Sunday, 30 October 2011

Shapewear: Maidenform vs Debenhams

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.

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Debenhams Gorgeous lingerie range

I recently went a bit crazy and placed a huge order for Debenhams Gorgeous lingerie.

(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!)

Roman Originals Maxi Dresses

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.

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Ewa Michalak PL Turkus/Fuksja

I promised earlier in my blog that I'd write some individual reviews of the Ewa Michalak sets I've bought.  So, tonight I am writing the first one.

The PL Turkus looks like this on the EM website:

Image courtesy of Ewa Michalak

Still seeking a sleep bra...

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).

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Shapely Figures Pack of 2 Lace Bras

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.

Monday, 10 October 2011

Not the right size for me - Naturally Close Underwired Multiway Bra

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.

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Bikini bonanza!

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.

Success in finding decent bras for big boobs...

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  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.

Failure in finding decent bras for big boobs...

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.  

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