14/06/2016

Fréolic Lingerie

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So back in January, which sure feels like a long time ago, Fréolic debuted their collections and we all died inside over the Grace signature collection. A heavy but delicate corded lace layered over a barely there beige base that's not masquerading as a 'nude' but highlighted by colour matching straps and hardware. We've all seen the lace overlay, it's been everywhere from Primark to La Perla, but this is a set that changes the game. This is a set that brings the necessary lining fabric to the forefront whilst still letting the lace do it's thing. The styles of bra available in this range say 'everyday, practical but beautiful' the three matching designs of knickers say 'you can wear me for any occasion and to any comfort level' and the suspender belt says 'I'm a god damn lavish princess'. Often sets are either showstoppers or "wearable" and this is a weirdly amazing mix of both.

So that's why when I was offered the chance to chose a set to review, my first choice was Grace and I didn't even have to look. Although i'm glad I did look because Fréolic are killing it with a bunch of their other designs too. So as per usual, I sent over a long list of their designs I couldn't resist and my sizes and then went about my daily business (read: having a terrible depressive breakdown, oh joy). So I kind of forgot all about it until lo and behold, on a particularly bad day for my anxiety, a perfectly wrapped white box adorned with a big white satin bow arrived. Best post day ever.


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I was insanely lucky to be sent the Grace Plunge Bra in a 30B, the Grace Brief in a size Small and the matching Grace Suspender in a size small, and all in the Duck Egg blue or 'Greige' colour.

First off I should definitely preface this by saying my editing wizardry makes this set look a little more electric blue but it is true to the colour depicted on Fréolic's website. It's a truly beautiful dusty blue matched with an almost peach based beige and bright gold hardware. The lace on this is the thickets, strongest lace i've ever seen and it makes the delicate nature of pieces like the Grace suspender belt a lot less of a concern. I definitely feel like this set will stand up to some heavy wearing. The construction is borderline flawless with seams adding to the overall design or being so small they're almost invisible. A lot of thought and care has gone into designing this set to compliment the body with curved lines (I don't know what it is about the shape of the bottom of the bra but it's making me very happy. Such a pleasing shape). The briefs have a flattering sheer mesh behind which of course I did not get a decent photo of but that's what product shots are for; so I can rely on them when i'm useless!

The Grace bra comes with soft inserts for 'extra' padding in the cups so you can choose whether to use them or not. Personally I find the cups run quite large on this design so without the padding i'd have no chance of filling out the cups whatsoever. I also purposely asked for the plunge style as i'm too wide set and shallow to fill out balconettes and whilst this bra gives me a wondrous lifted, rounded shape when I swoop and scoop, I do still experience quite a lot of gape, mostly around the centre of the bra (maybe a lower gore? I don't know I am about the furthest thing from a bra fit expert). It's a real shame because I adore this bra and I adore the shape it gives my bust but it's going to need some clever alterations to be wearable for me (something i'm going to have to consult with someone with more knowhow than me so i can add a few darts and not reduct the attractive shape I get in this bra). My advice to anyone with a shallow, wide set bust is to possibly size down in the cups if you can.

That being said, the Grace brief and suspender belt are a perfect fit. The suspender belt fastens tight enough to stay on my 24" waist with the lace splaying perfectly over my hips and the briefs sit comfortably but not overly snug on my tricky 32.5" hips. There's no mass spillage because of either of those pieces which is a huge bonus if you're someone as soft around the edges as me! The suspender straps on the belt are also amazingly long and adjustable so if you have a penchant of wearing your suspender belts with over the knee socks like me, you'll be pleased with this too. 

I'm really smitten with this set, it's still as exciting to me as the first time I saw it and i can't wait to start wearing it. Usually i'll botch some darts in bras to make them wearable if they're just too big for my bust but i'm going to treat this bra with care and, hopefully asap, i'll be able to locate someone with the knowhow to alter the Grace bra to fit as perfectly as the rest of the set. And then I can guarantee it'll be in regular rotation for me. A set this beautiful but also flattering and of such high quality is not made to be kept in a pretty box for special occasions. It's made to be loved until it dies an honourable death after years and years of happy, regular wear.

If you're used to paying AP prices but are after something of better quality, and want to support an indie designer, then you genuinely cannot go wrong with Fréolic in my opinion. To have such a stunning and varied debut collection offering great construction and ethical manufacture too, it's pretty impressive. So saving your pennies and treating yourself (to Fréolic of course) is my advice for the day.

*All pieces gifted to me for the purpose of a review. All opinions are my own

12/06/2016

The Photography of Of Lambs and Lace

I love writing reviews but sometimes I want to change things up a teeny bit, write something a little different and show a side other than 'look at what i got, listen to my opinions'. So when ONE person suggested I put together an updated 'how I shoot and edit my photos' post, I was like yeah; I want to do that. So here we are, a post only one person wanted to see and only one person wanted to write. Ridiculous, but i'm feeling it. If you have zero interest in this level of information then don't feel like you're missing out on anything by not reading this.

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I guess the first thing I should tackle is kit. I own a Canon 350D, it is beyond obsolete. They stopped making these in 2005(?) and I got mine second hand in 2012-ish. I used to own a great little 50mm f/1.8 lens but then my tripod fell over and the whole thing split into many pieces so now i'm stuck with my 18-55mm lens. I have a second hand tripod, it's just over 5' tall. I use a generic camera remote that can be bought off ebay for less than £3. Occasionally when he's feeling generous and i'm feeling lazy I get my Beau to play tripod as it gives me more freedom to try new poses and have different angles in my photosets.

I shoot in RAW format to have a bit more quality to play with. Since my camera is so rubbish, and my lighting may not be perfect, RAWs allow me to edit a lot of this out without compromising on the quality of the photo until I compress it into a jpg. They do take up more space on my camera and hard drive though (macbook airs are great at everything but storage) so it's rare I actually keep copies of them.

And i guess here's really where the 'magic' happens. A great photographer doesn't have to rely on editing to make photos look amazing, I am not a photographer let alone a great photographer. Without editing my photos look like pure shite. I used to use a free Chinese online editing software for all my editing and it served me well for a decent chunk of time but eventually I migrated to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5. As far as cosmetic changes go, it only has the clone and heal tools and the rest is just playing with levels. Lightroom 5 (and maybe others, I don't really know) has this great function where you can save the exact changes you've made to a photo as a present so it makes it ridiculously easy to edit an entire photoset the same way and keep that editing style for future use. 

I usually just play about until I don't hate a photo but I figured i'd talk through some examples to show my workflow, if I have any at all:


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Aperture f/4.5 Shutter speed 1/500 ISO 1600

Possibly my most loved, stolen and commented on photo of all time, this shot of my Recherche set was actually taken by my Beau on my instruction with my 18-55mm lens on a 34mm zoom.

I stole an IKEA chair from the hallway of my building for this set and just draped a white blanket over one of the arms for no real reason. I also actually thought I was going to have to re-shoot this entire set because i'd accidentally left my ISO too high (my camera can't handle anything above 600 really without adding insane noise) but then I was lazy and just went with it.

Honestly, looking at it now, it clearly didn't need much doing to it. The captured white balance was pretty spot on and there was nothing to clone out so I: increased highlights (+100), decreased shadows (-42), decreased white clipping (-93), increased black clipping (+8), decreased vibrance (-19) and decreased saturation (-18), decreased contrast (-20), decreased exposure to (-0.5), decreased clarity (-17) and saturation (-18).


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Aperture f/3.2 Shutter speed 1/30 ISO 400

This photoset was also shot with Beau playing tripod with my 50mm lens.

I literally just stood in front of my bedroom wall which just so happens to have a monochrome vibe and it all kind of worked out nicely.

I adjusted my white balance to have the white wall be recognised as the white point first. I then cropped out the pillow at the bottom and the bulldog clips at the top and made minor adjustments to the angle to try and get the photo frames looking straight (photo walls are a nightmare backdrop because unless you're dead centre with your camera placement, they all look wonky!). I then irritatingly applied a present i'd named 'hmm' (I usually name my presets after the lingerie so I know where they originated) and I have no idea specifically what levels that altered but clearly my thought process on this one was to go through all my previous edits and just find one that looked good for this photoset (I do this a lot). I also went in with the mask tool which allows you to play with the levels in specific areas of a photo and made the shadows a little less harsh.


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Aperture f/2.2 Shutter speed 1/80 ISO 400

These were taken with a tripod and my 50mm lens.

I stood with one foot on my coffee table, the other on my couch to get the right height and a flattering angle/not have lots of crap in the background. My abs were looking ridiculous because I was calorie restricting/eating cleaner on top of my usual workouts and even i'm jealous when looking at these photos (but life without bread and on 1200 calories a day is not worth it)

For this set I just re-set the white balance using the wall in the background, increased the exposure (0.25) and increased the sharpness (also using the mask tool to go over the patches and increase their clarity in some photos to make sure the text stood out). Most of my time was spent with the clone/heal tool. I was going through some pretty big hormonal bollocks right here and as you can see it was fucking with my skin big time so I edited that out. I also weirdly cropped this photo to an entirely different aspect ratio, something i never do, but hey I wanted my chin removed and clearly I didn't hold down the shift key.


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Aperture f/4 Shutter speed 1/25 ISO 400

Another photoset my Beau played tripod for (which is hilarious because 90% of my photos are taken by me, I guess I just kept the RAW files for more of his shots) using my 18-55mm lens with no zoom.

I'd just got my new headboard, a large canvas print of one of my friend Bryony Good's photos and I was jazzed to have it as a backdrop (I also have another of her photos to interchange with this one as a headboard for funsies). Her photos remind me of home, and even though this one is most definitely not of home, everything about her work screams Yorkshire to me and it's a comforting feeling. So I wanted to match the hardness of the print on the headboard with the hardness of the lingerie but then diffuse it with soft textiles. I don't know what I was thinking with the fairy lights...

I removed some spots, set the white balance using the small patch of wall and then got to work on my levels: decreased contrast (-31), decreased exposure (-0.2), decreased highlights (-10), increased shadows (+100), decreased white clipping (-70), increased black clipping (+15), decrease saturation (-23), increase vibrance (+8).


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Aperture f/6.3 Shutter speed 1/15 ISO 400

This was a tripod shot with my 50mm lens at my mother's house (yeah I do often travel with my full kit to take advantage of having new places in which to shoot when i'm feeling particularly uninspired).

I was exhausted and struggling with my anxiety, not to mention i'd just spent my christmas dealing with major floods and helping clean up my little town. But i'd had this set for way too long and not reviewed it, a mouse had nibbled through the cotton gusset (don't ask) and i just wanted it all out of the way since there was a designer waiting patiently for my blog post. So I rolled out of bed, and just shot in the very stark morning light. I took about 5 photos before giving up and thankfully I had some useable ones.

I removed some spots and got rid of the clutter in the bottom right corner with the clone/heal tool. I then just applied the preset i'd made of my Recherche shoot above and voilà, good to go.


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Aperture f/5.6 Shutter speed 1/25 ISO 400

This is my most recent shoot, for a blog post that isn't even live yet, and was taken using a tripod and my 18-55mm lens with a 47mm zoom.

I'd literally just got home from work around 6pm-ish, the weather was vile so the light was super dark but this set had just arrived and I was excited so i thought i'd do a test shoot. Couldn't find any nude stockings anywhere so just went with knitted socks... I basically just threw a blanket over my couch, put a faux fur stole over that and then moved my large photo (which is huge and i've never got round to hanging it in this apartment even though i've been here 3 years so lives behind my couch) so it was in the background. Tripod was perched precariously on top of my coffee table, my couch is directly in front of my window (well like 4 metres away) so I wanted to minimise the appearance of shadows from the tripod so above was kind of the best bet. For this shot I increased the zoom to get more of a details shot than full body. 

As far as my edit went for this shoot, it was pretty different to my usual style, washing everything out just wasn't working at all. So I went a bit mad and I: increased exposure (+0.45), increased brightness (+61), increased contrast (+25), decreased the temperature, increased the tint, increased clarity (+41), increased vibrance (+22), increased saturation (+1), played with split toning so my highlights had a yellow hue and my shadows had a purple hue and then messed with my tone curve a bit for good measure. 


So that's pretty much it, I export my photos to jpg, upload them to flickr and add them to blog posts. Usually I aim to have three photos per blog post and one or two that are different for social media but I don't enforce this strictly. Sometimes i'm just happy to have any photos I like at all.

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Sorry if this was a long, rambling post but i've had some fun putting it together and it's been interesting to analyse my own workflows. I can now see why some people say I definitely have a photographic style, I clearly just love certain editing techniques and just endlessly recreate them without realising i'm doing it. Whoops!

11/06/2016

Aurora Lingerie

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Last month I had a birthday, I turned 23 in rather a quiet fashion. I don't bother reminding anyone in my life about my birthday, I reason that if they want to celebrate my life then they'll remember and if they don't then i'm not forcing them to. Also my name literally shortens to the month I was born in so why put the effort into remembering for people too lazy or uncaring? But it's a martyr-ish practice that makes me really appreciate when people do remember and even more so when they put thought into cards or presents. So obviously I was thrilled when all my friends didn't forget completely and one bought me a present.

I was introduced to Aurora Lingerie when I purchased from them for ThighHighsandGlitter's birthday (or was it christmas?) present. I genuinely can't remember if they were on my wishlist or hers first but naturally an indie brand making beautiful loungewear and also out of the city we both call home, clearly E and I were not going to pass up on buying each other sets. And so I was thrilled to receive a little blue box (oh yes, they come with storage boxes) for my birthday.

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So I was super lucky enough to receive the Marilyn High Waisted Shorts and Cropped Camisole in the Sheer Black fabric in sizes XS. First things first, i'm going to spoil this whole review by telling you i've barely stopped wearing this set since it was given to me. In fact I look forward to getting home from work every day and putting this on to laze about my apartment (i've also considered wearing it out on a hot day because who can be bothered with clothes?). This set is insanely comfortable, very flattering in my opinion and so damn cute. I've mentioned before that my comfort test is being able to sleep in a set, since i'm exceptionally fussy in bed and can only wear a certain type of knickers and nothing else, but i've been sleeping in this too. No issues, no fuss, no discomfort. Just silky happiness. The only little thing that bothers me is that I have to get my beau to tie the camisole straps in a strong knot otherwise they come undone with wear but I love the option to pick the length of the straps yourself. I have quite short shoulders and obviously a very unprojected bust so most straps on camisoles constantly slip off but i've been able to get a snug, ideal length on this set.

An XS in these pieces are advertised to fit up to a 32.5" bust, 23.5" waist and 34" hips. I find this fit perfect for me, the fullest part of my bust measures 30", my waist is 24" and my hips are 32.5". I don't find the set too snug anywhere at all. I feel like Goldilocks. The construction is all flawless with all the seams being neat and minuscule and the waistband elastic doesn't spin or warp at all. 

I know I often end a review with what i'd like to purchase next from a brand and this is going to be no exception. I genuinely need, not want, I need the Marilyn set in the Ivory, Scarlett and Cinderella colours so I don't exhaust this one and so I always have a set on hand to lounge about in. And as soon as i've stopped financing welcoming a new family member, I promise one of these will be the first thing I buy. They make not be as exciting as my overly strappy pieces to blog about but i spend 97% of my time not blogging and I want to do that in the Marilyn set.

Also just thought i'd mention that i'm not really using twitter anymore, it was just bumming me out to put it lightly and I didn't feel like it was really an important platform for the blog anyway so if you did keep up with Of Lambs and Lace updates on twitter then you can still follow me on bloglovin, instagram or by signing up to my google friend connect over there on the right of the page. Thanks for all your support!

04/06/2016

Delta of Venus Giveaway

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Sometimes I draft up my final blog post in my head, thinking about bowing out gracefully and then I get a nice reminder of reasons why that's a a dumb idea and not something i'm doing for a while. An unexpected email off Delta of Venus was exactly that reminder this month. I'm not going to go into much detail about the content of the email but it made me feel special and i'm honoured Delta of Venus chose Of Lambs and Lace (out of all the other bloggers and instagrammers who could've been chosen) and you guys, my readers and supporters, to ask for help.

Delta of Venus are a brand new venture, still in the design and production phase of starting a luxury lingerie brand and so they need YOU to help them out with their market research. Delta of Venus want me to ask you guys to take a 5 minute survey and in return you'll be entered for the chance to win the Leilani Harness Bra and Thong set as pictured here. Entry closes on the 20th of June so if you want to win this beautiful set of lingerie made to your measurements then follow this link:
Honestly, it's an opportunity I wouldn't miss and I hope you're all feeling generous enough to help out a fledgling brand. I'll be promoting this giveaway across my social media until close so there's no excuses to not help out Delta of Venus. Because the sooner we help them complete their market research, the sooner we all get to see the other beautiful designs they come up with when they release their full collection. And i'm pretty excited about that.

21/05/2016

BunnyRibs

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I've been endeavouring, albeit slowly, to include more white layering pieces in my collection. I feel like I've got black layering pieces sussed and I'm pretty solid with red too (if I do say so myself) but I'm completely lacking in white. I was going to finally get myself another Creepyyeha Ravish Me set in white to start off with but then I stumbled on BunnyRibs on Instagram and decided to take a chance on someone new. Generally I stick with Creepyeha or Hopeless for my harness needs because they're tried and tested, high quality, versatile pieces but I was taken in by the interesting designs and mix and match possibilities offered by BunnyRibs.

So I took the plunge, visited their web store and decided on my pieces. Their storenvy says international orders need to email for a shipping quote before purchasing so that's what I did. I received a speedy response of the amount and told to email if I had anymore questions. Me being dumb just went and purchased my items, leaving a 'note to seller' about my shipping quote since there was no other guidance given online or by the designer in the email. Which clearly was the wrong thing to do as I was charged a standard shipping fee that was more expensive than my quote. When I emailed I was told i should have asked them to set up some kind of listing for me if I wanted to pay the actual shipping cost I was quoted and even though it's completely possible, there was no mention of a partial refund through PayPal. So I ended up paying $45 for shipping, when it was only $35. I just let this slide because it's only £6-ish but it is strange practice to accept an overpayment from someone who has tried to follow your vague guidelines. 

I ordered my pieces in March and received them in May so overall a 2 month wait for production and shipping, on a par with Creepyyeha and Hopeless and within their guidelines. All of my emails were replied to exceptionally quickly as well. My items arrived in a sturdy box, however not discreetly packaged as the store name and an illustration of an arse was stuck on the outside (so something to think about if you like buying discreetly and considering this store's imagery is heavily fetish based and entirely nude you may not feel comfortable with some people seeing). Inside my items were wrapped in tissue paper and upon opening I realised each piece was laid flat in the tissue paper and stuck on with clear tape. Queue me spending 15 minutes cleaning sticky residue off the hardware of my harnesses. Possibly not the best packaging idea in my opinion.

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I ordered the Justine and Valentina harnesses in White. All items are made in one standard size and custom sizes are available on request. For standard sizing i would say this is a pretty good fit. Most straps are adjustable and so it will fit a relatively large range of body shapes and sizes. The option of custom orders is also great as it doesn't disclude anyone from owning a piece however i'm not sure if you pay extra for a custom size. The smaller elastic is of silk-satin finish so is soft against the skin and the thicker elastic has more of a cotton finish but is still very soft. None of the elastic has an abrasive edge and so you could comfortably wear these pieces for long periods of time. The suspender clips are great, they're metal and very very sturdy, there's no possibility of your stockings falling down whatsoever and they're a lot easier to get on than regular suspender clips (especially the ones in the back). I get a very hardy feel from these pieces and i have no fear of them breaking with wear or the hardware snapping. All the material components seem like they're good quality.

And here's where this review takes a turn to a more negative side. Honestly I hate writing less than positive reviews because I feel like I'm letting people down (why?) but overall this order was very disappointing for me and I've had moments of genuine regret in purchasing these items. First off, the waist band of my Justine garter belt is completely a different colour to the rest of the elastic (same for the elastic attaching the suspender clips), it's an off cream as opposed to a brilliant white. You can't see it in my main photos because of my post production colour work (i.e. filters and level work to make a photo look more pleasing) but I've included a photo of this so you can see clearly. I immediately contacted BunnyRibs and sent photos on their request and was told some conflating info; that it may be discolouration due to shipping and I should try delicately washing the piece and that the fibres of the elastic were different and therefore the larger elastic wasn't going to be as white as the smaller elastic. BunnyRibs then went on to say they hoped it wasn't noticeable in all lighting (?!) and that they wished I lived closer so it was easily rectified. No actual solutions were given except to wash the piece so I came to terms with this being a construction flaw that they weren't willing to rectify.


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This photo is completely unedited as you can tell from the cotton bobbles on my bedsheet...


Unfortunately the quality issues didn't end there (big sad face). When I finally tried this set on I realised something kind of devastating. One of BunnyRibs' biggest selling points is that their top and bottom harnesses can all be worn together and mix-and-matched through the clips on the top attaching to the o-rings on the bottom: "All Bunnyribs harnesses are designed to be worn interchangeably with any of our garter belts, and vice versa". Every photo with Valentina (even on their Instagram) shows her attached to the o-rings on waist bands that lie diagonally to the side of the clips. Which looks amazing. But the only o-ring small enough for the clips to attach to on my Justine was the middle o-ring and not only does this look awful aesthetically but it's clear these clips are made to have a minimum length more suited to the larger o-rings, i.e. The clips straps are too long. So these two pieces look awful together and I'm left with a top harness that has detachable clip hardware that needs to be clipped to something metal... Basically Valentina is unwearable unless I buy another BunnyRibs piece. 

Not only that but Valentina has one other large design flaw. The heart o-ring is such a cute idea and it was what drew me to the otherwise plain design but alas, it is just not working. The straps aren't secured to a specific position on the heart hardware so with minimal movement it turns sideways and won't stay still which leaves all the other straps akimbo and all over the place. And it does this almost immediately on wear, maybe if the straps were sewn on tighter it would have less movement so I could attempt to do this myself but I wish I didn't have to. 

Other little issues with this set were things like one of the suspender clips on Justine having rust discolouration in places and the sewing not being neat in places but these are things i'd usually overlook.

I know that although BunnyRibs put out a very polished image that makes them look long term established but they are a fairly new venture. All of these problems can be put down as teething problems that are especially present in harness designs which may look great on a mannequin but don't wear as well. Complicated harness designs can take a while to perfect. But the idea that they send out pieces with different coloured elastic and don't seem open to rectifying flaws like that for international customers isn't sitting well with me and I'm wholly aware that I have two fairly expensive pieces (in total I paid $225 or £165 for these pieces) where one is genuinely unwearable and the other is aesthetically unwearable. It seems to me that BunnyRibs are trying to run before they can walk but their designs aren't living up to the image they're putting out. I'm very understanding of the issues indie designers go through when setting up their stores and i'm often very generous in overlooking any issues especially since as a blogger I do see a lot of lingerie but sometimes I have to step back and be a customer with expectations that aren't met and empty pockets. I was so rooting for BunnyRibs to be my new favourite store but unfortunately that didn't happen.

All I can say is that I hope these are teething problems that go away with a bit more experience and i hope BunnyRibs take their customer feedback on board and are open to changing their designs. I also hope that any of my readers can make informed decisions about ordering from Bunnyribs. My recommendations would be to avoid any of the white or coloured designs since there's no guarantee the two sizes of elastic will be the same colour, stick to buying pieces that are definitely pictured together to make sure the clips on the top are compatible with the o-rings on the bottoms and if you're international make sure to email asking for a listing so you don't unnecessarily lose money on shipping. 

18/05/2016

Lingerie Blogging & Financial Transparency

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Recently two bloggers I admire a great deal, Morning Madonna and Marionette Mew, got me thinking about how I can be more transparent about both my spending habits and my lingerie collection with their great posts; Life: Buying Transparency and Lingerie & Transparency Revisited. Two very excellent posts which I suggest you go have a read of if you're interested in this topic.

If you've been around the lingerie 'community' for more than 18 months you'll have noticed the sudden influx of new lingerie accounts across all social media and no matter how long you've been kicking about you may have found yourself balking and feeling intimidated at how many seem to have any endless supply of new season, high end lingerie to post. I know I have. And it's not for us to debate how others finance their collections or how much they disclose about their means but a question that crops up time and time again, one asked of me a lot and i'm sure is asked of others, is: "How do you afford your lingerie?" or "How can I build a collection like yours, do I have to be rich?" And as bloggers, I personally feel we should follow by the example already set by others to make sure we're not perpetuating some kind of unsustainable lifestyle to our readers.

 I've touched on my finances in my FAQ post but some part of me wants to be a lot more open with my spending habits so this post is a thorough case study of all the lingerie that has entered my collection since the 1st of January 2016. I don't have an exceptionally well paying job and I have rent/bills/taxes dominating my income so I definitely don't ever want to give off the impression that i'm either supremely wealthy or living beyond my means. I have lingerie higher than most in my priorities but I still have to save or make non essential sacrifices to purchase. I have debated posting something like this because I can already picture the passive aggressive mentions in some people's posts but sod them and their shameless hate stalking attempts. This is not a poor attempt at bragging or showing off. Frankly I work my arse off for every piece of lingerie that I add to my collection, even those gifted to me for reviews are paid for with the hours I spend photographing/writing/promoting my posts. Also worth mentioning that I don't earn any money whatsoever from my blog. Absolutely nada so i'm thankful for every brand who works with Of Lambs and Lace and helps me keep a relatively regular flow of posts. I just want to give a flavour of what this lingerie blogger spends so that anyone looking to follow in my footsteps or just curate a collection similar to mine can see exactly where my own money has gone:



MONTH BRAND ITEM PRICE
January Lascivious Logo Knickers N/A
Press Freebie from The Lingerie Edit

January Sapph Thong £11.50
Press Freebie from The Lingerie Edit
January TLBC Charlotte Bra £41.51
PR Gift
January TLBC Charlotte Brief £22.14
PR Gift
January Cassandra Dinah Bodysuit £32.63
Paid out of my wages
January Agashi Belle Choker £38 Paid out of my wages
January Agashi Seifuku Panty £44.50 Paid out of my wages (pictured)
January Agashi Seifuku Top £51.50 Paid out of my wages (pictured)
January Agashi Bettie Choker £8.30 Free with purchase
January Bluebella Selena Set £14 Gift from Becky ♥
February Bluebella Blake Bra £36 Gifted free from Bluebella for a review
February Bluebella Blake Brief £20 Gifted free from Bluebella for a review
March BunnyRibs Justine Garter Belt £79 Paid out of wages (pictured: review to come soon)
March BunnyRibs Valentina Harness £44.60 Paid out of wages (pictured: review to come soon)
April Creepyyeha Waist Cincher £82.30 Paid out of long term savings
April Creepyyeha Fenti Bra £126.85 Paid out of long term savings
April Creepyyeha Fenti Garter Belt £126.85 Paid out of long term savings
April Cream Intimates Iris Set £60 Gift from Beau for anniversary ♥
April NightProwl London Elysium Bra £140 Gifted free from NightProwl for a review
April NightProwl London Elysium Brief £60 Gifted free from NightProwl for a review
May Agent Provocateur Cate Bra £125 Gift from Mother for birthday ♥ (pictured)
May Agent Provocateur Cate Thong £175 Gift from Mother for birthday ♥
May Agent Provocateur Cate Suspender £110 Gift from Mother for birthday ♥
May Martha Rose Dahlia Bra £56 Gifted free from Martha Rose for review
May Martha Rose Patchwork Knicker £38 Gifted free from Martha Rose for review
May Lascivious Annie Bodysuit £375 50% off press discount/£100 cheque from Father for birthday/paid from wages
May TLBC Alana Bra £41.51 Gifted from TLBC for a review (review to come soon)
May TLBC Alana Brief £22.14 Gifted from TLBC for a review (review to come soon)
May TLBC Kaia Bra £41.51 Gifted from TLBC for a review (review to come soon)
May TLBC Kaia Brief £22.14 Gifted from TLBC for a review (review to come soon)

As you can see, I tend to make, on average, one big lingerie purchase a month. I also request lingerie as gifts from loved ones (although i don't expect them to buy me it) and I receive samples for the purpose of reviews. The first half of 2016 has been one mostly dominated by press samples (of which i'm very grateful) and less of my own spending because I started a new job in January (having been a carefree student for the previous 4 years), got promoted in February and decided to channel my disposable income elsewhere for the time being so lingerie hasn't been my highest priority. I've also fairly recently (within the past year) decided to buy more ethically and occasionally spend a higher amount on items from indie brands than spend a lower amount on fast fashion lingerie but more frequently. I used my long term savings once this period, these are savings from previous jobs and my inheritance from a few deceased loved ones who have died in the past 6 years and occasionally I spoil myself rotten and use them for something frivolous like lingerie or holidays as opposed to having them as an emergency fund.

I'm not sure if i'll keep this up, although if anyone is into the idea then I can certainly try to post an update at the end of the year. Let me know what you think in the comments about these kinds of posts. I know it may seem daft and unnecessary to some but I felt the need.

Edit: Another great post on this topic has been written by Vicky and you can read it at The Lingerista

14/05/2016

Lascivious

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So I attended The Lingerie Edit in January and had a whale of a time meeting all the people behind some amazing brands and torturing myself with lingerie that wouldn't be released for months. The Annie bodysuit by Lascivious is something that had pride of place at their stand and I basically spent 15 minutes zoning out just basking in how much I needed it. I kept in touch with the head of sales at Lascivious and she was kind enough to present everyone with 50% off press discounts. Naturally most spent their discounts almost immediately but I waited, and waited, and waited until the time limit on my discount almost ran out (and Lascivious were amazing enough to extend it for two months just in case) but FINALLY Annie was released and my wait was over. So with the help of my press discount and a birthday cheque, I was able to get Annie for a price I could actually afford to pay right now (new family member is taking all my money and she's not even home yet!). 

My order was dispatched exceptionally quick and appeared to be going smoothly except my delivery would have gone terribly wrong if I hadn't checked the tracking info on the day it was supposed to arrive. When you search for my postcode in any kind of address finder it always brings up the wrong address first. Obviously a postcode isn't unique to one building in a city and so whoever at Lascivious booked my delivery with their courier clearly input my postcode into an address finder and then didn't check if this actually was correct against the address I gave them. Which means I had to have my delivery diverted to a 'local' pick up shop, which took an extra two days and took my entire lunch break to pick up because otherwise some stranger in another building somewhere down the road would have ended up with my expensive lingerie and Lascivious would have proof of delivery to the wrong address. It's a situation where everyone loses out so no bueno. I've never had this happen to me before and i've been buying online for a long time. Hopefully this is just a one off and the person in charge of shipping at Lascivious was just having an unobservant day but if you do buy from Lascivious then I would recommend you double check your tracking info as early as possible. 

But other than that hitch, my Annie bodysuit arrived in perfect condition and with a large black storage box. And you all know how much I appreciate chic storage boxes.

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So I ordered Annie in the smallest size available, which happens to be a size small. Annie only comes in sizes small, medium or large and I was anxious about that being too big but I wasn't going to pass up on my dream bodysuit. The fit surprises me. I'm a pear shaped individual, my hips and thighs are the widest part of my body, measuring 32.5" but it's the bottom half of this bodysuit that is loose on me. The top fits perfectly, i would say it's an almost ideal fit for my small bust. But the bottom half is loose, which is great because it means i can pull the waist over my sizely parts but it's not snug enough to stay in place (migrating to more southern places on my body) and if i sit down it wrinkles a lot. Due to the nature of the bodysuit though, when i wear the pieces together this is not really an issue, it doesn't swamp my waist and looks like a pretty decent fit, but i will probably only be able to wear the top separately. I feel without anything holding them up the bottoms will probably just slip down and the fabric would all bunch. So my advice is that the top fits like an XS and the bottoms fit like a S maybe? I'm also inclined to believe if you have a larger bust then you'd need to size up because the act of fitting tits into the top may cause the gap between the top and bottoms to become so wide you can't actually do up the hooks. But from a selfish stand point, this is a winner for small busts and i'm kind of a.o.k. with that because we so rarely get winners.

I would say the reason for the fit being like this is because the mesh fabric has only a small bit of stretch in it and rather than stretch to accommodate your body, the pattern has been cut large enough to fit as is. The mesh has a unique design with panelling details to give it some structure and shape. The bodysuit itself is made from a top and bottom that attach together with many (many) hooks and eyes. Both the top and bottom pieces also have sections that unhook to both customise the look and make it easier to put the garment on. The gusset on the bottoms fastens with two hook and eye fastenings which aren't ideal, i'd probably prefer poppers just to reduce the risk of them coming unhooked, but it will make peeing so much easier. 

As for wearability, this set is surprisingly comfortable, the fabric isn't abrasive on the skin at all, it's not restrictive and the only hassle is actually putting it on and doing up like 100 hooks and eyes, some of them behind your back (i'm someone who has zero dextrality when doing things i can't see, as referenced by one of my bra bands being only half fastened in these pictures...so I definitely deserve a medal for getting them all hooked and unhooked myself). As you wear the bodysuit and move about in it, some of the fastenings will come undone but meh, small price to pay for such an amazing feat of design. And when i say amazing I mean, my mind boggles at how many hours it must have taken to grade this piece and get it all to work. How long it took to get all the hooks to line up with all the eyes and then sew them in so neatly you can't even see any stitches. So far i've also not managed to put my nails through any of the mesh and even though when putting it on i've gotten a fair few hooks tangled and tugged on, so far no casualties. So whilst i will continue to be gentle with her, i'm pretty confident that it will take a lot of wear before there's any damage or degradation to this piece. 

I'm so impressed, I feel like I own a piece of wearable art and whilst the desire to get it framed and stuck on my wall is strong, instead I'm going to wear this piece endlessly. I'm already like a billion percent certain my outfit for the next Lingerie Edit in July will be high waisted black denim shorts with this baby underneath because Annie fits in so perfectly with my wardrobe. So basically what i'm trying to say is, it was five long months but Annie and I are reunited and it feels so good. Absence really does make the heart grow fonder and we're going to be inseparable from now on to make up for lost time. I wish these photos really did this piece justice, because it is stunning in person and really does look amazing on but you'll just have to take my word for it and oggle the model photos on the product page which really display Annie in all her glory.

*I purchased this piece with a 50% off press discount but all opinions are my own and i'd have definitely bought it at full price, it would have just taken me a lot longer to save for.