My quest for no bra wear weekends_Episode 2.

Yes! I am loving another weekend of trying on my quest to no bra wear weekend. This episode deals with layers. It gets tricky because I live in a tropical heat area with humidity, so dressing in layers needs experience and a wannabe fashionista degree.

I found that layering even in the tropical heat can be done, as long as you don’t mind getting several quiziccal looks. For instance, I wore a clashing of prints to layer over my jumper with a bold printed turtleneck with shoulder cut-offs. Finally, I finished it off with a pair of classic Espadrilles.

I love how the double-take looks I get are not towards my chest.

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Mission Accomplished!

 

My quest to no-bra wear weekends, Episode 1.

Every weekday my chest is subjected to sports bras even if I am only blest with a humble cup size, the likes of teenage girls before hormone altered food was sold in grocery stores. I mean a NEGATIVE-A cup size. I used to buy my bras at the girls section frequented only by teenage girls and their moms, shopping for their first pair. Here I am a 30+ old woman shopping for the same thing but like everything in life change happens, meaning motherhood and gravity took over so now I have to resort to sports bras just to feel comfortable.

With my weekday restrictions I felt the need to literally “free the ta-tas” by going bra less every weekend. Thanks to my chest size still being the same but non-perky, I figured I share my tips with each episode.

For episode 1, Ruffles! I successfully worn colorful ruffles around my chest area with no issue. The ruffling is somewhat similar to the curve of a bust is expected so I managed to make it work twice already.

 

Lumpia class!

I held my first Lumpia class.

I didn’t know that all my years of making lumpias for numerous potlucks had led me to a successful class! My class filled up within less than an hour. I was so excited and apprehensive because not a lot filled out the survey I sent out to see if there’s any interest.

What a surprise when I finally posted my Lumpia class flyer that it was going to be a success! Of course part of my success was my thrifted outfit. I looked the part and I was confident doing it.

I loved the fact that others enjoyed my Lumpia recipe. I had rave reviews, it was amazing.

Lingerie to street style

I kept seeing this trend of maximizing the use of lingerie outside of sleep wear. At first I was skeptical because how could something that is either frilly, skimpy, silky and laced up pieces of clothing be appropriate enough outside of the bedroom.

…Then a rich deep purple silk high low with black laced cups changed my mind. It is gorgeous on its own but as I layered it with a printed black and white flowly top secured with a black broach on a pair of black cowboy boots. My hair twisted up similar to Chun Li from Street Fighter.

My fashion looked like a hodge podge of confusing elements but it worked! I¬†definitely made a statement at a party because I didn’t show up in casual beach wear like everyone else.

I can’t wait to style up this sky blue cupped frilly baby doll lingerie this weekend. Its fun knowing you can enjoy lingerie wear outside of bed.

Mixing fashion cultures

Thanks to my thrifting adventures, I get to explore differeing prints and cuts that are not your mainstream “fast fashion.”

For instance I scored this Asian inspired red top. I love it due to its unique closure. Easy to style and very versatile in any weather.

Today I paired it with dark green harem pants. At first I was confused on the simple yet complicated closures that at first, I didn’t buy it but after making my second trip to the store I decided to take it as a way to challenge my own style.

I’m so glad I did because I look so unique. I can’t help but get the “flip back look.” Especially with every stride giving off a peak of bare leg. Yes, I might be walking Christmas ornament but girl, I’m definitely serving it today!

 

Laundromat tips for vacationers.

Being able to wash clothes is a must especially on long vacations and its a life saver for when the hotel or Airbnb does not offer such a service. For me its a staple and I have no qualms of using it even given the stigma behind laundromats.

Here’s a few tips I learned;

1. Most laundromat places are clean but it does not hurt to do some research before heading there.

2. Research if it has the option of paying with a card or do you need to bring cash/coins. It pays to read the reviews as well so you get an idea of how the place is managed.

3. Bring your own laundry soap, fabric softener and dryer sheets. Most have limited selections plus they might not have what you need depending on the material you’re planning to wash.

4. Be aware of machines that might not be working as well. Some might be a dud such as not having enough heat on certain dryers or other flaws due to wear.

5. If number 4 is your issue don’t be afraid to bring it up to management, most would reimburse the cost of what you paid for so you can use a differen machine.

6. Be prepared to wait. You need to have time when using laudromats, usually a washing cycle is between 20-30 minutes while a drying cycle range from 30-35 minutes. Add in the time needed to fold clothes, usually I’m there for 2 hours.

7. Bring your own entertainment. Most laundromats are not equipped with televisions or stacks of magazines so if you’re prone to get bored easy, might as well make use of your time there.

8. Other patrons are courteous enough to not hog the equipment so also pack a lot of patience with you, in case you happen to experience some exceptions to the rule.

9. Laundromats are noisy and it can get warm so plan to dress comfortably. Also, bring a pair of earbuds to stifle the noise. Usually I binge watch Youtube videos, it helps passes the time quickly.

10. Be mindful that most do not offer bathroom facilities so if you’re prone to bathroom breaks, research a place that has nearby public bathrooms that you can use.

 

Joining the thrifting bandwagon.

Ever since I gained weight I had to purge my closet of clothes I would rather not work into getting back into. I admit my body is changing and will continue to change but how do I do it on a budget? I say, Thrifting!

Blame it on my me binging on Youtube videos about Thrifting and sure enough I got hooked. Even during my vacation my daughter and I went thrifting, now I have several outfits at a fraction of the cost!

Since I started here’s a few tips I learned:

1. Wear clothes that you can either pull in and out off or easily layer with, just in case the thrift shop does not have a changing room or is too crowded that there’s a long line to it.

2. Leave your inhibitions outside before heading in the store, in case you have to do tip number 1 in plain site. No shame here.

3. Try on anything and disregard sizing. Ladies, I cannot emphasize that enough. I would have missed out on a beautiful lingerie piece just because I thought the size “Small” would not fit. I’m so glad I went against the sizing.

4. When I mentioned try on anything, it meant going against gender and age group. Ladies, don’t dismiss out on the mens section and kids section. Why limit yourself, as long as it fits to your comfort level. I say why not?

5. Don’t dismiss the shoes either. Yes there is the “ick factor” but with just a little bit of deodorizing or cleaning, you’re all set.

6. Accessorize! Don’t forget to look at the belts, scarves, purses or hats. I scored a red scarf that blends well with a top that I could not wait to show off.

7. Cross over to other cultural patterns, cuts and designs. Take a risk and broaden up your fashion wardrobe. Let your wardrobe be a conversation starter.

8. Need ideas for a halloween costume? Thrifting has you covered from clothes to props, just use your imagination.

9. Browse through their home furnishings section. Its usually filled with an eclectic sort of furniture, lamps, paintings, mirrors and figurines.

10. Bring cash just in case the store only accepts cash (ie. garage sales, flea markets).