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New Look: My Summer Wish List

June 24, 2013

New Look is one of my go-to high street shops. It’s rare that a woman with curves can get on with high street clothing, as often the cut is so straight that the clothes do not lend themselves well to a variety of shapes and sizes (ehm, Topshop I’m looking at you…)

However, New Look is one of those exceptions. For me at least, I can definitely find pieces in their collection that are both flattering and can fit over a big bust or hips. That’s not to say everything they sell will, but that wouldn’t be the case with any clothing company anyway, specialised or high street.

Looking through their current summer range has got me thinking about all the things I would like to try. Despite their clothes being very reasonably priced, I still can’t afford to have them all…obviously. šŸ™‚

So without further ado, here are my top picks for summer from New Look:

I’ll start with dresses as we all know I am very much a dress loving girl!

Monochrome Paisley Print Sun Dress

Monochrome Paisley Print Sun Dress

Monochrome Paisley Print Sun Dress

Whether you’re going to the park on one of those rare sunny days here in the UK, or you’re headed somewhere wonderfully warm on holiday, this paisley sun dress is a perfect day time dress for hot weather. Not only is it pretty, but it’s light and airy, and 100% cotton to boot.

Blue Demin Pinafore Dress

Blue Denim Pinafore Dress

Blue Denim Pinafore Dress

Ok, I’ll admit it, I love that denimĀ dungarees-style dresses are back in fashion. I loved dungarees as a young girl and I still love them now. This lovely mixture of dungarees straps on a short cute denimĀ dress is awesome – it’s a casual look that is both cute and fun too.

Closet Green and Blue Oversize Polka Dot Print Dress

Closet Green and Blue Oversize Polka Dot Print Dress

Closet Green and Blue Oversize Polka Dot Print Dress

This elegant dress has the ability to look both summery and smart at the same time. It’s the type of dress you could just as easily wear to work as you could to a day out with friends. I love the big green polka dots, I’ve always found it hard to resist a polka dot!

Mela Red Folk Tapestry Print Maxi Dress

Mela Red Folk Tapestry Print Maxi Dress

Mela Red Folk Tapestry Print Maxi Dress

This Red Folk Tapestry dress is one of my favourite dresses I’ve seen so far. The pattern is a sort of Paisley-Aztec mixture, and those lovely reds and blues go so well together – it looks like the perfect summer dress.

Apricot Blue Tie Dye Folk Maxi Dress

Apricot Blue Tie Dye Folk Maxi Dress

Apricot Blue Tie Dye Folk Maxi Dress

Another maxi dress that I really love right now. This one is the type you can dress up or dress down, making it suitable for both day and evening wear. I love the block black combined with the tie dye pattern on the bottom.

For more Summer New Look Dresses click here

Skirts are always a necessity during summer.

My favourite type of skirt is a maxi skirt, and New Look do have a wonderful varied range of them. In the UK when the weather can be so unpredictable, a maxi skirt can be a lifesaver. They not only keep you cool in the warm weather, but ward off any strong winds when the weather starts to turn.Ā 

Chestnut Brown Pleated Voile Maxi Skirt

Chestnut Brown Pleated Voile Maxi Skirt

Chestnut Brown Pleated Voile Maxi Skirt

This chestnut brown skirt is great and particularly versatile. It looks smart without being overly formal, and the colour and style means it can create quite a wide variety of outfits.

Cameo Rose Nude Belted Maxi Skirt

Cameo Rose Nude Belted Maxi Skirt

Cameo Rose Nude Belted Maxi Skirt

This is the ultimate ‘hippy’ skirt, it’s a lovely neutral colour and has the ability to make you look like you don’t have a care in the world. The style gives it a slight vintage-feel, and I really think it’s one of those timeless skirts that doesn’t go out of fashion.

Pink and Blue Scarf Maxi Skirt

Pink and Blue Scarf Maxi Skirt

Pink and Blue Scarf Maxi Skirt

I often buy beautiful scarves and think ‘this would make a great skirt’. Lo and behold…the scarf maxi skirt. Its floaty construction combined with the stunning pattern makes this one of my absolute favourites.

Fuchsia Thick Belted Maxi Skirt

Fuchsia Thick Belted Maxi Skirt

Fuchsia Thick Belted Maxi Skirt

Similar to the cameo rose nude skirt, this fuchsia version gives the same lovely style but with a more modern twist. The bright colour stands out and makes it much more of a style piece.

Parisian Light Blue Pleated Belted Daisy Print Skirt

Parisian Light Blue Pleated Belted Daisy Print Skirt

Parisian Light Blue Pleated Belted Daisy Print Skirt

The one non-maxi skirt I picked is this gorgeous Parisian daisy print skirt. It is both cute and summery, and just perfect for warm weather.

For more Summer New Look Skirts click here

Now for some essential summer tops:

White Butterfly Wrap Front Long Sleeve Blouse

White Butterfly Wrap Front Long Sleeve Blouse

White Butterfly Wrap Front Long Sleeve Blouse

This lovely casual blouse is great if you’re not feeling in a t-shirt sort of mood. I often look for breathable clothing that simultaneously gives me a break from the harsh rays of sun. With my fair skin I tend to burn quickly, so finding a pretty blouse like this is an absolute must for me. There is also a sleeveless wrap version of this topĀ here.

Navy Button Up Boyfriend Cardigan

Navy Button Up Boyfriend Cardigan

Navy Button Up Boyfriend Cardigan

It’s rare that I go anywhere without packing a trusty cardigan with me. You never know when you’re going to need one. This useful long navy cardigan is one of my favourites – I tend to go for blue and black cardigans quite often as they go with most of my outfits and colour choices.

Misumi Mint Green Butterfly Kaftan Top

Misumi Mint Green Butterfly Kaftan Top

Misumi Mint Green Butterfly Kaftan Top

Another butterfly patterned item – I do adore butterflies so this suits me very well! This kaftan top is an elegant look for almost any casual occasion. The pattern is both pretty and interesting which makes this a great top to have on-hand.

Parisian Cream Lace Mesh Longline Waistcoat

Parisian Cream Lace Mesh Longline Waistcoat

Parisian Cream Lace Mesh Longline Waistcoat

I’m not 100% sure why this is called a waistcoat, it looks more like a short-sleeved lace cardigan to me. However, I do love it. All you need is a basic tank top underneath and this ‘waistcoat’ turns it into an outfit. Definitely one for the list.

Red Vintage Coca Cola T-Shirt

Red Vintage Coca Cola T-Shirt

Red Vintage Coca Cola T-Shirt

Whilst I think this t-shirt is brilliant, and I love the vintage coca cola print, I do struggle to find t-shirts with enough room in the bust. I haven’t tried this t-shirt myself so I cannot tell you what sort of bust size it fits. However, I thought it deserved a mention as it is fab, and will no doubt be a popular item this summer.

For more Summer New Look Tops click here

Now it wouldn’t be right for me to skip New Look’s fabulous maternity range, being pregnant myself and all. I am always pleased with any high street shop that makes an effort to stock a decent maternity range, as no one wants to forgo their favourite items just because they are expecting! I have discovered that there are a number of maternity clothes that can actually be worn by anyone whether you are pregnant or not. They usually just have extra stretch, but can be just as useful unstretched – many maternity dresses fall into this category.

Maternity 2 Pack Black and Blue Crop Leggings

Maternity 2 Pack Black and Blue Crop Leggings

Maternity 2 Pack Black and Blue Crop Leggings

Now this is a basic, but it’s an absolute must for any pregnant woman (or in fact, any woman) during the summer. Leggings are great to go with anything, and they can turn a long top into an acceptable dress on occasion. The last thing you want is anything tight and restricting, so I wholeheartedly recommend leggings, or cropped leggings for these warm months.

Heavenly Bump Blue Bird Print Tunic

Heavenly Bump Blue Bird Print Tunic

Heavenly Bump Blue Bird Print Tunic

White birds on a blue dress, so pretty! Now, depending on how big your bump is, you can either wear this as a tunic or a dress. All you need is to pair it with theĀ aforementionedĀ leggings and you have yourself a very cute outfit.

Maternity Black and Purple Aztec maxi Dress

Maternity Black and Purple Aztec Maxi Dress

Maternity Black and Purple Aztec Maxi Dress

What’s that you say? An aztec print maternity dress? Yes please! So often we pregnant ladies are left with the plain boring clothes because it’s just assumed we don’t care how we look because it’s only 9 months. Not true. I always want a beautiful dress, whether I’m expecting or not. This super dress would be my alternative to the tie dye folk maxi dress I mentioned earlier, if indeed I didn’t fit into that one anymore. šŸ™‚

Maternity Navy Ruched V Neck Dress

Maternity Navy Ruched V Neck Dress

Maternity Navy Ruched V Neck Dress

Having just pooh-poohedĀ plain clothing, it does make sense to have at least one plain (yet nice) dress to hand. Whether it’s just to go to work in or because you don’t feel comfortable dressing up, this very nice looking navy dress is a winner in my opinion. It’s another basic like the leggings, but it’s an important basic.

Heavenly Bump White and Pink Floral Malibu Maxi Dress

Heavenly Bump White and Pink Floral Malibu Maxi Dress

Heavenly Bump White and Pink Floral Malibu Maxi Dress

One more maxi dress for the road; this very pretty summery dress is another favourite. It looks great while still covering up those swollen ankles you want to hide away, and even if they are showing, this gorgeous floral print will take all eyes away from ankles and keep them on this fabulous dress!

For more New Look Maternity Wear click here

Accessories:

Black Retro Sunglasses

Black Retro Sunglasses

Black Retro Sunglasses

You can’t go all summer long without a decent pair of sunglasses. These blue-tinted wayfarer-style glasses are my personal choice – the tint just gives them a little something extra.

There are two types of bag I like to have to-hand during the summer – a big bag and a tiny bag, both are essential:

Grey Chevron Stud Fold Over Clutch

Grey Chevron Stud Fold Over Clutch

Grey Chevron Stud Fold Over Clutch

This clutch is a great neutral colour that will go with numerous outfits. Always a good idea not to go too bold with the bag choice, in my opinion anyway.Ā 

Tan and Cream Crochet Winged Satchel

Tan and Cream Crochet Winged Satchel

Tan and Cream Crochet Winged Satchel

However, when you really do need a big bag, make sure it is big enough to carry all your essentials. Again, I prefer the understated colours, but I feel that this bag has a little something extra. It’s not plain and boring, it’s nicely made and stylish.Ā 

Silver and Turquoise Teardrop Necklace

Silver and Turquoise Teardrop Necklace

Silver and Turquoise Teardrop Necklace

As blue is one of my favourite colours, and in a lot of items I’ve picked, this lovely teardrop necklace would be a great addition to many of these outfits.

Silver Coin Drop Earrings

Silver Coin Drop Earrings

Silver Coin Drop Earrings

I adore dangly earrings, and these are no exception. Definitely my style for summer.

For more New Look Accessories click here

Last but not least, shoes!

I have spotted some great shoes for summertime, and these are my top choices:

Tan Triple Buckle Ankle Boots

Tan Triple Buckle Ankle Boots

Tan Triple Buckle Ankle Boots

I like boots, even in summer I need a casual boot. These tan ankle boots are perfect and just the right amount of heel to be comfortable.

Cream Crochet Sandals

Cream Crochet Sandals

Cream Crochet Sandals

Sandals, especially flat sandals are a must-have, particularly if you are headed on a beach holiday. These crochet sandals are my favourite and they look pretty comfortable too!

Blue Cross Strap Cork Wedges

Blue Cross Strap Cork Wedges

Blue Cross Strap Cork Wedges

If you’re feeling daring, then why not go for these uber-cool giant blue wedges. I find wedges are a tad easier to walk in than narrow heels, and they look more summery to boot.

White Cut Out Ballet Pumps

White Cut Out Ballet Pumps

White Cut Out Ballet Pumps

Ballet pumps are practically all I wear at work during the summer months. The great thing about these is that they’re cut-out, meaning your feet can breathe a little easier than when they’re fully encased in leather.

Blue Abstract Print Heel Strappy Sandals

Blue Abstract Print Heel Strappy Sandals

Blue Abstract Print Heel Strappy Sandals

I had to pick something with an interesting print, and abstract is the right word for these. I think these sandals are just great for summer evenings when you’re fed up with wearing flat shoes. A great alternative.Ā 

For more New Look Footwear click here

I am definitely pleased with New Look’s summer offerings; their collections are both interesting and versatile which is great to see from a high street store. While a lot of busty girls look to Polish clothing companies like BiuBiu and Urkye, you can’t really beat finding something beautiful and wearable from a store that’s just round the corner. Ā 

Love

Sophia xxx

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The Possible Wonders of Wonderbra

June 4, 2011

I’m always looking for new versatile strapless bras, and so far, Freya’s strapless deco has been my favourite. I do however occasionally long for a little more cleavage in a strapless, something which appears to be quite a challenge to find.

After reading a great joint review – by two lovely busty ladies; Cheryl Warner and Becky Mount over at ‘Invest in your Chest‘ – on strapless bras (including Wonderbra’s ‘Ultimate Strapless’), I decided to test it out myself.
Unfortunately, this bra stops at an F-cup, so a 32F was the biggest I could get to try it out. Even though I swing between FF-G, I figured there was a possibility I could get away with F, as from time to time strapless bras can come up loose in the cup.

The ‘Ultimate Strapless’ comes in the colours ‘skin’ and black, however, I was pleased to see there was a little extra variety when it came to the style.

Option 1:

'Ultimate Strapless' - Plain smoothe cup in 'Skin'

Option 2:

'Ultimate Strapless' - Plain smoothe cup in Black

Option 3:

'Ultimate Strapless' - Nude lace overlay in 'Skin'


Option 4:

'Ultimate Strapless' - Black lace overlay in 'Skin'


I chose the ‘Skin’ coloured bra with the nude lace overlay, I thought it was actually a really delicate and beautiful twist, on what would normally just be a plain moulded cup.

The Ultimate Strapless

When my ‘Ultimate Strapless’ arrived, I have to say, I was very impressed. This bra feels like a piece of hardware! It’s very sturdy, and seems almost mechanical – but to be honest, that’s generally what I’m looking for in a strapless bra if it’s going to hold me up all day long!

Without a doubt, it gave me the best cleavage from a strapless bra yet, and it really is so close to being perfect.

Wonderbra 'Ultimate Strapless' - Nude Lace 32F

Alas, I can’t bring myself to wear a bra that is probably about one or two cup sizes too small for me. I’m a girl that struggles to contain the ‘sideboob’, and if that ‘sideboob’ can’t be contained, then unfortunately the bra has to be avoided like the plague.

I was quite surprised about two things: first, that the ‘Ultimate Strapless’ didn’t actually go beyond an F-cup, (because they do go beyond that in some of their other styles; one of which I will talk about presently), and second that it starts at a 30″ back band, and not 28″.
Now fair enough, often strapless bras are tighter than regular bras, but it seems as though Wonderbra don’t do anything with a 28″ back. This surprises me even further, because I can quite clearly see that some of their models, are indeed a 28″ back size or less.

Despite all of that, in my opinion, this bra is very worthy of its ‘Ultimate Strapless’ title, just… not for anyone over an F-cup or under a 30″ band. Other than that, I really would recommend it.

Now to review my second Wonderbra purchase, the ‘Embrace’ bra.

I liked the look of this bra immediately; it seems sturdy and beautiful all at the same time. It’s a lace covered moulded cup plunge bra, with velvet detailing.

It also comes in a range of colours, which I always approve of.

Option 1:

'Embrace' - Black lace overlay on nude


Option 2:

'Embrace' - White lace overlay on white cup


Option 3:

'Embrace' - Blue lace overlay on nude


Option 3:

'Embrace' - Purple lace overlay on nude


Option 4:

'Embrace' - Pink lace overlay on nude


This bra goes from an E-G cup, so I tried it in a 32G. I actually felt the cup came up a little big, so for an inbetweeny like myself, I would prefer to opt for my smaller size of 32FF.

Wonderbra 'Embrace' Blue - 32G

Again I found it was a great cleavage enhancing bra, and very sturdy. I also loved the look of the blue lace particularly, it’s very enticing as bras go.
While at least this one does go up to a G cup, I still think they should considering going bigger, and including a 28″ back. There seems to be a myth that busty women either don’t want or need a cleavage enhancing bra, and while, yes, some J-cup women I know wouldn’t dream of wearing a wonderbra, I can think of quite a few HH-cup women that really would like to. These kinds of bras can really flatter the figure, and keep your breasts lifted and in place all day long. Who doesn’t want that?

Love

Sophia xxx

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My Fantasie

June 1, 2011

The bra I fell in love with, ‘Sylvie’ by Fantasie, really does deserve its very own blog post.

I long for a bra that feels really me – one that is colourful and beautiful, comfortable yet supportive, and most of all; wearable without causing grief. Last week, I found that bra.

Fantasie 'Sylvie'

I have a very love-hate relationship with my breasts. Sometimes I think they ought to be a bit neater, a little higher, slightly rounder; in this bra, they can actually be those things!

Lately I’ve come to the conclusion that I may have one FF cup breast, and one G cup. The difference is slight, so slight that I only noticed it a few months ago, but it bugs me nonetheless. It makes it all the more difficult to find a bra that has that great ‘perfect fit’ feel about it. I have given up hope of perfection, but this bra, is as close as I have come to that.

First things first, it’s blue! If you read my blog, then you already know blue is my favourite colour. I especially love ‘Sylvie’s’ blue, because it’s a very close match to my ring (not that anyone would actually see the coordination, but I can pretend). šŸ˜‰

'Sylvie' 32G

TheĀ  cups are very supportive, and on the lower half, there is a lovely flowery pattern, which actually reminds me of the little blue forget-me-not flowers. The top half is gorgeous sheer light blue lace, with the same embroidered flower pattern. It also has beautiful little bows on each strap, and in the middle; I like bows.

I never really feel like I have very ‘full’ breasts, but in this bra, I kinda do. Originally I tried a 32FF, but I just found it too small, and it didn’t fully contain my ‘sideboob‘.
The one I’m wearing is a 32G, and fits much better, although one cup will always be a smidge looser than the other. In actual fact, I could’ve done with a 30G/GG, as I find the back slightly loose, but not really enough for it to be too much of a bother.

Beautiful in Blue

This is actually the first Fantasie bra I have tried, and I am very impressed. I will be seeking out more Fantasie bras in future, so look out for more blog posts on their lingerie.
I thoroughly recommend this bra, and if you don’t decide to get one, at least try one on!

There’s just something about ‘Sylvie’

Love

Sophia – currently in bra heaven šŸ˜‰

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The Trials and Tribulations of Bra Shopping

May 28, 2011

Recently I have discovered that some of the 32FF bras I’ve been buying, aren’t quite as perfect a fit as I would’ve liked them to be.
From years of wearing the wrong sized bras, ranging from C’s to E’s with bands in 34s and 36s, I have developed a problem, that is really quite common among women these days.
The term I use to describe it, is, ‘sideboob’ (be warned that this is not the official term, it’s just my chosen name for it :P).
It occurs because breast tissue has, over time, migrated to other areas (in this case towards the armpit) causing it to separate from the rest of the breast, and look a bit out of place.

'Sideboob'

These are some pictures I found online showing how a bra that is too small, can cause the hideous ‘sideboob’ effect.
It can be fixed, over time, by wearing the correct fitting bra. For me personally, I need to wear a bra that well and truly contains this extra breast tissue, otherwise the tissue will not be able to migrate back. It is a slow process, but an important one nonetheless.

I buy most of my bras online, but of course, because the sizing between brands varies to such an extent, it is inevitable that I will have to make my regular trip to the post office, sending the lovely things back.
If you buy from Brastop (which I often do) you will have noticed that while they have fantastic discounted prices, you will need to pay the postage for your return; which can be a pain.

I despise schlepping to a lingerie or department store; shuffling through the sizes on my hands and knees, checking all the incorrectly hangered (is that a word?) bras praying they have my size, queuing for the fitting rooms along with 10 other grumpy women for half an hour, which then results in getting very hot, flustered and wound up in the changing room, often resulting in tears.
However, I discovered recently, that my local Debenhams (which is only 5 minutes away) stocks Freya and Fantasie bras. Reminding myself that I did in fact have some free time today, I went to try on some bras…calmly.

My selection of bras

I took sizes closest to my regular 32FF. Not all were available, but I picked up all the 30Gs 32FFs and 32Gs I could find.
It was quite interesting to see such a variation with the sizing, and the ones I ended up purchasing, were not the same ones I would’ve bought online.

Among my favourites were:

The Freya Trudie Bra

Freya 'Trudie'

The 32FF was too small in the cup; in the picture I’m pointing to my ‘sideboob’ that isn’t fully encased in the cup. The 30G (also too small) was just to test the back, but I preferred the 32 Back for comfort. The 32G was perfect. It contained pretty much all the extra breast tissue, and was comfortable.

The Freya Pollyanna Bra

Freya 'Pollyanna'

The 32FF in the Pollyanna was perfect, it came far enough round the sides for my liking. I don’t own very many black bras, but the pretty lace detail and blue flowers just drew me in.

The Fantasie Sylvie Bra

Fantasie 'Sylvie'

Blue is my favourite colour, so I just loved this bra competely and utterly. The pictures don’t do it justice; it has this really beautiful delicate lace over the top of the cup, and the rest is a very soft material.
Again, I found the sizing off. Or maybe I have grown, who knows. In any case, the 32FF again, didn’t completely encase the ‘sideboob’ (as you can see), so I went up to a 32G which I found much more comfortable.

And…last but not least…

The Freya Sophia Bra

Freya 'Sophia'

The Sophia bra, well, I think you can all guess why I tried this one. Despite it’s slightly muted colours (which had put me off trying it until now) I really wanted to try the Sophia bra purely because it is, of course, my name.
In actual fact, I found the bra a lot nicer here than it looks online. I tried the 32G, but this time (made more obvious because of the sheer material) it wrinkled too much on one side. The 32FF however, did actually have quite a nice fit. You can tell by my happy face!

If I could afford to buy all of these bras (and the other ones not pictured) I would have; alas, it will have to wait for another pay day šŸ™‚

Remember ladies, evil ‘sideboob’ can be eliminated…slowly šŸ˜›

Love

Sophia xxx