Some of you might remember that my tablet, including my blog posts on my ParaNoire Design #bracation, broke down on my way back from Germany. Which led to a bit of a blog-writing depression one might say. But I got a new tablet, actually I even got a newer model now, and am able to blog while commuting again! yes! go me!
So today I’ll write a review that’s looong overdue:
My Karolina Laskowska pieces.
I recently found out why it took me so long to review these gorgeous pieces: I’m having a much harder time to write about something that’s awesome and perfect than to rant and trash talk. So, I really should take writing lessons! And please bear with me, I know this is not my best piece of writing. But it's better than I LOVE IT K THX BAI which was, not gonna lie, my first draft.
It’s safe to say that Karolina Laskowska is my favourite underwear designer. Ever. In the years I followed her career it was impressive to see how she already started her business while she was still in college and built a brand and name - a force to be reckoned with! Also, from what glimpses I caught of her as a person she just really rocks. And long haired metal chicks are always something good for the world.
When she is not elbow deep in gorgeous lace or vintage kimono silk for her collections she's also seen creating beautiful bespoke pieces. In 2014 she then won the "New Designer of the Year" award of the UK Lingerie Awards, she is a regular columnist for The Lingerie Addict and blogs about lingerie, corsets, vintage underthings and more on her blog Knickerbocker Stories. And her family has quality pics of their dog which totally made my day.
There are rumours that she also sleeps and eats, but I'm not sure whether those are true ;)
I already reviewed one piece by Karolina Laskowska on my blog, many moons ago. Last time it was a sample piece bra of her pre-college era.
This time I’m proud to be able to show you one whole set and a bra, after college era, and I can say MIND BLOWN!
For me this whole set has quite a personal story and value. When I was still in college I already set a goal: Once I’ll get a job, I’ll buy myself a Karolina Laskowska set.
Full Price. Because
a) I deserve a treat and
b) she deserves that people that can actually for once afford her stuff buy it full price. Girl’s gotta eat!
October last year I started working and with my first full paycheck I went shopping and chose the since discontinued “Ania” set in off white-blush. For reference: It is similar to the "Ela" set, bra available for 130GBP, harness knickers for 110GBP, but had no bows. I don't quite remember how much I paid but it was somewhat around that range too.
Considering my rather voluptuous butt I asked Karolina which size I should pick for the knickers and we decided on a size L. I chose the bralet in size small.
The bralet is pretty tight on my ribs and since I have very protruding floating ribs I can place the horizontal straps really nice around them and they stay put. Non-standard body perks! :D The band of the bra is made from three rows of soft elastics, and they are sitting rather tight. It is closed with a (unusually soft) regular bra clasp in the back. I don't think it is too tight on me, I like it if strappy lingerie sits tight, but maybe a size M would have sufficed band-wise (but then I would have had problems with filling out the cups ;) )
I have bottom heavy and very shallow breasts and I can fill out the cups nicely when I tighten the straps. I'm sure that they will also fit someone with more boobage though, this is a really nice piece to customize in my opinion. I especially love that you can not only adjust the shoulder straps but also the additional straps above the cups. With boobs being so diverse it would be almost impossible to make a bralet that fits most when adding these straps. By making them adjustable Karolina created an almost perfect cup!
The satin shoulder straps are fully adjustable and you can really customize the fit to your preferences - do you want a bit of a lift from the bralet? Or a more comfortable hugging-you look? Everything possible.
The high waist straps on the knickers are again fully adjustable, so it's easy to position them exactly where you need them. Of course they stay put easiest if placed in your waist, but with a little fashion tape I'm sure you can place them a bit higher or lower too! This also means that it doesn't matter if you are on the heavier or lighter side of your size, because it's easy to customize them to a nice fit.
This set might not be something you wear under work clothes if you - like me - have to change into scrubs or other work clothes. I’d rather not have my colleagues spill something icky on myself while wearing them, thank you very much! They are toooo valuable. I love to wear this set underneath something simple, where maybe only the straps above the cups sometimes glimpse through under a low neckline. A gorgeous set like this one is like armour to me!
The knickers and the cups of the bralet are sheer (everything is better sheer. ok maybe not everything. but a LOT of things are better when they are sheer) and I just love how cute butts look in sheer lingerie! The chantilly lace is beyond gorgeous and everything is just so perfectly made, no missed stitches, everything just perfect!
The blush and off white colours give the set a bit of a fairytale feeling in my opinion - I feel very much like a self rescuing princess in them! On the first glance the lace looks almost white, but it is in fact blush. And gorgeous. (This is me in my "this is too pretty for words" phase. Sorry!)
Which also led to the idea of the pics I took for the Karolina Laskowska Selfie competition this spring. (Pics by my boyfriend, Editing by myself)
Self rescuing princess, mother of dragons, in the Austrian Vineyards wearing Martens. That’s how I roll.
Being a bit self conscious about parts of my body it was a new experience of having the knickers with straps accentuating my hips and waist - I usually don’t like that on me - but wearing these glorious undies I just can’t NOT like myself.
Well, I entered the competition and actually won a runner up prize, a voucher over 50GBP!
Using this voucher I then proceeded to buy another Karolina Laskowska bra I’ve ogled since I saw the lookbook: The Liliana quarter cup bra.
Being small busted has a lot of disadvantages too, but also some perks. One perk is that, very often, quarter cup bras look great on us smallbusters (although they often do look more like half cups ;) ). I really wanted a matching pair of knickers but since iirc only the thong was available in my size at that time and I was already stretching my budget with the (on sale) bra, I ended up buying the bra on its own.
Considering my very wide breast base and shallow boobs it's always a bit of a hassle to find a well enough fit in a bra with wires- if you don't know what to look for. Thankfully I spent enough (ahem, maybe too much) time considering a lot of factors that go into my “perfect” fit so I knew I had a big chance of finding a good fit in Liliana:
* I chose a size M, which should be a good fit wire wise after talking to Karolina.
* Yes usually the cups might be too big/deep for me but considering the quarter cup style of Liliana and my bottom heavy breast shape I was fairly sure that I would fill the cups out.
* Although the Liliana is not bandless in the front it sports a very interesting underbust band in the back: The bra band in the back is entirely made from straps! ~adjustable~ straps! with gold parts! Which meant that the band would most likely fit ;)
These factors make the Liliana a rather perfect bra: I can adjust the bra band to the length I need, the wires are a good fit and my boobs love the cups. This is truly perfect. I
But you don’t just have to believe what I say, I also have pics! yay! It took some creativity to choose how we wanted the bad and evil nipples to vanish so I am able to share the pics on Facebook too ;). I mean, nipples, those bad bad things! I can cut through your computer screen with my laser nipples! beware!
Ok. Anyway. Because I’m classy like that I have two different pasties for these pics, first are the very ~serious~ googly eyes that truly give the luxury lingerie what it needs. Yup. (I had way too much fun with these. Don’t ever allow me near googly eyes). And for the not thaat classy pics I planted tiny strawberries on my boobs because strawberries are awesome and I like the colour clashing with the lace! (Pics by Eva, Editing by myself)
On the pictures I’m also wearing the Between the Sheets - Leopard Play robe I bought in summer. I’m practically living in it, it is one of the best purchases I ever made. It is on final sale for 67,50$ and I can highly recommend it! It is sheer and depends on the lighting how you perceive it: all black, a light shimmery gold, sheer, or when the light is in the right angle the gold print really stands out. It’s so comfortable to wear, either over undies or even over nightwear. All year round loveliness. It feels like you're not wearing anything because it's so light, and in summer it's nice and cool but when it's getting colder it's still warming you. Magical. I think it's the leopard print doing the magic;)
The knickers are cheap ones from Hunkemoeller *oops*
Here you can see that, of course, there can be a bit more boob in a cup, but it still looks very nice. You can also see that the laces are two different shades, which is even more awesome in person!
Thanks for bearing with me!
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