My monthly lingerie hauls are a transparency project: they disclose what I bought or was given each month, how much I spent, and why I purchased the items I chose.
If you missed my February Lingerie Haul, check it out! Here is what I bought/was given in March.
Bluebella Asteria Set (black) – $81.84 CAD
I had been drooling over this set since it was released so I budgeted for it to be my big purchase of March. The bra costs £36 and the matching briefs cost £18 so my total was = £54 – 20% off (coupon) = £43.20 = $81.84 CAD. I am THRILLED that this set was so affordable as it is a total dream. Review coming soon.
Glamory Hosiery 4x Thigh Highs & 2x Tights – FREE
Tim from Glamory Hosiery sent me the 50111 Deluxe 20, the 50352 Mesh, the 50129 Overt 20, and the 50123 Satin Matte 20 hosiery for review on my blog. I received these free in exchange for a review – all opinions are my own of course. I split the review into two parts: thigh high stockings and tights. Short and dirty summary: nice quality, lovely designs, only two fit, and two are too small. Tim then quite generously sent me a replacement for the mesh thigh highs in a size larger and sent a bonus pair of thigh highs as a gift without request for a review. I like to pass on the free love so I have sent off the original 50352 Mesh thigh-highs that were too small to another curvy lingerie blogger.
Panache Women’s Underwire Sports Top (black geo print) – $30.52 CAD
I got incredibly lucky when I was browsing the Large Cup Lingerie sale section! This Panache Sport Underwired Top was on sale from £40 down to £16 = $30.52 CAD with free shipping. They had only three sizes left in stock with one of them being a 36E – my size! Score! I had worn out my last sports bra months ago so this was a very good find. UPDATE: Just received this top and it does NOT fit. Will be looking to resell or return (need to check the return policy as I bought it on sale).
Boodywear Classic Bikini – gift card
This month I received a gift card from SocialNature, as part of their natural sample & review program, for my local organic store Pomme Natural Market. I picked up a pair of Boodywear organic bamboo underwear as I was pretty shocked to see undies at the store and just HAD to try them.
Custom Full-Bust Lingerie Set – FREE
In January, the owner of La Girafe Bleue and I had been correspondence over design changes to her soft cup bras in order to make them full-bust friendly after this review. We had talked about elastic placement, wider straps, and band firmness. Surprise surprise – in March I unexpectedly received a full set to fit test and give feedback/suggestions. Thank you!
Total: $112.36 CAD
Here is a handy-dandy little currency conversion chart:
$112.36 CAD = 59.87 GBP
$112.36 CAD = 84.63 USD
$112.36 CAD = 75.80 EUR
This was a rather unusual month as I received several items in exchange for reviews, which does not happen too often. For that, I am grateful. I moved cities yesterday and I am planning on buying a mattress in April, thus April’s lingerie will be primarily funded through some vouchers I have saved up.
Hosting & Domain Renewal
Last month, I mentioned that my blogging costs have gone way up due to my hosting/domain billing in USD and the CAD has lost so much value against the US currency. I had a talk with my domain company this month – and they gave me a discount on my web hosting: just over 50% off the hosting fee itself. Then there are the privacy fees and the domain renewal fees to pay as well. Here is what I just shelled out to keep this blog alive for another couple years:
Two-year web hosting: $120.60 CAD
Two-year domain renewal & privacy: $54.88 CAD
Total: $175.48 CAD
That is for two years so it works out to $87.74 CAD per year thanks to the generosity of the customer service at Domain.com. It isn’t that much per month (about $7.31 CAD) but when you have to pay it all in one go like I did this March, it hurts.
Now, I have the very basic hosting package possible – nothing fancy. I really want to add WP Essentials to my blog but it would be another $48 CAD per year on top of what I am already paying. So if we get down to it: my monthly expenses in March for my blog & lingerie to review for the blog was just under $300.