5 Things That Happened When I Started Wearing Bralettes

5 Things That Happened When I Started Wearing Bralettes

Finally, I do not feel constricted and uncomfortable!
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1. You finally feel free!

If you hate having to feel uncomfortable all day with your chest cooped up, then you get where I am coming from.Your breasts can now do as they please, but most importantly they can get a breath of fresh air too! Trust me, this is way more comfortable than coming home to indents on your rib cage from that annoying underwire.

2. Your shirts and other tops begin to fit better.

Now you have all the room you want because you do not have to worry about all that padding fitting under your shirt. It definitely helps when it comes to shirts that are fairly snug, such as crop tops and fitted tanks. Plus, you will look more natural and curvy! Lastly, you will feel like you are lounging at home under your clothes.

3. Your bralette now becomes your best friend.


You will start to forget you are wearing one. Seriously, it really is that comfortable. It feels like you are wearing your favorite bed time tank top. There are times when certain clothes call for a bra, but lets face it after wearing a bralette you will go for the comfortable option instead. If it hangs out, at least it is cute with lace so it will not look so bad!

4. You do not have to go through the hassle of finding a bra that fits perfectly.


Let's face it, it is such a hassle trying to find your size. Usually the band always fits, but the cup is always too small or entirely too big. Then you can be a bigger size in one store and a small size in another. Seriously, it is such a pain! Luckily for the bralette all you have to worry about is adjusting the straps, if they even have those! Most of them fit just like a sports bra, but they look way better on! Plus, you do not have to worry about any annoying gaps or the constraint of bra cups!

5. I realized I was wearing a padded bra for other people.


I always thought you had to wear a bra. I remember receiving my first training bra in fourth grade and by the time I reached eighth grade I was in a full padded bra. I firmly believed I would only be attractive if I had my boobs pushed up and hanging out. Now, I realized no one really looks at them. Half the time no one smirks at me or calls me out for not wearing one. Hell, they do not even notice I am not wearing one! You actually feel better wearing just a bralette. You feel comfortable in your own skin and it feels liberating! Plus, the bralettes look sexier anyway!

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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'Sissy, Why is That Boy Wearing Makeup?'

June is time to celebrate equality.

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This past weekend, I went to the mall with my family. It was just a normal family excursion, and I wanted to walk into Sephora to show my mom a perfume I liked. We go inside, and my mother and I drift away from my dad and 6 year old sister, Sierra. I showed her the perfume I thought smelled amazing (Roses de Chloé) and we look for my sister and father to exit the store. As soon as we leave, my little sister grabs my hand and asks, "Sissy, why is that boy wearing makeup?"

This was the first time my little sister has ever asked about anything like this, and I wanted to make sure I gave her an answer. I turned to her and said, "Sierra, sometimes there are boys who wear makeup, and girls who may dress like boys. People are allowed to wear what they want, it doesn't matter." Sierra looks up at me, says, "Oh okay," and that was the end of it.

Sharing this experience to say, HAPPY PRIDE MONTH!

So thankful to live in a country where all sexual orientations get a day to celebrate their love. That's what this world needs more of-- love. It shouldn't matter who it is, where they are from, the color on their skin, or their gender identity.

When Sierra was born, I always wondered when this conversation would come up. I wondered what I would say, how she would react to it, and how she would be exposed to it. Like I consistently preach, everything happens for a reason, and I'm glad Sierra was able to get exposure and receive an immediate answer. Love is love, and I will forever stand by that.

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