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Stylish Swimwear for Women With Fuller Busts

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Stylish Swimwear for Women With Fuller Busts

Summer holidays! One of the first things that pop into my head is swimwear. Sea, sun, pool and sandy beach – these words bring me so much joy. I end up packing more swimwear than I need in my suitcase before anything else, after all, they don’t take up so much space and don’t weigh much either. So here is my recommendation on Stylish Swimwear for Women With Fuller Busts.

Figleaves have been my go-to for pretty much everything they offer- from swimwear to lingerie.

Along with a lot of other brands, Figleaves also do their own range of swimwear. As summer and summer holiday plans are underway, let’s talk swimwear sizes and some of my favourite styles offered by Figleaves for busty women like myself.

>Read my previous post on Figleaves lingerie here <

Swimwear Sizing

As a woman with fuller busts, finding the right size of swimwear just like lingerie is important to me and for my self-confidence. Figleaves offer their own range of swimwear with sizes up to H cup. This means you don’t have to compromise on a style, comfort and fit when opting for swimwear. This is great news for busty women because the fashion industry in general hardly caters to us or women with non-conventional body shapes.

Now, let’s talk stylish swimwear for women with fuller busts…

Two Piece / Bikini

A style I’ve grown to love. I like a little drama, add some frills, plain or patterned top, paired with high waisted bottoms.

Stylish Swimwear for Women With Fuller Busts
Underwired Halter Bandeau Bikini
Wearing: FIGLEAVES Juno Luxe Underwired Halter Bandeau Bikini
Wearing: FIGLEAVES Juno Luxe Underwired Bandeau Shaping Swimsuit

Classic One Piece/Swimsuit

Everyone needs a classic one piece. They are versatile and can be worn as a bodysuit.

The classic one-piece/swimsuit was my go-to when I was a lot less confident about my body. They are still my go-to on days that I want to keep things simple or for pool or beach activities. I feel a lot more secure in a swimsuit.

Stylish Swimwear for Women With Fuller Busts
Black One piece swimsuit
Wearing: FIGLEAVES Icon Faro Underwired Mesh Shaping Swimsuit
Black swimsuit

The Bandeau

The Bandeau does something magical to the cleavage and clavicles. They look very flattering on the upper region and I am an advocate for this style. Either as a two piece or one piece, plain, patterned or very dramatic. With regular clothing and big busts, bandeaus may be tricky but as swimwear, they are great.

Stylish Swimwear for Women With Fuller Busts

This post post was sponsored by Figleaves

Beauty: What’s New In My Makeup Bag For Spring

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Spring is the beginning of a new season, and a good Spring cleaning is always a good idea. I haven’t done a beauty update in a long while, so, let’s talk new Spring makeup.

As it happens, this is the first Spring I’ve actually visited my makeup bag and pushed the refresh button. I generally tend to replace things when they run out and re-use the same products. This season, I decided to try a few new brands and products- some intentionally and others coincidentally.

Press play to see what’s new in my makeup bag this Spring.

 

If you like this video, also check out How To Add An Extra Glow To Everyday Makeup

Luxury Staycation in London | Duke’s Hotel Mayfair

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A staycation is something I hardly ever get to do, can’t remember when last I had one…

If you remember this post How to transition your bedroom from summer to winter & Luxury Bedroom with Juliette’s Interiors, it was a challenge from Juliette’s Interior to design my dream luxury bedroom using some of their products. As it happened, they liked my post and I won the competition.

To cut the story short, they organized an overnight stay for 2, including breakfast at the Duke’s Hotel in Mayfair. I slotted in a suitable date and I dragged my husband along with me.

Duke's Hotel Mayfair

Duke’s Hotel Mayfair

A boutique hotel tucked right in the heart of Mayfair. A walking distance from Green Park and Piccadilly Circus so location is perfect if you want to get about and see a bit of London.

Promptly checked in at 2pm, set for a chilled time at the hotel and a little wander around London later in the day.

They do an amazing bottomless brunch from 12-4pm on Saturdays and Sundays, considering I was there on a Saturday, this is something I would have loved to experience, but, sadly I missed out on it as we only finally got to settle in just after 3ish. An hour will be way too short to have tea, sit back and take it all in. Maybe some other time perhaps. 

The room

Very cosy and comfortable, perfect for an overnight stay. Just think you are on a business trip or stop over and you want somewhere very descent to rest for the night. Or perhaps just in need of a staycation like myself. I must say, I fell in love with the marble bathroom.

Breakfast

Something I look forward to every time I stay in a hotel, it’s usually the highlight of my experience. If it’s good, then everything is perfect and I can say I’ve had an amazing time.

We went for breakfast pretty early as my husband had lots to do the next day. The breakfast room (GBR) is absolute perfection and the service we had was great. So, for breakfast, I had a delightful Smoked salmon, scrambled egg brioche and it was phenomenal. It was nicely washed down with a beetroot, apple, ginger and carrot juice which wasn’t half as bad either. I regret not having enough time to experience the bottomless brunch even more after the amazing breakfast :(.

Also, they do afternoon tea which I presume would be good too, judging by their breakfast. Definitely on my ‘to do list’ with my girls sometime.

Here is a short room tour video…

But all thanks to Juliette’s Interior for choosing me as the winner of their challenge and for organizing the staycation at Duke’s Hotel.

A weekend In Paris | 3 Things That Made Me Fall In Love With Paris on This Trip

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A Weekend In Paris. After my third visit, I can now officially say ‘I GET IT’. I love Paris.

So, you might ask what made me change my mind? What made me finally fall in love with Paris? Well, it took a long weekend, prior visits have been short and sweet, never enough time to discover or do enough. This time was different. I’ll tell you 3 things that made me fall in love with Paris on this visit.

Weekend In Paris
The Hotel

Hotel Le Cinq Codet, the most luxury and chic boutique hotel I’ve ever stayed in Paris. Where you stay in Paris matters A LOT! Le Cinq Codet is so well located and easily accessible. Closest metros are École Militaire, La Tour-Maubourg and Invalides. Walking distance to Rue de l’Université which leads to the Eiffel Tower, approximately 15 minutes walk to Pont Alexandre III bridge which is one of the ‘IT’ places to take instagramable pictures. These are just a few pros for a blogger like myself, I’ll come back to the hotel again in a bit… 

Exploring Paris & Site Seeing

Exploring the city by day and by night and discovering new things to do. I got around Paris by Metro and a lot of walking like never before. With the hotel so centrally located, it was great. I personally don’t think you can get to know a city well until you commute by yourself, get lost and then find your way back…am I right?

So, here are bits from my personal ‘handwritten’ journal. I don’t know if anyone else keeps a travel diary. Someday I want to open those pages and be filled with pleasant memories…

– Took the metro from La Tour-Maubourg to Grands Boulevards walks to Galeries Lafayette. Stops for coffee breaks, spoilt for choices with cafes.

– Evening stroll to from hotel to Saint-Germain for dinner. Ended up in a little Italian restaurant. Wished I could tell you exactly where as the food was so good. Had the biggest portion of Tiramisu for dessert.

– The Eiffel from different angles. I’m a tourist, I’m allowed. Shots from the rooftop at Galeries Lafayette and Rue de l’Université.

– Walked from Notre Dame to Le Marais for some for some falafel and back to the hotel along the river.

– Metro to Concord, candy floss by the Ferris wheel. Walked along Rue Saint Honoré to Palais Royal. Lots of vintage stores (must when next in Paris). Stopped at Cafe Kitsune, highly recommend the Yuzu and Honey tea 🙂

Taking Instagramable Pictures

As a blogger, you see picture opportunities everywhere. I might have mentioned this already, but the obvious and most popular on Instagram currently are; the Eiffel fromRue de l’Université (to be honest, every angle of the Eiffel is perfect), Louvre from Café Marly, find yourself a seat at Café de Flore when it’s not so busy for potentially the prettiest picture of ‘Cafe Paris’ ever (if not other Cafes would do too). There are lots of cute spots, roads and places that are picturesque, the french windows and terraces get me all the time. On my next visit, I would love a to have a terrace with a view of the Eiffel.Weekend In Paris

Weekend In Paris. View from the roof terrace at galeries lafayette

Weekend In Paris. View from the roof terrace at galeries lafayette

Things I would love to do on my future trips include SHOPPING. I’ve always dreamed of buying my first Chanel bag in Paris. Definitely fashion exhibitions. Apparently, there is always a worthy fashion exhibition in Paris, I missed out on the Alaïa exhibition in Paris, but that’s because I know there will be one in London from May to October. Art gallery and museums are also something my hubby loves, so perhaps we could do that together.

Le Cinq Codet

Breakfast In Bed. Le Cinq Codet

Breakfast In Bed. Le Cinq Codet

Back to the hotel. When on holiday, either on a city break or beach get-away, for me, where I call ‘home’ needs to have a huge element of comfort that I get in my actual home. It’s not so much about the appearance, it’s the ‘feel’.

With a spacious duplex room with high ceilings and beautiful deco, I was willing to spend my entire time in Paris lazying around in my room. With all facilities in check, spa and gym (to burn off the extra carbs from all the food consumed), it felt like I had everything at my fingertip. I leave you with this short clip.

*This post contains a review, but all opinions are my own