Less is More

janet-yuIt’s a great time of year to shop the Lingerie stores in NYC  to get trend direction and see innovative new product.   Last week, I took my camera to Soho and visited the usual suspects, including Kiki De Montparnasse, Agent Provocateur, Eres, and La Perla.  When it comes to exquisite lingerie, each with their own distinctive profile, these stores are inspirational, but the discovery of Jean Yu’s tiny shop and atelier (named 37=1) on Crosby Street was particularly thought provoking.  Jean’s  hand made limited edition designs are draped in airy light diaphanous silk fabrics.  The ethereal result embraces one of this year’s major lingerie themes: sheer architecture.  janet-yu-night-gownCreated in soft,  pale cosmetic colors, these minimalist garments are pure lingerie art.  Clean geometric patterns are defined by finely sewn seams, narrow ribbons and hand finished edges. The absence of lace, padding and wires allow the female … ...Read more

The Icing On The Cake

cup resizeIt’s November. It is getting cold and Thanksgiving is coming.  In my house this means it is time to bake my mother’s famous holiday cookies.  This used to be a favorite pastime in my family and a great way to occupy my kids as the days shortened and temperatures dropped.  But I have to admit, that lately, I am more inclined to cozy up near the fire and let someone else do the work.  I thought I might get away with it this year, but yesterday; my sister gave me my marching orders.  I am responsible for providing the dessert at thanksgiving dinner.  It’s too bad I can’t transfer these delicious looking cupcakes from this adorable PJ Salvage pajama and be done with it.PJScupcakepj23x5

This is the quintessential comfort pajama with its slightly worn, vintage appeal; but it’s the details that make it an indulgence for women everywhere.  Easy fitting, … ...Read more

Technical Beauty

I am a figure skating aficionado having spent many hours in ice rinks while my daughter pursuedMichelleKwan her youthful dream of becoming an ice skating star.  We have been watching the current figure skating Grand Prix in anticipation of this year’s Olympic team.  Figure skating is a beautiful and enchanting sport.  Elegant costumes, rapturous music and exquisite moves across the ice belie the hours of practice and physical endurance required to produce a flawless result. A perfect performance is creative, graceful and appears effortless. The audience is never aware of the expertise and skills that support the final product. 


 It is exactly this combination of artistry and technical appeal that makes the  Simone Perele lingerie brand so special.  I am struck by the orchestration of delicate laces, modern fabrics and alluring designs that are constructed to fit a contemporary woman comfortably through out her busy day. 

The exclusive Leavers lace … ...Read more

Remain Ageless

Copy2of2u9lg821When I saw this purple plaid version of the Demi Desire bra and panty set from b.tempt’d, it brought to my mind heather fields and Scottish moors. It ignited a childhood memory.

As a young girl, I used to go to Broadway shows in lieu of having birthday parties.  One of my favorite memories is the mist filling the stage in the Lerner and Lowe musical, Brigadoon. This lyrical salute to a mystical place in the Scottish Highlands where time stood still filled my youthful fantasies of love and temptation.  I may be at a wiser place in life, but the ageless message of eternal youth still remains very seductive.     But, now, it is a state of mind.

  This molded demi-contour underwire bra (953158) and matching bikini bottom (943158) is part of a new contemporary collection created for a young minded woman. Designed in a … ...Read more


libby rabbitThis is my dog, Libby, dressed as a bunny rabbit for the Halloween parade at the Mid-Atlantic Dachshund Pfest in Virginia. She won first prize for the cutest costume. I know she does not look too pleased, since she probably would have preferred the accolade for the sexiest attire in the contest.  After all, dressing like a bunny for Halloween should evoke sensual and feminine images that border on the state of provocative as well as adorable.  But I just could not find a corset that fit her.

However, since corsets are such an important lingerie trend this year AND a great enhancement to a variety of Halloween costumes, I thought I would let you know about a phenomenal corsetiere that I have recently discovered, Playgirl London by Kinnaird. All of Playgirl corsets are hand crafted in England by trained and qualified corsetieres. Constructed with steel bones, lace up … ...Read more

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