Agent Provocateur; Ligne Tanya

i do like this lingerie line by Agent Provocateur both for its colour and its soft sensual feminine luxury.  However, i will need to find myself a wealthy sugar daddy if ever i am going to afford to buy even one of the items never mind the entire range.  Sigh!  Oh well, it does no harm to dream!
The line is called “Tanya” and comprises bra, brief, thong, suspender belt, basque and gown all in a deep violet colour.

The Tanya bra, suspender belt and brief.

The glamorous yet ladylike underwired bra ($250) has cups made from banded, deep violet French Leavers lace and stretch silk satin. Curve-enhancing elastic strapping sweeps high over the cups, while innovative invisible nude net lines each cup for ultimate lift and support. The underband is made from vibrant deep violet silk, and the bra is finished with matching satin bows at each apex and between the cups.
The low-slung ‘60s-style hipster brief ($190) is made from banded deep violet French Leavers lace and stretch silk satin strapping. Two further bands of lace offer sheer coverage at the rear, while deep violet silk bows add the finishing touch.
The suspender ($230) is also made from banded deep violet French Leavers lace, a silk satin inner suspender and stretch silk satin strapping. Deep violet silk bows at the front add the finishing touch.
The trixie-style thong ($130) has sexy criss-cross detailing, while a deep violet silk bow at the front adds the finishing touch.
The underwired basque ($790) has cups made from banded, deep violet French Leavers lace and stretch silk satin, lined with invisible nude net for ultimate lift and support. Curve-enhancing elastic strapping sweeps high over the cups, while boning runs down through the body, cinching the wide silk-covered waistband and creating an hourglass silhouette. Nude tulle skims the gaps, giving the impression of bare skin but helping to control the curves. The hem is edged with a silk cuff, while the rear features a silk panel and three rows of hook-and-eye fastenings. Deep violet silk bows add the finishing touch.
The gown ($1,190) has a relaxed kimono vibe with a deep v-neck, and is crafted from panels of deep violet silk satin, silk chiffon and French Leavers lace, which skims down the short sleeves and along the hips. The gown grazes the tops of the thighs and has a detachable silk tie belt.



Thinking about dresses for the festive season!

Christmas is barely a month away and so my mind has been turning towards dresses, skirts and blouses that would combine for a festive look.  Christmas is undoubtedly a red time of year and, red being a favourite colour of mine and one i particularly like to wear, here are a some ideas that i have.  


Spotted on “Cupcakes and Cashmere” this is a gorgeous yet simple fit-and-flare dress with pleated chiffon that provides a 50’s silhouette along with movement and looks both sexy and playful when combined with a sleek single-sole stiletto heel and a matte red lipstick.  I am sure the look would grab a lot of mistletoe attention!  The dress is available from Shopbop for just $115 and the heels are from Stuart Weitzman and are also available from Shopbop for $524.90.
A second look that i fell in love with has oodles of red lace which i find irresistable.


Found on “Atlantic // Pacific” blog, a Carven short sleeved red dress is worn beneath a red lace cape from BCBG.  Another option in red lace is the “Hannah” Tiered Lace Fit-and-Flare dress available through Nordstrom (below).


I love the daringly sheer neckline and back on this otherwise classic cocktail dress with its playful flared skirt and architectural asymmetrical tiers.
Another option i encountered in red lace is a simple shift dress by Shelli Segal, also available from Nordstrom (below).
10976433As for skirts, the Red Flair Lace Midi skirt (below) from Chicwish is well within my budget at $42.42.  The flaired skirt features a red lace overlay and scrolled hemline.  
11259125_1507884049538238_226627203_n For Christmas, i would wear it with the “Alone Tonight” peplum top from Cameo with its scooped back in green (below).  The green colour is festive and suits me with my red hair.  The top is available from Daily Look for just $148.99.


Finally, reversing the red-green colour combination, i like the Honeycomb Mesh A-line Skirt in Teal from Chicwish, a bargain at just $46.67, in combination with this Revolution Crochet Top from Jen’s Pirate Booty, availble from Daily Look for $263.99.




70’s Suede Miniskirt Nostalgia!

I came across this A-line suede mini skirt on “Teeth Are Jade” and was immediately reminded of the skirt my wife was wearing when we first met back in 1971.  i loved the skirt on her and would have given anything to have been able to wear it myself and seeing that such skirts are now back in fashion i will have to get hold of one somehow.


The Topshop retro A-line miniskirt is fashioned from genuine suede and is available from Nordstrom  for $205 which is over my budget for the time being (oh where oh where can i find a rich sugar daddy!) so it has to go on my wish list.


This cheaper corduroy version of the skirt (above) is also from Topshop and available through Nordstrom so i might just have to settle for that but alas, like the real suede version, it does not ship to addresses outside of the USA so i am stymied on that one also.  Still, it does no harm to dream and i shall be looking out for alternatives in our local shops now that i know the style is back in fashion!

Fleur of England

Cora Harrington of “The Lingerie Addict” recently posted an article on camisoles and in particular the Champagne Silk Camisole produced by Fleur of England.  i have to agree with Cora when she says ” Silk is the ultimate luxury fiber, and there’s something incredibly sensual about having it directly against the skin. Synthetic satins (which are sometimes confusingly called “silk satins”) just aren’t the same. Real silk is smooth, soft, warm, inviting, comfortable and lush all at the same, and it makes even the most commonplace of days feel a little more extraordinary.”


The article focuses on the Champagne Silk Camisole above but also mentions the gorgeous fuschia coloured Aurora style.  i was prompted to investigate Fleur of England further and the Aurora line in particular and decided that it is such a luxury line that i should share it here.


The luxury Aurora silk camisole has a flattering shape in stunning smooth silk. The lace halter neck panel adds sexy detailing – a luxury design feature showing expert craftsmanship. The beautiful eyelash edge to the lace is feminine and romantic. The silk is decadently soft and smooth and feels great against the skin.  The eyelash lace detail and the exquisite halter neck adds a hint of tempting modern glamour.  The look can be completed with the Aurora Bow Tie Brief.  Sheer Italian tulle matched with luxurious silk bow ties creates the most tempting of silk briefs.
The lavish silk side ties of the lace bow tie brief are flattering on every body shape and make it the perfect matching piece for the boudoir bra. The exquisite lace bow tie briefs feature a sexy front lace panel. The back of the brief is crafted from a mirrored lace panel which is sexy and sheer and the invisible tulle panel is perfect for showing off a wonderful derrière. 
The Aurora Lace Boudoir Bra, shown above, is a sexy but elegant piece of luxury lingerie. The triangle french lace cups have an over bust seam which allows capacity for varying small to large bust sizes. The luxurious silk underband ensures the flawless fit and the Fleur touch is the silk covered buttons that make up the back fastening. The fine magenta silk straps are given a sumptuous makeover with a racer back, featuring an intricate lace triangle insert. The straps are fully adjustable with silver slides. This is a truly refined boudoir style.
Other items in the range include the Aurora Silk Babydoll which fuses a modern glamour racer back with exquisite eyelash lace detailing.


This is an ultra- luxurious lingerie design with its beautiful soft a-line shaped skirt. Romantic lace cups feature a delicate eyelash edge and the elastic underband creates a flattering shape. The fine magenta silk straps have been reinvented with a sexy racer back featuring a soft and delicate lace detail. Flowing luxurious magenta silk satin gives a gorgeous soft silhouette and makes this babydoll perfect for luxury bedroom or loungewear.
More gorgeous items in this luxury lingerie line are shown in the slideshow below.

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I found this fabulous OSTRICH FEATHER SKIRT on Atlantic // Pacific blog and just had to share both the skirt and the look.


The OSTRICH FEATHER SKIRT is by J. Crew ($110) and is covered in hand-placed ostrich feathers that are individually dyed so every color is unique. That’s something else entirely. Whoever came up with the phrase “in fine feather” was most likely talking about this skirt.  Worn here with a black peacoat and pink “Pact” pumps creates a terrific look.
The STADIUM-CLOTH MAJESTY PEACOAT is a timeless item and is inspired by the fabric used in old-school stadium blankets, adding warmth without the bulk. This design has slightly wider lapels and welt pockets, so it’s even more perfect.


The “Pact” pump is by Charles David and features a low-cut topline maximizes the leg-lengthening chic of a classic pointy-toe pump and has a 4″heel.



The Statement Heel

The Statement Heel

And Jump On The Lace Up Bandwagon
I came across this gorgeous stiletto heeled lace-up shoe on Harper & Harley and immediately fell in love with it.


The Dramaqueen Boot by Stuart Weitzman is an undeniably sexy bootie.  Mesh inserts create an elongating effect, and the lace-up detail on the vamp accentuates this seductive silhouette. Sizzle with every step as the mercury drops, and pair it with a cashmere sweater and leather pencil skirt.


The bootee features:-
• Lace up with back zipper
• Heel measures approximately 4 ½ inches
• Available in suede
• Leather insole
• Leather sole with rubber insert
and is made in Spain.
All Stuart Weitzman heels have extra padding under the insole to cushion the bottom of your foot and are graded to maintain a comfortable pitch so your foot is at a more natural angle, and you can wear high heels all day.  
These booties sell for $555 and are available in both black and fossil suede.


Superhero Vest :: Long vest & Ankle boots – from Wendy’s Lookbook

i follow a fashion blog by Wendy Nguyen because she comes up with some clever and unusual looks like this one she posted recently in which she combines a long sleeveless black vest with a vintage corset and black shorts rounded off with a pair of ankle boots.  i really like the effect of hiding the very short shorts beneath the long vest allowing only glimpses of the legs underneath and the combination of the shorts and corset makes for a very clean line and hourglass shape.

The “Ryzan” Long Vest is from Elizabeth and James ($670), the High Rise Button Tab Shorts are from Topshop and the ‘Troopista’ Almond Toe Ankle Boot is from Christian Louboutin.

The boot is inspired by vintage rain gear. Elastic loops lash the front together, holding the sleek almond-toe style close to the ankle and creating a second-skin silhouette.  The heel is a high 4 3/4″.

The bag is from Celine and the wrap bracelet from Hermes.