Cleo are, for me, a pretty failsafe brand and I tend to find that most of their items fit me pretty well (with quite a few achieving pretty impressive scores in their reviews!). It wasn’t until Cleo’s Meg got a pretty lacklustre 7/10 that I started to doubt in Cleo’s flawlessness. I was especially disappointed as the Meg style became the base for many beautiful colourways – often some of my favourite styles from each Cleo collection.
When it comes to buying bras, or anything for that matter, I’m what can only be described as a ‘massive bargain hunter’. It’s extremely rare that I’ll buy anything full price, and my lingerie addiction rarely evades this philosophy. The good news is there are so so so many options for frugal frillies – so for those of you waiting on payday or your student loan, you needn’t wait to kit out your top drawer!
It’s not everyday I find a strapless bra that I really love, let alone a strapless bikini. Enter Cleo’s strapless ‘Hattie’! I’ve had my eye on ‘Hattie’ ever since we were given an exclusive sneak peak at the (at the time totally secret) Cleo Swimwear at the Panache blogger event way back in June of last year. I have to given myself credit: I’ve had the patience of the saint to wait this long for it, even though (let’s face it) here in the UK the need for bikinis is pretty abysmal and I’ve not had the need for it since I’ve not been on holiday since (boo!)
Since the sun is shining and it’s SUCH a beautiful day here in the UK (that’s right folks, not a cloudy in the sky here in Blighty!), I was rummaging around in my ‘to review’ pile (some delights and some disasters in there let’s put it that way) and thought – now’s not the time to get negative – it’s time to share my latest lingerie love with you. So forgive me, I’m about to sip some Pimms in my suntrap back garden and wax lyrical about the lovely Melissa by Cleo.
I’m sure that most people reading this will agree that D+ lingerie is often an expense that gets pushed to the back of the queue of priorities. Whilst I’m up for splashing out on gorgeous new-season lingerie and falling in love with the latest collections, the fact is that if I need to replace my basics and I’ve just been bankrupted by an MOT, I’m going to shop around. It’s websites like My Curves and Me which come into play at times like this. Actually, let’s face it – we all love bargain, even on pay day! When I can purchase a bundle of gorgeous matching sets for a guilt-free fraction of the RRP, who’s complaining? Here’s some of the gorgeous sets you can get your hands on at the moment: The Masquerade Amor:
It goes without saying that with Valentine’s Day just a few weeks away (that’s right, you heard it here first guys and gals!) I simply couldn’t resist throwing one of these together. If I had an unlimited amount of lingerie budget and/or a boyfriend who was willing to fill (read: overspill) my drawers with new frillies, these would be my choices. I don’t think you need to be sucked into the idea that for Valentine’s Day you need to be buying red nylon lace or crotchless knickers from Ann Summers; sexy can still be pretty and wearable. Something that she can wear year-round. A REVELATION! Bring on the retail therapy without the spending!
I have a list of favourite bra bloggers as long as my arm, but Butterly Collection’s is by far one of my favourites. With such a positive message coming out of every post and a wealth of information, I always make sure I stop by and follow her Twitter like a hawk! I’ve been following Claire Dumican (now Syrenne!) and her store Butterfly Collection for a while now and actually interviewed her back in October 2011. It’s been great to see her business grow since then and I always forward Canadian readers her way as I know they’ll be in good hands!
I have to admit, this was one of the most fun blog posts I’ve written in a long time. It basically consisted of online shopping, but without the budget or guilt. Best thing ever! I’ve simply put together the top 10 bras that I would pick if I were to ask for lingerie for Christmas. You may not agree with my choices, but it may give you some ideas of what to ask Santa for, or even what to pick up for your significant other.