I've never had a bra that fit me, never, for over 27 years, until the other week when I visited She Said Boutique on Brighton.
I always thought I was small (by small I mean tiny), and that's ok, I'm not really too interested in having people only talk to me (or at my chest) becuase of my breast size as some of my friends have experienced. But yes of course they would be times when you wished you had a little more to fill out a top. However I never really let it bother me, I'd spent enough time when I was much younger trying on bra's and clothes and them just not fitting right so I gave up, or made my own.
However recently I'd become bored of wearing bikini tops all the time, having strings and extra strap lines showing on everything. I wasn't after a chest Pamela Anderson would be jealous of, but I did think it was time I had some proper grown up underwear. (In a nice way, not an old ladies option!)
Living in a reasonably small town I headed off to Brighton, where there was undoubtedly going to be more choice from larger department stores to indie boutiques.
Years ago I'd been measured at M & S, and told the very clear and professional advice of 'you could be a 36AA or a 34B or somewhere in between, try stuff on until something fits'. Now I knew then this was poor service, but I still went with it, I tried stuff and decided that I was 36AA. The seemingly oddness of this size is part of what lead me to wearing bikini tops all the time, it was easy, they fit even if they didn't do much, and I didn't have to spend 4 hours and a lot of money trying to find a 36AA (which sounds more like a battery size than a bra size).
Back to Brighton, and I spent hours walking around all of the standard shops, Debenhams, M & S, Ann Summers and all the rest, with nothing I really liked in the size I believed I was or to fit my budget. I got depressed, broke down in a changing room and cried, reminded my self that to have your lest favourite part of your body hidden on your chest and not being of any really medical issue, isn't that big a deal, got over my self then gave up and got a coffee.
Back to Mr. K's shop to hand out coffee and show off my one purchase of the day, which I was pleased with. Until he reminded me that I should go and have a fitting at the little shop hidden around the back of where he works. So I did. And I was more than little nervous, I thought I'd just have a look.
As soon as I walked in the assistant was friendly and helpful, and I couldn't help tell her my trials of not only that day but also how I come to think I was the size I was. She took one look at me and said I think you're a 34 (which it must be said was an argument I'd been having with Jodie earlier on in the day who used to work in a lingerie department so I should have listened to her). I still didn't believe the professional advice (not stubborn at all!). So she offered to measure me, she asked if I minded if I was topless to do it, and I think it really did lead to a much better result. Not only did the lovely lady give me a new (and correct more importantly) size, she also pointed out how my breasts were shaped, what I should look for in a bra, the kind of cut, straps and possible fabrics which would be the most flattering on me. Then provided me with an abundance of styles to try so I could see the difference. Even though it was gone 5 on a Sunday.....and all the bra's (that I really liked) she was handing me were £40+. It really was spectacular service and I'm extremely grateful, I left empty handed (as that's a little out of the current budget), but armed with the knowledge that I'm actual a 34B, the most common size going! I've since been able to walk into a couple of high street shops and pick up something for everyday use before I get ready to spend a bit more on something of such luxury.
So the moral of the story is, if you friend is a specialist in something, listen to them! (Sorry Jodie if you ever read this), and do go and see the wonderful people at She Said Boutique in Brighton if you get a chance, Mimi Holiday makes some beautiful bra's and £50 is actually very little to spend on a bra which fits so perfectly and makes you feel fantastic.
Monday, 3 October 2011
Last month Betty Flowers and I went to LondonEdge trade show. We had a stand together, it's my second time there but the first time Betty had done a trade show like that. We got there in pretty good time on the Saturday, even though poor Betty had flu! We had our eyes out for the Bow & Crossbones stand since we'd planned to hang out with Cam, we got a little over excited when we looked out of our stand and saw this.....
(I don't know if the picture is big enough to see....but it's the empty Bow & Crossbones stand! Woo Hoo!)
After an adventure to try and get hold of some chairs and some frantic searching in Hammersmith we got back and started to set up the stand.
After a while and some work it looked something like this
We were staying with some friends in Stockwell.....and work up to it raining heavily, determined to look good once we got the Olympia (rather than like a drowned rat!), we dressed the part.....Though I think I look a little more Granny here, than retro chic.
The Sunday was great and really busy, with lots of new faces and the chance to meet some of the people behind the great shops Lady K Loves has already been supplying.
That night was the after party, so Betty Cam and myself, got ready and headed out as soon as the doors shut on the show. There was a free bar on offer, but we were all so hungry we went for food first. By the time we got to the bar the free booze had gone.
But we had a great show, and free booze wasn't really the point in going......!
We meet some fantastic models over the course of the three day's, particular high lights we're SINderella Rockafella, Frankii Wilde, Zara Ann, Rayna Terror and a whole host of other lovely people (please don't be offended if I've forgotten anyone.) Plus meeting the people behind, Little Miss Delicious, Rachels Wonders Jewellery, Buy Unlike, and Miss Fortune, and a whole load more.
Here's a few more images from the stand, Betty will no doubt do a blog soon too and I will add a link to hers when it's up.