Woman have always been more fortunate (????) to have several more clothing options than men. We can pick a longer top to attempt to hide the muffin top or the pooch. We can get away with wearing a jacket with most any outfit. Men have pretty much been given a few standard choices like dress shirts, Hawaiian shirts, t-shirts, jeans, sweatpants and shorts.
Woman have had girdles and in recent years the lighter version, SPANX.
Good news for men (???) SPANX are now being made for men.
Not sure how you guys feel about wearing a girdle, but if woman can do it why not a man? Maybe you guys will feel comfortable having that little extra support in the tummy area and not having to suck in your gut every time a girl goes by…plus if you just need a break from dieting and exercise, it may help you feel a little more confident – I do not know – but would be happy to field any comments on this subject.
The cost is between $38.00 to $78.00 depending on the style you choose.
They have guys that are in shape, not heavy, wearing them. Pop on over using above link and tell me – why would you need SPANX brief’s?
Are they to hold the package in tighter or specifically for pulling the butt cheeks a little tighter to give the illusion of a tight ass? I can see using the t-shirt or the fuller body SPANX/MANX…I just don’t get the purpose of the brief’s.
Personally, I have tried the girdle/SPANX route and it’s not for me. I just do not like the feeling of being all squished in. Some friends I know where them semi-religiously.
It’s another product that comes down to comfort and if it will make you feel more confident in your clothing, WHY NOT??
I recently read a couple of heartbreaking news articles regarding kids getting killed while texting and driving. I had remembered seeing this item in Skymall catalog (one of those shopping magazines on the plane) and thought I would put it out there for anyone that may have children that are driving or soon to be driving or even an adult that has issues with using the phone while driving..... I have never used item and not sure how it works, but after reading about the useless loss of life due to texting I thought this product might be helpful....
Skymall has a product that gets installed in your car that prevents any texting or call unless you are calling 911 and (2) emergency numbers.... Anyone parent should buy this and protect a loved one, teenager, etc.....It's $100 that can save a life...pass it on
Drivers using hand-held devices are 4 times as likely to get into serious injury crashes, with the highest proportion being teens. Our new Safe Driving System is the ultimate hardware and software solution: a device that plugs into the car to prevent the driver from texting or placing calls while the car is running, and software installed on the cell phone. When the car is started, the device turns on and puts the cell phone in "Safe Driving Mode." Only 911 calls and 2 other emergency numbers selected at the time of installation are allowed. The 2 numbers are approved by a parent and can only be changed by the parent.
Hello Everyone & Happy Sunday....Down a little more - .4 pounds
Today was a basic "JUST STICK TO THE DIET DAY"...I am really trying to get back to pre-mini vacation weight by tomorrow - but it's looking like I might fall short.....I probably could of made it if I kicked in some exercise - but with catching up with laundry & cleaning, it just didn't happen.
My plan this week is to kick in the exercise.....as I said in a previous post I have another vacation coming up in about two months and really want to lose 20 pounds......
Breakfast: 3 egg whites, 1 egg, 1 slice bacon, 1 slice low cal toast w/teasp. butter, 1/2 cup grapefruit juice
Snack: 1 latte
Lunch: 1 4 oz. Chicken burger, 1 cup applesauce
Dinner: 6 oz. Filet Mignon, 2 cups green beans, 1 banana
Satisfied and content with todays food choices. Food Mover really does keep you on track!!
I have already posted information on next weeks diet: French Woman Do Not Get Fat -or- the French Diet.............No French Fries or French Pastries on this one (ha,ha,ha).....
I had wondered if this only happens to me. You have been a loyal customer purchasing the same thing year after year and all of a sudden it disappears. Once you get used to the quality of a specific item and you are pleased with everything it offers you, shouldn't you be able to purchase said item forever?
I am talking bra's here.
I have LOVED my Bali 3850 bra for at least 7 years. They were cotton and soft with the correct lift and separate along with a pretty durable under wire. I could machine wash them with my other undies and such and never have a problem. The last 2 years have been a difficult in trying to track them down. Kohl's used to be the "Go-To" place for them. Although, no matter when I went there they never had my size. I would ask the department manager if she could look in back ....I'D WAIT...WAIT SOME MORE.....STILL WAITING....STILL WAITING....then she reappears carrying what I think to be the illusive bra's and instead she brings out eight different bra's in my size. I did not ask for a substitute. All I wanted to know is if she could pull out my size in the specific bra I want. Apparently they no longer carry. This is where the search begins....
So the next step is to contact Bali Bra's directly. I wrote them a very nice letter detailing my love of their product and specifically the bra that holds me just right. NO RESPONSE. I wrote again....Again, NO RESPONSE. I pretty much copy and paste my original letter (yes, I saved it just in case SNAIL MAIL CUSTOMER SERVICE did not work) and emailed them. They in turn sent me a proforma email reply stating that the bra is discontinued and that the New Cotton Series is made with the same quality and workmanship of the one that is now discontinued.
I went out and purchased this "NEW" version of my favorite bra......IT SUCKS! My boobs pop out the front and if you are like me one of them is larger than the other (WHAT IS UP WITH THAT????), so finding a bra that can carry both with halfway decent coverage is a quest I liken to bathing suit shopping and finding the perfect bra is like winning the lottery....you buy enough tickets but you always end up out of money and nothing to show for it....
So now with the "NEW" version, if I bend over "THE GIRLS" are over the "bra" and all that is keeping me up is bunched material and the under wire (sorta like a demi cup bra but no pretty lace or satin material....SO NOT ATTRACTIVE)...a better usage would be the next time I am offered an opportunity (N.E.V.E.R.) I could wear the bra when I take my turn on the pole at the nearby strip club.......I've got fat bulges under my arms, the straps are digging into my shoulders (If I decide to continue to wear this bra I will have to bring out my 80's shoulder pads to cover the HUGE indentations in my shoulders), I have to keep using my hands to do a scoop under each boob (inside the bra) to adjust the boob so it is upward instead of the boobs slipping down so that my nipples are facing the ground....AND the first time I washed it the under wire popped out. All this for a $29.00 Bra.
I am all for sewing the under wire back in.....I still have three bra's left of my favorites, they each have had the wires sewn back in place and are so worn you can no longer read the brand label BUT they still fit like a glove (on my boobs) ...I even bought three in black (only color I could find) in a smaller size just so I can still have the bra I like (yes the girls pop out a bit in front on these too - but they are still comfortable!
I have asked friends and they have the same problem. A few even used the same bra and are frustrated. They are in the same search as I am.
I have gotten to the point now that I buy my bra's at Walmart. They are cheaper and if they don't fit well I give them to GoodWill. I can buy a Fruit of the Loom bra for $8.00. It fits well (NO POPPING OVER) and washes well. At least if the wire pops out I am paying 1/3 to 1/2 less than I was with the Bali bra's. I would of never shopped at Walmart for a bra before....but being unemployed for so long, I decided it couldn't hurt to check them out..it's not like my boobs had to go out in public to a real job everyday so I was able to experiment a little...and it turned out to be worth it. I can buy 3 bras at Walmart for less than the cost of one at Kohl's, Macy's JCPenney, etc......
I still hold out hope that Bali brings back my 3850.......but for now my bargain bras are a good fit!!
I love NEW Products and I get several catalogs daily. One came in the other day and as I was flipping through the pages I came across something that had me stop do a double take and then burst out laughing....It's called "THE WHIZ"
The Whiz® provides a breakthrough, easy-to-use solution for filthy public toilets, uncomfortable squatting, outdoor relief needs, and more! Use it standing or sitting with no need to undress. Just press its soft, pliable shield against your body and go; nature and gravity will do the rest. Water-repellent and antibacterial; with one flick, it's clean and dry. Reusable and eco-friendly. Rolls for compact, discreet storage. Medical-grade, latex-free plastic. 6" long.
I have made countless remarks that men are lucky to be able to just "Whip It Out" and relieve themselves...BUT someone actually came up with a device to do it.
Thought of having to clean this after use (because you know you have to keep it in your pants for the day you use it).....(Many, Many, icky thoughts here) I think I'd rather precariously hover over a toilet then whip this out.....
I just got an email with BATHING SUITS!!! ....I look out my window and I have 10+ inches of snow on the ground. I have to admit this one was on the first page of the email....Kinda "Rebecca of Sunny Brook Farms" Cute!
This company usually has some cute bathing suits......Average Pricing. They also carry other items...
They cater to all PLUS sizes - small boobs, big boobs, pooches, thick waists, longer styles to cover thicker thighs.....a bathing suit style for everyone & a decent return policy. I guess if you need to get a new bathing suit, now is as good a time to start looking (Of Course from the comfort of your own home)...AND an added plus ~ No Huffing & Puffing in a dressing room!!
Trying on bathing suits is right up there with a Root Canal ~ You might need one but you wait until absolutley necessary to get one!!!
Check out their site ~ you might surprise yourself with something you like...
I love to shop. Whether I am big or small(er). For the last 5 years I have bought clothes in my current size and smaller (because this year I am going to do it.....every year for the 5+ years I was going to do it).
When I was younger, I used to shop for fun and the hunt. The planning what mall or boutique stores I was going to visit, the rummaging through racks, searching for the right size at the right price, finding something that hits all my "must have criteria" and trying all on to find the majority of the 6 piece limit allowed to bring in, only one item meets all actual "must haves"... in addition to telling "G" what time I would be home would be well within a normal shopping day....he of course has gotten used to whatever time I tell him - he adds two hours, sort of like when he tells me the football game only has 15 minutes on the clock.
This was all before I became fat.
Shopping for plus sized clothing, is a nightmare times 1,000.
But to clarify, bathing suits are a whole different story. I know I am not alone in this. Bathing suits are a nightmare no matter what size you are (exception of models that are a size 2).
First I'd like to start with pet peeves - why does everything you read tell you horizontal stripes should not be worn if you are plus sized? It's obvious they are going to make you look even bigger than you already are and who needs that? But...then when you go shopping the plus sized section has horizontal striped shirts everywhere? That or large frickin' flowers so that no matter how hard you try to blend in you still look like a bad bedspread.
Why is it that if you are petite the price of pants is $5.00 less than Misses and Plus sized is $5.00 more. If they are saving on making the smaller pant size for petites and Misses is regular price - why do I have to spend $5.00 more for the material they have already saved on the petite sized pants? Why not charge the same price no matter what the size?
Why is it no matter where you try on clothes from Macy's down to Target the floors of dressing rooms are disgusting? Most have stains (from what I do not know) as most stores ask that you not bring food or drink into the store. Also, staples. How do staples get on the floor in a dressing room? How sucky is it to take your shoes off and step where who knows who feet have been onto a staple? WTF, where did that come from, so while your fat ass is hobbling (because the room you picked out doesn't have a chair/seat, built in slab of wood (to look like a seat) you are now digging out a staple from your foot all while mashing your other foot into god knows what on the floor......OH, OH, OH why do woman feel it's okay to change a stinky diaper and leave it in the fitting room once they are done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
G.R.O.S.S. - I do not have kids and I do not want to have to smell your kids crap in a diaper on my leisurely day of shopping....take it with you!!!!!
Getting back to where peoples feet have been - take a look around and observe the people that are shopping where you shop. If you are in Walmart, many missing teeth. Don't get me wrong I like Walmart (great bargains) but if you are not replacing missing teeth, or washing the stains out of your clothing or looking in the mirror before you leave the house, good chance you aren't washing the foot fungus off your feet either. If you need examples on what you find in Walmart you need this site for reference. http://www.peopleofwalmart.com/
Catalog shopping takes away some of the "disgusting" of trying on clothes in the store....I mostly shop at stores and just buy, take home try on & return what I don't like. At least if my feet are going to get dirty it's in my own house from my own dirt.
Most Plus Sized woman know Macy's, Target, Kohl's and Lane Bryant are main stays for finding plus sized clothing.
I for one replace shirts alot. Let me say it again ALOT. It seems that my chest is a tray and everything falls on it...it gets stained and there you go, another working in the yard or painting shirt....I am not a slob. If I were flat chested food would be kind enough to fall out of my mouth onto the nicely placed napkin in my lap.
Boston Properhttp://www.bostonproper.com/ Has gorgeous clothing - nothing over a size 14 though. I have found I can find most items either identical or very similar at Steinmart....one of my favorite places to shop. I only put this in here as a reference for Steinmart...I have not purchased anything from them...but they do have gorgeous clothes....
Steinmarthas a website, but you can't buy anything from it. If you do not have one by you - scope it out while on vacation or in a nearby town. They have a decent sized Plus Size section. Prices are fair and styles are current. They also carry mens, jewelry, home accents and shoes. They also have AWESOME SALES!!!!!
Spiegel http://www.spiegel.com/ Another fave of mine. They carry sizes from 2/4 and up. Not real high on the Plus Sizes though, but you can find decent things in their catalog....I love their shoes....
The Avenuehttp://www.avenue.com/ Their site is okay. Their store is better....I do not have large (enough) thighs to wear their pants (same with Lane Bryant). So if you have larger thighs - this is the place for pants for you. I find them to be a little higher priced than Steinmart, but this store caters to the 14 and up sizes. Most up to date styles...and they are one of the ones that carry the horizontal stripes....Go Figure??!!
Soft Surroundingshttp://www.softsurroundings.com/ Nice clothes, I actually prefer Soft Surroundings over Cold Water Creek (a little more stylish)...but they are a little pricey. Good thing is you can read reviews before you buy and it helps to narrow down if you are interested in a particular item. I have purchased alot through their catalog (no stores in NE area) and have been very happy. Returns take a little longer than most catalogs to process...be patient, their customer service is very good. I have actually found alot of items you see in catalog on EBAY (new with tags) at 1/2 price or lower....
Coldwater Creekhttp://www.coldwatercreek.com/ Another nice but pricier catalog. Geared toward 50+ older woman, some basic items you can pick up at fair prices and usually have good discount codes.