What I learned at the Victoria’s Secret Semi-Annual Sale

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Photo via cupofniall

We finally got a Victoria’s Secret in my hometown and though I didn’t get what all the hype was about, — I mean, they’re just bras— I caved and went to the store only to find out they were having their semi-annual sale. Oh crap. As a newbie, I learned a few things:

  1. You’re probably wearing the wrong right bra size.

    Here’s what will happen: One of the ladies in all black will insist on measuring your bra size and say you’re wearing the wrong one. I went from a 36B to a 32D. At first I thought it was just Victoria’s Secret sizing. If the bras run two cup sizes too small, women will get excited thinking they’re bigger than they actually are. Turns out they run true to size and 36B and 32D are just sister sizes. Nice try, Victoria. Nice try. This takes us to number two:

  2. Look for sister sizes. 

    You like that super cute mint bra with watermelon pink rhinestones on the straps but it’s not your size? Check out your sister sizes. You may find it in another size bin. When a bra’s band size is increasing, the relative cup volume is decreasing. And when a bra’s band size is decreasing, the relative cup volume is increasing. More cup sizes can actually fit your breasts! More options! Yay! Use the size chart below to determine alternative cup sizes.

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  3. Panties first, bras later.

    If you have OCD, meaning you must wear matching underwear, dive onto the panty table first. There are less panties than bras. Search for cute ones and then look for matching bras. Remember they don’t necessarily have to be a set. Go for matching colors or lace patterns.

  4. Team up!

    Go with a friend. Keep a lookout for each others size while frantically searching for your own and meet up at the dressing room later. Remember it’s sale and a random hand might snatch that $125 Christmas special edition, now on sale for $35, which was your friend’s size. Stick with the buddy system, grab what you can and get rid of what you don’t like later.

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  5. Check their website

    If you don’t like the idea of a crowded store, online shopping is always an option. The only downside is you don’t get to try on the goods.

  6. Save up!

    Yes, it’s a sale but bras are still $16+ and very few of them are cute and within the $20-$25 range. If you want to stock up your intimates drawer, keep in mind that this sale is usually held during December/January and June/July. Fill that piggy bank!

  7. Remember your closet

    Yes, that purple passion bra is lovely but will it show through your tops?  Are most of your blouses white or ivory? If the answer is “yes,” go for neutrals first.

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  8. Go as soon as the sale starts at no risk!

    If people would take the time and actually read the back of their receipt, they would learn that Victoria’s Secret has a 14 days price adjustment policy. Just take your receipt and the credit or debit card you used to make the purchase. Any markdowns will be returned to you in the same method of payment.

    Now save up to stock up during the Summer sale! May the bra odds be ever in your favor.

 

Spice Things Up!

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Hello ladies.  Missed me?  I know you did.  I’m sorry for being away so long.  I’ve been feeling a little down and the purpose of this blog is to spread positivity and Melly Downers wasn’t going to be able to do that.  Today I got up and did the usual:  turn on my laptop, look for The Young Turks channel on YouTube and let the videos play while I made my one and only cup of coffee of today.  I finished watching their new videos and put 80s music on Pandora and began to read stuff on my Facebook newsfeed.  This status caught my attention, because it said exactly what I was going to post on my next status.  It was posted by a dear friend of mine.  I covered up her name and profile picture.

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“Summer… What is that?”
“Beach… What is that?”

I felt as if I’ve also forgotten what these things are.  It’s been two years since I purchased my first vintage-inspired swimsuit and the tags are still on it.  Sad, I know.  But the truth is, I don’t have many friends and whenever the few I have decide to go to the beach, I can’t because of my duty of getting people drunk.  I always find myself slowly becoming a depressed person during summertime and I’m sure it’s because I only stare at a computer screen, eat… And that’s about it.  I never do anything fun and whenever my mood changes and I’m up to do almost anything, I never find who to do it with.

I become unhappy and my confidence starts to diminish.  My breast lump scare a few months ago made me want to push through that unhappy feeling because life is too short to be in a sucky mood.  So, I will now share with you the things you must do to get yourself out of that funk and in a happy place again.  You’ll find most of these silly, but that’s the point.  Silliness brings joy and laughter to a person’s life.  I’ve done all of these in moments of sadness and I guarantee you, they work.

–         Wear lingerie to bed, even if you sleep alone. 

Just to feel lingerie against you skin is extremely sexy, imagine just staring at yourself in the mirror before you go to sleep.  Your pillow will feel extremely lucky.  If you don’t want to go all out, check out Forever21.  They have gorgeous one and two piece sets!  I got this one a while back for $16 and it’s not available on their site anymore, but if you truly love it, you’ll hunt it down!
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The polka dots and color feel so me!  And even though I got it in a medium and the thong doesn’t fit me, I still feel sexy in it!  If you have my “problem” (which is not really a problem, it’s a blessing) of being pear shaped, just buy another thong separately!

–          Wear sexy underwear.

It’s kinda like the first one, but the thought of walking around wearing lace undies or even geeky panties, (if the Batman or Superman logo is your thing) and people not knowing is fun!  So ditch the granny panties and treat yourself!  Or combine your sexy and geek side and get yourself some BunnyJump underwear.

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–         Date yourself.

I don’t know if it’s just me, but there’s something I find extremely sexy about a woman dining by herself.  And yes, she may have been stood up, but just the fact that she ordered herself a little something just screams “I’m so confident, I’m going to treat myself like the princess I am.”  So go ahead and order that margarita.  If you’re afraid of people staring at you, just go to the movies.  I used to do this all the time!  The best part?  No one will be eating out of your popcorn bag / bucket or whatever it is you get.  You get to pick the movie, so take advantage of the situation and watch that chick flick you’ve secretly been dying to see.  Cry during the breakup scene and laugh at the poor men dragged by their girlfriends to watch the movie with them.

–         Dance.  Like a fool. 

Look for a fun station on Pandora and dance your socks off.  I always shuffle between the 80s Music, 80s Pop, 60s, 70s & 80s hits, and Journey stations.  Yes, I already know most of the songs.  (You want to know what irritates me?  “Turning Japanese” never pops up on any of the stations.)  What the hell, Pandora?  And while the annoying ad interrupts your dance fest, hydrate to continue!  Or do like me, lip sync to Flo, the Progressive lady.  (I must dress like her for a future Halloween!)

I hope the idea of doing some of these put a smile on your face, as it did on mine.  Remember that you don’t have to feel lonely when you’re alone.  Be your own best friend and you’ll look forward to “me” moments in no time.