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July 2012

I'm Obsessed: Mysterious, Ethereal, Dreamlike

Since this unforgettably humid summer began, my pop culture and style preferences have fallen in with the dreamlike and mysterious. I've been attracted to anything that seems like it could've come from a fairy tale. Realism? That's for the suckers with air conditioned apartments, I'm living in the fantastical.

I had the feeling that I had to read this book, before I knew what it was about. Occasionally, I'll walk into a bookstore and feel intuitively that I'll fall in love with a book. Does anyone ever get that? The Night Circus didn't disappoint. I was 100% engrossed in it during 4th of July weekend. Like it's main characters, it's absolutely magical and it'll pull you into a world totally it's own. After I finished it, I was surprised that such a simple story could possess such a strong grip. I should check my fingers for unexplained ring-shaped scars...

Olana was the residence and studio of Frederic Edwin Church, a major member of the Hudson River School. His landscapes, including those of the surrounding area, are lush and romantic. Recently, Mr. Underpinnings and I went to there on a day off and were mesmerized by the Persian style architecture of the exterior, the intricate stencils in the interior, and the countless hand crafted details embedded in every fireplace and doorway. Olana gave us the distinct impression it had majestically floated out of another, far away world.
Drink: Sweet Thai Delight by Yogi

I know, it's a goofy name. But, trust me, for $4 this concoction will work a beguiling spell on your taste buds. It's delightfully sweet, without any sugary additives. It's textured and full, without any heavy or overpowering ingredient. It's also the only hot beverage I've been enjoying while it's 98 degrees out. Question: Could it have been brewed by mythical creatures? Answer: Quite possibly.

At some point during my (ridiculously impressionable) childhood, I got my hands on The Complete Book of Flower Fairies by Cicely Mary Barker. It was one of my treasured possessions and I'd spend hours studying the illustrations. The Ewa Michalak HM Finezja is very "Flower-Fairy-all-grown-up" and if that doesn't explain my current lingerie perspective, I don't know what does. While everyone is off buying racerbacks and contour strapless bras, I'm after the elfin details above. Queen Mab would go crazy for this set's ruffled band, center gore pom poms, and vine embroidery.

Do you know that feeling when you wake up and remember only inconsistent fragments of your dreams? Or, you'll be going about your day and suddenly, you get a hazy flash of an image from the night before? That's what the song "Oblivion" by Grimes makes me think of. The video is full of surreal groupings and Grimes herself looks like a changeling, but it's the first time she coos "see you on a dark night" that convinces me that this music must've traveled from the supernatural side.

Full Bust Review: Chantelle C Chic Sexy 3-Part Plunge

As a fitter and lingerie blogger, I feel obligated to invest in only the best fitting bras. I try not to indulge in anything less than the very best fit. But then, Chantelle released a full busted option in the C Chic Sexy line and made it available in a 30G. See ya later, willpower!

Before the plunge bra debuted this summer, I've had an unhealthy obsession with the Chantelle C Chic Sexy Demi. It was the first bra I saw on a client, but with European sizes from 32-38 B-F, there was no way it would work its French magic on me. When I saw that the 3-Part Cup would arrive in a more inclusive size range, I jumped at the chance to try a 30G/30DDDD. Generally, I prefer the English sizing system over the European and I have not found the methods to be equivalent. With the Chantelles I've tried before, the 30G (or 4D) was a tad small whereas the 30H (5D) was too big. According to the tag, the French 30H is a U.K. 30FF which is still an entire cup size lower than what I usually take. As I suspected, the 30G is fractionally small. Luckily, with this deep plunge shape, I'm able to squeeze by with a little spillage.

In the design department, the C Chic Sexy 3-Part Plunge gets top marks. This type of bra -- sheer, classic, black -- is currently my favorite, but the glamorous details take it to the next level. I'm completely enamored with the pleated straps, rhinestone charm, and the scalloped edge trim. The designers at Chantelle have done a wonderful job of taking these intricate pieces and fusing them into one elegant, sophisticated style. Unlike other lingerie brands where one visual element (like fabric or embroidery) accounts for the majority of the design perspective, Chantelle's collections are carefully crafted and thoughtful. It's the whole construction, rather than a singular piece of interest, that makes this bra so special.

Side notes:

  • With Chantelle bras, I've felt the cups are fairly wide set. This makes the spillage on my larger side a little more obvious, but it's great for ladies who have more natural space between their breasts.

  • The band fit true to size. Not as snug as Panache/some Ewa Michalak nor as loose as Freya.

  • I wasn't expecting the side and bottom portions to be opaque. Once I wore it, I was relieved since those sections add fantastic nip coverage. If you're looking for a totally see-through number, you'd be better off with the Freya Lyla.

  • It's silly, but the logo fabric?! You know that "C" stands for Cece!

DD+ Outfit: Easy Peasy

Wow, it's hot out. I'm actually a HUGE fan of summer and all the sticky, humid weather that comes with it, but my mindset when I get dressed changes dramatically with the temperatures. Lately, I've looked at my closet and asked, "How little can I wear without being arrested?". I want breezy, easy pieces that work together seamlessly. Enter this tee and jeans.

Last fall, I ordered these jeans but they ended up being too lightweight to wear as it got chillier. Fast forward nine months, they're the perfect thing for overly air conditioned spaces. The bag is a similar discovery. I've had it forever and only realized a few days ago that it goes with everything I've been wearing lately.

{tee: urban exchange (northampton, ma)|jeans: madewell|bag: urban|wedges: nine west|bra: freya faye}

...and we're back!

Alright y'all, I'm back! Right before the holiday weekend, I realized I was getting a little, uh, addicted to my gadgets. Although I'm not the savviest social media-er, I was still constantly checking Twitter, Facebook, etc. for recent updates and new announcements. I needed to deplug for a bit. My time sans-24/7 Internet was oddly uneventful (I read a book. I sat in the sun.) but I feel recharged. I confess, I did cheat with Instagram:

To get back into the swing of things, I've got three links to share:

The Curvy Kate Spring/Summer 2013 online catalog premiered today.

Freya Lingerie is looking for a blogger!

What do you think of showing your boobs? I've always been scared of topless beaches, but with boyfriends, I've felt like doing a "my-boobs-are-the-best-in-the-world!!!" happy dance.

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