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I’ve been on a journey that I’m finally ready to talk about.

Are you ready?

I’ve been testing thongs. I’ve lived most of my adult life, *especially* post-partum, as a briefs-only kind of woman. I used to wear thongs before, but I just never really cared about wearing one after having kids.

I turned my underwear searches to high-rise briefs that are lightweight and don’t show lines, you can see my favorites on this post, but I’ve recently turned the corner on opening up my mind to wearing thongs.

This is a result of a dinner conversation with a few girlfriends, during which two of the attendees declared they almost exclusively wear thongs, and the other two (one of those was me) declared we never wear them.

I purchased a handful from a few different retailers to test them out and discovered quickly that it is hard to find a decent high-rise thong that doesn’t feel like shapewear.

Until this week. When I purchased my first Skims product from Nordstrom. I bought the Fits Everybody High Waist Thong and it is truly a high waist, light-weight, extremely comfortable thong. I’m blown away. The fabric reminds me of the Chantelle soft stretch high waist brief.

The biggest factor playing into my decision to purchase more of these is that I didn’t have to adjust or think about it all day. Other thongs would bother my c-section scar, but this rise is high enough – and stays there – that I don’t have any issues where I need to adjust it.

In other news, Madewell is doing an Insider Event right now for 20% off site-wide. Yes, you read that right. Jeans, bags, jewelry, etc.! The discount is applied at checkout, you just have to be an insider to get the 20% off. Shop my look below.

Jeans, Top, Shoes similar, Bag, Sunglasses, Necklace

The sunglasses I’m wearing in the photo are some of my favorites. In fact, I like them so much I bought a second pair in case I lost my original pair. I’m pretty hard on my sunglasses too, so it doesn’t hurt to have a duplicate pair for the inevitable time that I damage my first pair.

I’ve shared on Instagram that my mom, sister, and I are on our “annual” girls’ trip to Florida. We started taking this trip together a long, long time ago but when I started having kids it was harder to attend. Last year was our first year doing it again and it was such a fantastic trip. I remember reading an entire book in 1 day, just laying in the shade on a lounge chair. We spend a lot of time laughing, relaxing, and enjoying an extremely slow pace on these trips.

And here are a few things I mentioned on Instagram Stories recently that you may have missed:

I talked last week about Blow Dry brushes! See my extensive reviews here.

Be My Eyes App

Whipped feta with honey recipe – this was really good! I cannot wait to make it again.

Black dress I wore to the EVEREVE store opening

Green bodysuit from Target

AGolde Parker Long Short

Laura Mercier Hydrating Primer

Shani Darden Retinol Reform – Shani Darden is running a Friends & Family promo 3/17-3/23 to get 20% off! 

Hair Oil for softness

Virtue Labs Scalp Brush

Briogeo Scalp Brush as a part of a scalp care set

Jordan at Douglas Carroll Salon

Amazon re-useable makeup travel containers

Wander Beauty on-the-go Blush in Petal Pink

Tarte quick stick shadow and liner in tan/brown – I love that this is a 2-in-1 product!

Target cropped rash guard

JCrew Rash Guard Swimsuit

This week’s discount codes (#partnerships): 

Care/of: Use my code KATEBRYAN for 50% off your first order

Miranda Frye: “Smallthings10” will get you 10% off and free shipping!

Spanx: Use code “KateXSpanx” for 10% off plus free shipping!

amika: Use code SMALLTHINGS10 for 10% off your purchase

Bagging Rights: KATE10 gives you 10% off any items at

Rifle Paper Co. x Summersalt: KATEB will get you 20% off your purchase at Rifle Paper Co and $10 toward your next order over $95+. This Summersalt suit below is one of my favorites!


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Jessica C says · 03.18.22

Thank you for opening up about this! I too recently ordered from Skims and I got the “fits every body t-string thong” and like it. I was pleasantly surprised at the size inclusivity of the site since I’m an 18-20. I will happily order more items to try.

Danielle says · 03.18.22

Fantastic post as usual sweetie!

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