August 7th, 20120
Nobody likes to see the back of summer, even if it hasn’t been the warmest on record. But one good thing about the coming of autumn is the new collections hitting the high street. If you are a Pepperberry fan, you will be jumping up and down with glee when you see the latest additions. We have a couple of great tops, a fabulous prom dress, a classic shirt (which we shall be raving about at a later date), but for now we will concentrate on four super, stylish, day dresses, all new for autumn.
The Ribbon Waist Dress is the ultimate statement dress. The colour is gorgeous raspberry that will look great on blondes, brunettes & redheads and will be flattering for pale or olive skin. This dress is sleeveless, with a tape trim waist panel and tapered pencil skirt. It has a split shoulder detail and exposed zip, which gives it a fashion edge. Team it with black patent heels and a black cardi, or grey suede knee high boots and grey tailored jacket. For an evening look, try brightly coloured accessories, like electric blue heels and tux jacket.
The Classic Shift Dress is a perfect LBD, it is such a classic shape that it will not date, so you will look great in this, year after year. This dress is a sleeveless shift, available in black, with a lovely waist detail and flattering pleats falling from the waist, creating a lovely tulip shape. The Classic Shift Dress, will be easy to accessorize and will look great with most items already in your wardrobe.
The Ponti Zip Back Dress available in black is a great work-wear dress. It is based on one of our best-selling dresses; it has a scoop neck, ¾ length sleeves and side pockets (that make a feature of the dropped waist). This dress is a very flattering shape and will become a wardrobe staple, if ever you are stuck with what to wear. Team it with a tailored jacket in any colour, black opaque tights & black heels and you have an instant, smart and stylish work look.
The Ponti Colour Block Dress is following the colour block trend that was so popular this spring/summer and is back for autumn/winter. It is available in grey/black, grey, with a black contrast scoop neckline, waist and wide border lining the hem. The Ponti Colour Block Dress is sleeveless and is a classic shift that gently hugs the curves; it is also the perfect length for knee-high boots. Wear with the Notch Neck Cardigan, for a great colour contrast.
August 1st, 20120
It’s the beginning of August, and we are all looking forward to that much longed-for break. It maybe a wild week away with the girls in Ibiza, a family holiday on a Greek Island, a mini-break to Rome with your other half, or a camping holiday on the Cornish coast. Whatever your ideal holiday is, by the time it arrives, it doesn’t take us long to shake off the working week and forget our daily routine. Our daily routine can sometimes feel like Groundhog Day. When we do eventually get time off, wow, do we appreciate it. There is something about a holiday, we laugh more, we eat well and we sleep better. Sleep is essential for our well being, even if you haven’t been sleeping well or don’t get enough hours per night normally, you can catch up on those important ZZZs in a couple of nights. Then there are the lie-ins. You cannot beat a long, lazy, lie-in. Just knowing that you can drop off at night and won’t be rudely awakened by the shrill of your alarm is enough to make you sleep peacefully. That followed by the knowledge that you don’t have to be anywhere, well that’s just pure bliss!
So when you are thinking about that holiday or short break, don’t forget some lovely new nightwear to make you sleep even better. One very important aspect about Bravissimo nightwear is the integral bra support, as the integral bra will improve your quality of sleep, by providing great support and true comfort all night long.
New in from Bravissimo is the Gingham Cami Top by Bravissimo and matching Gingham Crop Pants by Bravissimo. Available in Gingham Floral, these pretty PJ’s are light, made from 100% cotton, these will keep you cool even on the hottest night. The Cami Top has mock gingham covered buttons and the top is cut under the bust, so it is flattering as well as comfortable. The pyjama bottoms are cropped, which is perfect for summer and they are trimmed by a pretty frill and have a drawstring waist.
Also new in, is the Cotton Stripe Nightdress by Bravissimo in white. It is a gorgeous nightdress that you could happily wear to breakfast on a sunny morning in your apartment or villa, it would also be perfect for a romantic getaway with your partner too. This nightdress is also cut under the bust, but with an adjustable draw cord. It has wire-free integral support with bra back fastening, adjustable straps and is made from 100% cotton, so will feel light and airy and super comfortable, when it’s hot and humid. The stripe design is subtle, but stylish and sexy, you may even be tempted to wear it to the beach!
For more gorgeous nightwear like this, from shorts to robes and lots of sale items too, check out Bravissimo.com.
July 25th, 20120
We feel more than justified in writing this next blog piece, because…drum roll… the sun is out! And we wouldn’t dare complain about how hot it is, would we?
A great thing about this time of year apart from the long awaited hot weather, are the sales. The summer sales are in full swing and we all love that feeling of buying something gorgeous, for a fraction of the original price. Pepperberry have some amazing summer buys in store and online, so if you haven’t bought much of a summer wardrobe yet, maybe because the weather has been so wet and miserable, or if you are off on holiday soon and haven’t even thought about your holiday wardrobe then worry not, as Pepperberry has some fabulous summer pieces that will fit the bill perfectly. Here is a small selection of some of our best sale buys.
The Bold Stripe Maxi Dress is a striking maxi and is so on trend but sexy too. It is a great weekend dress, or fantastic holiday dress. It is available in multi (bold stripes) and is made from jersey, so hugs those curves. The crossover deep V-neckline is really flattering for bigger boobs and the cap sleeves work wonders for tops of arms. It comes with a detachable yellow belt. This dress would look great with gladiator sandals or wedges.
The Retro Floral Dress is a fabulous day dress, 1960s vintage inspired, the floral print is loud and proud. This dress is an easy-to-wear empire line, it is fully lined and has black piping detail around the scoop neckline and under the bust. There is mock monochrome button detailing down the back of the dress, which also gives it that authentic sixties look. It’s the perfect everyday summer dress.
The Silk Spot Frill Blouse is such a pretty top and will be a great addition to your summer wardrobe. It is made from 100% silk and is available in multi (dot design in muted tones). This blouse has a deep crossover V-neckline, edged by a pretty ruffle and has a button for you to adjust, if you choose to wear this top lower cut. The Silk Spot Frill Blouse would look great with palazzo pants and platforms or tailored cropped trousers with flat sandals or a flirty skirt and wedges (take your pick!)
The Knot Twist Top comes in gold and coral and is a gorgeous, simple, but sexy daytime top. It is an empire line with twisted detail V-neck, and is super flattering for the boobs, it is very light so is perfect for a summer evening. These vibrant colours will look great with white skinny jeans or Capri pants. The beauty of this top is that it is versatile, great for the day, teamed with shorts, or dress it up for the evening with some statement Pepperberry jewellery, like the Gold Bib Necklace.
Make the most of the warm weather and check out all of Pepperberry’s summer 2012 sale range here.
July 20th, 20120
It wouldn’t be a proper British summer without a good wedding to attend. If you know of anyone getting married this summer, they will have probably tied down most details; the cake, the flowers, the table plan and the dress will be hanging up (covered up) waiting for the big reveal.
When it comes to choosing ‘the dress’ most brides-to-be know the type of dress they are looking for. The most popular style of dress over the last few years has been the strapless fitted bodice, with full skirt. According to a study by TheKnot.com and WeddingChannel.com, 73 per cent of brides last year opted for a strapless design, but thanks to The Duchess of Cambridge and her gorgeous lace & satin Alexander McQueen dress, the trend is now changing. She has influenced a real shift in wedding dress design with brides choosing lace, long sleeves and illusion necklines, all inspired by Kate’s dress. In fact, Kate’s wedding dress is so famous; it even has its own Wikipedia page.
One very important detail not to leave to the last minute is bridal lingerie. It is essential for us Bravissimo ladies to get the underwear right; as we know the bra will make or break the dress, however wonderful it is. So if you are the bride-to-be, we would advise ringing your local Bravissimo store and making a 20 minute appointment with one of our fully trained fitting staff. Here is a taster of some of the stunning bridal lingerie available; there are also plenty of options in the summer sale, so you will find bridal lingerie for all budgets.
The Evie Bridal Bra by Panache available in ivory, is a perfect bra if you have chosen a strapless wedding dress. It is underwired and lightly padded, and has detachable multiway straps for other styles of dresses. If you do wear a strapless gown, it will still offer you fantastic support. This bra is really pretty and feminine, with an antique feel. There are pretty matching briefs and a thong available too.
The Satine Bra by Bravissimo, also available in ivory, is a stunning and luxurious bra. It is a lightly padded plunge and creates amazing shape, but gives great comfort. It would be the perfect choice if your bridal gown has a lower cut neckline. One reviewer said “True to size, made from beautiful light weight material, very soft on the skin and a stunning, yet elegant style”. The Satine Bra is also available to buy with a matching thong or briefs.
For more beautiful bridal lingerie, take a look at Bravissimo.com, and if you are attending a wedding this weekend, or even getting married, Have a fabulous time.
July 16th, 20120
The London Olympics are only ten days away and the sense of expectation is growing. All over the country crowds in their thousands queued to get a glimpse of the Olympic Torch procession, and it was a great way to ensure Scottish, Irish, Welsh and English people feel part of the games. You may have been past the Olympic Park if you live in or near London, it’s hard not to be impressed, as it is truly a spectacular site.
So as we are gearing up for the opening ceremony, we hope, that like us here at Bravissimo, you are feeling inspired by those past and present Great Britons like Dame Kelly Holmes, who has overcome physical illness, injury and depression and went on to win a double gold at the Athens games in 2004. So what makes an Olympian so different to the rest of us? Apart from their physical fitness, it is their self -belief. On her own website, Dame Kelly says: “The lesson I have learned time and time again, is if you want something just go out and get it. For me success is a choice and along the way, there are always disappointments and problems, even mountains to climb. But I always talk in my mentoring and education programmes, about breaking down goals in to smaller steps and making the journey to what you want more achievable.”
What a great mindset to have and something we can apply to our own dreams and ambitions in our daily lives. So while we are watching the Olympics this summer and those amazing people achieve their goals, hopefully it might inspire us all to reach for our dreams, or, if watching all those incredible athletes, just gets us enthusiastic about sport and encourages us to have a go ourselves, well that can’t be a bad thing either. And if you have decided to get fit of fitter this summer, Bravissimo, have some brilliant sports bras that will support you all the way.
July 12th, 20120
It’s vintage inspired swimwear today ladies, with our final ‘Vintage Britain’ Blog.
Swimwear is probably the most important purchase before any holiday as it’s something that you wear all day long, so you need to be comfortable, supported and still look stylish. All the selected styles have a gorgeous British vintage vibe that conjure up images of the British seaside in days gone by…think brightly coloured beach huts, grand architecture, donkey rides and Punch & Judy. However you don’t have to be holidaying in dear old Blighty to fit in with our vintage theme, our Bravissimo swimwear will look stunning on any beach where the sun is shining, from the Isle of Wight to Ibiza.
The Tropical Paradise Bikini Top by Bravissimo (new from Bravissimo) is a gorgeous floral bikini and very similar to a bikini that Brigitte Bardot wore on the beach in Cannes in 1953. This bikini is an underwired halterneck, it’s very flattering for bigger boobs and gets top marks for its shape, support and uplift. It is available in tropical floral, which will look good on any skin tone. It is available to buy with matching swim tie side or swim briefs and if you require more coverage than the bikini top will provide, there is a Tropical Paradise Tankini Top by Bravissimo too.
The Antigua Bikini Top by Pour Moi in aqua dot is also new, and proving very popular already. It’s another super flattering halterneck which has lightly padded cups. It ties at the neck and the cups are edged with a cute frill. It also features a gorgeous central bow, so along with the polka dots it adds to the vintage look. This bikini top will create great curves while offering good support. It comes with matching swim shorts or swim tie side.
The Beach Belle Tankini by Faubourg has a pretty seaside vintage feel. Available in floral/stripe, this tankini combines fabulous, retro style florals with candy stripes. It is an underwired tankini top, with a concealed bra back fastening. It is available with matching swim briefs or swim shorts. One reviewer comments, “I love it, the design is stunning and the material is very good quality. Can’t wait to go on holiday…”
July 9th, 20120
Carrying on with our ‘Vintage Britain’ theme, we promised to bring you more vintage inspired pieces, and today is the turn of lingerie. Bravissimo have some really gorgeous designs, which you could just imagine on glamorous Hollywood stars from its golden era, such as Elizabeth Taylor or Brigitte Bardot.
The Martha Bra by Freya is such a pretty bra; it is available in crystal, in this fabulous allover, butterfly, vintage inspired print. The colours are soft and muted and give this set a delicate look and the cups are trimmed in aqua lace. This bra is an underwired lightly padded half-cup, it offers great support and comfort and will give you a lovely shape, and also available with this bra is matching briefs or shorts.
If you prefer colour to pattern and really want to make a statement, take a look at the Boudoir Beau Bra by Bravissimo, as this is a very sexy vintage inspired set. It is an underwired balconette and is available in neon pink/aqua, which will certainly brighten your day. The beauty of this bra, apart from the on trend vintage styling, is the comfort it offers, as many of our ladies think it is an incredibly comfortable bra, but it also gives you great support. The Boudoir Beau Bra is available to buy with matching thong or shorts.
The Rosa Bra by Masquerade, available in mink spot, is a lovely set. The polka dots give it that classic vintage look, along with the gorgeous shape of this lightly padded plunge. It is made from soft feel fabric and the trim is satin piping, which gives it that luxurious look. The satin piping is also a seaming detail on the cups, which adds to the vintage style of this bra. The bra is simple and sexy and creates great cleavage and a lovely rounded shape. Masquerade fans will love this bra, and it is available with a matching thong or briefs.
The Rhea Bra by Masquerade in antique ice, just embodies glamour and vintage. Made from gorgeous silky satin and trimmed with lace, this is a really stunning set. The Rhea is an underwired, lightly padded balconette, it gives fabulous uplift and creates amazing cleavage and for that extra bit of vintage glamour there is a heart shaped jewel that finishes of this beautiful bra. One reviewer says, “This is an absolutely fantastic bra, really uplifting and very sexy,” another, says, “This is true luxury, it gives you a silhouette to die for!”
July 4th, 20120
With The Jubilee behind us and the Olympics almost here, we are still in celebratory mode and country seems to be honoring everything that’s great about Britain. But not just current events or anniversaries, we are also getting nostalgic for a Britain from years gone by. Bunting sales have never been higher, we are a nation obsessed with cup cakes and home baking, and vintage clothes are hugely sort after, as is vintage crockery. Even plastic toys aren’t good enough anymore, toys based on old wooden designs are must have items and ‘staycationing’ is the new way to holiday. Every evening there are TV programmes about Britain, and its heritage & traditions filling the schedules.
So with that in mind, we would like to bring you some British vintage inspired pieces from our Pepperberry collection. Take a look at Shop By Trend, and then Time For Tea, you’ll find ditsy prints, polka dots and a dash of red white and blue.
Two gorgeous cardis that just sum up that vintage look are the Pointelle Cardigan in navy and the Printed Cardigan in flower print.
The Pointelle Cardigan is a versatile and light cover-up for the summer, and navy is a classic colour, that will look great with a white fitted Tee, but also look fabulous over a coloured summer dress. This cardi, is really flattering, due to the large ribbed waist area, it will hug your curves in all the right places.
The Printed Cardigan is a pretty cardigan that will really liven up plain neutrals. We have had some great reviews about this item, because of the flattering fit, great quality, pretty buttons and lovely floral print. Try it with Pepperberry’s stylish Linen Skirt in Sand, or for a cute summer look, wear with Shimmer Shorts in Gold.
The Frill Front Dress, in Green, is a really pretty vintage style tea dress, it is made from a gorgeous silk cotton blend fabric. It has cute puff sleeves, a ruffle as a centre detail, and a matching waist tie. It is extra flattering over the tummy area and the hips, perfect for a shaped figure. The Frill Front Dress would be a great summer buy, feminine, comfortable and smart, it could be worn for a variety of events and occasions. Team it with some indigo coloured wedges and a denim jacket for a dressed down vintage look, or accessorise it with the Sparkle Wrist Strap Clutch Bag and silver sling back kitten heels, a floral fascinator and a cropped fitted jacket and you have the perfect outfit for a summer wedding.
If vintage lingerie or swimwear is more your cup of tea…keep reading our blogs.
June 28th, 20120
This is the time of year when we bare more flesh, we tend to wax more, use fake tan and moisturize more often. We also might get a bit braver with our clothes and colour choices. The usual grey trousers and black top combo swapped for vibrant patterned maxi dress and fuchsia cardi. We are not so afraid to step out in colour in the summer months and that seems to follow through to our lingerie choices too, white, black and flesh tones are replaced by bright, punchy and ‘in your face’ colours.
If you are not yet a convert of bright lingerie, read on…Vibrant colour gives you an instant lift when you wear it, it’s flattering for all skin tones with or without a tan, a coloured bra strap showing through a top, can coordinate with your outfit and look stylish. And if you ever need to strip off in public, you will look utterly gorgeous in your coloured set. Bravissimo have some amazing new brights in our collection that will definitely make you feel more Bollywood then Brentwood. Take a look at some of our favourite sets.
The Linear Rose Bra by Bravissimo is an underwired full cup and is based on the Melrose shape that our Bravissimo ladies love! This bra will offer you more coverage and great support. It is available in mouthwatering raspberry, with coordinating embroidery and it is finished off with contrasting teal patterned bows. It is available to buy with matching deep briefs or a thong.
The Thea Bra by Bravissimo is available in zesty lemon and it comes with matching briefs or thong. It is an underwired plunge and is simple, but really pretty and will give you a lovely rounded shape and also a bit of uplift. Our reviewers already love this bra for its firm fit, gorgeous shape and comfort. One reviewer described it as ‘Sunshine on a rainy day’.
The Tanzania Stripe Bra by Bravissimo is a fabulous looking bra, it is an underwired half cup, and is available in teal/iris in contrasted animal print. It is based on the Demi Diva and Rococo Charm and creates a lovely shape and amazing uplift, a really stunning set and it’s available with shorts or a thong.
We have mentioned the Mai Blossom Bra by Bravissimo before, but it definitely deserves another mention, as it is so vibrant in this Red/Mango print. The Mai Blossom is an underwired balconette and offers super fit and great support. It is available with shorts or thong. Our reviewers love it, for its comfort and shape, one customer commented, “Possibly the most comfortable bra I’ve ever had – no lace under the boobs to irritate, the fabric is really soft”.
June 24th, 20120
Not long to the Oympics now. If you have tickets you may have finalised your travel and accommodation plans and are probably already getting quite excited about this once in a lifetime event. London will be a very different place to live and work, as everybody will be caught up in Olympic fever.
To try to get us all in the mood for a summer of sport, different companies are running incentives and British Gas is one of those companies. They are offering everyone free swimming, regardless of whether they’re a British Gas customer or not. Find the offer at www.britishgasswimming.co.uk then all you have to do is:
- Find a pool near you
- Choose your offer
- Enter your details
- Confirm your swim
You will be eligible for up to two or three free swims per voucher, depending on which pool you choose. You can also take the kids too, as the offer allows two children per voucher. There are also plenty of other offers to choose from like:
Free Aqua Tots – one adult or carer and one child for two free sessions
- Free Aqua Aerobics – one adult for two free sessions
- Free Taster Lesson – one adult or one child one free session (which is good if you want to regain your confidence in the water)
This offer expires on the 30th August, so you have plenty of time to get your free swim in!
And if our Bravissimo ladies need an extra reason to go for a dip, the health benefits are enormous. Swimming is a great way to tone up your whole body, it’s low impact, kind to your joints, and it is a great calorie burner. Bravissimo have some fantastic sports swimwear, that will support your boobs, feel comfortable on, look great, and make you feel full of confidence (in and out of the pool).
The Brisbane Wire-Free Swimsuit by Zoggs is new and has already had some great reviews, it is wire-free and includes integral bra support, it is made from high performance PBT polyester, so will wash well swim after swim and still look great. It is available in black coral.
The Premiere Panelled Sports Swimsuit by Speedo is very flattering with contrasting racer panels down each side. It is an underwired swimsuit with clasp back fastening and chlorine resistant fabric. One of our reviewers comments that this swimsuit has improved her swimming: “I can now swim properly and quickly, whereas before my breasts used to sway from side to side! Would greatly recommend.”
Check out Bravissimo.com for more great performing swimsuits.