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BRAS & BRIEFS WITH BENEFITS

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The lingerie industry is much more than Victoria's Secret, Agent Provocateur and La Perla. Beyond the big name corporations there are thousands of small brands, designers and companies working to change the intimate apparel industry. More and more companies are flexing their economical, political, environmental and social consciousness by offering women much more than just bras and briefs by using their profits to further benefit women. Scroll down to view a few of these companies making a difference....

 

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BEHIND BRAS

 A social enterprise creating beautiful lingerie to support women as they transition from prison to find meaningful employment in the fashion, retail and creative industries. Did you know less than 10% of women who leave prison find a job? This brand believes every woman deserves a second chance and 100% of profits from each bra goes straight back into BehindBras to help and support women in prison to find meaningful employment when they leave. 

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

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BLUEBELLA

Bluebella believes public workers deserve luxurious and desirable lingerie too. At great prices. So they have joined with Heart Cart to offer a special discounts for public workers. Anyone working in the NHS, armed forces, local government, police or fire service in the UK can get 15% off any order at Bluebella.

CLICK HERE TO SHOP

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THE PANTS PROJECT

Helping women feel strong and beautiful through the power of pants, no matter what fertility issues they're facing. Launched in December 2016, the Pants Project sources beautiful lingerie from all over the world with a percentage of the profits from each pair sold goes towards Fertility Network UK, the UK's leading national patient fertility charity. Their goal is to raise funds and awareness for those with fertility issues- whatever they might be. Since launching they have hosted a Valentines Pants Party Auction, selling stunning and unique knickers by top UK lingerie designers, an online auction and have raised 5K and plenty of exposure for the charity.

CLICK HERE TO FIND OUR MORE

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NAJA

Naja is Columbian lingerie label changing the way women shop for lingerie as well as changing the industry as a whole through the company's dedication to changing women's lives. Naja's garment factory primarily employs single mothers or female heads of households where they are paid above market wages with healthcare benefits. At Naja, they've implemented flexible work policies that make it easier for women to balance work and childcare. Every child of a Naja garment worker recieves books, school supplies, uniforms and all school meals paid by Naja.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE 

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SMALLS FOR ALL

Smalls for All is a Scottish Charity which collects and distributes underwear to help women and children in Africa. The company helps those living in orphanages, slums, IDP camps and schools, as well as providing underwear to hospitals to help those suffering from medical conditions like obstetric fistula. Additionally they have also established an education programme to support some of the poorest children by helping them to gain access to education.

CLICK HERE TO DONATE

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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Instagram is a great way for lingerie enthusiasts to showcase their prized collections. We follow oodles of accounts and love discovering plenty of women who enjoy lingerie as much as we do! It's lovely to see beautiful lingerie on real-life bodies and not just in the airbrushed ad campaigns.

Scroll down to view a few of our favourite accounts (in no particular order) brimming with alluring lingerie, sensual self-portraits and a magnificent amount of #bodypositivy ...

 


 THE BLUSHING FOX


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@theblushingfox

Not a model, not a size 0. Just an everyday woman declaring her love for lingerie to the world.

Posts | 265

Followers | 76.2k

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LIZ


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@lingeriebyday

Confidence and empowerment can come in lacy packages; luxury lingerie writer. Lingerie lover and girl next door.

Posts | 137

Followers | 3,398k

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DENISE


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@pink_and_kawaii_till_i_die

I am hopelessly a lover and a dreamer and that will be the death of me.

Posts | 488

Followers | 2,875

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ALEXA VON ÜBER


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@alexagivesnofucks

My lingerie collection & personal diary.

Posts | 84

Followers | 35.3k

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Bellentina


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@bellentina

Designer, Lingerie lady, Stylist, Gamer#1 Zelda, Feminist My little lingerie blog.

Posts | 776

Followers | 54.1k

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LACE AND HAZE


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Sydney based lingerie enthusiast.

Posts | 123

Followers | 17.9k

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LUSTFUL LINGERIE


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@lustfullingerie

A Perth girl's passion for vintage and modern lingerie.

Posts | 165

Followers | 650

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TEMPEST HURRICANE


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@tempest.hurricane

Lingerie and lace is my daily obsession. Not for the faint-hearted. Taking the world by storm. Melbourne, AU.

Posts | 301

Followers | 31k

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LYENA BEYOND


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@lyena.beyond

Real human girl, unfiltered. NYC

Posts | 117

Followers | 1,483

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LINGERIE LUX


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Lingerie Enthusiast.

Posts | 131

Followers | 14.1K

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PLACE DE LA DENTELLE


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@placedeladentelleblog

20 years old lingerie addict from the North of France. 30FF/G.

Posts | 149

Followers | 4,722K

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Have we missed out your favourite lingerie enthusiast? or want to share your own lingerie collection? We'd love to hear from you in the comments below...

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#Intimates of Instagram

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On a cold British summer's day, there is nothing we love/hate to do more than scroll through some of our favourite indie swimwear Instagram accounts.

 

Here we've narrowed down our top 8 accounts filled with sun-kissed skin, white sandy beaches and exotic locations for your perusing pleasure...

 


 PALM


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@palmswimwear

Luxurious Australian Swimwear label. Dedicated to modernising the classic swimsuit, PALM aims to create beautiful, simple-lined pieces that encapsulate subtlety and understated elegance.

Posts | 998

Followers | 58k

What to expect: An elegantly curated account with monochrome images, catwalk shows and so many dream locations...

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 N.L.P


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@nlpwomen

Short for Nikki Lee Penny, N.L.P is recognised for her neo-noir aesthetic and her masculine vs. feminine agenda. The Australian designer is renowned for her experimentation in neoprene, lycra, mesh and bonded textiles.

Posts | 1135

Followers | 67.9K

What to expectLook book shots, surfers, behind the scenes images and lots and lots of women doing more than simply sunbathing...

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KLAMS


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@klams_noosa

Australian made and owned swimwear for the modern mermaid. If you've ever experienced and Ariel envy, this is the label for you.

Posts | 408

Followers | 11.3k

What to expect: Mermaids, sea creatures, beautiful scenery and plenty of sensuality....

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FLAGPOLE


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Founded by high-school friends Megan Balch and Jaime Barker, Flagpole Swim is a New-York label specialising in practical swimsuits that are both stylish and can handle the surf.

Posts | 636

Followers | 6855

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MATTEAU SWIM


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@matteauswim

Matteau swim was created to be the subtle swimsuit - the one you reach for to feel confident and at ease by the water. Simple, comfortable and uncomplicated , the brand stands for classic style and simplicity above all else. They reduced the bathing suit to it's bare essentials to create a calm, assured aesthetic. 

Posts | 363

Followers | 18.6k

What to expect: A creative mix of casual and carefree portraits, look book shots, artwork, illustration and calming scenery....

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BAMBA


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Bamba (pronounced BUM - BA) is an Australian swimwear label inspired by the 80s, a decade that birthed a generation of empowered women who showcased the true meaning of comfort in their own skin. With an understanding of the female body in all forms, Bamba is designed to incorporate the high- rise, cheeky cuts and bold colours to accentuate your assets. The 80s minimal aesthetics have been tailored for the modern Bamba babe. Less is more.

Posts | 649

Followers | 57.1k

What to expect: A showcase of supermodels, sex appeal and skin .... and swimwear. 

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 FELLA


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Fella is an international brand with the fabrics sourced in Italy, the designs drawn in Australia and the final garments made in Bali. Founded by globetrotters Christine Tang and Rosie Iffla, Fella is made for the adventurous, sophisticated woman, who is always chasing her next horizon with unique, beautifully crafted swimwear.

Posts | 1125

Followers | 112k

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SOMMER SWIM


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@sommer.swim

Anna-Maria Sommer is an ex-model and the brains behind Sommer Swim. She has taken her vast exposure to the fashion industry and created a collection of luxury swimwear with a sexy and minimalist aesthetic. With barely-there bikini bottoms, the label is certainly not for the shy, the Sommer swim girl is a described as a sophisticated rebel, who spends her time between beach clubs in Ibiza, the French Riviera and Italy’s Amalfi Coast.

Posts | 1312

Followers | 82.5k

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Have we missed any of your favourite swimwear brands? We'd love to hear your recommendations in the comments below...

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YOGI

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GUEST EDITORIAL

PHOTOGRAPHER: ELLIOTT MACKIE www.elliottmackiephoto.com

HAIR, MAKE-UP & STYLING: SIAN LIDGATE www.sianlidgate.com

MODEL: MING SAVANNAH @ NEMESIS MODELS


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"Yoga is not about self improvement, it's about self acceptance."


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bra ONZIE | leggings VARLEY

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jumpsuit OYSHO

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leggings VARLEY | crop top VARLEY

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"Yoga takes you into the present moment. The only place life exists."


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top STITCH & PIECES | shorts ONZIE

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crop top VARLEY | cross back tank STITCH & PIECES | bottoms IVY PARK

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The gesture NAMASTE represents the belief that there is a Divine spark within each of us that is located in the heart chakra. The gesture is an acknowledgment of the soul in one by the soul in another. “Nama” means bow, “as” means I, and “te” means you. Therefore, Namaste literally means “bow me you” or “I bow to you.”

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NOTEWORTHY KNICKERS

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PIXEL-PANTIESThese unique knickers are certainly eye catching!  Touted the "world's first 8-bit underwear", these knickers are the  brainchild of designers Cesaria & Sebastiao from Lisbon, Portugal.  Inspired their love of retro games and 8-bit visuals they set about creating a product that was fashionable and sexy.

Super stretchy, seamless and comfortable for everyday wear. These knickers may be distinctive but it's not their aesthetics that make them so noteworthy. The interesting thing about this label is that it was completed funded through Indiegogo, a crowdfunding platform.

Launched on Indiegogo in July of 2014, the brand caused quite the sensation and within a month they far surpassed their goal of $12,500 by almost double! The brand has gone from strength to strength and has launched a matching bra, new colours and are soon to release their first 8-bit swimwear. Click here to see their Indiegogo video.

Since then other lingerie labels such as feminist brand Neon Moon, luxury brand Karolina Laskowska, Millie Lingerie, Urban Undercover and Knix Wear have followed suit by using crowdfunding platforms to launch their brands or fund upcoming collections.

For us, crowdfunding is a great way to support lingerie start-ups and find individual and innovative products you won't see anywhere else.

 


Check out three intimates brands who currently running campaigns:

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1 - STAY GLDN  - If you could only have one pair of underwear, these are them.

2 - PANTY PROP - 100% comfort for natural body functions.

2- KARMA BIKINIS  - 7% of proceeds to ocean conservation efforts.

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Soft Tones

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LINGERIE LA FEMME EXCLUSIVE EDITORIAL

PHOTOGRAPHY AND STYLING: LINGERIE LA FEMME

FASHION ASSISTANTS: SARAH TUCKER & MICHELA FRANZONI

MAKE-UP ARTIST: DOMINIC PAUL  using Charlotte Tilbury

HAIR STYLIST: NICOLA HARROWELL using bumble and bumble

MODEL: CASSIA @ LENI'S MODEL MANAGEMENT


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Lingerie-la-femme-blue-lingerie-editorial-hushed-muted-colours-04lace set SIMONE PERELE Lingerie-la-femme-blue-lingerie-editorial-hushed-muted-colours-06lace bodysuit GILDA & PEARL Lingerie-la-femme-blue-lingerie-editorial-hushed-muted-colours-07silk basque and knickers MYLA Lingerie-la-femme-blue-lingerie-editorial-hushed-muted-colours-09light pink lace set SILENT ASSEMBLY Lingerie-la-femme-blue-lingerie-editorial-hushed-muted-colours-10Lingerie-la-femme-blue-lingerie-editorial-hushed-muted-colours-02grey lace high-waist knickers I.D SARRIERI

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#Intimates of Instagram

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Instagram is amazing for many things and lingerie is no exception. It makes discovering new brands a breeze and over the past year we've built up quite the collection. Here are a few of our favourite handmade lingerie labels from around the globe.

Luxurious handcrafted garments are only a few clicks away...

 


ALEXANDREA ANISSA


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@alexandreaanissa

Bio | Handmade with love ✂️ CA - NY ✈️ 💌

Posts | 699

Followers | 33.3k

What to expectBody diversity, clashing colours, lustful lace lingerie and flirtatious rose-tinted images. 

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ARABEL LONDON


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@arabellingerie

Bio | Luxury petite lingerie, designed and hand made in the UK.

Posts | 119

Followers | 336

What to expectClose-up shots, lace and lookbook images. 

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ELMA


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@handmadebyelma

Bio | Petite sized lingerie, handcrafted, sexy, and engineered for comfort. Based in California. Bespoke services available.

Posts | 740

Followers | 13.7k

What to expect: Lingerie anatomy, luxurious lace and lots of behind the scenes shots. 

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OH SO LOVLEY INTIMATES


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Bio | Lingerie and intimates handmade in the UK ⚡️Both daring and simplistic delicate pieces. Worldwide shipping.

Posts | 619

Followers | 64.8k

What to expect: Delicate lace lingerie, outfit inspiration and composed quotes. oh-so-lovely-intimates-handmade-lingerie-in-the-uk-instagram-favourites-underwear-01


WAKING UP WITH VENUS


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@wakingupwithvenus

Bio | Handmade Lingerie created to empower from the moment you get dressed in the morning until the moment you undress at night 🌞🌜 #iwuwvyou

Posts | 742

Followers | 6,965

What to expect: Serene imagery. Promo codes and plenty of lace lingerie, stars, glitter.

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PAMELA COOPER INTIMATES


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Bio |Handmade in NYC 🌃

Posts | 121

Followers | 1,540

What to expect: Product shots, give-aways and insight into what goes on behind the scenes.

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ALMEIDA


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Bio | ♡ Luxury boudoir-lead lingerie and ready to wear ♡ Hand made in the UK 🇬🇧 WORLDWIDE delivery.

Posts | 544

Followers | 10.9k

What to expect: Lookbook images, seductive videos and a heady dose of erotica. Almeida-london-handmade-luxury-lingerie-label-based-in-london-instagram-favourites-lingerie-la-femme-02


SOREIL LINGERIE


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@soreil_lingerie

Bio | Handmade lingerie brand put together with much care and exploration of high quality fabrics,that result in unique luxurious pieces ✨ Bogotá, Colombia

Posts | 122

Followers | 679

What to expect: Beautifully displayed lingerie and lay flat images. Floral appreciation and discount codes. Soreil-lingerie-handmade-lace-intimates-colombia-lingerie-la-femme-instagram-favourites-02


Have we missed any of your favourite handmade lingerie labels? We'd love to hear your recommendations in the comments below...

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Editor's Letter: An Introduction...

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HELLO AND WELCOME TO LINGERIE LA FEMME!

 

THANK YOU FOR VISITING THE WEBSITE. EVERY SINGLE VISITOR IS APPRECIATED AND I HOPE YOU SHARE, COMMENT, INTERACT AND POSSIBLY COLLABORATE TO HELP MAKE LINGERIE LA FEMME GROW INTO SOMETHING TRULY AMAZING!

 

ORIGINALLY MY PLAN FOR THIS POST WAS TO WRITE A CONCISE-AND-BEAUTIFULLY-500-WORDED INTRODUCTION, ONE THAT WOULD GIVE YOU ALL A SENSE OF THE MAGAZINE, THOROUGH KNOWLEDGE OF MY EXPERIENCE, THE IDEAS BEHIND IT AND WHAT TO EXPECT…

 

FORTUNATELY I QUICKLY REALISED THAT WAS AN IMPOSSIBLE FEAT. HAVING SPENT THE PAST 5 YEARS WORKING AS A FREELANCE PHOTOGRAPHER AND STYLIST, I'VE BARELY COMPOSED ANYTHING LONGER THAN A TWEET – WITH SMILEY FACES A LEGITIMATE FORM OF PUNCTUATION.

 

WITH THAT IN MIND, I DECIDED TO STICK WITH WHAT I KNOW BEST – MOOD BOARDS.

 

BECAUSE OF COURSE, AS THEY SAY, “A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS”…

 

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 Mood board images courtesy of Fashion Gone Rogue, Style.com and Lingerie La Femme.

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HELLO AND WELCOME TO LINGERIE LA FEMME!

THANK YOU FOR VISITING THE WEBSITE. EVERY SINGLE VISITOR IS APPRECIATED AND I HOPE YOU SHARE, COMMENT, INTERACT AND POSSIBLY COLLABORATE TO HELP MAKE LINGERIE LA FEMME GROW INTO SOMETHING TRULY AMAZING!

ORIGINALLY MY PLAN FOR THIS POST WAS TO WRITE A CONCISE-AND-BEAUTIFULLY-500-WORDED INTRODUCTION, ONE THAT WOULD GIVE YOU ALL A SENSE OF THE MAGAZINE, THOROUGH KNOWLEDGE OF MY EXPERIENCE, THE IDEAS BEHIND IT AND WHAT TO EXPECT…

FORTUNATELY I QUICKLY REALISED THAT WAS AN IMPOSSIBLE FEAT. HAVING SPENT THE PAST 5 YEARS WORKING AS A FREELANCE PHOTOGRAPHER AND STYLIST, I'VE BARELY COMPOSED ANYTHING LONGER THAN A TWEET – WITH SMILEY FACES A LEGITIMATE FORM OF PUNCTUATION.

WITH THAT IN MIND, I DECIDED TO STICK WITH WHAT I KNOW BEST – MOOD BOARDS AND BULLET POINTS.

BECAUSE OF COURSE, AS THEY SAY, “A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS”…