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INTIMATE UPDATES: Oct 2017

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After a long summer sabbatical, Lingerie La Femme is back! And there's so much to catch up on in the world of lingerie and intimates...

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Today marks the 4 year anniversary of Lingerie La Femme! In 2014 I launched Lingerie La Femme as an online magazine dedicated to creating exclusive and unique content and promoting diversity, body positivity and luxurious intimates. My first and foremost goal was to utilise my skills as an ex-photographer to produce beautiful and diverse lingerie editorials - casting a diverse mix of models, using little or no photo-shop and shooting women in less passive, objectifying situations. After working predominately for Men's magazines for quite a few years I wanted to create beautiful, inclusive and positive lingerie imagery that celebrated the actual lingerie and the woman wearing it and not just her body.

My secondary motive was to explore the lingerie industry - to give myself a reason (and permission) to really dive into the world of lingerie and swimwear. Besides shooting a couple of lingerie brand campaigns and one trade editorial I knew very little about the lingerie industry and I had always wanted to know more. Being a workaholic, I couldn't just spend hours researching lingerie brands, reading articles and watching documentaries for fun... but - if it was for Lingerie La Femme - I could allow myself the luxury!

Lingerie La Femme has led to lots fun, opportunities and two eye-opening industry jobs. Finally this summer I decided to follow my passion and I left my job to study Fashion Contour. Now that I'm enrolled on a full-time degree, the content of lingerie la femme is going to change a little. There will be further focus on the creative and technical aspects of lingerie, more posts on lingerie making, uni projects, personal posts and non-exclusive editorials. To put it simply it will become more of a conventional blog and less of a magazine.... However it will still be a blog 100% devoted to promoting diversity, body positivity and luxurious intimates.

 

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Modibodi | We've all heard of period proof underwear but Modibodi is the first brand I've heard to do period-proof swimwear.

 

Kendal + Kylie Lingerie for Topshop | Yes, Kendal + Kylie have launched a lingerie collection. Yes, they were uncharacteristically silent when it came to the launch... But what I find much more interesting is that fact that the capsule collection was co-designed by Jennifer Zuccarini - Fleur du Mal founder and creative director! Infusing her familiar aesthetic with fabrics such as mesh, lace and velvet, you can get a flavour of the Fleur Du Mal brand for a fraction of the price.

 

Les Girls Les Boys | Like many lingerie fanatics, I very eagerly awaited the launch of Les Girls Les Boys by Serena Rees, the co-founder of Agent Provocateur. I heard the term 'gender-fluid' and imagined all sorts of boundary pushing, innovative and tasteful creations. I am not entirely sure of what exactly I expected but it was definitely something a little less....boring. I find myself underwhelmed by the collection but still hopeful that something interesting and maybe revelational will come out of it...

Les Girls Les Boys Androgyny Lingerie - The Lingerie Addict

Les Girls Les Boys - GQ Magazine

 

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Save the Date:

Luxury Lingerie Sample Sale | 21st November 2017, 10:30 to 19:30 | Free Entry

Chelsea Old Town Hall, King's Road, London, SW3 5EE

It's the return of this truly remarkable multibrand designer sample sale, where pretty much all of the hottest London lingerie and swimwear brands get together for a one-day spectacular, this time at Chelsea Old Town Hall! Expect prices starting from £5, with participating brands including Asceno, Bordelle, Coco De Mer, Edge O' Beyond, Ell & Cee, Harlow & Fox, Kiss Me Deadly, Kriss Soonik, Lascivious Lingerie, Longstaff Longstaff, Loveday London, Nubian Skin, Nui Ami, Paolita, Playful Promises, Something Wicked and Yolke!

Most brands should have card machines, but just in case, take cash!

 

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Click here to view our very first Halloween editorial!

Intimate Experiments

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Do you ever dream of a world where you have a lingerie solution for every conceivable outfit and occasion?

Me too.

Unfortunately building the perfect lingerie wardrobe takes a lot of time, trial and error. There is no easy route or quick fix to underwear utopia.

Apparently there are seven different types of breasts and there are countless body shapes and size combinations. What may work for one woman may not work for you. There's no avoiding it - in order find the perfect underpinnings to suit your shape, size and lifestyle you need to be open to experimentation.

The results can vary - sometimes you find a life-enhancing bra or a game-changing ensemble but sometimes you end up with a yeast infection or a pair Spanx so tight they cause indigestion.

It's just an awkward, often embarrassing and sometimes liberating part of life's journey and there is nothing we love more than watching these very real, honest and funny experiments on Youtube.

Enjoy!

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Women With Big Boobs Wear Strapless Bras For A Week

 

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Women Wear Expensive Lingerie For A Week

 

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Women go Braless for a Week

 

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Women Try Period Panties

 

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The Try Guys Try Valentine's Day Lingerie

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 Everything that is hot and happening in the world of lingerie...

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No paint, no photography. Just pen. | We're in love with Dara Vandor's ink portraits of lingerie and lace (above).

see more here

 

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Storm in a D Cup | June Kenton

'Storm in a D-Cup' is the autobiography of June Kenton, the driving force behind Rigby & Peller, one of the most famous luxury lingerie retailers in the world. With an enviable client list that includes some of the world’s most iconic women, June has devoted her life to extolling the virtues of a properly-fitted and well-styled bra.

From her early days trading from an open-fronted shop in Brixton, to being royally-appointed as the corsetiere to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, June’s heart-warming and absorbing story shows that with a bit of grit and determination, anything is possible!

buy here

 

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This Plus Size Lingerie Show Made More Than One Political Statement | Bustle.com

 Changing Shape Of Women | Bluebella

 

 If you have missed the Thinx saga (or should I say scandal?) you're in for a ride. Don't forget, there are two sides to every coin... and you can read them both here:

Thinx Promised a Feminist Utopia to Everyone But Its Employees | Racked

 

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We thought we'd found every lingerie brand but it turns out there still more to discover..

ANEK | BERLIN

DAISY & ELIZABETH | USA

 

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Le Boutique Bazaar

Sunday 2nd April | McQueen Shoreditch, London

Le Boutique Bazaar features a curated selection of 40+ designers representing underground fashion & all things daring- think couture latex, custom corsetry, elaborate headdresses, tempting lingerie, luxury leather goods, and exotic jewels.... they have created a decadent and interactive atmosphere across 3 sumptuous floors, where you can browse, buy, flirt, drink and have fun with like-minded and inspiring people of all types..

find out more

 

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Bluebella | 50% Red Sale Sizzle

La Leia | Save Up to 50% in the Spring Sale

Seafolly | Free Shipping with no minium spend- Use Code: FREESHIP367

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Valentines Gift Guide

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from top left to right:Powder pink bra AGENT PROVOCATEUR, Exclusive Valentine's lace thong LA PERLA, Supernova black boudoir bra and brief FLEUR OF ENGLAND, Enraptured figment massage candle COCO DE MER, Etienne lace bralette FOR LOVE AND LEMONS, Forget me not corset GOD SAVES QUEENS, Pink Bardot short silk PJ set JOURNELLE, Fictional hotel notepads HERB LESTER, Set of three stretch jersey triangle bras COSABELLA, Champagne wishes sleep mask JOURNELLE, Boob ring UNBOUND.

 

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Valentine's day is the perfect opportunity to show a little self-love and treat yourself to something special.

Shop our exquisite selection from our favourite lingerie brands and boutiques...

 

- All my heart -

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top left to right: FOR LOVE AND LEMONS | ONLY HEARTS | MIMI HOLIDAY

bottom left to right: AGENT PROVOCATEUR | MIMI HOLIDAY | ONLY HEARTS

 

Ménage à trois -

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- Love at first sight -

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middle left to right: FLEUR OF ENGLAND | EDGE O' BEYOND | DOLCE & GABBANA

bottom left to right: FLUER DU MAL | BORDELLE | BLUEBELLA lingerielafemme-nadiaking

Lingerie as outerwear 2016

 

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While underwear as outerwear is not a new phenomenon, 2016 has certainly been the year of revealing ruffles, silk slips and elegant exposure.

From luxurious loungewear to seductive suits and floor skimming sheer gowns, underpinnings have been utilised to elevate any ensemble.

For a unforgettable New Year's Eve outfit, we take inspiration from the most seductive stars...

 

 

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Izabel Goulart

While attending the screening of Julieta at the Cannes Film Festival in May, Izabel Goulart layered a sweeping blush-hued silk satin robe over an intricately beaded bustier.

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Susan Sarandon

Susan Sarandon caused a social media backlash and misogynist stir at this year's Screen Actors Guild Awards. The Oscar-winning actor wore a white, double-breasted, buttoned-up Max Mara suit with a visible black bra underneath. Many misogynists couldn't handle her 69-year old cleavage but we (and every sane person) thought she looked stunning in her seductive and sophisticated ensemble.

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Ashley Graham

At the launch of her new lingerie line at Nordstrom this year, Ashley Graham wore a mid-length black pencil skirt and a sheer top over Adina Reay's Fran black balcony bra. It is not the first time this year Ashley Graham has worn lingerie as outwear and it is great to see her supporting an independent UK lingerie designer.

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Kendall Jenner

Lace bralets have been hugely popular this year and none more so than Kendall's favourite Anine Bing bra. First worn at Coachella, Kendall has been spotted wearing it on several occasions. Our favourite look is her 90's over-a-plain-white-tee pairing.

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Katy Perry

At this year's pre-grammy party, Katy Perry exhibited gothic glamour with an oversized black cross necklace, back trousers and a show-stopping intricately gold embellished corset.

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Bella Hadid

At the launch party in honour of the 272-page Rizzoli tome, Dior: The Art of Color, Bella Hadid worn a lingerie inspired outfit. A stunning floor-skimming creation of nude polka dot tulle and boning over a crisp white menswear inspired lingerie set.

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Dascha Polanco

At the VH1 Hip Hop Honors Awards in July, Orange Is The New Black actress, Dascha Polanco looked sensational in a sheer patterned peach-coloured bodysuit which revealed her matching lingerie set.

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Winnie Harlow

This summer, model-of-the-moment Winnie Harlow wore a luxurious black silk robe, satin bodysuit, stockings and suspenders to Lewis Hamilton's Grand Prix Party at Cafe Royal in London.

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HANDMADE CHRISTMAS: PART THREE

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Add opulence to any outfit with a sensual gold body chain.

In our final DIY post of the year, we show you just how easily you can create your own provocative piece with very little equipment.

Why not satisfy your creative cravings and elevate your NYE ensemble by making your own gold body chain bra. It's the perfect accessory, equally alluring whether worn over an LBD in the bar or on it's own in the boudoir.

Enjoy!...


How to make your own Body Chain Bra...

You will need:

3 meters of gold chain

Measuring tape

15 gold jump rings

2 gold lobster clasps

1 gold chain tassel

1 20mm 0 ring

Flat nose non serrated jewellery pliers (pictured below)

Jewellery cutters


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STEP 1: Gather all your components. Cut your chain into a variety of lengths - 1 length of 35cm for the neck piece, 1 length of 24cm for the centre front, 2 lengths of 18cm to go over the bust, 2 lengths of 50.5cm for the side pieces and 2 lengths of 20cm for the bottom pieces.

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STEP 2: Take your length of 35cm chain for the neck piece and cut in half.

STEP 3: Open 2 jump rings with the flat nose pliers and thread the chain through. Then thread one side of the O ring through and close. Repeat on the other side.

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STEP 4: Take 2 jump rings and 1 lobster clasp and fix on to the ends of your neckpiece using the jewellery pliers. christmas-diy-handmade-gold-body-chain-bra-homemade-with-instructions-christmas-gift-for-her-sensual-accessory-jewellery-06 christmas-diy-handmade-gold-body-chain-bra-homemade-with-instructions-christmas-gift-for-her-sensual-accessory-jewellery-07 STEP 5: To create the centre front detail, attach the tassel and 24cm length chain to the O ring using 1 jump ring.

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STEP 6: Once your neckpiece is complete it should look something like this:

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STEP 7: Now attach your 2 side pieces (50.5cm each) to the neckpiece 7cm from the centre back with 2 jump rings.

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STEP 8: Measure 9.5cm down your side pieces and attach your 2 over the bust chains (18cm each) to you side piece on both sides, using 2 jump rings.

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STEP 9: Again using 2 jump rings, attach your over the bust pieces to the centre front, 15.5cm down from the O ring. Your bra should now look something like this:

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STEP 10: Attach the final 2 lengths of 20cm to the centre front, using 2 jump rings, and secure to your side pieces - 15.5cm from the centre back.

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STEP 11: The last thing you need to do is create the centre back closure. You need to attach one jump ring to each end of the chain and 1 lobster clasp to the side best suited to your needs. christmas-diy-handmade-gold-body-chain-bra-homemade-with-instructions-christmas-gift-for-her-sensual-accessory-jewellery-14

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Our bra is based on a UK size 10, you can easily adjust your Body Chain Bra to fit by adding extra length (or taking away length) to the neck piece and the side pieces. We recommend you measure as you go. This isn't an exact science, you can simply hold the chain up to yourself and cut the lengths you feel fit best. lingerielafemme-nadiaking

HANDMADE CHRISTMAS: PART TWO

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Following on from last week's DIY choker, we thought we'd show to how to create your own choker and bracelets completely from scratch. With a little time and plenty of patience, it can be incredibly rewarding to create something special for yourself or a loved one.

This week we explore the easiest way to create your own at home...


How to make your own bondage choker..

You will need:

18 inches of 12mm wide black satin elastic

2 x 12mm gold sliders

2 x 6mm gold O rings

1 x 12mm gold O ring

1  x Small strip of elastic (7mm wide)

Embroidery Scissors

Pins

Thread

Hand sewing needle

Sewing Machine

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STEP 1: Gather all your components. Cut 18 inches of 12mm wide elastics and get your two sliders.

STEP 2: Thread the elastic through the bottom of the first slider, over the middle bar then back on itself and stitch into place. Trim off any excess elastic.

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STEP 4: Thread the end of your elastic through the bottom of your first slider, up over the middle bar and down through the other side. Then thread the end of your elastic through the top of your second slider and back on itself.

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STEP 6: Your simple elastic chocker is complete. Now you all you need to do is add a little embellishment.

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STEP 7: To create the centre front detail, tread your strip of 7mm elastic through the gold rings as illustrated below. chritmas-gift-for-her-diy-make-at-home-bondage-fashion-sm-choker-necklace-jewellery-elastic-gold-lingeie-la-femme-made-from-scratch-07

STEP 8: Sew the 7mm strip on to the choker with a 1cm seam and trim off any excess elastic at the back. Bring the front end of the elastic strip up and over to the back and hand sew the elastic, keeping the O rings in place.

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Congrats! You're done.

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How to make matching handcuffs...

You will need:

Everything you required to make the above choker

1 Metre if thin gold chain

2 x 10mm gold lobster clasps

2 x 5mm gold jump rings

A pair of pliers

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STEP 1: Make your elastic bracelets in the same way you made the choker. You will need to measure 9.5 inches of elastic for each bracelet.

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STEP 2: Take a jump ring and tread it through the two ends of your chain. Then tread through a lobster clasp and close the jump ring using a pair of pliers.

STEP 3: Once you have done one end, find the middle point of the chain and thread through the jump ring and repeat the process.

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STEP 4: Simply clip the clasps on to your bracelet's O rings to turn your bondage inspired bracelets into kinky handcuffs. chritmas-gift-for-her-diy-make-at-home-bondage-fashion-sm-choker-necklace-jewellery-elastic-gold-lingeie-la-femme-made-from-scratch-13

Of course, if you'd rather buy something a little more luxurious, simply click the links below to shop from talented independent designers....

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HANDMADE CHRISTMAS: PART ONE

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Handmade gifts make the best Christmas presents and it is often easier than you think to create something truley bespoke and luxurious.

Chokers are this season's accessory du jour and our DIY bondage chokers make the ideal seductive stocking fillers for any lingerie aficionado.

This week we explore the easiest way to create your own at home...


The super easy way to make your own bondage choker..

You will need:

2 repurposed detachable suspender straps

2 16mm gold O rings

1 small strip of elastic (7mm wide)

Embroidery Scissors

Pins

Thread

Sewing Machine

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STEP 1: Gather all your components. To make this neckpiece we repurposed 2 detachable suspenders from Adina Reay's Fran Short. The great thing about this choker is that it can be easily disassembled if you want to use the suspenders for their original purpose.

STEP 2: Secure the suspender straps together using the swan hook fastenings.

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STEP 3: Loop the gold rings together using the strip on 7mm elastic and secure into place with a pin.

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STEP 4: Using a straight-stitch, stitch the elastic together as close as you can get to the rings and trim off excess elastic.

chritmas-gift-for-her-diy-make-at-home-bondage-fashion-sm-choker-necklace-jewellery-elastic-gold-lingeie-la-femme-043STEP 5: Open the rings to sit side-by-side. Stitch a seam down the middle to secure the elastic in place.

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STEP 6: Simply attach the suspender clips to the rings and you're finished.

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Congrats, you're done!

Next week we will explore the slightly more complicated way to make your own choker from scratch and, for a little extra Christmas kink, we will show you how to create your own matching handcuffs.

Of course, if you'd rather buy than build your own, simply click the links below to shop our stylish selections...

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Christmas Gift Guide

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from top left to right: Caramel Adriana collar by BORDELLE, Claret embroidered tulle briefs from I.D. SARRIERI, Peel n' Stick push up cups by FASHION FORMS, Illustrated Christmas card from COCO DE MER, Pearl nipple jewellery by BIJOUX INDISCRETS, Swarovski crystal teardrop pasties from RUTH MELBOURNE, bra by GONZALES LINGERIE, Juliette Has A Gun perfume by BROOKLYN FOX LINGERIE, Gold leavers lace bodysuit from GILDA & PEARL, Green stretch-lace soft-cup bra by LONELY LINGERIE, Metallic gold silk pyjama set from YOLKE.

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Tomorrow is officially the first day of the festive season and it's time to celebrate all things bright and beautiful.

From everyday luxuries to seductive stocking fillers, we explored all our favourite lingerie boutiques and brands to bring to you a covetable Christmas gift guide like no other.

- For the Naughty -

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middle left to right: COCO DE MER | FLEUR OF ENGLAND | E.L.F ZHOU

bottom left to right: BORDELLE | BRISTOLS SIX | THE MODEL TRAITOR

 

- Something Nice -

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middle left to right: MIMI HOLLIDAY | AGENT PROVOCATEUR | OLIVIA VON HALLE

bottom left to right: HANKY PANKY | MIMI HOLLIDAY | FLEUR DU MAL

 

- Seductive Stocking Fillers -

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top left to right: I Dare You: 30 Sealed Seductions from COCO DE MER | Body Jewellery by EDGE O'BEYOND  | Catwoman mask by CHROMAT

bottom left to right: Black crystal nipplets by E.L.F ZHOU | Erotic subscription box by UNBOUND | Candles by D.L & CO

 

- Everyday Luxuries -

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left to right: STELLA McCARTNEY | BASERANGE | DEAR KATE

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Summer Seduction

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lingerie set I.D SARRIERI


LINGERIE LA FEMME EXCLUSIVE EDITORIAL

PHOTOGRAPHY & STYLING: LINGERIE LA FEMME

MAKE-UP ARTIST: GEMMA SMITH

MODEL: ANU @ M&P MODELS


Summer-seduction-luxury-lace-lingerie-editorial-photoshoot-lingerie-la-femme-magazine-01(2)lingerie set ERESSummer-seduction-luxury-lace-lingerie-editorial-photoshoot-lingerie-la-femme-magazine-03lingerie L'AGENT BY AGENT PROVOCATEUR stockings LA PERLA Summer-seduction-luxury-lace-lingerie-editorial-photoshoot-lingerie-la-femme-magazine-06

lingerie I.D SARRIERI Summer-seduction-luxury-lace-lingerie-editorial-photoshoot-lingerie-la-femme-magazine-05

pink lace lingerie LA PERLASummer-seduction-luxury-lace-lingerie-editorial-photoshoot-lingerie-la-femme-magazine-08ivory lingerie YASMINE ESLAMISummer-seduction-luxury-lace-lingerie-editorial-photoshoot-lingerie-la-femme-magazine-04

silk satin lingerie KIKI DE MONTPARNASSE Summer-seduction-luxury-lace-lingerie-editorial-photoshoot-lingerie-la-femme-magazine-07

bra ERES t-shirt T BY ALEXANDER WANG

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Love and Loungewear

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Happy Valentine's Day! This year, forget heels and expensive restaurants - in true Sunday style spend the day of love in your loungewear. Enjoy a romantic day at home -  staying in bed till noon, cooking a mimosa brunch together and simply giving each other your undivided attention...

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LINGERIE LA FEMME EXCLUSIVE EDITORIAL

PHOTOGRAPHY AND STYLING: LINGERIE LA FEMME

HAIR/ MAKE-UP ARTIST: LAURA HUNT 

MODELS: GEORGINA TOMS @ MILK MODELS & JACK VACHER @ PRM


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Boxers SMITH & DOWNES | Camisole MIMI HOLLIDAY | Lingerie set (underneath) EBERJEY Love-lingerie-and-loungewear-Lingerie-la-femme-valentines-day-editorial-04

Boxers 1ST MAN | Lace bralette and silk shorts NUI AMI Love-lingerie-and-loungewear-Lingerie-la-femme-valentines-day-editorial-05

Boxers 1ST MAN | Lace and silk camisole NUI AMI | High waist knickers LASCIVIOUS


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Valentines Gift Guide

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from top left to right: Quite Frankly Magazine from COCO DE MER, Devotion boudoir cushion by LOVEDAY LONDON,  Bellatrix heels designed by Charlotte Olympia for AGENT PROVOCATEUR, Bijoux Indiscrets natural water intimate gel from PETITS BISOUS, Condoms by KIKI DE MONTPARNASSE, Naughty/Nice pillowcase set by KIKI DE MONTPARNASSE, Romantic poetry & picture book from COCO DE MER, Scented candle by LE PETIT TROU, Lace sleep-mask by MIMI HOLLIDAY, Illustration by ILKA Design, Slipper and sleep-mask set designed by Charlotte Olympia for AGENT PROVOCATEUR.

 

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Valentine's Day is a great excuse to treat yourself or someone you love to a few of life's little luxuries. We explored all our favourite lingerie boutiques and brands to bring to a you a Valentine's Day Gift Guide like no other. Here you won't see stockings and suspenders or pink lingerie sets. Our guide is dedicated to the stress-free and small simple pleasures that any lingerie lover is bound to enjoy...

 

- Playing Games -

Lingerie-la-femme-valentines-day-gift-guide-lingerie-playing-games-for-couples-01(2)left to right: AGENT PROVOCATEUR | TSK TSK | LASCIVIOUS

 

- Candles -

Lingerie-la-femme-valentines-day-gift-guide-lingerie-candles-02top left to right: LELO | JOURNELLE | KIKI DE MONTPARNASSE

bottom left to right: LOVEDAY LONDON | MAISON CLOSE | AGENT PROVOCATEUR

 

- Lotions and Potions -

Lingerie-la-femme-valentines-day-gift-guide-lingerie-brand-lotions-and-potions-03top left to right: Massage Oil by ARCANE GALLERY | Perfume by FIFI CHANCHNIL | Soap by KIKI DE MONTPARNASSE

middle left to right: Perfume by PETITS BISOUS | Delicate spray from JOURNELLE | Delicates soak by SOAK

bottom left to right: Massage oil by COCO DE MER | Bijoux Indiscrets dark chocolate edible body paint from PETITS BISOUS | Perfume by AUBADE

 

- Headwear -

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top left to right: Pony ears from ARCANE GALLERY | Bunny ears by FLEUR DU MAL | Turban by VIOLET & WREN

bottom left to right: Lace ears by MIMI HOLLIDAY | Hat by KIKI DE MONTPARNASSE  | Mask by FRAULEIN KINK lingerielafemme-nadiaking

DIY LUXURY EYE-MASK

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Handmade gifts make the best presents. Enjoy the gift of giving this Christmas and take the time and effort to make something truly unique.


How you make your own luxury eye mask...

You will need:

Half a metre of faux leather

Half a metre of fleece material (for adding thickness)

Half a metre of silk

Elastic

Dressmaker Scissors

Pins

Thread

Sewing machine

All purpose glue

Any lace or appliqués desired for finishing

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And our pattern: Download here.

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STEP 1: Print out 2 copies of the pattern. Cut out 1 large template, this is for the front and back pieces.  And 1 smaller template, for the inside piece.

STEP 2: Trace around your pattern pieces on the fabric, make sure to mark the notches. Cut out your fabric pieces.

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STEP 3: Lay your back piece (silk) right side up and your front piece (leather) right side down. Lay the inner piece on top keeping 5mm from the edge and secure with glue or double sided tape to keep in place.

STEP 4: Measure your head to see how long you need your elastic band and cut the elastic with an 1cm on each side.

DIY-eye-mask-sleep-leather-lace-handmade-how-to-make-your-own-luxury-sleep-mask_04STEP 5: Pin the eye-mask together and attach the elastic, making sure to match up the notches.

DIY-eye-mask-sleep-leather-lace-handmade-how-to-make-your-own-luxury-sleep-mask_05STEP 6: Sew all your pieces together (using a leather needle in your machine). Make sure to stitch 5mm from the edge and leave a 1-2inch gap for you to turn your eye-mask inside out.

DIY-eye-mask-sleep-leather-lace-handmade-how-to-make-your-own-luxury-sleep-mask_06STEP 7: Make notches all around the edges, clipping as close you can (but not through) the stitching. Then trim the seam allowance in half around the entire mask.

DIY-eye-mask-sleep-leather-lace-handmade-how-to-make-your-own-luxury-sleep-mask_07STEP 8: Turn your mask inside out, press and hand-stitch the opening with an invisible stitch.DIY-eye-mask-sleep-leather-lace-handmade-how-to-make-your-own-luxury-sleep-mask_08

STEP 9: Once completed, glue your lace in place at the top. Then snip away any excess and glue all the edges down.

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STEP 9b: Or simply glue on your appliqué. Here we used a guipure lace appliqué:

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 And congrats, you're done! lingerielafemme-nadiaking

THE HIGHSTREET EDIT | part two

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Following on from last week's post, we bring you more beautiful and affordable sets in our seasonal high street edit. These are the perfect foundations to any spring/summer wardrobe...the-highstreet-edit-part-2-grey-seamless-lingerie-cos-04COS

Soft Triangle Bra £17

Smooth Knickers £10

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Thong £9.50 the-highstreet-edit-part-2-lace-lingerie-black-m&s-03MARKS & SPENCER

Embroidered Lace Bra £25

Embroidered Lace Shorts £12.50

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Triangle Lace Bra £12.99

Lace Hipster Briefs  £7.99

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ASOS

Lace Applique Bra £11

Lace Applique Thong £5.50

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Cotton Bra £19.95

Cotton Shorts £6.95

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ASOS

Soft Bra £16

Soft Thong £8

 Do you have a favourite set?

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