Showing posts with label urban outfitters. Show all posts
Showing posts with label urban outfitters. Show all posts

Thursday, November 27, 2014

The Scoop on Black Friday...

Happy Thanksgiving, my dears! I'm a little delirious from prepping cooking + putting together this one-stop shopping post for the best Black Friday sales, but I'm looking forward to sleeping in a little, drinking the bottle of Sancerre I found today, and eating my heart out at dinner.

So I'm not a big fan of stores being open on Thanksgiving day, but a lot of online retailers are starting their Black Friday promos today and hey, that doesn't hurt anyone (or too many people…). And you can shop on your phone under the table while your crazy aunt or uncle is going on and on at dinner. Here's a roundup of some lingerie sales (and sales on sites that sell lingerie… and also some of my favorite clothes in general), and a few choice items from each. There are some great Cyber Monday deals a-comin' too, so check back Monday morning to see what those are.

[Ed. Note: The following list has been edited to reflect latest sales & expired deals as of 11/30/14.]

20% off online (and in stores) through Monday with code GETCOZY. Love these bralets and adore the star print on all the Starry Eyed pieces. The Paloma pieces are a great choice for bridal shower gifts too, by the way. Left to right: Paloma Bralet, Starry Eyed Dolman Top, Emilia Bralet.

40% off with code BLACKFRIDAY on a selection of items ranging from slips, camis, shorts & soft bras. My favorites: The Lily Soft Bra & The Mercedes Underwire Bra.

40% off everything with code GOBBLEUP. Also, their super-cute and festive PJs are buy one get one free, and undies are 10 for $30… which is pretty insane. I love these mini-boyshorts—they're pretty similar to the lace tanga style that I loved two years ago. Check out these too: Waffle Sleep Leggings, Flannel Pajama Pants (with polar bears!), and the Skinny Joggers (I got a pair of these and have been living in them this weekend).

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Intimate Interview: Marni Franks of Thousand Dancers

I came across Thousand Dancers when a brightly patterned bra on Urban Outfitters' website caught my eye, and after a quick Google search, I think it took me about 3 minutes total to fall in love with these pieces. Marni Franks, textile & graphic designer and the creative force behind the Patti Smith-inspired intimates line, generously agreed to an interview despite current flood conditions in her native Australia.

Pretty Little Underthings: You studied graphic and textile design and experiment with a variety of methods to achieve your prints. What inspired you to start an intimates line?
Marni Franks: I’ve always adored textiles and even when studying graphic design, I took screen-printing classes and used my assignments to design textile ranges for intimates and bed linen.

I love the freedom of expression that intimates allow; they’re like the wearer’s little secret.  You can experiment so much more with color and prints in intimates and not be trapped by fashion trends.

PLU: I adore your line for the vibrant prints and variety of styles. Which pieces are your favorites?
Marni: My favorites change all the time, but at the moment I’m loving a combination of the Barefoot underwire bra in the Lennox digital print with the G.L.O.R.I.A. ruffle brief in salmon silk.

marni's current favorite bra, barefoot underwire in lennox digital print

PLU: Would you say there’s a specific type of woman you’re designing for? What are some of her personality traits and interests?
Marni: I like to think that the Thousand Dancers girl is a little bit different. She loves showing off bright intimates under loose tanks and sheer vintage dresses. She rocks out alone to rolling stones records in her living room whilst drinking scotch from candy colored coffee mugs. She matches her bra straps with her eye shadow, but clashes with her bag and shoes!

 Urban Outfitters recently sold your Nadia set online to the US market. Will there be opportunities to purchase your pieces in the US from other retailers or from your own website soon?

Marni: Yes definitely! The Urban Outfitters opportunity was amazing, I had two different bras on sale though them, the Lennox print and the Nadia print. Both have sold very well which has been really exciting!

US customers are also able to purchase off the Thousand Dancers website and I would love love love to get some items into US retailers. If any retailers are interested, they can contact me at
marni's current favorite bottoms, G.L.O.R.I.A. ruffle briefs in salmon silk

PLU: What are some of the challenges you’ve had to overcome to launch your line?
Marni: I launched the label on the day the Global Financial Crisis and as I write this my hometown of Brisbane, Australia is in a flood crisis. We’re all sitting and waiting for the waters to subside so we can get out there and help clean it all up. [Ed. note: information on how you can help relief organizations in Australia is at the end of this post.]

I’ve faced a lot of barriers on a macro level and even more on a micro scale. It hasn’t been an easy ride, but when the little wins come along—like being stocked in Urban Outfitters and getting website hits from across the globe—it makes it all incredibly worthwhile.

I get up every day wanting to do nothing else but keep building this label and I’m so incredibly lucky to get the opportunity to do that.

PLU: What advice would you give to other aspiring designers?
Marni: I would tell all aspiring designers to make sure you keep enjoying what you do. Establishing your own label is a lot of work. It’s only 5% design and 95% administration, marketing, sales and stock inventory. But if you’re really serious about it, then go for it.
Thanks Marni!

I asked Marni if there were any specific relief organizations she'd like to mention:
- The main one is the Premier's Flood Appeal to support the Queensland Flood victims.

- Brisbane RSPCA, who is our main organization for the care of sick and injured animals. Their head office was destroyed in the floods and they're not a government supported charity.

Visit Thousand Dancers online and follow on Twitter

Friday, December 10, 2010

12 Days of Christmas: Lace Corset Bra from Mink Pink!

On the first day of Christmas, my hottie gave to me... an Eberjey Onesie!
On the second day of Christmas, my hottie gave to me... a Jean Yu Silk-Chiffon Triangle Bra!
On the third day of Christmas, my hottie gave to me... a Thousand Dancers Bralette!
On the fourth day of Christmas, my hottie gave to me... a Lounge Lover Travel Babe Set!
On the fifth day of Christmas, my hottie gave to me... a Hanky Panky Low-Rise Thong Fiiiiiiive-Pack!
On the sixth day of Christmas, my hottie gave to me... three pairs of Arlotta Classic Cashmere Slippers!
On the seventh day of Christmas, my hottie gave to me... Stella McCartney Knickers of the Week Seven-Pack!
On the eight day of Christmas, my hottie gave to me...
Lace Corset Bra from Mink Pink
I mainly know Mink Pink for their flirty, whimsical ready-to-wear, so I was pleasantly surprised when I saw this great corset bra from them. Adjustable straps, basic black, underwire cups and eight little hooks hidden inside the placket—what more could you wish for? It's great to wear by itself or under sheer tops, and it won't hit your wallet too hard—not as much as similar items from other designers, at least.

Lace Corset Bra, $58. Available online at

Monday, September 13, 2010

Shopping Tip: A Sexy Slip by Double in Brass!

The lovely ladies of The Lake & Stars teamed up with Urban Outfitters this year to create a collection of gorgeous bodysuits and lingerie under the label Double in Brass. It's been a huge hit, and they recently restocked this gorgeous slip in black!

If you're shorter like me, you can probably get away with wearing it as a dress (ooh la la), and the plunge back with their signature hook and eye closure is super hot. If you can't wear it out, it's still guaranteed to bring a touch of sexy elegance to the bedroom.
Chiffon Strappy Slip by Double in Brass by The Lake & Stars, available at, $68.