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It was lovely yesterday to not work and barely even look (I did look once semi-accidentally, to a message from S. saying "If you are reading this, stop! you are on PTO!") What a stressful couple of months, especially the last 2 weeks of it.

Yesterday at my sister's I nipped out to hack some ingress portals and ended up going into all the consignment shops and little gift stores which were level entrance and within a couple of blocks. Whenever we visit I don't get to go in them (for years) because we are roaming around with a pack of children. So, I tried on ridiculous dresses, bought tank tops and a red plaid blazer with snaps that fulfills my wildest dreams, browsed boring packs of notecards, and then went for a bra fitting in zond7's co-worker's girl-friend's bra shop (which I didn't realize it was her until a moment of slightly shy recognition AFTER she was admiring the splendid encasement of my boobs).

Now aside from the nursing bra period 14-15 years ago I have not had particularly good bras or any bra at all, just the ones left over from when I was dancing in Austin and I threw them all out a while back and I haven't really needed a bra so I just wear tank tops under or a vest over if I don't want to be too slatternly/pointy looking. I have read many things about bra sizes and theory and how everyone thinks they are the wrong size. Apparently I am a 34E but since I am not used to that dogcollar feeling a 36DD works as well (I vaguely thought I was 38 C). This will not be a new era of bra wearing; just something for when i put on a fancy dress or want to look specially fantastic. If I had gotten the slightly padded kind, things would be ridiculous.

It was so nice to buzz around in the sunshine totally doing what I pleased. Then coming back to eat cookies in the sun with my sister and her friend and the kids playing with the chickens.

I'd like to bust out my drawing pens, write a bit today, something vaguely creative. From past experience it takes a few days to truly de-stress. By the weekend I should feel the cobwebs parting and some fresh feelings welling up. Hope so!!!!

Oh also I ran into a blog-friend on the street. Hi!!

Date: 2015-12-24 07:44 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] the_rck
They make things they call 'petals' that are basically little cloth pads to stick in over ones nipples. I don't know how they stay in place because it's not something I've explored. Looking at Amazon, I think the cloth ones are meant to be disposable because they're also selling silicone nipple concealers. These came up in online discussions about dealing with the side effects of radiation treatment for breast cancer as there are times when wearing a bra is decidedly not a good idea. I don't think I'd have cared for 'petals' either while I was going through that, but they seem to be an option for women who work through treatment at places where they can get into trouble for showing any nipple protrusion under their clothes.

Date: 2015-12-24 09:40 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] synecdochic
If you're a 34E, you are also a 36DD and a 38D (not a 38C, but close enough) by cup volume -- the question is just how closely fitting you like your band. Rule of thumb is "go up a band size, cup volume increases to the next letter cup over previous band size", and a lot of bra-fit places will use that to "cross-fit" you if they don't carry your cup size. (I am a 38I, which is nearly impossible to find, especially in soft cup -- I can't wear underwires for a lot of boring reasons. The closest I can sometimes find is 40H.)

Fucking bras, man.

Date: 2015-12-25 04:01 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] synecdochic

This explains it slightly better than I did! "D-cup" breasts aren't the same volume across band sizes, because the cup size represents the difference between breast size and ribcage size -- it's not an absolute.

In conclusion, bra fitting is ridiculous and I cannot wait for 3D scanning and custom bra manufacture.

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