Neglected Blog is Neglected

Dearest readers,

If you’re still out there listening and have been wondering where we have been….never fear! We are still here.

Amy and I both have had some personal things going on that have kept our focus away from the blog for quite some time…and while I won’t go into too many details, I speak for myself when I say that I hope to get some new reviews up soon. 

I have a badgillion reviews to finish, some things I have had in my closet for a long time and still have not reviewed them! So, if you’re willing to keep with us here at Fussy Busty, I can only say that I will be updating soon.

Stay tuned….we’ve been around for 2 years!

-Nicole 

S Porcalanka review: 65F

I ordered this bra after seeing how well it worked for Nicole here, and to see how the fit of the S style is comparable in a smaller size range, as there can often be big differences. I ordered a 65F, and I find it to fit at around a UK28F, being a bit smaller in both the cups and band than a standard UK30F.

The cups are padded, 3 part construction that is a little more closed on top than I would like, making the cup edge dig in just a little across the top, especially on my bigger boob. If you’re very full on top then tread carefully with this bra. The band is small for a 30 as I mentioned, but I have notices that the bottom of the band is tighter than the top, and this does bug me a bit after wearing it for a few hours.

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The gore is very narrow, and the wires almost overlap at the centre as with most Ewa Michalak bras, and this is probably my favourite feature of them as a brand, being suitable for close set boobs like my own. The straps are half adjustable but still short enough for me, which doesn’t happen often. The front of the straps is thicker and stretchy whilst the back half is embroidered; this makes it difficult to adjust although means that once it is adjusted it won’t slip out of place. The straps are wide set, too wide on my petite frame, this is an issue I have with some balconettes and most Ewa Michalak bras, save for the 3D and 3DM.

The bra is very comfortable, I experience no wires digging in or straps slipping off my shoulders, the padding is lightweight and supportive, great for an everyday bra. It’s not that much of a looker in my opinion, the charm at the front is cute and the lace edging on the cups is a nice touch (although may show through a tight top), but that’s not usually what I’m looking for in a beige bra.

Overall yes, this is a good everyday bra, but I don’t quite get the ‘wow’ factor that Nicole did.

Favorite Workouts for 2014

When the new year came around, I wrote on the blog that I would be writing more about my own personal fitness journey. As part of this journey, I wanted to share a couple of my favorite workouts that I have been doing with my trainer. If you’re looking for a great calorie burn, or even just a good burn, then these are all good things I would recommend doing. Some require some equipment, others do not.

The Kettle Bell Swing

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I don’t know a whole lot about the many different ways to use a kettle bell, but if there’s one thing I DO know is that the kettle bell swing is one of the most effective workouts you can do. It activates so many muscles in your body, gets your heart going and helps you improve your balance too!

What you do:

  1. Get a kettle bell. Start light (15 pounds if you can).
  2. Standing upright, hold the kettle bell with two hands
  3. With your feet hip width apart, squat down, with your butt back as far as you can go, and as deep into the squat as you feel comfortable
  4. Stand up, using the force of your core to swing your arms up with the kettle bell. If your back hurts, you’re not using your core and the momentum generated from thrusting your hips forward as you stand.
  5. Repeat, letting the kettle bell swing under you when you squat.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_XjJjLc7NE

The Kickback

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Something I’ve learned from doing personal training is that my left glutes don’t activate very well. While this may not sound like a problem, it has really impacted my lunges and step ups, leaving me with soreness in muscles that shouldn’t be used, limited range of motion, and achy knees. So, my trainer and I have been working on strengthening my glutes. We do LOTS of kickbacks and let me tell you….they will make you sweat and make your ass burn. In a good way.

What you do:

  1. Get on the floor, in all fours
  2. Chose whichever leg you want to start with; Bend at the knee and lift behind you.
  3. Don’t twist your hips, keep them parallel with the floor
  4. Lift your bended leg up as far as feels comfortable and squeeze your butt
  5. Release and bring your leg back down, not touching the floor
  6. Repeat

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45YVKSQN88E

The Leg Raise

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This is the most insane core exercise I have ever done, and yet it is so, so simple to do. I promise this will make your abs burn like the fire of a thousand suns. In a good way.

What you do:

  1. Lay on the floor, on your back
  2. With your legs straight, lift them up, preferably perpendicular to the floor
  3. Slowly lower your legs, not letting them touch the floor
  4. Then raise them again
  5. Repeat
  6. Don’t forget to exhale when you bring your legs up, and inhale as you lower your legs

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMo97vRBg5A

The Fire Hydrant

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Again, referring to my shoddy glutes, this is another great exercise to encourage glute activation. Yes, you will look ridiculous doing it. And will probably feel ridiculous. But this makes me sweat like crazy and really works.

What you do:

  1. Get on all fours
  2. Keeping your leg bent, raise one leg to the side, like you are a dog peeing on a fire hydrant
  3. Lower your leg
  4. Repeat

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koh2eoSdG2Q

The Squat Press

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I have a killer squat, and like most people, I enjoy doing things I know I am good at. The squat press is a great way to work many muscles and is kind of low impact (if you have bad knees, it may be high impact for you)

What you do:

  1. Get two hand weights….they don’t have to be heavy, especially if you are starting out. Try 2 lbs each. Hold them at shoulder height
  2. Standing with feet hip width apart, go into a squat. Remember to push your butt out so that your knees do not extend over your toes when you squat down. Go as deep as you feel comfortable
  3. Stand up; When you stand, press both weights up, above your head
  4. Repeat

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aGJzxRQxO4

So these are just a few of my favorite workouts so far this year. I am also a big fan of the weight squat and the leg press because I have strong legs (I pressed 350# with my legs today!!). What are your favorite workouts? Let me know in the comments!

 

Disclaimer: I am not a trained fitness professional, nor am I a physician. Common sense recommends that you consult with your doctor before engaging in any physical activity for the first time. Also, know your limits. If you’ve never lifted weights before, start small. If something hurts, stop. Don’t push yourself if you are going to be sick. Know your body and listen to it. 

 

My Valentines Day Pick: Mimi Holliday Azure set

I purchased this set sometime in January, with the intention of saving it for our valentines weekend away seeing as it’s just so gorgeous and luxurious, it’s a really special occasion set for me. I got the bra in size 30DD (as opposed to my usual 28F) because it was on offer over at amazon, this is not usually the best practice but it turned out okay, and the shorts I got in a Small and they fit almost perfectly.

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The set on the left is the one I own.

Features:

The bra has a wide band with a spaced out 2 hook fastener, making it feel more supportive. The bra itself is a low cut balcony, with shoulder straps extending from the bottom of the cups over the shoulders, the straps are partially adjustable but quite short.

The knickers have a satin front and gusset, with the top and behind all lace, with a cute peek-a-boo hole in the back too.

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The fit:

The bra is a bit too small for me, as a usual 28F,  although the cups are compatible with my boobs as they are open on top, meaning that it looks to fit okay aside from the gore not tacking, and I get more cleavage than quad-boob. I would say it would best fit a shallow 30DD, or 28E as the band is quite firm, the width of it adding to the support and making it supportive enough for me. The cups are on the shallow side, with the wires being quite wide. The bra is cut low under the arms, with the straps also being placed in a petite-friendly position.

The knickers are on the larger side for a small I’ve found, and I could probably wear an XS in this style. The lace on top is stretchy which makes them versatile for women with different shaped figures, as well as comfortable and flattering. I often find that high waisted knickers hit my midriff in the wrong place and come off as quite unflattering, but the stretchiness of these and the delicate lace means they’re the one pair that I can happily wear.

Looks:

Scallop lace everywhere, and I love it. It’s an emerald green colour in real life, one of my favourite colours, and pairs with the black lace it is really gorgeous, and looks good on my pale skin. I would recommend this to anyone, because it’s really one of the nicest sets I’ve ever come across, and the lovely fit is a bonus.

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You can buy the set here direct from mimi.

#Supporteverymove : Panache Sports Bra review

**This bra was provided by Panache Lingerie for review purposes, in support of the 2014 Sports Campaign. This does not impact my opinion whatsoever**

I recently got the chance to try out the Panache sports bra, it’s only the second sports bra I’ve tried after using my worn out Shock Absorber compression sports bra for the past 6 months or so. For those unsure, a compression bra does just that, it compresses/squashes your boobs to your chest and cuts down bounce that way, an encapsulation bra like the Panache one has moulded cups that support from below, no squashing, and for me much more comfortable and effective for the general gym-exercises and yoga that I do.

The bra:

The cups are relatively deep with what I’d call average width underwires, made of moulded foam that’s flexible (more flexible than the moulding on say the Freya Deco) and very comfortable to wear.

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The straps are wide and padded over the shoulders and half adjustable at the back. This is usually a problem for me but not here, there’s a J-hook at the back! Putting the straps into racerback shortens them and adds support, it looks pretty cool, and quite a few gym tops I’ve seen are racerback style too so this can be worn with no straps showing.

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The underwires! They’re padded! This is absolutely my favourite feature of this bra, because it is ridiculously comfortable (pst! This makes a brilliant that-time-of-the-month-sore-boobs bra).

The band is wide with a padded 3 hook fastening for maximum support and comfort, I find it to fit true to size and firm enough to be supportive without feeling too tight.

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The Fit:

I find this to be really true to size, I have heard others say that it is big in the cup compared to panache’s other bras, but I haven’t found this myself, although using the J-hook at the back does make the cups feel slightly smaller when it’s fastened. The band is a true 28 too, although the width of it can make it feel firmer, this is plenty supportive on my 26.5″ ribcage so might still be an option for those who need smaller bands.

The Look:

The colours are amazing on all of these bras, and I’m a huge fan of the bright combinations. I received the raspberry, but I’m a huge fan of this bra and now have it in the blue/lime combination as well. These are the kind of bras that I want to wear as a gym top and show off, and they definitely bring some fun to working out.

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My verdict? This is the best sports bra I’ve tried by far, but it’s more than just a sports bra, it’s an everyday bra and a comfy-time lounging around bra too. Getting this bra really kickstarted my working out again, at first just for the novelty of using my new bra, but it began a real lifestyle change for me, I recommend this bra anytime anyone mentions the words ‘Sports bra’.

Freya Marvel review, 28FF

The Marvel is a new cut-and-sew style from Freya for AW 13, it’s available in plain beige, white print and black print, I got the latter from largecuplingerie.com a couple of weeks ago. 

First impressions: The print is lovely, tiny purple circles with white shadows, but I am slightly disappointed by the lace-ribbon on the edge of the cups, as it’s overlaid on the top of the pattern, whereas in the promo photos it was the edge of the cup; here’s what I mean.

1. Promo photo

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2. How the bra actually looks on an asks model.

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I get it, there’s not much difference, but I really like the sheer purple edging and I was quite disappointed. However, the print is lovely, Freya seem to be coming out with some great prints at the moment and I love it. 

The band is tighter than ‘loose’ Freya 28 bands like the deco, which is great news for me. The band and straps are fairly wide for this size, closing with a 2 hook fastening and the straps are fully adjustable.

Image  The wires are typical for Freya, not particularly wide or narrow, and the cups feel deeper than the padded half cups I’ve tried such as the totally tartan and the patsy. The side sling gives a front-and centre appearance, and the shape from the side is subtle and rounded, a surprisingly good shape on me for an unpadded bra. 

 

 

 

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Overall? This is a good everyday bra for those who don’t like moulded/padded bras. It fits true to size and gives a good shape for under t shirts with no lumps or bumps, very functional! But for me, not very exciting. See how some other bloggers liked it; Petite and Plentiful (28E),  Bratabase Blog (34G), Bras I Hate and Love (32H)

 

 

 

Amy’s Christmas Lingerie Roundup

I love christmas! I love lingerie! So naturally, I love christmassy lingerie. From the outright santa-themed baby dolls of La Senza to the black lace with subtle shimmer of Freya, I want it all. Here’s some of my favourite pieces so far;

The ‘Ooh, shiny!’: Gossard’s Egoboost strapless in sequin, ASOS exclusive red colour way.

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This comes in 30-38 D-G and £48 for the bra, UK 8-16 and £22 for the high waisted short. Get it here.

P.S. You can see my review of the regular ego boost strapless here.

 

 The Sexy Sparkles: Freya’s Ooh La La Body

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This comes in 30-36 D-G, at £50 here, and if you’re sized out then the bra comes in 28-38 D-J here.

 

The cute christmas print: Primark Fairisle set

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I saw this set instore for only £4! Size range is around 32-38 A-D. 

 

The ‘Mrs Claus’: La Senza babydoll

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Sizes XS-XL, currently on sale at £32 from £40 here.

 

The ‘Open me on christmas morning’: Bluebella’s tatiana set

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Available in sizes UK8-18 (open cup bra) for £38 here

 

The ‘Dreaming of a white christmas’: Coquette by Mimi Holliday

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The bras range from 28B to 30GG to 40E and sizes in-between, the accessories UK8-16, here.

 

There’s so many more amazing pieces out there, these are just some of my favourites, what’s your favourite christmassy piece?

Why I’ve Chosen Not to Blog Lately

If anyone has been paying attention, I haven’t posted since early September. My goal was to do fit and active September and I dropped a major ball on that one. Basically, I’ve had lots of things I’ve wanted to write about but just didn’t have enough time or motivation to do so. 

My soap business has taken off a bit, work has been really busy, and my second master’s has been eating up any free time that I have. Plus, I haven’t really bought any new bras in a long time. Oh and did I mention that I have gained weight and don’t feel so great about my body? 

Anyways, I recently purchased a Ewa Michalak PL Charlie (GORGEOUS) and will hopefully be reviewing this soon. Here’s a quick snap of the beauty: 

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This is a 95J (42J)

 

Also, if you want to get super angry at Polish people for being really rude to lots of British and American bra bloggers, check out this thread: http://balkonetka.pl/forum/glebsze-i-plytsze-rozmowy-o-zyciu/2012/4/5/potwory-internetu/20#

 

Until next time lovely readers,

-Nicole 

Mimi Holliday’s Blue Lagoon Maxi Balcony in 28FF

Yes, I am a 28FF again, weight fluctuations have done a number on my bra collection over the past few months but fingers crossed for my size being settled now.

Firstly, this bra is gorgeous. The 3 part cups are all white lace, with a thinner layer underneath, the front of the band has a chiffon blue and white polka dot pattern, the rest of the band and straps are all white with navy bows on the straps. The ‘Mimi Holliday’ print on the back of the band and straps is a really nice touch too.

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I haven’t had any luck with Mimi Holliday in the past, the Super Padded plunge was too shallow for even me, and the balcony bra I tried had a floating gore, no matter what size I tried. But this one fits! The cups are perfect and the gore tacks tightly to my chest. The band runs true to size stretching to just over 28″, it’s a thick band (only a 2 hook fastening, but the hooks are widely spaced) so it can work for smaller ribcages quite well, and feels firm. The wires are narrow, at about 5″ in width this is great for us that need narrow wires, and the narrowest I’ve tried apart from Comexim.

The straps are not fully adjustable, which usually is a no-no for me, but these straps are short so those needing long straps might want to think twice about this bra. The front is made from a white satin, which I was worried might slip off my shoulder but I haven’t had this problem whilst wearing it.

The shape reminds me a little of Cleo, it’s very uplifted front and centre, and surprisingly supportive for lace cups.

The side shape is where my issue with this bra comes in, I have never experienced this before but it is slightly downwards pointing on me. This only bothers me when I’m sans-clothes, or wearing a very tight fitting top, It’s not extreme enough to cause a problem for me under my normal clothes.

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Overall? I like this bra a lot. I had all but given up on Mimi Holliday until I happened across this one, and I now want to give their comfort bras a try. They look less supportive than this style due to the single seamed cups, but just as gorgeous and I’m lacking a ‘chilling around the house’ bra right now.

Harness happiness

As a lover or strappy or bondage inspired lingerie, naturally, I love lingerie harnesses. They work as underwear, making a normal bra into something a bit special, or peeking out under clothes, and they work as outerwear too making a top or dress just that bit sexier.   Here’s the best round-up of what’s available by The Lingerie Lesbian, including two that I own. 

My first harness: Esty Lingerie’s skull choker strap-harness. This fastens around the neck like a choker strap, but instead of attaching to my bra it fits around my under bust making it more of a harness. I love the little skull embellishment, and Esty has them in choker straps in a few different colours here, at a great price for those of us on a budget. 

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Special mention: my Etsy choker strap, not quite a harness but along the same lines of bondage-inspired lingerie customisation, mine has a little dragonfly embellishment but there are lots to choose from including plain ones. It has an adjustable loop, which opens, slots over your bra and tightens again to stay in place in the middle. The neck fastens with a bra-strap style closure. I love to wear this with anything, even just a  simple white t shirt and jeans feels exciting with this underneath.

ImageImageMy second harness: My Pentagram harness from The Lost Keys on Etsy, and was also a great bargain buy. I was asked for measurements when buying this, which I thought was a great touch and it fits my shoulders, under bust and over bust perfectly. This also means that women with non-average bust sizes can wear this without worrying about the fit too much. I chose to have studs on the points of the pentagram, although there were options for roses or plain, more customisation which I love. I like how strappy this one is, and it feels really bondage inspired, and very sexy in my opinion.

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My latest harness: The Lidia Harness by Karolina Laskowska, in a size small. This is a designer I cannot express enough love for, and one day I will own most of her collection. I was able to get this one due to a discount code, and I am so glad that I did. It is the best quality of all my harnesses, it feels so comfortable and soft to wear next to my skin. The adjusters on both sides to make it symmetrical is more aesthetically pleasing to me than just one adjuster, and make this my favourite harness so far.  This fastens at the back with a bra hook, the website says Small is to fit a 32 band but it fits great on me at 26.5″ ribcage, so don’t hesitate due to the sizing. 

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My wish list!

The Maja Harness by Hopeless Lingerie, those shoulder straps! I swoon!

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Esty Lingerie Black and White Choker Body Harness: Embellishment, thick straps, triangular, unusual colour for a harness? You got me.

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The Creepy Yeha’s ‘Ravish Me’ set: This is more than the average harness, maybe not strictly a harness and more of a bra but it belongs here anyway, this is intense and full on bondage inspired and I am absolutely in love with it. 

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If you’ve tried any of these or any other harnesses let me know your thought, or if you can think of any more I should be lusting over, link me!

-Amy