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In order to recommit myself to a healthy lifestyle, I decided to integrate my lingerie purchases into a rewards-based system that motivates me to get my butt to the gym.  I haven’t been feeling like the best version of myself for the past year, and my clothes have gotten uncomfortably tight.  Plus, working out has felt like the most tedious chore.  Since last week, I’ve made the gym a mile away from me my primary gym and have experimented with a split workout.  While health is important, it’s honestly not enough to get me out of bed at 5:15AM; however, a lingerie payday (ahem, “bribe”) will!

While I typically dislike rewards-based systems, this actually works very well for me, especially since I don’t see or feel many physical benefits until the 4 week mark.  Weeks 1-3 are usually difficult for me since I get extremely discouraged, fade into half-assing it, and then ultimately end up sabotaging myself.  I’m hoping that these benchmarks rewards will keep me right on track, and so far, they have!

Week 1 went quite well, but I was doing a program I disliked, but I committed to completing the first week — and I did!  I ended up researching some other programs and found one that suited me a lot better, so a new Week 1 started and shall be wrapping up tomorrow. I’m currently enjoying it even though I’m sitting like a floppy fish with nearly every single part of my body screaming out in sheer pain. Right now, I feel super bloated, unattractive, and lacking some self-esteem, but I’m going to hang in there.  I want these positive changes and good habits.  Also… LINGERIE PAYDAY.  (It’s kind of scary just how motivating a bribe can be. :p)

The program is 12 weeks, so my purchases will be spread out over this time period, through July.  I’ve cut back on a lot of spending (furniture/home decor/lingerie/eating out/etc), so my funds will be pooled into this 12 week project. ;)

Week 1: Maison Close Douce Provocation
Push-up bra + knickers.  Unfortunately, the basic panty sold out, so I’ll be purchasing the ouvert style.  This will be one of my “basic” sets that I’ll wear to work without much discomfort. :)

(c) Maison Close.

(c) Maison Close.

Week 3: Still debating on this but I’m leaning towards a Claudette bra. Still unsure but I already own the knickers…  I dunno.  Even if no lingerie purchases happen, I’ll be hitting the town with my dear Charging Sky as I finally go to Vegas as an adult!  Eh, I’ll consider face planting at Bacchanal a reward in and of itself. :)

Week 6: William Wilde Dairy Queen
Belle latex bow bra + Belle hipster knix. I’m not a huge fan of pastel blues, but this set is just stunning and spoke to me. :D I love the bows on the bottoms! <3

(c) William Wilde.

(c) William Wilde.

Week 9: William Wilde Revue Set
Why, yes, more William Wilde. :D I just adore William’s stuff! I love how elegant this latex set is, especially with the beige and black contrast. I am hoping that I can look as effortlessly gorgeous as Miss Deadly Red.

(c) William Wilde.

(c) William Wilde.

Week 12: Catherine D’Lish Dressing Gown
YOU GUYS, THIS IS WHAT GETS ME UP EVERY SINGLE MORNING. NO JOKE.  After receiving my dusty rose ostrich gown last month (thanks, tax return), I want another one so badly. Every time I see Catherine post another one of her gowns online, I have to physically restrain myself from purchasing one because “responsible adult.” I’m not sure what style or color I want yet, so consider this magnificent grey marabou creation as a temporary placeholder. :)

(c) Catherine D'Lish.

(c) Catherine D’Lish.

By the way, for those who are curious, I’m training with Jim Stoppani’s Shortcut to Size.  4 day split + 3 days of active rest + not going to the gym 2x/day as the program progresses = happy clam.  Jim’s videos have been awesome and helpful as I navigate through unfamiliar gym equipment.  I’d been lacking structure and order to my haphazard workouts for too long, so a structured split workout (something I’ve never tried before) has been 100% different compared to the full body barbell workouts I’d been doing before.  I’m definitely impressed thus far with the quality of the program considering that it’s free! :)

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Have you ever encountered something so decadent and over the top that your heart just burst into a million pieces of confetti?

GOOD! I’m glad that we’re on the same page. :)

For the longest time, I had been a fan of Catherine D’Lish’s work. From her Swarovski crusted costumes to her over-the-top fans, I am just enamored by all of the beautiful things she has created. Her Instagram has been a joy to follow; after all, who can resist the siren song of her signature dressing gowns? If you take a look at her comments, you can see just how excited and enthralled people are by them!

If you’re looking for the pinnacle of decadence and glamour, look no further than Boudoir by D’Lish! No one else makes garments like these, and trust me, I’ve looked everywhere. Everrrrrywheeeeeere. These gowns are special; you can bet that these will never be mass-produced by any manufacturer due to cost and labor. Depending on the style, nothing is spared in regards to the yardage or the embellishments used that makes these gowns so breathtaking.

Take for example, this peachy confection. How can you say no?

Peach Dressing Gown

(c) Catherine D’Lish.

Peach Dressing Gown (back)

(c) Catherine D’Lish.

All of this brings me to something that I feel is worth addressing: the price. Catherine’s voluminous, ruffly creations (the “deluxe” model, so to speak) are typically priced at $399. Most people – but not you, savvy reader! – automatically assume that anything outside their price range is “overpriced.” While the lingerie market has its share of lingerie that is truly overpriced, these gowns are not. The materials used are high-quality: Catherine uses English net or a nylon chiffon for that beautiful drape, silky heavyweight Swiss Satin ribbon for waist ties or decoration, and/or extravagant, expensive trims for that dramatic statement. And of course, you can’t forget about labor! A majority of the price can be attributed to the labor of producing this type of garment.

Catherine has offered gowns at a lower price point that come in at a budget-friendly, reasonable $249. Personally speaking, these gowns are a bit more practical – less fabric, less trims – and more suited to my own aesthetic. That being said, I honestly cannot reiterate how awesome this is! As many of you know, Catherine is highly-regarded for all of her efforts and contributions to burlesque costuming, and the fact that her work is still relatively accessible to the average person is pretty amazing, even if it requires a bit of saving.

Dusty Rose Ostrich (front)

(c) Catherine D’Lish.

Dusty Rose Ostrich (back)

(c) Catherine D’Lish.

Prior to my no-buy, I purchased the aforementioned Dusty Rose Ostrich Gown for $249, exclusive of shipping and insurance. Since I have very broad shoulders, I try to look for garments that don’t make me look like an inverted triangle. I felt that some of the other gowns would be too overwhelming on my smallish frame or make doing some basic household chores a bit difficult ;), so this one seemed perfect. The ostrich ply wasn’t too top-heavy, and it looked like it’d give me the silhouette that I was looking for.

Gathered fabric that comprises the shoulder of the gown.

Gathered fabric that comprises the shoulder of the gown.

In regards to construction, this gown is nicely made. Although the edges are unfinished which is by no means a detriment (I actually prefer them unfinished on on this material; a traditional or rolled hem/bias binding/anything of that sort would be unnecessarily bulky or distracting), Catherine uses french seams to finish her seams. The seams on the body, as well as the seams in the sleeve, are encased in themselves. This is by far one of my favorite seam finishes ever, one that I vastly prefer in most applications, to an overlocked finish. It gives a tidy, neat finish to the garment.

French seams encasing the sleeve seams.

French seams encasing the sleeve seams.

Prior to my purchase, I had contacted Catherine via her web form questions. I was shocked to receive a response from her – not an employee (!?) – almost immediately. From there, we had a really lovely chat. I always get a bit nervous emailing anyone who is well-known, but Catherine is just so warm and unbelievably kind, even to big nobodies like me. The customer service she provided was almost an experience in and of itself. Yes, I know how borderline ridiculous that sounds, but it really felt like I was actually making this purchase in-person with her despite being thousand of miles away. It’s kind of hard to explain, but there was this je ne sais quoi about the entire transaction that just left such a positive, strong impression on me.

You, too, can be a siren of the silver screen!

You, too, can be a siren of the silver screen!

To say that I look forward to my next purchase with Catherine is an understatement. I honestly can’t wait to get another one of her gowns! I’m starting a new training program tomorrow, and at the end of 6 weeks, if I stick with it, I will reward myself with another D’Lish delight. :D

All items in this post were purchased by me. Catherine D’Lish did not ask for a review. No affiliate links were used.