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.
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!
The Lingerie of the Week picks have been a bit aspirational lately, so I thought it was time to bring things back down to earth with a more budget-friendly selection. Parisa (and it’s plus size line Parisa Fe) is a brand I encountered almost a year at Curve’s August 2012 show. A subsidiary of AFR Apparel, the company behind Parisa Fe used to specialize in making private label bras for other retailers and brands before deciding to sell under their own name. So far, they’ve been very successful, appearing in a variety of stores from Nordstrom to Hips and Curves.
I really like their ‘Geneva’ bra, shown above. It can be hard to find stylish bras at a lower price point, but I really think the Geneva manages to be fashion forward yet still affordable. It’s an underwire style with foam-lined cups and side boning for added support. The Parisa Fe Geneva is available in sizes 34C thru 38C and in sizes 32D thru 42G. The coordinating hipster panty is available in sizes Medium thru XXX Large. The bra retails for $42 and the panty for $22. While several online boutiques do carry Parisa Fe, the only one that stocks the full size range in this color is Bare Necessities.
Have you tried Parisa Fe before? What do you think of this set?
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! ;-)
Lately, that pagan symbol, the pentagram, has been popping up in lingerie everywhere. Below are a three of our favorite versions of the look, all by independent designers.
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!