A Romantic Notion: The founders of Eberjey recommend five lingerie looks that are perfect for Valentine’s Day

Eberjey founders Ali Mejia (left) and Mariela Rovito

Eberjey founders Ali Mejia (left) and Mariela Rovito

With Valentine’s Day literally around the corner, I thought I’d turn to experts in making especially romantic intimates for suggestions on pieces to wear for the big event. It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Eberjey, with good reason. The talented ladies who partnered to create the brand, Ali Mejia and Mariela Rovito, meant to lavish women with ethereal lingerie creations that would express happiness, love and confidence­ all the things that make a woman truly beautiful. It’s feel-good fashion that starts from the heart. Ali and Mariela founded Eberjey in 1996 and I’d say they accomplished their objective big time. Season after season, they wow me with lovely pieces in soft colors, simple, elegant silhouettes and feminine details that are classic yet feel very fresh. This is why I buy them consistently and so do my customers. Having augmented ThePinkSlip.com’s Eberjey offerings with uber-cute styles from their Mila and Theodora collections, I asked the ladies to pick five pieces from our site that they thought would be perfect Valentine’s Day gifts. It was hard for them to single out just five since they love all their pieces like babies but they managed to offer up some diverse suggestions that I’m sure you’ll agree fit the Valentine’s bill perfectly.

Theodora chemise

“This is a sexy triangle-shaped chemise in the perfect combination of sweet and sexy,” says Ali. “We set the gorgeous pink glow lace against soft, muted pink jersey for a very sweet and girly effect. It makes every day feel like Valentine’s Day.” Shop the look.

Theodora chemise by Eberjey

Theodora chemise by Eberjey

Gisele robe

“I love this robe because it’s a true classic. It’s a forever piece,” says Mariela. “It’s so soft. We edged the jersey with a delicate lace to create a beautiful, classic shape. I guarantee it will become a favorite in any woman’s wardrobe.” Shop the Look.

Gisele robe by Eberjey

Gisele robe by Eberjey

Colette babydoll

“A babydoll is an absolute must in a woman’s lingerie wardrobe,” notes Ali. “We put our signature sweet-and-sexy stamp on this staple item. The deep V shape creates sexy cleavage and the flowy jersey fabric covers just enough. Women will want this one in every color.” Shop the Look.

Colette babydoll by Eberjey

Colette babydoll by Eberjey

Gisele sleepshirt

“I call this piece ‘Boy meets girl perfection’,” Mariela says. “It’s comfortable, cozy and sexy —- because we played with the ‘borrowed from my boyfriend’ concept when we designed it. The cut is sleek and sophisticated and the length hits just right.” Shop the Look.

Gisele Sleep Shirt

Gisele Sleep Shirt

Anouk underwire bra

“We designed this bra for smaller-cupped beauties,” says Ali. “It’s meant to be a great everyday lace bra. The delicate lace, vintage bow detail and light as air fit make it a favorite of mine. I just think it’s amazingly soft and feminine.” Shop the Look.

Anouk underwire bra by Eberjey

Anouk underwire bra by Eberjey

Soft and feminine just about captures the essence of Eberjey, in my opinion. My thanks to Ali and Mariela for their great advice. Remember, if you’re in love or falling in love, it’s always a sweeter experience if you’re wearing Eberjey.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Margo

Bare Essentials: The erotically-charged French brand Maison Close seduces the senses with its bold and revealing lingerie designs.

Villa Satine bodice by Maison Close - CopyI recently posted about the mesh trend in lingerie but when it comes to designing sexy intimates using sheer fabrics, Maison Close is in a class all its own. This very provocative French brand, which I just added to the assortment at ThePinkSlip.com, gives a woman passage into the forbidden world of dark and sensual erotica. It’s not for the faint of heart, but if you have the best parts in Fifty Shades of Grey earmarked in hard copy or bookmarked on your Kindle, then you might want to take a peek at what Maison Close has to offer.  The line puts forth subtle hints at the pleasures of erotic games involving domination and submission. The palette of choice is black and an abundance of mesh designs celebrates a woman’s natural beauty in its nearly nude glory.   The revealing pieces hardly evoke Eve in the Garden of Eden, however. Maison Close is lingerie meant to seduce in, or at least make a woman feel seductive under her very proper, conservative day clothes. Wearing Maison Close, a woman is ready for the most private of encounters at any time of the day. Here’s a look at a few of the standout looks from the new collection that I just couldn’t resist and I predict you won’t be able to either.

Villa des Lys Catsuit

Meow! Become a feline seductress in this seductive catsuit that’s entirely lace with a plunging neckline and plunging back. It hugs every curve and makes you insanely sexy!

Maison Close Villa des Lys Catsuit

Maison Close Villa des Lys Catsuit

Nuit Blanche Bodysuit

Shaped like a swimsuit but most likely designed for indoor sports, the Nuit Blanche bodysuit — Nuit Blanche meaning sleepless night — plays with geometric patterns using black mesh and microfiber adorned with flat metal square studs adding a touch of rock-n roll. It has a racerback and full bottom.

Nuit Blanche bodysuit by Maison Close

Nuit Blanche bodysuit by Maison Close

Nuit Blanche High-Waist Thong

Evoking the daring topless bathing suit of the 1960s, the Nuit Blanche high-waist thong is a sight to behold in beautiful black mesh and microfiber adorned with flat metal square studs. This design has a halter neck, bare back and thong bottom.

Nuit Blanche high-waist thong

Nuit Blanche high-waist thong

Villa Satine Bodice

Drive his senses wild and captivate the mind with this bodice from Maison Close’s Villa Satine collection. Lace and satin will make you sexy and seductive.

Villa Satine bodice by Maison Close

Villa Satine bodice by Maison Close

Make your innermost fantasy a delicious reality in pieces from Maison Close. It’s a master class in seduction!

XOXO,

Margo

Heart to Heart: The mother-daughter team of Helena and Kaya Stuart keep the Only Hearts brand a successful labor of love.

Kaya and Helena Stuart

Kaya and Helena Stuart

I love Only Hearts. As a New York-based retailer, I deeply admire what founder Helena Stuart has accomplished with the innovative shop she founded more than 30 years ago, growing the Only Hearts brand into a unique lifestyle statement. That’s why I just added a range of wonderful pieces from the 2013 collection to the brand assortment available at ThePinkSlip.com. Only Hearts, which Helena describes as inner-outerwear™, is a full range of classifications including intimates, sleepwear, dresses and more, all proudly made in New York City’s garment district. The line is fabulously girly with clean lines, soft colors and cozy fabrics figuring prominently throughout. The girly energy doubled 11 years ago when Helena’s talented daughter Kaya joined the firm and the company officially became a family affair. I recently chatted with Helena about her inspirations, the evolution of the intimates market and the joys of working with family.

Margo Andros: Helena, what inspires your approach to designs?

Helena Stuart: I think most designers would agree to having an inner drive to see the world in their own way. This is the core of what motivates me; I just start from the inside out.

Margo: How have you seen the intimates market change over the years since you founded Only Hearts?

Helena: When I trademarked inner-outerwear in 1980 there was no contemporary lingerie market. A camisole was strictly an underpinning, not to be worn on its own as a top. So things have changed a lot! It’s been wonderful to be a part of this evolution, to see a full circle acceptance and appreciation of showing a little bit of what’s underneath.

Margo: How has the Only Hearts brand evolved over time?

Helena: It’s hard to summarize, briefly, almost 34 years in business, especially manufacturing in New York City’s Garment District! When I started, I was using only black and white, mostly cotton. Currently we use a rainbow’s range of colors, textures, and fabrics from all over the world. Also, the original Only Hearts customer was in her twenties, my age when I founded the business. Over the years we’ve grown together, and her daughter is now another core part of our customer base.

Margo: What key trends is Only Hearts offering for 2013?

Helena: Only Hearts is not really a ‘trendy’ brand. We’re doing a lot of color blocking and patchwork ideas, which haven’t looked fresh to me in a while. Also, a big interest in burlesque / erotica inspired lingerie.

Margo: What’s it like to collaborate with your daughter Kaya?

Helena: It’s a gift!  I consider myself to be very lucky not only to see her most days, but to get to know her as a creative thinker and problem solver outside the roles within our (large, traditional, ITALIAN) family.

Margo: You’re indeed very lucky to have her. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with my followers, Helena.

Helena: You’re welcome. It was a pleasure!

Now that we know the inspiration, here’s a look at some of my faves from the Only Hearts assortment at ThePinkSlip.com.

Delicious Chemise

This chemise, in delicious microfiber, fits closely to your body while feeling incredibly soft next to your skin. Delicate lace accentuates the neckline and hem of the chemise, creating sleepwear that looks as good as it feels.

Delicious Chemise by Only Hearts

Delicious Chemise by Only Hearts

 

Organic Cotton Skinny Tank

Only Hearts’ signature skinny tank in 100% organic Supima cotton has an easy fit and a wonderful feel. The straps are wide enough to conceal your bra straps, which is perfect for everyday wear. Great for sleeping, playing, wearing out, anyway you wear it it. It’s the perfect closet essential.

Organic cotton Skinny Tank by Only Hearts

Organic cotton Skinny Tank by Only Hearts

Silk Mini Slip

Our favorite Only Hearts mini-slip combines the lusciousness of silk accentuated with beautiful lace detailing for ultimate sexiness. It’s a beautiful layering piece, in an easy-to-wear, under-it-all slip.

Silk Mini Slip by Only Hearts

Silk Mini Slip by Only Hearts

Second Skin Strapless Convertible Bra

This strapless bra gives you full coverage with just the right amount of lift and support. Part of Only Hearts’ Second Skin collection, this underwire bra truly feels as soft and as natural as your own skin! It comes complete with a convertible strap, from strapless to one-shoulder to halter-style.

Strapless Convertible Bra by Only Hearts

Strapless Convertible Bra by Only Hearts

I hope you enjoyed our special peek at the new offerings from Only Hearts. It’s literally a brand with a lot of heart!

XOXO,

Margo

Net Gains: Mesh fabric is a hot lingerie trend that flatters you with a revealing moment.

Lola Haze Signature Camisole - CopyWhen people think of mesh, they typically think sexy. As a design accent it has certainly been used to add an erotic charge to fashion, especially in intimate apparel. When it comes to high-end lingerie, it’s hard to name a brand that doesn’t incorporate some measure of mesh in their collections. However, mesh has benefits beyond looking provocative. It’s a very comfortable fabric to wear in panties since it’s breathable and lightweight. Still, there’s no denying the visual appeal of mesh. Its earliest applications date back to the 1700s when the French started making a hexagonal fabric in the city of Tulle, giving birth to tulle fabric, which was first linked to wedding dresses in 1840 when it was featured in Queen Victoria’s bridal gown. Nylon mesh, which has a functional benefit used in sports apparel, was invented by a director who worked for DuPont and was patented in 1935. Nearly 80 years later, mesh remains a popular trend for lingerie brands using it creatively in all categories of intimates. Here are some of my favorites that we offer on ThePinkSlip.com.

Catherine Teddy by Arianne

Light, sheer, stretch mesh fabric gently hugs your curves in the Catherine Teddy with intricate scalloped eyelet lace trim. Underwire cups offer support and shape, and are trimmed with same scalloped lace. Narrow shoulder straps adjust in back. Thong styling offers minimal coverage in rear.

The Catherine teddy by Arianne

The Catherine teddy by Arianne

Lola Haze Signature Cami

Lola Haze’s most popular and versatile camisole is sleek and sophisticated with a touch of fun shimmer. Layer it under another tank or dress for a sexy peek-a-boo. For full-on sexy, comfy, and cool, wear it as a set with the Signature Cross Hipster.

Lola Haze Signature Camisole

Lola Haze Signature Camisole

Meet me at Midnight Corset Chemise by Samantha Chang

Meet Me at Midnight is a collection of modern undergarments with ultra-feminine lace detailing. This sexy and elegant chemise features wide rose lace imported from Japan, corset seaming and a fitted body with self-lined cups.

Samantha Chang Meet me at Midnight Mesh Slip

Samantha Chang Meet me at Midnight Mesh Slip

Delirious French brief by Eberjey

The Delirious French Brief is sexy-cute in a low-rise designed in sheer decorative mesh with delicate edging at the waist and legs. It’s extremely comfortable with a “barely there” feeling, making it a great “no panty lines” option for those that want a thong alternative or for someone who likes full back coverage.

Eberjey Delirious French Brief

Eberjey Delirious French Brief

OnGossamer’s signature hip boyshort

OnGossamer is a well-named brand, offering lighter-than-air undies like the Signature Hip Boyshort. It’s constructed in a seamless superfine sheer mesh trimmed with their signature delicate double edge. It’s delectably comfortable to wear.

OnGossamer hip boy short

OnGossamer hip boy short

From camisoles to panties, mesh is a sexy and comfortable look you can enjoy in degrees that suit your personal taste. It all depends on how much you dare to bare!

XOXO,

Margo

Wardrobe Wednesday: Four lace bras that will add romantic allure to your lingerie collection.

Lace BraNo conversation about building the perfect bra wardrobe is complete without mentioning a lace bra. It’s without a doubt the most romantic piece of intimate apparel a woman can wear. With Valentine’s Day just a few weeks away, I thought it would be very appropriate to discuss lace bras. Clearly someone had women in mind when they invented this dainty openwork fabric. According to Wikipedia, lace was prominent in fashion and home décor during the late 1500s. It was used to embellish collars and cuffs and was used by clergy of the early Catholic Church as part of vestments in religious ceremonies, but did not become widely used until the 16th century in the northwestern part of Europe. Lacemaking became a popular trade, spreading to North America in the 19th Century through missionaries. The invention of the bobbin net machine in 1768 caused a shift away from lacemaking by hand as a trade given the ability to produce lace more quickly. Handmade lace become more of a hobby as a result. Nevertheless, the history of lace is certainly ample evidence of why European brands excel at designing lace bras. It’s in their DNA. In fact, the three brands I’m going to recommend are all European.

Simone Perele’s Celeste triangle bra

In the soft bra category, I really like the Celeste Triangle Non Underwire bra by Simone Perele. It’s romantic, flirtatious and comfortable, providing light support and has a flattering triangle shape. The Celeste Triangle Bra is showcases the elegance and beauty of French Chantilly lace with stretch lace cups for a perfect fit.

Celeste triangle lace bra by Simone Perele

Celeste triangle lace bra by Simone Perele

Graciuse demi cup bra by LOU Paris.

LOU Paris, which has undergone a fabulous update, offers a pretty lace bra called Graciuse that I absolutely adore. It’s made using rigid French lace that doesn’t stretch so it’s a great style to wear for minimizing bounce. The flirty details include a satin bow and lacy trim. This is a brand new style in the collection that I predict will be a big hit.

LOU Graciouse lace bra

LOU Paris Graciuse lace bra

LOU Paris Picadilly Demi Bra

If you like a demi cup, check out the Piccadilly lace demi bra from LOU Paris. It features a semi-sheer genuine Leaver’s lace cup, with soft sheer mesh lining. A 3/4 vertical seam on the cup provides a natural uplift.

LOU Paris Picadilly demi bra

LOU Paris Picadilly demi bra

Mimi Holliday Angelique Jet Comfort Bra

British brand Mimi Holliday gives the French a run for their money in the lace bra category with the Angelique Jet Comfort Bra. Angelique Jet will make you feel sexy and empowered in a delectable combination of pure silk and intricate lace in an opulent onyx. It has a perfect combination of full coverage support, structure and beautiful detailing, creating natural cleavage. With its jet black lace cups and matching silk detailing, this bra is simply charming and gives great shape in all cup sizes.

Anqelique Jet bra by Mimi Holliday

Anqelique Jet bra by Mimi Holliday

Whether you prefer full coverage, demi or soft support, there’s always a place for lace in your lingerie wardrobe.

XOXO,

Margo

Molto Bella: Unleash your inner Italian movie goddess wearing lingerie by the sexy luxury brand Valery.

movie boxWhat’s there not to love about Italy? That fabulous country gave the world so many wonderful things. Gelato, fine wines, Michelangelo, amazing fashion and Sophia Loren are just a few things that come to mind.  Did I mention Italian food? Don’t get me started! Say “made in Italy” and images of quality, fine craftsmanship and beauty are instantly conjured. Add sex appeal to this potent mix and you have the hottest lingerie brand coming out of Italia in a long time: Valery. I just bought some pieces from their new collection for ThePinkSlip.com and all I have to say is hubba hubba! This lingerie will turn any woman into a classic Italian film goddess. Picture Sophia slowly peeling off her sheers and lingerie for the viewing pleasure of an eager Marcello Mastroianni in the 1963 film Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. That’s the kind of heat this collection has. It’s created with a nostalgic appreciation for classic corsetry styling that transcends the passage of time. Valery is made in Italy and features Chantilly leavers laces and precious fabrics, resulting in a genuine line of luxury intimates that a true lingerie aficionada will invest in. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and these seductive intimates are perfect for a romantic encounter. Choose from two fabulous pieces designed in sexy sheer fabrics: the Calypso baby doll or the corset.

Oh, Baby!

Designed in sheer stretch tulle with a seductively open front and stretch satin border, this sweet little number is a sheer delight!  The Valery baby doll is super feminine, decorated with luxurious Leavers lace on the gathered soft cups and also along the bottom.

 

Valery Babydoll and g-string

Valery Babydoll and g-string

A Sheer Pleasure

This exquisite corset from Valery is designed in sheer tulle with a lace overlay and luxurious silk-band boning that sits on all the right places to flatter. It has sexy adjustable spaghetti straps. Don’t forget the matching G-String designed in sheer stretch tulle, stretch satin and Leavers lace. A sexy T-back opening is made with soft tulle and adjustable straps.

Valery Corset

Valery Corset

For a finishing touch, add some sexy thigh highs from Philippe Matignon and you’re ready to recreate Sophia’s classic look.

Oro 15 thigh highs by Philippe Matignon

Oro 15 thigh highs by Philippe Matignon

Philippe Matignon Noblesse 50 thigh highs

Philippe Matignon Noblesse 50 thigh highs

Ciao, bella!

Margo

Wardrobe Wednesday: Why a pretty and supportive push-up bra can be an uplifting experience.

Push-Up BraFor the second installment of my bra wardrobe-building series for the New Year, I want to focus on the push-up bra. I like to think of push-ups in the same way I do about a hot pair of high-heeled shoes. They may not be the most comfortable garment to wear, but, let’s face it, they give us a highly desirable effect. You know what they say, we pay a price for glamour. It’s also about  how we feel about ourselves. What girl doesn’t want a little help now and then? Push-up bras produce different levels of enhancement. Depending on our personal taste, a push-up can give us a nice lift that supports and flatters us in a fitted top or dress or make us a strong contender for a part-time gig at the local Hooters. My point is that push-ups are like makeup for the bustline. Construction is important. On average, no two push-up bras are built the same way so it’s good to try out a few styles from different brands to find out which one offers the best fit for you. I have three brands that I like to recommend to customers depending on their needs.

The Little Bra Company

For small-breasted women, The Mercedes bra is a sophisticated petite demi push-up with medium padded contoured smooth cups for subtle lift and support, and hints of feminine lace detail. More side coverage offers attractive looking rounded lift. Perfect for scoop neck and lower cut tops. Although you still get the cleavage and push-up known from The Little Bra Company bras, the cups are slightly roomier with more elastic in the band. Please consider a size that is closer to your general bra size. This bra does not fit as snug as the other styles from The Little Bra Company.

The Little Bra Company Mercedes push-up bra

The Little Bra Company Mercedes push-up bra

Simone Perele

Simone Perele is a brand to turn to for a romantic take on most bras. The Amour Push Up Racerback bra features luxurious lace, romantic details, and a flattering fit. It’s designed with contour cups and progressive padding that enhance and lift. Embroidered flowers accent the wide-set straps and center gore.

Amour push-up bra by Simone Perele

Amour push-up bra by Simone Perele

OnGossamer

OnGossamer has a trio of push-ups that offer variety in degree of uplift and neckline.

The Bump it Up push-up is one of the brand’s best-selling bras with seamless superfine mesh and a graduated push-up pad to create cleavage that bumps you up one whole cup size. You can twist the bra at the center for even more lift.

OnGossamer Bump it Up push-up

OnGossamer Bump it Up push-up

OnGossamer’s Sleek & Lace Scoop Neck push-up  has their deepest plunging neckline with cleverly angled cups and graduated push-up pads for maximum cleavage. It’s beautiful in silky, sleek fabric and a stretch lace back that adds the perfect touch of femininity.

OnGossamer Sleek & Lace Scoop Neck push-up

OnGossamer Sleek & Lace Scoop Neck push-up

If you’re wearing something without straps, OnGossamer’s superfine Mesh Strapless Push-Up bra overlays a push-up strapless pad to create a seamless look. It has lightweight silicone edging on the back to avoid slipping and is highly versatile with convertible straps.

OnGossamer Strapless Bra

OnGossamer Strapless Bra

As you build that new lingerie wardrobe for the New Year, don’t forget to include a push-up or two. They’re the perfect pick-me-up in more ways than one!

XOXO,

Margo

Full Disclosure: Expert bra-shopping tips from Empreinte for the full-busted woman.

Lilly Rose full-cup bra by Empreinte

Lilly Rose full-cup bra by Empreinte

I recently wrote a post offering bra-shopping tips for small-breasted women and it was a huge success. I’m very grateful that women found the information helpful and was inspired to do a similar post with the full-busted woman in mind. This led me to approach a brand that I consider the Bentley of bras: Empreinte. This 66-year-old French brand has a rich history of corsetry design dedicated to the luscious figures of full-busted women who have cup sizes in the range of 30 to 46 from C to H. As a chesty woman myself, I’m a big fan of Empreinte. Their quality, style and craftsmanship have never let me down, quite literally. And boy, are they gorgeous bras! No expense is spared by the Empreinte design team when they develop each season’s styles. If you love moulded lace, satin and tulle, this is the brand for you. Their bras are like works of art and they were recognized for their creativity in 2011 by the trade show Salon International de la Lingerie in Paris, which voted the brand Designer of the Year. Empreinte’s spokeswoman Séverine Maisonnasse responded to my request for tips on how a full-busted woman should go about selecting the perfect bra for her size. She explained how Empreinte bras are distinguished by certain features:

1. The cups are made with rigid fabric to ensure optimal support and comfort.

2. Large cup sizes depend on strong bra straps to support a full figure and full bustline. For this reason, Empreinte’s bra straps have a low degree of elasticity.

3. Empreinte uses a full, closed underwire in the underside of each bra. A closed underwire is extremely slimming and slenderizing. Empreinte’s underwires are thicker and more sturdy than standard bras, ensuring they lie flat on the body and do not twist.

4. The specific fabric used for the back of the bras doesn’t stretch out of shape and therefore ensures a very supportive fit.

When shopping for a bra, there are certain steps a full-busted woman can take to ensure she chooses the best one for her:

1. Consult with a professional fit specialist to determine your correct bra size. The right bra size can make you look and feel slimmer. It will enhance your appearance.

2. Check your posture. A bra providing good support can improve your posture. Heavy breasts can cause bad posture and back problems. Straps with less elasticity and good support provided by the back of the bra, help keep shoulders straight to improve your posture. This also helps you feel more confident and comfortable.

3. Make sure that the centerpiece of the bra is correctly in place and lies against the skin.

4. In the right bra, your breasts are perfectly positioned. Look to see that the sides are flat and the bump is in the middle for a feminine look. The nipples should be positioned in the middle of the cup.

5. Check that the straps don’t dig into your shoulders, they should be wide, comfortable and supportive.

6. The wires have to fit well on the body. Move around a bit to make sure they don’t dig into you.

7. Make sure that the back of the bra is parallel to the floor to ensure that the size of the bra is not too big or too small.

At ThePinkSlip.com, we carry a wide range of Empreinte styles to cater to all the needs of the full-busted woman.

Full Coverage

The Maud Full Cup bra is a beautiful molded full cup bra in guipure lace and sheer embroidered tulle. The upper panel of the Maud Demi Bra rests beautifully with scalloped edges and corseted lace ties woven throughout. It’s designed with three-part cups that offer full coverage. Empreinte bra cups tend to run larger than most, so I recommend buying a size down if you are in between sizes.

Maud full-cup bra by Empreinte

Maud full-cup bra by Empreinte

Demi Cup

The Daisy Low Neck bra is a three-part, lightly lined underwire demi bra in sheer tulle embroidery and daisy printed satin. This bra is truly feminine with satin bows and straps, and soft scalloped lace edging. The three-part cup design helps push breast from the side, to center and lift comfortably with slightly more breast revealed at the top.

Daisy Low Neck Demi bra by Empreinte

Daisy Low Neck Demi bra by Empreinte

Fashion

The Lilly Rose full cup bra features an elegant chantilly lace floral design across a three-part molded cup, with two-tone fabric on the bottom and sheer embroidered mesh along the top. This bra provides full coverage and eliminates cleavage with a high cut unpadded cup, providing a natural round shape that is sheer and sexy. The fabric of the cups is non-stretch for optimal support and comfort. Also features a leotard back that stays in place, restricted stretch straps to enhance comfort and an elastic underband for superior support. Button accent at center panel. Seamless sides ensure a smooth look under clothing.

Empreinte Lilly Rose Bra

Empreinte Lilly Rose Bra

Plunge neckline T-shirt bra

The Melody Plunge t-shirt bra is sexy and versatile. With convertible straps and a deep plunging neckline, this unique bra boasts amazing full cup support and coverage. The molded cups offer a round, soft shape in semi-sheer fabric coverage with a stunning floral motif.

Melody Plunge t-shirt bra by Empreinte

Melody Plunge t-shirt bra by Empreinte

Treat yourself to any one of Empreinte’s gorgeous premium bras and I guarantee you’ll never settle for less again. You deserve it!

XOXO,

Margo

Wardrobe Wednesday: Why every woman should have at least three t-shirt bras in her lingerie collection.

hanging t-shirt bra

If you’re like me, you’re probably welcoming the New Year with a few updates to your closet, if not a total overhaul. A few pieces in your wardrobe that are starting to look dated (re-e-e-ally dated, in some cases) are finally getting evicted to make room for some brand new garments that will freshen up your look. When you make changes to your garment options, it’s good to do likewise with your intimate apparel. Intimates are like makeup; they provide the finishing touch to your look by playing up your best assets and camouflaging wherever necessary. With this in mind, I’m introducing a series of posts, called Wardrobe Wednesday, that in the coming weeks will examine every category of intimate apparel that should be represented in a woman’s lingerie assortment. Today I’m starting with a style that is a true worker bee in the world of lingerie: the t-shirt bra. Thank goodness for the t-shirt bra. It lets us shine in all sorts of fabulous body-conforming fashions while it quietly supports and smooths out our silhouette with its molded cups and thin lining that prevents show-through underneath our clothes. T-shirt bras come in extra handy during the warm-weather months when we’re not wearing as many layers of clothes, but they’re a great everyday basic to have year-round, too. I recommend women own at least three of them in black, white and nude. Style-wise, there are options as well. The four categories that should be included in your wardrobe include the pretty fashion bra, the extra comfy demi-cup bra, the full coverage bra and a deep-plunge style for wearing under low-neckline tops.

The Pretty Bra

Simone Perele is a brand that I consider a great choice for affordable luxury bras. The Simone Perele Romance 3D Molded Bra is an elegant underwire contour bra made with lightweight 3D spacer foam which hugs your curves and accentuates cleavage without adding any extra volume. Seamless microfiber and stretch tulle offers comfort and a custom fit, with intricate guipure floral detail for design.

Romance 3D Molded Cup by Simone Perele

Romance 3D Molded Cup by Simone Perele

The Extra Comfy Bra 

The Andora 3D Molded bra is a flawless t-shirt demi bra featuring seamless 3D lightweight woven fabric that hugs your natural curves. Made of spacer foam, a superior knit that creates air between the top and bottom layers for breathability. Contour underwire cups accentuate cleavage without adding extra volume. Exceptional support up to an F cup. Chic styling with guipure lace and embroidery. Embroidered tulle at center and on front of straps.

Andora 3D molded t-shirt bra by Simone Perele

Andora 3D molded t-shirt bra by Simone Perele

Full Coverage with plunge neckline

The breakthrough Caressence 3D Plunge bra is made with Aloe Vera infused lace for the ultimate everyday contour t-shirt bra. Aloe Vera-infused lace is ultra-soft against the skin (ideal for sensitive skin) and lasts the lifetime of the bra. Made with seamless lightweight 3D woven fabric, this must-have underwire cup bra is smooth and comfortable while delivering a beautiful silhouette. Elastic along top and bottom of sheer lace sides offers a custom fit. Plunge cut highlights cleavage without adding volume. Lace-trimmed elastic straps taper into elastic straps that adjust in the back with metal hardware for the perfect fit. 1-hook back closure provides a less bulky look under clothes.

Caressence t-shirt bra by Simone Perele

Caressence t-shirt bra by Simone Perele

The Investment Piece

Empreinte offers the Bentley of t-shirt bras. It’s a wise investment piece for the full-busted woman who demands support, style and uncompromising quality. The Melody demi cup seamless bra is extremely well made and beautiful. Featuring Chantilly lace with a geometric floral design over smooth, seamless cups, with demi cups for an open neckline that allows more cleavage and flexibility with your wardrobe. The contour cup conceals and creates a sexy appearance on the body. This t-shirt bra has a round, soft fit, supportive underwire, and sleek ribbon shoulder straps and elegant finish. Sides and back are made of specially designed power net fabric that stabilizes the bra.

Empreinte Melody low-neck demi cup bra

Empreinte Melody low-neck demi cup bra

Take it from me, a great t-shirt bra can be a girl’s best friend.
XOXO,

Margo

 

 

Love Your Life: Margo chats with BodyRock Sport founder Kelly Dooley about ways to live your life to the fullest in the New Year.

BodyRock Sport founder Kelly Dooley

BodyRock Sport founder Kelly Dooley

This week I’m taking a little extra time for some self reflection as I’m sure you may be doing as well. We’re a few days into the New Year and, hopefully, we’re feeling some optimism about what the months ahead have in store for us. If you’re not gung ho just yet, don’t feel bad. You have plenty of company. Last year was a tough one on all of us. The good news is that a new year gives us a chance to turn the page and reset our mindset so we can make positive changes in our lives if needed. The trick is to pace ourselves. In our zeal to take advantage of the fresh start that January 1 brings, we take on too much and end up accomplishing very little by December 31. You know what I mean. You draw up a list of great resolutions then life gets in the way. Slowly but surely, you end up crossing off less items on that list and by year’s end you realize your list of resolutions looks pretty much the same year after year. I find it easier to accomplish more when you set your sights on doing less. Rather than defining your happiness by a list of specific “to-dos,” why not take a simpler approach to life that makes every day an opportunity for achievement?

I try to follow four guidelines to maintain a positive mental outlook and nourish my quality of life.

#1: Make time to appreciate something positive in your life. It doesn’t have to be a life-changing event or possession you’ve just acquired. Maybe it’s that friend who always has your back and gives you the best advice. Surrounding yourself with positive people is a great thing.

#2: Give yourself a small indulgence. Need a new shade of lipstick or a cute new bra? Go for it! A few little treats for yourself add up to brighten your outlook on life.

#3: Move your body. If you can’t afford that gym membership just yet, take time to get moving at least three times a week, outdoors, if possible. I love to take a brisk walk on a sunny day.

#4: If you can’t fix something right away, let it be. Here’s where I think we do ourselves the most harm since it’s easy to get frustrated when things aren’t going our way. However, if you take a moment to think about how much effort you put into making something happen and somehow it seems like it takes longer to achieve your goal. Slow down and, within reason, go with the flow until things fall into place.

I recently spoke with Kelly Dooley, a woman who knows a lot about motivation and achieving life goals. She founded the hip sports bra and coordinates line BodyRock Sport despite the daunting odds of launching a brand in the heart of the recession. We just added BodyRock Sport to our offerings at ThePinkSlip.com and asked Kelly how she has stayed motivated on her personal journey to success.

Margo Andros: Kelly, how did you find your passion for fitness?

Kelly Dooley: My passion for fitness has always been innate, which I definitely attribute to growing up in the ‘burbs with an older brother. We had a huge backyard with a pool, soccer field, basketball, tetherball and much more, so all we ever did was play outside. When I turned 16, I joined our local gym and have never looked back. Fitness doesn’t have to be dreadful. There are so many ways to make being healthy fun. And most importantly, the endorphins are addictive. Whenever I am in a bad mood, it’s because I didn’t get a work out in! As an entrepreneur, it’s really important to look and feel good. Living an active lifestyle makes me feel invincible.

Margo: What obstacles did you face starting BodyRock Sport?

Kelly: The hardest part in starting BodyRock was finding manufacturers. My first collection was made in New York City, just a few blocks from my apartment. But what people don’t realize is that producing in the United States is not all that it’s cracked up to be. In the past month alone, I have met with four local manufacturers, and NONE of them have the right sewing machines needed to create my garments. I do produce some goods locally but the vast majority has to be completed abroad. The other major challenge in starting BodyRock was doing so during a recession. This may sound predictable but it’s very true and is especially relevant when it comes to increasing wholesale distribution, since so many buyers don’t have the budget to bring on new brands. As a result, we’ve decided to grow slowly, steadily, and strategically rather than over-leveraging ourselves, which has proven to be an effective method for us because we really get to choose where we want to be rather than the other way around, which is nice.

Margo: How can a woman focus on her life goals and attain them?

Kelly: Seriously, it’s really easy. Women ask me all the time and I always say, “Get started by getting started.” Zen philosophy encourages us to “leap and the net will appear.”  This is so true. Whenever I am afraid to do something, the end result is always the best result. For example, when I decided to create a floral sports bra in 2010, I was so afraid. I thought, “Will anyone wear this print?” Needless to say, I went for it and The Sophie Bra was born, and this pink ditsy floral is hands down our most popular bra. I really encourage women to listen to their instincts because they are right every time! I achieve the most success when I actually listen to myself and don’t allow outside influences to impact my decisions. If I wanted to be the same as everyone else, if I wanted BodyRock Sport to be like every other brand, I never would have started my company. So, don’t be afraid to be authentic and true to your vision. Find your niche and stick to it! You don’t have to please everyone. I am sure that many women detest both my brand and me. Who cares? You can’t allow other people to dominate your thoughts because you can’t live a positive life with a negative mind.

Margo: I totally agree with you. What do you think is the secret to maintaining an upbeat, positive mental attitude?

Kelly:  The key is surrounding yourself with positivity. Misery loves company and positivity is more powerful than you could ever imagine.

Margo: That’s a great way to look at life! Thanks, Kelly, and Happy New Year to you!

Kelly: You’re very welcome! Happy New Year to you and all your readers!

So there you have it from a woman who knows how to take chances, have faith in herself and make her dreams a reality. I hope you all will surround yourselves with positive energy this year and in some small way can bring yourselves closer to achieving the things you most desire!

XOXO,

Margo