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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.

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I love independent, handmade lingerie – don’t you?

Hopeless Lingerie has been one of my favorite brands since I stumbled across it on Etsy years ago. I love Gaby’s aesthetic. After following her on Instagram, I feel like her collections are truly a wonderful reflection of herself.

I actually made my purchase through Passionate Jade, one of Gaby’s stockiest (I didn’t want to wait!). Yep, they sell all sorts of sexy things! After convoing Gaby about sizing – she was super awesome to answer my questions even though I was buying from Passionate Jade and was equally gracious about it, I placed my order for a Suzy bralette in a small and a pair of Kristen mesh knickers in medium.

Ordering from Passionate Jade was a smooth experience. The folks at the shop were responsive to my emails, especially when I got a bit concerned that my parcel may have been missing. Nearly three weeks later, I received my package safely in the post – whew! The mail was just super slow.

Passionate Jade prettily wrapped my order in black tissue paper with black silky cord and a cheeky little tag! :)
Hopeless - Passionate Jade Parcel

Suzy bralette – a bit hard to photograph in its full glory (hard to show the strappy-ness when it’s not being worn):
Hopeless Suzy Bralette

Kristen knickers; high-waisted underwear with a flirty butt cut-out. ;)
Hopeless Kristen Knickers

I’m incredibly pleased with my order! I always get a bit nervous when I order handmade lingerie online since some people have questionable sewing abilities, but Gaby’s is spot-on. Everything is beautifully, professionally made and finished, and you can tell she takes a lot of pride in her work. (I love seeing studio shots posted on her Instagram, too! You can tell she takes Hopeless very, very seriously.)

Gaby has written to me that since she doesn’t have a showroom, she wants to make sure that whatever people buy, there’s a margin of flexibility for fit. The Suzy bralette fits me well and is exceedingly comfortable to wear. (I wear a 32D in most American brands and some foreign brands. I wear a 36A in most British brands – sizing is not measured the same!!) Even if the fit was slightly off, the adjustable straps make it tailorable to my body.

The Kristen knickers in a medium work well, too. At first, I was a bit nervous at just how small they looked (could I shove my butt in it??), but after trying them on, they were form-fitting and comfortable, too. I wish that the waist strap could be detached, but it’s stretchy enough that I can slide it over my rear end. I guess I worry that I may stretch out the elastic.

Speaking of the elastic, it’s smooth and silky to the touch, and it doesn’t dig into the flesh.

I loved my order so much that when I woke up one morning – missing a flash sale she had on Facebook for individually pieces – I went ahead and placed a second order for a pair of Carrie knickers and Maja leather harness and garters with a 20% discount. :) My order should be shipping any time soon, but all good things come to those who wait – right?

Hopeless Suzy Bralette + Kristen Knickers (worn)
All items in this post were purchased by me. I’m wearing my trusty Blush thong, so as to not put my entire business online. ;D