The Beauty of Lace: Inspiration

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Lace For Love and Lemons

The real good of a piece of lace, then, you will find, is that it should show, first, that the designer of it had a pretty fancy; next, that the maker of it had fine fingers; lastly, that the wearer of it has worthiness or dignity enough to obtain what is difficult to obtain, and common sense enough not to wear it on all occasions” ~ John Ruskin

When I think of dresses for events and the holiday season, I often turn to lace as a way of injecting a little fine elegance and beautiful mystery into the occasion.  It hasn’t always been this way, Blog Reader; following the release of Madonna’s La Isla Bonita black lace always seemed too black Spanish window and therefore rather depressing so my teens were mostly spent avoiding it.  On reflection perhaps I just did not have the courage to wear lace then – because after all lace is as much about the space between the threads as the threads themselves.

A multitude of different types of lace exist. Lace can be bold, classic or edgy, demure or sexy, formal or casual; it both revels and conceals.  I opted for a lace wedding dress this year because I love the romance of lace too.

I feel rather inspired by lace. Here I’m sharing with you some of my inspirations and favourite buys of the moment. From bottom up: dress from For Love & Lemons; yellow lace tulle sleeveless dress and embroidered cardigan, LOYD + FORD from Montaigne Market; my dress from Think Closet NYC; Katlun lace bodice dress and Opie lace fit and flare dress from Reiss. Collage: misc from Pinterest.

Are you as inspired by lace as I am?

Hope you had a fabulous weekend, Blog Reader! xx

Friday Lingerie Lust: For Love & Lemons – Skivvies

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Skivvies by For Love And Lemons LingerieFor Love & Lemons recently launched their new passion project: Skivvies. Their debut intimates collection combines lace and sportswear fabrics with a high fashion design so the styles move with your body:

“Skivvies was born from the desire to design one-of-a-kind lingerie with the intention to be shown off and worn under all types of garments. The spirit of Skivvies is to be sexy, playful, and as unique as the woman who wears it.”

Most of the Skivvies pieces are intended to be worn under sheer garments or outfits that you have difficulty finding the right undergarments for. Basically, this is innerwear as out-to-wear, Blog Reader – Skivvies intimates are meant to be shown off while covering your body in all the right places.

My favourites from the collection are the lace dress (image two) and bodysuit (image six).  There is a wonderfully 70s vibe to their editorial; a slightly disco feel in places, the sunglasses and the retro leather sofa…

You can buy Skivvies from Revolve Clothing and Planet Blue.  Click HERE for the For Love & Lemons main site. For more images of the collection, click HERE to be directed to the For Love & Lemons blog.

Credits:

Model: Sheila Marquez @Supreme

Photographer: Zoey Grossman

Stylist: Ashley Glorioso

Makeup: Lottie Stannard

Hair: Ramsell Martinez

Design: Gillian Mahin, Laura Hall, Keenan Evans

Friday Lingerie Lust: Lonely Lingerie

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Lonely hearts label lingerie styleonthecouch SABELHWBRIEFLonely Hearts is a perfect combination of chic, cute and sexy rolled into one.  Boasting a collection of both clothing and underwear, Lonely Lingerie is a simple but very pretty label presenting longline and soft cup bras, briefs and cutout panties.  Describing Lonely as simple is probably quite misleading, since their simplicity is far from basic with their silhouettes complete with criss cross and wrap around strapping that adds that extra bit of oomph.

One of my favourite styles is the Anouk longline bra (image top) in bright blue. Also available in mint, this  bra with scalloped lace detail has a very seductive mesh panel back and frilled elastic detail on the straps.  Another favourite, the Sabel cut out bra (third image in the post) in dark green or charcoal from the ‘Chloe’ collection is a daring design with lace cups and velvet straps. If you are attracted to pretty, delicate things, then Lonely is perfect for you. Click HERE to view stockists, and HERE to buy online.