Gorgeous? Of corset is!

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On Friday I ordered this gorgeous little number the white and black polka dress from corsets-uk, my first purchase and certainly not my last. This dress was bought from the sale section for only £45, in a 22inch a bargain I’m sure you’ll agree. Corsets-uk were very quick and on Tuesday morning this beauty arrived on my doorstep. After getting stuck (it’s my first corset) and a little help from mumma I was safely secured and my waist had shrunk by six inches to only 20inches. WOWZA!

There isn’t a bad thing I can say about this,the fabric is fantastic quality and the corset sucks me in but is very comfortable. The only issue is that I should have ordered a size up to accommodate my boobs – but that’s my own fault. Thanks corsets-uk for my first corset experience, it certainly won’t be my last. Bring on the Monroe curves.

I’m going to a vintage fair on Sunday, so am wear this to that. What’s your favourite corset?

Love Hannah xxx

Ps- I was not sent this by corsets-uk and all opinions are my own

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Review : Charnos Sienna

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Hello again, sorry I haven’t blogged in a while, I’ve been a poorly blogger (dropped two dress sizes in 6 days!!). I’m back and I’m better than ever, I’ve even got an exciting series coming up and ideas to expand the blog which I am very excited about. I’ll stop babbling now and get on with the review.

I was recently contacted by the lovely people from Charnos asking if they could send me items to review, I agreed they could and a few days later a lovely package popped through the door, (that was a good day). I’d just like to say that although these were sent to me this does not alter my judgement, all opinions are 100% my own and have not been influenced in anyway.

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Although my true size isn’t in the size range of Charnos (they start at a size 30 back and end at a size H cup) the lovely lady I was emailing suggested I tried the 30H as this is also a bra size I fit into (boobs are complicated people).

As you can see I received the Sienna set in purple passion. I was told they’d found the perfect set for me, and wow they were right. As I have written in previous posts my favourite colour is purple and this set is purple and simply gorgeous.

This full cup style is in 4 sections for added uplift and support, further support is added by the thick underwires, which although are thick are by no means uncomfortable. The upper section is mesh and has beautiful detailing all over the section which mirrors that of the design on the briefs (more on that later), there is also lovely bow detailing on the central gore and straps. The gore is not to big nor too small and sits comfortably between my boobs. The fourth section is at the side of the bra and is attached to the straps, meaning boobs are pushed forwards and not under the arms.

The straps are fully adjustable which is fab. The straps are not only functional but also fashionable, with ribbed detailing (stops the straps sliding down)and looped detailing which carries on throughout the design. The band is also very thick for added support. This bra has 2hooks and eyes although this is not an issue as I felt very well supported.

The briefs are equally as gorgeous. With the detailing of the bow, mesh design and looped detailing carried on throughout the design of the briefs. I ordered these in a size 10 and can say they fit beautifully and are very comfortable.

Why not check them out, I know you’ll be as pleased as I was http://www.charnos.co.uk/

Lots of love
Hannah x

Tutti Rouge Lilliana review

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In one of my posts I mentioned that I tried this lovely bra on, so I though I’d give it a little review. Sadly I didn’t buy this bra as they didn’t have the correct size in stock (maybe next time).

Fit – I would say this bra is a very small fit, both in the cup and back. I’m a happy clappy 28J, however, when I tried this bra on the 28 band didn’t even come close to closing. I then tried on the 30HH and the band was much better, however the cups were a tad too small, so in this bra I’d be a 30J. I advise to go up in both the cup and band, especially if buying online.

Design – This bra is a beautiful girlie bubblegum pink colour, with delicate ribbon detail around the upper section of the cups, gore and lower part of the straps. The cups are also lightly padded for a little more rounded shape. The straps also have cute heart detailing, making it extra fun and flirty. The bra boasts fully adjustable straps so you can alter the support level to your preferences, there is also 3 hooks GG-J for that extra support.

This bra is cute and girly, from ribbon detailing to the heart detailing. If you’re a girly girl or a lover of the colour pink this bra is for you. Hope this helps

Much love
Hannah x

Something special with brastop

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Brastop.com is where a busty girls dream comes true, carrying sizes from D to K in a range of brands such as Freya and Curvy Kate at upto 60% off the RRP. Guess what, you lucky lot get to see their first ever viral video. The video was made using stop motion (think Wallace and Gromit style). The video features the beautiful model Freya Pibworth, who was the January winner of the Brastop modelling competition. Brastop encourage ” customers of all shapes and size to enter, with the aim of liberating the word “curvy” from a size stigma and show that curvy is not a size but a shape that many of our customers have.” – who knows I might even enter sometime!

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A large amount of work went into this video, which consists of 192 individual shots , with Freya coming alive from a drawing and creating havoc on the brastop desks decorated with bras, magazines and spotty mugs (which I very much like).

The lovely marketing manager Kimberly says , “Affordable lingerie, excellent customer service and a light-hearted company… these are the three things Brastop.com strive towards on a daily basis and I think this video conveys our fun nature perfectly.”

I couldn’t agree with the above statement more, I was left smiling after watching the video, it made me feel warm and fuzzy inside.

Want to see the video for yourself, well guess what you can, I know you’ll love it as much as I do!

The lovely people at brastop have given me a code for my readers to recieve 10% off their next order, act fast however, the code expires 2nd August 2013. The code is ‘BAB10’. So get shopping!

I’ve always loved brastop and will continue to love them, my endless purchases show this! My top picks currently are…

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The gorgeous Curvy Kate smoothie for £29, with the code this is £26.10

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The stunning tempt me (I will find my correct size in this!) for £12.95 (16.05 saving from the original price), with the code this is £11.66

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The fabulous Freya Ellie balconette in orchid (although I usually like padding this is gorgeous). This is £19.95 (£13.05 saving from original price), with the code this is £17.96

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Brastop also do nightwear, so I thought I’d show you my best bits from that section of the website. This is the Berlei weekend wrap in black. This is £36.95 (£15.05 saving from original price), with the code this is £33.25

What are your best bits from brastop.com?

Much love
Hannah x

Review – Curvy Kate Wild Bra

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G’on guess what I bought…..THE WILD BRA! My first ever curvy Kate, and may I say it fits lovely in my collection. Without further a do, here’s a little review.

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Firstly the fit, like in other reviews of the Curvy Kate range the band is claimed to be quite loose, and I agree. I would suggest going down in the band in this range and up either one or two cups. I firstly tried this bra on in a 30H, however the band and was far too loose, I then tried on the 28HH, the band was a teeny weeny bit loose but sadly they don’t do a 26 band, however all I need to do is tighten the band a little and all Is well. As said I tried on the HH, I could have done with a J (possibly a JJ) in this bra as there is a little overspill but nothing that a little tucking won’t fix. Sadly the store didn’t have this bra in a 28J, but I was perfectly happy tucking my boobs in and wiggling the underwire right under the breast tissue (fits lovely when you do that). This bra gives your boobs a lovely rounded shape and makes them look like the models in the above image!

Next the design. The bra is gorgeous, from the animal print mesh covering, to the satin pink cups and the beautiful lace detailing, this bra is both elegant and fun. The straps are a cream colour, this cream colour matches the colour of the bows which decorate the gore and low section of straps and the lace detailing. Using this detailing ties the design together beautifully. This bra has light padding and 3 section cups, these features allow for a gorgeous uplift and shape. The straps of this bra are fully adjustable and the band boasts 3 hooks, allowing for varied and full support.

In conclusion this bra is grrrreat and I just couldn’t keep my paws off it, (see what I did). This is to be the first of many Curvy Kate purchases. Hope this helped anyone considering purchasing this beautiful bra.

Much love
Hannah
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Want to check out Curvy Kate? With a beautiful range covering D-K, who wouldn’t?!
http://www.curvykate.com/

Bravissimo fitting experience

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So today me and my friend decided to go to Liverpool shopping, I needed bras so bravissimo was on the cards. It was my first ever time in Bravissimo Liverpool (although I have been many times in another branch) and it was a lovely experience. Walking in I was met by the bright smiley faces of staff and a large selection of the Pepperberry range with a selection of bras at the back. Upon arrival I was asked if I needed any help, which is always nice. I then finished looking at the sale bras (I REALLY wanted the bras on my recent lingerie lusts post). So with bras in hand I went upstairs to book my fitting.

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Climbing the carpet clad stairs I arrived at the waiting area, beautifully decorated with pink sofas, a water dispenser, images of bravissimo models, magazines and lots of husbands! Despite there being a large que I was told my fitting would be in the next 10minutes. Myself and my less busty friend then waited for what seemed like two minutes until my name was called and off I toddled with my lovely fitter and sale bras in hand to my dressing room.

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Every bravissimo dressing room is the same, fitted with a large mirror, silk dressing gown, numerous hooks, a stool and the newest issue of the bravissimo catalogue. The fitter introduced herself (can’t remember her name but she was lovely as all bravissimo fitters are), asked if I had been to bravissimo before, she then gave me a little background to bravissimo to refresh my memory. Then the fitting started. I was asked what size bra I was wearing and how it felt on, she asked if I could remove my top so she could see how my bra fitted. She checked the fitting of my bra and explained that the bra fit fine and that a 28J was my true size. NO TAPE MEASURES I was them asked what my favourite style of bra was, I explained that it was plunge and then off she went on an adventure to the stock room, and may I say a very successful one!

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She then returned with a gorgeous tutti rouge bra (reviews to come) and a satine bra (previously reviewed) in white. She asked what I though of them, I thought they were fab! I was asked if I’d like her to pop out when I tried the bras on, or whether she was ok to stay, I asked her to pop out and so she did. First I tried on the Satine bra, I called that it was ok for her to come in. She then adjusted the bra straps and explained it was a lovely fit, which it was, but I already had this bra (see they’re basically telepathic!), next up was the tutti rouge. I had a little issue with this bra, the 28 was simply far too tight. I told her I needed help, she readjusted me then confirmed that I was a 30 back in this brand, she went back to the stock room and returned with the bra in a 30HH. It fit YAY, however I had my eye on a little sale item (maybe next time tutti rouge). I then tried on said sale item and she checked the fit for me. I explained I only wanted to buy the sale bra, she didn’t push me to buy anything else and treated me like a friend. she then told me about the pepperyberry line and after asking my clothes sizes explained I would be a 10sc, she then left me to get dressed and off I toddled with my curvy Kate wild bra in a beautiful bravissimo bag, wrapped in tissue paper and sealed with a sticker.

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I’ve always had good experiences in bravissimo, they’re always so lovely and make the experience very relaxing, I couldn’t recommend them more. Hope this helped anyone who was thinking about having a fitting!

Much love
Hannah x

Check them out – http://www.bravissimo.com

*Please note the top and bottom images are mine, the middle are taken from the bravissimo website*

Ann Summers Helena bra review

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Today I received this lovely bra in the post, I couldn’t wait to rip the package open and try it on. Try it on I did, sadly it didn’t fit (size 32H didn’t mix well with my 28J bust). Regardless, I shall write a little review best I can.

Firstly the design, the above picture is true to life, the bra arrived just as it did In the image, with satin ruby red cups, delicate detail and ruching on the straps.

The band I’d say is fairly firm to fit, like I said I bought it in a 32 band when in reality I’m a 28, I adjusted the band to the tightest hook and it wasn’t a bad fit. The underwire doesn’t go up to high meaning it doesn’t rub against the skin, and the low central gore creates a fab plunge effect, giving cracking cleavage. The cups are slightly padded giving a rounded effect. The cups are also in three sections, giving great support and uplift.

Now, onto the not so good parts, the straps are only half adjustable meaning the support factor is limited. There is also only two hooks and eyes limiting support. This was my first Ann summers purchase, and sadly due to the limited sizing, it shall be my last.

Hope this review helped
Much love
Hannah x

Guest post – Cleo Zia review

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“Hi there! I’m Samantha from http://www.thecurveshaveit.blogspot.com. I’m thrilled to say this is my first guest post and I’ve traded places with Hannah for a day to review my favorite bra, the Cleo Zia. I’m an American girl with a big dream of becoming a full-figure lingerie designer. I plan to move to England next year to attend school in Leicester to learn about designing and creating lingerie and swimsuits. To learn more about me and my journey pop on over to my blog! Now, on to the review!
I love Cleo. It’s my favorite brand. Panache does some amazing things with their Cleo line and the Zia is, in my humble opinion, their crowning work.

I bought a Zia online in a 32J, even though technically I’m a 34HH (blogger on a budget!) and sewed on an extender. I also bought the briefs in a size 14, which I worried would be snug but ended up being a great fit. The shape of the Cleo is perfect for me. Its wires are super narrow, with a width of only 18 centimeters (7 inches) and a wire-length of 34 centimeters (13.5 inches) is enough to fully encompass without stabbing me in the arms. The gore is narrow and the bra pushes the breast tissue to the front giving an uplifted and all-in-front look, which is Cleo’s signature look.

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The cup fabric is strong and solid without stretch. It’s black with white, gray and yellow polka dots which are utterly cute and flirty, and the top of the cup is made of black mesh with white flower embroidery. It doesn’t have too much room at the top, like the Marcie did on me, nor does it cut in and give the dreaded quad-boob. It does have a sweetheart neckline which gives a little grace in lower shirts.

Since the Zia is part of Cleo’s winter line the wings are of a thicker fabric than what is on their summer line. They use a double layer of breathable, four-way stretch fabric on the wings which I think gives more support than the single layer mesh they use on the spring/summer bras. (If you like a breathable band I’d recommend buying out of Cleo’s spring/summer lines but if you want more support I would recommend going with an autumn/winter bra.) The bra only has 2 hook and eyes and I really wish it had three, but it doesn’t feel like it lessens the support and the band stays low enough to not be an issue.

The straps are 2 centimeters (almost an inch) across, fully adjustable, and are made of the textured elastic seen on many Cleo bras. It also has tiny scallops on each side made of a thick, embroidery-style thread and between the texture of the straps and the scallops the length stays put and I find I only have to adjust the straps after every few wears, rather than every time (or all day long!) They are also lined with a soft fleece-like fabric on the inside of the straps and on all the elastic edges and wires, making this bra super comfy.

The bra has adorable features like a yellow bow and a tiny flower charm between the cups, which are also on the front of the briefs.

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The briefs have the same polka dot fabric on the front and the back is made of the same fabric that the wings of the bra are – which is not quite see-through. They also have a little bit of scalloped trim on the front at the legs, which I love. I don’t usually buy the briefs to go along with the bras I buy, but these have spoiled me and now I wish I had briefs to match all my bras.
Honestly, this would be the place where I would voice my complaints or concerns about a bra but I don’t have any! I love this bra and it’s definitely secured its place as the favorite in my collection.

Thanks for letting me share my favorite bra with you and I hope to see you again!

Have a great one!

Samantha”

Edwards and Millers – can it be?!

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A few days ago I came across a new brand of lingerie, this brand was Edwards and Millers, a brand which caters for the big boobed small backed woman, of which I am one. I recently watched the introduction video to this brand and was asked to write in one sentence what appealed to me about it, I did, then realised there were many more things which appealed to me than I had written down, and thus this post was born.

Edwards and Millers first started as a blog known as BBSB ran by the lovely Tracy who understood the hardship of finding a bra with a small back and a large cup size. She then began to receive emails from BBSB women all around the world asking for her advice on where to find such bras, thus Edwards and Millers was born.

I fit into this BBSB category, as a rapidly growing 28j I am on the constant lookout for nice, good quality non beige bras! After reading many interviews with the lovely lady herself I found that she wants this brand to cater for the younger BBSB, with gorgeous designs and good quality materials, ladies, this is what we have been waiting for. No longer will we have to adjust our bras or just stick our boobs in, the BBSB lady can now have a glorious new bra that low and behold will fit, with sizes starting at a DD and going to an M in bands 26-34! She even talks about a longline bra – this brand is our heaven ladies! We can soon have a good quality, well fitting gorgeous bra so much easier.

What do we want? Gorgeous bras!
In what sizes? BBSB sizes!
Who’s going to give it to us? Edwards and Millers

Hope your as excited as I am
Hannah xxxx

Scoop, swoop and jiggle

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No, this ‘scoop, swoop and jiggle’ isn’t the new dance craze sweeping the nation, this you lovely lot is how you should put your bras on. This technique ensures you are wearing the correct size and makes sure your breasts look their best. You may remember in one of my posts I mentioned that only three bras fit me, oh how wrong I was. I tried on these bras earlier today and let’s just say, they don’t fit quite as well as I thought!

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The bra in question is the satine bra by bravissimo, my favourite bra ever (for now). As you can see under this top all looks well, my bra looks like a perfect fit in a 30HH. Read on to find why I was wrong!

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All looks well, my boobs are comfortably in the bra, with a little extra room. However , this is a very badly fitting bra. The bra straps should only come off your shoulders for 2 inches, this is the width of about three fingers, as you can see my straps were definitely coming off more than two inches.

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With the straps adjusted the next stop is the band. The band should sit firmly against the back, you should only be able to fit 2 fingers but no more around the entire band. Now, I could fit a fist around mine, although I couldn’t get any pictures as I’m simply not bendy enough (sorry).

Now for the scoop, swoop and jiggle. Scoop up your breast from under your arm, lift it up, swoop it up to the other side and put it back into your bra, do the same with the other breast. Them jiggle yourself into the cups. I did this and look at the results;

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My boobs are now overflowing in the cups, this bra is now far too small for me rather than too big than we first thought. Oh well, bra shopping calls.

Hope you found this useful.

Much love
Hannah x