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Odds and Ends

1. I tell my kids this all the time, hurt people hurt people. Adults, I’m here to remind you as well…if someone is going out of their way to hurt you, chances are *they* are hurting more than you could ever imagine.

2. I’ve enjoyed much of Louis CK’s comedy, so this is disheartening.

3. Looking into the future for a child with autism. I loved this article.

4. Is Ivanka Trump truly invested in the working women of this country?

5. OMG, these GIFs explain so many things.

6. Oklahoma City is so cool. Even Food & Wine says so. (All of the mentions are also in my OKC Travel Guide!)

7. Le Creuset launched their cookware in my very favorite color EVAH.

8. An all-girl remake of The Lord of the Flies. Laughed and laughed.

9. Sullen teen on your hands? Talk to them about reframing their thoughts.

10. It’s about time Everlane came out with a denim line. Wearing the mid-rise black skinnies right now. (Only $68!)

11. The spaceship responsible for some of the most wonderful images in space is about to die.

12. Have you seen the videos of the former Mexican president trolling Trump?

13. Okay, this article on the disgustingness of kitchen sponges almost threw me over the edge.

14. Fall is upon us, and I can’t wait to break out these boots that I wore all over Europe earlier this year. Perfection, and yes, worth the price tag.

15. Please read the comments on this photo of some very cute police officers. “…as if Florida wasn’t already wet enough” hahahaa

16. This dude told his wife “to get whatever she wanted at Sephora.” Um, big mistake, sir. HUGE.

17. This is hands-down the best Ask Amy response I’ve ever read.

18. I like this skincare approach when transitioning from summer into the cooler months.

19. You guys. This woman has absolutely no psychological control over this. I hope she can find the help she so desperately needs.

20. Best advice on getting back into the swing of exercising. 15 minutes, guys! #babysteps

21. Be sure to check my Instagram account today for a fun giveaway! #awwyeahhhgreenbeauty

image credit: jasmine dowling 

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My New Favorite Lingerie

shown: the lively t-shirt bra in soft pink

Ladies, I don’t think I ask for too much when it comes to lingerie. I just want pretty designs that are super comfortable and affordable. Is that going overboard, pray tell? I mean COME ON NOW.

Yet, I have found it difficult to find all three attributes in one brand. That is, until I heard about LIVELY. LIVELY is inspired by what makes women sexy today; being smart, healthy, active and outgoing. Their bras and undies blur the aesthetic lines of lingerie, active, and swim, taking the best elements of high-style and comfort from each category. They are establishing an entirely new category and POV of lingerie, a movement that they call Leisurée. Say it with me folks, LAAYYYYYSHURAAAAYYYY.

So here’s how I roll when it comes to bras. I have two categories – the ones I wear out and about (usually a t-shirt bra that is lightly-lined to keep the nippage under wraps, and I much prefer wireless over underwire), and the ones I wear while lounging (usually wireless bralettes). I am such a fan of bralettes – they are super comfortable and I feel like I’m wearing next to nothing, but give me a bit of support.

As a basic rule, I very, very rarely wear anything with a wire in it. These days you can find great-looking wireless bras that support you just as well as an old-school underwire bra. (And I’m 30DD/32D so wireless bras aren’t just for A/B gals!) Busty ladies, you would love LIVELY’s Busty Bralette, which is made for DD and DDD.

shown left to right: the long-lined lace bralette and the mesh back bikini in navy, the palm lace bralette in soft pink

I am head over heels in love with LIVELY’s bralettes – the two above are my favorite. (I wear the size Small.) So very lovely and comfortable. Now, these don’t have a lining, so it’s a very natural look, if you know what I mean. #freethenipple

LIVELY’s band sizes range from 32 to 38, and I’m a happy camper in terms of fit. Although I’m technically a 30 band size, I usually go for a 32 since 30s aren’t the easiest to find, and lots of time 32 bands fit a bit loosely (like I’m wearing the tightest fastener from the get-go). But if anything, LIVELY’s bands run a tad smaller than most brands, which makes a gal like me very pleased. In fact, the loosest fastener fits very snugly on me, so I know I’ll always have a good fit as the bra stretches with time.

As for the underwear, I’ve only tried the mesh back bikini shown above, and as a member of the bubble booty club, the backside tends to slide up during the day. (This is a problem most perky-bottomed gals have in general, am I right? Oh, by the way, these are great for every day and they don’t slide up.) But, I must say, the long-lined lace bralette and the mesh bikini is super sexy worn together. So, um, maybe a date night situation? *wink wink*

I haven’t even mentioned the best part – the price. All bras are $35. Yep. THIRTY-FIVE DOLLARS. Praise be. Seriously, what do you have to lose? Free shipping over $40 and always free returns on bras. Throw in the fact that the company is all about body positivity, self-love, and empowerment, and you are looking at a huge fan.

You can check out all of LIVELY’s styles here. As always, let me know if you have any questions in the comments!

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Odds and Ends

You guys, I just can’t with what’s going on in our country and the planet right now. This week’s hurricanes and the fires and Trump rescinding DACA and Betsy DeVos and ALL OF THE THINGS.

Today’s list contains nothing but lighthearted and/or funny links. Not because I want to brush all of these problems under the rug, but because if I don’t stop ruminating about it all, I might end up in a permanent fetal position under my bed. I NEED A SHORT BREAK.

But! In exchange for these links, you must do me a favor. If you care about the well being of 800,000 children and young adults, please text the word RESIST to 50409. (And if you are hearing that by rescinding DACA, we are protecting Americans, I urge you to read this.) It takes ONE minute of your day and will walk you through prompts to fax your local senators. They do it all, and if you don’t know what to say, just copy and paste what I wrote.

I am a voting constituent urging you to protect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

DACA has made it possible for 800,000 young people to thrive in the US by protecting them from deportation. Every young person should feel safe and protected in this country regardless of race, gender, class, age, religion, sexual orientation, ability, or immigration status.

What are you doing to protect DACA? My vote is on the line.

Please, I hope you will help. We need to make our voices heard.

And on with the show!

1. Heh. These dog bios will surely remind you of someone in your life.

2. What happens when a bat is loose in an Irish household. CATCH HIM, DERRY!

3. It’s that time again. I read this every year.

4. OMG WORST DATE EVER. Can you imagine?!

5. Haven’t seen this in awhile. I hate burpees.

6. Is your child texting about communism? BRB

7. I can’t stop laughing about this man and his zucchinis. The pope costume!

8. I hate the hurricanes, but I love this story.

9. Well, you have to laugh at this trend. Effing ridiculous. WHO WOULD DO THAT, I ASK YOU.

10. Socially awkward peeps, this one’s for you.

11. Anyone else guilty of this?

12. AND THEN GOD CREATED MILLENNIAL EARTH. “When God saw all that He had made, He literally couldn’t even.” Hahahaaa

Have a great weekend, y’all.

image credit: c price