Friday, 6 December 2013

Flirting with Frankie

So in October it was my birthday and the lovely Laura at LargeCup Lingerie sent me another lovely Tutti Rouge bra as a belated birthday gift, it was the lovely Frankie bra and the Suspender Skirt in cornflower blue. 

It was so pretty (as I'm finding with every Tutti set I come across), it had the usual details on the Tutti bras that we all love, the heart on the straps and the embroidered Tutti Rouge on the back clasp, and it was very ruffley. 
The ruffles are a little over the top for everyday wear personally, especially on the skirted suspender, whilst pretty, I'm not quite sure how practical it would be. The colour on the other hand I found really cute and different, whilst it wasn't what I would consider a pastel shade it wasn't too bright it was in between and I thought that was nice to see in lingerie, I always love (although they can be slightly impractical) coloured underwear.

Now onto the fit, of the balconette styles from the brand this is almost perfect on me and I was pretty miffed that it didn't fit. The band was spot on, firm but not overbearingly tight which I do like in a bra, it was the cups, the cups are that bit too small, if only they made it up to a J I think I would have been onto a keeper! The bra also wasn't east vs west on me at all which made me really smile, I sometimes have a problem when the gore is a little too wide, it can push me apart a little too much, but that wasn't a problem at all with Frankie. The last photo I have tried to show the same thing that happens with all Tutti bras on me, because I'm not full on the bottom I don't always fill the bottom of the cups on bras, this isn't as much has others. This mixed with the fact I'm fuller on top makes the 32HH too small in the cup, which is upsetting because it's so adorable I so wish they will consider extending because I want to own this :(

The skirted suspender I got in a large, because when I've tried medium bottoms from the brand before they have been a little tight, however I think this ran a little on the big side, even though it doesn't seem to look it on the photos! It is a thong, (my lovely starry pants seem well hidden in this photo, they weren't in the rest!) I do find that because I needed the larger size when you lift the skirted part, it looks (and possibly could be) uncomfortable at the front as the front part of the thong is pretty small. If it were slightly bigger I think it would be better. (it might not be like that on everyone)
Overall I do think it is very cute and I do love the idea of skirt.

(Photos 1 and 2 are taken from the LargeCup Lingerie website all the rest are of me)

*The Frankie bra and skirted suspender along with other matching bottoms are available from LargeCup and they are currently in the sale! So the bra is currently £15.60 and the skirted suspender £10.50*

{This bra was sent as a gift, but this didn't affect my review at all}

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

My Perfect Pencil (Skirt)

So after having a fear of the dreaded tube pencil skirts for quite sometime, I made the decision to try them out this year, after seeing them in so many shops and on so many lovely ladies I thought to myself there must be one I can wear and not feel huge in. 

And the weirdest place that I managed to find the right skirt was Primark! I rarely manage to find things in there because I find the sizing to be very inconsistent. But these are by far my best purchases from there! 

I got my first two, the green and the purple from the ever so lovely Kelly who runs The Curvy Kitten, my local store only had 12's and I tried that first and whilst it fit, it was very snug, so Kelly managed to get me some 14's and they were perfect. 

They hug my body just right, and although they do enhance my belly a little I honestly think they look great and I feel great in them, they show my rear (which I have grown to love as it has grown!) They are exactly what I wanted and at £5 a skirt, I couldn't ask for more, the Jersey fabric is stretchy enough but also keeps it's shape, and so far they have all washed just fine.

(The last photo I wish I could leave the house like that, maybe a blazer over the top) 

I think they are so great that I hunted down some more and I still am, I currently have 7 the five pictured above and one in grey and a royal blue, they do have a fairly bold orange colour but I felt it didn't really work on me so it didn't join my collection. They are very practical for me to wear out shopping with tops like the above photos, and I also wear them for work with a longer tunic type top. The length is great as well, they sit a couple of inches below my knees, depending on how high I pull them up. They also work well with my heels, flats or my big chunky winter boots, so I think it's safe to say I love them, they have been the perfect addition to my wardrobe and I will admit I have been wearing them a lot more than I thought I would, it's much easier and looks much nicer than just throwing on my jeans. 

(All photos belong to me)

*The skirts are available in most Primark stores and they cost just £5!*

Saturday, 30 November 2013

Keeping it Dotty

So continuing the spotty theme, I think it's high time I reviewed my last Bravissimo purchase which was the Dotty Spot. I did try the previous two colour ways when they were out, the aqua and red and well as the black and cafe both seen here being reviewed by the lovely Anna who runs Bras and Body Image. Whilst they were lovely colour ways at the time of them being out my shape didn't work with the bra and I couldn't seem to get the right fit in them. But when I saw the red and white colour way I knew I had to try it.

I brought this in September as I was down to one bra, (that didn't really fit) and when I visited my sister in Scotland, while we waited in Endinbrough I thought it would be best if I went and found a new bra. Now I had previously been fitted into the Dotty Spot in the Leeds store about 2 weeks before the trip so when I went in I asked for the same size and it was a perfect fit again. I hadn't managed to shrink back down again so my new size was deemed a 32H.

This is one of the best fitting bras I have had for some time, although there is a slight wrinkle in the fabric, the cup fits perfectly and the wires don't dig in at the sides as well as not sitting too high and stabbing me in the armpit. I will admit it took a little getting used to because I had constantly been in more plunge shape bras than anything, the higher centre gore felt very strange and whilst it felt like it was digging in after a while I didn't notice it and put it down to not wearing bras with higher gores for some time. The band was also great, I do prefer really tight bands so naturally I did ask to try the 30HH on just incase but I couldn't actually get it done up, so the 32 is fine and I'm only just tightening the back by moving to the middle hooks, which is pretty rare having taken me 3 months instead of 3 or 4 weeks I find with other bras.

I feel I have to mention this though, I don't quite know why but the bra doesn't quite give the natural rounded shape I know at least I normally want, it is as you can see quite pointy and to some women that might be off putting, I think people should try it and see before completely saying no though. I found myself loving it though, it creates a different shape that works really well under clothes and I think it's quite vingtagey and reminiscent of bullet bras. 

The colour and print I find just up my ally, I adore red so it was a given I'd like this, although I think I would prefer black to white spots, it looks very cute as it is and the bows attached to the gore and the base of the straps add to the cuteness.

If I were to pick one bad point about the bra, I would have to say I find the straps a bit slippy, they slip off my shoulders and the fabric with it being shiny I find it slips when I have tightened it, and by the end of the day it's gone back to where it was. I am looking for a way to stop this happening because it is a niggle that bothers me now, as the straps don't hold all the weight of my boobs but they do hold a fair amount and if the straps loosen the boobs droop a little.

(photo one taken from the Bravissimo website the rest are me)

*Dotty Spot is available online at Bravissimo and in their stores and the bra is £29*

Friday, 29 November 2013

Under the spotlight

For many women Freya Lingerie's infamous deco bra is a staple to own, I know of many women who will squeeze into one which may be slightly too small just because the shape is gives is exactly what women want. 

(excuse the very old photo, this was my first foray into deco territory) 

The roundness, the lift and the cleavage on show is nothing less than epic, the fit was perfect, and they do try to reinvent the bra, having seen the Frida (seen on the lovely Georgina), Carly, Crystal (again on Georgina) and more recently the (also again modelled by Georgina) Taylor

Having seen the aptly named Spotlight in a brochure summer last year I knew I had to have it and I hated that I had to wait until November to get my paws on it. But when Figleaves sent me an email with a discount code (subscribe to their newsletter and every so often they send codes giving you discounts on items and sometimes free delivery) I snapped at the chance to get this lovely bra as I received 15% off and free next day delivery, so in a few clicks the 34GG was winging it's way to me, and luckily I didn't have long to wait.

Now when I get parcels I get rather excited (I'm like a child with presents, only I've brought myself them) and when the box with this arrived it was no exception, I hurriedly opened the box and there it was. the colour, an intense shade of burgundy red (claret going by the official description), and I loved that the spots aren't just on the cups, they continue around the bra even on the black edges and straps, I think when a detail like that is done throughout the bra it feels more finished and refined. 
I have to admit, I was a little apprehensive on the fit, the Crystal I mentioned earlier for some reason had a bit of an iffy fit I panicked that this would be the same, and it is, a little. 

(please excuse any strange facial expressions, I have no explanation for them :/)

The bra fits, there's no denying it the centre gore fits sits flat, my breasts are fully encased in the cups, and the band while slightly loser than I like it actually feels fine (I'm one of those people that seems to like the band really really tight) I will admit I wont be wearing this as an everyday bra, just because I find a lot of movement, even in a really well fitting plunge bra, I find after a couple of hours my breasts have fallen into the middle more than they need to have. This is going to be my go to bra for when I wear lower cut tops and dresses as it will give me the right shape and look I will desire. 

Now onto the crystal effect, I found the crystal to be slightly wider than the regular deco, being that the centre gore seemed spreads my boobs further apart than normal, which unlike the crystal this doesn't do it as much, unfortunately it does still happen, but it isn't enough to put me off this bra at all. That and I do LOVE the pattern, I'm all for spots and dots and red and black, pretty much my dream bra combination really so it had to work! 

(Second photo taken from the Freya website, other 3 are of me)

*Deco spotlight is available at Figleaves and is £32 :) *

Saturday, 2 November 2013

The prize that failed

A few weeks ago I won a bra set from Curvy Kate, they run on the twitter page every friday a #FreebieFriday, a set they give away to a random winner, I never win anything! So when I won this I was so excited to get it and see if it could break my bad luck with Curvy Kate streak, unfortunately my breasts haven't had the best of times with CK bras which slightly annoys me because I always love what come out each season from them. So I was so hoping that the Gia would work as well on me as it does my mother (managed to fit her into one a bit back and she finds it very comfy) 

When it arrived I carefully ripped open the package in excitement and there it was, I loved the purple and the little details were fab! I couldn't wait to get it on, so upstairs I went stripped down to my pants and slipped on the set. 

Both the bra and the pants as you can see have small square bows with a tiny square diamonte which I think is really cute, and I love the rather geometric embroidered section on both the top half of the cup and the band at the font of the pants.  

Now, first impressions can be very deceiving and in this case they were, while it may look like a good fit (the pants were perfect I asked for a 16 knowing they ran small) the small task of walking around the room and the bra failed. Breast tissue escaped from the top and the bra felt like it was slipping down all over.

As I thought and when I contacted Curvy Kate, I sent them some photos to try and show them as much as I could about the fit, we had the same ideas on why the bra didn't seem to fit, my shape doesn't suit this bra, not the bra's fault and not mine, just somethings aren't meant to be together. Because I am considered to be pretty full on top and very close set tends to be why me and Curvy Kate don't get along, which is rather odd because they seem to fit better on people of similar fullness :(. So the lovely Himare at Curvy Kate, offered to send me out a style that should work for my shape, which meant that the lovely Gia is now back with Curvy Kate :( 

This was obviously a freebee, and it hasn't affected my thoughts in any way, I really do think the bra is beautiful, construction and colour, in fact this is a bra my mum owns and she does really like it and gets along with it. Unfortunately though not all bras are going to work for me, I do hope that some of the Curvy Kate range will though because they always bring out some stunning bras! 

*You can purchase this bra from many retailers I found it on Brastop retailing at £29 for the bra and £15 for the brief* 

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

My Tutti Adventure Continues

Every bra I see come from Tutti Rouge I find it adorably cute, (which 5/6 years ago I wouldn't have, how things change) and I also feel the need to try everything they bring out, so I set myself what is now looking to be a challenge I might fail, to try every tutti rouge bra they made. This is proving more of a challenge the bigger the brand gets!  But I shall do my best and try as many as my bank balance let's me.

I found two new beauties to try recently, the Sophia and Birds of a Feather, both on the site LargeCup Lingerie, (I'll fill you in on my experience with them later) 

I couldn't afford both so I opted for the Sophia first because of the cute mint colour and the fact it was one I hadn't seen any reviews of at the time of my buying it. So having not had a fitting for quite a while I took a gamble and ordered a 32HH, (I went for the middle size from what I had tried in the lilliana and the betty) I figured if anything was going to work that this would be a good starting point. 

A few days later my parcel arrived just as I was about to leave the house (unfortunately I was admitted to hospital to get a 5th Lumbar Puncture) so all I got to do was open it and have a quick look and I couldn't wait to actually try it on, the colour was stunning a lovely minty green and the detailing was what I have grown to expect from Tutti Rogue, bit's of lace and cute little bows along with the signature small metal hearts on the straps and the embroidered name on the back hooks. 

A week or so later I was able to stand properly and I could finally try this beautiful item on, 

Now, the photo's in some respects don't clearly show where the fit was wrong on me, my first issue was I felt the centre gore was very high, after wearing plunges and balconette plunge styles this was massively uncomfortable. There was also a little issue with the lace near the top of the cups, it didn't sit flat at all, although it could do after a bit of wear and after being washed. I also had issues with the fit, now the cup might not look too big to you guys, when it was on me however it was different, the was extra space at the top of the cup (very rare for me as I'm full on top) and the cup did slightly buckle at the bottom, almost as if my boobs were too heavy for them to take. Now had I attempted a smaller size I think that the problem might have not been an issue but due to my fullness on top I was fairly certain that I would quad boob. So alas, Sophia had to back, but not before I tried again just to make sure, I felt I had to simply because the bra itself is stunning. 

So I contacted Large Cup Lingerie and asked to exchange this and give the Birds of a Feather a try, at first I did think about trying the 32H just to see but after being informed they didn't have it in stock I stuck with the 32HH. Now again I hadn't looked for any other reviews at this point it was after I had tried mine on I saw that the lovely Miss Fuller Figure Fuller Bust had tried it also.
I now know that this is a pretty risky style, that comes from one of their designers, I have to applaud them for taking a big risk and I do really wish it had worked because I ADORE this bra.

I think it's pretty safe to say the main problem I had with this was the large amount of buckling of the cup at the bottom, where as the sophia did it a little, I found that in this one it was at least when we measure over an inch of the cup just buckling under the weight. There is also a slight bit too much of what I call 'east vs west' going on, this is a combination really of me being pretty close set and full on top and the gore of the bra.
I do love the shape and construction of this though, the way it's half padded and the stretchy lace at the top, I think it not only looks attractive but the materials used are of a great quality, the satiny finish and the lace isn't the slightest bit itchy! The straps (and I can't quite remember this) but I seem to think they aren't fully adjustable and I do wish they were but the front where it's essentially a wider root attached to the cup itself and it thins out, I've seen it done on smaller cupped bras and always love it, I think it's something great so I hope they might use it for future styles. 
I swear I will find more than one style from Tutti that my boobs WILL work with and it will fit!!

Now throughout the process of getting and returning these bras, sometimes doing returns and exchanges can be a big hassle and a pain, but I have nothing but great things to say about Large Cup Lingerie, the social media aspect of companies is a big thing these days and they have theirs down to a T! When I received the first bra and I tweeted that I couldn't try it on yet due to my hospital trip, they asked me how I was and they were really lovely about everything. So easy to get in contact with, very speedy at responding and I love the fact that they want to hear feedback and they want to know how things are. So even though I was doubtful at first, most people are when ordering from new places, don't be from LCL, they will help you with anything! I couldn't recommend them anymore! And believe me I will try!!! 

*Photos one and two taken from the Large cup lingerie website, all other photos are mine*

**Sophia and Birds of a Feather are available from Large Cup Lingerie Sophia is priced at £28 and Birds of a Feather is £26**

Saturday, 31 August 2013

An Affair that will last Forever

A dress can make a girl feel like a million pounds/dollars sometimes, it wasn't until a year or so ago I discovered that dress for myself, and I decided I must try to own them all! This dress is Heidi, from Pinupgirl Clothing and I love her so.

The leopard came first, I went for this because it was something that was slightly different for me, as soon as I had it on I was in heaven, I was so happy with how I looked, it was amazing. The stretch bengaline fabric is great, as as the website suggested to size down for a snugger fit (at the time I was more in the measurements for the large) I went for a medium and I'm so glad I did, the waist is perfect, the boob area is a little much for everyday wear as there is an unholy amount of cleavage shown (a friend mentioned 'tit buffet'!) For me I feel I have to wear a shrug or something to cover up my arms, if I had one gripe with Heidi is the cap sleeves don't do anything for me and make my arms look bigger :(. One thing I did know was that I had to have more, and next one my purchase list was the cherry version. 

The cherry, such a lovely print, and again the quality of the material was amazing, but I very nearly didn't keep this one. I found this to be tighter all over than the leopard, I found I struggled to do the zip up, and the cap sleeves felt extremely tight, in fact almost too tight, which is why I was thinking about selling this. But I thought about it, and I figured that the more I wore the dress, it would losen up, that and I have to (because of health reasons and I want to) lose some weight, so because the print is cute and I do love the shape I kept it. It's been worn more for daytime then evening like the leopard, that being said it does work for going out in. Pindot Heidi was the next in my collection.

On first try on this felt like the leopard and not the cherry, the waist was fine and the cap sleeves worked well again, immediately I was relieved. This one was next for me because I saw this as having more versatility than the two I already owned due to the monochrome colour scheme, I could accessorise with whatever colour I wanted too shoes/bags/cardigans in any colour of the rainbow. So as much as I love the leopard and the cherry, in the long run this one is likely to be worn the most. 

Last but not least, my most recent Heidi purchase was in fact the one I really wanted first (it was out of stock when I got the leopard) was the red version, due to red being pretty much my favourite colour ever!

This is defiantly my personal favourite by far, (and my mothers least) this was also my first purchase from the website Pinup Style created by the lovely ladies from Pinup Girl Clothing, it first popped up as being worn about twice by the previous owner so I said I'd like to buy it, no harm in buying something preowned in my eyes, things like this should be passed on if they aren't being worn, I couldn't wait to own my very own 'lady in red' dress. To me the red seems to be made from a marginally thinner material (only just) and I feel the red also fits better than the previous 3. The only real problem with just one colour I feel I have to be very careful with what colour accessories I choose unlike the pindot where pretty much I can pick any colour I want. That being said, this is my favourite dress of all time, the colour and the shape just works.

 I have a huge love for these dresses, and Im very grateful I was shown them, I have now made it my mission to own every colour way and every print that I can possibly find! Those next one my list to buy, just marginally ahead of the rest are, 

The last one I don't know when it's coming out quite yet but when it does I must have it, not just for halloween!

(Last photo taken from the pinup girl clothing tumblr, previous 4 photos before that taken from Pinup Girl Clothing)

*The Pinup Couture Heidi is available from Pinup Girl Clothing in varying colours and prints and it retails at $98 *

Monday, 29 July 2013

Could be the Start of Something Good

More than likely this is going to be one a shorter blog than I'd like it to be but until I can try more from the brand, this will be it. On a recent trip to Leeds with some family I decided to see if the New Look there had anything from AX Paris as I have read some pretty good things about them from Caroline (Curvy Wordy) and from Georgina (Fuller Figure Fuller Bust). So I decided I wanted to try something myself as after a quick look on their website their clothes appeal to me. (apologies in advance for the poor photos, it had to be a quick try on session) 

Fist up was this bodycon dress, I picked it up because I loved the crochet detail neckline, I thought it was different and I loved the element of showing skin and being covered at the same time. 

So, it doesn't look like the lady in the picture but when does that happen?! Compared to what I normally think of myself in tighter fitting dress, this looked pretty good, with a little weight loss and maybe some form of shapewear to smooth me out this could be a winner. The length I didn't find too much of an issue although it finished above knee on the model I thought it looked better finishing a little below the knee. The fabric was pretty stretchy too, this was a 14, I probably would try it in a 16 though as this was rather difficult to zip up and it did squash my boobs a little too much, the normal AX Paris line does stop at a 14 though this style is available in their plus size range AX Curve. Bar the squashed boob look the only main issue I would have if I were to buy this dress would be what bra do I wear, strapless isn't much of an option, those that go up to my current size don't work for me at all they can't seem to support the weight of larger boobs I find, matching bra straps to the crochet detail colour would be an option though it could be slightly tricky. 

Next up was this lovely skater skirt style, unfortunately as you can tell from the last photo I didn't have luck with this one and I was was rather miffed as this was so cute and something I would get a fair amount of wear out of. The fabric felt soft and silky and I loved the floral print, the skirt was great as well, I had a bit of fun when I had a quick spin around in the changing room. Again I picked up a 14, and when I asked if they had a 16 they didn't, upon further research on the AX Paris website this one does indeed stop at the 14 and isn't available in the AX Curve range, so I guess I won't be able to get this one which is a shame. 

I can't wait to try more from the brand, from what I tried and saw the clothes are pretty and seem to be good quality, I have my eye on a few pieces to try (when I can afford too!). I also do hope I have more luck with the Curve range, even if they are a little big they can possibly be slightly altered by my mum unless she can teach me how to do it myself! 

All three of these are from the Curve range and are in the sale, (meaning I find some cash now before they disappear!) 

(All images except those of myself come from the AX Paris website)

*The crochet neck dress can be purchased here for £40 in the curve style, in sizes 8-14 it is £30, the skater dress is £30) 

Monday, 22 July 2013

Green with Envy

After first trying a polish brand a year or so a go I found them to be on par if not slightly better than the English brands, so once I heard about a different one I was keen to try, Comexim. I was unsure about their size chart though as it was slightly confusing for someone like me, but one popped up in a Facebook group I am part of in a size that was around about my size now so I thought I would give it a shot and see what the bra was like. 


The bra in question is the Green Velvet, the bra looks lovely in pictures but I found it to be even more stunning in person, the velvet flocking, the construction and the overall look of the bra made me love it, plus the green looked lovely against my skin.

So the fit, this is a 70HH which I believe is roughly about a 32HH, again roughly the size that I currently am and from the front (to me looking at the photos), it looks like a good fit, and you can clearly tell me breasts suit the plunge shape of this bra. The band for me personally felt a little too lose for me, I prefer a very firm band and some don't like it as firm as I do, cup wise this is slightly too small as I'm getting a hint of the dreaded quadrboob and also the wires at the sides were very low, which is another indicator to me that the cup is too small.

 I suspect I might need to go up maybe 2 cup sizes if I were to go down the back size to get the firmer fitting band I like, I am going to ask some other people who have ordered from the brand before I do make an order to get some more insight on where I should go size wise. Here are my wish list favourites, 

(All stock photos from the Comexim websire)

*The Green Velvet can be purchased from Comexim Website and it costs 120zl*