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Hello! I don’t know if I’ll update any of my social media accounts ever again, but if I don’t, I want my last post to commemorate and shout-out my top 5 brands, brands that I will continue to support, long after I cease posting. They are listed in ABC order.

If I didn’t include you, please don’t be upset! I only could pick 5, so if I ever bought your stuff and raved about it, you know I really love your work!

And before I list my top 5, I would like to mention just how hard these indie brands have worked to stay afloat. I’ve personally interacted with all of them, and a handful of ladies have informed me that their brands struggle every day to keep their doors open. I think a lot of people love the sentiment of supporting indie brands, but when it comes to making a full-priced purchase, most waffle. I’ll be the first to admit that paying full-price for things has been hard because I grew up poor and didn’t have much money for many, many years. However, the more that I focus on labor-intensive work, the more I appreciate all of the skills that women have fine-tuned in the lingerie market. Also, if you ever had to sew elastic, you realize that it’s a difficult skill to master. To this day, I still wanna gouge out my eyes when I have to sew on elastic and kind of avoid it like the plague. :P

Black Friday is around the corner, so in light of all the sales that are going on, please don’t forget to support your indie brands, even after the sales are over!

PS – Please forgive me for the worst flatlays ever. :P

1. Alexandrea Anissa
Vanessa is the badass punk rock seamstress behind this brand. I love how vocal she is about body positivity, how she refuses to undervalue her work, and how she encourages people to sew. She is honest with her personal struggles, and to me, it’s inspiring to hear a story that is authentic and heartfelt, vs. “I started making my lingerie because there was a void in the market where no one has ever made a boring t shirt bra that fit my D cups!” Her lookbooks have such a dreamy aesthetic, featuring women of color and bodies of all shapes and sizes before it became “a thing.”

I LOVE the leopard bra I got from her; it’s super comfy, and I feel so rock and roll and badass like Vanessa when I wear it. :D One thing that I find pretty amazing is how Vanessa has started to release lingerie patterns. I sew quite a bit in my spare time (but still think lingerie sewing is still difficult as hell), and Vanessa is super accessible. I’ve given her feedback on her pattern (specifically, her high waisted panty pattern), and she’s incorporated them into pattern updates.

Alexandrea Anissa Leopard Bralette

The Fawn Lace Lingerie Set is one of her most iconic sets, and I’d love to own it in the future.

2. Between the Sheets
I freaking love Layla. I’ve written about BtS in the past, but as I get older, I find her to be a bright light in the cesspool that is fashion. I feel like a lot of companies greenwash/pay lip service/do things to increase sales, but with Layla, everything she does is a heartfelt action to do and be better in this world (like her B-corp certification!). Every time I have engaged with Layla, she has been so kind and compassionate; you can’t help but love her!

As for her lingerie and loungewear… I LOVE IT. I still ADORE my Birds of Play set and almost can’t bring myself to wear it too often because I want to keep it perfect forever. Her fabrics are thoughtfully chosen, and everything is just so comfortable to wear. I am obsessed with her Specimens of Seduction line, especially her Sheer Romance Peach Robe.

Between the Sheets Birds of Play Bodysuit – the dusky mauvish grey feather print makes my heart go pitter patter. :3

3. Flash You and Me
I remember when FY&M was a new up and coming brand in Latvia. Their aesthetic was a bit sweeter, and they made matching underwear for couples. Since then, they’ve grown and expanded quite rapidly, offering an assortment of on trend, fun and flirty pieces, including loungewear and underwired bras (albeit, in limited sizes). What they’ve done is nothing short of amazing in terms of growth and product offering.

Flash You and Me Knickers (discontinued print) + gorgeous gift boxes.

Flash You and Me hits all points in terms of style, inventory, and price. Digging the strappy trend? If so, they got you covered. Nothing but loungewear for you? Of course they oblige! Want basics? Check, check, check! And if you are looking for swimwear, they offer that, too! My picks: their luxe harnesses at a very modest price point and their versatile tops. I own their limited release crop tops (so stretchy that they comfortably fit my broad shoulders), matching bottoms, underwear, and harness and can personally attest to the quality. Their CS is responsive and friendly, and I adore their lovely boxes! I also converted Vicky, so there’s that. ;)

4. Toru and Naoko
When my Cassia order from Toru an Naoko did not fit me whatsoever, I thought that I would never have anything to do with them again. Camila saw my post and wrote me a nice email and offered to send me a set with their new sizing. And even though the bra didn’t fit me, I was able to return that bra for another that did. Nowadays, brands take everything so personally but play nice with top influencers. Well, I’m a nobody online, but Camila still treated me with nothing but respect. She was so professional and friendly. I’m a loyal person, and this really cemented my patronage.

The grape pieces from the Lempicka collection. This collection is one of my favorites. Their pieces are magical on the body but impossibly hard to translate into a flatlay! (This image also turned out redder than it actually is; Camila’s photos are accurate in color.)

I’ve talked about how I’m bored by blah basics and stereotypical strappy stuff. I’m so jaded, guys. But every time I see a new collection from T&N, I’m just awed. Camila is a fantastic designer and has a real eye for transforming a simple bralette and knickers into something truly special. Her lingerie silhouettes gorgeously frame the body with their thoughtfully placed layers. Lempicka, now discontinued, grabbed me by the face (and I grabbed what I could), and her Lunar Mission and Queen of Hearts have me wanting more. I remember being so blown away when I saw those two collections. They’re wearable for every day activity, but they look unbelievably special.

5. Katastrophic Clothing
This one is not in ABC order because Melissa has currently closed her Etsy shop; however, she has some projects in the pipeline, and I’m suuuuper excited to see what she does! Her lingerie, to this day, is a champion of humid Texas summers. She works with hand-dyed organic cotton and laces and creates some of the most comfortable lingerie ever. Surprisingly enough, her lingerie also gives me the best cleavage ever! Whenever she opens up shop again, I’d love to purchase some more lingerie from her. I can’t wait to see what else her brand will carry in the future.

Katastrophic Clothing Bralettes – organic cotton jersey and laces, hand-dyed.

So, there you have it!
I really am thankful and grateful for everyone I’ve met through the lingerie community. I hope that everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving and winter holiday.

Also, if you’re in the US, please take a look at what’s going on with Net Neutrality. FYI, Chairman Pai was a former attorney at Verizon who specialized in competition and regulatory issues. Please call your senator and make your voice heard. If Congress gets enough votes, they can stop the FCC from allowing ISPs to control what you do/use/access online. (You have until December 14.)

CHEERS TO 2018 – WE GOT A REVOLUTION COMING!!

All items in this post were purchased by me. None of these brands asked me to write about them or include them in my list. No affiliate links were used.

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It’s that time of the year again…
Autumn is around the corner!

I love this time of the year even though it takes forever for temperatures to cool down here. I’m still wearing bralettes and booty shorts at home, but this gives me time to prepare. :)

“Prepare for what?” you might ask. Stockings and tights, of course!

While I can appreciate expensive silk hosiery, I’m going to be real: I am incredibly hard on my tights. I try really hard to maintain them, but I always find myself getting snagged on something. I even tore holes in my tights while sitting at my desk. (That’s when I found out there were metal fasteners/hardware underneath the tabletop. Sigh.) And also when they got caught on the zipper from my boots. I just can’t win.

My BFF also has claws, and I don’t want to worry about him ruining a pair of expensive stockings. I already try to discourage him from leaving his fur all over my legs. So what’s a girl to do? Stock up on hosiery that won’t give her a heart attack should she tear or get a run in them. ;)

Enter Yandy.com (not an affiliate link; I do not use affiliate links). So. Much. Affordable. Hosiery. I think they carry some of their own brand, but they also carry familiar brands like Leg Avenue and Music Legs.

Like I previously mentioned, I love the frou frou ridiculous (and trashy ;D) stuff, but hosiery is something I wear regularly during the cooler months – and it needs to still be corporate-office-work appropriate.

I ended up purchasing the following:
Music Legs Thigh-highs in beige: $1.95
Leg Avenue Sheer Thigh-highs in black and beige (2x of each color): $2.95 each
Coquette Back Seam Cuban Heel Stockings 2x: $6.00 each
Leg Avenue Sheer Thigh-highs with Contrast Backseam: $4.95

Yandy Hosiery - Sept 2014

Many of these stockings are available in different colorways, too. I would honestly say that the quality is average/above average depending on the brand. For instance, the Coquette stockings that I’ve been test driving DO snag easily. This isn’t a huge deal breaker, but one must be conscientious; they did catch on my coarse glitter covered shoes.

I also ordered a pair of red sequined heart pasties because why not?! I need one frivolous item, okay? ;)

I’ve never actually worn pasties, and I have some open cupped bras that would look even more awesome with pasties. These are actually pretty well-made, and I’m very happy with the quality, especially for $8.95. My only complaint is that I thought they were reusable; the adhesive is already applied – kind of like a sticker for your boobs. No bother – I’ll figure out a way to make them reusable!

I spent $42.82 inclusive of $5.95 for shipping; this included a 10% discount that was included by clicking on one of their Facebook posts with a promotional link. I placed my order late Sept. 17 and received my order on Sept. 20. The order included some cards, promotional material (including a bumper sticker), and a pair of free panties (average quality) in a pretty organza pink bag.

I’m quite happy with my order and will definitely be a repeat customer! I’ll probably look into hosiery at a higher price point in the future to see if there’s a halfway point between quality and price.

Coquette Faux Cuban Seam Stockings

All items were purchased by me; Yandy did not ask me to write this review nor did they compensate me for it.