Review: Sacha Kimmes Chelsea Ouvert Knickers + Custom Sizing

August 24th, 2015 @ Amber

Sacha Kimmes is one of my favorite indie designers. Not only is she a dream to work with, but she so smart and talented and nice, that I love to support her and her business in whatever way that I can. She offers custom made to order sizing, and she uses diverse models in her lookbooks and photos, which I appreciate. She also has a brand new website that she just launched which looks pretty amazing, and makes ordering a breeze! Sacha is my underwear superhero. She’s the bomb-diggidy. For real.

I tend to have an obsession for ouvert (open) knickers, and just so happens Sacha makes great ouvert designs on the regular. She’s an indie brand that consistently makes gorgeous open back, open cup, or open front and back panties. So I was immediately drawn to her newest style of the season, Chelsea. Made of a pretty baby blue and black colorway. The collection features an open cup bralette, knickers, leg garter, and ouvert knickers. I’ll be reviewing the gorgeous Chelsea ouvert knickers, pictured above, as well as my first ever custom made to measure bralette from Sacha Kimmes! The Camellia bralette, pictured below.

I don’t wear bralettes often, because they can be hard to fit my bust. I also require more support than a bralette can offer, but lately I’ve been loving adding bralettes to my collection for lounging around in because they’re so pretty and it fees great to go wire-free sometimes. I have the Camellia ouvert panty, so I’d had my eye on the matching floral lace Camellia bralette. Sacha asked me if I wanted her to custom make it for me in my measurements, I was so excited, and said yes please! She took my measurements and made the bralette using a thicker elastic band on the bottom and made the bust width and height larger to fit my bust size. Success! It fits, it’s stretchy, and it encases my bust well. The floral lace feels and looks lovely, and it feels great to have a bralette made to my measurements. Sacha totally made me feel special, as usual, and it’s just one of a million reasons why I’m such a huge fan of her brand.

The Chelsea Ouvert Knickers are perfection. I got them in size Small, which is true to size. The material offers stretchy and feels super smooth and lightweight on the skin. The blue is so pretty, it’s a stormy kind of baby blue that plays on greytones. It’s like a stormy sky just before it rains. There is contrasting black elastic band at the waistband, picot edging around the leg holes, which go around each leg, exposing your butt and your vulva area. There are completely open in the front and back, and it’s so pretty, sexy, and really a brilliant design. The front waistband is thick enough to give just a peek in the front, and a more open back, with black bows at each leg strap at the front and back. So cute! The design is so playful. I’m in love. I’m definitely a Chelsea Girl. Loving this design so much.

I’ve said it many times,and I’ll continue to say it. Sacha Kimmes is an underwear artist. Her work is so well done, her fabrics are great, and her stitching and craftsmanship is impeccable. Highly recommended x 10. Check out Sacha’s new website and her new Chelsea collection, and contact Sacha if you’re interested in custom sizing!

Pssst! She often has discounts and giveaways on her Instagram, so be sure to follow her social media accounts below.

Review: My Retro Closet Bettie Babydoll

August 22nd, 2015 @ Amber

My Retro Closet has had a website makeover and it looks awesome! I first became a fan of the lingerie shop sometime last year, when I realized that not only do they sell other brands of retro style lingerie, they have their own in-house line. Abi, the owner and creator of My Retro Closet, created a line of retro inspired lingerie and nightwear and it’s pretty amazing. I bought my first piece, her original Joan babydoll sometime last year, and adored it. Since then, the line has grown to add handmade robes and other babydoll styles, as well as an option to custom create your colorway! I recently got the super gorgeous Bettie babydoll, in a custom color of red/red. It’s similar in style to Joan, but it has ruffles! Gorgeous hand made ruffles to the neckline and the hem. Gorgeous! There are so many colors of chiffons and ribbon edging to choose from, I feel like I need at least a few more custom colorways, and I love that My Retro Closet offers that.

How gorgeous is this babydoll? I love it! The red really offers a sexy flair to this vintage inspired babydoll. The ruffles send this piece over the top, all of the frills are luscious, so pretty and beautiful to touch. This babydoll is lush! It’s also so well made, which I was already expecting since I already own another piece from this brand, and it’s fantastic. Abi, is a one woman business, and she makes each piece made to order. She’s awesome, and her attention to detail and quality of materials is excellent. This feels like a luxury piece of lingerie, but it doesn’t have a luxury price tag. This babydoll is under $100 (£60.00) which is kind of unheard of for a piece this well made, and also one that can be made to order in your choice of color scheme. Each babydoll is One Size, but it’s free-flowing because of the adjustable ribbon straps. I wear a 34F bra, and it fits my bust just fine, plenty big and still flowy and lovely. If you’re worried about fit, Abi also does custom sizing if you ask! She can also make customizations to the design, want no ruffles, more ruffles, a bow? Just ask!

This is a photo of my Joan babydoll in signature lilac. When I first bought the Joan, there were two signature colors available, but now you can have the Joan made in custom colors also. There are also matching robes for both babydolls, as well as their Scarlett babydoll that is open in the front. I’m kind of obsessed with My Retro Closet. Their styles fit fuller busts, their pieces are well made and in my opinion are of better quality than many luxury brands I’ve purchased from, and you can order pieces to your customizations. I can’t recommend this brand enough! I hope to add more pieces to my collection in the future.

Check out the newly designed My Retro Closet website! They also have  new website section called Two Week Treats, which offers discounts or gift with purchase. Right now if you order the Bettie babydoll, you get a free pair of stockings of your choice from the shop!

DISCOUNT CODE: Use code “RELAUNCH” from now until August 31st to save 15% off your order!

Introducing: Hanna Broer Eco Friendly Lingerie

August 21st, 2015 @ Amber

So I’ve been a fan of handmade lingerie designer Hanna Broer for about a year or so now. I really like her streamlined designs, color palette, and her use of organic fabrics. Hanna creates each piece made to order, and can even do custom sizing if you’re between sizes. I’m loving her bralettes and bodysuits right now. So pretty, and look great for lounging or worn as sleepwear. You could even layer a bralette with a skirt or shorts, or a bodysuit with a pair of denim shorts for a summer outerwear look. Her pieces are versatile and she told me that her Lyta bralette design is full bust friendly. So you know that set is on my wantlist, along with her gorgeous Freyja bodysuit. Check out some of her designs below, or buy her collection at her website.

Between the Sheets Summer 2015 Lookbook

August 20th, 2015 @ Amber

Loving the new Between the Sheets lookbook! The images are gorgeous, and I love that they’re featuring a beautiful WOC model with natural hair. Layla, the creator of BTS, is an awesome business woman and  makes sure that BTS consistently shows diversity in their photos, rather than just giving lip service like many other brands do. I admire and appreciate the brand so much, not to mention I’m a huge fan of their gorgeous and comfortable loungewear and lingerie. This lookbook just makes me feel good, it makes me feel happy and refreshed. Check out some images from the new lookbook below.

Nina and the Wolf AW15 Midnight Sky Collection

August 19th, 2015 @ Amber

Have you seen the Nina and the Wolf AW15 lookbook? The newest collection from this Swiss brand is pretty and full of gold shimmer and velvety deep blue. Midnight Sky, the AW15 collection will be available soon at the Nina and the Wolf website, but until then, enjoy these beautiful photos.

P.S. I NEED those blue velvet knickers!

Gossard Retrolution Staylo Plunge Bra in Black Review

August 18th, 2015 @ Amber

I’m obsessed with the Gossard Retrolution line. I have a piece from every colorway, some in multiples. I have the corset in black, but I really wanted the classic Retrolution Staylo Plunge Bra and matching Waist Cincher in black, so I was super excited to finally add these pieces to my collection. While the Retrolution Staylo Bra only goes up to a 38E, I find that the line runs generous in sizing, so I size down in the cup from my usual 34F to an E cup, which seems to work just fine for me with this style and design. I got the matching Waist Cincher (which is like a panty girdle with garters) in a size XS, though I should have gone with a S, because the waistband and material doesn’t offer as much stretch as I’d hoped. It’s such a gorgeous set! It’s stunning in every color, but I love the black, which is a classic colorway, but this set is anything but boring. It’s sexy, well fitting, and the design is unique and stylish.

While the waist cincher is a bit snug, it’s so pretty. I love the adjustable removable garters, because this set looks fabulous when paired with stockings. The firm material offers ‘tummy control’ if you’re into the shaping aspect, and the lace panel at the center is truly lovely and offers a beautiful illusion when you wear it. There is a small bow at the center of the waistband. While the cincher isn’t that stretchy, the bra band on the Staylo Plunge bra is, it offers a nice amount of stretch, so I find that if you’re between sizes you could size down in the band. As for the cups, they run a little large I think, because of a wider wire. I love that this bra could work for any breast shape. I tend to have squishy boobs, more soft tissue than super firm breasts, so I was so worried when i first tried this style a few seasons back that it wouldn’t work with/for my bust, but it actually worked well! This bra gives my breasts a great lifted and rounded look, and I love the deep V plunge at the center gore, it’s so cute. I love the black paneling over the front of the cups, and the little black bow at the bottom of the center gore, just below the V plunge. I can’t say enough great things about this style and design, and it’s so awesome in black. For me, you can’t have too much Retrolution, and so, the collection continues to grow… 😉

Get yours at Gossard.com!

Parfait Ellie Review

August 14th, 2015 @ Amber

Parfait by Affinitas was one of the very first full bust brands I tried in my discovery of wearing bras in my correct size just a few years ago, and I’m consistently been a fan. Many of their styles offer basic designs, lace, seasonal colorways, and support for a full bust. I’ve felt like they offer good fit and their prices are budget friendly too, which is great for anyone who needs a cute and supported bra that won’t go over budget. One of their new styles for AW15, is the Ellie. Which is available in black, or pewter, and features a wavy striped print. The bra is available as an unpadded wire bra, or a padded plunge, and the bottoms are available as a hipster or brief. Band sizes 30-40 and cup sizes D-G, bottom sizes S-XXL. I’ll be reviewing the padded plunge bra and the brief, in sizes 34F and S. I really liked both colorways, but I thought the black colorway was more practical for my outfits. The padded bra features a deep plunge, padded cups and a firm band (I find that their bands run a bit small or firm usually). There is a black semi-sheer wavy striped overlay on top of beige padded cups, and there is a small gold Parfait disc embellishment at the gore. The matching brief fits true to size, though I probably would have gone with an XS if they made that size. The panties are a basic brief style made of the black mesh overlay and beige fabric underneath, the back of the panty is black, and there is a small matching Affinitas disc at the waistband.

This set is a basic style but really cute, and I found that it offers a nice shape and silhouette, but it was too small in the cups for me. I probably would need to size up one to two cup sizes for this to be a great fit. I felt as if the cups were too shallow for me. I’m wondering if Parfait had sizing changes recently, as I do remember them running a tad bit small in the band. This is the only style I’ve tried from the new AW15 collection, so I don’t have anything else to compare it to. The last style I tried from Parfait was in AW14, so it’s been about a year since I’ve tried the brand. Would be curious to hear other opinions on the fit of this set or Parfait’s other AW15 designs. I’m a big fan of the brand, but I’ll be sure to size-up next time I try a new Parfait style! I feel like had I gone for a FF or G cup this set would be have a great fit. If you’re curious to try this style for yourself, you can find the Parfait Ellie Plunge Bra at Bare Necessities!

Artistic Revolution in Time Review

August 13th, 2015 @ Amber

I first reviewed the fun and youthful ART (Artistic Revolution in Time) from the Street People Atelier line last year, and had a great experience with their products. First off, the brand is based in NYC and they have a collection of t-shirt designs, many of them NY inspired, and then they offer the A.R.T. brand, which features lingerie, loungewear, and versatile pieces that can be worn at home or layered for outerwear. The lovely folks at Street People sent me a few goodies to review for Summertime, and I’m loving them. Affordable, totally cute, comfy, and their sizing is full-bust friendly. I have the sweet camisole and panty set, pictured above, which is the Seamless Mesh Cami in velvet purple and the matching Seamless mesh Hipster.

I also was smitten with this super fun and colorful Modal Racerback Feels Like Art Tank Top, and their polka dot Crinkle Chiffon Tie-Side Panties. All of their pieces are well made, super budget friendly, and perfect for summertime. I love that the Feels Like Art tank can be worn as outerwear, and the modal material on the piece makes it soft, super stretchy and relaxed. I’ve noticed that their products tend to run a bit larger, which I think is a good thing, especially having a full bust, it allows me to be able to wear a cami that fits my breasts AND my waist. I normally wear a size small, but my boobs tend to stretch out the material or make it difficult, but with these pieces, they work so well with my bust and are so stretchy and comfy that I can still get away with wearing a Small, so my top actually fits me at the waist and the bust, instead of fitting one and being baggy in the other. Last time I chose a XL, thinking the brand could run small and I wanted to make sure it would fit my bust, but this time I opted for size Small, knowing the brand is forgiving in size and runs large, and the small  was a success. Their panties fit true to size, and I would say their tops run a bit large. I can’t say for sure about their bralettes, as I’ve yet to try them, but their body pieces tend to run a little loose/have some give.

The cami and hipster are a great fit, are really comfortable, and are well made. I don’t feel like I’m wearing budget friendly lingerie, which is what makes this brand so awesome. Their pieces are very well made, their designs are fun and playful, and I like their variety of styles and colorways. The soft purple stretchy mesh of the hipster just fit my bust, and even offered a bit of support, which is unheard of for me and camis. I need more of these! The cami and hipster comes in a variety of colors too, so you can mix and match or go for a several matching sets (the whole set is $40). With certain pieces, the more you buy you can save money. For example, you can buy 2 camis for $30 (each is regularly $32, so thats like getting each cami for $15!) or you can get 4 hipster panties for $24.

The tie-side panties are made of a semi-sheer chiffon with ribbon side ties, the chiffon has polka dots all over the fabric. These fit true to size and are quite comfortable. They’re available in two colors, coral or bright pink, pictured above. There is a matching bralette and matching slip that you can pair with these panties too.

The Feels Like Art rackerback tank is so much fun, I like the colorful graffiti label style font and the tank itself is super stretchy, a small easily fit me with room to spare. The modal is thicker and a bit heavier in feel, this feels like a quality made tank. It can be paired with any of their panties to create a cute sleepwear set, or pair it over a bandeau bra and denim shorts and wear it to the beach.

All pieces are available at Street People Atelier.

Freya Bon Bon Bikini Review

August 7th, 2015 @ Amber

I’ve been all sorts of obsessed with the Freya swimwear collection lately. They’re been on point this season, with super cute styles that are youthful and fun and colorful, and best of all, underwired! Ahhh, thats like a magical word for this full busted gal. I love bikinis, but I also really love having my bust supported and lifted, so if a bikini doesn’t offer an underwire I usually won’t wear it. But check out Freya swimwear: they have ALL THE UNDERWIRE! Bwahahaha. Okay, so as you can see, I’m a bit totally excited. I was immediately crushing on the brand new Bon Bon style as soon as I saw it. It’s like pink lemonade! It’s polka dotted bliss, in bright neon pink and bold sunny yellow. Available in a tankini, padded bikini, haler bikini, and matching short or brief. I was smitten with everything and ended up needing it all, but for starters I got the Freya Bon Bon Halter Bikini from Get Bras (The new US site for the UK based bra shop Bras and Honey!). Shipping was super fast, which I adore, and I ended up getting a cup size too big because Freya has gone through a change in their size scale, so a 34F UK is now a 34G US, so I needed to get a 34F US instead. They were super nice about making an exchange. The bikini itself is fabulous. It’s so awesome! This is a bikini you wear to the beach, this is a bikini you wear to the pool, this is a bikini you wear all of the places! It’s so cute, I love it. One of my favorite pieces of swimwear this year, it’s just so happy and sassy. Fun!

The halter bikini top is unpadded, but the underwear and the stretch of the Lycra material offers lift and support. The neck can be tired and adjusted to your liking, with two ties. There is a small gold disc embellishment at the center gore, and the cups are lightly lined for a bit of added oomph and comfort. It really provides a smooth look. The band is firm but offers a bit of stretch, similar to Freya’s usual band style, but instead of the metal hook and eye closure, there is a bright pink plastic closure that clasps shut firmly to hold the band in place and offer you support from the band. The cups fit true to size, if not a bit large, I actually felt that the wires seemed a bit wider and deep than usual Freya lingerie styles. This bikini top is comfortable! The halter style offers cleavage too, which is a plus when I look for a bikini. The matching side tab bikini brief is true to size, stretchy, and offers a full back and a high cut up the sides. It has the same pink/yellow polka dots and has fabric tabs on the side of each hips and a matching gold disc embellishment at one side. I adore this bikini! Such a fun style for a full bust. The halter bikini top is available in cup sizes C-GG and band sizes 30-38, and XS-XL bottoms. Grab this bikini while it’s still in season!

Introducing: Amber L Snow Lingerie

August 1st, 2015 @ Amber

Mermaid lingerie, anyone? Check out this awesome new handmade brand I recently found on Etsy. Each piece is handmade, and the designer Amber L Snow (Have to say, I like her name! ;)) creates each piece to order. Her designs include lots of gorgeous pastel colors and pretty hand beaded designs, in an array of under the sea inspired styles! Check out her collection below.