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I Have A Secret, And It’s Not What You Think

I Have A Secret, And It’s Not What You Think

I am so excited about this post.  When I decided to start blogging again, I wanted to do it the right way.   Instead of keeping ninety percent of my life private and only sharing the remaining ten percent, I wanted to use this platform to really connect with my audience.

In the process of living out my passion of writing, I intend to bring value to my audience and share more intimate details about my life, including things I really love and also those that I don’t.  Many of you probably know by now that I love yoga; as I focus more of my time on being with family and freelancing from virtually anywhere in the world – although right now that means my home – I have been practically living in yoga gear.  A few months ago, while on Facebook, I came across a post written by one of the baseball wives on our private facebook group. She shared that she was looking for a few ladies to collaborate with on their new campaign for Maidenform. Even though I have been blogging on and off since 2013, I have never done an official collaboration and although this one isn’t paid, they offered to send me some bras in exchange for my honest feedback.  Now, my secret isn’t that I had never done a collaboration prior to this, or that I have been keeping a lot of my life private, rather, it is that I actually hate wearing bras!

Bras, for the most part, are uncomfortable; they are extremely restricting and tend to leave indentations on your skin.  Now, before you say, that is because you aren’t fitted properly, I can assure you that I have been. I practically gave up wired bras a long time ago, and I usually don’t wear sports bras with a lot of support because that usually means they feel like a binding, so when Hanes sent me their Bali Comfort Revolution ComfortFlex Fit® Shaping Wirefree Bra, I was immediately excited to try it – times two!  Not only did the bras feel ridiculously soft to the touch, but they were also something I could wear for yoga that would offer me support and comfort, simultaneously.  These bras truly and honestly feel like butter and they are priced very well which is a hard combination to match!  In addition, the ComfortFlex Fit bras feature a 4-way stretch fabric that provides a flexible fit that shapes to fit you and they have knit-in zones that provide targeted support.

Aside from feeling like bras are overtly uncomfortable, I seriously always have issues with the straps, too.  The Bali ComforFit offer wider straps with Hanes’ no-slip Comfort-U® design for straps that stay-in-place. Hallelujah! I have had these two bras for about a month now and I have been wearing them almost exclusively. Needless to say, I am going to have to go buy a few more!

One of the other things I love most is that I can slide the bra on from the front and use the adjustable 3-option hook-and-eye back close. Its traditional style saves me the usual struggle of having to get it over my head that comes with all other sports bras. The bra also comes in a lot of fun colors so there is something for everyone.

Head on over to One Hanes Place for the full line of Maidenform undergarments and let me know what you think!

Ciao,

Friends!

Fall in Love with Bali ComfortFlex Fit® Bras!

Fall in Love with Bali ComfortFlex Fit® Bras!

Fall in Love with Bali ComfortFlex Fit® Bras!

Fall in Love with Bali ComfortFlex Fit® Bras!

 

Bali Intimates, my new favorite bra!

Fall in Love with Bali ComfortFlex Fit® Bras!

Fall in Love with Bali ComfortFlex Fit® Bras!

Fall in Love with Bali ComfortFlex Fit® Bras!

Fall in Love with Bali ComfortFlex Fit® Bras!

 Practicing Yoga in my Bali Intimates Bra.

Practicing Yoga in my Bali Intimates Bra.

Practicing Yoga in my Bali Intimates Bra.

Lounging in my Bali Intimates Bra while reading Flannery O’Connor.

I want to thank the good Lord for making me a Yankee – Joe DiMaggio

I want to thank the good Lord for making me a Yankee – Joe DiMaggio

Hi everyone. Believe it or not, this is the first opportunity in weeks that I have had to sit down in front of an actual computer and put enough words together for a blog post. Baseball season is long and every day is groundhog day, so writing these posts takes conscious effort.

Before I get into my love and appreciation for the Yankees, I want to spill a little news I have been keeping quiet for some time. David and I spent the better part of April and May apart while I was filming a  TV show that is set to air on August 6th. The show has officially been named Hot Listings Miami and it will air on Style Network. David and I are rather private people, but nonetheless, this year has required our doors to be open to the public more so than ever. This is something I am learning to take in strides and it has only made me emotionally stronger.

Moving onto the title of this post. David and I have been extremely blessed in life and being a part of the Yankees organization is just another example of how God has chosen to bless us. David and I know that tomorrow is not promised to us and we consciously try to live every day grateful for the gifts we have been given. The Yankees have been nothing short of amazing during our transition from AAA to the big leagues. Everyone from the staff to the owners do a superb job of making you feel at home – despite the nerves that come with being a rookie.  I have nothing but great things to say about the time we have spent with this organization and I want to truly thank them for making it a point to care.

That being said, David said it once in an interview – “I can only control what I can control. We have to take it one day at a time and if I am meant to be here for 15 years or 30 days, it’s not my choice. If I had it my way I would play baseball my whole life. It’s a matter of taking it one day at a time and hoping that you can do whatever the good Lord has planned for you and spread his word.”

Thank you and God Bless,
-C

 

Baseball Fashionistas… Not Really

The other day a very interesting article about the wives of NBA players and their fashion was brought to my attention while perusing twitter. After reading the article it gave me an entirely new appreciation for baseball games and made me only more grateful that David chose to swing a bat for a living as opposed to the alternatives.
As a counterpunch to that, I decided I would write a post about acceptable fashion in baseball stadiums and add a little makeup to the mix. If you are anything like me, baseball games are the highlight of most days. I am a homebody by nature, always have been and always will be. Thankfully, my husband is the same way so it’s not unusual for us to get lost in our own little world while cuddled up in bed watching movies – best way to spend the scarce off-days.
One of the best parts about the article I read was that dressing up as many as 3 times a week can prove difficult. Let me just get this out of my system…with the number of NBA games per regular season at a mere 82, there are more home stand games in a baseball season than total games in an NBA season. So while the wives of NBA players have to find 41 outfits for home games, us baseball wives need to find 41×2. It goes without saying that some wives may chose to stay home for a few games while others travel with their husbands on the road. All I can say, however, is thank goodness for jeans, tees, baseball caps and jersey dresses!
The biggest differential between basketball fashion and baseball fashion is the line at which you may be considered over-dressed. Let’s face it, I don’t care if your husband is making $10MM a year, if you show up to a BASEBALL game wearing a $2,000 dress, Louboutin heels and a $50,000 Berkin bag, you are OVERDRESSED lady. Now in basketball, you will see this all the time. Honestly though, I completely understand it. Basketball is played in an Arena, where it is air-conditioned, and family often sit on the court. If you have ever been to a basketball game I am sure you would agree that it’s like a fish bowl for those sitting on the court and whether they want to be or not, family is front and center. I personally love when cameras get in their face to welcome them to the game even if they didn’t want to be seen, yet avoiding those pesky lenses is nearly impossible. The great thing about baseball games is that you can run away and avoid that jumbotron – not to mention easily conceal your identity with a baseball cap. Don’t get me wrong, I love fashion but I enjoy my comfort far too much.
Since I don’t get out much, I sometimes like to play-up my makeup and dress up a bit, but when it comes down to it, I usually wear jeans and a nice blouse with flats or sandals. My personal favorite is a jersey dress, but after the 20th time wearing it, you may need to retire it. It’s no secret to those who know me that I love handbags. Through the years I have accumulated quite a collection, so before you think I am being hypocritical, it is fair to say that you may see me sporting a Louis Vuitton or one of my favorite designers, YSL. Still though, I tend to dress down at sporting events in general. Since David and I are still working through the minor leagues I can tell you expectations are far lower than that of a Major League game. I will say this, however, getting called up to the majors doesn’t call for an automatic fashion show. I have heard stories of wives and GFs that went shopping for their husbands’ MLB debut and spent thousands of dollars just to “fit in.” I cannot relate to that one bit, therefore, I will continue to dress the way I do and if the ladies, media or whoever up there doesn’t like it, then they don’t need to befriend me. I have met some of the most amazing, down to earth women since embarking on this professional baseball journey with my husband and I am confident this will be a moot point.
There are a million reasons why I’m grateful David chose to focus his athletic talents on America’s greatest pastime but the relationships we have built top the list. In the past 4 years (not to mention college) I have truly made amazing friends and I am confident David would say the same. There are so many remarkable human beings that are involved in this world and I feel blessed to share myriad experiences with each of them.
Without further ado, my roommate, Breanna, and I took pictures of our outfits the last few days to showcase our baseball game fashion choices. They aren’t professional quality but they can give you an idea of what we like to wear. I hope you enjoy!

This is a simple jersey dress. It can be adjusted for varied looks but this day I chose to cross the front instead of wearing it strapless like I usually do. I am wearing black sandals with this look.

This was my more colorful look. It ended up doing a dark eye and I wanted to wear something funkier than usual. I tend to wear more toned down colors but this is actually one of my favorite outfits. My jacket is from the Hilfiger collection, my tank and jeans are from the gap and my wedges are from Bakers. 🙂

This is one of Breanna’s more dressed down looks. She loves to layer her tanks with jeans. These capris are actually bright pink but it is hard to tell.

This is one of Breanna’s all time favorite dresses. I love that it is colorful and easy to throw on. The best part about these jersey dresses is that they don’t require a lot of effort. She is also wearing cute black sandals.

These are actually the same jeans from the gap that I wore with the pink jacket. I decided to wear them with flats and a tube top from Abercrombie and my favorite sandals from Bakers. That night was chilly so I ended up throwing on a thin cardigan.


I love this little dress Breanna is wearing. She coupled it with a cute pink sweater and finished the look with a belt.