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Lingerie Lust: Amoralle Cream Full Sleeve Lace Bodysuit

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Sometimes, I like a bit of drama in my lingerie. Amoralle (formerly known as SockBox) is a newish lingerie brand out of Latvia, but they’re doing interesting things. Their latest collection was released a few days ago, and I’d call this full sleeve lace bodysuit the standout piece.

I tend to go for more simple lines in my lingerie (*ahem* black mesh forever), but I love the idea pairing these opulent and over-the-top lace sleeves with something a bit more pared down and rugged like a leather pencil skirt. And for women with more widely spaced breasts like (cleavage is an impossibility), the deep V-neck is perfect.

Other standouts from the new collection include this lace bodysuit, this polkadot bodysuit, and this long maxi skirt, but I still think the lace full sleeve body (which retails for $339) wins out. Unfortunately, the brand’s size range tops out at a US Size 8…which I have to admit is really bizarre to me. I don’t know the reasoning behind why a company would only offer three sizes – 4, 6, and 8.

What do you think of Amoralle’s new pieces? How would you style them? And do you think this is a brand to watch?

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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Sale Lingerie of the Week: Gerbe ‘Skintone’ Stockings & Thigh Highs

 

gerbe stockings The lingerie world moves really fast. The intimate apparel industry has seasons and trends just like “regular” fashion, and sometimes an item is only on shelves for a minute or two before it’s pushed to the clearance racks and heavily discounted. Though we post a lot here on TLA, I don’t always get around to sharing the lingerie I like before it goes on sale. And I’d rather not choose a sale item for Lingerie of the Week since there’s usually so little left, it may be sold out before the post even goes live for the day.

At the same time, I buy a ton of my personal items on sale. I keep notes and tabs on pieces I like and watch them obsessively until they go on clearance. Sometimes, I “win” and grab the deal. Sometimes, I miss out and that perfect piece of lingerie is completely gone by the time I get around to checking it again. While you can always stalk the sample sale sites like Gilt, Rue La La, and My Habit, that’s still a bit hit or miss…and they don’t always carry your favorite brands. So starting today, I’m going to feature one of my favorite sale picks each week. It’s something new…call it an experiment. If there’s an item you’re lusting after that isn’t on sale yet, let me know so I can keep an eye on it. Ideally, this will be a pretty interactive sort of feature. After all, everyone loves a sale.

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My first pick? These Gerbe ‘Skintone’ stockings, thigh highs, and tights via Cazar. I reviewed the pantyhose version of these (tights if you’re in the UK) about a year ago, and I thought they were great. Of all the items I tried, they gave me the most “lifelike” finish, which is especially important for professional women. And they also offer a lighter, “ivory” tone which is great because I’ve heard the traditional shade of “nude” (i.e. beige) is also too dark for many women. At around $20 for the stockings and around $30 for the thigh highs and pantyhose (all USD), I wouldn’t call any of these items “cheap,” but I have found Gerbe hosiery, like many other high end legwear brands, to be of exceptional quality. So think of it as saving money over the long-term (i.e. not having to replace your stockings all the time) particularly if finding a skintone match has been hard for you.

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All three are at Cazar (which generally has a pretty good sale section worth checking out). Both the thighs and the pantyhose seem to have all sizes in all colors still available.

 

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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Fraulein Kink Spring/Summer 2014

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I don’t usually post lingerie accessories here on TLA. I’m a bit of a stickler that way. All lingerie all the time is my motto. But then I stumbled across these new photos from Fraulein Kink, and I fell so hard for them that I had to share them to The Lingerie Addict. Had to. I’m talking massive compulsion here.

Fraulein Kink (our pick for one of the best lingerie brands of 2012) is known for their erotic accessories. Described as the “perfect blend of sex and fashion,” they’re stocked in major boutiques like Secrets from Your Sister, Pleasurements, Lily Blossom, Coco de Mer, Faire Frou Frou, and Journelle. And while the bondage trend is a big deal right now, make no mistake…this is not cheap, disposable junk. Instead, Fraulein Kink’s specializes in luxury accessories, handmade to order at a connoisseur’s price point.

I also like these because many of the items are size-independent. Size is, understandably, a big issue in lingerie; it’s a bit harder to muddle your way through than in, say, outerwear. However a blindfold fits everyone. So does a gag. And a crop. I’m slightly obsessed with those tulle glove handcuffs, but since they’re an item sizing is relevant for, I’m a bit reluctant to order. Oh! And just in case it’s relevant to you, Fraulein Kink’s “kinkier” items (the handcuffs, the crop, etc.) are strong enough for real play. It says so on the website. As with Fraulein Kink’s previous lookbook photos, these are also impeccably styled. It would be so easy for these items to feel a bit “off.” Instead, they come across just right.

What do you think of Fraulein Kink’s latest collection? Are you a fan of lingerie accessories?

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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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More Pinup Photos from Old School Pinups (and a Quick Video About How to Fasten Your Garters!)

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Here’s another batch of photos from my recent shoot with Old School Pinups (you can see the first set here). These were fun because I actually styled and put together an outfit…as opposed to wearing a pre-made set. The panty girdle is by Kiss Me Deadly (and is completely unlike anything I own, but I love it!), the bra is Gelmart via The Loved One (and only costs $24!!!!), the peignoir is Dottie’s Delights via Faire Frou Frou, and the stockings are Eleganti Manhattan Heels via StockingsHQ (I’ve dreamed of owning Manhattan Heels).

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Though I’ve done a few shoots now (always for fun, never pay), it still feels weird seeing myself in pictures. I think part of that is because the traditional pinup aesthetic (which I find visually appealing) is a bit of antithesis to how I see myself…and to what my body lends itself too. I always feel like a dork being wide-eyed and coy and pretending to blush. It doesn’t fit my own self-perception…nor is it conducive to how I carry myself.

I prefer a more powerful, assertive pinup (which is likely why I enjoy Kiss Me Deadly’s photos so much), yet I also feel a bit strange trying to be more assertive since the traditional pinup aesthetic is very much based in passivity, softness, and a distinct lack of aggression. It’s an interesting push-pull there. And, let’s face it, it’s compounded by my natural hair (no sultry, flowing locks here) and visible scars (which I insist that photographers keep in my photos now). None of this has much to do with the photoshoot I suppose…it was just on my mind while I was loading up the images.

Anyway…

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While at Old School Pinups, I also shot a quick video about hooking your stockings to your garters. It’s really short (like less than 2 minutes) and super informal/unstaged, but if you’re wanting bit of advice about the whole garter grip thing, I hope it helps.  Since video is something I’m wanting to make a larger part of TLA, if you like this format, we might film a few more.  As always, I hope you like it, and thanks for viewing my photos!

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: Julie Kennedy Limited Edition Lace Bralette & Panties

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I’ve had my eye on today’s featured set for a few weeks now. And look! It’s not black! Julie Kennedy is a newer lingerie designer who’s also a model. Based out of Scotland, she’s developing a name for herself based on these simple, understated yet incredibly pretty lace bra and panty sets.

In my day-to-day life, I’m a big fan of bralettes. One of the perks of working from home is working in comfy clothes, and I’d probably pair this set with a nice pair of lounge pants and my fleeciest hoody. This is the kind of lingerie that’s pretty enough to be seen, it’s true, but that also works just as well as something private and personal for yourself (which is really what we’re all about here at TLA…you buying stuff you like for you).

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Julie Kennedy has made a wide variety of these bra sets in a equally wide range of colors over the last 18 months or so (my favorite is the emerald green which you can find at this listing), and she’s currently getting ready to launch her own website. For now though, you can keep up with her work at Etsy, Tumblr, Twitter, and Instagram.

The pieces shown here are handmade to order with limited edition (which means it will sell out, likely sooner than later). The bra retails for $47.26 and the knicker is $30.93 ($78.13 for the set). While bralettes aren’t the most supportive of undergarments (that’s not a flaw…it’s what they are), according to the designer, the large bralette is suitable for sizes up to a 36DD.

What do you think of this week’s Lingerie of the Week? Are you a fan of soft stretch lace as a lingerie material too?

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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Gorgeous New Designer Luxury Lingerie from Lily Blossom

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Since we last spoke about Lily Blossom here on TLA, they’ve gotten a ton of new pieces in. True to form, they represent some of the cream of the crop of the designer lingerie world.

The very best lingerie boutiques are carefully curated. You know, almost instantly, if they’re the right fit for you or not. This is lingerie for people who not only crave luxury (silk, swarovski crystals, and embroidery abound), but also want a bit of drama with their undergarments.

Very few of these items could be categorized as “basic”; full of directional details like hand-knotted shoelaces, ruffled flounces, and crocheted fringe, none of these pieces are meant to double as t-shirt brsa or slip. Instead of remaining hidden underneath, this is lingerie that’s truly intended to be seen. To be appreciated. And, most of all, to be adored.

Below are a handful of my favorite new lingerie looks from Lily Blossom.

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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 Lingerie Addict is Hiring!

Nearly 3 years ago, I sent out a call for The Lingerie Addict’s very first columnists. After going through several dozen amazing applications, I selected 5 writers and invited them to be regular contributors to the blog. Since then, I have been constantly amazed at their depth of experience, knowledge, and insight. They have all made TLA a better blog, and bringing them on board was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made about this site…second only perhaps to starting the blog in the first place. And while I hope Marianne, Karolina, Kristina, Holly, Laura, and Krista keep writing here for years to come, it’s also time to add to the TLA team.

Those of you who’ve been reading The Lingerie Addict for awhile know we’ve grown a tremendous amount in the last few years. What started out as just a hobby has become not only my full-time job, but also a genuine resource for millions of people around the globe. My site has been featured in several major publications, and industry heavyweights know who we are. Yet as TLA enters its 7th year, I feel driven to make my blog more inclusive, not less. A continuous and ongoing goal of mine has been making The Lingerie Addict relevant for women from all sorts of backgrounds…not just size and shape, but also age, ethnicity, sexuality, ability and gender identity. And while I am limited by the fact that industry at large is remarkably non-inclusive, I want to do what I can, as the editor of the largest lingerie blog in the world, to help make what I want to see a reality.

It’s also a fact that The Lingerie Addict is becoming a lot to manage, even with me working more than full time on it. Many blogs of my size and reach have an entire team of people behind the scenes, but TLA still has a full-time staff of exactly one (me). While I’ll never stop writing about lingerie (I have way too much to say), I also need to shift my focus to some longer term, behind-the-scenes projects that will make The Lingerie Addict the very best site it can be. And in order to take things to that proverbial next level, I need a few more writers so I can have more time.

I’m looking to fill 5 positions: 4 monthly columnists and 1 features writer. All 5 are paid per article. These are independent contractor, not employee, positions. No previous, professional writing experience is required, but you must be able to write cohesive, coherent articles in fluent English that fit with TLA’s style and voice. Nor do you need to be a “lingerie expert” (i.e. newbie perspective welcome!), but you must also be able to come up with your own topics and publish on a deadline. Familiarity with WordPress is a plus. Boutique owners, lingerie bloggers, designers, and others affiliated with the intimate apparel industry are welcome to apply, however this column is not meant to be a place for advertising your respective business or website. While applications are welcome from anyone, writers from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. If you are a person of color, an older person, a person with a disability, or an LGBTQI person, please consider submitting a writing sample. In addition, if you are writing from a country is that is currently underrepresented in the lingerie industry (particularly nations in Asia, Africa, and Central and South America), please apply.

To be considered for one of the available positions, you must complete the following steps. Note: I need to have all three components in hand to consider your application. All materials should be sent directly to editor@thelingerieaddict.com with the subject “TLA Writer Application.”

1) A C.V. or resume detailing any previous writing experience, lingerie experience, or other credentials you feel are relevant. Please include links to any blogs, websites, or social media profiles as applicable. If you have any references, please include them with this document.
2) A writing sample of at least 500 words that illustrates the individual point of view you’d bring to The Lingerie Addict as well as the subject matter you’d like to cover. While this article will not be published (unless you’re extended an offer to write for TLA), I encourage you to make it a unique and original piece of writing that’s specially tailored for The Lingerie Addict audience.
3) A brief explanation (200 words or less) of why you want to write for The Lingerie Addict.

Please send all materials by April 21, 2014. Finalists will be notified and offers extended by April 30, 2014.

Thank you and I can’t wait to read your applications!

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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