Spring into Summer with Gossard

I have been speaking to a possible columnist/guest poster for a while, and when I was contacted by Gossard asking if I would like to review something of theirs, it seemed like a great opportunity for her first post. Hopefully this will be the first post of many, so give a warm welcome to Rachael.

I had strangely never heard of the Gossard brand before (and therefore had never owned one of their pieces), so when I was contacted about reviewing one of their sets I had a little mooch on their website and gladly accepted! My current size is a 28G so I decided to try out a 30FF (as they don’t go down to 28 bands) and XS briefs. I was extremely pleased to find one of the sets they sent me was the Gossard Summer Plunge and matching thong – I hadn’t seen any pictures of this bra anywhere, so it was a lovely surprise to get a first look at it.

Gossard Summer 30FF Full Set

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My Curves & Me: Cleo Ellis

My Curves & Me is an online store, stocking many lingerie and swimwear sets at discounted prices. Owned by Panache, it is one of the best places to find Superbra, Cleo, Masquerade and Sculptresse bras. While they do stock some current sets, most of their stock is from older seasons, which means it’s a great place to grab a bargain on any of the bras you might have missed out on. Recently, a representative from My Curves & Me reached out to offer me a set to review. I’ve loved the look of the Cleo Ellis from AW13 for a long time, so when I saw it in stock, I gladly accepted!

Cleo Ellis 32J Full

I have reviewed various Cleo bras on my blog in a 30J (see here and here), but with a current usual size of 30K, I have found this size is now too small in the cups for me. Hearing that the Cleo Ellis was firmer in the band than most Cleo bras, I opted to try the 32J with size 14 briefs. Continue reading

International Women’s Day and Thoughts on Street Harassment

Trigger warning: Discussion of street harassment, catcalling and assault.

As many people will have noticed, yesterday was International Women’s Day. International Women’s Day is a global event, in which many people take the time to celebrate the achievements of feminism and to consider how far we still have to go – and yes, we definitely have a long way to go. Unfortunately, International Women’s Day also seems to enrage or annoy many people, who, rather than taking the time to learn about why the event is still necessary, instead complain, “What’s the point? Women got equality 50 years ago. If women get a day, why is there no International Men’s Day?”. Explaining all of the current issues feminism is tackling is a huge subject, one which I am not going to try to attempt. But, since it’s International Women’s Day, I thought I would take the time to write a short post focused on feminism. In particular, I would like to talk about my experiences with objectification and street harassment.

Hailey Corrall - My Name Is Not Baby

Femme Nation: Part of a photo series by Hailey Corrall.

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Bravengers Assemble!

A few days ago, the lovely Weirdly Shaped and Well Photographed wrote a post combating body snark in the bra-fitting world, with viewpoints from the various Bravengers. Most of the brilliance is of course Miss Shapen’s, but I also got the chance to join in, dress up in lingerie and pretend to be a superhero. There are some great pictures and a great message, so make sure you check out her post here! I had a lot of fun making superhero costumes solely out of lingerie, so I started thinking: If the Avengers were all women, and for some reason, exclusively wore lingerie, what would they wear?

So, let’s start with Iron Man! Iron Man is a total show off, and despite the seeming simplicity of his suit’s design, the whole thing gives off a vibe of sleek grandeur.

Iron Man lingerie2

Clockwise from top left: Iron Man; Custom Red and Gold Corset from Lovesick Corrective Apparel;  Avocado Nina (Red); Cervin Seduction Couture Coloured Stockings (Red); Curvy Kate Ritzy (Ruby/Spice); Leg Avenue Satin Opera Gloves (Red); Wonderbra Ultimate Lace Strapless (Red); Burlesque Boutique Red Satin Bloomers.

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Dressed to Impress with Curvy Kate’s Ritzy

Curvy Kate‘s Showgirl cuts are some of their most popular pieces, combining gorgeous designs with amazing cakes-on-a-plate style cleavage. Until recently, most of Curvy Kate’s Showgirl cuts were only available in 28-30 D-J and corresponding sister sizes, and the small cups and loose bands meant the actual size range was smaller than it seemed at face value. Of course, this didn’t stop me from stuffing myself into them, but I wished the size range could increase. So, I was happy to see that Curvy Kate have been gradually increasing their range of styles and sizes, as well as altering their sizing with customer feedback. In SS14, they introduced a few padded half-cups styles covering 28-38 D-J: the Carmen longline, the Ritzy half-cup, and the Ritzy babydoll. This review is of the Ritzy bra, though the babydoll should fit similarly.

Curvy Kate Ritzy Black 32J full length

My current usual size is 30K in most brands, with a 14 in briefs. As my usual size wasn’t available, and knowing CK briefs often run small, I opted for a 32J bra and 16 briefs. Continue reading