Faux Leather for the Full Bust, Bombers for Big Boobs

Imagine owning a wardrobe of leather jackets. Evidently they’re a closet essential, as I recently discovered from a work wear panel and an article about Sally Krawcheck. Unfortunately, I’ve only been able to find two options from bust-friendly retailers: last year’s still-available quilted jacket from Pepperberry, and the “ultimate” jacket in Bordeaux from Saint Bustier. [Read more…]

Book Review: The Bra Zone

I recently finished another book that Hourglassy readers will be interested in: The Bra Zone by Elizabeth Dale of The Breast Life. More than a how-to-fit instructional, this book promises to delve into all the different styles and shopping experiences that could work for a woman–hence the “zone”–and I was excited to receive a review copy.

Even though I was already familiar with most of the content, I love having all of this information in one place. It’s become a handy reference book for me.

Other than a personal reference book, would I recommend this book to a less knowledgeable friend who needs a well-fitting bra? My answer is yes–if it’s a friend who learns best by reading and I could highlight the points most relevant to her ahead of time. The book is only 142 pages with appendices, but Elizabeth covers enough scenarios in it to make it applicable to a variety of friends with a combination of different issues. It originated from the kind of conversations that you and I have all the time: “During conversations with fellow bra wearers, I suddenly realized that despite years of bra wearing, no one felt confident about their own bra shopping skills. Everyone knew what they liked, but no one seemed to know quite how to find it.”

Here are the things I especially like about this book: [Read more…]

Demi Coverage Reading Roundup


It’s been three weeks since I attended a screening for the documentary Embrace, and I thought I’d share my impressions here. First, if you get a chance to see it for $15 or less (some upcoming screenings in Manhattan are $35!), it’s worth it, but only if you think you can engage in conversation with the women around you and enjoy their camaraderie. Otherwise, wait for it on Netflix.

The original screening that I was helping to promote was going to have a panel discussion afterwards. It’s too bad it didn’t sell enough tickets because there was a lot to talk about. Often “body positive” has a one-dimensional feel to it, full of breathless clich├ęs, and I like it when people dig deeper. For instance, as I walked out of the theater on September 19, I heard one woman say, “But I lost 110 pounds.” The movie only focused on the negative aspects of diet, and a Q&A session could have made room for this woman’s experience.


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A Little Big Bust Celebrity Peace Offering for an Unexpected Blogging Week Off

We didn’t mean to go silent last week, but both Leah and I found ourselves on projects that forced us to put writing on the back burner. Don’t worry, though. Hourglassy is back on the front burner for the week ahead.

Some day I’m going to analyze the full-bust style of the amazing Taraji Henson in depth. I’ve wanted to feature her on our Celebrity D Cup and Up List ever since discovering her on Person of Interest (and I haven’t even seen Empire yet!). Until then, and to thank you for your patience last week, here she is at the BET Celebration of Gospel in January.


Comments have been light on this blog for a while, but I would love to hear your thoughts in a non-bashing sort of way. It’s obvious the bra is too small, but [Read more…]