Christmas Lingerie Shopping (1): Teddies for Bettys

Each week during December, along with the usual Friday Lingerie Lust, I will be posting a feature about my go-to places to browse and purchase the most fabulous lingerie.  If you’re looking to buy intimates for Christmas, wish to make hints to a loved one (I suggest you leave this blog open under his or her nose by way of a subtle reminder), or want to keep your eye out for the New Year’s sales – these are the places I recommend to you.

The first of my Christmas Lingerie Shopping posts is the gorgeous boutique Teddies for Betties, in Austin, Texas. I met Ashley, Teddies boutique owner, during my trip to Austin over the summer.  She introduced me to labels I hadn’t heard of before (like Andres Sarda, one of Ashley’s personal favourites) and she stocks many brands that I adore: La Perla, Lascivious, and Chantelle can all be found here.

Things I love about Teddies for Bettys: the uber chic monochrome changing rooms; the writing on the walls – “where luxury is an everyday experience, not a special occasion” - and Ashley’s fabulous sense of humour (I love her Twitter feed, she always makes me laugh with her quotes and adventures).  The proof of the wonder of this boutique? I returned twice during my Texas visit!

Photo credits: Teddies for Bettys

I asked Ashley to tell us a little about her store and her love of lingerie:

Tell us about the boutique:
Teddies for Bettys is an upscale boutique offering fashion forward and fine lingerie from mainstays such as, La Perla, Chantelle, Prima Donna and newcomers like Fleur of England and Lascivious. We specialize in bra fittings and offer the discriminating lingerie shopper high design and superior quality, in an atmosphere that is comfortable as well as beautiful.
What are your favourite collections:
Andres Sarda, Marie Jo, Chantelle and Cosabella (it is hard to limit this!)
What are your suggestions for Christmas gifts that will go down a treat?
Fleur of England for something sexy and absolutely luxurious, Chantelle’s Eternelle Demi in Passion Red – an absolutely gorgeous set that can be for a special occasion or everyday and Cosabella’s new collection ‘Cocoon‘.  It is a cashmere blend of loungewear that feels absolutely decadent on the skin.
Why Austin?
Our draw to Austin and the downtown area was the fact that the city is so progressive, recreational and supportive of local business.  Obviously being the music capital of the world helped!

Thanks Ashley!  To visit the Teddies for Bettys website click here.  You can also email info@teddiesforbettys.com for further information.

Friday Lingerie Lust: Chantelle

This week’s ‘Lingerie Lust’ is a breathtaking collection of images shot by Camilla Akrans for Chantelle Lingerie‘s Fall campaign.  Featuring Hungarian model Eniko Mihalik, lace and sheer lingerie is shown in the spirit of Chantelle: the ‘French Allure’:

“Every woman has the gift of cultivating a natural elegance. This barely perceptible little spark is called allure. It is not something you learn, it is simply her self-confidence showing through. Throughout these collections, Chantelle reveals this timeless beauty in a trail of modernity, very sensual, very French, that feeling of being chic in all circumstances. Parisian, bold, spontaneous, the French allure cannot be explained; it shows in a gesture, a look, a posture, and in that very French “je ne sais quoi” which elevates women to the sublime” ~ Chantelle

My first experience of Chantelle was as a gift.  I’ve bought several Chantelle items since – I think the bras are very well made and I love the emphasis on lace.  Chantelle aim to deliver four effects to elevate the female figure to the “sublime”.  Shaping, enveloping, uplifting and plunging:

With collections ranging from everyday fashion to “la seduction” (oo la la) Chantelle cover a wide range of lingerie desires too. Going purely by the images here, I defy you not to aspire to a “je ne sais quoi” of your own…

Do you own any Chantelle, Blog Reader?

Please visit their website for stockists worldwide.

This post is dedicated to all the French people I know who have inspired me, and the many Francophiles I know who will happily share macarons with me. Have a great weekend, Blog Reader – I’ll have some photos from Texas up on the blog for you next week xx

Images from here. Many thanks to Anne and Mariah for pointing me in the direction of this amazing photoshoot. Always happy to accept recommendations for ‘Friday Lingerie Lust’!