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.
Regular readers will know of my die hard Freya addiction, so it may not come as much as a surprise to hear that I was eagerly awaiting their latest collection. I’ve been blogging about bras for the best part of eighteen months, and the company that started out as my favourite and the best fit still remains one of my all time favourites, if not top (lingerie) drawer.
You may have seen this set in my Valentine’s full bust gift guide post, but here it is in it’s full glory in the flesh. You got it – the Panache Capella. Since spying this beauty at the Panache Spring/Summer 2012 press event I’ve found it very hard to concentrate on anything other than champagne satin and printed lace. Just look at it – isn’t it a marvel? This was without a doubt one of my best picks from the Panache Spring/Summer 2012 collection – if not of the whole season!
And for the final longline set I tested, please make way for the Sadie by Cleo, the ‘little sister’ in the Panache family. I’ve been a Panache fan for years now, ever since I bought my first Tango and discovered just how life changing a well fitting bra could be. But Cleo is probably my favourite because season after season it comes out with the most amazing prints and colour that I can’t stop myself from loving. This autumn/winter was no different, and nestled amongst the pinks, purples and oranges was the Sadie.
I have to warn anyone who reads this post – there is a high chance I will sound like a woman possessed when I talk about this bra. I’ve tried to play it casual, but I just can’t do it…I LOVE this bra, and Sasha is her name. Like so many of the sets that end up on my ever-expanding wish list, I first spied the Sadie at Moda back in February. Even though I adore the Cleo collection by Panache, everything else faded into the background, cupids and small birds began to flutter around me, and a light glow seemed to emanate around this bra.
As I’ve said many a time, I’m usually attracted to bright flashy colours and patterns like a moth to a flame. It’s not very often that I buy a plain or nude bra let alone WANT to buy a nude bra, but the Freya Lacey was a rarer-than-hen’s teeth exception. I also have trouble finding a nude which matches or suits my alabaster complexion and whilst this one doesn’t ‘blend in’, it really compliments my skin tone. The key to a successful nude bra, for me, is keeping it anything but plain.
The Tempt Me is a set from Curvy Kate which I’ve always kept a wide berth of as some regular readers may know I don’t have much luck with deep ‘V’ plunge bras for one reason or another. I bought the Tempt Me a good few months ago in my usual 28FF which I found to be ridiculously small in the cups for me and a bit of a weird shape. After reading blogs from the likes of Amoire de Nuit who found that going down a band size and up THREE cup sizes the Tempt Me fit perfectly, still with ample fun and flirty cleavage. I followed this recipe as much as I could and bought myself a 28GG from Brastop.