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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 £151. 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 Easiest Way to Wash Your Bras – Eucalan Delicate Wash Review

7 Apr

I am super lazy. Yes, that is now out there and there’s no denying it – I literally vacuum-cleaned our flat a couple of weeks ago for the first time in over two years (I have been with Mr 2COP for 2 and half years now so you can imagine who’s been doing the cleaning so far, hehe!) and I felt like a freaking hero. I have only recently started to do more household chores and remember to mention every single chore to the Mr when I’ve done it – because it’s a miracle each and every time. So you can imagine how I feel about washing my underwear; it’s tedious and I usually have a huge pile of dirty stuff before I take on the chore. This is why I truly appreciate anything that helps me with all the washing and rinsing – enter Eucalan Delicate Wash. *These products were gifted to me by Eucalan. All opinions are my own!*

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I have to admit that I had tried something quite similar before being introduced to Eucalan – you may have seen a review of Soak Wash on my blog previously which is still something I use at frequently. The Soak is a “stronger” formula with the upside of getting even some stains out of clothes but to be honest, it is also not the most eco-friendly choice. With Eucalan I was instantly intrigued by its claims to be a sustainable options for those who want to wash their delicates in an eco-friendly manner. The girl needs options!

The Eucalan washing liquid works pretty much the same way as Soak – you fill a bucket or a sink with lukewarm water and add a teaspoon of Eucalan to the mix. Then you put your underpinnings into the sink and let them soak for 15 minutes. Here comes the easiness: after soaking, you can just drain the water out of the sink, squeeze the water out of the garments (gently!) and hang them to dry. How convenient is that?! I love that brands are coming out with these no-rinse formulas which makes especially women’s lives easier – it is so unfair men can only throw their undies in the machine and be fine with it! Personally, I would always recommend hand-washing or “soaking” for women’s underwear and especially bras, as it makes their life cycle a lot longer.

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When it comes to the ingredients of the Eucalan wash, you can find a full list of them here. A fun fact: Mr 2COP is a chemist which is why it is always helpful and interesting to ask him about the ingredients used in chemicals I use to eg wash my clothes or dye my hair with. Usually, the verdict is pretty depressing but with Eucalan, he found no harmful chemicals whatsoever. Of course, any chemical CAN cause an allergic reaction but that includes even the most “natural” ones, such as the plants that are used in the making of my hair dye. However, the Eucalan wash can be used with a clear conscience as it contains no harmful ingredients to nature nor the consumer. This is a definite upside in my book! If your skin is very sensitive though, I would advice to still rinse your garments after wash, just in case (test what works best for you and your skin!).

The Eucalan team sent me the complete collection of the five scents that belong to the Eucalan Delicate Wash family and I have tested each and every one of them. The scents are Eucalyptus, Lavender, Grapefruit, Natural and Jasmine. They are all pretty mild meaning even if you would not be the biggest fan of strong scents you could probably use these with no complaints. I personally would have enjoyed an even stronger scent, especially when it comes to my favourite scent Lavender! All of the scents are also very agreeable and I plan to use them all in the future. However, if you are allergic to even mild scents, I would suggest trying the Natural option, as it is completely scentless.

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When it comes to the washing abilities of the Eucalan, I would say they are pretty on par with most other washing liquids I have used in the past. It will not wash away stains or clean super dirty clothes but for rinsing the sweat and skin grease out of my underwear it is very appropriate. If your delicates have any stains on them, I would suggest cleaning those up before washing the garment with Eucalan.

The Eucalan comes in four different bottle sizes, which are the “single-use” packages, the 100 ml bottle, the 500 ml bottle and the giant 4 l bottle. As you only need a teaspoon of the liquid for one wash, you can go long with the 500 ml which costs $9 at the moment on Amazon. I think that is an amazing price for such a versatile and eco-friendly product, so I definitely encourage you to take the plunge and try it for yourself! If you would like try your luck, Eucalan is running a giveaway on their Facebook page in which you can win a travel package of their goodies! To find the giveaway, please click the link here. Good luck everyone!

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!

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