A well-fitting bra really makes a difference in how you look and feel.  At Anna Bella, we delight in assisting women in finding their ideal size & style.  Yes, bra shopping isn't typically a favorite activity, with concerns of being judged on how your body looks or feeling exposed.  Push those concerns aside as bra fitters are there to assess a bra on your body.  Customers are turned away from the fitter when bras are tried on so we see nothing except a bra on your body.  And fitters aren't assessing YOU ... they are assessing how a bra fits your unique body.  The goal is to make you extremely happy with the bras you select & to teach you how to know if the bra is a good fit.

Go ahead ... give it a try!  You have nothing to lose except the opportunity to find your perfect fit.

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Helping your teen select bras is something that every Mother should consider.  And doing so at a bra fit boutique helps her understand the importance of getting the right fit.  Her sizing will change many times in the next years & she should feel confident that there are resources to help her find her perfect fit during this transition.

For now, help your teen select good everyday bras that help her feel covered, supported and confident. While bras with colors and patterns are definitely fun for teens, she should still have bras that are  less likely to show through clothes -- in black or nude -- before buying bras that have more personality. That way, she always has the right undergarment for any outfit.

 

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Are you a fan of the Netflix hit, Grace & Frankie, the series revolving around two unlikely friends brought together after their husbands announce that they are in love with each other and plan to marry?  As everything around the ladies is coming apart, the only thing they can really rely on is each other. 

The fantastic thing about these ladies is they don't sit around & feel sorry for themselves ... they actually start their own business (vibrators!) even though they are at a typical retirement age.  One of the real positives about the show is how fabulous Grace looks.  Her wardrobe is extremely stylish but age appropriate, even when it comes to loungewear.  Although she's had tough times, she still takes care of herself & her appearance.  Is she doing this for someone else???  No!  She makes the effort for herself, even though she does seem to have a nice stream of boyfriends!

 

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Guys, enjoy fun on the water with SAXX's new Cannonball Swim Trunks. (perfect name, right?)  These stylish swim trunks are made for quick dips & long days at the beach. The SAXX Cannonballs features a breathable mesh liner and the BallPark Pouch™.  Although these swim trunks look awesome, the best part is that they were designed to keep the guys chafe-free.  

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The vast majority of women are wearing the wrong size bra!   We hear it everyday .... "I'm not sure if I am wearing the right size bra".  What they are really saying is "I AM POSITIVE I AM NOT WEARING THE RIGHT SIZE BRA".  

The most common problem is women typically wear a bra that is too large in the band & too small in the cup.   Many customers state their size as a 36D, but after a fitting, may find that a 30F is their ideal size.  This sounds crazy, right??  But wearing a too large band & too small cup means that your breasts are supported by your bra straps which puts unnecessary pressure on your shoulders & also pulls your band up your back.

90% of the support of your bra should come from your band (not straps).  Think of a seesaw.....your band in the back supports your "girls" on the front.  If you are wearing a band that is too big, you will most likely have coverage for your breasts, but you are giving away your support!  

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Spring is here and with it comes warmer weather & lovely Spring fashions. And what is the wardrobe staple every girl needs?   A good strapless bra!

Does such a thing exist???  Yes, it actually does.  The problem most people make is they purchase a strapless with a band that is too loose & often wear it higher on the back.  Once you move around a bit, the bra starts moving on your body, making you extremely uncomfortable & unsupported.

When purchasing a strapless, make sure your band fits like a "snug hug" on the lower (and smaller) part of your back.  Since your band is 100% of your support, make sure it can actually support your girls.  

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OK, maybe that's not entirely what Shakespeare pondered, but the debate on whether to wear panties or Go Commando still rages.  Whether you're running low on clean undies or avoiding VPL (visible panty lines),  feeling a little scandalous, or just enjoying the breeze, chances are you've gone Commando (or sans panties) at some point in your life. Some people choose Commando on a regular basis, possibly inspired by the sexy Sharon Stone.

There are no hard & fast rules when it comes to wearing (or not wearing) undergarmets.  Do what feels comfortable for you.    

But when you ditch the panties, pay attention to how things feel down below before you leave home.  Be conscious that scratchy or tight fabrics can be irritating. If you are experiencing even mild discomfort while at home, it may escalate as the day goes on.

Another consideration is LAUNDRY!  This is a big one for me as I don't love doing laundry.  We wouldn't wear panties multiple times without washing them, so the same should go with whatever bottoms you wear without undies.

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When you hear the word "lingerie", it evokes a certain feeling that has developed over years from advertisements, tv, movies.  The word for many is synonymous with overt sexuality, as if they expect to find Miss Kitty, the red-haired saloon proprietor on Gunsmoke, working in the lingerie store.  Whenever someone asks what I do for a living, it is always amusing to see their shocked reactions - - as if I might be a madam.  

Lingerie simply refers to women's undergarments & nightwear.  And don't we all wear these? (please say that you do!

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Who doesn't love a pretty bra!  But for longer than I care to remember, it was almost impossible to find bras in my size that made me excited.  The bras in the smaller cup sizes were so beautiful with fun colors & lace detailing, but the ones in my size looked like something my grandmother might wear.  Definitely not a confidence boost.  Purchasing bras was something you put off. Walking into a store like Victoria's Secret was almost embarrassing when the sales clerk tells you they don't have your size in the store.  

Enter Elomi .... crafting bras for  curvy girls that not only provide wonderful shape & support ... but are BEAUTIFUL.  

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Do you want to know the secret of feeling sexy??? Of course, you do!   The real trick to being sexy is to feel sexy. Many of us think we are not attractive enough to be sexy.  Being sexy isn't determined by what you look like. Regardless of your shape or size, the first step to feeling sexy is accepting what you look like and loving yourself for it.  Stop worrying about your parts you don't love and instead focus on the bits that you feel are your best. 

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