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To The Garden!

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A lot of times when I post a photo of what I’ve worn that day, it’s actually what I’ve worn to work. As I work evenings it usually means I get a chance to wear two outfits every day (I know, bad me for not posting!).

This is what I typically wear when I’m lounging around the garden or doing housework. I don’t tend to accessorize at home but I do know people who do. I enjoy wearing outfits like this at home though because it means that if I did need to run out to the shops all I really need to do is put on some shoes or flipflops, and maybe a belt, and I’m ready. Fashion ready in 30 seconds flat!

The stretchy blue bandeau top is great for us bigger boobed ladies as it’s elasticated at the top, though there is an “integral bra support” that stops about an inch from the bottom of my breasts the elastic at the top means that it’s held up by that anyways so I don’t have to worry. I’ve worn this with strapless bras before and been able to be out all day whilst still feeling comfortable. And in this heat – it’s all about being comfortable!

The shorts finish at the most flattering part of my thigh, elongating my legs which could be enhanced even more by a pair of nude heels or wedges.

Top: Peacocks
Shorts: NEXT
Bra: Bravissimo’s Parisian Plume Bra 

 

 

Floral Fun

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First off, I’m sorry for not having posted recently. I got into a bit of a work related stress and have just been recycling outfits because, well sometimes it’s just easier isn’t it? Anyways, back to today’s regularly scheduled blog post….

This particular dress is a Bravissimo dream. It’s jersey so it’s great for skimming lumps and bumps but also showcasing curves. I love the ditsy floral print for when I’m feeling a bit girly and the black band across the waist and near the hemline is actually chiffon which makes the whole outfit feel very summer-like. My only gripe is that the neckline is very low so I’ve had to sew in a little holding stitch and also put in a safety pin higher up so my cleavage doesn’t take someone’s eye out!

Sadly since having bought this dress I’ve lost a bit of weight and, as you can see, it’s starting to hang off my shoulders instead of hug my curves. So this may be one of the last times I wear it. I know well enough when I should let clothes go (and heck, getting rid of one dress means I get to buy one to replace it, right?)

Dress: Chiffon Trim Dress from Bravissimo

 

eBay’d Up

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I’ve already spoken about how much I love polka dots and when I saw the lovely Georgina Horne modelling this dress on her blog Fuller Figure, Fuller Bust I had to have it! Unfortunately for me, this dress was in Bravissimo in 2007, well before I got into their clothing.

Thankfully though, readers, there is a little website known as eBay.

Now there is some folks who disapprove of eBay and prefer not to use it, that’s fine. I, however, am all about recycling and I think selling clothes off to try and recoup some money back after a few years and for the garment to go to a good home is a great way to recycle. As a consumer you can find great bargains on there and you can save searches and have eBay email you daily when new items that match your search come up (though I don’t recommend just putting in a popular brand name as there can be over 100 items added every day with that brand name in their description!).

This particular outfit is all “recycled” clothing items from eBay (except the shoes, of which, sadly I don’t remember what I was wearing and I own around 3 pairs of black ballerina pumps) and, though the dress is actually probably a half size too big for me, with the belt I think I can get away with it.

Dress: Satin Spot Dress from Bravissimo via eBay
Belt: Topshop via eBay

What do you think about recycling clothes? Do you prefer to send your unwanted garments to charity or do you try to recoup some of your losses and sell them second hand?

Flattering Fashion: Bravissimo/Pepperberry

One day around 4 years ago I went online and, in total desperation, searched for clothes for women with a DD+ chest. I was so tired and upset of shopping on the UK high street and finding that I was having to size up in tops just to fit my boobs in them and then find that there was so much material I could have made another small shirt out of it!

And then I found Bravissimo.

With a headline assuring me that it was a brand “designed with your boobs in mind” I already felt more at home there than I ever did trundling myself into one shop after another at my local high street. Originally I was just thrilled that they did bras that went above a DD, something I hadn’t even thought about properly before. And then I found out that they did clothes.

I have to say, I wasn’t smitten with my choices there. I didn’t like the styles and I was skeptical, after years of struggling myself into ill-fitting dresses and t-shirts, that they would actually fit and flatter my figure. I bought a black dress from there, intending for it to be my LBD, it fit on the bust but had loads of extra material at the back. I was devastated and that dress hung in my wardrobe, unworn, for around a year before I donated it to charity.

But in the last 20 months or so I revisited Bravissimo’s website, and this time boy did I like what I saw! Fun, flirty, feminine clothes that didn’t swamp my figure. I went wild and my bank balance cried, but it was worth it to finally feel amazing in clothes.

20110619-095927.jpgPepperberry’s Jersey Border Print Dress

Bravissimo recently rebranded their clothing range (tops, coats, dresses but not nightwear, oddly) as a sister company, Pepperberry, but the ethos of the company has remained the same. And wow they do know their market! They’ve just brought out their high summer range and, as usual, there are gorgeous dresses that I would love to own. The dress I’m modelling above is their very popular Jersey Border Print dress from their spring collection but with the current rainy spell in London I find that it works just as well keeping me dry but also looking fashionable. It is sold out in lots of sizes already but I always find that the most popular dresses tend to crop up on eBay around 8 months after release if you can bear to wait!

Now finding your dress size can be a bit of a challenge with Bravissimo/Pepperberry, and they have just revamped their sizing for their clothes to fit in more with the mainstream high street sizing charts (oh why!) so I do recommend going to try on clothes before you buy or, if you are buying online, buying in a couple sizes and then returning the ones that don’t fit. But they are amazing and if you’re struggling with finding clothes that fit on the high street then your confidence is going to skyrocket when (not if) you try Pepperberry for yourself!

Polka Dot Prom Dress

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I’ve got to say, I’m a bit of a sucker for polka dots, so when this gorgeous beauty came along from newly rebranded Bravissimo’s clothing range, Pepperberry I had to snap it up! I always know when I’ve made a good choice when my boss and my boss’s boss compliments me on my outfit!

Dress: Spot Prom Dress from Pepperberry
Shoes: Clarks
Belt: Topshop via eBay

Classic LBD

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A classic LBD for every shape is a staple for any wardrobe. Mine is one of my favourite pieces for when I feel like dressing up a little extra nice at work.

Dress: Kimono dress from Bravissimo
Shoes: Clarks
Necklace and bracelets: gifted to me for my 21st