Nic + Zoe Statement Coat

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I love blazers, jackets and coats. Well statements ones at least. Generally I don’t like coats. Simply because they add bulk and you can’t see ones outfit.  But theres always a special one that catches my eye and I have to have it. Well thats what happened when I saw this Nic + Zoe Coat at their new King of Prussia store. 

This coat comes in a black and grey combo as well but as I said above I like to make a statement.   The sales associate advised me that most customers had opted for the understated black and grey version, which only made me want the orange and pink palette even more.

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Dynamite Bomber Blazer At Work

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Although I’m short I believe long lines look best on me. Not sure what long lines are? Think monochromatic looks (one color head to toe) or long jackets, even dresses. Too much color, too many pieces, or texture (velvet, embroidery or fur) on these curves and things quickly go array. Simple is best in my book. You don’t look over done or like you are trying too hard. Don’t get me wrong I like to have fun with fashion and wear trends but I know whats my style and whats not. 

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Soma Intimates Sports Bra Review

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For the past 4 years I have been on a weight loss and health journey. In that that time I have done it all. From indoor rock climbing to hot yoga, cardio barre, to becoming quite the little jogger. Incorporating these things into my daily exercise routine helped me to lose a total of 64 pounds. Not bad for doing it mainly on my own (i’ve recently hired a trainer). I’ve learned that losing weight and working out takes 3 main components:

  • Consistency
  • Moderation
  • A GOOD SPORTS BRA

And trust me when I tell you all three are no easy feat. 

If you think finding an everyday bra is hard, finding a sports bra for activities like Zumba, Jogging or Kickboxing is even harder. There’s a reason why boobies go flying during these workouts. And even as The (Philly) Bra Lady I was no exception. And as an active and consistent fitness lover I have made it my mission to help women find the right bra for their activity level, breast shape and body size. Yes, all those things matter. Check out my 2015 list of my favorite sports bras  size B-J here. 

So you can imagine when lingerie newbie company Soma launched their new sports bra and apparel line I could not wait to try it out. 

 

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My Grade for Soma‘s New Sports Bra and Apparel = B- 

Heres what I love about the product

  • The Size Range: They have included my E.F.G Girls with sizes from 32D – 38G. 
  • Color Palette : They have blue, neon green, and teal. As well as basic colors like black, grey and nude.  
  • Price Point: The sports bra I’m pictured wearing is only $60. Which is pretty comparable to most brands but generous for my E.F.G Girls.
  • Design: I love the “almost” long line band under the wire (bras available in wired and wireless styles) 
  • Side Panel Support: No side boob in this bra. The high side panels don’t rub, pinch or dig. All in, all covered. 

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Here’s What I don’t love about the product

  • The Size Range: You ladies know I’m a H Cup (34 H) and this only goes up to a G cup :( 
  • Design: Although this is a wired sports bra the wires are only placed under the breast.  There is no real bridge or gore to help keep breast separate so there are no real cups. Therefore your boobs will end up touching and have that uniboob effect. 
  • Cup Depth: The “cups” are just not deep enough in my opinion. More on that below. 

Feedback from my review…

So since I’m a H cup I requested this bra in my “sister size” 36G (going up in the band and down in the cup to get more depth in the cup. Case in point, if a manufacture knows you have a larger body frame {i.e.. larger band/back} the cup size/depth will increase (more on that here). So in order to get more room in the cup I got a 36G. As you can see my cup runneth over a bit (unfortunately after a workout it was worst).

In light of that I had a plus model friend of mine try on the same bra in size 38G her true size. She had the same problem. Spillage in the cup. 

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My Final Thoughts On The Bra…

Overall I think the bra is a good sports bra. Good not great but, its their first sports bra.  The design is one of the best that I have seen thus far. Especially in this size range. It allows you to be comfortable, stylish and dare I say sexy and supported. Yet, there is most certainly room for improvement. However, I think the biggest issues with this bra is that although its sized to a G cup its

a. Not designed for a true G cup or fuller bust women

b. Not designed for plus/ fuller bodied women.

I would however recommend this bra for women sized D, E, F. Click here to find the nearest Soma to you to try out their new sports line.

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How To Wear The 70s Style Trend

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Overcoat: Primark| Purse: Vintage| Jeans: Gap Curvy Cropped Jeans| Top: Nordstorm|     Shoes: Sam Edelman

No White After Labor Day? Tell’em boy bye. I’ll wear what I want when I want. Truth be told I wanted to wear this amazing suede jacket back in July but that would have been just crazy.  I’m an 80s baby (1984 to be exact)  but the 70’s are back in full effect. But I’m not a trend person. I teach women my professional style philosophy…

Style is personal. You have to find what works for you. Don’t force it. Don’t follow trends.  Know your bra size, wear shapewear and follow your heart

So when I saw this coat I knew this would be my gateway to 70s style for Fall 2016. If your new to the to the 1970s trend think, fringe, baby blue eyeshadow, platforms and flare jeans. 

Stylist Tips For Incorporating This Trend

  • Start with Accessories: an earring or shoe is a great place to start. Its small enough to wear to work but punchy enough to make an impact. 
  • Pick Neutral Colors: I choose brown so that I may wear this with many things for different occasions. 
  •  Wear Classic Shapes: Wearing trending pieces in modern shapes and silhouettes so that will stand the test of time in your closet, no matter how much you paid for the item. 

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