Most of us come from the era where we were proud to burn our bras, or at least we supported the ethos. I was someone who did not need a bra anyway, being fashionably Twiggy-esque and very flat chested.
My first bra experience was when I was 13 and most of the girls in my class were developing enviable curves, as I still remained like a stick insect, but still begged my Mum to buy me a bra. She came back from New York with a suitably flat elasticated band – vaguely resembling a belt but called a first bra, for me to grow into. I was devastated, as I imagined a beautiful lace bra, similar to all the girls in my class.
After giving birth to my daughter however, twenty years later, my boobs seem to take on a life of their own and grew and remained. In fact, I sat next to Twiggy at a Ball shortly after, with two extra stone of après-birth weight and ample breasts as we shared conversations of kids and fashion, with me desperately trying to stay away from the subject of body shape.
It is only in recent years I have begun to learn the importance of wearing a bra for both posture and support, and have waded through aisles of underwear shops and stores trying to find the right shape and fit and one that would feel comfortable.
My friend Debbie Arnold was horrified when she met up with me after many years. ‘Why are your boobs so low’ she exclaimed. I had no idea, but soon started to realise that they were supposed to be upwardly mobile and not pointing South!
Then I discovered No 1 Bra. I did my research and was introduced to the lady who had designed this amazing bra range, who had experienced all the trials and tribulations most of us have had in finding a bra that is perfect for us.
I spoke to Jeanette Misseldine, the creator of No 1 Bra and her story is both fascinating and inspiring as she recalls her own flight of discovery as she realized when shopping in Paris that she could not find a single comfortable bra because of the digging wire! So decided to create her own.
Women should not have to suffer the painful dig of a narrow underwire. You would never see a man with a wire protruding into his private area. Why should we!’says Jeanette
Jeanette had been in the Lingerie industry for many years, and has designed and created bras for global brands from high end to high street and all types from everyday to special occasions and sport!
It’s taken years of development on the legal and sourcing side.
We are very fortunate to have an exceptional manufacturing facility with certifications of excellence! Our products are high quality.
We launched in lockdown and no one had heard of us! We did a special promotion and sold out of all middle sizes and during covid took an age to re stock! Now we are fully stocked and ladies are loving the comfort.
Typically, they can’t believe it when they try one. We’ve had all emotions and the question most asked is ‘why it’s taken so long’
We know as soon as ladies try the bra they will not wear another brand again.
Our mission is to help as many ladies as possible to find comfort and the more we help the more we can do!
We already have a selection of bras going down to 28 bands and up to 44 – With A-HH cups.
All ladies are different and it really depends on body shape and your torso and bust which will determine which bras are best for you.
We offer a fitting service over the phone and have a special set of questions that ensure you have the right size. We exchange and are committed to helping every lady.
Jeanette is right, I for one will never again have to trapes around the aisles of lingerie to find a suitable bra that fits perfectly. It is all here under one shelf, in the No 1 Bra – Colours, Strapless bras and Swimwear are all in the pipeline. She is so excited about what she can offer. Bravo Jeanette! The best is yet to come.
NUB TV, a new series coming to Sky TV Channel 186 on Thursdays at 9PM from 1st September.
As well as featuring the best new music videos the hosts interview their favourite UFO and paranormal experts and ask them about their musical tastes as well what they are currently up to.
Guests include the world’s leading UFO expert Nick Pope, spoon bending psychic Uri Geller, paranormal pioneer Yvette Fielding & investigative filmmaker Jeremy Corbell.
The show is presented by Mark Christopher Lee from the indie band The Pocket Gods and Guy Thompson from electro pop band The Boy From Space.
Highlights include Uri Geller talking about the night John Lennon gave him an alien rock after John had a close encounter at his home at the Dakota Building in New York, as well as investigative film-maker Jeremy Corbell talking about how the US government knows the truth about UFOs and Alien contact.
Francesca Catlow’s debut novel, The Little Blue Door, is a captivating story which, from the opening lines, captures the feelings of the main character completely. The character is so beautifully crafted that we feel as though we know Melodie from the moment we meet her. It is a testament to Francesca Catlow’s immense talent and skill as a writer that we are drawn into her world from the first page. Her vivid imagery and intricate description evokes the enchanting beauty of Greece and immediately transports us to Melodie’s world.
Melodie is such an endearing and engaging character that the reader immediately wants to know more. We live the story through the character and we are by her side as she begins her journey of discovery, joy, and heartbreak. Catlow’s portrayal of Melodie’s loneliness throughout the novel demonstrates her absolute understanding of human nature. Melodie’s feelings, reactions and responses to the world around her create a truth and authenticity which reveals Catlow’s unique sensitivity as a writer.
Catlow creates an initial air of mystery in her main characters which intrigues but, more importantly, keeps us on Melodie’s path. As Melodie learns more about the new people in her life, so do we as the reader. Catlow ensures that we travel this road with Melodie and live her experiences alongside her; we care about her and feel both her sadness and her joy.
As Melodie’s story is gradually revealed to us, we are taken down an unpredictable road which draws us ever closer to the three main characters. She is a likeable and relatable character and we find ourselves caring about her deeply. We experience the growth and self-discovery of Melodie, Anton and Gaia as they develop and face some difficult revelations and realisations about themselves and the people they believed they knew well. Catlow’s characters are real; they are likeable yet flawed. They are real and reflect the human condition.
The Little Blue Door is a truly beautiful debut novel. Francesca Catlow is an intelligent and perceptive writer who understands how to make the reader feel as though they are an intricate part of the lives of her characters. I became absolutely invested in Melodie’s story and I look forward to reading about the next phase of her life in Behind the Olive Trees.