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Lure Intimates Lingerie Boutique + Loveday London Titania Review

April 17th, 2017 @ Amber

Have you ever had a lingerie dream? Not the bedtime kind, but a dream piece of lingerie that you scarcely thought existed but you hoped that one day you might find something as sumptuous and perfect as your lingerie daydream piece? Loveday London is my dream brand. I pretty much fell in love with this UK brand’s aesthetic as soon as I heard of the brand a few short years ago. They make bras of various shapes and silhouettes, have their own in-house line of candles, suspenders and panties including ouvert styles (one of my favorites), chemises and boudoir accessories like sleepmasks. I was so sad to see that I was sized out of their bra sizes (which are standard S, M, L despite some of the bras having underwires, the back band is adjustable while the cup fits up to a 32DD). I’m a sucker for matching sets. It’s nearly all I buy. So while I was so curious about their gorgeous collection, I hadn’t tried anything from them, not even a pair of briefs or suspender. Now thats changed, and my whole lingerie game is turned upside down. Churn up those 80s ballads cause this is love that I’m feeling inside. I was absolutely taken with the Titania collection, named for one of the fairies from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and is made of soft sweet pink embroidered lace, has adjustable hip sliders for a perfect fit, and a gorgeous metallic pink napa leather crotch (the inside of the gusset is lined, no worries). Not many US retailers carry the brand, but I recently stumbled upon Lure Intimates and was so tickled pink to see that they carried the brand, and dun dun dun…Titania! It was all she wrote. I knew I needed to try the briefs, even if I didn’t feel confident to try the matching bra due to size (ie. my big boobage). Lure Intimates lingerie boutique gift wrapped my panties so nicely, and they arrived quickly with lightning fast shipping and excellent customer service when I had any questions. The Loveday London Titania Briefs are luxury panties for sure. This is luxury lingerie, folks. They are so damn dreamy. No wonder the brand uses the slogan “hardcore romance”, I’m having a seriously gaga style bad romance with these babies. I went with a size Small, which fits true to size, since there is a slider on the bra strap style hips of the briefs. If you’re hella bootylicious (which I am not) or have a bubble butt, I would size up, other than that I found them true to size. Now, take a good hard look at these babies:

I had to pop open a bottle of bubbly. These are just too damn decadent. That lace. That embroidery. The cut and style. The leather. The metallic pink. These are so damn sexy. Bow chicka wow wow. These are made of a very sheer soft pink mesh with embroidered lace overlay, with eyelash edging. Theres a small ribbon bow at the waistband, and the gusset inside of the panty is soft and lined. The outer gusset of the brief features a fucking stunning pink metallic leather. It feels so good, and looks so unique and original, like pink liquid foil. Unf! So good. The side of the hips is adjustable with a gold hardware slider and gold  findings where the straps meet the brief.

The back of the brief offers wonderful embroidered detail in a swirly and floral design. A very interesting and unique print. I like the scalloped edges that seem to hug your ass in a big luxe embrace.

These would be fantastic paired with the Titania Slip or the Titania Bralette (if you’re not super busty). I would love to see this brand expand their size range, especially in the bras. I feel like if this lingerie was made in full bust sizes I would give them all my money and I think a lot of other busty ladies out there would too. This is what I expect when I think of luxury lingerie, but I feel like I so rarely see it. It was awesome to open this package, see the panties and be totally fulfilled with my choice. While I would love a matching bra for these as well as the suspender to complete the look, I am satisfied with the panties on their own, they are just too beautiful. I am now obsessed with the brand and want to try more. Really nice quality, lovely attention to detail, beautiful fabrics. Hardcore romance, indeed.

You can find the Loveday London Titania Brief from Lure Intimates and save 30% off any purchase right now with the code EASTER30! Hurry! Go!

 

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Jayde Handmade Wax Melts Review

April 17th, 2017 @ Amber

Do you love the smell of candy and bubblegum, or cotton candy and fruit? Then you’ll love these wax melts and wax brittle from Jayde Handmade on Etsy. The shop is full of delicious looking wax tart melts and wax brittle in cool scents like Taste the Rainbow, Unicorn Poop, and more. All in a variety of sweet colors and scents to satisfy your nose when you’re in the mood for something super fun and sugary. The wax brittle comes in pieces, almost like peanut brittle. The wax tart brittle can be used in your wax burner. The scent wax goods has a great throw, so you can smell it well even when it’s not melting in your burner. All of the wax varieties comes in candy coated colors with glitter embellishments, wax drizzles and more. So darn cute! I tried some of the wax brittle along with the adorable wax melt gummy bears.

How cute are they?! They smell sweet and remind me of childhood and adolescence when I used to dowse myself in the candy scented body sprays of the 90s. The little wax melt gummy bears are adorable, a mix of colors all complement each other well and each has a different scent, that can be melted separately or put together in the burner to meld the scents to create a pretty scented adventure of all of the notes. The bears are cute enough to eat, but please don’t. The wax brittle is packaged in recycled cardstock resealable bags, and comes with a nice amount of brittle inside, allowing you to melt a lot of wax or a little depending on your mood. So fun! I tried the Soothe Your Soul Wax Melt Gummy Bears which has notes of pink sugared violets and baby lotion. It’s soothing and soft but definitely sweet with a hint of floral. I got a cute little sample sized chunk of the Taste the Rainbow variety, which smells just like Skittles! It’s definitely an awesome dupe for the scent of your favorite chewy candies. Very fruity and bold! I tried a few bags of wax brittle in Unicorn Poop, Childhood Dreams, Everlasting Gobstopper, Ye Old Man’s Rhubarb and Custard, Jayde and the Giant Peach and Get Your Plums out. They all smell really fab. Unicorn Poop smells like fruity creamy candy and lollipops, and has glitter and a variety of colorful pastel wax drizzled on top. Childhood Dreams smells just like bubblegum! So delish. Jayde and the Giant Peach smells so juicy and peachy, and is one of my favorites. Get Your Plums out is really unique and smells of sweet plums and rhubarb. Everlasting Gobstopper smells like a fruity sweet candy concoction sure to make Mr. Willy Wonka proud, and Ye Old Man’s Rhubarb and Custard smells creamy like custard and ripe sugared fruit.

The brand is based in the UK and each fragrance scent is created and embellished by hand. They offer fast shipping to the US and their have really great prices too. Be sure to check out these sweet little wax melts from Jayde Handmade!

 

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15 Full Bust Lingerie Brands That Are Doing Sexy Right

April 8th, 2017 @ Amber

There has been an upsurge in full bust lingerie brands over the past four years or so, with a lot of new brands popping up in the lingerie market, or even full bust size ranges being added to brands that previously only stocked core bra sizes (these are generally 32—36 bands and cup sizes A-D). Thankfully there has been a huge demand for beautiful bras for fuller bust women and for the most part, the industry has really listened. There are so many great full bust brands that offer cute styles and great fit like Freya, Panache and Parfait, among others. While these new styles in DD+ sizes were being offered, I still felt left down. Where was the sultry and slinky lingerie? The stuff you want to wear for the bedroom and only for the bedroom. The stuff you want to tear off or have torn off of your body for the sole purpose of it makes you feel desirable as fuck? I swooned over lace, I craved sheer cups, I dreamed of quarter cups and underwired basques. Basically, I didn’t feel like I was asking for much, I just wanted to wear the types of lingerie that my smaller busted friends could wear!

Truth be told, a lot of work goes into making DD+ bras, from different construction to the use of different underwires. I have mad respect for seamstresses and those who make lingerie by hand. Yes, all lingerie is made by hand, even the stuff you buy off the rack in your local Target. This is why not every brand can make your bra size. It just can’t be done, the costs would be too high or too difficult to maintain. After all, a brand’s goal is to not only make pretty items that you’ll want to wear, but obviously, they want to make money, their business depends on it. Because of this every brand can’t fulfill every womans needs, and I think it’s important as an informed consumer to understand that, but I still felt hopelessly bored with the youthful pastels, overdone florals and drab solid colored t-shirt bras. I wanted my lingerie to ooze sex, I wanted it to feel lusty, provocative, enticing. And if you’re a busty lady who wants sexy too, then I got you, girl! I’ve put together some of my favorite lingerie brands that offer full bust sizing in alluring styles that are anything but boring. You’ll notice that many of these brands are UK based, because they have a larger market for full bust than we do in the US, where Victoria’s Secret is the most popular bra shop for women in America. Victoria may have a secret, but if you have big boobs then I’ve got an even better one…


Adina Reay is a luxury full bust brand based in the UK that focuses on small back and large cup, meaning their size range goes from 28-36 bands and up to G cup sizes. Their designs are so well made, and they offer really sexy and beautiful colorways and silhouettes. This is one of the high end brands that exclusively makes full bust sizing, and I’ve pretty much been obsessed with them since they’re brand debut just a few short seasons ago. The brand makes beautiful and sexy bras tempting coordinates like suspender briefs, thongs, and bodysuits. One of my favorite styles from this brand is the Fran, which is available in four different colorways and is made of soft sheer mesh that musters a smoldering sensuality. If you’re looking for something higher-end, Adina Reay is one to be seen.


Scantilly is the sub-brand of the popular UK based brand Curvy Kate. While Curvy Kate makes fresh and fun colorful styles, Scantilly is more like the bigger more fashionable older sister. Featuring strappy inspired designs, faux leather, and quarter cup bras. I’m totally smitten with this brand for it’s gorgeous designs and on trend styles. Scantilly skips over the candy fluff and goes directly to the good stuff. Some of their styles include the bondage-esque Voodoo set, their Tuxedo open bust playsuit, Surrender Basque and their Peekaboo bra with ouvert (open back) panties. Scantilly lingerie makes me want to get it on, with myself, or whoever else. If you’re looking for a sexy style that is mid-range in price but still packs a punch, Scantilly is it.


Playful Promises was a brand that began with core sizing only, and through customer feedback and demand has grown to include DD+ sizing as well as plus sizes. This brand has made leaps and bounds to make customers happy, and they deliver in so, so many ways. From delicate lace bra cups, vintage inspired bullet bras and gold lace overlay, Playful Promises is filling a full bust need that I’ve yet to see elsewhere. Their size range is so impressive, as they offer band sizes 28-42 bands and full bust sizes DD-G, as well as core and plus sizes. Their prices are mid-range and their DD+ bras also offer sexy matching bottoms like crotchless panties, strappy thongs and more. They also create really on-trend and stylish Lookbooks each season. One of my favorite styles from the brand is from their current collection, the style is called Karine, and it’s absolutely sensual and delicious.


Tutti Rouge makes a lot of really cutesy and colorful styles, but they also offer some really sexy styles like their popular Jessica bra and Sukki set. They are a full bust brand offering cup sizes D-HH. I love their Jessica bra, which has what the brand calls “tutti boosters” which are removable pads that can create serious cleavage, or removed for a more classic au natural look. I love that the power to create mega cleavage or to tone it down is totally in control with this design. I feel like a  lot of full bust brands shy away from cleavage creating styles as if because you have a big bust you don’t want or need the added oomph. Tutti Rouge says away from the rules of the full bust market and creates sexy styles that continue to surprise me and excite me.


Buttress and Snatch is one of the most underrated lingerie brands. Not only do they make core sizing, but they offer full bust and plus sizes. If they don’t offer your size in their size chart, they will custom make you a set in your size. This isn’t a feature that many other brands can offer, but this luxury indie brand from the UK is making it happen in the best way possible. Beautiful silk, sexy tulle and sheer cups. Everything is delightfully sensual and playful, while offering you that in-house sewn quality that you just cannot find off the rack or RTW. Check out their super sexy Lola Lola bra or Emilie set to see what I mean.


All Undone is a small band large cup brand that offers band sizes 28-32 and cup sizes DD-GG. They make the hottest three piece sets that are oh so addictive. It’s impossible to not want to complete the look with their matching brief and suspender coordinates to go along with your bra. One of my favorites is the Mimi, which features black leopard print tulle over a silk bra cup. It creates a really unique and playful look that we don’t see very often in the full bust market, not to mention their other sets area  color blocking dream come true.

Blue Reign is a brand that is making really sexy and unique full bust styles that have a luxe aesthetic that we see far too infrequent in the full bust market. High neck bras, vegan leather, silks and lacy strappy bras. The brand is current undergoing an expansion, so their online store is down but will be returning soon. I thought about not including the brand since you can’t order their collection right now, but they are definitely one to watch and have churned out some great designs in the past, so this brand is a must. Their high-end aesthetic is similar to brands like Agent Provocateur and Loveday London, but in fuller bust sizing. Their Robyn bra is a great example of their stylistic approach to bras for busty women. Peep them out on Instagram for brand updates!


Katherine Hamilton Intimates is probably the newest brand on the block in this article. They just had their re-branded debut, so right now they only offer a few styles, but this full bust brand is onto something. Their size range covers a unique range indeed, which is another reason I added them to this list. The brand makes small band full cup sizing, but their range offers some of the smallest bands in the full bust market with bands starting at 24! Most full bust brands offer 28 bands, but Katherine Hamilton offers two sizes smaller than even that, making this one truly unique in the full bust world. The bands are available up to a 36 back. They offer cup sizes in cups D-HH. Be sure to check out their Sophia three piece set to see how elegantly sexy their collection is.


Empreinte is a French lingerie brand that I would best describe as beautiful-sexy. A lot of their designs feature gorgeous embroidery, sheer fabrics and laces that can be both romantic and arousing at the same time. They are known for their fantastic fit, firm bands and are a favorite among full bust ladies that crave luxury lingerie. Need an example of just how beautiful-sexy they can be? Check out their black Elena bra, panty and suspender belt to set the mood.


Miss Mandalay is maybe best known for their full bust swimwear options, but their lingerie line is really great too. Available in band sizes 30-36 and cup sizes D-GG, the brand creates simple yet gorgeous silhouettes like their popular Amelie set, or the Melissa set featuring sensual eyelash lace bra cups. The brand is pretty affordable too and features sexy cuts in basics like black and beige or bright pinks and purples.


Mimi Holliday isn’t a brand that you usually think of when you hear the term full bust lingerie, but they have totally upped their game within the past few years. While they are still predominantly a core sizes luxury brand, a sub-brand of the Damaris lingerie line, the brand now carries some styles in up to a GG cup. I’m loving their sheer bra cups, corset back matching panties and their unique fabrics and colors. Mimi Holliday has a aesthetic that is instantly recognizable, and I’m see excited that they offer some of their beautiful and alluring styles so that ladies with big boobs can get in the on action. Check their sensually pretty Swan Lake set, their retro inspired Fun House set or their on trend Dodgems Corset bra.


Figleaves is a lingerie boutique that also offer their own in-house labels including a full bust collection that I had to include. You might just think of them as a lingerie retailer, but they’ve done some awesome things in the full bust market over the last few years. While they carry a lot of other full bust and core brands, their in-house lines shouldn’t be overlooked. They offer bra sizing up to a G cup and featuring animal prints, lacy basques and more. Another reason their in-house brands are important is because their pricing is super affordable with many bras under $50. So if you want to find a sexy option that fits your style and taste without going over budget, Figleaves a great place to start.

Bluebella is a UK based brand that was a core size brand up until recently when they released their DD+ collection called More, which has some really sexy and fun strappy designs, as well as affordable prices. Oh and they go up to an I cup!

Ewa Bien is the only Polish bra brand I’ve featured in this post. Poland is known for making great full bust bras, and there are many that are awesome like Ewa Michalak and Comexim and Avocado. I really wanted to focus on Ewa Bien though, because I think their designs are the sexiest. While most of the Polish full bust brands really focus on just great fit, Ewa Bien creates styles that are really sexy and playful for the bedroom, rather than just pretty and fit focused.

Agent Provocateur  just made the list. I was thinking of omitting them as their stuff tends to run small, and they only offer a few styles in DD+ sizing, but their lingerie is sexy to say the least and I do like the brand. So if you fit up to a UK 34F, you’ll be able to try this brand! I usually sister size down in the cup and up in the band. I don’t wear AP for their fit (who really does?!), I wear it because I think it’s super hot.

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What are your favorite sexy full bust brands? Have I missed any? Share in the comments below!

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Maude Nibelungen’s new Delta of Venus Collection for SS17

April 7th, 2017 @ Amber

Have you seen the gorgeous new collection from Maude Nibelungen? It’s called Delta of Venus, a Anais Nin inspired collection for Spring/Summer full of beautifully handknitted luxury lingerie in shades of black and baby pink. So beautiful. Ideal for lingerie and even layered for outerwear. I’m really loving the gorgeous knickers and other designs in this collection. I think of this collection as prose in knit form. Truly lovely pieces for day or night. The lookbook photos are gorgeous and the collection really manages to merge romance and sensuality.

 

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Sophie Hines SS17 Collection

April 7th, 2017 @ Amber

The ever cool Sophie Hines has just released her brand new collection for SS17, full of harnesses, bralettes and briefs. The new collection features strappy designs and dotted print fabric in colors of black and stone grey. Check out the entire collection at Sophie Hines, and check out some of the lookbook photos below!

 

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New from Playful Promises

April 7th, 2017 @ Amber

One of my favorite lingerie brands ever is starting to release their new collection! Playful Promises is slowly adding new designs, colorways and more. Keep checking back to the site to see what else is added, and check out some of the current pieces that were just added below! Shop at Playful Promises.

 

 

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Earth Meets Water Handmade Candles

April 5th, 2017 @ Amber

I was completely smitten with these candles as soon as I saw them. I love the boho vibe of the Flower Child collection from handmade candle brand Earth Meets Water. The collection consists of a variety of candles in a pretty amber glass tumbler, with a round logo label on the front featuring a bohemian style logo and boho inspired scents like Daydreamer and Wild & Free. Very loving this aesthetic! The candles are handpoured using natural soy wax and include scent notes like amber, jasmine, cardamom, lavender, nag champa and more. The candles all have a natural wick, and the tops of each candle from this collection features a tiny little seashell and a flower. Really giving the beachy and soft of boho-vintage style vibe to the designs. These are so fun, and I love not only how great they smell, but that the packaging is so damn cute. I tried the Beautiful Being scent and the Wild & Free scent. Beautiful Being has floral notes and slightly spicy notes of cardamom and amber. It’s very relaxing and really fits the boho theme. I hadn’t tried the nag champa scent before that is so popular as an incense, and the Wild & Free candle has notes of it along with flowers and it smells really natural and earthy. I really like both of these scents so much, and the candles themselves are so beautiful. I hope to try more from this collection, and I would love to see this collection expanded with more scents because I think Earth Meets Water is doing some really awesome things in the handpoured candle market. Their original line of candles are available in mason jars or fish bowl containers and are available in scents like Beach House, Enchanted Dreams and Lazy Sundays. Each of the original candles comes with a little charm and friendship twined bracelet. They also offer wax melts in sea shapes or clamshell containers, handmade jewelry and more. Everything has a really natural and flower child feeling. So fun!

Check out the entire collection of handmade candles including the Flower Child collection on Etsy at Earth Meets Water.

 

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Oak and Arrow Candles

April 5th, 2017 @ Amber

I’m loving these pretty candles from handmade brand Oak and Arrow. The candles are made of soy wax and feature a natural wooden wick. Available in a larger jar with screw top lid, or a smaller travel sized mini jar. The minimalist design is really pleasing aesthetically and will fit any type of decor. It has a very modern feel to it, fresh and light! I tried a few of the candles in Wildflower, Coastal Air and Moonlight. They were all so delicious and are made of quality fragrance oils. Moonlight has a unisex appeal and notes of woods and herbs, it’s musky and really arousing. Coastal Air smells of fruity notes and florals, to create a scent ideal for Summer! I think my favorite scent might be Wildflower, which has notes of florals and fresh cut grass. It smells so good! It reminds me of my childhood, playing outside all summer vacation, rolling around in the grass and picking flowers. It has a very nostalgic scent to me and it’s really appealing. They also offer scents like Pumpkin Spice, Fireside and Tobacco and Leather. Shop the entire collection of soy wax candles at Oak & Arrow Design Co.

 

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Compass Candle Co

April 5th, 2017 @ Amber

How cute is this candle from Compass Candle Co? Candles come in a logo book of matches too! The candles are made of soy wax, burn clean and feature a natural wood wick for a crackling effect. The glass jar features the logo on the metal screwtop lid, and then a label on the front of the candle, with the number of the fragrance and the fragrance name written in, giving it that personal touch of handmade. Each candle is handpoured in comes in lovely scents like New York Apple, Hawaiian Sun, and more Many of the scents are based on destinations, which is why it’s called Compass Candle Co! Scent is a great way to time travel and enjoy another place, even from afar by using our sense of smell. I tired the Moulin Rouge candle, and it’s lovely. A fragrant blend of fruit, moss, amber, musk and woods offering a sweet and arousing scent that makes you want to slip away to Paris’s world famous Moulin Rouge! I really like the packaging, it’s modern and fresh, and I like the large selection of scents and destinations such as Alaska Birchwood, Oregon Christmas Tree and Swedish Cream. So many fun and interesting blends! Take a trip with your senses and check out the entire collection of candles at Compass Candle Co.

 

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Morning Glory Teahouse Botanicals

April 5th, 2017 @ Amber

I love handmade botanical skincare and fragrances, and Morning Glory Teahouse has both. I was really drawn to their lovely solid perfume which can be used in their solid perfume compact or pendant necklace. So vintage and pretty! I tried the empty filigree solid perfume locket, that can have an individual solid perfume slipped inside, so you can wear your fragrance on the go! The solid perfume is made of high quality fragrance oils for a smooth application on your skin. They also have a cute little sample set of all of their solid perfumes, so you can try them before buying! The samples come in a gemstone topped purple plastic container, with corresponding note cards telling you about each fragrance. It comes packaged in a purple tulle pouch. So cute! The necklace came packaged in a sweet logo box and velvet pouch, so nice for gift giving. The solid perfumes are smooth and rich and fragrant. My favorite fragrance had to be Ambrosia Nectar, which was sweet and soft and very feminine. It was one of the brand’s first fragrances, and it’s a  classic for a reason! Botanicals like soap and their Rose Drops Lumiere skin serum is fabulous too. Very moisturizing and smells so lovely. If you like natural products and like to know what goes onto your body, you’ll love this brand’s selection. Shop the collection at Morning Glory Teahouse Botanicals.