Monday, December 17, 2012

Busty Review 2012 - Top 3 Busty Topics This Year

As another year of full-bust blogging comes to an end I wanted to give you a summary of the most discussed busty themes from 2012; Wearing Smaller Band Size, How Cup Sizes are Relative to Your Band and Breast Bullying.

Smaller Band Sizes
If you're a regular reader you'll know that the most common mistake made in bra fitting is putting women in bra bands that are too big for them. Smaller band sizes don't just apply to women who need 28 and 30 bands (but struggle to find them in regular stores) it also applies to women with larger torsos. Women with squidgier torsos often get relagated to wearing big bands when in fact they need smaller bands to give support and lift.
I cannot stress enough how important your bra band is to good fit. If you are reassessing whether your bra size is right for you the best place to start is find out if your band size is giving you enough support. Here are four Band Blogs from this year that help you work out whether you need a smaller or longer band:

Small Bands are Better for Squidgy Torsos
Breaking the 34 Band Barrier
The Bra Statistic That Just Won't Die
The Women Who Need to Add Inches to their Band Size

Cup Sizes are Relative to Band
One of the busty subjects that we made a lot of headway with this year was how cup sizes simply denote how much bigger your overbust measurement is in comparison to your band size. Once you know that cup sizes mean nothing without knowing the band size you realize that stereotypes about D+ breasts just doesn't make any sense!

Here are two of our most popular blog posts about how cups are relative to band:
Bra School - Not All D Cups Are The Same
Why Do Cup Volumes Get Bigger as The Band Gets Bigger

Breast Bullying
From girls going through puberty to adult women experiencing ignorance from colleagues, strangers and the media, breast-bullying persists in our society. When women get in touch to say that they are no longer tolerating or absorbing the hurtful breast-ignorance they have encountered I know that this blog is making a real difference.

Changing attitudes towards breasts and stamping out breast-bullying is something I am deeply passionate about as these three blog posts explain:

Are Women Taught to Criticize Other Women
A Guide for Parents of Busty Daughters
Breast Bullying

As we go into 2013 there are a lot of subjects I will be covering to help you support, love and be proud of your bust. If there are specific things you would like Butterfly Collection blog to cover then let me know in the comments. I hope you have enjoyed this year of busty blog posts, I am so grateful for all your support and feedback, thank you xx

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Fern and Jude Inspired Gifts

The last of our gift guides is inspired by the plum vibrancy of Fern from Panache and Jude Plunge from Cleo. Teamed with denim or black this statement colour brightens up any winter outfit!

Counter-clockwise from top left:
Fern from Panache The combination of silky material, floral design and full support is why this bra has been such a favourite. Cups FF-HH 30-36 Bands.

Nerissa Sunglasses Jackie O meets the 70s! 

NARS Duo Eyeshadow I love that this combo perfectly matches the Jude Plunge Bra!

Jude Plunge Bra It's hard to believe that a bra with this much punch is so discreet under clothing, but that's what makes this so fabulous! E-G Cups. 32-38 Bands.

Sing a Different Tune Carousel Bangle A clever combination of bangle and watch. Simple and striking.

Magnolia Plaza Knit Gloves Fab embellishment on these cozy gloves.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Mind, Boobs and Soul Restoration

Every year during December I like to write a post about taking time to enjoy this season. Today's post is less bra and more ahhhh. The hectic shopping malls and jam-packed holiday schedules can make December feel like a mad rush. Eight years ago (when I was laid up at Christmas after an operation) I realized that making a conscious effort to slow down allows you to experience the magic of this time of year. Today I have three suggestions for you to restore your senses and experience the wonders of this month Mind, Boobs and Soul.

Mind Restoration
We can get so caught up in the practicalities of life that we forget to let our mind wander into imagination. Christmas, Hanukkah and Winter Solstice festivals all involve story-telling and while children easily immerse themselves in these stories we can often miss the joy of putting the here-and-now to one side and letting our minds absorb the magic of seasonal stories.

Stories, both read and sung, are a wonderful way to connect to the traditions and joy of the holidays. Here are my favourite stories that I seek out at this time of year to bring the season alive.

A Christmas Carol - I love the book but if you want to watch this classic then I was really impressed with the authenticity of Disney's version from a couple of years ago. If you ask Mr Butterfly though, nothing beats the Muppet's Version!

The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming - The bizarre and wonderful imagination of  Lemony Snicket brings together lots of iconic holiday characters and traditions into this simple and heartfelt children's story.

A Child's Christmas in Wales - This funny and comforting poem by Dylan Thomas always reminds me of the magic you feel when you're a child. Being from a long line of Welsh-folk this poem conjures up memories of my own family Christmases!

Handel's Messiah - My Mum is a phenomenal choral singer and growing up I heard her practicing or performing Messiah with her choral society at this time of year. This music is synonymous with Christmas for me. If you want two hours of musical magic then this YouTube version is pretty good.

The Snowman - This still gives me tingles. The story is so simple and brings imagination, winter and magic together perfectly. The song is still so moving

Boob Restoration
I can't let a blog post pass without at least some reference to breast care! At this time of year I highly recommend actual breast care in the form of some personal pampering. Your body (including your breasts) goes through a lot during the year and just as we thank those around us for their support over the past year, it's worth doing that for your body.

I have a three step ritual that I follow at this time of year when I know that I'm going to be wearing party dresses (so have more decolletage). SOAK, SCRUB, SOOTHE.

SOAK A bath does so much to restore your mind as well as your body. While it's tempting to throw in your bubbliest, smelliest bubble bath it's more beneficial to add some bathing salts to your water. The salt will draw out the dirt that builds up in your pores as well as any toxins in the top layer of your skin. I love this cleansing pack from Rocky Mountain Soap because it smells beautiful but works hard!

SCRUB I don't mean scrub exactly because your breast tissue is very delicate and needs to be treated gently. Once you have soaked for about 15 minutes get a gentle loofah and use a small grain exfoliator like Aloe Gentle Exfoliator from The Body Shop and work your way around your breasts (starting underneath - lifting where necessary!) Avoid the area right around your nipple and don't press too hard. This will sweep out any last remnants of dead skin.

SOOTHE Once you've taken away the dirt and old skin you have to be careful what you put on next as your skin will drink it up. If you pour in a heap of chemical laden cream then you'll undo all the work you've just done. Breasts don't produce a lot of natural oil so it's a good idea to use a non-chemical skin-friendly oil to soothe your skin. I like Palmer's Cocoa Butter Oil because it doesn't feel greasy. Alternatively you can use JoJoba oil (breasts love JoJoba oil) or quite simply slather on some extra virgin olive oil - sounds crazy but it's true!

Soul Restoration
It's true that the best thing about gifts is giving them. It's one thing to give a gift to those we love but it does something really special to your soul to give a gift to someone you may never meet. If you have the opportunity to give this season it will connect you with your soul. Here are a few ideas:

1) Donate a gift (your local shopping center may have a gift drop off or check with your community center) The Salvation Army accepts toys as donation to be given to local children during the holidays.

2) Donate to your local Food Bank. Lots of grocery stores have pre-packed Food Bank bags that you can purchase, alternatively why not choose your favourite food and donate that.

3) Donate money or time to a local charity. Local charities have less profile that the bigger ones so if you can make a donation to a local charity you will be making a difference to your immediate community.

Do you have some traditions at this time of year that remind you of the magic of the season? xx

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Dessous Leopard Sucre and Zia Inspired Gifts

I adore pattern. Dessous Leopard Sucre from Claudette and Zia from Cleo are a riot of colour and design! Here are the gifts we love inspired by the bold and beautiful prints.

Counter-clockwise from top left:
Dessous Leopard Sucre from Claudette This is a clever little bra. The fit is ultra-comfortable and the attitude-packed design is amazingly discreet under clothing. E-FF Cups 30-38 Bands.

Calf Hair Skinny Belt A classic accessory. The leopard print belt adds just enough wild to any chic outfit.

IZAK Brush Set Power pink and classic monochrome design makes this an unmissable gift!

Zia from Cleo The shape this bras gives is quite simply knock-out! Feminine, fun and fabulous to wear this is a perfect gift. E-HH Cups 28-38 Bands.

Bethesda Terrace Shorty Dot Gloves A classic glove with a fun twist.

Romeo and Juliet Clutch Bag I love these book clutches from Kate Spade. The ultimate gift for a book lover!

Monday, December 3, 2012

How to Prepare for Lingerie Sale Shopping

December and January see some of the biggest sales of the year in the lingerie world. There are bargains to be found in stores and online so it's a great time to revitalize your lingerie drawer. However, lots of sales come with limited stock and returns/exchange policies so it's a good idea to be prepared for this shopping bonanza so you don't end up with some reasonably price undies that don't fit you and can't be returned! Here's our guide to being Lingerie Sale Prepared:

You may have had your heart set on something for months and know exactly where your lingerie sale dollars will go. However, if you need some inspiration on what to buy and what will work well with your figure/size then now is a great time to drool over the amazing lingerie shopping guides out there. The Lingerie Addict has created some phenomenal guides, like this one on stockings.

Lingerie Bloggers are an invaluable resource for lingerie reviews and to find styles that will suit you. Find a blogger who has a similar physique, style or passion to you and spend some time getting to know their recommendations. I love Invest in Your Chest, Fuller Figure Fuller Bust, Sweet Nothings, Curvy Wordy, Fussy Busty and Busts for Justice

Have a Lingerie Plan and Budget
Lots of sales will have very limited stock and it will be first come first served. So that you don't end up being disappointed it's worth having a plan! Of course it would be wonderful to have every bit of lingerie loveliness that your heart desires, in reality, you'll probably need to prioritize.
It's a good idea to appraise what you already have in your lingerie collection and make a list of what you have to replace "must buy a new black plunge and strapless bra" and then make a list of lingerie lusts - things that you don't need but can't live without! Prioritize your Lust List (must find a pair of Walford stockings and a corset, would be nice to have a red lace set) then put a price that you're willing to pay next to each item - this will help you keep on track when the sales kick in. 

Read All About It
Lots of stores will have bonus sales for their newsletter readers (we have extra sale treats for our customers in Curvy Life, our newsletter) so it's well worth getting signed up with stores that carry the lingerie you have your eye on. Some stores pump out an insane number of emails but if you can put up with the seasonal spam long enough to get a deal or two then you can unsubscribe in the new year. 

Measure Up
It's important that you have a good understanding of your size before you start sale shopping. If you experience problems with all or most of the bras in your collection then now is the time to get wise about what size/s and styles are best for you.

If you have a local store that provides reputable fittings (just because a lingerie shop has a bespectacled woman wielding a tape measure doesn't mean the fittings are reliable!) then book yourself in and get a better understanding of your size. While you're there you can check out the pieces you would like to pick up when the sales start.
For women without a local store there are lots of ways to get a better understanding of your size using online tools like ours.

a) Free Online Size Consultation - an emailed consultation that looks at the issues you're having with fit and makes size/style recommendations based on your personal details

b) Free Skype Fitting - one of our most popular fitting tools. This is a chance to meet a professional fitter from the privacy of your home and learn all about your size and which styles work well for you

c) Bra Size Calculator - our calculator gives you a starting point to check whether you're in the right size range.

Size is a Moving Target
If you're on the lookout for a beautiful nightgown then you'll probably have some leeway in size. However, when you're bra sale shopping your size matters a great deal. It's important to remember that size varies across brands and styles so if you've got your eye on a brand or style that you've never worn before it's worth doing some research about how that bra fits.

Image from Bratabase
Bratabase is a great resource to find out how a bra style compares to other brands and styles. This site also offers a community environment where other shoppers share their experiences and recommendations.

I hope these tips help you get the most out of the lingerie sale shopping and you start 2013 in pieces that make you feel spectacular! xx

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Andorra Lagoon and Neon Turquoise Inspired Gift Guide

This week our gift guide is inspired by the beautiful Andorra Lagoon bra from Panache and the inimitable Dessous Neon Turquoise from Claudette. The timeless beauty of lace and the ultra modern flash of neon reminds us how diverse we women are!

Counter-clockwise from top-left:
Dessous Neon Turquoise from Claudette This bold and bright bra celebrates the diversity and joy of being busty. E-G Cup and 30-38 Bands.

Brightspot Avenue Lacey Wallet A simple and striking leather wallet with fabulous contrast red lining.

London Blue Topaz and Diamond Flower Ring Feminine and unique I love the design and style of this ring.

Andorra Lagoon The quintessentially elegant lace is made of ultra soft modern materials. A classic with beautiful shape. E-H Cups 30-38 Bands.

Deborah Dot Scarf  This scarf makes me think about breezy walks by the ocean. I love the combination of blues.

Triple Strap Skinny Belt I love the vibrancy of this belt. Perfect for adding a splash of colour and definition to jeans and a top.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

2nd Birthday Celebrations: Top 5 'Life in Big Boobs'

As we continue our birthday celebrations I wanted to look back at one of my favourite aspects of Butterfly Collection. Besides selling beautiful bras to busty women across North America a big part of our company is about lifting the spirits and confidence of busty women. I know that great bra fit starts in your mind and that you need the right emotional tools and support to love and celebrate being busty.

I came up with the idea of 'Life in Big Boobs' because some of the simplest things can be made more challenging or funny thanks to your ample bust! There are also some very real emotional hurdles to overcome when you live with big boobs and I wanted to let women know that they are not alone in tackling these issues. Over the last two years our library of 'Life in Big Boobs' images has grown thanks to Mr Butterfly's artistic skills.  Here are my Top 5 picks. Which is your favourite? xx

Monday, November 26, 2012

2nd Birthday Celebrations: Top 3 Booby Moments

Butterfly Collection Lingerie is my dream come true; my own business that delivers happiness and confidence to women across North America in the form of beautiful bras. There are so many moments that make me happy and grateful to be in this business. As we celebrate our second birthday I wanted to share with you my top three booby moments of the past year.

Skype Bra Fitting

1. Skype Fitting Delight
I do Skype Bra Fittings every week with women from every corner of this great continent. Sometimes I have follow up appointments with customers who want to ensure they have their new bras on correctly. I was booked for one such appointment with a lady named Alice. As the Skype screen rang I waited to see my customer pop up on the other end. Instead the screen came up and was filled with a homemade THANK YOU sign. This was quickly removed to reveal Alice hopping around in her new bra! Prior to our Skype Bra Fitting she had been wearing a 34D and she was now leaping around confidently in her new 30FF bra. This kind of joy is why I do this job :)

2. Completely Falling Apart
Some of my customers in Vancouver book private appointments with me and it's a lovely chance to chat over a cup of tea and have a full fitting. During a pre-fitting chat with one customer, Selina, she was recounting her bra woes to me when all of a sudden she clasped the front of her chest. Her exhausted and ancient bra decided to give up the ghost at that precise moment unleashing the full force of her 32HH bust! Selina's bra strap actually broke (this takes some doing but the hook panel had unstitched from the rest of the band). Never before had it been so apparent that it was time for a new bra!
3. Tears of Relief
It's not uncommon for my clients to burst into tears. Tears of frustration happen when women tell me about their emotional and physical frustrations around their breasts. Tears of sadness happen when a woman isn't completely at ease yet with her body. We have a lot of clients who came to us feeling embarrassed by or ashamed of their bodies and over time have gained the confidence and peace they needed to feel proud of their figures.

Tears of relief happen when my customers see themselves for the first time in a correctly fitting bra and they realize that they are beautiful (and have amazing boobs!) One such occasion was a telephone call from a customer who had received her bras from us and was overcome by the relief of having bras that didn't hurt her. At 42 she had spent most of her life in bras that made her feel and look awful. She told me that she knew she had just changed her life forever and that was easily one of the greatest moments for me and for Butterfly Collection. Thank you to everyone who gives us the privilege of being part of their bra journey xx

Friday, November 23, 2012

Lucy Inspired Gift Guide

Each week we have gift giving ideas for you based on some of our favourite bras from Butterfly Collection. This week the dark and delicious gifts to compliment Lucy from Cleo.

Counter-clockwise from top left:
Bvlgari Jasmin Noir I love Jasmin fragrances and this one perfectly mixes floral lightness with deep allure.

Patsy Drop Earrings from Club Monaco These earrings look equally amazing teamed with a black cashmere sweater and jeans as they do with your favourite LBD.

All Eyes iPhone 4 Case I love this stylized design. Perfect for a techy fashionista.

Haircalf Skinny Belt A statement belt can transform a simple outfit. A perfect accessory for any monochrome outfit.

Lucy in Black from Cleo One of our best-selling bras of 2012 this gem combines classic femininity with supportive and fabulous shape. E-HH Cups 28-38 Bands.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Big Boob Phobia!

I am afraid of clowns. I think they have machetes in their trouser-legs and they kill people who go to the circus. The logical side of my brain says there's probably a very small percentage of weapon-wielding, murderous funny-men but nonetheless I feel like crying when I see one. Perhaps the reason so many women have hang-ups about wearing a bra over a D cup is that they are actually suffering from Pectorusgiganticus; Fear of Big Boobs! (a word I just made up, naturally.)

Joking aside, it never ceases to amaze me how many women are afraid of bra letters over a D cup. It makes no difference what label you put on the ratio between your breast mass and your ribcage measurement (sexy right, that's what your bra size refers to) your boobs are still going to be that volume. Letter Phobia doesn't stop your boobs are spilling out of your bra or bouncing around so it's worthwhile getting educated about bra fit and what bra sizes actually mean.
Over several decades we have built up layers of phobias around boobs; women with big boobs are bimbos or promiscuous and they can't play sports or be pain-free. These phobias stem partly from a misogynistic language that keeps women feeling guilty about their bodies (but that's a topic for a whole other dissertation!) and partly from years of dreadful bra fitting knowledge. By fitting knowledge I don't just mean getting a good fitting at a boutique, I mean, being educated about bras.

As we grow up we're educated about periods, why we have them and what to do to manage them as they happen. Imagine never being told why you have periods or how a tampon should feel and work if used correctly. You'd spend your life blindly buying what you thought was best for you and wondering the whole time if there was something wrong with you. This is what we do to young girls about bras. We don't explain that bras should fit snugly at the band, how your cup size is relative to your band size and that breast sizes change regularly (every couple of weeks for some women). If we gave them this knowledge then the phobias around bras would begin to fade away.

It's such an old-fashioned idea that only a professional fitter can tell you about your boobs and bras. Your doctor gives you advice about how to live well (good diet, exercise etc) they don't just prescribe you antacid every time you have heartburn without ever explaining that cutting out fatty foods will stop the problem in the first place. Similarly a good bra-fitter should teach you about your fit, your breast shape, which styles work for you and how to keep an eye on your size. This way you'll understand your breasts and bras and there will be no room for phobia.

I think a lot of women worry that wearing a cup size over a D cup will make them look like they have big boobs. The reality is that a correctly fitting bra will make you look much more contained which makes your boobs look smaller than when they're bashing together somewhere near your waist!

If you think you might be suffering from Pectorusgiganticus then I want you to remember 3 things to try and overcome your phobia:

1) No one else needs to know your bra size so what difference does it make?
2) In the right size bra you won't bounce around or spill out of your cups (the two things that draw the kind of attention that can make you feel uncomfortable)
3) You can take your time but try to keep a piece of your mind open to the possibility that a different bra size could make you feel physically and emotionally better.

To every one of our customers and every reader of this blog I want you to know that you are changing the landscape for future generations of women. By educating yourselves about great bra fit you can pass on that gift and ensure that no-one has to suffer the terrible fear of Big Boobs!! xx

Monday, November 12, 2012

The Price for Chasing Perfection

"I wish I had her boobs; they're so perfect and my boobs are so big and ugly." This is part of a conversation I heard between two young women (late teens early 20s) as they thumbed through a magazine. My heart sank at this statement because it felt like such a waste. This young woman, like millions of others, will spend a good portion of her life chasing a perfection that doesn't exist and the price will be missing out on the beauty and brilliance of her body today. That feels like a waste.

There's no one definition of perfect which makes it even more illusive; how will you know when you have the perfect body, hair, boobs, skin, wardrobe, home, job etc? The commonly held idea that the perfect body looks a certain way doesn't account for whether that body is healthy or happy. There's no hairstyle or waist size on earth that defines health or happiness.  
All these women were told at some point that they didn't have 'the perfect look'. They refused to change their appearance and remained perfectly them.
Big boobs often come under fire for being 'too big' and I've never understood what that means. Too big to be happy or beautiful or athletic or intelligent? I loathe seeing bodies being compared "Are small boobs better than big ones" or "Are skinny bodies better than curvy ones?" It's just so meaningless. It doesn't achieve anything to compare these things it only focuses us on the things that we aren't rather than celebrating the things that we are. When we compare ourselves to a mythical version of perfection we feel lessened. Less than perfect, less than right, just less. How is that helpful?

I wanted to shake the girl on the Skytrain who was berating her healthy, unique and beautiful breasts and say "Do you know how lucky you are? Do you know what it means to lose a breast, to live without a limb or to battle daily with physical pain? Be thankful you have the one perfection you could ever wish for; a body in perfect working order." I know this sounds like old lady preaching but it's so true. We waste so much time worrying about the things we aren't and this means we miss out on enjoying being us, being happy and being now.

This subject was particularly important to me this weekend because Remembrance Sunday is a time I remember friends I have lost both in and out of the military and the bottom line is... life's too short to worry about your size or shape. So let's stop waiting for the perfect backside or perfect boobs and get on with living our lives with joy in the perfectly wonderful and diverse bodies we have. xx

Monday, November 5, 2012

Are You Wearing Your Bra Too Low?

When your cup isn't filled at the bottom you're probably wearing your bra too low on your body
I see a lot of women wearing their bras too low on their body. This is something that can make you uncomfortable and leave you wondering why no bras ever fit you. With this simple piece of information you can check whether your bras actually fit you much better than you thought.

Finding a bra that is the right size and style for you is fantastic but if you put your bra on too low then you may never know you have the right bra. Your bra is on too low if you have empty bra at the bottom of your cup. The easiest way to check this is to stand side-on to a mirror and look for unfilled bra cup underneath your breast.  By ensuring that your wires are flush with the bottom of your breast you are making the most of your cup volume and can prevent your boobs from spilling out of the top of your cups.

FERN BRA Left: The breast is bubbling over because the cup isn't completely full. Right: The breast is encased and the cup is full

The Curse of the Front Fasteners
One of the most common causes of wearing your bra too low is if you're a front fastener. If you fasten your bra at your front and swizzle the bra around your body then you have to pull the bra up your body and many women don't pull their bra up high enough so part of their bra is left literally unfulfilled!

How to Fill Your Cup When You're A Front Fastener
Once you have twisted your bra around to the front and pulled the straps onto your shoulders get hold of the ends of the wires of one cup (left or right it doesn't matter) and pull upwards until you feel or see that your breast is at the bottom of the cup. Repeat on the other side. You may need to adjust your straps. Don't forget to sweep your breasts away from your armpits to ensure that all your breast tissue is inside the cups.

How to Fill Your Cup When You're A Back Fastener
As you lean forward to lower your breasts into the cups pull the band towards the bottom of your breasts before fastening your bra to ensure your breasts are right at the bottom of the cups. When you stand back up check that your breasts are filling the bottom of the cup.

Exception to the Rule
Some women have one breast higher than the other (the bottom of the breasts is literally higher on one side of the body than the other) and this causes the bottom of your cup to be empty on one side but not the other. This is totally normal. The most important thing is that your breasts are encased at the top so if you find you get spillage on your higher side it's worth going up in your cup size and padding your lower side. If you don't like padding then you can have your lower side tailored to fit.

I hope this helps you discover that some of your bras actually fit you - it's always a nice surprise! xx

Monday, October 29, 2012

5 Reasons Your Bra Straps Slip

One of the most common problems we see when doing Online Bra Size Consultations for our clients is slipping straps. To help you solve this irritating bra issue here are the top four causes of slipping bra straps.

When you're wearing the correct band size your straps will sit closer together on your band and on your shoulders

1. Your Band is Too Big
If your bra band is more than a couple of inches bigger than your ribcage measurement then the chances are your band is loose enough that it can ride up your back and cause your straps to slip off your shoulders. The proportions of a bra with a bigger band can add to the problem too. For example, even though the cup volume on a 38E is the same as the cup volume on a 32G the straps are slightly closer together on the 32 band than on the 38 band. It's worth checking that your band size is close to your ribcage measurement as this could be the source of your slipping straps.

Solution: Smaller bra band size. Remember you will have to increase your cup size when you reduce your band size so that you don't lose cup volume.

You can see that the strap isn't flush against the body because the breast is lifting the strap.

2. Your Cups are Too Small
Rather than slipping off your shoulders your straps may be 'popping' off your shoulders. If your cups are too small then you have rogue boob spilling out at the top of your cups and this can interfere with how your straps lie against your body. Your straps should lie flat against your body and over your shoulder but if there's stray boob wedging itself under the strap then it can cause your straps to 'pop' off your shoulders. If you have breast tissue spilling at the top, sides (under the armpit) or underneath your cups then this could be the cause of your slipping straps.

Solution: Larger cup. You may be able to keep your same band size and simply increase your cup size. However, you may discover that you need a slightly smaller band once all of your boob is in your cups as some of your breast tissue may have been living in your band rather than the cup. If in doubt we can help you find your best size with a free online size consultation.

3. Your Cups are Too Big
If you have lost some breast volume or your bra cups have stretched out over time then your cups can become too big for you. When you fill your bra cups your breast anchors the cup into place. When part of the cup is empty the cup can move around causing your straps to slip off your shoulders.

Solution: Smaller cup. You will most likely be able to keep your same band size (if you are comfortable in that size and your band doesn't ride up) but reduce your cup size.

If you have a short torso or high set breasts then bras with shorter wires will keep your straps in the right place.

4. Your Bra is Designed for Taller Women
If you are under 5ft 5" (or you have high set breasts) you may find that no matter what size you try your bra straps still slip off your shoulders. This is because the wires are too long for your torso or the height of your breasts so the straps don't sit in the right place. 

Solution: Look for bras with shorter wires that are proportional to your torso length (or breast height).
The racer clip on Panache Sports bra is ideal for sloping shoulders

5. Sloping and Narrow Shoulders
Straps can slip off narrow and sloping shoulders even when you're in the right size so style is really important.

Solution: Look for styles where the straps are set closer together or have a V back where the straps form a V at the back to prevent slipping.  Bras with racer clip backs (like the Panache sports bra above) are also a great option for narrow or sloping shoulders.

See Also: Bras for Narrow and Sloping Shoulders

As well as checking these five tips it's worth making sure you have tightened your bra straps so that your straps are flat against your body but not digging into your shoulders. Bra straps will lengthen as you wear your bra so they need to be adjusted regularly to fit your height. If your band rides up when you shorten your straps then your bra may be old or you need a smaller band size.

Besides finding your best bra size it's equally important to find your best bra styles that compliment your body and breast shape. Finding your best style can eliminate the annoying slipping straps forever! xx

Monday, October 22, 2012

Breast Bullying

October is anti-bullying month and this is a subject close to my heart (my post back in February on Pink Shirt Day struck a chord with many of you). Many of my customers have experienced bullying over their breast size at some point during their life. You may think that this is mostly kids teasing each other during puberty (which of course is rife) however, breast bullying happens in many more places, most dangerously, and sadly, within the family.

Bullying is an invidious weapon that hurts the victim from within. The effects can be experienced for years and affect how you feel about yourself long into adulthood. I think we have an opportunity to change decades of ignorance and bullying so that future generations of girls can grow up without the weight of breast-shame to deal with.

Bullying within the Family
You may be surprised to know that this is the most common form of bullying my clients tell me about. Many are singled out for being the most busty sister or daughter and made to feel that they are somehow 'wrong' in their physique. Perhaps much of this taunting stems from jealousy or insecurity with their own shape (it's much easier to bring other people down than to raise them and yourself up).

Perpetual breast taunting and shaming establishes doubt about the validity of your body and makes young women question if they have done something wrong. This can lead to seeking validation about your body and worth for a long time. A supportive and enlightened family can save a busty teen from years of searching for self-esteem and body acceptance.

Ignoring developing breasts and covering daughters in layers of baggy clothing to hide their figures also contributes to a sense of breast-shame. This passive bullying is to try and force girls into a certain 'mold' that women ought to be. Breasts are still incorrectly linked to morality so many parents think that by making their daughters look as though they don't have breasts it will somehow 'save' them from moral peril. This simply doesn't work. You can teach body-confidence and morality at the same time.

Bullying from the Media
It's well disguised but there is no doubt that women are bullied into feeling they 'should' be something in order to be acceptable. We are bombarded with images and words that narrow the size, shape, colour, height and weight we should be. From the tiny selection of magazine covers below you can see the imbued guilt and shame woven into mass media.
"How Smart Women Lose Weight" because we all know that most of us are just too stupid to be thin. "Fight Flab & Win" because only losers are fat. "My Body After Baby" because let's face it, creating the miracle of life is nothing compared to looking great in a bikini.

Having a great internal compass that says "this is just one way that women can look, there are millions of other ways" allows us to see these women as beautiful but not the only valuable women in our world.

New strategies are coming into effect to stop the runaway train of media weight-dogma. The UK seems to be leading the way with groups like the All Party Parliamentary Group on Body Image who were part of the first Body Confidence Awards recognizing advertisers, authors, websites, individuals and organizations promoting confidence in children and adults. I don't think that governments ought to be left to determine confidence, but we certainly need some consequences for companies who blatantly prey on our insecurities to keep us in a fear-based-buying-cycle.

Internet Bullying
A couple of weeks ago our community here in Greater Vancouver was rocked by the suicide of a young girl after years of relentless bullying via the Internet, phone and in person. A tragic litany of events included a barrage of abuse about the girl's breasts. The complexities of digital communication, young women, breasts and society is a topic for a whole other blog, but this journalist's piece is thought-provoking. We need to start arming our young girls and adults with the education and language to understand their own bodies and to be supportive and accepting of other women's bodies before they start looking for validation and acceptance in a faceless place.

As you've probably figured out by now I think words are powerful and even though they can inflict such dreadful wounds they are also a busty girl's best defense and liberation to live happily and confidently in her beautiful body. By giving the women and girls in your life words of encouragement as well as arming them with the vocabulary to love their own bodies, we can change how future generations of women treat themselves and other women. xx

Self Confidence Sites

Body Confidence Sites

Anti-Bullying Sites

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

7 Facts about Changing Breast Cancer

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As most of you will know October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. There is a huge amount of information, activity and merchandise around this campaign but the two most important facts at the heart of this month are:

1) Learn how to examine your own breasts for lumps and bumps - most are completely harmless but for many women who can catch their breast cancer early it saves their life.

2) Breast cancer needs a cure (in fact several as there are many different types) and this means we need to make finding the cause and cures a priority.

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BCAM - The Good and The Bad 
I like that Breast Cancer Awareness month is a superb opportunity to leverage the media to remind women how important it is to check their breasts. What I don't like is that we've become immune to the impact of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and forget that this disease happens every day to women across the world.

The insane abundance of PINK during this month has literally got in the way of two crucial facts:

1) Research is needed to find the cause and cure for breast cancer

2) Governments of the world need to commit to transparency in uncovering the causes and funding cures for breast cancers. 

The public donating money is a vital part of fund-raising but in reality medical research requires the public spending power of governments and for this to happen the political leaders of the world have to make finding cancer causes and cures a priority. It's not hard to work out that those products and industries that are linked to cancer are also the ones pumping money into the economy and political donations so it's going to take a huge amount of public pressure to move governments into taking a proactive stance on cancer research.

3 Practical Things You Can Do in the Battle Against Cancer
There are three things you can do this Breast Cancer Awareness Month (or any month in fact) that will make a difference to beating this dreadful disease:

1) Check Your Breasts

2) Donate any money DIRECTLY to cancer research (either to Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Canadian Breast Cancer Network, American Cancer Society or to the Susan Love Foundation ) all the 'Walks for the Cure' or '2% of this lipstick goes to cancer research' won't make as much financial impact as just mailing a cheque to a Cancer Research Organization directly.

3) Use your power as a citizen to let your government know that you want breast cancer research to be prioritized in your country. In the US you can do this using Breast Cancer Action's Online Petition or by visiting American Cancer Society's Cancer Action Network website. In Canada visit the Prevent Cancer Now petition page.

Like most people breast cancer has affected my family and friends and the reality is that it looks nothing like a Pink Ribbon so we need to do more than just light up the White House with pink lights, we need the people inside it to hear us and put an end to this devastating disease. I hope you find this post helpful xx

Useful and Interesting Links
Elisabeth Dale - A New Approach to The Cure
Worldwide Breast Cancer Site with Tools and Information
Think Before You Pink
Breast Cancer Action
American Breast Cancer Foundation
Breast Cancer Action Network

Final Response to the Vanity Sizing Debate

Recently I wrote a piece that was a response to a television segment about bra fitting that suggested modern bra sizes are built around Vanity Sizing. Many other boutiques and bloggers shared their opinions and the boutique at the center of the discussion has written a blog post to clarify what she says was a mass misunderstanding. The boutique owner tweeted to ask for my response to her piece so I have written my thoughts on particular excerpts from her post. This issue mattered to me because our collective approach to language around breasts (large breasted women in particular) is central to my work. xx

Excerpts in Black My Responses in Red

I suggested that bra sizes have changed in the past 10 years due to vanity sizing. Do you think this is the sole reason? Your statement was very finite and emphatic which left little room for the possibility that fitters and manufacturers got it wrong on any scale.

I was expecting some differing views on the topic, but I wasn’t expecting so much misunderstanding. My personal response to your interview was that I thought an isolated and loaded statement can be dangerous. Statements without context can be more harmful than beneficial. If so many of us had this ‘misunderstanding’ then evidently the point you were trying to make wasn’t clear or wasn’t accurate.

I used to teach a “plus 5” method (adding about 5 inches to the underbust measurement) as a general starting point. When my NYC shop opened about eight years ago, I started teaching a “plus 3-5” method. I did this to accommodate some of the changes that bra companies were making to their bra bands. Now, eight years later, I’ve migrated to a “plus 0 to 3” for certain women. For many brands the plus 5 method has not been necessary for over 20 years so this method is not newly-outdated.

It’s important to know that only a trained fitter is really qualified to fit someone for a bra. And it’s also important to remember that hundreds of trained fitters put women in the wrong bra so educating women to spot a good from a bad fit is vital. There are no standards in bra fitting so women are at the mercy of an unregulated system.

I think one of the reasons some women were upset with my comments in the article or TV spot was because of the word “scam” in the title. I have to be honest: “scam” was never my word. I completely agree and acknowledged this in my blog response “I know that…. a media snippet can be taken hugely out of context”

The way I see it, at least it gets women’s attention so that I can “braducate” them and help them finally figure out why their bras are no longer fitting! This is where we differ. I think the ‘Vanity Sizing’ statement was frightening (and misleading) which caused more confusion than education.

Don’t worry about what size your bra says – worry about the fit! This is just the problem, women DO worry about what their bra says and the biggest leap you have to make in achieving great bra fit (especially for busty women) is to get there mentally before you get there physically. The Vanity Sizing suggested their bra size is ego driven rather than physically driven. This pushes women farther away from embracing small band large cup letters. It’s yet more stigma for them to deal with.

When I moved to New York about eight years ago, I fit into a 36D perfectly. But since bra sizes have changed, I now fit into a 32G in the same brand. And no, I won’t start naming brands. I don’t intend to place blame on any bra companies here. I don’t see how naming brands could be blame placing because most brands now fit women inch for inch – if you measure 32 around then you’re probably going to need a 32 band. If you had to wear a 36 band 10 years ago but now wear a 32 then that manufacturer has changed which elastics they use and are labelling their bras correctly so where’s the blame? I would be fascinated to have at least one example of a company that used to make a 36D that would fit a modern day 32G and offers BOTH those sizes.

Another reason that my comments have caused a stir is because I’ve used the phrase “vanity sizing”. Don’t tell me women aren’t vain about their band size. I have women jump for joy when they find out that a 30 or 32 bra fits them better than a 36. Who doesn’t want to have a slimmer, smaller back?! We’re only human, after all. Most of the brands I carry fit inch for inch – if you are a 32 rib measurement then you most likely wear a 32 band – how is this Vanity?
It’s been a real mission of mine to help women understand that a G cup or up is totally common, now! It’s taken years of “braducation”, instruction, and care to help women get over the stigma of D+ bras and just wear what fits and supports them best. How is using the term ‘Vanity Sizing’ not adding another layer of stigma to women with large breasts and small backs? There’s no two ways about it “Vanity” is a loaded word.

These letters and numbers mean something to women and their ego, so they are reluctant to pick out a new size themselves. It takes going to a bra shop like mine and being professionally fit to finally get it. A professional fitting in only part of the story. It’s going to take changing our language around breasts, women and cup sizes. As lingerie fitters we do not hold the keys to fit we are accountable to our customers who deserve to know their own fit

Some women claim that no one wants to be a G cup or more, and that changing bands sized could not be caused by vanity. Well, some women don’t want to be an A cup. And some women don’t want to be a 40 back. I don’t think bra companies geared sizes toward everyone, just toward the small minority that fit into the old A-D sizes. Unfortunate, but true. So why not acknowledge that first and foremost if you know that for a huge proportion of women the ‘Vanity Sizing’ did exactly the opposite (made them feel worse).

I think bra sizes have changed. And I think vanity sizing played a part in why it happened. I said it and I’m not taking it back! I think this is what you meant to say from the very beginning “Vanity Sizing has played a part in changing band sizes over the past decade” which would have been a balanced and thought-provoking statement. Unfortunately I think you’ve hitched your wagon so tightly to the ‘Vanity Sizing’ statement that it’s alienated some people.

I’m dismayed by the lack of understanding and outcry from other women in the field. Many of the “other experts” who are providing their opinion on the matter have not been working full time as a bra fitter for 25 years. Most of them haven’t even been in business for 10, which is when things really started changing.

A) So much outcry and ‘misunderstanding’ as you say should tell you that the piece wasn’t clear.

B) I’ve never claimed to be an ‘Expert’ because there's always something to learn and putting all the people who challenged your thoughts in quotation marks suggests you’re rather derisive of their opinions.

C) Longevity doesn’t equal infallibility. Some of us women who have been wholeheartedly and passionately in business for less than 10 years have new perspectives to bring to the table.

Regardless, my stance on proper bra fitting and my passion for helping women has always been very clear, and they should have known that. Despite what these other experts think, it’s more important to me that women realize that bra sizes have changed, rather than why. This whole paragraph sounds frustrated which is a shame because as bra retailers we should be working together to learn from each other. In my response about your GMA piece I didn’t mention you, didn’t link to the piece and even stated “I know that the boutique at the center of this storm is deeply committed to good bra fit”. The objective around my response was to reassure the D-K cup women that I work with that their size was not based on Vanity and they must not take one statement out of context because “A little bit of bra information is a dangerous thing”.

Vanity sizing or not, it doesn’t matter to me. It’s more important to me that women wear the bra that fits and supports them best, regardless of the size. The words “Vanity Sizing” may not matter to you, but they upset and confused other women – I think that’s the point you missed.

Monday, October 15, 2012

The Shame of Big Boobs: Claudia's Story

The contents of this blog post are from an email I received from a woman who wanted to share her story of life in big boobs. I am always so touched when women get in touch to say that they want to help other women come to terms with and feel proud of their boobs. If Claudia's story reaches just one woman feeling ashamed of her breasts and helps her feel like she's not alone then it's a wonderful gift. My personal thanks to Claudia xx

Claudia's Story 
My name is Claudia, I’m a 25-year-old Italian girl and my adventure in bra-fitting began six months ago. When I came across your site by chance, I instantly fell in love. The passion you put in what do you is palpable in every word. I felt the urge to share my story with you and your readers because maybe it can help other women who are experiencing what I went through until not too long ago.

After years of being stuck in the wrong size and loathing for my boobs I ultimately decided to get a breast reduction. Since then, my life has changed. I now share your understanding of how important a good fitting is for women with big boobs.

A Child in a Grown-up Body
Ever since I hit puberty, I’ve had big boobs. They developed so fast that at the age of 11 I needed to buy my first bra. I was still a child, even though my body had suddenly decided to change and move into woman territory. I was shocked, I was ashamed, my boobs were my enemies, because I was the only one among my friends and classmates with “those things” and, mostly, I wasn’t ready for the strange stares that started coming my way, often from men the age of my dad and often followed by rude, offensive comments. I would have done everything to hide that unwanted presence that kept growing on my chest.

At the age of 20 my breasts stopped their development and I ended up with what I used to call “my ginormous, ugly boobs”, which were a nightmare to dress, carry around, live with, and totally disproportionate compared to my otherwise petite body. Men kept ogling at them whenever I went, I even received inappropriate looks/comments from other women, sports were a problem, the idea of going to the beach almost made me cry and jeez, they were heavy! Bra shopping? A living hell, a dreadful, humiliating, frustrating experience.

The Nightmare of Bra Shopping
When I bought my first bra, and up until relatively recently, every store only had sizes that went from 1 to 4, sometimes 5. These numbers are the old-fashioned Italian bra sizing system, 1 means “very small breasts AND ribcage measurement”, size 5 means “OMG you’re boobs are huge and so must be your band size”, and everything in between. If you wanted something bigger than size 5, you had to visit a specialized store, where the styles were for your grandmother, cost a fortune, and big cups were only on big bands. A few years ago the number/letter system reached Italy, but even now only a couple of brands offer a decent range of sizes. For the record, they don’t fit me and I must shop online.

I knew big cup/big band bras clearly weren’t a good fit – they didn’t stay in place, offered no support and uplift, my boobs spilled over the top and the sides, wires poked here and there, straps dug into my shoulders – but I kept buying and wearing them because they were the only pretty bras I could find. I can’t even begin to count how many saleswomen have looked at me like I was some kind of alien, with either a pitying or a you’re-so-damn-lucky expression. I definitely didn’t think of myself as lucky, I envied the small-busted girls who could find tons of lovely bras and didn’t have to hide their boobs, but I totally understood the pitying stares. If you live in a world where big boob stereotypes are everywhere and you can’t find bras, swimwear and clothes that are good for you, self-loathing and shame are an easy mistake. And when “bra fitting” is a meaningless concept, no one teaches you that it’s not your fault if manufacturers are ignorant, that a 32-38 A-D range is extremely limited, that the “plus 4” method is wrong… well, being stuck in the wrong size for years is even easier.

The Consequences of Bad Bras
I spent more than 10 years of my life blaming myself and my curves, torturing my boobs with horrendously ill-fitting bras and thinking there was something wrong with me. The consequences, of course, didn’t only affect me emotionally; wearing bras that were too big in the band and too small in the cups also had a major impact on my posture, breast tissue (aka migration) and health, the lack of proper support leading to severe neck, shoulder and back pain.

Two years ago I decided I’d had enough, and finally found the courage to have the reduction I’d been dreaming of for a long time. To make it short: surgery went well, my boobs were still big but proportional to my body and I was extremely pleased with the result. Do I regret it now? More on this later.

Being at Peace with my Boobs
So… I didn’t hate my boobs anymore (I loved them, actually), but unfortunately I kept wearing the wrong size for the same reasons as before. Things changed six months ago, when for the first time I considered the option of online shopping; deep inside of me I knew there had to be pretty, not too expensive bras for big-busted women. I Googled a few keywords and… discovered a whole new world. I learned how sizing works; that you don’t have to add inches to your underbust measurement to determine your band size; that DD+ cups really exist and no, it’s nothing scary; that yes, I can find pretty and sexy bras in my size; how to tell if a bra is a good fit or not. All this, and much more.

I will NEVER forget the feeling of wearing a well-fitting bra for the first time. So supportive and comfortable! And what an amazing silhouette! I looked thinner because my boobs were where they are supposed to be and not near my navel, I could lift my arms up and bend over without worry because they were perfectly encased in the cups. No more back rolls, no more discomfort, no more quadraboob. My posture? I couldn’t believe the difference.

Back to my breast reduction… I don’t regret it. I decided to have surgery for many reasons and one of them is that in spite of everything I didn’t like my boobs, aesthetically speaking. I’m happier now, I think they better suit my body. But all that self-loathing, the frustration, having to deal with constant pain? Ah, if only I had well-fitting bras back then, if only proper bra fitting was common knowledge! I would have chosen to have a reduction nevertheless, but I’m sure my journey toward self-confidence and acceptance of my curves would have been easier. And this is the point I’m trying to make with my overly long story. Wearing the right bra has been a total life changer for me and I took the matter to heart; I keep reading as much as I can on bra fitting, I try to educate women, and I have a dream: a world where no woman is ashamed of her boobs because of stupid myths and thinks she’s a freak just because she needs bras in sizes that aren’t always available due to manufacturer’s ignorance. Not all body image issues would be magically resolved, of course, because self-confidence is a complex thing. But it would be an important achievement nonetheless.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

A Big Bust Self Exam Story

"Today I am handing you over to my friend Gemma who wanted to share her story with you because in order to have good breast health we have to overcome fear and that's not always easy. Here's her honest and familiar story xx"

Finding a Lump
One Monday in April I was in the shower and decided to do a breast exam. I am ashamed to say that I am a bit slap dash when it comes to self-exams, I kind of do them (a squeeze here and there) but it had been a few months since I had done a proper one. As I was doing my exam, I felt not one but two lumps in my right breast. After the initial panic, I tried to calm down and re-did the exam and determined that there were definitely two lumps in my breast.

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I work in healthcare so the rational side of me knew that 8 out of 10 breast lumps are benign, but the irrational (and terrified) side of me instantly turned to the worst possible scenario.

Plucking Up The Courage to See a Doctor
I decided to wait a couple of weeks before seeing my doctor to see if the lumps went away later in my menstrual cycle and in that time, I managed to wind myself up into a total mess. I read pretty much every blog and website about breast cancer I could find. I also physically bruised my right breast by feeling the lumps every few hours to see if they were still there!
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Finally I got my act together. I knew that for the good of myself and my family I had to deal with whatever was causing the lumps and went to see my doctor. My doctor confirmed that there was at least one lump and we needed to take action quickly. As I am only 35 I was recommended an ultrasound rather than a mammogram.

Testing the Lump with Ultrasound and Mammogram
Ultrasounds are less invasive and can pick up findings easier in younger women such as myself, who may have denser breasts. I had an ultrasound the following day and the technician confirmed that there was a suspicious lump in my right breast – approx 1cm in diameter. The radiologist recommended that the lump needed to be examined further and I was sent for a mammogram.

Even the term mammogram terrified me. However, with my husband supporting me every step of the way, two days later I went and had the mammogram. All I could think of in the waiting room as I was waiting for the doctor to call me was, ‘I’m 35, I have a 2 year old, I run half marathons, I go to Pilates, I am in the best shape of my life – this doesn’t make sense’. But then life doesn’t make sense sometimes does it? In that waiting room I can honestly say I wanted to run away as fast as my legs would take me. I didn’t want the mammogram, I didn’t want the probable biopsy, I just wanted to go home. However, at home I had a husband and 2 year old who needed me to be around and to be healthy so I went through with both tests.

I cannot say enough good things about the Women’s Health Center where I had my mammogram and biopsy. It is a centre that specializes in women’s conditions and the whole environment is very feminine and as non-clinical as possible. My radiologist and technicians were amazing, reminding me that 8/10 breast lumps are benign, and that my lump appeared to be that way –but they wanted to be 100% sure not 99% sure, hence all of the tests. Again the rational side of me wanted to believe them, but the waiting between each test was excruciating.

The Results
A couple of days later I got confirmation that my lump was in fact benign! Ecstatic and grateful does not begin to describe how I felt – and still do. However, I got a warning and a kick up the bum I needed to be more vigilant about self-exams and well woman visits in general. No longer will I delay such important exams.

Between finding my lump(s) and getting my biopsy results, I read too many stories from women, of all ages, who are less lucky than me. Their ‘99% probably nothing lump’ was breast cancer – in some cases at an advanced stage. No-one is immune to breast cancer and less than 15% of women with breast cancer have a family history of the disease.

Breast cancer affects 1 in 8 women in North America. Everyone knows someone who has battled this disease. Both self-breast exams and well woman visits are vital because they really do save lives.
There are plenty of resources that provide great advice on how to carry out breast self-exams:
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If in doubt see your doctor and get a medical opinion; I rush my son to the doctor if there is anything wrong with him, and after this experience I have learned that I need to do the same for myself. Make it a priority for yourself to go for regular well woman visits. For those of you in the US, due to the Affordable Care Act, all insurance companies now provide access to well woman visits for free, which gives you even more reason to get checked.

A New Relationship with My Boobs
I have always had a bit of a love-hate relationship with my boobs. The attention my ‘great boobs’ have received over the years has been both flattering and frustrating. If I had a dollar for every time I’ve shouted ‘there is more to me than just a pair of boobs’ I would be a rich lady! However, in general I am very grateful for what I inherited from my mum.

A few years ago I gave birth to my gorgeous son who I happily nursed for 10 months. Post-nursing my big full boobs simply deflated and like many new mums I have been overly harsh on my new body shape – particularly my boobs. After this scare, I am so much more grateful for my boobs! Yes they may not be as full as they used to be, but they are still amazing and most importantly they are healthy! With the help of Claire at Butterfly Collection I celebrated my healthy boobs by getting measured for the first time since I had my son and treated myself to lots of new beautiful lingerie. Now I celebrate my boobs and promise to look after them in the way they deserve.

Disclaimer: Please note these are my personal opinions not those of my employer.