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reasons to be cheerful

What a wet week! Just when we thought it couldn’t rain anymore, it did and then it rained some more. In fact, a whole month’s rain in two days in some parts of the country. Our mood maybe a wee bit damp just like the weather, so here are two reasons to smile and start your Friday off on the right note…it’s nearly the weekend and it’s payday…Hurrah. The weekend means a lie-in (hopefully), copious amounts of tea or coffee, relaxing in front of Saturday night TV, (a whole night’s viewing and you don’t have to use your brain once) and maybe a bit of socialising.

The weekend is a great opportunity to catch up with friends. We all lead extremely busy lives and sometimes the most important things on our to do list get pushed to the bottom, making way for seemingly more urgent things, like washing the dog or cleaning out the fridge. And one of the most important things is to spend time with the people we love and love to be around. Something as simple as going shopping with a friend is time well spent, and most of us don’t do enough of it.

Primrose Bra

Primrose Bra

As women, we tend to rush around sorting out everyone else, but neglect time spent on ourselves. So if you do one thing this weekend, arrange to see your friends. As teenage girls we practically lived around each others houses and our friends were the most important people in our lives, but as we get older and build careers and have families, our mates take a back seat. So those friends that you haven’t spoken to for ages, why not text or give them a ring and those friends that live near enough, why not arrange a day out with them? You could plan a shopping trip or visit an art gallery, or both if you are feeling energetic. And if you are stuck for what to do, why not pop into one of our stores, and you both could have a bra fitting, if you haven’t had one in while. Ring ahead and book a 20 minute consultation with one of our trained fitters.

You will also get to see our some of brand new lingerie styles for summer. They are utterly gorgeous, like the Primrose Bra by Bravissimo, based on the shape of the bubbles bra, it is a combination of polka dots and floral embroidery. Available in white/lemon, it is so fresh, it will give you an instant summery feeling and it might even make you part with some of your hard earned cash.

However you choose to spend the weekend Ladies, enjoy yourselves and don’t forget your brollies!


The nights are drawing in, the days are chillier and summer is just a distant memory. What’s there to be cheery about? Well it’s the start of the weekend, many of us are planning our Friday night outfits, and the rest of us are planning our Friday night TV viewing. Its Saturday tomorrow, and therefore a great opportunity to put the stresses and strains of the week behind you and catch up with friends.

Naomi Bra by Freya

Naomi Bra by Freya

Many of us head to the high street for a bit of retail therapy with our girlfriends, as us girls bond over shopping, like men bond over football or rugby. And you don’t have to spend a fortune to have a great day; it’s more about the browsing and chatting than about how much you spend.

There definitely a buzz at this time of year on Britain’s high streets, it is perfect weather to amble and comfortable temperatures to shop in. Christmas is still quite a way off, so the high street is quiet in comparison to the shopping frenzy that takes place in the weeks prior to the 25th December. If you are super organised you could even start your Christmas shopping early, so you have nothing more to do except enjoy yourself in the run up to the big day.

If you happen to be in the vicinity of your local Bravissimo store, pop in and say hello. One of our consultants would be happy to show you some of the lovely new styles of lingerie that have just come in, like the gorgeous Naomi Bra by Freya. For Freya fans out there, you will know that it gives amazing rounded and upfront shape and the new dogtooth print in noir gives it a formal, grown up look, and the contrast with black and fuchsia lace gives it a sexy, sassy, twist.

While you are shopping at Bravissimo, take a look at our Pepperberry range as they would make great Christmas gifts. We have some stylish accessories including our Driving Gloves. These are available in two colours, pink and black and are made from genuine leather; they are totally on trend and would make a great pressie for a sister or a friend.

Also you can’t go wrong with the Ombre Scarf, available in black/grey, which makes it easy to wear with any colour winter coat. A perfect choice for Mum if you are stuck for ideas.

So ladies, whatever you do, have a great Saturday and if you are heading to your high street, don’t forget to visit us at Bravissimo.


Brighton beach

Brighton beach

We know it’s only Wednesday, but the schools are shut and this time of year is always extra busy, so the middle of the week is an acceptable time to start planning the weekend ahead.

There are many great towns and cities in Britain (outside London) that are perfect for a day’s shopping; Leeds, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Manchester, Cambridge and Brighton to name but a few. So why not indulge yourself and round up a couple of girlfriends and plan a day away? If you have children you could leave them with your partner (get him involved!). Sometimes school holidays can be more stressful and exhausting, so a break and a change of scenery to recharge your batteries will make you feel re-energized as you tackle the rest of the holidays. If you are single, just pick up the phone, your friends will be glad that someone has taken the initiave to organize something.

As its summer, let’s take a closer look at the city of Brighton and Hove on the south coast. Prince Regent made the area fashionable after his first visit in 1783; he fell in love with Brighton and went on to commission the building of The Royal Pavilion. In 1841 with the arrival of the railway, Brighton was more accessible to Londoners, it attracted many day trippers, the town was also known as a health resort, as the seawater was thought to bring many health benefits. Brighton is often known as ‘London by the Sea’, as it is just 50 minutes train journey from Victoria. Its population is made up of students from all over the world, young families and famously has a vibrant gay scene.

You will not get bored in Brighton, there is plenty to do. If you are there early enough you could have a delicious breakfast at Bill’s Produce Store (The Depot, 100 North Road), or for a traditional ‘greasy spoon’ you could go to Cafe Motu (6 Trafalgar Street), a no frills café that serves a fantastic English breakfast.

Then you could take a slow amble through the North Laines, and look at all the amazing independent shops selling vintage clothes, baby clothes, lovely homewear and beautiful jewellery. You could then book yourself in at The Treatment Rooms (New Road), a beauty salon and day spa. They offer all sorts of lovely treatments like a Swedish massage or an aromatherapy facial. You could then have a spot of lunch at Dermot O’Leary’s Fishy Fishy Seafood Brasserie (East Street).

After lunch you could pop into our Bravissimo store (North Street) and have a bra fitting from one of our experienced fitting consultants. If the sun is shining, and it usually is, there’s no better place to be. Give it a go this summer – and do pop in to our store to say hello!

What a difference a daylight saving makes

British Summer Time begins!

British Summer Time begins!

 Last weekend end the clocks ‘sprung’ forward and officially marked the start of British Summer Time. (Hopefully you remembered and were not too confused when your smart phone changed automatically but the regular clocks did not). And boy, what a difference it makes. It’s not quite as light when we wake up which doesn’t make too much difference when we’re bleary eyed until the second caffeine fix at the earliest. What does make a huge difference however is how light the nights are. It’s now light when we get home from work which makes us feel like doing things after work instead of simply slinking into our comfy clothes and staying in. Besides, we stayed in all winter so are ready and raring to make the most of the milder weather and light evenings.

 So how will you make the most of the lighter nights? You could arrange to meet up with the friends you haven’t seen for a while and go out for dinner, the lighter nights will make your evening feel extended and not cut them short by everyone wanting to rush home as soon as the sun goes down. You could start a class, evening classes are great for those little things you might always wanted to have tried but never got round to; a new language; a new skill; a cookery course or even a dance class. With all this extra energy buzzing around why not put it to good use? The ever looming summer has started a health kick in the Bravissimo office and at homes and offices up and down the country to get fit for the beach. If you’re not a gym bunny however you can still look fabulous in Bravissimo swimwear with its figure flattering shape and boob boosting features in a range of bikinis, tankinis and swimsuits to suit every style. For a great look on the beach without the strict diet and extreme exercise regime!