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

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

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

Hot Bodies: The Pink Slip welcomes BodyRock Sport bras by Kelly Dooley

Zip 'em Up Sports Bra by BodyRock Sport

Zip ‘em Up Sports Bra by BodyRock Sport

Do you ever feel like your workout clothes can use some sprucing up? Have I got a brand for you! To ring in the New Year in style, ThePink Slip.com is introducing the most fashion-forward sports bra and coordinates line on the market: BodyRock Sport by Kelly Dooley. Designed in fun, vivacious patterns and colors sure to wake up even the sleepiest of morning fitness buffs,  BodyRock Sport is a feast for the eyes and supports you while you bring your personal fitness best. Kelly, who grew up a self-described tomboy outrunning her older brother Mike in Southern California, was inspired to create the BodyRock Sport line to avoid humdrum sports bras that made her feel like she was wearing prison wear. She created designs she coined “Style-wear” to satisfy women’s hunger for fashion and fitness. Like Kelly herself, the BodyRock Sport customer works hard and plays hard. With this in mind, Kelly drew from her personal fitness experiences to enhance the functionality of her designs with cutting-edge technical style. BodyRock Sport features include an inner bra structure for optimal support, waterproof pockets, iPod pockets, side and front zippers for easy removal, tagless labels for comfort, and Swarovski crystals and studs for stylish bling. BodyRock Sport aims to empower women to love the skin they’re in, with specific styles named after real or mystical women who inspire though their confidence, energy, passion, style, and spirituality. In other words, this ain’t your average workout wear, which is why I wanted to offer it on Pink Slip at a time when we all have fitness on the brain. Motivation is a big part of achieving results in our fitness regimen and I think the pieces from BodyRock Sport do a great job of making a woman feel energized with bright colors and vivid patterns that are anything but boring. In BodyRock Sport, you will feel sassy and strong.  As Kelly might say, you’ll glow.

The Jess racerback sports bra

This hot number puts a decidedly feminine spin on camouflage with pops of pink and fuchsia. The Jess bra from the Lock ‘Em Down Collection is a racerback bra designed for high impact with a handy iPod pocket to let you work out to the beat of your fave tunes. It features a lockable side zipper, open pocket on back, waterproof zipped pocket and embellishments.

Lock 'Em Down Sports Bra

The Jess Sports Bra by BodyRock Sport

The Jan racerback sports bra

Designed for medium impact activities, this chic racerback bra has maximum visual impact. It’s cut low in the front to flatter your décolletage, so it’s not for the shy gals. The Jan bra from BodyRock Sport’s Show ‘Em Off collection features an open pocket, digitized lace/fishnet print, and Swarovski crystals for extra bling.

Show 'em Off Sports Bra by BodyRock Sport

The Jan Sports Bra by BodyRock Sport

The Sophie Sports Bra and Gorgeous Gams shorts

Add some flower to your power in the Sophie bra from the Zip ‘Em Up collection. This beautiful racerback sports bra with molded cups has loads of feminine appeal in a floral pattern and a sexy zip front.  Pair it with the Gorgeous Gams Collection’s Vicki terry shorts, which are cute and utilitarian with back pocket snaps and detailing in fishnet or lace.

Zip 'em Up sports bra & Gorgeous Gams shorts

The Sophie sports bra & Vicki shorts

Love for All Luxe Capri

Why settle for boring workout tights in solid colors when you can blossom at the gym wearing this pretty floral Capri? The Love for All Luxe Capri flatters your toned legs and has a 2.5-inch waistband, hidden pocket, shirred knee detail and flat seaming.

Luxe Capri by BodyRock Sport

Love for All Luxe Capri by BodyRock Sport

Tackle your New Year’s resolution to get fit and fabulous wearing any of the looks from BodyRock Sport and you will be Rockin’ the gym in serious style.

XOXO,

Margo

Wild Wednesday: The iconic leopard pattern never fails to bring out the sex kitten in a woman.

           

Leopard print is a signature look of film sirens.

Leopard print is a signature look of film sirens.

What is it about women and cats? Throughout history, there’s been a symbiotic relationship between us and our feline friends that continues in the present. The ancient Egyptians admired cats for their natural hunting skills and domesticated them to vanquish mice and snakes. The cat’s regal air inspired worship from cults, most notably the followers of the cat goddess Bast (also known as Bastet, according to Wikipedia). The parallels between women and cats in pop culture have often been unflattering. The legend of Bast inspired the entertainment industry, most notably in horror films such as 1942’s “Cat People” (remade in 1982 with Nastassja Kinski) where a woman was cursed to transform into a murderous panther that killed anyone who crossed her. In the 1960s, the link between felines and females came to a head with the popularity of the Catwoman character in the Batman comics and Julie Newmar’s sexy performance as the villainess in the campy TV show. Catwoman endured over the years and was portrayed as a complex antiheroine by Michelle Pfeiffer, Halle Berry and Anne Hathaway in different films with varying degrees of success. While Catwoman is usually depicted wearing a skintight catsuit, another popular take on feline style is the leopard print, which today is more than a trend, it’s a must-have look in any fashion-conscious woman’s wardrobe. Around the same time that Catwoman emerged as a subversive icon of female empowerment, Hollywood became a jungle filled with leopard-spotted starlets. Sex goddesses such as Brigitte Bardot and Jayne Mansfield showed a penchant for wearing coats, bikinis and accessories adorned in leopard print and the classic 1967 film “The Graduate” treated moviegoers to the chic vision of Anne Bancroft as Mrs. Robinson — the original cougar (yet another feline reference) — effortlessly seducing Dustin Hoffman in her leopard coat and intimates. Media images of famous women dressed in leopard usually have an underlying  sex appeal and danger. It’s debatable whether these images are empowering or objectifying. Sexy is powerful, in my opinion. Whether leopard spots help empower a schemer like Mrs. Robinson or a playful sex kitten like Jayne Mansfield, who reportedly was far smarter than her public persona suggested, animal prints are fun and leopard is eternally chic, especially in intimate apparel. At Pink Slip, many of our favorite brands offer fabulous leopard patterns in their assortments and I highly recommend them as a timeless, on-trend look that puts the grrr in girl power.

Eberjey Leonora chemise

Eberjey puts its signature romantic touch on leopard print with its Leonora collection. Their A-line chemise is soft and light in sueded, soft leopard jersey. It features stretch-to-flatter mesh,  lace on the neckline and side edges and an underbust applique.

Leonora Chemise by Eberjey

Leonora Chemise by Eberjey

The Eberjey Lenora bralet set

The Leonora collection also combines lace and leopard in its bralet, a soft cup in jersey with a sweet lace neckline, an underbust band and a bow accent in the center. A matching Leonora thong completes the kittenish look.

Eberjey Leonora bralet & panty

Eberjey Leonora bralet & panty

Claudette Dessous Sucre

Claudette takes a playful and sexy approach to its designs and the Dessous Sucre Collection is no exception. The style’s full coverage bra is highly functional with non-stretch mesh underwire cups that have 3-parts, transversal seams for a rounded shape and vertical seams for uplift. Stretch mesh sides and back for breathability, with elastic edge for a more custom fit. The mesh center panel has a flirty ribbon bow at top. Covered elastic, wide-set straps have bows at bases and adjust in back with coated metal hardware. A cute thong is available, complete with matching bow.

Claudette Dessous Leopard set

Claudette Dessous Leopard set

Encore L’Amour Collection by Mimi Holliday

Mimi Holliday is another very flirty line that’s doing leopard in its Encore L’Amour group. The Encore L’amour Shoulder Bra combines leopard with soft tones of peach and neutral nude tones. The bra supports you with wide lace straps leading all the way up to your shoulders,  and boosts you while scalloped edge flatters your decolletage. Don’t forget the coordinating bottom!

Mimi Holliday Encore L'Amour bra & knicker set

Mimi Holliday Encore L’Amour bra & knicker set

The Encore L’amour group also offers a firty sheer alternative to a slip with a chiffon belt to create shape and silhouette, and button fastened gusset to make it practical and easy to wear. A soft gathering of chiffon around the edge of the bottom half of the teddy adds a fun vintage feel.

Mimi Holliday Encore L'Amour teddy

Mimi Holliday Encore L’Amour teddy

Whether you prefer your leopard style with a light touch or want to go wild with an all-over pattern, these stylish brands have options that are undeniably …  spot-on!

XOXO,

Margo

Burn, Baby, Burn: How sexy lingerie and adult novelty items can spark the flames of passion on your date night.

Leg Avenue Corset

Leg Avenue Corset

I may not be a Girl Scout, but I sure know how to build a fire. O.K., I’m not talking about a literal one here. I’m referring to lighting a fire between two people who love each other and want to share special time together. For couples, the holidays present an opportunity to give each other an extra special gift: a hot date night! You don’t have to wait until Valentine’s Day to set the stage for a romantic encounter filled with tenderness, passion and fun. While running my store in New York City for more than ten years, I had many experiences where I gave customers, both female and male, romantic advice. It comes with the territory being in the lingerie retailing business! As a result, I fancy myself an expert on how women can set the stage for a sexy night of love with their significant others and I love how customers have taken me into their confidence. Trust me when I tell you I’ve received many thanks over the years for giving them spot-on tips. I like to look at date night in progressive stages leading up to the main event. Following are the steps I would include in your date night playbook. Be forewarned, most of the recommended items are adult pleasure products so you may blush while reading this if you’re bashful about such matters. Don’t worry, I won’t tell if you won’t!

Step 1: Prepare for the big night.

The brain may be the most potent muscle for lovemaking, but sometimes our private lady parts can benefit from a little pre-flexing to enhance our experience, if you know what I mean. LELO, a leading maker of sensual aids, makes a terrific product to exercise and strengthen the genital muscles during pelvic exercises or walking around throughout the day. The LUNA Beads are available in two sizes, Classic, for women over 30 or those who have had children, and Mini, for women under thirty.

Lelo LUNA Beads

Lelo LUNA Beads

Step 2: Wear knockout lingerie.

Your intimates will certainly play a central role in your seduction scenario, but it has to be a very special piece. Red is the color of passion, so it’s a no-brainer to go with a hot number like the Leg Avenue Showgirl Corset. Featuring a sateen silhouette with steel boning, a brushed twill lining and detachable garter belts, it’s perfect for putting on a sexy show!

Leg Avenue Showgirl Corset

Leg Avenue Showgirl Corset

Step 3: Set the stage.

Before you go out (or stay in) for a romantic dinner, put a few things in place in the bedroom to fan the flames of love.  We know men are visual creatures, so give him something to ogle by showcasing your best assets in Mimi Rhinestones Circle Pasties from Bijoux Indiscreets, a provocative and sophisticated new brand of erotic products from Spain. The fun, starburst design is glamorous and gives him an irresistible target as well!

Mimi Rhinestone Circle Pasties

Mimi Rhinestone Circle Pasties

If you’re bound by love, why not take it a new level with erotic play using Plaisir Nacre Pearl Cuffs from Bijoux? Gentle restraint play between consenting adults enhances the sensory experience during lovemaking. These cuffs can be used to gently caress the landscape of your skin and your partner’s. Paired with a sexy eye mask, you’re ready to act out a chapter or two from Fifty Shades of Grey!

Bijoux pleasure pearl cuffs

Bijoux pleasure pearl cuffs

Step 4: Serve up a feast for the senses.

When you’re finished with dinner, it’s time for dessert. Foreplay becomes a delectable experience enhanced by flavored body powders and balms so tasty they’ll guarantee you’ll be devouring each other all night long!

Bijoux body powder, available in flavors such as dark chocolate and strawberry, entice and illuminate the areas where lips and skin meet with this scented glitter powder. Highlight your curves with the richness of honey and fragrance of strawberries, blended with just a bit of shimmer into a full symphony of scents that come together in a deliciously kissable body powder.

Bijoux Wild Strawberry body powder

Bijoux Wild Strawberry body powder

As a special treat for him, apply some Nipple Nibblers balm from Bijoux Indiscreets to “the girls.” Cool, tingly and creamy Nipple Nibblers are lusciously flavored balms that can be applied easily to any other part of the body that you feel like kissing as well for a tasty treat.

Nipple Nibblers Stick by Bijoux

Nipple Nibblers Stick by Bijoux

The tantalizing scent of jasmine, roses and dark woods from the Massage Candle by Bijoux will stimulate his sense of smell while you relax and caress his muscles with a sensuous massage using the body oil resulting from the candle burning as things get hot between the two of you. The Bijoux massage candle is elegantly packaged in a box adorned with a removable metal tag with a bow accent.

Bijoux scented massage candle

Bijoux scented massage candle

I hope my titillating tutorial helps you heat things up on your holiday date night. I’ll let you figure out Step 5 all on your own. Have fun!

XOXO,

Margo

Classic Appeal: How Arianne modernized the teddy with functionality and timeless feminine allure.

Sue Ellen reminds J.R. of what he's missing on "Dallas."

Sue Ellen reminds J.R. of what he’s missing on “Dallas.”

When you think about staple items in a woman’s lingerie wardrobe, you can’t avoid the teddy. It’s a classic silhouette that endures as a symbol of femininity. Due to its flattering effect on women of all body types, it’s been stereotyped as a tool of seduction, especially in the popular culture. I was reminded of this recently by the recent passing of actor Larry Hagman, who played the iconic villain J.R. Ewing on the ‘80s series “Dallas.” You may wonder why he makes me think of teddies. Well, anyone who watched the original series remembers that rascally J.R. had a string of mistresses during the show’s long run and they were frequently shown wearing intimates. Hagman’s on-screen wife Linda Gray endured his infidelities as the long-suffering Sue Ellen, who would usually turn to the bottle for consolation. When she fought back, however, her weapon of choice was often a piece of sexy lingerie. A teddy showcased her leggy body perfectly and reminded J.R. why he married her in the first place. In the show’s later years, Sue Ellen took her fondness for intimates a step further and became an intimate apparel retailer, buying Valentine Lingerie and hiring J.R.’s gal pal Mandy Winger as the brand’s spokesmodel to drive a wedge between them. This, my friends, is the power of a teddy! In real life, the stakes may not be as high, but I still think every woman should own a teddy, and not just because they look terrific on us. Today’s teddy is both fashionable and functional. I think it can work well as a foundation for daywear. Arianne, the Canadian design house founded in 1947, is a master at creating gorgeous teddies that provide support and style. Many of them are so well-designed that they double as sportswear pieces that can be layered under a jacket and pencil skirt for a very modern look.  Arianne is a class act that offers top quality in its assortment. The brand designs intimates and loungewear using exquisite fabrics such as sophisticated jacquards, sexy laces, ultrasoft Modal, cottons and viscose, all sourced around the world to create the perfect comfortable look. At Pink Slip, we carry three great teddy styles that hit all the right notes.

Catherine

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 the scalloped lace. Narrow shoulder straps adjust in back. Thong styling in the rear is sexy and helps avoid panty lines.

The Catherine teddy by Arianne

The Catherine teddy by Arianne

Stacy

If you’re into floral design, consider the Stacy teddy, which features sheer floral lace at the leg openings. This style offers great support with padded underwire cups. Double spaghetti straps in front become a single adjustable strap in back. Rosette accents on front straps and at the center.

Stacy lace teddy by Arianne

Stacy lace teddy by Arianne

Jade

Be ravishing in red with the Jade teddy. This very flattering style features rose and vine jacquard fabric in rich colors with beautiful lace. It’s highly functional with double adjustable straps and underwire cups lined with padding to gently enhance the bustline. Lace trim on leg openings are a stylishly feminine detail.

Arianne Jade Teddy

Arianne Jade Teddy

Opt for a teddy and give the bra and panties a break from time to time. I promise you’ll feel luxuriously feminine all day long and at night, well, look at what it did for Sue Ellen!

XOXO,

Margo

For the Boys: Ladies, explore your 50 shades of sexy by wearing the lingerie looks your guys want to see you in.

Lace opera gloves by Leg Avenue

Lace opera gloves by Leg Avenue

For the final entry in my Men’s Week series of posts I want to address the lucky ladies out there who have a thoughtful guy who is sweet enough to buy you intimates for the holidays. Actually, this post applies to any occasion during the year when you get lingerie as a gift from a guy. What happens when the intimates he selects are what he would like to see you slip on rather than the style you would buy for yourself? You know where I’m going with this, don’t you? You take one look at it — what little there may be to see or even hold — and think to yourself “I would NEVER wear this thing.” Clearly, your guy has an agenda and I’m here to tell you to get on that gravy train… now! There are plenty of women out there still waiting for Thanksgiving, if you know what I mean. It’s so hard to find a great guy with a sense of romance. Remember “Sex and the City?” I rest my case. Ladies, I urge you to meet him half way, put that sexy number on and be the pin-up girl of his dreams. Empower yourself by freeing yourself and celebrate how lucky you are to have a significant other who makes the effort to keep things fresh and exciting between you. It’s a gift in more than one way. I know some women find “playing sexy” an intimidating prospect. Not everyone aspires to be a Victoria’s Secret model and that’s perfectly fine. You still owe it to yourself to put forth your best effort and try a new look while remaining true to yourself. Remember, in the privacy of your home, you and he are the only ones who matter. You don’t have to wait for him to get you something “different” to push the boundaries of your lingerie wardrobe, either. This goes for the single gals out there, too! That said, I find it helpful for a woman who’s conservative to consider dipping her toe in the sea of sexy by trying new lingerie looks in degrees of daring. Given the phenomenal success of 50 Shades of Grey, I suspect that my Three Degrees of Daring is an approach whose time has come!

The First Degree: Keep it Simple.

Believe it or not, simplicity works with men. Sometimes all you need is a key new piece in your lingerie wardrobe to add a spark to your boudoir look. Black and sheer always work, of course, and I would recommend the Screen Goddess Slip from Lola Haze, which lets you be the main attraction in a revealing mesh silhouette that falls beautifully on your curves.

Lola Haze Sheer Goddess Slip

Lola Haze Screen Goddess Slip

The Second Degree: The Little Black Set.

Speaking of black, the theory about every woman needing a little black dress in her wardrobe applies to intimates, too. Black lingerie is just sexy, period. It’s the first thing I recommend to women who may be resistant to donning a full-on corset and garters number. The Little Black Set, consisting of a basic black bra, a panty, thigh highs and a garter, works well without going too far if you’re conservative. It’s easy to put together. Every lingerie brand has a black bra and I like Addiction’s Nouvelle full-cup bra with mesh and soft microfiber paneling.

Nouvelle full-cup bra by Addiction

Nouvelle full-cup bra by Addiction

A panty with a special detail, meanwhile, brings the eye to your womanly figure and adds zing to your style. Try Leg Avenue’s sheer panty with satin rhumba ruffle back or Mimi Holliday’s Angelique Jet Bow Back Thong, which has a flattering silk satin bow in back that literally gives him something special to unwrap this holiday season!

Leg Avenue Satin Rhumba ruffle short

Leg Avenue Satin Rhumba ruffle short

Angelique Jet Bow Back Thong by Mimi Holliday

Angelique Jet Bow Back Thong by Mimi Holliday

For the legs, Philippe Matignon offers sexy Nobless 50 denier suspender belt thigh-high stockings with sheer toes. Pair them with garter belts from Mimi Holliday or Simone Perele for the perfect finishing touch.

Philippe Matignon thigh highs & garter

Philippe Matignon thigh highs & garter

The Third Degree: Dress it Up!

You’re ready to tap into your inner Bond Girl and strut your stuff in a dress-up look with the works: corset, garters, sheers, you name it. This isn’t about having a so-called perfect body, mind you. If you’re an extra curvy gal or a petite one with a modest bust and have the love of a good man, you are perfect in his eyes, so go for it!

This season I’m very big on the three-piece Blush set by Leg Avenue, the masters in sexy lingerie looks. It pays homage to pin-up girl style with lace and a power mesh underwire bra with retro stitching and oversized elastic straps, a girdle skirt with attached garters and matching G-string.

Leg Avenue 3-piece Blush set

Leg Avenue 3-piece Blush set

So the next time your guy tries to coax you into wearing lingerie that you wouldn’t choose for yourself, meet him half way. If all goes well, you won’t be wearing it for long!

XOXO,

Margo

Basic Instinct: Guys, this is what women really want when they get intimate apparel as gifts.

Gift Ideas from PinkSlip.comThere’s a big assumption that when women get underwear as a gift they’re expecting it to be super glam, very expensive stuff. I’m not going to say that most women would turn down the latest luxury set from La Perla, but the surprising reality is that they do respond well to thoughtful gifts that serve practical purposes. So guys, don’t shy away from helping your ladies stock up on their favorite basics this holiday season. This week is Men’s Week at MARGO’S MUST-HAVES and we’re looking at the world of lingerie from a man’s point of view. Hopefully you read my post on Monday about the key questions you should ask yourself before buying your lady intimates as a gift. If not, check it out pronto! If you already have your “Lingerie Facts List” handy, however, you are ready to charge up some serious holiday cheer for your special gal. At this point I want to give you some tips on what works well based on my ten-plus years of lingerie retailing. When I say women like basics I’m not suggesting you buy a bunch of beige panties and wrap a bow around them. What I mean is that they appreciate practical gifts as much as they like the showy ones. The key, my friend, is to strike a good balance between practicality and “fabulosity!” This means a package gift. Instead of going for one over-the-top expensive item, get her a few gifts at different price levels that satisfy both her basic needs and her fashion sense. I’ve counseled men to do this for many years and they never failed to return after the holidays to thank me for steering them in the right direction. My magic formula includes dependable basics, cozy and cute items and one “wow” item. Here are some examples of gift ideas that fit into these categories very nicely.

#1 Dependable Basics.

Hanky Panky V-kini Panty

Hanky Panky V-kini Panty

Hanky Panky V-kini panty

Believe it or not, women don’t just need panties, they love them. Women who like fashion love to collect bottoms in all colors, shapes and styles. Hanky Panky has a loyal fan base that can’t get enough of their cute designs. Known for their epic thong, Hanky Panky created the innovative, and super practical, V-kini, which gives women the flattering look of a thong with the full back coverage of a traditional bikini. You can’t miss with this one, fellas.

Cosabella Cutie Lowrider Thong

Cosabella Cutie Lowrider Thong

Cosabella Cutie Lowrider thong

If you take advantage of Pink Slip’s “Buy 4, Get 1 Free” offer, make sure to include this adorable thong from Cosabella. It has an ultrasoft, wide-stretch lace band with seamless crotch panel that lies softly on the inside thigh for ultimate comfort and is fashionably low rise. It’s not called Cutie for nothing!

#2 Cozy and Cute.

Colette babydoll by Eberjey

Colette babydoll by Eberjey

Colette Babydoll by Eberjey  Designed in stretch-to-flatter sheer honeycomb lace, this romantic chemise flatters all body types by clinging softly and features a full skirt in super-soft fabric. It makes a dream-worthy nightie but works just as well as loungewear. Eberjey is an expert at designing intimates that bring the sexy in subtle ways. The Colette Babydoll has it all.

PJ Salvage Waffle Robe

PJ Salvage Waffle Robe

P.J. Salvage Waffle Robe

When she has a bad day, slipping into this cozy microfiber waffle robe from P.J. Salvage after a relaxing bath is the perfect tonic. Just imagine the two of you cuddling up in front of the TV with a glass of eggnog and a slice of warm apple pie. That’s what I call a classic American comfort moment!

PJ Salvage Owls in Autumn PJ

PJ Salvage Owls in Autumn PJ

P.J. Salvage Owls Pajama Set

Make her feel like a teenager again with the beyond-adorable Owls in Autumn flannel pajama set by P.J. Salvage. She’ll look so relaxed and cute in it, I imagine you’ll have quite a fun pajama party! Wink.

#3 The Wow Item.

Empreinte Lilly Rose Bra

Empreinte Lilly Rose Bra

Lilly Rose Full-Cup bra by Empreinte

The wow item has to leave her with her mouth wide open in surprise. It’s a statement piece that is beautiful, highly feminine and will stand out in her lingerie wardrobe. For this holiday season, I really like the Lilly Rose full cup bra by Empreinte. Designed for the full-busted woman, Lilly Rose 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. In a romantic red and ivory color combination, it’s perfect for the holidays.

Go with any combination of these ideas and I promise you will hit all the right notes during the holiday season.

XOXO,

Margo

Trés Chic: The Pink Slip.com welcomes the stylishly updated classic French lingerie brand LOU Paris.

LOU has a rich history.

I am very excited to announce that we have added a hot new brand to our assortment at The Pink Slip.com. Actually, it’s not a new brand at all, just new to us and new in spirit. It’s the fabulously fresh and contemporary new version of the classic French brand LOU. Like many of our storied American brands, LOU is an iconic intimate apparel company with a rich legacy of fashion and innovation dating back to the 1950s. The glamorous new site for the brand, now called LOU Paris, reveals that its beginnings are as romantic as the new designs suggest. The company’s founder, entrepreneur Andre Faller, was traveling on the famous Orient Express when he was charmed by the lovely Lucienne, a gymnast with a talent for dressmaking who designed her own lingerie. This chance meeting started an epic love story and marriage that gave birth to the LOU brand, named after Andre’s nickname for Lucienne. If that’s not romantic, I don’t know what is.  The brand grew over the decades into a global icon, playing “supporting” roles in films starring French film goddesses Brigitte Bardot and Jeanne Moreau. Like those iconic women, LOU stood the test of time and is now a very on-trend collection that lavishes the modern woman with gorgeous French laces, premium fabrics and stylish designs. When I saw how the collection was updated, I had to have it. I predict you will, too. Our first assortment from the new LOU Paris includes the Piccadilly and Fee de Reves groups.

 

Piccdilly demi cup bra and shorty by LOU Paris

The Lou Piccadilly demi cup bra and shorty is a striking ensemble that has the classic, romantic appeal of semi-sheer genuine Leaver’s lace yet feels utterly modern. The bra’s cups have soft, sheer mesh lining with a 3/4 vertical seam for a natural uplift and adjustable straps. The sides, back and center panel are silky microfiber. The mid-rise shorty offers moderate boyshort coverage in lace with pretty ribbon detailing and delicate scallop edging. It’s a knockout look.

Fee de Reves demi cup bra and high waisted short by LOU Paris

Meaning “Fairy of Dreams,” the Fee de Reves group is dreamy indeed. The lace demi bra features semi-sheer floral leavers lace all over with vertical seam cups for a natural uplift and has double adjustable straps. The corset lace-up center detail adds a romantic flair I adore! Completing the look is a High-Waisted Brief providing generous coverage with retro appeal in elegant satin and gorgeous lace. It features alluring lace-up details in front and back, ultra smooth fabric at the bottom and back, and a beautiful loop trim detail.

LOU Paris Fee de Reves Shorty

The group includes a mid-rise shorty that offers moderate boyshort cheeky coverage in super sexy sheer lace with delicate eyelet scallop edging and corset tie detail in the front and back.

LOU Paris Fee de Reves thong

Last, but certainly not least, is the The Fee de Reves Thong in sheer lace with delicate eyelet scallop edging and corset tie detail in the back. After all, what would a sexy French line be without a thong?

I dare you to resist the new LOU Paris.

XOXO,

Margo