Review: Esty Lingerie Pivoine High Waist Frame Knickers

October 5th, 2015 @ Amber

I’ve been a huge fan of Esty Lingerie for awhile now. Estelle, the awesome lady behind the lingerie boutique and also creates her own in-house brand of handmade lingerie, carries a variety of gorgeous styles. I’ve been following her strappy designs for awhile now, so curious about her cute harnesses, frame bras and knickers. When she released her neon pink Pivoine set, I was smitten and pretty much told her right away how much I loved the new designs. So imagine my surprise when Estelle asked me to review them on the blog for her! I was thrilled to say the least. I was thrilled and super excited to be able to work with a brand/shop I’ve admired for awhile now. First off, Esty Lingerie (not to be confused with Etsy the online marketplace) is based in the UK, but shipping to the US was extremely prompt. I got to review my favorite style from the Pivoine collection, the unique and brightly colored Pivoine High Waist Frame Knickers.

If you’re new to this blog, or you’ve been reading for awhile, it might not be a surprise that I adore open lingerie. I love ouvert knickers, bra cups, etc. I love the sexy fun and feeling of wearing open panties. This harness panty is indeed open, with only straps to frame the panty itself. Looooove. Each frame knicker is made to order and available in sizes S/M and M/L. I chose the S/M size and it was a perfect fit. The panty itself, on the elastic frame straps, Esty has included slides to let you adjust the straps to the perfect fit. I also love the piece of chainwork in the front of the panty attached to the straps, creating a X style of style in the front, and a completely open look from behind. Gorgeous! This design is original, and I love the way Estelle created it. Every stitch in place. Very sturdy. She’s a talent for sure. If you’ve yet to try anything from Esty’s in-house line, I can highly recommend it.

One of my favorite parts of this design, besides the fun bright neon pink elastic, are the handmade chiffon flowers! Made in different pink colors and ivory to accent the elastic. Each flower is handmade, and layered to give it a soft and sweet floral look. At the center of each flower are embellishments such as beads, faux pearls and diamante rhinestones. So pretty! Really adds a fun and shimmery touch. The flowers feel so soft and beautiful too. You can find the entire Pivoine collection at Esty Lingerie. Esty recently released a few new pieces that I have my eye on, and you can check them out below. Besides her in-house line, she also sells lingerie brands such as Dottie’s Delights, Miss Crofton, Kiss me Deadly and more.

The Geeky Fan Girl’s Guide to Lingerie: Part 14

October 2nd, 2015 @ Amber

Okay guys, so this installment is going to be a little bittersweet for me, since the very last eveeeeer(deen) Hunger Games trilogy film comes out next month! No more movies after that. Also, this is the 14th installment in The Geeky Fan Girl’s Guide to Lingerie, and it’s still one of my most popular features on the site. So thank you all for continuing to get geeky with me and checking it out. I hope you’ll find something to add to your lingerie, cosplay, or even Halloween wardrobe in this collection. I think the odds are ever in your favor. Three finger salute. *sob*

Get your inner mermaid on with this clam and pearl top from Amber L Snow. Handmade to order!

Loving this super fun metallic made to order Wonder Woman bodysuit from Sugarpuss Clothing.

Now you can wear Gandalf the White and Gandalf the Grey on your boobies! LOTR lovers, get your pasties on with this made to order nipple embellishments from Rainbow Blush Boutique.

Don’t give me those sad puppy dog eyes! Okay, do! With this made to order Pug Sleepmask from Szududu.


When you need a Ghostbusters garter, who ya gonna call? Scarborough Rose! Made to order.

Handmade to order Pumpkin Panties from Sugar Lace Lingerie! How cute are these?

These Skull and Crossbones embellished tights from La Lilouche are so spooky cute and totally would be great for cosplay or Halloween!

Look into my panties, what do you see? BATS! Bats and Stars High Waisted Panties from Bones Lingerie. Made to order!

Release your inner space goddess in this made to order Space Bride Bodysuit from Lena Quist. Super fun for cosplay!

The Deathly Hallows bra and panties! Yesssss, Harry potter underwear. I’m so excited! Lydia from Licorice and Cream is making my geeky lingerie dreams come true with this new set. Now you can wear the hallows, together they make one…super hot and geeky!

Who wouldn’t want a Ariel inspired Mermaid Playsuit? get your geeky mermaid vibes on with this handmade design from Booty and the Geek.

Check out this truly outrageous Jem and the Holograms tee from Wildfox Couture available at Shopbop. For all of my fellow 80s girls out there!

Check out this super cute and totally dorky Princess Leia robe available from ThinkGeek! Looks super cozy, love the Leia buns, and this would be awesome for lounging or dress up for cold Halloween nights. Instant costume!

Be a badass Avenger with this Black Widow zip up jacket available from Think Geek. Marvel ladies, this ones for you!

Rawr! This Bad Kitty Catsuit is so hot, available from Black Milk Clothing. Fun for cosplay or Halloween!

These awesome Mockingjay on Fire Leggings from the official The Hunger Games Exhibit are awesome for lounging, layering, or wearing as outerwear.

Batgirl! Check out this super cute handmade Batgirl comic bra and matching High Waisted Brief from Licorice and Cream.

Catch em’ all in this super cute Pokemon Cami and Short set from Hot Topic, awesome for lounging or sleeping in!

Show your support for the Revolution and the Mockingjay, with these Mockingjay Lounge Shorts from the Hunger Games Exhibition. *Rue’s four note whistle*


These dorky but ultra cute Lumpy Space Princess Boyshorts from Web Undies is a must-have for any Adventure Time fan!

Where are all my Whovians at? Check out this super cute and dorky Doctor Who Onesie Pajamas available from Pin Up Girl Clothing. These look so comfy, and perfect for binge watching Doctor Who from the couch, or the TARDIS!


Check out these handmade Iron Man Inspired Panties from SciFeye Candy on Etsy. Avengers unite!

Because you’re a bookworm *and* a rebel! These Banned Book Socks from Out of Print Clothing are perfect for lounging about while reading.

Agent Carter, anyone? Wear this smart and feminist Agent Carter screen-printed tank from Jordandene. You’re priceless!

Check out this super cool The Walking Dead Corset, featuring Michonne from the comic book! Made to order from 1138 Clothing. So bad ass, for the total comic and Walking Dead fan.

These handmade Marvel Comic PomPom Shorts from Unplugged Studio are super cute! A must have for any Avengers fan. The pompoms really add a cute addition to these lounge or sleep shorts.

For all of you smartphone and Apple fans out there, check these Power Button pasties from SugarKitty Corsets. Nerdy! Fun!

Amber Sweet is addicted to the knife…addicted to the knife? For any of you Repo! The Genetic Opera fans, check out this made to order Amber Sweet Robe from Castle Corsetry. Perfect for cosplay for lounging.

Disney princess fans…check out this super cute Snow White inspired bralette and short set from Snapdragon Lingerie. Made to order.

This Marvel inspired Black Widow Garter set is cute, geeky, and made to order from Shaes Bridal on Etsy.

This Katniss Mockingjay Costume available from Ebay is awesome for Halloween or cosplay, and different pieces of the suit can be mixed and matched to create your ultimate Mockingjay revolution suit.

How fun are these Super Mario Bros Mushroom garters from Kandi Garters? Geeky to the max! Handmade to order. A must for any gamers out there.

This Sci-Fi Corset from Divamp is insanely cool! Fulfill all of your futuristic Queen fantasies in this metal-esque mirrored baby. Made to order.

If you’re into building with LEGOS, check out these cute but totally nerdy Lego Briefs from Textile Champion. Love the playful lace panel on the back!

The 80s kid in me is so psyched! She-ra garter set from Shaes Bridal on Etsy. Made to order, so cool and fun and loving the love of the vintage cartoon badass that was the princess of power!








Review: Hanna Broer Handmade Lingerie

September 26th, 2015 @ Amber

I love when brands show their styles on various body types and sizes. One of my favorite new Etsy finds, is Hanna Broer Design Lingerie. Made to order bralettes, panties, bodysuits and more. All made by Hanna, using hand dyed organic cotton, bamboo, and lace. I told Hanna I was curious to try her bralettes and she was very helpful telling me that she recommended her Lyta bra, which is good for fuller busts. So I basically decided that I needed the Lyta Bralette and matching Lyta Panties in a beautiful rich bright red color. The Lyta set is made of organic cotton and spandex, so it’s stretchy but offers a nice bit of support. I love the cut of the bra, it would work with all breast sizes, but I agree with Hanna that the style is great for a fuller bust. Each piece is made to order. If you’re between sizes or need something more custom in sizing, send Hanna a message and she’ll help you. Follow her size guide and measurements for the best fit. My favorite thing about this bralette, it has a hook and eye closure on the back band! Thats like magic for full busts. The reason I don’t wear bralettes often is because I do like a tiny bit of support, and with Lyta, thats not a problem, I do feel comfy and a bit supported, more so than I have trying previous bralettes from other brands. The set is available in black, red, grapefruit or lemon. Also, her prices are amazing! for the quality of work, which is fantastic, no stitch out of place, her price is super fair, maybe too fair!

The stitching and work on these pieces are fantastic. Hanna included her own logo tags. I would say that the panties run small, I usually go with a XS panty, but found these a bit snug, so I’d probably size up to a Small in the future. So be sure to let Hana know your measurements before you order, or in a note within your order. The material of the undies are soft and smooth and offer some stretch. The band of the bra is stitched so that it feels like it offers added support. The triangle cups offer added support to the bust and there are straps on the shoulder and, my favorite part, there is a hook and eye closure at the back band! So awesome! Check out the entire lingerie collection at Hanna Broer on Etsy or the Hanna Broer website.

Review: Adina Reay Jo Bra and Short

September 25th, 2015 @ Amber

So I’ve basically been in love with the Adina Reay brand since I first heard of it pre-launch. A gorgeous UK brand making full bust lingerie in sexy and beautiful styles? I was in from the get-go! Once the brand launched I was swooning hard. All of the sets are so pretty, so luscious, so perfect. And all available in 30-36 band and DD-G (UK) cup sizing. Have you ever had one of those moments where you’re so in love with what a brand puts out that you add one of everything to your shopping cart? Yeah, that was basically me. I always get excited when a full-bust luxury lingerie brands pops up, and I’m always certain to try and promote them and spread the word to all of my fellow busty gals. Ladies, you need to try this brand. I’m so serious right now. Loooooove.

I am going to be reviewing the JO set in black on the blog today. Jo offers a pretty black lace plunge bra and either matching panty or short. The lace is stunning. I’m a sucker for black lace in general, but this lace pattern right here? out of this world beautiful. I made the mistake of sizing wrong and chose a cup size too small, and Adina Reay was kind enough to offer to send me the correct size, but I wanted to get this review up right away, and to be honest, due to my breast shape I am able to squeeze into a smaller cup, which doesn’t bother me. Be sure to check out the sizing chart, and remember that these are UK sizes. I would say that the sizing runs a wee bit small too, so if you’re in between sizes definitely size up. Adina Reay literally just released their newest collection and I want every single set again! Ahhhh. Obsessed. Hopefully I’ll be able to try the brand again soon and I’ll remember to size up. Check the gorgeous grey gift box the lingerie comes in. Pretty, huh?

I love beautiful packaging. This box is a nice quality gift box, you could use it for storing the set or re-purpose it for something else. It’s embossed with the gold Adina Reay logo, and the lingerie set is wrapped in tissue paper. It’s elegant and special. Perfect touch!

Now take a look at this set. Gorgeous lightly padded cups, plunging low gore, this shoulder bra is comfortable and the sheer lace on top of the padded cups creates a gorgeous silhouette. The straps are adjustable and the band is firm. Did I mention that I love the lace? The bottoms are lovely. It’s hard to see in the photograph, but the short fits like a mid-waist brief, a slightly cheeky cup on the back, and a gorgeous full lace panel in the front. You have to see this lace in person. It’s like art. The panties run true to size, and this short in particular offers a bit of stretch but if you’re between sizes, go up a size. This set is stunning. I feel royal. I haven’t been this spoiled by a new full bust lingerie brand in a very very long time. This is love. Lingerie love, baby.

Check out the entire collection at Adina Reay

Review: Playful Promises Cristina

September 25th, 2015 @ Amber

I can’t tell you how excited that I am that Playful Promises now makes many of their new styles in full bust sizing. It makes me sooooooo happy. Like, really really happy. They’re even going to be offering up to a G cup soon! Swoon. I know, right? It’s so amazing. I got this gorgeous Cristina Longline Cage Bra and matching Cristina Harness Brief a few months ago, and this baby is so hot. It’s such a gorgeous set, it’s black and sleep, and it’s so nice to be able to wear Playful Promises pieces from top to bottom, when for so long I could only wear their panties. These pieces are super versatile and can be mixed and matched with other PP pieces, or pieces from other brands, but worn together, this sure makes a hot set! The cage bra is stunning, made of super smooth black satin, true to size. Generous stretch to the band. I love that you could wear this bra as outerwear. PP makes amazing longline bras, and Cristina is no different.

The matching harness brief is unique and fun, where it’s not exactly a panty, but not a true harness either. It’s a fun combo of both! It features a brief style panty, with satin front and mesh panels, true to size, and then it has an elastic strap in the front, that you simple pull up and wrap around your neck. It’s comfortable to wear, and when paired with the matching strappy bra, it creates a truly fun strappy design. So many straps!

The bottom band doesn’t flip of ride up on me, and I like the paneled cups, they lift and offer support and nice cleavage. The straps are pretty and are like an added accessory. You could pair this longline with a pair of jeans or black pants and heels and even wear the matching brief underneath and allow the harness to stick out adding more straps. Playful Promises is one of my favorite brands right now. They consistently come out with great designs, they’re well made, their prices are nice, and my favorite of all, they were asked by customers to expand sizing, and they did it! If you wear up to a 36F cup, grab up this bra! Seriously! You will love it and you’ll be continuing to support a brand that doesn’t have to offer full bust sizing, but they do so to make customers happy. This is sometimes rare, which a brand’s main niche isn’t full bust, so thank you PP for taking a chance on mine and other big boobs everywhere.

Find the Cristina Bra and matching Harness Brief at Playful Promises website.

Maison Close Haul Review

September 24th, 2015 @ Amber

I recently got a new Maison Close lingerie haul, and was pretty pleased with my new pieces. My first intro to the brand was when I reviewed the pieces featured in Gia Genevieve’s Playboy Lingerie Issue. I loved the pieces, especially the fact that they seemed to work well with a full bust. So I eagerly picked up the Villa des Lys Suspender Tank Top and Naked Shorty, as well as the Music Hall Long Sleeve Bodysuit and the Nylon Stockings. I like the packaging, it’s paper cardboard and can be recycled, and the cute purple and gold packaging colors are really pretty. The nylons run a bit on the snug size, so I sized up. Everything else fit very true to size. The panties are so cute, and the ouvert back is one of my favorite pieces. The bodysuits are pretty great, and work well with my body, I find they run true to size, if not a bit generous in the body.

How cute are the panties? I love the big open back, with a small hook closure at the top back. The Villa des Lys lace is soft and stretchy. The matching suspender bodysuit, features short sleeves and adjustable suspender straps, so you can pair it with your favorite pair of stockings. I’m really liking the Maison Close line of hosiery, however, I’m quite small and still sized up. So I would definitely suggest sizing up in the hosiery. Panties fit true to size. The Music Hall bodysuit is so fun with full flowing long sleeves and a polka dot patterns over sheer black mesh. Fits true to size, if not a little generous due to stretch. These pieces are so versatile and really play well with each other. You can find them all and some of the new designs from their current collection at Maison Close’s US online shop.

P.S. Maison Close is opening a brick and mortar shop in NYC soon!

Introducing Toru and Naoko’s Logo Line

September 23rd, 2015 @ Amber

Toru and Naoko have launched their new Logo Line, which features streamlined basics in black, grey, white, and bordeaux. Loving how sporty and comfortable these pieces look. Featuring T&N logo banded elastic. I love the androgynous look of these pieces, not overly girly, just simple underwear thats versatile and made of made to order in a cottom/lycra blend. Not sure the bralettes will work for me, but I want those undies! Check out the entire logo line at Toru and Naoko.

Psssst! Did you hear about the massive earthquake and all that is going on in Chile? Help support Toru and Naoko by purchasing through them, as they are based in Chile. Don’t worry, Camille is okay, but it’s taken a lot of money to get her business and office back in order. Help show your support by purchasing through her small business!

Review: Sacha Kimmes Chelsea Ouvert Knickers + Custom Sizing

August 24th, 2015 @ Amber

Sacha Kimmes is one of my favorite indie designers. Not only is she a dream to work with, but she so smart and talented and nice, that I love to support her and her business in whatever way that I can. She offers custom made to order sizing, and she uses diverse models in her lookbooks and photos, which I appreciate. She also has a brand new website that she just launched which looks pretty amazing, and makes ordering a breeze! Sacha is my underwear superhero. She’s the bomb-diggidy. For real.

I tend to have an obsession for ouvert (open) knickers, and just so happens Sacha makes great ouvert designs on the regular. She’s an indie brand that consistently makes gorgeous open back, open cup, or open front and back panties. So I was immediately drawn to her newest style of the season, Chelsea. Made of a pretty baby blue and black colorway. The collection features an open cup bralette, knickers, leg garter, and ouvert knickers. I’ll be reviewing the gorgeous Chelsea ouvert knickers, pictured above, as well as my first ever custom made to measure bralette from Sacha Kimmes! The Camellia bralette, pictured below.

I don’t wear bralettes often, because they can be hard to fit my bust. I also require more support than a bralette can offer, but lately I’ve been loving adding bralettes to my collection for lounging around in because they’re so pretty and it fees great to go wire-free sometimes. I have the Camellia ouvert panty, so I’d had my eye on the matching floral lace Camellia bralette. Sacha asked me if I wanted her to custom make it for me in my measurements, I was so excited, and said yes please! She took my measurements and made the bralette using a thicker elastic band on the bottom and made the bust width and height larger to fit my bust size. Success! It fits, it’s stretchy, and it encases my bust well. The floral lace feels and looks lovely, and it feels great to have a bralette made to my measurements. Sacha totally made me feel special, as usual, and it’s just one of a million reasons why I’m such a huge fan of her brand.

The Chelsea Ouvert Knickers are perfection. I got them in size Small, which is true to size. The material offers stretchy and feels super smooth and lightweight on the skin. The blue is so pretty, it’s a stormy kind of baby blue that plays on greytones. It’s like a stormy sky just before it rains. There is contrasting black elastic band at the waistband, picot edging around the leg holes, which go around each leg, exposing your butt and your vulva area. There are completely open in the front and back, and it’s so pretty, sexy, and really a brilliant design. The front waistband is thick enough to give just a peek in the front, and a more open back, with black bows at each leg strap at the front and back. So cute! The design is so playful. I’m in love. I’m definitely a Chelsea Girl. Loving this design so much.

I’ve said it many times,and I’ll continue to say it. Sacha Kimmes is an underwear artist. Her work is so well done, her fabrics are great, and her stitching and craftsmanship is impeccable. Highly recommended x 10. Check out Sacha’s new website and her new Chelsea collection, and contact Sacha if you’re interested in custom sizing!

Pssst! She often has discounts and giveaways on her Instagram, so be sure to follow her social media accounts below.

Review: My Retro Closet Bettie Babydoll

August 22nd, 2015 @ Amber

My Retro Closet has had a website makeover and it looks awesome! I first became a fan of the lingerie shop sometime last year, when I realized that not only do they sell other brands of retro style lingerie, they have their own in-house line. Abi, the owner and creator of My Retro Closet, created a line of retro inspired lingerie and nightwear and it’s pretty amazing. I bought my first piece, her original Joan babydoll sometime last year, and adored it. Since then, the line has grown to add handmade robes and other babydoll styles, as well as an option to custom create your colorway! I recently got the super gorgeous Bettie babydoll, in a custom color of red/red. It’s similar in style to Joan, but it has ruffles! Gorgeous hand made ruffles to the neckline and the hem. Gorgeous! There are so many colors of chiffons and ribbon edging to choose from, I feel like I need at least a few more custom colorways, and I love that My Retro Closet offers that.

How gorgeous is this babydoll? I love it! The red really offers a sexy flair to this vintage inspired babydoll. The ruffles send this piece over the top, all of the frills are luscious, so pretty and beautiful to touch. This babydoll is lush! It’s also so well made, which I was already expecting since I already own another piece from this brand, and it’s fantastic. Abi, is a one woman business, and she makes each piece made to order. She’s awesome, and her attention to detail and quality of materials is excellent. This feels like a luxury piece of lingerie, but it doesn’t have a luxury price tag. This babydoll is under $100 (¬£60.00) which is kind of unheard of for a piece this well made, and also one that can be made to order in your choice of color scheme. Each babydoll is One Size, but it’s free-flowing because of the adjustable ribbon straps. I wear a 34F bra, and it fits my bust just fine, plenty big and still flowy and lovely. If you’re worried about fit, Abi also does custom sizing if you ask! She can also make customizations to the design, want no ruffles, more ruffles, a bow? Just ask!

This is a photo of my Joan babydoll in signature lilac. When I first bought the Joan, there were two signature colors available, but now you can have the Joan made in custom colors also. There are also matching robes for both babydolls, as well as their Scarlett babydoll that is open in the front. I’m kind of obsessed with My Retro Closet. Their styles fit fuller busts, their pieces are well made and in my opinion are of better quality than many luxury brands I’ve purchased from, and you can order pieces to your customizations. I can’t recommend this brand enough! I hope to add more pieces to my collection in the future.

Check out the newly designed My Retro Closet website! They also have  new website section called Two Week Treats, which offers discounts or gift with purchase. Right now if you order the Bettie babydoll, you get a free pair of stockings of your choice from the shop!

DISCOUNT CODE: Use code “RELAUNCH” from now until August 31st to save 15% off your order!

Introducing: Hanna Broer Eco Friendly Lingerie

August 21st, 2015 @ Amber

So I’ve been a fan of handmade lingerie designer Hanna Broer for about a year or so now. I really like her streamlined designs, color palette, and her use of organic fabrics. Hanna creates each piece made to order, and can even do custom sizing if you’re between sizes. I’m loving her bralettes and bodysuits right now. So pretty, and look great for lounging or worn as sleepwear. You could even layer a bralette with a skirt or shorts, or a bodysuit with a pair of denim shorts for a summer outerwear look. Her pieces are versatile and she told me that her Lyta bralette design is full bust friendly. So you know that set is on my wantlist, along with her gorgeous Freyja bodysuit. Check out some of her designs below, or buy her collection at her website.