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Girl Talk Tuesday: Let's Talk Undies

Girl Talk Tuesday: Let’s Talk Undies

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Two years ago, almost to the day, I posted this article dedicated to my favorite undies.  Oh how things change (and move and shift…  If ya catch my drift!) in just two short years.  Having a baby changes your body.  But, then again, so does getting older.

Shortly after that undies post (which was a pretty popular one) I made the shift to Calvin Klein undies.  By shift, I mean that I stopped wearing the lace-trimmed Victoria’s Secret undies altogether.  I just found the CK’s to be more comfortable and stayed in place better.

And then…  I got pregnant.

Here’s the thing, I had so many mamas tell me that they wore their regular undies all throughout their pregnancy.  I don’t know who these magical unicorn pregnant ladies are, but my beloved CK undies couldn’t so much as cover half of my butt in my second trimester.  In fact, I made the switch to maternity lingerie early on, right before 5 months, actually.  I felt really bad about myself after hearing that so many other women didn’t ever wear maternity underwear.  Once I tried them, I had zero qualms because I found out how truly wonderful they were.  Read this blog post to see which pair became my maternity faves or shop them here.

Those first few weeks after baby, I wore those super sexy mesh hospital undies because nothing felt good against my C-section incision.  After the incision started to heal and become less sensitive, I went back to my maternity undies and a Bellefit corset.  Check out this post to read more about the corset I wore and why I loved it.  After I transitioned out of the corset and my belly slimmed down, I went back to my beloved Calvin Klein undies.  Except, they weren’t so beloved anymore.  They didn’t fit the same.  Suddenly, I had VPL, which I loathe.  I tried my old faves, my VS hiphuggers…  That was a huge nope.  When I stepped on the scale, my number was the same as it was pre-baby.  When I looked in the mirror, I saw the same body I remembered before pregnancy.  When I put on my undies or jeans, things just felt different.  Of course they would, my body had been through the biggest change possible.

So what did I do?  I settled.  The past few months, I’ve been wearing my CKs because I didn’t have anything else that felt any better on in my underwear drawer.  I noticed that when wearing jeans or tight bottoms of any type (hello, I live my life in yoga pants!) that I could see a perfectly formed underwear line with each and every step I took.  I’m not talking a VPL only at the base of my toosh, but every.single.line.possible was now visible.  I can hear your thoughts… “You just need a bigger size.”  That’s what you would think…  But I would be swimming in the next size up.  It was just time to move on to something new.

Last week I was out shopping ran across this style of underwear at Macy’s.  I could tell by the design that they would be comfortable…  But this mama needs more than just comfort.  I need them to stay in place.  I need them to not ride up and leave a perpetual wedgie.  You know what I’m saying here.  I need them to do it all.

I picked up three pairs for $33 in store.  Of course, they’re on sale online today only for 30% off; so three pairs for $23.  I chose all neutral colors and decided to try them out before sharing them with y’all.  Here’s the verdict: I’m in love.  They stay in place.  The material is soft and stretchy.  They sit perfectly below the waist, but not too low.  Big fan, y’all.  I’m brand new to DKNY, so I had zero expectations when trying them for the first time.

If you’re in the market for a new style of undies, I highly suggest trying these.  If you’re an Amazon Prime girl, like I am, then you can shop them here.  Certain colors, like red, are cheaper on Amazon, but overall, the better deal is at Macy’s, especially when you catch them on sale.

So, why all the uproar about underwear you may ask?  Because it’s Girl Talk Tuesday.  On Tuesday’s, I chat about real life stuff that we girls want to share with each other…  I share the stuff with you that I would naturally share with my best friend, because, let’s be real, y’all are my friends.  My girlfriends.  And what do my girlfriends do best?  They talk.  Actually, they do girl talk best.

We wear undies more hours of the day than anything, except maybe deodorant, skincare or earrings.  So, yeah, I consider underwear to be a pretty important topic.  Please share the love in the comments below with the name or a link to your favorite pair of underwear so that us girls can be in the know about the best, most comfy undies out there.

Photos by Kara Coleen.

 

 

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What I learned this month August 2018 Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

GTT: What I Learned This Month: August

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Last month I rounded up July with this post, sharing the three things I learned that month.  Y’all seemed to really enjoy it, so I decided to wrap up August with a similar style post.  I had originally schedule to post this, but NYFW and all that madness happened which is why it’s so delayed.

I’m in such an interesting season of life right now.  I’m watching MacKenlee learn something new every day and, in turn, learning new things right along with her.  This past month with her as been a bit of a turning point for us.  Up until she was six months old, she required a lot.  Like so much attention and eyes had to be on her every moment she was awake.  That hasn’t changed dramatically, but what has changed is she is now at the age where she is entertaining herself for short spurts of time.  This bouncer keeps her occupied with all the fun lights and sounds.  This walker has been a favorite of hers the past couple weeks and she’s walking herself all over the house.  It makes my heart ache seeing how fast she’s growing and changing.

The need to rest is real.

If you caught this Girl Talk Tuesday post then you know I challenged myself and my Gorgeous Girls to make time daily to rest.  We live in such a busy world that it’s become hard for us to unplug.  When was the last time you were alone with your spouse or your thoughts with zero technology?

One of my favorite ways to rest is to get lost in a great book.  If you haven’t already, think about joining our Hello Gorgeous Book Club on Facebook.  We just wrapped our August book, “All We Ever Wanted” by Emily Giffin and for September, we’re reading Rachel Hollis’s, “Girl Wash Your Face.”  We have a fun community of women where we can all connect and chat about our common lover for reading.

Never stop learning.

Every spare moment I have, I spend feeding my soul.  I try to find time daily to listen to podcasts or non-fiction books.  Read this older post for some of my podcast suggestions.  Recently, I’ve really been enjoying Steven Furtick’s sermons.

My skin will not take care of itself.

I’ve listened to my mom talk about the importance of skincare my whole life.  Mawmaw always warned me to stay out of the sun and especially out of those derned sun beds (tanning beds)…  But I didn’t listen.  I worked at a tanning salon throughout high school and college and I was nicknamed, “Malibu Barbie” for my tan.  So. DUMB.  Why do we think we’re invincible when we’re young?  I never believed that what I did to my skin then would affect my skin now… WRONG.

Now, I’m spending my 30’s trying to undo all that dang sun damage.  I’ve been testing out some new products, brands and a new routine and y’all…  My skin is soaking up all the TLC.  It’s amazing the difference I’m seeing in my skin, especially my décolleté.  I’ve challenged myself to do this new routine for 30 consecutive days.  If I continue to see great results, then I plan to film a video.

What did you learn the past month?  I love learning things through you too!

PS- watch my review of my Gucci belt in this YouTube video.

 

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GTT: 7 Goals To Live A Better Life

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First off, the most important question of all…  Do you love, or do you LOVE, my Pretty Woman dress?  If you don’t know what I mean by Pretty Woman dress, what the what?!

Okay, on to the real life stuff.  The stuff Girl Talk Tuesdays are all about.  We’re into a new(er) month, and almost into a new season, so it’s a great time to make some new goals.  Hopefully, these goals we set will turn into {purposeful} habits.

  1. Get 8 hours of sleep.  Some of you may read this and think, duh.  Others may read it and think you could only dream of 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep.  I’ve been in both boats…  Currently, I’m in the latter and I need to make some changes.  MacKenlee has been going through this amazing sleep regression which means shorter naps and night wakings…  The days either/both of those occur, I can barely get anything done.  My remedy?  An earlier bedtime.  Starting tonight, my 12:00 bedtime is getting moved up.  7am rolls around really fast, so I’m challenging myself to be in bed by at least 11pm this month.
  2. Drink more water.  I’m actually pretty good about drinking water, but I definitely have days I forget to stay on top of it.  You should be drinking half your body weight in ounces daily for so many reasons.
  3. Read my Bible daily.  Baby girl wakes up at 7am every morning, so I want to get in my quiet time before she wakes up…  Which is another reason why #1 is so important.  My days and attitude are so much better on the days I begin with devotions.  A positive start to the day = a positive flow throughout the day.
  4. Drink a cup of green tea daily.  Around 5pm, I’m ready for a second cup of coffee.  Most days I don’t give into the craving, but the craving is almost always there.  Instead, I’m making myself a cup of green tea.  There are so many benefits to adding tea to your day, just google it!
  5. Cut down on the carbs.  If you recall, I did the keto diet back in May, and I saw quick results.  I was able to keep off the weight, but I realized last week that my diet is almost entirely carbs and protein lately, which is terrible.  So more fruits and veggies are on the menu for this girl.  Tonight, I chose two veggies for sides instead of our usual one veggie and one carb combo.
  6. Read two non-fiction books a month.  I love reading, or rather listening, to audiobooks.  I have a list of non-fiction books I want to read and I’m setting a goal of two books (minimum) per month.
  7. Stop comparing.  It’s easy to slip into the comparison trap.  You can be scrolling through Instagram and then end up down a rabbit hole of of photos and accounts that make you think your life is miserable in comparison.  It’s oh-so-easy to get down on yourself after seeing or hearing someone else’s good news…  But you have to remember, social media (and a lot of conversations too!) are just highlight reels.  Chances are, they have problems just as big as yours.

Photos by Kara Coleen Photography.

 

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