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The importance of wearing a correctly fitted nursing bra.

It is such a magical time in a women’s life when you find out that you are expecting! Your first thoughts are, I wonder if we are having a boy or a girl? We should start decorating the spare room… and most importantly, you have the excitement of choosing names.

After a while the over excitement wears off  and whilst you are still overjoyed you start to think about an notice the other side of pregnancy, such as the morning sickness, the weight gain and change in moods. Over the coming weeks you will feel more focused once your emotions settle down. You may feel the need to start nesting, and part of this is getting thing ready for when baby is born.

The nursery/babies room will more than likely be first on the agenda followed closely by which buggy/stroller to have, however as you start to show more you will need new clothes and underwear. The correct fitting nursing bra is a very important item to be on the list to purchase.

When choosing a nursing bra, it is important that you get a suitable comfortable and supportive bra. If you choose to breast-feed, you’ll need a nursing bra where the cups can open and close easily, with plenty of room for your little one to sit comfortably (and for you to feel comfortable too!). It’s essential that the bra is supportive but not constrictive as this can cause medical problems like mastitis or blocked ducts.

If you choose to breast-feed, you might find that using breast pads inside your bra helps to reduce any leakages: a night-time nursing bra can also be helpful for this.

One of the most important things to remember about buying a good nursing bra is not to jump the gun and get a new bra too early on in your pregnancy. You might have noticed already that your breasts have got bigger – it’s likely that they’ll grow even more after the birth so it’s important to wait until near the end of the pregnancy until you get measured for a nursing bra. importance of wearing a correctly fitted nursing bra.

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Here are a few tips for buying a maternity bra

* Always invest in a good quality bras. It is most important that you are wearing a supportive yet comfortable bra, (some of the cheaper brands do not have the same structure and support as other brands)

* A correctly fitting maternity/nursing bra should still sit the same way as your everyday bra, flat against your ribs cage.

* A none wired bra is best as they are more comfortable and there is less chance of your underwires causing any issues with your milk ducts as your breast grow. Many nursing & maternity bras now have what is known as re-inforced cotton in place of the underwire. This is where designers have added extra cotton in the shape of an underwire to maximise support and comfort for each breast as they develop and become heavier.

* You will see that most good supportive nursing & maternity bras have wider straps that you may be use to on your everyday bras. This is to help support the growing weight of your breast as the become larger. It is your back that should take the weight of your breasts and to do this you will require good strong straps, the wider they are the less they will dig in to your shoulders and cause you discomfort.

* Maternity bras can be worn to bed if you feel comfortable doing this, it can help to prevent leakage in bed. Simply add a breast pad in to you bra before you go to bed, this should usually last till the morning, however you can add two for extra protection.

* When getting fitted you will be advised to purchase a bra that fits you on the tightest setting, this will help save money in the long run as it means that you can loosen your bra as your as you grow.

* We would recommend that you book in for a fitting when you start to show or when you notice that you everyday bra is no longer suitable, (this is usually around 12-16 weeks in to your pregnancy) and have regular fittings thereafter, (this does not mean new bras each time, but simply to make sure that your bra is still supportive and most of all comfortable for you) especially one at about 4 weeks before baby is due to make sure that your bra is still suitable for when baby is born and your milk starts to come through, this is when your breast will increase in size quite rapidly.

* As with all bras, we advise that you hand wash them. This will help preserve your bra and keep it looking newer for longer. Hand washing your bra will help to maintain its original shape and fit as apposed to a washing machine which will over time distort the shape and fit of your bra.

Some information sourced from Panache Website

 

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        Bristol & Somerset Wedding Awards

Bridal Accessories Award Winner

After some procrastinating the decision to enter the Bristol & Somerset Wedding Awards under the category of Bridal Accessories was taken. Why the indecision? It had been a busy 2016 for us, finally taking the plunge and opening our own independent lingerie shop in Nailsea, near Bristol. This in itself had brought along with it many steep learning curves and still does as any business owner will testify to! We would also be up against some tough competition and felt we were certain to be the underdog going into any such competition.

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The Bristol & Somerset Wedding Awards is really a charity event hosted by a most worthy charity organisation; The Wedding Wishing Well. A charity set up to help couples suffering a terminal or life limiting illness realise their dream and become joined together in marriage. It was an award ceremony judged not solely on popularity but on Brides feedback on your quality and service. The ceremony was to be a black tie event held at the Double Tree by Hilton at Cadbury House, it was to be a night out and an excuse to dressed up if nothing else!

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February soon arrived and the tickets arrived, thick red card adorned with black lace, a feather and some gold trimmings. The scene was set! The usual last minute panic manifested itself when trying to leave the house on time, a few minor wardrobe malfunctions along with a few tears from children and we were on our way.

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Met by the magnificent frontage of The Cadbury House Hotel, we were directed to The Great Room where guests were already mingling, enjoying conversation and more importantly a glass of Prosecco! Can-Can girls put on a show as we were all ushered to take our seats in the fabulously themed Moulin Rouge venue. It wasn’t long before the fund-raising began for The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation, with a game of play your cards right and a raffle with an auction to follow!

Moonrise Lingerie Wedding Awards Winner 

Then came the Awards part of the evening, the part that all were anxiously awaiting. The hope that all of your hard work throughout the last wedding season was going to be recognised by your Brides to Be and acknowledged by many suppliers from across the industry. From Photographers, Cake Makers, Wedding Planners, Venue Dressers and Entertainers, we were all there. First up, Bridal Accessories, “and our first winner this evening is……..Moonrise Lingerie!”

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Bridal Accessories Award Winner 2017

 

Acknowledgements : Pat Cooper Photography – http://www.patcooper.net

The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation -  http://weddingwishingwell.org.uk

January 23, 2017
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Bridal Lingerie Collection at Moonrise.

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Gracya glow balconette bra is an elegant Demi-cup bra in cream with removable shoulder straps, push up cups with the option to remove push up pads.

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It’s beautifully decorated with Swarovski crystals and deep embroidery with a semi-sheer side and a large ribbon bow in the centre of the bust. The glow is an amazing bridal bra and it’s available in a wide range of sizes from 30 – 38 back size and A – F cup size with matching thongs size ranging small – extra large.

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Fuller strapless cup option

Moonrise Lingerie Harmony bra is a stunningly designed plus size bra with optional straps, cross straps to offer more support and featuring soft foam cups in a smooth Italian Baselli satin with half the cup in floral lace overlay.

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The Harmony is the perfect plus size bridal bra which will give you all the support and comfort you need on your special day. It’s available in 36 – 40 back size and D – H cup size with matching briefs and thongs size ranging 12 – 18.

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To find out more about bridal lingerie options, visit our website by clicking  Moonrise Lingerie or pop in store for a FREE fitting and try one on!

Written by: Kiera Cavey

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 Bridal Boudoir by Viktoria Kuti at Berwick Lodge, Bristol

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What does boudoir suggest to you? Glamour? Sensuallity? Beauty? That idea of suggestion?

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Bristol based boudoir and portrait photographer Viktoria Kuti captured all of this and more in a beautiful bridal boudoir photo session at the stunning Berwick Lodge Hotel in Bristol.

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This delightful country house style hotel was to be the perfect location to let Viktoria’s creativity and professionalism run wild. All of their rooms are beautifully decorated throughout with a delightful historical touch, but The Lydia Suite was chosen to set the scene.

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A gorgeous antique cream queen four poster bed along with period styled sofa’s and decor along with a stunning roll top bath were all carefully used to create an outstanding bridal boudoir photoshoot.

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Weddings are very personal occasions and once all of the ceremony and celebration is over, photos, video clips and memories are what you have left to recall the wonderful event. A bridal boudoir shoot is a really personal way for The Bride to capture this special moment in her life and it serves as an intimate reminder to be shared between each other in marriage.

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Viktoria made excellent use of the venue, lighting and Afton to produce a host of delicate imagery that reflects the true personal and intimate nature of a boudoir session.

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Marriage itself is a joining together of two people and families, to celebrate their love and commitment to one another. We were delighted to see that our very own ‘Harmony’ plus size bridal lingerie set was used for the shoot.

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 Acknowledgements

Photographer: Viktoria Kuti – http://www.viktoriakuti.com

Model: Afton Stinnie

Venue: Berwick Lodge – http://www.berwicklodge.co.uk

Flowers: Bramblewood Flowers – http://www.bramblewoodfolwers.co.uk

Jewellery: Jacq Brill at Beloved Vintage Bridal – http://www.facebook.com/Beloved-Vintage-Bridal-by-Jacq-Brill

Make-Up: Shari Knowles – http://www.shariknowlesmakeup.com

Hair: Nicola Clancy at GoGorgeous – http://www.facebook.com/gogorgeousbristol

 

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Lingerie Spotlight – ‘Claire’ by Affinitas

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 Now the doors to our new lingerie shop have officially opened, it’s time to start showcasing some of our lovely bras and lingerie that we have in store. First up in our lingerie spotlight is ‘Claire’, a beautiful pushup bra by Affinitas.

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The Affinitas Claire range provides an elegant and padded underwired bra to give a wonderful push up effect. It’s brought to you with the colour options of a pretty Victorian rose pink or a gorgeous aubergine purple lace cup. The contrasting black satin shoulder straps lends itself to being a beautiful padded pushup bra for this Autumn. A matching thong is also available in both shades.

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As well as looking stunning and beautiful they provide amazing support and comfort which is the top priority. To find out more about The Claire Pushup Bra, then visit our website by clicking  Moonrise Lingerie – Pushup Bras or pop in store for a FREE fitting and try one on!

 

Written by: Kiera Cavey

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New Moonrise Lingerie Store Opening Soon

Moonrise Lingerie Underwear Bristol

Less than 4 weeks ago we got handed a set of keys to the premises that are to house our first lingerie shop in the Crown Glass Shopping precinct, Nailsea, Bristol. As excited as we were, the fact that all we had was an empty shell didn’t quell the excitement and anticipation for what lay ahead. No ceiling, no flooring, no lights and no electrics and yet in just over 4 weeks time Moonrise Lingerie would be opening its own doors to the public for the very first time!

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Our aim is to provide the women of Nailsea and North Somerset a lingerie shop to cater for their needs, be that, everyday underwear up to plus size bras, bridal lingerie including low back corsets & basques, sports wear, maternity bras and eventually mastectomy underwear as well as a fitting service that is of an exceptionally high standard.

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We want our customers to leave our store with underwear that’s supportive, comfortable as well as stylish and fashionable. No more sighs of relief at the end of the day when it comes to unclasping a bra that’s been digging in, shuffling around and causing you to be constantly adjusting it throughout the day, with our fully trained lingerie fitters, you’ll leave our store feeling as if you’re not even wearing one!

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Saturday the 27th August is our big open day where we will be offering FREE fittings, a butler serving drinks and snacks, a FREE gift for every purchase made in the day, a raffle to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Fund as well as face painting for the kids. So why not pop on down to see how the shop turned out and what we have to offer? We’d love to see you!

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Lingerie Spotlight – The Christina Wedding Corset

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Choosing wedding day underwear to go beneath your wedding gown can be more tricky than you originally thought, especially if you’re needing strapless or something with added support and shaping characteristics. Today we have the spotlight on The Christina Wedding Corset.

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Our Christina Bridal Corset is a beautifully elegant lace over satin fully boned corset with fabulous versatility, it can be worn with or without shoulder straps as well as optional suspender straps.

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It’s double lace up tie back allows you to adjust the fit of the corset for your own personal comfort or amount of shaping you want for your outline before you put your dress on.

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The front of the corset has a hook and eye closure for ease of putting on without the need for an extra pair of  hands!

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To find out more about our Christina Wedding Corset, like sizes, price and delivery, then visit our online wedding lingerie store at http://www.moonriselingerie.co.uk/womens-underwear/index.php?item_id=1020

 

Special Thanks to Paul Travis of Eyedream Photography for images 1,4 & 5 and Shelley Denise for modelling.

 

 

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Couples spend weeks, months and even years to plan their perfect Wedding Day and you have to rely on family, friends and suppliers to make it all happen as you’d planned, but when one of the important elements is missing or goes wrong it can have the potential to ruin your day! My hairdresser turned up over an hour late on my wedding day and it sent a wave of panic across the whole preparations, when it should just be fun and laughter, and maybe the odd tear of joy thrown in for good measure! Anyway, today I introduce Ela Lapus, who runs her own business Home Hair and Makeup and has been for years. So we asked Ela what was important when it comes to hair and makeup for the big day…..

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Q: Tell us a little bit more about your business Home hair and Make up. How long you’ve been going and why you got started?

I run Home Hair and Makeup where I bring top quality hair and makeup services to the comfort of your own home at very affordable prices. I pride myself on giving a personal and professional service, and advising you on the best ways to care for your hair. I am a professionally trained hair and make-up artist and service Southeast London, Surrey, Essex and Kent.

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Q: What advice, hints or tips do you have for our Brides to Be, when it comes to looking for make up & hair for their wedding day?

An enhanced natural flawless look is a must for any bride especially done with airbrush foundation.

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Q: What makes Home hair and make up stand out from the crowd and what can Brides expect from you for their hair & makeup?

I have always had a passion for hair and make-up, especially during my time as a professional dancer when I was immersed in the world of sophisticated glamour, and during which time I learned top make-up and hairdressing techniques.

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Q: How long in advance would you recommend Brides start looking at their hair & makeup for their wedding day & what is a sensible budget?

I can get pretty booked up through the year so I recommend finding the right hair & MUA well in advance. Please do not go for the cheapest! Research and check their work/testimonials. I do over 80 weddings a year so the business is very steady.

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Q: What’s your biggest achievement to date? (Doesn’t have to be wedding related).

Biggest achievement in my life is still being able to do what i love at age 58 !!! I do not think i will ever retire unless I become physically unable.

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Q: What does the future hold for Home hair and make up?

I also create/make bridal hair accessories/jewellery now .  Check out www.facebook.com/bridalhairvines  and  www.bridalhairvines.com

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If you want to see more of  Ela’s work then visit her website of Facebook Page, but be sure to tell her where you found out about her from!

Website: http://www.homehairandmakeup.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/homehairmakeup

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It’s always one of my favourites to write a post on a real wedding feature, it’s just great to read about someone else’s Special Day, how they got on with the wedding planning,reading about their choice of colours and themes and then reading how their Wedding Day went. So today we share the Wedding of Nicole & Terrie, a beautiful Royal Blue colour theme that started with a romantic proposal……

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Q: Tell us about the proposal or tell us a little bit about how you met.

I’ve known my wife, Terrie, for years as a family friend but we became really close about 3 years ago.
I proposed to her on Christmas Day 2014. I bought her a helium heart shaped balloon with “Will you marry me?”  written on it attached to a ring.  It came boxed so when she opened the box the balloon floated out and she read the balloon!

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Q: When & where did you get married?

We got married on April 9th this year at our local registry office then afterwards our reception was held at a local family run pub.

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Q: What colour/ theme did you choose for your wedding day?

We chose Royal blue bridesmaid dresses and colour theme to match…..our cake however also had the rainbow colours on it to.

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Q: Do you have any hints or tips that you would pass on to brides that are planning their own wedding?

The only hints or tips I would pass on to other Brides is not to spend too much on room decorations. We had lots of bits and pieces on our tables but only a couple of banners on the walls and no one noticed the room decorations.  Also if your budget is small, eBay is amazing for gifts, accessories and table decorations.   Also we downloaded the Wedpics app. You invite your guests to add their own pictures onto the app that way you can see everyone’s photos. Don’t waste money on a photo booth. We brought photo props for the table and the photos people took were just as good.

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Q: What was your most favourite part of the day?

I didn’t have a favourite part of the day, I felt the whole day was amazing from start to finish.

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Wedding Day Photography was taken by Laura Harrington – KENH Photography – KENH Photography Facebook Page and Louise Whiley – Captivating Moments – Captivating Moments Wedding PhotographyCaptivating Moments Facebook Page

 

We’d like to wish Nicole & Terrie all the very best and a long and happy marriage together. Congartulations to you both!

 

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Lingerie Spotlight – Floral Tapestry Wedding Corset

A great bridal corset with fabulous support to offer comfort and shaping for your outline beneath your wedding gown.

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A very popular corset for the wedding day, it’s also a very beautiful and sensuous choice for the first wedding night as well.

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Made from a lovely Jacquard material this strapless wedding corset features a hook and eye fastening at the front for ease of fitting and a double lace up tie back to allow personal adjustment. Garter straps are removable and fully adjustable.

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It’s great waist cinching effect provides a beautifully shaped outline to your figure giving a fabulous foundation for your dress to sit upon.

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Finished with an adorable Venice lace trim and matching thong this stylish and versatile bridal corset is available in plus size as well.

 

To find out even more visit http://www.moonriselingerie.co.uk/wedding_corsets

 

Website: http://www.moonriselingerie.co.uk

 

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/moonrisebridal

 

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Moonrise_Bridal

 

Image Credits: Top & Bottom Boudoir Images provided courtesy of www.impulseglamour.co.uk