1 Year Later…

I cannot believe its been 1 year since I started my GoodLandKitty blog. The time has flown by, but also seemed like forever. Over the last 6 months my blog has taken a backseat to everything going on in my life. Between quarantine, moving, and trying to setup and enjoy our new place, I just did not seem to find the time to write. But now I’m looking forward to getting back into the swing of posting weekly and can’t wait to share all the ideas that have been buzzing around in my head.

One way I have stayed busy creatively, was doing the #31daysofoutfits over on my Instagram (@Good_Land_Kitty). I wanted to challenge myself to wear more of my clothes, especially during quarantine. I had been living (like most people I think) in my sweats. And as August approached I thought “I have all these cute,summer clothes I haven’t worn, and before you know it, it’s gonna be snowing”. Getting up everyday and picking out an outfit was something I had not done in months, because I did not need to. While this was nice at times, I think it also affected my productivity. I was staying in my pj’s most of the morning and only changing into sweats when I needed to feel a bit more put together. I missed picking out outfits. That was always my daily creative outlet and I realized I needed it back in my life. At times it was hard to style an outfit since I was not leaving the house, but I think that challenge pushed me to be even more creative.

I invested in some “fancy” activewear that felt more like clothes instead of sweats, but were just as comfy. This Adidas Originals skirt has become a new favorite of mine. I can dress it up or down, and it’s super comfy to wear while working from home.

Tie Dye also became a staple in my wardrobe. And became a fun project to reinvent old clothes I wasn’t wearing anymore.

Hanes white crewneck I dyed pink.

I also rediscovered my love of cheetah print. And have become obsessed with finding anything I can in cheetah print.

Definitely going to wear this all year-round. Shirt is from Zara.

But by far my new favorite thing I bought this summer, was this pink maxi dress from Zara. I wore it any chance I could for big events. The dress is a beaufitful bold, pink that comes to my ankles. It has thin straps that criss-cross in the back, with a straight across neckline. And it even has pockets! It truly is the perfect pink dress.

Now, with summer coming to a close, I’m looking forward to Fall fashion. I have a sweater obsession. I would say my favorite sweater style currently is a cropped cardigan. And I am on the hunt for some colorful ones to add to my collection. Like in violet or magenta. I am also trying to track down a sweater vest. No, not a nerdy sweater vest, but one that is a bit flowy and a good layer to add to an oversized button-down. I’m also excited that leather is still very in. I bought a pair of faux-leather joggers last year and they are the best thing for a cold day. Fall is probably my favorite season to dress for.

Thank you to all my followers who have been here over this last year. I hope everyone is doing well and is safe! I know times have been tough and very strange but hopefully we can all make it through this.

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!