Valentine’s Day Gift Guide – Lingerie & Accessories

Bordelle Angela Cage Dress StyleOnTheCouch William Williams Photography

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas StyleOnTheCouch

Fleet Ilya Suspender Leg Harness StyleOnTheCouch William Williams Photography

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It is, Blog Reader, a few days until Valentine’s Day.  Since I regularly feature lingerie and accessories on StyleOnTheCouch I wanted to give  a little round-up of some of my favourite ideas if you’re looking for a gift – to self or other! – this week.  Happy shopping!

Red Light Lingerie:

Kallisti by Marios Schwab for ASOS Inc. Bardot Body (second image, right)

Lascivious Helena Bra and Brief, and black tee from their Luxury Basics collection (second image, left)

Also: Between The Sheets Arabesque lace soft bralette and brief

Delicately Gifted:

Marks and Spencer Rosie for Autograph pure silk French Teddy

Love Ophelia ‘To Have And To Hold’ set

Ayten Gasson Silk Bed Jacket

Fiercely Yours:

Fleet Ilya Suspender Leg Harness (third image, above)

Bordelle Angela Dress (image top)

Love Story:

Zinke Daisy Jumper

Stella McCartney Smooth Supernatural Bra (final image, above)

Be Bold, Be Different:

Murmur Harness Bra from Mise En Cage

Fraulein Kink mask

Fifi‘ fragrance by Fifi Chachnil.

 For more last-minute gift ideas, you might also turn to Journelle, Faire Frou Frou and ASOS Lingerie.

Photos of me by William Williams.

This post was also submitted to Independent Fashion Bloggers project ‘The Season Of Love

Classic Clothing Series: The White Shirt

The white shirt is one of those ‘wardrobe essentials’ I find very difficult to get right.  Not only do I find it difficult to find the perfect classic white shirt, I find it hard to obtain a white shirt with a twist, something a little different but still in the essentials vein.

These photos were taken in Austin, Texas just before I left America.  I love this oversized shirt shape, how the sleeves fall long and the feeling of being cocooned.  I don’t think there is anything sexier than a simple style like this – a white shirt being a wardrobe staple for work wear or worn with jeans on lazy weekends.

So here we are. A shortlist of my current favourite white (cream and off white) shirts for this post:

With a twist:

Reiss Astra Volume Sleeve Shirt

Diesel Cropped Back Shirt from ASOS.

Classics:

J Crew Blythe Blouse

Whistles Iris Blouse

And one for the boys:

I found this shirt in white in McQueen in NYC and loved it.  Although expensive (!) it’s a stunning shirt for the boys: Harness Shirt (yes, yes I know but isn’t it great)!

I’m wearing: white shirt from Marks & Spencer.  Jeans, Legging Jean from GAP.  Skull clutch from my friend Nicole Rosano – see her Etsy shop here.

With thanks to Steve Wampler Photography and Alex Suarez for the images.

Poolside in Austin, Texas & Austin City Guide Part One

After a week in NYC, I’m now back in Austin, Texas.  Although I was just recently talking about fall wardrobes, I’m not in need of that quiiite yet, Blog Reader.  The temperature in the state of Texas remains in the 80s this month (that’s 30 degrees to you, Europe!) so here I am, in a typical Austin weekend outfit – denim cut offs, simple tee, sunglasses and sandals*.

Austin is an amazing city.  The weather is insanely gorgeous and the people here are so welcoming.  You’ll have seen snapshots, outfits and lots of travel tips from my trips to Austin over the past year but below I’ve put together a list of some of my favourite boutiques, bars and restaurants for part one of this week’s Austin City Guide:

Boutiques:

Co-Star Style 1708 S. Congress | 512.912.7970 – menswear and womenswear.  I was excited to find that they stock G Star Raw and J Crew, plus their range of sunglasses styles is excellent.
Feathers Vintage Boutique  1700b South Congress Ave | 512.912.9779 – sister store to Moss Austin (who you can read about here) this place has some amazing biker tees and enough accessories for you to put together a whole outfit before you leave the boutique.
Teddies for Bettys 211 West 2nd Street | 512.614.2103 – how happy am I that I can still get my lingerie fix in Ashley’s boutique.  Ashley’s blog keeps you in the know about in store events (DJs, champagne and cupcakes reign supreme here) plus she shares her expert knowledge on lingerie styling and current inspirations.  A must visit!

Photos: Red Rogue Studios

Bars/Restaurants:

Guero’s Taco Bar 1411 South Congress Ave | 512.447.7688 - an outdoor bar area playing live music several nights a week.  Grab one of their speciality margaritas and stay a while, especially on Wednesdays when Texas Music Radio live broadcasts from the garden.
Easy Tiger Bake Shop and Beer Garden 709 East Sixth Street | 512.614.4972 – when I am missing NYC I can get my pretzel fix here, but really you come for the sausages and extensive drinks menu.  Absolutely try the Merguez and drink yourself under the table with their list of amazing brews.
Wearing: Denim (short) shorts, Urban Outfitters.  Sandals, Nine West.  Tee, Marks and Spencer.  Sunglasses, GUESS.

I’ll be posting part two of my guide later in the week, Blog Reader. Do visit!

*Life as a fashion blogger is certainly much much easier in a place with very little rain or wind.