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Intimate Insiders, Intimate Affairs and Upcoming Events

28 Nov

The Holiday shopping season is officially underway….Thanksgiving is behind us, Black Friday sales began earlier than ever (many retailers held pre-Thanksgiving Day sales on Wednesday,) online sales on Black Friday topped the $1 Billion mark for the first time ever and the busiest shopping weekend of the season was capped by Cyber Monday specials.  Did you score any exceptional steals?  How do you navigate through the sea of sales?  Do you stick with your favorite retailers or did you venture outside of your comfort zone?  Personally, I avoid shopping on Black Friday.  I’m famous for waiting til the last minute… Oftentimes shopping on Christmas Eve!  How many of you shop for yourselves this time of year?  Or do you stick to your Christmas list with a fierce determination to stay within your budget?  Most importantly… How many of you purchased lingerie this past weekend??? 

When is lingerie an appropriate gift?  I recently helped a friend shop for a Bachelorette Party gift….  I took her to La Petite Coquette on University Place, NYC.  Rather than simply purchasing one piece, we put together a “basket” of assorted items including the Hanky Panky Signature Lace Keyhole Teddy in black, Booty Parlor’s Good Girl Bad Girl Feather Whipper, a sexy sleep mask among other things.  What fun we had!  And I was told that this gift was the highlight of the Bachelorette Party.

Here are the Upcoming Intimate Affairs to celebrate the Season:

On December 4, 2012, The Underfashion Club is hosting its annual Holiday Party at The National Arts Club on Gramercy Park South from 5:30-9:00pm.  The Intimate Affair will feature dinner, dancing and a whimsical bra & bottoms design contest.  In addition, gifts of clothing and toys will be collected for the New York Foundling Children.  Tickets are $50 in advance, $60 at the door. 

The Paris Region Economic Development Agency (PREDA) is hosting a trend presentation on Thursday, December 6th at the Consulate General of France in NYC.  The presentation is a fresh insight into the latest fashion and home trends by the trend forecasting agency NellyRodi.  It will be followed by a panel discussion between Paris-based trade shows and American trend experts. 

Bra La Mode presents a Festive Affair Holiday Trunk Show on Saturday, December 8th featuring Dirty Dolls Lingerie, Love & Dream Sleepwear and Loungewear and introducing – for the first time ever –  luxury lingerie line Rouge Séduire.  As an added bonus, Stella and Dot jewelry and accessories will be sold too!  Wrap up your holiday shopping in one stop.  The Intimate Affair will be held at Spa 34 on 34th Street in NYC from 10am-3pm and will feature Spa Specials including a Mani/Pedi for only $22 (reg. $34.) and a ½ Hour Full Body Massage for only $30 (reg. $40.)  Come in from the cold and shop for Holiday Gifts up to 50% off and indulge yourself with a Spa treatment!  Be sure to RSVP at www.festivetrunkshow1.eventbrite.com.  Guests can expect refreshments and gifts with purchase. 

The Intimate Apparel Square Club’s Holiday Party is being held on December 13, 2012.  This year, Santa will be visiting the “Rusk Kids” one-on-one in their rooms while the new RUSK facility is being built.  But members and guests are welcome to join us for dinner at Trattoria Alba on 34th Street, NYC at 6pm.  The Intimate Affair includes presentation of the prestigious Al Jaffin Award to Diane Paccione as well as presentation of the 2012 H.U.G. Award Gala proceeds to the administrators and doctors at NYU Langone Medical Center’s Rusk Rehabilitation Center and Tisch Hospital.  Members and their families: $70; Guests: $80 (Dinner and Open Bar.)

On December 18, 2012, The Lingerie Alliance presents A Festive Affair Holiday Networking Social at Legends Loft Lounge, 6 West 33rd Street between 5th Ave & 6th Ave from 6:30-8:30pm.  Two hours open bar, giveaways & gift bags, an Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest and more.  The primary sponsor of the Festive Affair is LELO, the world’s leading designer brand for intimate lifestyle products.  LELO is donating Prize Baskets for winners of the Ugly Sweater Contest with the Grand Prize Basket valued at $1000!  This event costs $35/ per person and is limited to 60 people.  RSVP and purchase your tickets before they sell out: www.festiveaffair1.eventbrite.com

Got Insight?  Having an Intimate Affair?  Let us know!  Everyone can be an Intimate Insider!

As seen on LingerieBriefs.com

You’re Invited: Bra La Mode’s Mother’s Day Event

10 May

Just a reminder to join us at Bra Smyth on Saturday for “A Celebration of Women” in honour of Mother’s Day!  The Intimate Affair is sponsored by the legendary French lingerie label Simone Pérèle in collaboration with the leading lingerie publication The Lingerie Journal.  The in-store Bra Fit Event will feature fine lingerie stylist and personal shopper The Lingerie Goddess Margaret Shrum and guests will enjoy an Afternoon Tea Party with champagne, tea, scones and gourmet sugars courtesy of Chambre de Sucre.  Bra Smyth is offering 10% off all Sleepwear throughout the event, the first fifty guests will receive gift bags valued at $35, Simone Pérèle is offering a free gift with purchase, and all guests will be entered into a a raffle for a Grand Prize Basket full of goodies valued over $400!  RSVP to www.bralamodemothers.eventbrite.com

You’re Invited: “Let’s Get Intimate” Intimate Affair Trunk Show featuring Dirty Dolls Lingerie and Campbell & Kate Classic Shirts

26 Mar

Bra La Mode and VMV Hypoallergenics are co-hosting “Let’s Get Intimate” Intimate Affair Trunk Show featuring Dirty Dolls Lingerie and Campbell & Kate Classic Shirts on Friday, April 13, 2012 from 2pm – 8pm at VMV Hypoallergenics boutique at 868 Broadway, NYC.  Happy Hour will be from 4pm – 8pm.

The in-store Intimate Affair will feature the latest intimate apparel designs from the acclaimed, NY-based lingerie brand Dirty Dolls Lingerie and the iconic button-front white shirts from the NY-based clothing company, Campbell & Kate.  Merchandise from the two brands will be available for purchase at up to 80% off the original retail prices.

The event is being held in the upscale VMV Hypoallergenics boutique and spa where free makeovers will be offered while guests enjoy champagne and other treats such as cheese & crackers, fruit and chocolates.  In addition, free samples will be provided, VIP VMV gift bags will be distributed and all guests can expect a free gift with purchase courtesy of VMV (valued at over $30.)

Inspired by the vintage under-things worn by the starlets of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Dirty Dolls Lingerie is bringing glamour back into the everyday.  This line of beautiful underpinnings caters to women who wear hard-to-find sizes. The bra range starts at a 28C and goes up to a G cup. The full collection includes body shapers, panties, tap pants, and garter belts—all which look and feel fabulously sexy under any outfit.

Campbell & Kate ships iconic white shirts across the globe to women who wear a bra cup size D-H and dress size 2-16.  In perfecting the classic white shirt, the company has paid painstaking attention to the issues that matter to the woman with a large bust, including proportionate sizing between the bust, waist and shoulders, and gap-free closure at the bust.  The classic white shirt is the first of the line to launch with other colors to follow in fall 2012. 

Guests are encouraged to RSVP for the festive, in-store shopping event: www.letsgetskintimate.eventbrite.com

www.vmvhypoallergenics.com

www.dirtydollslingerie.com

www.campbellandkate.com

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Intimate Insight: A little less Streetwalker, a little more Professional Businesswoman, please… by Enid

5 Mar

Enid Wearing a Pinstripe Skirt; Looking Professional - More Businesswoman than Streetwalker!

When I was visiting Moira in New York, she decided to stop by a lingerie store and, while talking to the owner, we got on the topic of plus size lingerie or more specifically why they didn’t carry them.  They had a great location, lots of foot traffic, but the owner told us that plus size stuff just didn’t sell.

I wanted to be all indignant and outraged about it, but I started thinking about my own shopping habits and realized that she may have a point.  When I go shopping for clothing, I tend to stick with places where I know for a fact that they carry my size.  Even if it’s a place where often the majority of the items are not to my liking and I have to dig to find something that I want.  (I never set foot into an Old Navy until I saw a woman at a club in this cute outfit my size that I had to have and she informed me that she had gotten it there.)

I very rarely will venture into a new store unless I’ve found out from someone else that they carry my size or a friend drags me in to look.  I just want to avoid going in to a store to shop only to have some popsicle-stick look me up and down and then dismiss me with a “We don’t carry anything in YOUR size.”  It’s bad enough going into department stores and trying to find a certain style of dress only to have some woman shove me into a back corner where a bunch of shapeless, black “dresses” hang and tell me, “That’s all we got.”

Melissa McCarthy said it best.  If you are a plus size woman, your options are limited to flowery grandmother or streetwalker.  I’m not big on flowers and I prefer to dress using the Edith Head philosophy – “Your dresses should be tight enough to show you’re a woman and loose enough to show you’re a lady.”  But the options in my size tend towards sausage or potato sack.  If I could afford Marina Rinaldi, I’d buy their fashions in a heartbeat, but I can’t even afford to take all my off-the-rack purchases straight to a tailor to have them fitted, (school loans trump vanity every time) so I can only choose a few key items to be fixed every so often.

Enid's Wish List - a Marina Rinaldi dress

Even more disappointing is that the few popular plus size chain stores out there carry very little in the styles that I want to wear.  Yes, I do work in post production and I can get away with jeans and a T-shirt or yoga pants and a henley.  However, they say dress for the job you want, not the job you have; and I prefer something a little more dressy.  Pencil skirts to my knees with button-up blouses, pin striped slacks, a checked dress jacket over a red silk top, knee-high boots and a colourful, geometric patterned dress – these are a few of my favorite things…

At one store where most of the merchandise seemed aim to a more goth crowd, I was able to dig up this amazing pin striped skirt that is one of my prize possessions.  At another store which opts to sell clothes in mostly primary colors (I’m more of an autumn palate myself), I found some really nice fitting slacks that I bought in brown and black.  And lately I’ve discovered that the colors purple and mauve really suit me, and I’ve been trying to add more into my wardrobe.

But finding all of this takes a lot of time and effort and there are some days when I could just cry because all I want is a simple black dress in a certain style that I see widely available for smaller sizes, yet trolling an entire mall for the day yields nothing in my size.

For now, I can only rely on the tried and true method.  If I see a woman my size wearing something amazing then I ask her where she got it.  Or else I just pick a weekend, clear my schedule, wear comfy shoes, pack a water bottle and a Powerbar, and start digging through the racks until I find that hidden gem.

I would love to hear what you think.  But even more importantly I would love to find out where you’ve found some amazing piece of clothing so I can go get one, too.  Let me know about your awesome finds or your own tips for shopping for a plus size figure

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