Fraulein Annie – vintage romance & glamour

Fraulein Annie is the brainchild of the wonderful Frauke Nagel.  Her style is vintage, romantic, stylish yet practical.  I was lucky enough to win a set of my choice from her collection – http://www.frauleinannie.com/Collection.html

Immediately I was drawn to the Falling in Love range in the Blush colourway and I opted for the short over the shaping briefs.  As much as I love the shaping brief, I wanted something a little more practical for day-to-day wear. 

I chatted with Frauke via email regarding fitting advice, I sent her all my vital stats & said I take a 28″ back.  Fraulien Annie start at a 32 back so I was a little worried.  Frauke assured me that the band comes up small and she uses the ‘traditional’ fitting method of having extra inches on the bra.  Initially I was worried the bra would be an odd fit, but after working out sizing etc, Frauke kindly agreed to send me both a 32E & 32F to ensure I got the best fit I could.

A few days later my package arrived, it was beautifully wrapped with the 2 bra’s as promised, the shorts, a pocket sized catalogue & a cute little notebook with the Fraulein Annie branding on it.  Sometimes it’s the little touches that really make a company stand out!

I tried the smaller of the bra’s on first and fell head over heels, despite having to use the tightest bra hook which was comfortable, but I’m so used to having a tight 28″ band that it took me a little while to adjust to the feel of this bra.  The unpadded balconette style cups, trimmed with delicate contrasting eyelash lace (see close-up below) & silky soft material instantly make you feel sexy as hell!!  There are small bows on the straps just above the cup and it’s stiched in such a way that you get a fabulous smooth look under clothing. 

Eyelash Lace = ❤

For my particular shape, this bra didn’t give OTT uplift or cleavage, as you can see from the top photo, but it is incredibly comfortable and it just screams romance!  If you’re looking for lingerie that makes you feel like a true vintage hollywood glamour-puss, this is it.  Available from www.figleaves.com, there is also the choice of a thong, high waist shaping briefs & beautiful suspender belt, as well as more of the current collection.  Also, keep your eyes peeled for the swimwear collection, you will not be disappointed!

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Parfait by Affinitas…… a New Love Affair

(I’ll warn you all now, this is quite a long post – future posts will be shorter, I promise!)

I was lucky enough to win a prize from the lovely Fuller Figure Fuller Bust’s awesome competition she recently ran.   I received an email to say that I had won 2 sets from Parfait by Affinitas.  As a huge underwear fan (that would be huge enthusiasm, NOT huge granny pants!) I was very excited to hear that I had this particular prize as this brand is pretty damn hard to track down in the UK.  I was sent the SS12 lookbook PDF and told to pick ANY 2 sets….. I felt like a kid in a sweet shop!  Initially I was a little concerned as the back sizes start at 30” and I’m a 28” back, but I figured I’d wear them on the tightest hook and hope for the best. 
Looking through the PDF I was immediately drawn to the Charlotte Bra.  Available in Peach or Red, with the choice of 2 different styles of the bra & knickers.  Both bra’s are a balconette style but I opted for the more padded of the two as it has that extra feel of 50’s Hollywood glamour with its black tape detailing and cute bow.  My next hard decision was High Waisted Brief or Standard ‘Bikini’ brief…. as much as I love a retro knicker, I decided the standard satin brief would be more wearable for me.  Set one – check.

Now the hard part, deciding on the second set.  I scrolled back to the top and started perving at the sets again.  After 15 mins of lusting after everything, I came to the conclusion that the decision was too hard so did something risky.  I emailed the boyfriend and told him to choose, a brave thing to do I’m sure you’ll agree!  I was intrigued as to what he’d come back with, thinking that a Basque may well be seen in my future….. so I was a very happy girl when he replied saying simply – ‘Tanya, Black’. His reasoning – it reminded him of an old Film Reel, that was good enough for me so I opted for the thong, and again the padded version over the softer underwired cup. 

I emailed the girls at Affinitas and also asked them how their sizing was, I usually wear a 28F so didn’t want to end up with something that was unsuitable, they filled me in that the bands are tight & that my usual F cup should work fine so I ordered both sets in a 30F and waited.

A few days ago I received my parcel & nearly did a little wee with excitement.  I eagerly tore open the envelope and tipped the whole lot onto my work desk much to the amusement of my male colleagues!  I did notice that unfortunately I’d been sent the wrong size in the Charlotte Bra but this was quickly rectified when I contacted Affinitas to get the correct size.  In a weird twist, my bra was sent to a girl I know whilst I got hers….. small world eh!  I wasn’t going to let this put me off so popped my buddies bra in the post to her and am now waiting for mine to arrive!

Anyhoo, I’m digressing……. So, I spent the remainder of my working day staring lovingly at the Tanya Set and fell in love with how it looked before I even tried it on.  It’s a black Balconette, foam padded with absolutely beautiful silver/grey stitching around the top of the cup and a cute little silver bow on the gore.  The outer cup is gorgeous, a soft microfibre material and it has fully adjustable straps, which is a blessing for me as I have short shoulders!  By the end of the day I was itching to try this on, as I got home I was already adjusting straps & ripping off tags as I bounced through my front door…… after a little bit of strap wrangling (I’m cack handed like you wouldn’t believe) and jiggling about I was in the bra and instantly in love.  The 30 back is snug to say the least & if I hadn’t seen the tag I’d have guessed it was a 28 back, just perfect for me.  The cups are quite full and uplifting, giving just a hint of cleavage and the bra is relatively smooth under clothing.  I did a bounce test & found everything stayed and the underwires actually sit around my breast, they’re not too high or digging into my armpit, another issue I have with my ‘short’ shoulders!
You’ll have to excuse these photos, they really don’t do justice to how fab this bra is!

Charlotte set review to follow! x

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I’m Liz & this all feels very weird…….
I’m new to all this blogging malarkey so please forgive me if I rant, rave, waffle on, blither, go off on odd tangents or bore you with my so-called ‘writing’.  I will mostly be discussing bra’s & boobs and all things associated with them, I’ll also occassionally be throwing in some retro clothing & styling love and all-things-tattoo posts, and other other little gems I feel are worth sharing.  Oh and If anyone has any questions regarding good tattoo art/artists (UK based) etc I’ll happy try to answer your questions (NB: I’m not a tattoo artist just an enthusiastic canvas!) this is just my little way of saying Howdy and thanks for reading! 

This is me and will probably be the only time I post my face here but thought it was only polite to introduce m’self! 😉