Week One: Nude and Practical

Hello Everyone! Welcome to Week One of 28 Sets in 28 Weeks. Today I decided that it would be best to start with the most practical and everyday kind of undergarments. Nude. This will surely  not be the only nude set we purchase.

Today I shopped at GAP Body.

Why? Mainly, because it is right around the corner from me and the most conveniently located lingerie store. I have bought both bras and underwear from GAP body before and found that they lasted quite a long time and were very comfortable. Also, I am in pretty desperate need of a new nude bra.

The bra I decided on is a GAP Body Impulse Push-Up. It was originally priced at $26. 50. But, today it was 30 percent off so I got it at $18.55. The bra is hand-wash only and made from 86% nylon and 14% spandex. Also, it is made in Shi Lanka.

I am a size 32B, so things like support aren’t really the biggest deal to me but having a little extra padding goes a long way for my little chest.

I wear my nude bras all the time. I wear white shirts probably more often than I should and these seem to look great under everything. Pretty seamless.

The panties I decided on are a lace nude of the variety on the table here. I didn’t get a great picture of them in store because I was worried the sales woman would yell at me.¬† All the table panties were 50 percent off. They are the Low Rise Hip Tanga and made from 89% nylon and 11% spandex. Originally at $12.50 I got them for $6. 25. They should be perfectly good under tight jeans or a semi-sheer white dress.

So essentially before tax I only spent $24.80 on this whole set. It should be easy enough to wear with anything other than strapless. I’ll write a formal review in the near future.

Boudoir Inspiration For Today

So, today is the first day I am starting 28 Sets in 28 Weeks. I’m going to go shopping, photo-document the whole event. Then blog about what I find and the details of the set. I’m a little anxious to get started. Wish me luck.

To inspire me here is a beautiful boudoir photo taken by Elizabeth Messina of the latest Claire Pettibone lingerie collection.

 

Heirloom Lingerie by Claire Pettibone

Introducing: 28 Sets In 28 Weeks

I’ve been feeling sort of , well, lacking in achievement. Without starting my very own pity party, I’m just going to fill you in on my solution.

Prolog:

When I picture a completely successful woman; she is well read in both literature and news, goes to yoga and jogs, a complete homemaker, an achieved career woman, beautiful and creative. This is the kind of woman I strive to be (though I know perfection is not a reality).

While most of these things aren’t entirely achievable at this point in my life, there is one factor I can work toward. This ideal woman has all matching sets of bras and panties! And, her under-things are all laid out perfectly in a lined dresser drawer.

Claire, from Janet Fitch’s White Oleander, was the total image of perfection (though her life was tragic and not at all perfect).

In the right two drawers were hidden her silk things, in light mid-tones, champagne and shell pink and ice blue, slips and night-gowns, bras and panties that matched. Everything folded and tucked with sachets….

I loved that. Her sense of order, graceful and eccentric, little secrets women knew, lingerie bags and matching underwear.

To the Point:

I am going to achieve a full collection of matching lingerie. Once a week I am going shopping to find good deals and good quality. I am going to outline all of the items necessary to meet all wardrobe needs. I will shop at all sorts of stores except Victoria’s Secret.

Victoria’s Secret is out of this project for many reasons. A: It is obvious. Anyone can shop there. They are everywhere, and I’m trying to find alternatives. B: I don’t believe in their quality. I’ve had numerous bras and underwear simply wear out and fall apart way too soon. C: I believe they are over priced. $60 for a bra is simply too much money for this thrifty girl to spend. D: I don’t like the message I think they send to women. The original Bomb Shell Bra commercial essentially said that in order to be sexy you need to be two cup sizes larger. I don’t like that. I want them to promote enhancing who women are naturally. Positive messages about female body issues are few and far between, and honestly I would love it if the lingerie conglomerate could be an advocate for women.

Off the Soap Box:

I am also going to try to define quality through this project. I’m going to take a hard look at the materials undergarments are made out of and anything else I discover goes into quality.

Why 28?

My editorial board (aka the girls I waitress with) and I decided that in order to have enough sets to meet every out fit necessity and last skipping a laundry day we decided 28 is the number. Maybe it is a little high, but I want to be thorough. I want to make sure I don’t miss anything.

I am hoping by the end of this six month project I will feel some sort of accomplishment and satisfaction. I totally understand that this is a totally materialistic juncture. I also understand that I should not base my happiness on materialistic achievements. But, I need a project. An achievable project. And, who knows what else I will learn about myself and my goals during this process.

 

Please if anyone has any comments, questions, concerns or helpful advice I am more than grateful to read and respond. So, let’s get shopping.

DIY Wedding Hair

I really wanted to do my own hair for my wedding, but my mother talked me out of it. In case you are feeling that daring here are some great DIY ideas curtosy of some great blogs.

Ooh La La! A Hint of Vintage!

 

The Fun Bun

 

The Top Knot

 

Prim and Proper

 

Twisted Sister

 

DIY Side Updo!

 

Have fun playing with your hair ladies!

Special thanks to The Beauty Department, Running on Happiness and Martha Stewart Weddings.

 

Fun Finds For Fall

I understand that fall is nearly over. But, I feel like it just started! I feel like I didn’t really get to enjoy any light jacket weather. So, here are some fun finds for fall weather from Etsy of course. Happy Thanksgiving!

Acorn Necklace by Gwen Designs $39

 

Acorn Earrings by AmberSky $41.50

 

Okay, no more acorns.

 

FUR VELOUR Boho Feather Cloche by Preston and Olivia $215

 

Fall Faux Fur Scarf by Patkas $55

 

Camel Cape Cloak by July S $128

 

I’d love to see your fun fall finds. Please send me some pictures!