Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Friday, November 30, 2007
The Lingerie Handbook by Rebecca Apsan with Sarah Stark
Overall Rating: AHHHH!
The AHHH Factor: Lingerie Products that are Heaven or Hell
AHHHH! = Pure Heaven
AHHH = Almost Heavenly
Ahh = Half Way Between Heaven & Hell
ah = HELL!
The Lingerie Handbook is a girl's best friend. It's visually interesting and filled with practical information that every woman needs to know about bras, fit, and solutions to lingerie problems. Rebecca believes "...lingerie has the ability to transform, allowing a woman to reinvent and revitalize herself, or simply remember who she is." And, you don't need to be a size 2 body to do it. All women, in their vast shapes and sizes, are beautiful. I heartily agree with her. This book not only has applicable information, but it also takes a positive step in helping women accept their bodies.
For more reviews, click here.
- Expertise of Author: AHHHH! Rebecca has owned the store, Le Petite Coquette, for over 30 years and has fitted everyday women, to models and celebrities.
- Writing: AHHHH!. Easy to read.
- Photos: AHHHH! Rebecca does a great job of using real people as models of all shapes and sizes. The models aren't stick thin, and their confidence wearing the lingerie shows in the photos. They look beautiful!
- Helpful: AHHHH!
- Highlights: Tips for women with small-large breasts and all sorts of body types. Solutions to everyday problems with your bras, fit and body type. The pictures are inspiring. The lingerie is gor-g-eous!
- Lowlights: Her store is in NY, and I live in LA.
- Price: $ (under $20)
An exciting new label has launched this week, backed by one of the most well-known boutiques in the British lingerie industry. Fina Rees, co-proprietress of the famous Miss La La’s Boudoir in London, has created her own new lingerie label: the coquettish Miss La La Presents. Click here for the article.
Miss La La is quickly becoming one of my new favorites, & I think you'll agree that she has some "Priceless Panties" in her new collection!
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
For me, wearing a beautiful matching bra and panty set in a sumptuous fabric against my skin makes me feel sexy any day. It's never mattered to me whether or not my boyfriends ever knew that I was wearing special lingerie or not, or even if my husband does now. What has mattered all along is that I've known!
The right kind of lingerie will set me up for the day. If there's a day where I feel like hell warmed over, I'll look though my precious, color-coded lingerie drawers only to find my mood lifting. Once I slip the silk over my body, the decision is made. Today is going to be good!
Over the years, I've noticed, that I tend to gravitate towards certain colors and sets based upon my moods. The following is what I've found according to my mood:
Bra Color & Mood
white = fresh, new beginnings
black = meow, confident, nothings getting past me today
red = sexy vixen, sassy, watch out
pink = sweet, loving, tender, kind
blue = calm, mellow, steady
green = grounding
brown = stylish, serious
orange = artistic, creative
flower print = girlie
stripes = fun-loving, sporty
How I feel about lingerie reminds me of the time I tried on a $250,000 necklace at Tiffany's. The ladies with me were encouraging me to try on the necklace. I thought, "Why? I don't even like diamonds." I begrudgingly tried it on, only to be shocked at how such a small, delicately crafted piece could immediately alter my mood.
Once it was on my neck, I felt it...the feeling can only be described as a symbiotic blend of craftsmanship, beauty, and elegance. And I hadn't even I looked in the mirror yet. I can still feel the light, countless karats effortlessly draping over my collar bone and the polished metal gliding over my skin. It was as if the necklace were made just for me. And when I saw it on myself...well, I don't have to say anymore. It was a priceless experience. In that moment, I finally knew why they say, "Diamonds are a girls best friend."
The right lingerie can have the same mood altering affect. Although, for a lot less money. Whew! Lingerie can make me feel as if this beautiful creation were made just for me. It can enhance parts of my body that I never knew could look like that! What it does for my confidence, even if I'm the only one who knows it, is priceless!
What can you do to have your own mood altering experience with lingerie?
Start taking notice of which lingerie you gravitate to throughout the month. See if there is any specific lingerie that you wear when you're feeling happy, sassy, or romantic. How do you feel when the lingerie is next to your skin?
Is there any lingerie that makes you feel bad? Does it remind you of an unhappy time with an old lover? A bad point in your life? When you were a weight that you didn't like? If so, GET RID OF IT! You should only wear lingerie that makes you feel good about yourself! Wearing lingerie that makes you feel bad is the kiss of death. Lingerie is the closest thing next to your skin. The lingerie that you wear will affect how you feel and how present yourself to the world.
If you don't have one set of matching lingerie that makes you feel good, then set some money aside and buy at least one set (matching bra and panty) just to try it out. The following are some good places to look for your lingerie:
Don't let the word "boutique" scare you. They will carry couture, high quality and one-of-a-kind lingerie, and prices may vary from middle-of-the-road to high end. Check out boutique sales (such as the ones listed above). I recently bought a gorgeous bra and panty set (around $400) at the end of the season for 50% off. Although, I usually spend much less on my sets. Some of my favorite boutiques are:
- Le Petite Coquette (http://www.thelittleflirt.com/)
- Faire de Frou Frou (http://www.fairefroufrou.com/)
- Agent Provacateur (http://www.agentprovocateur.com/)
- East 13 (http://east13.com/)
Order Online $-$$$$
There are some amazing websites with a large variety of designers, quality and style. Below are some of my favorites:
* If you order online, make sure that you have your measurements and you check them with each bra you order. Every designer will cut the bra differently
Department Stores $$-$$$$
They will carry a large variety of bras and panties in a wide range of styles and sizes. Some of the higher end department stores will carry the higher quality brands like LePerla and Cosabella.
Some department stores that I prefer are:
- Neiman Marcus
- Saks Fifth Avenue
Check for end-of-the-season sales, you can get your most expensive brand names for a discounted rate. End-of-the-season sales usually run in July-August and January.Discount Store $-$$
If you're a bargain hunter, then you can get European and Domestic lingerie for 40-60% off the retail price. Know that these stores are limited when you try to match bra and panty sets. You can find them, but you will have to rummage.
Just the other day, I found a John Galliano bra for $6. Guess what? No panties. If you are a 34B-36C, then you have a good chance at finding a matching set, otherwise, it's a size crap shoot.
Some of my favorite discount stores are:
- Century 21 (in New York)
As my version of that infamous commercial goes...
Bra - $48
Expensive Diamond Necklace - $250,000
The Way Luxurious Lingerie Makes Me Feel - PRICELESS!