Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Bra Shopping at M&S

Today I went bra shopping, what a thrill. I have worn the same size bra since forever, really. I got measured when I was quite young and never bothered to do it again because what if my size had changed? I'd have to completely replace my entire bra collection, and what an expensive hassle that would be!

I was content and comfy in my 34B bras, until about three months ago when I was sitting around and all of a sudden POP and my trusty Matalan bra of about six years just broke open at the front! I was horrified, but I put it down to the OAP status of the bra and carried on with my life until a few weeks later the same thing happened again with another, less ancient bra! I found it quite funny and didn't think anything of it. And yes, it happened again. TWICE. Luckily there was no major embarrassment as I was at home for most of the incidents (I saved my dignity the last time with a big safety pin), however I did finally have to admit to myself that, maybe I need to get measured and go on a bra-buying spree.

So off I went to Marks and Spencers with my Mum in tow (she likes to be a part of these special moments in my life) and I booked an appointment to be fitted (I don't really know why you have to book but I went along with it). The woman who measured me was really nice. She took me into their special changing rooms; each cubicle has a curtain down the middle so you can have someone in there with you but you can still have your own little private bit to get changed in. She got me to take my top off but I kept my (last remaining) bra on; she measured around my chest with a tape measure and then judged the cup size by sight, most impressive.

Photos from The Telegraph and Tumblr

And shock, horror, my new bra size (as I said, I have been wearing 34B bras since I first got measured at 16) is 36D!* That sounded/sounds mahoosive to me, but the sales lady went to find me a few bras to try on (after asking me what colours I prefer, which I thought was quite nice of her) and when she came back to show me what she'd found I couldn't help but cry 'THEY LOOK HUGE!'. She laughed and said maybe, but I tried them on and they actually fit really well. I felt like a bit of a nob for thinking my previous (and comparatively teeny tiny) bras were right for me, no wonder I was bursting out of them like the Incredible Hulk!

Anyway, with a stunned and slightly fearful look on my face I went out into the wide world of Marks and Spencers' underwear section and fished out a few acceptable-looking bras. I cannot express enough how hard this was as they all looked frumpy and unattractive to me, not being used to shopping for such large undergarments, and I still feel strange when I try them on now. I'm not particularly pleased to find out that my chest has grown; it's not as if it's grown overnight and I now look different. They're still the same boobs I've always had, no matter what size bra they've got wrapped around them. But I know that my new bras DO fit better, feel more supportive (if not a bit strange) and will flatter me more. So all in all I thoroughly recommend getting measured regularly because it's free, quick and could probably save you a lot of hassle somewhere down the line!

*It might be worth noting that I did actually measure my own chest at home before going to get professionally measured and using this calculator I actually came up with the same size as the lady in M&S told me, so if you for whatever reason can't/don't want to get professionally fitted, maybe give it a go!

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Primark Summer Haul

I don't think I like the word 'haul'. I'd much rather call today's shopping efforts a 'spree', it's much more fun to say! Anyway, today I went to Telford shopping with my Mum and sister. Telford is the nearest big shopping centre to us in Shrewsbury, and in my opinion it has the best Primark I've ever been in; the selection is always super and it's probably the least crazy (in terms of busy-ness) Primark I've seen. The plan today was to buy emergency summer clothes for Guide camp next week (I'm one of the leaders, it's so much fun!). Here is what I bought:

Cat t-shirt: £5
Because one can never have too many t-shirts with cats on...

Fresh Prince T-shirt: £8 (from the men's section)
I've wanted this t-shirt for ages and I'm so happy I managed to get it today!

Leopard print boyfriend t-shirt: £4
This t-shirt is so awesome and it's a really nice baggy fit, I wish they had it in different patterns, I probably would have snapped them all up!

Harlem Shake t-shirt: £4
I only bought this because I thought it was funny, it will be a strictly lazing/ironic t-shirt. Also I don't really know why there is an accent on the 'E'...?

Denim-style playsuit: £12
I love this playsuit but I'm actually a bit miffed about it, the top press stud is missing and there's a huge pen mark on the front that I didn't notice in the shop. It's too much of a mission to go return it so I'll just have to attempt a DIY rescue effort, oh well!

Skater dress: £5
I didn't actually try this on so I hope it fits me! Will be nice for summer and then with tights for winter :)

Patterned dress: £13
I don't know why I was so drawn to this dress but I do really like it! It'll be good for summer as it's just a bit longer than most of my other dresses, and the fabric is nice and light too. I like the buttons at the back, although I'm tempted to try it on backwards to see how they look at the front...

I also got some pretty sunglasses from Primark, and then some lip balm and nail varnishes from Bodycare which I am excited to use as I haven't painted my nails in ages!

Some of the other things I bought in Primark that weren't really photograph-friendly were some gym leggings, some socks and pants and some men's swimming trunks to wear in the sun; the patterns were so awesome me and my sister couldn't leave them in the shop! After we went to Primark we stopped for a Krispy Kreme (yum!) and then I got some treats from Lush and some jeans and a big floppy hat from H&M. A very successful spree indeed!

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Wishlist #4 - Men's Clothes

This might seem a bit odd to some people, but I actually buy a lot of men's clothes to wear myself. I find that their sizing is more forgiving on my awkward figure, the prices are often much better value and some of the designs are just more awesome! I've yet to investigate men's jeans, but after a sad incident involving Topshop's Mom jeans (they were skintight on me, booo) I might have to look into it, I'll let you know how it goes!

1. Tally & Hoe Stag Collar Chain from Asos: The idea of men's jewellery seems a bit strange even to me, and I don't know any boys who would wear something like this. However I like my jewellery quirky and generally quiet chunky, so this is pretty ideal for me!

2. Denim Tie-Dye Oversized Shirt from Topman: So many women's shirts are fitted, even the ones that are supposed to be 'oversized' are often not really generous enough to fit a hoodie underneath, which is one of the ways I would wear this one. Also I do love a bit of tie dye and I am very pleased it is back 'in'.

3. New Love Club Tie-Dye T-shirt from Topman: Yes as I said, tie dye, woohoo! I don't often wear bright colours but I would definitely pair this with a denim skater skirt and swish around all dazzling and summery-like.

4. Hype Cheetah Beanie from Topman: I love a good hat. And I love leopard print. SOLD.

5. Monsters Inc Print T-shirt from Topman: How awesome is this t-shirt?! I know you can buy Disney t-shirts for girls but they always seem to have some kind of decoration or sparkly thing on, I love how men's clothes are generally just simple and straightforward. 

6. Icon Brand Heart Necklace from Asos:  I've wanted a necklace like this for ages, but I'd have to have it in silver. As I said before, quirky and chunky = winner.

7. Black Paint Splash T-shirt from River Island: The pattern on this top reminds me of the stars at night, so cute!

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