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

Stella McCartney Lingerie StyleOnTheCouch

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

Just Rompin’ Around: Zinke Intimates (Brooks Romper)

Not that you would know it, Blog Reader, but I actually have a tan in this outfit post.  Yes indeed (shock, horror) – whilst to the rest of Austin I may appear ‘English rose’* (the freckles are just about to peep through) I’m actually mildly bronzed after a few weeks in the Texan sun. Hurrah!

This outfit post shows another of my typical weekend-in-Austin styles.  I’m still finding it hard to keep cool when needing to go out and about but this Brooks Romper from Zinke intimates is great.  I wear it a lot with my high-waisted shorts from Topshop and it’s perfect for layering – I throw a cardigan or sweater over it in the evenings (if at all, it was 88 degrees again here today!)

It is available in four colours (navy, henna {mine}, black and blush) has adjustable straps and a pretty criss cross back.  Made of crepe de chine – a lightweight fabric which gives it quite an opulent look with its glossy yet subtle texture – it has a lovely luxe feel against the skin.

My friend Lindsay of the blog That Je Ne Sais Quoi (you may have seen her guest posting here on StyleOnTheCouch about lingerie) attended the Zinke sample sale in NYC last week and picked up a few gorgeous pieces for me to style:

From left to right: the XOXO Romper, cropped top and Drew Cami in black. I’m thinking of putting together a little outfit for Austin City Limits tomorrow from this set here.  A little silk, a little denim – I’ll be good to go.  Thanks Lindsay!

Have a great weekend Blog Reader! And if you’re in town for Austin City Limits, enjoy!

Wearing: Brooks Romper from Zinke; Sunglasses, GUESS.  Shorts, Topshop.

*Quite possibly another word for ‘translucent’ hmph

Retro Swim

Dear Blog Reader, I’m now back In Gotham City and already missing the Texan heat.  If anyone is reading this in Austin and would like to give me a job there please send an email STAT – will blog and/or analyse for sun.

So, I pretty much hung out by Barton Springs most of this past week on holiday.   I’ve likely returned to NYC as pale and pasty as I arrived (I have two shades, English rose and lobster pink, hardly anything in between *sigh*) but no matter.  I was content to wear my lemonade Starboard one-piece by the fabulous Zinke Intimates, sitting on the banks of the lake and watching the world go by…

A capsule collection within my closet now belongs to Zinke.  I adore their lingerie collection which for 2012 brings us styles named Montauk, First Kiss, Summer Crush, Fireside, Scout and XOXO in a line that encapsulates a youthful summer. It conjures up images of holiday romances and student crushes on long, hot summer days and nights.

You can see me style Zinke’s All Things Nice lace jumper from fall 2011 here on the blog.

Image of Zinke Swim above: Pretty Little Underthings.

I reviewed Zinke Swim on StyleOnTheCouch after attending the collection launch – a very stylish party held in the space at top of the New Museum in Manhattan.  You can read that feature here.  A wonderfully retro-modern collection of one-pieces, swim separates and cover ups designed in a delightfully bright and pastel color scheme with some bold geometric (chevron) prints – it’s a fun, flirty and aesthetically pleasing collection.  The addition of bang on trend details like the peplum skirt in the Starboard swimsuit (which is just that, a skirt that is not attached so the suit can be worn with or without) makes this a very fashion forward line for the beach this summer.

Speaking of which, it’s not long until I head back to Europe for a quick stop in London before a short break along the south coast of Turkey for a friend’s wedding, Blog Reader.  If you’ve ever found yourself in this part of the world (Kalkan, Olympos around around) please leave me any tips and hints (places to see, things to do) below….

Hope you had a lovely weekend! xo

Wearing: Sunglasses, GUESS; Zinke Swim ‘Starboard One Piece’ in lemonade shade.  Shop the Zinke collection here, Blog Reader.