It’s Valentines day!! Which means you either celebrate or make sicky noises with your finger in your throat, depending on what camp you’re in. At our house we have one in each camp, and bearing in mine I LOVE flowers, jewellery, perfume and candlelit meals you can guess where I’m pitching my tent.
This year the man did good and came home from work with an utterly lovely bunch of flowers from a proper florist at Borough Market, a thoughtful card and our first ever Valentine’s night dinner date booking. I’m really looking forward to holding hands and staring at each other over a bowl of poppadoms at the local curry house along with 100 other clichéd couples. I love you, baby!
As a treat for me this Valentine’s day Marks and Spencer send us a gift card with a couple of conditions: we were to spend the money on lingerie, and as a romance-related challenge I had to let my husband choose what he thought I’d like. Now, in our 10 year relationship Will has bought me clothes a few times so I was thinking he might have an idea of my taste. As an extra twist on the challenge I left sizing up to him, too (insert evil cackle here).
The day before I let him loose in the lingerie department of M&S I visited myself and drew up a shortlist of 10 items I would purchase. Then I abandoned him, head scratching and looking confused.
So, how did he do?
Sidenote: since Hux stopped breastfeeding I have experienced a bit of shrinkage and droopage in the boobage department. Not the end of the world as I no longer have to wear those clippy front-opening nursing bras (woohooh!) but still annoying, all the same. But this does mean I’m rotating three bras at the moment, two utterly impractical Agent Provocateur lacy jobs from my old life (I would NEVER buy hand wash silk underwear these days) and a bobbled old M&S tshirt bra. I was sorely in need of new undergarments.
Will came back with two sets of lingerie: his thinking was that one of them were for my ‘sexy’ days and the other were for my ‘comfy’ days. I like his thinking and he kept within budget, good job that man. However, neither sets of underwear were ones I would have chosen. I like my plain bras either black, white or flesh coloured and my sexy bras, well, a bit more sexy I suppose.
His sizing were brilliant: one bra was a 34D and one a 32D. Very flattering, darling! Unfortunately I’m closer to a 34B (I miss you big boobies). The pants he chose were an 8 which I was delighted at – I’m a 10 but get my pants in a 12 as I don’t like them too tight. It’s wonderful that my husband thinks I have big boobs and a small bottom though.
1. Limited Collection Spotted Balcony, £7.60, Floral Lace Spotted Shorts, £3.60. 2. 2 x Padded Underwired Bras, £12.50 3. Limited Collection Floral Lace Bra, £14.00, Floral Lace Mesh Bikini Knickers, £6.00
After congratulating Will on his choices and sending him off to do something manly it was my turn to go shopping: I went for a pair of spotted underwear in dusky pink with boyshorts (1) – my favourite. I thought this was a great everyday set that would still make me feel a bit special. On the sexier side of things I went with some floral lace undies in black with bikini-style bottoms (3). Completely unbeknown to me there was a sale on Limited Collection items (my favourite of M&S’s lingerie range) so I got a hefty discount on these items.
Because I have an absolute stack of these pants (the comfiest around) I also went for a double pack of t-shirt bras in black and white (2) for my plainer days.
M&S are also running a promotion online and in-store at the moment where if you get professionally measured (or watch their measuring video) you get an additional £5 off.
Cor, I love buying underwear.
In conclusion, if you want to wear a well-fitting bra don’t let your husband choose it. DO let him shower you with flowers and take you out to dinner, though. Happy Valentine’s Day!!