Desperately Seeking Boobies writes, "I'm looking for help finding a sports bra that is cute, flattering and won't make a small chest look even smaller. Embarrassingly, I've still been wearing my old nursing sports bra (my daughter is already 2!) because it is the only one with padding, support and shape. I know if there's a bra out there that can make me look less like a 12 year old boy, you will find it!"
Hey DSB, never fear! Sports bras have come a long way over the last several years, and there are plenty of options for us less-than-well-endowed ladies. The trick is to find a bra that encapsulates each breast separately, providing support and lift without squishing them into one odd-looking uniboob. I also suggest looking for a bra that's in your chest/cup size before opting for something in a S/M/L sizing. You'll get a much nicer fit!
1. Moving Comfort Vixen Bra ($20) Moving Comfort makes a ton of great sports bra options for smaller-chested women, so if you find a local place that sells the brand, go try on a few different styles!
2. Patagonia Turnaround Bra ($59)
3. Champion T-Back Sports Bra ($38)
4. UA Sport Plunge Sports Bra ($50)
5. Natori Yogi Racerback Sports Bra ($68)
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Layla here: At a strapping 5'2", I've got plenty of tricks up my sleeve for fellow petite girls who need to look fashion fabulous. Plus, I make all of my beauty purchases online just so I can get free trial size samples in the mail. If you're not sure about a product, chances are I've tried it! I'd be glad to recommend my favs. I also have a knack for men's apparel and gifts, especially geek guy gifts, thanks to the expertise of my own gadget-inclined guy.
Not only does this pretty palette ($83) contain four nature-inspired colors for eyes and cheeks, the company donates 5% of palette proceeds to the Xerces Society to help protect bees from habitat loss, pesticide use, and diseases.The socially responsible palette includes one highlighter for eyes and cheeks, one blush, and two eyeshadows.
Ready for a more interactive Sudoku experience? Drop your pencil and paper and try Colorku: The Color Sudoku Puzzle ($35). The only difference between your favorite puzzle and this game is that it substitutes marbles for numbers. At least this time when you mess up, you'll be able to just dump the marbles over and start fresh rather than rubbing your eraser into a nub.
Ridiculously soft and cozy, the Bella Short Sleeve & Boxer PJ Set ($122) is made with a pima cotton blend for the ultimate in bedtime comfort. It's pretty darned cute, too, so you won't feel too ashamed for donning it as soon as you get home from work on a warm Tuesday evening. You'll just set your alarm for an hour earlier and go to the gym in the morning.*
*Hahaha. We tell ourselves the same lie almost every day!
We're big sunscreen advocates, but we have to admit we're annoyed by the telltale white residue that appears on our clothes when we get dressed too quickly after applying the stuff. Needless to say, we're intrigued by Benefit's claim that their new Dream Screen SPF 45 sunscreen ($32) absorbs instantly and goes on one-hundred-percent invisible. Bonus: It's fragrance-free, so you won't smell like chemicals all day.
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You knew your Angry Birds obsession was out of control when your boyfriend hid your phone from you. Ha, joke's on him, though! With the Angry Birds: On Thin Ice Game ($12), you can keep playing Angry Birds without an app device. Best of all, the game includes a real slingshot catapult launcher. When you're done playing, you can use that same contraption to pummel cartoon birds at your boyfriend until he surrenders your phone.
What's black and white and fab all over? This stylish mirror ($90) is handcrafted from recycled newspapers. It can hang either vertically or horizontally to fit any decor, whether it's in the bedroom, bathroom, or (yes, we're going there) beyond! Old news never looked so good.
With a classic design and invitingly retro colors, the Ava Large Storage Ottoman ($249) from Plum & Bow serves several purposes. It ties your room together with its cushy velvet awesomeness, it gives you a place to sit or prop your feet after a hard day's work, and it opens to reveal a large storage area so you can stuff it full of clutter when you're cleaning for company.
Thanks to Sally Hansen's Big Matte Top Coat ($6), any polish in your collection can have a matte finish. Not only does it transform your nails from shiny to matte, it protects against fading, extends the life of your manicure, and dries in seconds.
So you could never win that Golden Sneaker award for physical fitness in elementary school. Who cares? What would you do with a tennis shoe spray-painted gold and glued to a wooden board anyway? Now you can buy the top prize with your hard-earned cash and actually take it out on the town to strut your stuff.
The Alva ($78)
For a while now, you've harbored a suspicion that your neighbor is a Peeping Tom. It's time to show that creep next door that two can play that game. With the Nikon Monarch 5 ED Binoculars ($390), you'll finally be able to catch him in the act...of catching you in the act. Or you could always just look at birds like normal people. Boring people, but normal people.
How often do you get to describe a crop top as "ethereal"? We suppose with the belly-baring cuts basically back in stores everywhere (once a style gets to Kmart, you know it's at its peak and on its way out), anything can happen. This Sherbert + Aqua Kaleidoscope Tank ($80) is made out of a delicate, silky material and would look great floating over high-waisted shorts or a skirt.
In addition to being the cutest thing we've ever seen, this Rose Bubble Bar ($5) from LUSH Cosmetics is made with organic, fair-trade cocoa butter to make your skin as soft as possible. Just drop the bar into your tub for a rose-scented bath that leaves your skin velvety smooth.
Honestly, we're not the type to spend almost a hundo on a towel, but we can't say we aren't totally tempted to so we can spend all summer wrapping up in the Savanna Beach Towel ($94). The Turkish cotton would make short work of drying off after a quick dip, letting us get back to doing what we like doing best: soaking up the sun while flipping through a new juicy novel.
We promise that this classic wrap skirt ($111) is not actually a skort. With the way that those formerly automatic fashion disasters are coming back into vogue, one can never be too sure. Still, the denim A-line skirt is a throwback item itself, so wear it with some trendy items - a crop top or some fabulous wedges - to keep it contemporary.