Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Update from Brittany

Hi everyone!

I’m really sorry I ended up disappearing for so long. I’ve been dealing with an incredibly sucky, stressful series of events, including my partner being laid off and unemployed for a period of time, my grandfather’s death, depression, a dying computer, severe hair loss (caused by anemia and fixed now, fortunately) and more.

Several of you have reached out to me personally to ask if I’m ok and tell me you would love it if I started up blogging again. I was really touched by that, and if it weren’t for you guys sticking with me and reminding me that you really liked my blog and that I’d helped many people, I might not have come back.

Thankfully, things have improved for me a great deal, and I want to start writing again. However, things are going to be changing a bit around here.

I’ve mentioned before that I’ve had mysterious health issues for a long time. Since I now have better insurance than I’ve ever had, and live in a much larger city than I used to, I’ve been putting more effort into figuring them out. I found out that I’m allergic to dust mites and cats, among other things, and I am going to be having allergy shots to treat that. I also found out that my hypermobile joints have probably been the source of many problems. I don’t have as much stability built in as somebody with normal joints. So I’ve been doing physical therapy with a specialist in hypermobility syndrome.

Physical therapy has done great things for me. My posture is better, I’m stronger, my endurance has improved, I feel lighter on my feet. I’m in the best shape I’ve been in my whole life. However…

I still have shoulder and upper back pain.

So, after quite a bit of research, thought, and consulting with my doctor and physical therapist, I’ve come to the inevitable conclusion- that the size of my chest is a big contributor to my upper back problems, and that a breast reduction might help me a great deal.

I know that this might be very surprising to many of you. I did not come to this decision lightly. I’ve tried so many different things over many years to fix my problems. I haven’t ever had general anesthesia before, and I’m terrified of surgery. But at this point, realizing that it’s likely that one simple surgery and a few weeks’ rest will permanently fix my problems is a huge relief.

I will still be an unusual bra size- no surgery I know of could substantially change my ribcage size, (and most people who are what is considered a “healthy” BMI have correctly fitting band sizes under 32, anyway) so you needn’t fear that I won’t be able to discuss bras and clothing as I always have. If anything, my ability to do so will have improved- I’ve outgrown most clothing companies at this point, even large-bust-friendly ones.

I’m hoping that in writing about this process from the perspective of somebody who understands proper bra fitting, I will be able to provide useful information to others who might be considering this choice.

I’ll be writing quite a bit more about the factors that led me to decide this was the right choice for me, so stay tuned.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Hello again!

It's me, Laura. I know. Not Brittany. I promise, she's alive and well! She's usually the one who posts the interesting articles & such through our Facebook page. I still have not locked her in a closet, promise. It's hard to imprison someone when you literally live on the other side of a giant country from them, strangely enough.

It's difficult to blog when you don't have a whole lot to say. I wear Kris Line bras pretty much exclusively these days, find them to be incredibly consistent in sizing and quality, and haven't kept up with what other brands are doing. I felt like I covered that in the last update, so for the sake of not being repetitive, I didn't feel the need to review each bra in detail.

The one exception to my Kris Line collection is a Curvy Kate Luxe strapless in 34H, which predictably is too small in the cups but is the most comfortable strapless bra I've had in a long time. I needed to buy it for its convertible straps, since my bridesmaid dress didn't cover as much of my shoulders as I thought it would. While the quad boob is definitely real, it's not noticeable at all under the dresses I've worn it for and it gives a lovely round shape. It gets uncomfortable after several hours, but what strapless bra doesn't?

If you want really cute swimwear that can technically fit your big boobs but doesn't provide underwire support (i.e., if you want to go lay out and/or simply be fashionable, as opposed to swimming laps and playing volleyball), check out Rue 107. They have some really adorable designs. Even if their tops don't fit or you don't want to take the chance, you can buy a pair of bottoms! They make sizes 2-24, so they're inclusive of a lot of customers.

That's about it from me, for now. I hope everyone had a lovely holiday season and is excited about the year to come!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Update!

Hey everyone! Sorry for the radio silence. It's Laura, here, and I figured I'd give you a brief rundown on my life in lingerie/fashion for the past several months:


  • Zulily has changed my life. For those who aren't familiar, Zulily is a site that sells brand names for deeply discounted prices for products that are out of season and such. I finally was able to get my hands on some Kris Line bras through them at prices I could afford, and... wow. Kris Line, by far, makes my favorite bras. They normally retail for roughly $100, and I believe there is only one store in the U.S. that carries them. I'm regularly able to snag them on Zulily for roughly $50, and they fit better than anything else I've had in a long time. If Panache and Freya wires are too wide for you, yet Ewa Michalak wires are too narrow (their wires are just a touch narrow for me), Kris Line may be your solution. I recommend ordering a cup or two sizes higher than your standard/typical cup size. In Panache, I wear a 34HH. In Kris Line, I wear a 34JJ. I could probably go down to a 34J for my right boob, but lefty is obnoxious. Bottom line, they're comfortable, beautiful, and fit really well once you know how to order. 
  • I'm a bridesmaid for the first time, and being a bridesmaid has changed my perspective on weddings completely. I've been mentally preparing myself for the chance that I'll have to end up finding a strapless bra that fits, because that's just the way life goes. I'm going to have a wedding post sometime soon, mainly because it's going to be fun! I did have the hilarious experience of trying on sample-size bridesmaid dresses and seeing how differently they fit on me than they were designed to fit! You gotta be able to laugh at yourself, I say.
  • I just ordered a dress from Lady Voluptuous, the dress line designed by Georgina of Fuller Figure Fuller Bust fame. I'll let you know what I think once my dress gets here! 
I wish I could say my last several months have been more exciting in a lingerie/fashion sense, but I've just been plugging away at work. Hopefully, I'll be making more time to blog in the near future! 

-Laura

P.S. -- Yes, I'm still aware that I'm not thin. :) And guess what? It's okay that I'm not thin! Woo! Go team! Party! Body positivity all the way! 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Review of the SugarShape Ahoi Bikini!

This post was written by Laura, a contributing blogger for Thin and Curvy. If you missed her intro post, look no further!

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Hello, lovely readers! It's been awhile, hasn't it? My bad. Work, still, has been driving me pretty nuts. However, one of the things I do best when I'm stressed is shop online. That's how I ended up caving to temptation and grabbing myself the SugarShape Ahoi Bikini Top and Ahoi High-Waisted Bottom I mentioned in my Summer Wishlist!

Ahoi, matey! ... get it? I am so funny. I am the funniest. 
This will have to be a mini-review of sorts, since I didn't want to nag my roommate into taking a billion pictures for me.

The top: I ordered the top in 85/110, which tends to be my normal SugarShape size (I regularly wear a 34HH in UK sizing). It fits really well! My left boob tries to sneak out a bit, but my left boob has always been a rebel. The straps are very thin, yet still extremely comfortable. It is a relief to find a cute bikini for full busts that isn't a halter-top! I hate halter-tops because I think they're exceptionally painful. I personally don't understand how someone thinks it's a good idea to make someone's neck support really big boobs... but I digress. This top is adorable and I love it.

The bottoms: These may be the best-fitting, most comfortable swim bottoms I've ever owned. They don't give me wedgies, I can adjust where I want them to sit, and the ties on the side are simply adorable. I wear a size 12/14 bottoms in U.S. sizing, and I ordered a size 115 in these bottoms.

If you don't mind taking the price plunge (shipping to the U.S. can get pricey), I highly recommend giving SugarShape's swim line a try. Their customer service is totally on point and I love working with them!

If you want to order something from SugarShape and you live in the U.S., email Laura@SugarShape.de. She'll take good care of you. :)

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Summer Wishlist!

This post was written by Laura, a contributing blogger for Thin and Curvy. If you missed her intro post, look no further!

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Summer is in the air, dear readers. I sweat bullets every time I step outside, I get to wear shorts all the time, my car is covered in pollen... and I have a job that'll keep me indoors full-time, at least 50 hours a week. I apologize for my unannounced extended absence -- I've been working nonstop and haven't had the brain power to write a post! Alas, I am back and excited to be blogging again.

To celebrate having my brain back (kind of), I am posting my Wishlist for summer lingerie and clothes that'll keep me excited about this gorgeous season.

Cleo "Marcie" bra in Sunshine, $45.18 from Bravissimo
If I can't get any real sunshine, I may as well have a bra the color of sunshine! Aside from the wires being a bit wide for me, the Cleo Marcie is a tried-and-true favorite of mine. It's consistent from season to season in sizing, and it comes in amazing colors such as this beauty!

SugarShape "Ahoi" bikini, 54,90 € from SugarShape
I love SugarShape. You all know this. I haven't ordered from them in awhile, much to my dismay. My brain has been so addled the last few months that I really haven't purchased much in the way of any lingerie, never mind swimwear. It's sad. I need to fix this. I also only have one bikini that fits, and I would love to have a second. The little anchors, the beautiful navy background... I'm in love.

Ann Taylor "Polka Dot Maxi Dress," $129 from Ann Taylor
I know, the price is steep. Maxi dresses are difficult for me, because most are too long. However, I have actually had luck with Ann Taylor's maxi dresses in the past -- I snagged one at an Ann Taylor Factory Store last year that I absolutely adore. It fits my bust, nips in nicely at my waist, and doesn't drag on the ground. Since this can be ordered in three different lengths, it should work well for readers of most heights!

Made in Preston "Floral Playsuit with Mesh," £45.00 from Made in Preston
It has taken me about 6 years to understand the wonder that is a playsuit/romper. And now, I can't stop lusting after this one. The only reason I'm holding back is I'm not sure if it'll be big enough in the bum, and so I continue to suffer with my romper lust.

What are you lusting after, lovely readers?

Friday, February 7, 2014

Made in Preston Dress Roundup!

This post was written by Laura, a contributing blogger for Thin and Curvy. If you missed her intro post, look no further!

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During the pre-holidays shopping frenzy, Made in Preston had a promotion that allowed first-time shoppers a 50% discount on everything. I couldn't pass that up, right? So, I purchased a dress and planned to review it. And planned. And planned. The lovely ladies and gents at MIP then offered me two dresses to review as a preview of the upcoming Spring/Summer 2014 line, and I couldn't pass it up!

So, this first dress was purchased by me and all opinions are my own. The following two dresses were given to me free of cost to review, and all opinions are still my own.

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The dress I bought during the promotion is the Gold Panelled Party Dress, which immediately drew my attention.

I mean, how could it not, right?
 I knew this dress was one-of-a-kind and I couldn't pass it up. Especially not for 50% off! It's a minidress, so tall ladies may want to watch the length. Or not. It's up to you! I felt most comfortable wearing tights with this dress, mainly due to my bodacious bottom.

The back ran a little big on me, so broader-backed and/or taller women are in luck! 
 The sizing at Made in Preston is a bit different than your normal shop. The numbers are in UK sizing, and 16 is as high as they go (equivalent to a U.S. size 12). To determine your size, you input your "high street" size and then your bra size. They calculate your suggested size for you, so it takes all the work out of it! There are three categories of size beyond number: Fit, Foxy, and Fab. Fit is on the less busty side, Fab is for the bustiest customers, and Foxy is right in the middle. Because I wear a 34HH, I said I wore a 34J (since 34HH is not an option in their drop-down menu). 16 Foxy was my result, and it definitely was the right size in all 3 dresses.

You can totally disco in this dress. For reals.
The zipper is really easy to do up yourself, which I love in a dress. Then again, that goes back to the fact the dress is a little big on me in the back. Doesn't make it unwearable, but it's definitely something to note for the more petite crowd.

A better shot of just how gorgeous the details on this dress are!
This dress is fabulous. Yes, it is a tight dress. Yes, I have a tummy. Yes, I'm still going to wear it out. For those more self-conscious about tummies, you can easily get away with standard shapewear under this dress; however, a corset may show due to how close this dress hugs the body. For those of you readers with body shapes more similar to Brittany, it won't be an issue at all.

Outfit Summary:
Dress: Made in Preston Gold Panelled Party Dress, size 16 Foxy
Bra: Ewa Michalak PL Charlie, 34HH (I think! Will update this when I have a chance to look.)
Tights: Spanx
Boots: Steve Madden

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The first of the two dresses MIP gifted me completely blew me away with its super-cool print.

CARS. CITY. SO COOL.
This dress is called the City Print Bodycon Dress, and you can find it HERE. It is slinky, stretchy, comfortable, and dare I say, traffic-stopping? (ba-dum-pssshhh)

This dress loves all of your curves. All of them.
I had a little trouble with getting the lighting right in these photos, but this was supposed to demonstrate that on me, this dress hits me a little below the knee. For taller readers, this should probably hit you right at the knee.

Weird stomach lump, brought to you by my tights slipping down. Too many costume changes!
This dress doesn't really need tights, because it goes past the knees. If you do decide to wear tights, go with something solid; I tried wearing this dress tonight out for my mother's birthday dinner, and the fishnets I was wearing caused the dress to static cling uncomfortably to my legs. Lesson learned!

This print is bananas. B-a-n-a-n-a-s.
For those of you readers who have body shapes more like me, shapewear may make you more comfortable in this dress. I mean, it is a bodycon dress, and they're supposed to be super clingy. It's certainly not a bad thing -- I actually like how the length of the dress balances out how tight it is. However, I know a lot of people want to hide "problem areas", and it's pretty impossible to do that in this dress without the assistance of shapewear. Made in Preston really is a company that designs for women with figures like Brittany, but it makes me happy to note that I feel comfortable pulling off these clothes, too!

I recommend being very careful when handling this dress -- don't, say, lay it on top of a sequined dress, because it may snag a little. Whoops. 

Outfit Summary:
Dress: City Print Bodycon Dress, size 16 Foxy.
The rest: see above.

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I saved the best for last. This dress is my absolute favorite, and since receiving my dresses on Tuesday, I've worn it out twice. Once to the theatre to see Book of Mormon (GO SEE IT RIGHT NOW), and for my mother's birthday dinner tonight because the City Print dress was too static-y for my tights.

Behold:
I am so excited about this dress.
This is the Springtime Floral Skater Dress, available NOW.

I don't even know what to do with my hands, I love this dress so much.
The waistline of this dress was in the most absolute perfect place for me -- at my natural waist! Taller readers with similar proportions to me may find that this fits more like an empire-waist dress, but I had no such problems. This dress also hits me about mid-thigh, another thing for taller readers to keep in mind.

I don't know what I'm being sassy about, but deal with it.
I find the a-line cut of this skater dress, like so many skater dresses, to be ridiculously flattering. This skater dress is really cut extremely well for busty women. Now, as much as I adore this dress, it was missing something: a belt. Personally, I think this dress begs for a waist belt. So, y'know. I obliged.

Pleeease forgive my bedhead. Please?
Much better! Right? I just think a wide black belt makes this dress 100x better. 

Apparently, my back was itchy while the camera was going off. Welp.
I can't believe I haven't talked about how much I love this print yet. I love this print. I would love it in the form of a blouse, a skirt, pants... I'd wear it all day, every day. Where the City Print dress was a more delicate fabric, this dress is made of much stronger, yet still soft, stuff. 

I feel pretty, oh so pretty!
My only complaint with this dress is that it comes up very high in the back, so far up that the back of the neckline is on my neck. As a result, it kinda feels like my neck is being pushed down a little bit, like how a halterneck feels. It's certainly not enough to deter me from wearing this dress (seeing as I've worn it twice in the week I got it), but for those who are sensitive to halternecks, it's something to keep in mind. I'm probably going to have it altered somehow so it'll be perfect.

Outfit Summary:
Dress: Springtime Floral Skater Dress, Size 16 Foxy.
The rest: see above.

If anyone has any questions about sizing or styles, please feel free to ask in the comments!



Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Review of a Custom Angela Friedman Overbust Corset!

This post was written by Laura, a contributing blogger for Thin and Curvy. If you missed her intro post, look no further!

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I am really, really good to myself sometimes. For example, I managed to get myself the most beautiful birthday present of all time: a custom overbust corset from none other than the lovely Angela Friedman! Her work has been featured on other blogs such as The Lingerie Addict and The Lingerie Lesbian, and I've been lusting after her designs for a good while.

I caved when I saw the Claire de Lune corset.

Image courtesy of Angela Friedman
I had already been thinking about ordering a "standard" custom overbust corset from Angela anyway, but when I saw the Claire de Lune, I fell in love.

But, you see, I wanted to be different. I wanted to play around with the color choice, and I'm completely, 100% in love with what I went for.

Pink and gold is one of my favorite color combinations OF ALL TIME.
Ordering a custom corset from Angela Friedman was a relatively simple process, all things considered! I live in the South, while she works out of New York, but we were able to make it work. The whole process took somewhere between two and three months (I think?), but I was the reason it took so long! If you're a prompt sort of person, you could easily have a corset in a month. 

I went to a local tailor and had myself measured, which they did for me for free! It took me a few weeks to get my butt to a tailor, so there's one example of me dawdling. I sent my measurements off to Angela so she could make me a mock-up corset. 


The mock-up corset is just white cotton, nothing fancy, and was a way for me to figure out what tweaks needed to be made before she made the final version. If you decide to order a custom corset from Angela Friedman, I highly recommend paying the extra fee to have a mock-up sent to you! 

Then, of course, I had to send back the mock-up, which took me longer than it should have because I was emotionally attached. Eventually, though, I sent it back, complete with lots of cat hair. 

And the final result?


You guessed it! Me posing awkwardly with the most beautiful thing I've ever put on my body! All the photos I took are ones where I laced the corset up myself. I'm not the greatest at it, so you'll have to take my word for it that this looks even MORE amazing when I've had assistance from a friend!

Ignore the face that my jeans clearly need a wash and that I have a camera balanced on my head.
I wore this exact outfit out to dinner with my boyfriend (note: the jeans were freshly washed and not wrinkled to oblivion), and it was amazing to be able to wear something strapless that was still exceptionally supportive! I paired my ensemble with a black pleather jacket and I felt gorgeous and like a badass all rolled up into one.

Dat. Structure. It's phenomenal! Plus, you can see that my boobs are very well-contained!

All those itty bitty seams... drool. DROOL, I TELL YOU.

I love how the laces match the silk exactly, and how the lace looks like it's applique!

The corset is lined in cotton, so it's unbelievably comfortable.



I am one happy, happy lady.
It was completely worth every single penny. Angela is a dream to work with and I look forward to ordering another corset from her again!