Posts from April, 2010

Photo Friday: Electra Designs Corsets

There are some lingerie designers who just make me swoon.  Atsuko Kudo, the lady behind Lady Gaga’s latex is one.  Bordelle, the lingerie prodigies bringing an S&M aesthetic to the masses, is another.  Electra Designs, designer of some of the most gorgeous and technically masterful corsets in the world, is a third.  Don’t believe me?  Just take a look at her most recent creations below.  The woman is an absolute artist.

Want more Electra Designs?  Then find her on Twitter, LiveJournal, or Model Mayhem.  It’s well worth the minute of your time because she’s always posting examples of her latest work.  And from the limited conversations I’ve had with her, she’s as nice as cherry pie.


P.S. I truly believe Electra’s corsets are some of the best out there.  If you agree, please give a “Thumbs Up” to this post here so other people can learn about her too.  Thanks so much!

Review Wednesday: Breeze Comfort Perforated Push Up Bra

 Today’s the start of a new Lingerie Addict tradition, one that I hope will become as consistent and enriching as my first tradition, Photo Friday.  One of my goals when I first started writing this blog was to have a place people could find honest, unbiased reviews before purchasing lingerie.  That goal is still very important to me, and to make sure it happens more frequently, this week marks the beginning of Review Wednesday.

Full disclosure: many of the products I review here will be free samples.  I’ll be sure to let you know when they are.  However, you can rest assured that every opinion presented here is my own.  When I like something, I’ll tell you.  And when I don’t, you’ll know that too.  Otherwise, what’s the point of a review?

Today, I’m talking about the Breeze Comfort Basic Black Push Up Bra.  Manufactured in China, the Breeze Comfort line is the “world’s first padded and sports bra that breathes.”  It’s designed with ventilated padding, which lets heat and moisture out but allows air and circulation in.  These tiny perforations aren’t visible from the outside, so you don’t have to worry about the bra being sheer or see-through.  The bra I’m reviewing here retails for $27.99 (with free shipping to the U.S.) and is available in sizes 32A through 44DD.

My first impressions upon taking the bra out of its packaging was that it was very smooth and basic.  It was tag free, had double straps, and low plunge front which are all nice features.  Upon putting the bra on, it added both shape and lift to my bust.  My clothing was filled out by about an extra cup size, and the bra was perfectly seamless underneath both dresses and t-shirts.

However, there was a major downside.  This bra has way too much padding, and the padding it uses is both hard and uncomfortable.  It felt a bit like having two sandbags on my chest, and people I hugged while I wearing it (including my boyfriend) remarked on the amount of padding between their bodies and mine.  While the bra looked nice under clothing, I felt odd while wearing it, as though it was dramatically obvious that I was wearing a push-up bra.  That kind of discomfort is definitely not sexy.

I can’t review the breathability function, as it’s still rather cold and wet in Seattle but I can say that based on the discomfort associated with the padding, I’d be reluctant to purchase this on my own.  Has anyone reading this tried the Breeze Comfort bra?  And do you all know of any comfortable, push-up bras?  I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Disclosure: I received the item discussed above free of charge for review purposes only.  The retailer/manufacturer/designer did not influence this review in any way, shape, or form.  All opinions presented here are the authors own.

I’ve Always Had a Thing for Red Sonja

I’m not sure if I’ve “outed” myself on the blog yet, but I am a massive geek.  The kind who not only reads comic books and attends comic-cons but also dresses up like comic book characters.

I’m so geeky that I started planning my costumes for this year’s Dragon*Con six months in advance (hint: there will be at least one white wig involved).

But now I want to add a new costume to my arsenal.  As problematic a character as Red Sonja is, I’ve always loved her and that little chainmail bikini.  I know it’s utterly impractical battle attire, but that’s not the point.

Red Sonja owns that costume.  She’s so badass, she doesn’t care that her most vital organs are vulnerable.  And she knows that she’ll have plenty of time to eviscerate her opponents while they’re busy ogling her body.  That’s pretty hot.

It’s not quite chainmail, but I definitely think I could embody a bit of that warrior spirit in this metal bikini.  After all, lingerie doesn’t have to be practical all the time.

P.S. Has anyone heard any updates on that Red Sonja movie with Rose McGowan?  I’m asking partly because I’m interested and partly because I wanted to post this picture.  Yes, I’m being very bad, I know.

Ask the Addict: Quarter and Half Cup Bras for Less?

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Editor’s Note: This post contains photos which are Not Safe for Work.

Good morning, everyone!  I know that Monday’s are the hardest day of the week, so hopefully this post will make your day just a little bit better.  Today’s question comes from a longtime reader K. who asks the following:

“My name is K. I love you blog, I check it every day. Well I have come across quite a few bras that have caught my eye lately, but they all seem to be out of my price range right now. I just can’t reasonably purchase a bra with a price tag of $130 or more right now. I was wondering with all of you knowledge of the lingerie world do you know any place that would have bras with a better price tag? I’m looking for either a quarter cup bra or a cupless bra. I just love the look with some pasties. I’ve provided some links to some of the bras I’ve found so far.”

Two of the links Krystal included were of the Agent Provocateur bras pictured below.   While I agree that they’re beautiful, they’re also very pricey at $150 and $160, respectively.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are the budget-friendly alternatives I was able to find for K., and they all cost less than half the price of either Agent Provocateur bra. There’s an option here for everyone, from small busts to large busts!
Note: The first few photos contain nudity. While I prefer not to post nudity on the blog, in this case, the only product shots available include naked breasts. Please use your best judgment.

 

 Cameo Intimates “No Apologies” Sheer Cupless Bra
$64.95
Cameo Intimates Half Cup Bra for A & B Cups
$59.95
Cameo Intimates “Sublime” Half Cup Bra for C,D, & DD Cups
$59.95
Shirley of Hollywood Stretch Lace Shelf Bra
$28.00
Shirley of Hollywood Classic Lace Shelf Bra
$28.00
Shirley of Hollywood Scalloped Embroidery Shelf Bra
$28.00
Hips & Curves Ruffle Shelf Bra
$42.95
 Hips & Curves Shelf Bra with Chopper Bar Lace
$31.50
Lane Bryant Lace Overlay Quarter Cup Bra
$19.99
 Red & Black Lace Shelf Bra
$26.95
K., I hope this post helps you in your search for the perfect bra.  What do everyone else think?  Do you dig any of the cupless bras pictured above, or is this style just not for you?  Why don’t you tell me in the comments!  And if you’d like to ask me anything lingerie related, feel free to e-mail anytime at the.lingerie.addict@gmail.com.

Are Curvy Women Too Sexy for TV?

In a tasty morsel of lingerie-related news that’s sweeping the blogosphere, Lane Bryant alleges that ABC network rejected their brand new Cacique lingerie ad for being “too sexy.”  Yes, the very same ABC that broadcasts the Victoria’s Secret fashion show every year.

According to Lane Bryant, ABC demanded excessive editing and recuts because the model’s cleavage was, well, too cleavagey.  ABC vigorously denies the claims and is all but calling Lane Bryant a bunch of liars.

Regardless of what actually happened, this is an excellent excuse to post a couple of lingerie commercials.  For your perusal, I present the deliciously sexy Lane Bryant lingerie ad, followed by the scandalously scintillating Victoria’s Secret ad from their most recent fashion show.

Tell me which one you prefer in the comments!


Credits: Thanks to LunarCamel for the heads-up! Photo courtesy of Fox News.

Earth Day Lingerie: Eco-Friendly Looks for the Boudoir

Today is Earth Day and environmentally conscious citizens everywhere are encouraging people to “reduce, reuse, recycle.”  Never let it be said that The Lingerie Addict doesn’t care about the environment; below are some of my favorite organic, sustainable, and otherwise earth aware faves.

My more crafty readers may want to check out this DIY article on making underwear from old t-shirts…a great second purpose for that soft, broken-in shirt you just can’t get rid of.

P.S. Have you signed up for my newsletter yet?  I just sent out an exclusive discount code to FigleavesUK.  Don’t miss out…sign up now!

 Enamore “Black Lashes” Silk Camisole & Panty Set
$140
ClareBare Organic Bamboo Jersey Romper
$64.00
Hopeless Lingerie Organic Bamboo Jersey “Sally” T-shirt & “Fred” Knicker
$78.00
 Urban Fox Handmade 1940′s Style Stocking Set
$75.00
Under the Root Organic Cotton “Bhaironess” SlipDress
$75.00
BrookThere Bamboo Sustainable Lingerie Set
$60.00
Eberjey “Embrace” Organic Bamboo Camisole & Boyshort Set
$94.00
SandMaiden Organic Cotton Jersey/Viscose High Rise French Knickers & Bandeau Bralette
$80.00
Sock Dreams Organic Cotton Pattern Mix Tights
$25.00
Eco-Boudoir Bamboo Robe
$450.00

Tinsel for Your Ta-tas: A Nippies Review

The glow from last weekend’s burlesque show is just starting to fade, but before I put away my afro wig and hang up my booty shorts, I want to review my choice of nipple covers for that evening…Nippies by Bristol6.

Many people have worn nipple covers, and almost everyone has heard of pasties, but Nippies is the best of both of those worlds. It combines the adhesive properties of a regular nipple concealer with the sparkly, jewel-like qualities of a pastie.

Bristol6 was kind enough to send me a sample of the sparkly gold stars pictured above, and they were absolutely amazing.  Not only did they completely cover my nipples, they also stayed in place through two sexy, sweat-inducing burlesque routines.  I wore my Nippies for a total of six hours, and they didn’t move, budge, or slip until I peeled them off at night.  Several of my fellow classmates complimented me on having such a nice alternative to traditional pasties.

There’s only one downside, but it’s a pretty significant one…you can only wear them once.  At around $7.50/pair, they don’t quite qualify as an everyday extravagance.  However, if you fan Nippies on Facebook, they’ll take 15% off your order and give you free shipping until May 1st.  Hmmm…maybe I should pick up another pair or two.

Disclaimer: Though I received my pair of Nippies free of charge, every opinion presented in this review is my own and is not influenced by Nippies, Bristol6, or any entities associated with them.  I just think they rock!  ;-)

Lust Objects: Leopard Print Lingerie

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Leopard print is the wild card (pardon the pun!) of the lingerie world.  As I mentioned in a post from 2008 animal print lingerie done well is sexy, naughty, and fierce.  Done poorly, it’s just cheap, trashy, and tacky.

Unfortunately, most leopard print lingerie falls into that second category rather than the first one.  Need proof?  Just take a look at this popular lingerie retailer, who was first in Google search when I typed “leopard print lingerie.”

If you’d like to dabble in leopard print, but aren’t sure where to start, take a look at these selections, hand-picked by your friendly, neighborhood Lingerie Addict!

 Mimi Holliday L’Amour Bra Set
$208 for both pieces
 Secrets in Lace “Bettie” Bullet Bra & Garter Belt
$49 for the bra; $54 for the suspender belt
Dirty Pretty Things Bodysuit
$143.73
Angels Carrying Savage Weapons “Bridgette” Plunge Front Corset
~$450.00
What Katie Did “Josephine” Corselette
~$86.00
 
Cameo Intimates “Luscious” Bra Set
$113.90
And here a couple of budget-friendly items too.  After all, we are just coming out of recession!  ;-)
ASOS Big Leopard Print Tights
$13.53
Hanky Panky “After Midnight” Lace Hipster Panty w/ Open Panel
$27.00

Top Photo Credits–Model: Treacle, Photographer: Photognome, Photo Editor: Ligeia

OMG! OMG! OMG! I Just Had My 1st Burlesque Show!

I know that’s a lot of exclamation points in the title, but I positively cannot contain my excitement.  The past 24 hours have left me utterly exhausted, but I had to update everyone before I went to bed.  Last night was AMAZING.  I’m struggling to come up with words to describe the tangle of thoughts and feelings and emotions I’m experiencing right now.

There was the fear of performing, and then the rush of the actual performance, and then the realization that not only did people really dig my act, they actually thought  I was a sexy bombshell to boot.  I’m torn between the high of “Oh my gosh…I can’t believe I really did it,” and the low of “Oh no…I can’t believe it’s over.”

The indescribably awesome Lisa of Stocking Vixen and MyBackseam (the place to join if you’d like a naughtier take on lingerie and stockings than what I show here) was in attendance, and she had the following to say right after my performance:

“Treacle was the best one in the whole show tonight. A women behind me said, “wowwwww,” when Treacle got her jumpsuit off, and a guy yelled for an encore when she was finished. IMHO if she wanted to pursue burlesque, she absolutely could. “

And well…the pursuit of burlesque is what I’m thinking of right now.  Not only does my passion for burlesque nicely complement my addiction to lingerie, I’ve become absolutely enamored of the art form over the past six weeks.  I loved telling a story with my character, and there’s no comparison to the rush of a crowd whooping and hollering and cheering you on.  Burlesque 202 starts in a few weeks, and I’m seriously considering signing up for it.

Okay….enough of my gushing, right?  Photos and video are on the way and should be posted within a month.  The audience wasn’t allowed to take pics or video (for good reason…privacy is a big deal), so I have to wait on professional versions of both.  But I promise that as soon as I get them, you will too.

Thank you all so much for your messages of encouragement (both public and private) over the past few weeks.  Knowing that I had the support of my friends here really gave me the courage to see things through.

I’ve got lots of great things in store for the blog. Keep stopping by so you don’t miss out, and thank you, as always, for reading The Lingerie Addict!

Why Do You Love Lingerie, pt. 2 & The Giveaway Winner!

Just want to know who the winner is?  Scroll to the end!

Well, the big Kiss Me Deadly lingerie giveaway is over, and I want to thank each and every one of you for supporting not only this blog but my sponsor with your incredible comments, retweets, and follows!  This might surprise you, but I only host giveaways for lingerie brands that I really and truly love.  Most of the offers I get in my inbox are rejected because the quality simply isn’t up to standard.  Kiss Me Deadly is a brand I’m passionate about, and I know that whoever wins this giveaway will absolutely fall in love with their prizes.

A week ago, I featured some of my favorite entries, and I’d like to do the same right now.  I love hearing about why you all love lingerie; a big part of why I started writing this blog was to connect to fellow addicts after all!  If don’t feel like the comments section was quite long enough to express your lingerie love, why not e-mail me to talk about writing a guest post?  I’m really excited about featuring other perspectives on lingerie in the upcoming months.

Enough of my babbling…let’s look at a few more of my fave contest entries.  Do any of these really speak to you?  Let me know in the comments!

From Ang:
“Growing up in my household, lingerie was dirty. Panties in a bag and Wal-mart bra in a box was all you needed. Then a friend of mine got me a La Huit bra and panty set for a birthday. Oh My God. Now I love lingerie. I love the way it doesn’t hide my body it accentuates it in the best ways humanly possible. I’m not pudgy or dopey, I’m voluptuous and sexy and delicious. If I’m wearing good lingerie, it doesn’t matter if I’m in sweats and sneakers, I walk like I’m in a curve loving dress and 4 inch stilettos. My shoulders are back, my breasts and butt look fantastic, and I will be the first to admit I am completely, and totally full of myself.

Every once in awhile I need that, and lingerie is there to give it to me.”

From Bra Queen:
“I LOVE lingerie because it’s a small thing you can do to make you feel a million dollars. It puts pepper in your step, even if you’re doing the housework it still makes you feel great.”

From Sweet Sue:
“I love how lingerie makes me feel like an old time movie star. I always feel like smoking a cigarette and talking in a throaty voice when I wear it.”

From Katikatikati:
“I love lingerie because of how it has helped me embrace myself just the way I am. I have a very pear-shaped figure, with an A cup bust but 38 inch hips. Not exactly the image you see in lingerie ads.(almost the exact opposite, in fact :) ) For a long, long time I thought there was something wrong with me, that my body was disproportionate. Buying beautiful, sexy lingerie is a way for me to claim my beauty and not let my self-worth be dictated to me by advertising that says I should be wearing a push-up bra and pretending to have a body that I don’t. Or worse, languishing in functional, asensual underwear because somehow I don’t deserve to wear sexy pretties because my body isn’t the ideal.I choose to own a drawer full of lacy bras and boyshorts that flatter my figure and make me feel beautiful. It reminds me that I am just as sexy and beautiful as a woman with more bust or less butt than I have. That my body is the way it is supposed to be, and ought to be celebrated. Lingerie is a celebration of being me, everyday. That’s why I love lingerie.”

From Abby:
“What I love about lingerie is the confidence and the self-control. It is like a secret that only you know. It gives you that extra boost of strength to face the world while others just stare, wondering why you look extra special.”

From Agentbabcock:
“I love knowing that underneath my dress I have on something so pretty and sexy that only the privileged get to see. I enjoy the look of surprise and that smile when the dress comes off. I also love the way 100% non-stretch nylon stockings feel on my legs.”

From turboterp:
“I love *everything* about lingerie: the texture, the colors, the powerful way I feel inside when wearing the perfect ensemble! I even like the way it looks in the drawer, and I love to arrange my collection. Lingerie is the best part of being a woman as far as I’m concerned!”

From Amanda:
“I have such a love for the past, especially the romanticized image of the pin-ups from the 20s, 30s, and 40s. I absolutely love “complicated” lingerie inspired by these eras, so it’s my way of connecting to that image. Or should I have just said I love the beauty of it? :)”

From Tethered Mommy:
“I love just knowing that I took a little extra time to look special FOR MYSELF. Lingerie is like a little indulgence for ourselves.”

From Kristin:
“I love how it gives me a little extra something to smile about. Even if I am wearing jeans and a tshirt, knowing I have something cute and lacy on underneath just makes me happy, and feel a little sexier.”

From Amy:
“I love lingerie because it makes me feel sexy and allows me to express my personality in a way that I can’t always with outerwear. I love that it is just for me, to make me feel special…unless I choose to share it with someone and then their reaction makes it feel even more special.”

From Michelle S.:
“Life’s craziness may not always make us “feel” beautiful, but lingerie does. I love the look of surprise on Hub’s face when he finds that I have on a little special something..”

From Gina:
“I don’t have any nice lingerie most of the time, so I guess what I love about it is that is so special to me, it’s a luxury for me to own something so extravagant.”

From HannaIsn’t:
“I like wearing a secret. I love all the fiddly little snaps and straps and such, too. It’s like getting dressed up for a very scandalous battle! Weird, but true. It really makes me more aware of myself than regular underthings, and that can be a helpful distraction on occassion.”

From Anja:
“I like lingerie because it makes me feel like I am somebody else – which is fun and exciting, because I’m normally a very modest person.”

From Food According to Karen:
“I love how sexy lingerie feels under my clothing. When I wear something decadent, I feel confident, erotic and oh so bad. When I tell hubby exactly what I have on under my clothing, watching his reaction is fabulous for the ego.”

From Jennie:
“I love lingerie because it is the most exhilarating thing you can put on. It’s seemingly simple, but actually oh so complex. The way the right lingerie feels on your skin is almost indescribable. Sometimes cool and smooth like water, or warm and soft like you’re glowing. Most importantly it’s the way it makes you feel; sexy, sensual, feminine, mysterious, even a bit dangerous; an overall confidence in me. As much as my man loves the sight (or even thought!) of me in lingerie, it does much, much, more for me!”

From Claire:
“I love how put-together lingerie makes me feel. Even if I feel like my outfit is stylish and interesting, lingerie just makes it better. I feel like I’m fashionable on every level when I wear great lingerie! It’s a little secret boost to my confidence whenever I wear an especially nice piece. :)”

From Spike:
“I love lingerie because of the way it can take an ordinary woman, and transform her into a goddess. The peek of a garter top, the feel of the nylon on her legs, a sexy négligée, hiding as much as it reveals… Yea. Its not just for women.”

And now…for the moment you’ve all been waiting for…the winner of The Lingerie Addict 2-Year Anniversary Giveaway is…

Entry #488 which belongs to Jennie!

Jennie, you need to e-mail me within 48 hours to claim your prize and we’ll go from there.  If I don’t hear from you, I’ll have to select another winner.

Thanks to everyone for entering the contest, and stay-tuned for my next giveaway which will be a newsletter subscriber only exclusive!

*Photo Credit: First photo of Lili Marleen taken by Joerg Boeh.