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Disclosure: This blog post contains affiliate links. Some of the products shown below were received as review samples. All opinions are my own. Growing up plus size, I was in need of a bra long before any of my friends even saw a single hair on their legs. I looked for supportive bras but nothing too sexy. It was also a difficult balance of finding comfort without looking frumpy. As I […]

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[Disclosure: this post contains affiliate links.] Thanks to airline credit cards, the flexible schedule of a freelancer, and generous friends with couches, I’m able to travel pretty frequently, but packing is always a struggle. Who knows what could happen on holiday! What if it’s too cold for my sandals? Or I’m invited to a secret ball? Or my flight is rerouted abroad and I find true love and get married in […]

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The Victoria & Albert museum is without a doubt my favourite place in London. I’ve been a member of this wonderful institution since I was a teen, and it’s incredibly easy to while away countless hours in its exquisite collections of Art and Design.  They’ve curated some stunningly beautiful exhibitions (the recent Alexander McQueen retrospective and Wedding Dress exhibition spring to mind immediately). When The V&A first announced ‘Undressed: A […]

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It’s an unusual experience for people who wear over a D cup to go into a store and be able to try on *any* style they like. But more and more, fashionable brands are expanding into fuller cup sizes, meaning the cute bras at department stores and lingerie boutiques fit more people. Brands that previously made only “core sizes” (typically 32A through 36D or DD) started noticing that boutiques use sizing […]

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I hold the firm but controversial belief that no design is truly original. At least not in the world of lingerie: designers don’t live in a vacuum and they all face influences, whether it’s consciously or not. Inspiration can come from almost any source, be it the haute couture catwalks or historical costume. More often than you’d expect, it’s purely a matter of zeitgeist that sees a swathe of labels […]

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Disclosure: These items were sent to me free of charge for review purposes. All opinions are my own. Sock It To Me is a brand based in Portland, Oregon. I recognized them from their days in the sock-only trade: I was, and am, a big consumer of novelty socks. Their designs are quirky, often inspired by popular culture, and the quality of their products tends to be pretty high (the store’s […]

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I’ve written repeatedly about how the full bust and plus size lingerie portions of the lingerie industry have changed wildly since I started writing here. I write a lot about things like sizing expansions and marketing campaigns around here, but the styles of lingerie available have also expanding rapidly from what was available several years ago. Full bust and plus size customers now have access to bondage inspired pieces, to […]

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I’ve been aware of Sian Hoffman’s work for quite some time, but she really caught my attention last spring. Her work really stands out to me, with a signature look which feels kinky and retro, and yet very relevant and very sexy. It comes as no surprise, then, to learn that the image which caught my eye was shot by Tim Bret Day – known for his work with Agent Provocateur. The locations, styling, and lighting […]

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In February I took the Chinatown Bus up to New York to do a lingerie photo shoot orchestrated by Sweets of Sweet Nothings, along with Elizabeth of The Breast Life and of course Cora. A few weeks after the fact I am still processing this amazing experience, thinking through what it means for me, how it felt, what I learned. So bear with me if I seem a little scattered: this was […]

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Every career is subject to stereotypes, both good and bad. Working as a lingerie designer, retailer and writer, I’ve heard my fair share of silly clichés. From the start, my career path has brought with it a bunch of myths that I’m constantly defending with the hope of changing people’s ideas of what being a lingerie designer really means. While lingerie is not as risqué a topic as it once […]

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