Give Yourself a Boost & #SpreadTheKindness Link Up #56

Female breasts are amazing things, aren’t they? They torment us at puberty in one way or another. They grow too fast making us the center of unwanted attention. Or they don’t grow quick enough making us envious of those lucky girls who get them early. As we begin menstruation and the inevitable PMS begins to wreak havoc on our bodies, they can become tender and cause us pain. As we become sexually active beings, our breasts become the objects of desire for our male (as well as female) counterparts. When we enter our child-bearing years and begin having children, they become the source of nourishment for our babies. In our menopausal years, we begin to witness dramatic changes in our breasts. But throughout our lives, our breasts carry a lot of power…from providing nourishment to feeding sexual desires, from being a source of sexual stimulation to sadly and all too often having the ability to claim lives. They are a part of us for our entire lives and they deserve to be treated well.

*This is not a sponsored post.  As always, all thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.

Throughout the course of our lives, our breasts undergo a multitude of changes. They change in size and density. They change in purpose and usefulness. Our bra sizes will continue to fluctuate with weight changes throughout our entire existence. And if you have been blessed (I use that term lightly) with larger breasts, you may have spent most of your life searching for the perfect ways to support them in comfort and style.

I want to briefly share my personal breast story with you. In my post-puberty years, my bra size settled around a 34C. I was a competitive swimmer with lots of body tone and while my breasts were bigger than most of my friends, they were still perky and firm. Then in my late 20’s, as I headed down that landslide of Bipolar Disorder and found myself 80 pounds heavier from psychotropic medications, my bra size went up to a 42DDD. Finding my way to recovery, stopping the medications, and losing some of that weight, I found I needed a size 38DDD. I continued purchasing my bras off the racks from major retailers, but was never ever comfortable. Finally after having my children and realizing that my breasts had settled into a somewhat consistent size, I was properly measured and, much to my dismay, discovered that my bra size was a 38H. For the first time ever, I invested in quality bras in the correct size. This seriously changed my life. I had finally found the right support in the correct size that was comfortable and stylish. And my clothing suddenly fit much better as well. But one thing that was missing in my life was comfortable and supportive loungewear that was attractive for those moments at home when I didn’t want to wear a bra.

I am definitely one of those women who removes my bra as soon as the day is done. I have tried countless items for lounging around my house from bralettes to sports bras to tank tops with built-in bra shelves. None of these provided adequate support as my breasts literally just billowed out the top or swung low right to my belly button. And then in October, I met Sandra Mimran Smith and she introduced me to her amazing new product Boost which is a “new line of loungewear for young girls and women who are full chested with small frames.” Each piece has “built-in support without constraint or compression.” The garments are crafted from “jersey-soft fabrics that caress and hold” as well as provide “shape and lift with full adjustability when you need it and a more relaxed setting when you don’t.”

If you remember my post from December, Big Boobs in the City, I was fortunate enough to be a model for Sandra’s new advertising campaign for Boost. You can read all about that experience in the post. But today, I want to talk about the product itself.

Meet Sandra Mimran Smith, Founder and Creator of Boost/Image Source

If you are interested in Sandra’s personal story and how she came to create this amazing product, you can watch this very informative video.

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I have the nightie in black and it is seriously the softest jersey fabric I have ever felt. The front adjusting straps are so easy to adjust without reaching and straining or asking my husband for help. The nightie also has a built in bra closure in the back to get the correct size for your frame but without the constraining tight feeling that often comes with an actual bra. For size reference, I wear a bra size of 38H and size 14 pants…and the XXL was the perfect fit in the Boost Nightie. I cannot say enough great things about this product. It has been a bit chilly around here lately so I haven’t been able to wear it much. But when I do, I just add some over the knee socks and a cozy cardigan and I am completely lounge ready with a glass of my favorite moscato, feeling cute, comfortable, and completely supported.

So if you are a large breasted woman with a smaller frame and are in search of some fabulous loungewear that is supportive and stylish, you must check out Boost products. Currently available are the nightie and the cami and shorts set. Both come in three colors. Currently in production with limited availability is the tank top in black. Sandra has generously offered my readers a promo code for 10% OFF your tank top purchase. Due to limited availability on this piece, she just asks that you first email info@boostwr.com to confirm if your size is still in stock. Then use code Happy18 at checkout.

Bordeeaux Nightie with Black Lace Trim and Black Straps
T-Back Nightie
Stretch Lace Made of Micromodal
Navy Cami and Shorts Set with White Lace Trim and White Straps
Comfortable T-Back
Cami with Front Adjusting Strap

It is a new year and there is no better time than now to treat your breasts with the love and care they deserve and give yourself a boost! And there is no better product than Boost to do just that. Not only do you get an amazing and quality product from a company which continues to support women who need support but your purchases also support a locally owned female-run small business. And you all know I am a huge advocate of that kind of support!

And now your favorite posts from last week.

Lisa of Coast to Coast shared her post Closet Staples. She has featured at least 3 of my very favorite wardrobe staples in this outfit…a long cardigan, raw hemmed denim, and adorable suede booties…plus her Alex and Ani bracelets!  It is the perfect combination that never goes wrong!

Lisa of Coast to Coast

And Cheryl of Cheryl Shops shared her post What to wear with a spring dress in winter. Not only is her dress absolutely fabulous, but her winter styling of it is superb! I do love a great statement dress that you can wear all year round!

Cheryl of Cheryl Shops


Boosting it on the edge,

Shelbee

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I am a 40 something Army wife and stay-at-home mother of 2 boys and 2 cats named Dave and Frankie. I have a passion for helping other women feel fabulous in the midst of this crazy, beautiful life.

78 Responses

  1. Great post Shelbee!

  2. This is an amazing product Shelbee. I love items like this for wearing under dresses. Makes them hang so much better xx

  3. What a fabulous idea! Unfortunately (!), I’m a pretty standard 34B so these wouldn’t be any good for me with such a small chest! But they look gorgeous, and I can certainly understand why they’re so good for you curvy gals!
    Suzy xx
    http://www.suzyturner.com

    • Suzy, thanks so much for reading! I don’t think it is unfortunate at all that you are a 34B! Isn’t it funny how we can be so unhappy with what we are given? Women with big boobs want smaller ones and women with small boobs want bigger ones! We should just be happy with the boobs we’ve got, I suppose! In any even, this product is so amazing and I am so happy to have been introduced to it! I hope you are having a fabulous week, my friend!

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  4. You look so amazing in these shots Shelbee! The line sounds fabulous. Thanks so much for sharing and for the link up!

    https://www.kathrineeldridge.com

    • Kathrine, thank you so much! It was a little intimidating doing photos in lingerie, but there it is and I am so glad that I did…this line is amazing and I just have to share about it! I hope you are having a fabulous week so far.

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  5. I do believe we should always take care of ourselves and that includes every body part. For today’s purposes, breasts. Thank you for sharing your story and it is empowering and enlightening to hear someone else’s journey because our challenges and struggles are different. I think these products are great and agree 100% that we always should be comfortable and feel our best. Happy Tuesday Shelbee! I hope you are having a great start to your week so far.

    Maureen | http://www.littlemisscasual.com

    • Maureen, thank you so much! I agree completely that we must treat every part of ourselves in the best possible way. I had neglected my boob comfort for way too long! What a huge difference the proper support makes for every part of the day from work wear to loungewear. I hope you are having a fabulous week so far!

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  6. Finding the right size bra makes all the difference! I have had huge breasts all my life much to my dismay. In college I had a breast reduction and for awhile I was thrilled to have normal size breasts and be able to wear cute bras and tops. Fast forward to two pregnancies where I gained over 60 pounds each time and BAM! They’re back! When I tell people what size bra I wear they don’t believe me but when you are properly measured it’s amazing how much larger your actual cup size is! I need to check out this line, it would be nice to have a nightie with support. I always wear an exercise bra to bed!
    xo,
    Kellyann

    • Kellyann, thank you so much for sharing your personal breast story here! I feel like we all too often get embarrassed talking about these things…but these are our bodies and they go through a multitude of changes throughout our lives and it is so nice to have a community where we can discuss these issues. Personally, I don’t like to sleep with any type of bra on, but then my breasts sometimes get very tender which can become annoying during sleep. This nightie is so amazing to sleep in. It gives just the right amount of support that is comfortable but not confining. I really can’t rave about it enough. I need to get the shorts and cami set as well as the tank top. I just love this line so much! I hope you are having a wonderful week so far, my friend.

      xoxo
      Shelbee

    • I am the total opposite of you girls. (and have never really cared) I knew if my top was bigger, I’d look bigger all over. I swear I’d never guess to look at either of you that your sizes are what they are. (Kellyann, not that you shared your actual size) I will say that having smaller breasts is challenging as well to find bras to fit and now I’m going through the same thing with my daughter. I’m a 34A and she’s a 36A and both sizes are hard to come by. This line of support wear looks like a major win for you girls who are more “well endowed” 😉 Shelbee, I think it’s so great that you got to participate in this campaign and are willing to share with other ladies. Y’all are both beautiful and it shows inside and out. Here’s to ta-ta’s of every shape and size. AND…thank you so much for picking me this week. I feel so special❤️. Have a great week sweet friends! XO

      • Lisa, thank you so much for this wonderful comment and for sharing your personal story of boob and bra challenges! I think we all need to appreciate what we have been given no matter what size they are! We are breaking down all sorts of barriers just by openly having this discussion! So thank you for that. And it was my pleasure to feature you and your fabulous style this week. I am always so inspired by your fashion choices, you always look fabulous, and I adore your blog! I hope you are having a wonderful start to your week, my friend!

        xoxo
        Shelbee

  7. Good loungewear is a must-have! This sounds like a great product! It’s comfortable to wear and makes you feel good!

    • I agree, Laura! And this product is so amazing! The fabric is so soft and super easy to move around in. And I love that I can just layer it up when I am cold. It is going to be a fantastic piece, for sure, when it gets warm out. Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous week!

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  8. I love your positivity and outlook! You look gorgeous!

  9. Nicely done Shelbee! Tasteful, elegant and classy. This is important and women with large breasts on the hunt for comfort will thank you for your openness and willingness to share! You’re the best!

  10. Great post! I can totally identify! And, I consider bras to be torture mechanisms. Sandra is so clever to create her Boost range. Someone that understands a woman’s body!

    • Thanks so much, Tina! It really is a great product…because it was designed by a real woman with a real body who saw a personal need and met it! Now I just need to get myself more Boost wear so I have something for every night! Have a fabulous day, my friend!

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  11. I love how comfy you are inside your own skin, and I think that’s one of the reasons I enjoy coming here!

    • Michele, thank you so much for that wonderful compliment! I have to be honest, these photos were a bit intimidating to take and share…but I will continue on my journey facing my fears head on every step of the way!

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  12. This looks like the prettiest loungewear. I am so glad you found one you like and are comfortable in.

  13. Fortunately, or unfortunately, breasts have never been much of an issue for me except when I was breastfeeding! I just never had any breasts to speak of! I did have some added after nursing 3 babies because I felt like I had saggy little mosquito bites! I’m still only a 34Cish. Your posts are always informative and entertaining! Thanks so much for the link up!

    • Suzanne, thank you so much for sharing your personal breast story here! I love that we are unafraid to talk about these topics that were once so taboo. And I find nothing unfortunate about the size of any woman’s breasts whether they be large or small. They are ours and we should just be proud of them and the purpose they serve! Have a fabulous day, my friend.

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  14. What a fabulous product Shelbee!! I love that there are women out there filling the gaps in the market to help us all!!
    And you are an incredible model!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    • Jodie, thank you so much! Modeling lingerie was a tad bit intimidating, I must admit! But very empowering as well! And Sandra has done an amazing job seeing a need in the market and filling it. She is going to have great success with this amazing product. Have a wonderful day, my friend.

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  15. Totally fun post that is very informative! I love undergarments and the ways they can make you look and feel!
    Happy Tuesday!
    Cheryl
    https://www.northwestmountainliving.com

    • Cheryl, thank you so much! I never truly understood the power of proper undergarments until recently and what a life changer it has been! I hope your week is off to a great start!

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  16. I enjoyed reading the post and it sounds like a lovely product. love your pics. i wear a coobie bra, which has not wire as I have sensitivity and can’t wear them.
    Enjoy your day!
    jess xx
    http://www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

    • Jess, thanks so much! And thank you for sharing your product of choice. It’s funny because I absolutely cannot wear a bra without an underwire. I just don’t feel supported enough! I hope your week is off to a fabulous start, my friend!

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  17. A very and informative post. I hope Sandra and her product do well. She has great models.

    Thanks for hosting and I hope that you have a wonderful week.

  18. You really do a great job modeling lingerie, I am not very ‘gifted’ in that department, but I still like to have some fun and functional pieces in my wardrobe! I love your blog, you always have so many great topics and a lot covers women topics, such as lingerie, aging (you’re my age, so I typically have a lot of the same thoughts as you!), fashion and just a good mix of posts. 🙂 You look great!!!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

    • Carrie, thank you so much! I really appreciate that type of validation! I have to be honest, I was a bit intimidated by modeling lingerie…but Sandra and her team made me feel so comfortable and relaxed that it ended up just be a super empowering experience. It also helped that I had my best friend of nearly 30 years right there modeling beside me. I am so glad that you enjoyed this post and my blog. I enjoy your blog and the topics you cover very much as well! I hope you have had a fabulous start to your week!

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  19. Sounds like a great and much-needed product!

    • Yes, it definitely is. Sandra saw a need and met it and I think she is going to see much success with this line! Thanks so much for stopping by, Elizabeth, and have a fabulous day!

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  20. What a great product and thanks for sharing it with us. You ladies all look fab!
    Nora

  21. So fun to see your day in NY. It looked like a fun shoot. Now where are your pictures going to be used? in a catalog or her webpage

    • Kim, thanks so much! As far as I know at this point, Sandra is using the photos on her website and in a press release or ad campaign. I will definitely let you know when it is rolled out! I hope you are having a great week, my friend.

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  22. Aww, Shelbee, what a fantastic surprise to see myself featured here! And I’m especially honored that it’s on a post about lingerie for busty gals, being one myself! 🙂 Thank you so much—I love the spirit of community you foster and the support you give other bloggers. It really means so much to me! xoxo
    Cheryl Shops | http://www.cherylshops.net

    • Cheryl, thank you so much for that! It was my pleasure to feature you, your fabulous blog, and your amazing style. And I am so glad that you liked that it was on a post talking about products for big busted gals. You are awesome and I am so pleased that we are able to be on this blogging journey together in this amazing community! I hope you are having a great start to your week, my friend!

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  23. Thanks for sharing info and hosting – have a beautiful day!

  24. breasts are a fascinating topic – we don’t realize how many changes we go through in life with them, but I suppose the most important thing is to accept and love them no matter what. Thanks for sharing your story with us, Shelbee! xx

    • Tianna, I couldn’t agree with you more! Thank you so much for reading and for appreciating the topic of discussion! I love that we are breaking down barriers and having these discussions in a public forum. I hope your week is off to a fabulous start.

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  25. Great post. You have such great Ta-Ta’s!!!!! XOXOXOXOXO

    • YAY! Thanks so much, Cathe! We should all love what we have been given, right? I am always tormented by their size, but they are what they are so I will change my perspective! You rock, my friend. Thank you.

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  26. This is such a great post Shelbee!! That nightie looks great on you!

  27. Oh Shelbee, your writing always manages to make me smile (and laugh–quite frequently). Knowing your size (and having the right size) makes such a difference, doesn’t it?

    Mary
    https://windandspindle.com/

    • Mary, thank you so much! I am so glad that I could make you laugh! That is one of the best compliments I could receive on my writing. And yes, proper fitting undergarments is a life changer, for sure! Have a wonderful day, my friend.

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  28. Sandra’s Boost product is wonderful and I love seeing the three of you modeling her items. You all look so great! I remember meeting and talking with her about her new company at Chico’s. Such a fun post!!

    Cherie
    http://www.stylenudge.com
    STYLE NUDGE

    • Cherie, thank you so much! We had so much fun that day of the photo shoot, too. Sandra is such a wonderful person and it was the Chico’s event that brought us all together! I am so thankful for that. I hope you are having a fabulous week!

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  29. I didn’t get measured until after having my daughter…and not suprisingly I was wearing the wrong size bra! This range of loungewear looks fab. I can tell from the photos that the material is super soft. I’m very fussy about my nightwear and loungewear – I can’t abide anything constricting or stiff material. I always wear jersey vests and PJ bottoms in bed, and I even wear socks and a cardigan when it’s really cold! Such a passion killer 😉

    Emma xxx
    http://www.style-splash.com

    • Emma, thank you so much for sharing your personal story here! Isn’t it crazy how long we live wearing the wrong bra size?! It is such a necessary piece of clothing as it can make or break everything else we wear if it doesn’t fit properly. Yet, so many of us neglect it for so long! And I hear you on the soft comfy jammies…that’s totally my jam, too! (Ha. See what I did there?) And being cute and cozy in your loungewear is in no way a passion killer in my opinion. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day.

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  30. Ha Ha !!! I also take off my shoes and my bra as soon as I get home. So much more comfy!!!

  31. I definitely need something like this for my big ems lol! After gaining so much weight through the years they are huge and I need support. Thanks for sharing Shelbee 🙂

    http://www.tipsyheelz.com

    • Trina, thanks for sharing your personal boob story with me! I love that we are breaking down barriers and discussing these topics openly. And I swear by the support in this nightie. My boobs are incredibly heavy and I was doubtful that anything other than a heavy duty underwire bra could hold them up, but Boost does exactly that without the confining! It is such an amazing product!

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  32. Shelbee, excellent post! You and I are “bosom” sisters in this arena and this is the first product that I’ve seen a blogger share that I’m truly interested in buying because it something I’ve searched for for a long time. I’m especially interested in the cami top and the possibility of wearing it not just as loungewear. Thank you for sharing this fantastic product and for the link up.

    Rena
    http://www.finewhateverblog.com

    • Rena, thank you so much! I cannot rave enough about this product, for real. My breasts are very dense and therefore quite heavy in weight. I was very skeptical that this product would provide any more support than an ordinary sports bra. I was happily surprised that I felt securely held in all night long but super comfortable without feeling that confinement that a bra often causes. Sandra really did her research in the development of the support system in her pieces. I really want the tank and the cami set as well!

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  33. Awww I love this! Fabulous ladies! #GirlsJustWannaHaveFun

    Edwige | http://www.hypnozglam.com

  34. You ladies look fabulous and so comfortable! I love that you can make it into loungewear with the cardigan and long socks!

  35. Isn’t crazy how much our breast change over our lifetime! There’s nothing better than having the right bra size,specially the way your closet fit afterwards. These loungewear looks super soft, I can almost feel it 🙂

    xo
    Mel

    • Mel, thanks so much for stopping by! Finally getting into proper fitting bras was such a life changer for me. And quite literally changed my entire wardrobe. Pieces that never fit right finally did! And this nightie is nothing short of spectacular as far as fit, support, and comfort go.

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  36. Great post-Shelbee, you are doing really well, congrats on being one of the models 🙂 Thanks for joining us at The Wednesday Link Up.

    • Claire, thank you so much for this wonderful comment and vote of confidence! It was really just a matter of being in the right place at the right time and being willing to go for it! I guess it really fits that old adage about answering the door when opportunity knocks! Have a fabulous weekend.

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  37. I feel really uncomfortable with common bras (maybe with the exception of some athletic ones), so now I just wear tank tops. I feel it´s really important to share information that can make our lives a little bit easier. There´s a proper boost for every woman!

    Shelbee, you look sooo sexy!

    • Helen, thank you so much! You are so sweet! And I agree with you…there is a proper boost for every woman…and we totally should share these things when we come upon valuable information and products! It’s all about #SpreadingTheKindness! Have a wonderful week, my friend!

      xoxo
      Shelbee

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