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Monday, September 8, 2014

Here’s To The Women…

…Who dream, inspire, encourage and persevere.

Do you know such a woman?

I find these qualities and many more present in the truly amazing women that I encounter on a daily basis in blogland.

Many times I have talked about the blessing of blogging friends who became real friends.  

Friends who have helped me achieve dreams, inspired me, encouraged me and help me to persevere.

I was blessed to recently celebrate another birthday. On the day I took some time to reflect on my life so far and the hopes and dreams I have for myself (and of course, my family) in the future. I asked the hard questions of “Who do I REALLY want to be?” and “What do I need to do to get there?”

The answer came in the the form of the amazing women I know who: 

Believe

Care

Create

Give

Help

Inspire

Improve

Invent

Lead

Protect

Nurture

Uplift

The world needs more people like you - Vanity Fair®

If you have been reading my blog for any length of time you know that I am a wife, mom, interior designer, writer, chauffeur, master chef & bottle washer; and a few years ago I decided to go back to school to get an advanced degree. Each title is a glorious piece that is helping me to work out the amazing puzzle I want to be. But yes, I am stretched thin. I have been for a few years now. I have come to realize that I can’t be the best person I want to be if I don’t take care of myself. So, I started with the basics. I got yearly exams I was way behind on. I began eating healthier. I’m still trying to cram a bit of exercise into my busy schedule. I’ll get there!

Yet I still felt…..blah and frumpy.

A haircut helped. A little. Then I began addressing my wardrobe.

The stained and torn clothing was discarded. I tried on blouse after remaining blouse and just felt…..not good about myself. As I began packing for my upcoming move I began sorting through my dresser. I think 98% of my undergarments featured stretched out elastic and bras that caused back fat. You can’t top that with ANYTHING and feel good about yourself.

So here’s either TMI or your laugh for the day. I googled “Bras that eliminate back fat”

I was tired of feeling bad about myself. I mean I was beating myself up over back fat.

No more negatives, only positives!

Just typing those words kind of brought back the feeling of being a mortified 12 year old, first time bra shopping with my grandmother. It was she who informed me that “Vanity Fair® makes the best undergarments.” You remember Vanity Fair® right? For 100 years, Vanity Fair® lingerie has been the brand that women look to for undeniable support, lift and a little bit of luxury.

Vanity Fair 1939

Vanity Fair® still offers feminine and beautiful lingerie that features great fabric in lovely colors and prints. I was searching for a bra with clean lines to create a smooth look under my clothes. I found it in this bra: the Vanity Fair Beauty Back ™ Back Smoother Bra.

So I went shopping. (Vanity Fair® is sold at such retailers as J.C. Penney, Belk and Kohls. They also have an online store HERE. ) While it may be a pretty little secret that French women have known for years, it’s taken me awhile to learn that the right foundation garment can totally make a difference on how you feel and see yourself.

Vanity Fair® has recently began a campaign, Women Who Do. The campaign is dedicated to praising and celebrating the everyday triumphs of women everywhere while highlighting the brand’s long-standing commitment to producing quality, luxurious lingerie at an affordable price-point. Ultimately, Vanity Fair® hopes to spark a movement that inspires women to support each other and live their lives according to what makes them happy.

Vanity Fair® is also partnering with Dress for Success® – an organization dedicated to promoting the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, career development tools and a network of support. Vanity Fair® offered to lend its expertise, resources and extensive product offering to help replenish the lingerie of the non-profit organization. Through this partnership, Vanity Fair® hopes to provide women with the support they need to be successful.

Vanity Fair® and Dress for Success kicked off a nationwide bus tour with a focus on fit and philanthropy. The LiftTOUR will travel across the country conducting bra fittings at major retail locations, and for every woman fit, Vanity Fair® will donate a brand-new bra to the local Dress for Success Affiliate. Between July and the end of October, the LiftTOUR will plan to stop at 70 different locations in 12 major U.S. markets.

Photo: Can you believe you've helped us donate this many bras already?! Here's to Women Who Do! #LiftTOUR

“You don’t have to do something big, you just have to do SOMETHING!” ~ Angie Davids

Who inspires you? Tell us in the comments for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card.

Laura

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98 comments :

GSGreatEscaper said...

You have inspired me to be a better blogger Laura!
All the Great Escape ladies inspire me! gsgreatescaper.blogspot.com
Juliette Low, whose low down husband left his money to his mistress instead of her, so she went to battle to get it!

Now if only I could find some of those lovely nylon tricot nightgowns....

Mami2jcn said...

My husband inspires me because he works so hard.

mami2jcn at gmail dot com

Mami2jcn said...

tweet:

https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/509090270840098816

Elena said...

My husband inspires me

elena_istomina at yahoo.com

Elena said...

https://twitter.com/ElenaIstomina/status/509099034644992000

elena_istomina at yahoo dot com

lil_lady_dz said...

My children have always inspired me to be great mom, friend, and wife.

Nicole.ddziedzic at gmail dot com

lil_lady_dz said...

Posted on my twitter: https://twitter.com/lil_lady_dz/status/509126430437830656

Nicole.ddziedzic at gmail dot com

kellyr78 said...

My kids inspire me because they are always optimistic and friendly.

kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

kellyr78 said...

tweet
https://twitter.com/Kellydinpa/status/509154744846528512
kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

martinealison said...

Une publication pleine d'intérêt... L'inspiration première est les enfants mais en ce qui me concerne ma plus grande amie, la peinture !
Gros bisous

Louise said...

I admire you.

And to think, that I am POSITIVE every person who has ever seen you thinks that you are lovely and stay so trim . .and you are worrying about BACK FAT! Women! We are so hard on ourselves.

Auntie Em said...

Well, this is a timely post for me! lol I have been going through some of my old duds and chucking things that do not work any more while we are doing some home renovations. That stuff is not going to go back in the closet when the crackfill dust settles and the last coat of paint dries. I am tired of hanging out, so to speak! lol I will have to check them out when we go cross border shopping in a few weeks. I think Eaton's in Canada might have carried the Vanity Fair brand years ago but that chain is long gone now. Wooo-Hooo...lingerie dept, here I come! Thanks for the tip. :)

clc408 said...

I have always admired my mom and now that she's gone I really appreciate all she did for me.

clc408 said...

Tweet
https://twitter.com/clc408/status/509376843141877760

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Great post. I need to get a makeover. Now that I am home bound I fall short in the fashion department! My inspiration. It is my Saviour. He encourages me every day to live life as best as possible and touch other's lives some way.

Vivacious Ramsey said...

My aunt inspires me because she is so selfless

JC said...

My mom inspires me to be strong and kind.
tcarolinep at gmail dot com

JC said...

-https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/511344334160277505

Natalie said...

My mom inspires to me to live my life in a kind way. She has survived cancer. yarbr012 at gmail dot com

Natalie said...

https://twitter.com/yarbr012/status/513135641761042432

Nicole said...

My friend Misty inspires me. She has had a lot of tough times in her life recently, but she carries on with such a positive attitude and amazing strength.

Anna Pry said...

my family and friends of course! pryfamily5@gmail.com

Anna Pry said...

I tweeted https://twitter.com/thepryfamily5/status/513657039046709248 pryfamily5@gmail.com

erika said...

My parents!

chambanachik(at)gmail(dot)com

Lisa Brown said...

My husband always inspires me.

Lisa Brown said...

tweet https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/514082542152978432

steve weber said...

My mom inspires me every day even though she's not with me.

Elle said...

My Mother inspired me with her love for family and life and her every day strength.
prettyinhotpink6@gmail dot com

Elle said...

https://twitter.com/PrettyHotPink6/status/514162490628775936

latanya t said...

my aunt inspires me

dlatany at gmail dot com

latanya t said...

https://twitter.com/sweetums82/status/514430865124777984

dlatany at gmail dot com

stOOpidgErL said...

My daughter, Chloe, inspires me to live each and every day to the fullest! She brings me so much happiness and joy. I don't know what I would do without her.
stoopidgerlart@gmail.com

tannawings said...

My Aunt inspires me she is a 3x cancer survivor!

tannawings at gmail dot com

tannawings said...


https://twitter.com/tannawings/status/515329230712741888


tannawings at gmail dot com

One Frugal Girl said...

https://twitter.com/OneFrugalGirl/status/515972958628888576
onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

One Frugal Girl said...

My mom who is the kindest woman I know.
onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

Shelly Peterson said...

My Mom inspires me.
cshell090869 at aol dot com

Shelly Peterson said...

tweeted
https://twitter.com/cshell202/status/515984260764033025
cshell090869 at aol dot com

Gina Wildorchid said...

I am inspired by my Grandmother because she had 7 kids and a job outside the home.

Thanks for the chance to win!
wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

Gina Wildorchid said...

tweet--https://twitter.com/WildOrchid985/status/516346415069818880

wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

Janice said...

My husband inspires me. He inspires me spiritually, a great motivator and he gives me confidence.
tweety800265(at)yahoo(dot)com

Janice said...

https://twitter.com/disneyfan40/status/516395308868468736
tweety800265(at)yahoo(dot)com

D Schmidt mummytotwoboys said...


My Mother inspires me, she is a very unique woman who does not believe in the words 'cannot do'.

mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com

D Schmidt mummytotwoboys said...

tweeted
https://twitter.com/mummytotwoboys1/status/516392137928093696
mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com

Kristen said...

I have a good friend who inspires me.

Kristen said...

tweeted
https://twitter.com/rubylorikeet/status/516801521405550592

Courtney B said...

i know it sounds crazy but joan rivers really inspired me, as a mother, actress, comedien and just overall person she was amazing

vanitizebaby at yahoo dot com

Courtney B said...

tweet

https://twitter.com/MeandBells/status/516808722400968704

vanitizebaby at yahoo dot com

Tj and Amy said...

My wonderful father who is in heaven now. He was a fighter, he had an amazing attitude and he lived life to the fullest. amypugmire@live.com

Tj and Amy said...

https://twitter.com/1amypugmire/status/516830309703106561

amypugmire@live.com

Deb Anderson said...

My sister inspires me. She's so talented, friendly, outgoing, creative.

wigget said...

my mom and my sisters

Tina said...

My family inspires me.
tina19820115@gmail.com

Tina said...

https://twitter.com/HappyTina0115/status/517628378753409024
tina19820115@gmail.com

DeniseL said...

My sweet, beautiful, talented daughter inspires me every day.
dmarie824 at aol dot com

DeniseL said...

tweeted - https://twitter.com/dmarie824/status/518058943633842176

susan1215 said...

My husband inspires me, he works hard for our family so I can stay home with our children.

s2s2 at Comcast dot net

susan1215 said...

https://twitter.com/susan1215/status/518119852654202881

s2s2 at Comcast dot net

rachel said...

My grandma who is determined to live life and avoid the nursing home at all costs!

Barbara Montag said...

My good friend Bea who is going to be 80 next year.
She is so active & interesting.
She also is always willing to take time with people when needed.
Bea is my biggest inspiration.
thank you

Barbara Montag said...

Tweet https://twitter.com/JalapenoMama/status/518639635795546112

barbara (dot) montyj (at) gmail (dot) com

Erica Best said...

my mom iinspires me

Erica Best said...

https://twitter.com/purplelover04/status/519201646874984448

Erica Best said...

https://twitter.com/purplelover04/status/519201646874984448

Robin Misenheimer said...

My husband and kids!

Amy said...

My mom inspires me! She raised 4 kids, and went back to school to start a new career once we were older. She's amazing!

MCantu1019 said...

My sister-in-law who is a breast cancer survivor.
MCantu1019 at aol dot com

samdaleo said...

My Lord, my Mom, my daughter, my husband...they all inspire me in one way or the other.

Samantha (samdaleo)
jamesmadison1974@gmail.com

samdaleo said...

TWEET!

https://twitter.com/samdaleo/status/520350054242983936

Thanks!
Samantha (samdaleo)
jamesmadison1974@gmail.com

Kerry said...

Both of my grandmothers have inspired me. They are both passed now, but I still think of them every day!
nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

Kerry said...

tweeted: https://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/520929354780393473
nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

Rebecca W. said...

My husband inspires me!

Rebecca Graham said...

My sisters have inspired me.

rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

Aurelie Red said...

Hi Laura, it's my mum who inspires me the most ♥
My email is redaurelie(at)gmail(dot)com

Aurelie Red said...

My tweet https://twitter.com/AurelieRed/status/521305149591928832
My email is redaurelie(at)gmail(dot)com

Kelly Massman said...

My boss inspires me to be me! she's great! thanks for a chance to win! kmassman gmail

Neiddy Ruiz said...

My pastor inspires me to be strong in Christ
neiddyruiz@gmail.com

Neiddy Ruiz said...

tweeted -https://twitter.com/neiddy_ruiz/status/521779649894813696
neiddyruiz@gmail.com

ms-texas said...

i get inspired by my family!

debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

ms-texas said...

i posted a tweet here: https://twitter.com/bellows22/status/521861607933358080

debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

angie lilly said...

I am inspired by my friend, C. She is a single woman who has never been married and does not have kids and refused to apologize for it. She owns her own home and enjoys her pets and is quite happy regardless of what her family and society say. I love it!
Angie
14earth at gmail dot com

angie lilly said...

I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/MsTofuFairy/status/523519749431762944
Angie
14earth at gmail dot com

Betty C said...

I know some young moms who are single, not by choice, and they inspire me by the way they work so hard to take care of their families.

willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

Betty C said...

Tweet - https://twitter.com/willitara/status/523614829396107265

willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

slehan said...

My friend Sherrie has many health problems but she is always upbeat and makes me smile.
Thanks for the contest.

slehan at juno dot com

slehan said...

https://twitter.com/slehan/status/523747047548002306

slehan at juno dot com

Amanda Sakovitz said...

My mom inspires me
POKERGRL8 at gmail.com

Amanda Sakovitz said...

https://twitter.com/aes529/status/523896001787359232
POKERGRL8 at gmail.com

Thomas Murphy said...

My mom inspires me.

rounder9834 @yahoo.com

Thomas Murphy said...

https://twitter.com/thomasmurphy40/status/523909005471920129

rounder9834 @yahoo.com

Tabathia B said...

My mother inspires me

tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

Tabathia B said...

tweet https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/523948003275444224

tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

Whitney said...

My family inspires me

Whitney said...

I sent a tweet: https://twitter.com/electricstar/status/523979210046853120

Birdie Bee said...

My 80 year old mother inspires me for her fortitude and wearwithall in the face of adversity.

Birdie Bee said...

Tweeted.

https://twitter.com/birdiebee52/status/523980218331983872

ellie said...

My husband inspires me. He works so hard to support our family. And it makes me proud to see our sons do the same now for their own families. Their dad has always been a shining example to follow.

ellie said...

tweeted
https://twitter.com/eswright18/status/523983084446679040