Showing posts with label between the sheets. Show all posts
Showing posts with label between the sheets. Show all posts

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Say Hi to Thursday: BTS Lingerie Well Played Cardigan & Yoga Pants

Say Hi to Thursday, a special day of the week when there's only one more work day before a glorious weekend awaits. Pretty Little Underthings will showcase a weekend-perfect piece we'd love to wear.

Well Played Cardigan and Yoga Pants by Between The Sheets Lingerie
I have a confession to make: I'm totally addicted to the amazingly soft modal/lycra blend that BTS Lingerie uses for their loungewear. I have this cardigan in shade, thanks to Layla of BTS Lingerie (and yes, I posted it before), but I couldn't help but post it again, in this ├╝ber-pretty champagne peachy pink. It's a perfect hue for spring, and it's such a soft, classy color. During the BTS Press Preview, Layla showed me this color and I kept going back to it. I think even my mom would like it! Right mom? I know you're reading this!

Anyway, I loved BTS' lovely yoga pants as well, with a foldover waistband to hide a bit of tummy if you have one. Since the cardigan hits right at the hipline in the back (though slightly longer in the front), these pants are perfect to with it since you can fold the waist a bit higher to avoid inadvertent butt cleavage. Gimme a simple tank top to wear under the cardi, and you've got my perfect weekend outfit to run errands in comfort and style!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Get Ready For Spring... Between the Sheets!

No, no, not like that—I mean with BTS Lingerie! Layla & Josh invited me to their press suite at the AKA Hotel in Times Square and gave me a preview of the fall collections, and I got to see the Spring/Summer pieces as well. 

I was so excited to see that she's keeping the terrific standbys in loungewear, like the Playdate and Come Out & Play lines. It was really interesting to hear how mindful she is about the designs of certain pieces, like the cardigans, so that the fabric doesn't lose it's drapey swing as the sizes go up. The Spring/Summer collection includes some fun pieces that can pull double duty as beachwear, or you can layer tees and tanks over your favorite bralettes that you hate to cover up.

The super-luxe Specimens of Seduction line still has some really interesting pieces, like a vintage-gown-inspired Deco Wrap Gown, and the Sheer Romance Robe, which could easily double as a dress for the red carpet. There are some AMAZING pieces coming for fall which I couldn't photograph, but trust me—I was going gaga over the colors and styles that Layla crafted together.

Be on the lookout for Layla and Josh on a new show premiering on the Sundance Channel called "All On the Line" with Elle Magazine's Joe Zee!

Such an easy bridal-esque table, isn't it?

Layla explained that the grain of the fabric in this top run vertically which makes the straps roll so thin. I love how easy & downtown NYC this top looks, and it's perfect for layering over gorgeous bralettes.

Erica, I know you're reading this—look, shorts! With pockets!

I love the tie-back on this top. You can barely see it, but check out how the straps line in the back to continue that U-shape.

Erica, look—more shorts!

I love the little lace winks up near the straps.

How Old Hollywood-glam would this be with a LBD slip underneath? The lace detail hidden in the waistband is so subtle.

Layla explains how the Deco Lace Wrap Gown works!

One of Layla's own vintage bras decorating a table

Previously: Intimate Interview with Layla L'obatti

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Say Hi to Thursday: BTS Lingerie Well Played Cardigan & Lounge Pants

Say Hi to Thursday, a special day of the week when there's only one more work day before a glorious weekend awaits. Pretty Little Underthings will showcase a weekend-perfect piece we'd love to wear.

Well Played Cardigan and Lounge Pants by Between The Sheets Lingerie
I got the most delightful surprise in the mail last week: Layla L'obatti of Between The Sheets Lingerie sent me an amazing gift, a cardigan and lounge pants from her Well Played collection, as well as a Come Out and Play camisole (not pictured). 

Since it's made of a 88% modal & 12% lycra blend, it keeps a really nice shape. It basically molds to your body and doesn't stretch out more than that. No elastic at the waistband, just a nice little grosgrain ribbon tie, which means no muffin top (yay!). The cardigan is so comfortable and so versatile—I wore it to run errands this weekend, as well as to yoga class, and I could wear this over sleeveless dresses to work.

I don't know how she read my mind—with the temperature dropping below the 30's lately, my apartment has been FREEZING. The thought of wearing my Hanes sweatpants that I've had since college (shameless confession) was just so depressing, but then this little set came my way and saved me!

Ladies, you all need this set. If anything, at least the cardigan—it'll become a staple for your weekend wardrobe. I'll be wearing this all weekend for sure.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Tempting Tuesdays: Between the Sheets Sheer Romance Chiffon & Lace Set

Tuesdays will feature a lustworthy lingerie set and a suggested retailer. I think we all need a little something beautiful to at least look at to get us through the week. Hope you love them as much as I do!

Sheer Romance Chiffon & Lace Set by Between the Sheets
This isn't your Playdate set, ladies, this one's for grown-ups. This set is from Between the Sheet's Specimens of Seduction line, and Layla has made sure that you'll feel like a princess wearing this ethereal set. The lace tucked into the sheer peachy silk bands is as delicate as I've ever seen. This one just feels so perfect for the fast-approaching holidays.

Bralette, $175. Tap pants, $175. Available at Journelle.com.

Friday, November 19, 2010

LAST Day to Enter the Between The Sheets Lingerie Giveaway!

Today is the LAST day to enter the Between The Sheets Lingerie Giveaway! Be sure to go to this post to read how you can enter, and leave your comment for an entry! It's super easy, so even if it's not your style, if you have a friend or family member who'd love this adorable Come Out and Play set, enter for them!

Entries will close at 11:59 PM EST tonight. Good luck!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Giveaway: Between The Sheets Lingerie!

I'm so thrilled to hold Pretty Little Underthings' first-ever giveaway with Between The Sheets Lingerie! Layla has generously offered a Come Out and Play Bralette and Boyshort set (pictured above) in the color of the winner's choice. There are six other color options than the Midnight/Dawn combo pictured!

Each of the following will count as 1 entry:
1. "Like" Between The Sheets on Facebook
2. "Like" Pretty Little Underthings on Facebook
3. Follow Between The Sheets on Twitter
4. Follow me / Pretty Little Underthings on Twitter
5. Sign up for Between The Sheets' e-mail list

Leave a comment on this post with which of the above you're doing with your name & email address so we can verify Facebook "likes" and BTS' email list sign-up. If you follow us on Twitter, then leave your Twitter username as well. Also, an extra point for telling us which color is your favorite!

The giveaway will be open all week, and will close Friday, November 19th at 11:59pm EST. Good luck!

Bralette, $70. Boyshort, $36.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Happy Friday!

Have a very happy friday, everyone! No posts today except for this one, because:
1. Lykke Li is one of my favorite artists
2. Dance dance dance is what everyone should do this weekend, and
3. We're going to be posting our Between The Sheets Lingerie giveaway next week, so get ready!



xo,
esther

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Intimate Interview: Layla L'obatti of Between The Sheets Lingerie!

I've admired the playful Between The Sheets lingerie line from afar for awhile now: their styles all look oh-so-comfy yet luxe, and their pieces are exactly what you'd want to wear while lounging around. Founder and designer Layla L'obatti generously agreed to answer a few questions I had about her brand, why she decided to pull double duty with an additional line, and what it's like to work with her boyfriend! I had always thought BTS was a large operation, but it turns out Layla and Josh are the power duo behind this small, yet amazing company.

So, to celebrate the upcoming holidays (no, it's not too early! I put up my Christmas tree two weeks ago, by the way), we'll be holding our very first Pretty Little Underthings giveaway with BTS! Contest details and rules will be coming on Monday, November 15th, so stay tuned and make sure to tell your friends.

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Come Out & Play Bralette & Thong in Shade


PLU: What made you decide to start a lingerie line instead of ready-to-wear?
Layla: I have always loved little details, chalk it up to Barbie or something from when I was young! While I was studying at FIT [Fashion Institute of Technology] I had to decide my sophomore year what I wanted to major in, if I hadn't chosen intimates I would've probably done evening wear. I chose lingerie because of the challenges that I saw in it, and I am always looking for a challenge. In lingerie everything from the materials to the fit is so important, dare I say it begs perfection? Everything is right up against a woman's skin so the fabric or lace can't be scratchy, the elastic can't dig in, the leg can't twist. These are all the things I try to focus on when I'm designing. Plus, I have always been a homebody, so lingerie and loungewear just fit my personality!

PLU: What has inspired you the most for your Between The Sheets line?
Layla: I find inspiration two ways: one, fabrics and trims that inspire me to be creative in their use, I can't say exactly what draws me to them, but I know it when I see it. two, things I dislike in garments I have, and I hate to admit to such pessimistic behavior but sometimes the things we wish were different are a great fuel for creative thought and improvement!

A few styles from Specimens of Seduction

PLU: What came first—Specimens of Seduction or BTS? What inspires you for Specimens of Seduction?
Layla: All at once, I knew that in order to make a concise brand image my lacy and luxe side would demand a higher price point that wouldn't fit within the main customer that I wanted for Between the Sheets Collection. I decided I would do capsule collections of high end pieces in limited quanities. The Specimens of Seduction range is more personal, it is the kind of lingerie I wish I could wear everyday and allows me to really flex my creative muscles with complicated silhouettes, patterns, and construction. Between the Sheets Collection was always the main vision, a line of playful, and wearably luxe intimates that everyone from moms to grandmothers could wear, but that would also appeal to the modern city girl who was tired of frills and writing across her behind and ready for more mature and sophisticated sleepwear with a playful attitude.

PLU: What is the most rewarding part of the design and/or production process? 
Layla: Each step from conception, to samplemaking, to selling to stores, and finally production is rewarding, but my favorite part of the process is the photoshoot. It's the first time I really see the whole collection come into view, before that each design is it's own separate project and at the shoot when it all comes together with styling, hair, makeup and concept it comes to life! Then everytime I look back at those images I remember the work it took to breathe life into that moment... and there is something very thrilling about that.

PLU: What is it like to work as a girlfriend/boyfriend duo?
Layla: I never thought that I would find a partner who would be so supportive of my dream, and in the beginning I don't think either of us knew how much of our lives would become devoted to making this business and this vision come to life! Now I can truly say I wish for more balance one day... and I think he would say the same, but it is really amazing that this whole thing has brought out a creative and entrepreneurial fire in him. There are definitely rough days when the stress of running a business wears on our relationship, and I wish there were fewer of those, but overall the level of communication and partnership required for us to be doing this has made our relationship and friendship stronger. I loved him before we set out on this journey, and I love him even more for walking it with me.
PLU: What inspired this year's holiday collection?
Layla: One day my dilute calico was sitting on top of some samples (she likes to do that often) and her colors blended so beautifully with them! I started looking through my Pantones to find the perfect shade of peach/taupe and grey to go with our ivory. The pops of red with bows made them perfect for holiday, Valentine's Day, everyday! No reason not to wear cute lingerie everyday!

PLU: Any advice for other young designers aspiring to start their own line?
Layla: Learn your craft, and never stop learning! Intern if you can, find a mentor, and just soak up knowledge. I had about 7 internships under my belt by the time I graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology, from everything from a button company, a dress/RTW co, and a couple lingerie and sleepwear brands. Every single one was an opportunity to be a fly on the wall, so by the time I got a job I knew a lot more than my competition, and then by the time I wanted to start my own brand I had the experience and confidence to try my own thing! Whether you want to design lingerie or handbags I think the same holds true.

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Thanks Layla!

Come Out & Play Bralette, $70. Thong, $32. Available online at BTSLingerie.com.

Follow BTS on Twitter: @BTSLingerie