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