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

Scandalously Seductive: The vintage shapewear brand Scandale is reborn with sexy and functional allure.

Balconette bra by Scandale

Balconette bra by Scandale

Look up the word siren and you’ll find it defined as a woman who is considered to be dangerously seductive. This quality is beautifully captured in the Sirene Collection, the new incarnation of the classic French shapewear brand Scandale. It was created in 1932 when corsetry and hosiery maker Robert Perrier applied new fabric presented to him by a salesman to the then restrictive lace-up designs of the day and revolutionized the market with a softer wearing experience so delectable that his assistant describe it as a scandal. Flash forward 70 years and Scandale has reemerged to once again scandalize the shapewear industry with vintage-inspired designs updated with state-of-the-art fabrics and construction that today’s women are bound to find irresistible. Scandale certainly worked its magic on me. When I saw it I bought it up in a snap. Part of our credo at The Pink Slip.com is to bring glamour to women in every facet of their intimates wardrobe and shapewear is no exception. The addition of Scandale to our offerings is another example of our dedication to creating a beautiful lingerie experience for our customers. This line flatters your physique with amazingly soft fabrics that shape without squeezing your body. Think of it as contouring. The Sirene Collection is designed to give women a perfect “S” curve silhouette, defining and enhancing the bust, waist and hip proportions through heritage-inspired detailing and curved seaming with sleek paneling. Best of all, the Sirene line looks great. You can’t help but feel womanly in Scandale’s gorgeous designs that are both retro and thoroughly modern in feel. Sophisticated color blocking in metallic gray and black has a chic flair that recalls the pin-up glamour of Rita Hayworth and Veronica Lake. Ladies, this is shapewear with style. Here are just a few of the selection we offer.

The Scandale Sirene Balconette Bra features chic lace, contour lines and soft double boning for extra support when worn strapless. Molded cups are smooth with brushed inside hand feel. Multi-way convertible and detachable straps with bonded signature red detail adapt to any outfit. Silicon elastic with three rows of fine silicon offers a sleeker finish and support. Sophisticated charcoal grey rings, sliders and hooks are easy to adjust.

Balconette bra & mid-waist pant by Scandale

Balconette bra & mid-waist pant by Scandale

The Scandale Sirene Dress contours and controls with a smooth line from bust to thigh with molded cups, underwiring, a hidden soft suede hook and eye, detachable straps, and hidden built-in pants for an invisible fit. Secret surround control panels are designed to sculpt the tummy and cinch in the waist. Sheer lined lace around the bottom offers a smooth, invisible look under clothes. Hidden back hooks for extra support when worn strapless. Multi-way convertible and detachable straps with bonded signature red detail allow more outfit options. Contour lines and soft boning provide extra support when worn strapless. Lace finished edge on legs for a smooth finish. Silicone elastic with three rows of fine silicone for a sleeker finish and support. Sophisticated charcoal grey rings, sliders and hooks make the straps easy to adjust.

Sirene The Dress by Scandale

Sirene The Dress by Scandale

The Scandale Sirene Bodysuit is chic and sophisticated, silky soft with beautiful lace detail. Featuring molded cups, underwiring, a hidden soft suede hook and eye, detachable straps, and fastens at the gusset. Secret surround control panels are designed to sculpt the tummy and cinch in the waist. Sheer lined lace around the bottom offers a smooth, invisible look under clothes. Hidden back hooks for extra support when worn strapless. Multi-way convertible and detachable straps with bonded signature red detail allow more outfit options. High inverted V-leg opening for a more feminine and longer leg look. Contour lines and soft boning for extra support when worn strapless. Silicone elastic with three rows of fine silicone for a sleeker finish and support. Sophisticated charcoal grey rings, sliders and hooks make the straps easy to adjust.

Sirene Bodysuit by Scandale

Sirene Bodysuit by Scandale

The Scandale Sirene High Waist Pants feature targeted surround tummy control to define the waistline, and a heritage inspired “V” front to prevent unwanted rolling. Sheer lined lace around the bottom offers a smooth, invisible look under clothes. High inverted “V” leg opening for a more feminine, longer leg look. Silicon elastic with three rows of fine silicone allows a sleeker finish and support around the waist.

High-Waist pants by Scandale

High-Waist pants by Scandale

Celebrate your womanly curves with these sexy shapers from Scandale and unleash your inner siren.

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