Let’s Talk About Sets, Baby! Mermaid Edition

September 22nd, 2014 @ Amber

Mermaid Edition

I love the ocean, and surfing, and everything about the sea, including loving all things to do with mermaids. To me, mermaid lingerie should consists of the colors of the ocean, greens, shades of blue, teals, and azures. So I put together a few of my favorite lingerie sets that remind me of mermaids, so you know, if you want, you could have mermaid undies in my lingerie collection!

1. One of my favorite lines from Figleaves, is their house brand Lulu Tout, which features french inspired designs, but this Amelie set with gorgeous bright blue embroidery that also looks like scales really makes this set special!

2. One of my new favorite Claudette Dessous colorways, the Malibu set is gorgeous and made of bright aqua and lime green, colors that remind me of the surf and definitely remind me of sea creatures, including water nymphs.

3. Handmade luxury brand Angela Friedman creates a lovely panty, bralette and suspender set, called the Natalie set, and it’s so pretty and made to order, with beautiful sheer turquoise mesh and black lace edging. So ideal for a fashionable mermaid.

4. This is one of my favorite sets from the Polish brand Ewa Bien. This Diana set is made of a beautiful teal and green, with embroidery that looks only too perfect for a mermaid style set.

5. Agent Provocateur has come out with this lovely bright blue Lavelle set, which features a scalloped cut out design, that reminds me of a mermaids seashells. The bright turquoise color is fit for the queen of the sea.

6. Cleo by Panache has come out with a new animal print in their popular Juna design, and the design features a pretty teal color, which makes the animal print look a bit like scales. Super cute and modern and fun!

Evgenia Lingerie SS15 Night Garden Collection

September 22nd, 2014 @ Amber

Evgenia Lingerie / All Photos by Kelly Puleio Photography

The beautiful handmade brand formerly known as Honey Cooler Handmade, has not re-branded and is known as Evgenia Lingerie. You can still expect the same quality pieces, beautiful silks and bow details, and made to order work. Stephanie, the creator of the brand, is so talented and this new re-brand seems like a wonderful new direction for the brand. In her newest collection, and debut collection as Evgenia, the line is full of bows, cute rompers, mesh panties, tap pants, and cute tees. I’m so excited about this collection! Stephanie let me review a pair of panties from the new line, and they are amazing. So well made, quality and beautiful fabrics, and beautiful stitching. Check out some of the new collection below and check out the entire new collection at Evgenia Lingerie. You can currently purchase two items from the new collection so far at the online boutique, and the other items will be available for purchase soon!

Let’s Talk About Sets, Baby! Travel Edition

September 20th, 2014 @ Amber

Travel Edition

Looking for comfortable sets for traveling? Whether by car, or bus or plane, you want to be as comfortable as possible, especially with your underthings. The last thing you want to worry about on your vacation is fixing your bra straps, getting a total wedgie in uncomfortable underwear, or wearing fabrics that itch or and bunch up. In this first edition of my new series, Let’s Talk About Sets, Baby! (Based on the Salt N Pepa song, obviously) I’m going to be featuring matching bra and panty sets in a variety of needs, including, travel, holidays, etc. First up, travel friendly underpinnings!

1. Looking for comfort? Try this super soft bamboo set from Les Lunes, featuring their Sheer Heaven Mesh Bralette and their matching All Girl Bamboo Jersey Boyshorts. Available in Black, Iris, or Bare and sizes XS-L. The bamboo is so soft and stretchy and offers some support without an underwire, and the cute cut-out style makes this set anything but boring.

2. Every girl needs a basic black set, and the Negative Underwear Sieve Set offers all the comfort and cuteness without the frills. This Negative Underwear is comfortable, made in Colombia, of super soft material. The panties are soft and feel great to wear, and the bra is available up to size A-D cups. Breathable and light while providing support and cute briefs in a black mesh style.

3. Comfort doesn’t mean you can rock fabulous cleavage. The super comfy and total cleavage queen Deco, from Freya, just released this new Freya Deco Vibe set, which comes with the famous Deco in one of three colors and a matching brief or thong. Comfort and cleavage can go hand in hand with this molded plunge bra.

4. Claudette Lingerie is so well known for their Dessous line, and for good reason. This mesh set is colorful, comes in full bust sizing, and is light and airy for travel. The bra is breathable, offers lift and support, and comes in the cutest colors, like this brand new Elsa Pink Dessous colorway for AW14.

5. Curvy Kate just released their first ever strapless bra for a full bust. If you’re traveling and want support without straps showing, Luxe is your gal. Available in Cream or Black, this strapless bra and matching bottoms offers an option for those travleers who want the freedom of going strapless but still want proper support.

6. Sometimes you just want something light and wirefree, and Miss Crofton makes the cutest and comfiest panties and bralettes in a variety of soft materials and prints. This Zelda jersey set is lightweight, comfy, soft, and light for when you want to feel like you’re wearing nothing at all. Freedom!

Ewa Michalak Review: SM Cukiereczek, SM Miekki Bambino, Unpadded Summertime, Famme Fatale

September 18th, 2014 @ Amber

Photo: Ewa Michalak

One of the Polish brands I’m most familiar with is the brand Ewa Michalak, based in Poland, they create affordable bras for full busts, and they carry a wide range of sizes, to fit very small busts to very full busts. If you’re very full busted, I can’t recommend this brand enough. The create beautiful styles, offer great lift and fit, and create some lines that are specifically for larger busts, including their popular S designs. I recently got a haul of bras! All the bras! Okay, just 4 new-ish style bras from EM. They’re pretty affordable, I’ve never had a shipping issue with the brand, and they work well with my bust.

The CHP Femme Fatale Bra features a beige center, with black corset style strings criss crossing over the front. The bra is padded and features ribbon threading on the bra straps. There is a black oversized bow at the center gore, and the band, like all EM bras, is quite firm. The cups are true to size, but if you’re between sizes, definitely go up a size. Sizing with Polish brands can be tricky, but once you find a size that works for you, it can be so worth it. The padded halfcup bra features removable inserts, which is ideal if you have breast asymmetry, like myself.

The brand new SM Summertime Bra is made of a beige color, unlined cups, with beautifully detailed embroidery on top of the sheer mesh cups. The bra is very neutral in color, and features soft neutrals, a thin bow at the center gore, and a tight band. The straps are adjustable, and the wires are narrow and kind of tall, to lift and support, making this style ideal for larger busts.

This bra is cute! At first I thought it was a nursing bra, but the SM Miekke Bambino is a full cup bra and is ideal for larger busts. With narrow but tall cups, a tight band, and a cute gray and pink polka dot print, with sheer pink cups with embroidery all over the cups. It’s quite pretty! I’m a big fan of the S and SM designs, which are made for full cups, and this design is great and offers nice lift and a pretty silhouette.

I think my favorite design is the SM Cukiereczek bra. Very similar in design to the new Summertime bra, this bra comes in a pale peach color with sheer paneled cups, and a firm band. The cups lift and pull the breasts forward and there is a bright pink bow at the center gore as well as at the end of each straps near the tops of the cups. The bra is comfortable, so cute, and ideal for any season. There is a beautiful pink, green, floral embroidery over the tops and front of each bra cup which is really pretty and unique. Super cute!

Check out all of the new EM designs and see the entire collection at Ewa Michalak

Lepel Alexandra Review

September 18th, 2014 @ Amber

 

If’ you’re looking for a simple set for the fall season, the Lepel Alexandra might just be the thing. It’s not overly feminine, despite the pinstriped bows at the center gore and waistband of the knickers, and it’s affordable and comfortable. I was pining over the Matilda set, but it’s nearly sold out everywhere, but it doesn’t meant this more basic black set should be overlooked. I like Lepel’s fit, and this set is versatile, fits true to size, and offers lift and support with unlined cups with sheer tulle along the tops of the cups and a balconette style. The bra is available in up to a G cup, and the matching brief is available in sizes XS-XL. The short brief features a semi-sheer tulle panel on the front and black coverage over the bottom and front.

While this isn’t normally a set that I would go for, it’s a bit too basic for my tastes, and the design isn’t overly unique or fun, I do think it’s comfy and it makes a nice basic black set that isn’t made of lace.  I also feel like it’s a great set for those who don’t want an overly girly or frilly design, but are still a fan of the Lepel style and fit.

* Special thanks to Lepel for sending me this set for review

You can find the Lepel Alexandra Bra and matching short at Figleaves.

Review: Claudette Dessous Mesh Set in Malibu

September 16th, 2014 @ Amber

Photo: Love Claudette

Claudette‘s AW14 collection has launched and it’s everything I was hoping for and more. So many great new colorways added to the Dessous and Fishnet line, and gorgeous new silhouettes like the Paloma. Lovely bright colors that are anything from boring and quite different than the typical fall/winter colorways we see from most brands. That is one of my favorite things about Love Claudette, their playful use of color, no matter the season! The Dessous bra is one of my favorites, and I have quite a few Dessous sets, so when I saw the new colorways for the season I was pretty much smitten. One of my favorite was the brand new Malibu/Caipirinha colorway is a lovely bright aqua and lime green. This set is so on point for beach babes and surfer girls everywhere! No wonder it’s called Malibu, the colors remind me of catching a wave on the popular Cali beaches the colorway was named for. The aqua and lime colors compliment eachother so nicely, and this set makes me feel happy, and definitely has me California dreamin’. The sheer effect of the mesh just adds to the fun and modern appeal of this set. I think this is probably one of my very favorite Dessous colorways!

The bra fits very much like the last season of Claudette, which is a bit different than the first few Dessous models. The cups run just a little small in the cup, but the band is quite stretchy and the bra is super comfortable. The paneled cups are made of strong mesh that holds and lifts your busts, without being scratchy or uncomfortable, but without being too soft. The mesh tends to soften over wear and washings. The straps are fully adjustable and comfortable and feature small lime green bows at the bottom of each strap near the tops of the bra cups, and a matching larger bow at the center gore. There is also lime green edging around the stitching and along the band in the back. It really creates an interesting effect, seeing the aqua and lime layered together, it’s truly lovely and beachy and fresh. The matching brief fits true to size, and has a matching bow at the waistband, with lime edging and aqua mesh all over, with lime ruching down the back of the panty and a lined gusset. The panties are comfy, and every time I get a new Dessous bra, I always need the matching panties! I feel like it just completes the look so well, and really gives the Dessous bra that something special to finish the look. Claudette has definitely found a winner in this colorway, and I’m totally a fan. I may need to buy another of this set, just because I love the color so much! Bok and Robin and the rest of the ladies at Claudette know how to make a full busted girl feel special. Each Dessous set fits up to a G cup, but I hope they’ll expand in the future, since I’m almost at the end of the size range. I just want other full busted ladies to be able to enjoy colorful youthful styles and shades of lingerie we’ve only dreamed of having so far, and Claudette has been making it happen for nearly 3 years!

Since this colorway is still quite new, I’ve only found it available at HerRoom, and the shop also stocks a few of the other Dessous shades from this new season including Elsa Pink and Pointe Shoe. Want Claudette? Request that your favorite lingerie shop carries it!

Review: Sacha Kimmes Titania and Helena Knickers

September 12th, 2014 @ Amber

To say that I adore Sacha Kimmes Lingerie is a bit of an understatement. She’s the wizard of booty, and creates the most magical and delicious pieces that make me feel great, and quite honestly, are some of my favorite panties to accentuate my bottom. No matter what size bottom you have, SK is here to make your butt looks fabulous. One of her current collections is based on A MidSummer Night’s Dream, with lingerie sets name after female characters from the Shakespeare play of the same name. Theres the lovely Titania High Waist Ouvert Panty, pictured above, as well as the Helena Knickers, Hippolyta knickers, and Hermia knickers. They each have a matching bralette that you can buy additionally. I don’t buy bralettes often, so I’ve yet to try Sacha’s bralette designs, but her knickers are top notch! I’ll be reviewing two of the newest designs that I added to my collection.

The Titania knicker is a high waist panty with a large ouvert open bottom, with a pink ribbon bow at the back waistband. it fits very true to size, yet because its’ made of stretch grey mesh, it offers some nice stretch. The gray is a pretty gray color and anything from boring, and the contrast of the light pink bow is just lovely. The panty is high waist and it meant to fit high up on your tummy. Each pair is made to order by Sacha, and her quality is fantastic. Each stitch, done so well. Her fabrics, are gorgeous and feel great on the skin, and her little detailing like bows at just a sweet added touch. The Titania knickers are available in sizes XS-XL, I went with a size S, but probably could have gone with a size XS because of the stretch of the material. These knickers are fantastic and unline anything else in my lingerie collection, including other ouvert styles that I have from Sacha Kimmes. Her unique designs are so fun and original.

The Helena knickers, are sweet and simple. Made of dotted lilac fabric with a brief style. The fabric is semi sheer and offers some stretch, and this panty is very breathable and light. There is a really pretty cotton lace around the top of the waistband with a tiny black bow at the front of the waistband. These are super comfy and have a low-rise fit. Each pair is made to order, and I love how soft and airy the lilac fabric is with added sheerness for fun and a bit of cheekiness. These knickers are so cute! Available for purchase in sizes XS-XL.

These styles, as well as the rest of the A Midsummer Night’s Dream collection, as well as Sacha’s original line, and her newest line, Wallflowers is available at Sacha Kimmes!

Review: Figleaves Boudoir Illicite Set

September 12th, 2014 @ Amber

I’m a big fan of Figleaves Lulu Tout lingerie line, and have been trying much more of their lingerie because of that. When I saw this new design from Figleaves Boudoir collection, I loved the strappy details, and the fact that this set was available in full bust sizing up to a G cup. The Figleaves Boudoir Illicite Bra, also has a matching panty and suspender available for purchase. The bra features lightly padded cups with dotted black mesh over cream cups, so the cups look a bit lighter than they do in the lookbook photo. There are soft straps of stretch lace at the top of each bra cup connecting to the upper part of the bra strap. The bra fits a little on the small size, so I would suggest going up a cup size. The bra is cute, and it’s a cute addition to the strappy designs on the market right now. The matching thong comes in dotted sheer mesh with stretch lace straps that rest at the hips, and black elastic straps that fit aroung the hips. The suspender belt is made of the same dotted black mesh with 4 suspender straps, and a strappy waistband that fits over the low wist/hips. It’s cute!

This reminds me a little over some of the other strappy designs I’ve wanted to try but weren’t available in my size, so I was happy to try this set. The panties run true to size as does the suspender belt. It really makes a lovely set all layered together. Most strappy bras tend to be wireless or soft cups, so I was excited that this was a strappy design with padded cups. I feel like maybe the bra would have been better if it was more opaque black to match the panties and suspenders, but it’s still lovely. It fits well, the wires are a bit narrow, and the cups run a bit small, but if you size up in the cups you’ll probably find a better fit. The band is firm and offers a god amount of support. It’s a cute set, and I’m glad to see Figleaves offering a strappy bra with actual underwire and padded cups.

Check out the entire collection at Figleaves

Claudette AW14 Collection

September 10th, 2014 @ Amber

It’s finally here. It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with Claudette lingerie. So I always look forward to seeing what Robin, Bok and the rest of the crew comings up with for each new season. The AW14 collection is slowly becoming available online for purchase, with some of the new Dessous designs now available at Her Room! Check out the entire collection below, and get to making that wishlist! ;)

 

Dottie’s Delights Sheer Show Collection

September 8th, 2014 @ Amber

Photo: Dottie’s Delights

I can’t. I literally can not. The much anticipated Sheer Show collection from Dottie’s Delights is launching, right this minute! Thus far, only 3 pieces from the new collection are available to purchase, but the brand will be releasing the other designs shortly. This AW14 collection was one I was most excited about, and now that it’s nearly here, I am so in love. I haven’t swooned over a lingerie collection this much in a long time. The colors, the silhouettes, and bow designs, and each and every delicate morsel is made of sheer mesh. Yes, thats right, everything is see through and sultry and just super comfortable and luxurious looking. I need it all, from the knickers, to the babydolls, to the playsuit, to the new pantsuit! I need everything. I’ve got a fever and the only prescription is more delicious mesh lingerie!

Check out some of the new collection photos below and check out the Dottie’ Delights website to see the rest!