I’m not sure why I’ve been on such a swimwear kick lately. I’m not really a “water,” spending time by the beach or poolside isn’t my idea of fun. But I’m seriously considering changing that all this summer, if only to wear one of the awesome swimsuit I’ve posted this week. I’m a huge fan of Playful Promises generally because I think they offer modern European lingerie at a good price point. But I am completely smitten with their swimwear collection this season. It’s so bright…so lush…so colorful…it makes me want to go to Hawaii all over again. What’s your favorite swimsuit from this blog post? I’m rather partial to the floral print one (second from bottom) myself. Playful Promises Swim S/S 2013 is coming out in July.
This bra and panty set was sent to me by Fräulein Annie. All thoughts and opinions are my own. All photos courtesy of Fräulein Annie.
Fräulein Annie, the London-based brand inspired by a German-born designer, was recently brought to my attention. So naturally, I was excited for the opportunity to give this vintage-inspired brand a test run for my infamous trifecta of fashion, fit, and function. Those three elements are essential in my assessment of what I like vs. love, admire vs. buy, and acknowledge vs. rave review. Particularly given that the fuller cup sizes haven’t always had the same level of variety in fashion, this has become increasingly important in my searches.
The Falling in Love set arrived and while I could have tried it out on any given day, I did wait for the right opportunity for a debut. That’s because my lingerie is my secret weapon! In a world of managing crises, closing deals, and online dating, my most powerful pieces are reserved for those moments when I need that instant boost of confidence and invincibility. Naturally, a first date the perfect excuse to give this set a whirl (even though I knew I’d be the only one to see it!). Would the set prove to be a keeper? (Would he? That’s another story…)
Well, you can’t judge a book by its cover, just like you can’t judge fit by looks alone, but boy is this set quite a looker! I’m a sucker for eyelash lace so I was immediately drawn to that detailing. The slate lace contributes to the overall opulence of the set which also features a contrasting satin cup in a vibrant mulberry. Delicate stitching and darling bows add to the sweet complexity of the bra. The matching panties utilize many of the same details to provide a smooth and unified look. This colorway (Mulberry/Slate) is a good match for my skin tone and I imagine it would be for many others. However, if this colorway doesn’t strike your fancy, it also comes in Pearl Grey/Ivory, Chestnut/Black, and Cinnamon/Almond.
I am also impressed by the true to size fit. The construction of the non-padded bra creates a natural lifted and supportive shape that is also comfortable to wear throughout the day or night. The soft, silky fabric is glorious against skin and the lace lies flat to make it a perfect choice to wear under a variety of items in your wardrobe.
For me, Fräulein Annie is a keeper! The 1-2-3 punch of fit, function, and fashion make the brand a winner in my book and I’m looking forward to expanding my collection with some of the other lovely styles. The only challenge is that I have had a hard time finding the collections in the U.S. Currently, only one item is in stock at Figleaves, so my hope is that they refresh their stock soon. Another retailer that may be an option is the UK-based site, Fusspot. This is my first time seeing their site, so if any readers have experience with the site, or if you know other places where Fräulein Annie is sold, please let us know.
Every few months, I look forward to a new Lille Boutique lookbook, and this Spring/Summer season is no different. Titled “Summer in the City,” this season’s lookbook was shot on location in Portland for Lille by Lisa Warninger, styled by Sarah Wizemann (the owner/founder of Lille Boutique), modeled by Clarke Flowers, and with hair and make-up by Randi Whipple. I love that Lille Boutique is one of the few stores/brands who is unafraid of using a dark-skinned, short-haired model of color and I completely adore the styling of this season’s offerings. What do you think of the new Lille Boutique lookbook? I’d love to get your thoughts in the comments!
Summer’s almost here, and with it comes a whole new, weather-appropriate wardrobe. Clothes tend to be a little lighter, a little sheerer, and a little more revealing in the summer time…making this the perfect season to fine tune your underwear-as-outerwear look. But even if that trend isn’t your thing, wearing a bright, pretty bra is a great way to perk up your day. This summer, fashion-forward bras are all about strappy details, flirty laces, kitschy prints, and ultra-bright colors. As usual, just click the photo to be taken directly to the item. Why don’t you share your favorite bra from the list below in the comments?
Happy Monday, everyone! So far, 2013′s been all about new experiences for me, and the blog is no different. One of the things I really wanted to do more of this year is video. I always feel kind of awkward and goofy in videos, but I also a lot of people would rather watch something than read something, and so I want to make sure there’s info out there in whatever way you want to consume it.
With that in mind, I’m really excited to debut another brand new video series I’m collaborating on Bellefleur Lingerie. I visit Bellefleur all the time, and usually while I’m in the shop, I find myself “Oh wow, it would be really cool if I could share with my readers exactly what I’m seeing right now.” So I ran that little idea by Lindsey, the new owner of BelleFleur, and she was totally on-board. Every few weeks, we’ll be getting together and talking about a few new pieces we’re really liking, and hopefully bringing some of the experience of shopping in a lingerie boutique to you at home.
As with the 1 minute bra reviews, this is just a test of a concept. But if you like these (and I hope you do because they were a lot of fun), then we’ll definitely do more. In fact, I was just at Bellefleur over the weekend scoping out some pieces for the next video! ;-)
Over the weekend, I had the immense pleasure of attending the 3rd annual Lace Embrace Antique Corset Exhibition and Fashion Show. Now in its third season, the exhibit and fashion show is a fundraiser for the corsetiere behind Lace Embrace Atelier, Melanie Talkington. You see, Ms. Talkington is not only an expert corsetiere with a client list that includes names like Dita von Teese and Cathie Jung, she also has the largest private collection of antique corsets in the world, and she’s working to open an Antique Corset Museum in Vancouver, BC in 2014. In fact, her collection is so impressive, that she just loaned 40 pieces to The Louvre for an upcoming exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs. I adore corsetry, and the opportunity to see some of Ms. Talkington’s antique pieces (as well as her amazing modern reproductions!) was one I couldn’t pass up, so I hopped a train and crossed the border into Canada.
(All photos below are my own.)
The venue was the historic Hycroft Manor, which had amazing rooms, lush grounds, and definitely added to the historical, garden party atmosphere of the event. In addition to the main action of the exhibit and fashion show, there was also a silent auction and a “mini-store” of corset magnets, fans, garters, cupcakes, cookies, British pastys, wine, and coffee. All proceeds, including the price of admission tickets, went to the future corset museum.
Models walked the exhibit room in silk kimonos or antique-style underwear combined with Lace Embrace’s historically-inspired creations.
And of course, many of the guests looked fantastic as well!
And the antique pieces were, in a word, stunning.
Finally, it was time for the fashion show. The show was held outside and featured outfits inspired by French fashion magazine illustrations. Ms. Talkington described it as her ideal wardrobe to wear while she was in Paris for the opening of The Louvre’s fashion exhibit. Everything was hand-sewn (of course!) and based on patterns taken directly from antique corsets, which Ms. Talkington says she did “very, very carefully without destroying or harming the corset in any way.” She also revealed that her collection’s grown significantly in the last few years as other collectors decide to sell their collections to her. In addition, all the crocheted camisoles shown in the photo below are actual antique camisoles. The show started with a Victorian/Edwardian undergarment dressing sequence which I’ll be posting a video of later.
A few detail shots:
And, finally, a group photo of all the Lace Embrace corsets at the exhibit:
I hope you enjoyed looking at these photos as much as I enjoyed taking them! Had you heard of Lace Embrace before? And what do you think of Melanie Talkington’s work?
Now that Spring is here (and Summer right around the corner), it’s time to switch out those winter tights for legwear that’s just a little bit lighter. Of course, I’m talking about socks! Sheer and lace socks are a great way to perk up your Spring wardrobe, and I love wearing fun, brightly patterned, novelty socks with my sneakers. Below are 30 pairs of ankle, crew, and knee high socks I’m lusting after this season. Which ones are your favorites?
P.S. As always, click the photo to be taken directly to where you can purchase!