Bravissimo Bras A Request for Help

Underwear

From the comments I get I know most people (men) think I am pretty lucky in the chest department. Sometimes I agree, other times I find it much more problematic. I have to buy Bravissimo Bras because that is the only place I can get ones that fit. I have a small back and a very large cup, and most places just don’t cater for that. They expect that if you have a large cup you must also have a large back which also means people with a large back and small cup must have trouble as well.

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Bravissimo Bras

I am lucky that Bravissimo bras are on the whole fairly pretty. They’re not something that looks like industrial scaffolding (even when they ARE industrial scaffolding). Even their basic bras are stylish and fun. However, they’re also £30 per bra. bravissimo bras

This is the same basic bra in black and turquoise. The blue was a special summer colour they did a few years ago, and I loved it a lot. I haven’t looked to see what this year’s summer colour is yet but keep hoping for a nice purple.

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The next few are some of the pretty Bravissimo ones I liked and tried on. I only bought the middle one because they all cost more than £35, so I could only afford one. It was a hard decision though because they were all so pretty and reasonably comfy. The problem with basic everyday wear bras being so expensivve is they give out fairly quickly. I know I am expecting them to support a fair amount of weight but having to replace them every 6 months (I usually have three bras on the go at any time alternating wearing them) gets expensive very quickly. I’m spending over £50 a quarter just on bras.

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The photos at the bottom of this post show my favourite Bravissimo bra. It’s a style they did for just one year, and I loved it so much I got through four of them in that time. They only offered it in this colour, and I jokingly called it my Iron Man bra because it was red and gold. 😀  I was gutted when my last one died. I keep hoping they will bring the style back because it was also really comfy, and it made my tits look really good. ;D

Bravissimo Bras Help

Now we come to the help portion of my title. If you follow me on twitter you will know that this week the underwire went on not just one but two of my bras, and they picked a terrible time to die. Money is really tight this month, and I can’t even afford one bra let alone two. I am also in need of a new sports bra because the elastic is giving in the one I have. And that will be another £30.

If you’ve ever enjoyed perving at my tits, please consider this as a really nice way to say thanks for sharing. Bravissimo offer e-giftcards from £5. You can find details on their website here. If you can spare even just £5 to help me out here it will help, anything you can give will be very much appreciated. You can email e-giftvouchers to hornygeekgirl@gmail.com

Thank you.

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Enchant Me Eyelash Robe by Lovehoney

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Enchant Me Eyelash Robe

enchant me eyelash robeThe Lovehoney Enchant Me Eyelash Robe came packaged in a clear plastic bag, inside a plain brown padded envelope. This very discreet outer packaging is exactly what I have come to expect from Lovehoney, however it would have been nice to have had the option for the robe to be boxed, if it was for a gift.

On opening it I was disappointed to find the material felt a little bit rough, or maybe scratchy is a better description. I gave it a hand-wash in the sink with some fabric conditioner, and it softened beautifully. Leaving me with a lovely silky feeling robe.

The Lovehoney Enchant Me Eyelash Robe has a pretty scalloped lace edging on the hem, sleeves, and sides which looks really nice, and gives it a more classic look. It has small loops on either side to hold the belt in place, and the belt sits nicely on the hips when it’s tied.Enchant Me Eyelash Robe

I really liked how sheer this was; I’ve had items before that were either too sheer, or not sheer enough. This item manages to get the balance spot on. You could see the outline of my underwear, and my figure but it hid all the lumps and bumps I am paranoid about. I’m 5’4″ and this came to roughly mid-thigh on me, which is quite a comfortable length.

I loved how sexy the Lovehoney Enchant Me Eyelash Robe looked thrown on over underwear. Wearing it actually helped me feel more sexy.  Due to current circumstances (I live in a shared house) I probably wouldn’t wear this anywhere except the bedroom but for those who live alone, or with just their partner/s it would be great to slip on for post sex fridge raiding.

I only have one real complaint with this item, and it is more for other people than for myself. I just wasn’t convinced by  the sizing. I received the ‘Queen Size’ version of this robe which supposedly fits sizes 18-24. I’m a size 18 and this just fit around me, with maybe 2 inches of overlap if it was pulled tight. Therefore I’m really not sure how well it will fit on someone who is a size 24.

Overall

Apart from the possible sizing issue I think this is a great robe at a great price. The look and feel is sexy, stylish, and comfortable. I really liked this one.

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Kixies Thigh Highs – Sexy Stockings Lingerie Review

Lingerie Review – Sexy Stockings

When I saw that Lovehoney were selling a new brand of plus size stockings, Kixies Thigh Highs I jumped at the chance to try them. I have very chunky thighs so finding stockings that will stay up and fit nicely without digging in is a bit of a fight. So I was very curious to try these.

I’m one of those girls who loves stockings but I’ve found as I’ve gained weight finding nice stockings that stay up is a bit of a nightmare. My very chunky thighs mean stockings just struggle to stay up, they always roll down when I start walking around.

Kixies Thigh Highs

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I love wearing stockings they make me feel sexy, and give me a confidence boost……when they stay in place.

Which bring me to these…..Kix’ies thigh highs are amazing. Held up fantastically all day. I’m 5’4″ and I got the C size (14-18) which it says does 4’11” – 5’5″, and up to 30″ thighs, mine are actually 31″ but they went on perfectly and stayed in place, even with me walking around all day.

The stockings felt lovely and soft on, quite luxurious. These are definitely a brand I would consider buying in the future. Hoping they come in other patterns as I would buy them all.

Feminism and Lingerie by @CavaSupernova

Feminism and Lingerie

Monday’s post, Pretty Underwear, lead to a great comment discussion with the lovely CAVA Supernova. I was so excited and impressed by what she had to say that I decided to be brave and ask if she would be willing to do me a guest post on the subject of feminism and lingerie. Not only did she agree but the post arrived in my inbox yesterday! The link above is for her blog (which you should consider following if you don’t already), and you can also find her on Twitter. I hope you enjoy this post as much as I did.

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Why feminism and lingerie are a match made in heaven

So-called feminists, please, a request: Calm the fuck down with that obsession you have with women’s underwear.

Yesterday, I had an online chat with Horny Geek Girl about, well, knickers actually. Specifically, pretty underwear.

We both agreed that pretty underwear is A Good Thing. It looks nice, and it makes you feel attractive and shaggable when you’re wearing it.

We also agreed that men should appreciate and savour you when you’re wearing your wonderful gift-wrapping – and be less hasty in trying to wrangle you out of it.

Aaaah. Men. Our sworn opponents in the equality war. Apparently.

HornyGeekGirl mentioned she’d been criticised by certain self-identified feminists for her predilection for fabulous frillies. This undies habit is holding back the cause, according to the lingerie police.

Pick an angle, any angle you want regarding lingerie undermining the cause of women’s empowerment and it’s pretty laughable really.

I speak from personal experience.

A million years ago, when I was about university age, it seemed to be a given that wearing nice undies – or liking any sort of ‘girly stuff’ – destroyed your credibility as a female who wanted to “do something” with your life.

I don’t know how that notion took hold, but it boiled down to something like this:

  • If you like pretty undies, you are a Barbie-esque air head. You have no ambition beyond that of ‘trophy wife’. Hot undies are part of your man-snaring master-plan.
  • Chicks with broader horizons and loftier ambitions must take another route.
  • Say no to cute lingerie (and other ‘superficial’ girlie stuff), unless you want to out yourself as a patriarchy-worshipping doormat.

At the time, lingerie-Prohibition suited me down to the ground.

I had a million zillion body image issues, and I could think of a hundred thousand ways to criticise every damn inch of my perfectly healthy physique.

By giving lingerie the swerve, I was sticking up two fingers to male dominance (yay! Sisterhood!), plus (more importantly) I was exempting myself from feeling like a self-conscious munter in front of my boyfriend.

I never let self-imposed munter-hood stand in the way of my filthy times, luckily. I concealed my body-shame by throwing myself at him and practically dragging him up the stairs like a cavewoman at every given opportunity.

It had a pretty great success rate. But God help him if he ever suggested a trip to the Designers at Debenhams lingerie section (the closest you get to ‘posh, like that Agent Provocateur’ in small-town Britain). It was like the sky had fallen down; he practically had to run for cover.

Then I got lucky. Two amazing, magical books released me from this ideological/body image abyss.

The Beauty Myth, by Naomi Wolf, and The Beauty Trap, by Nancy C Baker.

Talk about lightbulb moment. These sassy American chicks were totally switched on to the bullshit pressure that society imposes on girls and women.

The obsession with weight, body image. The pressure to look sexually attractive or consider yourself a non-person.

To obsess to the nth degree about tiny aspects of your appearance that other people don’t even notice.

To consider a pound in gained weight to be an unforgivable personal failure.

But their solution wasn’t to turn your back on all this. Just be realistic.

Jewellery, make-up, lingerie… enjoy them – there’s no sin in looking nice.

Eat properly, and exercise. Whatever shape your body stabilises at – learn to love it.

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Wear stuff that suits you and makes you feel good.

Forget about the rest of that tedious, happiness-draining, self critical crap and focus on the people you love, the folk you lust after, your friends, your family and living an exciting, amazing life.

Hardly rocket science, but it seemed so simple, so fresh, so new. And so guilt-free it was frightening.

How am I going to cope with not criticising my appearance? What am I gonna do with all that free time?

I assumed that by letting go of all my neuroses and ditching the ridiculous diets, I’d gain 10 stone over night.

Regardless, I devoured the books, walked around in a daze, devoured them a second time, read them again in case I’d missed something… and carried on like this for about a year.

It was like I had to hammer the information into my head, in order for the ideas to take root.

It took time, but they did. I got into exercise, ate like a ‘normal person’, and actually shed a few pounds. I bought lingerie – and it didn’t turn me into an airhead Barbie. I could have feminism and lingerie.

Years later, there’ve been loads of ups and downs but those two books are seared in my mind. They changed my life.

Things are good. I have a decent amount of nice, pervy sex, and a ton of disasters. I love them all.

I am educated, self employed, and I was empowered enough to walk out of a marriage with an abusive alcoholic. I answer to no one.

The ‘munter’ stuff is a thing of the past, so long ago it’s like a barely remembered bad dream.

And I still enjoy my nice undies. None of those scraps of chiffon and lace have let down ‘the cause’ in any way, shape or form.

Feminism contributed to loads of the things that are great about my life, every woman’s life. Deny it and you’re a headcase. I’ve no time for thoughtless idiots who slag it off.

And feminism is absolutely right to encourage girls and women to recognise their value beyond their appearance.

Part of a message I wrote to HGG said the following:

We’re so lucky, living in the West, and in the 21st century – women can enjoy pretty things and still gain the education and credibility to kick ass in the boardroom and on the sports fields etc.

Feminism is about girls and women having the freedom and education to make informed, empowered choices. It’s not up to other people to decide those choices for them.

Among her hundreds of educated, empowered life choices, Horny Geek Girl has made the decision to be a geek, a go-er and a lover of fabulous lingerie. More power to her.

I’ve no time for women – anyone for that matter – who thrive on taking offence at the inoffensive. There is plenty of space for both feminism and lingerie.

And I’ve no time for the petty dictators who demean the whole issue of women’s rights by reducing it down to a few pairs of knickers.

Get a grip – or even better, get down La Senza.

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Huge thank you to CAVA Supernova for this insightful and positive post on feminism and lingerie. Please leave comments below or on twitter, if you’d like to join in this discussion. 

Product Review – Fantasy Curve Plus Size Babydoll

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This Pushup Babydoll was sent to me for review, having never owned a babydoll before I wasn’t sure what to expect.  When I took it out of the packaging I was pleasantly surprised to find it felt like a very high quality item, the material is soft and pleasant and all the seems are flat and smooth.

The Lovehoney website said the 1x/2x fits sizes 14-18, but on the packaging it says 14-20.  Now I do have a very large cup size with a small back but because it said it fits 14 I hoped I would be lucky with this. It did fit but it wasn’t perfect, the bra back was very loose on me, even on the tightest fitting and there was nowhere near enough cup to hold my KK breasts, it definitely did NOT manage to push anything up.

However it still looked quite nice on and was very comfortable, even if I did wish it had slightly more coverage/support. If you are a size 14 I think you will find this too big, but if you are 16-20 (or your back measurement is more than 36″) with smaller breasts than me (upto G cup) I think it will fit really well. I was told it looked good on me, and that it didn’t look too big. However, I know because of the loose back and my heavy boobs it hung much lower than on the model pictured.

Overall: I really liked it; it’s pretty, good quality, and made me feel sexy. 

 

*An edited version of this review appears on the Lovehoney website.