By HOLLY JACKSON
Earlier this month, I decided to get a puppy. My last dog had come along when he was two years old. He was consistent: sedate, lovely and mostly trained when I adopted him. He lived to an old age, but when I finally felt ready to get another dog I wanted a completely different option: this time I would try the puppy experience. What I didn’t anticipate was how truly tiring the whole thing would be. I have been living in sweatpants and my sports bras, ready to run around with the puppy at any moment so he doesn’t chew up my house. I’ve been getting up at 4:30 am to take him out and getting up early when he starts running around like an insane ball of fluff. The whole thing has caused me to take serious stock of my sports bra drawer and helped me fall in love with some I hadn’t tried out.
One of the most popular sports bras on the market right now is the Panache Wired Sports bra, which most people really love. A new version has come out recently in a performance lace that looks fancy and dramatic, making it fit perfectly into the continuing athlesiure trend. Sculptresse has also put out a sports bra that really works well and goes up to a 46 band size, which can be incredibly hard to find. I love that Panache has two great offerings for curvy figures out currently.
Frequently, writing about lingerie isn’t always about what works for you: it’s about what sells or what works for a lot of other customers. I’ve heard great things from Ellen and others about the Ultimate Fit Sports Bra by Curvy Couture. She’s amazed by the bounce control, particularly when galloping in the desert on her horse.
Se also touts the virtues of the Maximum Support Air Control Delta Pad Sports Bra by Anita. Ellen loves this Anita bra, but my mother also swears that this bra has improved her tennis game dramatically. And believe me, we are talking about two very different people!
I’ll finish with my two personal favorites: the Microfiber Underwire Sports Bra by Elila and the Energise Sports Bra by Elomi. These two have a similar feel and fit to me, but they’re fantastic on my short waisted and curvy figure. They’re serious enough to stand up to high impact exercise but comfortable enough that I can wear them while running around with the puppy without feeling squished or constricted.
Bonjour from Paris, France! Stephanie Hynes and I are out and about shopping the stores, meeting with some very talented Indie Designers and photographing some spectacular French designs. Tomorrow the Salon International de Lingerie begins. We’re packed with appointments and events. We’ll be reporting back upon our return. Stay tuned! Here are some ‘postcards’ Stephanie shot of our day yesterday in Paris. Au revoir… Ellen
Oysters at La Coupole
Paris Market Color Trends
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By ELLEN LEWIS
Harmony: The arrangement of parallel texts to form one exquisite narrative. Do we not aspire to this in our relationships, our careers, our homes and ultimately marriage? It’s the melding of many components that factor into our daily lives in order to rise above the noise and find equilibrium. It is the desire to be carried to a higher level of well-being. This is true beauty; a state of personal satisfaction to which every woman aspires. I saw this image on social media ( I wish I could credit its creator) and decided to use it here to describe Lise Charmel’s Spring 2019 Haute Couture Art de Volupté and Soie Virtuose collections
The two groups are copacetic, melding together 17 styles of luxury lingerie worthy of any bride. However, it’s the Lise Charmel designer technique that raises them above commercial lingerie to another plane of grace. They … ...Read more
By ALISON CONNOLLY
Celine Marie is a French-German lingerie designer (based in London) who was recently named a “Rising Star” at the 2018 UK Lingerie Awards. After looking through these dazzling images from her latest collection, you will agree with that assessment.
Though the brand HERVÉ BY CÉLINE MARIE is fairly young, it is anticipated that this will be its breakout year. What sets this innovative couture lingerie label apart from others is its relationship between modern and traditional design; from 3D laser cutting technology to its traditional handcrafting techniques. The goal is to create lingerie that is worn to be seen, and there is no doubt that these intricate avant-garde pieces are show-stoppers!
The Fall/Winter collection, called Human Mechanoids, is both parts futuristic and classic with its gilded lace and structural framework. It is inspired by the works of Swiss surrealist painter HR Giger and his idea of the … ...Read more
By HOLLY JACKSON
The New Year is traditionally a time when many of us are trying to get back into our pre-holiday routines. If you’re nursing or pregnant, the whole thing may seem way more complicated this year than it has previously! Exercise helps elevate one’s sense of self, well-being and provides a healthy escape from a sometimes overwhelming routine. As the female body evolves through the stages of early motherhood, it’s nice to know that there are brands whose mission is to meet your needs.
All of these styles are perfect for new mothers whether you’re getting back into your familiar gym routine, trying to develop a new one, or just trying to get outside more often.
For light exercise routines, a great bra can make activities like yoga and power walking easier. They’re also just great to run around after your baby with. The Body Silk Yoga Nursing … ...Read more