A Thrifty Diva is not just frugal, she’s a DIVA too. As a diva she knows how to make the most of life on a budget. She never looks “cheap” and keeps her look classy. That means knowing the difference between when it’s a good idea to spend less and when a “splurge” is actually a worthwhile investment.
What worthwhile splurge am I talking about today?
A Good Bra
A bad bra will instantly take your look to frumpy-ville. And no matter how good a bra is, if it fits wrong it’ll make you look frumpy. While it’s tempting to just buy any bra at a good price, you’ll pay for it in other ways you wish you hadn’t.
I learned this the hard way. I spent far too long wearing uncomfortable, ill-fitting bras due to budget woes limiting my bra choices. My posture suffered. I was much less inclined to work out due to the discomfort (even my sports bra was all wrong for me). I certainly didn’t… well, look as good as I could’ve if you know what I mean. And what’s most sad, I had no idea a better bra would make all of the difference. I thought I had no choice but to be that uncomfortable! Then finally I got fed up and figured there had to be a better bra out there.
Getting fitted can be helpful and you can get a free no-purchase necessary bra-fitting at stores like Dillards. After I figured out what I needed for my figure, I couldn’t quite let go of my thrifty side. Between clearance racks and special sales at department stores, plus shopping the local outlet center, I discovered good bras that didn’t break the bank! Albeit a bit more of an investment, but well worth the price in exchange for everyday comfort.
Still need help? There are bra experts out there! Like on the new show “Double Divas” which premieres Thursday, January 10 (10/9c) on Lifetime.
“Double Divas” follows LiviRae owners, bra experts, and best friends Molly Hopkins Cynthia Richards. These southern belles use their natural talents to help women with any and all intimate apparel needs. The show is essentially light hearted entertainment to um… “lift” your spirits. 😉 And along the way you’ll understand better the importance of a good bra.
Have you made the terrible mistake of wearing a cheap bra? Or the wrong size of bra? What bra-tastrophes have you committed?
… seriously. So, when drama happens you do whatever it takes to make ends meet and get through it.
Can you relate? I’m sure you can! In the comments tell us how your life has been like a Lifetime Movie too. Have tough times led you to become a Thrifty Diva?
I certainly didn’t expect this drama. Falling in love seemed easy enough. We were compatible, crazy about each other, and had the same goals and beliefs. And after I had spent 7 years suffering from debilitating pain from an incurable illness, to finally have my health improving and to find love, I thought my life had finally turned around. If I only knew…
My husband had a hard time with his parents, they didn’t want to let go of their youngest even though he was in his mid-20s. They did not approve of our marriage. He then moved 1400 miles away to establish his independence and seek out a career. Not long after we ran off and got married without them even knowing. Let’s just say when we did call them and told them the news the next few years were rocky. Thank goodness for the distance!
Newlywed bliss is a myth. As if the family drama were not stressful enough, my husband’s job was cut and I was struggling to find one after moving. We got by on what work we could find, but we were definitely the working poor. We couldn’t even afford health insurance. Read More
Okay… this isn’t exactly a freebie because I’m not sure if you’ll be able to watch this one for free on MyLifetime.com after the premiere Sunday, October 7th at 9pm.
But… I do have a free treat for you. Here’s our interview with Executive Producer and Star Queen Latifah, plus Co-Producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan!
(Listen to the interview in this video)
I love that you choose positive and inspiring work. What is your personal criteria for choosing which projects to do?
Queen Latifah: Well first of all it’s the quality of the material and also it’s who’s involved, you know, who’s a part of what we’re going to do. And then it’s also, you know, I like to kind of service the full audience of America at least. So I try to do things that are maybe just real artistic.
They don’t have the most money but it’s a great piece of work. Then there’s like big, fun comedies, big animated movies for kids like I want to do things for my nieces and nephews. So I mean my – it’s always been a kind of a full circle moment for how I choose material.
But I think, you know, a lot of it is based upon, you know, what the material is and then who’s involved, you know, and who is it going to service. You know, because ultimately we’re trying to deliver something entertaining to an audience.
So as long as it can entertain the audience, if it makes me laugh I think, you know, if it makes my, you know, my nephew laugh or my niece laugh then I think it’s good. You know, if it makes someone laugh or cry then those things are good.
I mean it’s a very varied, you know, I definitely service, you know, my African American audience but I also want to service other audiences, you know, of different cultures.
So if there are other cultural things that can be involved in it I like to make it diverse because I grew up in New York and New Jersey and so I’m used to growing up around a different, you know, different cultures.
So if there’s something that can, you know, kind of be involved in that sense I always want to, you know, give a little something there. So it varies, you know, but ultimately those are the main things.
As long as we service the audience, we give people the entertaining night, you know, that’s kind of how I choose things.
And I always have like a woman thing in there.
And then for all three of you, since all three of you produced this, what were the biggest challenges to overcome to produce this new version of Steel Magnolias?
Queen Latifah: Location. Location. Location.
Neil Meron: Well location but, you know, I actually didn’t think about this or I don’t think any of us did think about challenges to overcome. I think it was just the challenge to make the best movie we could. And, you know, I don’t think any of us really looked at the past.
We just looked at what we had. And what we had is something that we loved and so we just made the best version of that.
Well it’s true actually. I mean we never said oh, they did this before like this. No, we didn’t. You honor the material you have.
What’s your guilty pleasure show? Most likely it’s reality TV of some sort. 😉 If you’re a fan of “Dance Moms” on Lifetime, you’ll love this giveaway!
Set in Pittsburgh’s renowned Abby Lee Dance Company, owned and operated by notoriously demanding and passionate instructor Abby Lee Miller, “Dance Moms” follows children’s early steps on the road to stardom, and their doting mothers who are there for every rehearsal, performance and bow … all under the discerning eye of Miller. Season 2 premieresTuesday, January 10th at 9pm/8c!
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