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Bra Straps or No Bra Straps- That is the Dilemma

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Intimate Insight: Bra Straps or No Bra Straps – That is the Dilemma… by Enid


Decorative Beaded Bra Straps from ExposedEnvy.com
Valentine’s Day is coming up and for some of you that might mean dressing up for a night out with your guy. For me, it means paying a $20 cover charge to go to an overcrowded bar in Beverly Hills with some of my single friends where the majority of the guys will be looking for someone a bit more model-like but, after a few drinks and a few strike outs, they will start thinking that perhaps the big breasted curvy gal might be desperate enough to put out. Of course being that the drinks are so over-priced, I will not be nearly drunk enough to actually consider their offer and they’ll do the sour grapes thing, and my friends and I will laugh about it.

The one thing in common in both scenarios is that we are trying to dress to impress and, as always, part of that perfect outfit involves a bra. And if you live in LA where the temperatures are a bit more moderate (as I write this in February, the temperature is in the mid 70’s), your outfit may include something strapless or off the shoulder. And if you are blessed with a larger cup size, the question becomes do I wear a strapless bra or stick with the straps?

Gravity is not your friend when your cup runneth over and though it’s the band that holds your girls up and not the straps, the straps can often seem to make the difference between wearing a bra and wearing a bra as a belt. For years I’ve avoided strapless outfits of any kind because invariably the strapless bra would end up around my hips at some point, especially if any kind of dancing was involved.

At the same time, wearing a regular bra also wouldn’t do. While I’ve seen plenty of women baring their straps without a qualm, given that the straps on large cup sizes tend to be more utilitarian than decorative, for me doing so was out of the question. And then two great things happened: I Googled and I went to New York.

Enid at Bra La Mode’s Debut Intimate Affair
At the end of January, I flew to New York for Bra La Mode’s Debut Intimate Affair at Bra*Tenders. Moira was bound and determined to have them fit me for some new bras so as the event drew to a close, Cristal took me into one of the fitting rooms and brought me several different styles and brands to try out. The first discovery is that as I have been slowly losing weight, so have my breasts. I’m now down to a 38F/38G depending on the style and brand of bra.

I love the Fantasie brand bras and ended up with this lovely black strapless (Style # FL4530.) It’s a snug fit, but I could jump on a trampoline wearing it and it’d still stay put. The one thing that amazed everyone was the support. I came out of the dressing room wearing a cami over it and people thought I was wearing a push-up of some sort and no one believed it was a strapless. (Seriously, people came in the dressing room so they could see the actual bra on me.)

Also prior to my visit to New York, I had also received the Va Bien Ultra-Lift Strapless Convertible which also has great staying power. I have a friend who wears this brand and swears by it. The only thing to be aware of is that the cup sizes can run large so be sure to try it on before you buy. I ordered it in my old size and it ended up being a bit big for me so I’ll be getting myself a new one because it’s a great bra.

Of course, even with a good fitting strapless, sometimes it’s just nice to have those straps either as a back up just in case or, as I’ve recently discovered, as another type of accessory. A friend of mine used to order these beaded bra straps to wear with her lacy tank tops in the summer. Interested in trying them out for myself, I Googled “beaded bra straps” and found ExposedEnvy.com.

Exposed Envy sells decorative bra straps of all sorts – beads, rhinestones, fabric, gems and even just metal. I don’t wear a lot of jewelry as my skin tends to react badly to the metal in chain necklaces or earrings, so I liked the idea of being able to wear something shiny and pretty that wouldn’t cause me to break out in a rash.

If you saw the pictures from the Intimate Affair, you’ll have seen me wearing an off the shoulder number with some straps made of red roses on dark silver. When I first saw them on the website, I just had to have them and they were as beautiful in person as on the website. I got a lot of compliments about them and found that they were comfortable to wear. The straps themselves are easy to fit as there is a little clasp in the back that you can use to adjust the length of the strap. I just put them on backwards the first time to get them adjusted and then I was all set to go.

At work I tried a set of beaded straps for a scoop-neck shirt that had a tendency to stretch out and become an off the shoulder number as the day went on. The beads were nice and flat so I didn’t have anything digging into my shoulder and they looked really nice so that instead of constantly pulling up my shirt to cover my bra strap, I could just focus on work and let a little strap show.

Gemstone Straps and Matching Bracelet
Exposed Envy also has matching bracelets for many of their straps. I ordered a lovely blue rhinestone set of straps which came with a matching bracelet and I can’t wait to wear them out to that Valentine’s party next weekend.

Each set of straps comes in it’s own green cloth bag which makes for easy storage since they won’t become jumbled with the other straps. And Kelly Carroll, the owner and designer, adds her own personal touch. When I made my second order and made a comment on the order form, I found a lovely handwritten note from her in reply on my receipt. I will definitely be shopping her site again.



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New Bra Strap!!

We just added a new bra strap to our already brilliant variety! Seriously, this is an awesome strap that goes with EVERYTHING!!! It’s a fully adjustable black strap with a rhinestone insert, making it so comfortable and yet sparkly as ever! The black accents in the center of the rhinestone create a great contrast for a really noticeable statement! I wore these out to dinner with friends last week and was asked 3 times about them, confirming I made a great decision to add this strap! For $13.00 it’s a steal too! If this doesn’t become every gals best friend I just don’t know how else to help!

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New Fabric Rhinestone Bra Strap

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I’m in love!

One of my goals is to blog more. Not just more though, but also about more things than just bra straps. I mean, They’re great and all but I love everything about fashion and fashion trends! Additionally, I come across so much since I am on the internet inside fashion sites, on other blogs so often and constantly reading what’s up in the industry.
So while doing all that, I came across these amazing pumps! I have to say I’m loving the shoes this year. These little treasures were part of New York Fashion Week 2010. So many of the shoes at fashion week 2010 year were completely outrageous! Yes, they were artistic and creative, but at the end of the day they just won’t hit the streets….and they’re really not meant to. However, these Valentino’s managed to submit themselves in the outrageous category, and unlike most, these will sell! It’s no secret lace is big for 2010/2011. I’m not sure how long it will stick, I personally think we see it now, but will be seeing through it shortly. But as for these shoes……I want to wear them every day for ever and ever!
What bra straps would go with these? Any of the black rhinestone straps would work well and I think the perfectly pearl straps for the cream pair.

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Sex and the City ‘Carrie’ Swarovski Crystal Bra Straps

just had to mention this as I found these on a website I really didn’t know existed. Shop HBO is a site where everyday people like you and I can purchase star related items we may find of interest. Since I recently posted a pic from Sex and the City, sporting Carrie and her bra, this just seemed kinda timely. It’s no secret this show had a little to do with the growing popularity of the exposed bra strap. Though during one episode or another different cast members participated in the liberating trend, Carrie was certainly the ring leader. Her fashion forwardness seemed to be a cast member of its own at times as it certainly took on a life of itself!
And so, like every good marketing company, HBO is cashing in! You can purchase these rhinestone bra straps for a meager $142.00 plus shipping and handling at http://store.hbo.com/detail.php?p=271086 or, you may also order over the phone by dialing the number provided. WOW! All the sudden Exposed Envy designer bra straps and accessories seem so affordable! The only thing being sold at SHop HBO is exposed greed as far as I’m concerned.
But, as always I am glad to see these products being offered. Over priced as they may be, they are still lovely and a great alternative to a strapless bra or convertible bra with plain straps. I’d like to see more and more of these so it’s nice to stumble onto them, no matter the price. Rhinestone bra straps by Exposed Envy are more affordable for sure, which is what makes it such a great site to shop.

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Decorative Bra Straps|Exposed Envy at Salsa Congress St. Louis 2010

The display was organized at the beginning of the show, things really end up shuffled by the end!

OK, I agreed to participate in the St. Louis Salsa Congress because my very good friend Marisha really wanted me to. She’s an amazing dancer (the brunette in the lower left of Exposed Envy’s landing page in pink). I agreed since this is a market I’ve yet to really explore, it didn’t hurt that she agreed to help me all weekend. WOW! Did this group turn out to be a ton of fun! I met so many really great men and women, all very talented and all very cool people. I love individuals with hobbies, interests and different dimensions. I have to say, I met them here. There were school teachers, doctors, college students…..all walks of life that did anything but walk on the dance floor!
The best part? They are also some of the most fashionable! I have never seen such bling. If there’s a place to add rhinestones, they’re on it. Needless to say, Exposed Envy Designer Bra Straps were a huge hit! As always, classy women love the great styles but can’t wear a strapless bra…particularly when dancing. So Exposed Envy offers them the perfect solution…and it came with rhinestones. They couldn’t have been happier! It turned out to be a wonderful experience and everyone benefited. I got to meet some extremely need people and do business. They left their strapless bras in their gym bags, added some rhinestone bra straps to their shoulders and danced the night away! It was fun to see Exposed Envy bra straps sparkle on the shoulders of such talented women!
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