August 31st, 20120
If you saw the opening ceremony of the Olympics back in July, you might have noticed that Sir Tim Berners-Lee took a central role, sending a text message to the audience which was then projected around the stadium. Tim Berners-Lee is a British computer scientist and the inventor of the ‘World Wide Web’.
We may underestimate what an impact one man has had on our everyday lives, however day to day has become much simpler in many ways. We can effectively take our office anywhere we go now, we can watch movies on long journeys, we can send emails, communicate with friends and people we’ve never met on Facebook and make comments on Twitter and more importantly… we can SHOP (you can’t argue with genetics!). And, what is even more amazing, we can do all of this on our mobile phone, who would have thought even ten years ago that all this would be possible!
Browsing and shopping online via a smartphone has definitely made our lives easier. Picture these scenarios:
- It’s your best friend’s wedding at the weekend and you’ve nothing to wear and no time to go into town
- Your toddler (or partner!) screams at the top of their voice every time you enter a shop
- You are constantly travelling with work and never in one place for too long
- You working night shifts, so the shops are closed when you are awake
Whatever your shopping predicament is, online shopping on your smartphone could be the answer.
Well, good news ladies! Bravissimo’s website in all its glory, is now optimised for your smartphone, so now you buy all your favourite styles and be first to check out new additions to the autumn collection, like the utterly gorgeous Marcie Bra by Cleo.
Enjoy the weekend ladies and happy shopping, wherever you may roam. Please type in Bravissimo.com on your mobile browser, and tell us what you think!
August 21st, 20120
We are so excited here at Bravissimo. Yes we do love the summer sale, but we cannot wait to feast our eyes on the new autumn collection and there are some utterly gorgeous, new lingerie sets for next season. It seems wrong when it has been so warm recently to concentrate on autumn, but our new sets are not a total departure from summer style. Who says that just because autumn is on its way that we have to ditch the colour and give up print? Our new collection features exciting prints, fresh and clean colours and bright and sexy mid-tones all highlighted by gorgeous styles.
The Princess Bra by Curvy Kate is very pretty, but also makes a bold statement as it comes in vibrant teal. It is an underwired balconette, this style has been a real favourite of our Bravissimo ladies, so we have brought it back! The combination of sheer dot and opaque dot gives this set a sexy edge and is finished off with pale pink bows. Even though it is a delicate looking bra, don’t be fooled, the Princess is still incredibly supportive. It is available to buy with matching thong or shorts.
The Darcy Bra by Cleo is fantastically stylish. It’s the cute heart print in navy, red and white and the contrast of the trims and details that make this set stand out. The cups are trimmed with red lace and the straps are made from textured navy ribbon. The cups are lightly padded, and come as a half-cup, this style is similar to the very popular ‘Juna’ and ‘Ellie’ bras and we are sure you will love it just as much. It is available to buy with deep briefs or a thong.
Wow…is a good description of the Hatty Bra by Freya. This bra creates amazing curves and cleavage. Our Bravissimo ladies may recognise this style, as it is based on the Deco shape. It is an underwired moulded plunge which gives this bra its incredible boob uplift. It is available in duck egg with a small pinstripe pattern. It is finished off with button detailing, which also appears on the matching shorts and briefs.
For more new styles of luscious lingerie like these, pop into your nearest store or check out bravissimo.com.
August 16th, 20120
There have been some amazing moments over the summer months, and cherished memories that will be with us for some time to come. The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Olympics and the Paralympics (still yet to come) have put the UK on the map again and there has been a great feeling of celebration and optimism all over the country.
We are extremely proud and (just a wee bit surprised) that Great Britain did so well in the Olympics and there were some real inspirational moments within the games, for instance Tom Daley’s celebration on winning his bronze medal, anyone would have thought he had won a gold! And winning a medal not long after losing his beloved father. Mo Farah, from a humble start in Somalia, we all hoped he would win the 5,000 metres after winning 10,000 metres, but we didn’t quite believe he could, but he did. Then there was Gemma Gibbons, fighting on in the Judo final with a broken thumb and the iconic moment when she looked to the heavens on qualifying for the final to tell her late mother that she loved her.
This amount of triumph over adversity just shows us that anything can be achieved if you put your mind to it. So over the next few weeks, why not think of what you would like to achieve by this time next year, it may something big like a new job, or moving abroad, or it could be learning a musical instrument, or a foreign language, you may want to come and work at Bravissimo! We may not all be the next Jess Ennis, but everyone can set achievable goals and reach them.
August 12th, 20120
Today is the last day of The Olympics and that makes us sad. What exactly did we do with our time before we got caught up in this whirlwind of excitement, tension and medal ceremonies? What’s next on the agenda and what else do we have to look forward to? Well, judging by reports, a record number of us will be flying off tomorrow to summer destinations from all over the UK, and that’s not including the tired and achy athletes going home. So if your summer holiday is still to come and you have yet to start that dreaded packing (how is a girl going to fit 10 pairs of shoes into a 15 kilo bag?). Here’s our Holiday Wardrobe Checklist to take the stress out of packing.
- 1 pair rubber soled shoes like flip flops are essential, those pebbles can hurt and the sand is hot (leave these behind and you will be doing the classic “I forget my flip flops hopping dance” all the way from the sea).
- 1 sarong
- 1 white cotton or linen oversized shirt (great as a beach cover-up) like the Linen Roll Sleeve Shirt in white
- 1 hat (foldable would be good)
- 2 pairs of Sunglasses (in case you lose one)
- 1 pair of light wedged shoes (for the evenings)
- 1 pair of flat sandals (for sightseeing)
- 5 dresses, 2 for the beach and 3 for evening, like the Tribal Full Skirt Dress in multi and the Lurex Swing Dress in lemon (can be dressed up or down)
- 1 maxi dress, try the Floral Embellished Maxi Dress in black/pink (perfect for the evening)
- 1 pair of tailored shorts, like the Shimmer Shorts in gold, to wear with…
- 1 jersey top, like the Twist Jersey Top in white (again, can be worn day or night)
- 1 stylish swimsuit, like the Carabero Swimsuit by Bravissimo, available in amethyst or, if you are a bikini girl, the stunning Callisto Bikini Top by Masquerade Beachwear, with matching Swim Briefs or Swim Tie Sides in burnt orange
- And don’t forget your favourite Bravissimo lingerie!
If you are going away soon, have a fabulous time. If not, you can bask in the glow of all those gold medals. Well Done Team GB.
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…”