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It all starts with my underwear

When I get ready each day, I have a few little rituals I rarely don’t do. There is the daily all body moisturise, cleanser,toner and facial moisturise, the GHD styling of my hair, application of eyeliner and mascara and…oh of course, the putting on of clothes!

It is impossible to leave the house without doing all of these things and they are now second nature to me, I have become so speedy at all of them, I’m usually ready before the men in the house. However, one thing I am also religious about is wearing matching underwear. I used to think I did this for the effect it had on my boyfriend, but when we broke up, I remained in this routine. I tried not to, but felt less attractive somehow, less comfortable.

I also can’t stand when people can see my underwear through my clothes. In few circumstances, this is fashionable and acceptable but more often than not, it just looks a little…cheap. I have spoken to lots of women about this and they all tend to agree that having a bra-strap on show or patterned bras showing through thin t-shirts is something they feel embarrassed and frustrated by. Sigh…

So how do we solve it? Well here is a list of Do’s and Don’t that should help!

DO

1. Find out your correct size. There is nothing more uncomfortable or more unflattering than an ill-fitting bra. Any decent underwear shop provide this service free of charge and it takes less than 1 minute so there are no excuses!

2. Get a range of styles. This allows you to have a bra for all of your outfits and means you can make the most of your assets. For instance: the balconette bra looks great wearing a low cut sundress but shows up under t-shirts and looks less flattering than a full-cup bra.

3. Get a range of colours. If you are wearing Black and have a white bra on underneath, the chances are the whole room knows. Black under red rarely works and white under white never works…make sure you purchase a nude set too! I could go on but I think you get the point, you need to cover all your bases!

4. As sexy as they are NOT – T-shirt bras are handy as hell. Get a black, a white and a nude and knickers for each. These are great on those days you feel you need comfort over style. They also never show up under blouses/t-shirts/tanks etc.

 5. Found a set of underwear you love? Buy more than 1 of the bottom. When I shop, I try to purchase at least 2 of the bottom, often they vary them and offer a thong, or a pant, or a french knicker. It means the set lasts longer and the bra can be worn more than once each week! You own less underwear this way but it allows you to always match.

6. Get a great strapless. It is a lot more attractive under tank-tops and strappy-tops and means the eye is directed to the right place…not to your bra straps.

7. Feel Sexy!

DON’T 

1. Spend lots of money on underwear you don’t know will fit. Make sure you always try Bras on in store.

2. Have straps on show when you don’t need to. It is never the way forward. Got a low cut back on a dress or top…there are brilliant solutions to this problem out there! Don’t settle.

3. Wash bras too often in the machine or in really hot water. Often just a rinse in the sink will do it. They last so much longer this way!

4. Let a man tell you what’s sexy. You decide and you stick to it. Wearing the right underwear makes a real difference to how your clothes sit on you and how you feel about yourself. Just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean its not the most important part of your outfit…

Good Places to shop for bras are La Senza, Marks and Spencer and Figleaves. I personally prefer M & S. Their bras are sexy, comfortable and reasonably priced.


I rarely leave home without it…

…A Pashmina of course! I honestly can’t put enough weight behind the power that the Pashmina holds. For a start, its stylish, but pushing that aside, it’s many practical uses make it a wardrobe essential in my eyes. Here’s a few things I use mine for…

1. Well first off…it is a scarf so…I use it for that.

2. It makes a plain outfit that bit more interesting. Jeans and a blazer isn’t exactly super exciting but throw on a bright Pashmina and we have something a little extra.

3. They add a touch of sophistication to any cocktail dress. It is a cheap yet effective tactic.

4. In turn, they help to take the edge off of the chill on a night out.

5. They work wonderfully as a blanket when on a cold plane – and lets face it, planes are always freezing!

6. Heading to the beach? Throw one around you!

7. I like to use mine as a blanket too on those days when I have an impromptu picnic!

If they aren’t seven reasons to make sure you go out a buy one I don’t know what are!


Their Designs are Sika!

I’m wondering through Greenwich Market with my Mum on a sleepy Sunday afternoon and we happen to “stumble” across Sika Designs Boutique tucked away in the corner. Of course, I have seen this place before and fallen in love with their clothes. However, these are Pure Silk and pricey! In reality, they are incredibly reasonable but to me, forking out £120 plus on a dress is restricted to very special occasions. However, I have one, my friend is getting married and naturally I need a new dress!! It is a fairly speedy affair and I only had 10 days notice to find the perfect Smart/Casual autumnal wedding outfit.

Sika design dresses in the most stunning fabrics with flattering cuts to suit any shape. If you like the style of a dress but prefer the pattern on another, they will custom make the one you want for you for the same cost of the original outfit. They do alterations on all of their clothes within 7 days for only £15 too so if you need to have an inch taken from under the arms or off the shoulders then they sort it for you.

I can’t describe to you how princess like you feel wearing these dresses. They make you look elegant and classic but not dull as the fabrics just make you stand out in any crowd. I ended up going for a bluey/grey coco bean design. I loved the full skirt, bow waist detail and stiff high collar. I also wanted to keep the “stand out” affect to a minimum as it was a wedding so these more muted colours on the design make the right statement without overpowering the setting.

I was really pleased with my dress choice in the end. It really suited the vibe of the day and my dashing date and I matched in our greys which was perfecto!

The day was beautiful and very emotional all in all. Watching friends get married is a whole new experience for me and something I found quite heart-stoppingly magical! Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Powell… x


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