5.21.2014

Look Skinnier without an App.

I've heard many times that people wished they could feel pretty and confidant at any size. For some unknown reason I've always been blessed with a good amount of confidence no matter what my weight was, I think it's more my outgoing personality than anything. I'm generally a happy person :)

2007 - could of used some tips then! 
Over the many years my weight has been up and down I've learned how to make myself look 'skinnier' or at the very least FEEL skinner! I'm always happier when I feel comfortable, so here are a few tricks I use.

1. Tan. I'm a firm believer than my fat looks better with a tan, every time I come home with a fresh spray tan I look in the mirror and feel 10 pounds lighter. {Uh, not as dark as above I was a little tan-orexic plus the skin damage is not fun}. Spray yourself thinner! I use a booth, but I touch up at home with DS Faux Natural Sunless Spray



2. Wear a bra that fits! God Bless America if you are blessed with the boobs then do 'em up right. Hike them up and get a bra that doesn't give all kinds of back fat. Spend the money, it's worth it! When you buy one make sure it fits you in the loosest hook. That way you can tighten the bra to the second and third hook as the bra ages and retain the firmness and the lift.


  • If your cups runneth over, it's time to go up a cup size.
  • If your cups dimple, it's time to go down a cup size.
  • If you have the dreaded back fat, you probably think your bra is too tight, but you're wrong—your bra is too big. Wearing the bra lower on your back with a smaller band size will completely eliminate the back fat.
  • If your strap falls down, that means your bra band is riding up and you probably need to go down a band size.

Here are my favs:
Elomi Seamless Underwire Nursing Bra
Elomi Smoothing Seamless Underwire Bra

3. Shapewear. This can be tricky, you have to get pieces that are comfortable, easy to get one and off, and that work. I'm not a fan of Spanx {the brand}, they are SO tight I could really hurt myself pulling them on. I have found the mother of all leggings.


Lysse Capri Shaping Leggings - have y'all heard of these?? Apparently Kathy Lee is a fan or something, but I found them in a random boutique and THEY. ARE. AMAZING.  I've never spent 50 bucks on leggings, but after trying them on I had to buy them. They have a wide back with 2 types of compression around the belly, so they suck it in yet are TOTALLY comfy. I even ordered some of the pants off Amazon for work, I'll let you know if they are just as badass. They are also thick enough on the legs to smooth any cellulite. 
ASSETS High-waist Mid-Thigh Shaper - these are my go to for under my maxi dresses, super comfy and no thigh bulge, you pear shape girls know what I'm talking about.

4. Wear the right size. I've been guilty of this, trying to squeeze my butt into a size 6 when I'm more comfortable in a 10.  Don't get caught up in a number! No one CARES if you are wearing a 6, but they probably do care if your muffin top in hanging over.



  • Highlight you best assets.
  • Try on a lot of clothing - you never know what's going to look amazing on!
  • Don't force trends - I just can't with light colors on my bottom half and I've tried a ton. Not gonna happen. 
  • Spend money for quality pieces, a lot of times they are just made better and you look better in them!

If none of these are your jam and you just wanna look skinny in pics then download this app, but I can't guarantee you are gonna feel any better about yourself. 




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  2. I want those shaper pants!!!!! :) NEED THEM!

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  3. I love the Lysse leggings as well...have you tried the tank tops? They are just as awesome!!

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  4. Amazing tips!!!! Thank you so much!!

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  5. A good bra goes 1000 miles. Saggy breasts definitely add more weight and give a disheveled appearances. Shapers are fantastic.

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  6. Your last paragraph made me giggle a little too much

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  8. Great post! There are very few material things that have been truly life changing, but a good bra/sports bra is one of them!

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  9. YES to the Assets Shaper! I got one once on a whim and I'm OBSESSED, it's my new go to when I wear dresses. I even convinced my mom to try it when she needed new shapewear and she's in love too. Plus it's affordable :)

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  10. Great post!! You always look fantastic. These were wonderful tips and tricks :)

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  11. Does the high waist shaper roll down?

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  12. I totally agree with this post! Especially #1. A tan can go a very long way. I tell my tan lady that I step in pasty and leave her 10 lbs lighter and tan, lol

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  13. BTW - I purchased a spray tan machine off amazon for about $160 and my husband has learned to spray tan me. If you can convince Oliver to do it for you - you will save a ton of money!! If you want specifics of the brand I bought, I can let you know.

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  14. You are so right about buying good clothes. It's worth it to shop around and find what you like, looks good on you, then find the best price. I was treated to a bra fitting at Nordstroms but didn't want to pay full price. Took the info, went to Nordy's Rack and used that info to find two really nice bras at about 1/2 price. Also found a great pair of leggings at Nordstroms, but found them at 6pm for about 1/2 price. If you shop some of the better stores, they always have sales up to 40 or 50% off. I also agree, forget the size number. Find what fits you best. Who's gonna know but you.

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  15. Elomi bras are the best!! I like the Amelia.

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  16. I have the muffin top and I can't seem to find any jeans that are comfortable. Any brands you can recommend?

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  17. I have not tried the DS Faux Spray, does it smell okay? Have you tried others that you also like? I have been using Versa Spa on my own at home, and I like it okay.

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  18. Great Post Meg! I find when I have a tan, I do look slimmer in my pics...and I have never used any App to make any pic look better, as I feel whatever, what people see, is the true me. Great tips all around!

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  19. Great post Meg. I never would.use a skinny app..whats the point?
    Xoxo

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  20. Meg- I found your blog randomly and to be honest, I thought I wasn't going to like it. I guess I was right- I don't like it- I freaking love it! Seriously- just keep being you!

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  21. Great Post! Especially love the bra fitting tips!!

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  22. I love tanning lotions! Preach, sista! It's especially funny b/c all the ladies were laughing at me b/c I put it on my tummy and my response was "fluff looks better tan. Cellulite looks better tan. Everything naked looks better tan." and they all laughed their asses off.

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  23. The bra tips are awesome. I have been thinking I might need some new bras, and have been wondering if I have been buying the right thing.

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  24. Oh my gosh yes! I feeel the same way about a tan. It makes me feel so much better about myself! As I commented on your IG pic today about the spray tan at home, I just had a friend come over and do me and 5 other girls last night. I even paid for one for my aunt who has lost 150# and needed a little pick-me-up since her son is graduating tomorrow. My mood was 100% better within a couple hours, and all night long I was up looking at my tan lines on my ass. When you haven't had any there for many, many years... they're an amazing thing to have! Hope you enjoy yours!

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  25. Such great advice. I have the problem with the mushroom top, I have no hips to hold up my pants but tighter pants cause a muffin top grrr >_<

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  26. I don't know how many times I've wanted to gently recommend to a stranger that she should get a new bra! Get sized people! And once you spend the money on your first nice bra, you'll realize it's worth it!

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  27. Thanks for the tips...i need to get fitted for bra:) I wonder if they have that app for android phones....i have heard so much about it lately. I want to give it a try and see if seeing the thin version of me will motivate me.

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  29. That's the bra that I bought, but it cracks me up that it's got those heavy duty clips. Makes me feel like my girls are GINORMOUS (but I guess they kind of are, lol).

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