Lazy Days in a Hardworking Rock Cotton Tunic


We’re at a family reunion in Florida this week. After preparing for our fun clothing swap last Saturday (more on that when my photographer sends the pictures), this trip is a welcome vacation.

Today I’m simply going to take a break from the pool long enough to tell you about the Rock Cotton tunic that I’m wearing right now. PJ Harlow included it in their shipment with my beloved B Saxxy. I wore the tunic yesterday and today as a swimsuit coverup, including shopping this afternoon. On Sunday I wore it with leggings for our flight from New York. Together with my chunky red necklace, it made me look polished and alert even though I felt exhausted.

Two features make this a perfect transitional piece between climates (and seasons). The 95% cotton keeps it from being too hot here in Florida, but the long sleeves give a little more coverage when the temperature dips (or you’re running back to the condo from the lazy river in the driving rain as I did yesterday with my niece and nephew). I’m going to experiment with accessorizing and layering this tunic some more when I return to New York’s cooler weather, and I’ll share the results with you here.

But it wasn’t the cotton content or sleeve length that captured my interest when I first discovered this tunic. I was reading up on new brands ahead of Curve, and I was attracted to the batwing sleeves of the Rock Cotton tunic. We all know that generous sleeves can mean generous bust room, and that’s exactly what this tunic offers.

I used to think that voluminous sleeves automatically made a busty woman’s top half look even larger, and I still think it’s a real possibility. In this case, the narrow bottom of the Rock Cotton tunic and the lighter shading over my chest certainly contribute to an inverted triangle look on me. It doesn’t matter, though, because I find I get very positive feedback on my appearance when I wear this top. It’s making me want to experiment with more looks that I don’t usually gravitate toward!

On the Rock Cotton website, this tunic retails for $98 and comes in a variety of colors. Each tunic also comes with a necklace with a rock in a color that matches it. I thought this just a gimmicky touch until I actually tried the onyx stone that came with my own tunic and loved the look!

I have a 31″ waist and 39″ bust and am wearing a size medium. There’s plenty of room for a much larger bust than mine.

Off the Rack ~ Reviewing the Pinup Girl Clothing “Dorothy” Dress

Quick and short dress review this week: The Dorothy Dress from the Junebugs & Georgia Peaches collection at Pinup Girl Clothing.

When this collection first came out, I was super excited. There were several dresses that I immediately knew I’d be buying. But by the time the first pieces started becoming available, I was less interested. Still, I ended up trying two, the Dee Dee and the Dorothy.

Dee Dee

Dee Dee



I received the Dee Dee first. While the construction was really stellar, featuring a lined bodice and skirt, voluminous pockets, and darts under the bust and on the sides to make it boob-friendly, it just felt way too doll-like for my taste once I had it on. Luckily, the Dorothy is actually rather similar, featuring a contrasting pointed Peter Pan collar, sleeve cuffs, and belt, but with a less full skirt and hidden pockets, for a more streamlined, grown-up look.

Also like Dee Dee, Dorothy is one of the highest quality garments I’ve ordered from PUG. The bodice is lined in satiny fabric and the belt has grommets instead of being a stupid slide belt that doesn’t stay tight.

I measure 37″-29″-41″, and it feels a wee bit tighter in the waist compared to other size medium dresses I’ve purchased, but there’s enough stretch in the fabric that it’s not uncomfortable.

My photos are color accurate. It's more of a dark red than the bright cherry you see in the stock photo.

My photos are color accurate. It’s more of a dark red than the bright cherry you see in the stock photo.


As for boob-friendliness, it fits me beautifully, but I could see it being problematic for ladies with a bigger bust than mine due to the underbust seam and the way it’s gathered. The seam does remain cleanly under my bust, not resting on breast tissue, but the volume is all in the outer corners of the gathered section, so I suspect substantially more boob volume than mine might be a little squished toward the center.



My one real complaint about the dress is that the pockets stick out weirdly. I suspect it’s a combination of the stiffness of the fabric and that my hips are probably wider than the skirt is designed for. You can see the phenomenon in the model photos on the PUG site, though, so I think it’s probably unavoidable.



Lastly, it’s hard to see in the online photos, so take note of the fact that the back swoops quite low, and as such I found it difficult to get the zipper up those last two inches. And unless my husband is there to do up the hook and eye, the zipper tends to creep down those two inches throughout the day even if I manage to zip it all the way up.

In the end, I wouldn’t hesitate to say this is one of my favorite PUG pieces. I’m tempted to also order the black with cream trim, which has a cute Wednesday Addams vibe going on. I hope they continue to release more colors in future seasons!


Fitting In ? Let It Go, Let It Go . . .

Let it go, let it go . . . .

So goes the refrain from the movie Frozen, and it’s the song in my head as I’ve been decluttering my home this year. Have you heard of Marie Kondo’s book? Her slim best-selling volume promises to change your life if you follow its dictum, and it’s true.

It really is life changing and magic and all good things rolled into one brilliant technique for deciding what to keep and what to purge.

Does it spark joy?

Yes = keep.

No = toss.

Week after week, bags and boxes of clothes we won’t wear, shoes I no longer need, books and household goods we haven’t picked up since the 90’s have been headed out the door, to the thrift store if usable and to the trash if not.  But I’ve set aside some nice pieces from for the upcoming SWAP.

Have you RSVP’d yet?

Two years ago, when headed to my first SWAP, I was certain there would be nothing for me to take home.  I’m used to being sooooo busty that I’m sporting the largest breasts in the room.  There was the promise of my custom made Campell & Kate shirt that was ready for pick-up, so I was certain not to leave entirely empty handed, but I didn’t expect to find goodies in the SWAP.  I could not have been more wrong. There were lots of things for all sizes, including for me–someone who wears at or above the top range of Pepperberry & BiuBiu.

Both times, I’ve come away with some clothing goodies.  But more than that, I’ve come away with so much more.  It’s a fun afternoon with a diverse bunch of women sharing clothes, style tips & ideas.  Please join us if you can.

Helping with Fit and Learning a Lesson About Value

A law school friend asked me to reach out to Ester, her Tanzanian translator who was in New York “with 5 albino children who will be fitted for prosthetics”. Like me, you may be wondering what the significance is of the children having albinism?

Global Relief Fund

In Africa, and especially Tanzania, people with albinism are regarded as bad luck and outcasts . . . unless a witch doctor instructs his client to return with the limb of a person with albinism so that he can mix it with a potion to bring good luck. Ester, who you see on the left in the photo above, works with the 320 children with albinism that are sponsored by Under the Same Sun. One of her jobs is to make sure they are placed in private boarding schools with strong security.

Six months ago, a group of men barged into six-year-old Baraka’s home and hacked off his hand. His story caught the attention of the founder of Global Medical Relief Fund, who tried to contact his parents to bring him to the United States for a prosthetic. Instead, she reached Under the Same Sun and ended up bringing Baraka and four more children with him. That’s how Ester came to be in New York City with the five children you see in this picture. (Baraka is the smallest child on the left next to Ester.)

Although these children return to Tanzania on September 30, a Tanzanian teenager with albinism will take their place, so Ester will remain. Having packed for only two months, she is now at the end of her third month and running out of clothes!

Last night, Hourglassy’s clothing swap came to the rescue. Thanks to some great pieces that no one took home last year, Ester now owns several dresses, blouses and bras that fit her perfectly. What an honor it was to be able to help this amazing woman.

pepperberry tweed dress on ester


pepperberry white blouse on ester


bolero black dress


With our first swap in 2012, I promised to donate any unclaimed clothes to charity, but last year I had an idea I like better: keep the clothes in my basement for the following year’s swap, and make them available to busty women who stop by before then. Doesn’t this make you want to visit New York City? Of course, if you already live in or near the city, then you should come to our 4th Annual Big Bust Clothing Swap this Saturday!

When I drove home from visiting Ester last night, I felt thankful that my goal of helping busty women find clothes to fit had been reached in such an unexpected way. My encounter with her charges, however, gave me a new perspective on the theme of self-acceptance that we often discuss here. Under the Same Sun sponsors many children with albinism who have run away because their own families are the ones who want to harm them. How can a small child have the strength to refuse to believe the lie that she is worthless and to fight for her very survival? The battles that these children are winning gives me courage to overcome my much smaller struggles. I hope they do the same for you.