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UPDATE: Giveaway over now, winners will be announced on Dec 17th!
I recently shared my excitement at the news that Bali, a leading bra brand for 20 years, has introduced the Beauty by Bali collection, a line of 6 different bras in sizes 36C & up now in Target stores and online at Target.com. This new line offers us Target shoppers more choices than ever when it comes to bras and a chance to achieve a perfect fit that offers support, comfort and beauty.
I think the perfect fitting bra is probably at the top of most women’s lists and it’s definitely at the top of mine! I mean after all it is an item worn most of my waking hours and therefore it better be comfortable! But part of finding the perfect-fitting bra begins with picking the right bra size, something that believe it or not, many women are not wearing. Do your bra straps leave marks, or does it ride up in the back? These are just 2 of several indicators that you may not be wearing the right size bra.
The right size bra matters if you want comfort, support, and the proper shape to look your best, but how do you go about finding the proper size bra? I had an opportunity to speak with a Beauty by Bali fit expert to find out the answer and she offered a couple of solutions as well as some bonus frugal tips on caring for and extending the life of your bras.
Many department stores with intimate apparel departments offer a proper bra fitting free of charge and with no purchase required. If you are shy like me, you will be happy to know- you do not have to be in the buff either. In fact, you should wear your bra, even when fitting yourself.
GUIDELINE TO FITTING YOURSELF
*Determining Bra Band Size: With a measuring tape, measure around your ribcage, directly under your bust. If the measurement is less than 33 inches, add 5 inches to odd numbered measurements and 4 inches to even numbers. If your under-bust measurement is 33 inches or larger add 3 inches to it to determine your band size. So for example – if your under-bust measurement is 29, your band size will be 34.
*Determining Bra Cup Size: With a measuring tape, measure around the fullest part of your bust. Now subtract the Band Size measurement from this measurement to determine your Cup Size. Below is a standard chart for determining cup size. If the difference is 3 inches, then cup size = C, if the difference is 4 inches, the cup size = D, if the difference is 5 inches, the cup size = DD and so on.
CHECKING FOR PROPER FIT
While you will now be armed with a guide for your bra size, keep in mind that it’s specific to every woman. But here are a few tips you can use to ensure you have a proper fit. The center of the bra front should fit snug and lay flat against the breastbone. The cup should be filled out but not overflowing. The band should also be snug to the chest and not riding up or binding or constricting. The straps when adjusted should not be too loose or too tight- your lifting & support should come from the band & cups, not the straps.
HOW TO LENGTHEN THE LIFE OF YOUR BRAS
If you don’t hand wash, you should always launder your bra in a mesh bag and always hang it to dry. The heat from the dryer will destroy the elasticity a lot faster than if you let it air-dry. Try and have at least 3 everyday bras and rotate wearing them to give them a chance to recover their shape. It also isn’t necessary to launder a bra every time you wear it. If you’ve been to the gym or just ran 5 miles, that’s another story, but normal daily wear does not necessarily render your bra dirty and less washing means longer life. Also buy your bras on the center hook, to allow for additional room if you need it at times, but you will also have room to tighten as the band relaxes over time.
To find out more about the Beauty by Bali Collection and the 6 style choices that are now new at Target, be sure check out my post HERE. And be sure to take a look at this great new collection the next time you are in Target!
AND NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY!
Thanks to the folks over at Beauty by Bali- 5 more lucky readers will win 1 bra from the Beauty by Bali Collection!
HOW TO ENTER:
For this giveaway, I am allowing 3 entries per reader. Please leave a separate comment for each entry. Facebook & e-mail entries will not count, so please be sure to leave entry comments on this post.
Entry #1: Leave a comment on this post letting me know whether or not you are confident that you are wearing the right size bra and the reason(s) why or why not.
Entry #2: Like Bali on Facebook & leave me a comment saying you did or already do- (you can tell them I sent you over )
Entry #3: Like TotallyTarget on Facebook & leave me a comment saying you did or already do.
This giveaway will end on December 1st at 11:59 pm EST. Winners will be announced on the blog on December 17th. Good Luck and a big thanks to Bali for sponsoring this giveaway! The Bali brand is part of HanesBrands Inc. For additional information about Bali bras, panties and shapewear, please visit the Bali website.
*Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I received compensation from Bali and I am being provided with their new Beauty by Bali collection in order to facilitate a review that will come in a later post. All prizes are being provided by Bali. Information was provided by Bali, but all opinions expressed herein are 100% my own.
If you can use more prints, the printable coupons for Silk Pure Almond Milk have reset- including that nice $2/2. If you have trouble locating them, try switching your zip to 90210…
HOW TO CHANGE YOUR ZIP: click on the “local coupons” tab at the top then input the zip 90210, and then switch back to the coupons tab. If it still doesn’t come up clipped, just Click on the links above again and they should come right up for you.
UPDATE: The price is now back up to $29.99 at 10:28pm 11/28. Let me know if any of you see it somewhere else to price match & I’ll update.
If you have had your eye on the Littlest Pet Shop Fairy Fun Roller Coaster- there is a coupon available for $5.00 off the FAIRY FUN ROLLERCOASTER HERE. If you haven’t heard- thru December 16th, Target is price matching their competitor’s online prices, including Toys R Us which has it listed at $20.99 right now.
So you can print your $5/1 Littlest Pet Shop Fair Fun Rollercoaster Coupon, grab the set at your local Target and bring ithat and your coupon up to Guest Services. You can either show them the price on your phone, or if you don’t have internet capabilities, just ask them to look up the price for you. Not sure how long the price online will stay this way, so if you want to take advantage you may want to do it soon. The regular price of this set in Target stores is $28.99 so it is almost 45% Off after price match and coupon.
Did you know eBay now offers daily deals? When you sign up for e-mail alerts you have access to up to 80% savings with a huge selection of daily deals every day. They really do put up A LOT every day! And the extra bonus is shipping is FREE on all these special deals.
They offer a wide range of stuff every day too- after I joined I took a look around and they have just a little bit of everything- from electronics, apparel, jewelry, accessories, home and outdoor and much more. You can go HERE to sign up and check it out.
There is a nice high value $1/1 Pepperidge Farm Milano Cookies coupon you can print on Facebook. Just visit the Pepperidge Farm Facebook Page HERE, and Like them and then Like the Coupon to print yours.
I am almost positive I saw them included in the sale this week at $2.50, but I can’t say for sure. We usually see a sale or price cut pretty often though and this coupon has a very nice long expiration date! Mine printed with x1/11/13, so plenty of time to wait for a sale to roll around.
If you haven’t gotten a chance to order your Holiday cards yet- this great offer is still available!
There’s a great offer from Cardstore right now on custom Holiday Greetings! Right now you can get 75% off Holiday Cards & Invites using the Coupon Code: THANKS4U.
They have some nice 8×4″ Value sized flat cards for as low as $1.09 each before code, AND you get a volume discount the more you order, AND you get FREE Shipping AND to make it even better, you can get FREE stamps if you mail them directly to your recipients.
I know everyone’s quantity needed will vary but just as an example, you can add (30) 8×4 value cards to your cart like the one I made above (but there’s lots of other designs to choose from), bringing the cost down from $1.09 per card to .89 cents per card before code. You can also choose to have them delivered direct to your recipients which means they will provide the postage and mail your cards for FREE!
After using the code THANKS4U at checkout you will get 75% off your order plus the FREE stamps for a grand total of $6.71. The postage alone to mail 30 cards would be $13.50, so it is almost like them paying you to order your cards through them!
To mail directly to recipients is a lot easier when you create an address book first. Making this address book is easy, and Cardstore offers plenty of promotions throughout the year- many times even FREE cards, so you will likely use it again in the future. To create your address book, just go HERE and create a new account or log in if you already have one. Click on “My Account” at top right and then click on “Address Book” and add your addresses.
Once you are done with your address book, now create your custom card. You can choose any style you want, but if you are looking for the value cards that are $1.09, just enter the word “value” in the search box at top right to find them quickly. When you are done creating your card you are then given your shipping option. You get FREE shipping no matter what, even if you choose to have them mailed to yourself.
If you would like them all stamped and mailed for FREE, choose “Mail to the Recipient”, and once you do that, your address book will pop up and you can choose your recipients.
After you are done choosing your recipients from your address book, you are now given an option to send right away or choose the date you want them delivered. Once you select to schedule a date, a form will pop up to enter the delivery date of your choosing.
Cardstore does a great job and their cards are great quality- I have yet to be disappointed with ANYTHING I have ordered from them! Just go HERE to check out this great offer and use the code THANKS4U at checkout to get that 75% Off your total. You can use this code more than once, so keep that in mind if you want to order extra cards to have on hand just in case, or if you need two different types of Holiday cards you can do separate orders and use the code more than once per account. This offer is valid thru December 11th, 2012.
Here’s a great magazine to help you get a jump start on any resolutions that you might be making in the upcoming year!
Today you can score a One Year Subscription to Weight Watchers Magazine for only $4.50/year (up to 4 years!) when you enter coupon code: TOTALLYTARGET. This deal will run through midnight tonight (EST) November 28th This magazine tends to be a great source for coupons!
About Weight Watchers: Weight Watchers Magazine is the perfect companion for women or men who are dedicated to their health and fitness goals. Issues of Weight Watchers provide great quick-recipe ideas, seven-day menu plans, exercise tips, and other great health and lifestyle advice that can help the reader stay on track. Weight Watchers Magazine brings many inspirational stories from Weight Watchers members that will be sure to keep motivation high. Whether already enrolled in a weight loss program or simply trying to maintain current fitness, Weight Watchers is a valuable tool for success.
Looking for other magazine deals? You are in luck! Coupon code: TOTALLYTARGET will also get you 20% off on almost all other titles at DiscountMags!