One of my favourite colours is blue. As I have blonde hair and blue eyes, my mum used to dress me in blue all the time as a child, so much so that when I reached adolescence and had more of a say in what I wore, I steered away from blue for quite some time. But, there's no denying that it is indeed a colour that suits me and it wasn't long before various shades of blue started creeping back into my wardrobe. Now, as a fully fledged adult, I adore blue and have various items of clothing in different shades and hues. The one thing I was missing was a blue bra.
I have never in my life owned a purple bra. Well, actually I dyed one a while ago to make it purple, but that doesn't really count. So you can imagine my delight when I discovered Ewa Michalak were adding a purple number to their new range a little while before Christmas in the form of the CH Pawie Oka (meaning Peacock's Eye).
I have been the proud owner of a PL Turkus for some time now. It's one of my favourite bras but I wish I had bought it in a 34/75 back rather than a 36/80 as it's turned out to be a little more stretchy than I'd realised.
So when I saw the HP Turkus available at only 89 zlotys, I knew I simply had to make the purchase.
When placing my most recent order with Ewa Michalak I decided to try some different styles - my theory was if they fitted it would mean a whole raft of new bras would then be available to me ;-) Previously I have only ever gone for the plunge style as this is the only one available in my size range; however I have always wondered if I might be able to fit into one or some of the others.
For a long time, I have been lusting after the gorgeous range of halfcup bras on the Ewa Michalak site, with my favourite style being the 'CH'. To quote the website, the CH style is described as 'Padded halfcup bra, perfect for low and broad neckline. Vertical seams of the cups lift the breast and give them rounded shape. The CH halfcup bra is suitable for every woman, regardless of the size and condition of her breasts. The width of the underwires and the straps is adjusted to each size.'
As none of the CH bras are available in my usual sizes of 80HH/J (36HH/J) I was hesitant about ordering any as I didn't want to be disappointed in case they were miles too small for me.
However, when I saw the stunning CH Miętus I knew I had to take a chance and place an order.
I don't usually blog midweek as I prefer to wait until the weekend so I have more time to think about what I want to say. However, today I made a bargainous discovery that I wanted to share as soon as I could.
A little while ago I posted a review of the Maidenform Flexees Shaping Leggings I'd bought from Figleaves. I have come to love these leggings and wear them an awful lot around the house. Admittedly, I haven't worn them out in public all that much but I have been brave enough to do so twice and I was surprised but thrilled to find that no-one stared at my awful legs or laughed or made hurtful comments.
The first order I placed with Ewa Michalak back in July was for a mixture of 36/80H and HH bras as that's what I wore at the time in Freya Millies and Eleanors - although I probably should have sized up at that point as the Freya Hs had been too small for a while and the HHs weren't doing the job either.
However, I found the EM H cups definitely too small and the HHs still a little on the snug side. I therefore returned them all and reordered 36/80Js in the styles available. This was when I found out that not all EM styles are available in all sizes and it's only the PLs (plunges) that are sold in the larger cup sizes. At first this was not an issue as I was completely beside myself with excitement to know that soon I would be in receipt of some stunning padded foam plunge bras which gave me the most beautiful shape and uplift. However I have always mourned the loss of the HP Czarny which sadly did not go above a 36/80H :-(
Ewa Michalak do a wide range of brightly coloured and patterned lingerie sets. These are appealing to me as previously I had mostly owned Freya sets which were unpadded and although sometimes brightly or interestingly coloured they paled into insignificance when compared to EM's offerings.
However, it's important to have a range of lingerie options in one's drawer so a good neutrally coloured set is of course a must. This is where the PL Cieluś comes in.
I've been a bit quiet on here lately. Work is pretty crazy and I have been spending a fair amount of time travelling around the country. I had hoped to visit Bravissimo in Nottingham last week but sadly I wasn't able to get there in time. I'd really like to go to a store at some point though as I would like the opportunity to try on different sizes in lots of different styles; something that's impossible to do via mail order.
However, I did get the time to visit a large Asda store near Birmingham on Thursday night. It had a huge George section (for those of you who don't know, George is the clothing line within the grocery store, Asda) and I spent some time wandering up and down the aisles looking for bargains.
As you will already be well aware if you have read some of my other posts, I have recently discovered the happy world of matching lingerie sets thanks to Ewa Michalak. However, every girl will know that there are certain times when a nice straightforward pair of comfy kecks are called for.
For the past few years, when this time arose for me I had been wearing dreadful, shapeless big pants from Fashion World. Being 100% cotton they sort of did the job but had no support whatsoever and became baggy and shapeless almost straight away. I decided to take drastic action and invest in some shapewear as it really does make one feel better, even when slobbing around the house on a lazy Sunday or at certain times of the month.
So...I thought it was about time I blogged about something other than Ewa Michalak lingerie ;-)
When browsing on the Figleaves website recently, I happened upon Maidenform's shapewear leggings: Flexees by Maidenform: Fat Free shaping leggings. I read the reviews (all extremely positive) and decided to order a couple of pairs. They're far from cheap at £23 per pair but I got them with 20% off and free postage so it wasn't quite as bad as it could have been.
Ok, I am going to admit something now which I hope I shan't regret sharing. I have always wanted to own a 'naughty' bra that could add a bit of spice in the bedroom. I have looked with interest at catalogues and websites showing peephole bras, bustiers, corsets and basques. Unfortunately the vast majority of these have not been available in my size or have only been sold outside the UK, meaning that returning for an alternative size or refund can prove costly. On top of this, many such items do not offer the support required for an HH/J bust and would therefore look utterly hideous and unflattering on me.
So, you can imagine my excitement when I saw this offering from Ewa Michalak: the PL Czarny Kropek:
ORIGINAL POST PUBLISHED 6/11/2011: When I placed one of my orders with Ewa Michalak, there were several styles that I picked for everyday wear. These were of neutral colours and would be great lingerie drawer staples. However, there were also some styles I ordered just because I loved them, and the PL Czerwona Panterka definitely fell into this category.
For so many years, my lingerie choices had been limited to the pretty but sometimes uninspiring patterns and fabrics of Freya bras. I have said before that for some time I wore nothing but Millies and Eleanors, and sadly the matching briefs and thongs did not fit me so it had been an absolute age since I'd owned a matching set. When the world of Ewa Michalak opened up before me, I was like a child in a sweet shop and could not believe the range of beautiful undies suddenly available to me.
One of my friends recently made the mistake of telling me there was a 15% off deal at Debenhams online. I LOVE a bargain so of course I immediately scurried off and placed a huge order (whoops).
One of the many things I ordered was shapewear. On a day-to-day basis I wear Matalan shapewear tights or their high-waisted shorts. However I sometimes find that these items roll down when worn over an extended period of time so I have been keeping an eye out for something similar but with over-arm straps to stop the roll-down.
(Don't forget that if you buy anything from Debenhams you can get Nectar points. Just make sure you route through to Debenhams from Nectar and then complete your purchase(s) in the same browser window. Yay!)
Until just over a year ago, I hadn't worn a skirt or dress for well over 10 years. I lived in smart tailored trousers which, for the most part, I was pretty happy with. However, I always found it a problem when buying new trousers as I needed something that either fastened at the side or didn't have that awful front tab fastening system which poked out through my tops, and this was sometimes hard to find.
I had often lusted after maxi skirts and dresses but thought they would not suit my short and curvy frame. But last summer I was invited to attend a posh do through work and I knew that my usual smart trousers would not be suitable at all. So I went on a hunt for something suitable and ended up discovering a whole new world of outfits in maxi skirts and dresses. I haven't worn trousers since :-) I decided to blog about some of my recent purchases in the hope that others will find it useful to see clothing modelled on someone larger than the catalogue models.
A while ago I read that Mariella Frostrup's secret to non-sagging breasts is to wear a bra all the time, even in bed (apparently this was recommended to her by the late Paula Yates). I know from experience that it's not comfortable wearing an underwired bra to bed and I have long been keeping an eye out for a comfortable but supportive sleep bra. This search has proved very difficult as most shops do not stock H/HH/J cups as standard.
As you'll know if you've read my previous posts, I recently placed a large lingerie order with Fashion World in the hope that I could find bras for various purposes; one of which being a sleep bra. Unfortunately most of the bras in the region of my cup size were only available in a 38 back, which I did order but quickly discounted after trying on one (review below).
When putting together the order for my recent haul of undies from Fashion World, I wanted to see if it was possible to buy a decent underwired bra on the cheap. I therefore chose Shapely Figures Pack of 2 Lace Bras in 36H as they looked pretty and were available in many different colourways.
My previous experience of cheap bras is that they are far too good to be true. They look great in the catalogue pictures but when you see them for real they are, in the majority of cases, poorly constructed, not true to size and made from substandard materials. Put side by side with a bra from a renowned manufacturer, such as Freya, they are on two very different planets.
I have been wanting a strapless bra for many years. Actually, a halterneck/multiway bra would be enough; just something that gives me more options with tops and dresses. I have never worn a halterneck anything and would love to have the choice to be able to do so if I wanted.
These sorts of bras don't come around very frequently in my size so I had all but given up hope...until I spotted one in the latest Fashion World catalogue Naturally Close Underwired Multiway Bra. Pictured in a gorgeous raspberry red, I read the description eagerly but very quickly gave up as I just knew it wouldn't work for me.
With the gorgeous weather we were enjoying here in the south east of England (and across much of the UK) today, I decided to spend some time lying out in the garden. I got back from a holiday on the Mediterranean two weeks ago so it was definitely time to give my fast-fading tan a bit of a top-up. This has prompted me to write a post on bikinis as I dug one out of the drawer today to wear in my garden.
If you have read my previous posts, you will know all about my struggle to find my 'ideal' bra. This struggle extends to bikinis, which are even more problematic as matching briefs are required. Some of you might think that matching briefs are also a requirement with bras - having recently purchased matching sets in abundance I am now in the position to wholeheartedly agree with you! However, up until a couple of months ago, I was forced to be satisfied with simply finding a comfy, well-fitting bra, and matching briefs were stuff dreams were made of.
This post continues on from my previous tome, which talks about my struggle to find a bra that fitted me properly.
One fateful evening I was trawling the internet for something...anything! I was feeling very fed up with seeing beautiful bras, only to find that they stopped at a D or G cup. I can't recall exactly how it came about (I think I searched for something like 'best bra for big boobs') but I stumbled upon Cheryl Warner's wonderful blog http://www.investinyourchest.co.uk/. I read about her recent order with Polish bra manufacturer, Ewa Michalak (also known as Effuniak). She had written individual reviews on the bras she had purchased, as well as an overview of the order process and her thoughts on the whole experience. I was blown away and could not help but take a look at Ewa's site myself, albeit having prepared myself that this surely must be too good to be true.
My first proper post will be about bras. I LOVE bras. Which is a good thing seeing I have had big bazookas for as long as I can remember. I am currently a 36J (depending on the brand), which is the largest I have ever been. For the last few years I was a 36H but for some reason in the last six months or so my boobies decided they wanted to expand even further. I don't mind as I love having large breasts but it did present me with the age-old dilemma of buying some new bras.
I have tried many brands over the years but for the past 6-8 years the best by far, for me at least, was Freya. Not all of their styles, I hasten to add, but in particular the amazing Millie and the sexy Eleanor.
So...I have finally got round to starting a blog. It's something I've been meaning to do for a while now as there are many things I'd like to write about. I hope you find it an interesting read - feel free to comment any time.
I guess I should start with some information about me. I am a woman in my mid 30s, single (and looking!), with no children or pets. I live in the south east of England and work close to London.
I am about 5'5" tall (or short, depending on your point of view) and have had a very curvy figure since my teenage years. This has sometimes been a blessing and sometimes a curse but I am hoping that this blog will help me to see the plus points more often.