Boobs and Bras: Pepper vs Third Love

This post is all about bras sooo this is your “if you don’t care about bras or boobs please go read one of my other posts :)” warning.

For those who are sticking around let’s talk boobs. I realized a few weeks ago that bras are something I wear on a daily basis and don’t enjoy. In fact taking it off is quite possibly one of the best feelings! For something I wear on a day to day basis it seemed kinda silly that I hadn’t taken the time or energy to invest in a good one.

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I am a part of the itty bitty titty committee and the bras I currently own have straps that fall, cups that gape, and, as small as I am on top, underwire that is tight and leaves marks.

Instead of researching and never taking the leap I decided to check out Pepper and Third Love. They had both popped up on my IG feed and I had saved them to “check out later.” Later was now and I was determined.

I ordered Pepper first. Their site was great about how to measure yourself to find your right size. They only have a few styles of bras and I was recommended the All You Bra in 32B. Because of the questions they asked on measurement I felt pretty confident that this fit should be correct. The cost was $49.

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Third Love’s questions were not so much numerical but about a bra that you already own and what the fit is like. I got matched with a 32A for their bra and was recommended the 24/7 Classic Contour Plunge. I didn’t feel as confident about the sizing here, but took the plunge 😏 anyway. The cost was $68.

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Third Love is operated in a city pretty close to us so I received my package the next day. This was very exciting! I did have a hard time swallowing the price. I tried it on and found it to be comfortable and fit pretty well, but was it $68 worth of fitting well and comfortable?

I felt torn, but ultimately decided to return the bra. The bra was good, but I could not justify having to buy another one for $68. What’s the point of having one good bra?

I recieved Pepper a few days later. The fit was good. Nothing felt super tight, the straps didn’t fall. It was comfortable and I didn’t feel like I was tugging and pulling all day. $49 isn’t a cheap bra by any means, but I decided to keep it.

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I am thinking about getting another bra from Pepper, but I may try out some less expensive brands while I look into the wear and tear of Pepper.

With all that being said I did return my Third Love bra and ran into some issues. The return process is supposed to be easy, but after submitting my email and answering a couple of questions online I was told it would take 30 minutes to receive my return label.

I thought that was odd because I’ve done returns with other companies and it’s super quick to get a return label. I’m talking immediate, but I moved on with my day and still did not receive my return label. I used the chat option online (they don’t have a phone number) and had great customer service. She immediately send me a link to my return label.

I returned it that day to FedEx because I had no time later in the week. I got a receipt and later on the following week I checked to see where my package was because I had not received any emails regarding my return. I saw that they had received it on Tuesday. I decided to wait until the following week to contact if I hadn’t heard anything.

While on break at work the following Tuesday I decided I should look into it. I started a chat and was told that she could see my refund had not been issued and she would do it immediately. I got an email stating that my issue has been refunded. She told me it would take 2-3 business days for it to reflect on my credit card statement.

I am impressed with the service when I go out of my way to reach out to them. It did leave a bad taste in my mouth that I had to take a few extra steps to finish my return. I don’t think I’ve had a company not let me know about when my return was received. It just seems like a nice thing to do?

First world problems, right? Let me know what you guys think about it?

Also let me know if you have ever tried Third Love or Pepper and what you thought? Are you interested in trying out either brand? Let me know!

Birthday Gifts

Aaand we are back from vacation and back at it at work but I thought it would be fun to share what hubby got me for my birthday.Β He is extremely sweet and thoughtful and attentive and he did a great job with these gifts!

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I adore See’s Candy and I cannot get enough of their chocolatey goodies. Have you guys ever had some good chocolate and then had a butterfinger or something? I’ve done that with See’s and let me tell you-you can taste the quality! I’ll step off my soap box, but B made me a box of my favorite chocolates. They were fantastic!

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I know I wrote a post on some workout leggings I got last year from Old Navy. I talked about how great they were and it didn’t make sense for me to get Lululemon. All that being said B had gotten me a pair of Lululemon’s in 2015 and they are still going strong. The quality is that great. When we stopped into a store I mentioned that I thought a pair of leggings were cute and how nice the color was. Welp, he got them for me and they are so stinkin’ cute!

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The last thing(s) he got me were these perfumes from Dossier. I had seen quite a few ads on my Insta about them. I checked it out and they were supposed to inspirations of higher end perfume but sold at a much lower price point. There was a quiz to take to figure out which perfume is for you. Hubby took this quiz 5 times as me to figure out what they recommended and ended up ordering me Fresh Floral 2, Floral 2, and Oriental 2. You guys know how much I love floral so I was surprised that I enjoyed the Oriental 2 perfume so much. It may be my favorite?!

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I will definitely be doing a little review post on the leggings and perfume in a month or two. Let me know below what you think of any of these items? Have you tried Dossier? What did you think?

 

 

Loving

I absolutely love reading these posts and I love sharing them! I’m just going to run you guys through some of my favorite things recently.

Jumping right in let’s start with a show! We have both been hooked on to Botched recently and can watch hours of this stuff. It’s so fascinating to me and who doesn’t love a good before and after? Am I right?

I know I shared buying this oil, but after having used it for a little while now I can honestly say I love it. It’s SO hydrating and leaves my face feeling glowy. I use it every night along with another oil, but I occasionally will use it under my moisturizer during the day if my skin is feeling particularly parched.

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This jacket from Abercrombie has been my go to. It is super soft and cozy and keeps me SO warm…sometimes maybe even a bit too warm. I love the fit and the way it looks! If you’re in need/want of a teddy jacket this would be the way to go!

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Trader Joe’s has been my go to right now for fruit. I love the selection of apples they have had recently and this particular apple is my favorite. The Kiku is crisp and sweet and my absolute perfect apple!

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Another great Trader Joe’s find were these mandarins. I adore mandarins during this time of year and I have been sad at the selection recently. I got this 5 pound box on a whim and swooned. These are so easy to peel and sweet-I’m actually going to get one right now…

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Bob’s Red Mill peanut butter and banana bars have really been hitting the spot when I need something to grab and go. I honestly haven’t been buying bars recently because I don’t enjoy them as much as I used to, but during our December travels I tried one of these and ended up loving them. They have the texture of a date and nut bar so if you enjoy Lara bars you may like these.

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I think I am going to cut it off there for my favorites, but I would love to know what you guys have been loving recently.

Let me know in the comments below!

Decluttering clothes

Since I have restarted buying clothes I wanted to make sure I decluttered the clothes I have and go through and get rid of things I don’t use. I love making plans to wear things for certain occasions, but when it comes time I tend to reach for the things that are tried and true.

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I went through all my dresser drawers and hung up stuff in my closet and purged anything I had forgotten about or haven’t used in the past few months or so. It honestly felt so good!

I will say that I feel so much lighter when I do a bit of decluttering-it even clears up my brain a little. I love knowing exactly what I have and that everything I have is something I love and wear.

Did you know decluttering can help boost your mood and even help you with your sleep? I think it’s just clean space=peace of mind. Doing this purge has definitely left me feeling at peace and much more zen.

How do you feel about getting rid of things? Does it give you anxiety or do you get excited? Let me know in the comments below!

What I Bought

I wanted to make sure anything I bought after this hiatus of not buying anything was needed and would be loved and used.

I ended up purchasing this yellow midi dress from old navy. I had been wanting a flowy midi with sleeves for such a long time that when I saw it I knew I had to have it.

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I got a few tshirts from Target. I was missing some good, fitted basic tees. All of these are long sleeved except one!

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I got this teddy fleece from Abercrombie and LOVE it. I don’t shop here so it was a pleasant surprise to find something I needed. It’s soft and warm. I love the dolphin/high low hem. I initially got the half zip pullover, but found it was not functional for me so I returned it and got the full zip. I got it for $48 after tax instead of the $88 it was listed for!

My last buy was this sweater from Hollister, another store I don’t normally venture into, but I am glad I did. I had no sweaters and wanted a classic sweater that would last me for a long time. I didn’t want anything too thick, highneck, or itchy. This met all those requirements!

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Those have been all of my buys. I hope you guys enjoyed this post! Let me know if you have bought any fun stuff recently!

Cutting down and Cleaning out

I’ve been avoiding writing this post because writing this post means I will have to stick with it…

Long story short I decided after our move that I will not be buying any more clothes, accessories, or shoes until after July 2020. I kinda avoided telling hubby for a little while too because, again, saying it out loud would make it a concrete thing that I would have to follow through on.

I took the plunge and told him because honestly there’s nothing quite like a move to encourage you to get rid of things and question your decision of buying stuff. We did donate a bunch of clothes before the move and some after, but it really opened my eyes to the amount of things we acquired in just a couple of years.

The things I have now are things I feel like I will wear and use and love, but I really wanted to test that theory out. Do you guys have a ton of things to wear but only rotate through a few things? I know I do, so I wanted to see if I could encourage myself to wear more of things I already own.

At the end of the year the things I haven’t worn are going to be donated. I feel good and strong about this now, but I know it will get tough because I do love clothes and accessories and shoes…

I decided to do this for a few reasons:

  1. Avoid being wasteful-I keep buying new things so I don’t get as much use out of my clothes as I could/should.
  2. Easy to keep organized-I don’t have clothes overflowing out of my dresser/closet. This also allows me to see what items I am missing or what items I may need more of.
  3. Buying clothes/shoes/accessories is more of a want at this point and not a need. I have enough clothes for every occasion and season. I have more than enough jackets for the winter and plenty of dresses and shorts for the summer.
  4. A perk of not buying more stuff is saving some money honeyyy πŸ˜‰
  5. It will get the creative juices flowing in terms of coming up with outfits and pairing things up that I may not have thought of otherwise.

I have plenty of rational reasons in my head, but I am keeping my fingers crossed that I am able to stick it out and do the darn thing. I will definitely do my best at keeping you guys updated…maybe even like a monthly update?!

Thanks for reading lovely peeps! Let me know if you’ve ever done something like this and how it went? Any tips on how to get through?

Loving

Hey sweet people!

I have had a few things piling up that I have been loving and wanting to talk to you about so I thought what better time than the present? Yeah?

Let’s jump right in starting with some fashion favorites πŸ™‚

I had bought a dress from Aritzia for a special occasion that was going to be happening in the summer! I loved it, it was beautiful. Then I went to TJ Maxx and found this beauty. It’s this blushy, mauve, nudey pink color with a beautiful floral pattern and fluttery sleeves. It’s a wrap dress that cinches me nice and tight with the tie at my waist (I do wrap it all the way around instead of just tying it on the side). It is a high/low style dress which is great for a shorty like me and Β the best part? It has pockets!!

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Needless to say this won by a million miles and I ended up wearing it! I learned that it would have been much better for me to be patient because this dress came in under $30 while the Artizia dress was $70!

This next dress was also a steal at around $18! I found it at Target and immediately fell in love. I have a major love/hate relationship with the Target clothing section. It’s very hard to figure out my sizing there. I am usually an XS or smaller when it comes to dresses and anytime I try on XS there it can range anywhere from fitting beautifully to looking like I’m wearing a large trash bag. I am talking about within the same brand so it’s frustrating to say the least.

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I was a little nervous going into the dressing room because I knew it could go any which way, but it ended up fitting like a dream! The buttons on the dress are functional, but they don’t go all the way down. It leaves this little rectangular open space that isn’t too noticeable because once you tie the dress at your waist it all bunches and flows together.

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It feels so light and flowy and perfect for a summer day! I’ve worn this dress multiple times since I got it and have absolutely loved the versatility.

I love a good pair of earrings and while at the mall with my brother in law and his GF I found these beauties at Lucky. I love that they are hoops and have this sweet pearl detailing. I found them to be just so lovely and also very versatile. You can dress them up or down!

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Moving on from fashion to food…

Summer fruit is a current obsession…I’ve literally just been eating watermelon for dessert after every meal. It is sweet and hydrating and I find it much more delicious than just drinking water πŸ™‚ Besides watermelon, berries have been so incredibly yummy as well…honestly any sweet, juicy summer fruit is a favorite!

Avocado toast with tomatoes on sourdough…I may have mentioned this before, but I just can’t seem to get enough. I have literally been having this with my breakfast every morning! I love the acidity and freshness that the tomato adds and with a little black pep-omg I have died and gone to avocado toast heaven!

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That is going to wrap up my favorites for now! Thanks for joining me you guys and please tell me what some of your current favorites are in the comments below. I can’t wait to chat!

Some shopping I did

I love hauls, but I wasn’t sure this qualified as a haul. I recently made some purchases from Sephora, TJ Maxx, and Forever 21, but it’s a few stores and I really only got a few things.

I was needing a refill on my favorite concealer so I decided to do some online Sephora shopping and we all know how that leads to a lot of money spend on things we didn’t know we needed.

I do love this NARS radiant creamy concealer. It’s always worked for me and it looks great! It works for brightening up my under eye or concealing a spot and that’s all I can ask of my concealers!

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I ended up adding my birthday gift to this order so I wouldn’t have to go in to an actual store. As a skin care lover it was easy to pick out the Drunk Elephant deluxe sample. I’m curious to try it out! It’s also excellent for travel πŸ™‚

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Another deluxe sample I was able to add on was this Alt-retinol from Ole Henriksen. It’s something I had looked at it before and thought it would be interesting to try, but kept putting it off because of the price tag. I’m curious to try it in this size and see if it makes a difference! Fingers crossed my skin loves it!

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I was running low on my Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery and initially I was just going to reorder more of the same, but I decided to do some looking around and found this Herbivore Orchid Youth-Preserving Facial Oil. I figured I would try it out and if my skin loved it I could keep it other wise I would just return it and find something else.

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I love that Sephora includes samples with their packages and I ended up getting this Youth to the People Face Wash and Black Opium Perfume. I’m not sure how I feel about the Black Opium quite yet, but maybe it’ll be another favorite?

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That was it from Sephora, but I did do some in store shopping at TJ Maxx and Forever 21. From TJ Maxx I picked up these fun, yellow overalls. They have pockets and I thought they would be perfect for that spring to summer transition time. They are cottony so they don’t feel as heavy as a denim overalls which I love!

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To go with my overalls I wanted to find a couple of body suits. I had actually eyed these a couple weeks prior at Forever 21, but when I was trying to figure out how to style the overalls they came back to me. I got a navy blue floral and a basic white. These were soft and very fitted!

Let me know if you’ve tried any of the Sephora items I got and if you loved or hated them! Also, body suits? Do you love them or hate them? These are my firsts so I’m curious!

Loving

I love doing these posts and reading posts like this from other people! I think it’s so interesting to see new finds and sometimes I find something super useful in those posts.

I’m constantly loving all the things, but here are a few that keep coming up over and over…

Quick meals-I don’t know if I’m just more hungry then usual or I’m waiting too long to start making my meals, but fast meals to get food from my fridge to my tummy have been a major go to.

I know summer is gone, but I cannot get enough of these grape/cherry tomatoes. They are so delicious! Side note: also can’t get enough grapes…

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This dress I found at H&M…not my usual style, but I thought it was super cute and it was under $10! Whaaaaat??

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I love a good rose scent, but this vanilla and rose lotion from Bath and Body takes it to another level! It’s seriously so lovely!

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Dinner with friends is always a favorite, but I think it means a lot more now knowing that we are all going different ways come later next year 😞

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I’ve been wanting some heart earrings and these gold plated ones were too cute to resist. I actually mix them up when I wear them instead of pairing them with their twin!

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I think that wraps up my favorites! Talk to me in the comments and let me know what you’ve been loving recently! Till next time πŸ™‚

Things I Do Before Traveling

We are going to be heading out for a week long trip and that had me thinking about all the things I do to prep. I like to do things to help me get ready for the trip (obvi!) and have me thanking myself when arriving home so let’s jump in!

If we’re planning on flying I make sure that we have all our travel size necessities (toothpaste, lotion, etc). If we use something up by the end of the trip I will add it to my shopping list to pick up so I’m not running around before our next trip.

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We usually do a weekly grocery trip since most things we buy are fresh fruits and veggies and they are perishable. For the week leading up to any trip I try to use up what we have in the fridge and avoid buying or opening anything I can’t use up. I don’t think anyone likes coming home to rotting produce πŸ˜–

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As close as I can to our departure date I will do a nice deep clean of the house. Coming home after vacations can be sad and I don’t like to make it worse by coming home to a dirty house!

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This goes along with the cleaning but I wash all our last minute laundry, blankets, sheets and such. I like fresh sheets and we will probably be coming home with a load of laundry Β anyways so this minimizes the loads we have to do.

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I check the weather and overpack. I’ve come to realize over the years and after a few trips that 72 degrees in California is not the same as 72 in Hawaii. I tend to pack layers since I get cold very easily and I like choices so I do overpack…I know I need to work on this, but it’s so hard. Lucky for me I have a wonderful husband who has no problem packing whatever I decide to bring πŸ˜€

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That last one wasn’t helpful so much as it was me being super honest! It helps me in the sense that it gives me peace of mind, but I can’t help but feel jealous of those that can pack 1 pair of pants and 3 tops for a 3 weeks. Meanwhile I’m over here packing my whole house for a week long trip…send help!

Thanks for stopping by friends and I hope you enjoyed the post! Leave me a comment letting me know what kind of packer/traveler you are. Do you clean the house? Are you a professional light packer?