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I often get asked about what to wear for boudoir sessions, and my number one answer is always, “Wear things that you feel comfortable and confident in”. Because when you FEEL good about yourself, it shines through in your pictures. So you can toss aside any notion that you have to wear a bra and panty set when you’re not comfortable with your stomach…There are tons of beautiful corsets and teddies for you. And we can always work around whatever insecurities with different poses and lighting.
With that said, here are a few places to explore for outfits. Just remember, if you don’t know your size, please get FITTED first before trying on anything. Even if you THINK you know your size, I’d recommend a fitting just to be sure. I realized a few years ago that I was wearing the wrong bra size for years!
This is probably the “go to” spot for lingerie for most women. They have sexy outfits in a variety of colors. My only advice for buying lingerie here is to please make sure things fit well, especially bra cups. Their sizes are somewhat limited so even if the sales girls bring you a ton of different sizes, if it doesn’t fit properly, it won’t look good. Make sure the cups fit, no space in between you & the cup, and no spillage. On a recent trip to VS, I tried on 6 different bras and walked out with nothing. If you’re not in a rush, you can wait a couple of months for new items to come in. Or try other stores in town.
2. Department Store Lingerie
Nordstrom, Dillards, Macy’s. Department stores carry some great lingerie that’s more than just your basic black or nude. Wander around their stores & see what you can find.
3. Belle Lacet
The ladies of Belle Lacet are amazing with their fittings. I love this Chandler lingerie boutique because they carry such a large range of sizes.
You’ll get a great fitting at Anastasia’s by Lilly and an exquisite selection of fine European lingerie. The pieces may be a bit pricey, but well worth the investment, especially if you’re going to document this for all of time!
For those who are looking for corsets or something a little racier, Frederick’s is the place to go. ‘Nuff said.
“Plus size lingerie for full figured divas” is their slogan. They have a great selection of lingerie from sweet to sexy for full figured women. And thigh high’s that will fit right!
These are just a few of the places you can start looking for outfits for your boudoir session. There’s a ton of other shops and lingerie sites you can find online as well, but hopefully this will help for those of you wondering where to go. Happy shopping!
Congratulations to Mary, our second Belle Lacet Model & boudoir photography winner! Mary is a mother of three (yeah, hard to believe!) who normally goes about all the busyness of her day sans make-up, so this getting all dolled up thing was definitely out of the ordinary for her. She looked absolutely breathtaking in her boudoir photos and showed off Belle Lacet’s lingerie beautifully…maybe it’s because she was so comfortable in her own skin. =)
Congratulations to Anne who won a boudoir photography session and is now one of two Belle Lacet models! If you haven’t visited their boutique shop in Chandler yet, head on over for a fitting and discover the fine selection of high-quality lingerie in a vast range of sizes – for that is their specialty, with sizes up to K.
Anne is normally a low-maintenance, no make-up type of girl, so this was a jump from her everyday look. She pulled off the bombshell look so well though and looks absolutely gorgeous in her boudoir photos! Thanks Anne for doing such a great job showing off the variety of lingerie at Belle Lacet.
Women and hairstylists. The search is almost like finding the right husband. Once you’ve found the one, you’re locked in for life. Until it is, one of you moves. Then we get all frazzled and start asking all the pretty haired people where they’re getting their hair done. If you’re on the search for THE ONE, search no more.
I give you Alex Martinez, a former master stylist with Paul Mitchell salons and major cred from her SoCal styling days in LA and Beverly Hills, she is definitely a master at her craft. (She’s been doing hair for 13 years now!) Her techniques are amazing and she’s now focusing on more natural products with her artistry to keep her clients’ hair healthy and happy. Armed with mad skills and a penchant for asking the right questions so she can deliver what you want, you’ll never want anyone else touching your hair after seeing her. Contact Alex at email@example.com. You won’t regret it!
This is the RAW bar at abloom. Alex conducts monthly workshops at the salon and she loves sharing easy DIY hair treatments with ingredients you can find in your own kitchen – think avocado, coconut oil, honey. On November 10th from 4-6pm, she’ll be holding a workshop covering styling tips and natural DIY treatments. $25 for all that you’ll learn at this workshop is a steal! Contact Alex to reserve your spot: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Did you know most women are not wearing the right size bra? If your bra slides up your back, is too loose in the cup – or too tight and you’re spilling out, then it might be a good time to get a professional fitting with the ladies of Belle Lacet. I know many of my clients are not the typical 34B and Victoria’s Secret doesn’t carry their size (though they may put you in a bra, it may not be the best fitting one for you). What I love about Belle Lacet is that they specialize in small sizes as well as sizes up to K. They carry beautiful lingerie lines like Chantelle and Prima Donna and will special order pieces for you as well. You don’t have to break the bank and fill your whole lingerie wardrobe full of these gorgeous pieces, but investing in a couple of exquisite, well-made, great fitting bra and panty sets (especially if you’re going to do a boudoir session where the pieces will be captured for all of time!) is well worth it.
Now for the exciting news! Boudoir in Bloom and Belle Lacet are conducting a MODEL SEARCH during the month of October. Yes ladies, we are looking for three local women to be the faces of Belle Lacet. To enter, purchase a minimum of $100 at Belle Lacet between now and October 31, 2012. The lucky winners will receive a complimentary 30 minute boudoir session at the studio (with outfits purchased from Belle Lacet) and a 5×7 print. Drawing will be held by Belle Lacet on November 1st.
*Winner must sign model release for images to be used by both Belle Lacet and Boudoir in Bloom.
So you wanna look good naked. And you’ve been wanting that for the past year now. Especially before you book a boudoir session. If you need to be pushed to get into shape, and want to see actual results by doing things the old fashioned way (yes, diet & exercise DOES work!), then look into Ultimate Body Bootcamp. With nine locations throughout the valley, morning and evening classes, there’s really no reason why you can’t start now with your goal. Not only will you sweat, you’ll learn some things about better eating habits along the way to help you reach your ideal weight. I’ve done three sessions of bootcamp with UBBC and love it because there’s a ton of variety in the workouts so I’m not bored. Plus if you get Richelle as your trainer, she’ll push you – hard, which is why we go to bootcamp, right?
Need more convincing? UBBC has been named the Top 5 Toughest Workouts in the Valley by Arizona News Channel 12 and the Best of the Valley by AZ Foothills Magazine.
Ok, time to throw all excuses out the door, make a little time for yourself, and get in shape at UBBC! Then you can feel ready and confident for that boudoir session you’ve been wanting to do!
I’m excited to announce that Boudoir in Bloom is now networking with Dr. Larry Leverett’s cosmetic surgery practice!
Both our businesses are continuously putting forth effort to help our clients look and feel beautiful, inside and out. Therefore, what better way to have clients have the ultimate transformation experience than by having exceptional work done by Dr. Leverett, and then following that up with gorgeous photographs to celebrate the beautiful new outcome!
Dr. Leverett is a board certified plastic surgeon who has many years of experience helping Phoenix plastic surgery patients turn their aesthetic dreams into reality. He is recognized as a highly accomplished Phoenix abdominoplasty and breast augmentation specialist as well as a gifted Phoenix liposuction expert. Dr. Leverett also performs a wealth of facial beautification procedures, including facelift, rhinoplasty and eyelid surgery in Phoenix. He brings more than 13 years of surgical expertise to his Phoenix cosmetic surgery practice.
Dr. Leverett combines the art and science of cosmetic surgery and his skill with the latest techniques to achieve results that are beautiful yet natural. He believes a well informed patient makes the best decisions. This is why education and patient safety are at the forefront of our plastic surgery Phoenix, Arizona practice. If you would like to learn if plastic surgery is right for you, please visit Body by Leverett and schedule a consultation. (And let them know that Lynn Dao from Boudoir in Bloom sent you!)
One sign of a great business is their ability to give back to the community. Dr. Leverett’s practice is doing just that this year with their 2012 Give to the Girlz campaign. The goal is to raise money for local charities supporting those diagnosed with breast cancer. “Every day women are diagnosed with breast cancer. We would like to support affected patients and breast cancer research and development organizations continually, not just during Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” said Dr. Larry Leverett. Body By Leverett’s goal is to raise $35,000 this year to disburse between three charities. For every silicone breast augmentation performed, $250 will go to a charity of the patient’s choice. How AWESOME is that??!!!
Ever wanted to enhance your romance without having to step into a store full of strangers and have the cashier wonder what you’re going to be up to later? Passion Parties are the way women these days are getting their hands on the latest and greatest, not to mention the tried and true. In the safety and comforts of your own home with your closest girlfriends, it’s an awesome way to have a girls’ night in.
Jessica Newberry, a boudoir client of mine, is passion consultant and is the woman to call if you and your girlfriends are looking for some fun at home. She loves what she does and is comfortable talking about anything. “Everyday we are touching lives and offering our clients a more satisfying, passionate life.” Jessica is offering a very generous special to online shoppers: a 20% discount off of your entire order when you enter the word BOUDOIR in the discount code box.
To set up a passion party at home with your girlfriends, you can contact Jessica via her Passion Party website or call her at (623)261-8441 and let her know that you found her through Boudoir in Bloom. Hope you have a great girls’ night in ladies!
If you haven’t ventured over to Bunky Boutique in Phoenix yet, you’re missing out on some really cute stuff! Clothes & accessories that are unique - in a very good way. My favorite thing about this boutique is that it doesn’t overwhelm you with tons and tons of clothes, but the items that are available have personality to them. I’m not an all day shopper and would rather go into a place where I can find a good number of interesting pieces in an hour or less and call it a day. Thank you Rachel at Bunky for practically being a personal stylist with your selection!
Bunky was voted “Best Style” in the 2009 Phoenix New Times and has also been featured in Travel + Leisure and Instyle Magazines.
Bunky is located at 1437 N. 1st St Phoenix, AZ 85004 next to Giant Coffee. Shop and refuel if needed! =)