Wow so this has been a long time coming. In the past few months i've worked my arse off. Most of my time was pretty much solely dedicated to writing my 16,658 word dissertation which finished off both 9 months of Supernova research and my entire Masters degree. On top of that i'm still working my retail job and i had a whole bunch of other deadlines. Oh and i also managed to pick up a man and start a new relationship. So i've been ridiculously busy and the 5 or so hours it takes to put together a blog post was just not available to me. I should have a few posts lined up for the next few weeks and i certainly have a lot more time on my hands now. So hopefully we can all become reacquainted again!
If you're not familiar with Creepyyeha, she's someone you'll want to be familiar with. A particularly inspiring and exciting individual in the lingerie community, she designs and hand makes impressive pieces and curates a completely divine online presence. I follow her work pretty closely and she's one of my favourite independent designers.
Over a year ago i bought this exact same set for Amélie because we'd both agreed we couldn't live without it. And then it took me a whole damn year to buy one for myself. How's that for procrastination? A major source of my reluctance came from the price, it doesn't come cheap. The Ravish Me set costs $200 or around £130 (not including international shipping which takes it up to £150-ish). An amount of money i personally am happy to drop on something so frivolous (obviously) but not an amount of money i often have as disposable income, especially since i've bought two now!
I was expecting a relatively lengthy wait for my items, airmail from the US usually adds 2 weeks to any shipping and obviously each item is made to order so a timescale on the order of a month was what i was expecting. It did end up taking 2 months, there seemed to be some personal issues and a hiatus that wasn't communicated to customers so if i'd have been paying attention (i wasn't, i actually forgot i'd sleepily bought it in my high stress epoch) i might have been concerned. But hey ho, life happens and i'm relatively patient in some regards.
So the price, albeit high, reflects in the quality of the pieces. Whilst they come in standard sizing (although she's happy to make any items to custom measurements) every part of the open bra and garter you could possibly want to be adjustable, is. I picked up them both in an XS and they fit me perfectly. I have a 27" underbust and a 23" waist so it's rare i find items that fit comfortably and well.
The elastic used is soft and prolonged wear doesn't cause chafing. I've owned harnesses where i've legitimately ended up with visible and lasting friction burns. So it's pleasing to me that i can wear these pieces all day and not lose chunks of skin.
Overall i find the garter the most versatile and exciting part of this set. Whilst i love owning matching pieces and the open cup bra is beautifully constructed and designed, i will get a lot more everyday wear out of the garter. The nature of the leg straps and the thick band at the waist means that gravity doesn't take it's inevitable toll and pull the whole thing down. It stays exactly where it is, all day. However, if you do intend to wear a piece like this on the regular, it's imperative you wear your knickers over it (not under it as i did for these photos and for a 2nd date...) because it will make weeing a nightmare if you don't.
I would prefer another two straps on this suspender, to hold at the back, as the two in this design do only hold a stocking up at the front and slightly to one side so a good 60% of the stocking is unattached. Because of this i tend to wear hold ups with this piece for that extra security.
To me, this piece is definitely a worthwhile investment and so far i've managed to pair it with a multitude of different lingerie and it always just adds that extra something special. Not to mention i can now wear stockings without having to pull the waistband up every two minutes. It's become a staple piece of my everyday lingerie wardrobe and i'd definitely urge anyone who has been on the fence about picking up a Ravish Me set, to really consider it. And then we can all be twins, of course.