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March 1st, 2011:

SALK Day 60: Bristol6 Nippies

Today’s sponsor is Bristol6, maker of Nippies, my favorite brand of pasties.  Yes, I have a preferred brand of pasties.

I discovered Nippies about five years ago.  I was a member of Arizona Women in Tune, a lesbian-identified choir in the Phoenix area.  The Pride festival was approaching, and we were given the opportunity to raise money for the choir by volunteering in the alcohol booths.  The organization earned $1 for every drink ticket we collected and the choir got to keep all of our tips.  I looked over at my choirmate and said, “So, the hotter we look, the more money we’re going to make, right?”  My friend said, “Yeah,” and without skipping a beat I responded, “Miniskirts and pasties.”  I had never owned or worn a miniskirt or pasties before then, but it seemed perfect for the occasion.   We verified that our attire would not violate the Arizona decency law before we went shopping.  We made a lot of money for our organization that night . . . and we were not the most scantily clad people in at the festival.

I love Bristol6’s product.  I wear them a few times a year when I’m in situations where I don’t want to risk having a visible bra strap but I don’t want to “nip out” either.  They keep me contained and they’re super comfortable.  They come in a variety of colors and shapes so you can conceal them or show them off as you please.  I’m obviously a fan of the sparkly star-shaped ones, but they also come in hearts, butterflies, and x’s.  They also have a really cute line just for brides.  I’m sure some brides have worn pasties as their “something blue.” I’ve also met a lesbian bar owner with all-female bartenders who have had their employees tend bar in pasties.

One thing I love about this product is the adhesive.  It’s super-strong, yet it doesn’t irritate my skin – and I have sensitive skin that has had bad reactions to band aids and athletic tape in the past.  I have never had to worry about my pasties falling off, even on super-hot Arizona days.  They even stay on in water.  I have worn them longer than the suggested time without any issue.  Last summer I went to the beach for about a week before my sister’s wedding and I was worried about getting tan lines that would look funny with my dress.  I’m also a body surfer so a strapless suit would be instantly around my waist the second I caught a wave.  I considered wearing Nippies and a bikini bottom, but then I found out that that would violate the California decency law.

Bristol6 sells Nippies on their website along with nipple covers, hem tape, and double stick clothing and body tape.  They are also available at adult stores like Fascinations.

 

Sponsor A Law Kid is my endeavor to pay for my last semester of law school. Today’s sponsor is Bristol6.  For more information about Sponsor A Law Kid or to see what days are still available for sponsorship, visit my Sponsor A Law Kid page.

Walking on Tables: Reflections on Katy Goshtasbi

Last week the law school invited Katy Goshtasbi of Puris Image to speak about personal branding.  My friend said she had good information about how you should dress and act.  I was a little afraid that she was going to prescribe a cookie-cutter uniform that all lawyers need to adopt in order to be successful.  I was so glad I was wrong.

Katy Goshtasbi, Photo from Puris Image

My friends will vouch for me that I am not a typical girl, woman, chick, what’s the female equivalent of “guy?”  I’m a pretty rough-and-tumble person.  I prefer to be comfortable than to be pretty.  I will rarely torture myself with clothing that restricts my movement or shoes that pinch my toes.  At most, I do 5-minute make-up before walking out the door on a typical day.  I have been mistaken for a man.  For my 18th birthday, my sister bought me Victoria Secret lotion and said, “If you’re not going to dress like a girl, you can at least smell like one.”

Now it may seem like I don’t care about how I look, but that’s not true.  I am very particular about the clothes I buy.  When I’m in cute mode, I’m determined to be very cute.  However, you’ll never catch me dressing like a girly girl.  Even when I’m in a dress, it’s obvious that I’m not a girly girl.  Even when I’ve tried to be a girly girly, it doesn’t work.

I was overjoyed when one of Goshtasbi’s take away messages was “Be Yourself.”  Thank you!  I was so happy to hear that someone might get me and promote the fact that there’s more than one way to be portrayed as a successful professional.

I want to be the lawyer to the geeks and I’m glad that my potential clients are typically found in jeans, t-shirts, and hoodies.  Goshtasbi’s talk brought to my attention the fact that I had adopted my future client’s preferred wardrobe as my everyday uniform.  This may not be portraying my desired image of “sassy, smart, and strong.”  Goshtasbi inspired me to become reacquainted with my closet.

Goshtasbi said that she would give a free 40-minute phone consultation to the first 3 people who approached her at the end of her talk.  I wanted one of those slots, but I was sitting 3 rows back and 4 seats in from the aisle in a room with stadium seating with long tables instead of individual desks.  There was no way I could get to her if I went the traditional route.  Drastic measures were required to achieve my goal.  The second Goshtasbi was done talking, I climbed up on top of my table, and walked down the tables as if they were stepping stones to Goshtasbi podium. It was unconventional but it worked.  I can’t wait to talk with her next month during our session.

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