Mini Critiques: Bluebella Tala and Mimi Holliday Bisou Bisou

Author: Estelle

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Time for the first post of 2017! I don’t have any New Year’s resolutions as such (unless my a single-buy-per-month challenge that I started a couple of weeks back counts) but I do have lots of plans for Esty Lingerie this year. A single of my smaller objectives is just to post a lot more usually – I averaged two posts per week final year, so I’m aiming for three to 4. I strategy to share more lookbooks, cover a lot more trends and place with each other some new sewing guides (that last one particular getting the factor I’ve had the most requests for). I’ll nevertheless be publishing lots of reviews too, beginning nowadays with some thoughts on a recent buy and a not-so-recent obtain.

Bluebella Tala chemise

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This was the product I broke my now-finished ‘full priced only’ lingerie challenge for. I featured it on the blog in March 2016 exactly where I described it as one of the standout pieces from Bluebella’s SS16 collection, and every time I saw it soon after, rather of getting bored of it, I only wanted it a lot more. I bought it at MySale for £15, but right now you can get it direct from Bluebella right here for the same cost, reduced from £42.

It’s a very gorgeous piece, specifically for the price, but however I just didn’t really like it adequate to maintain it. My major situation was with the fabric, which is a extremely stiff embroidery. The kind that feels crunchy when you collect up a handful. There’s no way you could sleep in this, or even lounge around comfortably in it.

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The chemise also gaped at the sides of the bust on me, like it was made for someone specifically full-busted who’d fill it out a lot more. If it have been just that, and the fabric were softer, I’d have sewn darts in and kept it. If the fit had been perfect, I’d have regarded as keeping it to layer as outerwear. It would have created a nice, sparkly best for New Year’s a few days back!

All in all, I can only advise the Tala chemise if you are not preparing on wearing it for really extended. If you just want one thing that appears the part for a photo shoot, then by all means go ahead and get it. Otherwise, the black lace Julianna chemise may be a safer, softer, bet.

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Mimi Holliday Bisou Bisou bra, boy short &amp suspender belt

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Whew, how overdue is this assessment?! Sorry if you’ve been waiting for it given that I mentioned it was ‘coming up’ in December 2015! Of course, this set is now extended sold out, but Bisou Bisou is one particular of Mimi Holliday’s ongoing lines. Proper now you can pick up the very same bra 75% off in black and dark purple, the boy short in purple and pink (also 75% off) and myriad other Bisou Bisou products here. If you want a matching set, I do not consider I’ll be wrong in predicting they’ll release a new colourway or two in 2017.

I have a Bisou Bisou bodysuit also and I can see why this line is so common – the lace (which sits atop silk satin) is gorgeous as properly as becoming super soft and stretchy, so it sculpts perfectly to the physique. Getting now owned this bra set for over a year, I feel confident saying it holds up extremely effectively to normal put on.

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I purchased the boy brief, which is a thong with a wide waistband, in an XS (UK 8 on the size chart) and the suspender in a S (UK 10) but I’d say they each fit a size or half a size smaller than that. The bra I purchased in a 30E and it fits true to size. The wonderful issue about this bra nevertheless is that I’m now most often in a 30DD and it still looks okay, because the stretchy lace operating all the way up to the shoulder acts to pull the moulded cup under in towards the physique. Without it, there’d be apparent gapping, but with it the bra nevertheless sits a lot more or significantly less flush.

The original cost of this set was someplace in the region of £150 and thinking about how sturdy it is, and how comfy, I feel it’s worth it.

What do you think of these two brands? And what would you like to study much more of from me in 2017 – evaluations, sewing tutorials, anything else? I’d love to hear from you!

Estelle

Esty Lingerie Weblog

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