Sunday, 13 July 2014

Review: Bras&Honey (ft. Elomi)

Images (Below) © Bras&Honey | Hi folks. The lovely team at Bras&Honey contacted me recently to ask if I would be interested in trying some of their products; their site offers a variety of well-known lingerie and swimwear brands such as Elomi, Freya and Panache. As I have an 'awkward' bra size (42B) I was initially concerned that there may not be anything suitable, particularly as I am aware that many of these brands cater for larger cup sizes. However, their search function came in really handy and I came across the Elomi Caitlyn Black Soft Cup Bra (£27.00) and Briefs (£18.00); Bras&Honey kindly gifted me both of these items to review.

This is the first time that I've tried an underwired bra, as they often look quite flimsy to me and lacking in support. I was pleased to find that the Elomi bra was incredibly supportive and well structured; I did experience a little 'rolling' with the thick elasticated area under the bust, but it wasn't uncomfortable. In fact, I usually experience a lot of 'hangover' under the arms with bras and they tend to dig in because of this; with the Elomi bra this didn't happen at all, the material under the arm and round to the back is much wider than most bras that I have worn and it didn't fold or dig in at all. The straps are equally thick and comfortable.

Image (Left) © Big Fat Betty | Price-wise in the past I've spent between £10-20 on bras (usually around £12-15), but I would happily pay more for the comfort and quality of the Elomi bra. The briefs, however, are pretty standard in my book and don't really warrant the cost; having said that, if I was buying a set that wasn't plain black I would still buy the matching briefs.

I went for size '4L UK 22' in the briefs as I usually wear a 22 and the size was spot on; this is the biggest size available in the briefs but, as I mentioned above, I think any plain black briefs would be a good match. Also, to confirm, I also went for my usual bra size which is a 42B. The bra is available from a B-G cup and a 36-48 back, although the back sizes available for each cup size vary (a B cup is available in back sizes 40-48, for example).

Asides from the items themselves, I was really impressed with Bras&Honey's communication and the ease of use of their website, as well as the fantastically cute polkadot mail bag that my items arrived in! I would be more than happy to order from them in the future should there be more products available in my size (NB: this is more to do with the sizes offered by the brands that they stock).

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Outside My Comfort Zone #34

Hi folks. This challenge is 'Show Me Some Skin' and was chosen by Katt (of A Curvy Cupcake) who wrote: 'As summer approaches and the days get warmer, I'm struck with the fear of getting my pasty white legs and the tops of my arms out. Apart from the obvious rudey parts, what areas of your body do you prefer to keep covered?'

So, as per usual, I haven't prepared. I'd love to get in my swimsuit and take some snaps; alas I'm at work and I don't think a 7pm selfie in the mirror jobbie is going to cut it! I very rarely expose my legs bar the odd night out and when I do I'm near enough always wearing tights, primarily as I can rarely be bothered to shave.

Before I started blogging I was incredibly self-conscious about my arms and would keep them covered up until I couldn't take the heat anymore. Now, I don't care. I wouldn't say I like my arms but I'm just not bothered about them or by what other people think which, actually, is probably nothing. Anyway, *drumroll*, here they are in all their glory...

Image (Left) © Big Fat BettyDon't forget to check out the rest of the OMCZ crew (or search #OMCZ on Twitter):

Natalie -
Nikki -

Stephanie -
Becky -
Mary -
Hollie -
Erin -
Debz -
Becca -
Rebs -
Katt -
Leah -
Mookie -
Danielle -
Beverley -
Sam -
Gillian -
Sarah -

What I'm Wearing...

Top: Forever 21+ Crop Top, £5.00, size 2X (similar here and here)
Skirt: Cut for Evans Midi Tube Skirt, £15.00 (in sale), size 24 (no longer available)
Bag: Marisota Beaded Ethnic Print Shopper, £40.00 (gifted from Marisota)
Tights: Evans Black Triple Pack 20 Denier TIghts, £6.00, size 3
Shoes: Primark Wide Fit, £6.00, size 9

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Giveaway: 2nd Blog
Birthday with Marisota

Hi folks. I don't know where the time has gone but this month marks two years of Big Fat Betty. So much has happened in the last year! I've met even more wonderful people, worked with some amazing brands and registered as self employed. There's more in the pipeline too that I cannot wait to share with you; keep your eyes peeled!

One brand I always enjoy both working and shopping with is Marisota, who have very kindly offered not one but two items to be given away to one lucky reader; the Sea By Melissa Odabash Classic Swimsuit (£45.00) and Maxi Kaftan (£32.00). Both items are available in sizes 12-32 and the winning reader will be able to choose their size.

I love both of these pieces and have actually being eying up the kaftan for some time, such beautiful colours!

Images (Above) © Marisota | The giveaway is open to UK participants only and all entries must be made via the Rafflecopter widget below; you can choose as many entries as you like and remember to come back every day to Tweet for an extra entry! The giveaway will start at 6pm on Sunday 15 June 2014 and will end at 6pm on Sunday 22 June, with the winner being announced and contacted the same evening.

Best of luck everyone! And happy bloggerversary (as I like to call it) to me ;)

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Friday, 13 June 2014

Feature: Polarised Project

Hi folks. I'd like to talk to you all about a very important project which is being run by a few good friends of mine. The Polarised Project is a documentary about LGBTQ* mental health. Further details of the 'ins and outs' can be found on the Indiegogo page as well as the main website; alternatively, take a look at the promotional video below. 

Video (Above) © The Polarised Project (Promotional Video) | The team behind The Polarised Project are all working very hard, on a voluntary basis, to make this documentary a reality. However, as with any thing of this nature, it needs finance; it needs your help. The Indiegogo campaign has already raised £1255.00 since 25 April, but is far from its target of £5000.00. Even as little as £1 will help this project to get off to a good start; or, rather than donating (or as well as), you could support the project simply by sharing it in your social media networks.

As an individual with chronic depression and anxiety, having first hand experience of the stigma and discrimination relating to mental health, it's still difficult to explain how much projects like this mean to me personally. Each experience of mental health is unique, but unfortunately the recurring lack of understanding and support is not.

Donate. Retweet. Share. Repeat. That's all it takes. 

Twitter: @polarisedproj

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Love EVERY Body #7

Hi folks. The seventh assignment for Love EVERY Body focuses on our legs and feet: 'What's going on in your lower limbs? Do you love your thighs, or wish they were different? Do you have knobbly knees, muscled calves, tattooed or scarred shins? How do you feel about your feet? Are they dainty and as soft as a baby's, or like a cave troll's? (That'll be me with the latter!) Do you have full use of your legs? What great things have you been able to do, where have your legs taken you?'

My opinion on my legs is neither here nor there really. I have squishy thighs and muscly calves, I think, and pretty much always have done. The skin on my legs is very pale, more-so than the rest of my body (probably because they don't see much sunlight), and freckly. It's sometimes dry, but I'm pretty lazy and don't moisturise (anywhere).

My feet...I hate. I mean I don't like feet in general, but I particularly dislike mine. Okay they could probably be a lot worse and I doubt anyone would notice their faults as much as I do, but I'm still reluctant to get them out in sandals until I have had a decent foot pampering sesh; they spend most of the year in socks and not really being looked after.

I am thankful to have full use of my legs and feet, even if I don't utilise them as much as I should. Now that my work routine is due to change (I work evenings at the moment so it's tricky to arrange activities) I would really like to get back into dancing; I loved to do Zumba before I left home for uni and I also used to tap dance when I was younger.

That's all I can think of, really. Perhaps I'll add a photo later!