Take Me Downtown (Dames)

I can count on one hand how many times I’ve been reduced to tears over something as simple as a dress. (One. It has happened one time.)

You see, when Pinup Girl Clothing had their sitewide 20% off sale a few months ago I was pinching my pennies, unsure as to whether or not I wanted to finally take the plunge on my long-beloved Downtown Dames dress in pink and white polkadots. True, I had been waiting months for it’s redesign to be restocked. True, I was desperately in love with everything from it’s wing bust to it’s polka-dotted pastel color palate. But did I really need it? I hemmed and I hawwed, and at the very last moment, I decided yes. And you know what happened when I went to place my order?

SOLD OUT.

I sniffled and I wiped sad tears from my soggy face, as my girlfriend gathered me into a slightly-amused-at-my-dramatics hug and assured me that everything would be okay. Of course everything was okay, but you can rest assured that the very MINUTE it was restocked in my size, I placed my order. without hesitation. (Lesson learned.) And guys.

GUYS. It was worth every penny.

Available in sizes XS to 2XL, the Downtown Dames dress by Deadly Dames retails for $148.00

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As with pretty much every single one of my Deadly Dames dresses, the Downtown Dames dress is excellently constructed. The bodice of the dress is fully lined and boned, and the straps are adjustable. The bustline features a contrasting white wing detailing. While the bottom of the dress is not lined, I don’t feel that this compromises the fit or look of the dress at all. The straps are fully adjustable, and, paired with the strong boning of the bodice, allow this dress to (potentially) be worn sans-bra!

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According to the Pinup Girl Clothing size chart for this dress, a large is best fit to 39-40″ bust/30-31″ waist/40-41″ hips. At 40″/30″/44″, my hips were well outside the recommended size chart measurements,  but I took the risk.  (For the most part, I hate having my clothes altered. I want it now and I don’t like to wait!) I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome! While my hips were definitely being squeezed at first, I found that once the dress was on, I was able to move about easily. The fabric, though not particularly stretchy, did a great job of forming to my body. Hell, it was so comfy, I even climbed up in a tree.DSC_9498editnameJust for fun, ya know? We drew the attention of a passing photographer, Q Stern Photography, who snapped a few images and was kind enough to send them my way!

Photo by Q Stern Photography

Photo by Q Stern Photography

The lovely Tulip Noire of The Lingerie Addict fame lives in my city, and joined in on the fun! (What’s better than one pin-up in a tree? Two.)

DSC_9505editnameOnce again, I find myself impressed by the craftsmanship and attention to detail that goes into PUG’s offerings. This piece very quickly became a favorite, and has been worn several times since it arrived on my doorstep. During our galavanting and photographing around the city, it garnered many a spoken compliment and even more appraising glances. The Downtown Dames dress is a head-turner, there’s no doubt about that! I highly recommend this as a “must have”.

Have you been on the fence about this dress? Go for it! I promise you, you will not regret it.

As always, all photography was shot by my lovely and talented best friend Sarah King of Sarah King Photography! Sarah is available for tri-state area bookings, and can be reached by email at sarahrkingphotography@yahoo.com.

Sultry in Samanta: My First Polish Lingerie Review!

When it comes to Polish lingerie, I am a completely clueless. Their sizing is different, they use centimeters instead of inches, and this blogger can not math to save her life. With it’s rise in popularity amongst bloggers and customers alike and attention to the full-bust market, I needed to hop on this train!  Samanta is no stranger to the blogging community, with product reviews from the likes of Two Cakes On A Plate, The Full Figured Chest , and a very informative fit comparison by Miss Underpinnings that details the fit of several different selections from the major Polish brands.

But it’s better late than never, I say! When I was offered the opportunity to give a shiny new Samanta set a try, I jumped at the chance. After a few weeks of back-and-forth emailing, and some surprisingly lightening fast service from the postal service (shock, awe, surprise!), my parcel was on my doorstep.

After a lot of hemming and hawwing, I opted for the Desert A333 bra and B700 high waisted brief in classic black, as they fit both my pin-up persona and blend beautifully with the rest of my lingerie collection. Completely clueless on sizing, I sent the lovely Marzena my measurements, and she suggested a 70G (which, if I’m not mistaken, coincides with my typical UK size of 32G.), and an XL (for my enormous derriere, which gets larger with each passing day at the gym!).

The Desert A333 push – up type bra is directed to women with larger breasts. Raises, rounds and collects the bust promoting cleavage and providing strong support. Cups cover 80 % of the breasts.The cups are mounted on a 3/4 high gore, which encourages the display of cleavage.Ensuring maximum comfort while wearing. This model is especially designed for women with softer, less firm breast.

I was eager to give this bra a try, given how shallow, soft, and high-set my breast tissue is. The description seemed spot-on, as if this particular style was designed with me in mind. I was also apprehensive, as I have much of my success in plunge bras and the thought of trying new things makes me a bit uneasy. Undaunted, I tore open my package almost immediately.

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Sometimes I take my knickers outdoors to photograph them.

The very first thing I noticed was the quality. It was very clear to me that this was a piece of lingerie that had been carefully designed. Soft foam cups, neatly sewn seams, and sumptuous materials made up this beautifully designed and classic bra. The front band is made up of soft (not scratchy!) black lace, but the side wings and back band are smooth and silky. The cups are covered with the same breathable lace as the band, and the tops of the cups are edged with some of the most fantastic lace I’ve ever seen. A satin bow and Samanta’s signature gold “S” charm finish off the bra at the center gore, and the entire effect is quite lovely.

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In the 70G, the band fit comfortably (and could have been a bit more snug, I am accustomed to wearing my bands tight. It’s a matter of personal preference), and the center gore/wires did not poke, prod, or otherwise annoy me throughout a day of wear. The band on this bra seems quite stretchy–I perhaps could have gone with a 65GG! I did, however, run into some issues with the shape. Because of the way my breast tissue is dispersed, I typically run into issues with non-plunge bras. They tend to cut me in half, causing overspill, and sizing up does nothing but  leave me with cups-half-empty. Initially, I had the same issue with this piece–slight quadboob and strange emptiness towards the sides. I consulted with the designer and explained my situation. Thankfully, her advice worked! A few wears, a wash, and a little bit of love, and my new bra fits a whole lot better than it did in the beginning! Sometimes, a bra is like a new pair of shoes: they need their “break in” period. While this particular shape of bra may never be 100% to my liking, I am thrilled to find one that is not only wearable, but completely and utterly gorgeous!

Before and After

Before and After

Now, a bra’s a bra, but one thing I love more than anything in the world is a good pair of big knickers. And these, my friends, are good.

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They smooth, they shape, and they look damn good doing it! Despite falling into the size chart for a size Large, I ended up with these buggers in a size XL and I’m glad I did. What I lack in wide hips I make up for in booty, and I can only imagine the kind of struggle I would have gone through to fit the smaller size. These slip on comfortably, and are not overtly constricting. They come up high enough to smooth my tummy, and are fantastic on–even for all-day wear. They are quite at home amongst the other pin-up knickers in my lingerie drawer, and quickly became a favorite pair.

Behold! My booty!

Behold! My booty!

The XL is perfectly long enough for my oh-so-long torso, and covers my bum appropriately. The front panel is a double-layer knit edged with lace, both pretty and smoothing, while the rest of the panty is the same soft lace as featured on the cups. The silicone lining of the waistband keeps these lovelies from shifting around or rolling down, giving a smooth shape from top to bottom!

And the attention to detail:

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THE ATTENTION. TO DETAIL.

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All in all, this was a fantastic first foray into the world of Samanta lingerie. I am so impressed by the beautiful design, quality, and attention to detail. When I had questions about sizing, Samanta’s top-rate customer service was there to help. It made my experience all the more pleasant, knowing that there was a team of knowledgeable people willing to aid me in my quest to find the right fit and size for me! If you are on the fence about placing your first Samanta order, I can not stress it enough: DIVE IN! It will absolutely be worth it!

A Fine Folly (Review of the Folly Flair by Deadly Dames Clothing)

Fear not, readers. I am still alive, well, and fully functioning! I realize it’s been quite some time (bad, bad Jessica!), but as life has finally settled into a lovely routine, I’m back. And I’m back in a big way!

You see, recently I had a birthday. 23 was a big year for me–I ended a relationship, found new love, moved my whole life to a new city, and landed an amazing new job. It was a year filled with heartbreak and new beginnings, sadness, love, lust, and transition, and while it ended wonderfully, I’m very happy to bid it adieu. With all of those changes, it makes sense that I wanted to welcome year 24 with a bang. It will come as no surprise that when I found out that our one of our local LGBT bars would play host to a masquerade party on January 17th, that I was over the moon. I set to planning a prize-winning outfit almost immediately. Naturally, I turned to my favorite online retailer: Pinup Girl Clothing.

Enter, the Folly Flair by Deadly Dames.

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Be the center of attention walking into any room in the Folly Flair! Inspired directly from highly sought after 1950s mermaid dresses, the Folly Flair Dress offers up all the delicious details of classic vintage gowns but with modern comfort and wearability. Made of stretch cotton sateen, the dress is fully lined in a soft and silky stretch charmeuse and the bust line is fused for hidden support and structure. The hemline features eight layers of tulle to give you that perfect poof at the mermaid ruffle. The entire body features an overlay of stretch lace that is soft and comfortable to the touch. Finished off with a removable black velvet belt and a back zip.

Designed by the wonderful and talented Micheline Pitt, the Folly Flair dress is part of the Deadly Dames line. These garments are known for their fantastic quality, attention to detail, and incredible fit. This beauty was priced at $200.00 and my expectations for this dress were set high. I was not disappointed.

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Dress: Folly Flair by Deadly Dames RRP $200.00
Photography: Sarah King Photography

HOLY. WOW.

Readers, I wish I could offer you a more intellectual first impression of this piece of clothing. I’m afraid that it’s damn near impossible because LOOK AT IT.

Stretch cotton sateen. Lace overlay. A MERMAID SKIRT. And it comes in red.

ticks. all. the. boxes.

The day that this beauty arrived at my door, I received a text from my former housemate/best friend that stated something along the lines of “You better thank your lucky stars that I love you, I answered the door naked to sign for this package and communicated with the FedEx man through a 2″ sliver of an opening”. Dear friend, you have no idea how thankful I am, not only for that instance. I picked my parcel up immediately (risking a late start at my job), and wiggled myself into my purchase almost immediately upon arrival at work.

Readers, I was blown away.

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For reference, I measure 40″/30″/44″ and I purchased this beauty in a large, despite my hip measurement being two inches outside of PUG’s suggested 42″ measurement. While I definitely felt a bit squeezed in the rear-region, I could not have sized up in this without requiring significant tailoring. The bust and waist fit perfectly–as per the size chart. I measure in at 5’6″ tall, and the bottom of the mermaid skirt hit me just below the mid-calf line.

The dress is fully lined in red stretch satin, and expertly designed to hug every single curve of your body. I found that while it was snug, it was one of those dresses that “molds” to my curves, and was far easier to shimmy around in after a few try-ons.  Even the slightly-snug hips and fitted mermaid cut were amenable after “breaking in” dress. But how did it hold up after an evening of dinner (yum!), drinks and dancing?

Laura is super cool. ;)

Laura is super cool. ;)

A few glasses of champagne, and I kicked off my heels and got grooving. The party was popping, the drinks were flowing, and I was surrounded by people that I love! Midnight came, and the winner of the “Best Dressed” award was announced.

Me!

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Naturally, this was the face that won me the award. ;)

 

I couldn’t have asked for a better birthday, and I definitely couldn’t have asked for a better dress.

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Like what you see? Head on over to Pinup Girl Clothing to snag your very own Folly Flair!

 

Photography by the incredibly-talented and lovely Sarah of Sarah King Photography

 

 

#CoutureForEverybody: PUG in the Big Apple

When Pinup Girl Clothing announced a few weeks ago that they would be hosting a series of meetups and events in New York City during Fashion Week, my entire social lineup came to a screeching halt.

It was very much a STOP THE PRESSES moment, and nothing short of tragedy was going to make me miss this opportunity. After all, the Cali girls boast plenty of PUG face time but us East Coasters are oft left out of the fun, simply because of the distance.

Events were scattered throughout the weekend: drinks and socializing on Friday, a meet up and lunch on Saturday afternoon followed by the (in)famous PUG Yardsale and hangout in Brooklyn, and a vintage crawl in the big city on Sunday. Time, money, and a pesky little thing called “my full-time job” got in the way of a weekend of debauchery, however I was lucky enough to swing an entire Saturday in the big city. Best friend in tow, I took the town by storm in my hot pink Jessica dress. (It felt apropos, given that it is my namesake.) First stop: Lincoln Center Square.

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Requisite “Selife On The Train”

Lincoln Center Square is a different kind of beast during Fashion Week, and unbeknownst to me, a pin-up in the Big Apple is actually kind of a spectacle. Despite New York’s reputation for the unusual, we stuck out like two sore thumbs, and the cameras certainly paid us some attention. We were the first ladies to arrive to the meet up, so we  spent our extra time strolling, lounging by the fountain, taking in the sights, and keeping our eyes peeled for a glimpse of another set of Victory Rolls or pin curls in the crowd. Finally, we spotted someone. A navy blue Luscious dress, petticoat, and some of the prettiest red pin-curls I’ve ever seen. “I think we’re probably here for the same reason!”

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Dizzy Doll of Beauty Set Apart, pin-up girl and maker of rockin’ hair accessories.

We wandered aimlessly for a while, in search of the other PUG fans that were sure to be in attendance. After an hour or so of walking, we spied them from across the crowded square: hair flowers! We had found our people.

If  one pin-up in the big city was a spectacle, a whole group of pin-ups is enough to bring the house down. It was unlike anything I’ve ever seen before: photographers swarmed. Style bloggers, tourists, fashion photographers–everyone wanted a piece of us! After plenty of photography time (all of the ladies looked gorgeous!), we were off to lunch for a bite to eat before the yard sale.

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I can’t pronounce anything on this menu. Also, these girls are gorgeous!

 

Let me tell you something, readers. I don’t think I’ve ever been in a room with so many beautiful, vivacious, and (quite frankly) stunningly-dressed women all at once. We talked, laughed, ate, drank (in moderation, because come on: margaritas.), and then it was game time. Yard Sale time. 

This is where we split up. A group of us decided to brave the subway, while the rest of the ladies hopped into a cab to Brooklyn’s Slapback Boutique, our gracious host for the evening. I was part of the subway-bravers, and let me tell you this: Pin-ups on a train? You guessed it: Spectacle.

Baby's first ride on the metro!

Baby’s first ride on the metro!

Pin ups on the train.

Pin ups on the train.

Under the city, over the bridge and up into the sunlight, we hopped into the quickly formed line at Slapback, waiting our turn. Thankfully the rain held off, and many of the ladies in attendance walked away with some fabulous goodies at fantastic prices. Me? I kept it small and settled on a gorgeous navy blue Laura Byrnes Janelle dress from previous seasons. The deep, rich color and thick fabric will make it perfect for this upcoming fall, and at a measley 40$?! The excitement was palpable. However, fantastic shopping was not the point of these events.

Pinup Girl Clothing is one of those rare by-women-for-women companies that truly believes and supports the idea that Every Body Is Beautiful. They have some of the most diverse models I have seen, their size range is impressive for a smaller company, and their dedication to their business is unrivaled. It is rare that a company actually practices what they preach–and PUG certainly delivers. It is this attitude that consistently brings me back, both as a customer and a fan. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand that packing up boxes of goodies, suitcases of clothes/flyers/giftcards, toting the kids along, and flying across the country is no walk in the park. Yet some of the famous faces of PUG did just that. Not only to promote the brand, but to spread the message of #CoutureForEveryBody.

The Supreme Overlord herself, Laura Byrnes

The Supreme Overlord herself, Laura Byrnes.

Not only that, but time was spent actually getting to know us–the customers and fans. Let me tell you something, Laura Byrnes is hilarious. She’s quick witted, obviously intelligent, and very personable. And Micheline Pitt? It amazed me. Micheline Pitt spoke to every girl that approached her as if she’d known her forever. She was welcoming, friendly, and fabulous as all hell. I’m no designer and no business owner, but it takes true personality and passion to be able to exude that kind of positivity to every person you meet. Being able to spend an afternoon with these strong, driven women was truly inspirational. (Oh, and obviously the nanny in me wanted to cuddle the hell out of Gaia, Laura’s littlest.)

The one and only Micheline Pitt.

The one and only Micheline Pitt.

In all, PUG in the big city was an absolutely incredible experience. Every moment was filled with laughter, and just being able to network with this group of fantastic women was empowering. I connected with some fabulous girls on this trip, and I look forward to maintaining those connections and hopefully forming them into full-blown friendship. The Couture For Everybody event in NYC was a smashing success, and here’s hoping that the ladies of PUG decide to bring it around again in the years to come!

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Eyebrows in progress

Oops, I nearly forgot. (And seriously, how could I forget!?!) Who’s got two thumbs and got a new set of brows during Ms. Pitt’s brow demo at Slapback? That’s right ladies and germs, yours truly. They’ll never look like this again, so naturally I had to preserve the memory. Cheers!

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Cheers!

 

Another Dose of Deadly: Kiss Me Deadly Review

Suffice to say, I’m addicted to Kiss Me Deadly.

Besides the fact that I’ve always had a soft-spot in my blogger heart for smaller independent brands, I also have mucho respect for anybody–person, business, or otherwise–that does their own thing.  And if any of you are even remotely familiar with the Kiss Me Deadly brand, you know that they do the hell out of their own thing!

With this in mind, it should come as no surprise that when my birthday (and subsequent birthday monies) rolled around last January, I leaped at the chance to give some of my lusted-after garments a try.

Enter the Pink Alouette six-strap waist cincher and brief:

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Pink Alouette Cincher and Pin-up Brief by Kiss Me Deadly

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…

If you pair blush pink satin with a sultry lace overlay, I’m already hooked. But put these two characteristics into a piece of lingerie that not only cinches in my waist,  but offers six detachable suspender clips to hold up my stockings? Love. Love, in it’s truest form. It meets in the back with a hook-and-eye closure, which requires a bit of patience to close up, but once on, you may never want to take it off!

Back in January when I purchased these items, I was a bit larger then my current stats, so what was a perfect fit on my 33″ waist back then is a bit loose on my now 29″-30″ waist. For reference, I own a size Large in this piece, which is still wearable at my current size. However, it does not necessarily offer any compression or shaping that I suspect it would in the size smaller that I now need!

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The sexy-sweet briefs showcase the same lace print as the cincher, and feature sheer mesh at the sides and back. A sweet little bow finishes off the keyhole. I ordered these briefs in a size XL way back when, and I am happy to say that because baby got back, they still fit my newly reshaped derriere! I measure 44″ at the hip–most of which is rear–and I find these to run a tiny bit small. I was happy with my size choice, as the waistband does not cut into my hips.

The only issue that I have come across with these pieces is that the suspender clips require a bit of gentle coaxing to stay in place. The first few times I fastened them they slipped from their positioning and left my stocking falling south. Once I’ve convinced them that they’re to hold tight to my stockings, I fell in love all over again…

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…and I mean, come on. How could you not?

(As I am sized out of Kiss Me Deadly’s bra offerings, I happily paired this set with my trusty Freya Deco in black. It’s not a perfectly cookie-cutter match, but I’m not complaining. And I daresay I don’t think my girlfriend will, either. ;) )

Because I have a serious shopping habit healthy appetite for lingerie, I also popped a Lydia suspender belt into my cart at the time of my order. As Lydia is a discontinued set, I got it for a song. And you can imagine that many moons later when I scooped up my first Avocado lingerie set and I realized that the two different brands were actually a perfect match…well..

It would have been a crime to not pair them up and take some snaps.

DSC_3322editLydia is another one that had my heart a-fluttering. Gorgeous teal (Teal? Turquoise? whatever the color, it’s lovely.) satin with a black lace overlay, six suspender clips and a wide top to hide a multitude of sins? Bow details around every corner? And it closes easily in the back with three sets of three hooks-and-eyes. How did they know!

Kiss Me Deadly, are you sneaking into my dreams at night?!

I also purchased this lovely in a size Large, which is sadly too large for my new frame. However for size reference, at the time of purchase (41″/33″/45″) this piece fit my body as if it was made for me! I wore it lovingly underneath my swingy-est of dresses, and eventually took a seam ripper to the bows so that I could utilize her underneath more form fitting wiggles. Lydia shaped up to be both a sexy and utilitarian piece of lingerie. Ten points to KMD!

If you are looking to inject a little functional ingenuity and creativity into your lingerie collection, I highly recommend Kiss Me Deadly as a brand to follow. Their personality shines through in every photoshoot, blog update, and Facebook status, which is something that I really admire! They are a brand that obviously and truly cares for their customer base. They listen, and they deliver! Passion is obviously in the forefront of what they do. From corsets, to cinchers, to girdles and everything in between–I firmly believe that Kiss Me Deadly has something to suit every body!

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Cupless Vargas Dress in Red: Limited Edition! Preorder at Kiss Me Deadly

 

(Don’t believe me? Check out this Cupless Vargas dress that has just been released for pre-order! Available in both black and red, it is perfect for large and small busted ladies alike. Versatile and sexy. Kiss Me Deadly, I think you’ve truly outdone yourselves this time!)

 

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A Trip to Tatyana

I firmly believe that every woman is entitled to treat herself, especially in times of trouble. When emotions are running high, sometimes the only person who can really make you feel better is yourself. And so, we search for ways to ease the strife.

Some girls indulge in tantalizing treats. (Ohgodyes, brownies.)

Some throw themselves into a fervor of exercise.

Me? I shop. I get impulsive, and I shop like there’s no tomorrow. And in these most recent weeks…oh boy, did I come home with a haul.

After a recent emotional upset lead me to an impromptu solo-trip to New York City, I suddenly found myself gliding through the doors of Tatyana Boutique’s flagship store around 1st and Bowery. Allow me to set the scene:

Deep breath in, exhale. Must not squeal, exhibit self control! A chorus of angels harmonizes in the background while afternoon sunlight glimmers over racks and racks draped with fabulous retro-chic clothing. I’m greeted by a team of beautiful women, all dressed to the nines in the latest that Tatyana has to offer. Deep breath, exhale. There’s no place like home (away from home).

I came dressed for the day in a current-season purchase from the previous weekend–the absolutely stunning Shame dress in red–and found my kindred spirits in two similarly polka-dot clad (and absolutely wonderful!) employees.

Lots of dots at Tatyana Boutique NYC

Lots of dots at Tatyana Boutique NYC

After much excited chit chat with these lovely ladies, I set to scouring the inventory, determined to try on essentially every damn thing in the store. Countless swimsuits, dresses, and separates later, I made my choices and practically skipped to the register, brandishing my credit card. Here’s what came home with me…

The Sweet Berries Dress:

DSC_3212It’s all in the name. The Sweet Berries dress from Tatyana Boutique is one of the sweetest dresses that I own. It has very quickly morphed into my favorite go-to “casual day out” dress. With it’s red and white polkadot motif and bow accent, it is a dress that (in my humblest of opinions), can do no wrong! Fully lined and made from fabric with just enough give, it’s perfectly curve-hugging and fits my body as if it was made for me. At 40/30/44, I purchased this beauty in a size Medium.

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The medium requires just the tiniest bit of wiggling to get into, but it’s no stress on the rugged zipper, and once into the dress I can breathe, sit, and dance with no issues.

DSC_3192editThis dress retails at $120.00, and is available in sizes Extra Small to Extra Large. While this is a smaller size range then Tatyana usually offers, I would encourage my 2XL ladies to give the XL a try, given my size experience with this dress! Love it? Order your own here!

The All Aboard Blouse and Catwalk Skirt:

I am very much a dresses-before-separates kind of lady, but in an effort to broaden my wardrobe horizons, I tried on a few separates while gallivanting through New York City. And despite my original misgivings about a two-piece outfit, I fell truly-madly-deeply for two particular items at the Tatyana Boutique: The All Aboard Blouse in red, and the Catwalk Skirt in black:

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Maybe I’m predictable in that I love anything red-white-with-bows, but when I saw this pretty, I couldn’t resist. This top is not only gorgeous, but it is flattering, breathable, and loaded with s-t-r-e-c-h! I initially tried this on in a size medium, only to be swamped by fabric in my shoulder region. The size small that now hangs in my closet is a perfect fit and leaves room for me to lose the last few pounds I’m working on without the need for alterations. Besides that, what’s not to love about a big decorative bow and a keyhole cut-out? The All Aboard top is available in both red or navy, and retails for $58.00. If you love it as much as I do, grab your own here.

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It’s hard not to feel cheeky in patriotic stripes, but it’s even harder not to feel downright sexy in the perfect black pencil skirt. Enter the Catwalk Pencil Skirt in black. Made of a stretch material that I can only classify as bengaline, it hugs my curvy hips and thighs in all the right places. Button and kick-pleat details adorn the front, giving it just the right amount of sass. Be warned, though: while the body of the skirt is stretchy, the waist is NOT. The side buttons and zip of the skirt are firm, so pay close attention to your waist measurement if ordering online. At 30″, I walked out with a size large and I struggle to get the buttons done up if I’m particularly bloated.  This skirt is available in sizes XS to 4XL, and retails for $70.oo. Need a new basic in your wardrobe? Order yours here!

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What I Wore: “Shame”

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Of course, a Tatyana-exclusive post couldn’t come to an end without discussing my all-time-favorite dress! The week before my NYC trip, I walked into “my”  Tatyana on Walnut Street in Philadelphia wearing a purple wiggle dress. I walked out about fifteen minutes in “Shame”, deeming a wardrobe change in the fitting room 100% necessary. As is apparent at this point in the post, this dress ticks all of my boxes: red, polka dots, bow accent.

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It has a shoulder-skimming front and a v-back that shows off both my hard work at the gym and my favorite tattoo. Form fitting with a keyhole cutout under the bust, the only issue I’ve had with it is that my gold-star bra (the Freya Deco) tends to show out the bottom. I circumvent this issue by wearing solid shapewear under the dress. (My holy grail shapewear from dMondaine, if you’re interested!) I initially tried this beauty on in a size Large, but sized down to a Medium. It takes only a tiny bit of wiggling to get into this stretchy little number, and is absolutely worth it. This dress hugs every curve of my body without highlighting any of the little lumps-and-bumps that I (and everyone else in the world) have.  I have found that it can very easily transition from a day out in the city to a night out on the town with a few hair and makeup switcheroos. Versatile and comfortable, this piece has definitely earned top marks from this vintage-repro enthusiast.DSC_3254editPriced at $126.oo and available in sizes XS to 4XL, I’d highly recommend that every vintage-loving beauty out there run to Tatyana and snatch up their very own bit of “Shame”. It’s definitely a must-have for every pin up’s closet!

In a nutshell, I’ve become a frequent-flier at Tatyana Boutique. I can always count on their clothes to be beautifully made and high-in quality. My recent trip to the New York City flagship store left me not only 100% pleased with their products and customer service, but itching for another trip…and soon!

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Let’s take a minute to discuss my fantastic photographer, shall we?! Friends for nearly ten years, Sarah King of Sarah King Photography was one of the few people I was comfortable enough to commission to shoot me not only in these pin-up lovelies, but in my undercrackers (for future posts). If you’re local-to-me, I highly recommend her services! Check her out on Facebook, and if you’re feeling really sporting, give her page a “Like”!

 

Music, Martinis, and Made In Preston: A Busty Girl Clothing Review

As if being a curvy girl isn’t enough, the clothing conundrums that accompany the figure can be downright tiresome.

Business casual tops with buttons that pull.

Jeans with gaping waistbands.

“If it fits great here, it doesn’t fit here, here, or here.”

It can be a nightmare but not all is lost, ladies! Never fear.

I was recently contacted by the lovely Nikki over at Made In Preston. Made In Preston is a British designed-and-manufactured company that offers gorgeously on-trend dresses, swimwear, and lingerie that is designed with a busty girl’s frame in mind. They realized what many high-street stores have not: that style goes far beyond a “DD”.

While it is already impressive that MiP offers lingerie and swimwear ranging in size from 26-38 DD-J, what’s even more fascinating about their line is their unique method of sizing. Each dress is available in sizes UK6-16 (US4-12), but let’s take it one step further:

“FIT … The same fit as you’d buy on the high street
FOXY … A little bit of extra room in the bust
FAB … A lot of extra room in the bust”
The magic is in the silhouette! Each Made in Preston item is offered in three shapes “Fit”, “Foxy”,or “Fab”. Ladies without the need for too much extra space in the bust could order a __”Fit”, and find little difference than on the high-street. But go with a “Fab”? You J-cup ladies may find this shape to be just what you’re looking for!
But how does Made In Preston shape up? I was given the opportunity to try out their Polka Dot Bodycon Dress in a 12Foxy (US10). As a 32G, I am not quite into “Fab” territory, and I found that the bust area of the “Foxy” silhouette was practically perfect. I trialed my dress for a concert in the city. Here’s how she fared:
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Made In Preston Polka Dot Bodycon Dress £32.00

 

Construction: Upon pulling my dress out of the parcel, I noticed right away that the construction of the dress was lovely. The stitching was strong and secure, there were no loose threads, and the seams were even. It was quite stretchy, and the only issue that I had was that the fabric itself was noticeably sheer and lightweight. Personally, this was not an issue for me. I wouldn’t hesitate to wear this with appropriately skin-toned lingerie on a hot summer day, or with a shaping slip underneath on other occasions.

Fit: When I was first discussing sizing with Miss Made In Preston herself, I was clueless. Quite simply, I sent her my bra size and my measurements (currently 40″/31″/44″, 32G), and she waved her magic wand. Just five days later, my dress was in my hot little hands! The 12 Foxy that landed in my mailbox–and subsequently onto my body!– was nearly spot on in both size and shape. My chest fit wonderfully into the bust portion of the dress without gaping or stretching (another busty-girl woe). The waist of the dress was the tiniest bit big, but not noticeably so. A quick trip to the seamstress for some tightening would give me the va-va-voom that I prefer in my wiggle dresses.

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At the concert, the dress was comfortable for equal parts dancing (Uh Huh Her, yes!) and sipping strong martinis in the mezzanine. The fabric is stretchy and breathable, and moved easily with each shimmy to the music. I did not find myself adjusting my clothing all night long, which is a definite “gold star” quality!  This is a piece that I feel could be dressed up or down. In this case, I paired it simply with black flats, a fierce red lip, and tousled hair, but I think she’d do nicely with a pair of sky-high heels and an up-do!

In all, I am very impressed by this offering from Made In Preston. (Not to mention the several other styles that have caught my eye.) I love the fresh and on-trend styles that the company has to offer, and it feels good to have high-street style options with my bigger-bust needs in mind. While their pricing may be considered a little higher for us USA-based ladies it is definitely worth a second look if you, too, are struggling with the Big Boob Conundrum. The shipping options to the US are quite affordable, and if you’re quick about it, MiP is offering a whopping 50% (!!!) off of your first order if you place it between May 29th and June 2nd.

Happy Shopping!

Bonus Shot!: "Martini in the Mezzanine"

Bonus Shot!: “Martini in the Mezzanine”

Bonus Bonus Shot: "Too Many Martinis, Bathroom Selfie Edition"

Bonus Bonus Shot: “Too Many Martinis, Bathroom Selfie Edition”