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SM reviews… Playful Promises lingerie

Editor writes: “Aaah, bras and knickers. Our relationship with them rolls with the punches over our lifetime. At thirteen, we’re desperate to wear thongs under our school skirt, but we think it’s super cool to rock them with a sports bra… At seventeen it’s more about the boy shorts and bf jeans. When we discover proper lingerie (in my case, at nineteen, along with my first ‘proper job’) it can be lifechanging.

Not only did the satin and lace feel so much better than the multi-packs of sloganed panties I’d buy in Topshop, but for someone who is short but 34E big boobed (the downfall of my ballet career!) for once I felt like I had some shape, some curves…

But then ‘Hello Pregnancy’; all of a sudden it’s back to oversized, cheap pants and sports bras again. And afterwards – well – even with reformer Pilates and bicep curling with bags of shopping, jiggling my bits into expensive lingerie just seemed like a bit of a waste…

But Playful Promises create sexy solutions for all sizes. And by that I don’t just mean plus sizes but also string beans, those who have had three children and those who are short with big boobs. And by sexy I mean HAWT. Choose from vintage glamour, fifties flirty or chic bondage (think Madonna in JPG in the 90s) looks and – well – maybe don’t browse at work!

I tried the Portia set, pictured above (that’s not me – but I did feel a bit like that, wearing it!) I did wonder at the time of the knickers were a bit risque to be rocking on the school run, but they are actually really comfy and wearable – as all well designed lingerie tends to be.

I guess I wouldn’t normally buy a green bra – my drawer is full of shades of nude called things like ‘blossom’ and ‘blush’ – but it’s a really lovely satin shade and not at all like dressing up as a mermaid 😉 The bra fit is wonderful; super perky under a tshirt and va-va-voomy under a sun-dress! It’s from their ‘fuller bust’ collection, which goes up to 36G and you could also opt for a suspender belt in the same shade of teal/black lace.”

For more info or to buy click here.

 

Cookies and Milk? Medela announces the Big Breastfeeding Cafe 2017

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The Big Breastfeeding Café, led by breastfeeding brand Medela, is back for its second year! The hugely successful celebration of breastfeeding is set to engage the nation once again as families join together to chat all things breastfeeding, share experiences and support each other over a cuppa!

The world’s leading breastfeeding brand, Medela, is calling on mums (and dads) to join the fun on Tuesday 16th May, by hosting a Breastfeeding Café in the comfort of home for family, friends and local mums. With more than 500 mums joining together and over 40 cafes held last year across the UK including Yorkshire, Norfolk, Nottingham and London, the brand is hoping to bring more mums together and make this the biggest ever Breastfeeding Café!

The Big Breastfeeding Café was a campaign inspired by a survey, which found that a significant 76% of mums believed chatting with other mums at support groups helped to support their feeding journey. This, teamed with the continued success of its weekly Breastfeeding Café on social media, led to the brand taking the concept on the road, actively reaching out to the parenting community and promoting the importance of essential mum to mum support.

The team at Medela are passionate about supporting all breastfeeding mums, whether they are exclusively breastfeeding, expressing or a combination of both. This year’s Big Breastfeeding Café will mark yet another stride in not only encouraging breastfeeding talk amongst mums, but also increasing the awareness of breastfeeding within society.

Medela UK’s Education Manager and in-house Lactation Consultant, Sioned Hilton Commented “Breastfeeding has been proven again and again to be the best way to feed baby. However, although a part of human nature, it is not always as easy as first thought and can be challenging. Having a supportive, reassuring and caring network around you is vital, if not essential to a successful breastfeeding journey. Chatting with other breastfeeding mums specifically, is a brilliant way to get advice and learn some new tips from those who have experienced breastfeeding and expressing first hand.”

She continued “We’re so looking forward to The Big Breastfeeding Café 2017. We hope that mums across the UK will once again join us to celebrate breastfeeding and vital mum to mum support. After all, what a fantastic excuse to get together and make some new mummy friends, while chatting all things feeding over some much deserved tea and cake!”  

Medela will provide mums with a complete package enabling them to host their very own Breastfeeding Café in the comfort of home. The Big Breastfeeding Café packs will include a handy breastfeeding guide featuring expert advice from in-house Lactation Consultant Sioned Hilton, Medela samples, posters, invitations and of course, tea and biscuits!

To sign up for a Big Breastfeeding Café pack, mums simply need to register their interest by emailing medelamums@gmail.com