Thursday, December 15, 2011

We have our own artwork!

Some amazing things have happened to us since starting Butterfly Collection. We receive incredible emails and cards from women across North America who take the time to tell us what their new bras mean to them. I am always moved and grateful for this thoughtfulness. I was particularly blow away when last week we received a custom piece of artwork created to celebrate the work that we do for busty women!!

Huge thanks to Italian artist Aurè for this incredible piece. All of Aurè's work is designed to celebrate the curves of a woman. His style encompasses humour, love and passion, all my favourite things about being a busty woman! I simply had to share with you all this fabulous piece. Thanks again Aurè! xx

Monday, December 12, 2011

Pre-Holiday Survival Guide - 5 things to do FOR YOU!

I learned how to maximize my festive time after the year I was laid up after back surgery and I had to get super creative and organized. I had to ensure that I rested and stayed positive (so it was great having friends pop by with cookies and wine - not to be taken with back medication I should point out!) I've never forgotten how much I enjoyed that Christmas because I made a lot of time for me and kept the holidays manageable. Here are my top 5 tips for making sure you actually have time and energy to enjoy what should be a magical time of year.

1. Gratitude Journal - Keep a little notebook by your bed and write down one thing you're grateful for at the end of each day. You'll be amazed how this final act of the day will help you sleep better and make for a happier mood each morning.

2. Say NO! This is the key to a happy holidays. You can't attend every single event and party so you have to learn that it's OK to say no. This fab article shows you how to make NO part of your vocabulary. 

3. Bubble Bath - It's such a simple pleasure but we don't do it enough. Don't worry about shampooing your hair and shaving your legs, this is a bubble bath for your body and soul. Take a glass of wine with you and light a couple of candles - heaven. (For a fizzy bath try this amazing treatment from Rocky Mountain Soap Company)

4. Deep Breaths - I am not someone who can successfully meditate (during the relaxation part at the end of yoga I always think about what I'm going to eat for dinner) but I make time every day to close my eyes, relax my shoulders and take 10 very deep and deliberate breaths. It does good stuff, trust me!

5. Tea Cups - If you're a tea fan then you'll know that there is a peace in the process of making a perfect cup of tea. Treat yourself to a china teacup (you can find them for a bargain price at thrift stores) and enjoy 10 minutes of tea perfection! It calms you down, it's great for your heart and makes you feel like Audrey Hepburn!

I hope you can all find some time in the next couple of weeks to recharge your mind, body and soul. You all deserve a happy and peaceful holiday season. xx

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Holly Jackson Review: Porcelain Viva from Panache

The lovely Holly from The Full Figure Chest faced one of her lingerie demons and decided to try a nude bra. I was confident that the pretty nude Porcelain Viva was a good choice to break the anti-nude cycle. Here's how Holly got on...

When only nude will do
I’ve always had a difficult relationship with nude bras. This is evident when you look at my lingerie drawer. It’s overflowing with jewel tones, blues, greens, and loud patterned lingerie. However, one can’t go without a nude bra forever. After realizing that two of my recent dress purchases turned out to be more sheer than I had initially expected, I felt like it was time to revisit my feelings about nude colored lingerie. 
I’d read nothing but rave reviews about the Panache Porcelain line of bras, so I was eager to try them for myself. I got a 34G, which is usually my standard size. It’s a seamless bra, but the cups have just enough decoration to make it feel a little bit special. I love how the stripes on the cups mimic a wide pinstripe pattern!

The Particulars
The straps on this bra are of the thin variety, so if you have strong preferences about straps that may influence your feelings about the Porcelain Viva. They are supportive and strong, and didn’t dig in. The back was perfect on me, and the cups came up high and felt supportive. The bra fit well, but the cups weren’t as generous as the Allegro from my previous review. I’m right on the edge of needing a GG in this one, but I find lots of brands run that way on me.
What is a nude bra good for?
I love how this bra just disappears under clothing. It works under t-shirts as well as my sheer tank tops that I live in. It also works under my white dress from ASOS that just about anything shows through. If you plan to use this bra under light colored clothing, I’d recommend grabbing the matching Panache panties while you’re at it. I have a nude colored pair that is a slightly different shade that did show through the same dress, so Panache is clearly doing something superior with their nude shades. This bra also works well with my nude colored shapewear, which makes it easy to mix and match shapewear sets when you need to.

I think this bra would be ideal if you were putting together an underwear as outerwear style outfit. I usually wear a sheer tank top and a color coordinating bra if I wear a bodysuit as a shirt, but with this bra I could get great coverage without worrying about matching a third layer of color.

For all of my griping about nude bras, I’ve really learned to love this one. It’s an amazingly functional bra that works under lots of outfits, and it feels supportive even after you’ve been wearing it all day.

Holly Jackson is a professional lingerie copywriter and columnist.  She blogs and works at The Full Figured Chest

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Come on Hennes I expect more from you!

When I wrote the recent blog post "It's not popular but I like Real Women" I knew some people would counter with "all women are beautiful". I totally agree, but my argument still stands that we don't actually see Real Women in vast swathes of media and advertising and the 'female' images we're exposed to are actually largely unattainable and in some cases totally faked.

I could not ask for a more blatant example of what I'm talking about than H&M's gargantuanly stupid move of using real women's heads on computer generated bodies.  In case you missed it, here's the side by side gallery of 'one body fits all'.

I'm upset with H&M because I don't want to be treated like an idiot by the brands I shop with. If you're going to use a computer generated body at least try and change it up a bit - but no, they just whacked the same body and pose on every woman.

Having worked in the media I know that you really can't believe all you read and that's why I'm so passionate about being a critical consumer. Don't let yourself be told what to wear and how to look - make informed decisions for yourself. This is why I like the term 'real women' in relation to the media because we are exposed to so many fake, over air-brushed, over photoshopped, overly NOT HUMAN images!

Women are under enough pressure to physically conform. Let's not make matters even worse by comparing ourselves to computer generated versions of woman. We are so beautiful and diverse and I want the brands I shop with to recognize and celebrate that fact - not erase it.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Help Someone Else's Boobs This Month

December 5th is International Volunteer Day a time to raise awareness of the importance and the power of volunteering both at home and abroad. I have volunteered at different points in my life and have always got so much out of it. This year I would like to ask you to do something great for your heart that would make a big difference for other women.

There are women's shelters across Canada (this website has links to shelters in each province) providing a safe place, guidance, support and supplies for women in dangerous circumstances. These shelters are always in need of help and supplies. This International Volunteer Day I would ask you to do one of two things:

1) Find a local shelter and volunteer even just one day of your time to make a difference to a woman in need in your community.
2) Donate one or more of your lightly used bras to a shelter.

Only women can understand what the right bra means
Having the right bra is important to every woman, but even more so for vulnerable women. When your financial circumstances don't allow for buying bras and your main priority is staying alive or protecting your children from abuse, investing in your own bra health falls by the wayside. Giving women's shelters good quality bras means they can pass on a fundamental physical and emotional support to women in need. 

We will be donating bras to the Downtown Eastside Women's Centre and volunteering our time for another Christmas with Haro Park in Vancouver. Thank you for considering doing something wonderful this IVD... donating your time or bras will lift your spirits and boost someone else's confidence. xx