Starting From the Basics

I was reading Angie's top ten style tips and I thought I should go back and make sure that I was making a reasonable attempt and some if not all of them.

I had a professional bra fitting (what fun) and of course I was wearing the wrong size! By two cups and about 4 inches! Well, that explains a lot of the issues I had been having!

I thought about doing something about my hair too. I really dislike the center part, and my hair has always sprouted that way. I tried to mess with it a bit in above pics. Better?

And new glasses are on their way! I managed to find an eyeliner too: mascara is too out there and crazy for me I think!

There. I think that is enough change for one day!!

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  • deb replied 4 years ago

    Lyn, you are so cute. I do not consider your part a center part. In fact your part is on trend, side to center.

  • Angie replied 4 years ago

    Wooohoooo. BRA FITTING. You go girl. And I'm excited about the new specs. 

    I suggested trying a side parting last year. Looks great. Have you ever tried a high ponytail - or a bob? xo

  • lyn* replied 4 years ago

    Thanks Deb & Angie!! :)

    Haha; I tried to maintain the side part last year, but it just kind of got lost amongst all the other things I had to do ... I think I've found a way to mould it in to my routine with altering the ordering of a few things and no additional steps. I'm guessing middle was just kinda how it grew out in the first place, so I have to undo years of it sitting that way. 

    I could wear a high pony - I need new elastics, the ones I have are a bit too stretchy to do a high pony. 

    I grew up with a bob. It probably own't happen. HAHAHAHA. It was terrible. Simply horribly terribly terrible. 

  • replied 4 years ago

    Wow, Lyn, you're on a roll! I do like your hair parted on the side, and I can't wait to see your new specs. Specs and hair-dos do a delicate dance together, don't they? Maybe your new glasses will give you a nudge in a certain direction for your hairstyle. Have you ever considered blunt, straight across bangs/fringe with your pony tail?

  • lyn* replied 4 years ago

    Haha, I used to have ridiculous hair ... :) Blunt bangs for you, Claire! 

    I can't wait for the specs to come, but if they don't work out, I'm okay too with these ones.

  • Alana in Canada replied 4 years ago

    Love the side part, Lyn*! 

    You were adorable in those bangs!

    Where did you go for your bra fitting, if you don't mind my asking. (I think we live in the same place.)

  • lyn* replied 4 years ago

    I hated my bangs. I cut them one night where I was angry at my life. Haha, that happens a lot :p

    I just went to Aerie where I usually buy my bras. I actually went to two separate stores for two different people to measure me, because I wasn't too sure if they were doing it right. They both got the same result without conspiring with each other, so, yay! 

    There's other undies stores too, but they usually cater to an older crowd, and I think I'd rather have someone my own age do the measurement, as opposed to someone who was like my mom, you know?

    ETA: This is the "older person store" I was referring to, as I think Aerie is really teeny-bopper if you weren't into that :) - I hear Victoria's Secret is really inaccurate, and La Senza makes me anxious to go in there because of LIGHTS AND SPARKLES AND MORE SPARKLES -

  • DonnaF replied 4 years ago

    For you bra band size, you can always take the under bust measurement yourself with the measuring tape I'm assuming you have when you make your alterations.  For cup size:  Quad boob means it is too small or wrong cut; puff cup means it is too big or wrong cut; pulling out in middle means the wrong cut, same with spilling out at the pits.  I don't like other people measuring me, regardless of age.  Checking the fit I don't mind so much.

  • lyn* replied 4 years ago

    Thanks Donna - I had a bunch of different problems including bunching skin under the band when I sat a certain way, pit spillage, and have to accommodate some scar tissue that doesn't stretch. I know what I need now.

    I also confirmed with this -

  • Gaylene replied 4 years ago

    Love the side part! And a bra fitting, too, on the same day! Those bangs, though, were seriously cute.

  • pil replied 4 years ago

    The side part looks great and I love your ruffly hoodie :)

  • Alana in Canada replied 4 years ago

    Thank you Lyn*! I will heart this and check back when we return. I am probably your Mom's age, lol!

  • Suz replied 4 years ago

    Yay for the basics update! Yay for new bras. And specs! 

    I loved you in your bangs! But I understand why you would want a change. I agree with Claire -- the new specs might suggest the hairstyle direction. 

    How about a bob without bangs? 

  • lyn* replied 4 years ago

    Hmm, I'll think about a bob or maybe a lob ... I think my mother would kill me if I cut my hair off again... :)

  • Mo replied 4 years ago

    yay!  I was dying to get my hair cut last week myself.  It matters.  And I'm giving eyeliner a go more often than not when I'm heading out with the BF and wheels.  The little things :)

  • lyn* replied 4 years ago

    Ah, I usually BOINK myself in the eye with eyeliner so it's all over the place! I think I've gotten the hang of a line now!!! :)

  • Gigi replied 4 years ago

    I like the side part!

    Considering the general, Ionger hair to me gives an impression of being older, while shorter hair (like the bob in your cute pics) gives an impression of being younger. Since you are still working your way up the physician ladder, maybe you want to stick with long hair for now? I'm wondering if short hair plus your fit-and-flares would read too young and inadvertently make it difficult for you to be taken seriously. 

    As far as easy eye stuff, I bought an eyelash curler and love it! It really opens up the eyes, and you don't need to use mascara.

  • catgirl replied 4 years ago

    Well, get through that list, girl!  :)

    Were you too big in band/too small in cup or vice versa?

  • cheryl replied 4 years ago

    The side part looks good and I love you in bangs. So adorable!

  • lyn* replied 4 years ago

    @ Gigi - Yeah; I definitely think I look younger with short hair or bangs in general. Most of my colleagues have excessively long hair, but I don't think I should be super stand out with the short hair either. The short hair I had in med school would probably be out of place in my workplace (unfortunately). 

    Also, you overestimate my abilities to use a curler. The last time I used an eyelash curler I ended up pinching my eyelid and having a hematoma (uh, bruise). I may try one ... eventually ... one day ... *shifty eyes*

    @ Una - I was both! My band was too big (my mother told me I was a 36A) and my cup was way too small. I figured out by myself I was at least a C cup, so I had been wearing a 36C for the longest time. I am a 30E. This is why nothing fit!!!

    @ Cheryl - Thanks dear! After washing my hair today, it naturally parted the way I wanted it to! It's getting trained!!!!

  • Gigi replied 4 years ago

    OK, no eyelash curlers for you! :)

    So, maybe a midlength bob would be just what the doctor ordered, ha ha.

  • Mamavalveeta03 replied 4 years ago

    Lyn, I think you're beautiful, and have a great face shape to try out several different styles it depends upon how short you want to go. I'm not sure length is your friend since your hair doesn't look thick.
    My advice if you want to keep it a bit longer would be to go with a "lob" ( or longer bob), parted on the side, with a few long layers added. (A little longer than the first pic)
    Or, option number two, a sorter bob, slightly longer in the front than the back, and with side swept long bangs.
    Try it! It'll grow back if you don't like it.

  • lyn* replied 4 years ago

    Ah, I have had shorterish hair before :)

    I definitely am thinking of a lob ... I really like the picture in #2; but she has a smaller chin than I do; I'm not quite sure if I can pull that off :)

  • gardenchick replied 4 years ago

    You look great!
    I love your hoody and am tempted to order one, even see that it's on sale! But is it more of an orange or pink shade? Orange doesn't like me.

  • lyn* replied 4 years ago

    @ Gardenchick - It's definitely on the pink spectrum and not very orange coral at all! I don't do orange either! I love the hoodie! It's very soft! :) ... I say it's a bit small to size, if you like your hoodies more roomy I'd size up. I usually am a "SMALL" at Anthro, and this is a medium.

  • rachylou replied 4 years ago

    Your bangs were cute! I like the sidepart. Looks more "meant."

    You've been busy...

  • Gigi replied 4 years ago

    Oooh, I really like #1 of the pics you just posted. I wish I could get my hair to do that. How did you get the bangs to stay to the side? Did you have to plaster them with hairspray?

  • lyn* replied 4 years ago

    I sure did, Gigi. I don't like it; because it needs SO MUCH product to stay like that!! :)

    One of the ways I cheat is when my hair is wet, I part it and clip it the way I want it to fall when it's dry and just let it air dry. 70% of the time it sits the way it's supposed to :)

  • Gigi replied 4 years ago

    Hmm, I will try that. I let my hair air dry every day. I try to scrunch it to get some waves in it, though (my hair is wavy), and I always worry that clipping the bangs to the side will flatten everything. But I will give it a try! :)

  • lyn* replied 4 years ago

    Um, you could try to give it a loose clipping ... my hair is straight ... so I don't really have the flatten problem. I sometimes braid my hair to give it a bit more OOMPH but it just brushes right out. So annoying.

  • Angie replied 4 years ago

    I vote longish bob. It's going to look sensational - and Mama will probably love it. All grown up. xo

  • ameelizabeth replied 4 years ago

    I like the sideswept hair look!  I think you'd look really great with shorter hair as well.  I'm in a hair rut too...I've let mine grow out a bit again because I like the idea of having long hair, but it probably does look better short.  After I get it cut, I always think "this is way better!  I should always have it shorter like this!" But then as it grows out, I somehow forget, or don't believe my old self that shorter was better.  (My profile pic to the left was taken last year, right after one of those cuts).

    Did you notice a big difference with the way you looked/felt after the new bra size?  I also was following Angie's list and measured myself yesterday.  I wasn't too too far off (according to my calculations, I'm a 34C...was previously wearing a mix of 38B and 36C).  I tried on a bunch of 34Cs at Victoria's Secret last night (only went there because I had a gift card), and the 34Cs were giving me back-fat issues.  The sales girl suggested I try a "sister size" of 36B, and that did seem better.  So I'm pretty excited about the new bra, and the prospect of more future better-fitting bras. 

    Sorry, didn't mean to make the post about myself, just wanted to say that I can relate to the "updates and upgrades" you're working on, because I am too!  Also, I love that twist on the hoodie!

  • lyn* replied 4 years ago

    Hey amerlizabeth!! Sorry for the short reply; I am at work on my iPhone so...

    About the hair. I love short hair. I rocked what I called "The Angie" in medical school and then it turned into a weird bangs thing. I found there was a lot of opposition to short hair, and I don't have the energy to fight it right now. I guess it just kind of grew out on me too!

    The bras size thing: I think sister sizes work to fix particular issues. The SA told me that I could look for a 32D for a 30E and I tried them both on. They both solve my major issues for me which is good, but I think the 30E stays in place better through the day.

    I haven't tried VS bras, but I would try another brand and multiple styles before "back fat" is a reason to not wear that size. I think it's mainly due to cut and placement of the strap as opposed to size. Not sure about this as I don't have personal experience.

    I am sure others on the forum probably do though! It's common enough!

    Good luck :) and welcome!

  • Beth Ann replied 4 years ago

    Go Lyn!  Revisiting the most important things is always time well spent! 

    It would be possible to keep your hair in the longest bob possible --- just grazing the shoulders, and still put it up when needed.  Also, I could see a rich, sophisticated barette gathering your hair at the nape of your neck.  This is an essential step for me now.  Being of a certain age means that I need a more polished pony that I used to have!  In your case, I'd just see it as your "work" pony.

  • ameelizabeth replied 4 years ago

    I did go back and look at some of your old blog posts to check out your short hair, which I thought looked great.  I especially like the late 2012, early 2013 length/style.  I'm with Beth Ann, in that I like to go as short as possible while still being able to put it in a ponytail.  (I think it's time for me to schedule a haircut!)

    Re: bras... I tried some more on at TJ Maxx today (Maidenform, Bali...) and the sizing did feel similar, so I opted to get another 36B ($9.99, woooo).  Back fat usually isn't an issue for me, so perhaps I measured myself wrong yesterday! 

    I'm looking forward to seeing any updates with your hair! :)

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