Polka Dots

Polka Dots, to me, have always been a little bit naff and a lot of bleeehhhh. I’ve always thought they look cheap and just screamed desperately “oh my god, please look at me- I am retro, I am.”. Untill recently that is. When I saw this photo :

And suddenly the penny just dropped. They are gorgeous, glamorous, timeless, and thanks to Stella McCartney back at the start of the summer, fashionable too. So with my new found discovery that Polka Dots weren’t half as cringey as I had once assumed, I scooped up the first pair of Polka Dot tights I came into contact with.

Polka Dot Body Shaping Tights by M&S £6

And I have been hooked ever since!


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Posted by on August 24, 2011 in Fabric, Inspiration, Polka Dot, Prints, Trends, Vintage


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First off, if you don’t already know about Spanx, watch this: Inspiring Video with Sarah Blakely

I really do have alot of admiration for Sara Blakely. There are tons of strong admirable and inspiring business women in the world of lingerie, but heres why I particulary like Sara.

1. Her products do the job. They are innovative, cover every need imaginable, fun and feminine and they give reliable, consistently impressive results. They created an ever expanding multi-million pound market- shapewear today is an essential part of every lingerie department, and it is in large part to Spanx that sparked the whole concept.

2. Shes down to earth. In 2006 she set up The Sara Blakely Foundation. This was set up to help women through education and entrepreneurial training and she has also funded scholarships for young women at CIDA in South Africa, on top of donating $1 Million to the Oprah Winfrey’s Leadership Academy. I know a lot of people donate, but Sara came from a working class ordinary background, and sometimes people like that that then become multi-millionaires so quickly can let it get to their heads and forget to give back. I just think its admirable that she gives back as much as she does and for such personal, unique and inspiring causes.

3. She came from a lawyer and an artist. If that’s not an amazing mix to start with I don’t know what is.

I won’t inflict my photos of products of spanx that as I have tried onto the world, I’m not a customer (yet ha) but I am an admirer. Although I think the price tags are hefty and you can get cheaper that’ll do the job, the garments are modern, contemporary and innovative, and if you can afford it- definitely worth it.

Undie-tectable Collection

Haute Contour Collection

Skinny Britches Collection

Hide and Sleek Collection

Slim Cognito Collection


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Save Spend Splurge- Understated Elegance

Save :  £26  La Sezna CLAUDETTE SILK CREAM, Available in Sizes 32A-38E

I am honestly surprised to like a La Senza bra as much as I do this one. Elegant, classic and chic it hasn’t skimped on trims to meet the low price. And while there is no lace applique- it would make a brilliant T-Shirt bra. Available up to a 38E which is promising, also.

Spend : £53 Rosy Vintage Champagne Bra  Available in Sizes 32A-36D

A Blend of contemporary smooth molded cups with vintage styling and colours, this really is a delicious bra. I adore the jade version as well!

Splurge : £399 Carine Gilson Available in Sizes 32A-36D

One of the most delicate and stunning bras I have ever held. It really is like holding a treasure in your hands, completely lined in sumptuous silk satin, its so fragile, like holding history in your hands and yet gives such fantastic shape. It feels like golden butter on your skin, and so well made without a single detail over looked. Well, you’d be pretty pissed off if there was for £399, I suppose!



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I have always been so completely head over heels in love with the Sixties. The colours, the attiude, the dresses, the boots, the tights, the bikini’s, the makeup..the hair! I really am so armored with everything to do with the sixties, So here are a couple of deliciously gorgeous images I found in the Library the other day……

Absolutely Beautiful!



Posted by on August 23, 2011 in Uncategorized



My New Brand Spankin’ Marlies Dekkers Finnally got its first outing…..

Gorillaz- Dare- Remix

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Summer may be over (sob sob 😥 ) but I still have my brilliant staycation to look forward too. What better way to bring some of the fading fluorescent sun into the fleeting moments of cornwall, and make the most of the bright things on offer in store before they get whisked and tucked away for winter!

Liberty Print Nike’s £61.99

Wildfox Leopard Print Tee £60

Deborah Marquit French lace balconette bra £140

Victoria Secrets Wild Pink Pants £6

Nail Rock Neon Green Giraffe £6.99


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Filaments and Fibres

Really Really Really Exciting and Exhausting and Hectic few days.

So through the my unbelievable luck and the extraordinary generosity of one of the fabric guys, I had the fortune to get a personal tour through a fabric factory! Literally being a gi-bloody-normous lingerie geek (did i mention that :P) I found the whole experience absolutely fasinating. My dyslexia can get the better of me and so I’d never really taken much in when it came to the process of fabric, besides a vague relocation of weft and warp’s. So for two people to take two hours out of their days to take me personally round and explain in completely dyslexia friendly terms the entire process, giving me souvenirs, secret information and allowing me to take as many photos as I want, was just amazing.I am so so happy I got the chance.

Heres How……..

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Posted by on August 18, 2011 in Fabric, Lingerie, Machines, Technical


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