Boux Avenue and I have never really got along. It’s true, I’ve written previously about their questionable in-store fitting service and previous reviews have had low scores. In fact, whilst I’ve made a few recommendations to friends about trying their bras for size, I’ve near enough avoided entering a Boux Avenue store since my last blog post in 2012. It wasn’t until a recent trip to Bristol when I spotted a super-cute fluoro orange bikini caught my eye the week before my holiday that I popped in.
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!
Well it’s not strictly a bra, although it does also come as a standard lingerie set! So as this blog post goes live, Cheryl (the birthday girl!) will be joining some other wonderful lingerie bloggers at a breakfast to launch a new collection from Simply Yours with the man himself, Gok Wan. And what will I be doing? Getting ready to have surgery on my eye, woe is me! Despite my misery, I thought it was perfect timing to review my favourite piece from the Gok Wan collection at Simply Yours. Say hello to the Osaka body!
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.