Sunday, 30 March 2014

Fuller Bust Brands that Make my Heart Flutter (Part Three - Final Part)

Well hello there my lingerie lovers! Don't I have a treat for you today? It is the third and final part of my fuller bust brand series (read Part 1 here and Part 2 here if you missed them) and today's picks are two relatively under the radar brands (see what I am going for here - unpublished....you get me) Miss Mandalay and Lulu Tout.  I know you are just going to love them and ladies, as promised in this series the size ranges are exquisite!  So let's jump straight into the lingerie goodness...enjoy!

Miss Mandalay
Miss Mandalay is a brand all about the fuller bust.  It was created by Lorraine Morton (Founder and Creative Director) who still to this day, since their launch in 2005, fits the first prototypes for the bras that Miss Mandalay creates.  Lorraine Morton was and still is "a woman with a large bra cup size" (Miss Mandalay, 2014) who thrives to design fuller busted underwear for woman "who want stylish and great fitting intimates in large cup sizes" (Miss Mandalay, 2014).  The brand describes itself as making "fashionably different lingerie and swimwear in large cup sizes" (Miss Mandalay, 2014) and boy do they have a size range for us!  Creating bras and swimwear for 28"-38" backs and C-HH cup sizes, this brand really do have a lot to shout about and it wasn't long until big name publications like Vogue, Tatler, Glamour and Cosmopolitain, to name but a few, were all featuring the brand.  Today I am going to showcase my top picks from the Miss Mandalay website and demonstrate the desirability of this brand for the fuller busted woman who doesn't want to compromise on style or support!

First up is the Miss Mandalay Paris Cobalt Blue Balcony Bra which retails at £39.00 and boasts a size range of 28GG-HH, 30C-HH, 32C-HH, 34C-HH, 36C-HH and 38E-HH - yes indeed ladies, this just happened!  To match there is the Miss Mandalay Paris Cobalt Blue Ruche Brief which is a semi-sheer classic brief with a gathered mesh back featuring a satin trim and bow at the centre front retailing at £23.00 available in sizes XS-XL.  Also available (o I do love two pant options!) is the Miss Mandalay Paris Cobalt Blue Thong which is a classic thong in a semi-sheer fabric with satin trim and bow at the centre front and back with a delicate keyhole at the back waistline, this piece retails at £21.00 and is available in sizes XS-L. The range is also available in hot pink (super gorgeous) and black (classic - but the website is low on sizes unfortunately!).  So you want to see it?  Scroll down ladies!

Miss Mandalay Paris Cobalt Blue Balcony Bra
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Miss Mandalay Paris Cobalt Blue Range
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This set catches my eye with its classic, simple yet stylish vibes.  The bright blue colour is a pleasant change from the bog-standard white, black, beige underwear which predominately fills the aisles in high street department stores.  The satin trim and classic bow adds a sleek and structured feel in a very fashion forward manner.  Defining the shape and accentuating the curves beneath - this is a piece that could be worked for everyday with its no fuss detailing and could definitely be worked under a white vest for a look-at-me nod to the underwear as outwear trend (more on this in a future post).

Next up on my Miss Mandalay must-haves is the Miss Mandalay Amelie Paprika Black Balconette Bra which retails at £46.00 and is available in a very sizeable size range (I had to - I am sorry!) which goes something like 28F-G, 30E-GG, 32E-GG, 34E-GG, 36E-GG....mmmmm....now we are talking!  To match there is the Miss Mandalay Amelie Paprika Black String which retails at £30.00 available in sizes XS-L. The Amelie Paprika Black Brief is the second pant option for this range retailing at £28.00 available in sizes XS-XL.  This range is also available in a Navy/Black colour way which is much more subtle that this option but I am just a sucker for some bright eye-catching colours!  Just wait until you see.....

Miss Mandalay Amelie Paprika Black Balconette Bra
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Miss Mandalay Amelie Paprika Black Range
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For me, the selling point of this set bar its beautiful size range is its eye-catching colour way and the black stretch-lace cups.  I just love lace cups, there is nothing more seductive in my eyes.  The paprika orange satin and black lace create a contrast that draws the eyes and would certainly make me want to pick it out my lingerie drawer in the morning and wear it - with some attitude of course! This bra calls for some attitude! I really love the framing of the cups with the paprika satin creating a beautiful shape for the bust.  Miss Mandalay is a recent discovery for me but I am so glad I stumbled upon this gem of a brand for its size ranges, colours and beautifully crafted underwear.  Let me know in the comments or tweet me @unpublishedgirl if you have sampled Miss Mandalay before or are just loving this recommendation!

Lulu Tout
Now we all know that Figleaves is a one-stop shop for beautiful lingerie brands including Chantelle, Freya, Elle Macpherson and Lepel to name but a few however I feel sometimes the companies own-brand exclusive offerings are somewhat overlooked.  Lulu Tout, a lingerie brand exclusive to Figleaves.com, is one that is seriously worth checking out for its beautiful, romantic lingerie offerings in an even more beautiful size range.  The range offers classic shapes with romantic, timeless embroidery and detailing in subtle to bright and bold colours in a size range that is eye-wateringly good.  With bras available in 30" - 38" back sizes and A-H cups, this is certainly a brand that I was very happy to stumble upon on the Figleaves website.  I have picked my two favourite bras from the fuller bust range currently available at Figleaves.com.  I just can't wait any longer - you NEED to see these!

First up is the Lulu Tout Amelie (apparently a popular name for a bra!) Underwired Bra (DD-H) available in Black and Electric Blue at a very sumptuous price of £24.00.  The bra is available in sizes 30E-H, 32DD-H, 34DD-H, 36DD-H and 38DD-G.  Also available (a very nice touch from the brand may I say) is a smaller bust option in the form of the Lulu Tout Amelie Balcony Bra which retails at the same price of £24.00 and is available in the following size range: 30" - 38" A-DD.  I really like the brands effort to not restrict its target market yet at the same time recognising that both size ranges require different styles due to differing design requirements for fuller/smaller bust bras.  Available to match is the Lulu Tout Amelie Short retailing at £16.00 in sizes 8-18 and the Lulu Tout Amelie Thong retailing at £15.00 in sizes 8-16.  So let's take a look at this beautiful offering....

Lulu Tout Amelie Range in Black
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Lulu Tout Amelie Underwired Bra (DD-H) in Black
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Lulu Tout Amelie Range in Electric Blue
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Lulu Tout Amelie Underwired Bra (DD-H) in Electric Blue
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I really adore the romantic, Parisian inspired Lookbook that Lulu Tout have created for the brand.  I also adore this bra!  The Amelie Underwired Bra (DD-H) really is a beaut!  As a sucker for some classic black lingerie, I do favour the black one over the blue - the blue is a little too turquoise for me but nonetheless a beautiful bra all the same.  The delicate spot embroidery over the cups is beautiful but my favourite part has to be the seamed casing around the cups.  It adds drama and structure to the cups which I am just head over heels for and to my delight is a heavy feature of the Lulu Tout brand.  The price point for this bra is excellent for the size range and design and the feedback on Figleaves.com for the range is great with lots of fuller busted women happy with their selection and with a resounding agreement that it is tight on the back so maybe bump up a back size and down a cup to purchase this little lovely in your alternative size!  Now with seamed casing and a little more romance I continue to....the Fleur Rose Range from Lulu Tout.

This range is definitely the more romantic from the selection of Lulu Tout available from Figleaves.com but who doesn't love a little bit of romance?  The Lulu Tout Fleur Rose Underwired Bra (DD-H) retailing at £24.00 is available in Nude/Black or Purple both lovely but I really do love the classic tones of the Nude/Black option and the black seam casing around the bust is to-die-for!  The bra is available in sizes 30E-H, 32DD-H, 34DD-H, 36DD-G and 38DD-G and just like the Amelie range the Fleur Rose range also offers a balcony bra suitable for the smaller bust in sizes 30"-38" A-DD in the form of the Fleur Rose Balcony Bra (A-DD) which retails also at £24.00.  To match is the Fleur Rose Short which retails at £16.00 in sizes 8-18 and the Fleur Rose Thong retailing at £15.00 in sizes 8-16.  I just love the romance of this set.....
Lulu Tout Fleur Rose Range in Purple
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Lulu Tout Fleur Rose Underwired Bra (DD-H)
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Lulu Tout Fleur Rose Range in Neutral/Black
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Lulu Tout Fleur Rose Underwired Bra (DD-H)
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I am not really a huge fan of roses or flowers on bras but with the contrast of the fashion-forward seamed casing of the cups I think the contrast creates just enough fashion-forward bite for me to like it.  I really like the classic bow in the middle along with the discreet yet alluring keyhole cut out on the centre front or gore. The shape of the bra is great for support, high enough to smooth all of the bust in yet low enough to still create some shape for wearing under tops.  The straps are decorative and would look sweet on show under a strappy top for a little bit of something extra - who says underwear can't add to an outfit? No one!  Again the price point of this bra is very seductive and the online reviews are generally in a positive light about the bra and the brand as a whole.  I really do think Lulu Tout is worth a look if you are looking for romantic yet chic bra sets that are available in a fuller bust size range - Figleaves.com you really have delivered yet again! Well done!

I really do hope you have enjoyed this mini-series on my fuller bust brand recommendations (catch up on Part 1 here and Part 2 here if you missed them).  Now many of you who have read my blog before will know that I am not a fuller busted gal myself (I wear a 28DD/30D depending on the brand and style) however I used to wear a 30G and am well aware of the needs of a fuller busted woman with regards to support and the struggle to find support and style in a bra!  I have fitted many, many women over the years from small busted to fuller busted and feel that I have developed enough knowledge to now help some of you out there as to where to find some lingerie treats and offer some lingerie advice also!  On this note please let me know if there is anything you would like me to blog about in the comments below or by tweeting me @unpublishedgirl - I can't wait to hear what you all think!

Speak soon,
Claire x

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Friday, 21 March 2014

Mimi Holliday Brand Focus #MimiHollidayLoveIn

I know, I know I rave about them all over this blog again and again but boy do I love this brand!  Mimi Holliday just hit all the right spots for me - colour combinations, design, fashion forward nature, quality, fun and flirty branding/social media presence and - very on topic right now on the blog - a bloody, fantastic size range!  So yes - this post is going to be an all-in Mimi Holliday love-in!  I have even created a cheeky little hashtag for this post #MimiHollidayLoveIn so if you are loving it - hashtag it and link me in on Twitter with @unpublishedgirl p.s. I am not sponsored or affliated with Mimi Holliday in any way - I just love this brand so much and think they deserve their own dedicated post!

Mimi Holliday and their Fashion Forward Nature

I mentioned previously on the blog my method for categorising my lingerie boards on my Pinterest account (come and follow me here!) which allow me to create more refined boards and looks.  My four boards consist of: The Classic Seductress, The Fashion Forward, The Retro Siren and The Romantic.  I love lingerie and each of these four categories reflect four strong lingerie personas that I adore (read my previous post here for more elaboration on this) but my all-time personal favourite is The Fashion Forward.  I just love the idea of blurring the lines between clothing and lingerie and view lingerie as a fashion choice rather than a separate part of my wardrobe.  Now I don't mean that I will be flashing my knickers or bra through my outfit or wearing lingerie as an outfit - no! I mean that my lingerie choices are conscious and I like to think my lingerie look du jour compliments my outfit choices.  It could be a classic black set with beautiful lace knickers slipped under an LBD or the flash of a neon-pink bra under a vest top!  I just love viewing clothes and underwear as a collective when putting together my outfit of the day - even if it is only me that sees the underwear part - it is all about empowerment and my unpublished self!  Mimi Holliday just ticks all those boxes for me and is my top pick for creating these fashion forward looks.

New In: Spring Loveliness from Mimi Holliday

Let's Do the 'Banana Split!'

Now as it is Spring (these glimmers of sunshine are hopefully the signs of a good summer to come) and I am just loving waking up in the morning to some sunlight instead of the doom and gloom of winter darkness!  My top picks of Mimi offerings reflect this love for all things Springy with their o-so-yummy colour combinations and by their names 'Banana Split' and 'Meringue' - yummy is definitely what they are going for! The new beautiful creations for Mimi Holliday Spring/Summer 2014 e.g. right now! (All available on the Mimi Holliday website here) are gorgeous and fresh reflecting the brands fun and playful nature with a twist of spring in the air - I am just in love!  The first collection, the one that stole my heart and basically made me want to write this post, is Banana Split.  This is a fashion forward colour combination if ever I have seen one - "lilac silk and canary yellow lace" - yes please Mimi!  Take a look below:

Mimi Holliday Banana Split
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I know - it is just delightful!  Now let's down to the credentials - what does this collection have to offer us lovely ladies?  Well, in true Mimi Holliday style their are four bra styles covering a large size range and providing us with options.  Us ladies do love options! How often have you fallen in love with the colours or print of a bra but hate the pants? Or the style does not suit your shape or size?  Mimi have got you covered, offering their beautiful colour combinations and carefully designed underwear in a range of styles and with lots of pant options too!  So along with the four bra options are three pant options, a matching wide suspender belt and an o-so-beautiful selection of nightwear too!  Let's take a look!

Mimi Holliday Banana Split Collection
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First up is the Fully Padded Super Plunge Bra described on the Mimi Holliday website as "the perfect piece to boost your bust with flawless style" which retails at £59.00 and comes in the following sizes: 28B-FF, 30B-FF, 32A-F, 34A-F, 36A-DD, 38C-D, 40B-C.  The pant shown in the Classic Thong which retails at £32.00 and is described on the Mimi Holliday website as "playful, sey yet infinitely wearable, Mimi's 100% silk and lace classic thong delivers a flattering fit in any size".  I love the delicate lace detailing especially at the centre front and along the bottom edge - it just looks so beautiful and goes great with the side lace inserts on the thong - lovely combination!

Mimi Holliday Banana Split Collection
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Mimi Holliday Banana Split Collection
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Next up is the Non-Padded Comfort Bra which retails at £55.00 and is described on the Mimi Holliday website as "Mimi Holliday's comfort bra is a sophisticated and supportive bra choice in any size". The size range of the bra does is slightly more restricted than the Fully Padded Super Plunge Bra but still more than a DD so I am pleased!  The sizes available are: 30C-F, 32B-E, 34A-E, 36A-E, 38B-DD, 40B.  The knickers shown in the two images above are the High Waisted Knickers which retail at £45.00 and are available in sizes XS - XL.  These are described on the Mimi Holliday website as "gorgeous, sumptuous Banana Split, high-waisted knickers promise style without ever compromising on comfort".  I adore the back of these knickers - they look so sleek yet comfortable all at the same time.

Mimi Holliday Banana Split Collection
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Mimi Holliday Banana Split Collection
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Featured in the two above photos from the Mimi Holliday website are the Maxi Bra and High Waisted Knickers from the Banana Split Collection.  This is a beautiful bra for fuller busted women which provides support without compromising on style - this is honestly, hand-on-heart one of the nicest fuller busted, non-padded bras I have seen in a long time.  It is so fashion forward it hurts!  The size range is delightful for the fuller bust offering sizes 28FF-GG, 30FF-GG, 32E-GG, 34E-GG, 36E-FF and 38F.  Mimi Holliday describe this bra as "true to its name - maximum support, maximum comfort and maximum seduction" - yes, yes and yes to all of that please!
Mimi Holliday Banana Split Collection
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Mimi Holliday Banana Split Collection
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The final bra offering shown here has got to be one of my favourites, maybe its the colour, maybe its the shape - you know what, it's both!  Sumptuous yellow lace, no padding and a delicate silk lilac trim - I am just head over heels!  Paired in this photo with the matching shorties from the Banana Split nightwear collection - this is how to do loungewear!  The bra is described on the website as "the perfect bra for those who don't like the feel of underwiring or moulding but still wants a supportive and pretty Mimi Holliday bra" - couldn't agree more!  The bra is available in sizes XS - XL - my only possible criticism of the bra but due to its nature I can see why they have opted for these size options - would be nice to see a better selection of sizes though.  The Triangle Bra from Mimi Holliday is available for £52.00 through the Mimi Holliday website.  The shorties featured retail at £46.00 - these are beautiful tap pant shorties that sit high on the waist and are super comfortable.  I have the Knickerbocker Glory version of them and they are just fabulous and so so comfortable to wear! Check out my previous review of them here.

Mimi Holliday Banana Split Collection
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Mimi Holliday Banana Split Collection
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Mimi Holliday Banana Split Collection
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Meet the Banana Split Wide Suspender - yellow lace at the front and beautiful lilac silk back and detailing. My favourite parts?  The gorgeous lace section at the front and the cut of the suspender.  I love how this suspender is wide cut, it would be so super flattering on for all shapes and sizes and the cut away at the back creates a beautiful shape accentuating the derriere - all pros to me!  The suspender retails at £45.00 on the Mimi Holliday website with the tag line - "Who doesn't love a suspender? Everyone's favourite must-have accessory!"  Not featured in the photos above but also available from the range are the Classic Knicker retailing at £35.00, the Banana Split Slip £127.00, Teddy £95.00 and Camisole (they match the shorties!) £95.00.  All of these pieces are available in sizes XS-XL.

It's Time for Meringue!

The Meringue Collection from Mimi Holliday is a beautiful, all-white collection that is so delicate yet subtly sexy as Mimi describes it is "a timeless favourite ideal for introducing style into your everyday lingerie wardrobe".  I can't even wait - I need to show you the image now!

Mimi Holliday Meringue Collection
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O wow - so much lace, I am in heaven!  Lace cups, pants and suspender - need I say more?  This collection is so fresh, delicate and it just reminded me of Spring - it would also be a perfect collection to pick your wedding underwear and niceties from as it is all white - perfect for under your dress or for later in the evening.  I adore the romantic yet fashion forward nature of this range and those opaque stockings are something I just need to get my hands on.  Now let's dive in and see what the range offers!

Mimi Holliday Meringue Collection
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Mimi Holliday Meringue Collection
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 First up is the Fully Padded Super Plunge Shoulder Bra - a mouthful but worth it!  Mimi describes this bra is "the ideal piece for outstanding uplift and a natural cleavage, the soft silk finish of Meringue makes it as comfortable as it is lustful".  I adore the lace shoulder and cup detailing of this cup and the natural lift it gives to the bust.  It retails at £59.00 and is available in the following range of sizes: 28B-F, 30B-FF, 32A-F, 34B-F, 36B-DD, 38B-D.  The pants shown in the two photos above are the Meringue Boy Shorts which retail at £41.00 and are available in sizes XS-XL.  These pants are beautiful, my favourite part is the corset detailing at the back which adds a little extra cheeky something to the piece.
Mimi Holliday Meringue Collection
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Mimi Holliday Meringue Collection
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Next up is the Maternity Bra and Classic Knicker from the Meringue Collection.  It is so great to see a beautiful, not-compromising-on-style-or-fit maternity bra as in many shops the options for maternity bras are limited usually sticking to more basic everyday styles.  This beautifully crafted maternity bra is "ideal for wear during pregnancy or for new mothers alike with a unique Mimi Holliday nursing bra design featuring a trademarked silk panel across the bust for added discretion and chic golf heart clasps" (Mimi Holliday, 2014).  The size range available in the bra is 32D-FF, 34D-FF, 36D-E.  This size range really could be better and I feel the size range really restricts the customer as unlike the other bras where there are different options for different sizes for the maternity bra shopper their is only one option and if their size isn't there, I am afraid they are going somewhere else to look.  Despite this I do really love the romantic nature of this piece and love the extra detailing that would make any mum or mum-to-be feel special when wearing it.  It retails at £59.00 on the Mimi Holliday website.  The matching knickers shown are the Meringue Classic Knickers, an all lace design with key hole detailing at the back providing understated beauty.  These knickers retail at £42.00 and are available in sizes XS-XL.

Mimi Holliday Meringue Collection
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Mimi Holliday Meringue Collection
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Featured in the two photos above are the Satin Maxi Bra and the High Waisted Knicker from the Meringue Collection from Mimi Holliday.  The Satin Maxi Bra is the fuller bust option that Mimi provide for most of its collections.  It caters towards the fuller bust offering support and a full cup in larger cup sizes while at the same time not compromising on style.  The bra is available in the following sizes: 28FF-GG, 30FF-GG, 32E-GG, 34E-GG, 36F-FF, 38DD-F and 40D-E.  A fantastic size range for fuller busted women - I know so many people out there that would just love this bra and when they find out it comes in their sometimes hard to find size - they will be over the moon!  Well done Mimi on making beautiful and supportive fuller bust bras!  The Satin Maxi Bra retails at £57.00 on the Mimi Holliday website.  The high-waisted pants from the Meringue collection are high coverage lacy lovelies with a cheeky corset detailing at the back.  These pants look gorgeous and super comfy for days when the thought of a thong is the last thing you want to be wearing!  I love how these pants are big but still very fashionable and not so-retro in style as a lot of high-waisted pants can look!  These are available in sizes XS-XL and retail at £45.00.


Mimi Holliday Meringue Collection
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Lastly but definitely by no means least - the Non-Padded Shoulder Bra from the Meringue Collection is just delightful.  Mimi Holliday describe this as "one of Mimi Holliday's most popular bra shapes, the lace cup shoulder bra has already become a hit by promising a natural shape and lift to the bust without a need for any padding".  I can see why this is fast becoming one of Mimi Holliday's best selling styles as the fashion industry at the moment seem to be going wild for non-padded lace cupped underwear with the underwear as outerwear trend still going wild all over the fashion world.  I adore the delicate nature of the cups but the lace just adds a sexiness that is so much more pleasant than something too obviously seductive - this is discreet - I like that.  The size range of this bra is fantastic and is up their with the best of the size ranges that Mimi Holliday offer, we have 28DD-FF, 30D-FF, 32B-E, 34B-F, 36A-FF, 38B-E and 40B-C.  The Non-Padded Shoulder Bra retails at £57.00 through the Mimi Holliday website.  Also available from the range but featured in these photos are the Silk Satin Camisole (beautiful lace cup detailing on this piece) retailing at £95.00, the Silk Satin Slip £127.00 and the Crepe Satin Teddy - a loungewear must have at £95.00.  All of these nightwear pieces are available in sizes XS-XL.

Well, there you have it.  It is an all-in Mimi Holliday love-in!  I really hope you have enjoyed this post - let me know what you think of Mimi Holliday and get commenting with your favourite brands too!  I just love looking at new suggestions from my readers!

Speak soon,
Claire x

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Saturday, 15 March 2014

The Unpublished Edit: Fuller Bust Brands that Make my Heart Flutter (Part Two)

This is the second instalment of my fuller bust brand series for The Unpublished Girl and I have some more treats for you fuller busted gals in the form of one particularly lust-worthy brand that (thank the Lord) stock higher than a DD.  Today I am focussing on one brand, previously mentioned on the blog: Gossard. Gossard is a brand that I trust and adore for their craftsmanship, fit and fashion-forward credentials.  So let's get stuck right in.....read on for lingerie loveliness ladies!

Gossard

Gossard - an oldie but such a goodie! The brand is over one hundred years old and has won lingerie accolades in many forms and on numerous occasions over its long time in the industry.  The company was originally American when it was launched by Henry Williamson Gossard in 1901 however in the 1930's Gossard became a British company (Gossard, 2014).  Gossard have launched many stand out products throughout the years - pioneering 'Silkskin' in the 1950's, their Superboost range and my ultimate favourite (seriously I need to own one of these - mentally adds to my ever-growing lingerie wish list) the Glossies range - sheer soft-cup, glossy loveliness for the fuller cup.  This range was originally launched in the 1970's going up to a DD in an acknowledge that at the time women's busts were becoming fuller.  Gossard relaunched the Glossies range in 2011 with the very tongue-in-cheek tagline 'Who said a woman can't get pleasure from something soft?'. The range now boasts a size range up to and including a G cup and is available in an array of fashion forward colours - I just love them!

Gossard Glossies Collection in Mocca
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Gossard Glossies Collection in Aqua
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Gossard Glossies Collection in Coral
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Now the credentials.  The Glossies range stocks two bra options: one soft and unmoulded (despite the website saying moulded - I have seen photos of this bra not on a mannequin or a person and it is definitely a soft cup) which retails at £26.00 and the other padded which retails at £29.00.  The range has a fantastic size offering; 30B-G, 32A-G, 34A-G, 36A-G, 38B-G in the soft cup bra and a more limited range in the padded bra (as expected); 30D-E, 32A-E, 34A-E, 36A-E, 38B-E - not really sure why the smaller 30 back cups (A-C) are not available in this style as this style of bra would be perfect for these sizes.  The colours are spot on with in-season coral (see above), classic black, white, beige, mocca (see above) and brighter tones in the form of red and aqua (see above).  I would really love more colours and a nude bra for a darker skin tone too - remember nude is not beige!  The bras have three pant options (not in all colours though - annoying!) in the form of a thong (£10.00), a classic cut short (£12.00) and a deep high waisted short (£20.00) all available in sizes XS-XL.  I am very impressed with this range and really hope they keep it in their collections for a long time.  The fashion forward nature of this range really sets my heart racing - soft cup bras can get a bad rap sometimes but this range proves that soft cups can be very, very sexy indeed and on trend!  Well done Gossard!

Now the Gossard love-in does not stop there.  The brand boasts lots of fantastic ranges that also have size offerings worth shouting about: Bridal, Swimwear, Luxury Lace to name but a few and the final range I will be talking about today from Gossard - Retrolution!  I know, I know I have spoke about it before but its beauty is beyond words and I just get so damn happy when I look at the images, the style, the colours and the size range is lust-worthy to say the least.  The new pink colour - yes, yes, yes!  Please keep it coming Gossard! Now you are thinking - what is she raving about now?  Look below at these images ladies - just look!

Gossard Retrolution in Scarlet
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Gossard Retrolution Collection in Blush and Black
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Yes - I know, it is beyond words.  Before I jump into the credentials, I will get the hard part over with and break the news that most of the pieces are only available up an E cup but....BUT the full support option worn by the model on the left hand side in the photo directly above is available up to and including a G cup and it is a damn fine bra especially with all the matching loveliness you can get to go with it (wait for the close ups coming up below).  Now let's crack on with the credentials.  The Retrolution range offers two bra options: The Retrolution Staylo Plunge Bra which is worn by the two models on the right hand side in both photos above (Scarlet and then Black underneath).  This bra is available in Scarlet (Pink), Black, Blush and Ivory (on the Bridal section of the Gossard website) and retails at £42.00.  The size range of this bra has me a little disappointed as on one hand it does seem to offer a delightful 30D-G, 32A-G, 34A-G, 36A-G, 38B-G in the Black and Blush options which I couldn't be more than happy about until I realised that all sizes F and upwards are sold out - please re-stock this Gossard as it is such a gorgeous bra for the fuller bust that I know a lot of my lovely readers would love to get their hands on!  And to add to my disappointment the Staylo Plunge Bra in Scarlet (that gorgeous pink hue you can't miss in the first image above) and Ivory - the brands Bridal offering for the bra have a restricted size range to 30D-E, 32A-E, 34A-E, 36A-E, 38B-E. This really does disappoint me but the next bra, I suppose makes up for it because it is so delightfully beautiful, has lots of matching gorgeousness and....AND it definitely goes up to a G! *Dances*


Gossard Retrolution Half Padded Bra and Brief in Blush
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Gossard Retrolution Half Padded Bra and Brief in Blush
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Gossard Retrolution Half Padded Bra and Waist Cincher in Black
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Gossard Retrolution Half Padded Bra and Waist Cincher in Black
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The beautiful bra above available in both Black and Blush is the Gossard Retrolution Half Padded Bra (p.s. this is not padded, I think the 'half padded' is referring to the half satin coverage of the cups - Gossard's wording on the website is sometimes a little misleading!) which retails at £36.00 and is available in a size range that makes me very, very happy - 30D-G, 32B-G, 34B-G, 36B-G, 38B-G! Finally!  Now it's matching bottom time and a little added extra (only up to an E I am sorry but for those that fall into the A-E size range rejoice in the beauty of this piece).

First up is the Retrolution Brief available in Black, Ivory, Blush and Scarlet at the retail price of £16.00 and in sizes XS-XL.  I love the allure of these briefs at the front with gorgeous lace and side detailing but best of all - the lovely full, smooth back of the brief that just looks so super comfortable and would be virtually invisible underneath your clothing!



Gossard Retrolution Staylo Plunge Bra and Brief in Black
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Gossard Retrolution Staylo Plunge Bra and Brief in Black
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Next up is the Retrolution Thong shown in the colour Ivory which retails at £14.00 available in sizes XS-XL. This is a simple lace thong which is very understated in its beauty yet intricate in its detail.

Gossard Retrolution Bridal Staylo Strapless and Thong in Ivory
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Gossard Retrolution Bridal Staylo Strapless and Thong in Ivory
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The final matching bottom is my personal favourite as it is super high-waisted which I adore and just looks so beautiful with the matching bras plus it has suspenders attached - bonus!  I really adore the detailing at the back and smooth finish - well done Gossard on this retro yet modern piece in the collection.  The Gossard Retrolution Waist Cincher retails at £40.00 and is available in sizes XS-XL and the full colour range: Black, Ivory, Blush and Scarlet.


Gossard Retrolution Staylo Plunge Bra and Waist Cincher in Scarlet
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Gossard Retrolution Staylo Plunge Bra and Waist Cincher in Scarlet
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And my little bonus piece for you all (apologies again that it only goes up to an E cup and regrettably only starts at a 32 back but it was too beautiful not to include!) the Retrolution Slip retailing at £69.00 available in sizes 32B-E, 34B-E and 36B-E and in all of the ranges colours: Black, Ivory, Scarlet and Blush.  Take a breathe!


Gossard Retrolution Slip in Scarlet
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Gossard Retrolution Slip in Scarlet
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O yes - yes, yes, yes! It is such a beauty I know! *Adds to lingerie wishlist instantly*

Overall, I feel Gossard are a really fantastic brand for fashion forward lingerie with a great size range.  The diversity of the brand with swimwear, bridal and stunning fashion collections make this brand a go-to for fuller busted (and smaller busted!) ladies!  I feel like Gossard have a slight stigma about them in the sense that they are associated with being a little old-fashioned which may be down to their long heritage in the industry.  The reason I say this is because it is what I thought until I really looked into the brand in more depth and was the response of many of my friends and family when I asked what their thoughts were on the brand.  I really hope this post helps to shake this image because Gossard - if you are reading this - you are doing a damn fine job with your current collections and especially your lingerie shoots.  The imagery for the Glossies and Retrolution collections are my favourites by far and really add a fashion forward spin to the lingerie which just has me dancing around in excitement, heart pounding and all!  Keep up the good work Gossard - really loving what you are doing!

I hope you have enjoyed the second instalment of my fuller bust brand series - there is more to come, don't you fret ladies!

Speak soon,
Claire x

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Saturday, 1 March 2014

The 'Unpublished' Edit: Fuller Bust Brands that Make my Heart Flutter (Part One)

I was requested by one of my readers to dedicate a post to brands that cater to the fuller bust.  Now, I could list lots and lots of great brands famous for their size range that are available in your local department stores (Fantasie and Freya) and on the high street (Bravissimo and Boux Avenue) however in true 'unpublished' style I wanted to create an edit of brands that cater for fuller busts that may be unknown to some of my readers.  While on my search for brands, I had only two criteria that I required from the brand 1) they needed to have a fantastic size range especially for the fuller bust and 2) my heart had to skip a beat when I saw them - that makes these brands 'unpublished'!

I initially tried to squeeze this into one post but there are just so many brands I want to talk about and I really want to go into detail about the companies and their best selling products to illustrate their contribution to the fuller bust market.  I hope you enjoy reading today's post and hope it helps you find some new lust-worthy lingerie too!

Claudette:

If you read my previous post on Valentine's Day inspiration (if not read it here) you may have heard of Claudette before but now I get to take the time to tell you a little bit about the brand and show you some more of the beauties they have to offer.  Claudette are an American brand that launched in 2011 with a fantastic marketing campaign with the tag line 'Your new favourite bra'.  The brand are dedicated to offering their customers lingerie that is available in 'sensational colours and styles with amazing style' (Claudette, 2014).  The brand have established a following for their Dessous Bra which is a full-support underwired bra available in a wide variety of eye-opening colours with contrasting trims available in sizes 28D-G, 30A-G, 32A-G, 34A-G, 36B-G and 38B-G.  With gorgeous new lines including their Sophia Icon Bra and Paramour Bra available in the same brilliant size range.

Claudette Dessous Set in Mauve
Image from Love Letters from Claudette
Claudette Dessous Bra in American Tan
Image from Love Letters from Claudette
Claudette Sophia Icon Bra from AW13 Campaign
Image from Love Letters from Claudette
Claudette Paramour Set in Garnet
Image from Love Letters from Claudette
The downfall: the availability in the UK.  The brand is available on ASOS in the UK but the size range is restricted to 30DD-G, 32A-G, 34A-G, 36B-G and 38C.  Yes the brand is available via other means e.g. websites abroad but the tax fees for postage are unpredicatble and it makes for a messy returns process.  I am not the only one to recognise the hard-to-come-by nature of this brand in the UK, Mariëlle Salh author of the blog Petite and Plentiful started a campaign called 'Operation Claudette 28"' where Mariëlle Salh encourages her readers to contact lingerie stockists and let them know of the demand for Claudette in it's full size range.  I totally agree with Mariëlle Salh if we, the customers, do not let lingerie stockists know that we want a brand in a certain size how can we expect it to suddenly appear on their website?  Once companies are aware of the demand for a certain size or product, they will then consider stocking it.

Elle Macpherson Intimates:

This brand is brought to you by the Australian supermodel Elle Macpherson who quickly became known as 'The Body' for her numerous appearances on the cover of Sports Illustrated.  Elle Macpherson Intimates has grown from strength to strength in Great Britain and Australia however I feel the recognition of the brand has gone a little quiet of late and I want to take the opportunity to shout about it!

The designs offered by Elle Macpherson Intimates are pretty, romantic twists on classics with the odd full-on Classic Seductress offering thrown in for good measure.  The line boasts lingerie, nightwear and maternity bras (created when Elle Macpherson struggled to find great looking maternity bras when nursing her children).  Now let's talk size range...do not get me wrong, some of the bras a restrictive in size range and cater up to DD only however the brand does offer a range of bras that go up to a G cup that do not compromise of style.  The 'Dentelle Underwired Bra' is by far the companies best seller based on the range of colours it is available in and it's reappearance each season.
Elle Macpherson Intimates
Dentelle Underwired Bra (B-G) in Slate Grey/Saffron
Image from Figleaves
Elle Macpherson Intimates
Dentelle Underwired Bra (B-G) in Black/Insignia Blue
Image from Figleaves
Elle Macpherson Intimates
Dentelle Underwired Bra (B-G) in Insignia Blue/Pagoda
Image from Figleaves
The Dentelle underwired bra by Elle Macpherson Intimates is vintage-inspired with ribbon, Dentelle lace and bow detailing and as I mentioned before it is available in a array of romantic colour combinations with the classic white and black available too (a bonus).  The bra retails at £36.00 on Figleaves.com and has matching bottoms in the form of a the Dentelle thong £21.00 and Dentelle short £23.00.  Personally I love the use of lace in this bra, it brings beauty to the bust when worn and the delicate choice of colours compliments it's feminine form and vintage nature.

Elle Macpherson Intimates
Gentle Jade Bra (D-G) in Gray Dawn/Sunny Lime
Image from Figleaves
Elle Macpherson Intimates
Jade Lace Underwired Bra (D-G) in Gray Dawn/Sunny Lime
Image from Figleaves
Another fuller bust bra that Elle Macpherson Intimates offer is the Gentle Jade Underwired Bra retailing at £38.00 on Figleaves.com.  This bra is all lace over the cups and I just love, love, love when bras are lace soft cups - I just think it looks fantastic and creates a great natural, round shape to the bust when worn.  The colour ways offered again are of a romantic nature with a hit of fashion forward in their Estate Blue/Fushia Pink combination.  The size range of this bra is 32D-G, 34D-G, 36D-G, 38D-FF which is great but certainly not fantastic.  I just loathe when brands do not start in a 30 back, not just because this is my back size but I just know how many girls are out there that are lost where to find bras after finding out they are a 30 back from a bra fitting - rant over.  The bra has matching bottoms in the form of the Gentle Jade bikini brief retailing at £25.00 on Figleaves.com and the Gentle Jade thong retailing at £23.00 on Figleaves.com.

Overall from Elle Macpherson the offerings for fuller bust ladies could be better however they still offer a couple of romantic and vintage-inspired bras that range up to a G with some very pretty colour combinations - definitely worth a look my lovelies!

Pour Moi?

Pour moi? launched in 2005 and has been growing ever since with its launch of swimwear in 2007 making a splash (literally) for the company and seriously putting it on the map.  It is stocked in over 200 independent businesses and big brands like Figleaves, Simply Be, Simply Yours, ASOS and Bravissimo.  Despite this, I personally have not heard much about the brand so thought it would be great to give them a mention because the brand's size range is WOW (the only word for it).  While browsing on the Pour Moi? website, it was to my sheer delight that when I clicked on the browse size button it showed me a pull down bar with the following sizes: 28DD-G, 30A-J, 32A-J, 34A-J, 36A-J, 38B-J, 40B-J, 42B-J and 44B-J.  O yes - that just happened!  That is one hell of a size range and for swimwear too - I am impressed Pour Moi?  However (o how I did not want there to be a however) once I clicked on some sizes to see what was available 30J (one option), 28F (no options), 30DD (more but not expansive) I started to feel a little led on with the initial size range boasted by the pull down bar.  I also personally feel that the brand image is a bit all over the place, there is one range that wows me like seriously wows me (more on this later) but the other ranges are really not my cup of tea.  Now it is not just that they are not to my taste because lets face it we all have different tastes when it comes to underwear but when I view each range I see a different customer set for each bra - it all feels a bit like they are trying to cover too many bases and in that they have lost their identity.  I personally feel this is a shame as the company has such good intentions with their cracking size range offering and their expansion into lingerie sized swimwear (still a serious gap in the lingerie market).  This all being said, there is one collection from the brand that made me stop and click on the ASOS and Figleaves website when researching the brand.  The collection is called 'Addicted' and boy am I addicted!  The range includes the Addicted Half Cup Bra available in Black or Red (the black colour way is my favourite) retailing at £28.00 available in a beautiful size range: 30D-G, 32B-G, 34B-G, 36C-G, 38D-G, 40D-G.  With matching bottoms available in the form of the Addicted G-string £12.00, the Addicted Strappy Brief £14.00 and the truly gorgeous Addicted Suspender £16.00.  I really love the strapping detailing on these pieces and it so reminiscent of some higher-end brands, it is great to see something so provocative in a fantastic size range! Pour Moi? if you are reading this - more styles like this please - this is by far what the market is missing!

Pour Moi Addicted B-FF Half Cup Bra
Pour Moi?
Addicted Half Cup Bra in Black
Image from ASOS
Pour Moi Addicted Suspender
Pour Moi?
Addicted Suspender Belt and Thong in Black
Image from ASOS
Pour Moi Addicted Strappy Brief
Pour Moi?
Addiected Strappy Brief in Black
Image from ASOS
Pour Moi?
Addicted Full Set in Black
Image from ASOS
Pour Moi?
Addicted Half Cup Bra and Thong in Red
Image from ASOS
Pour Moi Addicted Suspender
Pour Moi?
Addicted Suspender and Thong in Red
Image from ASOS
Honestly - this set is just gorgeous, the images are beautiful and the suspender belt and thong combination is so detailed and....wow!  I am lost for words!  Overall, despite my thoughts on the loss of the brands identity in its efforts to cover possibly too many bases I still would highly recommend this brand for fuller bust lingerie and swimwear especially - I know how hard it is to find figure flattering underwear that supports and is available in lingerie sizes.  The price points are just heavenly too!

I hope you have enjoyed reading my first instalment of my fuller bust 'unpublished' brand series!

Speak soon,
Claire

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