Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Chaffree underwear - Review

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of talking to the lovely Amanda from Chaffree about their new products.

Anti Chaff shorts are something I have been wearing since my teens, under skirts and dresses. There has been little in the way of the good but plenty of the bad and the ugly. I started with cycling shorts as a teen, which never lasted long and to be honest were usually hot and sweaty as the materials were not very breathable. I then moved onto short tights from Evans in later years, which to be honest mostly drive me insane, as the legs rolled up and the waist rolled down, the sizing was never great and the seams were often uncomfortable for me, I have super sensitive skin that gets sore easily so rarely even wear tights for this reason.

When I heard about Chaffree I was interested to see if the lived up to their promises

  • Seamless, Stretchy, Lightweight and Quick Drying
  • Keeps skin cool and dry as made in the performance wicking fabric COOLMAX®
  • Latex Free with Anti Bacterial properties giving relief from sweating and chafing.

After asking Amanda a few questions, she really felt that her shorts could work for my ridiculously sensitive skin.
I have to say that they really do. I expected to have some gripes with the shorts as I have honestly hated every pair I have owned in the past. I wore them simply so I could wear a skirt without my legs being raw. even as a size 8 teen I never had the mythical thigh gap so long walks in just a skirt would make my sensitive skin raw.

The Chaffree Womens Knickerboxers  are a fantastic length and even come in two options 6" and 8" so you can have a shorter pair for short skirts or even for under summer shorts and culottes, if like me your legs even get sore in them.

I have been really unwell recently, part of my condition gives me what I call fluey skin, it prickles and burns as my nerves go crazy and my clothes feel painful against it. I have however worn these shorts on numerous occasions and they have not irritated my skin so far and I have also washed them many times and they still look and feel like new. The higher waistband on me in the size L/XL goes right up under my bra but I am pretty short at only 5'2 so not sure how that would work for taller women.

This is to give you an idea of where the shorts sit on me length wise in the longer leg L/XL I am also a size 22 apple shape to give you an idea of sizing.

I also have a some images from the site to give you an idea of fit and shape.

You can select mid rise or high rise waist.

These shorts are not shape wear so do not hold you in or make me you feel restricted in any way. the seams are placed in such a way that they don't rub between your legs and are lovely and stretchy.

I was also sent a pair of Womens Briefs in black which a lovely and cool under my clothing and fit beautifully. 

My lovely husband was also sent a pair of Mens Boxers which he said are amazingly comfortable and breathable. 

One of the things I would say these shorts would also be amazing for, is runners, the coolmax tech is comfy and cool and the smoothness of the material would be great to wear under shorts to keep things in place or to stop chafing in general.

Brices start at around £17 depending on style the longer shorts I was sent are £19, take a look around the site and give them a try if it is something you need. I plan on ordering myself a few more pairs and really want the blossom colour for under pretty light dresses this summer. 


Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Valentines Outfits

Valentines Day is fast approaching and even if your single its a night to spend with friends and loved ones.

We tend to stay home and eat nice food, watching a film, I would say its a nice romantic comedy but its usually a Horror or Sci-Fi for us!

I have put together a few outfits form my favourite brands which offer next day delivery so there is still time to get something special for the weekend.

The classics

These dresses are perfect for a romantic dinner or a night out with the girls.

This dress is stunning, I love the off the shoulder and fitted shape it is beautiful!

Valentines and red always go together and this gorgeous lace dress is a gorgeous classic that can be worn again and again.

I adore this dress! It comes in both Black and  Red and the cut out heart detail at the back is seriously cute!


If you want to step away from the usual and make a statement then brights could be for you. They are everywhere at the moment!

Here are a few of my favourites.

This jacket is such a fantastic way to inject some brights into your wardrobe, It would be fantastic for a meal out or a night at the cinema. This is one outfit that even if I don't go out on the night I will still be buying.

This top is another way to bring in the brights it will work well with trousers, jeans and skirts. and could be easily dressed up or down.

This dress is simply stunning, the gorgeous bright orange with the contrast of the black and the flowers is amazing, slip on a nice jacket and your set for a fabulous night out.

If you like something a little more romantic this orange dress is stunning the gorgeous lace detailing and the pleated skirt are so pretty.

Naughty but Nice

Sometimes we don't want to be classic or romantic but instead want a bit of an edge to our look so the next outfits are for you.

Anna Scholz @ Simply Be
I am in love with this skirt and top combination. I may have to invest in the skirt as soon as possible as I would enjoy wearing the hell out of it!

I love this dress, I am not sure I could pull it off! someone seriously needs to wear this though so I can ogle them and admire how amazing they look!

These are just a few of my suggestions, but plus fashion really does have a lot to offer, take a look around and let me know if you get anything fabulous.


Thursday, 22 January 2015

Keeping Warm With Curvissa

I am a little bit obsessed with coats! I own a ridiculous amount, to be honest and every year I want a new one. I have a smart going out coat and a lovely warm winter coat but I can never find a decent outdoors coat that is stylish, warm and tough.

So when I was contacted by Curvissa recently about doing a Coat Review, it was with my outdoor needs in mind that I began my search.

Parkers are very in fashion right now but if I am honest they either swamp me or are nowhere near warm enough so although a couple caught my eye it was this lovely Soft Shell Coat that I went for in the end.

I usually wear a 22 but my previous experience of Curvissa has taught me to size up so I did with this to a 24 to make sure it worked over my bust and I am glad I did as it is only just right.

It is made of a lovely soft material that feels like it will be shower prof although it does not state this in its description, it is windproof and breathable which is ideal for walking my dogs along the river next to the open fields as it does get pretty blustery around here. The coat is lined with a gorgeous thin fleece which is soft to touch and very warm.

The length of the coat is perfect for me as it covers my bum, please remember though I am only 5'2  and one anyone taller it is likely to sit just below your bum the picture of it on the model is a good indicator of its length.

The tie waist is a nice feature as it gives shape to the coat which is often missing from outdoor coat.

I assume this is the brand although it isn't called this on curvissa.

The hood is big and feel like it might stay put in the wind as it hooks over quite nicely.

All in all I am very happy with this coat, its sizing could be a little more generous but otherwise it is lovely and I would highly recommend it to anyone look for a good outdoors coat. it feels like it can cope well with my three biggest dogs jumping up at me with muddy paws when we play and me falling on my bum in the mud which has happened a few times.

A few other fabulous ladies are also working with Curvissa to review coats and they all look far more glamorous than me, so head on over to their pages and take a look. The links are below.