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The one important shopping tip you skip

Natasha non padded bra

Two things I look for when I'm going to be spending are customer service and credible advice.

I'd been wandering around with pains around my chest and my back for a fair while now, having been given bad and incorrect advice from a previous bra fitting. It's crazy to see how the right bra can make an outfit look better and even a small adjustment to the bra can give you that needed support. It's also really important to be wearing the correct size. This enables everything to sit correctly and not cause any unwanted pain.

I asked how often you should get a bra fitting and was told lightly- pretty much with every new bra. The fittings take roughly ten minutes and you can normally just walk in. Plus its free! It's worth getting them done every few weeks as even small amounts of weight loss could change your size. Plus if you're growing or even trying a completely different style/wiring. The only downside is chucking all my beautiful old bras... cry as I have some gorgeous sets.

I was suggested a 36D in my previous fitting. As I was very naive and uneducated, I had no idea how wrong that was and when it came to sizing what it meant e.t.c. Most people are wearing the wrong size and just get used to thinking that it's correct.

However, I recently purchased the beautiful bra above within the set in Boux Avenue's Bath store. I have first and foremost never had such wonderful and friendly service to even compare.

I had a full fitting, which is not something you should put off, as your size can marginally change with each type of bra you choose. I was offered Boux Avenue PJ shorts to wear if I liked-whilst being fitted. I also got to choose tons of bras to try on and had everything explained to me perfectly. It's a great chance to work out what styles suit you best and ditch what most people are wearing- the wrong bra.

I was only tempted to have a fitting after one of the sales assistant's mentioned that she thought I was buying completely the wrong size. This was just from a glance of looking at me and the bra. I was in fact a 30F or 32E as the "sister size".

Read all about their welcoming bra fitting service and a guide to how you can check for yourself how your bra is looking here: Bra service 

I'd highly recommend getting a quick fitting before splurging on a load of new bras!


Floral dreams, all in a bottle.

Fleur Musc by Narciso Rodriguez, eau de parfum.

Fleur musc, by Narciso Rodriguez is filled with dazzling notes. The spice of pink peppercorns against the elegant rose notes allow for an alluring scent. Find the bottle here: Boots


Top notes
  • Boquet of roses
  • Pink peppercorns
Heart notes
  • Heart of musc
Base notes
  • Amber
  • Patchouli
This fragrance is superbly bold, yet wearable. It's not overly floral, as the amber and base notes compliment beautifully. A romantic and sophisticated perfume that can be worn all day, or for that special dinner date. A real statement to make you feel glamorous.


The bottle is feminine and reflects the "bouquet of roses" theme. It's not one to be missed on the shelf, standing out in my little collection. It feels slightly weighty too, which I love. Even though it isn't a classic design, the bottle says luxury to me and evokes Spring/Summer.


People say, if you can't smell a perfume on yourself then it suits you. This perfume does not wear off during the day and I can smell the subtlety on myself. You only need a couple of sprays and you're good to go.


Tips to calm interview nerves

Interviews may seem daunting, but most of it is being afraid of the unknown. It's actually a fantastic thing and interviews can seem a challenge to get invited to in the first place. So, the first thing to realise is "well done". An employer has chosen you as one of the candidates, so be proud.

One: Prepare

Get absolutely everything ready the night before. That includes: underwear- such as lighter bras if you're opting for a white shirt, tights, makeup, shoes and any other bits and bobs you're going to wear. Have a notepad and pen ready in your bag too.

Side note: Dress accordingly to an interview and their environment. Look the part.

Know the company. Make sure you've done your research on the place you're going to be interviewed.
  • Who are they?
  • Are they independent/ a chain?
  • Their opening hours
  • Anything unique, have you seen them in any events or news articles?
  • Their services
  • Their competitors
  • Their audience
Anything like that really and make sure you're passionate about where you are being interviewed. Make notes if that makes you feel better or draw diagrams. You don't need to know everything about the company, just up to five key facts about them and why you would fit in. 

Two: Relax

Take time for yourself the evening before. Have a bath, eat some chocolate or watch a good film. If you've done your research, (you may feel like you know nothing now), but it will all come back when you're asked a specific question. That's when your brain isn't in overdrive and puts things into context.

Three: Recite

  1. Role play and have a practice interview perhaps?
  2. Read things aloud, but don't sound robotic
  3. Have a look through any notes
  4. Maybe glance over their website or social media one more time to really get up to scratch

Four: Breathe

Finally... BREATHE.

It's good to be a little nervous, but being too nervous might hinder you. Ultimately, a company is going to hire "you" and you really want your personality to shine. It can be scary, and I've been stupidly panicky before interviews before. Take deep breaths, reassure yourself "I am good enough, I can do it, what's the worst that can happen."

I always giggle at the Miranda episodes, thinking well I haven't quite sang or offered tea and cake at an interview yet...

The best case scenario: you get the job, worst case, you don't and you find the right job for you in time.