With Panache

I’m really late with this post, as it was originally meant to be tied in with Wimbledon. I don’t know what’s going on lately but time is just slipping by and I’m not doing a great job of keeping up with it. Nevertheless, I can still rave about something awesome, because there’s no deadline on that- and today I am going to be waxing lyrical about a sports bra…oh yes.

Cumbersome as it may look, this is a nifty little set of sporting underwear, for I actually have a need in my life for such a thing these days. I was actually on the mission for a decent set when Panache got in touch and offered me the set you can see above. It’s not only a best seller, but an award winner too and can banish an impressive 83% of breast bounce during exercise. I can’t attest to how true that is as I don’t have the bounciest of boobs but I can see it working as this bra is supportive. Supportive and comfortable, which is kind of essential when you’re riding a bike or running on a treadmill (not that I do the latter). I barely knew I was wearing this but at the same time it feels reassuringly secure. It’s available in cup sizes B through to H and fits true to size, the pants are incredibly comfortable too…get over how they look, who wants to exercise in a g-string?
I’m really enjoying a healthier and more active lifestyle and this bra came along at just the right time. I’m pretty sure it’ll be getting more of a work out than I do in coming months, and taking a look at other styles by Panache too, I think this is the brand I’ll be sticking to when it comes to my sport support.
Got any puns for me? Panache sent a Wimbledon themed press release out stating “ensure balls are the only thing that bounce”
Sorry for the not very pretty, solo photo. How do you get around lingerie posts? I admire bloggers brave enough to post themselves modelling a piece, I’m just not that brave right now…maybe after a few more months exercising!


Daisy Chain Dreaming: Rosie for Autograph Spring Collection

Currently dreaming of owning all of M&S’ Rosie for Autograph Collection- I wouldn’t say no to looking like Rosie, either.
This January sees the launch of the new Rosie for Autograph Spring collection. Rosie draws inspiration from her extensive collection of vintage lingerie and uses the most luxurious of fabrics to create pieces that exude feminine glamour and feel exquisite to wear. Working together in collaboration with Soozie Jenkinson, Head of Design for lingerie at M&S, Rosie’s presents a collection which can not only be worn everyday for a piece of affordable luxury, but will make a beautiful gift for Valentine’s Day.


Rosie’s signature silk pad bra, kimono wrap and chemise set have all been reworked in gorgeous new colours and prints. The hand-painted floral design was inspired by original Art Nouveau rose motifs.

Bra: £22.50/Knicker: £12.50

Bra: £22.50/Knicker £12.50

Bra: £22.50

Rose Print Chemise: £35/French Knicker: £17.50

Long Chiffon Wrap: £59

Teddy: £45

Rosie says, “As this collection is launching so close to Valentine’s Day, it was more important than ever to make sure that all the new colours complemented all skintones. We decided upon a gorgeous palette of blush pinks and warm neutrals which every women will love to wear.” 

New nightwear pieces will also launch for Spring – the flirty babydoll, the delicate silk nightdress with a glamorous floor-sweeping hemline and intricate lace trim and the chiffon wrap, the perfect boudoir style cover-up for bedroom.

Soozie Jenkinson, Head of Lingerie Design at M&S says,

”Rosie and I put softness and romance at the very top of our creative agenda for this collection. Lingerie is a beautifully personal, intimate gift and so every attention to detail was designed with femininity in mind, using the finest fabrics such as sumptuous silks and French designed rose lace.”


Not just the perfect gift for a loved one, treat yourself to a bit of luxury this Valentine’s Day with Rosie for Autograph. The collection is available in store now and online at marksandspencer.com/rosie

Sorry for such a “lazy” blog post, it’s rare that I want to post a press release word for word, but Rosie and M&S say it better than I could…all I have to add is that I’ll take it, ALL.

Thoughts? Will you be dropping hints for Valentines day?

Lovable Lingerie

It’s time to be seduced by Italy’s number-one lingerie brand, Lovable this

summer with its glamorous and sexy new range soon to the sold in the UK for the first time. Hitting rails exclusively at selected John Lewis stores from August, the chic new range offers British women a taste of Italian style, contemporary design and quality at an affordable price.

Whether you’re looking for an iconic vintage look, a sexy balconette or feather light lingerie, there’s something in the range to speak to the Italian woman in you with these fabulously feminine new designs.

I’m a sucker for pretty lingerie despite my lack of bust and this range is just gorgeous! Looking at the John Lewis website, prices are around £15 for pants and £32 for a bra which doesn’t seem bad to me!

My favourite set is the Vintage Couture one, picture above…classic, sleek and sophistacted. What’s not to love?

Lovable by name and nature.


Another Kind of Bra Fairy

So, the other day I posted about my visit from a Bra Fairy…and now I’m posting about how you can BE a Bra Fairy by supporting luxury lingerie retailer Rigby & Peller with their bra recycling scheme.

Rigby & Peller is calling on women across the UK to recycle their old bras in support of Breast Cancer Care. From 4th to 31st October for every bra that you recycle you receive £10 off per bra that you purchase from the extensive range including the stunning new Autumn / Winter 2011 collection and mastectomy range.

With a donation of £1 for every 10 recycled bras going to Breast Cancer Care, the scheme is one that is close to founder, Mrs. June Kenton’s heart as a fellow breast cancer survivor. It was this experience that inspired Rigby & Peller’s development of a dedicated range with aspecialised fitting service for mastectomy sufferers and prosthesis.

Mrs. June Kenton, comments: “This is our fourteenth year supporting Breast Cancer Care as a cause that is very dear to me personally and many other women across the UK. We hope that this initiative helps to raise awareness and funds for the cause whilst highlighting the sensitivities around body confidence that sufferers often feel. At Rigby & Peller we understand these sensitivities and pride ourselves on an unparalleled fitting service by highly experienced fitters, whether you are one of the 80% of British women wearing the wrong bra size or a mastectomy sufferer.”

To help support Breast Cancer Care, visit one of the seven Rigby & Peller stores with your old bras to receive £10 towards any new bra purchase. Visit http://www.rigbyandpeller.com/ for more information and store locations.

Sadly I don’t live near to a store and won’t be able to participate, but if you do I urge you to show your support.


A Visit from the Bra Fairy

The wonderful fairy over at Lingerie Please have paid me another visit! Back in September they granted my wish for bigger boobs by sending a gel padded bra,
This time, when they got in touch and asked if I’d like to review something else I said to surprise me with something pretty…and didn’t they do well?

I’m now the owner of the Gossard Desire bra. I’ve never owned anything by Gossard before, assuming that they didn’t cater for the A-cups among us,
but after conversation with Lingerie Please we decided to go down a back size and up a cup size. The result? Perfect fit (and an ego boost!)

“Inspired by gorgeous 1950’s tailoring the Desire Bra has underlying seduction and sensuality that will make you feel like a pin up super star from that decade. Fine details will keep appearing to you the more you look at this beautiful bra. Satin covered removable straps ensure you feel fabulous and make the bra very versatile. The hem is finished by a delicate scalloped edge and the gorgeous polka dot pattern brings a playful edge”

The website only shows the black version, but I was gifted the dusky pink which is just stunning. As ever the service from Lingerie Please was faultless…fast and prettily packaged.

Any other small chested girls have luck with Gossard? Or, anyone in general really! For me, it’s so nice to have grown up bras that don’t look like they come from the children’s section!

Who else loves Lingerie Please? All hail the bra fairy, I say!