Thursday, September 20, 2012

Blogger Idol and Corsets (plus a giveaway)?!? What a day!

My friend Heather over at My Husband Ate All My Ice Cream is celebrating her 2 year blog-o-versary this week!  She's also the gal behind Blogger Idol (the Top 13 for this season will be announced today! Don't miss it!)

 To celebrate, she's holding a giveaway event for a custom, made-to-measure corset from Booby Trapp Corsets in England.  I don't personally own a corset, but after reading her review and seeing her pictures, I want one (holy curves, Batman!) 

So, if you're going to enter the giveaway (which you should), just be warned that you'll be competing against me! 
But,  if I don't win, I hope you do.
 
Here is her review on the one she received (plus the giveaway information at the bottom):

I have a million corsets. It's kind of like an obsession. I don't even remember how it happened, but one day I stumbled across this Facebook page (if you clicked the link, make sure to like the page and tell her 'My Husband Ate All My Ice Cream' sent you!), and I fell in love.

Then I realized... I have all these corsets sitting around, but I don't LOVE any of them. There's some sort of issue with each one, whether it be ill-fitting, not very good quality, no modesty panel (the fabric panel that is behind the laces), etc. And while they were cute, none really gave me that figure I was looking for. I messaged the company, and asked about doing a review of one, just to see what the difference, if any, there really was when a corset was handmade, and made custom to your measurements. It was totally by surprise that she agreed, and even said she'd do a giveaway for one as well!

Some of the styles available from Booby Trapp Corsets
Then came the painstaking part. I had to decide what I wanted! She has a TON of options as far as cut, style, and fabrics:
This isn't even all of the options. She gets in all kinds of fabric all the time, and some, she only has enough to do ONE corset in. So you'd be the only person in the whole world with a corset of that fabric!
I sent her my measurements, and picked the shape of the corset I wanted from the site. I was worried though, because I picked a longer style (The Renaissance), and I'm only five feet tall, and I was worried it would be too long. But... it was no problem. Since each corset is handmade, she just used the style I wanted, and shortened it up a bit! Then came the wait... she had to make it, and it had to ship all the way from England. I was thrilled when she sent me pictures when it was all done, but it did NOT do the corset justice at all!

You guys, I can not even BELIEVE the quality of this thing. First, it has real steel boning in it, which means that it is sturdy. Then, the fabric is NOTHING like the ones you get from lingerie stores. This is much more elegant. The satin is like the fabric you would see on an expensive wedding dress. You can even tell just by holding it that it isn't cheaply made. It's heavy, just like a well made dress, and you know it's going to do the job.

 Being handmade, you'd expect to see a loose thread here or there. I inspected it thoroughly and couldn't find a SINGLE one. I even pulled at the seams to see how sturdy it was and it didn't budge. In the pic above, on the bottom row, check out the third picture. That is the inside of the corset. That band is on both sides of the corset, right at your natural waistline, and it really helps to give you that corset figure you are looking for. Don't believe me? This is what it looks like on me totally unlaced:

Here is what it looks like totally laced up:

Huge difference, right? And it was so much more comfortable than the cheap corsets too. I could also tell a huge difference in what it did for my waist and cleavage, compared to the cheap ones.

One cool thing is the way they lace up. Instead of the lacing going all the way from the top to the bottom, they meet in the middle. This way, you can tighten it up from the top, and the bottom separately, ensuring that your fit is going to be perfect. She also sent me (as a surprise) an underbust corset to try out as well. I was a little nervous, because I had never worn one, and didn't really know what to think. I learned one thing really quick though: It's a lot easier to get an underbust corset REALLY tight (thank you hubby).


I think the nicest thing about corsets, besides the fact that they can make any figure look gorgeous, is that they are so universal when it comes to fashion. They can easily be dressed up or down to accommodate for any occasion.


Ladies, if you love corsets as much as I do, I am urging you to save up to buy a corset from Booby Trapp Corsets. If I could trade in the whole collection of corsets I have and only have a couple corsets from Booby Trapp Corsets instead, I would do it in a heartbeat. For the cost of a couple of the cheap ones, you can have an amazing one.

One of you isn't going to have to wait until you can save up though, because Booby Trapp Corsets is giving one of you a chance to win one! The giveaway starts today, and will end on October 2, 2012, at 11:59 PM. The lucky winner will get to customize their very own made-to-order (or 'bespoke', as they call it overseas) corset! It's super easy to enter, and all entries will be verified before a winner is announced! If you don't see the rafflecopter form below, just refresh the page!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

13 comments:

  1. I'm not going to enter the giveaway because you seriously deserve to win Lisa but thanks for sharing all of these awesome photos. I really do love the concept of Blogger Idol too, can't wait to see who made the final thirteen.

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  2. I don't own a single corset. I think I should win!

    (Lisa, stop promoting giveaways...you suck me in every time.)

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    1. Lol...I know! Now if only one of us could win something! Let's work on that (or maybe you're a luckier gal than I am?).

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  3. Corsets creep me out. Noone should have an hourglass figure outside of a Disney animated movie.

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  4. OMG!!! These corsets are just amazing! I LOVE corsets! I so want one. I realize you should win but ....

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    1. I'll be happy for you if you win! I never win anything anyway, so you probably actually have better odds with me in the mix.

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  5. This is really interesting to read! Hope you will post many more!


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  6. Those corsets are gorgeous!! Also I love the shape it give. Since I have never tried such corsets before, this time very excited to buy corsets for tight fitting top. Looking forward for more posts and designs. Keep sharing and updating. Thanks

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