Monday, March 30, 2015

Petite With Shallow Breasts Needs Your Bra Recommendations

I got this request in my inbox and I need your help answering it:
"I just found your blog which I’m so happy about! I am five foot 1 and I have properly sized myself to be a 28E. For years I have struggled with the shallow breasts that I have as I just can't really find a bra that fits and also doesn't make my boobs stand out / end up too projected. At the moment I only wear sports bras. I am quite small (97 pounds) but I do have quite a large ribcage so T-shirts look funny if my breasts stick out too far -- it's as if I have a hump at the front beneath my neck maybe because my breast tissue starts high up? Do you have any ideas about bras that may fit me or any suggestions that may help me? "

  Both being petite and having a shallow breast shape has its challenges when it comes to bra fitting. I have written a bit about which bras I recommend for each, but

   For finding out whether your breasts are placed extra high (or extra low) on your ribcage, here is a video that tells you how to measure your proportions. Remember that if you are petite even if your breast placement is perfectly proportional for you, it will still be shorter that of the "average" woman clothes and lingerie is designed for.

   If you are a petite and you have breasts that are high on your ribcage, that means that the area that a bra covers (nape of the neck to below the ribcage) will be quite short, as compared to the "average" figure most bras are made for. Low-cut cups will work best, as any fuller cups will go almost up to your neck. True balconette cuts (with horizontal top edges) usually work because they are low-cut, plus they are more likely to not be projected. Bra straps should be able to be shortened all the way, otherwise you might have to cut them shorter and sew them back on.

So, some bra recommendations: 

  Jelliefishie recommends Natori bras. Litte Bra Company seems to work for many petite shallow-boobed women, here are a couple of reviews; the cups usually run small. I think that Wiesmann bras would work too, but they are not easy to find. You should also browse through the OfLambsAndLace blog and read her reviews. The shallow-breasted ladies of Bratabase have compiled an amazing list of bras that fit shallow breasts, however you'ĺl need to check the reviews of each of them to see whether they'll work on a petite frame.
   If you do stumble on a great bra that works for a petite frame with shallow breasts, you can use Bratabase to compare and find cups of a similar width and depth.

  So now I need your recommendations. I'd like to ask shallow-breasted petites out there: which bras could work for this breast type? Do let me know in the comments!

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Obsessed About Turkish Peshtemal Towels

    A while back I talked about using microfiber towels for the hair to prevent frizz, and also mentioned that old T-shirts are also great for this. However since a while Turkish cotton towels have been overtaking my home and replacing all other towels.

   Peshtemal are traditional flat-woven linen or cotton towels, used in Turkey in Hammams. I think they are called Fouta in Tunisia. They are thin and very sturdy, have the typical stripes and fringe on both ends. And they are amazing. For one, they do a great job drying the hair and the body and are more absorbent than regular towels. I even use them in the kitchen because of that! When it comes to frizz, I think they are as good as microfiber or T-shirts (I'd love some curlies to weigh in on this!). If you like to turban your hair after washing, Turkish towels stay tucked better than regular towels.
   Another thing I love about Turkish cotton towels is their versatility -- they don't look very towel-y and so they can be used as a picnic blanket, a beach towel, a sarong, tablecloth, you name it. They are also extremely small and light, so they are perfect for travelling.
   Peshtemal towels are extremely sturdy and long lasting and get softer with every wash. My regular towels had to be replaced yearly because they don't look nice any more, however the Peshtemals look brand new (granted, I got ones in a darker colour, but still). They also dry really quickly, which makes them great for winters. Plus, they look really chic in the bathroom. Really, there is no downside, unless you like your towels fluffy.
   I own a couple big Turkish towels for the shower, one colourful big one for picnics and the like, a couple small ones as hand towels for the kitchen and the bathroom, plus one luxurious one with silk in it that I got as a gift -- I use that as a cover-up for my Osteopathy sessions. (Osteopathy is my recent discovery -- it has helped me a lot with back pain and neck stiffness brought about by uneven shoulders and hip joints.) I'm also testing out a Peshtemal in the gym, but it's a bit too light and slides off the back rests of the machines -- though I do love how little space it takes up in my gym bag.

   I got some inexpensive Peshtemal towels from ebay, but I also see them sold in Weltladen and of course Turkish stores. They may feel stiff when you see them in a store, but after a wash they soften up. You can get small hand-towel size ones for as low as 6€, the bigger ones cost a bit more -- although I have seen the prices really jacked up in fancy stores. You will probably find it in those stores run by and for Turkish / Arabic / other Middle Eastern people.
   Another kind of towel that is pretty similar to the Turkish Peshtemal towel is the Huckaback towel. Also the Indian Gamcha or Lungi, although it is much thinner.

  So, does anyone share my love of Turkish towels? Do they work well for your hair type?

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

How To Get UV Index And Humidity Level Alerts From Your Phone

  IFTTT (If This Than That) is an app where you can set one action or event to trigger another. It has a million of uses, a couple of examples here. It is available for bot iOS and Android. I harnessed this app to help me with my skin and hair.

  I set the app up to send me push notifications if the weather met certain criteria -- specifically humidity and UV level.

  I already debunked the myth that we should all wear sunscreen all year round. I set up the IFTTT app to let me know when the UV index rises to 3 or above, and it would give me a heads up to wear sunscreen. So far this notification has not yet been triggered this winter, but it will probably start popping up as we start to get some sun over here.
   If you live in a place that gets tons of sunshine all year around, you might set the trigger to a higher number to remind you to wear extra protection and stay out of the sun during the riskiest times.
   My assumption is that most of us are not terribly diligent about wearing sunscreen all the time, so we should make sure that we are at least wearing it when it's crucial.

Maximum UV Index

1 - 2 Low

3 - 5 Moderate

6 - 7 High

8 - 10 Very High

11+ Extreme

  I have also set up an alert for high humidity. So far I have not been actively doing anything about the notifications, just observing how my hair and skin react to very high and very low humidity. It will help me to prevent extremely frizzy hair or dry and flaky skin.

  Finally, I have an alert for rain and snow, this makes sure that me and my kids are dressed waterproof and have the right shoes on. We commute and are at the mercy of the weather, so knowing ahead that it will rain (or that we don't need our heavy jackets) is a blessing. I also have alerts for temperature changes (which I adjust as the seasons change). For example at the moment my phone tells me if the temperatures will drop below -3°C or rise above 8°C the next day, and I make a quick mental note to dress myself and the kids appropriately. Above above 8°C means I get to wear my pretty wool coat instead of the marvelously Land's End warm puffer coat that I can't stand to look at any more each spring.

   All these alerts might sound like a lot of trouble to set up, but it took me just a few minutes. Tweaking them throughout the year might take another couple of minutes, and it makes my daily life easier. At this time of the year it can be a sunny 15° one day and a -2° with sleet on day, and being prepared makes a huge difference.
   But it wasn't always like this -- when I was pretty new in Germany and my kids used to go to a playgroup in a forest, I was always surprised at how all the other kids were perfectly geared up for the weather that day -- for example one day in the spring suddenly literally everyone switched to rain gear and light hats while mine still turned up in snow gear and warm caps. That's when I learned to follow the weather forecast. is the most accurate free weather app for Germany according to Stiftungwarentest, and that's what I use. And in case you wonder why I don't just check the weather and bother with the IFTTT -- I am absent-minded and forget most days.

    So, does anyone else use their phone to helps them with their beauty routine? I also use HabitRPG to build up beauty-related habits, and Drinkly to keep me hydrated :)

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Things That Touch Your Skin And How To Keep Them From Giving You Breakouts

    A lot of skin problems are caused by the things that come in contact with our face -- tissues, glasses, hands, hair. They are usually dirty and your skin is prone to getting clogged, you get irritated skin and breakouts. If you have problems with a certain area of your face, ask yourself what objects come in contact with that area.
    Here is a short and simple guide to keeping the things that come into contact with your skin clean!


   Clip them out of the way after you have applied moisturiser, also clip them out of your face when you sleep. If you aren't washing your hair for a couple of days for whatever reason, you might want to quickly shampoo your bangs in the sink. Or, you know, clip them back. Bangs pick up skin care products and make-up from the face, and I notice clogged pores on my forehead when I neglect the whole bang situation.


   Your phone is one of the most touched object and collects a layer of stuff from everything you have touched throughout the day. Train yourself to talk without resting the whole phone surface on your cheek (this also prevents your sunscreen from ending up on the screen). Wipe down your phone with a mix of water and rubbing alcohol once a week. Headphones are also a great solution.

Pillow cases:

   Wash them regularly, at least once a week and more often if you are sharing them, or sweat at night. Women prone to breakouts might want to use one side of the pillow on the first day, the other side on the second day, then throw it into the wash.
   There is no need to launder pillowcases in very high temperatures, a regular laundry cycle is enough. Choose a natural detergent (or use wash-nuts), and pick a natural fragrance or softener (or forego one altogether).

  Make-up brushes:

   If using a cream / liquid foundation, you might wand to clean that brush as often as every day; with mineral foundations and powder brush you can stretch it out a bit. Dirty brushes have a mixture of products, skin oils and dust that can be really nasty -- I had a very unpleasant situation going on on my forehead before realising the importance of keeping my brushes clean.

Facial cloths:

   Wash wash-cloths / exfoliating mitts / what have you after every use with a gentle soap and hot water. Rinse very thoroughly.


   The nose pads can lead to blackheads around the area. Wipe them with alcohol every evening. Redness or staining might mean you are allergic to the metal (usually nickel is the culprit).
   The pads should sit perfectly so that they don't slide and they don't pinch the nose, otherwise it can irritate the skin. Your optician should do this for free (including readjusting if things get loose), but there are tutorials online if you need to do it yourself.


   Hands come in contact with just about everything, and you don't want that stuff on your face. Try to not touch your face unnecessarily, don't pick or rub mindlessly. One thing that helps here is face massages -- this seems to satisfy my face's need to be touched. Also, wash your hands thoroughly with regular soap (antibacterial soap is bad and pointless).

   So as you see the key is here to keep your stuff clean with mild cleaning products. A lot of soaps and detergents are really harsh and contain stuff that you don't want anywhere near your face.

Photo credit Reinhold Brezovszky

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Why Are Bra Closures At The Back And Not At The Front?

Montelle Pure Plus Smooth Front Closure Bra, 30-40, D-G

One reader sent me the following question:

"Why do bras do up at the back? Why can't they do up in front, with a lace up at the back so that we can tighten up when we need it. Or maybe the lacing on the side vents. Front clasps would be so much more comfortable and maybe sexy?:)"

   From what I've heard there are plenty of people who would like to see bras that close at the front, especially women who don't have the full range of movement in their shoulders and arms, as well as anyone who has to spend a lot of time lying down in bed due to medical reasons.

   The reason closures are usually in the front is because it's simpler to sew. There isn't enough space in the front for a 3x3 hook closure; so most bras that close in the front have just a simple hook and eye, and the whole construction looks rather unstable and incapable of supporting bigger breast sizes. Also, such closures completely lack any kind of way to make the band tighter, and this really decreases the life-span of a bra.
   While the simple hook closure fits between the breast of women who have wide-spaced breasts, it feels uncomfortable for women with closely-spaced breasts. Sternums are often sensitive especially if there is not much padding in the area, and many women would not find a closure there uncomfortable.

   That said, front closures have one more advantages apart from ease of use --- they can bring the breasts closer together and give amazing cleavage. Plus, the backs are very smooth and pretty. Another things that pops to my mind is that front-closures would suprise most guys, who would desperately  go "how on earth does this open, where is the closure, help!"

   A couple of brands that do wired front-closure bras are Wacoal, Eva Bien, Montelle, La Perla, Spanx, Calvin Klein, however these brands usually don't offer the full range of sizes. I was pretty excited when I realised that Parfait Affinitas carries the Nicole bra in the Racerback Contour style which has a front-closure, but it comes in a very small range of sizes.

  I'm guessing there isn't much voiced demand for front-closure bras. So if you think that you (or a female relative) might be really happy with a pretty, supportive bra with a front-closure, why don't you try writing in to your favourite bra brand? There are lingerie brands out there that have taken the suggestions of customers and bloggers to heart. Here is a list of bra brands that listen.

  And a last note: you don't have to close back-closure on the back; you can put on your bra back-to-front, close the hooks and then turn it cup-to-front. Yes, I realise that this is still too much gymnastics for someone with, say, elbow issues, but it's still slightly easier.

   What's your opinion on front-closure bras? Do you have any brands and styles to recommend?

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Oil Your Skin Before Showering + Ayurvedic Abhyanga Massage

  Come winter and I ditch my body moisturisers and lotions for oils and butters. Oils give the skin a kind of healthy glow that lasts for days. Plus, I find it fun to mix and match my oils and essential oils -- I go for patchouli and sandalwood when I want something exotic, lavender to relax, orange to brighten my mood and rosemary if I've got a cold.
   Oils take a bit longer to soak in, so I've been going the Ayurvedic method and applying oil on my skin before taking a warm shower -- the water helps the oils to penetrate the skin and make it really soft and nourished. After the shower my skin isn't oily any more.
   My skin needs the extra nourishment, and I enjoy the moments spent on taking care of my body. Recently I have been taking a couple of minutes more and turning it into a small comforting massage. It's incredibly relaxing, and he oil penetrates the skin better. I use this video that explains how to give yourself a self-massage the Ayurvedic way:

  Maybe you've noticed that the strokes in Abhyanga are really similar to those in dry brushing, because both work to support the lymph system and the blood circulation.
   A massage like that at the end of the day is really grounding and helps me sleep better. I just do Abhyanga just on my feet with sesame oil when I feel particularly restless and know I'll have a hard time falling asleep. I'm a Vata-Pitta type and the sesame oil combined with a massage really grounds me. I have been using the Love Me Green Organic Massage Oil which is based on sesame oil, is nicely smooth and not sticky, and smells like Frangipani. The Papaya massage oil from Alterra (Rossmann) also has a lot of sesame oil in it. When I mix my own oils it's usually some blend of almond oil, wheat germ oil, jojoba oil,  sesame oil and essential oils.
   And in case you are wondering about the skin being still oily after the shower -- this really depends on the oils used and on the state my skin is in that day. If there is too much oil on my skin at the end of a shower, I use a gentle soap or body wash to clean it off -- not very thoroughly, just enough to not feel slick. My towel removes all other traces, and by the time I'm dry my skin is moisturised but not the tiniest bit greasy.

   Do you reach for oils and butters in the cold weather? Do you like  massages? What are your cold-weather beauty rituals?
Image Credit: Rachel K

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Avocado Giveway Winner!

And the winner is Kendra!

   Congrats Kendra! I have sent you an email at sa******** If you can't see it, check your spam folder.

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Weekend Reads 20-02-2015

  Did you know that the 19th of March is officially the first day of spring? For me the ending of winter means wrapping up my small and big home projects. The warm season is gardening season, and I spend much more time outdoors. Winter is "nesting time", when I like to potter around the house, fix things, do some DIYs, an Apartment Therapy Cure, or -- this time -- purge the home with the help of Marie Kondo's magical little book. I'm writing this post squeezed between a (cute, new, second-hand) cupboard and a sofa, which are standing in the middle of the room till my husband decides where he wants to put his terrarium.

  On to the links for this weekend:

* Ambient Mixer has the best ambient sounds, from classic ones like a fireplace to beautifully complex ones like Tom Bombadil's Home. And you can mix your own ambient sounds too!

* Whaaat, it's apparently really easy to adjust clip-on earrings so that that don't pinch or slip off. All the beautiful clip-on earring that I have gotten rid off because I didn't know this!

* Scandi Chic!

* Was Coco Chanel a Nazi agent, or "only" anti-Semitic and homophobic?

* Another great way to wear your hair to bed

* What a difference the right pieces can make, aka how to look effortless chic and not frumpy in a tank-top and jean.

* I recently discovered the Free People blog. A must-see for lovers of Boho style and décor, or if you love DIYs with natural objects. Plus, their videos are adorable, if cheesy. This one is my favourite:

Photo credit: me

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

How To Fight Flat Hair Roots And Get More Lift + Volume

   These days I like to think of my hair as my mane. It has tons of volume, movement, and is so very me. But it wasn't always this way, especially with the volume. I used to have hair that lay completely flat on my head and I thought that my hair would never ever be lifted at the roots. If you think so too, this story is for you. It took a few tweaks to my routine to get lift and volume on the top of my head.
   A friend was complaining about her flat hair roots, and so I showed her a photo of how mine looked for years. There you go: 

That was the situation for most of my adult life. Till I realised that root lift is something that you can get if you want to.

My roots now:

   It took a couple of tweaks in my hair care routine to get this change.

On the aesthetics of flat vs volume on scalp:

   No volume at the root often comes together with straight, smooth hair and can look very beautiful. The advantage of volume at the roots it that it makes the hair look healthier, and is flattering for most face shapes because it lengthens it. In spite of that, hair that is lifted at the roots is a learned taste and a matter of personal preference. In India root volume wasn't important, but the hair was supposed to be sleek and smooth (like this or this hair product ad, compare to an European ad, incidentally it has Leighton Meester in it, ahhh). East Asian hair can look amazing when it's straight, heavy and, yes, flat.

 How to get more root volume

   Here is what you can do to get more lift at the roots. Of course mileage will vary, and the right haircut is probably the most important of all the tips.

Sleep with your hair on top of your head

   I do my hair in a ballerina bun right on top of my head to sleep and when I hang around the house. Alternatively I just grab it in a loose messy pile and secure with a huge clip. It might feel weird at first but the hair roots get used to it fast, and you get instant volume! At first the volume hold only for a few hours, but gradually as you implement the other changes it will last for the whole day.

The right cut

  I used to have longer hair that cut straight at the ends. It gave me triangle-head, flat on top and voluminous at the bottom. Then my hair dresser gave me lovely layers which make the hair much lighter, it doesn't hang so heavily any more and is "lighter" at the roots. Even though a lot of hair gets cut away every time, it actually looks fuller because of the layers and the movement.
   You need to get a hairdresser that understands your hair type and knows how to work with it, because thick heavy hair will need a different cut than thin silky hair. You also need to explain to them that you want more volume on top, and understand that not all cuts can give you that.

Blow drying your hair for root volume

   If you blow-dry, do it while hanging your head upside down and using a diffuser attachment (you can buy this separately and attach to the dryer you already own). You could also pull the hair up on a round brush.

Clip drying for root lift 

   If air drying, use small clips to lift your hair at the roots. Here are a couple of good examples. I'm usually lazy and use three bigger duckbill clips. I haven't tried them myself, but HiClips also look promising. You can also try wearing your hair to dry in a twisted ballerina bun while waiting for it to dry.

Switch up your part

   Keep your hair on its toes and don't always wear the same part. If you wear a right part, try drying (and even styling) your hair with the left part, and then flip it to the right part at the end. Sleep with a different part.

Fighting hat hair

   Before putting on your cap or hat, flip your hair to one side (if you already wear your hair flipped or parted to one side, flip it to the other side). Put on the cap. When you remove it, flip your hair back to how you normally wear it. Your hair won't be flat at the roots!

Cleanse your hair and scalp

   Silicons often weigh the hair down, so try switching to a silicon-free hair regimen. Once in a while clarify your hair to get rid of product buildup. A scalp scrub with clean the scalp from old skin flakes.

Condition before washing

    Use richer hair conditioners, masques or oils before shampooing, leave on for at least 30 mins under a shower cap. Shampoo only the scalp. After this your hair should be conditioned but not weighed down. If your hair is really dry and still needs moisture or emollients after shampooing, use a very light conditioner (leave-ins are really light, or you can dilute a regular one with water) and apply from ears down.

Deal with your oily scalp

    Here is my post on dealing with an oily scalp. Switch to a gentler shampoo that won't aggravate the oiliness. Use simple scalp treatments. Don't wash the hair with hot water. And always rinse of the hair really well.

Go easy on the brushing

   Brushing can pull the hair flat and spoil it's structure. For curly and wavy hair often a bit of detangling with the fingers is all it takes, you can also use a wide-toothed comb. I rarely brush at all, and if I do it's usually before washing, when I want to give my scalp a nice massage and spread the oils from roots to end. My hair doesn't tangle, though it used to tangle a lot before I started taking care of it.


   Henna gave me more volume that I have ever had. I love the Henna from Khadi, it colours quite well and is easier to apply than any other I have used. If you don't want to change your hair colour, you can get a shade that is close to your own, or try the colourless Cassia. Conditioners that contain Henna also add volume, although the effect is not so dramatic.

Lifting products

   When shopping for products that promise lift and volume always pick the ones without alcohol. Dry shampoo is a life saver if your scalp is getting really greasy. I love the one from Klorane. Scalp treatments can also make the scalp a bit fresher. The Taft voluminising Powder gives a lot of volume, however give the hair a weird texture (when you touch it) and is hard to wash out.
   My personal favourite is the DIY flaxseed gel.

  I hope these tips are useful for you and help you get your desired level of root lift. If you have any tips to add, do share in the comments! What makes your roots lifted, and what gives you a flat head?
  PS I you haven't entered the Avocado bra give-away, go and do it now! I you have, remember that you can tweet about it each day to get more entries.

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Giveway! Avocado Essentia Bras Review And Giveaway!

    Today I wanted to show you two different styles of the Essentia bra from the    Polish brand Avocado. Also, one lucky reader can win an Essentia bra!

   First, a small announcements: Avocado is looking for wholesale buyers, if you know someone who is interested, do contact them at paulina.gizycka(at)
   Avocado is a brand that is focused on bigger cups, and carries bras in five different constructions which are named after a letter of the alphabet, all nicely explained here. The Essentia line is the most affordable of their lingerie, and in it's simplicity a departure from the luxurious style of the brand.
   I got a black Essentia in the K shape and the caramel one in a H style. These styles did not work as well for me as the A style did, but they could be the absolute hit for breast styles different from mine.

   The bras were provided to me as a review sample, but all opinions are my own, as always. Currently my measurements are 68/81. I got a 65D in both styles, but remember that Avocado has its own sizing!

Aesthetics: 4/5

    The Essentias are designed to be simple but interesting everyday bras that don't show up under clothing. I heard that the design was even simpler before, but the clients wanted a bit more decorations. As for me, it is refreshing to see a bra other than the Panache Tango II that can be worn under fitting clothing but is not a (padded, boring) T-shirt bra. That is the reason that I gave the Avocado Essentias 4/5 for aesthetics even though the style is not drop-dead gorgeous.
    The cups and a part of the wings are made of a pretty mesh, which is backed by a softer fabric on the lower parts of the cups and by a simple net on the top of the cups and the wings. The top edge is lined with a thin strip of lace. There is a small key charm between the cups, it's the only element that sticks out under T-shirts but it can be snipped off easily. I like the effect of the pattern on the mesh, it makes the bra look interesting yet simple.
  The colour of the caramel bra is  a rather unsaturated caramel, rather sepia. I think that the photo above is pretty accurate, at least on my screen.

Fit: 1-3/5

  Though both the H and the K styles didn't work for me, they might be amazing on other women.
   The cups of the two bras have a 3-piece basic cut, but very different proportions. For the purposes of the next paragraph, I'll call the three parts of the cup the outside piece (the one near the armpits), the inside (near the gore) and the top piece.
   On me, neither cut worked as well as the A cut did. In the H style there was loose space on the outer top parts of the cups. If you look at the photos of the caramel H Essentia bra you will see that the strap is attached to the outside piece of the cup; and when the straps are pulled tight then the entire outer piece of the cup becomes flatter. This is why the cups still kind of fit me but the material of the outside piece wrinkles.
    In the black K style the strap is attached to the top piece of the cup, and when the straps are pulled tight only the elastic on the outside piece of the cup gets stretched (the elastic starts at the end of the strap and goes to the under-wire). On me there was too much free space on the top of the cups. The K has a lot of projection where the horizontal seam is, much more than I need. I would like to have tried it in a smaller cup, but unfortunately the 65D is as small as Avocado goes.
   The top of both the cups are lined with elastic, however this doesn't seem to stretch at all (unlike that on the A cup). Both cups are rather closed on top, so if you have full-on-top breasts the edge may cut in a bit.
   The underwires of the H style are much longer and narrower than those of the K style. Generally Avocado is the holy grail for women who need narrower underwires. The underwires of the K model are shorter, so they feel wider even though they aren't really. The center gore of the H model is around 1cm shorter than that of the black.
    Straps are fully adjustable, but not very long -- if you usually need longer straps you might be disappointed.. They are much more widely spaced in the caramel than in the black.
    The Avocado bands are generally nicely snug, and the Essentias are no exception.

Comfort: 5/5

   Avocado bras are some of the most comfortable ones I have tried. The part I liked best is that the hook closure of the band has a little padded cushion! The hooks and eyes themselves seem to more rounded and flatter than those of any other bra I have seen. The mesh fabric is soft and not at all scratchy. Even the inside of the straps is softer.
  I have not felt any discomfort from the band or the underwires.



   The Avocado H and K styles are not "mine", and in the future I would go for the A cut (as well as cuts I haven't tried yet). However these cuts could work for women with different breast shapes from mine. I must say I enjoy the way Avocado has labelled their five different cuts, which really helps to navigate through all the bras that they offer. It saves you a lot of guesswork -- many other brands re-use the same cuts, but as they don't give out the information it's often a matter of guesswork and luck to stumble upon another bra in a cut that works for you.
   If you have tried the Avocado Essentia, let me know in the comments how it worked for you!

Avocado Essentia S192K in black Stats:

Band unstretched: 60CM
Band stretched to the maximum: 78cm
Underwire length: 19,5
Underwire width:  12,5cm

Avocado Essentia S192Hn in caramel Stats:

Band unstretched: 62cm
Band stretched to the maximum: 80cm
Underwire length: 23cm
Underwire width: 13cm

Avocado Essentia Giveaway!

   Avocado is kindly sponsoring a give-away! One lucky winner gets an Essentia bra in the cut and colour of their choice (of course you can exchange it if you don't get the right style or size the first time).
  You can enter via the Rafflecopter form below, and don't forget to tweet to get extra entries.
   The giveaway is open worldwide and the winner will be notified via email (check your spam folder) and on this blog. Good luck!

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