Lucie Loves... Lingerie // Say hello to Lorna – the nude scallop-edged beauty from Agent Provocateur

Ok, so here's something a little bit different from the blog content that I usually post... a bit cheeky! A bit sexy! but I wanted to post about this photo shoot because – like 99.9% of women and girls out there – I'm not a perfectly-formed Victoria's Secret model. Shock! Horror!

I know that my body isn't currently in as good condition as it was this time last year. I'm probably the heaviest (read as curviest) I've ever been. But I also know that that is a result of being more than a little bit lazy with my diet and slack with the old exercise regime...

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But, you know what? I'm happy with how I look. At 32-years old, I'm more confident with my body right now, than I was a decade ago. I figured that, as I'm not going to look like this forever, (and I'm madly in love with this new lingerie), I'd share a few pics of my new Agent Provocateur goodies.

I've always been a big fan of lingerie, but when I asked for some for Christmas I didn't know what santa was going to bring... The right underwear can do wonders for both your figure and your confidence – and I'm a firm believer in investing in good undergarments, they can do wonders for boosting your mood too!

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The main allure of exercising for me is the mental health benefits. That whoosh of endorphins when I'm mid workout never fails to lift my mood or enhance my sense of wellbeing.

Unfortunately, with the barrage of imagery of the "perfect" female form that we're exposed to – day in, day out – on social media (Instagram in particular), it can be hard to not compare yourself to that long-limbed peachy-arsed golden goddess sunning herself on the beach... But just remember, underneath that carefully selected instagram filter, flattering pose and super-white smile, she too may have shit days. 

I'm 5ft 6", have the usual chubby bits, cellulite, and stretch marks – days when I feel shit, bloated and ugly – let's call them real-girl curves and real-girl feelings. 

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Here's to celebrating the body that you've got right now.

If you're not happy, you're the only one who can change that. Remember, happiness – like beauty – radiates from within. If you keep doing the same old, same old – you'll keep feeling exactly the same as you've always done.

Look at the things in your life that are stopping you from achieving what you want to achieve. Take little steps, but most importantly, enjoy being you – because there is only one you, and you are unique and special in your own quirky ways.

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Anyway, back to bras...

It can be especially tricky, (if you're big a big busted lass with a small back, like me) to find a bra that doesn't look like it could double as a parachute. Thankfully, the Agent Provocateur Lorna range – seen here in nude lightweight net tulle, with seam detail – goes up to a 32F!

What are your favourite lingerie brands? Send me your recommendations for any brands who are a far cry from the boulder-holders you usually get in the DD+ styles. 

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Photography ~ James Barley