Mademoiselle K

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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Collectif Edwina dress in size UK8
 
I got this dress during Collectif's summer sale and bought it while I was quite stressed out because the page kept crashing and each new thing I clicked on took forever to load. I think next time I order from one of their sales I'll look through the page a couple of days before and bookmark each item I want to buy too speed up the process a bit. The international postage is a bit expensive, so I recommend buying things in bulk rather than one and one if you're not in the UK, unless there's something you really, really want.
 
 
I previously owned three items from Collectif, the Pearl Coat* (in UK8), the Dietrich trench coat (in UK6) and the Louisedress (in UK10), all of which fit me (ok, so I can't fully close the trench coat over my bust, but I hardly ever close it at all anyway), and all of which have lost one or more buttons. I know other people who have pointed out that Collectif are lousy at sewing on buttons, but the other parts of their clothes are, in my experience, well made. And while it sucks when you loose a button, they're very easy to resew. I lost a button on my Dietrich trench coat on the bus and only found out once I got home. I e-mailed Collectif and they sent me a couple of new buttons free of charge. Their custumer service is fantastic.
 
 
Since I didn't have the time (or patience) to check the size guide for each dress I ordered (I ordered 5 dresses!), I just went with the middle size, UK8, for all. The second I clicked "comfirm order" I realized my boobs are bigger than they've been the last few years and in horror I realized that the dresses might all be too small in the bust area.
 
 
I had immense luck and the dresses all fit me, and even though I can't put my arms up all the way, my boobs aren't squashed or flattened in the bust area. Acctually they're a little tight over my hips, and I've a pretty even hour glass silhuette, so if you have wider hips you might want to size up in the pencil dresses! The Edwina appears to be a cross-over dress, but the skirt is just a pencil skirt with a cross-over detail, so don't get fooled to think that it's more roomy than teh size gude says!
 
 
The pictures of Edwina in Collecif's webshop doesn't reflect the colour very well, it kind of looks like a matte marsala there, but since it's 97% polyester it has some shine to it even though it's not shiny per se, and the colour is much more burgundy in real life. I'm not complaining at all, since this is my absolute favourite colour :)
 
 
I think the cross-over part of the skirt which isn't pleated looks a little bit unfinished, and the belt is about 10cm (4") too short to fit in the next loop when the belt is closed on the smallest hole, which means that it sticks out a bit. I guess I could make a new loop out of thread where I need one, it just feels a bit like they didn't think the belt design through enough. I don't know if it's because my boobs are a bit bigger than what they designed the dress for, but when I move aroung a bit the belt creeps up a little, but overall I love the fit and look of the dress though. In these pictures I'm wearing it with Ewa Michalak's S Szykuś in 65G without the extra padding that comes with the bra.
 
 
As per usual, I bought this item with my own money, and all opinions are my own.
 
*I'm going to post a review of teh Pearl coat later this year, as I'm going to Russia in November and honestly it's the most perfect russian coat I've ever seen.