Sweet Nothing Du Jour plus Rapid-Fire Reviews 3/21/13

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You know how sometimes you have lots of awesome things going on at once, like, say, TWO catnip mice and a nice long ribbon to play with? And you get kind of overwhelmed, but you’re still having a rad time? Ruby knows.  Yikes, I will never say “rad” again.  That was weird.

Hey friends.  This isn’t a real post, except to share some good things going on in the world and keeping me busy, which, as The Worst March of Them All (weather-wise) drags on, is a good thing.

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Big News: I’m currently enrolled in a bra-fit certification program led by Ali Cudby, author of Busted!, which I reviewed last year when I started this blog and absolutely adored.  I had the privilege of meeting her at CurveNY, and I had every intention of asking her intelligent, pointed questions about her career, the lingerie industry, consumer empowerment, the importance of bras to a woman’s self-esteem and self-image, and that sort of thing.  Instead we talked about Bravissimo and our favorite bras.  Whoops.  Anyway, she’s lovely, warm, and incredibly knowledgeable, and the course is a wonderful reminder that women come in all shapes, our bra sizes are not set in stone and do not define us as people, and that no matter how we feel about our bodies or what we might be led to believe by the media/our own inner demons, there ARE bras out there for each and every one of us that will make us feel good.  I’m really enjoying the opportunity to hone my bra fitting technique and especially to learn how to fit women who aren’t, you know, me.

The FabFit Academy is a new venture designed to improve the fit skills and customer service of boutique owners and employees.  As such, it assumes course members have access to actual customers, and the homework assignments require questioning and fitting multiple women each week.  As I work a full-time emphatically-non-lingerie job, my free time is dedicated to convincing my poor friends to let me see their boobs.

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Speaking of work, I know it’s boring when people are all “oh my gosh, so sorry, work has been CRAZY lately,” but seriously, work has been CRAZY lately.  Late nights, weekends, sigh, etc.  Anticipate having free time to do laundry/cook real food/blog in two months or so.

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When I’m NOT at the office or looking at boobs, I’m in my kitchen.  One of my neighbors, a gorgeous, insanely talented, immensely generous woman who’s been my friend pretty much since I moved to New York, is getting married in June and has asked me to make her cake.  I am flattered and honored to have been asked, and I’m so excited for her and her fiance.  So naturally I, being a fool, chirped “oh of course!”, forgetting that I have shaky hands and usually decorate cakes by swirling the frosting and calling it a day.  I’m currently keeping dairy farmers in the New York area afloat while I make sample cakes, curds, and frostings, test my decorating skills, and seek out new recipes.  So far my freezer is 2/3 full, I’m two cakes and two lemon curds in, and I have only messed up one of each.  Yep, I’m professional.  Also, can I borrow ten dozen eggs and eighty pounds of sugar?

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You know how at least once a year you run out of everything at once, and you have to restock shampoo, conditioner, soap, lotion, that face wash you’re convinced is overpriced nonsense, deodorant, razor blades, Q-tips, mascara, foundation, chapstick, tampons, hairspray, toothpaste, and nail polish remover in one fell swoop, and it leaves you financially shell-shocked and horrified and you resolve to stop grooming forever, but then it’s SO NICE having real shampoo instead of a watered-down bottle and real mascara instead of ditto?  I just replaced a bunch of bras that were super, incredibly tired, and while I still feel sort of “gah you just had to buy a new computer and you still have to buy 1,302 sticks of butter before June, slow your roll,” oh MAN are these new bras nice.

Rapid-Fire Reviews:

Starburst Bra by Bravissimo

Starburst Bra by Bravissimo.  £29.00, available in sizes 28-38 DD-J (UK).  Matching brief and thong, sizes XS-2XL.

Starburst Bra by Bravissimo. £29.00, available in sizes 28-38 DD-J (UK). Matching brief and thong, sizes XS-2XL.

Hot damn, I’ve been looking for a bra like this for a long time now.  Bravissimo’s own brand bras seem to suit me really, really well.  First Lola Luxe, then Boudoir Beau (pretty please more colors, Bravissimo?), and now this cutie, a star-spangled, unpadded plunge bra.  The band closes with three sets of three hooks-and-eyes, and that extra depth gives nice, smooth support.  The shape is lovely and rounded, the wires aren’t too wide-set, and there’s enough room in the top of the cup that the plunging neckline doesn’t cut into my full breasts.  It’s not a super-push-up bra, but I’d say it’s a fair cross between Freya’s Deco and Panache’s Tango plunge in terms of cleavage– work appropriate so that it won’t show under a button-down or V-neck, but sassy enough for a fun night out.  I wish the stars were slightly bigger, bolder, and starrier, but that’s me; others may appreciate the print’s smaller scale.

Marcie by Cleo

"Marci" by Cleo.  Available in sizes 28-38 D-J (UK), briefs sizes 8-18 (UK).  Prices vary.

“Marcie” by Cleo. Available in sizes 28-38 D-J (UK), briefs sizes 8-18 (UK). Prices vary.

I don’t have much to add except it’s just as awesome as the last one.  Fabulous color, lovely round, uplifted shape, good for “perky” full boobs, comfy straps, dots, ruffles– what’s not to like?  This shape works incredible well for me, and I love having a mesh bra that’s supportive yet lightweight and cute.  I’m going to try to treat this one a little nicer than my last one and maybe not wear it pole dancing, just to see if I can make it last longer.  I’m hesitating on getting the matching briefs, as freaking adorable as they are, just because they are SO dang low-cut they keep wanting to slip right off my hips.  I may size up to see if it fixes the problem; but I do wish the rise were 2-3 inches higher.

Jasmine by Panache Superbra

"Jasmine" by Panache Superbra, available in sizes 30-38 D-K (UK). Matching brief sizes 8-18 (UK).  Price varies.

“Jasmine” by Panache Superbra, available in sizes 30-38 D-K (UK). Matching brief sizes 8-18 (UK). Price varies.

I had heard very, very good things about this bra, and I loved the bird print for Fall/Winter 2012, so when it came time to choose a new “everyday” bra, I decided to try out the pretty new floral print.  Jasmine is very similar to Panache’s classic “Andorra” bra, which I like . . . okay.  Both the plunge and full-cup versions of Andorra sit a little strangely on me, but I really, REALLY like the Jasmine.  The bottom of the cup is laminated for sturdy support, while the top of the cup features the same soft stretch lace as the Andorra, which is so user-friendly for monthly boob fluctuations.  The band closes with three sets of three hooks and eyes, and it just doesn’t budge– I wore it all day Saturday to go wedding-dress shopping with my friend, and I felt comfortable, supported, and pretty (the matching briefs are lovely and comfy).  A+, would buy again, etc.  Panache and I didn’t use to get along, but all of a sudden they’ve become my go-to brands for a good fit and pretty designs.

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How are YOU?  What’s new in your world?  What is UP with all this rain/snow nonsense?  Anyone else super behind on TV?

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It’s okay Ruby. You’ll catch up on Downton Abbey one day.

11 Comments on Sweet Nothing Du Jour plus Rapid-Fire Reviews 3/21/13

  1. Erica of A Sophisticated Pair
    March 21, 2013 at 3:01 pm (7 years ago)

    I am tickled pink that you love the Jasmine! It really is a wonderful style that gives a lot of great support and lift throughout the day. It’s still my favorite bra of the ones I own!

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    • Sweets
      March 21, 2013 at 3:18 pm (7 years ago)

      I’ve worn it maybe 3 times now, and it’s fast becoming a favorite. I’d never have tried it if you hadn’t sung its praises! It’s interesting, too, that we both like this one, because there are other bras (Faye, Gem, Meg, and Marcie come to mind) where we’ve had very different experiences. I wonder what the common ground is with Jasmine?

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      • sophisticatedpair
        March 21, 2013 at 4:49 pm (7 years ago)

        Honestly, I think the Jasmine is just an amazing bra. It’s got the right design elements which flatter so many different body and breast types. In my store alone, I’ve seen women from a 30D up to a 38JJ fall in love with it, so Panache really struck gold here. Now watch them discontinue it . . .

        About the Marcie: I have actually been toying with the idea of trying it in a cup size down. When the fit issues popped up, I sort of ruled it out, but maybe dropping a cup size would give me a better fit. As someone who owns a bra store, I think I should be a little more open-minded to the power of tweaking a size!

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        • Sweets
          March 21, 2013 at 5:39 pm (7 years ago)

          Oh I hope they don’t discontinue it! I think they have a great thing going there. I especially appreciate how the top of the cup doesn’t take over in larger sizes– they’ve kept the aesthetics of the smaller cup size really well. I’m so glad to hear that it suits so many women; I’ll start recommending it!

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  2. olive
    March 21, 2013 at 3:03 pm (7 years ago)

    okay, i just need to say how FREAKING CUTE that picture of your cat is. now that that is out of the way, i need to say how much i love the new blue marcie… it’s such a great fit for me in the cups, EXCEPT for how it digs into my sternum so much that by the end of the day i want to rip it off my body… the last time i wore it i actually unhooked it while still at work. it was that bad. 🙁 so i won’t be buying it, just drooling.
    also, the jasmine is so totally comfy but really weirdly minimizing on me… like, where did my boobs go?! not what i was expecting from it, but an excellent work/activity bra.

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    • Sweets
      March 21, 2013 at 3:16 pm (7 years ago)

      Haha, aw, thanks Olive! It’s so interesting to me how different bras work in different sizes, or even in the same size worn on different bodies. It can be really frustrating trying to fit yourself and figure it out, and it’s something I’m looking to have a better grasp of once this class is over, but it’s also a good thing, because it means there are as many bras out there as will fit all of us in our infinite variations. The blue of the Marcie is so great, and it actually kind of coordinates well with the Jasmine, which pleases me 🙂

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  3. Trendsurvivor
    March 25, 2013 at 2:59 pm (7 years ago)

    I Love the first image. I was not a huge cat lover but after I got my black cat Ninja I appreciate amazing cat photos.
    See you in my blog, maybe.
    xxx
    Nina
    http://trendsurvivor.com/

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  4. Mary Frances
    March 26, 2013 at 4:56 pm (7 years ago)

    I love this post, particularly how clearly I can hear your voice in it. Also, you can use me as a test subject for your bra certification course any day 🙂 I’m an excellent example of post-breastfeeding shrinkage these days. Sigh.

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    • Sweets
      March 26, 2013 at 5:13 pm (7 years ago)

      Your boobs are magnificent! Also, yes please. Maybe we can do a visit in April or May?

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