DD+ UK bra guide | Here's why DD+ bras should be a UK high street standard | The LDN Gal

Do you struggle to find pretty dd+ bras on the UK high street?

If you have a bust that is bigger than a DD+ cup in the UK, I am pretty sure you feel the same way as I do on this subject. Here is a slight rant at why DD+ bras should be a UK high street standard, as well as a handy guide on the best UK high street shops and online stores to buy pretty DD+ bras.

There is literally nothing more frustrating than browsing the high street, to find that pretty much every store does not cater for you.

Oh, and if by chance they do, you can almost guarantee that you will be offered far less choice and probably far more expensive items.

Looking for a cute balconette bra, a sultry longline piece or a stick-on bra that will actually work with your backless dress? Good luck girls…

Another personal irk? Why on earth is everything overly padded? Lets face it, if you are DD+ cup, the chances are that you do not need gargantuam padding in your bra, and if it is a necessity, perhaps a slight padded lining that enhances your natural curves would simply do.

Where to shop for DD+ BRAS ON THE UK HIGH STREET

With all this in mind, I have made it my mission to find a selection of pretty, affordable and varied DD+ bras you can find on the high street and online, here are the places you will want to shop-till-you-drop:

Figleaves

Figleaves is an excellent place to shop for bras with a host of different brands available and lovely exclusive items too. Expect a variety of colours, styles and girly prints. The best thing about the brand, they offer A-K cup lingerie. So, everyone is included!

Tuttie Rouge

Tuttie Rouge is a wonderful brand that offers DD-G cups, with a fantastic array of styles, colours and cutesy details – I am a little bit in love with their girly prints and all that harness detail. You can check out my review of their Alexa bra and high-waisted briefs here.

Boux Avenue

Although a slighty smaller collection of DD+ bras, Boux Avenue certainly offer some stunning pieces. Expect bright colours and more traditional styles. Boux Avenue also offer free in-store bra fittings, so handy when you want to ensure that perfect fit.

M&S

Marks and Spencer are not the first place you would think to go to for pretty bras. Not only do they offer a gorgeous selection of DD+ cups printed and lace bras but they also offer an incredible array of floral and patterned lace bras, as well as vibrant bralettes – and what girl doesn’t love a cosy bralette?

Curvy Kate

Curvy Kate is a fantastic brand in the sense that it exclusively offers D-K cups bras, what a treat! Again, expect a vaiety of styles and print. The best thing? Everything isn’t padded to oblivion.


Where do you shop for your DD+ cup bras? Do you struggle finding pretty lingerie too?

Stephanie xox

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Urban Decay Naked Heat makeup look on Stephanie Mulholland | The LDN Gal

Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette and Vice Lipstick look

I love getting creative with an Urban Decay Naked Heat and Vice Lipstick look. Since its debut, the Urban Decay Naked Heat eyeshadow palette is a firm favourite of most. We waited a long time for some Autumnal hues and glitz to come into our lives.

I have to be honest, the palette is a dream come true, with a selection of warm matte, metallic and glitter-embellished shades ranging from nudes to browns to oranges to purples to reds. It is certainly like taking a walk and kicking up those Autumnal leaves in their spectrum of colours.

All of these wonderful blendable shades are contained within a sturdy case alongside a mirror and wondeful double-ended eyeshadow makeup brush. Stick to the lefthand side for daytime looks and go wild with the right hand side for vibrant nighttime looks.

 

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So, what do I think of the Naked Heat Palette and Vice Lipstick?

This face of the day is pretty simple in all honesty, it is an inspired Urban Decay Naked Heat palette look with a combination of the shades Sauced and Chaser (both lefthand shades).

This is becoming one of my quick and simple go-to daytime looks. Now, when we combine this with the perfect brown nude shade, we are onto a winner.

I have used the Urban Decay Comfort Matte Vice Lipstick in 1993, a beautiful warm-tone and satin finish brown shade with incredible pigmentation. It teams well with the Autumnal shades of the Naked Heat palette.

I have to be honest, at first I was a little bit intimidated with 1993 but the shade somehow worked with my pale skin tone a treat and proved itself longlasting throughout the day.

Have you tried the Urban Decay Naked Heat palette yet? Which is your favourite lipstick from the Comfort Matte Vice collection?

Stephanie xox

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Homemade healthy banana pancakes recipe | simple banana pancakes | The LDN Gal

How to make healthy banana pancakes at home

So, you are looking to make healthy banana pancakes at home? Well you are certainly in for a treat with this simple, swift and scrumptious recipe.

Healthy banana pancakes ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 teaspoon of oil or a few squirts of Frylight
  • A drop of vanilla eccense (optional)
  • Toppings to suit (optional)

Preperation time: 5 mins

Healthy Banana Pancakes recipe

These delicious homemade banana pancakes are a healthy morning alternative to your usual breakfast. These banana pancakes are great for a variety of reasons, they are easy to make, cheap, and only require two ingredients! Bananas and eggs.

To start off, you are going to want to whisk your two eggs up a treat and set them aside. Next, get your two bananas and mash them to oblivion with the back of a fork or masher. Then, pour the whisked egg into the mashed banana and stir it all in – it isn’t going to look too pretty.

Optionally, you can add vanilla essence (opt out if you prefer) or even oats and other fruit into the mix. Heat your oil or Frylight in a pan and pour a small amount of mixture (think medium sized pancake). Allow for a few minutes to golden up on each side before serving.

For toppings, get creative and embellish with seeds, fruit, yogurt or syrup – saying that, they are delicious on their own. 

This recipe creates around 4 medium sized banana pancakes. If you would like more, simply double up! You can always save your leftover mixture for tomorrow’s breakfast, line the bowl with cling film and pop it in the fridge.

These gluten-free and dairy-free homemade banana pancakes are just fabulous in the morning, or even as a snack throughout the day. They are low in calories and fat, high in protein and simply delicious. What more could you want?

What do you think of these healthy banana pancakes? Which ingredients would you add into the mix?

Stephanie xox

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Birchbox x Vogue box November 2017

Birchbox x Vogue rEVIEW

I am going to be honest here. I signed up with Birchbox once more just for one of these boxes. I truly could not resist.

The highly anticipated Birchbox x Vogue limited edition box for November has had the beauty world in a bit of a stir lately.

What is exciting about Birchbox is that the items can vary, so there is always that slight element of surprise when you receive it. Despite all the social media excitement and the pictures whizzing about on the great old world wide web that can at time reveal the content of the box.

My personal Birchbox x Vogue November 2017 box contained the following items:

  • Benefit Hoola Bronzer
  • NUXE Huile Prodigieuse®
  • Klorane Oat Milk Dry Shampoo
  • L’Occitane en Provence Shea Butter Hand Cream
  • Birchbox Brush Cleaner

So, what did I think of the Birchbox x Vogue collaboration?

Benefit Hoola Bronzer: The bronzer was a nice little surprise and a mini-sized product that will be gracing my makeup bag till its empty. I am not much of a bronzer girl as I am pretty pale in all honesty. However, the Benefit Hoola Bronzer is famed for its matte golden glow and works great when used delicately to contour my at times ghoulish complexion.

NUXE Huile Prodigieuse®: This multi-purpose dry oil certainly felt good on the skin. I liked how you could use it on both the face, body and hair. The oil  features a blend of essential oils, including camellia, sweet almond, borage, hazelnut, St. John’s Wort and macadamia, as well as being enriched with Vitamin E.  It has a light floral scent so perfect for when you want to skip on the perfume for a day.

Klorane Oat Milk Dry Shampoo: I have to admit, I am very loyal to Batiste – having got me through many a rushed morning. So, when I discovered the Klorane Oat Milk Dry Shampoo I was a little dubious. Saying this, it certainly works a treat and doesn’t seem to leave as much residue as its cheaper competitors. However, with the inflated price tag, I will remain loyal to the old faithful.

L’Occitane en Provence Shea Butter Hand Cream: Lets face it, L’Occitane hand cream is a staple in any girls hand bag. This shea butter edition is a go-to for anyone this winter with its pleasant scent and ultra-moisturising effects. However, this sample size is quite frankly teeny – which is a bit of a shame. hereYou can take a read of my shea honey hand cream review .

Birchbox Brush Cleaner: Now, this will come in very handy. I have been mulling over purchasing a brush cleaner for some time and this little brush cleaner easily fits on the fingers for ease of use. It features stripped and dotted silicone for deep cleansing of your brushes.

Although I love the concept of Birchbox and the products are fabulous, I do hold a bit of a vice when the product samples are very small. However, the Vogue x Birchbox box featured a fabulous selection of products and proved itself worth the price. You can sign up to Birchbox or shop their beauty collection here.

Did you order the Vogue x Birchbox box? What is your favourite item within my box?

Stephanie xox

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Thorpe Park Fright Nights

Fright Nights at Thorpe Park review

I love theme parks. Actually, that is an understatement. I ADORE theme parks. There is nothing quite like being hurtled around loops and sheer drops that doesn’t make a great start to the day.

In the South of England, there is really only one place you want to spend Halloween being thrown about from rollercoaster to rollercoaster, and that is Thorpe Park.

Although lacking elaborate make up or a costume, I knew I was in for a spooky and fun day spending my Halloween at Fright Nights at Thorpe Park.

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So, what did I think of the Fright Nights at Thorpe Park experience?

Walking in, the park had evidently had a Halloween theme revamp, with ghoulish decor, low-lit lighting, smoke machines and live actors creeping in as dusk settled for the night.

In collaboartion with AMC The Walking Dead, Thorpe Park also featured two new scary mazes. Say hello to THE WALKING DEAD: Living Nightmare and THE WALKING DEAD: Sanctum.

Sanctum was a real treat, a creepy live action outdoor maze with a deep South twist. With accents haunting each twist and turn, the live actors certainly knew how to put a shiver down your spine.

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In addition to the usual thrill ride and attractions, Fright Nights at Thorpe Park also welcomed four additional mazes and attractions to explore, including Saw Alive, The Big Top, Platform No. 15 and Containment.

It was certainly a worthwhile venture, with later closing times, the addition of new mazes and attractions and the haunted vibe taken into consideration. I would recommend a ticket for 2018 and I will probably return again myself. Do remember though, “the island changes after dark.”

Have you been to Fright Nights at Thorpe Park? How did you spend your Halloween this year? 

Stephanie xox

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This Fright Nights at Thorpe Park experience was exchanged for an honest review

Peggy Porschen Exterior, London

Peggy Porschen review

Peggy Porschen has had a rather enchanting Halloween makeover in the lead up to the best holiday of the year – in my opinion anyway, Halloween is fabulous.

Still pretty and perfect in pink, the celebrated cake shop’s décor features some slight adjustments, with pastel pumpkins, cutesy bat bunting and sugar skull cookies aplenty temporarily garnishing its interior.

I paid a visit one morning to their quaint Belgravia bakery to sample some of the exciting new seasonal menu, absolutely delighted by the Halloween and Autumnal overhaul that welcomed me on arrival.

Peggy Porschen’s well-known floral garland door frame was emblazoned with pastel pumpkins, golden skulls and painted broomsticks, nestled amidst the beautiful and vibrant kaleidoscope of coloured flowers woven into the frame.

Each table had its own munchkin pumpkin and the shop had the prettiest (not overly eerie in all honesty) and most welcoming feel as expected – can you even make somewhere so pretty in any way scary? 

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So, what did I think of the Peggy Porschen Halloween collection?

Sitting inside, I chose a cappuccino which was embellished with cutesy sugar skull shaped topping and a spiced pumpkin cupcake. Although a tad on the expensive side, I must admit this handmade cupcake was delicious, with a fluffy spiced sponge and delicious cinnamon cream cheese frosting – which proved a little too indulgent in the end.

Peggy Porschen are known for their picturesque products and décor, and the Halloween spiced pumpkin cupcake was no exception, with an edible rose gold sugar skull with floral decal.

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Teamed with freshly brewed coffee, it is certainly a delicious morning or lunchtime pick-me-up – and is a fabulous date idea if you are looking for something a little different. 

It is definitely one of the most Instagramable spots in London. I will certainly be back to revisit their exclusive products this festive season and perhaps even for a little morning time treat again in the meantime…

Have you been to Peggy Porschen yet? What do you think of the Halloween theme? 

Stephanie xox

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