Sunday, 29 December 2013

Boxing Day OOTD: George at Asda Jacquard Skater Dress 14

Boxing Day, St Stephen's Day, 26th December...whatever you call it, it's the day after Christmas and it happens to be my birthday. This year I spent the day at my brother's (as I did on Christmas Day) and again I was looking for an outfit that was versatile enough to be comfortable and stylish.

I opted for the George at Asda Jacquard Skater Dress (£14, UK sizes 8-24 (now sold out)).

Image courtesy of George at Asda

Friday, 27 December 2013

Christmas Day OOTD: Pink Clove Claret Velvet Dress and Black Velvet Shrug 16

For most people, Christmas Day typically involves eating a hearty lunch, followed by lots of sitting around, opening presents, playing games and watching tv. It's therefore crucial to wear a comfortable outfit as the last thing you want is to feel constricted by your clothing. Some people opt to wear their pyjamas all day but seeing as I would be going to my brother's I knew I would have to get properly dressed and so decided to make the most of it and go for something festive and fancy.

A couple of weeks ago, I was contacted by the lovely PR team at fashion forward plus size brand Pink Clove. They offered to send me something to review from their partywear range and immediately I knew what I wanted: the Pink Clove Claret Velvet Dress (£35, UK sizes 16-32).

Image courtesy of Pink Clove

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Evans Scarlett & Jo Midnight 2-in-1 Lace Insert Peplum Dress 16

I have been fortunate enough to be able to try a number of Scarlett & Jo dresses this year and I was extremely excited when the latest one arrived by post a couple of weeks ago. The team had very kindly sent me the Scarlett & Jo Midnight 2-in-1 Lace Insert Peplum Dress (£45.00, UK sizes 14-32).

Image courtesy of Scarlett & Jo at Evans

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Pink Clove Ballerina Wrap Bust Dress 16

Plus size brand Pink Clove have been making waves on a number of blogs for some months now and you may have already read my review of their Tartan Skater Dress, which was a big hit with me. I have some other items to tell you about from the order I placed back in November, but for now they will have to wait.

I was really excited when the Pink Clove PR team got in touch and asked if they could send me something to review. At the time they had not yet released their partywear collection so I went for something that I thought might work as an everyday dress: the Ballerina Wrap Bust Dress (£30.00, UK sizes 16-28).

Image courtesy of Pink Clove

Monday, 16 December 2013

George at Asda G21 Animal Print Bodycon Dress 14

I love browsing in the clothing sections at my local Asda stores. There's always a great bargain to be had and in these days of 'fast fashion' George at Asda is ideal.

A few weeks ago I saw the G21 Animal Print Bodycon Dress in store and it really grabbed my attention.

Image courtesy of George at Asda

Friday, 13 December 2013

Ewa Michalak S Satine Bra 32KK/70KK

A few days ago I posted my review of the Ewa Michalak S Porcelanka. The 'S' bra is kind of like a padded balconette that centres the breasts on one's chest and projects them forwards. You might be thinking, 'Well, isn't that what a bra is supposed to do?' Actually, bras do lots of different things to boobs (especially larger boobs) so it's important to know what type of bra suits your boobs best.

Today's review is the Ewa Michalak S Satine.

S Satine
Image courtesy of Ewa Michalak

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Evans Scarlett & Jo Midnight Blue Flocked Taffeta Prom Dress 14

As Christmas approaches many people's thoughts turn to parties, celebrations and family gatherings. At this time of year it's great fun to go shopping for new clothes as there are so many stunning dresses and separates available on the high street.

I was so excited when a surprise package arrived a couple of weeks ago and inside it was the most beautiful dress from the wonderful team at Scarlett & Jo.

Image courtesy of Evans

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Bonmarché David Emanuel Madagascar Abstract Print Mock Wrap Jersey Dress 12

A few months ago I was contacted by the lovely folks at Bonmarché to ask if I'd like to review an item from their website. If you're not familiar with the brand, they are a high street retailer who also have a wider range of clothing available online. Catering towards the more mature end of the ladies fashion market, Bonmarché often have unexpected gems so in my opinion they are always worth a look.

After a browse through the website, I went for the David Emanuel Madagascar Abstract Print Mock Wrap Jersey Dress in size 12 (£28.00, UK sizes 10-24):

Image courtesy of Bonmarche

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Ewa Michalak S Porcelanka Bra 32KK/70KK

Earlier this year, Polish lingerie manufacturer Ewa Michalak brought out the new 'S' bra:  a fabulously shaped bra that is ideal for women with softer or 'difficult' breasts. This bra is designed to keep the breasts very much at the front of the body, so it seemed like a great option for me with my 'up front' boobs.

I reviewed the first S bra, the Wiśniówka, back in June this year and although I loved the shape and support it gave me, the 32K was too small and frustratingly the 32KK was a smidge too big! I also found that the cups gave almost full coverage, which is not what I was after at all. That said, it turns out that the S Wiśniówka 32KK is a bra I have ended up wearing a lot, especially under higher neckline clothing.

I was recently given the opportunity to try some of Ewa Michalak's latest bra designs and today I am going to share with you my review of the S Porcelanka.

S Porcelanka
Image courtesy of Ewa Michalak

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Blogger Em Boombands Dress In Collaboration With Simply Be Designed For You 14

Earlier this year, online plus size retailer Simply Be worked with three bloggers to design their dream dresses. It was such a wonderful opportunity for Laura, Lauren and Em and they each came up with a unique design that was very typically 'them'.

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Evans Scarlett & Jo Cream Contrast Powerfit Dress 14

You may remember my previous review of the Evans Scarlett & Jo Powerfit dresses - I love them! My blue and my red dresses have been worn on a number of occasions and I think they're a great addition to any plus size woman's wardrobe. 

Earlier this season, Scarlett & Jo added some new styles and designs to the range and I was extremely excited when they sent me the Cream Contrast Powerfit Dress (£40.00 - sizes 14-28).

Image courtesy of Evans

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Orchard Corset CS-426 Underbust Corset Size 26

I have known about US corset specialist retailer Orchard Corset for well over a year now. One of my friends in particular has regularly sung their praises and in the past I have contemplated placing an order...only to decide against it due to being unsure how much use I would get out of it and whether or not I really needed a decent corset in my life.

Monday, 25 November 2013

Pink Clove Tartan Skater Dress 18

A while ago I wrote about new UK plus size fashion brand Pink Clove. They have a gorgeous selection of clothing on their website, catering for UK sizes 16-32. I had a great time looking through the rails of their clothing at the bloggers' supper I attended back in September and I knew I would have to place an order so I could try some of the pieces for myself.

I actually only got around to placing my order a couple of weeks ago and was able to take advantage of a free shipping offer they had on at the time. I always love to save on postage when I can so free shipping is often a trigger for me to buy, buy, buy!

The first I item I am going to share with you is the infamous Pink Clove Tartan Skater Dress.

Image courtesy of Pink Clove

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Simply Be: Gok Wan Shapewear Collection Bloggers' Event

In late October, Simply Be invited plus size fashion bloggers galore to head to London to meet the fabulous Gok Wan and familiarise themselves with his latest shapewear collection. Fortunately, I was on annual leave at the time, so I donned my BiuBiu Vienna Dress (having altered the belt to fit) and caught a train to the big smoke during the day to met up with Georgina from Fuller Figure Fuller Bust for lunch and a long overdue catch up before we made our way to the Covent Garden Hotel for the event.

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Marisota Ava By Mark Heyes Illusion Dress 14

A few weeks ago I attended a special bloggers' evening for the launch of the Ava collection by Mark Heyes for online retailer Marisota

Image courtesy of Marisota

It took place on a week night so I whizzed up to London after work, met up with Hanna from The Wardrobe Challenge and we made our way to Kettner's in Soho where the event was being held.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Little Mistress Giveaway - The Winner!

I was overwhelmed with the number of entries for my Little Mistress giveaway - it seems there are a great number of you who are itching to try a dress for yourself!

Image courtesy of Little Mistress

The competition closed at midnight GMT last night and I am delighted to announce that the winner is:

Katie W!

If that's you, please check your emails as I have sent you a message.

Thanks so much to those of you who took the time to enter. I hope any new followers will stick with me and find my blog useful. And I'm sure it won't be long before my next giveaway so keep your eyes peeled!

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Little Mistress Giveaway!

Little Mistress is a fashion clothing brand that has been making a big impression on bloggers all over the place.  I first became aware of them when reading Fuller Figure Fuller Bust's review of one of their dresses and have been following them with interest ever since.

It's always great when a straight size brand creates a collection for plus size women and that's exactly what Little Mistress have done with their 'Curvy' range.

Image courtesy of Little Mistress

F&F Clothing at Tesco Giveaway - The Winner!

Thanks so much to those of you who have taken the time to participate in my recent F&F Clothing at Tesco giveaway.  The prize was a £50 voucher to spend online at F&F Clothing at Tesco - so many gorgeous items to choose from!

Image courtesy of F&F Clothing at Tesco

I would love to be able to give a prize to you all but of course there can only be one winner, and that lucky person is:

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Urkye Skołowana Bakłażanowa Dress 40 oo/ooo

I have recently posted some reviews of items from boob friendly Polish clothing brand, BiuBiu.  Did you know there is another fairly well known full bust retailer in Poland?  Yes indeed, Urkye are another company who are doing fantastic things for busty ladies.

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

F&F A/W 2013 Partywear Photoshoot and Video

A couple of months ago I was contacted by the F&F (also known as Clothing at Tesco) PR team to ask if I'd like to model for them in their top secret A/W 2013 partywear video.  Of course I jumped at the chance and before I knew it I was heading to London at the crack of dawn on the big day.  

We weren't allowed to mention what we were doing to anyone so I had to try to contain my excitement and not share it on social media.  I'm amazed that I managed to keep it quiet for so long!

When I arrived at the studio in Shoreditch I met up with the other fabulous bloggers who'd been chosen to take part in the shoot: Sarah, SherinRebecca and Annie.  

Image courtesy of F&F

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Matalan Jersey V-Neck Dress 12

I buy a lot of my clothes online.  It's not intentional - I love shopping on the high street and being able to try things on before I buy - but there is a much wider range of style available on the internet so that is where I tend to do the majority of my shopping.

However, I was recently in my local Matalan and very much enjoyed browsing the aisles and being able to touch and feel the clothes and compare sizes side by side to see what might work best for me.

Whilst in store, I tried on this Jersey V-Neck Dress in a size 12 (was £16.00, now £10.00):

Image courtesy of Matalan

Friday, 11 October 2013

BiuBiu Oia Dress 42BB/BBB

This is the last review of the items sent to me by the wonderful BiuBiu.  And, in true Curvy Wordy style, I have saved the best till last.

Today I will be telling you all about the gorgeous Oia dress.

Image courtesy of BiuBiu

Monday, 7 October 2013

Curvy Kate Lola Babydoll 32K and Thong 20

For many years, women above a G cup have had very few lingerie choices.  We've had to count ourselves lucky that lingerie brands finally clocked on to the fact that we'd like bras in colours other than just black, white and nude, and some savvy companies even gave us choices in bra style.  Yes, we're so fortunate to not just have to stick to full cup bras, but many of us can now also choose from plunges, half cups, balconettes and even multiway and strapless bras.  Lucky us!

Forgive my flippancy...but sometimes it feels like those of us with larger boobs have to be grateful for these things and not ask for more.  Don't get me wrong; I am incredibly grateful to brands such as Ewa Michalak and Bravissimo for really pushing the boundaries with bra styles in larger cups.  But what has been missing for so long are options beyond this.  We want longlines, we want bustieres, we want basques, we want bra-sized nightwear and we want babydolls.

That last 'want' in my list is one that has been addressed by several brands in the past year or so.  Plus size lingerie brand Elomi brought out the Betty babydoll, but the largest cup available was an H.  Fortunately, this has been followed in recent months by other brands bringing out their own babydolls and large cup lingerie trailblazer Curvy Kate has done just that.

Image courtesy of Curvy Kate

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Ewa Michalak SM Margot Bra 32KK/70KK and Briefs 18/46

Today I am incredibly excited to bring you what I believe to be the world's first blog review of the Ewa Michalak SM Margot!

I have written many a review of Ewa Michalak's padded bras here on my blog since I got started.  If you're a regular reader you will be very familiar with my love for her bras and how much I adore the rounded, uplifted shape they give me, along with the superb support provided by her beautiful-looking lingerie.

Being in the K-L cup range means that I have very little choice when it comes to lingerie so Ewa Michalak has been somewhat of a godsend to me.  I can't buy bras on the high street and although I occasionally find a UK branded bra that works for me more often than not there is some kind of compromise with fit.  

It was such a revelation to me when I finally discovered Ewa Michalak bras around two years ago and I could not believe the magical powers they had to transform my boobs from looking ok into show-stopping!  Surely it's impossible for boobs as large and as heavy as mine to look pert, rounded and - if I say so myself - pretty amazing?  Well, Ewa Michalak has indeed achieved the impossible and all my bra dreams came true at once as not only did I discover that she made magical bras but also ones that LOOK beautiful.

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Forever 21+ Femme Polka Dot Peplum Dress 1X

At the end of August, I went shopping at Westfield Stratford and London's west end with two of my lovely friends: Hanna from The Wardrobe Challenge and Mouna from Brussels Fatshion.  We had a terrific day together and literally shopped till we dropped!

Whilst at Westfield we went to Forever 21.  This is the only branch in London with a plus size section so it's always worth a look.

I had a good look through the collection and it will probably come as no surprise to you to hear that this Forever 21+ Femme Polka Dot Peplum Dress (£14.75) caught my eye:

Image courtesy of Forever 21

Monday, 30 September 2013

Pink Clove Giveaway - the winner! And my second bloggiversary...

I hope it hadn't escaped your notice that for the past week I have been running a giveaway with fab plus size brand Pink Clove.  The competition closed at midnight on Sunday night and I am delighted to announce that the winner is...

Lucy B!

If that's you, please check your emails as I have sent you a message.

Friday, 27 September 2013

ASOS CURVE Exclusive Bodycon Dress In Graphic Print Black White 18

For some time now, I have been reading posts by other bloggers about ASOS and ASOS Curve.  Many a lady has looked terrific in their clothing but I had never tried them for myself because I was unsure about sizing.

However, I recently decided to take the plunge and placed an order for a number of ASOS dresses, including the ASOS Curve Exclusive Bodycon Dress In Graphic Print (originally £28.00; now £19.50):

Image courtesy of ASOS Curve

Monday, 23 September 2013

Pink Clove Giveaway!

I have got a very exciting offer for you today - a giveaway from new plus size fashion brand Pink Clove!

I was fortunate enough to be invited to a bloggers' event a few weeks ago where we were shown the inaugural Pink Clove collection and I am pleased to be able to tell you how impressed I was with it. Their items are available in sizes 16-32 and cover a wide range of styles, tastes and occasions.

Image courtesy of 52-46-54

Saturday, 21 September 2013

BiuBiu Bombay Dress 42 BB/BBB

Over the past couple of weeks here in the UK the weather has taken a turn for the worse and it's been feeling a lot cooler.  I've been pulling out my old favourites from my wardrobe to help keep me warm but it's great to have a few new options, too.  I am over the moon that the lovely team at BiuBiu sent me a few items to try a while back.  Today I am reviewing the Bombay Dress.

Image courtesy of BiuBiu

Thursday, 19 September 2013

How To Find Yourself A Bra That Fits: A Bra Fitting Guide

The prospect of bra fitting can fill many a woman with fear - with so many fitting methods available on the internet it's hard to know who is right and who is wrong.

The fact of the matter is that very few methods are completely wrong and it may take you a few attempts to find the system that works best for you.  In this post, I will talk through my personally preferred way of fitting and will also reference some other sources of information that you may find useful.

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Lucabella Red Black Panelled Cowl Neck Tunic M

Earlier this year, I attended the inaugural British Plus Size Fashion Weekend.  During the main event on the Saturday, I got the opportunity to speak with a number of plus size fashion brands from all over the world.

One of the brands who were particularly friendly and easy to talk to were Lucabella, who had come all the way from New Zealand in order to attend the event.  To me, that demonstrates their commitment to working with plus size women to produce clothing that works for them and, having spoken to the team, I can confirm their passion to make a success of their brand.

Friday, 13 September 2013

Pepperberry Bravissimo Red Corsage Kimono Dress 14RSC

Some months ago I'd heard from friends about a dress from Bravissimo's clothing arm, Pepperberry, that worked for almost all curvy women: the Red Corsage Dress.

In theory, it looked perfect for me.  A wrap-over bust area, a cinched, ruched waist, and a tulip-shaped skirt - all things that would be on my 'dream dress design' wishlist.  Surely it would match up to my high hopes...?

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

F&F Clothing At Tesco Black Ponte Pencil Skirt 16

Before midi skirts became all the rage, I was looking for a black pencil skirt that I could wear with blouses and tops.  You know the sort of thing - something that skims curves and is stylish and elegant.

I discovered the F&F Clothing at Tesco Black Ponte Pencil Skirt - an absolute steal at only £10.

Image courtesy of F&F Clothing at Tesco

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Fashion World Legroom 'Wear Two Ways' Boots E Fit

Last month, I was approached by Fashion World to take part in a fabulous bloggers' challenge.  We were asked to pair their fantastic new Legroom 'Wear Two Ways' Boots with some jeans and to show how the boots work with different outfits.

The fab Legroom Wear Two Ways Boots are absolutely ingenious.  They look like regular knee high boots - and pretty fab ones at that as they feature an elasticated back panel to allow for wider calves (like mine!) - but with a quick unzip and unbuckle at the ankle they are converted to on-trend ankle boots!

Images courtesy of Fashion World

Monday, 2 September 2013

Collectif Dolores Rose Print Wiggle Dress 18 XXL

You may have read my recent review of the Collectif Dolores Wiggle Jersey Vintage Crepe Dress 16/XL.  In that post I mentioned that I had previously tried the Dolores wiggle dress made from regular material, as opposed to the crepe used on that one.  I hadn't got around to reviewing it...until now!

Earlier in the year I made the most of one of Collectif's amazing special offers and ordered the Collectif Wiggle Rose Print Dress.

Image courtesy of Collectif

Friday, 30 August 2013

IGIGI By Yuliya Raquel Phyllis Maxi Dress US 12 UK 16

Maxi dresses are great. They are wearable all year round and can be worn casually or for a fancy soirée - it all depends on the dress itself and the accessories you choose to wear with it.  I love a good maxi and have reviewed several on my blog in the past.

A few months ago, I was sent the Phyllis Maxi Dress by the fab team at IGIGI by Yuliya Raquel:

Image courtesy of IGIGI

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

BiuBiu Modena Shirt in Red 42BBB

You may have seen my previous post in which I mentioned that the lovely Kinga from BiuBiu very kindly sent me a package of goodies recently.  Next up for review from this parcel is the BiuBiu Modena Shirt in Red (£25.87):

Image courtesy of BiuBiu

Friday, 23 August 2013

BiuBiu Kyoto Bluebell Maxi Dress 42BB/BBB

Curvy Wordy is a blog charting my quest to find comfortable, stylish and fashionable clothing to fit my extreme hourglass figure.  My out-in-out body (46-30-47) can be rather a beast to clothe so I get very excited when I find things that work, which is why I decided to start sharing my findings with you all via this blog.

Today I am going to tell you about a fantastic boob friendly clothing brand from the same country as Ewa Michalak (designer and manufacturer of my favourite lingerie): Poland.

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Diversity in Lingerie: Body Shape and Airbrushing in the Media

Do you think there is enough diversity in lingerie?  I suppose your response to my question may depend upon your understanding of the word 'diversity', so here's a dictionary definition:


  [dih-vur-si-tee, dahy-]
noun, plural di·ver·si·ties.
the state or fact of being diversedifference; unlikeness:diversity of opinion.
variety; multiformity.
a point of difference.
Courtesy of

So, are we talking about the diversity of the lingerie itself, the models used to showcase the lingerie, the brands, or what?

Monday, 19 August 2013

Freya Gem Balcony Bra Nude 30K and High Waisted Brief XL

Back in May I tried on the gorgeous Freya Gem bra at Leia Lingerie, Bluewater.  I fell in love with the look and shape it gave me but unfortunately they only had the size I needed, 30K, available in white and my preference was for the nude.

Image courtesy of Freya

Thankfully, the fab team at Freya heard about my bra search and very kindly sent me the nude balcony bra in 30K and matching high waisted briefs in XL.

Friday, 16 August 2013

Ewa Michalak PL Cappuccino Bra 30L/65L and High Briefs 16/44

I have been fortunate enough to have had the Ewa Michalak PL Cappuccino set in my possession for quite some time now and I have been wearing it so much that I hadn't got round to taking photos for a review!  That probably says all you need to know about this set - it's a firm favourite of mine and now it's time for me to tell you all about it.

Image courtesy of Ewa Michalak

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Anna Scholz for Simply Be Print Midi Dress 14

If you're a regular reader of my blog you'll be very familiar with my love for Anna Scholz's stunning plus size designs.  Sadly I am not in a position to be able to afford items from her own label so I am eternally grateful that I can get designer plus size fashion at a snip thanks to her collaborative line with Simply Be.

When I was recently contacted by Simply Be I had a couple of dresses in mind, and one of them was this beautiful Anna Scholz for Simply Be Print Midi Dress (£56).

Image courtesy of Simply Be

Monday, 12 August 2013

Collectif Dolores Wiggle Jersey Vintage Crepe Dress Teal 16 XL

I have always wanted to own one of Collectif's wiggle dresses.  Sadly for me, the cut simply does not work and no matter what size I try there are seemingly insurmountable problems with fit.

I wear a size 10 or 12 in the Dolores Doll flared dresses but in the past I have found trying these sizes in the regular Dolores wiggle cut was a joke as I could barely get them over my head.  I even tried sizing up to an 18 but even then the hips were very tight, despite the back gaping dreadfully, there being surplus boob room and of course the waist being very baggy on me.

Now, I know my 46-30-47 figure is notoriously difficult to clothe, but having recently discovered the joys of faux vintage wiggle dresses thanks to Fuller Figure Fuller Bust and Pinup Girl Clothing, I decided to give Collectif another try.

Friday, 9 August 2013

Evans Live Unlimited Black Slinky Maxi Dress 14

Back in January I was fortunate enough to attend a fab event run by plus size fashion retailer Evans.  A select group of bloggers got to try on a range of items from the forthcoming collections and we were spoilt with bubbly, hors d'oeuvres and fab company.  Additionally, the Evans Shape Studio included the opportunity for us to get our hair and make-up done and pose in front of the camera in the gorgeous Evans clothing.

One of the dresses I got to try on the day was the Live Unlimited Black Slinky Maxi Dress.

Image courtesy of Evans

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Leia Lingerie Magic Bodyfashion Silicone Comfort Bra Strap Cushions

When I visited Leia Lingerie last year with Hanna from The Wardrobe Challenge, I was recommended by my lovely fitter, Julie, to try some bra strap cushions.  I had seen these on places such as eBay and Amazon before and was keen to give them a try to see what they were like.

Friday, 2 August 2013

Panache Superbra Melody Balconnet Bra Teal 30KK

Since starting my blog, I have been regularly asked about Panache bras so I thought it was about time I reviewed one on here.  

The reason I haven't done so before is that I tried them years ago and found the wires to be crazily wide for me and the way too cups too tall.  However, I have heard that Panache have a range of fits amongst their different styles of bra so when I placed a recent order with Bravissimo I decided to add the Panache Melody Balconnet bra to my basket to see if it worked for me.

Image courtesy of Bravissimo

Thursday, 1 August 2013

AX Paris Curve V Front Lace Dress Navy 18

I recently received my latest item to review from the wonderful AX Paris.  I have been trying to select a range of different items from the brand in order to try out clothes I perhaps wouldn't normally or to see how different cuts work for me.

On this occasion, I decided to have another try from the AX Paris Curve range, which stocks items from 16 to 26 (UK).  I was spoilt for choice - such a wealth of pretty dresses!

In the end, I settled on the AX Paris Curve V Front Lace Dress in Navy in a UK size 18.

Image courtesy of AX Paris Curve

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