Demi Coverage Reading Roundup

Embrace

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 clichés, 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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Full Coverage Reading Roundup for D Cups and Up

It’s been a while since I’ve posted one of these, and there are some great happenings in the big bust world.

First up, how do you like Kate Upton’s dress from last night’s Mets gala? Personally, I love how it flatters her entire shape, yet almost incidentally highlights the beauty of her bustline. And there’s a chance the dress doesn’t even require a strapless!

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Sometimes I’ve heard women complain that there is nothing in the busty blogosphere for apple-shaped women. Well take a look at this new blog for apple shapes. An added bonus: she writes from an over-40 perspective, another rarity.

Here’s something exciting that I’ve been keeping mum about for a while. Jailyn Apparel is back–as a pattern company! Jodi Schreiner discovered that she loved the technical aspect of designing for full busted women, but the manufacturing aspect wore her down. Now you can make your OWN version of the blouse she used to sell.

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The Mandarin Shirt pattern includes sizes 000 – 18, with regular and extra-full bust options for each size. Wow. Talk about empowering! And she’s giving Hourglassy readers 15% off with code LoveHourglassy15.

I really enjoyed Alison’s “large bust soft curves” swimsuit search here and here a few weeks ago. Based on some of the comments she got about how brave she was for posing in swimsuits, I realized how much our full-busted readership takes this sort of body acceptance for granted.

Speaking of swimwear, the new Australian brand Lilly & Lime contacted us recently, and we can’t wait to review their adorable bikinis for you soon. They offer really cute styles, and most go up to an HH cup in small bands as well as larger bands.

Guess where I’m writing this? At the gate at JFK about to take off on our flight to Paris to celebrate turning 50 last December. Here’s a peek at everything I managed to fit into a carryon. Look for some indulgent outfits of the day in front of Parisian landmarks soon. And guess what else? I’m going shopping at Pepperberry in London on May 13. Is there anything you’d like me to try for you? If you’re already in London, do you want to meet there?

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Full Coverage Reading Roundup for D Cups and Up

Today I finished going through every Hourglassy post from 2012 as part of my blog housekeeping and organizing, and I was surprised to realize how much I enjoyed the reading roundups that I began in 2012 but let fizzle out last February. They took a lot of time to write, but as I reviewed them, I found links to some pretty useful information that I’d forgotten. Now that we’ve just had a holiday where I could catch up on my reading, I find myself with more useful information that I want to share with you. If this keeps happening, I’ll revive the roundup!

First

I’ve just given our blog roll some much needed updating . . . deleting links to non-existent blogs and moving blogs that haven’t posted anything since last fall to the “less active” section. But I didn’t only weed and prune. I’ve also added three new blogs that you’ll really enjoy:

Second

It’s not perfect, but the Ewa Michalak Nina Top is the best sleep/house bra that Curvy Wordy has found so far. If you’re on a quest for one, be sure to visit the links to all her past sleep bra tries that are located at the bottom of her post.

Speaking of sleep bras, there’s a new brand that will be at Curve this weekend called Nightlift. The bras cost $98 and only go to a DDD cup (32-42 bands), but I’m fascinated by the cradle concept designed to support breasts while sleeping on one’s back or side.

nightliftI’m dying of curiosity to try one, but a sleep bra has never been at the top of my wish list because my breasts don’t get in the way of my sleeping, or I would sister size to a 34 or 36DDD. They’re being marketed as a way to prevent sagging and wrinkles, but that doesn’t motivate me, either. However, I do like the idea of a bra to wear under certain nightgowns that would look better with a firmer bustline, especially if I could fall asleep comfortably in it since there are no underwires.

Right now there aren’t a lot of reviews out there, but here are a few links I found through the company’s website and tweets:

  • Glamour Fashion Blog (It’s not your imagination that the bra rides up in back in the pictures on the website–this writer noticed it on herself as well. I guess that’s okay as long as it doesn’t mean the band is so loose that the cups can’t contain all of the tissue.)
  • The Gloss
  • Smarty Panties

Third

Kris Line will also be at Curve this weekend. I’m always tempted by their bras on Zulily, but I can’t risk ordering the wrong size since all sales are final. Those of you who live in Florida can visit La Bella Intimates to try Kris Line in person, but for the rest of us there’s finally an online optionLa Bella Intimates has launched its ecommerce site where you can find the Fortuna and Brilliant styles in most cup and band sizes. As of this writing, I couldn’t find the return policy anywhere on the website, but when I called the store today, they told me that you have 14 days to return a purchase for store credit.

That’s probably good protection from shoppers who might buy a bra to find their size and then return it to buy for less from Zulily. Otherwise, I can’t see La Bella being able to compete.

Fourth

On the subject of competition, here is the sign I saw on Linda’s wall last week while I waited for a friend who wanted my help with a fitting. This is Linda’s way of discouraging shoppers from using her fitting services but purchasing elsewhere.lindas bra fitting feeYikes! I had told my friend to meet me there for two reasons: (1) she wanted a cami bra, and Linda’s website said they had one by Natori; and (2) it was on the way to the Completely Bare lingerie popup shop. But if I had known about the fee, I never would have suggested it.

“Was it on the website?” I asked one of the women behind the front desk.

“Yes,” she said. I got out my smartphone, and sure enough, there it was–buried in the FAQ’s section.

“I’ve been coming to Linda’s for years, and I’m on the mailing list,” I said. “Was there a newsletter announcement?”

“No,” she answered. “The mailing list is only for the online store.”

Once my friend arrived, I explained the situation, and she was fine with taking the risk. Fortunately, she liked a Simone Perele Caressence in 34F. For my part, I was shocked at the low selection. Linda’s no longer carries Fantasie, and the fitter tried to push an Anita sports bra on my friend because they had sold out of the Panache.

Finally

We’re getting excited for Curve this Sunday. Invest in Your Chest has whet our appetites with their preview of Curvy Kate’s new Scantily line and other pictures on Twitter. Sweet Nothings also has us excited about the six new full bust lingerie brands that she reported on today, although none seem to be coming to Curve. As usual, if there’s anything you want us to look for or ask, please let us know!

Demi-Coverage Reading Roundup for D Cups and Up

This was my first bra, except mine was beige.

When I was searching for a picture of it, I found this fun reflection on boobs by a mid-life blogger. When you read it, be sure to check out the comments for more stories that you may relate to. Also see  if you can relate to this first-bra memoir that won third prize in a writing contest, although hopefully none of you can relate to having a mother like hers.

CurvyHK tells us when underwires are likely to trigger the TSA alarms. While you’re on her blog, enjoy the story behind one of her most treasured compliments, and be sure to check out the emergency compliment resource she’s found for us (my favorites so far: “You think of the funniest names for wi-fi connections,” and “Your cousins refer to you as ‘the cool cousin.'”

Katie frequently contributes thoughtful comments to Hourglassy, but when I read her own blog I have NO IDEA how she finds the time. Recently she wrote about a topic that’s near and dear to my heart: planning a wardrobe for the early professional years. I like how she contemplates the cost factor for sewing her own things–this is a woman who leans in if I’ve ever met one–and other factors (such as how to add interest or how flattering, comfortable and professional trump trendy).

So far there are only two posts up on the new blog Wide Curves, but I like how the writer sets out her mail order methodology for finding bras in her size. It’s similar to what I do, but I never thought to formalize it. Despite all the negatives that she lists for this method, she’s been able to make some important sizing discoveries by using it, and my guess is she’ll be able to order fewer bras at a time going forward (unless it’s a new brand she hasn’t tried before or is a brand known for being inconsistent). Do you take the same approach as she does?

Imogen Lamport has another super helpful post about necklace scale and bust size.

If Leah’s review last Friday got you excited about Comexin, so will Linda’s guest review of unpadded Comexin bras over at Braless in Brasil.

Finally, I continue to do a lot of thinking about “Look at me” dressing, and a guest teenage writer has added another dimension to consider with her post on Already Pretty about Style and Privilege. If you read it, also be sure to read commenter Vildy’s perspective from across the river, and the writer’s follow-up comment. I also believe that there’s a lot that we women with large busts can relate to about N’s experience that has nothing to do with neighborhood.