Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Guest Post: Signs That You Might Be Wearing The Wrong Bra Size

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Apparently, eight out of ten women wear the wrong bra size – which means there’s quite a high chance you could be one of them. For lots of us, they’re a practical item you’ve got to wear, but that doesn’t mean you should settle for any old thing, regardless of whether it actually fits you.

There are some key signs to look out for that’ll tell you if the bra you’re wearing isn’t right for your shape. Obviously it’s going to feel pretty uncomfortable, but it could also be affecting your health and body.

While many of you won’t know how to properly measure yourself to find out what you should be wearing, lots of women don’t bother getting new bras when their bodies change (like after having a baby or losing weight). This means you’re wearing something that no longer fits and is probably doing more harm than good.

I don’t mean to scare you, but there are a few health issues you need to be aware of here. Wearing the wrong bra can cause you pain and especially if you’ve got big boobs, it might put strain on your back. The idea of a bra is to support you – so make sure it does!

You’ll also notice it might ride up and not sit properly under your breasts if it’s not fitted correctly, plus it could make your boobs seem lumpy and like they’re the wrong shape underneath your top – the last thing anyone needs! If you’re spending money on a gorgeous new outfit, the last thing you want to worry about is whether your bra makes you look like you’ve got four boobs. This is a pretty obvious sign your bra is too small.

In more extreme cases, an ill-fitting bra can start to irritate your skin and if there isn’t enough support, your breasts will move around too much and you might even get stretch marks.

Another really clear way of telling if your bra’s too big of small is how comfortable it feels. If you’re wriggling around and feel like you need to keep pulling it down all the time or adjusting the straps, it obviously doesn’t fit you fit. If a bra fits properly you shouldn’t even notice you’re wearing it and it should appear seamless under your top.

Loads of lingerie shops offer free bra fittings so take advantage of them! The sales assistants are there to help and will be trained on how to take your measurements and ensure you’re wearing the right bra.

Guest post by Janine Brahm.

Janine Brahm is a fashion enthusiast and freelance blogger who loves looking for new trends, like womens blazers  or cheap bodycon dresses.

It's All Monochrome at Ann Summers

The massive Ann Summers sale has officially ended (although you can still shop it on their website) and you know what that means - time for a new collection!

There are a few new lines in store and online already, and I see a definite monochrome trend emerging here...

Ann Summers Boudoir Belle Apron, £40
Ann Summers Boudoir Belle Bra £30 and Thong £14
Ann Summers Tamara Black Teddy £25
Ann Summers Antoinette Bra £28 and Suspender Brief £16
Ann Summers Ivory Starlet Underwired Bra £26 and Suspender Brief £14
Ann Summers Gabrielle Bra £30 and Tie-Side Brief £16
Technically that last one is a pale mint green version of their beautiful white Gabrielle bra set from last season (my favourite Ann Summers piece ever!) but it just about fit with the monochrome theme of this post.

The best thing about all these styles is that they've just launched so they're fully stocked right now, no trawling through the sales trying to find something in your size! Head to Ann Summers where you can get all of these and more of their new range now...

Thursday, 19 July 2012

3 Great Nightwear Picks at Boux Avenue

There are a lot of things I love about Boux Avenue, and one of them is their nightwear! They have something for every taste (babydolls, chemises, cute PJs...) as well as being one of the only brands to make long nightdresses appealing to women in their 20's (as opposed to being something your nan wears).

I don't really wear nightwear, but these three are so cute I'm considering buying them anyway...

Boux Avenue Rebel Bow Print Playsuit, £22
I'm a sucker for anything with bows or lace on it, so this adorable playsuit instantly caught my eye! It's sweet, girly and best of all super cheap too!

Boux Avenue Abigail Jumpsuit, £32
This gorgeous leopard print jumpsuit just looks wonderfully soft and comfy! It's a little hot to sleep in something with long legs in summer, but it would be perfect for lounging around the house in on a lazy Sunday morning and come winter, I'd be wearing this every night!

Boux Avenue Tillie French Maid Babydoll Set, £35
In true 'French maid' style this gorgeous babydoll has opaque black cups trimmed with white lace, but it's the unusual detail at the back that I really love! It comes with matching knickers in sheer chiffon and with two lace ruffles across the bum.

Find these and more nightwear styles at Boux Avenue.

Thursday, 12 July 2012

New In At Boux Avenue This Week

The Boux Avenue sale is still going strong but if you can find anything you like, they've just added some gorgeous new styles to their range this week! Here are my top three picks...

Boux Avenue Jamilia Bra £26 and Brief £16
This was the first one that caught my eye in their newsletter (yay, suspenders by Boux Avenue, for once!) but annoyingly it seems every time they bring something out that I love it doesn't go past a D or DD. Still, it's so gorgeous I'm considering buying it a size too small anyway - worth the discomfort!

The bra is gorgeous close up, with fine chevron pinstripes, a cute lace trim and a bow and a button at the centre - my two favourite things on a bra!

Boux Avenue Penelope Spot Bra £28 and Thong £12

I love this bra! It looks grey from a distance but close-up you can see it's actually a nude bra overlaid with sheer black mesh with a cute polkadot design. It has a ruched tulle trim across the top, three cute little bows and this time it's available from an A to a F cup.

Boux Avenue Cutesy Spot Babydoll & Thong Set £40
Last but not least, this babydoll is really cute - as the name suggests! It looks very like something you could have bought in La Senza last year, but with the addition of unusual ruffled shoulders. It's available up to a 'D+', whatever that means - if you're more than a DD cup size it's probably a good idea to go try this one on in store!

You can get all of these gorgeous sets and more over at Boux Avenue!

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Win Your Dream Corset - Again!

Yes, it's that time again! Six months ago I gave one person the chance to win a custom corset, handmade to their own design - check out the lovely gothic design the winner came up with - and now I'm doing it all over again!

The Prize
I will be working with the lucky winner to come up with a unique corset design that will be handmade as a special, one-off piece in their size!

You'll be able to choose from a huge range of options for everything from fabric and trims to smaller details like beading and busk styles - there are literally millions of different combinations available to pick from, so you can get exactly what you want.

How to Enter
To enter, simply head to the Esty Lingerie Facebook page, find the post about the competition (it will be at the top of the page until the competition close date) and leave a comment telling me what your dream corset would look like.

Entry closes at midnight July 16th!

Agent Provocateur Sale - My Top 3 Picks

Agent Provocateur have slashed their sale prices even further - it's lingerista heaven! I'm kicking myself for having spent all my money on bikinis and summer dresses recently (I'm off to Spain on Saturday for two and a half weeks) but if I did have anything left, this is what I'd spend it on...

Agent Provocateur Brooke Bra £40 and Brief £25
It's not often you get the chance to pick up an Agent Provocateur bra set for a measly £65, and even less so that it's one as unique as this! 

The ouvert bra is gorgeous, with cute teardrop peepholes and double straps, but it's the brief that really caught my eye (shown worn over the Brooke thong, also available for £15 in the sale) it has a really unusual detail at the back. Head to the Agent Provocateur site to check it out! 

At the time of writing, the bra and brief are both still available in a decent range of sizes.

Agent Provocateur Daena Gown £295
Originally £695, this beautiful silk chiffon gown is a bargain at this price! It's probably my favourite piece from the sale - and from their current nightwear range too. 

It's designed to be worn with the Daena lingerie set but I think that's too 'matchy-matchy', just wear it over a black lace bra set... or nothing at all!

Agent Provocateur Ellis Corset £125
Last but not least, I simply adore this semi-sheer lace Ellis corset! I think it looks gorgeous with the straps and suspenders, but they're both removable if you prefer to wear it without. The slotted ribbon detail over the hips is also perfect for adding curves!

You can get all of these designs and more at Agent Provocateur - but be quick, they're on sale so they won't be around forever!