Marjolaine – a sensual range of Lingerie from Pleasurements

Being a devotee of sensual sexy lingerie, i am always on the lookout for any rages that offer a wide variety of items all in the same theme or style.  This Marjolaine range from Pleasurements does just that and so i had to share it.  I have shown all of the garments in red because it is my favourite colour and suits me but they are also available in black, bright pink, gold, ivory, rose, ink, nude, ivory and black, and peach.
I chose The Marjolaine Jardin Combinette in red to show first for it is truly breathtaking with it’s delicate lace paneling and super soft silk. A gorgeous slip dress which reveals just the right amount of skin. It will hug your female curves in the most glorious way. Wear this beauty combined with the Marjolaine Laser Robe for a romantic night in.
Luxury nightwear by Marjolaine – Jardin Combinette in red. A perfect combination of elegance, sensuality and romance. 
Rear view of the Marjolaine – Jardin Combinette in red.
One look at you in the sensual silk robe and your lover will devour you. You’ll most definitely enjoy each and every touch by him. Delicate soft silk gently caresses your skin while you look smoking hot. The Marjolaine Laser Kimono truly is a winner for you both.

Marjolaine – Laser Kimono in red.

Slip in something comfortable yet elegant with the delicate Marjolaine Rare Combinette in red. This sensuous silk slipdress is an absolute stunner with its intricate embroidery and sexy bare back. Romantic and dangerously seductive, perfect for a night filled with passion and pleasure. Remember love isn’t blind.

Marjolaine – Rare Combinette in 

Rear view  – Rare Combinette in red

 

Look dangerously seductive in the alluring Marjolaine Jardin Robe in sexy red. Dazzling lace patterns against super soft silk create one enchanting robe. A glamourous luxury robe made for the ultimate luxury lounging experience. Perfect to wear on top of luxury lingerie or the ravishing Jardin Combinette in red.

Marjolaine – the Jardin Robe

Slip in something comfortable yet elegant for a sensuous night in with the dazzling silky soft Marjolaine Oda Slip Dress with gorgeous V-neck line. This classic mid-thigh length luxury slip dress in red is the ultimate in luxurious lounging.

Marjolaine – Oda Slip Dress in red

Rear view – Oda Slip Dress in red

In a flap over Flapper dresses!

Retro & Roaring is the headline for Unique Vintage’s current promotion of Flapper dresses, all styled on the dresses that were all the rage in the 1920’s.  
In the roaring 20s, the clothing was glamorous and the women were elegant. If you just can’t get enough of the timeless fashions from this exciting era, Unique Vintage has a large selection of vintage-inspired art deco clothing that will tickle your fancy. Their 1920s collection includes hand-beaded flapper dresses, fringe flapper dresses, flapper girl costumes, feather headbands, vintage-inspired shoes and a wide variety of other gorgeous accessories that will transform you into one of the sassy and classy ladies that you admire in photographs.

No true flapper look is complete without a fun and flattering 1920s dress. Unique Vintage carries an unbelievable selection of hand-beaded authentic flapper dresses that are modeled after creations straight from your favorite fashion era, from their short hemlines all the way down to their beaded and fringe details. Their 1920s-style flapper dresses are for costume parties or formal occasions where you want to truly stand out from the crowd.

Complete your 20s look with some great accessories that are worthy of a Great Gatsby party. Unique Vintage carries everything from feather headbands to dancing shoes to make your flapper look truly authentic.

i admit to not liking but rather loving this style of dress and the accessories that go with them, especially the shoes, and so thought i might share a few that  i particularly like on this blog.  Those shown are just a few of an enormous collections at Unique Vintage that is well worth taking a look.

Presenting the Forster dress, a striking reproduction flapper that gleams in bold gold and black, crafted in a jazz age inspired 1920s silhouette with a modern fit. A sleeveless bodice is elaborately hand beaded in generous geometric deco design against supple mesh, while a thick tier of matching fringe frames those gorgeous gams, creating magnificent movement. You’ve found the flapper formula!

Even if you don’t wear a vintage dress to your upcoming formal occasion, you can still add a hint of retro flair with these vintage-inspired T-strap heels from Unique Vintage. These patent leather beauties feature 4-inch heels with tapered bottoms, a pointed toe and the signature T-strap upper that gives them a true 1920s appeal. Choose from red, black or white versions to create a ladylike look that perfectly matches the rest of your retro-inspired formal ensemble.

 

This is an amazing reproduction flapper dress that is simply stunning. It is all hand beaded in glass beads, with a gorgeous beaded pattern throughout with a plunging V neckline and a low drop waist. It has thick beaded tassels that hang below the knee. This is an overdress shown over an under slip.

Add a cute flair to any outfit with these black patent leather Mary Jane Cutie Pie heels. Slim straps across the top and a black patent leather finish give them the signature Mary Jane look, but the 4 ½ -inch high heels make them feel sultry and a whole lot more grown up. A ¾ -inch platform in the front also makes them comfortable to wear. Adorable polka dots line the inside of these leather Mary Janes, and a matching black patent leather bow completes the look and gives them that sweet, retro-inspired look that you so adore.

This is an amazing reproduction flapper dress that is simply stunning, old sport! It is all hand beaded in glass beads, has a gorgeous beaded pattern throughout with a plunging V neckline and a low drop waist. It has three tiers of beaded tassels that follow the dropped waistline. This is a 1920s inspired beaded overdress shown over a slip . Due to the stretchy mesh, sizing is very flexible.

Complete the retro look using the dress above with these amazing vintage style t-strap heels! These microsuede shoes have a 4″ heel, patent leather tip, and covered buttons up the center front strap.

 

 

This is an amazing reproduction flapper dress that is simply stunning. It is all hand beaded in glass beads, with a gorgeous silky asymmetrical fringe skirt. The overall color is a ivory with black beaded and design throughout. Five large rhinestones adorn the bodice along with intricately beaded leaves.This would be perfect for a 1920s themed event. This is an overdress shown over an ivory silk slip . Due to the stretchy mesh, sizing is very flexible.

I just love this black and white 5″ heel with lace up detail on the front toe and back heel and it would go oh so well with the dress above.

Stiletto heeled sandals with a Middle Eastern flavour from Gianvito Rossi

I just had to share these Black leather ‘Gitana’ sandals from Gianvito Rossi featuring a strappy design, a silver-tone chain trim, a side buckle fastening and a high 11cm.  I partucularly love the silver-tone chain trim which reminds me so much of traditional Middle Eastern / Arabic jewellery that i came to appreciate during my 5 years working in the Middle East and which goes so well together with the strappy nature of the sandal.

Available from Farfetch for just $1,108.32! Now i really do need a rich sugar-daddy!

I.D Sarrieri | Ligne “Angelina”

I really do like this “Angelina” lingerie line by I.D. Sarrieri.  “Beautiful and delicate like the sunny days of early Spring, the pieces of this collection tell stories of summer rain, laughter and joy, femininity, grace and the eternal mystery of being a woman, in all its fragility and finesse” to quote the description on the I.D. Sarrieri web page and who can argue with it?  It comes in two colours, red and the colour of peach flower.

Elegant silk satin mini robe in a delicious color, classic cut and rich cloche sleeves with Chantilly lace inserts.

Letting him catch a glimpse of your laced undergarment is still one of the most enticing and tantalizing things you can do to a man. Just like perfume, this delicate full laced mini chemise is an investment in your own sensuality, for you to wear as daring as you choose.

This mini-chemise in precious silk satin and delicate Chantilly lace inserts is a classic piece of lingerie you just have to have in your closet.

It’s party time! This exquisite bodysuit made from Chantilly lace can be worn as a luxurious ready-to-wear top. The nude molded half-cups are hidden, and the V shape open back is simply beautiful.

Crafted in rosso antico colored fine Chantilly lace, this underwired half cup bra is one of the most precious investments you can make. Its slender stretch silk satin straps are also covered in pink laced flowers, with especially cut-out lace details meant to be shown as glimpses of intricate beauty, shown here with a romantic reinterpretation of the boxer shorts. This Chantilly laced brief in rosso antico has special stretch silk satin inserts and floral lace finishings

Delicately beautiful, this soft triangle bra in Chantilly lace is light like a dandelion blowing in the wind and you’ll feel like one too when wearing this gorgeous piece of lingerie.

Rich in special Chantilly lace, which gently covers the hip bones, this panty string continues with stretch silk satin, while the backside is completely covered in floral-patterned lace.

Light, small and beautiful, this delicate string in Chantilly lace and stretch silk satin is a care free reminder of sunny days and vaporous outfits.

There are many more options available in these two colours on the I.D. Sarrieri website.

 

No Extra Flats Needed: 25 Pairs Of Chunky-Heeled Shoes You Can Actually Walk In

I came across this article in Lucky Mag and, as my readers know, being a fan of heels, i felt i had to share it.  The article is written by ALISON SYRETT, ASSOCIATE DIGITAL STYLE EDITOR of Lucky Mag and shows a good range of style and prices.  Unfortunately, as ever, the styles that i like are the most expensive – definitely need to find a rich sugar daddy!.

Every time I see a pair of chunky, stacked heel shoes, I remember the owner of a fashion boutique I worked at in college. “City heels,” is what she called the style, a name that I’m not sure she came up with, but is brilliant nevertheless. Thin stilettos are barely comfortable while standing still—let alone while train-riding, stair-climbing or pavement-pounding—but what else can an urban dweller reach for when she wants some polish and a little bit of extra height?

That’s not to say you shouldn’t enjoy a sturdier lift in a small town or suburbia. That’s the beauty of the “city heel”: Besides being practical, it has an extraordinarily cool effect. Its exaggerated, blocky shape has this striking geometric thing going on that really ties an outfit together in a interesting way; you can always count on it to turn ordinary pieces into a look. Oh, and did I mention how the substantial silhouette will make you legs seem longer and leaner in comparison?

In the pictures below, you’ll find some of the raddest footwear with thick heels—including both traditional pumps and some springier, sandal styles—available online right now. Click through to find a few (if not more) pairs you love.

Nora mules by Tibi - $425.00 via tibi.com

Nora mules by Tibi – $425.00 via tibi.com

i do like these Kitty sling back sandals with their strap across the instep from Tabitha Simmons - $875.00 via tabithasimmons.com

i do like these Kitty sling back sandals with their strap across the instep from Tabitha Simmons – $875.00 via tabithasimmons.com

Vanessa slingback and ankle strap pumps from Shoemint - $99.99ia shoemint.com

Vanessa slingback and ankle strap pumps from Shoemint – $99.99ia shoemint.com

i do like the style of this Solitaire pump from Rachel Comey - $414.00 via rachelcomey.com

i do like the style of this Solitaire pump from Rachel Comey – $414.00 via rachelcomey.com

Crosta sandal heel from Marc by Mark Jacobs - $398.00 via LuckyShops.com

Crosta sandal heel from Marc by Mark Jacobs – $398.00 via LuckyShops.com

Heel suede mules by Mango - $119.00 via mango.com

Heel suede mules by Mango – $119.00 via mango.com

Luz Tassel sandal by Loeffler Randall - $450.00 via loefflerrandall.com

Luz Tassel sandal by Loeffler Randall – $450.00 via loefflerrandall.com

Amorzao slingback sandals from Lien.Do - $178.00 via anthropologie.com

Amorzao slingback sandals from Lien.Do – $178.00 via anthropologie.com

i adore the colour and style of these metallic faux leather pumps by Stella McCartney - $730.00 via net-a-porter.com

i adore the colour and style of these metallic faux leather pumps by Stella McCartney – $730.00 via net-a-porter.com

Brasilia, a tan, side zipped open toe bootee from Kelsi Dagger - $150.00 via kelsidaggerbk.com

Brasilia, a tan, side zipped open toe bootee from Kelsi Dagger – $150.00 via kelsidaggerbk.com

Beautiful multicoloured brocade pumps with ankle strap from Dolce & Gabbana - $975.00 via net-a-porter.com

Beautiful multicoloured brocade pumps with ankle strap from Dolce & Gabbana – $975.00 via net-a-porter.com

A striking Foal Heel sandal by Sol Sana - $189.95 via LuckyShops.com

A striking Foal Heel sandal by Sol Sana – $189.95 via LuckyShops.com

i love the cut-out heel on these pumps by Cos - $112.00 via cosstores.com

i love the cut-out heel on these pumps by Cos – $112.00 via cosstores.com

Dolan peep toe heel with front zip fastening by Coconuts by Matisse - $138.00 via freepeople.com

Dolan peep toe heel with front zip fastening by Coconuts by Matisse – $138.00 via freepeople.com

Conquer ankle steap pump by Seychelles - $110.00 via seychellesfootwear.com

Conquer ankle strap pump by Seychelles – $110.00 via seychellesfootwear.com

Blake Heels sandal from Dee Keller - $335.00 via piperlime.com

Blake Heels sandal from Dee Keller – $335.00 via piperlime.com

Such a pretty flowery design in these Abundant Poise Heel pumps from BC Footwear - $69.99 via modcloth.com

Such a pretty flowery design in these Abundant Poise Heel pumps from BC Footwear – $69.99 via modcloth.com

i like the heel design in these leather pumps from Marni - $292.30 from theoutnet.com

i like the heel design in these leather pumps from Marni – $292.30 from theoutnet.com

Open toe sandals from H&M via hm.com

Open toe sandals from H&M – $49.95 via hm.com

i love the colour of these Stella pumps from  J. Crew - $129.99 via jcrew.com

i love the colour of these Stella pumps from J. Crew – $129.99 via jcrew.com

i really do like the heel design in the closed toe pumps from Chloe - $825 via shoescribe.com

i really do like the heel design in the closed toe pumps from Chloe – $825.00 via shoescribe.com

i love this very stylish Policy pointed high heels from ASOS - $81 via us.asos.com

i love this very stylish Policy pointed high heels from ASOS – $81.00 via us.asos.com

i do like this unusual ankle tie sling back sandal from Whistles - $340.00 via whistles.com

i do like this unusual ankle tie sling back sandal from Whistles – $340.00 via whistles.com

Raquel asymmetric  high sling back sandals by Topshop - $110.00 via us.topshop.com

Raquel asymmetric high sling back sandals by Topshop – $110.00 via us.topshop.com

A lower heel in this  Shiny Court Shoe by Zara - $69.90 via zara.com

A lower heel in this Shiny Court Shoe by Zara – $69.90 via zara.com

I.D. Sarrieri – Lingerie line – Innocence

White is meant to signify purity and this line of lingerie from I.D. Sarrieri looks beautiful, pristine and pure but i wonder how pure would the wearer be for it is certainly designed to be sexy and to entice with delicate lace in every item.

Sensual robe over matching bra and panties. i love the delicate lace ends to the sleeves of the robe and the lace panel in the panties.

Matching bra and side-tie lace panties. i love the scalloped lace on the bra straps!

The same combination as above showing the ruffled lace detail on the seat of the panties – absolutely gorgeous!

Precious Chantilly lace endings and lush tulle combine in a camisole as delicate as a good-night whisper.

The camisole seen from the rear also showing the delicate lace seat to the panties.

Why am I this way?

I had to share this blog posting from Vanessa Law, one of my transgender friends, which asks the question:-

Why am I this way?

and goes on to discuss some of the issues and emotions that all transgender people suffer from time to time while trying to understand their condition.  Please follow the link and read the article.
For my part, it speaks volumes.  It takes me from those initial days of euphoria when i discovered what it was like to be dressed as a girl, through the years of oscillating doubt, anger, disgust and uncertainty, one minute loving being the female i felt i was inside and hating the male exterior and then the next when i hated the monster inside me that was driving me to become something i wasn’t, to the final accpetance and understanding of my condition and the trials and tribulations of learning to live with it and make my way as a pre-op transgender woman.
When i first dressed as a girl it was like a light had suddenly switched on in my head.  i was 10 years old and was playing with an elder female cousin.  Suddenly, i felt or rather knew that i wanted to be a girl.  i had found myself.  However, a few days later when i wanted to share some of my younger sisters clothes she pointed out the problems associated with a boy dressing as a girl in small rural village in England in the early 60’s.  i would of course been a laughing stock and ridiculed.
So, i only ever dressed as a girl in private.  My sister knew of it and did lend me some of her clothes and i also borrowed some of my mothers.  i could not help myself dressing as a girl whenever the opportunity arose but for fear of discovery, became super macho as a boy in public, excelling at boy’s sports like football, rugby and cricket while all the time looking enviously over at the girls playing hockey and netball and wanting to be one of them.  As i reached puberty i fought a mental battle between being the boy i was physically and the girl i was mentally, trying to understand what was wrong with me, eagerly dressing as a girl when i had the chance but then feeling disgusted with myself when,, after masturbating while dressed as a girl, i reverted to my male clothing.  It was during puberty that i began to associate my cross-dressing with masturbation and began to feel that it was phase i was going through and one that i would grow out of in time or when i found myself a steady girlfriend and had regular sex.  Surely then i wold not need to masturbate and dress as a girl.  This idea stayed with me until i got married.
Bit oh how wrong i was.  Marriage and exposure to my wife’s clothes only exacerbated my problem.  And it got worse once my wife found out early in our marriage.  There then followed periods where i desperately tried not to cross-dress but eventually succumbed to that voice in my head that told me i was really a woman.  i began buying my own clothes and shoes to minimise the risk of my wife ever finding out but of course she did and there would follow a purge of my clothing and another period of attempted restraint followed by another spell where i secretly re-purchased my own women’s clothes and shoes.  Finally, my wife accepted that for me to throw away clothing only to re-purchase was wasteful and we came to the tacit agreement that as long as she was never confronted by the evidence it was ok for me to cross dress in private.
We neither of us could understand the why or wherefore that i had this compulsion to cross-dress.  These were days before the internet and it was only then, with the internet’s arrival, that i was able to research my condition and discovered gender dysphoria.  i was already aware that people were able to have sex changes but now i began to learn about the reasns and to discover the many parallels between the lives of these transgender people and myself.  i now knew that in my mind i was a woman but that i had a man’s body and that it could be fixed by surgery.  
i saw a psycho-analyst and gender specialist who confirmed my gender dysphoria and offered to provide the necessary documentation to support my transition. However, i had three wonderful children and a successful career in a male dominated industry.  My wife would not support me in having surgery and it would destroy our marriage. i had no idea how my children would react but i suspected adversely.  As for my career, i doubt very much if i could have continued.  As is still the case, gender re-assignment surgery and the cost of the hormone treatment is expensive and there is no refund, even partial, from either the state healthcare or from private medical insurance. i imagined myself out of work, struggling to pay for accommodation and hormone treatment and eventually surgery as well as still having 3 children to support.  It was a no-brainer.  
So, i am still pre-op transgender.  Will i ever transition?  i honestly don’t know.  i now have grandhildren and am very close to all of my family so i doubt that i will as long as i am able to be my female self on a regular basis which, for the time being is the case.  Life is not easy and would not become easier whatever i decide to do in the future.  
So that is my story, underlining what my friend Vanessa Law posted in her blog.  We all of us have different stories but with much the same emotions and diffuculties and in the end we all have to find our own way.