Review: The Dark & Mysterious Ewa Michalak S Kleks

I remember the day that I spotted BM Kleks on the Ewa Michalak website.

It is described on the site as follows:

What’s left after Ink run out in the inkwell? – blot of ink => Kleks ūüėČ
Do you happen to like dark-coloured underwear but feel fed up with black bras? …so there’s a bra ideal for you.
Bra made of fine elastic lace in deep navy blue with black knitwear underlayer will definitely meet your expectations.

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I was intrigued. ¬†That colour! ¬†That perfect, mysterious shade of midnight blue. ¬†As dark as the night sky, as deep as the darkest secret. ¬†I was hooked. ¬† I wanted it. ¬†Except that Kleks is currently offered in BM style only. ¬†The BM style, in case you don’t know, is an unpadded balconette bra with stretch lace on the top section of the cups. ¬†If you are unfamiliar with the various styles, click HERE and read our blog post on this subject. ¬†I have a thing for S and SM style bras, but I don’t have a thing for BM style bras. ¬†So, I tried to just not look at the BM Kleks but oh that colour! ¬†As dark as my very heart! ¬†It was calling me. ¬†I needed it. ¬† So I did what any reasonable woman would do. ¬†I wrote to Kaska who takes care of emails at Ewa Michalak and I begged to have Kleks made as an S style ¬†….and my wish was granted! ¬†Note: ¬†style change requests are at the sole discretion of Ewa Michalak, cost an additional 40 PLN and will make the item a final sale (not returnable). ¬†

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You might notice that the stock picture of this bra in BM style shows bows on the shoulder straps and mine has only the bow at the gore. ¬†They are described on the site as ‘bows with bijou pendants just like stars in cloudy sky brighten this murky colour.’ ¬†I wanted those shoulder stars so I was a bit sad to see that they had not been included on my S Kleks, but beggars can’t always be choosers and when you deviate from the original, sometimes there can be changes. ¬†I will try to survive without my shoulder stars.

My custom S Kleks is in size 30GG. ¬†The cups fit me well and in typical fashion for S style in that size. ¬†The band measures approximately 25 inches unstretched and approximately 30 inches stretched without cup distortion and feels comfortable on my 27″ rib cage. ¬†I will say though that I can stretch it to 32 without much trouble although there was wire distortion present. ¬†Ladies who like their bands extra firm may want to take that into consideration.

If you read my blog posts regularly you will know that I am a sucker for a matching set. ¬†I only like full brief style panties and I really prefer elastic around the leg band. ¬†That style has been in short supply lately in the newest EM offerings but I have to admit that the appearance of these panties with the black tulle peeking out from beneath the blue lace is pretty much to die for. I ordered the Klek full briefs in my usual size 36. ¬†They fit well and I love this look, even though it isn’t my top style for comfort.

Here is the stock picture:

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And here is a close-up of mine. ¬†See what I mean about that black tulle peeking out from under that navy lace? ¬†Just beautiful. ¬†‚̧

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Kleks is a welcome addition to my collection with its unexpected and unusual dark colour combination.  I do adore it, even without all of its stars, and am looking forward to wearing it once the weather cools.  (In hot weather, I prefer the cooler, unlined SM style bras).

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At time of writing, Kleks is still available on the Ewa Michalak site as a BM style bra.  The matching panties are currently available as well, offered in both full brief and thong styles.  Have you made this pretty set part of your collection?

 

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Insider’s Scoop – Ewa Michalak Fairytale Purple!

Hey Ewa Michalak lovers! I have a bit of fun insider‚Äôs exclusive information for you today!   I bet you are wondering about the beauty in this picture and I‚Äôm not going to keep you suffering.  Allow us to present to you the ultra exclusive  to Bra Obsessed Ewa Michalak FairyTale Purple!

Only 13 have been made so far.  Mine and MsDizz‚Äôs, Yoomee’s is in the mail on its way to her, and ten other people in the world currently have one.  This gorgeous bra is a true exclusive to Bra Obsessed.  It will not be released by Ewa Michalak at any time in the future.  Would you like to have one too?  Then I have great news for you!  I‚Äôve just heard that up to 20 more sets can be made with this special fabric.

Standard cut on Fairytale Purple is PL style.  MsDizz is modelling her PL for you in size 30H (65H) below.

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For an additional $15 CAD you can request it in S style which is what I did.  I am modelling my S in size 30GG (65GG) below.

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Take a look at these gorgeous details:

I love a bit of contrasting colour on the straps.

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Its purple.  Need I say more?

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The lace overlay goes all the way around the back of the band.  Unexpected and pretty!

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My 30 (65) band measures approximately 23.5″ unstretched and approximately 31″ stretched before I notice any significant wire distortion.  MsDizz also noticed that her band felt loose so you may want to consider sizing down in the band on this one.  Tip:  Remember that if you size down in the band, you need to size up in the cup to compensate.  For example going from a 65GG, to get the same volume in a 60 band you would increase the cup one size up and order 60H.

Matching panties or thongs are available.  Here are my panties:

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Note that they have the frilly, non-elastic finish on the bum.  Beautiful set / not my favourite style of panties but a girl has to do what a girl has to do to have the matching set.

Yoomee will show off hers when it arrives but we wanted to get this information to you today so that you don’t miss your opportunity to order this very special, extremely limited set.  You can place your order by emailing Bra Obsessed at bras@braobsessed.com.  Don’t forget to take a look on the Bra Obsessed site at the other two exclusive limited edition Ewa Michalak offerings, the Chalet and the Blekitek !

Bra Obsessed’s Exclusive Comexim Jade

I am lucky to live just about an hour and a half’s drive from Bra Obsessed¬†and I recently made the trek out to visit owner Jaimie, to see all of her wonderful stock of goodies and to have a marathon try on. ¬†First off, if you haven’t heard of ¬†Bra Obsessed¬† yet, please check out my post here.

Of course I loved everything, lots of things took my eye and I left with two swimsuits, three bras and another two bras on order. ¬†One ¬†beautiful bra that particularly caught my eye in Jaimie’s shop was the newly released gorgeous Comexim Jade¬† which is an exclusive to Bra Obsessed. ¬†We’re talking about a vivid, luxe emerald shade of jade here:

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I was so excited when Jaimie generously gifted me a Jade set for review, and I couldn’t wait to share this gem with our readers!

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The fabric is truly a rich emerald green with a satin sheen.  The black lace overlay on the cups conceals  the  seam work while giving the bra a sophisticated, sexy vibe.

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When I first put this bra on, I immediately noticed that it had that ¬†‘Anna Pardal quality’ feel to it. ¬†Firm band lovers will rejoice because, like the Anna Pardal bras, Jade has the addition of a supportive fabric liner built into the back side of the bra band, giving the band added firmness and strength.

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Under clothing, Jade is very smooth. ¬†The lace work on the cups helps to conceal the appearance of the bra’s seams through clothing. ¬†Pictured below, I’m in a very thin t-shirt and you can barely see any outline of the bra.

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I always like to have matching sets. ¬†It makes me feel ‘put together’ somehow. ¬†The man in my life appreciates it too. ¬† And the matching Jade panties are so sexy and pretty!

The panties for Jade are available in three options:

The tap pants are gorgeous with their lace backs:

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The panties are also available in thong version:

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On a personal note, I’m turning 49 this year (yikes), ¬†and I’m pretty sure ¬†I lost my bum cheeks somewhere back in around 1992, so these days I find I really prefer a full bottom panty with leg elastic the whole way around to keep them from riding up. ¬†Thankfully this style is available upon request, and mine are on order. ¬†I don’t have a picture of them at this time, so you’ll have to use your imagination.

 Since Jade is exclusive to Bra Obsessed and was in fact designed by Bra Obsessed, I asked owner Jaimie about the design process, and her inspiration for Jade:
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I’m actually also quite obsessed with home decor.¬† Of course, home decor and fashion seem to go hand in hand.¬† I’ve been really inspired by the pops of Emerald and Jade in home decor, as seen in this shameless plug showcasing my insanely talented sister’s artwork for sale on Etsy (you can check out her shop HERE) ¬†ūüėČ
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I also try to listen to my customers requests.  I have had a lot of customers asking for more rich colours.

So since I am in Canada, and Comexim is in Poland, I expressed all of my ideas to Anna and months later she told me that she found the fabric I had been wanting.  I knew I wanted it overlaid with a wide black lace, and when Anna showed me a couple of options, I immediately fell in love with the lace that we used.  Anna added her talented touch by laying it gracefully in the style of the Comexim Poison Ivy bra.
 
After speaking to many different customers and store owners, I tried to listen to what everyone is really looking for in a bra.  By far, the most common response was a good strong band that will stand the test of time.  I had also noticed that this was the main reason that Anna Pardal bras felt so solid, so I made sure that this bra was made just as solid.
 
Of course, I can offer any modifications regularly offered on Comexim bras (higher gore, lower gore, straps moved in, cookie pockets etc.).¬† There will be no charge on customizations except for when modifying it into a Longline, which would be an additional $10CAD.¬† It can also be made into a Halfcup, I just don’t have a picture yet of how this would look (although I will in about a week).
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¬†At time of writing, I had worn Jade for one full day before remembering to measure the band. ¬†This 30 band measures approximately 22.5″ unstretched. ¬†At 30″ I could see some cup distortion happening and so I didn’t force it further. ¬†As noted above, the band does have an added liner for strength and support and it does indeed feel firm.
If you’re feeling green with envy over my beautiful Jade, you can order your own either directly through the updated website at Bra Obsessed¬†or by emailing Jaimie directly at bras@braobsessed.com
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* This item was graciously provided for review by Bra Obsessed. All opinions are my own.

Sugar and Spice

Today’s review is of an¬†Ewa Michalak¬†SM style bra that will be available tomorrow! The SM Ja Wiem.

I ordered this sheer beauty in September of 2015 when we were very generously given a preview and a chance to order before the the new collection launched.  At that time, they released the SM Ty wiesz, as reviewed by my fellow AEE blogger, Jelzzz.  This beautiful pink version never hit the site for sale, but according to Ewa Michalak it will be available tomorrow, and my advice to you is in the words of Tom and Donna from Parks and Rec…Treat yourself!

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The mesh is a beautiful blush pink, that is an alternative nude to the Ty wiesz for someone as fair as I am.

While, nowhere near the range, having the two colors reminds me of the new Christian Louboutin Nudes campaign. ¬†I love that more brands are expanding their definition of “nude.”

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Sigh.  Can we just take a moment to appreciate the beauty of these shoes?…OK, back to the topic at hand!

 

 

 

 

 

The black seams and trim give it a retro, old Hollywood feel that’s just the right balance of naughty and nice. ¬†It has a pretty black bow and the decorative, jewelled straps above the tops of the cups are adjustable, but do not detach.

IMG_6483 It can easily be hidden under a higher neck top, or shown off in a scoop or deep V-neck.  In true Ewa Michalak fashion, this bra is beautifully made and fits like a dream.

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I own it in 85G. ¬†I am currently having a bit of a shift in my bra size due to losing a bit of weight and probably also to my implants settling more. ¬†I was previously wearing all of my Ewa Michalak bras in 85G, but I’m finding that I need a tighter band and a bit more room in the cup. ¬†That being said, this bra fits beautifully at the moment‚Ķthat was clear as mud sizing advice, huh? ūüôā

Here it is with a Freya Deco behind it for shape. ¬†Notice the color looks different in these pictures because of the Deco’s color peeking through. ¬†IMG_6485IMG_6484

 

 

 

 

 

The SM style is a particular favorite of mine because an unlined bra was never possible for me before my surgery. ¬†For those not familiar with my surgery story, you can read about it here.¬† I waited my whole life to be able to wear a beautiful lace or mesh bra and now that I can, the SM style is a dream come true! ¬†To my surprise, this is one of my most comfortable bras! ¬†I held off wearing it for a long time because I assumed I wouldn’t want to wear it for long. ¬†I was wrong! Now, don’t get me wrong, you might have a hard time keeping it on, but it won’t be for lack of comfort ūüėČ

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COMEXIM Dottie Review -AND A BRA OBSESSED DISCOUNT CODE FOR YOU! WOOT WOOT!

I’m going to start with giving you the goods right here, right now because I’m sure some of you have noticed the amount of gorgeous brand new stock in at Bra Obsessed¬† (all of the new Comexims are in – Sonia, Victoria and Beauty as well as a bounty of just-released Ewa Michalak goodies, and even some luxurious Anna Pardal) so that you can click on that buy button before your size is gone so here we go:

Use promo code bra10 effective immediately and running for one week to receive 10% off of your purchase at Bra Obsessed.  This code applies to all items in stock and also can be used for all special orders (there will be a wait time of course for special orders).  You can contact Jaimie at bras@braobsessed.com for special order requests.   Shipping is a flat rate of $15.00 CAD so be sure to have a browse and grab yourself some deals.

On to my review!

I go dotty for dots and so earlier this year when Comexim showed a sneak peek preview picture of their Dottie bra, I knew I needed it.  ASAP.  This colour combination is irresistible and there is just something fun about knowing that you have pretty Polish eye candy on underneath your clothes.  Its like having your own little feel good secret.

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Luckily for me before Dottie had even hit Comexim’s web site, my trusty Polish bra dealer Jaimie at¬†Bra Obsessed¬†already had an order going in to Comexim which included a run of¬†Dottie. ¬† You can read more about Bra Obsessed right here. ¬†My Dottie was ordered in size 70H in Comexim’s sizing which is a 32FF in UK sizing. ¬†Comexim sold through retailers have UK sizing tags.

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Although with my 27″ ribcage I can wear 65HH (UK 30G) and have been trying to order more in 65 (UK 30) and less in 70 (UK 32) bands lately, I do find those 70 bands to be very comfortable. ¬†What can I say. ¬†All those years of wearing 34 and even 36 bands make change tough.

I always say that the ‘C’ in Comexim stands for Comfort and I do find this particular bra to be extremely comfortable.

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Lets talk about the little details that make this bra stand out. ¬†Those hot pink straps! ¬†I love them. ¬†And look at the metal strap adjusters. They are in teal to coordinate with the bra’s main cup colour. ¬†How adorable is that? ¬†Notice the little hot pink frill that runs along the bottom of the band? ¬†I’m giddy.

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Check out the tiny dottie bows.  Love.

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Because I live such an exciting life here in The Great White North, I actually took the time to investigate why it is that I particularly prefer Dottie. Lo and behold, look at that! ¬†The cups on my Dottie are about 1/4″ taller than on my Comexim Pantera as you can see in the picture below. ¬†The cups on Dottie are also firmer than my other Comexims and I’m sure this helps to give me a great shape, since I am somewhat soft. ¬†What all of this means is that Dottie is not only a pretty piece of perky, pleasingly playful Polish eye candy; it is also a palatial, powerful Polish work horse and it makes me feel positively pulchritudinous! ¬†Try saying that 10 times fast.

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Clothed, Dottie gives a wonderful rounded and uplifted appearance and the seams are smooth and flat and not noticeable at all.

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Of course, here at AEE when one of us ¬†shares pix of ¬†a beautiful bra purchase, it often starts a trend. ¬†Below you can see my fellow bloggers from top left: ¬†Tanzilove in a half cup variation, Gogo in a plunge, ¬†MissDizz in a half cup and Yoomee in a plunge. ¬†All of the below bras except for Tanzilove’s have also had some custom modifications.

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If you are interested in getting your very own adorable Dottie bra, I did notice that¬†Bra Obsessed¬†has quite a few in stock at the moment, which means ¬†that you too could have have your own fabulous and fun Dottie bra super quickly, thanks to Jaimie’s very prompt shipping.

 

 

Anna Pardal. Lux Lingerie For All Women.

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As you may know by now, in my quest to find the perfect fitting bra, I was thrilled to find Polish made brands like Ewa Michalak and Comexim. ¬†I love them both equally, for different reasons. ¬†It’s like my kids. ¬†I could never choose one over the other. ¬†Well, apparently my bras imitate life, and I have a 3rd Polish bra child to cherish and adore.

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Anna Pardal is a luxury line of Polish lingerie that has teamed up with Comexim to bring high quality bras and panties to women of all sizes. ¬†They use only the finest Spanish and Italian fabrics and lace to produce some of the most beautiful undergarments I’ve ever seen. ¬†The marriage of the Comexim fit to Anna Pardal’s beautiful fabrics and designs are an absolutely perfect union!

I recently interviewed Anna Wroblewska at Anna Pardal to get more insight on this wonderful collaboration.  I learned so much about her (we share a love of Sophia Loren!) and her business.  Put on your sexiest bra and read on!

 

 

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  1.  What influenced you to get into the lingerie business?
    It all started hunched over a friend‚Äôs laptop in her apartment. She walked past me and said, ‚ÄúAnna, your bra is way too big.‚ÄĚ I was totally confused, and that was when she opened the door for me into the magical world of bra-fitting. It was an instant passion. Discovering the perfectly-fitting bra was like a magic cape for me, something that made me feel like the most fearsome, sexy, and self-assured version of myself, someone who knows who she is, how valuable she is, and what she wants. I thought, ‚ÄúThere is no way that so many women out there don‚Äôt have this.‚ÄĚ
  2. How did the brand, Anna Pardal, come to be?
    I came to a moment professionally when I knew I wanted to build something of value, and as I started sifting through the things I loved and what my mission and goals in life were, lingerie presented itself as the obvious answer. As the concept took shape, it became apparent that what I had on my hands was a global boutique with far-reaching positive consequences for both myself and others, a place to where one can find gorgeous lingerie and discover the beauty, sophistication, and sense of luxury that comes from perfect fit (and staggeringly beautiful Southern European fabrics!).
  3. How long have you been designing bras?
    I started in 2012! It’s just a few years, but I feel like it’s been a lifetime. It’s impossible to express how much you learn when you just dive into your dream and learn how to swim.
  4. Where do you find inspiration for your designs?
    I am a huge quote collector (you‚Äôve probably noticed this on the website and newsletter!) so I am very often inspired by the wonderful things that other people have said — especially people who have made it their business to craft beauty from the world. For this collection, I kept coming back to this particular photo of Sophia Loren. She is the picture of elegance, sophistication, and good humor. sophia
    I also take a great deal of inspiration from the people around me and the people who I work with, namely my family, customers, and colleagues. Individual customers email me with wonderful wish lists and colors they love, and retail partners like Erica Windle of A Sophisticated Pair provide a sharp eye and the kind of good humor and partnership that makes you excited to get to work every day.
  5. What makes you stand out from other lingerie designers?
    We listen. There are no preconceived notions at Anna Pardal, and I seek out as much feedback as I possibly can from our customers, working constantly to adjust our designs, our fit, and our styles to meet those needs.
    We‚Äôre also unique in terms of style and fit. Our patterns are very unique compared to everything else on the market, in terms of the luxuriousness of our Italian and Spanish fabrics, the sophisticated and yet approachable styling of our collections, and the immense sense of comfort that I want people to feel when wearing our designs. This is all about tireless efforts to improve fit for every customer. I think too much of lingerie is focusing on ‚Äúfixing‚ÄĚ or patently ignoring the immense and wonderful variety of human forms — it is my mission as a person and as a designer to bring an unshakable appreciation of oneself to every Anna Pardal customer.
  6. How often does your company come out with new designs?¬†Between our first and second collection we waited TWO YEARS! This was actually intentional. It‚Äôs very important to me to grow a sustainable and wonderful business that represents the ideals I care most about, and to get to the point where we could release the second collection — in a way that felt right — took some time. But from here on out we want to do two per year minimum ūüôā
  7. Are you the sole designer in your company, or do you have other designers in your company that help with creating new styles as well?
    I work closely with Anna Matczak of Comexim, who manufactures our bras. She is an absolute wonder woman when it comes to fit, styling, and tailoring, and she has an amazing eye for beauty and detail — all of which make her an inspiring and wonderful colleague! I also lean heavily on my partner in love, life, and business, Ronald Oliver. He‚Äôs a menswear designer and the force behind the brand Oliver West, and we influence each other‚Äôs work quite a bit.
  8. How many people work for Anna Pardal?
    Aside from our suppliers, agents, etc., we are officially two Annas, not including Anna Matczak of Comexim! (Anna is a very common name in Poland ūüôā ) The ‚Äúother‚ÄĚ Anna is the person who makes it possible for me to focus on nurturing the business. There is also a huge sphere of unofficial partners and collaborators — from fabric manufacturers to agents, customers, and advisors, there are many minds involved in the making of a beautiful product.
  9. Where do you find the materials and fabrics that you use to make your bras and lingerie?
    All of our fabrics are Spanish and Italian. Being in Poland is wonderful on this front, as it‚Äôs so close (I was based in South Africa before)! We are actually going to a big textiles trade show in Milan next month — I can‚Äôt wait to see what we come back with.
  10. What is your favorite thing about your job?
    I absolutely love it, LOVE IT, when women say to me that they‚Äôve never felt more comfortable, more beautiful, and more sophisticated in a bra. I always think back to one of my very first customers, a wonderful young woman who I fitted in person. She felt so self-conscious about her full-busted figure and was struggling with back pain, and when she put on the perfect sized Anna Pardal Milk & Honey she actually started crying with happiness and relief. I get chills just thinking about it! It was so incredible to see her stand a little straighter , walk a little taller, and really take ownership of herself as a woman. I always tell people: ‚ÄúIf something doesn‚Äôt fit, it‚Äôs not your fault. It‚Äôs the garment‚Äôs fault.‚ÄĚ And yet it‚Äôs so easy to think that it‚Äôs us, not them. We must never believe that we need to tailor ourselves to fit our clothing in order to be beautiful. No. Our clothing must be tailored to us so that we can truly relish in and express our individual beauty and light.
  11. What is your favorite thing about the lingerie industry?
    I have a very romantic notion of lingerie. It‚Äôs not just underwear and it‚Äôs not just about being sexy or providing a structural foundation for your outfit. It‚Äôs a metaphor for so many ideals that I think are wonderful and important — self-care, confidence and self-assurance, mastery and knowing thyself. The idea of relishing in yourself and seeing yourself as the work of art that you are.
  12. What is the most common question that your customers ask regarding bra fitting? The most common questions I see typically revolve around the cup. Determining whether a cup fits or not can be a complicated task, as you have not only the shape of the wire to take into account but the shape and size of the cup and how it relates to the size of the band. A bra is a subtle piece of engineering! It‚Äôs important to remember that you should essentially breathe a sigh of relief when you‚Äôre wearing the perfect fit. No tugging in the band, no weird pressure points, no difficulty breathing and nothing smushed or gapping. The band should be smooth and straight, the breast tissue fully encased but not trapped. And it‚Äôs always a good sign when you see yourself in the mirror and say, ‚ÄúWow!‚ÄĚ ūüôā
  13. What is the most common problem that you see when you are trying to fit someone for a  bra?
    It‚Äôs a bra-fitting proverb at this point that most people wear too-large bands and too-small cups, and it is indeed common. This is not the customer‚Äôs fault of course — historically speaking, options have been very limited! But the bigger problem is the effect that those limited options have had on us as people: we tend to walk into lingerie purchases with this horrible sense that there is something wrong with us, that finding something beautiful and perfect and comfortable is an impossible task. Not true! It is so important to me that women experience the opposite feelings when buying Anna Pardal — empowerment, delight, and true self-appreciation. Like I say again and again: If it doesn‚Äôt fit, it‚Äôs not your fault. It‚Äôs the garment‚Äôs fault. And we‚Äôve built our business on the belief that garments can and should be tailored to the customer.
  14. Where can our readers purchase your products?
    We sell our collections online through our website, www.annapardal.com, and through third-party retailers. You can see a full listing on our site!
  15. How do you find the majority of your customers?Most of our customers come to us by way of lingerie blogs, our retailers, and bra-fitting forums. We have been fortunate to develop wonderful relationships in the industry that make it possible for us to always meet new people and get more and more perfectly-fitting bras into the world.
  16. What is the best way for potential new customers to find or contact you with any questions they may have regarding your products?
    I can be reached directly via email on anna@annapardal.com. I get a lot of emails so it can take a few days reply, but it’s very important to me to help each individual customer find that perfect bra.
  17. What is your favorite thing about the bras that you design?
    I love that they are beautiful and unique without being overwhelming. When I think of our designs I think of a subtle, sophisticated aesthetic. I design to highlight and underscore the beauty of the wearer, and I think the restraint and subtlety of our styles provide the perfect supporting act to each individual customer’s light.
  18. What is your personal favorite design that you have created?
    Oh that’s a tough one. For styling, I am totally mad for Hibiscus and every time I see Florence I go into a tizzy. But what I’m most proud of is our cup styling. It took a lot of hard work to get an understanding of fit throughout our formidable size range (work that continues every day!) and developing that knowledge into the Nuance, Sophisticate, and Doyenne cup styles was a labor of love and devotion. I am so proud and excited to be offering them.
  19. How many bras do you have in your personal collection? (Are they all¬†your own line?)Oh dear, that‚Äôs a hard one to answer. I usually wear a pretty edited number of bras day to day, but I keep many on-hand. I had a baby last year which completely sent my sizing into a whirlwind, so I learned to keep the ‚Äúperfect fits — for now‚ÄĚ in the drawer and the backups nearby. Our bodies are living and breathing, and we must accommodate their shifting tides! Everything, however, is Anna Pardal.
  20. Do you have any hot, up and coming tips or advice for our readers regarding the Polish Bra/Lingerie industry?
    It might be because I live under a mountain made of bras, but the most exciting thing for me right now is our new cup styles. By incorporating common size and fit requirements at different points in the size range, I’m hopeful that we can make perfectly-fitted bras more accessible and easier to buy. Can you imagine? A few clicks, and the perfect fit being made to order just for you! This is my dream.

Is there anything else that you would like our readers to know about you and your company that we have not already covered? [please feel free to add any additional information that you would like to be included in your feature]
As I mentioned, for me lingerie is a metaphor for all of the ways in which we can truly relish in and care for ourselves. One thing I‚Äôm doing on that front is our new weekly newsletter, where I‚Äôm sharing interviews, stories, and experiments in how we can build beauty, nourishing rituals, and a timeless sense of glamour and presence into each and every day. I‚Äôd love it if you would join us! You can sign up here — and get 10% off your first order!

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As Anna said, what makes them different is that they listen to what their customer wants and needs. ¬†In answer, they recently launched a new collection of fits and fabrics that have all of us at AEE so excited! ¬†Some of the changes include: ¬†G+ cups see a narrower-set strap and¬†reduced cups; 26-32 bands feature a lower gore; and 38+ bands a higher gore. ¬†Check out all the new styles here¬†and order some immediately. ¬†You won’t regret it, but you will be hooked!

xo Treschic

Ewa Michalak BM Landrynek: A Coral Dream

BM front shot

 

The¬†BM Landrynek is the first BM style bra from Polish lingerie designer Ewa Michalak¬†that I have tried. I wasn’t sure how I felt about the style, because it looks so full coverage on the website. However, Jelzzz, Gogobee ¬†and I agreed to make this a pact bra, meaning we were all going to purchase it and give it a try. Several of my fellow bloggers and I do this often. We are all so different in shapes and sizes, that this is a good way to see what styles work for each of us.

This particular pact came about because we were in love with the colors at first sight, but not so sure about the style. I prefer less coverage, while still getting as much support as possible. I am also relatively new to wearing non-padded or unlined bras. I always felt that I needed that extra padding and lining to get a nice looking profile to my breast shape.

I did some research before ordering this one. The Ewa Michalak website describes this bra as:

An unpadded bra with a higher bridge ideal for medium neckline. 

Gathers the breasts in a way they do not stick outside the contour of the body.

Lifts the bust giving it a rounded shape with a subtly marked peak, which adds a little lightness to your silhouette.

The cups are made of fine elastic lace in neon-coral colour with white underlayering. The tops of the cups are made of elastic lace, thanks to which they adjust to the shape of breasts, even if asymmetrical. Bows on the center gore and straps in turquoise.

The bra is designed for women who prefer fuller coverage, the cups go round the breasts keeping them in place.

Perfect for soft and less firm breasts.

Fully-adjustable straps in turquoise

If in doubt about the size, try the smaller one.

I sized down like the site suggests, and ordered an 80G. When I first tried this bra on, I thought, ‚ÄúOk, no way did I need to size down.‚ÄĚ It was firmer in the band than I was used to, and while I wasn‚Äôt exactly getting quad boob, I could tell it was a bit of a squeeze. My breasts felt a bit compressed. ¬†

The first time that I wore this bra for a day, I used an extender, as I did not want to ruin the lace. I found that this made a world of difference in the fit! The shape I got was more rounded, more lifted, and less compressed and minimising in appearance. The next time I wore it, I did not need an extender. The bra had stretched to fit my body. The band was completely comfortable on the loosest set of hooks, the cups hugged my breasts perfectly and this bra feels amazing to wear.

BM Angle

 

On to the ‚Äútechnical‚ÄĚ ¬†stuff: The lace is backed by sheer mesh for extra support in the cup itself.¬†

BM Inside of Cups

BM Mesh Back

 

The top of the cup is made of the same lace, but the mesh backing is a stretchier material, therefore allowing for the top of the cup to perfectly mould to your upper breasts. The Ewa Michalak site says that this bra is perfect to help hide asymmetry, and that is absolutely true. The image below shows the lace at the top of the cup being stretched.  The image below that shows the lace unstretched.

 Stretched:

BM Lace Stretched

 

Unstretched:

BM Lace not stretched

 

When this bra first came, I could not get over how gorgeous the coral color was in real life, how exquisite the lace pattern was, and to match it with the teal straps and bows? Perfection!!! ¬†(*as a side note, the straps are the same color as Ewa Michalak’s S Kwiaty bra). *Please note that due to different lighting, some images appear to be more pink in tone. The Landrynek¬†is not pink.

 

   BM Lace WingBM Straps and bows

BM Full back

 BM flat

 

I never thought that I would be able wear a gorgeous lace bra without padding and still be able to get this uplifted, round, perky look. Ewa Michalak has made this a reality for me with the 3 part cup construction of this bra. As I understand it, in the larger the cup sizes, there are 4 parts, or sections, to the bra, so that no matter what cup size you are, you are guaranteed to get the classic Ewa Michalak shape that they are known for. This one is a win for me, and I couldn‚Äôt be happier with it! I definitely see more BM styles in my future ūüôā

~Tanzilove

 

Bra Obsessed – Ordering Polish Bras in Canada (and an exclusive discount for you!)

So, you‚Äôre Canadian, eh? There are lots of great things about this great country of Canada.¬†¬†¬† We have Timbits.¬†¬†¬† We invented hockey.¬† We get our milk in bags.¬† We keep Canadian Tire money in our kitchen drawers.¬† We know what a touque is and we own them and wear them sometimes too.¬†¬† ‚Äď and that was just my short form joke list of great things about Canada.

What I want to talk about today though is how to get a fabulous Polish bra right here in Canada.¬†¬†¬† Of course you can order direct ¬†from Poland, but be aware of a few things first:¬† our customs limit, meaning the value of the product that you are entitled to receive before duty charges can be levied, is only $20.00.¬† Obviously, you need to know your bra size in whichever Polish brand you are looking at (it isn‚Äôt the same as your non-Polish size and it is even unique to each company and sometimes even each style within each company).¬†¬†¬† And finally, return postage charges to mail a non-fitting or unwanted item back to Poland aren’t cheap.¬†¬†¬† It all seems pretty risky and daunting.¬† Which is why I‚Äôm so happy to let you know that you can actually order your Polish Ewa Michalak, Comexim and Anna Pardal¬† bras and panties right here in Canada, with free fit advice, hassle-free exchanges and no customs woes ¬†through Canadian based¬†Bra Obsessed. ¬†I have had the pleasure of using ¬†the services of¬†Bra Obsessed¬†since my own Polish bra obsession began. ¬† In fact, I have even been so lucky as to have had¬†Bra Obsessed’s¬†lovely owner Jaimie over to my house on a few occasions and have had the privilege of in-person fitting services, marathon try-ons and sneak peeks at up and coming releases! ¬† In this blog piece, I am giving our readers an opportunity to get to know¬†Bra Obsessed¬†via the following interview with Jaimie.

What influenced you to get into the retail lingerie business? In short: Polish bras!¬† I have always been obsessed with finding a great fit.¬† I have also¬†always been obsessed with pretty things that make you feel great.¬† I have tried hundreds of bras for myself (literally, I really am Bra Obsessed!), but was never truly satisfied with them.¬† When I discovered Anna Pardal, Comexim and Ewa Michalak there was no going back.¬† The fit was exactly what was missing for me and they were so gorgeous.¬† I wanted them all!¬†¬† I would no longer put up with my sad, droopy¬†or boring bras when I could wear these beauties. I was so excited about them that I started telling all of my friends.¬†¬†Soon I was ordering bras for my friends, helping with sizing advice and walking them through the process.¬† They were all so happy with the bras and I was amazed at how women of all sizes really loved them.¬†¬† It wasn’t just my “hard to fit size” (I know, I know, insert sad violin sound here) that worked great with these bras,¬†they worked great for¬†everyone!¬† After a while, word was getting around, and¬†I had people approaching me to help them order a bra.¬†¬† I loved every moment of this. I was, however, frustrated with how expensive it was to send bras back to Poland when¬†they didn’t fit.¬†It was also hard when¬†one style could fit so different than another.¬† I discovered I was very impatient and hated waiting for the bras to be made and shipped.¬† So I decided¬†to follow the advice of my friends and family to¬†jump in and make these brands readily available for Canadians.¬† My goal was to make the whole process quick and easy.¬† Easy to order¬†and get sizing advice. Easy to return or exchange.¬† Also quick to ship because I would keep many styles in stock.

How did Bra Obsessed come to be? Along with the above answers, I credit the support of my husband and friends to push me into this.¬† It was already my passion but I had to hear “you really need to do this for a living!” from several different people before I was confident enough to take the plunge.¬† I was already spending my evenings analyzing fit requests and researching brands, so it seemed right (and exciting)¬†to make my obsession my job.¬† I had seen the need, and I filled it.

How long has Bra Obsessed been open? Bra Obsessed is brand new, having just opened about 8 months ago.

Do you have a storefront, or are you strictly online? I do have a store.  At the moment it is very small, and attached to my home but eventually I plan to grow.  In the meantime, since much of my job is mobile it works great.

How do you find the majority of your customers? Being brand new, most of my customers I get through word of mouth.  I find  that if I put in the extra effort, and let my customers know that I really care, they will tell their friends. I also get many new customers through my bra parties.

What is the best way for potential new customers to get in contact with you? Emailing me is always best (bras@braobsessed.com).  Much of my job (and my life) is on the go but I usually see my emails right away and try to respond as soon as I can.

What makes you stand out from other lingerie retailers? This is a tricky question.¬† First of all, I’m new in the market so who am I to question retailers who have been in business for decades?¬† I would never want to put any retailers down.¬†¬†Honestly though, I really love what I do.¬†¬† I have seen how people light up when they look in the mirror and like what they see.¬† I want every customer to experience this boost.¬† And I work hard to get the perfect fit so that customers can feel this great.¬† I will not sell something to the customer just because they may be willing to buy it.¬† I really do talk customers out of certain purchases.¬† After all,¬†how can they trust me if I let them buy something I know won’t work for them?

What is your favourite thing about your job? Hands down it’s helping people gain confidence.¬† I mentioned this on my website, but time after time I see people put themselves down when they do not fit into their bras.¬† But nothing is wrong with them!¬† Everybody is beautiful in their own way!¬† Most people do not fit into the mainstream sizes sold,¬†and that certainly does not make them weird shaped or misfits.¬† It means that something is wrong with the mainstream lingerie companies! Some of the feedback I have received has really touched me.¬†¬†I have customers tell me how instantly their back and neck problems¬†disappeared when they wore the right size.¬†¬†¬†¬†The ones that touched my heart the most though,¬†are the customers that say they never felt pretty or sexy.¬† Wearing the proper size though, has helped them to love themselves, even to the point of being comfortable calling themselves pretty or sexy.¬†¬† Nothing beats helping people see their own beauty.¬†¬†It is so satisfying! Secondly: If you asked me years ago what my dream job would be, it would be to design lingerie.¬† So to now be heard from Comexim and Anna Pardal in design choices and fit adjustments is FUN!¬† Eventually I would like to design my own line of bras, panties and bikinis, but… baby steps. Third: (I know, I know you asked for one thing, but I seriously love so much about my job!) I now have a legitimate reason to¬†buy all the bras.¬†“I need to sample them all so I can know how they work.¬† It is really¬†for the customers Hun”.¬†¬† I know you fellow Bra¬†Obsessed¬†are a bit jealous of being able to use that reasoning on your husbands, sorry!

What is your favourite thing about the lingerie industry? A¬†¬†whole industry devoted to secret pretty things.¬† How exciting is that!¬†¬†I think wearing a sexy or pretty bra and matching underwear when no one else¬†knows leaves you feeling powerful. It’s¬†your little secret that makes you own your day.

What is the most common question that your customers ask regarding bra fitting and if you are answering online, how do you help to answer the question? What is my Polish size? This is a tricky one because they all fit so differently, even within the same brands. The information I need to help people is the following: What is your snug and relaxed ribcage measurement? Do you prefer a very snug band or a bit more relaxed? What is your overbust measurement while standing up? What is your overbust measurement while leaning over at a 90 degree angle? What are your best fitting bras (size make and model)? What style and colors do you prefer?  Bold or Neutral?  Lined or unlined? Also any pictures of people wearing their best fitting bras helps a lot too.  I completely understand if people are uncomfortable with this.  If they do not want to send a picture that is absolutely fine, we will work around it. It really does help me to figure out their size though.  The picture helps me to see if their current bras have any fit issues, what shape breasts they have, and what styles would be the most compatible for them.

What is the most common problem that you see regarding bra fitting and again, if you are responding online, how do you help to fix the fit problem?  First and foremost I see too large of bands, meaning the customers are carrying the weight of their breasts on their shoulders.  I also see people  bubbling over the cups.  People really need to swoop and scoop, jump around, lean over and shake while they are trying the bra on.  Many people after doing this realize that they need to size up one or two cup sizes from what they would initially buy. These are tricky things to fix online as I need to trust the customers that they are truly testing the bras while they try them on.  That is where it helps when people send pictures of the fit as well.  A picture both from the front and from the side help me to assess.

Tell us about your bra parties and how they work. They are a blast!  They are much different than an average sales party.  They end up just being a fun girls night out.  I start off explaining the basics of fit.  Everyone at the party can come to me one at a time and have a private fitting in a separate room.  Most of the time they can leave with their bra in hand, and the other times I will special order it for them. I offer the host 50% off one bra and 10% of the nights sales towards any other items.   The host will invite 5 Р25 of her friends over who are interested in getting fitted.  I travel anywhere within 1.5 hours from London, Ontario.  Many people come to these parties having no prior education about proper bra fitting and leave feeling much better about themselves and fully supported in their new bras.  This is what I really love about these parties, I get to help so many who would never have asked for bra fitting help in any other situation.  Did I mention we usually also drink wine?  Like I said, these parties are relaxed and above all fun!  (Again, my job is to talk bras while sipping wine???  Pinch me, I must be dreaming!)

What is your favourite thing about Polish bras? The shape of course.¬† I can’t even put on my old droopy¬†east/west facing bras anymore.¬† I am comfortable, I am really uplifted, I have great cleavage, and let’s not forget they are so pretty!¬† No more boring beige domes for me! ¬†Here are a couple of before and after photos to compare the shape of a Polish bra (in this case it is a Comexim in both) vs. the shape of an average UK bra sold at specialty lingerie stores. ¬†The difference is astounding.

before and after clothed.2                                before and after picture

Do you have your own personal favourite Polish bra? If so, who makes it and what is it? Oh that’s so hard to choose.¬† They all have their own benefits in different ways. Anna Pardal has the rich and beautiful fabrics.¬† For Anna Pardal I love my Hibiscus, that fabric is just so beautiful! Comexim is the most comfortable by far.¬† For Comexim I am still partial to my Pantera.¬† It’s been around a while but I still love it. Ewa Michalak padded bras give the highest uplift, and the SM cuts have some very sexy options.¬† For Ewa Michalak I would have to say that it would be a tie between the sexy SM Czarna Mgielka and the new and super fun S Przeplatanki.

Do you have any hot, up and coming tips or advice for our readers? Rats, I wish I had a hot tip!  Comexim has some amazing new bras coming out this fall, but you readers probably already know that. Some advice though: Be aware of size fluctuations.   It is common for breasts to fluctuate even a cup size or two throughout the month.  If this is true of you, it may be beneficial to own a bra in a larger size for these times.  Nobody wants to be stuck with the dreaded quadboob at these times. Also, most people do not have perfectly symmetrical breasts.  It is common to be a whole cup or two bigger on one side.  Again, there is nothing wrong with you, this is normal!  Buy the bra that fits your bigger side and use cookies on the other (not Oreos silly, I knew we were both thinking that!).  Ewa Michalak has quite a few bras that come with asymmetrical pads, and Anna Pardal is now offering bras with inserts to put pads in for this very reason.  So be aware of your size differences, and use the cookies when needed.

What would you like our readers to know about you and your store? Most of all that I really care about finding my customers a great fit.  My bras are shipped from Canada so if you are ordering from Canada you will not be charged any duty and if they are in stock you will get them fast.  I usually ship out the same or the next business day. The more information my customers give me the more I can help them.  I currently have a small run of sizes of the Anna Pardal Hibiscus Classic and the Florence Sophisticate Balconette being made for the store.  So there will not be long waits for Anna Pardal bras either.  If you want to special order a size I can easily add your size to my current order as well.

And readers, now for the exciting part. ¬†¬†Bra Obsessed¬†is generously offering a special discount exclusive to our readers! ¬†Enjoy 10% off your purchase using the code¬†enhanced10, valid until August 21, 2015. ¬†Remember, if you don’t see what you want or your size on the web page, just shoot Jaimie an email at¬†bras@braobsessed.com¬†and she will take care of you promptly. ¬†This could be your chance to get your hands on the beautiful and rarely seen Ewa Michalak SM Wanilla¬†set as seen in my review here! ¬†Happy Shopping!