Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Lingerie Solutions: Pambra's - The Original Bra Liner

I am often asked by my readers what can be done to alleviate bra band chafing. This is something I myself have suffered from time to time so it made sense for me to trial some kind of solution and review it on my blog. Of course, the best solution is a correctly fitting bra - see my post here for tips on how to find a bra that fits you properly - but even then there may be days when your bra causes irritation and so it is good to know of a way to deal with this if needs be.

After a bit of digging round on the internet, I discovered Pambra's (no, the apostrophe is not incorrectly placed!). They are touted as 'the original bra liner (since 1988)' and are made by an American company.

Image courtesy of Pambra's

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Ewa Michalak FB Tęczowe Bra 34KK/75KK

Polish lingerie brand Ewa Michalak recently brought out a new design of bra: the FB style. It's made exclusively for ladies with particularly large busts, going from a band size 32/70 all the way up to (amazingly) 60/140, with UK based cup sizes - band dependent - from D to P. Despite being very happy with the S and PL bras I wear, I was very keen to try this new style as a lot of my readers have asked me for my feedback on it. I approached the team at Ewa Michalak and they kindly agreed to send me the FB Tęczowe Bra.

Image courtesy of Ewa Michalak

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Panache Cleo Kali Purple Babydoll 34J and Thong 18

I do love a babydoll. Admittedly, as a single woman I don't get to wear them very often, but I love them all the same. They are cute and fun and sexy, and although they hide my waist - something I usually like to emphasise - I love how the skirt fabric hides what lies beneath.

When my friend Hayley at Curves 'n' Curls blog told me about a purple babydoll - the Panache Cleo Kali - she was being sent to review I was green (not purple) with envy. I got in touch with the lovely folks at Panache and they very kindly offered to send me one too so that we could do a joint review, so do be sure to check out Hayley's review here.

Image courtesy of Panache

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Plus Size Bikini Bottoms from M&Co

Being the proud owner of a rather generous posterior, I often find that bikini bottoms which are comfortable and provide sufficient coverage can be quite tricky to find. For many years now, I have bought bikini tops and bottoms from separate places as although bra-size swimwear options are growing year on year the choices for briefs are usually not. Of course, there are always exceptions to this and brands such as Curvy Kate and Panache continue to strive to extend their swimwear ranges, but the point I want to get across here is that we shouldn't give up if the matching bottoms are not available in our size or if they are not in a style we like. 

A collage of beach snaps from my holiday in Zakynthos in September 2015

Monday, 9 November 2015

Curvy Kate Moonflower Black Floral Padded Bikini Top 34K and Ruched Back Brief 20

A brand I can always rely on for great-looking bra-sized swimwear is Curvy Kate. They make a wide range of styles, colours, and prints, and any time I need a new bikini they are one of the first brands I'll check out.

Just before my holiday to the Greek island of Zakynthos back in late August I was thrilled when the lovely ladies at CK sent me the Moonflower Black Floral Bikini.

Image courtesy of Curvy Kate

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Ewa Michalak S Granatowa Pantera Bra 34L/75L and Thong 20/48

Animal print - what's not to like? Ok, so maybe when someone wears too much of it at once it can go wrong, but when it's done right it can look absolutely amazing. 

I've always had a bit of a thing for leopard print lingerie. To me, it's sexy, daring, fun, and naughty. I have long grown out of my red leopard bra from Ewa Michalak, so I was over the moon when out of the blue they sent me their new leopard print S bra: the S Granatowa Pantera.

Image courtesy of Ewa Michalak

Monday, 2 November 2015

Panache Swim Elle Tropical Print Balconnet Bikini Top 34J and Classic Briefs 18

Goodness me, it's been a very long time since I last wrote a proper blog post. 2015 has been incredibly busy, both personally and professionally, and so I had to put a hold on blogging for a while. That's always awkward when brands have sent items to review, but fortunately I work with some really fantastic brands who are very understanding and patient. I have tried to keep a presence on social media so that I didn't completely disappear, so do make sure you are following me on all my channels to keep up to date with me (links to these are at the top of the right hand sidebar).

I have quite a few swimwear and lingerie pieces that I need to review so that's what I intend to focus on for these first few posts.

Lingerie brand Panache not only sell some gorgeous underwear, but they also make bra-sized swimwear in a range of colours, prints, and cuts. Before my Caribbean holiday earlier this year they very kindly sent me a few bikinis to try, and today I am reviewing the Panache Swim Elle Tropical Print Balconnet Bikini.

Image courtesy of Panache Swim

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Win A Ticket To The Curve Fashion Festival 2015!

Dear readers, I must apologise as it has been some time since my last post. I have been busy with work and doing fun things, such as being a bridesmaid for Georgina from Fuller Figure Fuller Bust blog and attending Style XL. I am even busy as I write - busy being on holiday. I'm in Greece for a week with Georgina and we are making the most of soaking up the sun and recharging our batteries.

However, a fantastic opportunity has come my way and I simply could not wait to share it with you. 

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Lady V London: Lady Voluptuous Pink Rose Floral on Cream Phoebe Dress 20 and Japanese Black Floral Phoebe Dress 22/24

Lady Voluptuous, Lady V London's plus size line, is doing great things for full-figured women. The range comprises gorgeous dresses and skirts that are exclusively offered in UK sizes 16-32. The garments flatter the figure and are comfortable and practical to wear. I love how the designs have been made with larger ladies in mind, with realistically sized sleeves and armholes, good boob room, and a range of necklines.

One of the newer dresses to be released is the Phoebe (£55; UK sizes 16-32): a fully lined 1950s inspired dress with a flared skirt and built-in petticoat. It comes in a number of pretty prints but for me I was particularly enamoured with these two:

Images courtesy of Lady V London

Monday, 22 June 2015

Ewa Michalak S Kicia Szałowa Bra 34KK/75KK and Thong 20/48

I have written many a review of Ewa Michalak lingerie here on my blog. If you're wondering why, it's simply because this brand is the only one I've found so far that fits my large bust, thanks to Ewa's narrow wires and deep cups. It's pretty lucky that the lingerie is also flipping gorgeous, as well as being fun and quirky. Today I am reviewing a set that fits this description perfectly: the S Kicia Szałowa.

Image courtesy of Ewa Michalak

Monday, 15 June 2015

Lady V London: Lady Voluptuous Blue Butterfly Cosette Dress 16 and Japanese Blue Cosette Dress 18

As a fan of vintage style clothing I was super excited when Lady V London set up their plus size range, Lady Voluptuous. These clothes are made exclusively in UK sizes 16-32 and they are absolutely gorgeous. I am slowly but surely making my way through the collection and hope to review it in its entirety in the fullness of time, but as I am sure you can appreciate this all takes time and to mix things up I am reviewing other items in between.

Today I will be reviewing the Cosette Dress (£50, UK sizes 16-32).

Images courtesy of Lady V London

Monday, 8 June 2015

Panache Swim Eadie Balconnet Bikini Top 34J and Classic Pant 20

Just before I headed off on my holiday to the Dominican Republic in early April, I received a number of bikinis from large cup lingerie brand Panache. The one I am sharing with you today is the Panache Swim Eadie Balconnet Bikini Top (£34, 30-38 D-K) and Classic Pant (£20, UK sizes 8-20).

Image courtesy of Panache

Friday, 5 June 2015

Curvy Kate Luau Love Flamingo Pink Padded Bikini Top 34K and High Waist Brief 22

If you're looking for bra-sized swimwear, a great brand to try is Curvy Kate. Their swimwear collections get better every year and the 2015 collection is just fabulous. I was sent a couple of bikini sets for my recent Caribbean holiday to the Dominican Republic and today I will be sharing with you my thoughts on the Luau Love Padded Bikini (£35, 30-40 D-K) and High Waist Brief (£25, UK 8-22).

Images courtesy of Curvy Kate

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Lady V London: Lady Voluptuous Pink Lips on Black Full Circle Skirt 16 and Japanese Floral on Black Full Circle Skirt 18

Lady V London's plus size range, Lady Voluptuous, continues to go from strength to strength. The label, which was created in collaboration with my wonderful friend Georgina from Fuller Figure Fuller Bust, boasts a range of dresses in UK sizes 16-32, all of which have been flying off the shelves every time they get restocked. It was fantastic to see them recently release a new item - the Full Circle Skirt - and of course I was quick to buy a couple to try out. At just £35 each, these skirts are superb value.

I wasn't completely sure which size would be best, so I decided to order two different prints, each in a different size. I went for the Pink Lips on Black Full Circle Skirt in size 16, and the Japanese Black Floral Full Circle Skirt in size 18.

Images courtesy of Lady V London

Monday, 25 May 2015

Panache Swim Tallulah Purple Animal Balconnet Bikini Top 34J and Fold Pant 20

It's been a couple of weeks since I last posted, so apologies for that. I have had quite a busy month and I just haven't been able to find time to sit down and blog. However, today I am back and as we are fast approaching summer here in the UK I wanted to bring you a swimwear review.

I have been sent a number of bikinis recently and I will be reviewing them all here on Curvy Wordy over the next few weeks. In this post I will be reviewing the Panache Tallulah Purple Animal Balconnet Bikini and Fold Pant.

Image courtesy of Panache

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Lady V London: Lady Voluptuous Bellatrix Dress 16

I recently reviewed the Medusa dress from the 'Lady Voluptuous' plus size range from Lady V London. This collection was launched only a few weeks ago but it has already made a great impression on the plus size blogging community, and many ladies have already reviewed the dresses from the range.

Today I am reviewing a second dress from the Lady Voluptuous line: the Bellatrix (£45).

Images courtesy of Lady Voluptuous

Monday, 4 May 2015

Ewa Michalak S Kamea 36KK/80KK and Briefs 20/48

Every woman needs a basic black bra in her lingerie drawer. A bra that's just right for wearing under dark clothes for work and also perfect beneath a little black dress on a night out. However, a basic black bra doesn't need to be plain or dull, and today I am reviewing a set of lingerie that is anything but: the Ewa Michalak S Kamea.

Image courtesy of Ewa Michalak

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Ewa Michalak Koszulka Babydoll Nostalgia 36KK 80KK and Thong 20/48

Back in January this year I was sent a number of items from Polish lingerie brand Ewa Michalak. It's taken me some time to pull together the photos and write up these reviews, but I hope you'll agree it was worth the wait as today I share with you my review of the Koszulka Babydoll Nostalgia.

Image courtesy of Ewa Michalak

Monday, 27 April 2015

Kix'ies Thigh Highs Hold Ups: Brooke LeAnne, Sam, and Lois

Being a keen wearer of hold-ups, Kix'ies is a brand I have been aware of for some time. They are based in the USA and are the brainchild of Samantha DeMartini, who came up with the idea after an embarrassing tights-related experience as a teenager. You can read Samantha's full story here. Particularly of note is the fact that a proportion of the profit from all Kix'ies sales goes to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - what a great initiative!

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Lady V London: Lady Voluptuous Medusa Dress 16

Apologies for being absent from here for the past few weeks; I've been on a fortnight's holiday in the Caribbean, which was wonderful, and, although I took my laptop with me in the hope that I'd get some spare time to write blog posts, I shouldn't have bothered! I didn't get to turn my laptop on once as I was kept busy by my 8 year old niece and 5 year old nephew, so I can't complain as I had lots of fun and we made countless holiday memories. I also wore lots of gorgeous bikinis, which I will be reviewing in the coming weeks.

Since I've been home, I have been feeling rather under the weather, so my blogging ambitions have had to remain on hold for a while longer. Finally I am on the road to recovery and I am delighted to bring you my latest review.

A few weeks ago, my beautiful and incredibly talented pal, Georgina from Fuller Figure Fuller Bust, did something amazing. OK, she does amazing things ALL the time, but this thing was extra special. It's something I've known about for a while and I have found it very hard keeping quiet, so goodness knows how she's managed it! Of course I am talking about the clothing range she has launched in collaboration with Lady V London: Lady Voluptuous.

Image courtesy of Lady Voluptuous

Monday, 23 March 2015

Pink Clove Pleated Skater Skirt With Contrast Waistband 16

Plus size brand Pink Clove has continued to go from strength to strength since its launch in 2013. Offering a range of fast fashion items in sizes 16-32, their prices are just as attractive as their garments. I own a number of Pink Clove items and still wear items I bought when the brand first launched, including my beloved Red Tartan Skater Dress.

Late last year I was sent a number of items by the lovely Pink Clove PR team, and today I am going to share with you the Pleated Skater Skirt With Contrast Waistband (now sold out in pink but was £14.00, UK sizes 16-28).

Image courtesy of Pink Clove

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Ewa Michalak PL Słowianki Bra 34KK 75KK

In December, I ordered some bras from Polish lingerie brand Ewa Michalak to make the most of a site-wide discount that was in place. I wanted to get my hands on some PL (plunge) bras, and so I added the PL Słowianki Bra to my basket.

Image courtesy of Ewa Michalak

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Simply Be Extra Curvy Plus Boots - Do You Get What You Pay For?

I have always had wide calves. I inherited my dad's thick rugby player legs and I have always had difficulty getting a decent fit in any kind of trousers or jeans. It doesn't help that I have a 19" difference between my waist and hips (currently at 32" and 51" respectively) but my thighs are also pretty chunky and don't like to be contained by fabrics, especially those of the non-stretch kind. My calves haven't usually caused an issue with leg wear garments, but they most certainly have with boots.

Every autumn I eagerly go to shoe shops and make online orders in a bid to find the perfect knee high boots...but every time I am sorely let down by how the boots fit me in the calf. They simply don't! I have tried all the usual suspects, including Evans, Yours Clothing, and even Duo Boots, but none have given me a perfect fit. They have either not been wide enough in the calf, or the width of the foot area has been insufficient. I know, I know...I have a very awkward body! But I strive to find a decent fit in footwear as well as in clothing, so my search for perfect boots has been a long-lasting one.

I was therefore super excited when Simply Be brought out a range of extra wide calf boots: the Extra Curvy Plus range.

Monday, 9 March 2015

Ewa Michalak SM Czarodziejka Bra 32K/70K

Ewa Michalak has been making the SM bra, which is essentially an unpadded balconette, for over a year now. Some months back I was sent some bras to review and today I will be sharing with you the limited edition SM Czarodziejka Bra (no longer available at Ewa Michalak, but the SM Wróżka is similar):

Image courtesy of Ewa Michalak
(Please note this is a stock photo of the SM Wróżka as I could not find one of the SM Czarodziejka)

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Ewa Michalak BM Bibi Czarny Tulipan Bra 34K/75K and High Waist Briefs 20/48

I have been reviewing quite a number of Ewa Michalak lingerie items lately, and that's because I placed a fairly large order just before Christmas to make the most of a special discount EM were offering, and I am now working my way through that order with my reviews here on the blog. 

When I placed my order, I picked a selection of bras and briefs from those that were discounted, and the set I am reviewing today is the BM Bibi Czarny Tulipan.

Image courtesy of Ewa Michalak

Monday, 23 February 2015

Ewa Michalak PL Cappuccino Bra 36KK/80KK and High Waisted Briefs 16/44

Ewa Michalak's PL Cappuccino bra is one I've reviewed in the past; you can read my original post hereHowever, my boobs have long grown out of the 30L cups I was wearing then, so when I placed an order shortly before Christmas to take advantage of a sale they had on, I wanted to get this bra in a more appropriate size. 

Image courtesy of Ewa Michalak

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Evans Pear Ultra Stretch Skinny Jeans 18

The eagle-eyed amongst you will have noticed that I have never before reviewed jeans on my blog. There is a simple reason for that: I don't wear jeans because I can't find any that fit me properly. 

Yes, I know I am fussy about fit, but why shouldn't I be? The problem is, finding jeans to fit hips that are 19" bigger than the waist is a pretty tough task. Most jeans are cut to fit a 'typical' woman, and I am a million miles away from fitting into that norm. I understand that. 

In the past I have considered ordering custom-made jeans over the internet as I don't think even curve-friendly brands like PZI would work for me, but I never ended up going for it as I was sceptical they'd be worth the money (I would have had to order from abroad). I also don't have a desperate need for jeans - I have a wardrobe full of gorgeous frocks; why on earth would I need jeans?! I admit that I didn't want to feel that awful disappointment when you can't find anything that fits, so for my own pride I never searched too hard and so I eventually lost any desire to own denim. An additional put off was that the fashion for jeans and trousers over the past decade has been for them to be 'hipsters', or at best low rise. Such a terrible look for pears and hourglasses, in my opinion, and something that looked absolutely awful on me. However, over the past few years I have had a number of requests from readers who wanted me to review jeans, so it has always been in the back of my mind to get around to doing so one day.

Little did I know that UK plus size fashion retailer Evans held the key to my jeans dreams: the Evans Pear Ultra Stretch Skinny Jeans (£30.00; UK sizes 14-32, in short (71cm/28"), regular (76cm/30"), and long (81cm/32")lengths):

Image courtesy of Evans

Monday, 16 February 2015

Bravissimo Lola Luxe Basque in Blackberry 36K and Thong XL

Early last year I bought the Bravissimo Lola Luxe Basque in Black/Teal from a friend and reviewed it on my blog. Although the fit was not completely perfect it's a set I am glad to have as it's very pretty and is perfect for those special bedroom occasions.

Last month I was looking on the Bravissimo website to see if there was anything I could review and my search brought me to the Lola Luxe Basque in Blackberry (was £50.00, now reduced to £40.00; UK sizes 30-38 F-K (limited availability)).

Image courtesy of Bravissimo

Thursday, 12 February 2015

My quest for a sleep bra: Ewa Michalak Nina Top 34KK/75KK

I can't believe it has been two years since I last blogged about my quest to find a sleep bra. If you're not already familiar with my mission, allow me to explain what I'm talking about. 

I long for a bra/top that is comfortable enough to wear in bed at night, but that is also supportive enough to wear around the house during the day. When I am at home for the day I usually wear a t-shirt or casual top and pyjama bottoms, and go without a bra. Most times, this is perfectly comfortable for me, but there are instances when I wish I had something soft and supportive to wear to help keep my breasts in check. I have tried a number of options since starting my blog, including sports bras, non-wired bras, and even nursing bras (NB: If you'd like to read my previous reviews they are listed at the end of this post). A few have come close to meeting my requirements but I haven't yet managed to discover the holy grail.

I was therefore super excited when I saw that Polish lingerie brand Ewa Michalak were bringing out their own version of a sleep/house bra: the Nina Top.

Image courtesy of Ewa Michalak

Monday, 9 February 2015

Ewa Michalak S Kleksik Bra 34KK/75KK

Shortly before Christmas, I placed an order with Polish lingerie brand Ewa Michalak as they were having a sale. I ordered as many bras as I could in my size (or sister sizes) as I was very short of bras that fitted properly. One of the bras I bought was the S Kleksik:

Image courtesy of Ewa Michalak

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Evans Scarlett & Jo Animal Print Fit and Flare Dress 14

I've reviewed quite a lot of Scarlett & Jo items lately, and that's because they are a brand that make some really great pieces of clothing. They are committed to designing gorgeous frocks for us plus size ladies and so I can't help but want to share them with you all.

Today I'm going to share with you the Scarlett & Jo Animal Print Fit and Flare Dress (£39.00; UK sizes 14-32. I'm afraid this is no longer available online but it may still be in stock in some Evans stores - probably in the sale section). 

Image courtesy of Evans

Monday, 2 February 2015

New Look Inspire Jersey Peplum Dress 18

Back in the summer I was looking for a smart dress that I could wear for work; something that was suitable for business meetings, conferences, and interviews. My problem is that business dresses are often made from non-stretchy materials, so I knew I would have to scour around to find something suitable.

When browsing the New Look website, I happened upon the New Look Inspire Jersey Peplum Dress (no longer available online but was £12.99, UK sizes 18-32 (it was also available on the ASOS website)).

Image courtesy of ASOS

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Evans Scarlett & Jo Black 3D Textured Floral Prom Dress 16

Plus size brand Scarlett & Jo seem to be going from strength to strength. Sold exclusively at Evans, this is a range of clothing that is designed to accentuate the figure and makes the most of curves. I have reviewed a number of items from their collections on my blog, and today I will be showing you a dress I tried shortly before Christmas: the Black 3D Textured Floral Prom Dress (original price £75; sizes 14-32, now sold out online but may still be available in stores).

Image courtesy of Evans

Monday, 26 January 2015

Collectif Phyllis Velvet Pencil Dress 20

For several years, I have been a huge fan of vintage brand Collectif. I love their 40s and 50s style clothing and own a number of their items, including coats, tops, and dresses.

Shortly before Christmas, I was contacted by the Collectif team to ask if I would like to review something from their range and of course I jumped at the chance. My first thought was to go for a Dolores Doll dress, but I have already reviewed a number of these so I wanted to go for something a little different. I ended up picking the Phyllis Velvet Pencil Dress (was £60.00, now £30.00; UK sizes 6-22):

Image courtesy of Collectif

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Yours Clothing Glitter Flocked Skater Dress 18

In late November, plus size retailer Yours Clothing had a huge sale. I ordered quite a number of items to try on but ultimately only kept two: the Glitter Flocked Skater Dress in blue (sizes 14-32; was £35, now on sale in limited sizes at £18.40) and in purple (sizes 14-32; was £35, now sold out online but may be available in some stores).

 Image courtesy of Yours Clothing

Image courtesy of Yours Clothing

Monday, 19 January 2015

Evans Scarlett & Jo Embellished Velvet Dress 16

I don't often get invited to very posh ceremonies or parties, but if I ever was I am not sure I'd have a dress in my wardrobe to fit the occasion. Yes, I have a ton of gorgeous dresses, but I can't think of one that would be glamorous enough for a really fancy event. Well, that recently changed when I acquired the Scarlett & Jo Embellished Velvet Dress in navy and in black.

Image courtesy of Evans

Friday, 16 January 2015

Evans Scarlett & Jo Multi Floral Print Prom Skirt 14

I have been having a love affair with Scarlett & Jo's prom dresses and separates for a little while now, and I ordered a number of them from Evans back in the summer to try. Have a look at the beautiful Multi Floral Print Prom Skirt (was £48.00, now sold out on the website but may still be available in some stores):

Image courtesy of Evans

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Ewa Michalak PL Laguna Bra 36K/80K and Briefs 16/44

Although I have been very lucky to receive a number of free lingerie items from Polish brand Ewa Michalak recently, I have also bought pieces myself to add to my collection. It might seem as though I have a never-ending supply of bras, briefs, and thongs, but in fact my cup and back size in bras has changed a few times since starting this blog and I had reached a point where I had very few items that fitted correctly, so I decided to place some orders to get my hands on more beautiful lingerie!

Today I am reviewing a set I bought for myself during the Ewa Michalak pre-Christmas discount period: the PL Laguna bra and briefs.

Image courtesy of Ewa Michalak

Friday, 2 January 2015

Ewa Michalak BM Gwiezdny Pył Bra 34K/75K and Thong 16/44

Amongst the items sent to me just before Christmas by Polish lingerie brand Ewa Michalak was one of the newer bra styles: the BM. This bra is essentially an unpadded balconette. It offers more coverage than other styles and has the familiar cut of many other large cup brands, and so I was very interested to try it in order to see if the Ewa Michalak 'magic' design works on a more atypical cut.

I was sent the BM Gwiezdny Pył.

Biustonosz BM Gwiezdny Pył
Image courtesy of Ewa Michalak
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