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.
Besides the perfect lingerie set, we've rounded up our list of favorite holiday unisex gift ideas to give or to ask for yourself.
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?
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.
Give this gold and marble bar set to the host or hostess that wants to entertain in style. It is very Mad Men.
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.
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.
1. The Oversized Sweater
2. The Cutout Sweater
This is the perfect sweater to pair with our Rialto bralette.
3. The High Neck Sweater
4. The Sequined Sweater
5. The Fair Isle Sweater
We're working on our Spring/Summer 2015 collection and finding inspiration in pastels.
Images found on Pinterest. For more images on pastels and other story boards, please check out our Pinterest page here.
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:
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
Half of the fun of Halloween is getting ready, with makeup allowing you to be the most creative. We picked some of our favorite Halloween makeup ideas from the cute, sexy to the downright scary.
You know when you have passion for something when you get up every morning excited and don't mind putting 12 hour days to perfect your craft. Nor mind weekend work. For a lot of people, they don't even get on the path of following their passion, instead they are still stuck on finding what that is. In order to find your passion, we think it's important to ask yourself these questions.
When I was younger, what did I want to be?
A lot of people had dreams when they were younger and sometimes those dreams stick when you are an adult.
What do you I find myself trying to learn in my spare time?
Think about all the breaks you take during your work hours or before you go to bed, what are you looking at? On the weekends, what kind of activities do you gravitate towards to? You can even go to your social media accounts and find a pattern on the posts you like to share or "like" from others.
What kind of people do I admire?
The people you admire tend to reflect what you wish you were doing.
If I asked my friends what they think my "one thing" is, what do I think it'll be?
The people around you can often see what you don't or what you don't want to admit to seeing. Fear can cloud judgment.
What do I enjoy and not enjoy in my current line of work?
Think about what you do everyday at your job, are there some tasks that are painful and others that you enjoy and find challenging? It could be possible that your dream job is within the organization you are already in but just in a different department.
Do I have a mission in life?
This is probably the most important question to ask yourself. Many doctors will tell you that they chose their careers because they wanted to help people. The most successful fashion designers will tell you they design clothing to make people feel good. Companies are started from having a mission.
These questions won't let you lead you to your passion right away but can open up an inner dialogue. Also listen to your heart and don't be afraid to take risks. Anything worth trying for is never easy.
Image via Etsy
The weekend couldn't come soon enough. That just means we will be vegging on the couch, eating Pringles and streaming Netflix for hours in our undies. We're just teasing - sort of. Here are our recommendations for this weekend.
- Exhibit: If you want to learn more about lingerie, "Exposed: A History of Lingerie" is still at FIT. The exhibit closes November 15th. (New Yorkers only)
- Party: Invite friends over and make some fun cocktails. If you're a whiskey lover, try this honey, chamomile and whiskey recipe. From experience, if you add some limoncello, you'll be dancing around the room to cheesy 80s songs in no time. Tequila lovers should try this spiced cider margarita.
- Halloween: One more week until Halloween! If you're still stuck on a costume idea, try being a zombie. All it takes is a little make-up. Try this glamorous zombie make-up tutorial on YouTube.
- Netflix: Since we were partially kidding about the Netflix idea, we'd recommend watching a horror movie in the spirit of Halloween, the quirky (and romantic) French film Girl on a Bicycle, or It's a Girl, a documentary about the abandonment of girls in places like China and India.
- Sale: Intermix is having a sale. There's a Helmut Lang Moto Leather Vest on sale for $349 from $1,195. You can also shop on this site as well!
- DIY: No weekend is complete without a cute DIY. We like this mason jar organizer idea.
Image via A Cozy Kitchen
When you have passion, your eyes sparkle when you talk about something (or someone) you love. Having passion for your work and in your personal relationships is not so easy to attain though. We will follow-up with a post on finding your passion later because it's an entirely different discussion.
But we do love cosmetics. It is a tool to help you express yourself. If it makes a woman feel good, we think that's great. However, we do favor makeup that enhances a woman's natural beauty instead of masking it. Here are our favorite beauty looks from day to night and products to help you achieve those looks.
We have tried so many products, but these our favorite beauty essentials. Please note that these recommendations aren't based on skin type.
- Foundation - Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Ultra-Light
- Blush - NARS The Multiple Stick
- Eyeshadow - LORAC PRO Palette
- Mascara - L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara
- Concealer for spots - L'Oreal True Match Super Blendable Concealer
- Concealer for undereye - Cle de Peau
- Liquid Liner - Stila All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye
- Lipstick - Tom Ford
Make-up and yes, lingerie, do help boost a woman's confidence. And confidence is the sexiest thing anybody can wear.
Images via Etsy and Pinterest
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)
We look forward to the weekend as much as you do. And sometimes you don't know what to do. Well, we're here to help you with some ideas.
- Halloween is around the corner so that means you need to get your thinking caps on for a creative costume. If you have no idea where to start, you can click here for 400 pop culture ideas.
- One of our favorite things to do is to catch up with friends at a new local coffee shop. For New Yorkers, check out some of these.
- Jane Aldridge, Sea of Shoes, and her boyfriend have recently published a food blog, and we love the idea of making donuts.
We think of ourselves more of a lifestyle brand with products that help make women more confident and powerful. With confidence and power, they will be able to more successfully chase the lifestyle they've always dreamed about. And that is sexy. But why lingerie?
Lingerie is the first thing a woman puts on every morning, and the last thing she takes off at night. It is her second skin. It is the foundation for the rest of her wardrobe. Like in architecture, without proper foundations, the rest doesn't hold up. It sets the tone of her attitude and wardrobe throughout the day. When a woman feels good in her lingerie, she will feel good no matter what she is wearing on the outside.
We use high quality materials that are delicate yet hold up throughout the day for the many obligations women have to deal with in their day-to-day lives, whether she is chasing her kids around the house or conducting meetings in her office. Since intimate apparel is a woman's "second skin," it should feel as luxurious as possible.
Before we design a collection, we first come up with a story line based on a place we have been or wish to go. Travel makes us dream! Here is what is inspiring us for the next collection. Can you take a guess where we want to take you next?
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.