Word of mouth is a lovely thing. I first heard of Beautifully Bound from Lamb in her gorgeous post. Handmade lingerie with an affordable price tag? Sign me up!

I purchased a garter (USD$9.89), the pentagram harness bra (USD$24.75) and the pentagram knickers (USD$ 16.50). Shipping was USD$11.47. At the time, Sally, the owner, was giving away a garter with each purchase, so I conveniently ended up with a set of 2. :)

Sally was super awesome. I was worried that the pieces might not fit me well, but there wasn’t any problem at all: I provided all of my measurements, and she was happy and willing to make the lingerie to my size. When I made my purchase, she was still relatively new to Etsy, so she was still figuring things out like combined international shipping. She promptly responded and adjusted the shipping, so that it was properly reflected in my order. Sally is also very friendly, so don’t be afraid to approach her!

It took about 1.5 weeks for my purchase to be made and arrive in my hands.

I am always the slightest bit apprehensive when it comes to handmade Etsy items (I had some bad sewing non-lingerie purchases in the past), but my concerns were completely unfounded. Everything was extremely well-made and sturdy.

I haven’t had time to take good pictures of me wearing the bra and knickers, so those will come soon! But for now, here’s a couple snaps of Beautifully Bound’s lovely garters:

Love how they frame the flesh:
Beautifully Bound Garter 1

My package got delivered at work, and I happily slapped it on over my tights. I felt a little bit scandalous! :)
Beautifully Bound Garter 2

All items in this post were purchased by me except for the black Melissa shoes, which were a present from my wonderful friend Sue!

I like having a little place where I can write and talk about things that make me happy.

This past week has been really emotionally challenging. When lots of things go badly especially over things I have zero control (where the outcome significantly affects me), I tend to crumble. It’s a domino effect: I start picking at *everything* that I’m unhappy with, and unfortunately, the first thing that comes up is my body.

When I was in high school, I would frequently visit my family overseas. When I tried to buy clothes, most stores/market vendors didn’t carry my size! If they did, I would wear an XL or a XXL. I actually didn’t start working out and eating better until after I graduated from college. My weight fluctuated in my early to mid-twenties, but it’s pretty much stabilized now aka this is what it’s going to be. I’m 5’4″, wear a US6-8, and weigh-in at approximately 145 lbs – and I also have broad shoulders. :P (PS – This is not the standard Asian physique.)

Sometimes I wonder why I’m so hard on my body. There’s honestly no good reason. When I’m not looking at advertisements or so-called “preferred” body types, I’m actually happy/satisfied with my body, even if I’m cramming bad foods in my body (and hey, honestly, no regrets).

That being said, after finding some solace in super trashy disgusting foods, it’s time to get back on schedule. :) I also need to head back to the gym after taking two weeks off after that barbell incident…

I received some goodies in the mail and was excited to wear them, even if I wasn’t feeling my best. Pretty underthings really do lift up one’s spirits. ;)
Hopeless x Bordelle 1

Hopeless Lingerie: Maja garters (flipped around; they’re one-sided FYI), Kristen knickers (purchased from PassionateJade; Bordelle Lady Citron Bodice Bra (can be purchased available on sale from Journelle)
Hopeless x Bordelle 2

Review for the Bordelle bra to come in the near future! (Quick notes – it’s a bitch to put on by yourself, but it’s a beautiful, well-made, hefty bra.) All lingerie pieces are a size Medium.

All items in this post were purchased by me. I do not use affiliate links.