Friday, June 28, 2013

Ready to Wear vs. Lingerie

This week's Ready to Wear vs. Lingerie looks bright on with the feature of Lilipiache Honey Bee Bra and Thong set. Perfect to add that extra perk energy for instant vibrancy, this adorable set is made with 95% Silk and has a romantic stretch ivory lace making this set a must-have for this Summer! Don't like thongs? Get the bikini panty instead and wear it with a big smile!

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Lingerie: Beat The Summer Heat

Summer is here and it is hot hot hot! But how to stay cool while still looking steamy?  Whether you're on a beach vacation or just lounging in your own back yard, these light and airy pieces are just what you've been looking for! One other essential to remember this summer? This adorable lingerie bag in large size! It’s perfect for keeping your lingerie tidy when traveling and it doubles as an adorable beach bag!

Beautiful Bottoms Palm Tunic

Gilsa Paris Mimi Blanc Lingerie Bag

LOLA HAZE Screen Goddess Romper

Zinke Swiss Dot Babydoll

Flowerblue Soft Cup Bra Set by Luca Lingerie

Butterfly Amore Chemise Dress by Flor Viva
by Amanda (Bella Bella Boutique Blog Contributor)

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Swimwear: Who Says It Has To Be Itsy Bitsy?

Photography by Kristin Rogers

It's officially Summer and it's that time of the year to take out of the drawer your favorite swimwear piece(s) or buy a new one! Today we'd like to share with you about a new swimwear designer label that got our attention not only for the gorgeous designs but mostly for the concept behind it.

Designer/actress Jessica Rey ( you may know her from TV in “General Hospital,” “Rules of Engagement,” and “Power Rangers”) inspired by fashion icon Audrey Hepburn, created Rey Swimwear, a beautiful line of modest swimwear which captures Audrey's sense of style, grace, class, and fun with a contemporary & vintage glamour that's ethically made in the USA.

On the video below Jessica Rey talks about the evolution of the swimsuit in a way you'll be very surprised. And that's what makes this swimwear label very special.

With a motto "Who Says It Has To Be Itsy Bitsy?" Jessica finds herself an inspiration to girls who share the idea that less is not always more. ... and we very much agree with it!

You can follow this exquisite line of vintage swimwear on Facebook.

Do tell us...What's your favorite swimwear style?

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Lingerie Sessions: Boudoir Photography

This week's Image Choice is by Boudoir Coterie. The lovely photographer and owner, Danea, shares an inspirational personal story about beauty which we highly recommend you to read here. It will inspire you and make you realize that "Simply put, all us ladies are beautiful and we all have features to be proud of and should celebrate. The feminine form is gorgeous- from the curve of a hip to the bend of a wrist." says Danea.

We love the open babydoll/robe style her client is wearing and love the vintage vibe with a modern flair this image portraits. If you like styles like that try the A Thousand Kisses Deep Chantilly Robe by Naked Princess and Priscilla Jade Hera Robe.

You can follow Boudoir Coterie on Facebook and Blog.

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

10 Lingerie Essential Pieces You Must Own

Lingerie shopping can be a little overwhelming, especially if you've never really ventured beyond the department store. Everyone has their favorites and their "must have" undergarments but how do you know what you really need and what is just for fun? Today I'm sharing my 10 essential pieces for your lingerie wardrobe and believe me, you don't want to be without any of these!

1// Babydoll

3// Cami/Short Set

4// Robe
With Love Lingerie Greta Kimono Robe

5//Strapless bra

LOLA HAZE Screen Goddess Slip

7//Lace Bra

8//High Waisted Panty


Vedette Firm Compression Braless Bodysuit

What about you? What's your favorite piece of lingerie you can't live without?

by Amanda (Bella Bella Boutique Blog Contributor)

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Ready to Wear vs. Lingerie

This week's Ready to Wear vs. Lingerie post we feature the gorgeous Charlotte Corset by Maya Hansen. This classic overbust corset is totally lined in satin, with waist reducing tape, and double busk fastening. Made in Spain, this is a perfect corset style to wear at a gala party with fabulous accessories and on a more casual approach with jeans for a night in the town. Dressing it up or down, it will surely make you stand out not only with good posture but also with all the confidence will have by wearing it!

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Lingerie: Put a Bow in It

Sometimes it just take a little touch for a piece of lingerie to look special, and adding a bow in it will certainly make it sweet and more feminine. We have selected some favorites and best sellers pieces made to show off and make you feel oh so Bella!!

1} Lala Babydoll Set by Oh La La Cheri Paris
2} Adelle Silk Chiffon Babydoll by Sonata Lingerie
3} La Lilouche Adelle Grecian Soft Cup Bra
4} Elektra Lace Ribbon Bodysuit by Sonata Lingerie
5} Adelle Silk Knicker by Sonata Lingerie
6} Nouvelle Eve Ribbon Knicker by Sonata Lingerie
7} La Lilouche Livia Cropped Bra Top
8} Christy Honeymoon French Knicker

Do tell you like embellished lingerie or do you prefer your intimates more simple?

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Summer Vacation with Beautiful Lingerie

Fair Verona Lingerie & Loungewear

Summer vacation season is in full swing and if you're looking for some inspiration for your next trip, look no further then our Pinterest Board "Gorgeous Places". If you're lucky enough to enjoy one of these getaways, we've got your lingerie all picked out!

Nothing but the best will do for the elite guests who visit Monte Carlo and this gorgeous Stardust Bodysuit with Ribbon by Sonata Lingerie says luxe like nothing else.

Manhattan, New York - home to generations of fashion icons, today the city enjoys the sophisticated minimalist style and the Mirella Babydoll by Oh La La Cheri Paris certainly fits the bill.

If you’re staying in a French Castle you should be treated like a princess and you’ll certainly feel like one in this soft and romantic Lola Haze Charleston Chemise.

What more could you need when you’ve got a private villa on the coast of Lake Como? All that's missing is Mr. Clooney, of course! If you find him (or any other fine Italian gentleman) you’ll steal his heart in the Nevaeh Silk & Lace Chemise.

This is a gown fit for a Greek Goddess, and you’ll certainly feel like one whether you’re explore the Greek Isle or relaxing in your villa in the La Lilouche Goldie Silk Maxi Gown.

You’re certainly in for an escape at this luxurious resort in Bora Bora. You won’t need to pack much for this trip, in fact this Plum Pretty Sugar V Back Tunic could be all you need to wear, when you’re wearing anything at all that is.

Where are you planning to spend your vacation this year? What's your dream place to be?

by: Amanda {Bella Bella Boutique Blog Contributor}

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Ready to Wear vs. Lingerie

This week's Ready to Wear vs. Lingerie post, we feature the U-Plunge Bra by Fashion Forms.  Constructed of stretch micro-fiber this deep plunge bra lifts & shapes and comes with straps that are convertible to conventional, halter, or criss-cross. This wardrobe solution bra is perfect for many occasions!

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Monday, June 10, 2013

Handmade Lingerie: What Makes It Special

I love handmade lingerie. I love the idea that the lingerie that I buy has been created by someone for me, rather than just buying up part of a mass produced order. I love the couture-like details that many lingerie designers add, from embroidery to positively bling-like crystals. I love the idea that I'm supporting a lingerie brand that creates their pieces in a thoughtful way (and usually in a more responsible way). One of the things I've admired about Bella Bella Boutique over the years is their willingness to support handmade lingerie designers early on in their career. I've been a regular customer of labels like La Lilouche and Priscilla Jade for several years now and I have Bella Bella Boutique to thank for the introduction. Today I'm going to be talking about some reasons to add some handmade lingerie to your drawer as well as showcasing some of my favorite brands.

1. Handmade lingerie labels tend to also be fashion risk takers.
When Fraulein Kink came out with their God Tipped Kitten Mask, they took the lingerie world by storm. It was one of those fads that couldn't have been predicated; all of the sudden blogs and website were celebrating the sophisticated new look of the brand and snapping up golden eared cat masks. Of course, none of this would have happened if Fraulein Kink hadn't had the genius idea of making one in the first place!

While lots of mass market labels are making fashionable lingerie, the boundary pushers are frequently part of the handmade scene. Fraulein Kink was smart enough to know that women wanted bondage influenced masks and accessories with a luxurious and sophisticated edge, while the rest of the world was still lapping up 50 Shades of Grey.

2. Sometimes we all need to indulge our inner queen of the universe.
Harlette is one of those labels that dares you to ask if they are almost too much. While many labels focus on crystals or shimmery details, Harlette evokes a feeling of old world romance and indulgence that is rare. If Marie Antoinette had a lingerie habit, Harlette would have been her brand of choice. Harlette toys with the idea of luxury by working with the finest materials and workmanship, rather than loading their pieces up with sparkly details. Their Diamonds Are ForeverTie Me Up Bra sounds like it should be littered with bling, but instead relies on meticulous diamond cutouts on black velvet to make a splash. If you're looking for lingerie that is opulent while staying within the bounds of good taste, Harlette is your label.

3. Some things just can't be done on a machine. La Lilouche has always incorporated handmade details in her collections, but the handmade ribbon and bead flowers on her Daisy Bra and Knicker sets this season are some of the most intricate I've ever seen. Each bra is covered in intricately made ribbon and bead flowers for an added wow factor that rivals many major couture labels. This kind of detail takes time to create and can't be reproduced in a factory where large amounts of garments are cut and sewn at one time. Similar floral details can be seen on her Lara Halter Bodysuit in the new bridal collection.

4. Handmade lingerie designers have strong voices. I first saw the Priscilla Jade line at a show in New York City and got a chance to ask her about her mesh line of lingerie. She told me they were named after all of her ex-boyfriends, which had been the inspiration for the all black collection. Handmade designers frequently wear their inspirations on their sleeves, which makes for stunning and moving collections that tell a story. Her latest collection is full of candy colors and lightness, but her strong voice still shines through.

5. When you support a handmade designer, you're supporting a real person rather than a faceless corporation.
While some handmade designers create each piece in their own studio and some have larger production setups, each brand is carefully managed by one person who controls the quality and aesthetics of the designs. This means that when you buy from a handmade lingerie brand you're supporting one person's creative vision. For instance, when you buy from Rebecca Ansah, all of your pieces will come directly from Rebecca's hands to yours. If you have questions, she's around to help. Isn't this the kind of thing you want to support? Brides should check out her sweet and sultry bridal bodysuits, although I'll always be partial to her Louiza Bodysuit with Shoulder Motifs.

Do you own handmade lingerie? What do you most like about it?

by Holly (Bella Bella Boutique Blog Contributor)

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Lingerie Color Crush: Hot Pink

If you're anything like me, you've got a drawer full of pretty but tired black lacy lingerie. Make some colorful changes this week and add a little fun to your wardrobe. Maybe its our inner "Barbie Girl" trying to escape, but nothing says playful and fun like hot pink!

by Amanda (Bella Bella Boutique Contributor)

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

New Addition: Lilipiache Lingerie

Lilipiache has been in our radar for a while and we're delighted to announce the addition of this lovely lingerie brand to Bella Bella Boutique website! Lilipiache was founded by three woman from Japan who attended the same fashion school and united their experience as a lingerie/swimwear designer, a dressmaker, a fitter, and a pattern maker to bring all the expertise into Lilipiache lingerie brand in NYC. The name inspiration came from a radiant looking, gracious, sweet-smelling flower.

Lilipiache lingerie is made with beautiful laces, such as French leavers lace, natural fabrics like organic cotton, silk, silk satin, and linen. The designers love these fabrics because it makes women feel comfortable and sexy. The unique, feminine, and luxurious styles are inspired by beautiful materials, the beauty of nature and art, and the fusion of vintage and the modern styles. Lilipiache's mission is to make pleasurable to be a woman by wearing their luxurious and feminine lingerie line. Their motto is: "Enjoy your life with Lilipiache!" Ohh...we so agree with that!

This is how we feel wearing Lilipiache lingerie!

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