Friday, 30 September 2011

Lingerie goody bag winner!

Thank you to everyone who entered the Lingerie Goody Bag Competition - the winner has been selected at random using Class Tools Name Picker and is...

Congratulations Jan! You've won a great goody bag filled with treats from Leg Avenue, Hustler and Esty Lingerie! To claim your prize please contact

Thursday, 29 September 2011

The Honey Collection from Parfait by Affinitas

Well, up until a couple of minutes ago I'd never heard of Affinitas lingerie. Tomorrow though, I'll be browsing my way through their whole website! I've only taken a quick look so far and there is so much gorgeous lingerie - this purple Honey set really stood out to me because of the cute, ruffled shoulders on the bra and babydoll. This idea is becoming more and more popular in lingerie but it's still not something you see every day, and I love it! There's a thong and a brief to pair them with, plus it's also available in black, ivory and red!

I will definitely be posting about this brand again soon, there's just so much that I love!

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Ann Summers sale - lingerie from £1!

Ann Summers have just launched their mid-season sale with gorgeous lingerie from as little as £1! This is my favourite but there's plenty more over on their website...

Ann Summers Obsession spider basque £6 and crotchless thong £3

I absolutely love suspender basques and no one is better at doing them than Ann Summers! This one is gorgeous, very sexy without being tacky and for those of you who like the look but aren't too keen on the crotchless thong, there's a massive 8 designs in the Obsession collection, from balconette bras and boyshort briefs to a soft-cup bra and a sexy body, all on sale of course.

Saturday, 24 September 2011

Inspirational Book - Contemporary Lingerie Design

Contemporary Lingerie Design by Katie Dominy and A Passion For Lingerie At La Senza by Jo Glanville-Blackburn

I am so excited about these lovely new books that have just arrived today! I picked them up over at Amazon really cheap (under £20 for the two). They just turned up a minute ago so I haven't had a chance to look at them properly but I had a quick flick through and they're stunning, absolutely bursting full of beautiful, inspiring designs!

A Passion For Lingerie is a little gift book that was produced for La Senza back in 2005. From what I can see it is more for the customer than the designer, giving advice on how to choose the right pieces for your personal style and body shape, along with a little bit of lingerie history. There are some pretty pictures throughout - nothing too different but still a cute little book that I'm going to have fun reading!

As for Contemporary Lingerie Design by Katie Dominy, the book is even better than I expected! It's quite recent, from 2009, and already I've spotted numerous images on the pages that I have saved on my laptop in a folder of my very favourite designs! The book is split into designer sections, featuring some of my all-time favourite lingerie designers such as Made by Niki, Fleur of England and Marlies Dekkers, plus some that I've never even heard of but which look absolutely stunning! There is everything from photoshoots to beautifully-done CAD and freehand drawings.

If you're a lingerie designer I would definitely recommend buying this book - I have a few already but lingerie photobooks always seem to be a little bit outdated and this one is anything but. The designs are modern and it's obvious that every single photo and sketch included in the book has been hand-picked as something beautiful and inspiring. This will be my bedtime reading tonight!

Friday, 23 September 2011

3 for £9 on sexy knickers at Miss Selfridge!

It's a high-street day today, first New Look and now Miss Selfridge! Their designs are absolutely gorgeous, all lace and bows and frilly trims, so it's a shame that Miss Selfridge only sells knickers and hasn't ventured as far as matching bras yet. I always stick to the 'it must match' rule but at these prices (all their thongs are briefs are just £4 or you can buy 2 and get a 3rd for a tiny £1!) I guess I can at least pick up some cute black and white pieces to team with bras I already own. Here are my favourite, neutral-coloured picks from their lingerie collection that can be mixed and matched with what's already in your lingerie drawer...

Miss Selfridge white lace chiffon bow brief £4
Miss Selfridge black linear lace bow side brief £4
Miss Selfridge cream heart mesh bow brief £4

Miss Selfridge black & cream heart mesh brief £4

This last one isn't exactly 'neutral' but it was just too pretty to leave out so I've trawled the internet to find the perfect matching bra - pair the cute tie-side brief with either of these two light pink and white satin bras by La Senza and you won't even remember that they didn't come as a matching set!

Miss Selfridge peach satin bow cut out brief with tie side £4
La Senza Georgia pink satin & ivory lace bra £28
La Senza Pintuck Lace Soft Bra £20

Sexy red lingerie from New Look

When it comes to lingerie, I always think classic black is the best choice - it suits everyone and it just looks, well, classy. For everything else though, I can't resist red! Dresses, lipstick, nailvarnish, shoes... if I could only wear one colour for the rest of my life, it would have to be bright, vivid red. As far as underwear goes though, red can have a tendency to look tacky, especially if you buy anything particularly cheap. That's not to say that red underwear is a total no-go though - find the right style in a high-quality fabric and red lingerie can be just as beautiful, classy and sexy as black!

If you're going for a full, 3-piece set and want some stockings to match, avoid any that are all red to steer clear of the 'sausage legs' look and go for a classic black with co-ordinating red detail.

If you dont have a fortune to spend on knickers, New Look has some pretty red pieces that are not only cheap but also well made and definitely far from tacky. Take a look for yourself...

New Look red lace push up bra £11.99 and thong £4.99
New Look red lace trim balconette bra £11.99 and brief £5.99
New Look satin & lace longline bra £12.99 and high-waisted brief £8.99 in orangey red or pinky red

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Mimi Holliday at Selfridges

There's not much in lingerie that I love more than Mimi Holliday! Daughter brand of Damaris, set up by Damaris Evans who is famous in the lingerie industry for first making the bow-back knicker popular, Mimi Holliday is equally luxurious but has a more funky, youthful style - think polkadots, girly colours and lashings of lace.

I popped over to the website of luxury department store Selfridges this morning and instantly fell in love with this white and leopard print Ménage à Trois lingerie set by Mimi Holliday! Leopard print is everywhere in lingerie right now (check out my recent Ann Summers blog post for ultra sexy leopard print pieces or visit La Senza for a pretty, more girly take on the trend) but if all-over animal print isn't your thing this 3-piece lingerie set by Mimi Holliday is the perfect compromise with a small but beautiful smattering of print on an otherwise classic white lace background.

Mimi Holliday Ménage a Troise bra £49, thong £37 and suspender belt £38

Fans of Minnie Mouse will adore this retro-style Pericolo lingerie set, in vibrant red silk chiffon with white polkadots. It has a cute, scalloped picot edging in white and is finished with red and white satin bows - absolutely gorgeous!

Mimi Holliday Pericolo bra £52, brief £38 and suspender belt £37

Back to the leopard print theme again with this seductive, sexy Fruit Salad lingerie set. I'm not sure where they got the same from - it's definitely not very fruity, but it's gorgeous all the same. The bra has demi leopard cups topped with sheer black lace and you have the choice of a brief with matching leopard side panels or, in typical Mimi Holliday style, a lace-fronted brief with a stunning, leopard-printed bow at the back. Top with a simple, black suspender belt and you're ready to go.

Mimi Holliday Fruit Salad bra £54, leopard-side brief £36 and suspender belt £35

Monday, 19 September 2011

H&M Lingerie Top Picks

H&M isn't normally a place I'd go to for underwear, mainly because they don't do my size but also because I think of their range as normally quite boring. So I was pleansantly surprised when I took a look at their website today and saw some actually quite gorgeous pieces for sale. This lace-trim bra (below) is beautiful - it has sculpted, gel-padded cups (great for smaller busts!) and a delicate, eyelash lace trim. It's also available in hot pink (not so nice - in my opinion anyway) and white with black lace (gorgeous!). The matching short-style knickers look very luxurious with their sheer, lace yolk and satin bow to finish. Plus, and this is what I love most about H&M, it's all so cheap. The style is very similar to something you could get at my beloved La Senza, but half the price!

H&M Black Lace Trim Gel Bra, £12.99
H&M Black Lace Trim Shorts, £6.99

Top of my wish-list though is this gorgeous, Missoni-inspired zig zag bra. Available in brown (my favourite) or black and red, it's soft-cup style means that I can actually wear it although if you prefer something a bit more supportive there's also an underwired, padded version for a tiny £9.99. Team it with the matching thong or boyshorts.

H&M Zig Zag Soft Cup Bra, £7.99

H&M Zig Zag Shorts, £6.99

There is more but my internet is playing up so I'd better post this before it cuts out completely! If you want to take a look for yourself head over to the H&M Lingerie & Nightwear page.

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Brulee - Lingerie Gem of the Day

I've said it before and I'll probably say it again, but I love Twitter for putting loads of gorgeous, undiscovered lingerie brands right in front of my nose! I'm pretty new to the site but it's already introduced me to Else Lingerie and Passionista and now I've just come across Brulee lingerie, a stunning New York brand specialising in handcrafted lingerie and loungewear, predominantely made from silk.

As soon as I took a look at their website I loved how simplistic everything was - there are no frills, no fancy trims, not even the typical small bow to finish. Instead what you're left with is beautifully designed, expertly cut pieces that are wonderfully elegant and, thanks to the expensive fabrics, very luxurious. This might be how Chanel lingerie would look...

Brulee Chevron Silk Chiffon Chemise in Black & Cream, $180

Brulee Silk Mesh Bodysuit in Blush & Cream, $200

Brulee Silk Chiffon Bra in Mint & Black, $98
Brulee Silk Chiffon Short Knicker in Cream & Black, $78

Autumn/Winter 2011 sneak peak - the Morocco bra

I've just finished sewing up a load of this new design from the Autumn/Winter 2011 collection for Esty Lingerie, which will hopefully be launching in just a few weeks now. Inspired by burlesque and traditional Moroccan dress, it's made from a gorgeous purple floral lace scattered with sequins and has a ribbon halterneck tie. I absolutely love the luxurious tasselled trim - this will definitely be featuring on some other items in the collection! Matching knickers to come soon...

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Win a lingerie goody bag worth £32

I thought it was time for another giveaway so here comes the first ever Esty Lingerie goody bag!

What's in the bag?

The lucky winner will receive 5 gorgeous goodies as pictured above.

1. Leg Avenue black lace fingerless gloves (One Size)

2. Leg Avenue sheer black stockings (One Size)

3. Hustler black & pink ribbon bra and rumba panties set (Size M/L)

4. Leg Avenue opaque black stockings (One Size)

5. Esty Lingerie white anchor necklace (One Size)

How do I enter?

To be in with a chance of winning, simply follow this blog on or before September 30th 2011.

Click on the option on the right-hand side to follow the blog.

Entries accepted worldwide. Existing followers are automatically entered. The winner will be chosen at random and announced on 1st October 2011 on this blog.

Buy Oysho online... in a B cup

Spanish lingerie brand Oysho is now available to buy online which means you UK women can finally get hold of it without paying for a flight to Barcelona. I'm not sure what took them quite so long to get online but now that they are I thought I'd share my top picks.

Oysho do some very cute bras, there's nothing too fancy (think La Senza minus their Pure Luxury range) but it's perfect for someone after lingerie that's feminine, girly and ideal for everyday wear. There's one big catch though - either all Spanish women are a B-cup or Oysho didn't want to spend too much money on production because with the exception of seven basics bras that come in an 'online exclusive' C-cup, every single bra is available in 32-38B only. So if you're anything else, you might be better off just heading over to La Senza where you can pick up something very similar in an A to GG and a much wider range of back sizes too.

For the lucky B-cupped beauties among you though, here are my favourites...

Plumetis bra £15.99, thong £5.99 and suspender £9.99

The Oysho Plumetis lingerie set is a step away from their usual style, featuring the one and only Oysho suspender belt. I love the soft-cup bra with its double-layered appearance.

Made from sheer, polkadot-print tulle, the set also comes with either a thong or brief, both featuring an usual cut-out detail that goes perfectly with the bra strap detail.

The set is very simple but beautifully designed and looks far more expensive than it is!

Crochet Lace bra £15.99 and brief £7.99

Up next is this gorgeous white lace bra set, Crochet Lace. It's made from exactly that, a beatiful, crocheted lace pattern fabric that's ever-so-slightly sheer. Finished with a cute bow, you have the choice of hipster-style knickers or a sexy thong.

It's perfect for everday wear or for that special occasion... and again, this one won't break the bank!

Polka dot push up bra £15.99 and thong £7.99

This gorgeous Polka Dot Push Up bra is a rich purple colour with white spots and a delicate lace trim around the cups. I absolutely love the unique lace detail on the back of the straps which reminds me of tiny little angle wings.

Polka dot push up bra (back)

The matching thong is edged with scalloped lace and finished with two cute satin ribbon bows.

Lace push up bra £15.99 and thong £5.99

Another style with a unique back, the red Lace Push Up bra from Oysho is overlaid with floral embroidered lace and trimmed with a scalloped lace edging. It fastens in the centre at the front, the back instead being a luxury take on the sports bra - thin, diagonal straps that meet in the middle and attach to a triangle of lace.

Lace push up bra (back)

The sheer thong or Brazilian-style hipster panties are both finished with a cute bow and scalloped trim.

Polka dot and bow bra £15.99 and thong £7.99

Last but not least is this gorgeous Oysho Polka Dot and Bow bra set in light pink with a black polkadot print. The cups are trimmed with a gorgeous pleated ribbon edging, topped off with a satin ribbon bow at the centre.

There is either a matching thong or brief available, both with pretty bows on the hips for a faux tie-side appearance. It's pretty and feminine and well, you know I love bows...

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Gorgeous new styles at La Senza

Bow lace cream & chocolate bra, £16
Bow lace crea & chocolate thong, £6

The thing I love most about La Senza (except the gorgeous underwear and affordable prices of course!) is that they always seem to have something new in when I take a peek at their website, despite the fact that I'm on there very regularly.

This week they have some absolutely gorgeous new pieces in store - far too many to blog about, so I'll give you rundown of the top 3 prettiest picks of the week. First up is this gorgeous Bow Lace bra set - I love lace and I love bows, so anything with bow-emblem lace is a must-have in my book! The set is very delicate and feminine, in cream floral lace with a chocolate-brown trim and rose-bud bow centre. Plus it's one of their cheaper styles at just £16 for the bra (which is available up to a 40GG by the way), £6 for the thong and £6 for the short-style knickers.

Flirty Spot pink & black polkadot bra, £20
Flirty Spot pink & black polkadot short, £10

Next up on my wish-list (still searching for a job - hopefully soon this will be my actually-own-list) is this reaaly cute, reaaly girly spotted set, Flirty Spot. Big, bold dots are one of the key trends for A/W 2011 (think Marc Jacobs, Lanvin, Diane Von Furstenberg, Stella McCartney...) and it doesn't have to stop at just your outerwear! Not only is this set perfectly on-trend for the fashion-loving lingerista, it's also made unique by the unusual ruffled arcs on the shorts. I love the delicate chiffon ruffle under the bust on the bra and the cute, polkadotted bow details. There's also a thong available for £8 if boyshorts aren't your thing.

Stella black & cream bra, £26
Stella black & cream thong, £10
That brings me to my final pick from La Senza's newest designs - Stella is a luxurious, classic style for the woman who wants some sophistication and grown-up glamour in her lingerie drawer. It's more expensive than the other two styles, but in general terms it's still relatively cheap compared to some of the other brands out there. The bra is made from delicate black chiffon with cream satin panels and wide straps that are both nice to look at and provide a lot of support. The matching short comes with detachable suspenders or you can opt for the small but classy thong with double side straps.

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Bridal Lingerie

I might not be engaged but that doesn't stop me having a borderline obsession with bridal lingerie. I have far too many favourites to fit into just one blog post so here's a random selection of beautiful bridal lingerie and I'll have to save the rest for another day!

Else Lingerie white bridal lace basque set
Else Lingerie white bridal lace bra and brief set

These beautiful options are both from Else Lingerie which I just discovered recently. I'm in love with the brief from the bra and brief set with its unusual cross-over detail and white lace background, absolutely gorgeous!

Visit Else Lingerie

Panache Confetti thong body
Available from Beau Dame Lingerie, Panache isn't a brand I'd normally go for but I loved this one-piece body which is perfect for bridal lingerie! Panache is known for it's perfectly fitting cup sizing which this design combines with a sexy thong-backed body to make it an unusual choice for the bride who wants something that's comfortable but unique. Plus it's currently on sale for £24.50!

Modern Courtesan Silk and French Chantilly lace bra and brief set
Modern Courtesan is another of my recent discoveries. They have some very unique and beautiful designs and this bridal lingerie set is no exception. Made from luxurious silk and French Chantilly lace, it's handmade in the UK and available in both ivory and black, so you can buy one set for the wedding night and one for the honeymoon too!

Tallulah Love Blue Birds bra, knicker and suspender belt set
For the bride who wants to splash out on something amazing, look no further than this stunning bridal lingerie set from Tallulah Love, yet another of my recent discoveries (Twitter is amazing!). From the Blue Birds range, the bra is a rather oddly-priced £80.01, the knickers £45.00 and the suspender belt £40.00 so it doesn't come cheap but hey, you only get married once (hopefully) so if you're going to break the bank on something that neither of you will ever forget then this Tallulah Love Blue Birds set is the perfect choice! Made from luxury white silk and blue bows, it features the Tallulah Love 'TL' insignia in gold plus some gorgeous ruffled trims.

Esty Lingerie Buttercup lace babydoll & thong set
Esty Lingerie Buttercup corset

I thought I'd finish with a couple of pieces from my own
range - if you're a bride on a budget then this gorgeous white lace babydoll with lemon trim and faux pearl beads comes with a matching tie-side thong comes in at just £39.99, whilst the lace-up corset is just £34.99. Both are handmade in the UK.