Author: LaurenDungey

A Curvy Kate treat on my list this Christmas.

I love a sale. Bargain hunter babe, that’s me, I see it, I want it, I wait for the sale, I got it! And when it comes to underwear it’s no exception. I’m the first one there, you can never have too much underwear right? And with Christmas coming up I know it can be tough. Budgeting, keeping an eye on the pennies, but if like me you love a sale and you’ve been waiting to treat yourself to some new over the shoulder boulder holders, then now is your time. Curvy Kate have a huge sale on right now, that includes some of their classic sets. They very kindly gifted me the next couple of sets to share with you, so here’s what I think!

The Princess. A true Curvy Kate classic. In fact the first ever Bra I tried and bought from Curvy Kate was the Princess, and that was almost 4 years ago now! So I already knew how much I loved this babe. I received the sets in the black and the white colour, perfect for day to day under any outfit really, a shirt or blouse, a dress or top. The Princess is also still available in a gorgeous blue and purple colour-way, for when you want a colour burst in your underwear drawer, brighten up your day under your clothes!

I received mine in a size 36H and they are very true to size, a great fit, giving a really good shape. Again a lovely sheer cup with the cutest polka dot mesh detail. I love the floral lace edges, and the added ribbon detailing on the straps it’s a really cute look. The comfort and support of this bra is really great with a 2 hook fastening on D-F cups and a 3 hook fastening on F cups plus, there is no compromise on structure. This particular Curvy Kate style has a really great size range from a 28D to a 44FF but hurry due to the bargain prices this Princess Bra is selling fast! So some sizes may be sold out. At currently just £19 for the Black and White colours it’s a real bargain!

The briefs are not something I’d usually go for. I’m such a lover of a high waist for comfort but actually these were pretty good! I received mine in a size 20 as like I’ve said before I love to have the added comfort in a brief so always size up from your usual dress size. These were the short style and actually they were really comfy! The polka dot mesh material is super lovely on the skin and the fit doesn’t cut you up. These are also in the sale at a real bargain price! And available in a size 8-24 so again a really good range. There is also a Brazilian style brief if you were after something a little cheekier, that’s also in the sale.

But hurry these won’t be around for long! The sizes are flying out and I’m sure if your like me you won’t want to miss out on a real bargain! There are so many gorgeous sets in the Curvy Kate sale, if you haven’t already make sure you have a browse! Although I’ll be sad to say goodbye to Princess once she sells out, but I can’t wait to see what Curvy Kate has lined up as a new classic set! As always I’ve linked both sets below. Have you found any bargains in the Curvy Kate sale? Let me know what you’ve got your eye on in the comments, I’d love to know! X

Curvy Kate Princess Plunge Bra

Curvy Kate Princess Short Briefs

Sparks fly this Christmas!

So you may have seen this week that I found the perfect party dress. Finally! All the glitter, all the sparkle. But it’s Christmas, so why just sparkle on your outerwear? Why can’t you sparkle with your underwear? I’ve looked for so long for that perfect bra that sparkles without looking like a panto prop. And Curvy Kate have brought us a winner. So today I’m bringing you Curvy Kate’s Sparks Fly set, gifted from Brastop!

This is one of my favourite new releases from Curvy Kate, with this set being a part of their girls night collection, it’s definitely a set that is made for show. Under a sheer blouse, under a plunge dress, or even on its own paired with killer heels and a suit. This babe is made to be seen and who wouldn’t want to? It’s a glistening beauty!

So the bra, how did I find the fit? For a plunge bra I thought the fit was great. Plenty of cup room once scooped and swooped and a really comfortable fit. I received mine in a 36H and it was very true to size. I love a sheer cup bra, and this did not disappoint with the added glisten of the pinstripe sparkle mesh, it catches the light without looking too much. The black and metallic colour-way is perfection for so many outfits, especially if you decided you wanted an all glitter jumpsuit or a festive red suit! The back band is quite wide which I really love for added comfort and support and again fully adjustable straps. Curvy Kate always add in the cutest details to their sets and this bra has the cutest little lightening bolt charm in the centre, to add a bit of glitz glamour to this already sparkly set. This bra runs from a size 30D to a 40J so a really great size range! And a not too breaking the bank price at just £34.00 for the bra currently on Brastop.

The briefs are my favourite style, I love a high waist, sexy whilst feeling comfy as anything! I received mine in a size 20 as like I’ve said before I like to size up in briefs. They run online currently from a size 8-20, and the Brazilian style brief runs from a size 8-18. Again on the briefs I love the matching details, with the pinstripe metallic mesh. I also love that these briefs also have a cheeky detachable suspender straps! For me on this occasion I just removed them but they are so so easy to hook on, and hook off. It’s all about the detail with Curvy Kate and with the sheer brief at the back and geometric style these pants are oh so sassy as well as ridiculously comfy. These briefs come in online at just £20 on Brastop.

Also in this range, I have my heart set on the bodysuit version. The bodysuit is gorgeous with a little more coverage. Perfect for nights out. Like I’ve said before who says underwear can’t be outerwear?

This set is 100% one that I’d wear day to day, to feel empowered, to feel sexy for me! Under your clothes no one has to know what you’re wearing and you can feel like a true glitter ball underneath, or if you’re like me and want to show it off, then do it! Wear that sheer dress, put on that sheer blouse, wear that power suit!

As always I’ve linked the sets below if you want to check this set out. Are you hoping for some Curvy Kate goodies from Brastop under the tree this year? Have you put them on your Christmas list? Let me know in the comments! X

Sparks Fly Plunge Bra.

Sparks Fly High waist suspender brief.

The fitting room featuring – Christmas party high street hunt!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… Christmassss! It’s the best, with mince pies, mulled wine, all the lights, all the trees, carol singing, all the time with loved ones and of course, the works Christmas Party! The time of year you get to dress up and have a dance! But the outfit. The dress, what to wear?

I’ve had a right nightmare so far on my hunt for the ultimate party dress and I mean nightmare. Umming and ahhing over so many dresses online, buying them, returning them. Why does nothing look like it does on the model?!? And the best one, buying the dress without actually ever getting the dress! It’s been one of those weeks, I tell you!

In my efforts to find the dress, I decided to make a morning of it, by heading to the high street! Taunton’s shopping is actually really good. I like that there are so many shops to chose from and that there is usually good stocks of most sizes. I also love that when you buy from a shop, you buy from a person, a person who is being paid because you are choosing to stay on the high street rather than shop online. I have this awful fear that high street stores won’t be around for much longer because of online retail and it makes me so sad. Fashion retail was one of my favourite jobs I’ve ever done, the social aspect, the team spirit. I know it’s not like that for everyone, but I’d hate to lose any more shops in Taunton.

So are you ready? Steady? Let’s go! First on my venture was Marks and Spencer, I found a few really lovely sparkly tops and skirts but it wasn’t really what I was after. I was definitely thinking I was after a dress until I found this co-ord, I loved the animal print pattern and the pleated skirt was fabulous. The material was so light weight with a silk satin feel and super soft. And the colour, so many tones of blue hues. Maybe though this outfit is more winter wedding rather than Christmas party, but it was a firm favourite. I tried these both on in a size 18 and they were very true to size, If anything the top was a little generous in a size but I won’t complain about that! The skirt retails in store and online for £35 and runs from a size 6-24 in midlength and long, and the top is £19.50 and also goes from a size 6-24. For fitting room styling I added my belt as I found my waist was a little lost without it.

M&S collection snake print blouse.

M&S collection animal print pleated midi skirt.

Next another from Marks and Spencer, this one was a little different and after trying it on I found that for me it was a little more for day to day. You could definitely dress it up for day to night but on this occasion I left it behind. A simple burgundy bodycon dress with a twist detail in the waist. A really good fit and very true to size. I tried this on in a size 18 and it runs from a size 6-24 and is £35. I may go back for this dress another time as it really is so versatile and is perfect for so many occasions.

M&S collection twist front bodycon midi dress.

On to the next shop! Next up was NewLook, I honestly thought I’d find so much in here, but I was a little disappointed in the lack of sparkle in store. I did however find this gorgeous dress. A gorgeous burgundy colour with a satin look. A real Christmas party look, add some heels and a glitzy bag and you’d be on your way. But again I wasn’t quite sure if this was what I was looking for. I tried on in a size 18 and it was very true to size and even room for us busty babes! This dress has a great size range, although in store I only found it in a size to 8-18 online I’ve found it in the curves and tall section too, going up to a size 28. This is definitely an option for Christmas Day. Beautiful and floaty. And currently only £20.99 in the 25% off sale. What more could you want?

Burgundy satin pleated midi dress.

The final shop I ventured into for a try on was Quiz. Now I haven’t been into Quiz for years! So this was a massive hit or miss shop for me and boy did I hit! The first dress. Emerald, velvet sparkle dreams. Gorgeous, I tried on in a size 16 and the fit was actually really good! I found this online with the size range of 8-16 but also in the Curve range of 16-26. The colour was gorgeous and I love a ruched side! Currently online for £40!

Quiz Bottle green velvet glitter ruched side dress.

The next dress and all over sequin, a good stretch so no need for a zip and perfect for that Christmas party! I loved the bronze colour and the way it caught the light! I’m a magpie when it comes to sequins! I also tried this on in a size 16 and the fit again was great, I think because of the stretch in the fabric you could size down or up easily for comfort/style. This dress is available in a size 8-16 and in the gunmetal colour in the Curve collection. It is currently on sale for just £30 a real bargain for the Christmas party!

Quiz bronze sequin wrap long sleeve bodycon dress.

And are you ready? Here she is! The final best dress I found on Taunton’s high street. A velvet, beautiful sequin dress. Not too heavy, and simply stunning. I loved the back chunky zip and the beautiful colours. This dress was the best fitting one I’d found all day, a size 18, so comfortable and exactly what I was searching for! This dress runs from a size 6-18 and from the new Sam Fairs collection. I had to have it, especially as it’s on sale from £60 to just £40! We got there in the end didn’t we? With a real winner at that!

Quiz X Sam Fairs black and rose gold sequin velvet dress.

I would also like to add that I searched through pretty much most shops on the Taunton high street and these were the only shops that I found something that caught my eye enough to try on. I’m so happy with my final party dress! And I can’t wait to party all night on my 25th birthday for the works Christmas do! If you would like to browse any of the dresses in this blog I’ve popped the links below each image. So what do you we think? Do you think I made the right choice? And are you Christmas party ready? Let me know in the comments! X

Who says you can’t wear your underwear out?

One month! That’s it babes, just one month until my absolute favourite day of the year. The festivities have already begun and with that so have the festive nights out. Christmas markets, the streets lit up with the colours of Christmas and the festive menus. Perfect occasions for catching up with the girls or a date night. But what about the outfit? I love a little black dress but sometimes it can be a little chilly! So I like to go for a pair of jeans, killer heels and what’s this? Not a nice top? Nope tonight I’m daring to wear red! And daring to wear my underwear out! And why shouldn’t I? Bralettes and bodysuits have been on trend for so long but I’ve always struggled to find one for us fuller busted babes, one that gives actual support where you don’t have to worry about falling out or squeezing into!

But here she is the ultimate fuller bust body suit. And for the festive season? A gorgeous crimson red. But where? How? Where did I find this absolute gem of a bodysuit. Ivory Rose Lingerie. I’ve followed them for a while on social media and have watched them grow and grow, they are even available on ASOS now! So when they reached out and offered to gift me some of their beautiful body suits I couldn’t resist and couldn’t wait to try them out!

The stunning red lace body. So beautiful, a real Christmas classic. Available from a size 30DD to a 38G. I hope in the future they expand their range for the more plus size lady, but as a small business developing and growing it may take a little time, but here’s hoping one day soon! I’m usually between a 36G/36H and I was kindly sent the 36G which was actually a really great fit. Its really supportive and gave great shape. I love the sheerness, I’m a massive fan of a non padded bra so this is great for me. I think if you were a little taller or longer in the body maybe go for a size up as I’m an average 5ft 6 and it fitted perfectly. I love the colour, not so long ago I would have never dared to wear red, but now I love it! Perfect for festive nights out or cheeky nights in. The lace detailing is gorgeous and style is beautiful. And a little cheeky! With a thong brief style and a cut out back, it’s a little bit daring and really sassy for nights out.

If red isn’t for you then this style also comes in black. Again just as beautiful and also perfect for nights out or in. The body suits are a little sheer so if wearing on a night out I might add a couple of nipple covers just to avoid any cheeky hello’s! It is cold out there now girls!

I’ve styled mine up with my favourite pair of jeans, a faux leather jacket and a pop of lip colour to match! These body suits are so beautiful and currently on 30% off on Ivory Rose Lingerie’s site in their Black Friday sale, head over to see a real bargain! But be quick, the offer won’t last long!

If you feel like daring to go red this festive season then head to the link below to shop. Or to take a look at any other items you fancy. Ivory Rose Lingerie are a business that I’m so happy to support. With their passion for non airbrushing their models and their imagery and two women behind the brand trying to make women feel incredible, what more could you want? So will you be adding some crimson to your lingerie wardrobe this Christmas? Have you tried Ivory Rose Lingerie our yet? Let me know in the comments! X

Ivory Rose Red Unpadded Lace Body

Back to not-so boring basics!

We are officially headed into winter. The mornings have been freezing, it’s damp and dreary and as I’ve talked about in my previous posts it’s time to think about those layers. And again we need to think about that all important base layer. The support layer. So today I’m here to bring you not only a classic set that is perfect for day to day, but also a real bargain!

The Flirtelle Eve. Kindly gifted from my favourites at Brastop. And I’m here to give you my honest opinion, so whilst I’m being honest, this set is not what I’d usually go for! But after trying and wearing regularly it’s now one of my day to day go to’s.

A classic set. A balconette style with a cute polka dot tulle mesh on the cups and a classic lace on the outer cups. A really great fit, giving plenty of support with its 3-part cups and great stretch in the cup material. The straps are not too wide so easily adjusted and the back has a three hook three clasp fastening. The style is great as it’s not too frilly so it’s perfect under any top or t-shirt. The comfort of this bra definitely needs to be talked about. The softness of the material and the comfort of the whole support structure is great. You don’t get that need to take your bra off feeling at the end of the day! I received my Eve bra in a 36H and found it very true to size. The Eve runs from a size 32HH to a 40K so a great size range for the fuller bust.

The briefs also aren’t my usual go to. I’m sure you’ve seen by now that I love a high waist brief, comfortable and secure. But these I actually love. One thing I feel like I’m still very conscious of is my stomach area, my mum tum and cellulite. Sometimes I let it affect me, but not today. In these Brazilian briefs I’m embracing all of me! I always size up in briefs and received mine in a size 20, and they run from a size 8-20. I do wish the briefs would run to a bigger size to match the bra sizes. It’s always nice to have a full set isn’t it? I hope this is something that Flirtelle will look into in the future.

This set is a real bargain at the moment! In the Brastop sale you can bag this whole set for just £27! You all know how much I love a sale. So if you’re looking for a new comfy set for day to day that won’t break the bank the Flirtelle Eve is for you. I’ve linked the set below If you’d like to have a browse. Also Brastop has a massive sale on at the moment if you fancy checking it out! What’s your go to set for ultimate comfort? Let me know in the comments!

The Flirtelle Eve Balconette Bra

The Flirtelle Eve Brazilian Brief

Victoriously Voluptuous In Victory X

Are you getting Winter wardrobe ready? The days are getting chillier and I’m layering up day by day. But the most important layer? Your base layer! Having that support all year round is so important, and having the right fit! My go to has always been the Curvy Kate Victory for day to day but the babes from Brastop very kindly gifted me Victory’s sexy sister to try…The Victory X set!

So what did I think? Firstly the colour is gorgeous, an icy silver perfect for all the winter vibes! And perfect for girls night. This is one of the sets in Curvy Kate’s new girls night collection, the ultimate support for underwear and outerwear if you’re feeling a bit cheeky! Put that power suit on with that glimpse of sparkly silver Victory X and you’re ready. I also love an icy tone for winter. I definitely have a divide in my wardrobe for the Spring/Summer underwear and the Autumn/Winter sets and this has gone straight to my Autumn favourites!

The overall structure is very much like the classic Victory with four-part cup structure, and a great all round lift. The Balconette style is one of my favourites it always gives such a good shape. With that forward facing push and lift it’s great for under any item of clothing. The straps are easily adjusted and the back is wide and gives great support, it has a two hook three column fastening. For me this was completely true to size, I received a 36H in the bra and it sits flat to the bust with no spillage. Even after all day wear, there’s no digging in either. This bra runs from a 30D to a 44G so a great fuller bust range.

The briefs are also one of my favourite styles, I love a short brief that you can wear how you prefer. I pull mine slightly up for more of a high waist look, it’s whatever you feel comfortable with! I received mine in a size 20, the range runs from a size 8-24 in this set, with briefs I always size up from clothing wear. I personally just find it more comfortable, and I mean come on, who doesn’t love a pair of comfy pants?

The black outline detailing on this set mixed with the dazzling sheer silver is really what makes this set for me. It’s what really sets this set from day to night, who says underwear can’t be outerwear?

I love, love, love a sheer set. Although padding is great for when you need a real extra shelf lift or a padded plunge, I think there’s really something quite sexy about a sheer set. Leaves something to the imagination and also makes me feel so confident. This is one of those sets that you put on, wear under your day to day wear and feel like an absolute goddess!

Overall the Victory X left me feeling pretty victorious and I’ve worn her so much since I’ve received her. The Victory X has been a big support for day to day life and I can’t wait to style her up for winter with a sheer top or a power suit and heels. As always I’ve linked the set below, if you wanted a little browse! Will you be taking a look at the new Curvy Kate girls night collection? I know a girls night is definitely needed now I’ve got the perfect set for it! X

Curvy Kate Victory X from Brastop

Pumpkin spice and all things nice!

Happy Halloween! I felt it would be quite fitting to post a blog all about our October traditions on the day itself, Halloween. Before I go any further did I just blink? Where has October gone? I feel like I say this every month lately but this one, wow!

Anyway before tomorrow when I start talking all things Christmas, yes I’m allowed to tomorrow as Halloween will be over, I’m here to talk October. Last year we made a few Halloween traditions that this year I really wanted to keep doing, I mean it’s a tradition. That means we can’t stop now! And why would I want to?

First up the pumpkin patch. Last year I discovered a lovely little patch right here in Taunton, Charlot orchards. We went for their apple day, picked a few pumpkins and it was so lovely. We even went back there this year! But this year our favourite fruit farm Thurloxton, opened its doors, well fields, for its first ever pumpkin patch. There were hundreds of pumpkins, as well as so many activities and a scary walk! It was great fun, ‘hit the witch’ game, followed by a stroll through the fields hunting for that perfect pumpkin. It was great, a little windy and rainy but what could I expect, it’s October after all!

We searched and searched for the perfect pumpkin and with pumpkin in wheelbarrow we headed to the carving tent. Tent is probably the wrong word, a massive undercover carving area with so many carving units. There was plenty of room for everyone and they had all the tools, even a bath for washing off the mud and pulp from the pumpkins, there was even a man helping cut the tops off the pumpkins so we didn’t have to!

We were in the dry scooping away at the insides, ready to make the scariest pumpkin! We decided on a classic jagged tooth face with scary eyes! Parker loved it! And when we all finished we handed the equipment back and headed on our way. We spent a good few hours of fun there, and our pumpkin is ready and waiting to be lit tonight.

This year is the first year that we’re taking Parker trick or treating, I’ve always felt he’s been a little too young, maybe I’ve just always worried about chewy sweets or lollies but now he’s 4 I feel he’s ready to get dressed up and head out, with me or Paul by his side. I’m secretly so excited! I can’t wait to see his little face when he’s all dressed up, I’ve even bought creepy cat ears for me, so that I don’t show him up as we’re walking around. Our street has a lovely rule – if there’s a pumpkin outside then you can knock. If not keep walking, so simple but so easy. We don’t want to disturb anyone who’s not in the Halloween spirits! Although this year I must make sure we pop our pumpkin out. When we lived in a back to back house a good few years ago, I think it was when I was pregnant with Parker, we had no trick or treaters and we’d bought so many sweets! So we had to eat them all of course! So sorry Paul, I’ll be making sure that pumpkins out do you don’t get all the treats again!

This year I actually tried to start a new tradition which I actually don’t think I’ll keep. I attempted a pumpkin pie… by attempted I mean it was so much effort for something that wasn’t to my taste at all! I’m even too embarrassed to take it to work with me for the girls, I know, it’s that bad! The pastry was going well until it said blind bake. I used rice instead thinking it would be fine but the pastry shrunk a treat, the sides folded on and it was a mess. Not to mention a little burnt after blind baking! Then the filling, I had one lovely round cooking pumpkin. 750 grams the recipe needed, I chopped and I diced and I weighed and once prepared I had 350 grams. Not quite enough but I muddled on, adding bits of munchkin pumpkins in an attempt to rescue it. No hope. Next sieve the cooked pumpkin into a purée. This was ridiculous. It took over half an hours and my arms ached. Who knew pumpkin pie was such a workout?!? Anyway all baked ready for the taste, it smelled delicious but oh my, it tasted awful. Maybe next year ill try again. Or maybe next year I’ll stick to cupcakes.

After the amount of love I have for a pumpkin spice latte I honestly thought I’d love a pumpkin pie. But no, awful. Not for me. I’ll just stick to Starbucks I think and let them handle the pumpkin spice. After all there’s nothing better after a long welly walk through the leaves and trees than a warm coffee shop with delicious autumn treats!

After the mood September brought I can honestly say October has been one of my favourites this year. Do you have any Halloween traditions in your house hold? I’d love to know what you do, let me know in the comments. And have a great Halloween however you spend it. Happy Halloween! x