Sunday, 28 September 2014

Hiatus

On hiatus until further notice. I simply haven't got the time or energy to blog, and on top of that I'm still being plagued by writer's block. Hopefully I'll be back soon, but I can't guarantee anything. Until then dear readers.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

[Review] Freya Swim Cherish Underwired Banded Halter Bikini Top & Rio Bikini Brief - 28D & S

It's not often that I feel the need to review lingerie or swimwear the moment I get it in. This, however, is one of those moments.

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Bras & Honey, and I was asked if I'd like to review one of their products. Bras & Honey is an online store based in the UK that specializes in the Eveden brands: Freya, Fantasie Fauve, and Elomi. They also carry Panache, Cleo by Panache, Wonderbra, Curvy Kate, Elle MacPherson, and Mey Underwear. They sell lingerie, swimwear, shapewear, sportswear and nightwear, and ship worldwide.

I decided to review the Freya Swim Cherish set in Orange, as I absolutely love orange. I often get headaches, so when I get something that only has a halterneck, I like to size down in the cup as much as possible so that the straps don't need to be tightened a lot. As such, I opted for a 28D. I usually take an S in bikini bottoms and knickers, so I went with an S for the Rio Bikini brief.

The Hatlerneck Bikini Top

General
The Cherish collection is part of the Freya Swim SS14 line. Cherish is available as Halter Bikini Top, a Bandeau, and a . Matching knickers for the Orange colourway include a Rio Bikini Brief and a classic brief.  a The Cherish collection is also available in Cobalt, a rich blue shade, and in Lime, a light green shade.

Look
Orange base with white pin  spots. Ruffles adorn the . Two buttons sit in the center. Cherish looks very orange in the pictures, but in darker lights it's more of an orange-red colour.

Band
Narrow band with one clasp, rather typical for a bikini. The band stretches to 28.7"/73 cm, making it a bit bigger than the 28 it's labeled. This is rather typical for Freya, but luckily enough the band doesn't feel looser when it gets wet. It's still a bit too big for me, but it's not as

Cups
Non-padded plunge cups with one vertical seam. The cups are based on the previous Freya Swim Halter Bikini Tops. The seam is quite close to the center gore, which is rather unusual - usually the vertical seam sits in the middle of the cup. The cup depth is around 5.9"/6 cm, which is rather typical for a 28D. The cups get slightly bigger when they get wet, but it's less than half a cup size.

Center Gore & Wires
The center gore is quite wide, and very low. The wires are of medium-wide with for a 28D, and come up quite low.

Straps
Halterneck straps that are more or less fully adjustable. They're neither narrow nor wide set, and they tie in the back.

Fit
This model gets along perfectly with my shallow-narrow-conical breasts. The cups fit me well: they don't give me quadboob, although they do cut in slightly, especially on my bigger breast. This is expected, as I usually take a 28DD/E in wired bras and bikinis. Still, they fit very well regardless of the slight sizing issues, and I'm more than happy with the fit.

I get a lovely natural yet uplifted shape, and I even get a hint of cleavage in the front. The bikini top really compliments my smaller bust, which I love. As a side note, I own the Kansas Halter Neck in 28DD, and the cups on that one get a bit too big for me when the cups get wet. I did not have this problem with the Cherish in 28D at all.

The band is on the bigger side for me, but the band didn't ride up a lot, even after wearing it for a few hours. The halterneck straps are perfectly set for me: they keep my tail of Spence in check, and tie narrow in the back.

The cups and wires are narrow enough for me, which is a great change of pace from the usual "cups are too wide and the wires are too wide" that you'll quite often see in my reviews. The center gore however, is too wide for me, and it sits on my breast tissue. It causes no visible fit issues, although it gets slightly painful after wearing it for a few hours.

Comfort 
I've worn it for a couple of hours, and no neck pain! The fabric is very soft as well, and the wires caused me very little pain, even after wearing it for such a long time. As I mentioned above, the center gore did hurt me a bit, as it sits on my breast tissue.

Verdict
I highly recommend this bikini top for those with shallow breasts. However, as the cup depth can be somewhat controlled by how tight the straps are tied, I'm certain it will work with all kinds of projection levels, and types of fullness. Despite slight sizing issues, it fits me very well, and I couldn't be happier with this lovely top.  I'm going to wear this halterneck bikini top as both a bikini top and a summer bra.

The Rio Bikini Brief

Orange base with white pin stripe spots, buttons in the middles, and ruffles at the side. The briefs are very flattering, and the size S is a perfect fit on me - no muffin top, with enough room for the junk in the trunk. If you usually take an S, you'll find this one perfect as well. The back gives an average amount of coverage on me.

Conclusion

The ruffles on the bikini top and the brief give this cute set a 1950's, one that I absolutely. This set combines both looks and fit, and I cannot recommend it enough. I'm planning on getting the matching bandeau in the future, as the look of this set has captured my heart. My orange lions may have lost the World Cup, but I still feel like a winner in this set.

  • You can find Cherish's measurements over at Bratabase.
  • Available in sizes 28-30 D-H, 32-36 C-H, 38 C-G at Bras & Honey, which offers international shipping.
  • You can also find me on FacebookTwitter, and on Bloglovin.

Monday, 7 July 2014

The Week in Boobs - Week 27

Another week has passed, and boy does time fly. I'm still suffering with anemia, although it has gotten better. Although I can't say my general health is improving, because I have another ganglion cyst. They're generally harmless, and it's smaller than the last one I had, but my hand has been inflamed for the last two days. Not debilitating, but very annoying. Hopefully I won't need to have another surgery.

Well, enough with the doom and gloom, onward with my weekly rambling!

What I Wore

Monday
I wore my Clavin Klein Customized Lift Push Up Bra in 30DD that I got from my fellow lingerie blogger and sweetheart extraordinaire Amy from Fussybusty. The band's too big, and regardless of the push up pads it's actually a great fit. I love how narrow the straps are!

Tuesday
I wore one of my Curvy Kate's Starlet in 28DD, based on the Smoothie (reviewed in 28DD here). The more I wear the Starlet, the more I prefer the Smoothie, as the Starlet's more closed. Regardless, it's a good bra with. The Petrol I own also has a flared cup, which shows through tight shirts. Both the Scarlet and Petrol remind me too much of Autumn/Winter, and I do love my Spring/Summer colours. Maybe I'll buy the orange SS14 Tiger Lily colourway once it's on sale, as I've had my eyes on it for quite a while. Or better yet, I'll continue praying for an orange Smoothie colourway. 

Wednesday
I wore my Gossard Superboost Lace Plunge Bra in 30DD (review coming soon) today, and goodness do I love it. It's my first three-part padded plunge, and although the cups do curve inwards, they're still very open. The wires are very narrow, and the band is tight, despite having only one hook. Again I wonder to myself, why did I avoid plunges for so long?!

Thursday
I wore a bra that I hardly ever wear, the Masquerade Rhea in 28E. Why you ask? Those pesky goddamn straps, that why. They're immensely wide, to the point that I need to take them in by at least 5cm. I knew I had to do that, I even mentioned it in my review ages ago, but I was just hopefully optimistic that it wouldn't bother me after wearing it for a full day. Well, it did. Time to take up sewing lessons!

Friday
I wore a strapless top today, so on went my Freya Deco Strapless in 28E. I've bend the wires a bit since I last wore it, as I noticed the cups were folding down on itself. BIG. MISTAKE.

Not only did the bra hurt immensely at the end of the day, the cup were also visibly empty at the right side of my smaller breast, where there is basically no fullness due to me being conical. I've since bend the wires back, because I'd rather have a bit of folding down due to shallow cups than immense wire pain.

I don't know if I've mentioned this before, but one of the straps that came with this bra has broken, the seams have unraveled where the hook is. Very annoying.

Saturday
As my ribcage was still hurting from my the Deco Strapless, I wore an orange, wireless "yoga" bra with padding that I bought from a Chinese seller through AliExpress. I bought a 32C, although god knows what the actual size is, the size tag says "Size: F".

The padding is like the padding you'd find in these types of bras and not too thick. The bra is very comfortable, and the band is surprisingly tight, while the cups fit great.

And it's Holland orange too, so call me superstitious but I think that all my orange/red-white-blue lingerie buying and wearing is benefiting my country's team. Can't wait 'till Wednesday, Argentine better watch out for our lions!

Sunday
My ribcage still hurts, so I wore my orange yoga bra a little more. I went to my city today because of the summer sale, and spurred on by my fellow lingerie blogger extraordinaire Windie Gardie who has a love for wireless bras, I decided to buy a bralette.

I bought a very simple black cotton wireless bralette with crossed straps from Pieces, an European store that mostly sells accessories, although they also sell leggings. The sister stores ONLY and Vero Moda are more well known, and sell similar items. The top is an S/M, and it fits pretty well. The cups still have a lot of give to them, yet the band is surprisingly tight yet comfortable.

Elsewhere in the Lingerie Blogosphere

Lingerie Happenings

The Tata Top, a triangle bikini top with nipples on it (available in several skin tones), has been making the rounds as a protest against the view on women's nipples. I love the statement, and the fact that it's available in multiple shades of "nude". The lovely Denocte of Kurvendiskussionen did a post on nipples showing through clothing a year ago, but it's still very relevant and a great read.

The Parisian lingerie trade show, Salon de la Lingerie, has begun, and lots of brands have been sharing pictures on instagram:
Tutti Rouge shared this very interesting design, it looks like it's based on the Birds of a Feather/Evelyn/Rosa cut, and features an unusual print for a "full bust" brand. Very daring!

Gossard has captured my heart with this swimsuit on the right, modeled by Elle Liberachi. A different instagram shot of the swimsuit and the matching bikini (or bra?), was featured in Week 24.

The Cleo by Panache SS15 sneak peek is out over at Lingerie Insight, and it looks like they finally added Black and Blush as Marcie colourways. The Blush is surprisingly lovely. 

Summer Sale Alert:
  • Asos' summer sale is on, up to 50% off of Asos, Freya, Panache, Gossard, and on. 
  • Sexy Big Pants' sale has hit final reductions, 50% off of several models.
  • Gossard has added more items to their outlet, discounts up to 80% off.
  • Mimi Holliday is up to 50% off, their sale will end after Tuesday.  
  • Brastop has hit 70% off, with new styles added. 
  • Bras and Honey added more items to their sale. 

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

[Review] Gossard Super Smooth Moulded Wireless Plunge Bra - 30DD

I recently contacted Gossard when I first heard about the Super Smooth to their Facebook, to ask for more info about this very intriguing new bra. I've always had a weakness for wireless bras, as my ribs have very little padding and wires are often painful. To my joy and delight, Gossard offered me a Super Smooth to try!

General
The Super Smooth is an entirely new Gossard line, released for AW14 in May. It's currently available in Black and Beige, both continuity colours. The shape is based on Gossard's standard moulded plunge shape, as seen in Flower Rush and Botanical. The size range is 30 D-E, 32-38 A-E, but I'm hoping Gossard will expand the size range to include 30 A-C, as I feel this bra is the perfect opportunity to introduce these sizes to a padded Gossard bra (the non-padded Glossies is available in 30B-C).

Look
Smooth black base with no embellishments. A golden Gossard tag sits underneath the center gore.

Band
Relatively wide band, featuring two hooks and three columns in this size. The band has reinforced wings, and is made of reinforced material underneath the cups, which Gossard calls the "broadband" support. It's somewhat similar to the materials used by the Wonderbra Ultimate Strapless, and it's very comfortable. The band stretches to roughly 29", making it small for a 30 band. Gossard bands usually run on the smaller side.

Cups
Moulded, padded, seamless, cups. I wouldn't consider the bra very shallow, as the bottom is moulded into a round shape that is not overtly shallow. It's still perfect for shallow breasts though. The top of the cups is very open and somewhat projected, beware if you lack upper fullness.

Center Gore & Wires
The center gore is made of a hardened material, the cups are apart by about cm. No wires.

Straps
Half adjustable straps, they're quite thin. They're neither narrow nor wide set, rather typical for Gossard.

Fit

The bra gives a wonderful round and uplifted shape, as I've come to expect from Gossard bras. I didn't get cleavage in this bra, but as I've mentioned before, I seem to be virtually unable to get cleavage in a well fitting bra, I assume because of my conical shape.

The band fits me reasonably well, as the band does run on the smaller side. I found the second column of hooks to be the most comfortable. The straps are ever so slightly too wide-set on me, but are certainly not wide enough to cause any discomfort. 

I experienced a bit of gaping at the top of the cups, especially with my smaller breast. I thought at first that the gaping was the result of the band being slightly too loose in combination with half adjustable straps, but after wearing the band on the tightest set and the straps adjusted as far as they can, yet I still experienced gaping. I'm somewhat even in fullness, so this was a bit surprising to me. The bottom of the cups were great however. 

Comfort
Extremely comfortable, the materials used are indeed super smooth and most pleasant on the skin. The lack of wires is a breath of fresh air in the comfort area.

Super Smooth vs. the Deco Moulded Soft Cup
As the Deco Moulded soft Cup is the most well known wireless bra for the so called full bust market, I decided to compare these two. I compared the 30DD Super Smooth with my Soft Cup in 28E. Both bras  couldn't be any more different: the Wireless Deco has the shape of a triangle bra with very little depth, while the Super Smooth is moulded into a certain shape. If I had to pick a winner, I'd pick the Super Smooth, as it's a much more friendly shape while the Deco's extreme shallowness often presents itself as a tricky fit.

Verdict
The Super Smooth lives up to it's name: it's incredibly comfortable, smooth underneath clothing, and I feel like a smooth criminal when wearing it. The unique wireless shape is truly god given, and has firmly cemented Gossard as one my favourite, if not my favourite, brand.

As detailed in the fit section, the bra was slightly too big for me in the cups, leading me to exchange it for a 30D. With regards to this, do note that you may have to size down in the cups if you have little to no upper fullness. If you generally size up in the band with Gossard, you'll find this bra to be no exception.

Regardless of the slight problem I had (which without a doubt fixable by sizing down), I can easily see this bra take the top spot in my lingerie collection as my go-to everyday bra. All in all, the Super Smooth is an exceptional offering for smaller busts, and I cannot recommend it enough. 

Sunday, 29 June 2014

The Week in Boobs - Week 26

This week will be a short entry with only the "What I Wore" section, as I'm struck with a bout of severe anemia (not harmful, but very annoying). Next week's entry will return with the usual other sections, my apologies.

What I Wore


Monday

I wore my Fantasie Rebecca Moulded Spacer Bra in 30D. The cups are perfect, but the band is too big and the gore to wide. Other than that, the narrowset straps are godsend, and this is one of the select few Fantasie bras I'd recommend for shallow breasts.

Tuesday

I'm very boring, as I wore my Cleo Maddie in 28E again. 

Wednesday
I wore my Tutti Rouge Mae bra in 28E. The loose top fabric didn't bother me at all, as I was wearing a thick t-shirt,

Thursday
I wore the Gossard Retrolution Staylo Plunge in 30DD. The cups are still too tall for me, meaning I have to re-adjust it every so often, but goodness is it still comfortable with an amazing shape.

Friday
I wore the Freya Deco Soft Cup in 28E (28DD reviewed here). I haven't reviewed it yet, as I'm not sure it's the right size for me. Back when I bought the 28DD I thought it fit fine, but after a while I realized the cups doubled over due to the cups being to shallow to me. After a while of wearing the 28E, same thing is happening albeit less. I'm contemplating buying a 28F, just to see if it'd be the right size.

Saturday

I wore a Wonderbra Ultimate Strapless that I bought through Ali Express, a Chinese wholesaler portal. The bra came with a tag, it was tagged as "La Isla", just like a Panache Sports knock-off I bought through Ali Express. I also have an actual Wonderbra Ultimate Strapless I got from my fellow small busted blogger Lamb in 32A. While it is slightly too small, the cups run big (it's the Versailles colourway), so it's very wearable. I'll review them both soon with a quality comparison.

Sunday
VIVA HOLLANDIA! I've been bumming around in my Panache Sports bra in 28E, and unfortunately the fabric defect has gotten worse. I'm planning on buying another one soon (a real one, not another Ali Express knock-off), in 28DD. 

Sunday, 22 June 2014

The Week in Boobs - Week 25

Another week has passed, and another edition of "The Week in Boobs" has appeared! I started my internship this week, but I promise to not neglect my blog. I am suffering from a bit of writer's block, but I'll hopefully overcome it soon. I just need to kick myself in the ass to start writing more.

What I Wore

Monday
I wore my Curvy Kate Entice in 28E the entire day, and unfortunately, the gore is a lot more painful than I remember it being. I suppose this is the end of me and Curvy Kate half cups. I haven't tried their padded plunges yet, but I hope to try one in the near future, when they release a design I'm really into.

Tuesday
I wore the Mimi Holliday Dotty Nuit Shoulder bra in 30D underneath a sweater, as it was quite a cold day. While it is still very comfortable, I need to start figuring out how to tighten the band, as it's become quite stretchy the more I wear and wash it.

Wednesday

I wore an orange coral tank top with a racerback, so I opted for my Freya Deco Strapless bra in 28E. The bra was showing from the side, so I wore a Wonder Woman bandeau I bought from Primark over the Deco. I don't mind my bra showing at all, but beige is just too boring to show.

Thursday
The Gossard Glossies set in Coral I ordered from Zalado came in, and while it's not as orange as I'd like it to be, I still love it. I wore the bra in 30D the entire day (30DD reviewed here), and goodness is it comfortable. While it is borderline too small, the open cups (that spread out when worn, as it has no gore) assure me that there's no visible quadboob, although I am unable to wear it with the push up pads.

My recent success with plunges makes me wonder why the hell did I avoid plunges for so long?! I am seriously considering only buying plunges from now on. 

Friday
I wore my Cleo Maddie, in continuity colour Black. Now, I reviewed the red colourway a while back, but I haven't done a review on this one, as the fit is pretty much the same as the current Maddie seasonal colourways (i.e. the Strawberry I own, the SS14 Animal colourway). The Strawberry is higher than the black, but other than that, virtually the same.The old Maddie colourways, the Maddie in Blue Animal print and Karen, fit much wider and than the current Maddies.

As a side note, I have been unable to find the Animal Maddie in 28E in an European store and it's making me weep. I need my orange animal print lingerie fix! 

Saturday
I wore my Panache Sports bra in 28E, and while the dents are still in the cup, it makes for an excellent lounge bra.

Sunday
I'm wearing a classic in my bradrobe, one of the first well fitting bras I acquired: the Tutti Rouge Betty in 28E. The mesh on the band has small fabric run on it, but otherwise its still as perfect as the day I received it.


Elsewhere in the Lingerie Blogosphere


Lingerie Happenings





















Betty Blues, the old Hollywood inspired loungerie brand, recently launched their bridal collection. The range, called Betty Bridal, will make its debut in September. I absolutely adore the Teddy, and I normally don't go for white lingerie.

Pixel Panties has reached their funding, but the campaign is still going on. I'm planning on getting two panties, I absolutely love the 8-bit style!

A sneak peak for Curvy Kate's SS15 Lingerie & Swimwear collection is up on Lingerie Insight. I'm spying at least one new swimwear style, a strapless bandeau.

Summer Sale Alert:
  • The Net-A-Porter sale has begun, there's Mimi Holliday, Agent Provocateur, and designer brands like Dolce & Gabanna.
  • Pretty Polly has lingerie and sleepwear on sale, up to 55% off. Most bras are available in 30B-DD, for only £15.00. 
  • Sam Friday's semi-annual sale has begun, mostly bra matrix sizes, although they do offer 32-34 DD, which sadly enough, is quite an accomplishment for a Dutch brand. 
  • The Madame Supertrash sale is also in full swing, and just like Sam Friday, there's DD cups, this time in 32-38. Again, rare for a Dutch brand. 
  • Belle Lingerie's sale has been updated with new products. 

Sunday, 15 June 2014

The Week in Boobs - Week 24

Hello dear readers! After a bit of brain storming, I've decided to start a new weekly column called "The Week in Boobs". I originally thought of starting a "Undies I Wore This Week" column, as a way of encouring myself to not wear the same few pieces over and over. However, I also wanted to something like a news column, so I thought, why not both? And thus, "The Week in Boobs" was born. The section for now are "What I Wore", "Elsewhere in the Blogosphere" and "Lingerie Happenings", but there's a chance I'll add more sections in the future.

What I Wore

Monday
It was sunny, but I had to stay inside to work on a paper for one of my university courses. I wore one of my Tutti Rouge Liliana's while typing - while it doesn't give me an outstanding shape, it is extremely comfortable. 


Tuesday
I continued worked on perfecting my paper while sunbathing - I wore my Made in Preston Leopard Print Bikini Top, together with my Cleo Jecca bottom (they don't match, but god are the bottoms comfy).

Wednesday
I wore my Asos Mix and Match D+ Plunge Halter Fuller Bust Bikini Top together with the Cleo Jecca bottom while sunbathing. It works pretty well as a summer bra, although I do get neck pain after a while, no matter how tight or loose I wear the cups.

Thursday
I wore my Cleo by Panache Jecca set while sun bathing and running small errands (it's a great summer bra). After bending the center gore outwards, it doesn't stab me as much and I can wear it much more comfortably.

Friday
Another sunny day, another bikini set - this time I wore my Cleo by Panache Pippa set. I got the Gossard Superboost Lace in Orchid in this day, as an exchange for a yellow Cleo Marcie set I initially ordered from Figleaves. I wore it the entire evening, and my god is it a perfect bra! I'll be reviewing my remaining Gossard bras after I'm done reviewing my remaining Mimi Holliday bras, so expect a review soon.

Saturday
They day was still warm, but the sun kept itself hidden. I wore the Superboost Lace again for a short while, before realizing I should give it a rest instead of tiring out the band. I got the B'temp.d Ciao Bella in 30C in, which I bought of Marktplaats (a Ebay like Dutch selling platform) for only €11,28 incl. shipping. I wore it for the remainder of the day, and while it is too small in the cups (expected, as I'm usually a 28DD/E), it truly is an excellent bra for shallow breasts.

After we won the match from Spain, I felt an emptiness in my lingerie drawer, devoid of orange. As if William of Orange himself heard my prayer, I got an e-mail from Zalando, stating the Gossard Glossies Padded bra in Coral was back in stock (it sold out as soon as it went on sale. I nearly ran home from the grocery store in my haste to order it.

Sunday
I've been lounging in my Batman bathrobe all day, wearing my Mimi Holliday Kir Royale as I finished my leftover shoulder bra reviews (Kir Royale, Dotty Nuit & Angelique Jet). 

Elsewhere in the Lingerie Blogosphere


Lingerie Happenings

Gossard has been sharing previews of their SS15 swimwear and lingerie shoot with Elle Liberachi on instagram (for some reason, I can't get the photos to embed properly in a blog post):
 I especially love the black bodysuit and the black bra - It looks like it's based on the Femme Fatale. 

Hunkemöller took over the Amsterdam canals Friday as part of their #hunkemollerlovesoranje campaign. The Dutch comments on Facebook however, are not happy, calling it a tacky stunt, that perpetuates the rol of women as lust objects. As much as I love their World Cup Goal panties and Holland thong, I have to agree with the comments. It would've been much better if they had a mix of both male and female models, all in their underwear. As a side note, I really love the Hunkemöller❤Oranje t-shirt several models are wearing, I wish if were for sale.

Summer Sale Alert:

And last, but not least, check out this lovely Pretty in Pink - Made in Britain photoshoot featuring luxury British lingerie from the brands Dentelle Etc..., Raine & Bea, Betty Blues Loungerie, and Emma Harris.

L-R:
 Dentelle Etc... Opal Plunge and Highwaisted Brief, Raine & Bea Lili Gown and Nancy Teddy, Betty Blues Bridal Nell Robe and Slip, and Emma Harris Dusty Pink and Ivory Babydoll

L-R:
Betty Blues, Emma Harris, Dentelle Etc... , and Raine & Bea