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