Sunday, 16 February 2014

Mimi Holliday: Knickerbocker Glory Silk Crepe Cami and Silk Crepe Shorties Review

If you have read my previous blog posts you will know that I cannot rave about Mimi Holliday enough; so it was inevitable that my first purchase from the brand would be imminent.  And here it is......

Mimi Holliday Knickerbocker Glory
Silk Crepe Cami and Shorties
Image from: ASOS
Mimi Holliday Knickerbocker Glory
Silk Crepe Cami and Shorties
Image from: ASOS
The beautiful and playful Knickerbocker Glory Silk Crepe Cami and Silk Crepe Shorties caught my eye on ASOS (a great website for finding hard-to-find-on-the-high-street lingerie brands) and after much deliberation the purchase was made and it was winging its way to my front door.  On arrival I was a little disappointed with the packaging from ASOS (I will definitely purchase Mimi Holliday from the Mimi Holliday website next time).  My beautiful 100% silk items had been folded into the smallest clear square bags which made strong creases all over the cami and shorts.  Despite having to then attempt to remove the creases by carefully (and I mean carefully - this was like a military mission with the goal "Do not ruin the Knickerbocker Glory") ironing the items, I slipped them on and fell instantly in love.

Now I have my fair share of beautiful nightwear but the thing that struck me first and foremost about this set was its comfort.  The shorts are high-waisted and fasten at the back with a little snap button, the legs then flare out just slightly to skim over your hips (and trust me despite being a size 8 - I have hips and a bit of a bootylicious bottom going on) and finish covering the bottom and a little bit more.  What struck me about the shorts was that they did not dig in or pull at me even when I was walking around - they sat just comfortably on top of my hips with no pinching and slipped over my hips and bottom without any gathering of fabric or stretching of the silk.  And possibly most of all I love the room at the very bottom of the shorts - no pinching at the front ladies (you all know what I mean) with these lovely shorties!

Mimi Holliday Silk Crepe Knickerbocker Glory Shorties £46.00
Image from: Mimi Holliday
Mimi Holliday Silk Crepe Knickerbocker Glory Shorties £46.00
Image from: Mimi Holliday
The top is no exception.  The classic Mimi Holliday polka dot panel across the top of the cami sits over the upper half of the bust but not low enough to show any nipple (that would ruin it for me to be honest), the positioning over the bust makes the top then drape down over the rest of the bust and stomach in a relaxed but sophisticated manner.  The panel detail makes it so distinctive - I love where it sits, it just shows enough but not too much, it is so subtly seductive.  I love how the top is not tight fitting, I have a cami and short set I wore the other night and the top is made of tight satin (possibly I bought too small a size) but it is so uncomfortable to sleep in with it pinching here there and everywhere so this top is a blessing to me as it is unbelievably beautiful but so damn comfortable to wear!  The straps on the top are adjustable which are a must for me.  Nightwear typically comes in sizes XS-XL or dress sizes and with the use of adjustable straps (in my experience helping women select nightwear) this allows the nightwear to be accessable to more than just a couple of bust sizes and shapes.  This top, in my opinion, would be great for women with a little to a lot of bust as it does not have a specific section for the bust to sit, they can sit wherever they like underneath and the top will just skim over everything in its loose fitting fashion.  The top band around the top is also elasticated so it makes for easy wearing (pulling on and off) and comfort - I loathe when items are stitched in this area with a non-stretch fabric and you have to battle, almost dislocating your shoulders to try and pull it on then have to literally shove it over your bust and then breathe after all the huffing and puffing to get it on!

Mimi Holliday Silk Crepe Knickerbocker Glory Cami £95.00
Image from: Mimi Holliday
Mimi Holliday Silk Crepe Knickerbocker Glory Cami £95.00
Image from: Mimi Holliday
Overall, I love the look of this set.  It is in classic black so is flattering for many skintones and could be mixed up with other nightwear pieces or lingerie to create your own unique look.  The polka dot crepe detailing over the bust and at the bottom hem of the top and the shorts make this set playful and fun to wear without being too overly 'sexy'.  By far my favourite thing about this set is the ease of wear, it just feels so comfortable to wear, sleep in and lounge around in the next morning!  The Mimi Holliday Knickerbocker Glory Silk Crepe Cami retails at £95.00 and matching Knickerbocker Glory Silk Crepe Shorties retail at £46.00 - the price is justified through its beauty and the company motto - "Mimi always uses Pure Silk"!

I hope you have enjoyed reading this review - let me know what you think in the comments below!

Speak soon,
Claire x

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Sunday, 9 February 2014

The Valentine's Day Edit: Classic Seductress and Fashion Forward Picks

I hope you all enjoyed my first instalment of this series (if you have not read it already click here)  introducing you to some Valentine's Day treats with a romantic touch.  Today's post is going to be for my Classic Seductresses out there and my fashion forward gals who are ready to make a statement for Valentine's or just fancy treating themselves to something new and beautiful.  The pieces selected have a vast size range and varying price ranges so hopefully there will be something for everyone to lust over!  Let's get started!

Carmen Bra £35.00 and Carmen Pants £24.00 from Figleaves Boudoir

Image Source: http://www.figleaves.com/uk/set_product.asp?product=figleaves-boudoir-Carmen-B-G-Underwired-Bra-Set&product_id=FIG-132512&sizetop=&sizebottom=&colour=Black

So today's first pick is this stunning Carmen set from the Figleaves Boudoir range available through the Figleaves website.  The bra retails at £35.00 and is available in the sizes 30DD-30G, 32D-32G, 34B-34G and 36C-G.  The matching pants shown retail at £24.00 and are available in sizes 8-16.  There is also a thong version of the pants available which are equally as seductive retailing at the same price and available in sizes 8-16.  The set is classically seductive in all black yet fashion forward with it's detailed straps and strap detailing on the pants.  I love the sheer fabric that is used, the soft cup nature of the bra and the simplicity in it's detailing.  

Tease Silk and Lace Eyemask £18.00
or free with purchase from Figleaves Boudoir

Image Source:  http://www.figleaves.com/uk/product/FIG-132510/Tease-Silk-And-Lace-Eye-Mask/?size=&colour=
With the purchase of this set or other selected Figleaves Boudoir sets, Figleaves are currently gifting customers with their Tease Silk and Lace Eyemask which retails are £18.00.  I love the detailing of this eyemask - it couldn't be more Classic Seductress if it tried!  Be quick to snap yours up before the offer runs out!

Bisou Bisou Azure
Silk Satin Lace Slip from Mimi Holliday £127.00
Bisou Bisou Azure
Silk Satin Lace Slip £127.00 from Mimi Holliday

Image Source for both images: http://www.damaris.co.uk/silk-satin-lace-slip-2

Next up is this beautiful offering from one of my all-time favourite brands - Mimi Holliday.  The Bisou Bisou Azure Silk Satin Lace Slip retails at £127.00 and is available through the Damaris wesbite here.  The sizes available are Small, Medium and Large.  The slip is made of 100% silk and has beautiful lace detailing over the cups and around the hem.  The straps are adjustable making it suitable for different bust sizes and offering support and shaping to the cups when worn.  I really love the classic look of this slip and the lace detailing is so lust-worthy - I want one! Now!

Claudette Fishnet Scoop Neck Bra £57.00 and
Claudette Fishnet Tanga Brief £20.00
(Image 1)
Claudette Fishnet Scoop Neck Bra £57.00 and
Claudette Fishnet Pin Up Panty £20.00
(Image 2) 




















Image 1 Source: http://www.asos.com/Love-Claudette-Inc/Claudette-Fishnet-Scoop-Neck-Bra/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=3364471&SearchQuery=claudette%20black&sh=0&pge=0&pgesize=36&sort=-1&clr=Black
Image 2 Source: http://www.asos.com/Love-Claudette-Inc/Claudette-Fishnet-Scoop-Neck-Bra/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=3364593&SearchQuery=claudette&sh=0&pge=0&pgesize=36&sort=-1&clr=Pink

Claudette are an American brand that know a thing or two about a great fitting bra.  There mission when they launched their company in 2011 was simple - "All we wanted was a pretty bra that fit" - and boy did they live up to it.  The Claudette Fishnet Scoop Neck Bra retails at £57.00 and is available in sizes 28D-G, 30A-G, 32A-G, 34A-G, 36B-G and 38B-G.  The matching Claudette Fishnet Tange Brief and Claudette Fishnet Pin Up Panty both retail at £20.00 available in both colour ways and sizes XS through to XXL.  A big well done to Claudette on their fantastic size range and fashion forward bra designs!  The Claudette Fishnet Scoop Neck Bra and matching pieces are available in the UK via ASOS (despite the size range being restricted to 30DD-G, 32A-32G, 34A-34G, 36B-36G and 38C here) however it is available through FaireFrouFrou (a fantastic US lingerie boutique if you have not checked them out before you have to click here - they are amazing!) which ship to over 200 countries around the world.  I am just so in love with the fashion forward nature of this brand!



Picture of Raspberry Ripple
Raspberry Ripple Collection from Mimi Holliday

Image Source: http://www.damaris.co.uk/ss14-mimi-holliday-raspberry-ripple
Last but not least is another range from, yes you guessed it, Mimi Holliday!  The range that has caught my eye for this post is their new Raspberry Ripple collection available via the Damaris website here.  This collection is seductive, playful and just god damn beautiful!  I love the vibrancy of the pink and consistent use of silk in the pieces - very Mimi Holliday!  In true Mimi Holliday style the range has different bra shapes to suit different sizes and has obligatory matching nightwear available too.  So here is the run down of what's on offer from the Raspberry Ripple collection from Mimi Holliday!

Picture of Silk Satin Moulded Bra
Silk Satin Moulded Bra £57.00
from Mimi Holliday

Picture of Non Padded Shoulder Bra
Non-padded Shoulder Bra £57.00
from Mimi Holliday
                                                                                         


Picture of Silk Satin Maxi Bra
Silk Satin Maxi Bra £57.00
from Mimi 




















Image Source for Raspberry Ripple Bras: http://www.damaris.co.uk/ss14-mimi-holliday-raspberry-ripple

The bra selection from Mimi Holliday is always a delight to post about because the brand understands that not all bra styles suit all shapes.  Instead of designing one bra in either a restrictive size range or in a full size range that won't suit all those sizes, the company select a colour and mood for each collection and make bras each as beautiful as each other in shapes that suit the sizes that they make them in - I really think this makes Mimi Holliday a step ahead of its competitors and feel it is why I come back to the brand again and again.  Now down to the creditentials: the Silk Satin Moulded Bra retailing at £57.00 is available in sizes 32A-G, 34A-G, 36A-DD, 38B-D; the Non-Padded Shoulder Bra retailing at £57.00 is available in sizes 28DD-28E, 30D-FF, 32B-F, 34B-34F, 36A-36DD and 38B-D and the Silk Satin Maxi Bra also retailing at £57.,00 available in sizes 28FF-28GG, 30FF-GG, 32E-32GG, 34E-34GG, 36E-FF, 38DD-E and 40D.


Picture of Classic Knicker
Classic Knicker £39.00
from Mimi Holliday


Picture of Silk Satin Frilly Boy Short
Silk Satin Frilly Boy Short £41.00
from Mimi Holliday


Picture of Silk Satin Back Bow Thong
Silk Satin Back Bow Thong £38.00
from Mimi Holliday

Image Source for Raspeberry Ripple pants: http://www.damaris.co.uk/ss14-mimi-holliday-raspberry-ripple

The choice that Mimi Holliday offers does not stop at the bras - three knicker choices - yes please!!  Up first is the Classic Knicker retailing at £39.00; the second option is my personal favourite, the Silk Satin Back Box Thong retailing at £38.00 and last but by no means least the Silk Satin Frilly Boy Short £41.00 all available in XS-XL.  I love the differing designs of the briefs because as Mimi Holliday appreciate it is not just certain bras that suit different sizes - different bottom shapes and dress sizes need different knicker styles too!  Of course there is not a pant here that is recommended or more suitable for a larger or smaller deriere but it is just great to finally have some choice in the bottoms part too!  Well done Mimi Holliday on this selection on beautiful matching panties!

      Picture of Silk Satin Slip
Silk Satin Slip £127.00
from Mimi Holliday
Picture of Silk Satin Lace Body
Silk Satin Lace Body £86.00
from Mimi Holliday

Picture of Silk Satin Eye Mask
Silk Satin Eye Mask £27.00
from Mimi Holliday
Picture of Silk Satin Party Suspender
Silk Satin Party Suspender £42.00
from Mimi Holliday

Image Source for Raspberry Ripple Extras: http://www.damaris.co.uk/ss14-mimi-holliday-raspberry-ripple

With a beautiful underwear range from Mimi Holliday comes all the matching goodies that we all know and love!  We have their Silk Satin Slip retailing at £127.00 in the bright, vibrant and playful hue of pink the Raspberry Ripple range offers us available in sizes XS-XL; the couldn't-be-more-fashion-forward-if-it-tried Silk and Satin Lace Body retailing £86.00 available in size XS-XL; the Silk Satin Eye Mask £27.00 available in one size and the Silk Satin Party Suspender £42.00 available in sizes XS-XL which is designed wider than some traditional suspender belts for a more flattering fit.  I really am head over heels with this range - if you need something to perk you up after these long, dark winter days - this is it!

I hope you have enjoyed my second and final instalment of my series: The Valentine's Edit.

Speak soon,
Claire x

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Tuesday, 4 February 2014

The Valentine's Day Edit: Rosy Hues and Oh So Romantic Shapes

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, I wanted to put together an edit of luxury, lovely lingerie for my readers.  I have hunted, searched and had a million tabs open on my laptop which kept yelling 'Stop!' but I have finally narrowed it down to a select edit for you lovely readers out there looking for some gorgeous underwear for that special day - not that we really need an excuse do we!  I found so many sumptuous offerings for you all that I am going to make this into a mini series.  Today is going to be Romantic shapes and hues with posts to follow for my seductresses out there and of course my fashion forward lovelies!  Size is not an issue here - I have selected styles for a wide variety of body shapes and bust sizes!  I hope this post provides you with inspiration to update your lingerie drawer or help you pick out something special for your partner.  So let's jump straight in!

Picture of BISOU BISOU ROSE
Bisou Bisou Rose Collection from Mimi Holliday
Image Source: http://www.damaris.co.uk/aw13-mimi-holliday-bisou-bisou-rose

First up is the beautiful Bisou Bisou Rose collection from Mimi Holliday.  Now when I started searching on the Damaris website for their latest offerings, my heart skipped a beat when I saw this collection, not only is it beautiful and romantic - the size range is very, very nice indeed.  

Picture of Silk Satin Non Underwired Triangle Bra
Silk Satin Non-Underwired
Triangle Bra £52.00
Picture of Silk Satin Maxi Bra
Silk Satin Maxi Bra £57.00
Picture of Silk Satin Comfort Bra
Silk Satin Comfort Bra £55.00
Picture of Silk Satin Fully Padded Super Plunge Bra
Silk Satin Fully Padded
Super Plunge Bra £57.00
Picture of Silk Satin Maternity Bra
Silk Satin Maternity Bra £59.00
Image source for Bisou Bisou Rose Bras: http://www.damaris.co.uk/aw13-mimi-holliday-bisou-bisou-rose

There are five bra options:  The Silk Satin Comfort Bra coming in a £55.00 available in sizes 30DD, 32A-32F, 34B-F, 36A-DD; the Silk Satin Fully Padded Super Plunge Bra coming in at £57.00 available in sizes 28B-28FF, 30B-E, 32B-32E, 34B-34E and 36B; the Silk Satin Non-Underwired Triangle Bra coming in at £52.00 in sizes Small, Medium and Large; the Silk Satin Maxi Bra coming in at £57.00 avaialble in sizes 28GG, 30FF, 32G-GG, 34F-GG, 36E-F, 38DD-F, 40D-E and lastly but definitly not least they even have a maternity bra version (rejoices at the thought of beautiful maternity wear for mummys-to-be!) coming in at £59.00 available in sizes 32D-FF, 34D-FF, 36D-E.  Now if the selection of bras is not enough for you, well there are also three knicker choices!  I do not know how many times I have fallen head over heels for a bra, and then I see the solitary pair of matching knickers available that I know would do nothing for me.....not here though!  There is a Classic Knicker £43.00; Silk Satin Boy Short £39.00 and Silk Satin Smooth Thong £35.00 with a matching suspender belt available also coming in at £43.00.

Picture of Silk Satin Boy Short
Silk Satin Boy Short
£39.00

Picture of Classic Knicker
Classic Knicker £43.00
Picture of Silk Satin Smooth Thong
Silk Satin Smooth
Thong £35.00

Picture of Silk Satin Suspender
Silk Satin Suspender
£43.00
          Image source for Bisou Bisou Rose Knickers: http://www.damaris.co.uk/aw13-mimi-holliday-bisou-bisou-rose


Also available is a matching nightwear range with added extras such as there Silk Satin Eye Mask £27.00.  I personally think the selection of this range, beauty of its pieces and luxurious nature makes it perfect for treating yourself or someone you love! Well done Mimi Holliday on such a stunning range - finally a brand who thinks about different body shapes and the beauty of choice!

Next up is a lovely retro-inspired offering from Gossard as part of their Retrolution range.  These pieces are for my inner retro siren!  The Gossard Retrolution Underwired Bra retails at £36.00 and is available in sizes 30D-G, 32B-G and 34B-E.  The matching pieces available are The Gossard Retrolution Brief retailing at £16.00 (XS-XL) and The Gossard Retrolution Waist Cincher £40.00 (XS-XL) which would look great with nude or pale pink/white stockings attached.  Also avaialble from this range is the Gossard Retrolution Stayloe Plunge Slip retailing at £69.00 available in sizes 32B-E, 34B-E and 36B-E.  I found this range available at ASOS (a little heads up - this is a fantastic website for lingerie and nightwear both affordable and luxury - they really do not get enough credit in this area!).
Gossard Retrolution Under Wire Bra
Gossard Retrolution
Underwired Bra £36.00
:
Gossard Retrolution
Waist Cincher £40.00
:
Gossard Retrolution
Stayloe Plunge
Slip £69.00
:
Gossard Retrolution
Knicker £16.00
Image Source for the Gossard Retrolution Range: http://www.asos.com/Gossard/Gossard-Retrolution-Under-Wire-Bra/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=2508202&sgid=5168&cid=6046&sh=0&pge=1&pgesize=204&sort=-1&clr=Blush#

Last but not least and saved until last because it is truly, truly stunning is the new Blush range from Fleur of England.  I first caught a glimpse of this range through Fleur of England's twitter page and I instantly had to find it and bookmark it for later - it is a necessity to have it on my blog because of its beauty!  The range is made with exquiste fabrics and the cuts and styles are to die for - lingerie heaven awaits us my lovelies.....

Blush Guipure Boudoir Bra £105.00 and Brief £105.00
Image Source: http://www.fleurofengland.com/sets/3324-blush-guipure-boudoir-bra-and-brief
First from this range is the Blush Guipure Boudoir Bra and Brief retailing at £105.00 for the bra and £105.00 for the brief.  The bra, being a soft cup non-wired offering, naturally is avaiable in a quite restrictive size range, I would say definitely more suited to those with a smaller bust.  The sizes listed are Small (32B/C/34A), Medium (34B/C/32D) and Large (36B/C/34D).  The brief sizes avaiable are Small (8-10), Medium (10-12) and Large (12-14).

Blush Guipure Balconette Bra £109.00,
Suspender Belt £85.00 and Thong £69.00
Image Source: http://www.fleurofengland.com/sets/3321-blush-guipure-balcony-bra-suspender-belt-and-thong
Next up from this range is the Blush Guipure Balconette Bra (£109.00), Suspender Belt (£85.00) and Thong (£69.00).  This stunning look is romantic yet sultry all at the same time.  The fabrics and delicate Guipure embroidery of this piece make it beautiful not only to look at but also to wear - this would be a perfect Bridal set for you future brides out there!  The bra size range is better than its non-wired companion and is available in sizes 32B-F, 34A-E and 36A-DD (not a ground breaking size range but its better than before!).  The suspender and thong are also available in Small (8-10), Medium (10-12) and Large (12-14) like the brief.

Blush Guipure Padded Plunge Bra £105.00 and
Derriere Brief £105.00
Image Source: http://www.fleurofengland.com/sets/3327-blush-padded-plunge-bra-and-derriere-brief
The next bra on offer in this range is the Blush Guipure Padded Plunge Bra (£105.00) and Derriere Brief (£105.00).  The size range for the bra is limited unfortunately but for you lucky ladies that can fit 32A-DD, 34A-D and 36A-C - this could be yours!  The briefs are available in the standard Fleur of England sizes Small (8-10), Medium (10-12) and Large (12-14).  The bra is a new shape for the brand and via the website it promises this bra will 'take you up a cup size and give amazing cleavage' (Fleur of England, 2014).

Blush Balletic Body £250.00
Image Source: http://www.fleurofengland.com/sets/3328-blush-balletic-body

There are nightwear offerings from this range also but the one I want to focus on because it just sets my pulse racing every time I look at it is the Blush Balletic Body retailing at £250.00.  This is an investment piece to say the least but it is truly stunning and for a special occasion or treat to yourself or a loved one - why not splurge on something so beautiful?!  The body is available in sizes Small (8-10), Medium (10-12) and Large (12-14).

I hope you have enjoyed looking through these romantic offerings - look out for more posts for Valentine's Day due for publishing at the weekend!

Speak soon,
Claire x

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