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From that initial whirl of excitement of the big proposal, to choosing a venue, wrangling guest lists, finding THE dress and picking perfect flowers… planning a wedding has so many things to think about it can make your head spin. 

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The big day draws ever nearer and you eagerly check the weather 80 times a day to see if you’ll get the sunshiny day you always dreamed about. And then BAM. You realise that you haven’t even thought about bridal underwear yet! What on earth will you wear under your wedding dress, what lingerie will you choose for your wedding night, and what about underwear and swimwear for your honeymoon?! Gah!

Here at Mish we find that brides sometimes come to us in a bit of a panic as bridal underwear is usually one of the last things they think about. Really you think it would be one of the first because good bridal underwear provides the foundation to your look. It’s also a very good idea to take your bridal underwear with you for dress fittings so you can see how it all works together. It’s vital that you have a well-fitted bra for your wedding day to prevent any wardrobe malfunctions!

Great quality (properly fitting) bridal lingerie can accentuate your best bits and really make you feel fabulous on your big day. Get it wrong and you can feel pinched, squeezed and thoroughly uncomfortable on what is supposed to be one of the greatest days of your life. You’re not supposed to feel like that, you should do nothing but shine!

Enjoy our ultimate guide to all you need to know about good quality bridal underwear in Cornwall. It could just be the difference you were looking for…  

Bridal Underwear- The Perfect Foundations

The lingerie you choose for your wedding day is every bit as important as the dress itself. Especially if you have a bigger bust, the type of bridal bra you’re hoping to wear might even dictate the style of wedding dress you choose.

From strapless to backless, illusion necklines, bodices and everything in between… many types of wedding dresses often require specialist wedding underwear to ensure that you are supported correctly and feel incredible.

As soon as you have chosen your dress, a bridal lingerie specialist should be your next stop because we can put paid to any myths and fears you might have. We can perhaps even surprise you with the realisation that beautiful and comfortable bridal lingerie for bigger busts is in fact possible! (Our lovely Georgie Horne at Fuller Figure Fuller Bust explored bridal lingerie when she was planning her own wedding so take a look over on her blog too). 

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What Colour Lingerie Should I Wear Under My Wedding Dress?

The colour of your bridal lingerie is a big decision to make, and a choice should make first before you look at any styles or fits. Do you go classic white or ivory to match your dress? Or do you choose a nude/skin-coloured bra to tone in discreetly? Perhaps you have chosen a sheer wedding dress and want to have a funky flash of colour poking out from underneath?

Whatever colour bridal lingerie you choose, also consider lighting and photography on the day and how it can sometimes make sheer fabrics even more so! Keep the colour of your bridal bra in mind because you’ll probably also want pants to match and the fabric of your dress’ skirt will determine what colour lingerie set works best.    

It’s a really good idea to take your bridal pants and bra to your dress fittings with you so that you can try it all on together, walk about, jump about and throw your hands up in the air to check that everything stays where it should. You might look crazy in the shop, but better that than have a catastrophe on the day. Top tip– Once you’ve got it all on, try to stand in the window to check for comfort, lines and visibility in daylight!

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Which is the Best Style of Bra to Wear Under a Wedding Dress?

This question is very personal and will depend on a number of factors. Your shape, your bust size, your dress style, and of course personal taste are all things to consider when choosing the best bra for you. 

*Strapless Bra for Under Wedding Dress

If you have a strapless wedding dress then you will probably consider choosing a strapless bra such as this strapless nude bra from Panache. It has a three-section padded cup which gives support and great uplift, and also comes with removable straps which can be worn straight or crossed over the back to give added versatility. It’s so comfortable you’ll wear it long after your wedding day! We also stock ‘Bye Bra’ breast lift tape and silk nipple covers which are a revelation and so much better than tit tape alone. The adhesive breast lifts the breasts from the top which makes it the perfect solution for strapless, backless, V-necked or plunged-necked dresses (or even under your bikini for that extra oomph).

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*Illusion Wedding Dress Underwear

If your wedding dress is illusion-style with a sheer layer across the decolletage/shoulders then you’ll want to consider a strapless bra so that you can’t see the straps. This moulded strapless bra from Wacoal is buttery soft and so comfortable that it will be effortless to wear under your illusion wedding dress. The lace detail gives it a gorgeously playful air which makes for a beautiful option for wedding underwear. 

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*Plunge Neckline

If your wedding dress has a deep V then you’ll want to make sure that the bridal underwear you choose is suitably low so as to complement the style of the dress. It all depends on how deep the ‘V’ is, but something like the Everly plunge bra in rosewater by Cleo (Panache) is a popular option for brides, especially due to the all-over lace and lurex yarn which add a subtle sparkle for extra glamour. One of our most popular bridal bras is the Wacoal Embrace lace plunge in pretty floral lace which also has the option of crossover straps for versatility. 

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*Queen Anne Neckline

This flattering neckline will open up the options for you when selecting which kind of bridal lingerie to choose. The Queen Anne-style dress has lots of coverage of the shoulders and bustline, so full cup bras, balconettes and indeed any type of amazingly supportive bra with straps will be fine as the Queen Anne neckline is very forgiving.  

Bridal Knickers and Underwear for Your Wedding Day

For many, comfort is paramount when choosing the perfect pants to wear under your wedding dress. This may mean a sheer thong for some, or big supportive shapewear for others.

The style and length of your dress sometimes makes the decision for you; if you’re wearing a fuller skirt from waist to hemline, such as a ball gown, A-line, flowy sheath or a tea-length dress then you can wear any underwear you wish (even those with ‘Mrs’ etched on the back in crystals, if that’s your thang).

If your dress is more sheer and floaty then it might be wise to select a more invisible knicker to ensure that your pant line isn’t visible under the fabric. luxury bridal underwear cornwall

*Size Matters

Don’t be precious about it… it’s sometimes a good idea to go a size up to ensure that you don’t see a bulge underneath your dress (no-one is looking at the size label). But also be careful not to go too big- you don’t want your undercrackers falling down around your knees as you walk down the aisle! Trying on your bridal pants for size is often a very good idea as you don’t want any unwelcome surprises on the day itself. 

*Shapewear for Under Wedding Dress 

If you’re looking for a bit of gentle support and structure for under your wedding dress then this Spanx lace bodysuit in vintage rose ticks all the boxes. Romantic, flirty and feminine, this bodysuit offers the lightest, softest shaping possible and will make you feel incredible. For something a bit more shaping, the Wacoal sexy shaping high waisted long leg shaper enhances and flatters your body’s natural curves and has been expertly crafted from a brand new ultra light fabric. You’ll feel absolutely incredible and be comfortable all day long, unlike some other shapewear which can squeeze you into miserable breathlessness! We have a beautiful selection of bridal shapewear for all shapes and sizes so pop in and ask to see our range. 

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*Invisible Pants

If you have a slinky or Grecian-style wedding dress which accentuates all those glorious curves on its way down, you may want to consider an invisible pair of pants so that you avoid that dreaded VPL. These Bye Bra adhesive thongs are reusable, invisible and utterly magic! They make you feel like you’re not wearing any underwear at all, but give you that little bit of reassurance you may need which you don’t get from going commando. Made from a soft and ultra-comfortable material, these invisible thongs are really popular and create a natural VPL-free appearance. 

Wedding Night Lingerie

So you’ve chosen the perfect bridal lingerie to wear under your wedding dress, what about the lingerie for your wedding night?!

Some brides decide that their wedding day lingerie is beautiful enough and worthy of that special wedding night moment, but lots of you don’t want to be stripping off in front of their new husbands/wives to reveal Spanx and would rather something a little more slinky instead.

Remember too that your wedding day can be stressful and busy – a quick change of lingerie before bed can make sure you don’t have a sweaty and tired-looking bra on your wedding night! You only have one wedding night, so make it count.

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  • Suspenders Suspenders can look incredibly sexy and make you feel a million dollars. Having a special ‘wedding night lingerie’ set is a really nice treat for you both and can make you smile all day knowing what there is to look forward to later!    
  • Bodies Bodies can be incredibly sexy and comfortable too! Gossard’s super soft lace body is effortlessly luxurious and the lace detailing makes it perfect for your wedding night. You’ll wear this time and time again. This Triumph body in spotlight red is fun and flirty with beautifully delicate details making it a great option for your wedding night. We particularly like the star-like pattern on the back!
  • Lingerie Sets If you have bigger boobs then hopefully you’ll already be aware of our beautiful lingerie for ladies with bigger busts. Have a look at our latest collection to see what might tickle your fancy… remember that it’s not just for your wedding night, our lingerie is SO comfortable and beautiful that you can wear it day in day out. Brands include Freya, Fantasie, Panache, Elomi, Empreinte and Gossard. Whether you are looking for an on-trend Freya balcony bra or a super stylist padded plunge bra by Gossard, we’ve got it covered. Every bra has matching briefs, shorts and thongs available so be sure to treat yourself to the set.

So all that is left to do now is book your bridal lingerie fitting in Cornwall!

Brides-to-be are warmly welcomed here at our gorgeous lingerie boutique in Wadebridge for a bridal lingerie fitting experience. Simply call 01208 816 446 and we’ll make an appointment for you to come along (with bridesmaids/mum too if you like, but on your own is fine too) and get fitted by one of our lingerie specialists.

If you have a picture of the dress bring it along to your lingerie fitting so we can see the exact style and shape to help you find your perfect wedding day underwear. We can’t wait to meet you and help you feel truly incredible on your wedding day!

Big love,

Mish xx

2020… As another new year rolls around you promise yourself that THIS is your year! You’re going to finally dust off those trainers. No, really this time. This is the year when you’ll get fit, the year you’ll start walking up the stairs rather than taking the lift, the year you’ll run that half marathon,  the year you’ll eat healthily and achieve those health goals and be really “truly happy” (whatever that means).  

2020 is your year and you’re going to smash it!

It is then that you realise that your trainers have seen better days and you don’t have a sports bra, but you do have a comfortable old bra that you don’t wear anymore so it will be good for getting sweaty. Your plans for a run get waylaid as you start searching the internet for new trainers.  Your old comfy bra will be ok, as long as you can stretch in it, right? 

Wrong! 

We can’t help you with your trainers unfortunately, but we’re here to tell you about the importance of wearing a good sports bra and how it can make or break the ‘new you’. Yes really. 

Read on dear reader, this is the advice you need to help you achieve those new year fitness goals…

 

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The Invention of the Sports Bra

Women in ancient civilisations used to bind their chests with leather to stop their boobs bouncing around and legend has it that the Amazons of Ancient Greece used to actually cut off their right breasts to partake in archery pursuits. In the 1920s French sportswoman Violette Morris even chose to have a double mastectomy because her breasts “impeded control” of her racing car!

Thankfully, sports bra technology has come on leaps and bounds (pardon the pun) since the sports bra was invented in 1977 and put a stop to all that historic craziness. Commercial sports bras came into circulation thanks to the new popularity of jogging in the US and the women’s liberation movement. And our boobs have been grateful ever since.

The Importance of a Good Quality (Properly-Fitted) Sports Bra

Your sporting performance can be affected by the type of bra you wear. During high impact activities like running, a normal bra cannot prevent your breasts from bouncing back and forth.  If you don’t wear a sports bra then the Cooper ligaments (that maintain the shape and height of the breast) can tear and become damaged. Just as with any sport-related ligament damage, this hurts! Also, once they’ve been stretched they don’t shrink back so you need to take the utmost care because gravity is queen!

Breasts can move as much as 8 inches during exercise up and down, in and out and from side to side. This figure-of-eight-shaped boob dance when exercising means that a good quality supportive sports bra is a must, especially for high impact sports such as running. 

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A good pair of trainers should cushion the foot, give arch support and improve athletic performance by aiding the prevention of injury. A sports bra is no different and equally as important – but for your boobs instead of your feet. If your sports bra is ill-fitting or not supportive enough it can damage delicate breast tissue, cause back pain and even restrict your breathing – which of course will make exercise more difficult and hamper your keep-fit efforts.

Here at Mish we generally specialise in bras for larger boobs but where sports bras are concerned, even women with smaller boobs need to get correctly-fitted and wear a good quality sports bra when exercising. You wouldn’t exercise in trainers that are too small (or too big), so why would you wear an incorrectly-sized sports bra?

What Makes a Good Sports Bra?

A good quality sports bra should have cool breathable panels, be able to wick away moisture and have a wide elasticated chest band which can reduce bounce (as with this non-wired Shock Absorber running sports bra which reduces bounce by up to 78%, and this wired sports bra by Panache which reduces bounce by 83%!)

Along with this, it needs to fit correctly! Take a look at our bra fitting guide for advice. A good sports bra needs to fit a little more snug than a regular bra but shouldn’t restrict breathing. You should be able to fit two fingers between the straps and your shoulders. If you choose an underwired sports bra then it should lay flat against the ribcage. The band shouldn’t ride up when you raise your hands above your head and ideally the cups should be seamfree and moulded to ensure that you avoid the dreaded nipple rub!  Your breasts shouldn’t bulge – pay close attention to any bulging at the top or by the underarm. Furthermore, the cups shouldn’t have any wrinkles or gaps. If the cup fabric is wrinkled, try a smaller size. 

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Can I Wear the Same Sports Bra for All Sports?

While having one reliable sports bra in your gym kit is a necessity, ideally you’ll have a few on the go for different activities, such as a simpler style for yoga and a high impact design for more intensive workout sessions. Choosing a sports bra which is supportive for running and court sports, or aerobics and yoga means choosing one which is lightweight, flexible and which has the technology to withstand high impact activity too. 

Things to Consider:

  • If you plan on weight training, dancing or boxing, a bra with a good low cut around the armpit will restrict chafing on the armpit. Good to consider when doing wide arm movements, whether it’s warrior II pose or a deadlift. 
  • If doing yoga or low impact sports then consider a lightweight freestyle non-wired bra with a racer back style to give freedom of movement. Also consider the neckline and compression of the bra to ensure your boobs don’t fall out when you’re practicing those tricky yoga inversions!  
  • Compression/Encapsulation: Most regular bras offer encapsulation (where each breast is encapsulated by a cup, supporting each boob individually) but many sports bras offer compression (where the breasts are compressed against the chest to restrict movement). Consider which works best for you and your breast size/chosen sport.
  •  Don’t be embarrassed to try your chosen sports bra on and jump up and down, jog on the spot, do jumping jacks and stretch those arms around. If it feels supportive and comfortable, you’re set!

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Getting Fit, Getting Strong

Getting fit is not necessarily about weight loss – it’s about being fit and healthy and strong. It’s about seeing what the body can do and pushing it that little bit further to make you feel good. Whether that means a 10k run or a swim in the local pool, just getting moving is a positive step for your body and your mind.  We love Georgina Horne @fullerfigurefullerbust who has a good workout on her grid which shows how moving and feeling strong can make you feel incredible. 

Park Run organises Saturday morning runs in communities all around the UK. The runs are open to all; anybody and everybody of all ages and running abilities can take part in a park run – you can run, jog or walk the course and speed doesn’t matter. Taking part and getting moving is what it’s all about! This is a great drive to get people out and about in their communities and an awesome way to start getting fit. And once you have a good bra and your boobs aren’t uncomfortably getting squashed or jostled about when you exercise, you might find that you really enjoy it!

We stock a good selection of sports bras which are suitable for all your sporting needs, just pop in to our shop in Wadebridge and we can fit you and advise you on the best sports bra for you. 

Take a look below at a few of our favourite sports bras and their benefits, we hope you’ll now be clued up on the importance of a good sports bra and come in to be fitted for yours soon. 

“New year new you” starts here!

Last week we mentioned there was only one secret you needed to know to ensure your party dress is looking its best – and that’s getting your underwear right! Now that we’ve got the sizing bit of out of the way (for tips on finding your fit, view our post from last week), let’s get onto the fun stuff! STYLES!

Just over a week ago The Daily Mail released their ‘Ultimate Christmas Party Dress Hot List’ and it really is the ultimate list, we can guarantee you there is a style to suit whatever your shape, budget and event!

So to make your life just that little bit easier this Christmas (because we all know there is so much to do this time of year!) we have picked a couple of our favourite styles from the list, and handpicked the perfect lingerie solution for it!

Are you ready to be inspired?

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Dress: Low Cut V-necks
Bra: Gossard Superboost Padded Plunge in Twilight
Why: Superboost offers a low front centre gore and thin straps for minimal coverage, meaning no unsightly bra flashes!

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Dress: Wrap Dresses
Bra: Fantasie Elodie Balcony in Cobalt
Why: Elodie is the one for wrap dresses as it’s balcony style has wide set straps that will sit perfectly underneath. Wrap dresses are great if you require a bra with a higher front for that extra support!

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Dress: Plus Size
Bra: Elomi Anushka Plunge 
Why: Elomi is always are go to style for fuller breasts! They offer fantastic support and are absolutely gorgeous. We think Anushka will jingle all the way this Christmas with it’s fiery red colour and pretty lace detailing!

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Dresses: Spaghetti Straps & Strapless
Bra: Panache Evie Strapless in Nude
Why: Seems obvious really doesn’t it? Strapless dresses need a strapless bra. But what about those with those teeny tiny thin straps? Best to keep the straps away and opt for strapless there too! We love Evie by Panache as it offers all the support of a normal bra and it’s paneled cups means it has an amazing fit!

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Dress: Sheer
Bra: Panache Evie Strapless in Black
Why: There’s nothing more feminine and classic than a sheer or lace panel! So again, lets not ruin the appeal with unpleasant straps, and guess what? Evie also comes in Black.

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Dress: Tailored Shifts & Bodycons
Shapewear: Spanx High Waisted Mid-Thigh Shorts
Why: Shapewear is perfect for smoothing out your silhouette and emphasing all your curves! Just what the fitted dress called for.

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Dress: High Necklines
Bra: Fantasie Allegra with Side Support in White
Why: High necklines can really show off your shape, so stop your breasts from looking east & west by choosing a bra with an added side support panel in the cups! Side support helps project your shape forward and will keep you looking neat and tidy.

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Dress: Cocktail Dress
Bra: Tutti Rouge Jessica Plunge with Tutti Booster
Why: Some dresses really do want that va-va-voom! And Jessica is the only one you need for that. Jessica comes with Tutti Booster pads in 2 different sizes, so you can tailor that oomph from day to night!

If you’re still struggling to find your perfect match, then why not pop in-store with your party dress and we’ll get you sorted! Alternatively, drop us an email at mish@mish-online.co.uk with a photo of your outfit.

 

Can you believe it? It’s that time of year again. The sound of sleigh bells are coming around the corner, it’s nearly time to pucker up for a kiss under the mistletoe and we’re all starting to get in a tangle trying to wrap those pretty ribbon bows around the presents! All of this can only mean one thing….party dress season has officially arrived!

Whether you’re planning on treating yourself to a shiny new outfit, or you’re dusting off your trusty favourite, there is only one secret you need to know to ensure your dress is looking its best…

Underwear!

Yes you read that correctly, it’s all about the underwear. Get the foundation right and everything else will fall into place. It really is that easy.

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The only thing you need to know, is make sure your bra fits!

Not only will it drastically change the overall shape it’ll give you, but do you know what? It’s actually a lot more comfortable (perfect for getting a little Christmas boogie on!) and helps improve breast health.

Our top three tips to ensure you’re wearing a well fitted bra:

1. THE BAND

  • The band should be fitted nice and snug running parallel to the bottom of the cups. If the band is riding up your back, or you can pull it a good couple of inches away from your body, then the band is too big, which means losing 80% of the support of the bra. Try going down a size or 2 and see how that fits. But remember, for every band size you go down, go up 1 size in the cup! (See our post about sister sizing)

2. THE CUPS

  • The Cups! What you are looking for is that the centre gore of the bra sits flat against your body and the top edge of the cup is sitting smoothly over your breasts. To check that the wires are not pressing on the edge of your breast tissue (just under your arm) simply pop your arm out to the side, pull away the side of the cups and check that the wires are sitting behind the start of your breast tissue (you may need to use a mirror to help, you ask a trusted friend of partner).
    • The most obvious sign that your cups are too small is that dreaded 4 boob look! (We’ve all been there haven’t we?) You’ll notice this if you find that your breasts spill out over the top, from the sides, or that the top edge of the bra is beginning to cut into the skin. Other signs to look out for include, the centre gore sitting away from your body, and the uncomfortable feeling of wires digging into you (no Christmas boogieing for you!)
    • Alternatively, if the cups are too big, then you will notice quite a gap between the bra and your breast, or an excess of fabric. If, like most of us, you have 1 boob slightly bigger than the other, then we always recommend fitting to the fuller side to ensure the best support.

3. THE STRAPS

  • The straps offer 10% each of the support in your bra, so check they are sitting correctly by popping your fingers in under the straps and lift them up off your shoulders. A well-adjusted strap should lift no more than about 2 inches. If you can stretch them up over your ears, you might want to tighten them a little.

We always recommend dropping in-store and getting professionally fitted by one of our trained fitters, but if you don’t happen to live nearby then we’ve always got our carefully crafted Bra Size Calculator on our website for you to try!

Stay tuned for part two next week, where we’ll be offering our tops tips on lingerie styles to best suit your outfits this year!

 

Last time on the blog we introduced you to the amazing Hannah Cockroft – if you happened to have missed it, you can catch up here.

Today, we want to share with you the beautifully selfless story of Martyna.

Meet: MARTYNA KACZMAREK

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The ‘Day in the Life’ campaign was launched after Martyna Kaczmarek decided to donate blood on her 18th birthday at a regional blood centre in Poland. Martyna used her own personal experience of donating blood and initiated the idea of organising blood drives at her own school. The first blood drive was a huge success and the ‘Day in the Life’ campaign was born; now a registered charity hosting blood drives in schools and sports stadiums across Poland.

Martyna is credited with motivating countless young people and adults alike to consider the idea of donation, with her ‘Day For Life’ campaign having expanded to several major cities across Poland. There’s no better role model than an individual dedicating their time, efforts and talents to an important cause that will save thousands of lives every year.

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I THINK WHAT MAKES A STRONG ROLE MODEL IS CREATIVITY, INDIVIDUALITY AND THE ABILITY TO OVERCOME OBSTACLES. I FEEL HONOURED AND PROUD THAT I’M CONSIDERED TO BE A FEMALE ROLE MODEL. Martyna Kaczmarek, Campaigner

Last Tuesday Mish was lucky enough to have attended the launch of the Panache campaign ‘Modelled by Role Models‘ at the BAFTA in London, it was a great night, and a truly inspirational campaign.

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Modelled by Role Models celebrates six female role models – each chosen for their individual strengths, achievements and contributions to society, as well as their healthy approach to body image. In an industry so focused on physical attributes, Panache felt compelled to champion the next generation of role models.

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All the ladies modeling in the campaign are beautiful, but they are also, so much more. Every single one of them has completed outstanding achievements, often showing great selflessness and drive to help others.

We want to share their stories with you.

Meet: HANNAH COCKROFT

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Hannah Cockroft MBE, is on the Great Britain Paralympic development team. Born in July 1992, Hannah suffered 2 cardiac arrests, which resulted in damage to 2 areas of her brain and left her with deformity to her legs and feet and weakened hips.

Not letting this dampen her spirits Hannah started her sporting career on both the paralympic basketball and discus teams before moving on to solely concentrate on wheelchair racing in her early teens.

In 2010 Hannah broke her first world record in the T34 400m and now holds the world records at T34 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m. In June 2010 she broke 7 world records in 8 days, at the same time as becoming ‘Prom Queen’, completing her A-Level exams and competing in her first ever-International overseas competition.

In 2011 Hannah was nominated for the IPC World Athletics Championships, held in New Zealand. Her senior debut on the Great Britain team saw her bring home 2 Gold medal thus causing fans to call her Hurricane Hannah. She went on to be awarded an MBE for services to athletics in 2013 and winning the IPC Euorpean Champion T34 100 Gold & T34 800 Gold in 2014.

“THE ADVICE THAT I’D GIVE TO ANYONE WHO WANTED TO FOLLOW WHAT I DO IS GRAB EVERY OPPORTUNITY THAT THEY’RE GIVEN. DON’T BE SCARED – GO OUT, GRAB IT AND ENJOY IT!” Hannah Cockroft, Paralympian

Find out more about the campaign here

Last Friday marked the end of our amazing giveaway, where one (very) lucky lady won herself a year’s supply of undies! We had an unbelievable number of entries, so thank you ever so much for taking the time to enter. We really appreciate it.

WINNER

Just in case you missed the winners announcement last Saturday, we are very pleased to announce that the winner of this amazing prize was:

KATIE GOULET

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Katie has an amazing fashion & lifestyle blog, so if you’re looking for something good to read, check it out: Toodaloo Katie

We’ve been in touch with Katie and here’s what she had to say about being our winner:

“I am so excited to have won a year’s supply of lingerie – I can hardly believe it! I will admit that I often forget to treat myself to new and gorgeous lingerie, so my underwear drawer is in need of a revamp and this will do just the trick. I can’t wait to try everything on!”

Here at Mish, we’re firm believers in treating ourselves (perhaps a little too much, shh don’t tell any one about all the chocolates in the office!). Whatever your treat may be, just remember that you deserve it!

And don’t worry if you didn’t win this time around, we have something else special launching next week…KEEP A LOOKOUT!

Mum. She is your best friend. She knows you inside out. She’s celebrated your highs in life (no matter how big or small), and she’s experienced your lows. And yes, she may drive you made sometimes (let’s face it, whose mother doesn’t) and she may not always have the answer to life, but at the end of the day, there is nothing a mum’s hug cannot fix…at least for that split second.

So let’s make mum feel extra special this Mother’s Day.

With less than a week to go until Mothering Sunday (15th), we’ve put together some quick, but albeit lovely ideas to inspire you.

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Treat her to a Luxury Fitting Experience

Here at Mish, you can book mum an experience. An experience that will leave her feeling pampered, indulged and beautiful.

Our Luxury Bra Fitting will begin with a style consultation over a sparkling glass of bubbly, so we can really get to know mum, and understand exactly what she likes, and more importantly, what she needs.

The consultation will be followed by a fitting with one of our professionally trained bra fitters, and as Cornwall’s leading fitting specialists, you can rest assured that mum will leave feeling satisfied, confident and utterly amazing.

To finish it all off, mum will also receive £25 off the lingerie set of her choice, as well as a goodie bag filled with treats, so the experience can continue at home.

To book a Luxury Bra Fitting Experience, visit us in store in Bodmin, or book online by sending us an email at mish@mish-online.co.uk and we’ll post the voucher to you.

Luxury Bra Fitting Experience: £30 (plus p+p if booked online)

View our range of Lingerie online

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Bake Some Delicious Sweets

Nothing says I love you more than baking a cake (but then again, our HQ is always filled with home baked cakes and brownies, so we may be slightly biased).

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Spumoni Cake by SugarHero – Looks as sweet as it’s tastes. (Time: 5 hours)

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Vegan Banana Cake by Fab Food 4 All – A great healthy alternative that is sugar, dairy and wheat free. (Time: 1 hour)

View Foodies100 for more great baking and food blogs with recipes.

Say it with Flowers

Keep it classic with a fresh flower arrangement bouquet from Cornwall’s award winning florist, Bleujen.

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View Bleujen’s range of Mother’s Day Flowers

Happy Mother’s Day,

Team Mish

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We know, we know – shopping for bras can be a nightmare. It’s a minefield out there. What are all these bras? What difference do they make? And how on earth do you choose?

That’s why we welcome you to: The Bra Series

As part of our #FreeTheSqueeze campaign, we’ll be introducing you to the wonderful world of bras (and if that bra is right for your boobs). By the end of this series, you’ll know so much about bras, you’ll be calling up ITV, challenging The Governess (or old ‘Frosty Knickers’ as Bradley likes to call her) to a bra special on ‘The Chase’.

So let’s begin:

What is a Balcony Bra?

Jasmine by Panache Balcony Bra
Panache Jasmine Balcony Bra in Black & Pink Houndstooth Print

The Straps

A balcony bra (or balconette, as you may know it by) has wide-set straps that sit right on the edge of the cup. It creates a square-ish neckline that makes the balcony perfect for wearing with a variety of stylish, low-cut tops and dresses (go on, show off your décolletage).

The Cups

The trusted balcony offers just the right amount of coverage (about ¾ of the boobs), so is a fantastic option when you’re looking for that extra something, to make you feel super feminine and glamorous, but also, incredibly supported.

The cup is usually made up of 3 parts, which will mould to your breasts, and make the most out of your natural shape. The wires come up about mid-way on your chest and fully encase your boobs, to enhance your cleavage.

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3 Part Cup – Fantasie Susanna in Fuchsia Balcony Bra (with side support)

Side Support

Some balconies have this amazing secret panel known as side support (it’s not really a secret, nor is it secretly hidden, but it makes it sound snazzy right?), which will project your boobs forward, and keep you looking neat and tidy. So, if you happen to have wide-set boobs, with a considerable gap in between them – or your boobs are quite full on the side – then a balcony with side support will be the perfect choice for you.

Julia by Fantasie Balcony Bra with Side Support
Fantasie Julia in Blueberry Balcony Bra with Side Support

Balcony Plunge

A sister style of the Balcony, combining all the benefits of both Balcony and Plunge – it’s the best of both worlds. The cups provide less coverage than a standard balcony, but more than a regular plunge, creating a beautiful sweetheart line to frame your chest. If you’re busty, it’s got the oomph, without compromising on the support. Rest assure, your boobs are not going anywhere.

Doodle by Freya Balcony Plunge Bra
Freya Doodle Balcony Plunge Bra

Is a Balcony right for me?

A balcony is a great all round bra, and suits almost all kinds of boobs.

They are especially good if you have boobs that are fuller at the bottom. The shape of the cup will naturally lift you up, giving you that fabulous cleavage you’ve always dreamed off.

If you find that your breasts are fuller on top, you may want to opt for balcony styles that have a top panel (quite often in lace) with a little more stretch in it. Bras with stiff or fixed fabric used on that panel, could end up cutting into that fullness, giving you the appearance of double boobs (even if the rest of the cup fits well) – I think we can both agree here, that’s a big no, no.

Just for fun

And in case you happen to be sat here wondering “Where does the name balcony comes from?” (and why wouldn’t you be, it’s an odd name for a bra after all, isn’t it?) – Well apparently, back in the day at the theatre, men would supposedly look down from their balconies, trying to catch a glimpse our lady lumps! – they couldn’t see this type of bra from above (shame on you men. Tsk tsk).

(We cannot confirm how factually accurate that is, but never-the-less, it made us chuckle).

Stay tuned for our next post, where we’ll be revealing the wonders of the Half Cup.

View our entire range of Balcony Bras at mish-online

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(left) Lepel Lilly Moulded Balconette Bra – (right) Freya Eden Balcony Plunge Bra
Violet by Charnos Balcony Bra
Charnos Violet Balconette Bra