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: Fleur of England

Fleur Turner, founder and creative director of Fleur of England celebrates a decade of lingerie design with her Autumn/Winter 2011 collections.  Fleur and her Bristol based design team are well known for leading the way in British Lingerie Design.  They have been commissioned to create limited edition collections for Liberty of London and have won several lingerie awards including ‘Fashion Export Newcomer’ in 2003.  Boutiques worldwide stock her designs, including Teddies for Bettys in Austin, Faire Frou Frou in Los Angeles, Harvey Nicols in the UK and All The Pretty Things in Australia.

With a signature style of romance with a splash of sauce, Fleur of England‘s collections are based around five moods: fiercely feminine, powerful, romantic, playful and luxurious

What I love about the label is that this season, to mark their 10th anniversary, their five new collections are both distinct and diverse.  We see a very modern, contemporary look in the bold blue silk and satin mesh in the Electric collection (below) and blush silk and French eyelash lace shape the classic (and in keeping with Fleur’s signature style) Darling collection (above)

Iconic is one of my favourites.  Onyx black silk, French Levers lace, silver accessories and fishnet straps – Fleur of England at its sexiest.  The babydoll dress from this collection was recently featured in British Vogue:

This collection reminds me a little of La Dolce Vita – Anita Ekberg and the Trevi Fountain scene…

To be in with a chance at winning £500 of Fleur lingerie, be sure to check out their “Letters to my Darling” competition.  Celebrating the arrival of the new Darling collection, Fleur invite you to forget tweets and texting for a moment and rediscover the art of the love letter

They are also offering free worldwide shipping until October 17th.

I hope you’ll explore Fleur of England for yourself Blog Reader, as there are a total of eighteen other collections, in addition to the five that are new for Fall, on their website.  They also design luxury swimwear and and host a delightful bridal boutique.  Happy browsing!

Have a fabulous weekend xo styleonthecouch