For me, I have always seemed to struggle to find comfort for my heavy breasts up until recently , I discovered that I had been in fact wearing the wrong size , 3 sizes too small, so it was no wonder my boobs were aching me and leaving me my boobs been squished and forced around towards my back and underarm.
Having now been correctly sized up , I longed for some beautiful new bras and it felt exciting to go look at all the amazing choices available.
Unfortunately the excitement disappeared when I soon realised , what I was looking for , was actually harder to find than I originally thought.
I only wished to get an unpadded bra that was plain black and feminine in size 36F
I give you the challenge to go to your local Town centre , search for an unpadded bra.
They all seem to be padded , and now knowing I am no longer a C but in act an F in bra size I am in no need of padding.
It was merely impossible and considering I live in Durham , I thought their would be plenty of options , but even trailing the Metrocentre in Gateshead, I found only 1 Bra , yes just 1 and it was priced at £45 .
Luckily for me , I received an email from the owner of Clara Olivia offering me two of their bras.
Having been tired from the failure of my last shopping for bra's , I was unsure if they would also be able to provide me with what I needed .
I was pleasantly Surprised.
Clara Olivia was my haven to the world of bras.
In fact they had every bra in every size, shape and colour and get what?
There were so many unpadded bras !
Here are the two bras which Clara Olivia sent to me .
The order arrived 3 days after the order was made, which to me was fast. They say it takes between 2 - 4 days in general upon ordering from the site.
I obviously ordered two of their unpadded bras, I wanted to see how it would feel to wear real fitting bras with no padding or push up effect , just comfort and shaping my boobs properly in a true fitted bra.
I ordered the Louis in black and the Elodie in White , the two colours which I am always in need of for every day wear .
The Fantasie Lois -
Cost - £29
Sizes - D to J
This is one of the most comfiest bras I have worn , It fits perfectly and the material actually makes me feel like I am wearing nothing at all.
This bra actually shapes my breast ,in fact I never actually knew my boobs were such a lovely shape and having the extra side support means I have all my breast tissue pulled forward and placed into the cup where it is meant to be with no over hang under the arm .
I was advised because of the shape of my breast , I should use a full coverage bra with a high centre .
This bra is my perfect bra.
The centre of the bra fits perfectly centre and against my chest bone with no pressure and nipping and the cup of the bra moulds my breast to a stunning shape .
If you have problems with side support this bra is for you .
It certainly is my most comfortable bra and it also washes lovely with No shrinking or effecting the material.
I love the detail around the top of the cup, that little bit of extra lace effect , gives it the feminine touch .
Cost - £41
Sizes - D to J
Having sorted the black bra , I now needed a white bra and to be honest white bras never stay white for long, the colour distorts after washes.
I have washed this bra three times now and it still holds its bright white shade which I am thankful for.
Having thick straps gives me the security , knowing it fits well as well as the high centre and full coverage which fits my breast perfectly.
Having more of the lace effect on the top of the bra cup it self , I was a little worried that this would give me irritation but the soft material is very gentle on the skin.
Again this bra gives you that extra side support, and the fact that my breasts are in the cup and not pushed and pulled around my underarm means that I have more comfort .
I love the detail on this bra, it certainly is a pretty bra and the centre fits once again snuggly on the breast bone giving me that full breast shape which I desire.
Finding the perfect bra can be daunting , but I am so pleased with Clara Olivia and their huge range of lingerie.
You can get many different styles of underwear from their site including sport, swim and shapewear .
I now know where to take a first look for my bras , it feels like for the first time ever I'm wearing the perfectly fitted , most comfortable bras .
I have to admit, When it comes to receiving gifts, need it be a birthday or Christmas, I always prefer those small and quirky presents, the gadgets that we all need and never think anyone would come up with that make our lives a whole lot easier , or those cute little gifts that we rarely find in the shops.
Utility Design are a small design retailer of original furniture, lighting, lifestyle gifts & accessories. Coming up to Christmas I have been looking at some of the smaller stocking fillers for family and friends , even my husband , and Utility have some very nice and also quirky little stocking fillers I thought you may be interested in .They believe design is for everyone and I thought I would share with you some of the ideas I have put on in my little book .
Ideas for Woman -
Take a look at the Cosmetic Storage Tray priced at £18.50 .
If you are looking for a tray to keep all of your makeup separated and safe , something you can hide away in a draw and lift out when ever you need it , then this is perfect for you. The neat little tidy has 27 separate compartments and being Durable clear plastic it is easy to keep clean .
Bath Salts Gift Box
Priced at £19.99
I am a total sucker for soaking in the bath with bath salts and this set of four 100ml bath salts boxes are of divine fragrances of pink champagne, bucks fizz, apple martini and gin & tonic.
I love the gift box idea which it comes ready in and think it would be an ideal gift for any woman .
One Line A Day - 5 Year Memory Book
Priced at £6.99
This is actually something I got on Mothers day and think instead of a calender or the average diary, would be the perfect gift for that special someone who loves to keep all their memories and less clutter of numerous diaries.
Each page has a space to write a line or sentence to sum up your day for the next five years.
Black Orchid Candle
Priced at £21.99
This beautiful scented candle is manufactured in Portugal near the valley of the Douro river in Northern Portugal.
With its rich scent of freshly cut wet flowers and top notes of sappy green leaves, a heart of warm jasmine and ylang ylang, combined with base notes of amber and woody violet, it provides an aroma of intense experience.
For the lady in your life , give her the gift of light and sensual essence.
Priced at £90
We all love our bags and if you have a daughter, wife or sister, I have no doubt she has many hid away in her wardrobe .
This stunning satchel is the ideal size to carry all your necessities around with you, Ipads, toiletries, phone and purse as well as other things just not quite the kitchen sink will fit in there.
It comes with a long shoulder strap, twin buckle fastening, has a large main compartment and smaller outside pocket. It's finished off with a name tag window which would make it perfect for travelling or school.
Made from premium quality leather, hand dyed in the U.K, each satchel is stitched using a colour matched blend of cotton and nylon for extra strength, then finished with silver buckles and riveted for extra strength and it comes in various colours.
Ideas for the men -
Cuban Cedar & Lime Shower Gift Set
Priced at £29.99
Sometimes our men just need a push in the right direction and grooming is one of the things that most men to need to get a grip of .
This luxury set is the Cuban Cedar & Lime Shower Gift Set. Infused with the vibrant fragrance of South America it recreates the sexy rhythms of latin salsa ( thats right girls this may just get those hips up and jiving ) with citrus notes of zesty lime, grapefruit and bergamot set against darker tones of cedar, leather and musk, it will unleash their sensuality and sophistication.
One Touch Stylus 9 Function Tool Pen
Priced at £22
So with new technology these days its rare to know anyone who does not own a touch phone IPad or tablet so with the winter cold days coming up , they are going to need a stylus pen so not to remove their hands from their cosy gloves .
As well as a smooth writing ballpoint (it is a pen, after all), the case includes 4 ruler markings, a spirit level and a stylus for using on your mobile or tablet. Simply unscrew the stylus cap to reveal a double ended screwdriver (one Phillips and one Flat head). I am pleased they explained that as I never know which is which but then again this is why our men need something handy like this.
The chiselled spring clip will hold the One Touch Tool Pen securely in your pocket, ready to handle more jobs than any other pen.
Trust Me I'm The Boss
Priced at £9.99
Made in Burslem, Stoke on Trent, This ceramic mug is created using the traditional Sgraffito technique and feature humorous phrases and local colloquialisms.
You know your the real boss but its ok to let them think its them for a short while so why not treat them to a little eago .
Bounder Extra Firm Moustache Wax
Priced at £7.50
So we have reached the Month Of November and many men around the world are growing their moustache and is being called Movember in aid of changing the face of supporting mens health so why not give that little Moustache some love to by sending them a little pot of wax to style it to perfection.
I am sure they will appreciate it as it Contains pure British beeswax and fine Caribbean rum.
Mighty Boom Ball Vibration Speaker
Priced at £14.99
I have to admit , these little balls of BOOM are quite adorable but if you Simply unscrew the cap, connect to your device (it works with iPhone, iPod, iPad, Android device smartphone, MP3 player, laptop or any device with a standard headphone socket) and stick the speaker to any object. It's that simple, full of fun and discreet enough to take anywhere. A little ball with big impact and it comes in numerous colours .
So after having a nosey at some of the wonderful things that you could be filling your stocking with this year I thought I would also share with you something from Utility but is on a much larger scale and not capable of making its way to my stocking or even fitting in it. It is something I would love to own to store all of my makeup in and use as a dresser and it is this
MULLER Classic Line Chrysler Desk
It is just amazing, If I could ask for only one thing , this would be it, wow its stunning. A timeless design. Made from hand crafted galvanised steel each desk is coated in the same acrylic lacquer used in the car industry. The top is made from beech which is covered in matt black laminate and the chrome detailing around the perimeter of the top and each pedestal further reminds us that this desk's design was clearly derived with an automotive influence.
They have so many stunning and stylish pieces of furniture and lighting , just take a look and let me know if there is anything that takes your fancy.
Over the years , our family has expanded and so has our love of a certain brand , especially when it comes to Entertainment .
It was only last month that my husband decided to go and get his Christmas present early .
He is the type of person who loves anything that is what I would call a BOY TOY and what he chose to take home with him the same day he spotted it was this -
This is the Panasonic Max DJ Boombox
My husband absolutely loves it and I have found myself turning it up so I can have a little dance too.
Those high bass vibes and disco lights don't half get you in the mood .
This is going to be playing Christmas Songs at high volumes for certain, in fact it is that loud that we can only have it only half the volume it is able to go to , absolutely immense, we love it.
If you are interested in getting one yourself here are a few details-
Panasonic Max DJ Boombox
Not only does Panasonic now supply me with one hell of a music player/DJ/disco , but we also have every T.V in our home which belongs to them also.
Panasonic have been our home entertainment brand of choice for quite some years now and never failing to keep their technology up to date, we just cant help but keep updating them as they years go on.
I know my husband has his eye on the New 85 inch - 4k Television. The bigger the better with its Studio Master Drive, Quad Core Pro5 and Studio Master Colour.
Linking this up to his new speaker system would be his perfect home entertainment set out for all those gaming nights he enjoys with his brother.
The time is drawing closer and if you are anything like me , your time in the Kitchen is going to be constant.
Over the winter time , especially Christmas season, I spend most my time of day stood over the oven or preparing hot meals for all the celebrations upcoming.
I Have to admit, I am no expert and it is the appliances that usually save my skin from any hectic moments , especially as we are a family of 9 and every meal is made in a larger scale than an average family.
I have always wanted to learn to make my own bread and this is the reason I have put this on the list , I know I am not the only one.
The SD-ZB2502 Breadmaker -
The fresh smell of homemade bread is something we all love and over the winter evenings those broths, soups and casseroles will not go a miss without a fresh loaf . I know our family love nothing more than dipping a hot fresh loaf into our meals and with the SD-ZB2502 Breadmaker you can achieve a basic, french , italian and whole wheat loaf even those pizza doughs for making delicious pizza for your evening parties.
For any other information , please visit Panasonic.com to see the full details .
If there is one thing that really gets to me , no one will ring me but as soon as I run up the stairs or go to make a brew in the kitchen, it is expected that someone will then decide to give me a call and having to run back to the one phone in the sitting room which has probably been lost down one of the arms of the sofa is bound to result in them hanging up by the time I find it.
We recently purchased the Panasonic KX-TG2723EB Trio DECT Cordless Telephone Set with Answer Machine, one for sitting room, kitchen and the bedroom.
It has made my life so much easier .
A few details on the Telephone set -
Panasonic have a huge range on their site and if your looking for a single handset only there is the
KX-TG2721EB DECT Cordless Telephone
So of course , being a beauty blogger, personal care is a big thing and I for one was actually unaware that they had a range which I would actually love to give a go and so for this reason I am adding them to my Christmas wish list.
First of all, I love to straighten and style my hair and hair straighteners are one of my must have necessities .
Panasonic have a Nanoe hair Straightener which looks absolutely fabulous.
Having silky smooth hair is a dream come true for me, and I for one have always suffered with thick frizzy hair so it sounds perfect for under my tree this year . The pretty red sleek look is perfect for that Christmas gift to the one you love this year.
You can check out the details over at Panasonic.com , they also have a hairdryer too.
So after treating myself and my husband to their T.v's , telephones and hi-fi systems this year, Panasonic has always been our number one brand when it comes to home wear technology and appliances.
I wonder if you get a Panasonic under the tree this year, what are you hoping for?
Why am I reviewing this product?
Been mum to 7 children and having two German Shepherds in my home only means one thing , nasty smells.
Not saying my children smell nasty but the mess and dirt they bring in with them on a daily basis , or even the teenagers boys room smells unpleasant at times (if you ever wondered what that smell was coming from the teen boys room, just check for those odd 10 or more stinky lost sport socks that magically appear hidden under their beds).
To be honest , it is not that bad but the dogs do tend to leave a smell and although people say they cant smell anything when they come in to my house , I certainly can and with it coming up to winter that wet dog smell is going to become a little more abrasive .
I have never really been a dog fan but they came with my husband an so I have had to deal with the stink and mess they cause .
The fact they are out in the garden where there are all sorts of germs and unpleasant nasties , then bringing them into my home and spreading it all over my home is something I can never seem to bare thinking about . I may not be able to see the bacteria but I certainly know they are there.
I was sent a fantastic traditional cleaning agent last week by Zoflora.
Zoflora has been used in my home for many years and in fact I also remember my mum using it when I was small too so it goes to show this is one of the favourites and effective cleaning agents .
Who are Zoflora?
Back in the early 1920s, Nathan Thornton was the Chemist and Worked as the Manager at a tar distillery and ammonia Works in Huddersfield which produced a whole range of coal tar by-products, including disinfectants and soaps.
Carbolic acid was the main disinfectant, which killed germs but also left behind a horrible smell and this is where Mr Thornton saw a gap in the market.
Mr Thoerntons special knowledge led him to the development of Zoflora disinfectant - a powerful disinfectant with twice the germ-killing power of carbolic acid, but with beautiful fragrance oils extracted from flowers.
Developed to be used originally in large or public areas such as cinemas and factories , the sole purpose was for eliminating bad smells and smoke etc .
Realising that people wanted the Zoflora disinfectant in their homes Mr Thornton then came up with what was known as the 'Domestic user' and for a small cost of only 3 shillings the Zoflora could be purchased from a chemist for a small 2oz bottle that was then to be diluted to be used around the home.
Over the years the aromas of the Zoflora has always been a fascinating mix of fragrances .Some eSome earlier fragrances included Honeysuckle, Hawthorn, Violet and Night Scented Stocks, while others such as Bouquet, Lavender and Sweet Pea have stood the test of time and are still as popular now as they were nearly 80 years ago.
Changing dramatically over the years Zoflora has gone from being sold in a chemist to now having a real loyal customer following of over 2 million households buying the brand.
In recent years the company has invested in a multi-million pound manufacturing and packing facility for Zoflora based in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, in order to cope with increasing demand and it just keeps growing.
One of my most loved cleaning home aromas are that of winter warmers such as Winter spice, Warm cranberry or Cinnamon like scents and having been sent the Warm Cinnamon Concentrated Disinfectant from Zoflora, you can imagine my surprise to see it was one of my favourite scents.
The 3 in 1 action Limited Edition Concentrated Disinfectant promises what all Zoflora products do ,
This year for celebrating their 90th birthday, Zoflora brought out 3 new scents
I was lucky enough to get the other fantastic Warm Cinnamon which is not even on that list yet.
You can purchase a bottle of 120ml from Tesco for only £1.33, which in my eyes is very reasonable , in fact so good , I often feel tempted to buy in bulk .
How I found this product .
The fact that the disinfectant comes in a very small bottle has no matter to me at all as they last me ages. For me , I get 5 spray bottles from each small bottle .
For me , the smell is everything, I used to be able to put up with strong smelling cleaning agents but getting a little older , my headaches come on a lot easier and I can sometimes be left feeling dizzy and sick .
Using the Zoflora gives me a clean head, There is no strong odour of chemical and I don't tend to feel dizzy no matter how much product I use.
I used the Warm Cinnamon concentrate on my wood and tile flooring . These are the areas my two dogs seem to wander around mostly after being outside , so my downstairs floors were in need of a strenuous refresh yet I had no need to get on hand and knee to scrub at the stubborn marks . Diluting the Disinfectant and using it on floors have left my home fresh and clean , no sign of the dogs until you catch them sprawling over the sofa as if they own the place and more importantly for me, the floor is squeaky clean with no smear marks which is what I would usually get using a mop with other products .
Not only was it great for my floors but I also used this in the bathroom and toilet and using them on the white ceramic basins really did
I used to buy a new mobile every month , back in 2000 the price was around £100-£200 for a brand top of the range and so it became almost a competition between who had it first .
I remember my first ever phone was a huge brick with an aerial out the tip of it which was always either chewed off or lost . The only thing you could do with them was use it for calls and texting and it had no colour screen , just that calculator classic style writing , the signal never worked so you would find yourself jumping on top of trees or hanging out of windows to try and reach for the signal that did not exist.
Over the years technology has grown dramatically and I for one can not keep up with it especially when it comes to mobile phones .
Every time I look at a new mobile and say ''Yes I want that one'', another pops up even better a little less than a week later on the adverts or shop windows and by the time I have got that new mobile and saved hundreds for it , it is almost a year or three years old .
It is ridiculous at the price of them, some mobiles cost only £150 but then there are others which cost an outstanding £700 and sometimes more . These things can cost more than a car sometimes.
Today mobile phones have become bigger and better with more and more apps, abilities and styles available than ever before.
You can do everything on a mobile phone now from calling, texting , playing and watching games and videos to even scanning your groceries , using your phone to control electrics on the home and even shop, bank,read your favourite books, listen to songs and even build a website plus there are so many more.
Over the years my buying them has had to be cut dramatically due to cost and if I am lucky , my husband may give me his old one or treat me to a new one at Christmas but it is rare and there is no wondering why.
Two months ago , I was very lucky in receiving a tweet from Carphone Warehourse informing me that I had won a brand new mobile phone , The HTC one M8 in pink to be exact and needless to say I was over the moon and to be honest a little sceptical after waiting two months for it to arrive.
Here it is................
Yes that is the box , thought I would keep you waiting a little longer while I give you a little more detail on what it actually is that made me so excited.
Inside the box you receive the usual leaflets giving you your starter information , warranty and user guid lines.
You also receive the handset , earphones with extra plugs, a charging socket plug and the data cable along with a free cover to prevent the phone from scratches and you also get the key to open your slot for placing your nano sim and SD card into the phone.
The look and feel of the phone-
The HTC one M8 is beautifully curved with a full aluminium body . The screen is a tidy 5'' and the HD 1080p resolution brings the pixel density down to a respectable, 441ppi.
The screen is bright and colourful and makes watching movies on your phone a pleasure , the only problem I have with it is that the screen is less visible in high sunlight , just a little let down but considering the UK shares little sunshine , I do not think I have much to worry about .
The phone feels light to hold and is balanced very well as you can see , perfectly central so the worry of dropping it or it wobbling out of control in my hand is minimalised and I feel a steady grip of the phone when holding it . This phone really does fit your hand comfortably .
I was lucky to receive the Pink limited edition solely promoted by Carphone Warehouse and I have to say I was expecting something a little bit more brighter in colour but am pleased they have kept it almost metallic light pink , very pretty and still smart looking considering,especially if your girly like me , but if you would prefer, the phone is available in other colours such as Gold, Grey, Silver or red .
I love how the punched speaker grilles are almost ''shown off'' on the front of the phone and gives it that sleek look with the notification light signal behind it which flashes green every time I leave the notification alone.
Little features like that make me happy due to the fact I spend late nights sat in my bedroom watching movies which hubby snores beside me having to keep phone on silent , no vibrate or just simply being as quiet as I can to not disturb him, so the light makes it easier for me to see if there is something going on in my social networking world without battering an eyelid to the sleeping beast.
The Duo camera on the back is also a new feature for me and I love how they match together on the back of the phone but you do still have that option of getting a front facing shot .
The insights of the HTC One M8-
You get a fantastic 2,600mAh battery that will give you up to 20 hours of talk time, or last up to 496 hours when the phone's on standby. For me it is a savour due to the fact I had to recharge my mobile every night with its low battery life , I have actually let my phone go completely dead and it lasted me 5 days without the need to charge so it is great compared to my previous Sony Xperia model.
It's powered by a 2.3GHz quad core Snapdragon 801 processor and Android 4.4.2 KitKat.
You get a fabulous 16GB internal storage and also a slot for a microSD card so you can add up to 128GB of extra memory. For me the 16GB is quite sufficient for now though and I have all sorts on the phone already.
One of the features I find fantastic although a little of a bug bare at times is the new HTC One Motion Launch.
Taking a call is as easy as lifting the phone to your ear it just takes a double tap on the screen when it's asleep or you can swipe up to access your last app, left for widgets and right for HTC BlinkFeed™.
Blinkfeed is one of the other lovely features of the phone , I can check all of my social networking site updates of news from my twitter, facebook, instagram and more by just adding it to my list all at once.
I have found my self sat watching movies and listening to music on this mobile due to the great new HTC BoomSound that has been made even better. The amazing sound comes from the two high quality punched speakers which are on the front of the phone and they direct your music straight at you. It is like sitting in your sitting room with surround sound in your ears , the sound is crystal clear and behind the speakers are dedicated amplifiers and unique software that automatically adjusts the sound to the music that's playing. The sound is clear with no distortion which makes it a wonderful experience .
One of the other favourites (although I wish it secretly was not shown to my son while I was excited to check out) is the Kid mode also known as Zoodles.
The App was built onto the phone and we have spent a few good nights using its great features.
Alongside the usual games, painting and watching children's educational programmes there is also a story telling mode where you can not only read your child a story but you can also record a video of you reading the story to them and save it so they can see you at bedtime reading to them.
Now personally this is pretty lazy if you are just going to throw your phone in front of the child and leave them alone, I personally like it because I can sit with him and he seems to be more enthralled in it because his dad or me are on the screen.
The good thing about Zoodles Kid mode is that you can (if you need or want to) give your child your phone and by having it password protected you can leave your child to roam their own apps without the danger of having pop ups , adverts or even your own apps and programmes being available to them.
The phone costs a staggering £529.95 which is quite a lot but the experience of this phone compared to my Sony Xperia is substantially different.
I seem to get more than just a phone with the HTC one M8.
I have had a fabulous lucky draw in receiving the phone from Carphone warehouse and would like to give a huge thankyou to them for sending me this wonderful new adventure which I seem to be finding more fun with each time I open it .
What do you think about the HTC one M8 ?