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February 2013

Curve NY: Freya Autumn/Winter 2013

Totally Tartan in Denim
Isn't the Totally Tartan darling!? As many of you already know, I'm a devoted lover of Freya. Sometimes, I feel like they're an extension of me. Like my child. In my mind, Freya is beautiful, brilliant, and can do no wrong. But as all mothers secretly know, their children aren't always perfect cherubs. Freya, it's time to talk about that time on the playground you pulled that poor girl's hair.

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Exclusive Discount from eShakti!

I woke up this morning to a surprise email from eShakti. They're giving Miss Underpinnings readers an exclusive 20% off discount code! Since they're also offering free customization until February 28th, it's a wonderful time to order a pieces for your individual measurements.

Enter code MSSNDERPNN to redeem and the offer is valid until March 10th, 2013.

Happy Hump Day! :)

Curve NY: Fauve Autumn/Winter 2013

Fauve has been the collection buzzing in the back of my mind for a long time. I love their stuff, but I hadn't seen it reviewed, covered, or out and about in my favorite lingerie stores so I let it alone. I devoted myself to Frey-Frey and never looked back...until now! Haha no, Freya will always be my first love. Fauve has a strong collection for Autumn/Winter 2013 and it was the brand that really spoke to me from the Eveden family this time around.

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Breaking News: A Full Bust Lingerie Trip to Poland

As I mentioned back in December, Zack's family took us on a European river cruise through Southern Germany and onwards along the Danube. Unfortunately, we had one major travel kerfuffle: the cruise turned into a bus trip when the river was too high to navigate safely on! Dear Historic Flooding of December 2012, you suck. But while strolling through Vienna and trying to kill time before we all meet up, Zack and I spotted this lingerie boutique. There were tons of lingerie superstores lining the main shopping district so it wasn't a total revelation...and then I saw Masquerade! And busty
mannequins! Kris Line! I dove in there faster than you can say "lingerie".

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Curve NY: Empreinte Autumn/Winter 2013

Going into my meeting with Empreinte, I realized I had no idea what the brand was about. I knew it was a luxury full bust company that originates in France. I've also learned that they're known for their use of modern technology and traditional lingerie techniques. To be completely honest, I was a little nervous too. I felt like I'd been suddenly upgraded to the big kids' table! Really, I'm intimidated by anything French, luxurious and expensive whether it's a purse, cake, or bra. However after the meeting, I had a crisp understanding of the brand's vision and connected to their point of view. Empreinte believe that their lingerie should always enhance a woman's natural beauty and their products will consistently be elegant, sophisticated, and assembled from the best materials. It doesn't get better than that, right? Let's take a look at their fashion offerings for Autumn/Winter 2013:

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Lingerie Fashion Week: Parfait Runway Show

Parfait - Camilla in Black/Beige
 It's that time again! The bi-yearly market period for lingerie -- Curve Expo -- will begin officially tomorrow at 9:00 am. However, festivities kicked off yesterday, when the inaugural Lingerie Fashion Week opened its doors. Mr. Underpinnings and I took the train down to the city this morning and were able to see the last show. To my delight, we got a front row view of the Autumn/Winter 2013 Parfait collection. We tried to take some pictures to share the loveliness (it's harder than it looks!) so after the break, my review of the presentation below and a sneak peak at the new fashion items:

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How Bras are Like Love

On past Valentine's Days, I've morphed into that girl. I've always been a romantic at heart and on Valentine's Day, it gets amped up to truly ridiculous levels. When I say ridiculous levels, I really mean epic, age-inappropriate meltdowns. When I haven't received gifts, I cried. I criticized. I yelled. While these moments aren't anywhere near "my finest", I'm not entirely to blame. My boyfriend is ironically awful around this major (!!!) holiday. Yeah, that time he gave me a Kmart blender on February 15th? Or, that time he invited me to dinner with his parents, four days before we started dating? I've been challenged by Zack's conception of February 14th for the past three years.

I can't get enough of this kid and he isn't into V-Day

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eShakti Pre-Spring/Resort Collection

I've been casually stalking the eShakti website for new arrivals during the last few months. In the past, they were a retailer who used to put out a collection and I'd like roughly a quarter of it. Yet, in their Pre-Spring/Resort collection, eShakti has hit a sweet spot. Like Pepperberry, eShakti has rolled out a line of products that are happy, optimistic, and undeniably 50's inspired. In the middle of February when I feel I've had a head cold for six weeks straight, I appreciate any design that promises a future of barbecues, summer evening walks, and swimming. These pieces get me in the mood for warmer temperatures:  

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Full Bust Bra Review: Gossard Oriental Bloom Longline

The Gossard Oriental Bloom Longline is a great design. However, Gossard's Ooh La La and Retrolution lines seem to have overshadowed it's arrival. It's a shame since Gossard has an interesting prospective on this explosive trend. Of course, I'm in the camp of "the more longlines, the better". I haven't physically tried that many of them because the trend is still evolving. In addition to Gossard's sexy contribution, Parfait's joining the fray with their Danielle longline and Freya will be releasing the beast that is the Deco Shape in April.

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5 Bras I Wish Came In My Size

Disclaimer: This isn't a whiny woe-is-me post on why there aren't that many cute bras in my size. Bumping around the 28G/30FF range, I have nothing to complain about in terms of selection, diversity, and fit. Moaning about my options would be akin to those celebrity interviews where actresses complain about how difficult is to be white, rich, talented, beautiful, or famous. Really?! A woman in the H+ range has far fewer options than I do and I want to maintain my perspective. I suppose this post is a declaration of my taste outside of the current full bust offerings. The grass is always greener, eh? Here are my top 5 plus/straight size bras that I'd like to see in my size and their closest full bust style:

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Pepperberry Spring Collection Launches

Blah, Mondays are the roughest. Waking up to new collections, full bust news, or generally pretty things is the best though. In my Facebook feed this morning, I saw the announcement that the Pepperberry Spring range had been put up. Like their new lingerie offerings, I was impressed! I loved their use of bows, the small polka dot prints, and most especially, the kooky 50's styling! While there's a lot there I'd pass on, there were several pieces I've already fallen for. Here are my top picks:

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Full Bust Bra Review: Gossard Retrolution Half Padded

Once the Retrolution debuted, I was curious. Increasingly, brands are coupling their bras with shapewear or high waisted bottoms (See: Fantasie, Parfait). However, I think Gossard took it to the next level with their straightforwardly old school waist cincher. It's one of my great white whales: a glamorous shapewear item -- with garters! -- that matches a full bust bra. It's a bold move and definitely gets my stamp of approval. But, more to the point, the Gossard Half Padded intrigued me with it's shape. In the last few months, I've been obsessed with this particular type of bra, a demi with a horizontal seam from the bottom and an unseamed/seemingly unseamed top cup. These bras are much more common in the straight size market. Huit makes gorgeous ones and Wacoal unveiled their Retro Chic Demi last year, which follows along the same lines.

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