A Big Boob Brainstorm with Three Major Benefits: The Brobe

At Curve last week, I kept admiring one woman’s magenta dress worn over leggings, and when I got the chance to compliment her, she told me, “It’s a bra AND a robe. Come visit my booth!” That’s how I discovered the Brobe.

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Benefit #1: Easy Lounging and Boob Sweat Eradicator

Living in super hot Texas, large-breasted founder Allison Schickel hated having to dig out a sports bra to wear while she drank coffee and put on makeup after showering. When a five year search for a simpler solution yielded nothing, she had an epiphany. [Read more…]

An American in Pepperberry (Part II – Jackets, Tops & Sleepwear)

Here’s a sneak peek at the Pepperberry denim jacket in 12C (the 10C was sold out when I was there) that I’ll review with the DD Atelier denim jacket in a separate post next week. Spoiler: I love them both.

blog denim jacket with my street clothes

The khaki linen biker jacket was a surprise win! It looked especially good with my street clothes above, but I forgot to take a photo. However, since it’s one of only two pieces that I finally purchased, I’m sure you’ll be seeing it in future posts.

blog linine jacket unzipped

I’m wearing a 12C. Unlike the 12C denim jacket, the armholes didn’t feel too roomy.

I probably won’t wear it fully zipped without major accessorization, but these photos demonstrate that there was no boob smashing going on! [Read more…]

Big Bust Babydoll Boredom Busters: Curvy Kate Kitty & Freya Pandora

Sometimes a fabulous full bust development flies right over my head, like this Curvy Kate Kitty plunge longline babydoll that Sweet Nothings and Bras and Body Image recently reported and Big Cup Little Cup has already reviewed.

Curvy Kate Kitty long line babydoll
It took glimpsing it from the corner of my eye at Curve before I finally recognized something I’m always looking for: supportive sleepwear that doesn’t hide the waist.

Curvy Kate Kitty front at Curve longline babydoll

The merlot color will be available in 30-40 D-J in October, but the Kitty longline babydoll in black has been available since December.

curvy kate kitty back longline babydoll

I’ve always appreciated the bra element of babydolls, but I’m tired of their inevitable flounce-y empire waists. The maternity-look is so ubiquitous to babydolls, that I wonder, is it even a babydoll if it has a waist? Wikipedia characterizes a babydoll as short, sleeveless and loose-fitting. The Kitty is short and sleeveless, but thanks to the longline, it certainly isn’t loose-fitting.

Freya also challenges the “loose-fitting” element of the babydoll. As many of you know, I love the streamlined look of a chemise, and I’ve always thought that Freya’s babydolls look more like chemises because they lack the typical puffy gathers coming from the underwires. If you study the Freya chemises and babydolls that I included at the end of my post on deep cup wireless sleepwear last year, you’ll see what I mean.

When I mentioned this to an Eveden rep, she informed me that the only difference between a Freya chemise and a Freya babydoll is the underwire. No wonder the Freya babydolls appeal to me so much–they’re simply chemises with underwires!

Of all the underwired chemises in the Freya AW16 collection, the Pandora stands out with its sheer vertical-seamed cups that go up to a G cup! We weren’t the only ones disappointed that last year’s vertical-seamed Starlet only went up to an F cup. Pandora is Freya’s response to the demand for this light look and feel in a G.

freya paradise babydoll on table top

Available in 28-38 D-G.

freya paradise sheer cups closeup

freya paradise babydoll side sling closeup

Side slings help with support.

Freya Paradise babydoll back

The Pandora collection also includes Freya’s first longline plunge without padded cups.

freya paradise longline closeup

Available in 28-38 D-G.

Finally, a Pandora vertical seam bra will be available in 30-36G and a plunge balcony in 28-38 D-H.

The only bad news about these beautiful pieces? They don’t reach stores until November . . . just in time to make it onto your holiday wish list.


Hip (and Bust Friendly) Tia Lyn Vintage Gown

Leah and I had a great time at Curve yesterday, and we’ll be sharing our finds soon. I have a few follow-up visits to make at the trade show today, so if you have any questions you’d like me to ask the manufacturers, please let me know.

Following Leah’s hip-friendly Lady K Loves jeans review on Friday (remember to enter the giveaway!), I thought I’d share this amazing gown from Tia Lyn. You may recall that I only just discovered Tia Lyn at Curve in February. Afterwards, I discovered this Vintage gown on their website and wondered if it could work as a slip.

Tia Lyn Vintage GownSomehow I missed the photos of the models wearing it because they make it obvious that it’s ultra sheer. What they don’t make obvious is how soft the fabric is and how much stetch is in it! Here’s a demonstration by the company rep and Leah.


And at 3:01 in this video from Full Figure Fashion Week 2015, you can see a model with 52″ hips wearing the size 1X.

If you’re wondering what size would be best for you, the company rep told me that I would wear a size small in Tia Lyn, and I currently wear a generous size 8 in many outerwear brands.

Tia Lyn has some new pieces that I’ll be sharing soon!