Posts from July, 2012

Who is The Lingerie Addict? Today, I’ll Tell You.

Photo Credit: Cheri Pearl Photography

Today’s announcement is the result of a long and thoughtful process for me. When I first started blogging, it was a hobby. I liked stockings and lingerie, and wanted to write about them without revealing myself. And so I created Treacle as a way to hide my identity.

Some of you know that I used to work as a crisis counselor, so the sensitive nature of my job made me go to extreme lengths to hide my blog from my co-workers and even from my family. I was worried people wouldn’t take me seriously if they knew I was a lingerie blogger, or that they’d think there was something wrong about discussing lingerie online and in public. Like many of you, I’ve also heard the horror stories of digital bullies who’ve harassed or stalked bloggers (especially female bloggers), and I didn’t want to be a victim.

But this last year has been huge one for me, both personally and professionally. Because of you, The Lingerie Addict is not only my fulltime job (and a true dream job), it’s also the#1 lingerie blog in the world. I’m engaged to an amazing man who could not be more supportive,  and my parents, though they don’t quite understand what I do, are 100% behind me. My self confidence has grown tremendously, to the point where I feel it is only right to introduce myself to you properly.

My name is Cora Harrington and I’m the founder of The Lingerie Addict. In a very real sense,my readers have made me feel like I don’t have to view Cora and Treacle as separate people anymore. Instead, they’re important parts of me that work together perfectly.

I’m sure you’re wondering what this will mean for the blog and the honest answer is that nothing will change. I’ll still post the same kind of content you know and love us for. All posts will still be made under the name Treacle rather than switching everything to Cora (I’ve been using Treacle for awhile and wouldn’t want to confuse any new visitors!). And if you see me out and about and call me Treacle, I’ll still answer. After all, it’s not often one gets to choose their name. ;-)

Being Treacle is a large part of my life and it’s something I’m completely comfortable with, but the point is I don’t feel like I have to hide behind it anymore. A blog is only as great as the community around it, and I think TLA has one of the best.

If you’re new to the blog due to this announcement, I want to personally thank you for visiting…it’s great to see you! If you’re searching for an easy place to start and get familiar with The Lingerie Addict, check out my most popular posts or sign up for the V.I.A. newsletter to get fun and exclusive content and discounts.

Questions, comments, or just want to re-introduce yourself? Go ahead and leave them in the comments section!

Cora

Cora

Founder and Chief Editor of The Lingerie Addict. I started TLA in small studio apartment in 2008. Since then, my little site has become the leading lingerie blog in the world, and it's been featured in Entrepreneur, Forbes, CNN, Time, Today, and Fox News. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that every woman deserves gorgeous underpinnings that help her feel comfortable and confident. Body snark free zone since 2012.

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The What Katie Did Semi-Annual Sale Starts July 31st!

Starting at 8 am PST, all of last season’s ranges are 50% off. But better hurry…What Katie Did account holders have had access since Sunday! Below are a few of my favorite picks from the sale. Click the image to be taken directly to the product page.

Corsets:

Lingerie:

Cora

Cora

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Lingerie of the Week: Wolford Marilyn Stay-Up Stockings

When I first started blogging, I used to regularly do “lust” features, which were basically items of lingerie I loved but would never be able to afford. This week’s Lingerie of the Week is very definitely a lust feature.

Wolford has always had a special place in my lingerie-loving heart. Every season, they come with brand new styles and trends and patterns that make everyone else’s hosiery look, well, average. And the quality of their hosiery is always impeccable. You can buy a pair of Wolford’s today, and with handwashing and proper care, still be wearing them years from now. Literally.

Wolford’s Marilyn Stay Ups are very French can-can to me. The fishnet combined with the flirty bows and the little flashes of skin is a little bit fun and a lot seductive. Hopefully, I’ll be able to snag a pair on sale. Though, in retrospect, maybe that’s the wrong choice of words.

What do you think of the Marilyn stockings or of Wolford hosiery in general? Let’s chat in the comments.

Stockings available via La Petite Coquette and Wolford’s online shop for $165.00

Cora

Cora

Founder and Chief Editor of The Lingerie Addict. I started TLA in small studio apartment in 2008. Since then, my little site has become the leading lingerie blog in the world, and it's been featured in Entrepreneur, Forbes, CNN, Time, Today, and Fox News. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that every woman deserves gorgeous underpinnings that help her feel comfortable and confident. Body snark free zone since 2012.

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Naughty Bits: Lingerie News for 7/29/12

Stella Mesh balconnet bra and bikini brief in Azur Blue, Stella Lace set in Nude Pink and Stella Smooth balconnet bra and bikini brief in Blue Python Print via Stella McCartney

Weekly Lingerie Sales 7/28/12

Cherie Non Padded Balcony Bra in Black via Myla

Olympics 2012: Red, White, and Blue Sports Bras

I’d nearly forgotten The Olympics were starting tonight! Until I checked Twitter, at least. ;-)

Who plans to watch the Opening Ceremonies? And which sports are you most looking forward to? I’m really excited about the debut of Women’s Boxing, myself. I feel like it’s inclusion is long overdue.

If you feel like getting into the Olympic spirit (but don’t necessarily want to wear the rings), why not pick up a sports bra, instead? Bras shown above are by Shock Absorber and Panache. All 3 are available at Bare Necessities.

Cora

Cora

Founder and Chief Editor of The Lingerie Addict. I started TLA in small studio apartment in 2008. Since then, my little site has become the leading lingerie blog in the world, and it's been featured in Entrepreneur, Forbes, CNN, Time, Today, and Fox News. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that every woman deserves gorgeous underpinnings that help her feel comfortable and confident. Body snark free zone since 2012.

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Ask the Addict: Pretty Longline Bras for the Wedding Day?

via: BHLDN

Today’s ‘Ask the Addict‘ feature comes Tumblr reader mysyntheticlife, who writes:

Do you have any recommendations for sexy longline bras? I’m looking for one for my wedding. Thank you for sharing your lingerie passion, you post so much beauty. Cheers!

Excellent question! Though you requested a sexy longline bra for the wedding day, I would remiss if I didn’t at least mention that comfort also matters. In a big way. There’s so much happening on your wedding day, that I’d hate for uncomfortable undergarments to be one of your worries. After all, there’s lots of time to be sexy after the big day.

Now that’s that out of the way, here are a few longline bras you may like. Click the photo to be taken to the product page:

Gossard, via Figleaves – $56.00

Va Bien Lacey Bustier – $59.00

Fortnight, via Lynn Steven – $110.00

Lou Paris, via BHLDN – $125.00

Stella McCartney, via Lille Boutique – $306.00

Finally, Journelle carries a superbasic white longline bra from Cosabella that sells for $116.00.

Hope this helps with your shopping! And congratulations!

Cora

Cora

Founder and Chief Editor of The Lingerie Addict. I started TLA in small studio apartment in 2008. Since then, my little site has become the leading lingerie blog in the world, and it's been featured in Entrepreneur, Forbes, CNN, Time, Today, and Fox News. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that every woman deserves gorgeous underpinnings that help her feel comfortable and confident. Body snark free zone since 2012.

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Reviewed: The Body Wrap’s ‘Sheer Iridesscent’ Slip & Bodysuit

Note: These items were purchased by me. The Body Wrap is not affiliated with this review in any way.

I’ve been wanting to try The Body Wrap for awhile. So much shapewear (the non-pinup kind, anyway) is boring and beige, that I love the idea of a shaping garment that can do double duty as something both pretty and functional. The Sheer Iridesscent Line is The Body Wrap’s trendier take on shapewear, specializing in more fashion forward fabrics but with less contouring, shaping, and control.

Since my bust, waist, and hip measurements put me in between sizes, I purchased the Romantica bodysuit in size L (left) and the Diva Dot slip in size M (although if I went by my weight, I’d be an XL…how do people come up with these size charts?). These pieces are available to purchase at The Body Wrap’s website for $78 each.

The 5-second review: The shapewear is pretty and would make a great layering piece (particularly for innerwear as outerwear looks), but it doesn’t shape. I’d buy this for the appearance, but not for the effect.

The good: The Sheer Iridesscent line really is pretty. The mesh is good quality (but definitely not powermesh), and I could definitely see myself wearing either of these pieces with a pencil skirt, skinny jeans, or beneath a sheer blouse. This is lingerie you can feel comfortable showing off. I also like that there are several different prints and patterns to choose from.

The not-so-good: This shapewear doesn’t shape. Or smooth. Or sculpt. Or do much of anything really. And while that would be okay if this was “just” a slip or a bodysuit, if you’re going to promote a garment as contouring shapewear (and charge premium shapewear prices), it would be nice if it actually delivered. Otherwise, why not just sell it as regular lingerie?

The other issue was related to fit and, looking back, was similar to a problem I had with the Bethanny Frankel ‘Skinnygirl’ Shapewear. Namely, the bra cups.

All of The Body Wrap’s full body pieces (like the bodysuit and slip) fit at least 3 bra cup sizes, with several of them fitting up to 4 (for example: A-D). That’s a lot of variation, and so you wind up with a generic (and generically fitting) bra. Basically, if you’re small busted, your boobs are keeping themselves up. But these pieces also illustrate perfectly one of my overall suggestions with regards to shapewear: namely, it can be better to focus on one specific area (for example: just your waist or hips or tummy) than trying to get one piece that does it all.

In summary, this is a nice fashion line, but not much more. If you are wanting full body shapewear, I recommend buying from a brand that sells by bra size instead of dress size or purchasing a shaping dress that lets you wear your own bra. Not only will your bosoms get the support they deserve, but so will the rest of your parts.

Have you tried The Body Wrap? What did you think of it? Do you feel like shapewear should actually do something when you wear it? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

Cora

Cora

Founder and Chief Editor of The Lingerie Addict. I started TLA in small studio apartment in 2008. Since then, my little site has become the leading lingerie blog in the world, and it's been featured in Entrepreneur, Forbes, CNN, Time, Today, and Fox News. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that every woman deserves gorgeous underpinnings that help her feel comfortable and confident. Body snark free zone since 2012.

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Lingerie of the Week: Only Hearts Sheer Half Dot Swiss Slip

Only Hearts, via Dollhouse Bettie

We’re starting a new feature on The Lingerie Addict this week…Lingerie of the Week, where we feature pieces we’ve been particularly pining over (pardon the alliteration).

I don’t know if you know this, but I am obsessed with sheer black lingerie. And no matter how many times I try to change things up with a little color in my lingerie wardrobe, I inevitably come back to black.  For awhile, I thought it just meant I was dreadfully uncreative and boring, but I now I’m beginning to realize that’s just my style. I love black lingerie.

I also love vintage and vintage-inspired slips. I’ve written about my love of slips on the blog before, and also referenced it in one of lingerie YouTube channel. To me slips are the epitome of effortless sexy (Elizabeth Taylor, anyone?), but they’re also really good at their original purpose…as layering pieces.

I can see this Only Hearts slip being the perfect complement to a light and summery sundress or, if you’re especially bold, underneath a pencil skirt with the flounced hem peeking out. And, at $46, it (hopefully) won’t completely wreck your summer fashion budget.

What do you think of the Only Hearts Dotted Half Slip? Have you tried the Only Hearts brand before? I’d love to get your thoughts…in either direction.

Cora

Cora

Founder and Chief Editor of The Lingerie Addict. I started TLA in small studio apartment in 2008. Since then, my little site has become the leading lingerie blog in the world, and it's been featured in Entrepreneur, Forbes, CNN, Time, Today, and Fox News. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that every woman deserves gorgeous underpinnings that help her feel comfortable and confident. Body snark free zone since 2012.

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Does Shapewear Contribute to Body Snark?

Today’s guest post is by Petra Bellejambes, hosiery editor and regular contributor to the lingerie blog, Guilty Pleasures. In today’s guest post for The Lingerie Addict, Petra asks if shapewear’s popularity helps create a body snark prone climate. I thought the essay was extremely thought-provoking, and I’d love to hear what you think in the comments. ~ Treacle

I love it when Treacle posts something a little contentious and an avalanche of reader comments follow, tumbling all the way down the page, scrolling and sprawling and sometimes brawling. Lingerie can inspire all sorts of passions, and passionate opinions too.

Things really light up here on The Lingerie Addict when the chit chat gets around to discrimination. This comes I suspect from Treacle’s simple conviction that women are beautiful, full stop. No ifs, ands, or commentary on the size of our butts about it. I share this conviction. You too I hope.

Discrimination comes in many subtle and slap-in-the-face forms here in Lingerie World. Models lack diversity in the size, shade and shape. They are primped and preened and photoshopped into hyper-idealized settings. They seem to live in mansions and penthouses always within tottering distance of a canopy bed. And for the most part they are thin, pale and young (and too often incapable of smiling).

When we don’t see people that look or live remotely like us, how are we supposed to feel about … us? Unimportant? Unattractive? Undesirable? Invisible? All of the above?

The discrimination creeps on to the shop racks. Small band / big cup, big band / small cup girls have a devil of a time finding pieces that fit, last, and feel beautiful. The rest of us are encouraged to abandon our natural silhouette and pad up or minimize down a size or two. And what on earth is nude? Nude to who? A perfect nude on me would have random breakouts, blotches and blemishes and come complete with bad tan lines.

Great environment for Body Snark. The world throws it at us. We bounce it on to others. Mirrors reflect it back at us. And the Snark never sleeps. If you are not all up to speed on The Lingerie Addicts views on Body Snark, take a fast master class here. And then hurry back here for my little question for all of us.

Is shapewear Body Snarky?

I am waging a battle against a growing waistline lately and pouring myself into nippers, cinchers, control slips and full body briefers to hold the line. I walk the dogs and try to eat right, but time has time on its side. All of us face our body battles sooner or later, hips and thighs, pooch and bum, boobs and back, you name it. The assortment of miracle shapewear “solutions” seems to grow daily and promise to help us push the line back.

The very word solution presumes a problem though, yes? So again, I ask: When we suit up with the Spandex Squadron are we helping out Team Snark?

I will quickly take pro and con positions here-

Pro: I have a wardrobe that I want to wear to death. A pinched inch or two helps keep borderline small skirts and pants ready to wear. I save money. Hurray! Moreover, many of these things hang better and look more like they are designed to with a smooth, uniform coat of paint on my lumpy frame. Some of my more structured shaping pieces straighten me up and remind me to keep my shoulders back. I walk a little taller, and good posture is good manners in its own way, yes? Lastly, in defense of Shapewear, I have to admit that a good piece makes me believe that I look better.

Better than what I suppose is the question. Now over to the prosecution.

Con: It is hot in here dammit, and if I move too fast my glands will kick in and ruin another blouse. And comfort … well this one is more comfy than that one, this other wicks well, and that one digs in where is shouldn’t, but regardless of how good the piece feels, the two best moments of the day come before it goes on and the second it comes off. And all the fuss in the bathroom, straps and clasps and putting yourself back together after a quick pee. Too much body armor and you can be tempted to just hold it in and run the risk of another UTI.

Beyond these inconveniences though lurks the bigger issue. Who are we fooling and why do we try?

By going the extra distance to “fix” our figures and look better (again, better than what??) do we contribute to the idealization and objectification of women? Do we subtly weigh in on the with discriminatory forces? Does the new packaging not faithfully describe our beautiful contents? And do we, you and me, find in these garments a barrier to better recognize and appreciate beauty in all of its gorgeously, naturally, womanly forms?

Much of what we look like is inherited, and the rest of it comes from how we behave or misbehave. And the longer we live, the more things change. Our shapes too. When we obscure those changes and fight futilely against them do we close our minds just a little bit to the beauty we all have?

And does that make the world a little Body Snarkier than it could be, should be?

Hopefully we will all get some new thoughts from your much desired comments here.

Cora

Cora

Founder and Chief Editor of The Lingerie Addict. I started TLA in small studio apartment in 2008. Since then, my little site has become the leading lingerie blog in the world, and it's been featured in Entrepreneur, Forbes, CNN, Time, Today, and Fox News. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that every woman deserves gorgeous underpinnings that help her feel comfortable and confident. Body snark free zone since 2012.

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