Friday, 11 April 2014

Breathing is overrated - Featuring Pinup Girl Clothing and WhatKatieDid

First of all, I have to say that the title of this post is ENTIRELY misleading. Breathing is not overrated. Its actually pretty important. Also, there is nothing in this post that has prevented my from breathing, other than when I was shrieking "AAAAAAAAAGH THIS IS AMAZING WHY DID I TAKE SO LONG TO BUY IT!?!?"
I'd been eyeing up the Monica dress on the PinupGirl Clothing website for roughly a year but kept putting off buying it for the following reasons:
> The model looks amazing in it, how on earth could I compare. I would be disappointed.
> I couldn't try it on before buying it, what if I got it all wrong?!?!?!
> It was more than £15

 When my 30th Birthday was coming up, I knew that I wanted something a bit more special and so I took the plunge. 
Dress: Pinup Girl Clothing Monica in black
New Look
 I spent ages weighing up the sizes because I really didn't want to cock it up. Going on the reviews, it became clear that the area to concentrate on was the bust. The body of the dress has an awful lot of stretch but the bust is rather "flat" which is fab for people like me with breasticles that are big but not "out" but not so much for more busty babes. I went for the dress in an XL in the Black Matte Jersey Knit and thankfully the fit is INCREDIBLE.

The dress arrived less than a week later which seems entirely unfeasible as it had to wing its way from the US. It was beautifully wrapped and comes with a spare zip and some VERY good advice on how to put the dress on, you'd think this was common sense but actually, the best way to put the dress on is to step into it and pull it up without undoing the zip, I worried about this at first due to the potential of seam rippage but the stretch makes sure that this wont happen. Even to me.
Details as above
On the website, The Monica is described as "A wonder of a wiggle!" and IT IS! IT REALLY IS! I struggle with wiggle dresses because I worry that the structure emphasises the lumps I'd like to keep to myself and does nothing for the ones I want everyone to know about. You may have realised that I love necklines off the shoulder, The Monica has an elastic edging that stops the neckline moving around too much but thankfully doesn't sweat (I hate sweaty elastic bits). Most importantly to me, the bengaline shaping layer of this dress gently smooth my uncontrollable bits and the draping gives a glorious silhouette.

I would have been extremely happy with the dress as it was, I felt glorious.


Around the same time that I started lusting after The Monica, I also had my eyes on The Morticia...
Corset: Morticia by WhatKatieDid
Strapless Bra: Wonderbra

Anybody who reads FullerFigureFullerBust will know that beautiful Georgina champions the What Katie Did Morticia corset and I have had my beady little eye on it for as long as I've been treading her blog.

Morticia is an underbust corset, and works best for people with a 10 inch or greater difference between waist and hip. I wasn't expecting magic here, I don't have a 10inch difference and have a very long body. For my birthday, my husband hoiked me into it and I had a little lie down whilst the footprint disappeared off my backside.... I was absolutely delighted, the picture above entirely doesn't do it justice (I'd fastened it myself. With a fractured elbow...)
This picture shows just how small my waist can be shaped with a bit of brute force. I think there's around a 10 inch reduction in waist (Could be wrong!) For my Birthday, I wore the corset with my strapless wonderbra which is the best strapless I've had and some Spanx shorts (The corset is incredible but the bumps have to go somewhere!) I was incredibly comfortable until I got a bit TOO sweaty - Karaoke, dancing and buffets will do that to you.

The corset and the dress together made me feel a million dollars, ever if my boobs were touching my chin...
Eyeshadow: Chanel IllusionD'Ombre in Mirifique
Eyeliner: Liquid liner by Ted Baker
Lips: Velveteen in Red Velvet by LimeCrime

It wouldn't be this blog if there weren't some pictures of my face. And my boobs....

So these have been my purchases of a lifetime, two gorgeous, decadent wardrobe staples that made being 30 well worthwile.

Em x



  1. Happy Belated 30th Birthday! and my goodness you are flaming gorgeous! what a dress, it's beautiful and looks like it was made for you, you have such a great shape, you are like a 50's star in it, it's very va-va voom! - the corset is pretty hot too, I do like the shape they give, when I wear one I sit down in a worrying way (like I am plagued with piles, hehe) but I feel like a siren, so it's ok! x x x

    1. That made me laugh LOUDLY. When I sat down I was greeted by my bossom. Said bossom is at face height for most of my friends so it was an evening of joy for many of them (and a lot of lipstick in funny places for me). As always, thank you for your frankly blush inducing comments you fabulous person xx

  2. OOFT! So hot my laptop is steaming! Super hot, Hotty McHotsauce!

    In case it isn't clear, you look amazing! x x

    1. Oh YOU :)

      Thank you Lovely one, it was lovely feeling so glam so I am going to accept this compliment and let my head grow large like a melon xxx

  3. If i look that good when i turn 30 i will be very happy, simply stunning


  4. I just read this at work.... I am blushing... you look sooo unbelievably gorgeous my lovely if I didn't know you I wouldn't believe you were a real person! x

  5. Well you do know me so you know this is all lighting and angles ;) x

  6. This has been very useful for ladies like me. Also that strapless dress is super-cool. I tried such a dress recently but had a problem with the naked dress, but I found a solution in using Bye Bra breast stickers . These days I buy almost every month a backless dress hahaha.

  7. So pleased I found your blog! I'm turning 30 in just a few weeks and have also been eyeing up the Monica dress in black. As well as something from What Katie Did. Thank you so much for this!


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