The time has come: I'm finally moving out of my parents' house, from the suburbs to the city for my very first office job.
You know what a new job means? New wardrobe! But when I went on a major shopping spree for work clothes, I ran into some serious bra issues.
Trying on outfit after outfit, I noticed all of the seams and lines of my bra through literally every blouse. Not what you want when you're starting a new job!
I figured I had better bras at home, but when I sorted through my underwear drawer, I realized I pretty much rotated between the same 5 bras for, like, 2 years. I'd bought new styles a few times, but as you gals know, just because it's the right size doesn't mean it's comfortable.
Yep - I definitely needed a new bra or two to go with my new wardrobe. So, I consulted the group chat for some lingerie advice.
One friend recommended LIVELY; she said that after she tried on their first bra, she'd thrown out all her old bras and replaced them with LIVELY.
I checked out the website, and the first thing that struck me was how affordable the bras are - they start at only $35. I personally liked how they had real women with different body types modeling the underwear – unlike most other lingerie brands.
I was apprehensive about buying a bra without trying it on. I mean, I'd already wasted enough money on ill-fitting bras I rarely wore. But it seems like people swear by LIVELY. So, I decided to take the chance and order one. I went with a T-shirt bra in a skin-matching "Warm Oak" – can't go too wrong with that.
When it arrived, I eagerly grabbed my new clothes and tried them on straight away. I couldn't believe how comfortable it was. It was supportive without being too tight – I didn't know this was even possible.
Then came the moment of truth – to see how it looked in my new work outfits. I put on my new blouses and low and behold; the bra was completely invisible. No more visible bra outline!
Because my first LIVELY bra fit so well, I ordered another T-shirt bra in white, and tried a strapless one, too. Their strapless bra is a game-changer. I love wearing off-the-shoulder tops, but my previous strapless bras slipped down all day. Now, I can wear them without having to keep pulling up my bra.
When you're starting a new job in a new city, a bra can seem like the least of your problems. But having comfort throughout the day has made such a difference in my life. Even after a stressful day, I don't fling off my bra straight away when I get home like I used to.
LIVELY has bras for everyone and everything - sports bras, strapless bras, push up bras, wire-free bras.
They even have wire-free bralettes and push up bras for bustier ladies. Plus, they have tons of cute underwear to match the bras, and swimwear, too! Ladies, LIVELY is a one-stop-shop for all your bra challenges. Try them, and your boobs can thank me later.
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Nicki Minaj is a voracious rapper on any song, but she hasn't been able to put out anything innovative or captivating since 2014's The Pinkprint.
Nicki Minaj is throwing her hat into the ring for the song of the summer— and if her Barbz have anything to say about it, it's a big contender.
On "Megatron," Minaj stays in her element with an airy vibe. The Caribbean-inspired beat highlights the rapper's clever lyricism and bitey flow. Her first single post-Queen, "Megatron" validates that Minaj has already proven her abilities as a singular rapper. However, despite her skills, the "Queen of Rap" is still struggling to maintain relevance and reinvent the wheel.
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The seductive, glossy video for "Megatron" is reminiscent of the bootylicious jungle in "Anaconda"—but the song, while great, demonstrates that Minaj hasn't progressed much as an artist since then. "Megatron" could've been released in 2015; if it had been, Minaj would've seemed edgy and ahead of her time. Unfortunately, nowadays, island-inspired, hip-swaying music has been overdone in popular music ever since Rihanna's "Work."
Still, the music video incorporates all of today's popular elements of futuristic, colorful, and inviting visuals. The video successfully adds to the playful, seductive energy of "Megatron." It perfectly captures how Minaj wants to be perceived, regardless of how unchanged and outdated her public image becomes.
Nicki Minaj may be in a realm of her own when it comes to her sound and style, as she's cultivated a voice that's instantly recognizable and sharp. Even though she comes packing with ingenious wordplay, a unique flow, and entertaining production, she hasn't been able to deliver anything as inspiring and cohesive as 2014's The Pinkprint. Yet, there's no doubt people will be bumping to the loose, sexy "Megatron" this summer, and maybe that's just what she needs to launch a second wave of relevance.
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