Boobs and BBQ

by Emily on June 24, 2011 · 6 comments

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Hi ho, readers. How was your week? My first week of "freedom" has been lovely. You likely clicked on this ASAP due to the title, so let's talk about boobs first, shall we? [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="375" caption="Va va voom. "]This Flexees dress from Maidenform made me a size smaller.[/caption]

As I mentioned last week, one focus of my new life/business involves partnering with brands I love either to work with them as a brand ambassador (i.e. promote their brand to my audience) or to work with them on their live event and digital media strategies. I promised I'd be sharing the first of those partnerships with you, and this is where boobs and BBQ come in. In the professional life I left last week, I was close with several of the country's leading marketing executives. One of those execs is an amazing woman named Lucille DeHart, who currently serves as the Chief Marketing Officer for Maidenform Brands. When I talked to her about starting my own business, I mentioned that I feel like I need a whole new wardrobe to reflect who I am now. The fact is, my lifestyle is totally different now than when I moved here from New Hampshire close to five years ago yet my wardrobe hasn't changed that much. Long story short, Lucille and I came up with a plan to get me started on my wardrobe renovation. That plan involves Maidenform sending me all new bras and the other basics I need to build my foundation wardrobe.

Now, what in the world does a good brassiere have to do with food? Glad you asked. If one is traveling and leaving one's job and speaking at events and throwing dinner parties in several states and eating and drinking many cocktails, sometimes one does not have as much time to exercise. That person would be me. BUT there is a whole category of garments dedicated to helping one look more svelte on her less svelte days. Maidenform makes these lovely garments they call shapewear. Shapewear is magical. I can go on a walking tour of all the food carts of midtown (in fact, I'm doing that today) and then put on one of their shapewear dresses and BOOM, I am a size 6. (And I wasn't even a size 6 to begin with.) That photo at the top of the post is me in shapewear. I wore that bad boy out to eat chicken wings and drink whiskey all night and I looked just as slender when I left as when I arrived. If this is something that interests you, click over to my personal blog to read about my fitting last week. I'll link to future posts here, but if you're interested on keeping up with the fun I'm having with Maidenform, you can subscribe to my personal blog. Now, about that BBQ. In a strange juxtaposition, I was approached by Charbroil to be a part of their blogger program, wherein I choose some shiny new grilling products and play around with them and let other folks know whether I like them or not. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Putting together grills is hard sometimes."]Putting together grills is hard sometimes.[/caption] Well, the propane was delivered today so we fired up one of those babies and made ourselves lunch just so I could tell you about it. Shown below is one of my three new presents, the Charbroil Patio Bistro Infrared Gas Grill. Here we're making some turkey burgers to top off with avocado and a fried egg, and grilling up some zucchini and green onions. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="299" caption="Charbroil Patio Bistro Infrared Gas Grill"]Charbroil Patio Bistro Infrared Gas Grill[/caption] I chose this one because all I have to do is go outside, turn a handle and I have grilling powers! Being a New Yorker who has a backyard means hosting bbqs and eating al fresco at every opportunity. I've been working with a small charcoal grill for the past year and, let's face it, lugging home a bag of charcoal and doing the whole lighting it/giant flame thing can be a lot of work. And I'm a girl. I just don't care about the giant flames, especially when it's hot out. I also got a portable grill and a baby-sized smoker/oil-free fryer. I am excited to test the smoker out, hopefully this weekend. So! That's what I've been up to. Now, I am all ears: Share your favorite grilling recipes and tricks in the comments section! Not a grill fan? Tell us about your last eating-related wardrobe malfunction. *** If you like bras that fit and nice companies who allow me to dress LIKE A BOSS, friend Maidenform on Facebook. I'll be sharing more details about being a Charbroil blogger soon, so keep your eyes peeled for more on my grilling adventures. As always, please feel free to chat with me on Twitter, join our group on Facebook and keep up with new posts here by subscribing.


  • Matt Sullivan

    I’ve been experimenting a lot with chicken souvlaki on the grill. I’m finding the secret is to skewer the chicken (doing a whole breast just doesn’t give good surface area for the marinade) and to let the chicken sit in the marinade for at least 48 hours. 

    The actual marinade is pretty basic: evoo, lemon juice, salt, pepper, garlic, and oregano. I give it a stir about twice a day before putting in on the grill. I cook on propane, so I get the grill as hot as it can go (about 650 on my model), then turn down to medium (~500) once I put the skewers on the grill. Total cooking time is 7-9 minutes, turning once.

    Add some fresh tzatziki and you’re good to go!

    • emilyspearl

      This is great — thanks, Sully!

  • Karen Nicole Costa

    I love you. “I’m a girl. I just don’t care about the giant flames.” I LOL’d at my desk. Best wishes to you on your new adventure. You are loved!

    • emilyspearl

      Awwww — thank you so much, Nilla. And thank you for tweeting it!

  • alundregan
    • emilyspearl

      Thanks, Anne! I LOVE GIADA. I will make anything that has her name on it. :)

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