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October 2013

Winter Is Coming: Now What Do I Wear?!

Image via Pinterest/I Left My Heart in Paris Tumblr
I've spent the better part of my life in New England, but if you were to look at my closet, you wouldn't know it. The majority of my wardrobe is devoted to warm weather staples, like breezy sundresses, three quarter length cotton cardigans, and sleeveless blouses so once the temperature drops, my choices shrink considerably. Last year, I unintentionally decided to go for a "chic maternity" look and wore the same three pair of black leggings for eight months straight with oversized shawl cardigans and tunics. There's no shame in that uniform -- I'm sure I'll be adopting it again soon! -- but this winter, I want to cultivate a style. Pieces that feel as feminine, retro, and whimsical as my collection of vintage summer dresses...I just don't know quite how to do it yet and am looking for advice:

What do you wear in the winter? How do you manage the tricky combination of requisite layers, practical concerns, and style during the colder months?  

Full Bust Lingerie Review: Ewa Michalak SM Margot

In today's full bust market, it's near impossible to use floral embroidery in a way that's fresh and unexpected. The feature has been incorporated so repeatedly -- with good reason, it's beautiful! -- that it feels traditional, comfortably familiar which is exactly why Ewa Michalak's SM Margot stuck out to me. It's blooms are oversized in a punchy deep pink and the surrounding vines are made from green polka dots, making the entire embrodiered element look like bursting fireworks. It feels different and somehow, surpring as an Autumn/Winter arrival. Suffice it to say, I love it!

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Full Bust Lingerie Review: Ewa Michalak PL Charlie

When I was taking the photos for this post, Zack asked where the set was from and complimented me on it. He's seen a lot of lingerie and unless I ask him directly for this thoughts, he's stopped chiming in on what I'm wearing. But this afternoon was different, he noticed and there was a little earthquake in my brain which came out as: "Wait, WHY do you like it!?". His response? "It's nice". When pressed for more descriptive adjectives, he admitted that Ewa Michalak's PL Charlie looks "classy" and putting aside the fact that Zack says weird things all the time, I think he's onto something. Menswear designs are almost nonexistent in full bust lingerie, but they're a very sophisticated theme to play with. Blazers, trousers, oxfords are all "borrowed from the boys" and add a distinctive crispness to any ensemble. The Charlie is no different and left me feeling particularly polished.

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Full Bust Lingerie Review: Ewa Michalak CHP Gazeta

In the nearly two years I've been blogging, I've never experienced anything like the CHP Gazeta's debut. I've been around for a lot of exciting changes too -- Claudette's launch, Freya's introduction of 28" bands to the Deco, Wacoal's purchase of the Eveden brands, the infancy of Curvy Kate's "Star in a Bra" competition, and of course, Cleo's long awaited swimwear. But there hasn't been one set,  announcement, or size extension that rivals the release of Ewa Michalak's CHP Gazeta and it's easy to see why. The Gazeta is the year's most original design, it's a unique move even for the daredevil designer behind it, and judging by the outpouring of anticipation and enthusiasm online, many women have been longing for such an unusually fun print.  I've received more questions about this set than any other product I've written about so at long last, (drumroll, please) here are my thoughts:

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Exclusive: Avocado Launches Wholesale Distribution!

Avocado Caprice
During my trip to Poland, I met with Avocado at their flagship store in downtown Poznan and I've been smitten with their collection ever since. Their designs are alternatively restrained and celebratory, they have a steadfast commitment to quality and their bras are a reliably consistent fit. They're also a perfect example of what the "middle market" wants -- sophisticated sex appeal, crisp graphic details, a fresh use of embroidery, and modern, everyday coverage. Unfortunately, Avocado has also been one of the hardest brands to purchase, as their online shop didn't offer an English translation or Paypal and their boutique was in Poland, but that's all about to change! They're launching their wholesale business this month and if buyers are interested, their products could be in North American stores by the holidays!!

Avocado has assembled a wholesale catalog that contains six brand new lines and they've given Miss Underpinnings readers an exclusive first look: 

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Full Bust Lingerie Review: Debenhams White spotted non padded D-G Balcony Bra & Shorts

While it might not seem like it to the women who live there, Britain has a vast selection of full bust lingerie and several more budget or in-house labels to choose from. Enviably, some DD+ women can pick between Bravissimo's label, the Victoria Secret-inspired Boux Avenue, Marks and Spencer's options and the Gorgeous line from Debenhams, in addition to all the big brands we know in North America! However, Debenhams now offers an international delivery option for their private label lingerie and shipping to the United States costs a mere £10 (or $16.05), which is only a fraction higher than Bravissimo, who charges £7.95 ($12.76).  This fee -- combined with their continuously running sales and promo codes -- adds Debenhams to the list of modestly priced options for American women.  To get an idea of what the Gorgeous line offers, Debenhams generously sent me a review sample and I ended up being quite surprised...

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Curve NY: Mimi Holliday Spring/Summer 2014

Battenburg & Apple Tart
Last August, I had my first Curve meeting with Mimi Holliday and alongside my sister (notetaker), my boyfriend (photographer) and two fellow bloggers, I previewed the entire Spring/Summer 2014 collection. Only two weeks later, I was in Selfridges and got to try on Mimi for the first time and let me tell you, I'm a convert! I've been wondering around ever since, muttering to myself, and wondering, "Mimi! Where have you been all my life!?". I love their irreverent use of color and the way they remix a familiar collection (the Bisou Bisou) each season. The laces are soft and luxurious and they offer a ton of my favorite things -- sheer bras! High waist panties! Silk! Polka dots...le sigh.

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