Kelsey Malie

Body by Victoria

Friday, July 31, 2015

I was sent these Victoria's Secret bras to review by, but all opinions in this post are my own!

I have two bras that run in heavy rotation because, for some unknown reason, bras never seem to take a priority on the shopping list. They're more of an OMG I NEED SOMETHING NEW desperate act that happens far too late and far too infrequently. One is a plain black bra that sees almost every single day. While it used to fit me perfectly, it now rides up, the straps get loose and fall down, and the cups seem to gape a bit. I've been wondering if I was changing weight/size/shape, but never really considered it was the bra's problem. I was on the "it's not you, it's me" line of thinking. 

The second is a horribly ill-fitting strapless that shows through t-shirts, requires a sports bra to be worn over it to really keep it up, and mostly should just be thrown out.

Shame on me.

At just about the "my wit's end" with these bras moment (that moment I race over to the nearest store that sells bras and fling one off the rack that looks passable and buy it without trying it on), I took the Victoria's Secret Body by Victoria fit test online. The results gave me an answer that should have been obvious: I am wearing my bras too long, they're losing shape, and they need to be replaced. Nothing's changed about my own personal shape, just the bra's elasticity. And, really, it's lifespan.

I had the opportunity to try out the new collection of Body by Victoria bras after taking the quiz that basically said I was a bad bra parent. And I've been converted. The Body by Victoria line has the softest fabrics ever (seriously, they feel weightless on the skin), the softest lace (it blends in under t-shirts and tight fitting clothes), new styles and is at a great price point. I tried a collection of three bras. I fell madly in love with the brand new Lounge Bralette. With no underwire or padding, it's such a delicate, pretty bra to wear underneath a tank or sleepwear around the house. It feels so romantic. The black bra pictured above (the Perfect Coverage bra) is insanely soft and is your brand new, must have t-shirt bra. It's becoming my new "I should rotate my bras more often" bra.

Go try on a bra now and you'll be converted. If you purchase this week (through 8/2) you could be entered to win a brand new Jaguar in the Body by Victoria sweeps! Perfect fit, soft lace, and a new car? Sure!

Baerlic Brewing

Thursday, July 30, 2015

What to do when it's too hot to do anything? An air-conditioned brewery will do the trick. Ben and I visited Baerlic a couple of weeks ago in the last heat wave (hi, second heatwave that's melting off my skin) when we were bored of watching TV in front of the fans and mewling about the weather. We decided to load up in the car in the coolest outfits we could find, use AC on the short drive to Baerlic, and sat inside in blasting AC to sip some cream ale and play cribbage. There's not much better than that on a 100-degree-er.

We hadn't tried Baerlic Brewing, even though it's on the inner SE side of Portland and a 10 minute drive from our house. They don't have any food made in-house, but they're near quite a few restaurants and allow you to order in from the sports bar next door. We decided to drink beer and then walk the few blocks to Lardo down the road to eat dirty fries and massive sandwiches instead of ordering in. Their most popular and most well known beer is the Cavalier cream ale, which was surprisingly delicious and refreshing. We actually got a pint of this after the taster. 

The rest of the regular beers were comprised of your run-of-the-mill IPA (not the best I've had, but I have tried just about every IPA there is available to me and think I've already had the bests of the bunch), a good NW brown ale, a stout and a pilsner (not my style of beer, so I focused on the rest). They also offer a lot of seasonal and rotating taps of experimental ales. 

With games, a good close-in location in SE Portland, and a delicious cream ale, Baerlic deserves a spot on your AC tour of Portland this weekend. Oh, and they have very cute, very soft Baerlic tees. 

Happy Hour: Tequila & Watermelon Summer Splash

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Portland offered a sweet respite from the 90+ degree temperatures this past week. The mid-70s to 80s were feeling cool and much-needed, but that didn't stop us from working on our cool cocktails. Ben has been buying watermelon every time we go to the grocery store and I only like the harder, pink edges of the watermelon (I have a texture thing) and not the very ripe and often mushy center. I know, I'm odd. With a fridge full of watermelon, we needed to dispose of some of it to make room for other things like: beer. Ben decided to try his hand at crafting a watermelon cocktail with some awesome Hussong's tequila we recently picked up (highly recommend). 

This highly addictive cocktail was born and I couldn't not share it with everyone else. Don't let summer slip by without juicing up a watermelon and turning it into a margarita-martini-whatever-this-is. Recipe following more mouth-watering photos!

You'll need:

1.5 oz of tequila (1 shot)
2 oz oz watermelon juice
.75 oz of lime juice
1 dash of angostura bitters
1 tsp-1 tbsp simple syrup (to taste)
Watermelon slice for a garnish

First, chop up your watermelon into small cubes. Muddle/squish/smush/whatever until you've extracted some juice. Strain the watermelon through a fine strainer or a coffee filter to collect the watermelon juice.

In a shaker full of ice, combine shot of tequila, watermelon juice, lime juice, bitters, and sugar to taste. Pour into the vessel of your choice and enjoy with a watermelon garnish!