In partnership with my love for lingerie
and sponsored by Simone Pérèle
This morning I went for a wax, and as I lay on under fluorescent lighting in my underwear while two women took to my extremities with their hot wax and fabric strips, I thought about all the ‘joys’ we experience as women.
Earlier today, pre the ritual-wax-torture, I’d been to breakfast and seen a thoughtful little box with the label ‘for those who bleed’ on a shelf in the ladies.
There are just so many functional things to deal with as a woman, aren’t there?
And sometimes I wonder if we let the functional dominate, I know for sure that I have. With all the proverbial balls we have in the air at any one time is it any wonder that we forget the beauty of the function, amidst the darn fiddliness of it all??
It reminds me of a somewhat hilarious moment I had with my mother earlier this year. The kids and I were visiting my folks for a couple of weeks over Summer and my mother had come across one of my bras in the wash. Ok, she had come across my ONLY bra in the wash.
A maternity bra that was about 6 years old. Ok, a maternity bra that once had a lace overlay that had gotten a bit ratty so I had literally (and yes lazily!) ripped it off.
A maternity bra that was entirely redundant because my ‘baby’ was 3.
When my mum raised the issue of my bra, my sister quickly chimed in that she too had been wondering what the heck that was about too. And you know, BRA’s. They are another of those ‘functional things’ women have to deal with.
And whatever your bust size there are so many factors involved with getting your lingerie situation sorted!
For me, I’ve always been a larger busted lady so when I started buying bras as a young teenager I had one option: Berlei in beige, black, white and a random mint-green kind of colour. I used to envy my friends colourful, lacy pretty bra’s while and moan about my limited range of ‘granny bra’s’.
And despite going on to spend time as an Intimo Lingerie consultant, falling in love with lace and lingerie that suitable a more amply busted lady I found myself post-kids, going full circle. The lace went in the bin (literally) and I was left with ratty tatty bras that weren’t that supportive and looked like they had lost a fight with a scratchy cat!
Why did I do this?!
So there I went, shopping for bras and at the advice of my little sis and the pocket of my mother (ha!) I came home with a Simone Pérèle Celeste bra and OH. MY. GOODNESS. It was love. I went on to buy two more Simone Pérèle bra’s and apart from then having a choice about which bra to wear each day (life changing!) I now I know true comfort in the brassiere department again.
And today, I am absolutely thrilled to be able to share with you the Simone Pérèle experience (see below for details on how to win your own spot of fabulousness!) What I really wanted to do with this post was take you through the range of Simone Pérèle and give you some pointers about where to start with what to choose. It was so helpful for me to have my sister recommend a great bra when I needed to buy one because standing in a lingerie store is so overwhelming – where do you even start? With my sister’s recommendation in mind, I was able to head straight to the Simone Pérèle section,where I not only found the bra but also a Simone Pérèle fitter who was able to ensure I chose the right size. So this post is the same head start for you!
And let’s talk straight for a moment. For most of us, a bra is something we wear every day. In fact, I wear two bras every day, one sports bra for when my morning workout and one Simone Pérèle bra for once I’m dressed for the day. Having bras that offer the right amount of support and comfort is something worth thinking about (and I’m also here to say that wearing a bra everyday that feels like you are not wearing a bra is a world of amazing!).
So where should you start?
Well, I’m here to say Simone Pérèle. An exquisite French lingerie brand that makes me look and feel great as well as comfortable!
I spoke with Tracey, a Simone Pérèle fitter extraordinaire, about the things to look for and the best starting place for women for all shapes and sizes. What you need to know is that each collection within the Simone Pérèle range includes a number of styles to suit women of different shapes. So you could be a B cup and I’m an FF cup and we can both choose the same lingerie collection. How amazing is that?! (As the one with the FF cup let me tell you, it’s pretty darn incredible!) For example, you (*ahem* I *ahem*) can opt for the ‘control’ range if you’ve got more to hold, or you can opt for a push up for great cleavage or a softer cup if you’re looking for a different shape. Gold!
As for the style of your bra, it’s not just about how it looks to you, but about the shape it gives you under your clothes. My big tip from my lingerie days is that you should always throw a shirt on over your bra to check that you like the look and shape it gives you.
If you’re heading back in store then this is where you should start:
Ceylan – This is gorgeous, the lace on it is so special. I have it in Blue (because, colour!) but it also comes in nude and black.
Delice – I am wearing my Delice as I write this and had to look and check because it is honestly so comfortable I forget it’s there. To me, that is EVERYTHING when it comes to wearing a bra. I love the lace on this bra. It comes in white, nude, grenat and black. I have the white and yes, I love it!
Caresse – This one has a smooth cup with lace trimming – if you were looking for a t-shirt bra type option this would be a great start. The Caresse comes in white, nude, blush and black.
Now I know that for mums, getting back into the ‘good stuff’ isn’t always straightforward – sizes change, needs change and then there’s the pesky issue of finding the time and being willing to spend the money on yourself. But did you know that around 80% of women aren’t wearing the right bra size? And I hate to say it but if you’ve not been fitted for a while there’s a good chance you fall into that 80%. My advice is head to a DJ’s near you and ask a fitter to help you with a Simone Pérèle option, you won’t regret it – I haven’t!
In the meantime, would you like to win yourself some gorgeous lingerie for summer? We have two Lingerie Sets of Ceylan in China Blue to giveaway! Because colourful lingerie is for everyone!
To enter, leave a comment below letting us know what you find the hardest about buying bra’s and which of the two sets you’d like to choose.
The fine print.
1. Leave a comment below sharing what you find the hardest thing about buying lingerie.
2. Only one entry per person.
3. You must be an Australian resident
4. Make sure you leave your comment by midnight AEST Wed 21 December 2016
Terms and Conditions:
The name of the promotion is: Simone Pérèle Giveaway
The promoter is Skipping Girl
The conditions of entry are as stated in points 1-4 above.
Employees, immediate family members, retailers, suppliers, associated companies and agencies are not eligible to enter.
The giveaway will close at midnight AEST, Wednesday 21 December 2016. Comments submitted after this time will not be considered for the giveaway.
This is a game of skill. The winner will be awarded based on the strength of their answer to the question in point 1 above.
The winner will be notified by email.
The results of the giveaway will be published on this site on Thursday 22 December 2016.
Prizes are not redeemable for cash and are non-transferable
The total prize value is $149.90AUD
If for any reason beyond the Promoter’s control the agreed prize is not available a product of equal or greater value will be provided.
The Promoter is not responsible for prizes once they have been dispatched to the winner.
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