Poor bras–for all their lace and finery, they emerge scraggly and twisted versions of their better selves from the washing machine. We all know by now that washing bras in the machine is a no-no, but let’s be honest–they’ve crept in there every once in a while. The Berry Ball is here to make sure that when that urge arises, your precious bras are protected from the wash and rinse cycle. It’s a hinged plastic ball that opens to fit one or two of your delicates, with small slats throughout for detergent to filter through. A little scrubbing ball with soft rubber spikes goes into the ball to gently roll back and forth to scrub your goodies once you throw it into the washing machine alongside your other washables.
Warning, the ball does err slightly on the larger side so it doesn’t fit in small washing machines, but medium to large ones fit perfectly fine. I used it on two occasions and loved it–even my laciest bras didn’t show signs of wear and tear and remain unchanged. The only thing I wish is that it could fit more than one or two bras since it’s so convenient. The Berry Ball also comes with a small mesh Berry Perry bag for washing delicate underwear that you can throw it alongside. The Berry Ball retails for $14.
Happy President’s Day everyone!!! I absolutely love love love a three day weekend during the winter, when I can just curl up in bed with a mug of hot chocolate on a Monday morning when I’d usually be trekking to work. Today I’m wearing my new Tory Burch Pajama Set which I got for Valentine’s Day, and am feeling so snuggled up and happy that I just had to write about it!
I have an affinity towards long sleeved, button down sleep shirts. There’s just something about them that is so sexy in an “I’m not even trying” kind of way. The Tory top is roomy and comfortable, but still very sexy in a playful feminine way. I actually really dislike long PJ pants, so these drawstring cotton shorts are perfect for me- easy to move around in the apartment, yet still appropriate if I have to pop out into the hallway for something quick.
I also love all the little detailing from her logo buttons, to the front pockets, to the burgundy trim. After all, this is by Tory Burch, who elevates even the most basic items into something charming. Goodbye to the days of “scrubbing” at home! This particular set is still available on her website- but be on the look out for new designs and themes.
Another holiday, another panic attack: What on earth is there left to get for the man in your life? Well, a good home-cooked meal should work, but if that’s not your idea of a special gift, I suggest you say “I love you” with:
… a Hot Shave
I recently got the chance to check out Alexander’s for Hair, a mid-range, family-owned, all-in-one spa and salon in west L.A., and I thought, “What a great place to take my [insert any family member here]!” Formerly the male-targeted Reeder’s Barber Shop, complete with beers and flatscreen TVs, Alexander’s for Hair has undergone a recent makeover to suit its growing clientele base, offering more services for both men and women as well as eco-friendly hair products by Eufora and high-quality GRAM skincare by Dr. Bernard Gramlich (you should see his skin!). Helmed by new owner Krissy Smith and her mom Jeanne Phares, the salon has both a small-town feel and a cosmopolitan flair — perfect for those who want luxurious treatment but find super-high-end salons and spas either intimidating or just not worth the extra dough. Best of all, while you’re loved one is getting his Signature MVP Hot Shave, you can indulge in a Eufora Deep Conditioning and Scalp Treatment (free this month with any color service), a fantastic facial, a mani-pedi or a delightful (and affordable) deep-tissue massage (ask for Barbara!). Ah, the perks of co-ed bliss.
Alexander’s for Hair is located at 11515 W. Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles. Call (310) 473-0462 to make an appointment. Readers, mention the code AFHGO through February and you’ll get 30 percent off your service!
… Custom Kicks
If the love (or like) of your life is a label-savvy jet setter who frequently blends street style and upscale threads (or just likes any of the aforementioned), he’ll appreciate the new G3 collection by Ryz, the brainchild of former president of Adidas America and Adidas Japan Rob Langstaff. READ MORE
I’ve been hearing for years how fabulous Elle Macpherson Intimates are – from the luxurious fabrics to the fabulously sexy fits. I recently got to try out a few styles, courtesy of Freshpair.com, and I’ve definitely been missing out on this quality lingerie brand all of these years.
The intimates from Elle Macpherson’s line uses gorgeous fabrics that are luxurious to the touch, but still supportive in style (forewarning: the sizing runs small). The Sheer Ribbons style is one of my favorites because of the sheer black stripes edged with lace, which makes it both fun and sexy – so perfect for date night with someone special!
For a more classic vintage-inspired romantic style, try the Dentelle style. Each color it’s offered in has a contrast trim; the white/nude is perfect for brides out there while the sweet pink dogwood hue could make your everyday lingerie a bit more exciting. Even better, most of these styles come with matching bottoms in a comfortable bikini styles that are still very flattering and girly.
Which design is your favorite? Check out more styles from Elle Macpherson Intimates over at Freshpair.com.
Each few months, we urge you to take a look at your intimates drawer and refresh your collection if needed. (That means any pieces that are too small, too big, or generally tired-looking!) This season, I turned to intimates resource, FreshPair.com, and discovered Betsey Johnson Intimates for the first time. While I knew that Betsey Johnson had entered the intimates world, I hadn’t tried the styles out until now, and I’m so glad that I did. READ MORE
A and B cups of the world unite! Maybe Kate Hudson wouldn’t have had to resort to her supposed implants, if she had tried out some of the lingerie from The Little Bra Company, a bra company focusing on making the most of your A and B cup assets, with prettily designed, delicate bras and panties.
In my own bra buying experience, almost all bras claim to give you the elusive promise of cleavage, but few are able to make it look natural. But, I was pleasantly surprised at the natural effects of The Little Bra Company’s bestselling bra, the Lucia, a deep V plunge, contour lacy bra, with push up. I attribute the bra’s cleavage inducing properties to the closer set together cups and sturdy, strong (but not uncomfortable) band. The bra has a snug, close fit, and softly molds your goods, gently pushing them up and together. A small tag on the band also comes with each bra, explaining the proper “method” (a sort of scoop and gather motion) for molding your assets into your bra.
Although lacy, because of a soft overlay, I liked that I had smooth lines despite wearing it under my V-Neck t shirt. The “girls” also looked great, as Stacey London would say, they were “up at attention and saying hello,” a effect that wasn’t lost on my lunch buddies, who all asked “What are you wearing?”
Although The Little Bra Company only carries A and B cup bras, smaller C cups can also benefit from their products also. I’m normally a small C cup, but because The Little Bra Company only carries A and B cups, I went one size larger in the band to compensate. The Lucia bra from The Little Bra Company retails for $56 and you can purchase it on their website.
I’m sure you’ve read or heard about a lot of shapewear on the market right now that claims to help you lose inches on those pesky problem areas on your body. I was never really a believer until Lytess contacted me to give their Slimming Corrective Belt a trial run. No matter how much I work out, I’ve always got some problem areas that are particularly stubborn–namely, my waist and hips. The Lytess Slimming Corrective Belt contains a unique blend of caffeine and shea butter, and is supposed to target just that. I was more than willing to give it a shot! READ MORE
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