A Big Bust 29 Prize Giveaway!

Leah’s on vacation, so let’s have a giveaway! We haven’t had one in ages. First I’ll describe what’s in the treasure chest below, and then I’ll give you the entry rules.

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7 B·Saxxy Dresses from PJ Harlow

I reviewed this amazing full bust find last September, and B·Saxxy is still my favorite thing to wear after my Sunday morning shower.

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8 Freya Palm Pareos

We’re so focused on bust-sized swimwear that we never cover Eveden’s great accessories. The end of swim season doesn’t mean it’s the end of being able to wear this wrap. It’s a super versatile accessory that can be worn as a scarf or belt in cooler months.

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7 Eucalan Goody Bags

I am very tempted to keep these because I LOVE washing my lingerie in Eucalan. It’s so easy, and it always smells pretty. Their stain-treating wipes are so great that I ordered a box of them at Curve last month to give as thank you gifts to my shirt customers.

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2 Lilly & Lime Bikini Sets (Size-specific)

If you thought you spied a Lilly & Lime bikini top in my pile of treasures, you were right! Leah and I received review sets that, unfortunately, were too small in the cups. We try only to review pieces that don’t fit when we can describe the process of finding our proper size, but it was too daunting to ship these adorable sets to Australia for an exchange. Instead, we’ve decided to ship them to two lucky Hourglassy readers in the United States! On the left is the floral full cup top in 32FF and the nectarine full briefs in Australian size 14 (around a medium). On the right is the stripe underwire halter in 30G and the stripe full brief in Australian size 12.

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1 Freya Fancies Bralette (Size-specific)

So many times I have been tempted to tear the tags off this lovely purple bralette  (size medium) and wear it around the house in the morning, but I already own and love my black Fancies bralette. For some reason it seems decadent to own two bralettes gifted to me by Eveden. Completely crazy of me, but completely lucky for one of you. It’s size medium. Leah reviewed hers here. My micro-review: super comfortable, and I forget that I’m not even wearing a regular bra. However, I would never wear it outside the house.

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2 Tia Lynn Bralette and Panty Sets (Size-specific)

Gorgeous and sexy in super soft Modal. Everything is in size S. The panties fit, but the bralettes are a bit shallow. Amazing details.

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1 Maison Lejaby Tanga (Size-specific)

These tanga bottoms in U.S. size XL/8 (French size 5) are decorated with Swarovski crystals along the ruching in back and at the hip points in front. The fabric is super soft. Sometimes I’m lucky with sizes that are included in a goody bag, and sometimes an Hourglassy reader gets all the luck instead!

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1 Lou Piccadilly Thong (Size-specific)

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The Rules

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Send an email to giveaway@hourglassy.com with “29 prizes” in the subject line. (By doing so, you agree to be subscribed to newsletters from Hourglassy and/or Campbell & Kate.)
  2. Answer these questions:
    1. If you want to win a size-specific prize, which prize do you want to win? (We’ll draw for these prizes first, after which anyone who didn’t win will be included in the drawing for non-sized prizes.)
    2. What is your biggest busty wardrobe challenge this fall, and how are you thinking of solving it? (Alternatively, how have you solved your biggest busty wardrobe challenge in the past?)
    3. Where do you spend most of your time on social media?
  3. The deadline for entering is 11:59 PM (Pacific time) on Friday, September 23.
  4. Prizes will only be shipped to addresses within the United States.
  5. Each entrant will be assigned a number that will be entered into a list randomizer at Random.org. For each drawing, the number at the top of the list will be the winner.
  6. Winners will be notified by email. If a winner does not respond within one week, a new winner will be chosen.

GOOD LUCK!

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Full Bust Fashion Finds for Fall

What a great long weekend for reading September issues of fashion magazines. If you’ve been reading them, too, then you’ve seen military coats everywhere. Incredibly, full bust fashion website DD Atelier alerted me to the military coat trend before anyone else. I love how the coat traces the curve of the model’s back . . . and the rest of her figure. For those of us who don’t look good in blacks and greys–or want a break from them–the navy and burgundy options are a gift.

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Of course, if you’re in the market for a 3-season essential that transcends all trends, then you need DD Atelier’s denim jacket for busty women that I reviewed in May. It’s currently 15% off and still available in several sizes. [Read more…]

Off the Rack ~ Spring/Summer 2017 Curve Expo Part IV: Fantasie & Freya

In my final dispatch from Curve, I’m sharing Fantasie and Freya. Overall, both brands demonstrated a lot of color-coordination across styles without being too “matchy.” I was impressed with Fantasie’s color choices and attention to detail, and found lots of Freya swimwear to love. Everything here will be released December 2016 – May 2017.


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Here’s that color coordination I mentioned. Clockwise from top: Rebecca Lace spacer bra in “Cherry” (starting at 30, up to H), Marianna side-support plunge bra in “Raspberry” (starting at 30, up to GG), and Rosanne side-support bra in “Ivory” (starting at 30, up to H).

Here’s that color coordination I mentioned. Clockwise from top: Rebecca Lace spacer bra in “Cherry” (starting at 30, up to H), Marianna side-support plunge bra in “Raspberry” (starting at 30, up to GG), and Rosanne side-support bra in “Ivory” (starting at 30, up to H).

Love that wide lace back on the Rebecca Lace. The rep told us it has a smoothing effect to avoid what I like to call “phantom back fat.”

Love that wide lace back on the Rebecca Lace. The rep told us it has a smoothing effect to avoid what I like to call “phantom back fat.”

I love black and white prints and digital floral prints, and the Abby side-support bra in “Monochrome” combines both! (Starting at 30, up to H)

I love black and white prints and digital floral prints, and the Abby side-support bra in “Monochrome” combines both! (Starting at 30, up to H)

It might look black here, but the Jacqueline Lace body is actually NAVY. The fabric felt super silky and slinky. Also note the adjustable length with the hooks and eyes in the crotch (though going to the restroom might be a serious struggle!). (Starting at 30, up to GG)

It might look black here, but the Jacqueline Lace body is actually NAVY. The fabric felt super silky and slinky. Also note the adjustable length with the hooks and eyes in the crotch (though going to the restroom might be a serious struggle!). (Starting at 30, up to GG)

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Getting Message #1 Out: Let’s Embrace Our Bodies

If you started watching Crazy Ex-Girlfriend after my survey of Rebecca Bunch’s bust-friendly wardrobe last week, then you know all about Valencia, the epitome of every unrealistic beauty standard we’ve ever tried to meet. I was completely surprised, therefore, to find her singing “Women Gotta Stick Together” with the kind of women we see in our own mirrors and around us every day–women of a variety of ages, heights, weights, ethnic origins, orientations, bust size, and hair styles.

It seemed like mainstream TV was finally sending us a body-positive message! Then I listened to Valencia’s lyrics:

Women have the power—
The power to make a change.
Like this girl should pluck her eyebrows,
And those jeans should be exchanged.
You really need a size up.

Instead of sending just one message, this video juxtaposes two:

  1. acceptance and representation of all body shapes and sizes
  2. unforgiving perfectionism.

I’d like to say that #1 wins, but if so, why do the women that Valencia hurts stay with her to the end of the song? On the other hand, #2 doesn’t win either because it is impossible to see Valencia in a positive light. If you watch the video, I’d love to hear your perspective.

This topic is on my mind a lot because I’m helping promote a new documentary called Embrace that CLEARLY sends a body-positive message.

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Embrace is part of Taryn Brumfitt’s Body Image Movement that began when she posted a “before” photo of herself as skinny and healthy next to an “after” photo of herself as larger and healthy. You may remember when these photos went viral a few years ago.

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Screenings begin around the United States on September 19, and you can click this link to find a screening near you. If you are in or near New York City, I would LOVE to see you at the September 22 screening at Loews 19th Street. Sixty more reservations are needed so that it can happen. Would you share the link with your friends? Brooklyn screening on the 19th.

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Here is a recent review of the documentary, another review, and a recent interview with Taryn Brumfitt. At one point the interviewer asks about Taryn’s interaction with a plastic surgeon: “How the hell did you not sock him in the face when he was talking about your boobs?” Don’t you want to see what she’s talking about?

 

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