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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 £75. 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 😉

Sleepwear Worth of Sleeping Beauty – Review of Gossard “Elegance”

8 Apr

When it comes to sleepwear, there are occasions when I see something really pretty, get my hopes up but unfortunately my boobies turn out to be a bit too big for the beauties I have laid my eyes on. This is exactly what happened with the “Elegance” sleepwear range that Gossard sent me a few weeks ago – what pretty pink shades, what a lovely rose petal print! And when the parcel arrived at my door and the skivvies were on, I huffed and puffed for a moment because the garments just didn’t fit my 30GG/H bust. What a bummer! In these occasions I usually always do the same thing – I ring my friend Jo to “help” me (aka release me from the agony of owning too small pretty things) and there again she was, turning something that didn’t work on me into pure magic. Here are a few notes and pics of the lovely Gossard “Elegance” slip, cami and the french knicker which are part of the Gossard SS15 collection.

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To start off we perhaps need to mention Jo’s bra size which is usually something around 28F or 30E (with the expception of Gossard bras fitting in 30DD). She is quite tiny all over and wears a UK size 8 (EU 34, US 4) with underbust measurement of roughly around 28″. The Elegance comes in UK sizing, sizes 8-16 which translates roughly to 34-42 in EU sizes (excluding France, Spain and Italy). Even though I am usually a size 10 and Jo a size 8, I did feel the Elegance sleep range does run a bit small so the 10 fitted Jo quite comfortably without much extra looseness. The fabric (which is mostly polyester and elastane) is rather stretchy so you might get away with your regular UK size but just be aware that this way it will be quite clingy!

The bust area of the Cami and the Slip feature lovely stretch lace which is very soft and forgiving for different bust sizes but with size 10, I wouldn’t recommend anyone with above 30F wearing this, unless you don’t mind a very odd shape to your bust line. Even with the stretch lace, the top part squishes a bigger bust to very sad droopy boobs and this is definitely not ideal for support nor aesthetics! This however, is not the fault of the product but something that us GG+ have to get used to now and then. Up to F though, the slip and the cami should do their job fine and the bust area certainly looks great with Jo’s 28F full-on-bottom breasts.

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The colour scheme of the set is very pale but even with our Finnish practically white skin tones, it does work pretty anyways. Some people are convinced that pink and red/ginger hair don’t go well together but I disagree on that too – I think the pale pink is a marvelous companion to Jo’s light ginger bob! The print is very unique and on-trend considering that water-colour and painting-like prints have been really “in” for a couple of years or so. Nevertheless, the print is by no means restless and seems like a pretty suitable option for someone wanting either pretty bedroom or loungewear.

When it comes to practicality, the Elegance range does seem to suit boudoir or lounge purposes better than actually sleeping in. Both of us sleep pretty much butt naked or in old longjohn’s (yap, I said it) so for actually sleeping in, these wouldn’t be neither of us’ first choice. However, if you are in a mood of looking/feeling a bit prettier in the morning/evening and feel like slipping into something luxurious, Elegance is a very good quality choice for an affordable price. The slip retails for £32, the cami for £28 and the french knicker for £21. As opposed to some other high-end or even pricier high street brands, this is a fair price for something a bit more special for your loungewear. However, the range does include a lovely plunge bra up to E-cup and some skimpier bottom choices as well, so if you love the print but are not a big fan of sleep/loungewear, you can invest in something a bit more practical as well 😉

What do you think of the Elegance range? Do you wear pretty sleepwear on regular or is it just an occasion-kinda-thing? Let me know in the comments!

Loungewear Review – “Vintage Glamour” Slip by Gossard

26 Nov

First of all, sorry for the radio silence, I was in Berlin for a week and now I’m back on Finnish soil. I will be posting about our trip soon, some highlights and pics so you’ll get the idea what Berlin is all about. Second of all, I just passed my driving test today so hurray for me! I plan to enjoy a glass of bubbly for that tonight 🙂 Also, I just had my birthday on Sunday and I turned 22. So, all in all I’m pretty much feeling myself. Well, onto the point – another thing I have been really excited about recently is the new Gossard “Vintage Glamour” range. I received the beautiful slip which is a part of this lovely new sleepwear range and here’s how I liked it.DSC_0017
Let me tell you this first: it was quite hard to take pics in the slip without looking too revealing and raunchy. Not that there is anything wrong with that – I love sexy lingerie and sleepwear – but I didn’t want to make this post just about my boobs. The slip itself is absolutely stunning and I adore how it makes me look. The piping crossing the lace vertically and and the lace itself look so sophisticated and truly a tad vintage. However, there is a flipside to the revealing looks when you’re full-busted – it doesn’t look that “classy” on me in the pics as it would on someone with smaller breasts. Don’t get me wrong – my boobs look FANTASTIC in the slip and actually even fit into it but the truth is they look very ahem, big (well, no shit man, they ARE big, but you get the point).

The style of the Vintage Glamour slip is very flattering; it covers my butt and dips nicely on the back and front to create a very sexy look. I actually feel like I also look a lot slimmer in this slip as the vertical seaming elongates my body. I have seriously taken so many selfies of me wearing this and each time I feel fat, I just cheat myself and take look at those pics. I know, I’m weird.
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What I like about this slip is that even though it’s quite simple it has those lovely little details to make it look more “vintage”. the capped sleeves look so cute and I really prefer them to regular shoulder straps as they balance out my arms that have a bit of muscle and chub to them. The front features lovely satin-coated buttons which really give the slip its finishing touch.

The sizing of this range is quite true-to-size so I would suggest to go for your regular dress size with it. I received the slip in size 10 which is my regular UK size and the slip really hugs my curves without being too-much-of-a sausage skin. It also allows a fair amount of room for my butt and boobs, which I’m really impressed of as I am currently on the edge of 30H. The upper part of the slip is designed to keep your girls in place and lightly supported: I don’t feel the need to wear a bra with this slip at all.

When it comes to comfort the Vintage Glamour slip has it’s pros and cons. First of all, the dress feels really comfy on most of the time as I know it looks good and flattering. This way I can easily lounge around in it without feeling frumpy or too naked. On the other hand, it’s also made of thin lace that is not ideal for my eczema; I have been having a little rough patch with my skin lately and can’t wear synthetic fibers too much to avoid skin irritation. However, this slip is not so much for sleeping but more of a boudoir piece and I can easily wear it for a little while now and then.
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If you would fancy a piece of Vintage Glamour for yourself, you can find the slip, the french knickers and the cami here. The slip retails for £49 and comes in size 8-16. I am absolutely smitten with the looks of this range and if you want a little something to spice up you loungewear collection, I highly recommend the Vintage Glamour. This would also make a great Christmas present for your beloved one as you don’t have to know her bra size!

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