you on track for getting your work done. I wake up and get “ready for work” which consists of me getting dressed in clean sweats, brushing my hair, maybe applying some makeup, making coffee, checking my phone, and then I head to my “office”. It definitely helps make working from home more normal.
  4. Take breaks. Working from home may be an adjustment for some. So if you find yourself getting distracted from work, take a break. Maybe you organize a drawer you’ve been meaning to or you go on a quick walk. Whatever you decide to do, taking a short break can help you refocus and get back to work.
  5. Maintain regular working hours. This may be part of keeping a schedule/routine but I think working during your usual hours helps keep things balanced. There definitely is a lot of flexibility in which hours you work if you work from home, but if you want to maintain a work-life balance this is a must.

Let me know what tips you have for working from home. And I hope everyone is staying safe!

International Women’s Day

Hello and happy Sunday. It also happens to be International Women’s Day! Yay women! I thought I would make today’s blog post a thank you to all the great women in my life. I have a lot of strong women in my life who have helped me get to where I am today and I am so grateful for that.

  1. My mom- who has been probably my greatest support throughout my life. She always has been there for me through it all and I am forever grateful for her.
  2. My grammy- she is where I get my feisty and spunky side from. She is a small woman, very petite, but she is strong and mighty when she needs to be. And she has taught me how to be as well.
  3. My group of girlfriends- these girls have been through some of my worst and some of my best times. They are my extended family and are always there when I need them. They make me laugh and cry. They are truly the best friends I could have.
  4. My aunts- I have quite a few and they are all like second mothers to me. They support me and love me like I am their own daughter. And I know I can always count on them for help.
  5. And finally, to all the other women out there, who may be leaders, entrepreneurs, fighters, caregivers, and anything in between. I appreciate all you have done for us other women and will do for us in the future.

Thank you and happy International Women’s Day!!!

February Favorites

Sorry for the delay, it was 50 degrees in MKE yesterday and I had to enjoy it. Now back to our regularly scheduled programming. Wow even with that extra day, this month still flew by. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorites from the past month to share with you and I hope you enjoy.

Aveda’s Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair– I have been using this since about September when I got it in my Fab Fit Fun box. I ran out at the beginning of February and knew after not using it for a few days I needed to buy it. It has totally helped repair my hair after going much lighter. I would totally recommend this product to anyone looking to reduce breakage and help detangle those tresses.

Lululemon Uplifting Scrunchie– I have many a scrunchies but I always grab this one. It holds back all my hair, but doesn’t ever leave that dreaded ponytail dent. It comes in tons of colors, dries fast if wet, and is all around the perfect scrunchie.

Airpod Pros– these are AMAZING! I didn’t know if I would love the wireless headphones, but I don’t think I could live without them now. I love the noise cancellation feature. It’s great for tuning out background noise so you can get work done. And they have a customizable fit so they can fit any ear. That was always a big compliant for me with headphones. But now I’ve found my dream pair.

Colourpop Super Shock Blush– To round it out I must talk about this new blush I got earlier in February. I have the shade Prenup and love this color and formula. It’s a cream powder that makes my skin glowy with a natural flush. And I love the price. Only $8!!

I hope you enjoyed my February round-up of favorites. Let me know if you use any of these products and if you have any favs I should try.

Pre-moving Steps

In about a month I will be moving and for the next few weeks I will be sharing my moving journey on my blog. For my first moving post I am going to share my pre-moving steps. I start these about a month and a half to a month before my move to help ease the dreadful task of moving. I have moved quite a bit in the last 10 years so I think I have finally found a good routine.

  1. Plan how you want to move. I think this is an important first step to take before every move. Plan when you want to move, if you want to hire movers or not, and the timeframe you want to move everything in. Do you do it all in a day or over a week? Having a plan in place will ease an already stressful situation.
  2. Start saving boxes. We all order items from Amazon and instead of getting rid of those boxes, save them for the move. Also try to save any packing material that may come with these boxes, it makes it way easier to pack delicate items. If you need more boxes try getting some from your local grocery stores or even work. There’s usually boxes you can grab for the taking. And if you want to get something that might last longer than 1 move, plastic bins you can grab at Target or Walmart are also a nice option.
  3. Purge, purge, purge. I always start going through all my things and get rid of anything I am not using or don’t want to move. I think this can make it so much easier to pack. And I think it is a much better idea to do it before you start packing so you don’t feel the panic of doing it while packing.
  4. Organize while purging is another step I take the time to do. It helps me pack much more efficiently and then I can label boxes better. I usually do this about a month before I move.
  5. Then I like to start packing all my non-essential items. It makes me feel so much more prepared to move if I start packing in advance. Then towards my move date I don’t feel as rushed. I usually start packing non-essentials 3 weeks out.

I’ll share more of my moving process as the weeks go on. Let me know if you have any tips for moving? I’d love any advice for making this whole thing a lot easier.

NY Fashion Week Review

New York Fashion week has come and gone and boy did it bring some new and old styles I cannot wait to try!

First off the nostaglia for trends from the past is in full swing for the upcoming Fall season. I am a sucker for classic pieces in my wardrobe and love the modern twists there were at NYFW 2020.

  • Shearling on anything from coats to dresses- I’m sucker for this 70’s trend
  • Ponchos/capes are making a comeback and looking so chic- remind me of the 60’s and 70’s
  • Classic dress silhouettes – Bella Hadid in Marc Jacobs show this year is my PRIME example- its a modern take on Jackie O.

Next up sustainable fashion is making a huge splash this season and doesn’t seem to be slowing down for the Fall either. Upcycled material was everywhere. And if you don’t know what I mean by upcycled this is the process of transforming by-products, waste materials, useless, or unwanted products into new materials or products. Dr. Martens were up-cycled with Swarokvski crystals during a show for NYFW. Along with scraves and cashmere at Jonathan Cohen. This green trend is here to stay and I am looking forward to seeing how other brands try to incorporate it.

Plaid, Plaid, PLAID! I love a good plaid piece in my wardrobe and am loving the modern take on such a classic pattern with the 90’s grunge look. Designers such as Monse, R13 and Jonathan Cohen used plaids and even florals for a new punk-meets-modern chic that I cannot wait to wear.

And finally color! So much color and worn in so many different ways. I am loving the idea of a head-to-toe look, all in one tone. Marc Jacobs had some fabulous examples of this, even the tights matched. I also loved that there was a lot of bright color used for the Fall. It definitelly seems it will make the colder months a little warmer thi coming fall season.

Let me know what you were loving from NYFW this year. And follow me on instagram for more @good_land_kitty

January Favorites

Hello everyone! Didn’t January just fly by but also feel like it lasted for 6 months too? I know it did for me. I’m going to share a few of my favorite things over the past month for the post today.

Audible- I finally tried it after getting a 3-month subscription for Christmas and I am loving this for my commute. I feel so much more productive and it’s a nice way to kill time during my drive. I started listening to Mindhunter for my first book. I have watched the show and loved it and the book is very similar but also offers a ton of background detail. I’m looking for a new book for my next credit to use. If you have any suggestions let me know!

This comfy winter look, I’m wearing velvet joggers with a cropped gray hoodie. This has been my go to look when running errands or lounging at home. The hoodie is from Target and the pants I found at Nordstrom Rack 2 years ago. I’ll link the hoodie here and a similar style of jogger here.

This And other stories Alpaca Blend Puff Sleeve Cardigan is truly a winter staple in my wardrobe and I have been wearing it a lot this last month. It’s the perfect caramel color and is so soft and warm. You can dress it up or down, with a skirt or pants.

My new favorite jeans are these Topshop High Waist Raw Hem Straight Leg Jeans. I have another pair in black but they’re a cropped length instead and knew I wanted to try them in a darker blue wash. I will say that when you first get a pair of these they may feel very tight and rigged but over time they relax, but still keep their shape. I love wearing them with either boots or sneakers.

Finally, the Rodial Soft Focus Glow Drops which i received in my FabFitFun winter box has become a new beauty favorite. I’ve linked thee travel size verison here. You only need 1 to 2 drops and I like to use it as my primer. It creates a beautiful base for your makeup and helps to create a luminous, dewy glow. I do think the price is a bit high for the product but I am trying to find a good dupe for it. I’ll let you know if I do.

Those are my January favorites and I hope you enjoyed it. Let me know what you’re loving right now.