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Lingerie (where to buy)

Ultimately, this website serves as a personal archive of what I have acquired over the course of 5+ years. :)

When it comes to higher-end lingerie, cost is unarguably an issue. I primarily purchase my lingerie on sale due to my budget. I can always wait a season or two unless the piece tugs at my heart strings and will be extremely popular where it’ll sell out. I’m usually pretty distracted with work (full-time and part-time), taking care of my home, volunteering, and/or spending time with my family and my cat, so there’s rarely a rush on my end due to a lack of time.

Some people love purses, designer clothes, going out to party/drink, cars, boats, whatever. My interests lie with lingerie, thrift stores, and estate sales – and that’s where most of my disposable income goes – after squirreling some into savings, 401(k), and living expenses. I rarely buy new clothes, hardly go out to eat, and I’m way too old to enjoy the party/drinking scene. :P

I do most of my lingerie shopping online due to selection/price/brands. Believe it or not, I actually went to a super posh boutique in a wealthy part of town, and they didn’t even carry my bra size! And it’s not like my bra size is *that* hard to find: 32D, 34B, or 36A depending on how the bra is sized and made. Even though I purchase most of my lingerie online, I also do find some cute, fun pieces at Marshalls or Ross. :)

Here are the online retailers that I frequent/enjoy shopping with:

Journelle
Be still my heart. Journelle is THE queen bee retailer of luxury lingerie. They carry many wonderful brands that I adore (they consistently offer the lowest full-price on lingerie), and when they have a sale, it’s pretty mind-blowing: high-quality stuff and not just leftover crap. They offer free shipping and turn around your order quickly in 1-2 business days.

Glamuse
I have been extremely and pleasantly surprised with Glamuse. They carry so many luxurious brands, have a sale section comparable to Journelle’s, AND offer VAT-free shopping for non-EU residents. International orders are shipped via tracked express at for about $30, and I got my order in a few days – beautifully packed, too! Cost seems a bit high, but with the money I saved on VAT and the weight of my order, I thought it was fair. I found a handful of Bordelle pieces that were no longer available elsewhere and filled in a bunch of missing pieces. :) Note: the website is in French, but thanks to a couple of years of high school French, Google translate, and a bit of common sense, ordering online was a breeze.

Gilt
I’ve picked up a lot of Mimi Holliday from Gilt, but they carry other brands like Hanky Panky. Prices aren’t as low as the Outnet, but they carry a nice selection. I pay for the cheapest shipping, and it gets to me in about a week. Their customer support is amazing and a nice, welcomed surprise from a larger company: friendly, proactive, and overall, phenomenal.

eBay
Overall, my experiences with various sellers on eBay have been very positive. I like using it for filling gaps in my collection/purchasing missing pieces from sets that most retailers no longer carry. eBay is also a fave for picking up older collections, especially if the brand is new to me.

La Lilouche
I think Liya is the bees’ knees. Her style is distinctive, and her lingerie is made with topnotch materials. Her customer service is wonderful, and it’s always a pleasure to purchase from her! I think her lingerie is very well-priced given that everything is handmade with her own two hands and essentially, made-to-order AND made-to-measure if required. Liya also has sales on earlier collections.

Ell and Cee
Laura seriously knows how to work silk chiffon. There’s something so ethereal and dream-like about their lingerie and photoshoots. Ell and Cee also has sample sales (keep an eye out for their tweets!) as well as sales on previous collections. Although they do not offer tax-free (VAT-exclusive) shopping, shipping is reasonable for signed and expedited delivery from the UK. Not to many people carry Ell and Cee outside of the UK and/or with reasonable shipping, so if you’re going to get some, I’d recommend buying it directly from them.

All items in this post were purchased by me. I do not use affiliate links.

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Living in the South near the Gulf makes for sweltering, humid, scorching summers. Heat index + temps over 100, humidity around the 90s, and mosquitoes? :( Over it.

Thankfully, what we get in exchange for brutal summers are relatively mild – if not damp – winters and a gorgeous 2 week spring (1 month if we’re lucky!).

I’m ready for autumn. I’m ready for a huge reduction in my power bill, and I’m looking forward to being outdoors and putting my plants into the ground. October is still a crap shoot for us, but I’m hoping for some cooler weather and a crisp breeze.

Until then, I can at least pretend. :)

Ell and Cee Elsie Kimono (Mulberry) - worn 1

Meet Elsie, the perfect introduction to Autumn. Doesn’t she photograph beautifully?
Ell and Cee Elsie Kimono (Mulberry) - front

I purchased this during Ell and Cee‘s last sale. I absolutely loved the kimonos from this collection – two lengths (Margot was full-length), pretty embroidered beadwork, and a variety of color points (emerald, mulberry, and black).

Backside:
Ell and Cee Elsie Kimono (Mulberry) - back

I bought Elsie, a silk chiffon blend, in a Small. It’s generously cut and easily accommodated my broad shoulders without a problem. The ties along the shoulder are adjustable. I like them cinched up to the top and tied off in a bow. The kimono came with a belt, but let’s be honest: there is no way in hell I can get it around my waist, so it perpetually lives in its white box. I’m okay with that because the tacked pleats frame the waist:

Ell and Cee Elsie Kimono (Mulberry) - pleats

My favorite part of this piece? The beaded embroidery. As previously evidenced, I’m a sucker for sparkles, and when it’s incorporated into my absolute most favorite craft, I’m 100% all in. The beads are a mix of glass and plastic.
Ell and Cee Elsie Kimono (Mulberry) - beading

While this specific kimono may not be available, the primary purpose behind sharing this piece is to show just how lovely Ell and Cee’s lingerie is, and if you have any hesitation, don’t! There’s just so much elegance in this brand. I truly get the impression that Laura has put so much thought and care into her lingerie, and it’s reflected in the cuts and styles, all the way down to the fabric choices and embellishments.

Ell and Cee is manufactured in the UK with the beadwork coming from artisans in India. Moreover, most of the garments are hand-finished in-house. When lingerie is priced at a premium, as a customer and consumer, I want to see these considerations (fair wages/conditions + couture finishes) and am willing to pay for them. While I have purchased from companies that have their garments made in China, I won’t lie that I still feel a bit iffy seeing a “made in China” tag sewn into a pair of “designer” lingerie.

Since Elsie is no longer available, I really appreciate how many components from previous seasons find their way reworked into a new piece. Love the beaded starburst? There’s a tasteful playsuit that echoes this motif.

Ell and Cee had tweeted about a sample sale* coming up soon. If you aren’t in the UK but you’re interested in something that may have caught your eye, let Ell and Cee know; Laura hooked me up with the sample emerald version of this kimono and a pretty slip after I tweeted her about not being able to attend since I’m across the pond. Seriously: how cool is that?!

*Please note that sample pieces aren’t in minty brand new condition – they are samples that have been photographed and worn by models and may show some wear. Recorded delivery with 2-3 day service¬†to the US cost me ¬£9.95.

I guess the only thing that I love about the summer is cheerful daylight shining through the windows. :)

Ell and Cee Elsie Kimono (Mulberry) - worn 2

By the way, the lipstick is handmade by my pal Melissa from Morgana’s Crypt. The color is “Flirtatious Flapper.” She offers all sorts of outrageous colors and in vegan formulas. :)

All items in this post, including the lipstick, were purchased by me.