Lingerie Shopping in the Big Apple – New York Pt II

So I made sure to scour the city for those wanting that little bit extra.

If you enjoyed reading part one of lingerie shopping in New York then get ready for part two. I don’t know about you but I’d much rather read a split post instead of one super long post. I’m just not a fan of scrolling down on a really long blog post and getting lost. So here we are continuing my lingerie adventures in Manhattan. The one thing I did notice about the U.S lingerie market was there is definitely a lot of “basics” black and beige plain t-shirt style bras which is not my thing. These spots offer something for anyone wanting that little bit extra.

Sugar Cookies Lingerie

Lingerie Shopping in New York

Come here if you’re looking for your classic french labels such as Aubade, Lise Charmel or Simone Pérèle. They also stock a few local brands. Bonus points for having a store pup!

Lingerie Shopping in New York

MAP – 122 W 20th St, New York, NY 10011. Closest Subway – 18 St station (1)

La Petite Coquette

Lingerie Shopping in New York

Make sure you pop by this cute little boutique. It’s been around for forty years and they like to keep it old school by not having an online store. They have your usual European favs as well as some KissKill, Marlies Dekkers, Bully Boy, Cadolle and a few local brands.

Lingerie Shopping in New York

MAP – 51 University Place, New York, NY 10003. Closest subway – 8 Street station (R,W)

Department Stores

I visited most of the department stores in Manhattan and here are the only two worth a visit in my opinion. Most of the department stores will stock your standard brands Simone Perele, Natori, Chantelle but the below have a little extra.

Saks Fifth Avenue

Lingerie Shopping in New York

Go to Saks if you’re looking for silk!

They had such a lovely selection of slips, sleepwear and robes. Some of my favourite brands here were Gilda & Pearl, Christine, Ginia and La Perla. It was oh so pretty, I definitely need new loungewear.

Lingerie Shopping in New York

MAP – 611 5th Ave, New York, NY 10022. Closest subway – 5th Avenue-53 Street station (E,M)

Bergdorf Goodman

Lingerie Shopping in New York

 

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Lingerie Shopping in the Big Apple – New York Pt I

Lingerie shopping is a funny thing, and in a metropolis like New York City, I thought you could use some help sifting through. You’ll either come across some sad spaces or places that only want to make time for you if they think you can afford all the pretty things.

My first lingerie experience in NYC was a huge mistake and I don’t know why I did it. It was like, you know when you watch a horror movie and you know you won’t be able to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night but you do it anyway? That was my first experience here. I was in the beauty department of a department store and thought I’d go check out the lingerie department. It was so sad, I was saddened that these were the only options available in such a large department store. So yeah, don’t make the mistake I did.

I’ve gone through it for you, scoured the city and listed my fav spots for lingerie in NYC.

Uye Surana

Lingerie Shopping in New York

What I love about travelling is being able to visit small design studios and getting to try on and feel the fabric of pieces I’ll only ever be able to order online. As well as meeting the people behind the labels.

If you’re looking for a souvenir from New York then try this local designer. Their pieces are fun, feminine, handmade in small batches and are often limited edition, so you’ll be sure to take home something special. Visiting their studio is by appointment only.

Snakes set

MAP – 373 Broadway, 6th Floor #602, New York, NY 10013. Closest subway – Canal or Franklin Street stations

Maison Close

Lingerie Shopping in New York

I’ve seen a lot of Maison Close pieces being carried in other boutiques but there is nothing like visiting their flagship store. It’s definitely a lovely experience. A beautiful boutique draped in rich opulent purple velvet. Definitely not to be missed so drop by for something sexy! If you meet Samantha she’ll take great care of you.

Lingerie Shopping in New York
Lingerie Shopping in New York

MAP – 32 Grand St, New York, NY 10013. Closest subway – Canal Street station (1)

Azaleas

Lingerie Shopping in New York

 

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Lara Intimates – Support Your Girls (Wire Free)

Lara Intimates

This set has been gifted to me by Lara Intimates for the purpose of a review which has been written with utmost honesty.

The Brand

Lara Intimates is an all-female company in London #winning and if that hasn’t already earned your support they pride themselves on offering the worlds most inclusive size range, while also being sustainable by using only deadstock fabric.

All items are made in house by their seamstresses who are making bras and panties for us 4 days a week. Sure the average waiting time from placing your order until it’s completed is roughly 2 months but knowing it was in a great working environment for women, I’m ok with waiting on that.

The Details

A supportive wire-free bra that isn’t a sports bra? At first, I was sceptical at how much support this bra could really give. After all, it was a bralette and as much as I love bralettes they are reserved for my summer wardrobe and lounging around the house.

I think we have all fallen prone to having to run for the bus in a bralette and um it hurts.

Lara Intimates

This is the “Clio” bra and I chose it purposely for its thick straps as I wanted to wear this bra all day. Especially for the warmer weather coming up and on my upcoming trip to Asia.

I’ve been testing out the bra for the past few weeks, wearing it for long periods to see if it could stand the test. Here are my thoughts.

Lara Intimates

As much as I like it, I don’t love it. The bra band is sturdy and comfortable and the cups are surprisingly supportive. I absolutely love the style of the thick straps and that they have a little foam padding in them (sizes DD-I).

But sadly the straps, however, are the issue for me, they need to be a little longer. The padded area sits a little too high up and by the end of the day, I get a ring indented on my skin as the strap sits a little too high on my shoulders.

I’ve worn it with the bra straps both half and fully extended so there is nothing else I can do to make them feel better. So I have reserved this bra for shorter days. It would have been really nice to feel the softness of those padded straps sitting a little lower.

 

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Taking Care of Your Pretties

I get asked this quite a lot by friends who have just entered the wonderful world of lingerie. How do you wash your lingerie? or can I just throw it in the washing machine in a wash bag? I just want to clear the air, your lingerie is not something that is dirty and needs to be heavily washed to be clean, it is not in contact with anything other than the inside of your clothing..most of the time.

Lingerie washing can be daunting for some, I guess it’s more of an “I have no time” issue. So I want to share with you how I keep my pretties clean. Sure you can throw it in the washing machine in a wash bag. But why would you want to? Knowing how much you’ve just spent on it, or if you’re like me how long it took you to finally hunt down that piece to complete your set. This is where I get nerdy! I quite enjoy doing my hand washing, I’ve got the music playing and it gives me the time to really get a feel and look at all the intricate details up close. I find it therapeutic.

My laundry liquid of choice is Eucalan delicate wash and if you haven’t tried it I suggest you do. It’s a total time and water saver, it’s environmentally friendly and it keeps my lingerie smelling beautiful. Eucalan is a no-rinse washing liquid for delicate items, it comes in a selection of scents and an unscented one for sensitive skin. My personal favourite is Wrapture which is jasmine-scented, I love that it comes in a small 100ml bottle which is great for me as I travel often and can pick more up along the way. Usually, the 500ml bottle lasts me a year or almost, so it’s definitely worth the price. Single-use sizes are also available if you wanted to see which one you like best.

When washing your lingerie I have one simple rule which gets broken time and time again. Don’t let the lingerie pile up! Wash it weekly, that way you have enough for a handwashing pile but not too much that procrastination starts to kick in.

How I Wash My Pretties

Eucalan_Delicates

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Lingerie As Outerwear: Isabel Kang Favourite Styles

A lot of people see lingerie as inherently sexual. This makes sense, that’s often how it’s marketed. For some people, it’s why they wear lingerie. Young girls are often scolded for having visible bra straps, because it’s seen as inappropriate to have your underwear visible. I completely disagree with this premise. Lingerie is not inherently […]

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Review of the Cats swimsuit by Boys+Arrows

I promised this review a while ago. Actually I feel quite ashamed getting to it by the end of September when summer is over and most of you are probably packing your swimwear away to the back drawer. Well, I prepared a defence on it, learnt it by heart, rehearsed and now I can write […]

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Fifi Chachnil – Candy Coloured Doll

Fifi Chachnil

The Brand

Fifi Chachnil is a brand that makes you feel like like a doll, a Fifi doll! And if you are ever graced with her presence you will see that no one represents the brand better. Style-wise it’s very much frou-frou sixties, pastel and bubblegum hues. Her designs are floaty and are made for singing, dancing, twirling and frolicking. Just like Fifi herself. Most of the Fifi Chachnil items are made in Paris at the atelier on Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

Fifi Chachnil

The Details

I’m wearing the “Cocktail” bra which is available in sizes 85B-95D. Though the brand does offer custom orders if your size and style are not available. This set comes in an array of colours such as pink, black, chamade and red but I fell in love with the violet colourway which was part of the FW18 collection. A full-coverage bra which is made of nylon adorned with white lace trimming and features a dainty little white bow placed at the centre gore.

Fifi Chachnil
Cocktail Bra €149
(approximately $240 aud)
Fifi Chachnil

I purchased the bra in my usual size, 34D but with this style, I find I could have gone a size down. I’m quite ok with the cups but a smaller band could fit a little more snug. I would definitely suggest going down in the band if you are interested in purchasing the cocktail bra in the same fabric.

What I especially loved about this design are the thick straps. The straps are soft but durable, and they don’t leave indents on my skin at the end of the day, I also don’t have to re-adjust anything as the sliders stay in place.

I’ve worn this bra quite a few times for long periods and it’s really comfortable to wear all day, I forget that I’m wearing anything. I also love the sheerness of the fabric. It makes it a perfect bra for the warmer weather, but wear with caution as the fabric is very delicate it can easily be snagged by your nails or jewellery.

Fifi Chachnil

Look at these cuties, the “Allons Bon” culottes are a full bikini style brief that features a gathered skirt. I love this style and chose them because I’ve yet to have anything similar in my lingerie collection, and they are really fun to wear.

Fifi Chachnil
Allons Bon culotte €123
(approximately $198 aud)

 

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Wedding dresses without the cohabitation

I confess that I often fantasise about my dream wedding dress for a hypothetical wedding of the future. It’s a ridiculous fantasy for all sorts of reasons. Reason 1: I’ve been married and it was not a success. Reason 2: I don’t like hosting big parties. Reason 3: I have too many friends and I would either have to invite all of them or none. Reason 4: I see no reason for anyone, but especially me, to get married. Reasons notwithstanding, any woman who likes clothes, regardless of her views on marriage, wants the excuse to wear a sumptuous, lavish gown and draw gasps from passers-by, dazzled by her goddess-like beauty.

To be fair, it’s not marriage that I recoil from; it’s that ghastly boner-killer – Living Together – that really puts me off.

 

It’s easy to see why co-habitation is so tempting. When you’re in the “in love” phase, you just want the convenience of being able to shag any time, whenever you feel like it. You yearn for the sound, the sight, the scent, the omnipresence of your lover. Co-habitation is, however, a nasty shock to most people who have lived independent lives. We all have different standards of housekeeping, and idiosyncrasies which may seem adorable at first, but soon get old. I’m not a clean freak but I do insist on fully rinsing the toilet brush before I put it back in the holder. I have evenings where I just want to watch drag queens putting on make-up whilst eating a bowl of Coco Pops. I don’t want to bring my A-game all the time when I’m at home. In fact, to be truly authentic to myself, I want the freedom to be my worst self – my laziest, most indulgent, selfish, unpolished, badly-dressed self.

The death of erotic desire in long term relationships is well-documented, but it’s mostly in LTRs where the parties are living together. As Esther Perel sagely instructs, there is a paradox in intimacy. Too much intimacy kills eroticism. Desire needs distance. None of this has anything to do with love And the distance between two separate homes (in the same town) is probably perfect. It’s nice to have some one to share the joys and pain of life occasionally, such as taking out dead pigeons the cat has brought in or changing a king-size duvet. But the part-time spouse is there for that. At his home, he gets to fart, burp and wear his underwear two days in a row. When he visits, he changes his underpants and brings flowers.

 

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Trickle, Tinkle, Torrent

Our bodies are in a state of constant flux – some things get worse, and we get old, and other things improve with age. I’ve learned that the way we experience sexual pleasure is never static. We may think that this is the way we like sex, this is the way we reach orgasm, but change one thing (often the partner) and our whole sexual experience changes.

 

I’m living my sexual peak right now. It’s been steadily building over the last 5 years since I got divorced. I became multi-orgasmic when I met my current partner. I mean that, with him, I never have only one orgasm – always at least 5. He always asks, “Is Madame fully satisfied, or does she require more orgasms?” Now, one more miracle has happened. I can report that I am now officially, a reliable, regular member of the squirting brigade! I had always hoped that one day I would become a squirter, but I thought that after reaching the age of 45, if I hadn’t really squirted (there were a couple of times in the past when it may have happened but I couldn’t repeat the experiment), then I could probably never claim the squirting badge. Now, it happens predictably when conditions are right – and I’m talking about proper gushing of anything from one shot glass to half a cup of liquid here – and I couldn’t be happier! I also have to launder a lot more towels…

Copyright @pigolin, inspired by my dirty fantasies

Most women, and men, are fascinated by the almost mythical phenomenon of female ejaculation. Porn would have us believe that squirting is a regular, natural thing for all women. This, in turn, leads less experienced lovers to try to make every women squirt and then feel disappointed if they don’t. Anecdotally, most men tell me that it’s quite rare. I’ve seen friends at sex parties gush and it’s been quite a spectacle to witness. But what exactly is squirting all about? Where does the liquid come from? If it’s not urine, what is it? Do all women have the capacity to squirt? So many questions, so much myth. And so little research.

 

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