When Simply Be contacted me to see if I wanted to work on the Love Thy Bust campaign I was really excited, even more so when I found out they were working with two of my favourite ever bloggers: Georgina Horne and Leyah Shanks! The Campaign is to help promote two things very close to my heart: body image and breast cancer. Now I have mentioned here in the past that self-image is something I have struggled with and still do, but I am working to try and get better. Breast cancer is a horrible disease, that unfortunately touches most people’s lives in some way. A family friend that was very dear to me had breast cancer when I was small, something she later died from. They elected not to tell me as I don’t think they believed I would understand, so it was only recently I came to realise how close it had come to my life.
1. Keep them protected
Cast your mind back 20 or so years ago. My mum is on holiday, and being the tanaholic she was in the 90’s, she decided to go topless. Of course she burnt her boobs, badly! She’s never done it since and it’s always served as a warning for me. The important thing to remember here, is that your boobs are delicate creatures and the skin isn’t used to being exposed – so get some suntan cream on!
2. Get to know your mammaries
No, I don’t mean a formal introduction. It is of course so important check your boobs for any changes. It could be a visible change or something you only notice when you feel around, and of course, you only know first-place what they should feel in the when you get to know them a bit better. Next time you’re in the shower take the time to get to know yourself.
3. Size isn’t everything, but you need to know yours
If you are like me and come home dying to take your bra off, you are probably wearing the wrong size. When I got measured recently I was shocked to discover I was wearing a bra two sizes too small! No wonder I am uncomfortable – time to go shopping!
4. Style isn’t just for your outer clothes
There are so many different bra types it can be overwhelming. However, each one can change your silhouette and you might even need a different size. Experiment and see what works. Georgina and Leyah have created a great bra guide video here if you need some more advice.
5. Learn how to put your bra on
“But Kariss” I hear you cry “I’ve been putting my bra on for years I know what I’m doing”. If you’re like me you might still be doing the old fasten at the front and spin around technique. Did you know that there is a proper way to put on a bra? For a start you are actually supposed to lean forward as you put it on, who knew! Find full instructions here.
It’s time to love our boobs and make sure they are healthy and happy. Let us start a revolution! Boob love starts here!