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My Retro Closet Experience: Made-to-Order Retro Nighties

12 Apr

I rarely buy lingerie anymore (for obvious reasons, I have no more room in our two-room flat!) but when I do, it’s those pieces that I have considered long and hard. I am actually pretty considerate when it comes to buying pretties: I usually wonder and weigh on my purchases for months and really think hard if I want and need the item in question. I don’t have tons of spare coins and I like good quality clothing that is ethically made, so I save my pennies to buy something absolutely gorgeous or adorable.

So, I decided to make my first lingerie purchase in probably years and invested in a My Retro Closet “Jayne” nightie in red – I just couldn’t resist the ruffles, the adorable shoulder-ties and the way it spoke Xmas to me. Regardless of it being a Christmas season treat to myself, I decided to review it here now as I truly think this piece of heaven deserves a special mention here on my blog.

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I have admired My Retro Closet’s pieces for a while and they struck me as something we could have seen on the actresses of Mad Men or in the sleepover scene in Grease – perfect 50’s-60’s style boudoir glamour that look both effortless and sexy. I was first wary about the fit and the look this nightie would give me – I wasn’t sure if it was going to sit nicely on my larger-than-average bust and I was afraid of looking frumpy and shapeless in it. There were also not specific sizes when it came to the Jayne babydoll, which is not usually good for busty ladies like myself. However, the website said it would fit UK sizes 8-16, so I decided to give it a try.

My fears were not in the right at all, as the cut is very generous and would probably fit a plethora of body shapes and sizes. The tie-shoulders help with adjusting the neckline to a height that suits my body (and my mood!) the best. I find the shape rather flattering in its unique way – it’s rather innocent while being so flowy but also a bit naughty as it is a see-through fabric. The see-through aspect of it is not the most obvious which is something I like – I want just a hint of my skin showing through.
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My Retro Closet’s own house brand is usually made-to-order, with the exception of some special sale events when the owner (a lovely lady, if I may say so!) sews a few of the most popular styles ready-to-ship. I ordered my Jayne babydoll during a 20% flash sale but yet it was made-to-order – however, I told the owner that I needed the item by a certain date for a special occasion and she made sure to sew and ship it in time, so it arrived in Finland several days before the D-day. I was ecstatic and can only say good things about the customer service! She is also a doll on social media and always replying to her customers questions on there as well.

When the parcel arrived in just a few days after shipping, I was happy to discover a lovely neatly wrapped babydoll in it – and it was even more gorgeous than I had hoped it to be! The quality was impeccable and you could see it was made with love. Some of the best lingerie money I have seriously ever spent (and I have spent quite some…)! The colour was a perfect true red which suits perfectly Christmas, Valentine’s Day and pretty much any day you want to feel sassy and retro.
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I am very much of home-type of person – I do like my nights out and going to gym and strolling in the city centre etc, but my bed is literally the best place I know. Preferable with my loved one (don’t you think dirty there!). Even though I got the Jayne nightie for a special occasion, I do find it rather practical as well. Sure, I would never give up my Bambi onesie I got from Disneyland – after all I got proposed in it! – but I also sometimes like to feel a bit feminine without giving up my comfort either. This is where the Jayne comes in – it makes me feel so sexy yet not exposed nor uncomfortable at all.

Depending on the time you order, the made-to-order items at My Retro Closet take about 2-6 weeks to sew and ship. So if you have a day you need them on, please make sure to order in time and leave the owner a note! The Jayne range also features a bralette and panty set I very much have my eyes on – I am just hesitant to make a purchase because of my bust size. However, I have ordered some other items from them and they have always been beautiful and great quality. This store and it’s lovely owner get a huge thumbs up from me! If you are interested in your very own Jayne, it costs ÂŁ75. However, they do have regular sales for a few % off if you are on a budget! And even on regular price, I can tell the products are totally worth it 😉

Lingerie Review: Sonata Rapalyte “Elektra” Bespoke Bodysuit

6 May

In addition to pretty bras and panties, I am extremely fond of all kinds of lingerie. Teddies, bodysuits, gowns (oh those Boudoir by D’Lish ones!), babydolls and slips – I will pretty much take anything if it’s my style and high-quality to satisfy the lingerie elitist in me. Unfortunately, my big bust usually means I cannot wear most of the beautiful indie/luxury designer pieces that I lust for. When Sonata Rapalyte contacted me about gifting one of their bodysuits for review purposes, I was so worried at first I could not fit into one – they all looked so small-bust friendly according to the look book pictures, so I almost gave up the whole thing. However, when the lovely team at Sonata asked if I wanted a bespoke bodysuit made according to my specific measurements, I could have not been happier! I had been lusting over their designs for so long and now my dreams were going to come true.

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The Design: I opted for the Elektra Ribbon Bodysuit as I loved the unusual colour combination of navy blue and fuchsia and thought it would suit my skin tone and eye colour the best. The bodysuit is made of extremely soft delicate lace which has a tiny bit of stretch to it. The contrasting ribbon and the satin-covered buttons are made of pure silk satin which feels luxurious to touch. Both the front and the back feature a v-shaped plunging neckline which give the bodysuit its sexy look.

The bottom is constructed in a way that suits my curvy figure the best – while looking at it laid down on the bed, you can see that there is very accentuated curve to the hip area and also some significant ruching at the back and on the bust part. The crotch part of the suit features a gusset that can be easily opened with a few poppers. This is particularly convenient when nature calls! However, it is not the easiest to close so I would recommend taking the suit off completely when you need to use the bathroom.

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The Fit: I gave my measurements to the Sonata team so they could make me a bespoke suit to my body only – there were quite a few measurements I had to take to make sure the fit would be right, but I can tell you it is totally worth it! I was quite worried at first as this was my first custom-size piece of lingerie and I just hoped I had taken all my measurements correctly. I also have a very long torso which sometimes makes things complicated with loungewear, as it recently did with the Gossard Harmony teddy.

I needn’t have worried though! The bodysuits fits me absolutely beautifully and also makes me feel beautiful. Sometimes lingerie can technically fit you but does not make you feel very confident. As an eating disorder survivor I am still at times a bit down about my body and a bit insecure – this bodysuit makes that all go away for a moment when I put it on, which is probably the biggest testimony you have ever heard from me! The bust contains my boobs well while still being quite revealing and sexy. Also my curvy butt is very happy with the suit and I don’t find the back part of the suit restricting at all. As I am more of an S-curve hourglass shape (my curves can be better seen from the side), there is a tiny bit of empty space at the curve of my back but I am not bothered by this at all. When it comes to fit the Elektra still deserves a 10/10 from me!

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Comfort: As the bodysuit is just the right length for me and can handle all my curves, there is nothing I can really complain about it. It serves me well while sitting down and walking around the house (and I actually wore it to a party as well!) so there is no way this piece should only be left for boudoir purposes only. It truly is a comfortable loungewear piece than can be worn solely to make yourself happy. The materials are dreamy and soft and feel nice on my sensitive skin.

The Sonata Rapalyte “Elektra” Ribbon Bodysuit comes in sizes XS-XL and retails for ÂŁ151. If your curves require something special, I would truly recommend contacting them for a custom-size piece. The process of making a bespoke bodysuit is quite swift and the outcome so flattering and beautiful, it’s well worth the money. Perhaps try a white one for your wedding day?

The Best of the Best – Moda AW15 Lingerie Roundup

5 Jul

As we are already approaching Moda which is no more than a month away, I decided to put together a roundup post for you of my absolute favourite styles for this upcoming season, introduced last February at Moda. Me and luckily Jo as well are visiting Moda in August again and I want to share some of my faves before the new Moda posts start rolling again! I know I haven’t been as active with my new collection introductions lately but please forgive me, it has been a very busy spring with my new job and bachelor degree research (I am now finishing it up, it’s about body image & eating disorders). However, here are some brands and new AW15 styles that really impressed me a few months ago – I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

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Ambra Lingerie

Ambra is an Italian lingerie brand which still remains as a luxury-focused family business in the town of Alba (interestingly the home town of Nutella as well!). The silky garments are designed and produced by hand in Italy which makes Ambra an ethically-aware lingerie manufacturer and a supporter of local employment. Even though local production always takes the prices up a notch, I do believe the production process itself is something that needs to be considered when talking about real product value. Also, the Ambra lingerie is made mostly out of silk and high-end Italian lace which makes the garments look and feel gorgeous to the wearer. The size range is still rather small but they have introduced F-cups only recently and the way is up if the demand is there! I fell in love with the delicate style above, rocking a bold combo of gold and dark purple which is a rather unusual combination for next AW season.

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Millesia

Millesia is a French brand founded in the 90’s and has since aimed to create feminine yet strong styles to please women’s luxury needs in the A-D category. Even though the brand is new to me personally, I was struck by its personality and strong sense of aesthetics. The new collection was a seducing combination of fine details, lace and bondage vibes which makes it look interesting even though we have seen the 50 shades style in lingerie for a couple of years now. The set above was one of the more clean-cut yet powerful styles of Millesia for next season and I sure would love to see it produced in bigger sizes as well.

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Freya

The old Frey Frey and I were not the best of friends when I entered the full-bust world a few years back. Everyone else was raving about their fit but it turned out that my FOT boobs were not too happy in most of their bras so I left it to that and turned to the likes of Curvy Kate instead. However, recently the Freya designs have improved to the level that I am super intrigued to give them a go again, even just for the looks sake. This lovely little number is called Minx and it is available in various bra styles with a size range of D-G with plunge balconette and padded half-cup styles and GG-K in the balconette style. The pic above features the first-mentioned and I am in love with the key-hole detail at the gore!

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Evollove

Evollove is a fairly new D-G brand with young-ish target market and reasonable prices. I have had the chance to try Evollove bras at the Mimi & You boutique I visited last time I was London and even though the brand goes “only” up to G, they are a great option for someone looking for fun everyday bras at budget. The style above is one of their amazing longlines which are a plenty compared to other British brands in the same size category. In addition to creating sassy youthful styles for women in their 20’s, it is also a great brand to look for age appropriate bras for young girls in their early teens – this brand knows how to do a good cute floral which is something that appeals to almost any tween + their moms 😉

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Gossard

Oh mighty Gossard, you seem to seduce me every time and this time was no different. The good news is, they are also bringing back more up-to-G styles again! I am so smitten as last season of Gossard was a bit of disappointment for me size-wise. This time I will have a few lovely styles to choose from, including the Desire range pictured above. Longlines up to G? I’ll take it! Also, there seems to be a fair amount of high-waisted options and suspender belts on offer, which makes a true pinup gal like myself jump for joy. What seems to be the highlight of this upcoming season will however be the classic Gossard “Gypsy”-style, brought back from the 80’s to today and renewed. No doubt I will be trying that bad boy out!

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Scantilly

As Curvy Kate’s new sub-label Scantilly has been splattered across the internet already, I settle with bringing you my favourite style from the collection: the Pounce. Even though the whole small collection was completely on-point and amazing, something in this leopard lover speaks to me with such volumes. Maybe it’s the suspender belt? I don’t know but heaven’s Lord this collection is something needed in the full-bust scene! It embraces the 50 shades trend so well with a sophisticated touch that I am only left swoon and hoping to get to try these beauties asap. The sizes go up to HH so small-ish compared to other CK styles but we can definitely expect bigger cups in the future!

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Signature

Signature was first introduced on 2COP about a year ago when I encountered the brand at August 2014 Moda. The brand is a sub-label to After Eden which is already a rather well-known brand across Europe, including Finland where it is sold as a house-hold name in big department stores. As After Eden only goes up to DD, the brand has given birth to a new baby in both bigger band and cup sizes. The band sizes start at 32 and end at 44 which is a fair size range for such a new brand. Also, the cups are rumoured to run large which makes it a winner instantly! My fave from the collection was the snake-print “Grace” which comes in a lovely fashion-forward colour combo or petrol blue and black.

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All in all the AW15 season looks promising! I still have a couple of brands I want to go more in-depth with so if you wondered about the absence of Curvy Kate and Lepel in my post, stay tuned as they are being previewed very soon 😉 Have a lovely upcoming week everyone and do let me know which style appealed to you the most from this roundup!

Luxury Loungewear Review: Introducing AndrĂ©s Intimates

8 Jun

As you my dear readers know, I am all for luxurious fabrics and girly underwear – whether it was a new lacy bra, a pair of well-crafted knickers or a piece of beautiful loungewear. This is why I was so smitten when AndrĂ©s Intimates reached out to me and asked if I would like to review some pieces from their current collection. I did some research on the brand and knew immediately this was something I was going to love; the pieces were something my grandma would have worn in the 40’s and as I am vintage-kinda girl, my answer to their request was “Hell yes!” I told the brand representative Dan what my preferences were colour- and style-wise and he was happy to send me their iconic X-back chemise and a matching circle kimono to fulfill my luxury dreams. Here’s how I liked the combo!

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When I first unwrapped the parcel and had my first touch with the garments I was absolutely blown-away – this was one of my first touches to genuine silk underwear and I had already started to feel there was no going back now. I knew the quality and the feel of the garments was indeed going to be premium to say the very least but as the I slipped into the chemise I let a small “Ah” out of my mouth as the materials were heavenly against my sore skin (I am having one of those worse months with my skin right now…). I had already had the chance to try some silks a couple of weeks back at my bra fitter training so I knew what the benefits of silk were to my skin – it calms it when everything else makes it feel like on fire. Trust me, I have not tried anything more practical and relieving when it comes to materials on an irritated skin!

Styling-wise, I was so happy to see Dan had picked something I really loved as his choice of colours: I asked him to surprise me and he definitely did that with this combination of radiant coral red + peachy rose pink. As I had picked out the pink circle kimono as one of my favourites, AndrĂ©s Intimates was happy to dye the tulip lace of the chemise with the same colour to offer me a matching set. How thoughtful is that! The whole set was so “me” and I cannot thank Dan and his coworkers enough for the spot-on colour choices.

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What really makes Andrés stand out from other loungewear brands I have tried, is their craftsmanship and attention to details. All of their garments are created made-to-order in San Francisco which makes it a local business instead of something that is flown from China to lower the costs. The prices consist of a lot of love, attention, care and commitment put into the garments as well as the local production costs and the superb materials. These prices have no extra air in them whatsoever!

In addition to lovely soft materials and the killer colour combo, I really fell in love with how comfy the garments are on. To be honest, I was bit shocked at first to receive a size Large chemise (the circle kimono is one-size) but as I discussed the matter with Dan, turned out he had discussed my bust size with a few of their retailers and decided he wanted to put my comfort first as I am a full-busted lady. Even though I usually wear a size Small and sometimes a Medium, I do suggest that especially full-busted gals sized up with the chemise! If you prefer a snugger fit or are less-endowed in the boob area, you could get away with your regular size but I do think the sizes are still on the smaller side. However, the Large was a bit loose on me and as I gave more thought to it, it was a right decision on the behalf of Dan to send me the L as loungewear is supposed to be as comfy and care-free as possible.

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When it comes to covering your fuller bust, AndrĂ©s does have your back (see what I did there?) with the X-back design and some adjustable straps. I found myself loving the more loose and lower fit at the front but if you feel like your bust is slipping out and it bothers you (to be honest, I don’t really care when I am at home), you can easily adjust the straps to pull the chemise up a bit at the front. In my opinion the ensemble looks the most flattering when “hanging”  a bit lower but this is always down to personal preference.

All in all I am very impressed with the AndrĂ©s Intimates and the way they have renewed their brand to provide classic lounge- and sleepwear options to the modern woman. If you would be interested to treat yourself or have someone treat you (ahem, boyfriends and girlfriends pay attention!) I would recommend AndrĂ©s as a good option for something a little more special. If interested, you can use the code 2CAKES25 to claim 25% off your first order. Their classic 32″ chemise retails for a $158 and the circle kimono for $170. Also, if you want a second opinion before your purchase, do check out Becky’s and Afilal’s reviews on AndrĂ©s Intimates!

Do you own any luxury lingerie or loungewear? Let me know in the comments! 🙂 xx PS. Huge thanks to Jo for taking the pics – they turned out really well, right?

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