New Year? Resolutions?

At the beginning of every new year, we resolve to make changes in our lives, yet at the end of year, we feel we've come up short and the list becomes repetitive.  Or gets longer every year.  Coming off of holiday binging, working out and eating healthy seem to be the most common resolution.  Then there's reading more, spending less, etc.  But how about we vow not to change just habits but our perspective too?  We love this list of resolutions from inspiring quotes by Lolly Jane.

The Perfect Holiday Gifts Under $100

Besides the perfect lingerie set, we've rounded up our list of favorite holiday unisex gift ideas to give or to ask for yourself.

1.  Fresh Skincare Affair

This beautifully packaged gift box contains all the Fresh essentials to cleanse, treat and moisturize.  We love Fresh products because they're effective, gentle and smell fresh?

2.  Shinola Planner + Journals

For 2016, we've made the commitment to planning ahead and writing down anything that inspires us with pen and paper.  Shinola, an American-made brand, sells journals using paper produced from sustainably managed North American forests.  We support any company that produces their products in America, just like we do ourselves.

 

3. Deco Barware Collection

Give this gold and marble bar set to the host or hostess that wants to entertain in style.  It is very Mad Men.

What Is Sexy?

You know what’s really, powerfully sexy? A sense of humor. A taste for adventure. A healthy glow. Hips to grab on to. Openness. Confidence. Humility. Appetite. Intuition. … Smart-ass comebacks. Presence. A quick wit. Dirty jokes told by an innocent-looking lady. … A storyteller. A genius. A doctor. A new mother. A woman who realizes how beautiful she is.
— Courtney E. Martin

We love this quote by author and blogger Courtney E. Martin.  Sexiness isn't about a number nor is it how much skin you can show.  It's about having a strong sense of self.  

Coveting: Fall Sweaters

As much as we miss the summer, the colder weather does have its perks such as Starbucks' holiday beverages and sweaters!  We are coveting these.  Remember to pair them with sexy underwear so you can feel "hot" inside.  

 Our La Fenice Triangle Bra with 7 For All Mankind denim and a Joie cashmere sweater

Our La Fenice Triangle Bra with 7 For All Mankind denim and a Joie cashmere sweater

1.  The Oversized Sweater

  Teddy Bear Pullover from  F ree People

Teddy Bear Pullover from Free People

2. The Cutout Sweater

This is the perfect sweater to pair with our Rialto bralette.

 Alexander Wang Cutout Wool-Blend and Mesh Sweater from  Net-a-Porter

Alexander Wang Cutout Wool-Blend and Mesh Sweater from Net-a-Porter

3. The High Neck Sweater

 High Neck Sweater from  Zara

High Neck Sweater from Zara

4. The Sequined Sweater

 Markus Lupfer Chandelier Sequined Cotton Sweater from  Net-a-Porter

Markus Lupfer Chandelier Sequined Cotton Sweater from Net-a-Porter

5. The Fair Isle Sweater

 Band of Outsiders Fair Isle Sweater from  Barneys

Band of Outsiders Fair Isle Sweater from Barneys


How to Care For Your Undergarments

Bras should not be treated like other garments in your wardrobe, especially ones made with silk and lace.  Treating your delicates like your gym clothes will shorten the life span of their wear. Here are some tips on how to care for your bras and other delicates:

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The Ideal Method

The best way to maintain your delicates is to hand wash your garments in cold water with a detergent specifically made for delicates.  Wash like colors only.  Cold water helps bras and underwear maintain their elasticity. The Laundress offers a wide range of cleaning products but have a specifically made lingerie wash that has no toxins.  Fill your sink with two capfuls of the wash and soak your bras for 20-30 minutes. Silk garments should not be soaked for more than 20 minutes.  Don't panic if you see any color in the water - this is normal.  This is why it's important to wash with like colors.  You will not notice any color loss after the garment has dried.  After you are done soaking, hang dry or lay the garments flat on a rack.

The Easier Method

If you are going to throw your delicates in the wash, it is best to wash them separately from your other clothing.  Use a mesh bag to prevent tangles if you want to wash them with your other clothing.  We still recommend using a lingerie detergent as it is more gentle but in the washer, you'll need to double or even triple the amount you'll be using.  Always use the delicate cycle.  All bras should be clasped so the hooks don't get caught with other garments.  Never put your delicates in the dryer.  Hang dry or lay the garments on a rack.

We recommend washing your bras after 2-4 wears, depending on your lifestyle. The more you care for your underwear, the longer you'll have them.   

Image via Flickr from Honey and Jam

Stylish, Sexy Home Ideas

You don't have to own a boudoir to make your home romantic and sexy.  Here you can find some inspiration on how to create a stylish, sexy and modern space.

The Classic White Button Down

The classic white button down should be a staple in every woman's wardrobe.  It looks polished and is effortlessly chic.  Wear it with your favorite lacy bra to make it sexy.  We'd recommend either our Florian or La Fenice bra. Here are our favorite ways to wear the classic white button down.  

Elin Kling (www.stylebykling.com); Olivia Palermo (Tommy Ton from Style.com); Emma Watson (Getty Images); Audrey Hepburn (Everett Collection); Miranda Kerr; Dolce & Gabbana (Venturelli/WireImage)

Iconic Lingerie in Pop Culture

Lingerie has long been part of our pop culture.  Who can ever forget Madonna's cone bra?  Here are some of the most iconic moments in pop culture history.  Not to mention some of the sexiest.  


Seduction

But seduction isn't making someone do what they don't want to do.  Seduction is enticing someone into doing what they secretly want to do already. - Waiter Rant

When treated as an art, seduction can be the highest form of persuasion.  Politicians seduce with words to win elections, companies seduce with advertising to build brand awareness and salesmen seduce for sales with success stories and glossy brochures.  The successful seducers deliver with confidence and choose the right tools to communicate to their potential clients and customers.  Allettare is the Italian word for "to entice."  

The Rocco Bra is made of stretch silk charmeuse, power mesh and snakeskin.