28 September 2017

Finding The Perfect Fit With Hunkemöller

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Here on My Fun Sized Life I often talk about girl power, so today I am following that theme and talking about boobies. That's right! Everyone's boobs are different, different shapes, sizes etc, so it's important we find the right bra that fits us properly and is comfortable, but still makes us feel attractive. After all there's nothing worse than going through your day with uncomfortable jugs and a bra digging into your sides.

Now I'll admit, I'm usually a £5 Primark bra kind of girl, I think I've been measured in a proper lingerie shop maybe twice in my entire life. I find the whole process very awkward. I've got a rough idea of my size so I'll just go with that although I know a few of the bras I own don't fit properly - the cups are slightly too big or the strap is too tight, but I carry on anyway as I'd rather not go through the awkward bra fitting process.  So when Hunkemöller got in contact with me about trying their online bra fitting service, I couldn't wait! 

It turns out I'm not alone. Up to 80% of women wear the wrong sized bra, can you believe that? That means that you and most of your friends are probably wearing the wrong sized bra right now. Luckily Hunkemöller have a handy and easy to use guide to help you find the right size - without having to leave your house! All you need to do is measure your chest size under the bust and the fullest part of your bust for the cup size, put these measurements into their system and voila! Your true bra size is now on the screen.

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I found out that I was a 32C, but stupidly I didn't believe it as I've always been a B so I ordered a bra in the size I thought I was. Unsurprisingly it was too small so I sent it back and replaced it with the size Hunkemöller suggested and it fits PERFECTLY. 

The Hunkemöller website also has a tool to help you find your perfect shape. Once you know your size you can answer the questions in the quiz and it will generate the perfect kind of bra for you. I got balcony bra, which was a pleasant surprise as these are my favourite kind of bras. The one I chose was the Mazy Padded Underwired Bra, which is a beautiful turquoise and purple colour. The colours and pattern on it remind me of a mermaid which is one of the main reasons I bought it. 

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As I mentioned earlier, the bra fits perfectly. I often have a problem with the cup not being filled properly, but it wasn't the case with this one. The straps are also super comfy, I hate it when they have to be pulled so tightly the dig in otherwise they keep falling down, but again no issues with this one. It also fit well round the back. I could go most of the day wearing this with no problem. The only complaint I do have is that at the end of the day it does start to rub a bit under my bust, but I think this is due to the underwire, so if you don't like that then I would go for a non wired one. 

A big thank you to Hunkemöller for letting me try out their bra guides and sending me one of their gorgeous products. I really do recommend you try it out for yourself to see if you've been getting your bra size wrong all along! You can find the bra size guide here and the bra shape guide here along with their full range of lingerie here. I'd love to know how you got on and if you were surprised by the results!

When was the last time you got your bra fitted properly? Let me know in the comments!

See you soon, 

Beth x

*The products mentioned in this blog post were gifted to me for review purposes, however all opinions remain and will always be 100% my own

17 September 2017

The Scully Effect

I have a confession to make, I'm obsessed with the X Files. This is definitely not a shock to anyone I know. I love the original TV Show, films, audio books and reboot, I have t-shirts, stickers on my laptop but most notably, a tattoo on my leg.

When I told everyone I was going to get the tattoo, most people thought I was mad. My tattoo artist (the incredibly talented Gee Hawkes) even said "you're going to have to love this TV show forever now" but I wasn't worried, I know I will love it forever and that is for one reason: Dana Scully. 

Dana Scully has become such a role model in my life ever since I first got into the X Files a couple of years ago. For those who are unfamiliar to the show, Scully is an FBI agent assigned to the X Files (the department that deals with ufos, paranormal activity and other unexplained goings on) to try and debunk it and get the X Files shut down. However, with the help of Agent Mulder she soon learns that there is more to this world than she could ever imagine and becomes Mulder's partner, working alongside him to keep the department going. She is also a medical doctor and deals with the scientific side to each case, forever being the voice of logic and reason in situations that seem to have no explanation. She starts off the series as a total sceptic and although this is a reoccurring theme throughout the show, towards the later seasons it's she who must convince other agents of possible paranormal explanations.

Scully is strong, fearless, smart and unintentionally sexy. She's a woman trying to make her mark in a male dominated world, something that as a film maker I have to face too. She also has a great relationship with a man some (including me) would go as far as saying they're in love, but she never lets it define her. She is her own person.

I am too young to remember when the X Files first came out on TV as it started 3 years before I was born but after reading this article I happened to find on Facebook one day, it solidified my love for her and I knew then I had to get the tattoo. The article talks about how the character of Scully inspired many women who grew up watching her to enter careers in science, medicine or the FBI.
As an aspiring screenwriter myself, the idea of creating a character who could inspire and influence the lives of girls who watch it so positively is probably the most amazing thing I could ever do.

Now there's one important person I haven't mentioned so far in this post and that is the actress who plays Scully, Gillian Anderson. Apart from playing a super bad ass woman for the past 24 years she is pretty amazing and inspiring herself. She is known for her activism as much as she is known for her acting and has stood up for LGBTQ+ youth, women's rights, African people suffering with AIDS, animal rights and people with Neurofibromatosis just to name a few. She has worked with countless charities, released many books including a self help manifesto for women released this year called WE. Oh yeah and she has an OBE for her services to Drama. So all in all she's pretty damn awesome. 

Gillian (centre) raising money for children with cancer. (source)

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Both Dana Scully and Gillian Anderson are huge role models for me and I'm so happy I got this tattoo of her/them. I'm planning on eventually having tattoos all the way up my leg so perhaps I will do a post on the history/meaning behind all of them, although I doubt they will all be this long! 

Would you get a tattoo of your role model? Let me know in the comments below!

See you soon, 

Beth x 

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