Friday, December 30, 2005

Fredericks Signature embroidered lace full figure bra and panties on sale now!

Some days ago I mentioned that wonderful Sales Fredericks of Hollywood is having on their plus size corsets. Later I noticed that their Signature embroidered lace plus size bras, panties, panty/thongs and black garters in the same line, are also on sale!

They have a lot of great full figure lingerie on sale now. If you go to their Bra section of their left menu and then to Full Figure, the 1st item you’ll see is a really sweetly sexy bra and boy leg panty set for only $14.99! The panty has a little pocket on the side front, not much info given about them, but they look great! The bra is a ruched point d’esprit mesh with stretch lace and a bow trim. It has adjustable, wide, yet pretty, straps. This lingerie set comes in pink or black, in bra sizes 38C to 44D.

Just a few small examples of the really seductive and lovely styles of full figure lingerie you’ll find right now at Frederick's Semi-Annual Sale

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Planning on exercising more next year? Champion and Glamorise sports bras are on sale right now!

While the Champion bras on sale now are not specifically full figure sports bras, you’ll find that some of the ones on sale now at
go up to 42DD! For only $19.99, for some unknown limited time…

Cheaper than their excellent Champion plus bras, one of which goes up to 46DD! If you need a larger size sports bra and prefer wireless bras, Glamorise has a beauty that goes up to 50I.
That Glamorise bra, their Magic Lift Plus Active Support Bra, is on sale now at
for $18.50!!

But if you need sports bras up to 42DD, $19.99 is a great price for Champion’s quality women’s sports wear! See
Real soon!

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Women’s plus size suit jackets and pants on sale!

Right now Avenue’s online store has these satin trimmed suit jackets and pants on sale. The terrific thing about these suits separates is:

  • They come in sizes 14W to 26W
  • They are figure flattering
  • The satin trim is subtle enough so that you can wear a suit like this as business wear
    Or for a special occasions
  • Or a night out with your lover, say wearing yesterday’s mentioned Renaissance Corset, also on sale, rather than a blouse.

The nice thing about plus size suit shopping at Avenue’s online store is that, although they sell their suits as separates, they show whole outfits, if you want to view it them that way.

This makes it easy to remember what’s already in your wardrobe that might go with any of these suit pieces! Pretty nice of them right?!

Right now they have many other items on sale for as much as 50% off and are having their semi-annual bras, panties and shapewear sale too! You'll find a link to their sales here, looking to your right.

Friday, December 23, 2005

Fredericks of Hollywood’s plus size corsets on sale now!

Like their uniquely boned Renaissance corset, on sale right now at $10 off!! These come in sizes up to 3X, in black red and white. Right now almost all their plus size corsets are on sale for $10 off normal price. Such as their best selling corset, the Dream Corset, an elegant satin and appliqu├ęd lace one, which comes in 7n colors in sizes up to 44! Their lace inset is only $8 off…a bra sized corset which goes up to 44D.

With Valentines Day not far off, I expect we will see more lingerie sales to come!!

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Great looking waterproof Rockport women’s wide shoes and very slip resistant boots

This winter keep your feet warm, dry and looking great in wide Rockport shoes. Their Tartan. shoe is a modern looking 2 ½ inch wedge heeled loafer. And it’s a comfort shoe! Great for business wear. Or to dress up your casual look. Easy to clean and maintain. Just the work shoe to count on for wet winter and spring days.

But before spring we have the cold and icy winter days. You can wear wide Rockport mid calf boots that have a very slip resistant sole! Their Stage Point boot has a gummy sole. One of their very happy current owners and I, having experience with a gummy sole boot on ice, find great for icy winter traction! These are beautiful 1 ¼ inched heeled, comfy boots too.

You’ll find Rockport women’s wide shoes and boots are durable and easy to maintain. Always stylish and worth the price. Slightly cheaper at ShoeBuy’s online store, more customer reviews available and sometimes more colors at Zappos. You’ll find direct links to both stores here!

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Breathable control brief with unique derriere design

Juno’s online store now has a new control brief I’d love to try, but it would be pointless. I know their panties run true to size, because I tried one. I can’t try these because my hip size is 2 sizes smaller than my waist. So this shaping panty, if I ordered it using my waist size, would hand like a skirt around my hips.

I’d miss out the whole new derriere designs features. It might even compromise the way the tummy panel should work. I have to resign myself to hosiery style shapewear. I can’t complain. Spanx makes comfy ones!

But if your waist and hips are in the same size range, you might want to check out their new control panty. I know I would if I could really do so.

Monday, December 12, 2005

Want something really special in a women’s wide width dress sandal?

Looking for a dressy party sandal you can dance all night in? You can wear through out the year for more special occasions. And you can wear any day in the summer?

Check out this Mephisto dress sandal! It comes in women’s wide widths in 7 festive colors! It gets exceptionally high ratings from it’s wearers for comfort and looks!

It may be a bit pricey, but remember, your feet are what you stand, dance and walk on! As long as your feet are done growing, like Birkenstocks, it may well be worth the price!

Friday, December 09, 2005

Holiday gifts under $35 and wide Rockport women’s waterproof winter boots in 5 colors

Shoe Buy’s online store has holiday gifts for all! And they have the above mentioned boots, these would also be wide calf boots. Mid calf height, with a slightly squared toe, and 2 ½ inch wedge heels. These are Rockport’s ‘Idris’ boots, while you are checking out
Shoebuy's 2005 Holiday Gift Guide, which you’ll find from the ShoeBuy link at the top right side of this page,

Pop ‘Rockport Idris’ into their search engine. These boots get rave reviews from people who brought them from Zappos online store, where they are a good deal pricier than at ShoeBuy’s online store. That is unusual; they are normally just a tad pricier.

Not just holiday gifts, but Rockport quality, wide width women’s wide calf boots, as a very good price = warm dry feet this winter!!

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Smoothing shapwear slip by Spanx, for daily wear or between formal wear and more formidable foundations for special occasions, and gift possibilities

I don’t know about you, but I always have some bra and panty bulges. This Spanx hide and sleek full slip would smooth them out. And it should add extra warmth.

For normal, daily wear this would be a comfy, smoothing layer between your bra and panties and your dress. Especially knits, fitted or even sheer dresses.

If you have read Wendy Shanker’s book, ‘The Fat Girl’s Guide to Life’, you may recall, while considering formal wear for up coming parties and events, what she says, (page 224), about dressing to attend the Oscars. Actually she was dressed by someone else. He layered foundation and shapewear till all the bulges were smoothed out. The total effect, while not allowing things like urinating or bending, did result in VA-va-voom, Morticia Addams very sexy silhouette! Depending on how much you value appearance over comfort, this kind of dressing could be ok for very special occasions. This Spanx smoothing slip could be the top layer of such a thing.

It’s a pretty good book. Thinking of books, right now, in a holiday sale way. I got this in an email this morning:

10% off Amazon on over 900,000 Books! New BEST-SELLERS from Michael Jordan, Patricia Cornwell, Al Franken and much more!.

Because I have gotten to read parts of books at Amazon before, I popped ‘The Fat Girls Guide to Life’ in the search box to your right. That is, by the way, at least one place you can get that above mentioned 10% off from them.

Found you can get this book in hardcover or paperback, not pricey. Tired to find a way into it to read some of the pages, like perhaps you can get to page 224, so you can read that yourself if you wanted to, directly from here.

Couldn’t find a way in from the books description, but I did run into a book called
‘Don’t Try This at Home: Kitchen Disasters and Memorable Mishaps for the Worlds Greatest Cooks and Chefs’
Could not find a way to read a bit of this either, but it sure seems both interesting and reassuring!

It may be party season and special event time for some, but for me, fall and winter is cooking season!

Oh yeah, also in this AM’s email that let me know about getting 10% off Amazon books, using the’s search box to your right, they mentioned a lot of other sale and rebate prices on electronics, which is how I normally think of…..
Here’s a few, in case you are still in the market for gifts, they have pretty good buys! And the handy search box to your right!

The Best of 2005 Music! The BIGGEST ACTS of 2005 and we have them all, including both albums released by Green Day this year, American Idiot and Bullet In a Bible!.

TIME IS RUNNING OUT! Free Shipping in TOYS on orders of $49 or more!.

Free Shipping AND $5 off $50 Purchase or more in Bags! Offer expires 12/31/05. Some restrictions apply. See site for details

$10 off Fox TV DVDs - New seasons of 24, Family Guy, The Simpsons, Arrested Development & more with purchase of two qualifying titles. Offer valid: 12/7/05 thru 12/20/05

These are just some gift ideas for you as the holidays approach!

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Plus size evening dresses and other dresses for under $50! And full figure / full busted bikini tops for big beautiful women!

If you want a good buy on plus size evening dresses, cocktail dresses and summer dresses, check out Torrid’s online store. They are in their normal ‘Dresses’ section. You’ll find a link to Torrid at the top right corner of this page.

And now that we are nearer to winter than summer, there is new swim wear for full figure and full busted women! Must be for our winter vacations! If you are both full busted and full figured, and want extra support under your swim suit, or want to wear a bikini top and need sizes 38/40 - C/D to 46/48 – E/F, check out Juno’s new under wire support bikini tops. Read about them here!

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Find Christmas and Hanukah gifts for $20 and under

There is still time left! If you go to Figleaves online store, link at top right of this page, It will take you directly to their holiday gift page. At the bottom right of that page is a link to their holiday shipping deadlines. From the gift page it self you’ll find you can shop for gifts by recipient and if you look further down you’ll find you can gift shop by price range.

At the top center of this page you’ll notice they offer free shipping and returns. That’s not just a holiday special. At Figleaves, that is standard!

Among the gifts you’ll find there for $25 and under are camisoles, ladies boxer shorts, tank tops, briefs, sleep masks, regular and marabou slippers and Cuddle Duds long john and long sleeve under pants and shirts, which come in extra large!

For all manner of non-apparel related gifts for $20 or under, look down the right hand of this blog you are reading, type ‘Gifts for $20 or under’, or cut and paste it into the’s search box. You’ll find, at the moment toys, computers, electronics, sports, bags, videos and DVDs, music, books and music downloads. OK, you won’t find a computer for $20 or under, but you’ll find accessories for them there.

Now back to apparel related gifts! If you go to at Bare Necessities’ online store, by using the ‘12 thongs of Christmas’ banner you’ll find at the top right of this page, you’ll see listed ‘Gifts $30 or under’. There you’ll find a good many gifts for $20 or under, such as a Felina garter belt, which is functional, adjustable and sexy. It comes in sizes up to extra large, perhaps for yourself? Also many lovely hipsters. Really neat and comfy looking slipper socks, an excellent gift for anyone reluctant to turn up the heat this winter! And of course you’ll find pricier gifts there too.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Where to get last holiday gifts for under $20 and get them in time for Christmas and Hanukah!

At Blair’s online store, which you’ll find a link to at the top right corner of page this link
will take you to, has towels, 6 piece towel sets, pants, sweaters, gloves, watches, blankets, ties, skirts, vest and flannel shirts, socks and more, all for under $20.00!!

They post a handy delivery schedule on their home page, so you’ll know which way to have your gifts delivered based on what December day you order it on, so that it will arrive before Christmas, and this year’s Hanukah.

At Junonia’s online store, see the top right corner of this page, you’ll find gifts for $14.95, such as soap set, eye and sinus soothing pillows, cosmetic cases and petite purses. For less than $14.00 you’ll find slippers, calendars and wine totes! Of course they have more expensive gifts too.

At Torrid, a curvy girl shop, whose link you’ll find at the top right corner here, you’ll find all manner of gifts for under $25 and many of which are under $20! And be sure to check out their clearance section, many more suitable gift items there for well under $20!

Tomorrow more Gifts finds!

Friday, November 25, 2005

20% off ladies suits that cost only $15.99 to start with! And other women’s clothing in petite, misses and women’s sizes up to 26W! 4 days only! 20% OFF Everything! (Exp. 11/28)

You’ll find Classic, timeless tweed jacket, narrow black skirt women’s business wear suit. Feminine suits appropriate as mother of the bride outfits and for other formal occasions, and career wear, all in one women’s suit!

Ladies suits as low as $9.99, now at 20% off it’s currently very low price. Just for these four days! And they carry plus size dresses and tops, skirts, pants, blazers and even gifts for your loved ones.

Take advantage of their 20% off all their merchandise sale, as well as their 95 years of quality, service and value!

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Corsets and bustier for big beautiful women as evening wear, for casual dates and sexy lingerie of course

Many plus size corsets and bustier are suitable to wear as evening wear, casual wear. Fredericks or Hollywood carries a good selection of these, and so does Hips and Curves. You may have some parties to attend in the coming holiday months. If you have a gorgeous skirt and perhaps a jacket or shawl to go with it, why spend money on a formal outfit you’ll only wear for occasions. You can get an elegant, yet sexy, corset or bustier, you’ll have lingerie for the rest of the year as well!

If you are shopping at Fredericks of Hollywood, be sure to check out their sales now! Right now they have their Amazing Lace Panties on sale for $19 each when you buy two or more! As I prefer cotton, I doubled back to check to see if Hips and Curves had their cotton hipster on sale. No it’s still $14 each. I prefer cotton myself, but as one sweats less in the winter, it could be nice to save on the Amazing lace panties now! They both have the same advantages, out side of cotton versus nylon spandex.

Monday, October 31, 2005

Looking for a petite ladies suit at a great price?

Right now at's online store, you’ll find a short sleeve skirt suit at $15.99. This is a beautiful tailored suit, built along the lines Edith Head might have dressed up actresses for Hitchcock movies in. Dove grey with white collar and cuffs. Plus a white flower corsage pin!

Owing to the great price on a lovely women’s suit, appropriate for business or special occasions alike, they are down to 4 available sizes, as apposed to last week’s 5 sizes. But if you need a great cheap suit in women’s Petite sizes 6P, 10P, 16P or 20P, check these suits out soon!

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

A good source of washable, reasonably priced women’s suits up to size 26W, and Petite sizes up to 20P!

Well it’s taken a while, and a bit of looking around, but I finally found a good source of women’s suits. Figure flattering suits. Many of which are suitable for business and / or special occasions.

At you can find flattering skirt and pants suits for as little as $15.99, less in petite sizes! You can read about one of their figure friendly pants suits.

Or check out the current shipping special here, at the top corner of this page!
They actually carry suits in sizes 8W to 26W and 6P to 20P. Or that’s the size range I found there so far.

You can view pictures of the swatches of fabric for each color their apparel comes in, by clicking on the “color / style” button next to most of the suit's pictures. That’s so much nicer than wondering what shade of “leaf” or some other color, an online store is talking about.

Before finding Blair, I kept finding ladies suits whose jackets stopped at the waist. Not figure flattering for many women I know.

I’m pretty impressed! It seems the top price for a women’s suit there is $49.99. At those prices, you could by several suits, and mix them with your existing separates and other suits. You'd be ready to dress for anything!

You’d just have to choose carefully. But their pictures of color swatches will make that easier. And their suits can be had for as little as $15.99. That makes it easier all around!

Monday, October 17, 2005

Getting ready for the slopes or any other outdoor winter sports or activities?

Looking for some great outdoor active wear for skiing, walking, or outdoor sports? Need a great jacket to keep you warm while watching the kids sleigh riding?

Found some great women’s, high quality, washable ski pants and a ski jacket in sizes 14W to 32W. The pants come in petite and regular lengths as well!

If you are like me, it’s not likely you’ll be keeping your place as warm this year as you did last winter. You really don’t want to get home with a bad chill to shake off.

These ski pants and jackets are pricey, yet made to last. Your home heating gas or oil will be gone when it’s used up. These high quality ski pants and jackets will help motivate you out the door, where you can warm up by moving around, and return home easily warmer than when you left!

You’ll want them to clean off the car, shovel the driveway and walk, and of course to ski in too!

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Need a pale pink dress shoe in an extra wide width?

Earlier this month I wrote about Shoe Buy’s sale center. Currently there you’ll find Naturalizer’s “Galley”, a narrow heeled pump in a pale pink color, nectar leather, on sale at 22% off! These 1 ¾ inch heeled pumps have a ballerina motif. Very feminine!

They also come in a black and black fabric color. They black colors are not on sale, but they are reasonably priced to begin with.

Naturalizer has several heeled wide width women’s shoes that come in widths up to extra wide. In the sale center at currently you'll find more Naturalizer women’s wide shoes in widths up to extra wide:

  • heeled pumps
  • closed toed sling backs
  • ankle strapped heeled dress shoes
  • narrow heeled sandals

All of which would make nice dress shoe, some good for both special occasions and business footwear.

Naturalizer also has a comfort shoe in two colors on sale there.

And that just what the online store has by Naturalizer in their sale center in widths up to extra wide!

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Found Trotters’ classic narrow heeled pumps in extra wide widths!

Earlier this month I wrote about narrow heeled pumps, but they were only available in widths up to wide.

Trotters has several classic pumps this fall, that I’ve found so far, that come in widths up to extra wide. Well they come in regular and narrow too.

One style is their “Lana” which has a narrow 2 ¼ inch heel. These are simple, undecorated slip-on pumps. They come in deep, rich fall colors of red, navy and mocha. They have genuine kid or patent leather uppers.

For comfort features they provide a padded foot bed and flexible soles. And they are beautiful classic pumps. You’ll find them at I know they are there presently.

Where ever you find them, they'd make stylish dress or business shoes. Handy colors for any fall wardrobe!

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Where and how to get 65% off brand name women’s shoes anytime

Found a Sale Center at Shoe Buy’s online store where you can get 65% off women’s shoes of any width and size by brand name shoe makers like Rockport and Naturalizer and many more.

Find out how to do this quickly, and the other reasons you might want to do your online shoe shopping at that online store by clicking here! Or just play with their Sale Center search engine by going here “Shoes up to 65% off! ".

They have lots of specials and sales on their regularly priced footwear too. And they have a 110% price guarantee. If you find your Shoe Buy purchase at a lower price on any non-auction website, their online store will refund you 110% of the price difference.

And that’s just one of the many good reasons to shop for women’s shoes of all widths at their online store!

Monday, October 03, 2005

Found more of these Classic pumps, with a 2 ¼ inch heel, by Rockport, but in 5 fall colors, also available in wide widths!

More fall colors in classic pumps by Rockport! These 2 ¼ inch narrow heeled pumps will also provide some slimming effect. Though likely not quite as much as their 2 ½ inched “Queensburg” pumps. But these 2 ¼ inch heeled “Pasadena” shoes come in Navy and Rich Red too! The Pasadena pumps come in widths narrow, regular and wide. The Queensburg shoes are available in narrow as well as medium and wide widths.

Both have the same excellent provisions for comfort in long term walking features. Both have the same traction and durability features. The durability features make these shoes a great investment. These stylish, quality pumps will never go out of fashion!

They seem to be going fast though. They are both available at and!. So if one store does not have your shoe size and width, the other might! Both of these online stores carry wide width women’s shoes and both have free shipping and free returns!

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Classic, yet narrow heeled, so visually slimming pumps. In widths narrow to wide, loaded with comfort features!

Well it’s definitely fall! Getting a bit chilly for sandals. But just right for these Rockport shoes I found lately at These are narrow, but not stiletto, 2 ½” heeled pumps. Classic pumps in black, chocolate brown and tan, how’s that for fall colors. They come in widths up to wide in sizes 5 to 11.

I certainly would love to take advantage of this shoe’s visually slimming narrow heel! These shoes would be nice dress shoes, good for career wear and I’d like to wear them with jeans too. But I’d likely forget myself and get them scuffed up. Like I can afford to buy then wreck a pair of dress shoes!

I’m all for comfort and dual usages in clothing, shoes too!

As for comfort features these women’s wide shoes, they come in narrow to wide, have them! They have an extra deep heel cushion and a forefoot construction made to prevent foot fatigue. If that was not enough, they have a moisture absorption feature and rubber soles for traction!

Of course rubber soles are just the thing for shy people, like me, who want to wear heels. QUIET!

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Fredericks plus size costumes for this Halloween. Also as fantasie lingerie. Yes both

This Halloween season Fredericks has some fun, sexy and alluring costumes for us full figure women. Some of these costumes can be worn to parties. Or Even trick or treating with the kids. Then when the party is over and the kids are asleep,

  • a quick change from tights to garter belt, stockings and sexy pumps or heels
  • perhaps removing the pretty camisole you might wear under the sort of sheer lace bust of their Fraulein costume’s bodice

    It’s the same costume, but now it’s erotic fantasie lingerie for you and your lover to share!

    They have a flapper costume, a cat and of course a witch costume in addition to their usual fantasie lingerie costumes for big beautiful women.

    My own fantasies run more to being a different version of my every day self. But Wearing a bustier under a suit jacket. The way the Karen Walker character in the show Will and Grace did a lot of.

    A some what plain bustier such as the Simone Perele one I mentioned in an earlier blog, for summer, as it’s white with a floral print. Or Fredericks’ Renaissance Corset. It has nice simple lines, even though it has a hook and eyelets front. And it comes in white, black and red in sizes up to 3X! I keep waiting for that one to go on sale. It never happens. Infact I think it went up 4 bucks in recent months… But that’s what would work well for me, under a jacket!

    But I’m kind of conservative. What about you?

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

So far no sightings of Le Mystere’s Dream Tisha seamless full fit bra for less than usual this week but other savings in full figure women’s wear foun

Found an excellent buy in a blouson tankini length swim top by Junonia. This top is available for over $50.00 less than normal in 2 of it’s 4 colors.

And one of those colors is just plain black, goes with any swim brief or swim shorts or skirts you might already have or also buy on sale.

This swim top can has a side-tie. You can wear it tankini length or at your waist. And it’s got an around the body sports bra. That means extra support!

Not a bad find while looking for sales!

While not on sale, found a lovely full figure bra by Wacoal. Pretty enough to be worn as lingerie, yet comes in sizes up to 46DDD.

That’s the largest band size I’ve seen so far while looking at their bras. Granted I have spent more time researching their shapers. I have noticed however, that companies like Wacoal, Bali and the like and find usually they go up to 40 or 42 band sizes.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Road testing one of Oprah’s Favorite bras, the full figure version

Earlier this month, Sept 8th, I wrote about finally getting the full figure “Le Mystere’s Dream Tisha seamless full fit bra”.

Since it’s thought that
70% of American women are wearing the wrong bra size, (Allure magazine, October 2005, page 185, lower right hand column).

And since bra cups sizes are not standardized, look here, look here, 2nd question

I don’t feel bad relating that I’m apparently in an ongoing pursuit of:
What exactly is my size?

A brief summary:

I started out thinking I was a 40 or 42 DD or so…
It appears to be more like a 38 H or so

Current perplexing point:

Why is it that a Le Mystere 38 G is so close in fit to a Bali 40DD, better yet still pretty darn close. How could any G cup be so close to any DD?

What ever my bra size is, it’ll take a while to ascertain.
Worse yet, it’s apparently an odd one. As I am getting closer to it, I find that that so far it involves backorders. This leads to making due with what comes close. But then so did shopping locally, but with painful pokes in the under arms and other problems.

One of the reasons ordered the above mentioned bra, even though I believe I need a 38 H at least, and they only go up to G in band size 38, I figured, it’s still better than the DD’s I can get a hold of locally.

The reason I gave for keeping it is if I loose weight, which could happen. Well I can see my self, knowing my body, loosing a cup size or 3 even, Getting below a 38 band, for me, is not likely.

OK, so I mentioned earlier this month when I got it how, I was not too surprised that the band fit was excellent, but cups too small.

Even so I said l thought I’d likely feel comfortable running in it….I did, I will again! And it was too comfy to take off afterward. I did not care that it bulged a bit. Just to comfortable to take off. How’s that for a full figure bra? I never had one like that before!

This review got to be so lengthy, I posted it here.

The upshot of which is:
If this bra comes in your size, get it, wear it and be comfy, happy and WELL SUPPORTED!

They don’t quite fit me, but it’s never been perfect. I’ve never looked perfect either. I’d be thrilled to be comfortable, well supported and not have to readjust a bra several times an hour, or so it seems, with other bras I’ve worn.

I will keep and eye out for when they go on sale. Because I want several more. And I’m far from rich. I will post it in the right column of this page, below the bra’s picture when I find sales for us! Count on it!

Thursday, September 22, 2005

The upshot of what you’ll find in bra information when shopping at figleaves

When you shop for bras at Figleaves you may not find mention of adjustable straps and backs on bras. They are standard unless otherwise stated.

So don’t let their not mentioning adjustable straps and backs throw you.

But check to see if there is a back view available under the pictures. I have noticed some really good looking support / t-shirt bras there for full figured women.

Then upon looking at the back view found that they have 2 column, hook and eye closure and likewise band width. Rather than the normal 3 column width of hook and eye backs I’ve come to think of as standard, reliable and supportive in full figure bras I buy.

Also with a bit of spare flesh on one’s back a narrow backed bra band might show that more than a broader one….

But that seems to be a new development and if you have a lean back, it might not matter. Besides they have lots of other great bras, shape wear and swim wear for full figure women.

So don’t hesitate to shop FigLeaves: Full Figure Lingerie, Bras, Swimwear & More -FREE Shipping! Free Returns!

Monday, September 19, 2005

A lack of mention regarding: whether a bra has adjustable straps and backs.

When writing about the t-shirt bra I mention in my last post, and then again while checking out the full figure bras after entering to win the $1K gift certificate at Figleaves, I noticed a somewhat disturbing trend in bra descriptions at their site.

A lack of mention regarding: whether a bra has adjustable straps and backs.

So I wrote them. They first answered back letting me know that the 3 I asked about were being looked into by their warehouse staff.

I asked the same question about 3 more as well. They let me know that 3 of the 6, by then bras I inquired about have back views available at their description’s pictures. This is true but a bit hard to work out. Some photos are just not so clear, detail wise.

worthy of note, one style of bra's back picture shows a double column rather that triple column back closure. I don't know about you, but this is not adequate for this full figure woman.

Later they got back to me telling me that the warehouse staff found all 6 bras have adjustable straps and back.

I thought this was pretty good. I started this inquiry Friday PM and they looked into it over the weekend and had the full answer for me by early Monday AM!

So tomorrow I’ll just ask for all of us who it may concern, is it that we can assume that a bra has adjustable straps and backs unless otherwise stated?

Will keep you posted. After all they do have excellent service, a great stock of full figure and full busted everyday and luxury bras and other great lingerie and shape wear!

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Enter to win, without buying anything, $1000 worth of quality lingerie, till Oct. 6th

You know how full figure bras and shape wear, and especially full busted and full figure bras are not only expensive, but seem to wear out pretty fast.

Well now through October 6th you can enter to win a $1000 gift certificate at Figleaves online store. And you don’t even have to buy anything to enter!

To enter, use the banner link at the top right of this page.

This online store carries lots of shape wear, full figure bras, full busted bras and underwear for us bbw. They even carry some surprises. Like this Simone Perele bustier. When I wrote about this bustier in June it was available in sizes 10, 12, 14 and 16.

Currently this bustier is available in smaller sizes. But the point of mention of this is that Figleaves carries luxury plus size lingerie. As well as daily wear plus size intimates too.

Winning that amount of gift certificate at that online store would allow you to enjoy both!

If you are full busted they carry lots of Fantasie of England full figure bras like this t-shirt bra. Good for daily wear if you need 34D to 44E, and they come in cup sizes up to GG in band sizes 34, 36 and 38.

They carry full figure bras up to cup size JJ, and excellent shapewear and undies!

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Shape wear sale and pretty cotton, and not cotton, boy cut panties for us bbw!

Now till Sept 23rd at Bare Necessities online store they have 7+ pages of shapewear on sale at 25% off. Things I personally would like to try like the Nancy Ganz What a Lift Camisole I wrote of lately, and more, of course.

Now if you use their "5% off any size order" coupon link you’ll find in the right hand column here. (Some times this coupon disappears, for about a half hour, it’s worth 5% off to come back and use it later.) Then go to the “25% off shapewear” section when you get there, well You GET TO SAVE MORE!! I love stuff like that!

As it’s still hot and humid here and I still rely heavily on cotton I was pleasantly surprised to find these in plus size panties. Pretty, sweetly sexy cotton hipsters! Stretch lace low riding waist band! A Fluttery boy-cut leg style. How often do we find pretty and sexy in cotton?

Just the thing for when your shorts are a tad too short and you suspect your undies are showing. It’s not that I purposely wear my shorts too short. My daughter climbs all over me and shifts my clothing at times. And sometimes I’m on the jungle gym with her. If they are, well at least they should look nice.

For that same reason I wanted to try This Bali Studio pair. Not cotton though…The cotton ones I mention first are nicely priced! The Bali Studio ones are ½ the price of the cotton ones, but not cotton.

OK, so I sweat a lot. So I favor cotton at twice the price if need be.

Ever get to read this as part of a line in a book or story? “sweating freely”.

What is that suppose to mean? It’s as if you could consciously decide not to sweat.

It’s normally applied to over weight people of either gender. I recall being thin and sweating just as much as I and my normal weight 5 year old daughter do now.

It’s not something one decides to do or not, no matter what your weight.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Throwing our weight around and quick drying t-shirts

I found out something about being a plus sized, rather than average sized, woman yesterday. I was on the swings at the park with my 5 year old daughter. She can pretty much pump the swings her self now. So for the first time in years, I was using the swings instead of pushing.

When I went to slow down, I just stopped using my legs. But I was curious. I kept moving the upper part of my body as if I was still pumping the swings. I did not slow down till I just sat perfectly still. Apparently, we full figure women can simply shift, (or is it throw?) our weight around to create motion!

I rather liked that!

I did, however, wish I was wearing one of these shirts. True, I was wearing a all cotton t-shirt. Yes it was handy for wiping my face on the sleeves. It’s still quite hot and humid here. But I could have worn a bandana for that.

Looking at those two quick drying, and one of them moisture wicking, shirts this morning, I though, gee it’d be nice to quickly dry off in the existing breeze before getting back into the car….

Have any of you tried these active wear made of moisture wicking fabrics?

I’m curious as to what’s been found to work, wear and feel well in fabrics designed to dissipate heat and moisture.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

A sleek pair of black pants with built-in shaping would be a handy addition to any wardrobe!

I don’t know about you, but having a pair of sleek, full length pants handy with a built-in shaping liner would make the coming months go easier for me!

Especially with Spanx’s idea of moderate to firm control! The power panties I have by them is “firm” control. Let me tell you it is Firm! Yet very comfortable all day!

These long black pants are made of a moisture wicking micro fiber. If they start making them in lighter colors, that would be nice in any season!

Their “Slim-X Plus Full Length Control Pants” come in sizes up to 2X. Their 2X accommodates a 39” to 42” waist and 49” to 52” hips. And they have a wide Non-Binding waist band!

You’ll find them and other great shape wear styles at Bare Necessities on line store. Use the "5% off any size order" coupon found at the upper right hand corner of this page

, and save!

Thursday, September 08, 2005

About sizing and the afore mentioned Le Mystere’s Dream Tisha seamless full fit bra

As it happens, that bra, which was on back order, did arrive the day I wrote my last post here.

Here are the results. Band fit perfect. Cup size really, too small. Although in all fairness to Le Mystere, I did order the largest cup size they had, G. Knowing that by my calculations at that time I’d need a cup size of H.

Let’s face it, if I do loose weight the cup size will get a bit smaller.

And if I don’t, I’m generally wearing a cup size of DD, which is the largest I can get at the local department store.

I can’t find a foundations store, as they wear called once upon a time. So as cup sizes go, it appears I’m stuck at too small anyway…

And that’s one reason why I’m shopping online for a full figure bra in the first place. Can’t try one on locally that really works.

Anyway this was a back order, I’d have to do some serious back tracking through the info I based this order on, and I don’t have the time for much of that.

I do believe I was getting a too large band size in the first place. I believe it was Le Mystere’s site it’s self that said two things in regard to band size that I harkened to.

OK, I back tracked after all it’s here. Le Mystere’s care and fit page and it was one, not two things.

You measure around the top of the breast, not underneath!

Well that worked!! Because it’s smaller!

I may be bulging out of the top of this a little too much, but the band width is perfect!!!

That’s half the battle! It may not be a sports bra, but I bet I could run more comfortably in it than any of my others, before I wore them out!!

Another reason I could run in it. It is extremely well built! Hard ware looks solid, as does the stitching.

It’s important, as I put a Glamorize bra I ordered once, did a single jumping jack, to show my daughter how it’s done. And the strap broke. And on that bra, the cups did fit. But if it can’t hold up to ONE jumping jack, what’s gonna happen when we are out at the park and my daughter climbs me?

My next step will be to try a Fantasie of England bra. It seems they make their bras and swim wear for full busted women, largely!

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

About the sizing thing, especially regarding full figure bras

A while back I was saying how I wanted to try the Aviana most popular full figure bra . This bra, their #2353 is a soft cup. As a full figured woman, part of the special appeal is just throwing it in the laundry, rather than hand washing. The other is, of course, not being poked by under wires. Presumably the being poked is a size issue.

Well the size issue may not go away in the near future, as bra cup sizes are not standardized.

We’d like to think that at least band sizes should be standardized at present. But the info regarding measuring your band size is not.

Some time ago I ordered this bra and their #2353, I just mentioned above, and their newest, at that time, minimizing underwire bra the #2457 the #2457. I used the same sizing chart for both bras. Imagine my surprise when I got them only to find:

  • The cup sizes seemed different
  • The soft cup bra’s cups actually fit
  • The under wire’s cup were too small
  • The band size on both seemed to large

& they are the same manufacture!

Well I saved the underwire, as I know that I may loose weight and my cup size will go down, although the likelihood of my actually getting around to taking in the band, actually sewing, I’m not too sure of. It does seem well made.

The soft cup I’ve been wearing. No I did not take the band in on that. Funny thing is, even though the band is to loose, it supports nicely!

The way I figure it, I have not found the right sizing information yet. I think that basically, I need a smaller band and a larger cup size.

Trying different sizing info, I ordered another type of bra, the full figure version of one of Oprah’s favorites, Le Mystere’s Dream Tisha Seamless Full Fit , which goes up to 44G!

I believe I’ve got it right this time. But will wait and see. If I do I will pass the sizing info on to you all here and at the plus size clothing website I publish. At least it will be one know instance of bra sizing information working right for one body for one manufacture!

In the mean time, for those of us who are not yet wearing the right size and find their breast smashed together, getting sweaty and clammy in the summer heat.

I used talc for years. It’s ok. Recently I found that for this close pressed sweatiness what seems to work better, for me at least. Bath & Body Work’s “Instant Anti-Bacterial Hand Gel, with vitamins B5 & E”.

For all I know any anti bacterial gel might give the same cool, clean results, but it makes for a nice clean feel, and unlike talc, I stay feeling cleaner and fresher there longer! And it smells great too! Comes in different scents.

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Several of the New Plus Size, and not, but will fit up to a 43” waist, Body shaping camisoles

I’ve noticed there are a lot of body shaping camisoles in shapewear lately. The one that looks to offer the most control is the Nancy Ganz “ What a Lift Body Shaper

The Fleexes “ One Fabulous Body Plus Size Camisole ” offers both Tummy smoothing and full figure under wire bra support up to size 42DD.

And while Spanx’s " Body Smoothing camisole " is not actually in plus size women’s underwear, The XL in this size cami will accommodate waists 41” to 43”.
This whole sizing thing needs to be standardized by someone, especially bra cup sizes, but anyway…

This Spanx's cami is made of a moisture wicking micro fiber. For that reason alone, it would be great to try, say last month, or next spring, or now even

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Wide width women's shoes ahead of this years fashions?

A while back I wrote about some wide width women’s shoes along the lines of some shoes featured in this seasons pumped up classic loafers, in the Fashion Extras section of Allure magazine’s September 2005. In particular the Hush Puppies’ “Madison W” a 2 1/8" heeled loafer.

Sadly, I can not find them in stock at the online store where I found them when I wrote that article. Though they do have many other nice styles, ( ).

Did you think wide width women’s shoes had to be frumpy? These, and there were other wide width heeled loafers I was writing about earlier in the year. Could it be that women’s wide shoes are slightly ahead of the fashions?

Friday, July 22, 2005

One of Oprah's favorite bras now available in full figure sizes and at 34% off

Right now, at Bare Necessities’ online store, you can get one of Oprah’s favorite bras in full figure sizes from 32C to 44G at 34% off. Normally $64 everywhere, and often only up to bra sizes 38DD, I looked till now. These bras are on sale for $41.90. And you can get an additional 5% off if your use the coupon featured here, under this bra’s picture to your right on this page

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Summer Sales and Specials

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These colors are available on-line in limited quantities.

And you can Shop now to save 35% on a large selection of current summer styles!

You might want to check out Bare Necessities, where you’ll find one of Oprah’s favorite bras in full figure sizes and their
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Friday, February 11, 2005

Do You need larger Cup sizes rather than band sizes in your plus size bras?

If you happen to be small boned but well endowed and have to look for plus size bras to accommodate the cup size you need, Fantasie of England full figure bras may be what your looking for .

Their plus size bras come in many beautiful, and supportive styles in band widths up to 44 but more usually 38 to 40 inches. However the range of cups sizes in is larger than other full figure bras I’ve seen so far.

On top of that the cup sizes of their plus size bras get larger after an American DD cup
their E = US F

So if you need a larger cup size in your full figure bras, rather than band size this company may be making bras you’d like!

Their very attractive plus size bras are available at Figleaves and Freshpair's online stores.

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Aviana plus size bras

While researching plus size bra recently,

I noticed several by Aviana.

Aviana makes full figure bra exclusively for women size 34D up to 46H, but soon to be up to 50Kp>

You can find their bras at Figleaves online store

Along with their their best selling full figure bra, which happens to be a soft cup, (toss in the wash!)

As soon as I can figure out my real bra size, I'm gonna try one.

Ever notice how all the size charts for bras, full figure bras or otherwise, have you wear your best fitting bra?

As it happens, I believe I keep getting this wrong, because after years of buying the wrong size plus size bra, I have not best fitting bra.

I think I am on to working a way around that, without the dreaded trip to the store, where they had neither my size, nor willing sales help years ago when I actually knew my full figure bra size!

But if you already know how to figure this out ...

please drop me a line here!

Thank You!

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Are you interested in briefer, or body suit style shapewear? But normally wear plus size bras?

Are you, like me, are considering briefer style shapewear, want something that will not show a waist line, and usually wear a full figure bra?

This body suit style shapewear I came accross might be of interest. The Anita body briefer is a micro fiber, double layer, (like the afore mentioned plus size swimsuits, the miraclesuit), body briefer.

These come with built in, adjustable plus size bras. The full figure bras are underwire bras with an stronger underwire, wide straps and support panel in the cups. In sizes up to 44F!

And this style of shapewear fits like a second skin, which would be perfect under your tightest clothing! Like all your really comfy knits!

Monday, February 07, 2005

Have you tried the miraclesuit plus size swimsuits?

Here’s something I was wondering if anyone out there has tired...

the miraclesuit

see one style here although they come in other styles and colors in plus sizes as well...

These plus size bathing suits have built in shapewear, in the form of an underlaying supportive body suit.

Many of these have built in full figure bras, in cup sizes up to D, available at Shop for Miraclesuit Swimwear..get fabulous control all while marinating a sexy, stylish look! - Free Shipping & Free Returns Always!. And these built in plus size bras are underwire bras.

They are a little pricey, but then I guess a plus size bathing suit that will make you look 10 lbs slimmer by simply putting it on would.

Please let me know if you have tried one and what you think of it,
I’m curious..

Sunday, February 06, 2005

Plus size women’s underwear is being made to accommodate the different types of shapes of full figure women.

As I look into these thing I find that plus size women’s underwear, as well as plus size lingerie, plus size swimwear, see ( ), and other plus size fashions such as plus size dresses, and plus size women’s active wear are made to suit a variety of shapes as well as tastes.

Even if you need wide width women’s shoes, they too come numerous styles these days too.

So it is not just shapewear and full figure bras that are available in wide range of styles and for broader range of shapes.

Are the manufactures of plus size women’s clothing offering what you want?

Saturday, February 05, 2005

I wanted to see if shapewear would make my already plus size dresses, which are actually knits, fit better

When I realized that I was getting no nearer to exercising regularly, but I had to do something about this clothing problem, I started to consider shapewear...

I already was wearing plus size clothing and plus size jeans everyday, I did not want to spend more time or money shopping. I no time to exercise, which I actually enjoy, how would I force my self to shop? Which I do not like.

I needed to get more milage out of the plus size dresses, skirts and plus size jeans I already had.
But I have that, what a book I found calls "O" shaped body. What I had though of as barrel shaped, where my hips are 2 sizes smaller than my waist. So traditional shapewear was out.

When I noticed the shapewear I mentioned earlier, where the sizing is based on a hosiery chart.
I figured my hips might have a chance there...but I was concerned, as I avoid pantyhose like the plague. I never liked them, even before I became a full figured women. In truth I have not worn them at all since them.

That was probably the most surprising thing about the power panties style shapewear I mentioned earlier. That I actually enjoyed wearing them and not only were they comfortable, but they made my plus size jeans fit more comfortably too!!

So even if you never liked panty hose and have a "O" shaped body, perhaps they could help give you a figure flattering silhouette and be comfortable for you too.

One thing though, if you have already stretched out a pair of knit pants, wear the power panties with these and they will bag a bit...which only go to show, yep they are comfortable and slimming too.

Friday, February 04, 2005

One or two other things about the shapewear I mentioned yesterday

These "power" panties I mentioned are durable!
When taking them off I snagged them of a split nail, I though, well that was good while it lasted...
Just to check I pulled them back on and
No runs...
Not even a pull!!
The other thing I noticed when I got these panties off is
even if I did loose weight, I bet they would still work as shapewear
I’d have to loose a heck of a lot of weight for them to not work as such
because they snapped back to their original, rather unlikely looking, size!
Yet these panties where comfortable on...
I’m pretty amazed!

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Shapewear for those of us with 2 size differences between their waist and hips


I know I can't be the only women with a waist size, in my case 2XL and a hip size of XL.
I also know that if I buy plus size panties, they had better not come near my waist. The one time I did that, I ordered by my waist size. The effect was not unlike wearing a skirt.

So it came time for me to consider shapewear, this was a dilemma.

Then I saw these power panties and you can see a picture of them here down on the right side of the page.

Believe me I am shapped nothing like the woman pictured wearing them....
They arrived yesterday and I test wore them.

They are great!
actually I really did not like taking them off before retrieving my daughter from daycare.

But I have learned that a energitic 5 year old, (ok, since she was 2 really), can stretch out regular undies by simply trying to climb up on to ya.

So I spared them that

It was like having a preview of what my jeans would feel like if I keep up this exercise thing for a month or so


Not only that but, they were comfortable! this type of shapewear even made my too tight jeans feel comfortably loose
while putting on my boots
while sitting in the car
I never would have thought this would be the case

see it really is my 1st experience with shapewear.

What clued me into thinking these might work for my 2 size descrepancy between my waist and hips was the fact that the size chart is built along the lines of a hosiery chart.

weights and heights
beign 160 lbs at 5 foot 1 1/2 inches, (see nothing like that photo), I ordered a size "c"

when I took them out of the package
I thought
Yikes! this will never work.
but they actually fit!
and that was before I read the handy how to put these panties on instructions
I'll try that next week.

If you have this sort of size dilemma
you really got try these

& if you do

what have you tried??
I am intrigued

shapewear is kind of pricey

so is daycare...

the power panties wearn't very pricey, compared to other shapewear I looked at

along those same lines

there was another brand and style of shapewear with the hoisery type chart

they are a bit pricier though, but the waist looked higher up with a broader band, for when one might really want a smoother line under a knit dress that just nearly still fits...

They should show up soon

will write how they test asap

please let me know if you of any worthy or promising styles of shapewear for the, I think of it as barrel shaped....

looking forward to hearing from you!