Eve of the Month: Gwenyth Paltrow

Ever classic and elegant, even when coming from yoga, Gwenyth Paltrow embodies what "Celebrating Your Inner Eve" is all about -- embracing all aspects of being a woman, the sweet, the smart, the sassy, the savvy, and the seductive with confidence!

After delivering one of her children, she looked like the type of actress that we see lately who is pressured by studio heads to conform to grueling and Hellish workouts in order to be in sublime shape days after delivery. While I don't doubt that Gwenyth worked her fanny off for her interview with Oprah, during the show she admitted that she was also wearing a girdle. She's a real woman... gotta love that! Gorgeous, lovely, and humble are all words I'd use to describe Gwenyth, our Eve's Apples May Eve of the Month.


If you haven't had a chance, Gwenyth also has a fantastic blog called "GOOP" that is about "nourishing the inner aspect." While visiting the site you can get tips on food, places, shopping, things to do, how to live life and what is happening.

Here is to Gwenyth inspiring the rest of us to "Celebrate Our Inner Eves" and nourish our "inner aspect(s)."

NAUGHTY KNOTTY LINGERIE CONTEST: 5 DAYS LEFT!

My dear Lingeristas, you don't want to miss this lingerie contest where one lucky Eve's Apples' reader will win a luscious, supple to the touch chemise by the highly talented Erin Braxton (retailing for $106).


To enter the contest, click on Eve's Apples' Naughty Knotty Lingerie Contest.

Deadline is June 1, 2009 at 5 p.m. (PST).

Bonne Chance, ladies!

Huge Sale

For those, who appreciate savings we'll giving a cut price on selected products. Shoppers will find 20 to 50 percent savings on bras, panties & thongs and chemises from such brands as Obsessive, Miran, Gaia and Shirley of Hollywood.


Check out the Sale section.


Lingerie & Poetry




I Am He That Aches with Love
"I am he that aches with amorous love;
Does the earth gravitate? does not all matter,
aching, attracting matter?
So the body of me to all I meet or know."

~ Walt Whitman


I love the glamorous and vintage feel to the Huit lingerie and photography.

For information on how to purchase the Instant Perdu from the Fashion collection (image top), click on Phoebe Carlyle, and to purchase lingerie from the Glamorous collection (images directly above), click on La Petite Coquette.

Celluloid Classics: Bathing Beauties

Thanks to our Eve's Apples' friends over at Faire Frou Frou, we recently discovered a blog called Couture Carrie who featured a fun retrospective of swimwear called Bathing Beauties. The image (above) of past black and white photography has color was added at a later date (pre-photoshop) and recent magazine photography for Vogue (images below).



For the complete post and more images, click on Bathing Beauties.

As you can see in the photos all swimsuits are not created equal. A classic, well-fitted swimsuit that hits your curves in all the right places will stand the test of time. No matter what you swimsuit you wear this season, be sure that the suit enhances your body in ways that make you feel comfortable and confident. That's one way of ensuring that you "Celebrate Your Inner Eve" all summer!

Boudoir Basics: Spring Cleaning ~ Part 1

At Eve's Apples, we're all about "Celebrating Our Inner Eves," and sometime that simply means, "Out with the old and in with the new." To help our dear Lingeristas do some spring cleaning, we're posting about La Petite Coquette, one of Eve's favorite boutiques recently posted Spring Cleaning, Part 1: Address Your State of Undress.

Rebecca Apsan, writer of The Lingerie Handbook, gives insightful tips on organizing your boudoir on her blog. Her blog tips are the following:

"Are your underwear drawers overflowing, yet you often find yourself with nothing to wear? Time to do a little pruning and purge yourself of anything that shouldn’t be taking up precious drawer real estate.

First, ditch anything you wouldn’t want to be seen wearing—by a love or lust interest, a doctor, or even the other ladies in the gym locker room. Then start inspecting what remains. Say sayonara if:

• It’s discolored or faded. Has bright white become dingy grey? Is a much-loved item past its prime and ready to retire?

• The elastic is going—or gone. Just because something is not seen by others is no reason it should still be worn. If it’s lost its original shape, toss it.

• It’s worn out, frayed, or threadbare. Into the waste bin it goes. Do you think tattered lingerie is like a child’s security blanket? Let it go.

• The underwires are distorted, or even poking dangerously through fabric. No further explanation necessary I hope.

• It hasn’t been worn in over a year. There must be a reason. Was it buried—out of sight, out of mind? Or is it not an everyday item, something that should go into storage? Anything you haven’t touched in six months should be tried on and reassessed.

• It doesn’t fit properly anymore. Weight fluctuates. Women hang on to bras, especially expensive ones, waiting for their body to return to an earlier incarnation. This happens frequently with women who were recently pregnant. Even if they eventually end up at their former size, their shape sometimes has changed. Stop holding out for the day you lose a lot of weight or dramatically change your body. Buy new things when that time actually comes—believe me, you’ll be excited to treat yourself then!.."

For the complete post, click on Spring Cleaning, Part 1: Address Your State of Undress.

To find out more about La Petite Coquette, click on Eve's Apples Boutique of the Month.

Stella McCartney lingerie (image top center of post) is currently out in boutiques.

Have a wonderful Monday and best wishes cleaning out those closets!

Leçons de Séduction No. 26



Shopping Tips For Him: Lingerie for Your Lady Video

To see step by step tips on how to pick out lingerie gift for your loved one, click on the lingerie video below.

HOW TO PICK OUT LINGERIE FOR YOUR LADY VIDEO:


Lingerie Francaise Fashion Show Video: Lise Charmel

Lise Charmel is known for her designs, attention to detail, exquisite fabrics and high quality make of her intimate garments. To own a piece of Lise Charmel lingerie is something that you'll keep your whole life. Enjoying it for years to come.

To view the Runway show featuring Lise Charmel lingerie, click on the video below.

LINGERIE FRANCAISE FASHION SHOW VIDEO:



Eve's Apples' 300th Post!

It's our 300th Post!


Thank you to all of our dear Lingeristas who have been with us for the last year and a half, reading Eve's Apples Lingerie Blog. It's been a wonderful, fun, exciting and always an enticing journey writing about and discovering the latest lingerie. The biggest highlight has been getting emails and comments from new lingerista converts who have a renewed sense of confidence by "Celebrating Their Inner Eves!"


Thank you for reading and making Eve's Apples Lingerie Blog such a joy!

xoxo

~ Eve

Lingerie Body: Kirstie Alley Comes Clean

We all know that bikini season is coming up but more important is maintaining a healthy weight for a well-balanced, joyful life. What happens if you've lost a lot of weight and the pounds start creeping back up?

After loosing 85 pounds, Kirstie Alley gained the weight back and came clean on Oprah about her Battle of the Bulge. To see highlights from the show, click on the video below.

KIRSTIE ALLEY ON OPRAH VIDEO

Lingerie Francaise Fashion Show Video: Empreinte

Empreinte is a high quality, luxurious lingerie brand that caters to larger breasted women, creating fashionable and functional lingerie. In doing so, larger breasted women can break out of the hideous thick-strapped boulder holders, worn by grannies the world over, and embrace a sexier, seductive, beautiful, and confident side of themself thanks to Empreinte.

To see Empreinte lingerie, click on the video below.

EMPREINTE LINGERIE VIDEO:

Leçons de Séduction No. 25



Happy Mother's Day!

Wishing all of you, my dear Lingeristas, a wonderful Mother's Day! Sending you and yours a lovely day filled with Celebrating Your Inner Eves!


xoxo,

~ Eve

Washing and Caring for Your Bra and Lingerie

After spending a significant amount on fine bras or lingerie, it’s important to care for them properly - not only does it make these garments last longer, but remember, this is one of the pieces of clothing closest to your skin. You want to make sure the soft, fine fabrics the bra or lingerie remain soft, silky as long as possible. Carefully washing, drying and maintaining your purchase will retain the integrity of the design and fabric.

Hand washing is the best way to go with most fine bras. Here are a few points to follow when caring for your bra or lingerie.

  • To keep these fantastic, silky fabrics the way they were when you first purchased them, use a detergent made for hand washing.
  • Make sure any clasps, hooks or buttons are fastened so they won’t snag the material, or loosen at the seams.
  • Really hand washing, (with your hands!) is a great idea. Using the delicate detergent, make sure you don’t ring the material, or use excessive squeezing. Gently allow the bras or lingerie to soak. Using a small plastic bin in the sink or tub usually works perfectly.
  • If the idea of actually using your hands is daunting, most washing machines have a delicate cycle. Use a lingerie bag or washing bag for your bra and lingerie, so it won’t get caught or pulled during the cycle. Use the special detergent mentioned above, and set on the delicate cycle, on cold (not warm!).
  • Hang dry or dry flat, on a clothes horse, coat hanger or special drying rack. Don’t ever dry in the dryer. Not only will the fabric possibly shrink, but it will sacrifice the life span of the bra or lingerie.
  • Store in a lingerie drawer, without other garments like jeans, belts or accessories that might have hooks, zippers or anything else that might snag the fabric of the bras or lingerie.
  • Storing a scented sachet in your lingerie drawer is a nice touch, leaving the bra and lingerie with a pleasant smell. An inoffensive, natural choice is lavender.
Remember, the sentiment that you are treating yourself well with fine lingerie goes for caring for that lingerie as well!

Mother's Day Lingerie

Are you wondering what to give Mom this Mother's Day?

Intimate Apparel is a great gift for Mom. It's soft, luxurious, and personal (but not too personal).

To see what La Petite Coquette recommends, click on the Howcast Mother's Day Lingerie Video below.

MOTHER'S DAY LINGERIE VIDEO



For more information on La Petite Coquette, click on Eve's Apples Boutique of the Month.

Whatever you get Mom for Mother's Day, I hope that even Mom "Celebrates Her Inner Eve!"

xoxo

~ Eve

Celebrity Panties: Part 1: Shapeez

What do celebrities wear under their clothes? The Unbelievabra by Shapeez!


"Makeup artist Bobbi Brown (image above right) as well as actresses Mary McCormack (star of USA’s In Plain Sight, image above middle) and Lesley Ann Warren (In Plain Sight and Will & Grace, image above left) are now confirmed owners of the all-in-one bra, camisole and shaping solution The Unbelievabra by Shapeez (image below).

The torso-length 'Ultimate' ($85) and cropped-length “Shortee” ($75) Unbelievabras retail in various boutiques and department stores across the U.S. and Canada as well as online at http://www.shapeez.com/."


"Shapewear featuring The Unbelievabra Ultimate, a bra/cami/torso slimmer all in one ($85), and their new product, The Unbelievabra Shortee (a cropped version for $75). For the woman who wants an all-in-one bra solution!

Made from breathable cool-tex microfiber that wicks moisture from the body to keep wearers dry and comfortable all throughout the day," The Unbelievabra helps smooth lines, muffin tops, and back fat. Sizes range from A - E cups.


Bobbi Brown, a wearer of The Unbelievabra, is one of Eve's all time favorite make up artists, enhancing women's natural beauty and allowing them the "Celebrate Their Inner Eves." To see Bobbi Brown, make up artist guru, click on the Fashion Week Video below.

FASHION WEEK VIDEO: BOBBI BROWN:





CONTEST WINNER: Something Blue Bridal Panty Contest

We have a winner, my dear, Lingeristas!


Please check your email to see if you won our Eve's Apples "Something Blue" Bridal Panty Contest, sponsored by that utterly sassy panty website Say It With Undies.

For all of you, I wish all of you a fabulous wedding filled with fun, love, joy and, as always, a great time "Celebrating Your Inner Eves."

Victoria's Secret Runway Show 2008 ~ 2009

To see the ever entertaining and eventful Victoria's Secret fashion show, click on the video below.

VICTORIA'S SECRET RUNWAY VIDEO 2008 ~ 2009





To purchase the leather body harnesses featured in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at 25% off between now and May 7, click on Coco de Mer Body Harnesses.

The Quotable Lingerista ~ Dorothy Parker

"Brevity is the soul of lingerie." ~ Dorothy Parker




The following are more quotes by the 20th century wise cracking writer and poet, Dorothy Parker:

"I shall stay the way I am Because I do not give a damn."

"I don't know much about being a millionaire, but I'll bet I'd be darling at it."




"Where's the man could ease the heart like a satin gown?"

"Love is like quicksilver in the hand. Leave the fingers open and it stays. Clutch it, and it darts away."

NAUGHTY KNOTTY LINGERIE CONTEST

Just in time for vacation, weddings, honeymoons, work, sleep, and, just because, Eve's Apples is bringing you...

The Naughty Knotty Lingerie Contest!

One lucky Eve's Apples Lingerista will win the Knotty Chemise by designer, Erin Braxton, retailing for $106.


ENTER TO WIN!

Clothing by Erin Braxton is for women who want fashion but don't want to sacrifice comfort! Erin makes THE MOST comfortable and flattering clothes that I've found. To this day, my husband swears that my Erin Braxton top is the sexiest shirt I own and I swear it's the softest! Whoever wins this prize will be thanking Erin for years to come!

Why is fashionable and comfortable clothing important to you?

To Enter: Why is fashionable and comfortable clothing important to you? Leave your comment after this post. The best comment wins!

Prize: The Erin Braxton Knotted Chemise (image above) that retails for $106.

Deadline: June 1, 2009 (5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time)

Important: Please be sure that we can either link back to you or that you send Eve's Apples your email address (we don't sell it or pass it along). We notify the winner directly.

Bonne chance, my dear Lingeristas!



Since Erin's clothing line is extremely versatile, it can be worn inside the house lounging or working, to bed, on vacation, or out on the town. In light of this, Erin's newly re-launched website makes it even easier to see just how versatile her pieces are to wear. On the home page, click on "In, Out, Sleep, Romance, Escape, or Play" and find out what items work for which life event.


ABOUT ERIN BRAXTON:

"LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - April 15, 2009) - Women seeking fashion forward, sexy
loungewear need not look any further -- loungewear designer Erin Braxton re-launched her online store this spring. This L.A. based designer creates a luxury line of loungewear and resort wear that gives women what they want and need -- hip comfort, sexiness and versatility in their weekend wear. Aimed at fashion-conscious women who want to look and feel good, this line offers something unique for all types. More importantly, Braxton's line gives women the versatility of wearing chemises, robes and tunics as traditional loungewear or sporting them as dresses and swimsuit cover-ups.

'The days of fancy, flowing negligees are pretty much a thing of the past. Many of today's women don't relate to that anymore,' said Erin Braxton, founder of Erin Braxton, LLC. 'Sexy is so different than it used to be and my line makes it easy to be current and sexy without sacrificing the most important thing, comfort. I'm also committed to making eco-friendly apparel, so I use soft modals and cottons that make the clothes feel like a second skin.'

Erin Braxton's collection includes an array of lounge pants, tanks, tees, chemises, robes and tunics and can be purchased online at www.erinbraxton.com. Her line is also sold at boutiques and spas in cities including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, Las Vegas and Chicago. Prices range from $40-$200.'"

Erin is one woman who definitely "Celebrates Her Inner Eve" and is bringing it to the rest of us through her clothing line. To find out more about Erin's line, visit www.erinbraxton.com.

Leçons de Séduction No. 24



LINGERIE TREATS from Coco de Mer ~ 25% off for Eve's Apples Readers

All Eve's Apples Lingeristas receive a 25% discount on items purchased at the Coco de Mer website from May 1-7!


To receive your discount, at checkout type in "evesapples" into the promotion box. (Sale items excluded.)

The images on this post are some of Eve's favorites at Coco de Mer and represent a small sample of the luxurious lingerie and boudoir items carried at the boutique. Coco de Mer specializes in lingerie, erotic books, homeware, accessories, jewelry and much more.

Classic French toile turns into feminine seduction with Coco de Mer's Erotic Toile lingerie set (image above). "At first, the print looks like a decadently rich historical burgundy vintage print." Closer inspection reveals erotic images in the design. Bra retails for $110.00. To purchase, click on Erotic Toile Bra.

The boutique also carries their famed leather body harnesses, popular with celebrities, that can be worn in the boudoir or out on the town over clothes. The Victoria's Secret Runway Show 2008 ~ 2009 (above) features the leather body harness worn by Heidi Klum (reatils for $395). To purchase the harness, click on Coco de Mer's Ilya Fleet Diamond Plate Body Harness.


Another Eve favorite is the incredibly sexy Belladonna Ivory Ouvert Brief by Coco de Mer. The Belladonna ouvert briefs have "an ivory silk satin panel with baby blue trim and little bow to complete the look. This little number is ideal for brides-to-be who want something with a little mischief." The panty retails for $65.00. To purchase, click on Belladonna Ivory Ouvert Brief.

To find out more about Coco de Mer, click on Eve's Apples Boutique of the Month.

Enjoy 25% off items at Coco de Mer from May 1-7. Visiting Coco de Mer is a special treat and definite way to "Celebrate Your Inner Eve!"

COCO DE MER LOS ANGELES
8618 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90069
310.652.0311
Sun - Mon 12 - 6pm & Tues - Sat 11 -7pm
http://www.cocodemerusa.com/

COCO DE MER LONDON
23 Monmouth Steet, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9DD
+44 (0 )207 836 8882
Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat: 11 - 7pm, Thurs: 11 - 8pm & Sun: 12 - 6pm


FINAL DAY TO ENTER: EVE'S APPLES PANTY CONTEST

Calling all Lingeristas!



Today is the final day to enter our Eve's Apples "Something Blue" Bridal Panty Contest. Deadline is today at 5 p.m. (PST).

To enter, click on Eve's Apple's Contest!