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Happy Wednesday my sweet Swimwear and Lingerie friends.

Continuing on my lovely journey of exhausting interviews and the occasional soul wrenching rejection, I have to say, it is a welcome relief to come here and chat with you.

Today’s pin up image features a lovely if completely uncoordinated lady trying to take a picture.

Seriously? Could she look less natural?

Caption: “Hmmm….The book said having my knees and elbows touching would create a revealing picture… I’m not so sure I’m doing it right though…”

On a brighter note, I’m really glad her shoes match her dress!

Cheers,

Maggie

Happy Tuesday Swimwear and Lingerie buddies.

I’m on the interview circuit right now and can’t give this “granny panties” ad the attention it deserves. Which totally sucks!

That's it... just bah!

That’s it… just bah!

It’s no fun needing to find work.

I’m sure you’ve all had to do the interview process before so hopefully you can empathize with the demands on my time.

That's me, knee deep in it and completely bogged down.

That’s me, knee deep in it and completely bogged down.


So, here’s hoping you can answer the question that Beau-Sure asks; “When it comes to panties, who’s got the excitement?”

Answer= ???

Now, I know you’re all a crafty and snarky-fun crowd, so you get to do the heavy lifting this Tuesday.

Leave me a quick comment and let me know how you would spoof or mock this ad with your favourite rebuttal.

I’d also be happy to hear any other thoughts you have on this lovely example of vintage lingerie advertising.

Cheers,

Maggie

Happy Monday my dearest darling Swimwear and Lingerie fans.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and to all of my lovely readers in Quebec, I hope you’re enjoying your long weekend!

Plum pretty Sugar Between The Seams

Plum pretty Sugar Between The Seams

I bought a gorgeous Silk Road Sweet v-back tunic from Plum Pretty Sugar a while back and thought that now would be a good time to tell you all about the experience.

Have you come across Plum Pretty Sugar’s designs before? They’re wonderful! Bright, colourful and pretty. These oh so feminine clothes were definitely calling to me. I hear they’ve now added an XL size to the range, so that’s great news for the curvier ladies and I may give that size range a try too.

Plum Pretty Sugar

The photography on the site is fabulous and definitely shows off the clothes nicely. Unfortunately, while the clothing seems to fit the pictured models beautifully, it wasn’t a great match with my shape. I have curves. Lots of curves. In fact I have wide shoulders and rather wide hips. {even my curves have curves}

Plum Pretty Sugar Tunic Silk Road Sweet

Plum Pretty Sugar Tunic Silk Road Sweet

The fit was a bit off for me in both my shoulders and my hips and my bust was rebelling even with a minimizer bra. sigh.

I really wanted to like this tunic, because the silk is so delicately light and the colours are so pretty and summery. But the shoulders were actually too wide, which doesn’t happen very often. I was able to just add a little knot in the back stabilizer sash of wide v-back to make it fit a bit better. But then it was time to pull it down over my hips and… yah, not so much.

Definitely don't want to bust the beautiful silk by trying to force it.

Definitely don’t want to bust the beautiful silk by trying to force it.

These tunics are cut pretty slim in the hips, so if you have a short torso and wide hips, you may need to do some serious adjusting.

I will be removing the stitching from the sides all the way up to the waist and making a bit more room for my hips. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be able to wear it!

I was curious if it was just my Jessica Rabbit-esque body that was the issue so I had several friend and family members give the tunic a shot too and they also found the hip area tight and the shoulders rather loose. So, I suppose that it is the styling of the tunic that isn’t working so well for me.

Plum Pretty Sugar Silk Tunic

Plum Pretty Sugar Silk Tunic

On a brighter note, if you have wider shoulders or really like a loose drapey fit in the shoulders and a tighter fit in the hip, then this tunic was made for you!

Plum Pretty Sugar's Tied Up With String

Plum Pretty Sugar’s Tied Up With String

I also purchased their Tied Up With Strings Tunic, but I’ll save that review for another day.

Cheers,

Maggie

Life’s a Beach!

Happy Friday Swimwear and Lingerie Folk!

The weather is supposed to be amazing around these parts, so I’m thinking a little beachy time may be in order. Hope you like the inspiration.

Life's a beach, so get out there and live it this weekend!

Life’s a beach, so get out there and live it this weekend!

Grab what you have and put yourself out there.

I dare you 🙂

Cheers,

Maggie

Elomi Smoothing Bustier

Elomi Smoothing Bustier

Hey there Swimwear and Lingerie friends.

Today’s Fitting Tip Thursday post is all about getting rid of that rotten red rash under the breasts when you take your bra off at the end of the day.

Owwweeeee, that looks painful!

Owwweeeee, that looks painful!

It hurts just to look at it, doesn’t it?

You may never have a rash this bad, and I would have to suspect that this poor lady is probably having an allergic reaction as well. Nevertheless, any rash under your breasts and around your band line is a bad thing and is a pretty obvious sign of a problem.

So, let’s start there. What does a rash under your breasts mean?

Solving your boobie problems one at a time

Solving your boobie problems one at a time

It could be a sweat rash caused by the friction of a poorly fitting band and your skin.

Elomi Energise Sports Bra

Elomi Energise Sports Bra

The answer here is fairly simple. Get a proper bra fitting done and/or ensure that you’re wearing a bra with a band that is comfortably tight and won’t allow for too much wiggling around. Your band should feel like a really tight hug and not move or rotate around your rib cage when you move.

Don't let this happen to your ribcage!

Don’t let this happen to your ribcage!

If you have marks that look like the poor lady pictured above, then your cup may not be hauling your breasts up and off of your ribcage and they are rubbing against the skin of your rib cage.

If this is the case, you may want a more structured type of bra. One that is designed to lift your breasts off the rib cage and support them too. Bra cups that are composed of 2 or more seamed sections will usually provide the most support and not have too much flex or give in the fabric.

Elomi Maggie Side Support Bra

Elomi Maggie Side Support Bra

OR: Your current cup size may be too small, in which case, the breast tissue is peeking out below the underwire or the underwire isn’t fitting into your natural breast crease. Try going up a cup size, until all of your breast tissue is contained and supported. A proper bra fit analysis by a professional bra fitter will solve this.

Elomi Confetti Underwire Bra

Elomi Confetti Underwire Bra

Rashes tend to occur wherever there is friction and moisture, so opting to wear a bra that doesn’t compress your breasts into a shelf will certainly help. Lift and separate is the key to this.

Allowing the skin to breathe for several hours a day (ie: overnight or in the evening) and using non-fragranced cornstarch/body powders can help heal the rash and keep you dry during the day.

Elomi Smoothing Seam Free Bra

Elomi Smoothing Seam Free Bra

Some folks swear by bra liners for the absorption of moisture, however, unless you have a severe sweating issue like hyperhidrosis, a properly fitting bra should do the trick. The fewer pieces of wet fabric next to your skin, the better.

Cheers,

Maggie

Happy Wednesday Swimwear and Lingerie buddies.

For our lovely Pin Up Wednesday post, we have a fabulously talented lady playing the saw and showing some leg… while accompanying her yodelling beagle.

Pure awesomeness isn’t it?

ALthough I am, as ever, completely repulsed by the black stockings and open toed, white heels… what the heck is Elvgren thinking with that?

Cheers,

Maggie

It’s Tuesday my lovely Swimwear and Lingerie Freaks and that means it’s time for our weekly Totally Retro Tuesday post!

I have to say, this one REALLY cracks me up. Maidenform just doesn’t disappoint in their bra marketing do they?

Look! She’s a heroic firefighter!!!

Complete with satin shorty-shorts and sparkly silver disco gloves!

Now, I wasn’t really paying a lot of attention waaaaay back in the late 70’s or early 80’s, but I’m pretty sure that professional firefighters weren’t more into {questionable} fashion than safety.

She’s going to singe the fancy elastic band on her bra that they’re trying to promote.

I think my feminist side just facepalmed

I think my feminist side just facepalmed

She certainly is living it up in her dream of being a firegal… it’s simply amazing what those Maidenform bras will inspire women to do isn’t it?

Now, we’ve giggled at lots of Maidenform ads {like this totally dorky one!} here on Swimwear and Lingerie, but… this one is really rather painful isn’t it?

Not to mention dangerous.

Going to a masquerade party or bowling in your bra is one thing, but hitching a ride, in a completely unsafe manner, on a fire truck while only wearing a bra and shorts that are clearly flammable is just inciting public stupidity… even if it is in a dream state!

Cheers,

Maggie

Happy Monday my lovely Swimwear and Lingerie Junkies.

Toad Lillie is the star of today’s post. I’ve mentioned Laurie’s wonderful handcrafted silk lingerie many times before (like here, I also got a little Toad Lilli-ish here, went Toad Lillie crazy here and mentioned them while discussing International Women’s Day over here… oh and also here and…. you get the idea), but I thought I would give you a real feel for just how fabulous it really is.

The vamp quarter cup bra in teal and black silk.... sigh, so very, very pretty!

The vamp quarter cup bra in teal and black silk…. sigh, so very, very pretty!

I treated myself to the Vamp Quarter Cup Bra awhile back. Unfortunately, I had to break one of my hard and fast lingerie rules and grab it in a size too small… {gasp!}

All hypocrites put your hands up... and they stay there, and they stay there....

All hypocrites put your hands up… and they stay there, and they stay there….

I know! What a hypocrite, Right?

{please read the following passage as typed in a whining tone… since that’s how it sounds in my head…}

…but… but… I really, really, wanted it…. PLUS, it’s a quarter cup bra in a balconet style, so REALLY, most of my breast would be uncovered ANYWAY….and it doesn’t come in my size and Laurie makes it all by hand and is an independent so I’d rather own a piece of her exquisite work then miss out…

Toad Lillie Vamp Quarter Cup Bra: check out the lace detail

Toad Lillie Vamp Quarter Cup Bra: check out the lace detail

…also… it’s not like I was planning on wearing it for very long… a quarter cup bra is really only practical for one thing… lying in bed and reading Fifty Shades of Grey. Am I right?

FYI- if yo ulike a good giggle check out this SNL spoof of this amazon commercial for Fifty Shades of Grey

Am I forgiven? PLEASE?

Maybe if I tell you a wee bit more about this severely sexy bra, you’ll get the obsession. Firstly, it’s handmade of the most sensuous silk and feels like an absolute dream.

Toad Lillie Vamp Lingerie Set

Toad Lillie Vamp Lingerie Set

The cups are soft and gentle and the little bit of cheeky black lace that comes up and over the top of the quarter of a cup of fabric is also soft and comfortable. Summary= Wickedly cozy.

Now, because the cups too small, my breasts could have been pinched and uncomfortable if I were standing up, running after children, chasing down a print job at work or any other action than just sitting around feeling like beguiling wanton creature.

Toad Lillie Glace Tap Pant: please note, mine are in black!

Toad Lillie Glace Tap Pant: please note, mine are in black!

I paired the bra up with the slippery Glace Tap Pants that designer/genius Laurie Shapiro kindly made to match in black. If you haven’t tried tap pants, consider this your intervention…. you really need to give them a shot, they’re the perfect loungewear and work under a skirt or dress too!

The waist is higher and very flattering and the length just grazes the base of my tushy. I love these french knickers and have been sleeping in them now that the weather is so steamy!

Toad Lillie's First Fashion Show!

Toad Lillie’s First Fashion Show!

I feel every inch the retro-glamorous, pin up kitten and I love everthing about the look.

Cheers,

Maggie

Kiss Me Deadly Does Swimwear!

Shake a tail feather my friends... this day is worth celebrating!

Shake a tail feather my friends… this day is worth celebrating!

Hallooooo Friday! Won’t you join me in a happy Friday dance my darling Swimwear and Lingerie friends.

It couldn’t come fast enough this week, that waterpark has been gurgling my name and distracting me all week.

So, I decided not to fight it and just let myself cruise around on the internetz and see what lovely swimwear related things I could churn up and lo and behold…POOF…I found that Kiss Me Deadly has brought out a line of vintage styled swimsuits!

Kiss Me Deadly Swimwear

Kiss Me Deadly Swimwear

Gorgeous right? I Know!!!!

{on a quick side note, I love the pirate theme they’re using. Are they being cheeky or expressing their support for the FSM movement?}

Kiss Me Deadly White Bikini

Kiss Me Deadly White Bikini

Love the high waist and cute as a button bikini top of this two piece.

Kiss Me Deadly Tropical Kitten Bikini

Kiss Me Deadly Tropical Kitten Bikini

Excellent name don’t you think? Tropical Kitten?

Kiss Me Deadly Jojo Check Swimsuit

Kiss Me Deadly Jojo Check Swimsuit

Hands down my favourite of all the designs. I love the playsuit cut, the checkered fabric… this is the perfect swimsuit as far as I am concerned.

Kiss Me Deadly Hibiscus Kitten Bikini

Kiss Me Deadly Hibiscus Kitten Bikini

Lovely.

Kiss Me Deadly Delores Swimsuit

Kiss Me Deadly Delores Swimsuit

This is a strong contender for my most favourite, which is odd, because I’m usually not a fan of ruching in a one piece swimsuit. But the colour is dazzling, the halter neckline is so flattering… it just works.

I still love the Jojo Check the best… but it’s pretty close! Wish me luck tomorrow…Fingers crossed for great weather and nice, polite crowds… 🙂

Cheers,

Maggie

Wahhhhhh! Hate when that happens. Everyday this week too!

Wahhhhhh! Hate when that happens. Everyday this week too!

Phew, it’s finally Thursday my dearest Swimwear and Lingerie friends. Which means that it’s finally closer to Friday… and not a moment too soon!

I’m rather looking forward to this weekend. Why you may ask?

Because I get to wear my new Panache swimsuit that I bought at the end of last season and STILL haven’t had a chance to break in!!!!!

Panache Monroe Tankini

Panache Monroe Tankini

Eep, I’m so excited… does it show?

...but only when I'm really, really excited!

…but only when I’m really, really excited!

I’m going to a water park and am looking forward to not feeling completely self conscious because my boobs are in imminent danger of escaping my swim top and tragically altering my trajectory on a water side!

Wheeeee!!!!!!

Wheeeee!!!!!!

But enough about my super-fun plans this weekend, let’s get down to our Fitting Tip Thursday topic.

I'm pumped, are you pumped?

I’m pumped, are you pumped?

Today’s tip is a neat one.

Have you ever tried on a bra and felt that special pinch of your incredibly delicate underarm tissue as the underwire seems to reach around and up?

Owwwww!!! That's really painful and sooooo very uncomfortable. Don't let this happen to your poor little armpits... they get little enough care and respect as it is!

Owwwww!!! That’s really painful and sooooo very uncomfortable. Don’t let this happen to your poor little armpits… they get little enough care and respect as it is!

It’s the same feeling as when that really skeevy kid in grade two, you know the one… they never fought fair and were always pulling the really low down moves…used to pinch you for no reason at all and then somehow YOU always got into trouble by the end of the ordeal.

THAT feeling.

No pinchy my pudge!!!

No pinchy my pudge!!!

That’s not a good thing and that won’t go away with wear and tear and breaking in.

It means that the cup isn’t the right shape for your breasts and/or that the cup size is too small and the underwire is trying to cling onto breast tissue that isn’t contained within the cup or the cup size is too big for your frame (you may have a petite frame) and the underwire is trying to hold in breast tissue that isn’t there.

Try a different cup style like a balcony or demi cup and try on several different types because cup size and style is defined differently by different brands and even within the same brand.

{which makes for really frustrating shopping, so schedule a pedi for right after to take the edge off!}

Love, love, love! This image from Secrets From Your Sister

Love, love, love! This image from Secrets From Your Sister

Either, way don’t let your supportive clothing pinch and hurt. That’s not their job… it still belongs to the snotty-nosed kid that tormented you in grade two.

Cheers,

Maggie