Friday, July 29, 2011

Dreaming of luxury

Luxury travel at Just Luxe, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

JustLuxe has earned itself a special place in my heart for recognizing the art and value of a beautiful nap. They have selected 17 spots around the world, and one in a plane, for luxurious summertime napping. Take a trip through their slideshow to places from Switzerland to Belize and enjoy the ambience, landscape, and design captured in these phenomenal photos. And if you're fortunate enough to be planning a vaction, this is definitely a good place to start for some ideas! Not looking to travel abroad? No problem--places in Cali, Florida, and Vegas made the list.

I confess, I had to look up where the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is; it's located in the Indian Ocean. And the above room at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Hotel is truly in the Indian Ocean! I find the concept, design, and engineering of this room to be incredible. I'm sure it would yield quite the experience, even if in your dreams...

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Of the moment and looking ahead: Part II A

As promised, here is the second part of "Of the moment and looking ahead." I'm sure you already know about these trends, but it never hurts take a fresh look at styles, especially when considering how they can work with up-and-coming trends. Since there are so many to cover, I've split my selection; here are the first 15 of 30 trends that we're all chummy with and still love:

1. Riding boots and riding pants
2. Fringe

BB Bruno boots at Luisaviaroma

3. Plaid
4. Rocker/biker-chick look
5. Sheer sheer sheer!

Oops Lady blouse at Yes Style

Equipment blouse at ShopBop
6. Rose gold
7. Color-blocking
8. Raw cut stones
Mirabelle necklace at Fashion-Conscience-- Fair Trade! :)

Blydesign Nicole bracelet at Max and Chloe
9. Shooties
10. Suede
11. Patterns! (I'm really into aztec-inspired prints; spots are all over for fall!)

Audrey 3+1 at Edge of Urge

13. At-waist belts
14. Draped clothing

Friend of Mine jacket at My Catwalk

16. Hardware accents
15. Chambray

Motel romper at Nasty Gal

Top at Free People

Before I conclude, I'd like to note that just because I've posted a picture of an item, doesn't mean I like how it's styled. Before I go into how I would style some of the items differently, how would you style the items differently? What doesn't "mesh" for you? turn! I'm not a fan of how the first sheer top is styled; I think it's the proportion between the shirt and shorts that throws it off. I'd have to play around with it, but I'd likely wear the top out, and if I'm pairing it with a color, I'd be very selective with what color I choose depending on the look for which I'm going. Neither of the outfits shown have a look or elicit a feel, but I think the top has great potential! While I like both the top and the blazer shown in the pic from Edge of Urge, I would never put the two together; there's not enough unity for me. The chambray romper is super cute, and a wide belt or long necklace with a pendant would add a focal point--a nice touch, especially considering the simplicity of the neck.

So, there are the first 15, but don't be sad--there are 15 more on their way! And, after we're finished with the "Of the moment and looking ahead" series, I'll visit some more trends that are all the rage but leave me scratching my head and asking why.

Hope you're enjoying the trend coverage, and if you have ideas for how you would style the pieces, please share!  

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Primal Sweetness

Primal Elements, Sugar Whip body exfoliant $20
This smells decadently delicious--as if someone had packaged cupcakes and icing in this 10 ounce container instead of a light and whipped body scrub with sugar exfoliants. The sugar crystals aren't large, but they aren't small either--they're just Goldilocks! Whether you want to wake up to something sweet every morning or go to bed after a luxurious shower, this whipped body scrub is sure to be a delight in your day. I've only smelled the Cupcake scent, but if cupcake isn't for you, Sugar Whip is available in many other scents: Ariel, Cirtus Melonmint, Flower Child, Gingerbread, Grapefruit, Mocha Latte, Pumpkin Spice, Sparkling Sugar, and Tahitian Vanilla. If you really want to stock up on this treat, 53 ounce tubs are available. Check out the other items at Primal Elements, particularly the bar soaps that have of fun designs and themes. One of my faves is the majesty soap, pictured below. And don't forget your friends; any of these would make a great little thinking-of-you gift! Happy sudsing!

Primal Elements, majesty soap $9

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

A Tarina T Rainbow!

Tarina Tarantino "My Pretty" poster-size book, $8

Not only has Tarina Tarantino created an entire jewelry collection featuring some of the beloved--and hated--characters of the Wizard of Oz, she has produced a poster-size book with a uniquely Tarina T take on the infamous tale. Measuring 9.5 x 12.4 inches, "My Pretty" Collection Book is sure to be 52 pages of creative and colorful fun. All we need now is TT to design a pair of ruby slippers!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Of the moment and looking ahead: Part I

Image from Bolarti blog

I await the novelty of coming season fashions with gnawing anticipation. I admit my frustration with sometimes "feeling like" a certain style, color, or design element only to see it a season or so later and not have received any credit or had my intuition play any role. So, I am covering the current and upcoming trends, as dictated by the runways, street style, and fashion mags as well as tossing in some of my own observations of what seem to be popular and taking some liberties to introduce some of my ideas of what I feel like and think would have a niche, such as the scrunchie. In Part II, I'll note my interest in winter pastels, which I'd hope to see next winter or the following.

"Of the moment and looking ahead: Part I" lists the freshest fashion elements of the past couple months that are paving the way for the coming seasons, focusing mostly on "looking ahead." Part II will be more of a review of the trends "of the moment" that are current but started within the past few years. The links provide examples of the trend, show some of my favorite uses of the trend, and serve to hopefully introduce you to some designers and retailers you might not visit on a regular basis but have a special spot on my favorites list.

Without further delay, here are this season's trends!

1. Teal and turquoise, along with other rich, bright colors
2. Scrunchies
3. Pleats (Ellison at Tobi, Christopher Kane at The Corner)
4. Bondage-inspired wear, especially cuffs (Special thank you to LV and Alexander McQueen; Alexander McQueen bangle at The Outnet)
5. Atypical color combinations (hot pink and red at StyleList)

handcuffs, Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2011-2012 show
6. Heeled brogues (Rupert Sanderson-- I'd really like to see a pair with a high thick stacked heel that still has a very masculine look)
7. Nail art/design (Sephora's Sophy Robson's wild giraffe,  Minx Nails, Nail Couture LA at Spoiled Brat, tie-dye, crystal accents, etc)
8. Leather apparel (Pency T at ShopBop; Young, Fabulous, & Broke romper at Revolve Clothing)
9. Fall florals
10. Braids (hair)

Jil Sander inspired nail design at StyleList

11. Woven bracelets with metal (Aurelie Bidermann, Kris Nations at Max and ChloeKitson at Asos)
12. 60's and 70's-inspired styles (especially flare from waist pants)
14. Prints of animals (MSGM at Matches Fashion)
15. Cat-eye frames
16. Thigh highs
18. Ponchos (Haute Hippie at ShopBopOne Teaspoon at Singer22)

Haute Hippie poncho at ShopBop

Also, I'd like to note that fur is all over the place this season. I've committed to not buying any items with genuine fur unless they are vintage. I will comment on this decision in another post, but I'm compelled to dutifully acknowledge the trend while stating my resistance to it. (I'll be dedicating another post to this topic.)

Couture look, pic from MillionLooks

After creating this list, I found another list of fashion trends for fall/winter 2011-12 at Million Looks, which shows pictures of the couture shows where the trends originated. There is much overlap between the lists, but a few of the trends are different. Couture shows are a great start for building a wearable outfit with your own budget inspired by a specific runway look or feel.

Of the moment and looking ahead: Part II will be coming soon!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

on Fire: A journey to The Lake & Stars

The Lake & Stars

A couple of weeks ago I started posting my personal hot lingerie picks and promised that the series would crescendo with a presentation by one of my favorite lingerie designers, The Lake & Stars. With styles that are fun, fresh, edgy, and have a hint of hipster, the Spring/Summer 2011 campaign  pursues the "Art of Communal Living" and offers a message much resembling the staples of Zen Buddhism philosophy (click on the picture titled Spring/Summer 2011 ad campain). Whether you want to wear lingerie by The Lake & Stars to open your mind to a new level of awareness, allow for balancing, find your energy, and encourage letting go or because you want to indulge in sexy statement lingerie with an inspiring design and unique color aesthetics, The Lake & Stars has you covered--but just in the right places ;) If you're interested in purchasing, here is a list of their retailers.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Deborah Lippman hosts a party in a bottle

Deborah Lippman at Nordstrom, "Get This Party Started" polish trio $42

Deborah Lippman is the "it" brand of polishes, and her lacquers are rumored by some to last a week. This set, "Get This Party Started," has Ms. Lippman's best-selling polish, Happy Birthday, glitzing in all its glory along with two new famed glitterazzi polishes, Candy Shop and Forget You (love the name!). I'm particularly fond of Forget You for Halloween and NYE! In this set, available exclusively at Nordstrom, each polish is a regular-size .5 oz bottle and sure to bring some dazzle to your tips. I'm guessing this set will likely be offered for a limited time and not continue to be manufactured after it's had its run--so scoop it up now!

Check out other Deborah Lippman nail lacquer shades, which run from $16-20 a bottle. One of my faves includes Supermodel, a sheerish red-orange that was created in collaboration with Dree Hemingway. (Who is Dree Hemingway? She's a model who has worked with countless fashion houses as well as H&M. She's also the great-granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway!) Available at Nordstrom (temporarily sold out on Deborah Lippman's site), Some Enchanted Evening shimmers and shines with the best of 'em and seems as if it would be a versatile color for any occasion or to go with anything, not to mention it would probably camouflage any teeny chips quite nicely.

Deborah Lippman's products have been featured in magazines such as Vogue and Marie Claire, and none of her products are tested on animals :)

Net-A-Porter introduces Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana at Net-A-Porter, printed stretch-satin bodysuit $1,615

Net-A-Porter is always a solid place to check into for of-the-moment styles, fashion news, and to-die-for apparel and accessories. Take note of their magazine, your weekly dose of fashion must-knows and updates. Current news: they are introducing Dolce&Gabbana on their site for the first time! (Unfortunately, the above bodysuit is sold out (I love the print!), however you can add it to your wish list on Net-A-Porter and they will notify you if they receive more stock.)

Gucci gives summer the boot!

Gucci at Net-A-Porter, camel woven summer boot $3,750
When I found these boots, my thought was, "They are NOT entirely woven!" knowing very well that with a label like Gucci, they just had to have that level of craftsmanship and intricacy--yes, they are entirely woven and all by hand. With a lace-up front (which I adore!), the back zipper makes these wearer-friendly. The camel color, horizontal opening detail on the shaft of the boot, and open toe are what make this piece of footwear appropriate for summer. Net-A-Porter has chosen to style these with a dress, but if you like a challenge and really have a knack for styling, go ahead and find the perfect pair of itty-bitty shorts to work with this boot. I've loved the shootie trend this summer, and this just takes it to a whole other level--yess!

Monday, July 18, 2011

It's that time of the season!

I worship the buyer at Neiman Marcus who is responsible for their seasonly selection of outrageous and phenomenal shoes and bags. After delighting in what I've chosen to feature here, take a trip to the wild side and explore Neiman Marcus's pages of this season's Fashion's Extremes. Enjoy!

Giuseppe Zanotti at Neiman Marcus, colorblock slingback platform $1,495
Swarovski crystals matched to the shade of the colorblocked suede adorn the faces of this gem. I'd love to pair this with a pair of black leather leggings...yowza! Did you know that a jeweler actually works for Giuseppe Zanotti? This gives me ideas...

Prada at Neiman Marcus, madras woven leather satchel $2,650
Although this bag comes in black and brown, the red (more of a brick/raspberry red) and black combination is what makes this bag a "stand-out." The contrasting red and black weave emphasizes the woven detail and texture; delineates the varied weave patterns of the bag and lines of the bag (use the zoom feature to appreciate this detail); provides a contrast for the signature black push-lock closure, which adds a perfect focal point; and adds a jewel-tone richness--a trend to be noticed. 

Christian Louboutin at Neiman Marcus, ecotrash platform slingback $1,095
This shoe has two different animal patterns separated by trash--yes, trash. The upper part of this shoe is recycled scraps of paper, netting, ribbon, string, etc arranged together in a collage fashion and coated with PVC--and no two shoes are alike! Click on the link and use the zoom to see the ecotrash collage detailing and layers on this shoe. Shoes just don't get any cooler than this!

Valentino at Neiman Marcus, studded python clutch/wristlet
I do not claim to be well-studied on every fashion house, but as far as what I'm used to seeing, this is definitely quite a strong look for a designer who I associate with extremely feminine style and detailing--and I love it! This decent-sized clutch would be an easy go-to over and over again for a fun night out, sure to compliment a variety of ensembles and make me swoon with every wear. I definitely have a thing for patterns, and this snakeskin just can't be beat.

Brian Atwood at Neiman Marcus, tie-up leopard print feather heel $1,450
If this isn't a statement shoe, I don't know what is. Loud fun and full of glam, Brian Atwood definitely delivers with this power shoe. Leopard print calf hair, a thick-ribbon lace-up tie, exploding black ostrich feathers, and a sexy skinny gold metal heal combine for a look that is the all-out epitome of fabulous, not to mention style. This is a shoe-lover's shoe.


JTV, drusy quartz and sterling jasper ring $70

With just having purchased an eye-catching pyrite drusy ring set in sterling, I think it's only fair that I share my love of a statement ring that has raw shimmer, sparkle, and shine. This ring provides smooth, polished stone framing the druzy part, which adds a nice contrast and emphasizes the sparkle and texture of the miniature crystals. The black quartz seems to host hints of other colors, so I am interested in what this looks like in person. Effectively breaking up the black quartz from the leopard-resembling patterned jasper, dimensional and antiqued silver detailing coordinates with the rest of the ring, while also serving as the setting. Quite a design! At almost any price, this ring has major bang for its buck, and is pretty irresistable for $70.

If you're not familiar with jtv, I recommend that you check out their site; they can have the exceptional find. Jtv is one of the jewelry sites with the most extensive product descriptions--you can even search for jewelry based on whether or not the stone has been treated. Also, jtv offers an extensive selection of gemstones, from citrine and kunzite to gemstones you may have not have even heard of before or rarely see, such as rhodochrosite and black rutile quartz. As a final note for online jewelry shopping, unless you're buying from the likes of Tiffany's or Harry Winston, I strongly advise that you keep your purchases to semi-precious stones and leave the diamonds and emeralds for in-hand shopping. Enjoy the sparkle!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Pretty potties

Hyatt on the Bund--Shanghai, BBC World's Coolest Hotel Bathrooms
A couple of years ago, after two weeks of galavanting around several European cities, enduring stays in hostels (you can only understand if you've been there, done that), and being forced to "sleep" in an airport because of my friend, I'd finally had enough, and for my last night's stay in Barcelona, I bought a real hotel room with a large, clean, private bathroom.

When I walked into the room and saw my tile and marble bathroom with a glass shower door, heat light, separate little room for the toilet, abundance of fresh white towels, and fine toiletries, I promise you that it looked like heaven to me. More or less, I think it's fair to say that a hotel room is only as good as its pillows, sheet-sandwiched blanket, and bathroom. With that being said, please take a look at these six spectacular bathrooms from hotels around the world, chosen by BBC Travel.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Tom Ford in your makeup bag

With the price of lipstick at $48 and other cosmetics ranging into the hundreds, the designer behind the label better be the likes of Tom Ford, whom I know best for his large-but-light eyewear. (Who knew Tom Ford was a little sex-pot!? He's the model in the ad!)

Even if your're not going to shell out big bucks for this designer make-up (and if you are, more power to you!), it's definitely a noteworthy addition to the beauty and style scene. And with a strong focus on aesthetics and fashion, Tom Ford's make-up line serves as fab inspiration for ideas to use with more affordable cosmetics. As reported by, Tom Ford is a fan of strong colors and pays attention to emphasizing eyes and lips for a night out--something of which I am personally very fond. But be careful if you're piling on the color, you have to make extra sure you're using the right colors together and in the right places--this is not about looking like a clown or as if you're wearing a mask; the colors should artfully draw attention to your features, not stand out by themselves.

And where to buy this wallet-devouring beauty? It will first be available at Tom Ford and Bergdorf's as well as Saks and Neiman Marcus starting in September.

As a separate note, I'm noticing a slightly more oval-shaped nail in these shots. Sick of the squoval you've been sporting for the past 15 years? It might be time to try a slightly more elliptical shape...

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Braids and barettes

InStyle braided scarf
Do not fret! I am not suggesting you try to rock a turban, even though I am very aware of their return and think (if done properly) it can be an extremely stylish look. What I am suggesting is that you kick up your braid a couple of notches with a fun strip of ribbon. Braids are definitely of-the-moment, and this is a great way to add a little pizazz to your presentation. My note of caution: you want this to look pretty and neat, not like your little sister was playing with your hair. Make sure your braid is even and lays flat! Also, the thinner the ribbon, the easier it will be to pull off this look. Although InStyle does not show it in the picture, if you're having difficulty with making the end of the ribbon disappear, I would not hesitate to let the end of the ribbon dangle and cut it off so it is even with the rest of your hair. Of course, make sure you cut the ribbon on an angle to reduce fraying, and you might want to swipe some fray-check or clear nail polish on the end to ensure a fray-free wear. Here is InStyle's DIY instructions for this trick! Also, check out their fun ideas for barettes, a trend that started to grace the runways a couple of seasons back but hasn't transitioned as quickly to the streets.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Bella Cleobella

Cleobella at Bloomingdales, brixie weave tote $200

Unless I'm out for drinks, I'm a tote girl--with shoulder straps (it makes shopping easier, and I like to have all my little creature comforts availabe: bottle of water, small makeup bag with essentials, phone & ipod touch, etc). I'm dazzled by this tote's patterns, variety of textures, and dimensionality. Although I'd wear it sans crossbody strap, it does offer that as an option. Not familiar with Cleobella?Get a taste of this ecclectic label with bohemian flare by checking out the rest of Cleobella at Bloomingdale's or Cleobella's online destination.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Getting warmer...hotter...

I promised several days ago that I would be covering some lingerie picks, leading up to a presentation by one of my favorite lingerie designer brands. Here are a couple of bras from my most recent fabulous lingerie discovery, Faire Frou Frou , which means "to show off" in French. A high-end boutique with unique, luxury lingerie, their site is definitely worth checking out--especially considering they're having their Summer Sale.  Read more about Faire Frou Frou here.

La Perla at Faire Frou Frou, Plisse lace bra $235
Ahh, La Perla. One of the best-known luxury lingerie brands, La Perla brings us this undeniably classic and classy all lace black bra. This bra is not only alluring lingerie, it yields itself to being flaunted as "loungerie"--a trend that I very much endorse. What would I wear this with as outerwear? I don't think you could go wrong pairing it with a blazer, skinny jeans, and some killer heels. 

Les Jupons De Tess at Faire Frou Frou, lace capelet $252
This lace capelet is creative, delicate, and the ultimate feminine piece--while still being as sexy as could be. And if you really want to get your $252 worth, go ahead and wear this on top of a little cami for a very sophistocated look. Just make sure you take full advantage of this tempting little piece in the bedroom...ties are always fun!

Wow. I don't know what I love more, the design of this bra or the name of the label. How this bra emphasizes the perfect natural roundness of her assets without padding is genius. I'm infatuated with the concept of this bra, its edge, and its sex. This bra is not sexy; it is sex. And it's smart sex at that.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Tassel tease

Asos, metallic leather tassel clutch $77.50
Metallic gunmetal goes with almost anything, and this style is simple enough to make it uber versatile while still having an edge. What's the best part of this bag? The tassels, of course! Very fun and sophistocated, this is a fab staple piece to dress down for lunch with the girls, make it classy for dinner, or spice it up for a night out on the town. Aside from getting a 10/10 rating for its style and versatility, the size of this clutch makes it perfect for your all your needs--phone, camera, wallet, any makeup cheats, and a few lip glosses--which makes this a highly practical choice as well. And for $77.50, this clutch could work for any season, making it a year-round bag, which means cost-per-wear is probably incredibly low--a very important factor with wise shopping. As always at Asos, this item ships for free, an added bonus!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Liquid perfection

Liquid palisade by kiesque $22

With a couple of posts in the works dedicated to primping your paws, I'd like to wet your appetite for doting on your tips by covering a product that seems to be the perfect cheat for the perfect manicure and nailing nail designs. (I prefer to use the term nail designs instead of nail art since I associate nail art with cheap and tacky--and we don't want that!) Your ticket to clean cuticles and easy nail designs is Liquid palisade, a liquid that you paint on wherever you don't want nail polish. It dries, you paint your nails, you let them dry, and then you peel off the dried Liquid palisade...and ta-daa! Polish where you want it, no polish where you don't! This product not only seems great, it's been reviewed and recommended by Allure magazine. Another plus? S&H is free!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Ohhh Gaultier!

Sometimes it seems that fashion and style exist just for the sole purpose of some people to grace us with their gift; in my book, Jean Paul Gaultier is one of those designers.

While Gaultier's Fall 2011 RTW (ready-to-wear) is just as praise-worthy as his Fall 2011 Couture collection, I want to share a few of my favorite designs from his haute couture show. I've chosen these for their design elements, originality, impact, and feel.

Unfortunately, due to time contraints, I can't review each ensemble below, of which each is clearly deserving. Note the ballet-inspired shoes, variety of color schemes and use of color, textures, symmetry, and asymmetry. Enjoy!

Think of it as your picture frame...

 Pins and Needles at Urban Outfitters, nude lace slip $34

100% sheer, entirely demure, and completely sexy! This feminine chemise boasts a classic and vintage feel with a nude lace bodice while asserting its modern edge with sheer mesh from the waist down. Since this is polyester, I'd really like to see this in person before recommending it to feel how soft the lace is. That is my only cautionary statement.

When I try on and buy lingerie, I like to make the distinction between "lingerie that I wear" and "lingerie that wears me." What I mean by this is whether the lingerie emphasizes and accentuates me versus the lingerie that steals the scene and is the main focus and I come across more as a manequin. Obviously, the more daring and bold the piece, the more challenging it is to command attention and control over the look. Ideally, anything you wear should "work with you" and not overpower you. What I especially like about this nude lace slip is its soft and meek character, sure to put all the focus on you and not distract from what's really important--you!

Take a peek at Urban Outfitters Intimates department for other undies and sleepwear, including designs by The Lake and the Stars and Mary Green--two designers who are at the top of my list when it comes to lingerie.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

I want it!

Candela at Saks, multi-colored woven leather shooties $200
At almost 50% off, this shoe is hard to resist! Aside from the obviously fresh and versatile shootie style (easily pair with jeans, jeggings, bermuda shorts, minis, pencil skirts, dresses, etc), this shoe incorporates bright colors in neutral shades, increasing the coordination possibilities. While what originally attracted me to this shoe was the color scheme, I think I might be even more in love with the detail: hardware on the shoe vamp, braided straps, contrasting non-braided straps, inset leather strips, double buckle, and a back zipper. And, of course, my favorite type of heel ever, a stacked heel--4" nonetheless! Although I could go on and on about how fabulous a stacked heel is, one of my top reasons for loving stacked heels is their durability. And, if you're considering shelling out some bucks for shoes (or almost anything), durability is key. Take a look at Saks sale for women's and men's apparel, shoes, bags, and accessories that are now an additional 25% off the already reduced price!  

Monday, July 4, 2011

Haute in the shades

Alexander Wang at SSENSE, suede sunglasses $195

Considering I have never seen a pair of sunglasses that are suede, these shades are definitely noteworthy! SSENSE is showcasing this piece on its site's homepage, and I must say they styled them quite wonderfully, accented by porcelain skin and big blonde hair full of texture. So, how does this look translate to you, let alone the street and hot sticky summer days? I confess I have little to offer unless I were to have you and these artful frames in front of me. And another question, what does perspiration do to suede? Eeks! These shades get an A+ from me as far as ingenuity and design (these gray lenses are perfect for this color suede!), but I'm fearful of how they'd rate as far as practicality. Although honestly, when it comes to haute designers, what should we expect? This is why we love them: their originality, impracticality, and ability to transform ideas into 3-D wearable art. So, a thank you to Alexander Wang for furnishing a pair of shades in a medium I never would have though of, and for doing it quite well.

Just warming up

Topshop, black lace short $20

I've been neglecting my coverage of lingerie. To compensate, I have a couple of posts solely on lingerie lined up and almost ready to go. But, before I hit you with my over-the-top sexy, drool-worthy, rediculously priced obsessions, including a refined and inspiring presentation by one of my favorite big-time undies designers, I'll break you in with some cute and afforadable options from Topshop. Above, this little lacey black short is fun and flirty and should be very comfy since it's made with 80% cotton. Another plus: it's machine washable.
Topshop, floral ruffle crop pj top $25

Topshop, floral bloomer pj shorts $25
This pj set is precious! I tend to like clothing and accessories that elicit a certain feel, and this bloomer set is full of charming character. With innocent feminine accents--a floral print, ruffles, and smocking--this set is so sweet with just a perfect dash of spice. Peruse Topshop's Lingerie and Nightwear department for bra and panty setsnightgowns, sleep shorts, and more. And no worries about S&H, Topshop offers free shipping to the U.S. on orders over $10!