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Panache Clara black/gold in 30FF review
 
The Panache Clara is another one of those bras I've had for... I don't really know for how long, since it was launched in this colorway I think. To be completely honesy I bougt it to match a suspender belt from Agent Provocateur (I was sized out of the matching bra) but the gold tones turned out to be completely different. Anyway, I love this bra for several reasons. It's not the most comfortable, it's not the most well fitting and it's not the most supporting bra I own, but it does a really really good job as an everyday bra for dresses and sweaters which doesn't have that much boob space. Also, it's so damn pretty!
 
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Clara från Panache är en annan sån där BH som jag haft en smärre evighet. Jag tror att jag köpte den strax efter att den släppts i den här färgen, men om jag ska vara helt ärlig köpte jag den egentligen för att matcha en strumpebandshållare från Agent Provocateur (vars BH inte kom i större storlekar), men guldnyanserna stämde inte alls. Hur som helst älskar jag Clara av flera anledningar. Det är inte min perfekta BH vad gäller passform, komfort eller stöd, men den gör ett himla bra jobb som vardags-BH! Dessutom är den sååå fin!
 
 
Band: is a bit big on me, but works on the tightest hook most days. For days that I need a little extra support I tend to use the Rixie clip. I like how the gold lace continues under the cups. 2 eyes + hooks.
 
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Bandet: är lite stort på mig, men funkar på den tightaste inställningen de flesta dagar. När det blir för stort, t.ex. dagar då jag behöver extra stöd, använder jag Rixie clips. Gillar hur guldspetsen fortsätter under kuporna. 2 krokar + ögon.
 
 
Cups: are, as you can see in the picture above, a bit too wide. They're a three parts construction and have strech lace on top, which means that they work every single day of the month for me (I fluctate quite a bit due to my cycle).
 
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Kuporna: är, som ni ser ovan, lite för vida. De består av tre delar, varav den översta är elastisk spets, vilket innebär att kuporna funkar i princip varje dag under en hel månad (mina bröst påverkas mycket av min cykel).
 
 
Details: Despite the intricate gold and black lace (and how lovely it looks!), this is a pretty simple bra without that much detailing. Theres a small black bow on the gore, and one on each side where the shoulder straps meet the cups. I think this is one of the reasons this works so well as an everyday bra: it's simple, yet exquisite, a balanced aestethic and definately not overdone, which tends to be the case wen bras have gold on them in my opinion.
 
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Detaljer: Trots den intrikata guldspetsen (som är så tjusig) är det här en ganska enkel BH utan särskilt mycket detaljer. Det sitter en liten svart rosett på kilen, och en på varje axelband där det möter kuporna. Frågar ni mig är detta en av Claras styrkor som vardags-BH: Den är enkel men elegant, rent estetisk balanerad och inte överdesignad, vilket jag brukar tycka att guld-BHar blir väldigt lätt.
 
 
Fit: The cups give a pretty natural figure, which is great. The shoulder straps aren't too spaced out, thus they don't fall off - a problem I have with many bras - although they aren't fully adjustable and are a it loose on me. The gore comes up a bit too high on me, and the cups are too wide and a little too shallow. Since it's a soft cup bra this isn't really that much of a problem either. Honestly, this bra has a lot of things I would like to change just a tiny bit, but none of them are a dealbreaker. Panache usually don't work very well on me, but this bra is by far the best fit I've had with them, and it's so good I wear it on a very regular basis, especially to work where I need to dress down my boobs a bit but still need to be fairly supported throughout the day.
 
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Passformen: Kuporna ger mig en naturlig form, vilket jag gillar. Axelbanden sitter inte alldeles för långt ut på axlarna, och ramlar alltså inte av i ett kör, vilket ofta är ett problem för mig. Tyvärr är det bara möjligt att justera dem delvis och är lite för långa för mig. Kilen är väldigt hög, alldeles för hög för mig, och kuporna är för vida och grunda, men eftersom Clara är ovadderad är inte det heller något större problem. Om jag ska var ärlig har den här BH:n ganska många grejer jag skulle vilja ändra pyttelite på, men ingenting som är så allvarligt fel att jag inte använder den. Panache funkar vanligtvis inte särskilt bra för mig, men Claar har den bästa passformen jag provat hittills, den är till och med så bra att Clara är en av de få BH:ar jag använder under veckan. Speciellt bra funkar den när jag ska "klä ned" mina bröst men fortfarande vill ha ett okej support under hela dagen.
 
 
Conclusion: So I mentioned above how this isn't my best fit, most supportive or even comfortable bra, but it's still one of the very few bras in my weekly rotation after three (?) years of wear and machine washes. I think that gives testament to how good the quality is even though it's a fairly cheap bra. I'm pretty confident that I'll buy another Clara once this one gives up, and since it comes in a lot of colour combinations (I have my eyes on you, duck egg blue and on you, super pale shade of nude!) this won't be a problem. My only big concerns is that the gore is too high and it pokes me in certains positions, although it's not as bad as in other Panache/Cleo bras, and that the straps aren't fully adjustable. The cup separation and the thin fabric makes Clara a really good summer bra. Overall though, it's a great bra. I also own the knickers, but don't wear them as often because I don't really like the synthethic fabric in them, but the fit and look is great.
 
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Sammanfattning: Jag har ju sagt några gånger nu att det här inte är min mest passande, mest stödjande eller ens mest bekväma BH, men den är fortfarande en av dem jag använder minst en gång i veckan efter tre (?) år av maskintvättar. Jag tror att det någonstans bevisar vilken bra kvalité den har trots att det är en relativt billig BH. Jag är rätt säker på att jag kommer att köpa Clara i en annan färgkombo (typ den ankäggsblå eller den superblekt "hudfärgade") när den här ger upp. Mitt enda riktiga aber är kilen är alldeles för hög och sticker mig ibland, fast det är inte så illa som i andra BH:ar från Panache eller Cleo, och att axelbanden är lite för långa. Att kuporna är så separerade och att tyget är tunnt gör Clara till en bra BH på sommaren också. Sammanfattningsvis är det dock en riktigt bra BH. Jag har de matchande trosorna också, men använer dem inte lika ofta eftersom jag inte riktigt gillar hur syntetiskt tyget känns. De sitter dock riktigt bra, och tillsammans ser settet fantastiskt ut.
 
 
Finish: I would also add that there was a feeling of the bra not being properly finished when I got it (it's branb new in the below pictures). I don't know if this was just my bra, or if it's a common thing in Panache. It's a shame on such a pretty bra, but doesn't seem to have affected the quality of the bra at all.
 
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Finishen: Jag måste bara påpeka att det kändes som att Clara inte var helt färdig när jag fick hem den (den är sprillans ny på bilderna nedan). Jag vet inte om det bara var det här exemplaret, eller om det är något vanligt för märket. Det är rätt synd på en i övrigt snygg BH, men verkar inte ha påverkat kvalitén alls.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
As usual I bought this bra with my own money and all opinions and thoughts are my own. 
Collectif pearl coat Review
Ok, so I went to Russia for two weeks and naturally I put on my most beautiful coat, which also happens to be both warmest one I have and the most Russain coat in the world. So here's a really Russain review haha. I bought this coat with my own money and all opinions are my own.
 
 
 
 
Look at that skirt width! (At the bottom of Vera Muchina's famous monument Worker and kolkhoz woman)
 
I had the Dietrich trench coat in size 6 (XXS), since before. I love it but I can't quite close the top button since there isn't enough room for my boobs, and I also find it a bit tight in the arms, so when I ordered the Pearl coat I got it in a size 8 (XS). I was really on the edge because the price is rather high, but also because I knew that it would be way too expensive to return in case it didn't fit. But it does fit! It fit's great! 
 
 
Moscow Red Square
 
I think I could pull off a size 6 as well, as Collectif make their winter coats with a bit of margin compared to their trench coats, and size 8 is a little wide in the waist and arms (even with a thicker sweater under), but I would have to try it on before buying a smaller size (oh yes, I think I will order another one when this one dies).
 
St. Petersburg by the river Neva with the Winter Palace in the background
 
The coat is the same lenght through all the sizes, which on me (158cm) is a bit too long, and I planned to get it shortened, but just haven't done it yet. However, it doesn't touch the ground unless I walk in stairs so it's not a huge problem. Or maybe it is and I'm just lazy haha.
 
 
At the Winter Palace. Here you can really see the wonderful colours of the coat
 
The only thing I would have to say it that Collectif is shitty at sewing on buttons. I lost buttons during the first few wears of clothing from this brand that I ever have lost before. So make sure the first thing you do if you buy a coat from them is to resew all the buttons!
 
 
I love the colours of both the green wool and th faux fur. Of course the fur isn't real (that would be barbaric), but is a really lovely and real looking faux fur.
 
The belt and boots are both thrifted.
The bag with William Morris' Strawberry Thief tapestry is from Sgnare, but I would really advise against buying it, because the shoulder strap buckle broke on the second day of wear, and a couple of days later the seam of teh small pocket on the inside torn open. They returned my money when I sent pictures of this, but I still think it's a waste to buy something of such low quality. 
Ewa Michalak S Syrena set 65G/36 + Horace's poems
 
 
BRA
 
I purchased this bra when it was released, but have'nt gotten around to review it yet. I've worn it quite a bit though and it's one of my staple bras.
 
 
 
Band: The band is a 65, but fits like a 60, and I can wear it on the tightest hook, but if I know I'm going to be active during the day I usually put on the Rixie clip. I have had this bra since it came out and the band had a tighter fit before washing it a couple of times.
 
 
Cups: The cups are a three part construction with removable pads. They are deep, projected and narrow, which is perfect for me. The wires are sturdy and the gore is medium in hight. 2x3 hooks+ eyes.
 
 
 
Details: I love the details! The lace is slightly metallic and has a lovely shine, and I'm a huge fan of the eyelash lace. I adore the huge magenta bow on the gore (even tough it makes the bra sort of hard to wear with low necklines) ad I really like the jewely colour scheme og emerald, blue and magenta.
 
 
 
Fit: When I got this bra the cups were too big for me, but as my size fluctate they're now slightly too small and I get a slight quadding on the left (bigger) boob. I usually wear the removable pad in the right cup to even size difference out, but I wouldn't be able to wear it in both cups. Still, I love that there's an option.
The lace doesn't lie flat under clothes, so I usually don't wear the Syrena under clingy fabrics.
 
 
Conclusion: I love this bra so much, it fits me well both in size and shape, which is unusual for my projected centre heavy boobs with narrow roots, but Ewa Michalak usually works very well for me (at least the models S, SM, and BM does). It quads a bit right now, but as I flutcate throughout the month teher are days when it doesn't. This is one of my staple bras. I tend not to wear it under clingy fabrics, because the lace shows, but it's fine for thicker fabrics or rommier tops. It gives me a lovely cleavage, and although the lift is great it's not like a push-up bra. I love the colour scheme - just like a peacock, don't you agree?
 
The bottom of the band under the cups roll up a bit, and even if this isn't uncomfortable for me, I wish it wouldn't. I think the bands of the newer models are looser than on the older models, which is a bit sad for me (I'd need a 60 band in EM as my ideal band is a 55 and EM runs about a size small, which would be a special order, cost more and is non-returnable).
 
The bra can be found here.
 
THONG
 
 
While I'm not a huge fan og thongs (why didn't I buy the brief???) these are quite comfortable. That said I haven't used them more than a couple of times. They fit quite well, but are slightly big on me, and I would perhaps have been better off with a size 34. It's pretty though, I'll say that, and match the bra very well.
 
 
It's a dark blue polyamide/polyester mix with a cotton gusset, green and blue trimming lace and a big magenta bow back, which although charming, shows under tight fitting clothes.
 
 
The thong can be found here.
 
BOOK
 
 
You've probably stumbled upod Horace without even knowing it before. He wrote things like Carpe Diem and Nunc est bibendum and Pulvis et umbra sumus, but exept for qutes everyone wanted as a tattoo five years ago and now sort of regrets, he was one of the most imortant roman poets and his opus is well worth digging into even today.
 
 
I picked up this copy of the book in an underground book shop in Rome, and it is has Horace's iambic poetry (the odes and epodes) translated into italian. Now, my italian isn't good enough to read poetry like this, but it has the latin text, which is why I bought it. You should be able to find english translations in just about any book shop worth the name and of course it's also available online (see link below). As a latin student you read quite a lot of Horace (or Horatius as he's really called), and his poetry really speaks even 2000 years after it was written. I can't really review it as I would a novel, partly because I would be very partial (I am of the radical notion that everyone should study Latin in school) and partly because I have no idea how to review poetry. I'll say this though: his verses are both very technically advanced and at the same time they are able to convey feelings.
 
 
You can find some of the poems translated into English here, and in Latin here.
 
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I paid for these products myself and all thoughts and opinions are my own.
 
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