Saturday, March 7, 2015

Friends who get fit together...

…drink mimosas together afterwards. And I mean like, bra fit, not physically fit. Though let's admit that trying on bras can be pretty exhausting, emotionally and physically. Let me explain.

I went to INTIMACY Bra Fit Stylists last week with a girlfriend with the goal of getting her fitted for new bras, and also to donate some old bras of mine to Free the Girls. INTIMACY is pairing up with the non-profit organization to call March "National Bra Fit Styling Month" to raise awareness for Free the Girls' mission and also to remind all of us ladies how important it is to get fitted at least once a year.

Paris-bound plane outfit from last Monday!

I had a really great experience getting a swimwear fitting done at INTIMACY's Madison Ave location last summer, and was expecting the same level of expertise at their 3rd Ave boutique as well. I think what made this visit even more fun was going with a friend. Trust me—especially if you're not boob-shy, it reduces the redundancy of taking off and putting on bra after bra. Plus, Fitting Friend can gut-check your purchase candidates for a final yes or no, especially if you're the type to not quite trust salespeople. (Sidenote on fittings: don't be that girl who brings her boyfriend/husband into the fitting room area, that's really annoying for all the other women around you).

Shown: Marie Jo L'Aventure TOM Convertible t-shirt bra in 32B (black) and 32DDD.

My stylist, Samanta Locarno, brought me my size for a few styles I picked out, then brought a few others that she thought I'd like based on my choices. I'm going to admit here that INTIMACY is a tough shopping boutique for me—I'm a visual shopper, and most of the sizes that are on display are larger cup sizes, so I'm never sure what they actually have in my size and what they don't. But what you have to remember is that they always have more sizes, you just have to ask.

I tried on a tried-and-true style from Simone Perele, the Caressence 3D Full Cup bra in a gorgeous royal blue shade that was on sale, and a couple of styles from Marie Jo. I'd heard rave reviews about Marie Jo, but it's a brand that I've never really gravitated towards for a few reasons. 1, the designs are sort of… well, dated. I like a more more modern-looking bra (listen, aesthetics are important to me) and MJ never really made the cut. 2, the cups look gigantic for even a B-cup. Visually, I'm thinking "how in the world are my boobs going to fill that??" Well, it turns out that my boobs filled them out fine. And if anything, the MJ bras were by far the most comfortable padded bras I've ever tried. Totally sold.

Shown: (from top to bottom) Simone Perele Caressence 3D Full Cup Bra; Marie Jo JANE Balconette T-shirt Bra; Marie Jo L'Aventure TOM Convertible T-shirt Bra.

Moral(s) of the story: even if the design of the bra totally freaks you out, try it on. And go with a friend. If she hasn't been fitted in awhile and she can't believe what her new size is, she'll need some booze afterwards to deal with the news.

Find an INTIMACY near you and go get fitted.

This post was written in exchange for product.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Let's Talk About Socks, Baby.

I have a confession to make: I finally threw out four pairs of trouser socks that I purchased at Anthropologie in 2009

Yes, I know. I was wearing those damn socks for way too long. I just couldn't bring myself to throw them out, because what else was I supposed to wear with my boots? My ankle socks for the gym weren't going to cut it for any of them. So I kept on going until I just couldn't ignore the holes anymore. And I threw them out.

I realized I had reached a point where I wasn't even wearing them that often, and I was wearing said gym socks with my moto boots. So last month during Black Friday sales, I took advantage of Madewell's sale and bought a buttload of socks. And look how cute they are! My feet and ankles are happy campers now.

I guess it's sort of weird, right? The lingerie blogger ignores her feet and suits up in gym socks while wearing La Perla? I don't know—I suppose we all have our priorities and for the past 5 years, they just weren't my feet. I did invest in a few pairs of thin Wolford Velvet 66 socks for the few pairs of boots I have where those old trouser socks and my gym socks were just too bulky, and those were a lifesaver. I'd love a whole drawerful of those if I could. Think of how much space they'd save! But especially worn with boots, these fun socks are indeed like lingerie for the feet—they're just a little bit of fun that only you know about.

Oh, and P.S. all the remaining patterns for the Hansel from Basel x Madewell socks are $5.99 - $9.99 right now, so… you're welcome. x




All images by Esther Kim

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Holiday Wishlist: Jess Tice, Artist

Jess Tice is an artist (and her paper pop-up skills are so crazy cool), who also happens to have beautiful taste in lingerie. A supporter of PLU since the start, her enthusiasm for pretty little everythings is such an inspiration and reminds me why I love writing about lingerie. So excited to share her wish list for a beautiful, relaxing holiday season!

1. Morgan Lane Orion Frankie Shirt
I hope this little number is under my tree this year!  It's ever so versatile for work and play, dressed up or down.

This is for my rock-and-roll side… which is just edgy enough to wear this on a daily basis but not actually take the piercing plunge.

I think everyone needs a ritual for the end of the day. Mine includes a cocktail and slipping into this luxurious Dead Sea mineral bath salt—nothing relaxes me quite like this. And I love supporting local businesses—Soap CheriĆ© is in Brooklyn.

Dita hits all the right marks with her lingerie line. I love the color of this set in Parisienne Blue, and how it just oozes sex appeal. And now that I'm a grown up, I'll actually wear the set together.

This jasmine perfume is divine! The smell isn't overpowering and not too floral. It's the perfect mysterious scent. I have to admit that whenever I stop at ABC Carpet, I have to 'try' it on. 

 Shop Jess' Wishlist:
1. Morgan Lane Orion Frankie Shirt, $138 at Journelle.com.
2. Jennie Kwon Diamond Septum Cuff, $210 at CatbirdNYC.com.
3. Soap Cherie Neroli Bergamot Bath Soak, $28 at SoapCherie.com.
4. Dita Von Teese Madame X Set: Underwire Bra, $70; Bikini, $42; Garter, $52. All available at Journelle.com.