Then at the wedding I attended in July, I sat at a table with Jocelyn, who, along with her mother, owns Orchid Lingerie on the Lisburn Road, one of the best known specialist lingerie stores locally. (Incidentally, The Lingerie Room at the Linen Green in Moygashal is also owned by the same family)
The conversation moved to bras as the evening went on (I wasn't even drinking!)...and more specifically to strapless bras and by the end of the night, I was making plans to call into Orchid during August for a fitting.
Jocelyn had a few different strapless bras for me to try, starting with the one I had set my heart on - the Wonderbra Ultimate Strapless. I'd heard so much about this bra and was sure it was the right one for me:
It's hard to explain but has support 'fingers' inside it to hold you up...you can just about make them out in this picture:
Next up was the one which Jocelyn told me is the one she personally favours. It's a less well known brand - B-Tempted and I tried it in my usual size.
Perfection! The deal was done.
and this is a great option for backless dresses.
All the occasion options were well priced too - reflecting the fact that they're an occasional wear.
I couldn't leave without a quick scoot around the rest of the shop. Orchid sells swimwear and nightwear...
Then a surprise for me, the shop stocks a number of exclusive scents from La Perla - for women and men. It's always nice to find a different and original perfume - another great present idea and Jocelyn told me the Christmas sets are fantastic value and sell out super fast.
Finally, the shop can cater for anyone requiring specialist underwear or swimwear following surgery with a wide range of mastectomy bras available.
Disclaimer - this is not a sponsored post and I bought the bra myself!