Yes, I finally got a "bra-fitting"--more on that after a little horsey / puppy update:
Puppies can be exhausting! Mine has certainly taken away from my horse time. And to top it off, the weather changed and got cold on us. The horses are all fat--too fat--and have to be taken on and off pasture, but the cold temperatures have made it even worse for grazing. I think I'll just make my life easy and keep them all in until the pastures are mowed and the weather is consistently hot.
Remember when you'd dream of just putting horses out on lush pastures and letting them be?!? What a fantasy that is! I'll put that one right up there with my barn fantasy. The truth of the matter is, most horses can't be on pasture all day (although, I am going to have my grass analyzed because I read an interesting article by Pat Ramey on this topic) and horses prefer loafing sheds to stalls in barns any day of the week (well, at least most horses--all my geldings seem to prefer stalls--but I think it's because they want protection from the mares.)
Anyway, back to BRAS, but let me first divert to panties. (I usually call them underwear, but bras are also underwear, thus, "panties.")
A good fitting pair of "panties" is pretty much the closest thing to freedom / heaven / comfort / happiness you can experience. And I found that perfect pair "a while" back--and bought about 25 of them. (That's what I do if I LOVE something...it's an insurance policy.)
Well, some of them were starting to be a bit worn out--and I figured it was time to replenish my supply--so I went back to where I purchased them--Victoria's Secret. I had taken pictures of them before I left home, so that I could show them what I wanted--and there I was--with the store manager--flipping through my photos--enlarging the photos---
SM: Yes, I remember those! They're vintage now.
Me: No, they can't be "vintage." I just bought them a year or so ago.
SM: Hmmm...did you buy them at a sale?
Me: I bought them here in your store.
SM: (trying to be nice) Well, we haven't had that style for at least 3 1/2 years.
Me: (quiet....thinking, maybe she's right. Maybe it has been over 3 years! Honestly, I can't keep track of time anymore.) Do you have any like these?
SM: I have these over here--they're kind of like them.
Me: (thinking--why do you discontinue PERFECTION?!?) I'll buy 5 of them.
SM: Have you been fitted for bras?
Me: (Is she asking to fit me for a bra?) No.
SM: Do you want to?
Me: (Well, at 52 years old, I think I know what size bra I wear.) Yes.
Hands up over my head. She measures and informs me I've been buying my band size 2 sizes too large and my cup size one size too small. Wow, this explains why my strap kept riding up my back! But the bra fitting was not over. Next, I was whisked away to the changing room and given a bra in the size she measured. I put it on, and then a store clerk (a young lady) came in and inspected it. The new bra was so comfy! I had to admit, I obviously didn't know SQUAT about buying bras. And bras, my dear friends, are about as important, if not MORE so, than panties!
So, I left there with 4 new bras and 5 new style (not as good as the old, I might add) panties. My back feels so much better with the correct size bra on!! It's like a miracle!! And, their bras have cloth covers over the buckling portion so that the latches don't rub against your back.
Moral of that story: if you haven't been measured for a bra--I highly recommend it!
Continuing on the subject of health and beauty. I am at the age where I've started to seek out miracle products for my wrinkles, while at the same time being very skeptical that such miracle products exist.
One beautiful woman in her 80's told me (about 6 years ago) her secret face regimen was Eucerin lotion (for the face), BB cream, and a spritz of Rose water. I've noticed that rose water is all the rage lately.
So, I stocked up on rose water, BB cream (now they have CC cream), Eucerin--and for good measure Olay Regenerist--oh, and Rodial Stemcell Super-Food Cleanser (because I read rave reviews about it). I'm pretty much throwing everything but the kitchen sink at my face.
But I remain a skeptic. So, I'm testing this all out by standing in the same place outside (lots of sun), everyday, and taking a picture of my face. I'm going to do this for a few months and then see if I can notice any difference. I'll let you know what I discover.
In the meantime, as I was thinking all this over, and over, and over, I realized that there is one thing that improves your face INSTANTLY, makes you look WAY younger, and it's FREE!
Even if a smile doesn't make you look younger (it does), when you smile at people, they won't care what your face looks like. All they'll remember is how it made them feel. And, you'll get better service everywhere you go. Throw in a true compliment, and you'll have a friend for life.
Here is my list of things you can do to improve with age:
2. Drink lots of water
3. Stay out of the sun or use lots of sunscreen
4. Sleep well (nothing ages you like fatigue)
5. Don't smoke
6. Don't drink (well, don't drink a lot)
7. Exercise (my exercise is cleaning stalls, riding, raising a puppy, short walks, yoga, and gardening)
8. Meditate / pray every day and practice relaxation. Stress is a killer.
9. Eat healthy (I, for one, do not do this, but I trust that it does help.)
10. Grow bangs (bangs are better than botox!)
I would love to hear your health and beauty tips.