What I Wore… and a Little Advice from the Bra Queen

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What I wore… twice last weekend. The necklace is the best part, and I forgot to get a close-up pic of it. Dang it! Oh well. Next time!

In other news, I’d like to have a little chat about bras today, okay?! If you’re a guy who just accidentally stumbled onto this site, you probably want to peace out right about now…

I posted this on Instagram recently and thought it was a good way to start this little talk:

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“Every time I go to VS it takes me back to my college days when I worked there and had nightmares about folding undies. And that one day my parents came by the store to see me, and I was wearing a tiara. They were like, “Whyyyyy are you wearing a crown? At work?” And I was super excited to tell them I was The Bra Queen, because I always sold the most bras! Pretty sure that was one of their most proud parenting moments!”

Yeah. So because of my Bra Queen history, I consider myself a bit of an expert on the subject. And even though there are always surveys and studies saying that most women wear the wrong bra size, I just assumed those were clueless women who also still wear scrunchies. So imagine my surprise when I went to Victoria’s Secret a few weeks ago and found out I was wearing the wrong size! What?!? I’m still letting it all sink in. :) Sure, it had been about two years since I bought new ones, but still. I was wearing a band size too big and two cup sizes too small. What the heck? How embarrassing for a former Bra Queen! So here’s what I want to tell you today, “Go get fitted for a bra! ASAP!!!” You’re probably wearing the wrong size too! I mean, if it can happen to a Bra Queen…

Bras stretch out over time. Even if, like me, you never put them in the dryer. Even Kingston knows my bras do not go in the dryer! But they still get stretched and worn out. No one will tell you when it’s time for new ones, so here I am whispering it in your ear. “Pssst – Go buy some new bras.” Keep one or two of your old ratty ones for around the house, but throw out the rest and start over. You will thank me when you look in the mirror. You might even have a “Dang! I look good” moment. You’re welcome. :)

And here are a few tips from me to you to help you on your quest to find the perfect bra. You know, because I care:

Go to Victoria’s Secret and ask for the Bra Specialist. Do not settle for anything less. If she’s not there, come back another day. Here’s why: every VS store has a Bra Specialist, someone who is management level and trained extensively in how to fit clients for bras. They know what they are doing. What you don’t want is to get stuck with a girl who is just working at the store over the holidays or summer break. When I walked in the store a few weeks ago and someone asked how she could help, I said, “I’d like to chat with your best bra girl.” And she led me to the Bra Specialist. The girl was awesome! Not only did she get my size right, but she helped me find the perfect bra. I had been wearing the VS Very Sexy collection forever, but they just weren’t fitting me right anymore. Even after we figured out the right size! So I told her what I didn’t like about my current bras, and she came back with a T-Shirt Bra for me to try. It was perfect. Exactly what I was looking for. My shirts look so much better. I bought two and am going back for more this week! I hugged her when I left.

PS – If you prefer to buy lingerie at a department store, do the same thing. Ask to see the bra expect. They should have one too! And if you don’t like to pay VS prices, go get fitted there then head over to Target once you know your correct size. But I really think they’re worth the price!

PPS – If you’re local, go to the VS at the St Johns Towncenter and ask for Denise.

March 25, 2015 - 2:43 pm

Pops - Well, that’s just another proud moment!! LOL

March 24, 2015 - 8:32 pm

Allison Cass - I also definitely recommend Soma for women who have larger frames and bigger cup sizes. They have specialists as well! I always hated wearing bras until I went there! I had no idea a bra could be comfortable! And being a double D with a toddler — it’s important for me to be comfortable!

March 24, 2015 - 10:51 am

pinkcoffeephoto - HAHA!! Yes… lift and separate!

March 24, 2015 - 10:49 am

Tammy - Lyndsay love to read your blog and this is so true at any age!!! Very important advice! Keep those boobies up

March 24, 2015 - 10:39 am

pinkcoffeephoto - Should I block her from this post? HA!!! Maybe this should be her college job too!

March 24, 2015 - 2:34 pm

Mandy Caron - Cute blog ..I've only wore a real bra twice since being diagnosed with breast cancer. .I started wearing a sports bra to deal with the pain from biopsies. .I also wore the wrong size at one point..I will get fitted again after all my surgery is done..for now I wear sports bra and could care less if it shows..though I only have one new one I must buy more! I need a pink one :) my other bras are lost somewhere in my closet. .great post lyndsay…and reminder while you are buying these new bras check your boobies…1 in 8 women will get breast cancer.

March 24, 2015 - 10:30 am

Sherri - Oh heck Lyndsay! I hope Sara Lynn doesn’t read this???? I can hear her now…I read Lyndsay’s blog, she said I need a new Bra….or two???? The girl will do anything for a trip to VS!

March 24, 2015 - 10:25 am

pinkcoffeephoto - I love a good story about life change through good lingerie. :)

March 24, 2015 - 10:19 am

jojo - I have to say, ever since you told me to go to VS and get fitted (and I did!) I was amazed at what a difference it makes!!! Some of the best, practical advice ever from the Bra Queen, haha! I even passed on your advice to my sister who also went to VS to get fitted! She was amazed as well as how great a fitting job they do! We both were wearing the wrong size!!(: Love this post and I love your outfit! Def post a close up of the necklace next time because I want to see it!<3

Our Anniversary at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel

Last weekend we celebrated our 7th (yay!) anniversary with a trip to Jekyll Island where we stayed at the historic Jekyll Island Club Hotel and enjoyed every minute of it! From the moment we pulled onto the property, we were surrounded by beauty. The first thing we saw was the iconic turret on the clubhouse peaking out from the giant oak trees, then as we drove up the driveway we came upon a game of croquet on the front lawn. It was like a step back in time! Anderson and I don’t really consider ourselves history buffs, but as we toured the gorgeous grounds we couldn’t help our curiosity about the stately old buildings and the people who once stayed in them.

The Jekyll Island Club was once a private hunting retreat for some of America’s wealthiest families. You know, the Morgans, Vanderbilts, Rockefellers, Pulitzers. But after a massive renovation in 1986, it’s now a hotel that even Almeidas can enjoy! We stayed in the Crane Cottage, which could more accurately be called the Crane Mansion because of it’s size and luxurious old-world style. I love staying in old hotels and pretending we live there. Should I keep that to myself?! The hotel staff spoiled us with a huge basket of goodies that included some of the best cookies I’ve ever had. We said we were just going to try each of them and then all of the sudden they were mostly gone!

Before arriving on Jekyll Island, we had big plans to explore the surrounding islands during our stay, but we enjoyed the Jekyll Island Club property so much that we only left once! There was so much to do! We spent an afternoon at the pool, had a formal dinner in the Grand Dining Room, enjoyed breakfast (and snacks, and dessert!) at Club Cafe, walked around the property, and explored the old buildings. We did venture off in search of a two-person bike one afternoon. The club offers bike rentals, but I have a bit of an issue riding bikes and agreed to ride with Anderson ONLY if we could find a two-seater. So we found a rental place that had these crazy things that looked more like rickshaws than bikes and decided to go for it. We told the rental guy we wanted it for two hours and he LAUGHED AT US and assured us we only wanted it for one hour. And can I just tell you that after about 2 minutes I was ready to take it back? Ha! It was the hardest bike ride ever. I definitely recommend staying at the club and renting a bike there… even if you’re a terrible biker like me!

We’ll definitely return to the Jekyll Island Club Hotel and plan to bring Kingston along next time. There’s a lot for kids to do too! I’d also like to go explore more of the Golden Isles. Do you have any suggestions on where we should venture out? I know one thing for sure, next time I’m taking my chances on a regular bike!

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Our room had two balconies!

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Crane Cottage.

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One way to tour the property is by carriage ride.

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See what I mean?!?

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Thank you to the hotel staff who made our stay so enjoyable!

March 24, 2015 - 1:23 pm

Peggy Hyatt - I love you standing by the Cherokee sign. Grandma Shirl would be proud

March 23, 2015 - 4:26 pm

Amie - These pictures are absolutely gorgeous. Making me want to take a little vacation for sure. St. Simons has some cute restaurants that you might like.

March 23, 2015 - 3:43 pm

Anderson Almeida - that was a fun and great trip, can't wait to go back

March 23, 2015 - 3:43 pm

Anderson Almeida - that was a fun and great trip, can't wait to go back

Worship

I posted this on social media today and just just wanted to share it here too.
I love being able to look back at this blog and see how much God has grown my faith in him!

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This week I’ve been thinking about my relationship with Jesus, and why I love him and talk about him all the time! And I think this kind of sums it up…

To me, worship is my response to this:

“I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him.”
(Psalm 40:1-3)

The same God who created the universe saw me in all my muddy sin, and out of love – the kind of love that a dad has for his daughter – he reached down into the slimy pit, the one I couldn’t claw my way out of, and pulled me out of the darkness and into the light. He saved me from my own mess! And he placed me on a firm foundation. He didn’t wait for me to figure things out on my own or expect me to clean myself up first. Instead, he climbed down into the mud with me! How can my response to this be anything other than a heart overflowing with thanksgiving and praise?! How can I not love someone who loves me so perfectly?

This is why I love my Savior. Not because of me, but because of him!
(And this is also why, even though I’ve been told many times not to mix faith and business online, I say, “Screw that!”)

March 19, 2015 - 5:29 pm

Ashley Frederickson - Oh how I love this post! I'm so glad I just found your blog! Thank you so much for writing about faith and what your faith means to you! :)

March 18, 2015 - 10:14 pm

Candice - ha! That last line is why I keep coming back to your blog:: you always keep it real. Keep posting. I found your site when a friend posted something you wrote years ago and always enjoy reading about your faith.

March 18, 2015 - 10:12 pm

Amy - YES!!! This is why I love reading your posts and following on insta.

What I Wore

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What I wore… after one of the longest weekends ever!
It was one of those crazy couple of days where we rushed from one thing to the next to the next. The following day I was too tired to fix my hair or put an outfit together. So I grabbed a hat, t-shirt, and jeans (my tired uniform!) then realized it was a little chilly and added the blazer.
Because a blazer pulls everything together, right? ;)

March 15, 2015 - 6:12 am

Abby - Totally love that Beatles tee. Such a gorgeous look!!

xo,
Abby
Life in the Fash Lane

March 12, 2015 - 4:16 pm

DaWN - Yeah…so my tired outfit is more sweats with sweats. You look great!

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