Last day of summer with PrimaDonna Salsa bikini (32G/S)

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While I love Canada, I admit that I am not a winter lover. This year, summer has extended until the 27th of September and winter has apparently started on the 30th. What’s wrong with the weather? Probably global warming. And as sad as it sounds I think I enjoyed this hot wave and already miss it. I happily took advantage of the last weekend I could stand being in bikini outside ( well, it was between 8 and 11°C and I was freezing) to introduce you a gorgeous bikini I received last week from UK Swimwear .

[UK Swimwear generously provided this bikini for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This post doesn’t contain affiliated links although there are a lot.]DSC03773.jpg

I am really excited about this set because it is also the first time I get to try PrimaDonna since the time I was looking for my bra size (≈5 years ago). At this point of my life I wasn’t interested in this brand at all to be honest. Now I think I might be growing up because I am seeing it with a different eye. Some of their designs really match my aesthetic and I feel like I was missing out by not knowing my size in this brand.

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For those who missed my last collaboration with them, UK lingerie / swimwear / tights is a group of websites which stocks a wide range of fashion brands. I truly appreciate that their carry products in different price and size ranges but also that they offer free shipping worldwide! Their team is quite friendly and helpful as far as I can tell, and I’m definitely buying my winter tights and stockings from them.

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The bikini I received is actually way better looking in real life than it is on the stock pictures and this makes me want to know more about this brand’s lingerie. PrimaDonna is a Belgian luxury brand known around the world for its quality and beautiful fit in every size its carries. The size range goes usually up to a G cup with some styles going up to a H cup and bands from 30 to 44. I noticed from the reviews I’ve read that their unlined full cups tend to run slightly big in the cup but it is not the case with all of their styles.

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I received the set in 32G and Small, and I think these sizes fit me well. When I first saw it, I found this set to look classy yet sporty, and now that I hold it in my hands, I think it looks quite glamorous as well. It is hard to see from my pictures, but this set features a gold pattern and a beautiful amount of glitters as well. I wish we did a better job at capturing this detail because it really feels special. Far from being flat, it is quite textured and sophisticated. I have a hard time finding the words to describe it but it looks like straight gold lines have been pinched every centimeter to create a lovely undulated  pattern. On some pictures you should be able to notice the relief pattern.  This colorway is called white yacht and it’s quite the spirit, in my opinion.

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Sizing wise, Salsa‘s band runs a little bit small, in fact it almost feels like a 30 band. The cup however run true to size but on the shallow side. I must say that the padding is quite light and rather flexible at the top. For my full on bottom breasts it allows some contained cleavage which sadly isn’t obvious on those pictures but really pleases me in real life. The gore tacks softly although it is not narrow enough for my close-set breasts. As a result one side of the gore doesn’t lay against my thorax but more against the curve of my bigger breasts which creates a subtle asymmetrical effect when the straps are crossed. This doesn’t affect the comfort or support provided by this bikini top so I personally don’t mind.

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The gore also features a gorgeous and thick gold bow ended by two shiny beads. I  also really love the rushed fabric at the bottom of the cups.
The straps show again the attention to detail in this set. As you can see, instead of the usual hooks used to allow different straps placement, here you have some neat white clips which secure the straps in the desired position.

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This set is great for tall roots like mine. Also, the taller point of the gore is covered with some soft fabric, probably to prevent any discomfort. The wires aren’t especially wide or narrow, but for my own bust they are just fine. They are covered with a thick and soft fabric which makes them very comfy.
This piece gives a beautiful profile and I love that the side of my breasts are entirely contained since I often experiment side boobs issues with swimwear. Here my entire breast is secured and everything is quite in the right place.

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The fabrics used for this set are really good quality. I especially like the inside layers of the brief and the bra, which are very pleasant to the touch. Aside from its aesthetic, I really feel good in this set. I can’t wait to wear it in December when I am going to see my mum in the Caribbean. I am sure gonna use this babe a lot!

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It is quite hard to capture the beauty of this colour combination, it is subtle but it feels way more luxurious in real life. I am not usually a fan of padding but I wouldn’t prefer the unpadded version of this bra. I find this one very flattering and glamorous. I also really appreciate that the brief doesn’t become transparent once it’s wet. This has always been my biggest fear with white swimwear.

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While people tend to expect less from swimwear than they do from lingerie, I think this set is equivalent in term of comfort and support. Of course it is a little bit thick and textured for regular clothes and the design is maybe not “appropriate” but I wore it all day last Saturday and didn’t have to complain. Thank you UK lingerie for sending me this beauty! It is another summer treasure in my collection and I rarely find padded bikini that look that good on me so I’ll surely cherish it.

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Also, I want to thank La Finca, a lovely Montreal café that my boyfriend discovered last weekend when we were struggling to find a good place to shoot this set with the cold Canadian weather. I must say that they make a delicious hot chocolate and the staff is super friendly. I actually took most of this review pictures (the dry ones) on their adorable patio. I will probably start my Montreal cafes/patisseries reviews with this one as I love their atmosphere ! Stay tuned! ❤

I hope you enjoyed this review, and that I won’t get sick after spending so much time half naked for its sake. :’)

Yours, truly,
Wen

Harlow and Fox Serena Violet review

The word “luxury” can take different meaning for every individual. In fact, it is a relative concept depending on where you come from, what you’ve seen, and what are your expectations.
In the lingerie industry I have heard this word quite often to describe products from 35 to +1500£. I personally associate this word with excellent craftsmanship and good quality and/or hard to find/produce material. To me, it also means consistency and reliability.

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Sometimes, I feel like a brilliant original design (on the paper) takes the form of a very cheap looking product with a high price tag, and sometimes, simplicity and quality equal to a less expensive price tag. It seems hard to judge the worth of a product when you have to take in consideration so many factors such has personal investment, intellectual work, craftsmanship and engineering behind it. One might judge that his product worth 45£ while someone else would judge the same item as a 30£ one. Nevertheless for each customer, what is important is how satisfied  he/she is with the way this money is gone and this is also very personal.

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I used to pay between 60 and 85 euros for bras as a teen before I discovered that I could get bras in my size for half this price, but of course you can’t really expect the same thing for 40€. You might get a better fit though, depending on the brand. It is not necessarily disappointing. My very wish since I started my lingerie journey was to find a company that would sell breathtaking designs without compromising on the fit, and quality of its garments. Well, I have discovered a few companies that fit in this description so far. Let say that they’re not cheap, but I swear, they rarely (never) disappoint. Today I am happy to introduce a set from a brand that might match this description. Although this is the first set I own from them, I know I am getting another one as soon as I can. This is definitely worth waiting and saving for a few months.

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To be honest Harlow and Fox, is the type of luxury brand that feels quite out of reach at first sight for a 22yo student. This brand’s designs look sumptuous and totally decadent, featuring a crazy amount of silk (I mean, 95-100% silk satin) and the most gorgeous embroideries. Their designs are made in the UK and manufactured in Romania.
When I discovered this brand four years ago, I had never seen full-bust bras featuring such delicate material. However, I was concerned about the fit since I couldn’t imagine how a silky bra would support my breasts so I thought I would never be able to look good in their bras and finally put this idea aside. Guys, I was so wrong!

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I can’t stress enough how happy I am for the opportunity of working with such an amazing brand. I am so impressed with their efficiency and how smooth everything went for this partnership. I swear they just got a future customer.
I had a really hard time picking one set between all these beauties! I finally chose the new Serena colorway, which looked so different from everything I already own, with the hope to put my hands on other treasures later this year (my birthday is next month y’all). So I initially received the Serena bra in 32G, the brief in Small and suspender in XS. The 32G was too big for me in the band and the cup so we exchanged it for a 30G which is a pretty perfect fit. Note that I am a full on bottom/sides 30GG and a UK10.

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I received this set in a beautiful gift box featuring a gold branded wax seal, as well has a small bottle of washing agent for silk and viscose. You must know that silk is a natural fibre and requires special care in order to keep its shine. Shampoo or your usual clothing wash wouldn’t do a good job on silk and you actually need to be a little bit more delicate than usual (don’t twist or rub your silk garments).

I must say, the first thing that attracted me in Serena was this glorious Italian embroidery. I am crazy about it. I love it in every colorway but I found it captivating in Violet. The colour is so bold and regal! It adds contrast to the set and results in a gorgeous tattoo effect on the skin. I also love the construction of the set itself.

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Actually the cups are made from a stretchy embroidered mesh lined with two different unstretchy nets, and feature two layers of silk as side supports on each side. Even more dreamy, a very thoughtful construction in order to provide support, lift and durability.
The lower part of the cup is lined with a very firm net which prevents the embroidered mesh from stretching out and somehow pushes the breast up. The upper part is lined twice. The first layer after the embroidery is a breathable but also very firm net, and the second is a little trapeze made of the same firm mesh I described for the lower part of the cup. This little trapeze doesn’t cover the entirety of the upper section. It seems to make a link between the silk and the lower part. Probably to give stability to the whole construction. The first upper layer is a folded net and is sewed to the diagonal seam of the cup but not to the top edge. This, in my opinion, gives some flexibility to the top of the cup. (Hope this is clear enough…)

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This construction is very compatible to my breasts shape since I am full on bottom and sides, it doesn’t cut in and encapsulates my chest perfectly. Leanna Williams, Harlow and Fox creative director told me that the sizing is quite consistent so I must be able to wear a 30G instead of my usual 30GG in all of their styles. That said, if you are fuller on top,  you should probably stick up to your usual size to avoid quadboobs.
The straps are made of silk and are delightfully wide and soft. I just want to touch them constantly. They are half-adjustable but short enough for me so I don’t need to tighten them so much to be comfortable. The gore tacks perfectly and stays in place through the day. I love that this bra doesn’t move from my inframammary fold, I never have to adjust it.

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The band, just like the straps is made of silk, which means that it isn’t likely to stretch out so quickly. I wear it at the loosest set of hooks and it is a little bit tight, though not uncomfortable. I found a significant difference between the 32 and the 30 band as I had to use the tighter set of hooks in the 32 one and it was still too loose for my taste. This really depends if you prefer a comfy fit or a tighter fit, because anyway, I think your band is likely to remain the same way with the time going. It also features three sets of 2 hooks and eyes, which is enough for me but is to consider for people who prefer wider bands.

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The coordinates are absolutely everything in this set. While I was hesitating between all the Harlow and Fox collections, what totally sold Serena to me was the deep suspender. I ADORE deep suspenders. How can you say no to a garment made to cover your belly and back with a precious embroidery, mesh or lace (and accidentally helps your stockings to stay up)? I really don’t know. I wear dresses just for the chance to wear suspenders.
The Serena suspender features 6 silk covered straps and beautiful gold hardware. Since I fit in a XS, I think this brand runs a little bit bigger than other UK brands. This suspender feels a little bit like shapewear on me but the net used to line the embroidered mesh is quite soft and comfortable. I really love those 6 straps. Not because I don’t trust 4 straps suspenders (I actually do) but because they add something to the ensemble. The attention to detail is incredible. The stitching is so neat and discrete! My only complaint is that it is a little bit more difficult than usual to move the suspenders sliders due to the thickness of the straps.

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The brief in a size Small fits me very well and is comfortable. The gusset is made of silk and lined in the inside with cotton, which is great. I think cotton is still my favourite fibre when it comes to gusset. It is the perfect rise in my opinion but note that there is more room in the front part than you’ll see in most briefs. I actually love that this brief doesn’t cut into my bum. There is a large key hole featuring a precious little pearl at its apex which is a nice and unusual touch (you can easily see it on the brand website.) As for the rest of the set, the finishes are on point. Did you notice these silk covered edges around the legs and keyhole? They are a great reminder of the cup edges and make the whole set look very refined.

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Now I get that people might judge my opinion as biased since I receive free garments, but I am honestly impressed and I think this set is totally worth the price. Based on my personal customer experience, this price is close to most full-bust luxury brand average price and the quality is definitely in my top 3 of the most beautiful I have ever seen. The designer clearly put a lot of thoughts into every garments. I think that longevity-wise this set is one of the best I have encountered with also a perfect fit and a breathtaking beauty. What else could you ask for?

This year, I am willing to spend my money in a smarter way and on garments that I am truly in love with instead of just experimenting or feeding my cravings for new stuff and I see Harlow & Fox as a very worthy investment. I’ll try to review some other sets in the future so you can see if I keep the same opinion about their products when I spend my hard-earned money on it. :p

Sending love!

Yours truly,
Wen

Kiss Me Deadly Everythingless set (S&M)

If you are following me from the beginning you must have noticed a very recurrent pattern in my indie lingerie reviews… A true obsession that the lovely Maz from Hepburn & Leigh has noticed a couple of months ago. Imagine how surprised, excited and grateful I was when she offered to feed my addiction by gifting me the Kiss Me Deadly Everythingless set?! Y’all know my love for indie lingerie. I also love high-waisted panties and garter belt but more importantly I love this bow and diamond pattern mesh. It is the fourth sets I own featuring it. I hope people stop making things out if this mesh because I am starting to look crazy, buying all of them. Well, this time doesn’t really count, since it is a gift.

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This is not my usual lingerie review, since there is no cup size to evaluate but who doesn’t enjoy a beautiful unpractical set once in a while? I personally do when it is that cute and sassy. Kiss Me Deadly defines the Everythingless top as cupless bralette, but let say it, it looks like a longline bra band. I really like it because quarter cup bras never suit me, and this piece fills quite the same purpose, without making my breasts look weird.

This set is made from a beige mesh, lined with a beautiful black mesh, but it is sewn in a way that it feels quite firm. It doesn’t stretch much. I find this beige mesh very comfortable and I like the way it hugs my body. I wouldn’t call it shape wear  because of the way it fits me but on someone with a more proportionate body it could definitely feel that way.

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I chose a size Small in the bralette, despite the fact that Maz told me that this set fit smaller than usual KMD lingerie. In fact I thought the band was adjustable with hooks and eyes.  Unfortunately, it isn’t and she was really right about the sizing: the small fits very tight. There are hooks and eyes but only one set, so I think you should size up in this product. I was worried that a Medium would be loose but now I think maybe it would have been more comfortable. This feels like a 28 band (although I haven’t measured it).

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Aesthetically, I like the simplicity of this top. It features the same type of straps as my Vargas dress which are very nice because they are thicker at the front than at the back which helps giving some structure to the style at the front and leaves the back more minimalistic. I also love the front fastening. As a full-bust woman I don’t have much hope to get a front fastening bra that would actually be supportive and stay closed through the day, so I love the idea to layer this piece over my bras! That said, I found it surprisingly flattering even worn by itself. That these thick straps somehow provide some side support and help my breasts to go forward (but maybe I just have very full on side breasts). Of course it will not change your breasts shape but it does add a little something that enhances their beauty. If you are small busted, you may even be able to use it as an actual bralette to get some more cleavage.

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The Panty girdle is my favorite part of this set. It is so versatile! And can we talk about these amazing straps? As you can see on some pictures, they are removable, but trust me they won’t go away until you want to remove them. They also don’t try to pull down your panty… I have had some bad experiences in the past with super thin removable straps but these ones won’t let you down. They are thick, stable and feature unusual silver hardware. Indeed, instead of sliders, you can adjust them with metal clips. I love this idea. It has certainly be done in the past but it was my first time seing this on suspenders.

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This piece is also very high waisted so I can imagine that if you have a shorter torso, the top and bottom might reach each other and look like an actual bodysuit, which would probably look super cute.
Just like the bralette this girdle wears its name very well: it doesn’t have any gusset, or any bum coverage. It is quite easy to pair with a black panty or thong, though. And if you find your perfect nude panty I think it’d look good as well. That said, nobody prevents you from going pantyless, and this back is the sassiest I’ve ever seen. It is basically shouting ” you’ve got nothing to hide”!

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I received the panty girdle in a Medium which is right for me but since my waist is 25,5 inches and my hips/bum circumference is more like 37″, the waist elastic is a little big for me. Interestingly it feels tight when passing through my thighs but once I have it up to my waist it feels looser around it. A size small would not be comfortable for my hips and I believe would cut into my bum, so I am happy with a Medium.

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Everythingless makes me feel like a really sweet badass and I love the way it looks paired with this Ellesmere lingerie set (coming very soon to her shop, a review will probably follow). The Everythingless bralette must also look super hot layered as outerwear! Indeed, Maz from Hepburn & Leigh has recently written a bilingual post (FR/EN) about how to style these pieces, if you need some more ideas!

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I love Kiss Me Deadly because their lingerie always shows as much elegance as it shows creativity. I could write a story about their pieces and it would either happen in a manoir or in a futuristic world (seriously, these latex dresses need to be featured in Dr.Who). Anyway, this brand totally gets me and I can’t wait to show you guys other garments from them.

Hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know your thoughts in the comments! ❤

Yours truly,
Wen

PS: There is a very interesting sale on Hepburn & Leigh website at the moment. I missed my size but you might find your own happiness if you are fast enough! xx

Sugar Candy bralette x Foxers Lace boxer review

The perfect fullbust bralet is a unicorn. Too many aspects would have to be considered to achieve it but today I want to introduce a product that might be close to the magical animal, in term of comfort, shape and support.

I discovered the Sugar Candy Bra, last month during my trip to New-York, while I was scrowlling through my tweeter feed, and just the day after, I had the chance to meet the brand at Curve NY. Considering all the good things I had just read about Sugar Candy, I was quite happy when the lovely PR lady offered to send me a sample so I could give you guys an idea of the product.

[ Sugar Candy provided this bralette for the purpose of a review. The boxer short is a gift from Foxers. Foxers did not require a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.]
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You must know that Sugar Candy, although associated with Cake lingerie, is a brand on
its own right. The product I am showing you today isn’t the final version. In fact, the branded elastic featuring “Cake lingerie” was confusing for the customers, so in the future, you should read “Sugar Candy” instead.

Sugar Candy has its own website where you can order its products and find all the information you need about the brand. At the moment, the Sugar Candy bra comes in three colorways, black, pink(only a nursing version) and beige. You can buy this bra as a nursing bra or as a regular one and the size range goes from 30 to 42 bands with cups from F to HH.

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I received the bra in a size Small, which is supposed to fit the sizes 32F/FF/G/GG and 30H. I think it fits my 30GG pretty well, but I could probably also fit in a XS.
I have to say that it is hard to evaluate wether or not I am a “true” 30GG at the moment. Since last Fall, I have seen my breasts change in a way that I am now able to wear a 30FF/30G/30GG/30H depending on the brand. I don’t know if they are softer or smaller. Almost all my old bras still fit but I am able to wear smaller sizes than usual. Take that in consideration if you used to compare your breasts size to mine.
Aesthetically, this bra is quite simple. It is seamless, and black. The use of a very smooth nylon make it very comfy and stretchy. The cups are molded but not padded at all, this piece is definitely more like a bralette than a bra. (If you remember my Empreinte Cassiopée review, this is quite the same definition of molded).

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The band features 6 amazing sets of three hooks and eyes which makes sens since it is supposed to fit 30 and 32 bands. I personally feel comfortable at the third set of hooks but with all these hooks positions I think this bra will have a very long lifetime.

My usual complaint about bralettes is that brands use an underbreast elastic only for aesthetic purposes. Because of that, after a few uses bralettes are usually unable to provide any support. Inevitably the elastic gets looser and looser. To be fair, this is not only due to the flimsiness and quality of these elastics. The fact that you have to pull it over you head and pass your shoulders is a big part of the explanation. Since I realized that I only buy bralettes that features hooks and eyes.

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Here I love that I can simply put it on like a usual bra. Plus the band is very thick and supportive. It doesn’t move or get uncomfortable, and I dont see it stretching out so fast.
The straps are not only fully adjustable but multi-position. This definitely adds value to this bralette in my opinion. I know I can always use special accessories to make a racer back out of regular bras but I always feel like it is going to damage the bra straps somehow. Crossing the straps also gives a nice sporty look and additional lift to the breasts.

The cups provide a full coverage but if you look for a deeper neckline, you might want to size down. Although I am curious of what my boobs would look like in a XS, I am worried that the side support would cut into my breast tissue, as I am super full on sides.

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The bra construction is pretty interesting. Indeed, I can see that the compagny worked hard to come out with a product that would offer the advantages of a bra without the inconvenience. For example, there is no wire but the bralette separates the breasts very well, without giving a East-West look. The wires role is also played by a folded fabric under the breasts which is very soft so you can have some kind of structure under your breasts in addiction to the band but in a comfy way.

There are side supports to help center your breasts and avoid a wide uniboob shape (I’m sure you know what I am talking about). I have worn this bra  under my usual clothes and I found the shape to be similar to the one I get from some wired bras. It didn’t look weird. I think the only thing might be that it is not suitable for low coverage shirts, but this is not an issue for me, since I don’t think it is the purpose of this particular product.

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I can see this bra get a lot of use this winter. It is so comfy! Like a pajama under your clothes. That is actually why I paired it with this Foxers lace boxer that I got at Curve this summer. This two are the comfiest combo! I’ve also got the boxer in a size small and I love the way it fits me. It is made from an amazingly soft lace (seriously Foxers lace is super super soft, I wish I could fit in their bralettes). This lace is also very cute and I enjoy the way the designer played with different levels of sheerness. The thick hips elastic gives an androgynous touch and I am really into it. I also find it a lot easier to wear on a daily basis than my first Foxers boxer , which is more suitable as a pajama bottom.

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Overall, I am very happy with these two pieces. When I put them on, I never want to remove them.
I wouldn’t use the Sugar Candy bra to do sport but if you do so at least your breasts won’t jump out of the cups, it is very secure. You’ll feel them move though. This bralette is nice for everyday wear and my new go to bra when I just want to chill and lounge around. Of course keep in mind that it is not a traditional bra, so the feel is different when taking the stairs. ^^
I am quite surprised that I love it that much but this bralette is worth a try!

Hope you have a lovely day!

xoxo Wen

Clean lines and glamorous details: Empreinte Eclat bikini (75F & Small)

Hi there! I know Summer is ending, but I think it is still time to enjoy the sun a little bit before Fall! It is sunny and windy today and the temperature is a sad 12°C but not even a week ago I could still go outside with a light dress and sandales… Canada, I love you.

[Disclaimer: Empreinte generously provided this bikini for the purpose of a review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.]
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Empreinte lingerie is so far, my favorite French brand, and they never fail to impress me with their impeccable quality and style. Last year at Curve, I came across their SS17 lingerie and swimwear collection  and I knew I had to try it at some point. Their swimwear range is all about classiness and simplicity but the work this brand does on the fit is actually amazing. Every detail involves so much thoughts and it is easy to see when you try their pieces on. Empreinte uses the term “swimwear corsetry” to define their range and I think it actually deserves this term.

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At first, I was especially interested in their unlined strapless bikini top from the Style collection. For me, it is still a real mystery how it manages to hold bigger boobs, but guys, I’ll surely prove to you one day that it works as well as the other styles.
So I had the happy surprise to receive the Eclat bikini in the Bleuet colorway which can be translated as “blueberry”. It is indeed some kind of gorgeous and very pigmented purple blue. Just like my Cassiopée  bra, I got a 75F and the brief in Small (FR 38/US 32/ EU 36). Note that I am a UK 30GG and 10. Empreinte is known for its very particular sizing and runs really big in the cup.

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When I first saw it, I couldn’t believe how small the top looked. As you can see from my second picture, the wires are super narrow which makes the cups very deep.
I really love the aesthetic of this set. This blue could suit a lot of skin tones and the gun-metal grey detail on the gore and on one side of the brief gives a touch of glamour to these clean lines.

The construction is beautiful, the stitching and the attention to detail too. I love that it provides as much support as a bra would and the cut of the neckline is also very flattering. I think this diagonal seam is a great idea. It looks elegant and fits me definitely better than a vertical one at the middle of the cups, or no seam at all would do. I mean, if you have perfectly rounded and super firm breasts, you can basically wear anything, but if your breasts need some direction, then, this construction actually centers and lifts the breasts pretty well.

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I am not gonna lie, I totally feel myself in this set. I mean, it is simple but I feel like a movie star on vacation when wearing it. (Always going too far, I know.) Seriously, it makes me feel super glamorous and classy but a little bit sporty at the same time. I just want to get back to the Caribbean and wear these shoes and this bikini set on a daily basis. (Don’t get me wrong, that is far from the Caribbean lifestyle but I’d do it!)

The material used for this set is a very good quality, and feels good to the touch. Empreinte uses Lycra® Beauty Explosive Xtra-Life which is a smoothing fabric that is known for its longevity, plus I love that the cups are lined to provide a great lift and maintain the shape. The blue fabric on the outside is quite firm and the black fabric on the inside is very soft.

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You must know that Empreinte has as many wires sizes as the bras sizes they offer. Which means that the wires for a 75F are not the same as the ones for a 80E. Because of that, I think it is great to know your size in this brand since every bra is unique in its sizing. The straps widths are also different from sizes to sizes. This detail doesn’t apply to this particular style, I guess, but it is good to know if you prefer a more constructed style.
The Eclat collection features tankinis, balcony bikini tops and even three different one-piece swimsuits (wireless or wired) in four colorways.

I know I sound like a groopie but, Empreinte attention to detail is something that deserves to be noticed. The coordinate hasn’t been neglected by the designers. It is a mid-rise brief and the way it sits on my hips is amazing. It provides a nice coverage for my bum, feels comfortable and doesn’t ride up.  I also noticed that there is only one seam at the crotch. This seam is strategically placed at the back of the brief and is actually not very visible from the back either.

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If I had to say something less positive about this bikini it would be that my breasts have tall and wide roots so that the narrow wires tend to move a little bit lower than my inframammary fold. Seriously I don’t care and I still feel amazing in this set. But if you are looking for a super perfect fit and have the same type of breasts than me, then maybe the Eclat balcony bikini would fit you better.

This bikini is available from 30 (I don’t know why the brand website says 32) to 38 bands with cups from C to G. Note that since their 30F fits my 30GG, a G cup might be close to a H or HH depending on the band in UK sizing.  Also some other styles go up to a 44 band.

I am super happy that I got to try the Eclat collection and actually swim into this beautiful set. Sometimes bikinis can feel like they aren’t made for you to enjoy the water but more to stay on the beach and get tanned. This one definitely allows you to move. I love it and I definitely recommend it if you have the budget.

Lots of love! I hope you enjoy the last days of Summer!

Yours truly,

Wen ❤

The one and only shirt (for full-bust) review

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I am not bringing anything new when I say that buying a fitted shirt when your bust isn’t proportional to your waist is a pain. It’s an understatement. I only have one shirt in my wardrobe. Actually it took me days to find it and it is still too big for me anywhere else than the breasts part. Well, I am only talking about work clothing. I have some large shirts that I bought oversized on purpose but when you really want that long sleeved white well-fitting shirt you need both time and money by your side. This is also true for a lot of dresses and tops.

[Exclusively Kristen generously provided this shirt fort the purpose of a review. As usual, this fact doesn’t affect my opinion.]
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In order to fight against this issue I used to wear some minimizing bras. Note that I am not talking about minimizers, which I find ugly and evil, but usual bras that had the particularity to make my breasts fit into some Audrey Hepburn inspired dresses and shirts. This worked for a time but now I think I am just running out of this type of bras and have no desire to look for new ones.
So when I discovered Exclusively Kristen on Instagram, I thought it was a great idea for people like me. I already knew Pepperberry (Bravissimo clothing) but never got the chance to try their garments. Luckily, a few weeks ago Kristen kindly offered to send me one of her shirts.

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At this time I was looking for a job and was more than happy to accept.
According to my measurements Kristen thought I would be a size 8, which was sold out in the item I wanted to try, so instead I chose the Classic short sleeved shirt. The shirt arrived super quickly but unfortunately (or fortunately?) was way too big for me. So I was able to try the One and only shirt in size 6 and here are my thoughts on it…

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The One and only has a very particular construction. Unlike usual shirts, it features a curved seam (not sure if I can say it that way) on each side of the front allowing some extra room to the breasts. That means that this shirt can never be completely flat when laid down, or it will be crumpled. The buttons are very close together to prevent your breasts from pulling the shirt and create an unruly gap (gap that can eventually lead to the loss of the weaker button) … I also noticed that this garment has a hourglass shape that is very accentuated at the bottom.

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I have to admit that this shirt is a little bit too big for me but considering that my shoulders are a little bit wide, I think I wouldn’t move my arms comfortably in a size 4 (note that this size isn’t available in this particular product). Also the cufflinks are very fitted around my ridiculously tiny wrists which makes me think that the size 6 is probaby the best option for me.

Nevertheless, it is safe to say that there is a lot of room for my breasts and even for the rest of my torso. Because of that, I prefer wearing it inside my jeans rather than outside.

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The sleeves construction is also different from what I have seen before. The seams start very low from my armpit, which makes my movement a little bit restricted. However this could be a more positive aspect for someone with thicker arms, as I heard that some shirts sleeves are too narrow at the roots for a lot of people. So even if I find it more restrictive for me at this level, this construction gives the same level of comfort wether you have thick arms or thin ones.

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I think Kristen’s shirts are made with a nice attention to detail. The collar has a great shape, feminine but not girly. I also appreciate that I don’t look weird when closing the shirt up to the third button before the last one. I usually don’t know where to stop buttoning my shirt. If it’s too high then it looks ugly and if it is too low then I’d look provocative. But with this shirt I didn’t came across this issue. Thanks to the buttons placement I can finally find a balance and just look like I am wearing nothing more or less than a white shirt.

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I also really like the cuffs. I am no specialist but I think they really give that professional touch to this shirt.

To summarize I think this item is an addition to my wardrobe that will certainly be useful! Plus it is 95% made of cotton which makes it a nice garment for every season and good for sensitive skins. Just note that it was made with a fuller figure/fuller bust in mind. I am so surprised to actually see a shirt with too much room for my breasts ahah! It is nothing terrible but for the first time, instead of minimising bras I have to use Polish bras to be able to fill the breasts parts. I only wish it existed in a size 4 so it could be a good option for ladies with similar shape as me but with narrower shoulders.

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Before ending this review, I have to inform you that this shirt pattern has recently been updated for the best! The subsequent production which will be manufactured in Fall 2017 have smaller armholes which corrects the restricted movements issue and the upper arm sleeve is pinched a bit. Also there will be a button at the neck. This new version will be available in size 6-20.

That said we can make the statement that this company is steadily trying to improve itself and it is very nice to see that most of the inconveniences I pointed out in my review will get better in the future!

Hope this post is helpful! If you have anymore question feel free to ask via comments or email!

Yours, truly,

Wen ✨

Giveaway Alert: Win an Avocado Ce soir set!!

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So after all your positive reactions to the gorgeous Ce soir set, Avocado Lingerie decided to team up with me to give you a chance to get your own! The competition is open on Instagram and Facebook (just follow the links).
The only thing you have to do is to follow the instructions on the picture! •Follow @avocadolingerie and me
•Like this picture
•Tag 3 friends
Note that repost the picture will get you an additional entry!
This giveaway is open worldwide 🌎 💛

The winner will be randomly selected and announced on the 22th of June! Best of luck!

UPDATE: The winner is @fairelyse! Congratulations beautiful!
Also thanks to everybody for the participation! ❤ You are amazing!

😘

Wen ❤