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Easy-Going Pinup Perfection: Bolero Beachwear “Lola” Dress Review

15 Jan

*Disclosure: This item was provided to me by Bolero Beachwear free of charge. Opinions are my own!*

I don’t know if I have told you this before – I may have not, to be honest – but I study and work two jobs at the same time, which makes doing my makeup hair and putting an immaculate true-vintage outfit together sometimes impossible. On days when I have to rush from one work place to another, I rather put my hair up neatly, do some basic mascara and a lippie and put on a stretchy comfortable dress that can take the rush.

A few months ago, my pal Patricia from Bolero Beachwear sent me a couple of dresses to brighten up my autumn days and I was happy to discover once again that her designs are an absolute must to my wardrobe. The first dress that I have actually worn a lot during these months is called Lola and she is a lovely autumnal version of my beloved Bolero halter retro dress.

Lola features a classic circle skirt (not full though, if you are a vintage-enthusiast, you know what I mean) attached to a fitted bodice and some 3/4 length sleeves. It can be dressed up or down and here I have styled it with a smart casual twist.

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Pics by Perttu Luomala Photography

The Lola dress features a Ponte di Roma material which is quite warm and thick to combat those winter winds. The winter in Finland has been rather mild this year (and ever-so-dark, thus the difficulties to take blog pictures…) so I have basically lived through it just wearing my usual dresses and fleece stockings (Pretty Polly makes some great ones, click here!). The Lola dress also has 3/4 length sleeves, which is always a plus when it comes to winter-appropriate dresses.

When it comes to sizing, Bolero Beachwear dresses are rather generous and great for size fluctuation or bloating. I don’t really go on a scale but sometimes use a measuring tape and my waist size fluctuates around 28-29 inches and has done so during the past few years. These dresses don’t have rigid waistbands that start to dig in after a lovely restaurant meal and they can easily just be slipped over your head while dressing. I am wearing a size Small in the emerald green Lola, which fits me well, even a bit generous.

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The proportions of the dress are pretty much spot on for me: the waist is not too short for my torso, there is plenty of room at the bust to accommodate my 32GG’s and the dress hits me right at the knee, which is a very flattering length (and appropriate one for a vintage gal like myself) for someone like me with a 5’6 frame. The quality is again topnotch: there are deep pockets to carry everything from your phone to your credit card and the top part of the dress is fully lined.

What I love most about Bolero is the passion and care Patricia puts into the designs: all of her clothes are easy to wear, care and to travel with and she is one of the ethical producers or modern-day clothing staples. All of her designs are made in the USA, which is always a definite upside for a person who is concerned about unethical consumerism in today’s world. These clothes last and the materials can be washed time and time again without them wearing out easily.

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If you are interested in the Bolero Beachwear offering, take a look at their webshop here.  The Lola dress costs $150 and will definitely be a staple in any pinup girl’s wardrobe. My Bolero dresses always gain compliments when I take them out and I love that I can look stylish and feel comfortable at the same time!

If you want to see more Bolero, stay tuned! Another more summer-y review coming soon 😉

How to Fight Thigh-Chafing – A Bandelettes Review

29 May

Anyone else enjoying a good sunshine  and 19 C degrees out there? Well, it certainly feels that the summer has finally arrived to Finland and we are enjoying the best weather we can. I am a girl for mild but warm temperatures and even though I love the occasional 28 C it does not serve my body well – I am a sweaty pig to put it nicely when the temperatures climb above 25 C. Now, enter Mish Online and Bandelettes – the anti-chafing bands for people of all sizes and shapes.

The story starts from a Twitter pic the lovely George from Fuller Figure Fuller Bust posted sporting her very own lacy Bandelettes and I was instantly intrigued. I was so swoon I hit the comment button and had to complement the look and the idea of the Bandelettes.  A few moments later Mish Online – a British lingerie online shop who stock Bandelettes – dropped me a message asking if I wanted to try some too! I was so smitten and of course said yes – the last year’s July had been hell on the thigh rub front so what could be a better way to avoid it this year.

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The Bandelettes come in various sizes and a few colours and textures – luckily, they do make them for slimmer people as well. I am a UK size 10 at the moment and was hesitant if the sizes would go small enough for me as the so called “chub rub” is sometimes seen as exclusive to plus size gals. To be honest, I actually hate the whole word as it is so misleading – I sure don’t have chub on my thighs as I am more of a top heavy gal (the fat goes to my tummy, arms and boobs) but I still get thigh chafing when the hot months hit us. My thighs are pretty muscular (I can do squats with my 70+ kg boyfriend on my back) and my hips rather narrow, when I do have some roundness to my bum. This means my thighs do touch each other even though I am definitely not plus size! It might seem that I am trying to justify something here but really, I just want everyone out there to know that if your thighs touch, it does not mean they must be particularly big – it’s just a body shape kinda thing.

When opting for the size, I was determined the A would be a good fit for me as my thigh measures 22″ at its fullest. As the size A is meant for thigh measurement of 21-22″ the darling Stacie at Mish decided to send me both the A and B Bandelettes so I could compare the two sizes to each other. This was great as I don’t have any squish to my thighs so the bigger size (meant for 23″-24″ thighs) could indeed be a great option for me.

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When I received the parcel I was happy to notice that both of the A and B sizes fitted me well! It seems I am between sizes – the A feels a bit tight at first and the B feels a bit on the looser side. However, neither of the sizes fell down or made me uncomfortable during the day and I could easily wear them for several hours. I was also sent two colours: the A in Beige and the B in Black. I really loved both of them and liked the possibility of matching them with my underwear as a lovely little accessory. The Bandelettes that were sent to me were both the lacy ones but Bandelettes are also made in plain styles, for example for sports purposes – take note runners in hot climates!

When it comes to the materials, the Bandelettes are very comfortable and and feel soft against skin – I barely noticed them after a couple of hours of wear! However, as George pointed out in her review HERE, the Bandelettes do leave a subtle little noise when walking. This could be due to the material but is no way super notable when you start wearing them regularly.

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I have not tested the Bandelettes in our hottest weather yet as I have to wait until July for that but if you my dear readers are interested, I could do an update post about how they worked in an even hotter weather. Let me know in the comments if this is something you would be interested in! However, from my rather short testing period I can tell that these suckers will most likely work like a dream when I really start needing them; the Bandelettes are pretty and practical enough at the same time to earn a firm place in my lingerie drawer from now on.

If you wish to buy your own Bandelettes, Mish Online has provided all 2COP readers a 10% off your Bandelettes with a code “2CAKES10“. How awesome is that? The regular price of the lace Bandelettes is £12,99 so very affordable, especially with the discount! Also, do let me know in the comments if you have already tried the product or have any questions about it – I would be happy to answer! 

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