is so important.
Did you know that most women are wearing the wrong bra size?
I have had the luxury of shopping at a lovely boutique owned by a very skilled English lady Jackie,
who incidentally, insisted on measuring her clients every time they came in for new brassieres.
I scoffed at the idea as I shopped semi annually for bras, how could they change size in 6 months?
Thankfully I listened to her advice.
She has retired now and I miss the sumptuous selection and her expert service so much.
I may have vented about this here on my blog before...
like a dog with a bone I am not wanting to let it go!
It's frustrating to go to a department store, peruse the stock, take in a few at a time, try them on and then get dressed again and repeat the process several times before finding what works best.
There never seems to be a clerk about when I need one.
I am I the only one who finds this frustrating?
Jackie would eye you up after measuring you with her tape and she knew which bras would fit
and often the sizes would be slightly different than what you might expect based on the styles.
(not unlike a designer's sizing, each company has it's quirks)
Peg was Jackie's assistant and she was SO funny.
A woman of "a certain age" with a savvy sense of fashion and a figure quite like mine and a rapid rapier wit.
She once shocked me after she measured my chest with her tape
(which hung conveniently around her neck as if she was a tailor)
she placed both her "cupped hands" over my breasts
to determine my cup size. I kid you not.
It took me by surprise and I didn't know whether to laugh or cry.
I have told this story many times to my friends, but the weird thing is that she knew the cup size!
Living in a smallish town we have a few lingerie shops and I am hoping that someone will open a new one.
Vancouver is the closest city where one can find lovely the French lacy Chantelle's and the Italian engineered Prima Donna's, two of my favourite makers.
Good quality lingerie does not come cheap, they are investment pieces in my opinion.
When one spends a generous sum on staples like these, one needs to economize in other areas.
Do you ever order lingerie off the internet?
I picked this up the other day
at the small bookshop on The Avenue
apparently it inspired Julian Fellowes
to pen Downton Abbey.
The clerk Shirley, and I had a rousing and animated conversation about Downton Abbey.
We were both gushing about the series and have watched the episodes many times and never tire of them.
Are you a Downton Abbey fan?
I am mad for the series and can't wait for more.
You might like to read Julian's novels Snobs and Past Imperfect
both reside in a place of honour in my collection
they are very rich and thoroughly entertaining.
To Marry an English Lord
"American Heiresses Take on Peerage"
"In 1895 nine American girls, including a Vanderbilt, LaRoche, Rogers, and Whitney married peers of the British realm-- among them, a duke, an earl, three barons, and a knight. It was the peak year of a social phenomenon that began in the Gilded Age after the American Civil War, and handed down the legacy of Anglomania, preppie, and the world of the television series Downton Abbey."
It has been added to the stack of books at my bedside table
so many fabulous books waiting...
Hermes share a shelf with future reads.
Bolder Breakfast Tea
(gift from Peg in Comox)
sipping and savouring this delicious blend
while composing this post.
I just realized there are two Pegs in my posts today.
Soft pink hydrangea blooms
subtle in the dim light
of the Humble Bungalow dining room.
pretty in pink
This plant was under $20
will bloom for many weeks
before being replanted in the garden.
May brings many blooms to the garden
and with them come many weeds
and a lawn that runs riot.
Treat your self to some fresh flowers
or some pesky weeds if you prefer...
a jar of sunny yellow dandelions are free
and ever so cheery.