September 2nd, 20150
All things bright and blue-tiful!!
To kick off our fabulous new competition we’re bringing you some great recipes and fantastic new styles.
This is Satine in Bloom, fans of this style love this in its many colours and prints, we hope you love this new navy print – it’s perfect as an alternative to black!
The lightly padded plunge style is perfect for lower cut tops and gives you great cleavage!
Our recipe this week is Blueberry and Lemon Friands!
The Grandad of the superfood trend, this cute little North American fruit packs a powerful nutritional punch.
Blueberries are a good source of vitamin K. They also contain vitamin C, fibre, manganese and other antioxidants (notably anthocyanins).
Valued for its high levels of antioxidants, some nutritionists believe that if you make only one change to your diet, it should be to add blueberries!
What better way than to add it in to a cake?!
The friand is an Australian creation which is based on the French patisserie,the financier. The fresh lemon gives these sweet treats a zesty finish.
You can read more about my other recipes here
185g unsalted butter
6 medium egg whites
225g icing sugar
75g plain flour
125g ground almonds
Finely grated zest of two unwaxed lemons, plus 2tbsp of lemon juice
Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas mark 6, putting in a baking sheet to warm.
Melt the butter over a low heat.
Using a pastry brush, generously brush a 12-bun muffin or friand tin with some of the butter.
In a mixing bowl, whisk the egg whites until they are foamy. They don’t have to form peaks, you just want them frothed up.
Sieve over the icing sugar and plain flour and scatter over the almonds, lemon zest and juice and blueberries. Fold them in with a spoon, then mix in the rest of the butter until it is completely combined into the batter.
Divide equally into the tins, then place in the oven on top of the baking sheet. Cook for around 20 minutes until they are lightly browned on top. These are best eaten on the day they are made.
September 1st, 20150
In the last blog we talked about nursing bras and we hope you found it helpful if you have just had your baby or are nearing the end of your pregnancy. But what if you have just found out you are pregnant and need a maternity bra? Firstly ‘Congratulations’ and secondly, please read on as this article is for you.
Did you know that one of the first signs of pregnancy is tender and swollen boobs? As early as eight weeks into your pregnancy you may find your usual bra just does not fit anymore, and you may need to consider a maternity bra. It is a good idea to get yourself measured early on in your pregnancy, and remember your boobs will carry on changing, your bump will get higher and your rib cage will expand, so you may need to get yourself measured a few times during those nine months.
So, what makes a good maternity bra? Firstly it’s a matter of choice, whether you opt for wires or soft cups. You don’t have to wear a soft cup bra and can continue wearing an underwired bra. A maternity bra with wires will offer you more support and shape, but it has to fit you well. The wires in the centre, under your boobs and under your arms have to sit flat next to your skin, if they are riding out then the bra is not for you. Be aware to monitor how the bra feels, if wires start to feel uncomfortable during your pregnancy, consider switching to a non-wire style.
A soft cup style is more forgiving; you may get more wear out of a soft cup maternity bra then an underwired style.
For both styles, make sure the back band does not ride up, it needs to sit horizontally. Make sure you can’t get your hand easily under the back band, if you can, you need to go down in the back size. You should not be able to slip the shoulder straps off your shoulders easily, nor should they be digging in.
With underwired styles and soft cup styles, the cups should fully cover your boobs; there should be no spilling out. Also be aware that with soft cup styles the cups will sit higher, as they have to provide support without wires.
Super comfortable and also offering great shape for a soft cup bra, this will become an essential bra for your pregnancy. The Sadie Soft Cup Bra by Royce offers X-STATIC (silver polyamide) within the fabric, which is antibacterial, anti odour and themo regulating, so it will keep you comfortable and cool.
You won’t find a prettier maternity bra than the Sophie Soft Cup Bra by Panache. Made from the softest jersey, it has received rave reviews for its comfort and offers great support even though it is a soft cup and it goes up to a J cup. It also gives a lovely shape, so it really does tick all the boxes as a great maternity bra.
If you are a fan of soft cup maternity bras, then the Charlotte Soft Cup Bra by Royce will not disappoint. We have been told that this will keep your boobs supported and in place. A comfortable and pretty bra that will see you right through your pregnancy. And if you choose to breastfeed, you can buy the Charlotte as a nursing bra too.
Mums-to-be, what do you think of our selection of maternity bras?
If we have we missed anything, please leave your comments, or visit our maternity & nursing bra guide for even more information. And for any bra fitting advice during your pregnancy, ring 01926 459 859 for a fitting over the phone or pop into one of our stores for a full fitting service.
September 1st, 20150
Image: Brigitte Bardot
Believe it or not, the history of the bikini is a short one. The bikini has only been around since 1946! A Parisian engineer, turned lingerie designer, Louis Réard, invented it. Réard named this tiny piece of swimwear, after the nuclear tests on ‘Bikini Atoll’ in the Pacific Ocean, which was apt, as the bikini certainly caused a major explosion throughout the world.
At first, the designer could not even convince Parisian models of the time to wear his creation. A French dancer called Micheline Bernardini was the only woman willing to wear it and it was showcased for the press in Paris in the same year.
Still, the bikini was slow to catch on; it was seen as ‘improper’ and was banned from beaches, public spaces, and even beauty contests in many countries around the world. Brigitte Bardot was one of the first actresses to wear one on film, in 1952 in ‘Manina, the Girl in the Bikini’. She was only 17 years old and the film was highly controversial because of her appearance in her bikini. She was photographed wearing a bikini off screen too and probably has done more for the bikini’s image than any other actress worldwide.
Image: Ursula Andress
The bikini gained popularity when other actresses started to follow suit and by the sixties it was becoming more commonplace. In 1962, Ursula Andress, played Honey Rider in James Bond’s Dr No. She appeared wearing an ivory bikini walking out of the sea, with knife and shell in hand and an iconic image of the bikini was captured. From then on, every style of bikini has become fashionable, from large brief styles with balconette bra tops, to tiny string bikinis and thongs.
Now that you know your bikini history, check out our new styles and dive right in!
The Tribal Trax bikini, pops with bright and citrus colours, combine that with the geometric print and you will certainly stand out on the beach in this style. It is a lightly padded balconette, so it will give you a lovely rounded shape, plus comfort. It’s so on trend, that when you have finished relaxing in the sun, you could wear it with a white sheer beach cover-up and denim shorts and you instantly have a cool evening look to party the night away. You can also mix and match this style with the Deco swim range, in pink or black.
The Aruba Bikini Top by Bravissimo, is an underwired lightly padded plunge bikini top. The light padding gives extra confidence and amazing cleavage, but it will still offer you comfort and support all day on the beach. The feather print is a lovely addition and contrasted with the red straps and central bow, you will feel
stylish, fun and flirty in the Aruba bikini. It also comes with two styles of swim briefs for different looks.
What do you think of our new bikini styles? Please leave your comments.
August 25th, 20150
For many of us a holiday is the one time we can relax with a book so choosing the right one is important. Most of us grab the opportunity when we can to read, trying to squeeze it in to our busy lives, but on our holiday we can immerse ourselves completely in a good book. So do you want to challenge yourself with a complex plot or chill out with something light? The choice is yours.
Some people will choose a holiday book set in the location they’re visiting or written by a local author; others want to read something big as a holiday is when they have the time to get through it; others, meanwhile,will stick with tried and tested genres they know they enjoy. Remember to get the best holiday reading experience you need to finish the book whilst on holiday.
Whatever you choose, a holiday book is always a bit special. Reading a good novel in a beautiful location can mean you remember exactly where you read it for a long time, possibly even forever. A good holiday book is the perfect way to make your holiday experience truly complete.
These are some of the bestselling books of this summer so far.
Top of the list is Harper Lee’s long-awaited, Go Set a Watchman, set in the 1950’s and featuring some of the characters from her previous novel, the classic To Kill a Mockingbird.
L. James has repeated her success of 2012 with her fourth book, Grey. This time the story is told from the point of view of Christian Grey.
The Girl on the Train – This debut novel from Paula Hawkins is a thriller with many twists and turns and a best seller for this summer.
Us by David Nicholls is the follow up to the incredibly successful One Day. So is it as good? This one is different, a bit darker, but an easy read and a perfect holiday book.
We would love to hear about your favourite holiday books and your memories of where you read them. Also, do share with us the way you choose your holiday books and anything good you have read this summer in the comments.