To follow on from my last two posts, I have received my pen tablet! It is amazing but has a little fault with an accessory, so I'm getting it replaced. I think it is going to take me a little while to get used to it, but I hope to be able to bring you much better product sketches in the future.
In the meantime, I have been working on a new Amazon store to give a much better customer experience there. I can be honest here as it is my little blog, that I do have mixed feelings about being a seller on Amazon. They do have their benefits for some of my customers, as their logistics services are second-to-none with the Prime delivery options. From a customer comprehension point of view though, they are trickier, as I am very limited to what information I can give to the customer. They don't give me many characters or images to explain the product, so with a product like mine, that can make it very tricky.
I am hoping that my new store will help with that. As I am now a registered brand on Amazon, I am able to custom build a store, and within that I can custom make pages of information which will really help. I hope!
It's a slow process, but I am pleased about how it is getting on and hope it will be up and running soon.
If you are ever in doubt if I would prefer for you to buy here on my Amazon store, the answer is absolutely here! The Amazon fees are the biggest I face, and it certainly does make it difficult for us little businesses to be on there, but as many customers head straight to Amazon it's essential for me to be there and I am very grateful for the number of people who find me through my Amazon presence. On my website however, I am able to offer options for packaging such as boxes and organza bags, add-ons such as adhesive tapes, videos and guides to help you, and you can email me whenever you like. I love serving you here, as it's our own little space to connect and interact.
I better get back to doing this store for now though :)
To follow on from my last post, here is the quick sketch for the 400g breast forms.
Sorry it's not so neat! Instead of re-drawing it for you, I spent the time researching and ordering a graphics tablet. Hopefully, I will be able to recreate it really well for you digitally that way. I'm quite arty, so I am looking forward to using it to make you more resources to help.
It may take me a while to get the hang of using it, but thanks to a lovely customer who replied to my previous post, I now have QCAD, which is software to help with making technical drawings. Fingers crossed!
You can however see from this sketch that there are only subtle differences at the top between style 1 (in green) and 2 (in purple), that the triangle shape is a balance between width and height (she manages more width due to her concave back meaning there is more silicone to spread out wider) and that the pear shape in red is a much bigger flatter style, so great for bigger body frames looking for a more subtle look.
I was chatting to a customer yesterday, and I suggested that they drew out the breast form they are interested in on a piece of paper, following the images on the site to help with the shape.
I then sat down in the evening and thought, why haven't I done that for you?!
With the breast forms, they have the advantage of all going up in the same size increments and can therefore be directly compared. The only difference is the shape and how that is distributed.
Some a wider and flatter, and some are narrow and deeper/perkier.
It would surely be great for you if you had a visual guide for that, and especially if there was a printout you could do for each size if you wish. That way you can print it out and compare with your bras/the forms you already have/your body shape to see what would work best for you.
I've had a try and I can draw them out well, one on top of each other in different colours to show you which style is which. It's not the swishest and most sophisticated way of rendering it, but I'm sure it will really help until I can work out a better graphics way to do it for you.
The only challenge I can see is ensuring that if you print it, it's replicated exactly in the right size.
Here is my first try and draft.
Teardrop Style 2 is in the purple (small and pert)
The Triangle is in the orange (wider, concave back and a mid-shaped style)
Teardrop Style 1 is in the green (taller and pert)
The Pear Shape is in the red, and is the biggest style, but with the least depth so the most subtle style.
I think it will be really helpful for some, so I will get to drawing and scanning these as best I can, and then making them available to see and download.
If anyone has graphics ideas and knowledge about how I can do this best, please do get in touch :)
I'm back up and running fully post-Covid and all the complexities it brought, and I've just remembered that I didn't let you know the great news.
Style 12 is getting a bigger version!
I started working on her a while ago and she went into production recently, and will soon be here for me to share with you.
Style 12 works so well, with her concave back to give you a boost whilst sitting great against your chest of any size, but I am getting more and more 38/40/42" band ladies who have small cup sizes and would just like a little more shape. This is the same for the trans community too, who are often in the wider band sizes, so need an enhancer with a little more width and the possibility for growth. My current style 12 size is huge for ladies with smaller band sizes, but not quite wide enough for those with bigger bands needing a mid to bigger boost.
The only option until now has been my triangle full breast forms in the 400g size, which is a big enough step up to make a good difference and give a great weight. The issue for some has been the cost, as they come with a fully crafted and darkened nipple, which adds a great amount of cost. Many customers do not want/need this as they are looking for something more for the odd night out.
So, I decided in the New Year to go for it and make pairs in a 360g each side with no nipple. This keeps the costs right down for you, and makes them the biggest breast enhancer in my range, as they are a whopping 720g a pair.
She's due in soon, so I shall be getting the photos done and getting her on the site for you asap. YAY!
Out with the Old:
With an equally heavy heart, it's time to say goodbye to style 7a.
She was one of the first styles I made, right back in 2006 and has been a big part of my range ever since. Over time I've developed new styles to the great range I have today, and there are sometimes a lot of overlap with styles that fit people. It can get a bit confusing with choice, plus there are still sizes that I can't cater for as much as I'd like to (hence the introduction of the bigger style 12). I have to make space in my budgets and looking at style 7a, I realised it was time she retired after all her fabulous hard work through the years. Most women find style 7b a better size, or are catered for with style 9, so it's a logical move to retire her and concentrate on new styles to help fill the gaps in my range. I have lots of stocks left and I will keep these exclusively for my site alone, once the stocks run lower. This should ensure that she will be available for a good while for those looking for a new pair. After that style 7b will simply become style 7.
I've been compiling info from your feedback through emails and chats, and I've updated my fitting chart for the breast enhancers. It's the most comprehensive that I've done yet, and hopefully you will find it easier to read and understand.
Having small breasts can be a blessing and a curse. I should know, I'm a 32B at the moment, but that can fluctuate. I love the fact I can walk around without a bra, but it can make fitting into some tops and dresses tricky.
I don't have time to blog nearly as much as I'd like, but this morning I thought I really should do a little blog about this, so the styles for small breasts and bigger breasts to give more information. The more information you have the better! I like to empower you to be able to find the style/s you need, but to also I am here whenever you need of course.
First the main thing to stress is sizing and styles are not science. We are all different, with different shaped breasts and what works for one may not work for another. The other thing to remember is the huge difference a band size can make. A 30A is incomparable to a 40A for example. Going up each band size adds volume to the cup, so physically they are entirely different in size.
So, with that in mind, let's delve in to some options.
Let's start with options for small cups. If you have a small band and cup size, there is little room in the cup for us to work with. This means we can only add a very small amount if we want to stay the same cup size, and that will mean style 1 is the only option. If you are happy to head up a cup size or two, this opens us up to styles 2, 3, 6, 8 and even 9a. I can't cover all cup sizes here in this little blog, but using my size as an example, I can comfortably fit style 1 in. For most of my bras, especially the ones that aren't the best fit to begin with and have a little room, I can fit style 2 in and get a great result. The same for style 3 and sometimes style 8, but in many of my bras, she shows a little above the cup as my cups are small. I don't mind that as the result is nice and smooth when dressed, but that's not for everyone. You can always check the dimensions of the styles on the product pages, but do remember they bend in the bra, so you can get a style that is 1 or 2cm bigger than your bra cup. Style 6 is not an option for me in my normal sized cups, but when I try with a C cup, I get a nice result for many brands, and it's the same for style 8, but I do look bigger with this one as it cups my breasts all over boosting my side profileâº
That is the next thing to consider, brands and the cut of the bra. They are not born equal, so if you are looking for a long-term great look, I'd absolutely recommend that you find a bra that works perfectly with the enhancer that you like, if you don't already own one. The result will be the perfect combination for you, and you get will reward you over and over.
For bigger band sizes to mine, so say a 36" band, you will have more room in your cup and find you need a little more to get oomph. For you, style 3 is great for a smooth subtle bra filling, styles 6, 7, 8 and 9 are all good options too. You can narrow it down easily by first working out how you feel you would like it to sit in your bra. If you would like it with a smooth natural breast cupping, then styles 3 and 8 are best. If you would prefer it sits low in the cup, giving you a boost up for a bigger look, then styles 6 and 9 are great. The next thing to consider is how big you want to go. Style 6 is the smallest of these style 9 sits low, is bigger but is also softer so this can mean a little less push. That will be fine for your needs as if. If you only have very small breasts, you will not have much to push up, so we want instead to go for something that blends and gives you a boost. This is why style 7 is not the best, as she needs a big more breast to work with than us smaller ladies have. If you have around a 36B you should be ok, but smaller than that, you are better with other styles.
If you are a 36" band and looking to move up to a bigger cup size, you will need a bigger enhancer, so take a look at styles 10 and 12.
If you are a 38" or bigger, the best options are style 9b and style 12. We need a bigger enhancer to make a noticeable boost in your bra. Style 9b is great to help will filling out those bras a little, but if you are bigger than a 38" band, you will probably find you need to go straight for style 12. We need that extra volume. If you are looking to move up the cup sizes, we will be best to take a look at the smaller breast forms that I offer, to get the volume you need. I hope to add even bigger enhancers in the future for this. Style 11 should work well if you are a 38B or bigger, but again, if you are smaller than this, there will not be enough volume for us to boost using style 11.
Hopefully that information gives you a little more to confidence in what to look for and how they work.
Do you love a sale? Of course you do...and I love giving you one. Here, for a limited time, is a sale on my large voluptuous breast forms. It's a great time for you to grab that bigger pair you've longed for, treat yourself to an early Christmas present or give subtle hits for a love one to treat you.
I will be gradually adding these silicone superstars to the sale page over the next week, and it will be the breast forms in the bigger sizes of 600g, 700g, 800g, 900g and 1000g.
I'm here to help if you'd like to talk through sizing as always.
The first, my Boob Bolstering Breast Lift Tape, is now on the site and I'm really excited about it.
There are quite a few occasions with wedding dresses, low-cut tops and plunge bras, where there just isn't enough support for your breasts, let alone one of my lovely breast enhancers. This can be a big problem and a real confidence shaker for you.
I've pondered this for a while, and alongside the adhesive techies at my tape factory, we've developed this magnificent tape. It is a stretchy fabric tape with spandex that can support, hold, lift and shape, and best of all, be used over an enhancer. It's just finished it's manufacturing run and arrived ready for you, so I've popped it on the site, but I will be doing a little explainer video and getting some images done so that you can see just how it can work with my breast enhancers.
The possibilities it offers for all those hard to work with outfits are very exciting. It will be able to lift your breasts, with one layer, whilst also supporting the enhancer to boost you further. If you add a dress over the top with some support for the enhancer to push against, even if plunge etc, then you will be able to get fabulous results. It will also enable so many more breast enhancer options for your strapless bras, which can struggle with the extra weight without shoulder straps to help out. If we add the support of the tape over the top, with a tailored taping to stay hidden under the dress or top, you will be able to rock much heavier breast boosting styles for those big events and nights out.
The second new product is my new Rambunctious Rabbits breast lifting and nipple covering rabbit ears! Use them however you need...as your racy rabbit breast lifters, reliable rabbit nipple covers, or refuse to limit yourself and use them as both!
Shaped to help cover erect nipples and give lift and shape, they are fabulous for bikinis by the beach, lightweight tops, tight dresses and can also be used with my boob tape for the ultimate in shaping! I'll be getting them written up and added to my store asap.
Just a little post as I've had a message on my site and emails about my family emergency. It's certainly been a tough few weeks for me. We all go through difficult times, and when you come to me for help, a lot of you are feeling very low or struggling in your lives. Many of you have been feeling progressively low, some have had breast surgery, some have lost hope of feeling better. You share with me, and are open and honest with your troubles. I try to help you all as best I can and hope that even just by talking to me and hopefully finding options for your breasts, you can feel better. You often tell me it/I've helped, and that is so wonderful.
I write this now as I find it's sometimes helpful to know we are not alone in suffering. It's part of being human and tough times affect us all. I'm suffering at the moment and finding things tricky, so I thought I'd share. I want my blog to be informative and uplifting, but also real. This is me, Jo, the little shop owner who is having a tough time and being open with you, and that is no bad thing I think. If you only like happy blog posts, skip this one.
My first woe was recently when a young teenager riding his scooter out between two parked cars without looking, onto my car as I drove up the road. It was such a shock and so frightening, for us both, with the ambulance, police all in attendance and me being interviewed and breathalysed. My daughter was in the car too, but luckily everyone was OK. It did result in a hefty car repair bill, as my entire front headlight was smashed on the passenger side and the front bumper had to come off. It was really frightening, as for a long time I wasn't sure if he was ok, and the Police started quite forceful with me in case I had been driving dangerously, so it made me feel like I was guilty of something. It was all OK after, as I came home and reminded myself that the boy was ok, that I hadn't done anything wrong, it was just an accident and the light is just money.
Next was a flood in my house. The stop-cock managed to burst off in my daughters room. The pipe burst and when the stop cock has been pushed off with the pressure, my panicked mind took a while to work out how to stop the water jetting into the room. I was trying to reapply the stop cock with the full however-many-bar-of-pressured-water, until I suddenly remembered it can be turned off in the street. It didn't fully turn off out there, but enough to stop the flood. A week of taking up flooring, running dehumidifiers, replacing flooring and repainting damaged walls etc, and it's all ok. It just took a LOT of time and some more money.
Next was a fox attack in my garden. I was silly and I had let my lovely chickens out on the lawn with me, as they have been enclosed since December due to Avian Flu. I just wanted them to have some freedom and some sun, and I forgot that it is the time of year when foxes are terrible. I'd never had one come into my garden though, just before midday and try and snatch one in front of me. It took me and them completely by surprise. I scared it away and grabbed them, but one was too injured as it had snapped at her. After a lot of nursing and time, she still had to be put to sleep. It was so utterly upsetting, especially as she was my favourite, I had a £200 vet bill without the happy ending and I am racked with guilt. If only I hadn't let them out with me. I cried a lot for 2 days, mainly from the shock and guilt.
Now it's a family member that is very unwell. It's so upsetting and worrying and eclipses the other things, which is as much as I can say about it here. I'm trying to keep going and do all I can to keep my mental health in-tact, and it's a little too raw at the moment. We all need to do what we can to process our stresses, grief, financial worries and remember that things will not always be so bad. I'm trying to do that right now, and remember that life isn't always this difficult. I've read a bit about it and what I am doing is called "active coping". The other type is "passive coping", so keeping things more hidden away. I do talk to those around me, express when I am having good and bad moments of mental health and they do the same, which is absolutely invaluable. Writing this is part of my active coping.
Not everyone has a support network though, and using mine a lot right now reminds me how lucky I am. If you are going through a tough time and you feel alone or just that you need to vent, do email me. I'm not a counsellor and I don't know the "right" thing to say, but I can listen if that's what you need. You can write me your struggles in complete confidence to me.
On a more positive note to round off, when things have calmed down in my life I'll look to doing some write-ups for things that can be done when stressed in case it helps someone.