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Valentine's Day lingerie from stores other than Victoria's Secret

We all think of Victoria’s Secret for that little bit of briefly worn lingerie for Valentine’s Day. But there are so many options out there for you.

As a boudoir photographer who helps women of all shapes, sizes and styles dress in a way that makes them feel sexy, I need to know where to send my clients.

These are my favorite places to shop for….

COMFORTABLE & CUTE LINGERIE:

Aerie
Anthropologie
Hanky Panky - recently had a less-than-stellar customer service experience, so buy their stuff from Nordstrom, instead.

SPECIALIZES IN CURVES

Hips & Curves
Playful Promises

SEXY FOREIGN BRANDS

Ann Summers (pick up a bedroom toy while you’re there)
Honey Birdette
Gossard

DECADENT & SPLURGE-WORTHY

La Perla
Agent Provocateur

BUDGET-FRIENDLY

yandy.com
fredericks.com

LAST-MINUTE

Amazon.com (yes you read that right. it takes some digging, but there are cute pieces.

What are your favorite places to shop for lingerie? I’m always on the lookout for new designers!

Photoshoot Wardrobe Advice from Lavish Boudoir™

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Here are our best tips for boudoir outfit ideas!

TIP #1: Take care of your girls.

Get a bra that fits well. Strap it on, then bed forward so your breasts rest fully in the cups. The cups should not gape. Now stand up, your boobs should not be spilling over. Last step, take off the straps and dance around a bit. The band should be fitted enough to fully support your breasts like a strapless bra.

Our favorite store for bras for all sizes: www.playfulpromises.com/

TIP #2: Throw that free g-string in the trash.

It is doing you no favors. Find a complementary (not complimentary) pair of undies. For super fit or slightly flat bums... go for a thong to enhance the shape. Rounder bums look bootylicious in a pair of cheekies. Bums that need a bit more coverage and the illusion of lift, look best in traditional bikini style with wide sides.

Our favorite place for undies in a variety of styles: www.hankypanky.com

TIP #3: Embrace shapewear that embraces you.

We all want an hourglass, whether we're 110 or 210 lbs, 25 or 65 years old. Shapewear used to mean nude colored granny panties, girdle and bra. Not anymore... they come with lace panels, sexy materials and even cute prints like leopard. Slips and corselettes (not corsets) are best for those who want a bit more control over hips and waist. You can even get some that go under your regular bra for a truly custom fit. Teddies show off toned legs, but trim the waistline. If you have a tiny waist but feel like your bottom half is a bit generous, try a skirt.

Our favorite place for flattering pieces that make any woman feel like a sex kitten: www.GossardUSA.com

BONUS TIP:

Don't buy your stockings at the mall. They're overpriced if you aren't looking for something to wear multiple times.

My favorite place to buy affordable stockings and tights in sooo many cute designs: www.Yandy.com

I hope that your boudoir session planning is going well. Whether you decide to book with us or not, we want you to have the BEST experience possible, because we truly believe in the transformative power of boudoir.

Recently a client wrote to me, "This was a serious milestone for me, and I want everyone to have the same confidence/ego boost that I experienced. I initially booked as just a fun gift for my husband, and it evolved into so much more. Even at my best fitness level, I've suffered a poor body image for various reasons, and even though it's a drag to have waited until 46 years of age to start gaining real confidence, it's better late than never!"

Happy shopping!

If you'd like to schedule a complimentary consultation, I'd be happy to give you more specific advice.

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Obsessed - Lingerie

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Since the Jet corset by Agent Provocateur made its debut in fall 2013, I've been coveting it.  I told Adeana that I would have to find a way to own it even though it was nearly $800, because it is THE sexiest piece of lingerie that I've ever seen. The super whittled waist and flared hips are amazing and PVC mixed with mesh is so naughty!  I bought it a week ago on sale and when I went to check today, its down to $300!  Whether you're shopping for your boudoir shoot or for Valentine's, you can't go wrong with this sexy number.

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Photo by Agent Provocateur

Miss M - Lavish Boudoir - Atlanta, Georgia

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M got in touch with me a few months ago and had a surprising way that she found my website.  She googled "things to do in Valdosta," and somehow came across my site.  She was headed down from Atlanta that following weekend for a family event.  We met up and she booked on the spot.  After a couple months of careful planning, this shoot was flawless.  Notice how many outfits she has!  She elected to go all out and book an additional makeup "look" and 2 extra outfits.  I had no idea that she was such a great stylist.  With a little shopping, some accessory help from Rent the Runway, and a custom-made lace shrug, she looked AMAZING.  Over and over again.  Her attention to detail (due to her self-professed type-A personality) made everything come together perfectly.  Who else thinks I should hire her to style all of my clients?!  Thank you M for allowing me to share your beautiful portraits.  I thoroughly enjoyed photographing you and would LOVE to see you and the Mr. back in the studio. ;-)

Real Women - Real Answers - #8

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Online, in a mall, or in a boutique.  Some things just call to you.  Everybody has some sort of shopping addiction.  Is it something standard like shoes or a handbag, or is it something unusual like cooking supplies or rare books? What's your shopping addiction?

Mine is a toss-up between shoes and lingerie.  I guess that's why I do so well in my line of work!  The more luxurious it is, the more I crave it.  Most of the time I keep myself in check and spend wisely, but sometimes a girl simply must splurge. undefinedundefinedundefinedundefined