I'm so excited to announce that Honeypot has moved from New Road to Main North Road in Clare, South Australia; very exciting! We opened this past Monday (7th Jan) and it was full on, but wonderful.
It's so nice to be able to be more accessible for customers and to actually have a window display. Our first one was nice and busy, with lots of inspiration, mostly made up of swimwear, with a glimpse of Simone Perele, Bassoni, Panache, Little Minx and Cake Lingerie.
This week I'm thinking of doing a retro / pin-up inspired display with some beautiful garments from Kiss Me Deadly and Stockings & Romance, in honour of a customer who is competing in the Miss Pin-Up Australia competition! If you have any suggestions of garments you'd like to see in there, please let know ;-)
Hannah has also been loving the new store, with more space to roll around on and plenty more customers to coo over her. I swear I've had people come in this week, see that Hannah wasn't there and left the shop! Nice!
Our local pool is just about to open up again and I was so worried that I wouldn't be able to find a pair of bathers that would a). fit (kind of important I'm told...) and b). make me look half decent! This is particularly important this season as I am still breastfeeding and so I am a little out of proportion with the rest of my body.
Thank goodness for Panache Swimwear!!! Not only do their bathers all feature underwired support, but they go from a D cup up to a K cup! Phew!
This particular style is the one I've chosen - it's got concealed underwired support and a snap clip at the back. The straps are adjustable and I just love the ruching in the tummy and bust areas - I'm hoping that this will create the illusion that it's all ruching and not just my own folds ;-)
Bring on the pool! :-D
So after wearing my new 14HH bra all day, with full breastfeeding duties, I can safely say that this is a bra I can recommend!
I found the shape, lift and support of this bra to be excellent, with one of my maternity tops fitting better than it has in a long time.
Feeding was fantastic because I just undid the clip and could feed Hannah straight away; no muss, no fuss. The only thing I didn't like about that situation was that if you weren't wearing a decent maternity top with good coverage, your boob is out there for the whole world to see.
I found that wearing the size 14 was uncomfortable - because it's too big in the back for me I had it on the 4th hook but even then it kept riding up. Tomorrow I will need to wear the 12J and see how that goes.
The other issue is that when you're fitted for a maternity bra you might have just fed your baby, or your baby is due for a feed, and both situations will impact what size bust you have. I found that this resulted in an AMAZING cleavage at one point, with a little bit more breast tissue at the top than I should have, but once I fed Hannah it fit perfectly again.
Panache Sophie Nursing Bra - $73.95 (RRP $83.95)
Since giving birth to my daughter, Hannah, I've found that through breastfeeding I've lost a lot of weight in just 3 months. In fact I'm just 4kg off my pre-pregnancy weight, which is amazing since I ate practically everything in sight! However, because of this, I have now considerably changed shape and size so the maternity bras I'd been wearing are no longer fitting properly. What a perfect time to take a new style for a spin?!
The Panache Sophie Nursing Bra isn't a new style, but this is the first time I've stocked it in the store and the first time I've worn it. It comes in sizes 8-18 D-J cup and thank goodness it does because it turns out that I'm now a HH in some styles and a J in others! YIKES!
The clips on this bra are FANTASTIC - quick releasing and easy to use, unlike some other brands (eg. Elomi Beatrice) where you have to squeeze the clip to release it and when you have a screaming baby it can take a few goes to get it undone.
Instead of having an opening where the nipple comes out (like the Freya and Elomi maternity bras), the Sophie bra has a side sling, so all you have to do is release the clip and your baby has very easy access. You're still supported underneath your breast but it's so much easier for a fuller busted woman than trying to pull your breast through the hole!
I'm finding the lace on the bottom of the bra at the front fine, although the fabric at the back is a little scratchy. This could be because it needs to soften up more first in the wash and I was so excited to have a bra that fits (and looks good as well) that I didn't bother washing it first. Hey! I was desperate! :-)
This bra also seems to be a little bit generous in the back, which is fine because it has 6 fastening positions to accommodate body changes so it's going to last you longer. I am wearing a size 14 and I'm already on the 4th hook because I should be in the 12, but I'm finding that the 14 is still supporting me nicely. Mind you, I'm aware that the back is riding up a bit because it's too big, which is going to annoy me a lot.
So, so far so good. I'll report at the end of the day whether it was comfortable to wear for a long period of time. I'm just so glad to have something supportive again!
To view more information about this bra, or to purchase it, head to the Panache Sophie Nursing Bra page.