Saturday Spotlight

Saturday Spotlight: Mimi’s Pizza

TweetHello Ladies, Recently, my Saturday Spotlight has shined on some of the wonderful bloggers in the lingerie community, but today, I want to focus locally.  Pizza is one of my favorite foods because the possibilities for customizing it to individual tastes are endless; not to mention, anything relying heavily on carbs and cheese works for me.  But, when it comes to who makes the best pizza, I have only one answer:  the locally owned and operated Mimi’s Pizza!  So named for the childhood moniker of proprietor Jimmy Xionis, Mimi’s Pizza specializes in crafting delicious pizzas, pastas, calzones, subs, and salads all of which feature a hearty dose of traditionalism mixed with Jimmy’s own flair for cooking.  All of the ingredients are fresh, including the made-from-scratch sauces (try the white one!) and dough, and I love how the menu showcases some perennial favorites like Meat Lovers alongside specialty concoctions like my personal favorite, the Greek Pizza. After tantalizing my palette with the pizza, I branched out to the calzones, and I am only mildly ashamed to admit that I can (and have) eat one of them in a single sitting.  Where’s that emoticon with the big eyes when you need him?  Eventually, I decided to taste something healthier and ordered one of the subs: the Buffalo Chicken!  Out of all the Buffalo Chicken sandwiches and subs I have eaten in all the pizza/sub places in all the worlds (too much?), Mimi’s was the best.  Of course, I still had to add some hot sauce, but not everyone appreciates my level of spicy. But, the final test comes down to . . . *drumroll* . . .  the salad!  Everyone knows that pizza places always mess up the salad, but not Mimi’s!  The salad was packed with crisp lettuce and topped with

Saturday Spotlight: Faustine’s Foundations

TweetHello Ladies, We’re back with our Saturday Spotlights, and this week the light is shining on Faustine’s Foundations!  Containing excellent bra reviews, like her recent discussion of the Panache Porcelain Plunge and thoughtful commentary on a variety of topics, this blog is another great addition to our links section. In particular, her recent analysis “Where do bras come from?” was fascinating to me because as a retailer, I think more about my responsibilities to pay suppliers on time and order the right merchandise instead of asking how those payments are dispersed.  Furthermore, I loved her Curvy Kate preview for spring, particularly because she notes some of the fit and style changes of the bras.  Check out her blog when you get a chance, and you won’t be disappointed! Erica

Saturday Spotlight: Bras and Body Image

TweetHello Ladies, Our Saturday Spotlight this weekend is a new bra blogger who recently emerged on the scene:  Bras and Body Image!  As the title of the blog implies, there are several excellent lingerie and swimwear set reviews as well as discussions of how bras and body image interrelate.  The post on her bra size revelation mirrored how I felt when I was properly fitted, and I’m sure many of you can identify with the emotions she experienced.  As a 30JJ/28K, she is on the higher end of the cup size range and can provide some insight into how bras will look as they scale up in size. Recently, she’s reviewed the BiuBiu Vanity Fair (pictured above) which I have also reviewed in the past.  As many of you know, we’re hoping to carry BiuBiu in the store in 2013, and hers is yet another flattering review of the fit and quality of this amazing brand. Finally, any last minute holiday shoppers will appreciate her Christmas wish list with its cute selection of girdles, bras, and high-waisted knickers! Erica

Saturday Spotlight: Staff Sgt. John Windle

TweetHello Ladies, Despite a longstanding avoidance of mornings and “getting up early,” I awoke at 4a.m. today in the cold, dark hours before the sun rises because I had a special ceremony to attend in Charlotte.  My younger brother earned his stripes to be promoted to Staff Sgt., and I wanted to be show my support for all that he accomplished. When we arrived on base, he introduced me to the wonderful people working in the fuel and avionics department to keep the planes of the Air Force flying high.  Soon we were headed for the building where the promotions and accommodations would be given, and his Lt. Col. asked me if I would like to “tack” my brother’s stripe today.  “Tacking” on stripes essentially consists of attaching the stripes to the side of the arm with tape and then punching them to keep them in place.  It’s a long-standing tradition of which I was honored to be a part.  The Lt. Col. assured me I should give him a solid hit on the arm to make sure they tack properly.  What older sister would pass up the opportunity to punch her baby brother in front of 70 or 80 of his coworkers and commanding officers?  None! With all of the maintenance element lined up at attention, the commanding officers called the names of the men receiving promotions today as well as the people who would help the Lt. Col. tack the stripes.  One by one, all of the men received their promotions until the Lt. Col. finally arrived at my brother and me.  Conspiratorially, he leaned around my brother and told me to be sure hit those stripes. Prior to tacking ceremony, my dad told me that if you barely tap the stripes, the crowd will boo, so my

Saturday Spotlight: Curvy Kitten

TweetHello Ladies, This week’s Saturday Spotlight is shining on another fuller-busted blog called The Curvy Kitten which offers some fabulous bra and curve-friendly clothing reviews.  Recently, she rocked a pair of retro-inspired high waist briefs that put to shame anyone who believe a higher waist treads into “Granny Panty” territory.  A former Curvy Kate “Star in a Bra” finalist, she also proves the higher-waist trend can flatter a curvy figure, even from the rear angle.  She sold me on giving them a shot! Beyond her lingerie reviews, Curvy Kitten offers some lovely posts on boob-friendly clothing, and her review of the Pin-Up Girl Clothing Heidi dress makes me wish I could run out and purchase it today: If you haven’t already visited her blog, I highly recommend it! Erica

Saturday Spotlight: Sole Society

TweetHello Ladies, A few weeks ago, I received a Nordstrom mailer (always a dangerous thing!) entitled “Chic Boots under $100,” and the defining image was of a flat, caramel-colored boot which hit around mid-calf: Despite living in North Carolina where temperatures are often a little warmer (our highs are in the 70s today), I adore boots.  In fact, I adore shoes in general—an interesting corollary because bras and shoes are similar in many ways.  For a few weeks, I had been admiring similar styles to the Aileen boot above, but the price point was always beyond what I could afford.  Imagine my shock and excitement that this perfect boot was only $59.95!  With my $20 Nordstrom Gift Card, I could score a versatile, trendy, and hopefully comfortable pair of boots for a little over $40. Apparently, other people had the same idea because my size was already sold out, but using his Google-Fu, my dad found the boot at the manufacturer’s website plus a $20 coupon.  Needless to say, it took me all of two seconds to order them (Note the Campbell & Kate Button-Front). I was so pleased with the entire experience that I am spotlighting retailer Sole Society today!  With a wide assortment of unique and trendy flats, heels, and boots at affordable prices, Sole Society is quickly becoming my go-to place for shoes.  They offer free shipping and returns, and after placing my order on a Thursday, I was happy to be unwrapping them on the following Tuesday afternoon.  Immediately, I knew they were keepers.  Considering the boots are synthetic, I was concerned they would look cheap or too shiny, but rest assured, they look gorgeous although a little darker than the manufacturer’s picture.  Furthermore, the thick rubber sole on the bottom cushions my feet during long

Saturday Spotlight: Bras I Hate & Love

TweetHello Ladies, Even though I often read Bras I Hate & Love, I was shocked to realize I never featured this informative and well-written blog as one of our Saturday Spotlights.  Quelle horreur!  Bras I Hate & Love not only offers a slew of fantastic bra reviews which go beyond discussing the fit and feel of the bra to analyzing the actual construction and design elements, but the blogger also promotes the use of neutral or positive language when referring to the body.  If you read my recent post We are Good Enough, you know that this is a stance I strongly support and encourage. Recently, her review of the Curvy Kate Smoothie inspired me to order one for myself, but I also loved her dissection of the many “busty girl” myths floating around the Internet.  Her point about being respectful of others and not using terminology which could make them feel upset about their bodies is one we can all hope to learn from in the future. If you haven’t already found her blog (I do have her on the blogroll!), be sure to head over and read through her thought-provoking posts. Erica P.S.  This oversight has me wondering:  Who else have I missed?  If you know a blog that deserves a plug or if you write a blog that you’d like to submit for consideration, either comment below or email sophisticatedpair[at]!

Saturday Spotlight: My Overstock Boutique

TweetHello Ladies, Last weekend, I picked up a pair of freshly-hemmed jeans from my go-to seamstress (Melanie Cook of Silver Threads and Golden Needles), and she recommended I try a nearby consignment/overstock boutique that receives new inventory from stores across the country.  As I mentioned yesterday, I love fashion, and I’ve heard tales of amazing finds at consignment and thrift stores—deals so amazing they border on legendary. However, every time I’ve visited a thrift or consignment store in the past, most of the inventory was from another decade, unflattering, in poor condition, or in sizes nowhere close to mine.  Then there’s the organization.  Everything is stuffed onto racks often in no particular order, and as someone who finds department stores a touch overwhelming, the prospect of sorting through a bunch of densely packed and highly assorted clothes makes my skin crawl.  My emotional tolerance for the process dies quickly, and I give up searching for that rare gem which will have my name inscribed in the annals of consignment shopping history. Needless to say, I was a bit skeptical about visiting the shop, but I fortified myself and drove over to My Overstock Boutique.  Located in a large warehouse in the Haw River area, our Saturday Spotlight forgoes some of the decorative flourishes of traditional shops in favor of an incredible selection that is updated often.  When owner Mike led me through the door to the warehouse portion, I was taken aback by how much inventory was lurking there, and within a few minutes of scanning a nearby rack, I found a J. Crew Collection Pencil Skirt from last year on sale for $60.00 as well as a whole collection of their shoes (sadly, my size was a little scarce).  Soon after I found a wool skirt from Ralph Lauren’s

Saturday Spotlight: Free for All

TweetHello Ladies, This week there were a tremendous amount of blog and news activity that I found fascinating and wanted to share with you in lieu of our traditional Saturday Spotlight! First, I want to spotlight Bras I Hate’s analysis of the Her Room breast shape survey.  When it was first published, I answered the questions and was left baffled by the suggestions they offered, but I was also perturbed about their tendency to use language with a negative connotation when describing breasts, particularly the “overly large” Omega breasts I’m lugging around all day. Next up, I enjoyed Miss Underpinning’s comparison of the different Freya cut-and-sew styles especially since you could really see the different silhouette and shape each bra provided. Women with curvy lower halves will appreciate Sweet Nothing’s first installment on finding jeans, skirts, and dress pants for your curves although Nicole of Fussy Busty (our Saturday Spotlight last week) and I would love to add an addendum for plus-size women. Invest in your Chest reports on how Victoria’s Secret has leaped across the pond to open a flagship store in London where their horrible fit techniques continue to put women in the wrong size bra.  If you missed it, we recently wrote a blog on why their measuring methods produce such poor results. Finally, on the body snark front, Hello Giggles featured a fantastic article on “The Real Reasons Girls Call Other Girls Fat” which is a must-read for anyone who has been on the giving or receiving end of negative comments about a woman’s figure. Your turn:  What other articles popped upon the Internet this week that I missed?  Have a great Labor Day Weekend! Erica

Saturday Spotlight: Fussy Busty

TweetHello Ladies, A few weeks ago, our Saturday Spotlight popped up on my radar, but as I am prone to do, I leave a lot of windows open in my browser, it crashes (or I accidentally close it), and I forget what I had open.  This week, fate smiled on me because I clicked on the website listed by one of the lovely ladies commenting on our blog, and I found it again.  Yay!  As a result, our featured blog this week is Fussy Busty:  A Plus size, US bra blog! Blogger Nicole wears a 40J, meaning she is in a niche under-represented both in the blogosophere and in lingerie.  So often companies stop at 38 bands, and if they offer a 40, the cup size range is limited.  When I discussed our first year statistics, Nicole is one of the demographics I said needed more attention from manufacturers.  Large cup sizes aren’t unique to the 32-38 market! When I was plus-size, I remember vainly trying to decide if a bra or dress would translate from the model’s thin frame to mine, and I wish I had resource like this.  Her bra reviews are relevant to women of all sizes, and the information she provides is top notch.  I like that she includes pictures too so you can see the bras on her body type and identify the signs of a good or poor fit, and her recent review of the Andorra strikes a chord with me because I’m also a fan (bonus:  I like how she wears it under a tee to prove seamed bras can be versatile!). Her blog is definitely worth the read! Erica