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Nights In White Satin

Last year, I blogged about lingerie and Valentines being linked together in the tackiest way. This year, I thought I’d share some pretty sets that I wouldn’t be too heart broken to recieve (HINT HINT)

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First up, from Boux Avenue, are the pretty, vintage styling of bras that we’ve come to expect from them. This purple satin bra* (£24) (described as bandeau style on the website, but lets face it, above a D cup, and you can’t really get a bandeau bra) is in my favourite colour, so is quite near the top of my wish list. This lacy balconette bra* (£30) and “Victoriana” (I’m not sure where the Victorian part comes from) hot pink satin bra* (£26) are close behind though!

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Next up is the new range from M&S created with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. I love the colours and the rose printed fabric, and this rose print bra* (£22.50) is almost too pretty to even wear, never mind be hidden by clothes. A simpler style of bra is available in this brown colour*, a pretty pink* or a “nude” shade – all £22.50 for the bra.

Valentines isn’t just about pretty knickers, and this rose printed camisole* (£35) and matching French knickers* (£17.50) set was made for flitting around in.

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Finally, from ASOS (I know, I wouldn’t have had them down for pretty pants either!), there’s actually a great collection of lacy underthings. This lace panelled corset* is £75 (and pretty gorgeous too) whilst this blue satin bra* is £38.

Sod it, I’ll just go and buy them myself.

Boux Avenue In Bristol

On Thursday, instead of going straight to work, I headed into Cabot Circus to meet up with Laura before heading to the press preview of Boux Avenue. I’ve known of Boux Avenue* for a while (and reviewed some items from there previously) and was excited to see the boarded up shop in the centre of Cabot Circus advertise it was to become a Boux. It’s strange to think that Boux Avenue is just over a year old, having been launched in spring 2011. The Bristol store is the 13th one to open, and there are many more planned in the next few months.

I loved Boux’s online store because of the sizing (from 30A – 40H, probably the widest range in a high street store), but the physical store is just so much better. The store is one that you’d want to look around for a while (not like other high street lingerie stores where the colours and style is one that puts you off going in, let alone staying in for a while!), and the staff not only seemed knowledgable about the products, but were friendly and approachable!

The founder of Boux Avenue, Theo Paphitis arrived about 11am to do some interviews with the press members and bloggers there – I was a little too shy to talk to him (and also, what exactly would I ask him? What his favourite cake was? How he had his tea? I mean, thats important stuff to know, but not relevant!) Laura and I nipped off at noon for a bit of lunch, and there was hardly anyone in Cabot – we thought the launch would be a bit quiet really! – but as you can see, by 1pm, there were masses of people (including La La from the Teletubbies…)

I’m so excited to have one of my favourite online stores have a physical presence in my nearest shopping centre…I know where my wages will be disappearing now!

Staying In, Going Out

New Years Eve splits people into two groups – those who adore going out, getting glammed up, and partying till the early hours of the morning, and those who are much happier at home. In previous years, New Years has always been a bit of a random night, usually ending up at someones house doing a bit of Singstar. The past few however have been spent at home, eating cheese and biscuits and drinking champagne – much more my sort of thing! I think thats the plan again this year, but I couldn’t not look at pretty sparkly dresses could I?

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Dresses from AX Paris, Oasis and Motel – not my usual shops to browse in (well, except Oasis) but they’ve got such gorgeous sparkly things in stock at the moment! Even better, these three brands are easy to find on most high streets, so if you are still looking for an outfit for tomorrow night, you still have time!

I never need an excuse to buy more night wear and lounge wear – theres nothing more satisfying when you get home from work to be able to put on something so much more comfortable.  This week has been so nice to be able to wear lazy clothes – I think going back to work on Tuesday will be a bit of a shock! I do want a nice set for the new year – here’s a few of my choices from Boux Avenue, Jack Wills (I know, but I love the pyjama set in their brand colours. At least I wouldn’t wear it out), Fat Face (who always have gorgeous nightwear) and Dorothy Perkins (so much of my wardrobe is coming from there lately – I’ve ended up with 5 of those circle dresses I’ve posted about before!)

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Whatever you do, I hope you have an amazing time!

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