How to Wear a Bralette Under a Shirt

Bralettes are one of the most versatile pieces of clothing. You can wear them on a casual day, for a formal event, even in a professional landscape. If this is your first time wearing one, we’ll help you get started with how to wear bralette under a shirt, which is the most common way.  How …

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Studio Pia – Ethically Decadent

Studio Pia - Ethically Decadent

This is definitely a review that has been long overdue but better late than never so here it is. I’ve been lucky enough to add one of my ultimate wish list pieces the ethically decadent “Soraya” by Studio Pia to my collection. I first set my eyes on Soraya in the ivory colourway back when I added it to my Christmas picks. Luckily for me, the black was released and available at my local, Babylikestopony.

I tried it on and instantly fell in love.

The Brand

I first met Pia in Paris at the Salon de la Lingerie last year. It’s always lovely to meet the people behind the brand as you get a real feel for who you are about to support. I’m glad to say I am so happy to support this beautiful brand. They were lovely, down to earth and handed out ginger cookies with lingerie-clad icing (the important stuff!). It was my first time viewing their beautiful pieces in the flesh and I was in awe.

Personally, I don’t think there is a better luxury brand out there at the moment that is creating beautiful lingerie and are ethical as well as taking sustainability seriously. Studio Pia proves that style shouldn’t have to be sacrificed by choosing to be ethical and I agree with them 100%.

Not only do they choose their suppliers well, but they are also the only lingerie company offering cruelty-free organic peace silk. For each product sold on their website, they will plant one tree in Indonesia in an effort to help deforestation.

Now if that alone doesn’t get you ready to throw money at them keep reading.

The Details

Left to right, Gustav Klimt, “Adele Bloch-Bauer I”, “Judith and the Head of Holofernes”, “The Kiss”

The beautiful Soraya was inspired by the decadence of the Art Noveau period especially Gustave Klimt’s Gold phase. The embroidery is one of the most beautiful things I have ever put on my body. One wouldn’t expect any less as it is completely bespoke and designed in house by Pia herself then produced in France.

All of the hardware used is 24K gold plated which has been sourced within the EU.

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Inclusive Lingerie

For most of my grown-up life, I’ve had trouble with body image. My body image. I come from an Asian background so it was always normal to be told I was too skinny or too fat. Being skinny was supposed to be taken as a compliment. So it’s always been hard for me to accept my body the way it is but I’m trying every day.

How many times have you bought something you saw in a catalogue because it looked great on the model, only to put it on and have buyers remorse? Way too many times. So this is an appreciation post to those women behind these brands, the women shaping the way we see lingerie today. And though more brands are claiming to empower women here are the few that stand out and make me feel good enough. I’m glad to say that I’m not growing up in this day and age where you cannot escape mainstream media. There are so many beauty standards which all lead to the “ideal” female form. I know so many women who aspire to look like the women they see in magazines or social media and I can’t disagree more. Purely because everyone’s body types are different, there is so much retouching done yet we are still obsessed with attaining this image.

The reason I started my blog was with hopes that it would be seen by the younger generation and expose them to a different form which is not advertised as the “Ideal” body type. So in hopes of diluting these unattainable beauty ideals, I’ll continue to put my body out there.

What I admire most about the lingerie industry are the brands that take the chance to be inclusive to all ages, body types and ethnicities. After all, lingerie is for everybody. It’s so refreshing to see lingerie on bodies you can relate to.

Here are some of the brands that bring me sunshine.

Tisja Damen

Inspired by the elements of nature Tisja Damen tells stories through her campaigns. Her designs are handmade in Europe and worn by a diverse circle of women. She has proven that each woman has a unique beauty regardless of age or ethnicity.

Lonely Lingerie

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Dorina – Eco Fabulous

Dorina Tara
This set has been gifted to me by Dorina for the purpose of a review. As usual, this review has been written with utmost honesty.

Though I love wearing and writing about luxury lingerie I often get asked about more affordable brands. As I don’t usually wear cheaper lingerie on the spectrum it’s what my readers ask about the most. I’ll try to explore this area more this year because I totally understand not everyone can afford to spend that much on lingerie as we addicts do. When Dorina offered to send me something from their AW19 range I thought it would be a great start.

I didn’t know what to expect, this was unchartered territory for me. When I received my new goodies in the mail I was pleasantly surprised at how much I actually liked them.

Dorina Tara

The Brand

I don’t know much about this brand but what I do know seems to be on the sunny side. The company is very transparent about their ethical standards which is always a good sign. Dorina is a German lingerie and swimwear brand that has been around since the late sixties.

They have expertise in fuller bust sizes and are committed to sustainability by introducing more ECO-fibres in their collections. 100% sustainable packaging with no virgin plastic and paper will be used from 2020. 99% of their products are OEKO-TEX certified and they are devoted to celebrating the female body by not editing their products images. So I’m here and glad to give them a try.

The Details

I pay a lot of attention to all the pretty little details. When I saw the images online and the bow on the panties were beige, and the bow on the bra was green it made me uneasy. I couldn’t handle non perfectly matched details. Glad to say when my set arrived both the bows were green, phew! This set was adorable.

Dorina Tara Soft Cup Bra

Let me introduce you to “Tara” which is part of Dorina’s Eco line. The line uses regenerated fabrics, organic produced cotton and laces that are less impactful on our planet.

The Bra

Dorina Tara Bra
Tara bra £17.99 (approx $34 aud)

The bra comes in three different styles, a non-padded bra, t-shirt bra and a soft bra which I opted for. It has scalloped edging, is double layered with beige mesh, beige lace with floral embroidery and green scalloped edges.


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Je joue beaucoup, thanks to a little rabbit

I haven’t written a sex toy review for ages because the fact is, I haven’t actually bought any new toys for a few years. About 4 or 5 years ago, I invested heavily in some very expensive vibrating toys as well as some cheaper novelty bits and bobs like a vibrating butterfly you wear in your knickers, a suction dildo that turned out to be way too big and various pairs of nipple clamps. As I fully expected, you get what you pay for when it comes to sex toys. The luxury vibrators have given me exactly what I needed – reliable orgasms at the push of a discreet button. The rest of it, well I wish there was a sustainable way of disposing of sex toys, but there isn’t, and I dread to think how long silicone takes to break down. So you see, I apply the same philosophy to sex toys as I do to everything else I consume. Buy less and buy well. Those luxury vibrators are still giving me excellent service, hence no need to get anything else.

When I saw the discreet Rabbit Bullet Vibrator by Jejoue (RBV) with “Intense Vibrating Ears” and saw the lively and vigorous movement of those ears, and felt its deep vibrations in my hand, and its smooth silicone skin, well, I just fell in love right there with that joyful, little chap. Je Joue kindly gifted me an RBV in teal to try out and I skipped home like a happy, horny bunny (is there any other kind?).

With a tiny little charging USB port, the RBV takes 2 hours to charge, giving you a full 2 hours of usage. Je Joue prides itself on using the highest grade of silicone in all its toys, which come in a range of colours, dark purple being the most popular. The deep rumbly motor guarantees to stimulate the deepest recesses of the clitoris. 90% of the clitoris is hidden behind the soft tissue of the labia and inside the vagina, reaching almost to the anus. Stimulating the whole clitoris is often an impossible task, leading most people to focus only on the clitoral tip, which is often too sensitive to endure prolonged, vigorous stimulation. The tech and design that goes into the Je Joue toys sets it apart from the cheaper versions, and being a tech nerd, I’m curious to start experimenting with the RBV.


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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)


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


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