Creating the Ultimate Hollywood Goddess Boudoir

Hollywood Goddess Boudoir

I recently moved home and one thing I was determined to have in the new place was a boudoir space all of my own. I’ve always loved the glamour of the bedrooms and dressing rooms you see in the films of the 1930s and 40s and, of course, all of the beautiful robes and lingerie they sashay about in during these scenes. And here at Fox and Rose we believe there’s nothing more luxurious than having the perfect environment to wear and display all your beloved pieces of lingerie.

Marie Antoinette's private chamber

Of course the sirens of the Silver Screen weren’t the first to come up with this concept and way back in the 18th Century Marie Antoinette was renowned for the most extravagant and opulent private chambers with their swathes of pale blue silk, walls covered with delicate gold leaf and sparkling chandeliers containing thousands of crystals. What girl wouldn’t want to laze about in her boudoir robes picking out the perfect shoes whilst indulging on sumptuous cake? (I actually think this is my idea of heaven!)

Jackie O's dressing room

Even Jackie O fell under the spell of creating her own private space with this beautiful Marie Antoinette inspired dressing room in the White House, complete with its own dressing table, privacy screen, plush seating and lavish fabrics. But how do you go about creating your own?

Velvet and lace and silk, oh my!

Drapes of heavy dupion silk, cushions of the softest velvet and touches of lace, feathers and frills all help to create a sense of luxury and indulgence in any boudoir. Whether you go for light and airy baby pinks and blues or dark and sensuous golds and reds nothing can add glamour like rich, tactile fabrics.

Versailles curved silk upholstered bed

Who wouldn’t want to wake up in a gold bed upholstered with quilted silk? This Versailles curved luxury bed from the French Bedroom Company would make the ultimate statement piece in any goddess’ bedroom.

Porcelain room service kimono

And, of course, you would always need a fabulous robe to lounge about in and nothing is more perfect than the Porcelain Room Service Kimono from Shell Belle Couture.

Silk curtains

Windows should always be dressed with opulence and drama. Plush and oversized curtains of silk, satin or lace that puddle on the floor can create a breathtaking impact to any shape or sized window.

Nigella bolster cushion

Plumping up the headboard with all sorts of lavish cushions help to increase the sense of relaxation and indulgence. But why not place several Nigella Bolster Cushions from Laura Ashley at the foot of the bed for somewhere to rest your weary feet. Go on, they deserve it!

Dimple nude bedding

At the end of everyday who wouldn’t want to dream away the night between pure silk sheets and kept oh-so comfortable and warm underneath a quilted silk bedspread? Choose matching pieces like the Dimple Silk Bedspread and Silk Bed Linen from Gingerlily to create a truly chic look.

Bisou bisou azure teddy

And why not slide into those beautiful sheets wearing nothing but silk with the Bisou Bisou Azure Teddy from Mimi Holliday?

Show off your wares

Creating the perfect space for all of your clothes, shoes and, of course, lingerie is every girl’s fantasy. If you can show it off and see all of it at the same time it’s a huge plus point so you don’t ever forget about that killer corset that’s tucked away in a drawer somewhere.

Lingerie storage

This is my ultimate dream, having all of my gorgeous lingerie hanging up in its own space in a walk-in wardrobe. Thankfully, creating this sort of storage doesn’t have to be expensive with Ikea providing all sorts of combinations with their clothing storage solutions.

Large glass fronted french armoire

If you don’t have the space for fitted storage why not go for timeless elegance with a French armoire. Choosing one like the Large Glass Fronted French Armoire from Out There Interiors allows you to not only hang all your treasured pieces up but proudly display it for all to see.

Herb garden mannequin

Mannequins are great for showing off your most cherished or most lavish piece of nightwear. Drape your favourite robe around its shoulders or create a display with your most opulent nightgown and style it with pearls around the neck. Mannequins don’t always have to be plain either, Vintage Style Mannequins have an amazing range of intriguing and ornate ones for you to choose from.

Fox and Rose packaging

And don’t forget to keep those Fox and Rose gift boxes as these come in handy for keeping your lingerie dry and out of the sunlight stacked up in a drawer or displayed in a cabinet.

Pamper in style

Gilda

In the first scene Rita Hayworth appears in Gilda she is stood in front of the most incredible dressing table. It’s true Hollywood glamour and has everything you need to pamper yourself every night before going to bed. You can create your own pampering area with a few simple key pieces and then fill it with your perfumes, make-up and jewellery so you have everything in one place when you need it.

Florence mirrored dressing table

The dressing table is the most important item and a mirrored one, like the Florence dressing table from Homes Direct 365, helps to add to the sparkle and romance of the room. Make sure you choose one with a triple mirror so you can see all of your gorgeous angles as you get ready.

Powder puff

A powder puff is the epitome of 1930s Hollywood glamour. Use one like this Cotton Candy Powder Puff from Bonnie Bubbles on Etsy to apply body powder, preferably infused with your favourite perfume and just a little glitter dust to really shine throughout the night.

Bisou Bisou eye mask

One thing you mustn’t forget about whilst making yourself thoroughly gorgeous is your delicate eyes. A silk sleep mask not only blocks out the light, so you can get a good night’s rest, but it can help to soothe eye area as the natural amino acids present in the silk are thought to be beneficial for the skin. The Bisou Bisou Rocket Eye Mask in purple silk cleverly matches the rest of the Rocket range from Mimi Holliday.

Mayfair chair

A dressing table area isn’t complete without the perfect chair to sit in whilst you do your make-up and this stunning Mayfair Chair from Next is available in a range of luscious velvets. Just the right fabric for any Hollywood boudoir and is actually on my wish list of pieces to get!

Hollywood slippers

And you can’t be a Silver Screen goddess without the most ravishing pair of Hollywood mules to adorn your feet. What Katie Did really know how to produce vintage style lingerie (you can buy it on our sister site, Joanna’s Wardrobe) and they have produced these to-die-for bedroom slippers that I am just aching to wear around the house.

Creating your own ultimate Hollywood boudoir is about choosing those key pieces that will fit into your own home. Adding a splash of silk or a few velvet cushions may be all you need, after all it’s your space and it’s where you want to feel like you don’t have to be anybody else, just your truly gorgeous self.

So I already know which pieces I’m adding to my very long wish list. What about you?

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The Perfect Christmas Countdown Sleepwear

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How many sleeps 'til Christmas?

As of today it is officially 39 sleeps until Christmas day! Has the Christmas fever hit you yet or are you waiting until the beginning of December? Whenever your Christmas spirit kicks in you can’t help but countdown how many sleeps until the big day arrives and what better way to do this than indulging in the perfect sleepwear for the festive period. No, we’re not talking reindeer onesies or santa claus pyjamas. Here at Fox and Rose we like to keep things a little more glamorous and sashay our way through the holiday season, so we’ve picked out our eight most favourite pieces for you to dream the night away in until Santa comes.

Clara Whispering Chemise by Stella McCartney

Created in opulent amethyst coloured bias-cut satin, the Clara Whispering Chemise by Stella McCartney is truly unique. Its bralet style top and deep ‘V’ back create an illusion of a two-piece from the back, yet the front seductively joins together between the bust using a criss-cross of matching lace to create the complete slip.

Gatsby Slip Dress by Shelle Belle Couture

For the height of glamour you needn’t look any further than the Gatsby Slip Dress by Shell Belle Couture. Inspired by the romance of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s most famous book, The Great Gatsby, this relaxed chemise screams of the charm and glitz of its female characters such as Gatsby’s true love, Daisy Buchanan. Designed in cream silk crepe de chine and trimmed with a long hem of gold Leaver’s lace, you just can’t help but want to throw on some pearls and drink champagne all night.

L'Exaltante Slipdress by Rosy

Made in the softest black microfibre, the L’Exaltante Slipdress by Rosy is an easy to wear chemise that still manages to ooze elegance and intrigue. With its deep ‘V’ lace panels on the front and back and its thin straps that criss-cross between the shoulder blades, it is both flirtatious and ultra feminine.

Frost Leopard Shorties by Mimi Holliday

Creating a delightful mixture of delicate femininity and animal magnetism, the Frost Leopard Camisole and Shorts by Mimi Holliday, will surely bring out your wild side. Styled in a signature Mimi Holliday leopard print, this two piece set is made from the softest silk satin and accentuated with the finest dusky pink lace across the bust. Both are fastened with a single button to create a small peephole at the back.

Claret Cherie Teddy by Kiss Me Deadly

Invoking the spirit of the 1950s pin-up and inspired by an original vintage teddy, the Claret Cherie Teddy by Kiss Me Deadly is both sexy and cute. Made in a stand out deep red satin, it has a classic, full leg to the bottom and black satin shoulder straps which are fully adjustable. The triangle cups are created using soft back lace which trims both the top and bottom edges. This unique piece is only available from Fox and Rose or our sister site, Joanna’s Wardrobe, so you won’t find this anywhere else!

La Frivole Pyjamas by Rosy

If you’re more of a pyjamas sort of a girl, then nothing is more glamorous than the La Frivole Pyjamas by Rosy. Made entirely in black satin and matching criss-cross lace, it is highly seductive as well as being ultra elegant. The entirely sheer top is trimmed with deep satin bands both at the bottom and the edges of the batwing sleeves, whereas the bottoms are mostly opaque satin with small panel of lace down either leg.

Shell Wrap Robe by Shell Belle Couture

Nobody does Hollywood style robes like Shell Belle Couture and the Shell Wrap Robe is one of its most enchanting. There are hints of the 1930s Chanel style pyjamas in this robe with its deep folded cuffs and loose shape, yet it manages to create a silhouette that is much more feminine. Created in a pink champagne washed silk, it features delicate gathers both on the front and back yokes, whilst being finished with their signature shell edge stitching.

Beau Lace Robe by Shell Belle Couture

And there couldn’t be a more delicious statement piece to wear on Christmas day than the Beau Lace Robe by Shell Belle Couture. With its full length of sheer white (also available in black) ornate lace and wide silk crepe de chine trim, lapel and waist belt tie it is the epitome of Silver Screen elegance and sex appeal. We’re sure you’ll be able celebrate in style in this one!

What will you wearing as you countdown the days? And which one do you hope to be underneath the Christmas tree?

 

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The Ultimate Fox and Rose Christmas Gift Hint List

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Chrismas Eve by Gil Elvgren

It’s getting to that time when we all need to start giving little hints to our other half of what gorgeous lingerie we’d love them to buy us this year for Christmas. Because we all dread that moment, don’t we? You know the one, when they say they’ve bought you something really special and they can’t wait for you to try it on. Then you rip open the paper and immediately know it’s just not your sort of thing. Well, that’s why we’ve decided to put together a list of our favourites, broken down in budget ranges, so you can show them exactly what you’d prefer. Whether you’re a Fox or a Rose, we’ve got something for everyone.

For The Seductive, Mischievous and Bold Fox

Under £50

Dentelle Onyx Bra

At £47, the Onyx Bra by Dentelle Etc has just about everything you could ask for from a Fox bra. It’s luxurious, seductive and truly hot. With it’s sheer floral cups and sleek satin underband it can be matched with either the Onyx knickers or any of your own black satin briefs.

Under £100

Shell Belle Couture Tease Brief

The Tease Brief by Shell Belle Couture, at £65, certainly lives up to its name. Made entirely from sheer black lace, it features an ouvert back, held seductively together with an adjustable silk strap, and has removable suspender clips.

Under £150

Mimi Holliday Chocolate Chip Slip

The clever people at Mimi Holliday put together the gorgeous Chocolate Chip range to create an illusion of bondage styling without the awkward twisting and catching of the strap. The Chocolate Chip Slip, at £129, uses this feature across the cups and shoulder straps whilst flawlessly skimming the body with sheer panels of lace and silk.

Blow The Budget!

Shell Belle Couture Room Service Kimono

The Room Service Kimono by Shell Belle Couture, at £274, is the ultimate boudoir robe. The fullness of it’s rose coloured silk crepe floats around your body like air whilst its appliquéd French Leavers Lace adds to its irresistibility. Held together with a matching silk crepe tie and finished with black lace trim, we know you’ll never want to take this off!

For The Elegant and Understated Rose

Under £50

Rayonnante collection by Rosy

La Rayonnante Padded Bra by Rosy, at £40.25, is an amazing mix of vintage styling and modern construction. With its Art Deco geometric print, unusual colours and elegant shaping it creates a smooth, yet supportive foundation. Team with the La Rayonnante Brief, at £24, for the perfect Rose set. And don’t forget, if they buy it now they get 15% off, which means you may end up with both!

Under £100

Untie Me Lace and Crystal Brief by Shell Belle Couture

For the ultimate pair of special occasion knickers why not choose the Untie Me Lace and Crystal Brief by Shell Belle Couture at £90. They’re sweet, feminine, thoroughly luxurious and highly flirtatious. Made from sheer spot mesh and French Leavers Lace, they feature silk cotton ties at either side and a line of delicate Swarovski crystals down the back. How much more indulgence does your derriere need?

Under £150

Cherish White Satin Corset by Vollers

The Cherish White Satin Corset by Vollers, at £135, would make the perfect foundation for any party dress this festive season. Made in smooth white satin, it features steel boning and busk, a modesty panel and four detachable suspender clips. And we’re sure your partner will look forward to coming home with you at the end of the night!

Blow The Budget!

Creme Brulee Standing Ovation Slip and Brief Set by Shell Belle Couture

The Creme Brulee Standing Ovation Slip and Brief Set by Shell Belle Couture, at £245, means that you are not getting just one piece of true luxury, but two. Both pieces are made from exclusive French clipped Leavers lace sourced from the finest Paris Couture house and feature enticingly laced up open backs and beautiful silk trimming.

So which pieces will you be adding to your Christmas wish list?

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Fox and Rose Autumn/Winter 2014 – Mimi Holliday

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Mimi Holliday

Mimi Holliday was born in 2003 and was the second brand to be designed by British lingerie designer Damaris Evans. Having come from a very artistic background, where her mother was an artist and her father a writer, Damaris turned to fashion as her first love and studied Fashion Design with Print Making at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London.

In 2001, with the help of a loan from the Prince’s Trust, she started up her own business using her own name and the Damaris brand was born, featuring at London Fashion Week in September of that year. Her collections became renowned worldwide with their famous bow-back knickers, something that was totally new and unique in the lingerie world. Never before had the derriere had so much attention in designs and Damaris went on to produce briefs with many different decorative styles to reveal the wearer’s “bottom cleavage”, such as corset lacing and the star design which have been copied by so many others.

When the new Mimi Holliday diffusion line was introduced the multitude of fans of its parent brand, whose price range was just out of their reach, could suddenly afford a piece of the pie. Every collection is a mixture of sweet and sexy (a perfect fit for Fox and Rose) and always has an element of fun. Their Autumn / Winter 2014 collections (all with names based around ice cream flavours!) is no different with the trademark peep bottom designs, opulent silk and lace, as well as a clear influence of confident femininity.

The Rocket Collection

Bisou Bisou Rocket Slip by Mimi Holliday

If you need to add a splash of colour to your lingerie collection then the Rocket Collection is definitely for you. Created in a sumptuous purple silk satin and their famous Bisou Bisou lace, which uniquely offers amazing support, the collection has many pieces to choose from, including this simple, yet stunning, slip. Falling on the upper thigh, the bottom edge is trimmed with scalloped lace. The matching lace shoulder bra style of the top section features satin cups for extra support. Wear with the matching sleep mask in bed or under your clothes during the day as a luxurious slip.

Bisou Bisou Rocket Shoulder Bra by Mimi Holliday

The non-padded shoulder bra is deceptively supportive which is a typical design feature of many Mimi Holliday pieces. With wide straps, underwiring and supportive lace, this bra can definitely be worn by those of us with a larger cup size. The matching boy shorts are half way between a knicker and a thong, giving the wearer great support and coverage around the front and hips but allowing their best assets to be shown off. Both are trimmed with scalloped Bisou Bisou lace and a delicate bow.

Bisou Bisou Rocket Bow Thong by Mimi Holliday

Featuring the classic Damaris bow, the bow thong has both the front and back pieces crafted in Bisou Bisou lace but trailing from the sides is two long ties that are pulled around to the back to create a large dramatic bow, perfectly created to decorate and entice.

The Cookies and Cream Collection

Cookies and Cream Set by Mimi Holliday

Designed in a timeless combination of black Bisou Bisou lace and white silk satin, the Cookies and Cream collection is both devilish and innocent. The simple, utter modern styling of the triangle bra couldn’t be more appealing with its soft black lace cups and white satin underband. The matching classic style knickers are made in stretch silk satin and feature a narrow black border on every edge and black lace trim on the front waistline.

Cookies and Cream Teddy by Mimi Holliday

The Cookies and Cream teddy is crafted in soft silk crepe that drapes on your body in a truly feminine manner. Influenced by the styles of the 1920s, but with an ultra modern high cut bottom to enhance the wearer’s legs, this teddy features a black lace panel across the bust and a long silk chiffon tie to nip in the waist, giving it a highly seductive feel.

Cookies and Cream Peep Hole Knickers by Mimi Holliday

With a range of different style briefs to choose from, our favourite has to be the classic peep bottom knickers. Created entirely in black Bisou Bisou lace and featuring a medium size peephole to reveal just enough of your bottom cleavage, these are seriously sexy everyday wear.

The Oyster Whippy Collection

Oyster Whippy Babydoll by Mimi Holliday

The Oyster Whippy Collection is quite possibly Mimi Holliday’s most decadent collection for A/W14. Featuring delicate silver lace and angelic ice pink silk satin, this collection has a striking mixture of innocence, playfulness and sensuality. It is also extremely pretty, so if you like your lingerie to be soft and girlie, this one is definitely for you.

The Oyster Whippy babydoll is a perfect example of this collection with its delicate lace falling over the shoulders to create the cups and continuing down the open front and bottom edges of the ice pink silk satin of the main garment. It is fastened between the breasts with a simple gold clasp and is worn with the matching classic knickers. This is a truly extraordinary piece that would be ideal for any honeymoon or special occasion.

Oyster Whippy Comfort Set by Mimi Holliday

The comfort bra and knickers are designed to support a multitude of sizes whilst giving the ultimate comfort and styling. The non-padded cups allow the bra to create a natural cleavage shape whilst giving maximum support with its underwiring and full coverage design. The knickers are slightly deeper than the Mimi Holliday classic knickers and feature soft ice pink silk satin at the front and back for virginal modesty but have open lace over the hips for added seduction.

Oyster Whippy Garter by Mimi Holliday

The matching silk and lace garter is a perfect touch to this collection that lends itself so well to being a truly unique bridal collection. It is the first of its kind for Mimi Holliday but we do hope they continue to produce more as this truly completes the collection.

The Chocolate Chip Collection

Chocolate Chip Body by Mimi Holliday

The Chocolate Chip Collection brings everything we love from the Damaris brand, swishes it around with a touch of Mimi playfulness, and produces something that is inventive and ultra sexy. The nude mesh body shows us exactly why. It gives an illusion of the bondage style lingerie that is very popular at the moment, yet there is none of the awkward twisting and catching of each individual strap due to the nude mesh that cleverly keeps everything in the right place. This gives a sheer covering to the body whilst allowing the black lace detailing to cover the necessary parts at the front. The back is completely sheer with a cheeky peep hole fastening to the bra section.

Chocolate Chip Comfort Set by Mimi Holliday

The comfort bra and boy shorts give you ultimate comfort and support whilst allowing the detailing to create a sense of daring. The bra features soft black lace, full coverage, cups with nude mesh trim across the inner edges and an illusion of an added strap across the bust with a delicate lace strip. The boy shorts feature Mimi Holliday’s classic thong back and silk ribbon corset lacing to create a peep to the bottom cleavage.

Chocolate Chip Star Knickers by Mimi HollidayThe classic Damaris star knickers have been given their own structure using inserts of nude mesh to create the Chocolate Chip star knickers.  This gives the illusion, both front and back, of the wearer only having a delicate combination of straps across her bottom half. Unlike most frame based briefs, these straps will always stay in place allowing you to feel comfortable, yet super hot, at all times.

I think you’ll agree that Mimi Holliday have surpassed themselves this season. Which is your favourite?

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One Corset, Four Halloween Costumes

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Halloween

Next weekend the clocks go back, the evenings get darker so much quicker and the nights grow longer. It’s the perfect time of the year for the ghouls and the witches to come out to play. Yes, the spookiest time of the year is upon us and we getting all geared up for our very own Halloween party full of pumpkins, apple bobbing, cauldrons and, of course, the odd Vampire Kiss Martini! But, more importantly, what do we wear?

Halloween, let’s face it, is a time we can all dress up, add a little more humour, or even go a little bit naughtier, than we would normally do with our outfits and pretend to be someone we’re not. So, we’ve put together four oh-so-sexy Halloween outfits using just one of our fabulous Vollers’ corsets and a few accessories. What could be easier?

Essence Black Corset by Vollers

We’ve featured the Essence Black and Red Trim Corset on the blog before, mainly because it is absolutely gorgeous, but also because it is seriously seductive and can make any woman feel like a Goddess in it. Therefore, it’s the perfect corset to base our four outfits on so you too can look like like the perfect pin up witch, vampire, burlesque queen or fallen angel on All Hallow’s Eve.

Witch

Witch Halloween costume

No girl can go wrong at Halloween with a witches outfit but why not make it a little more adult friendly this year by adding a large witches hat from Jokers’ Masquerade, the Purple Elle Robe by Kiss Me Deadly, purple and black striped holdups from Party Delights and the Villa Satine Cuffs by Maison Close. Wear these with the Essence corset, a black mini skirt or shorts and some killer black heels to cast your spell on your fellow partygoers. You can even pick up an old broom to fly away on at the end of the night.

Vampire

Vampire Halloween costume

Bring out your dark side with a sultry vampire costume and sashay your way into any spine-chilling party. The Essence corset will make the perfect accompaniment to a pair of your own custom made fangs from Angels Fancy Dress, the Black Elle Robe by Kiss Me Deadly (a very unique vampire’s cape) and the body-skimming Control Mini Skirt by Rosy. And don’t forget to add a trickle of fake blood, also from Angels Fancy Dress, from the corner of your mouth to make people wonder who you’ve been sinking your teeth into.

Burlesque

Burlesque Halloween costume

What could be sexier than a burlesque costume? Think Christina Aguilera and P!nk in the Lady Marmalade video rather than the sort of thing you’d wear to a burlesque hen do. The Essence corset is the perfect starting point for any burlesque costume, but team it with the scarlet red Lisbeth Suspender Belt by Marlies Dekkers, a mini glitter top hat and veil from Jokers’ Masquerade, the hottest striped hold ups each with a red bow from Party Delights and the Control High Waisted Brief by Rosy to make sure you’re rocking the Moulin Rouge vibe. Throw on a red feather boa and go strut your stuff!

Fallen Angel

Fallen Angel Halloween costume

For a sinful fallen angel look team the Essence corset with black angel wings from Escapade, a very flirty L’Affriolante tutu suspender belt by Rosy, sheer cut & curled stockings by Maison Close and Dame de Paris Brazilian Shorts by Marlies Dekkers and, of course, there’s no need for a halo!

So, that’s us sorted but which one will you choose? Are you planning to hot things up this Halloween?

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Getting Ready for Christmas – Boudoir Photography

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Betty Noir PhotographyPhoto credit: Betty Noir Photography

It’s now October and the Autumn weather has finally hit us, so dare I mention the C word. Yes, that’s right, Christmas! One great lingerie based Christmas gift you can give to your partner is a professionally taken boudoir photo of yourself. And if you want to do it for this Christmas you better get your skates on as it is becoming more and more popular every year, so you don’t want to be fighting for a slot at the beginning of December.

You don’t have to be a professional model to have a boudoir photography shoot, you just need a little confidence and reassurance from your photographer. Anyone can do it, man or woman or even a couple together. You don’t even have to do it for your significant other, why not treat yourself to a session of pampering and confidence building (you’ll be amazed by the results!)?

‘But I look awful in every photo of me’ I hear you cry. Well, we’ve got some great tips to help guide you on your day and make sure you look your best in every shot.

Iced Soul PhotographyPhoto credit: Teymur Madjderey at Icedsoul Photography

Finding Your Photographer

There are quite a number of women photographer who do these sorts of shoots but remember there are also a lot of men, so if you wouldn’t feel comfortable with a man make sure you check before booking.

Most photographers offer a preliminarily consultation to discuss your requirements. This maybe via email, telephone or face to face. Make use of this time and get to know the photographer. Ask them questions, tell them things you would like to try and get them to explain exactly how the session will work. If after this consultation you still don’t feel comfortable about something make sure you go back to them or look elsewhere.

Check with friends, ask around if anyone has done this sort of thing before and who they have used. Getting a recommendation from someone is much better than searching around for yourself. Ask to look at your friends photo(s). They may be too shy or it could be a great way of experiencing something new together.

Vixen Pinup PhotographyPhoto credit: Vixen Pinup Photography

Planning Your Session

Most people choose a theme for their photographs. This could be anything from a pin up girl to nerdy girl (think Superman t-shirt and glasses) and from Christmas to bridal. You could even take along something that belongs to your partner and build your theme around that. Do they have a favourite shirt or perhaps they’re a football fan? Or perhaps there is a certain part of your body they particularly love like your boobs, legs or even your eyes. Ask the photographer if you can do a number of shots just focused on that part of you.

The best thing is to have a look around at what other people have done (there’s plenty to look at online) and use your imagination to come up with something really special for them. Just remember to take along as much lingerie and props that relate to that theme as you can so the photographer has lots of options to choose from.

Couture Boudoir PhotographyPhoto credit: Couture Boudoir Photography

The Night Before

You will want to look your best in front of the camera so the night before it is best to make sure you’re in tip top condition. Do your usual hair removal routine. Doing this the night before means that you will be relaxed and no mishaps should happen. It also gives sensitive skin a chance to sooth any irritation overnight.

Make sure your finger and toe nails are clean and manicured so that you don’t have to rush and do this in the morning before you go or whilst you are getting ready at the shoot. You wouldn’t want your nails to not be dry as you’re putting on your beautiful lingerie, particularly if it’s bright red!

Get yourself a good nights sleep, you don’t want bags under your eyes the next day. Be careful what you eat beforehand, remember that some foods can make you bloated. Finally moisture before you go.

R VillarPhoto credit: RVillar

On The day

If you’re planning to do a few nude or nearly nude shots then it is best not to wear tight fitting clothes before you arrive and try not to wear any underwear. I know this may sound strange but you don’t want lots of imprints on your skin. Although you would probably want to build up to being in front of the lens with no clothes on, it is best to start with the nude shots first and then put your different lingerie outfits on afterwards, then you won’t have to worry about strange marks showing on the final shots.

Many photographers have their own make-up artist, but double check before you go. If they have, arrive at the studio without any make-up on but freshly moisturised. This way there won’t be a delay with you removing your make-up and you won’t risk any blotchiness from its removal.

Retro PhotostudioPhoto credit: Retro Photostudio

A good photographer will make you comfortable from the outset, giving you tips on the best way to pose and what positions would be best for you but there are always certain things you should always keep in mind for every shot.

  • Posture – remember what your Nan kept nagging you about as a child, head up (but not too high, no one wants to see up your nostrils!), shoulders back and stand up straight. These will all help to elongate your figure and make you look more elegant.
  • The booty tooch – if you watch America’s Next Top Model then you’ll know what a booty tooch is. Essentially it’s pushing your pelvis backwards to curve your spine and push out your bum. This gives your body an amazingly feminine silhouette, just remember to pull your stomach in at the same time.
  • Angles – creating interesting angles makes a more pleasing photograph than someone just standing straight on with no sense of movement. Kick up a foot, put your hand on your hip, tilt your head and think about the space angles can create between your limbs. This will give you a shot that people will want to look at.
  • Don’t forget your face – Another classic America’s Next Top Model saying is H to T which means modelling from head to toe. When you’re concentrating on all of the above it is easy to forget about your face and your thoughts and feelings can be played out in your expression. If you’re getting frustrated don’t let it show, think of your partner and how they make you feel. Use those thoughts to soften your expression and, if you feel yourself tensing up, take a break and stretch your facial muscles as this will help you to relax.

Are you feeling a little more confident now? If so, why not treat yourself to some gorgeous new lingerie to wear on your shoot so you can feel extra special on the day? And remember not to wear it at home until after you’ve given your final shot to your partner for an added surprise.

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Hosiery Care Guide: How To Avoid Having To Replace Your Favourite Pair

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Laddered Stockings

Hosiery is a fine and delicate thing that needs to be looked after and cared for, not manhandled and abused. If you’re just going to grab your favourite pair from a chaotic drawer stuffed full of other clothes and shove your legs into them without much attention then they aren’t going to last very long. We want to make sure your beautiful hosiery stays beautiful and gives you joy for much longer, so we’ve created our very own care guide to help you.

Storing Your Hosiery

Stoxbox

There are some amazing innovative hosiery storage ideas out there such as the Stoxbox (pictured above). This cute little box was invented by Danielle Ashcroft after she bought a pair of stockings, not realising she already had the exact same pair at home because they were lost in an unorganised drawer. To use, you simply insert the Stoxbox into the tights or stockings and push all of the garment into a hole, leaving the fabric stretched over the box, then stack them in a drawer.

However, this costs money and there are simpler and cheaper ways of storing your hosiery neatly and in an organised manner. The first option, and one that I find it more suitable to stockings, is keeping hold of the original packaging.  Once you’ve worn and washed them place them back in the cardboard and bag they came in and line them up in a drawer.

With tights either roll or fold each pair so they are ready to be stored neatly. Then place each one into an individual sandwich bag to keep each one separate in your drawer. Or, for a more pleasing aesthetic idea, buy some drawer dividers and separate each section to hold the same or similar colours.

Putting Your Hosiery On

Putting on stockings

Before putting on any tights or stockings it is best to add a little moisturiser to both your feet and legs. This will help to soften the skin, making sure that dry skin and calluses don’t snag against the fabric.  It will also help to keep your legs feeling smooth throughout the day.

You should also check your finger and toe nails to make sure they don’t have any sharp edges that might get caught on the finely knitted fibres. If you have long nails use hosiery gloves to make sure they don’t pierce a hole in the fabric as you are pulling them up. Also check the skin either side of the nail as this can become loose and cause snagging. Finally remove all jewellery that may come in contact with the hosiery, particularly rings.

When you are ready gather the stocking or one of the tight legs all the way down to the toe. Slip it on to the foot and smooth it over the heel. Gently work the garment up the leg, moving your hands from the front to back as you go to create a smooth finish. Don’t pull or yank at the fabric and try avoiding contact with the very tips of your nails. Trust me, it’s not fun putting a beautifully manicured nail straight through a brand new pair of stockings!

Remove the hosiery in very much the same way. Unclip any suspender clips first, don’t take a suspender belt and stockings off as if they were tights. Roll or gather the fabric down towards the toe and then gently pull off.

Washing Your Hosiery

Drying Stockings

Ideally, like lingerie, hosiery should be hand washed using a mild detergent or even a baby shampoo. Allow the items to soak for a good five minutes and then gently squeeze the soapy water through each leg with your hands, making sure all rings and sharp nail edges are removed first. Never wring or twist the stockings or tights as this will weaken the fibres.

Rinse by running them under a lukewarm tap and then squeeze them carefully to remove any excess water. Finally lay them on a towel, which you can roll up as tight as possible, to dry them. Drape them over a rail to let them air properly before putting them away.

If you just don’t have the time to wash your hosiery by hand then make sure you insert them into lingerie washing bags before adding them to the machine. Choose a cool cycle or even a delicate items one, if you have it. Once they are done hang them on a rail to dry, never put them in a dryer or iron them.

Hosiery Care Tips

Maison Close Stockings

Nobody can completely avoid things like children’s wandering hands, animals claws or unexpected furniture so holes and ladders will always happen. Just make sure you carry around a small pot of clear nail varnish in your bag for emergencies when you’re out and about and dab it on the edges to stop any further damage. This has saved me a few times, I can tell you!

Choose hosiery that has reinforced toes, and top section for tights, as these strengthen these more vulnerable areas. You can also buy stockings that have reinforced heels for added protection. And, of course, there are some brands  that produce run resist items, but just remember they’re not 100% guaranteed against modern living.

When wearing stockings make sure your suspender clips are of good quality, preferably metal hooks and rubber stoppers rather than plastic, and aren’t damaged in any way before attaching them to the welt.

 

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