July 17th is always an emotional day for us because it marks our anniversary for opening the shop, and with four years of operation and experience under the proverbial belt, we feel the store has truly grown and improved—a trend we plan to continue by expanding our inventory and improving our services. Because our boutique would not exist without the support of our wonderful customers, we are happy to celebrate again this year with our August Anniversary Sale and Giveaway! Words will never express how much you mean to us, but a few free prizes certainly won’t hurt.
On more than one occasion, I have mentioned my ongoing goal to create a shop people visit for more than just bras, and while progress is slow due to budget and space constraints, I feel like our giveaway this year truly reflects how diverse the shop is becoming. We have prizes ranging from traditional lingerie sets to bust-friendly clothing to hosiery, and I have to give a standing ovation to our vendors for being so generous.
Without further rambling on my part, let’s introduce our contributors and what prizes they are offering! (Be forewarned: This part could be titled “Erica’s Favorites” because I love them all so much. Profuse gushing may also be involved.)
Affinitas and Parfait
Known for gorgeous designs at wallet-friendly prices, Affinitas and its fuller-bust sister line Parfait specialize in adorable bra and panty sets, sleek basics, and supportive but sexy lingerie. Women wanting an inexpensive fun set to complement their basics need look no further as Parfait and Affinitas sport some of the best, including the cotton polka dot Sienna or the ever popular burlesque-inspired Charlotte.
Gift with Purchase: Spend $75 on Parfait and/or Affinitas products and receive a free pair of packaged panties while supplies last. Pack contains three hipsters or three thongs.
Made from exquisite Spanish and Italian fabrics, Anna Pardal is an upscale lingerie line offering a decadent mixture of plunges, half-cups, and longline bras designed for the fuller-bust. Not only can the quality of materials not be matched, but Anna Pardal also allows customers to request a range of alterations to her bras, including asymmetry pockets, nursing clasps, wider bands, and so much more! If you have yet to read my glowing, borderline fan-girl reviews, you must be a newcomer to the blog. Check here for a complete list!
Prize: A Bra and Panty Set
As a small American business owner, I love to support companies like Bolero which make original designs right here in the USA under ethical working conditions. Instead of buying fast or cheap fashion, I prefer to invest in craftsmanship and ethical design—a skill at which Bolero owner Patricia exceeds. With an emphasis on breezy fabrics that drape effortlessly over curves, Bolero is ideal for D+ ladies needing a flattering, wear-everyday dress or top. Her man-made fabric blends never winkle or pill, and they dry quickly, making them suitable travel companions . . . or for people like me who avoid ironing. Did I mention this is another favorite of mine?
Prize: A Key West Print Maxi Dress
ChickenEye Designs Inner Truth Panties
ChickenEye Designs and I connected through the fabulous Sweet Nothings, and I cannot be happier to have been cyber-introduced to Joy. Another Made in the USA small business, ChickenEye puts a spin on the old “words on undies” gimmick and instead creates hand-embroidered messages of love and encouragement designed to be read in the mirror by the wearer. That’s right. These are panties for YOU. I have a pair that I adore which contains some expletives that I wear once a week. Not only are they super soft, but I am comfortable enough to admit that I like it when my underwear tells me I’m awesome.
Prize: A Free Pair of Panties
The manufacturing team behind Anna Pardal also produces their own unique lingerie sets ranging from classy and sophisticated to quirky and fun. Both lines use lower wires on the side and are wonderful for women needing a narrow shape with lots of projection. I recently picked up a Sweet Dottie and Sapphire for myself but haven’t had a chance to review them. However, I have reviewed Georgia in the past and been impressed with what this Polish import has to offer the fuller-bust market.
Prize: A Bra and Panty Set
A newcomer to the shop, Curvy Couture designs bras from 34-44 bands US C-H cups and offers customers a mix of basics and fashion bras. Their Lace Shine T-Shirt bra and Luxe Wireless Cotton bra have been flying off the shelves here since they arrived last week. The Luxe Wireless in particular makes for a wonderful lounge or sleeping bra for fuller-busted women because of the breathable cotton and soft hardware. We’re excited to start carrying more from this brand in the future!
Prize: Anyone who purchases Curvy Couture in August is entered to win a free bra and panty set!
Fleur’t with Me Sleepwear and Lingerie
Fleur’t with Me is another new addition this summer, and I was instantly impressed with the softness and beautiful fit of the fabrics. The lace accents on the Wild Child collection we carry are sophisticated without being abrasive, and everything can double as casual day wear. Fleur’t with Me also features traditional pajama sets, bridal chemises, bralettes, and one of the most adorable basic panties I have seen.
Prize: A Mystery . . . for now (My rep was on vacation when it was sent, so neither of us are entirely sure)
Glamory is one of two companies which restored my faith in hold-up stockings and has completely converted me from traditional tights. Sporting wide lace bands complete with silicone gel grips, Glamory stockings are available in a range of deniers from sheer to opaque in sizes L to 6XL. While I have focused on the fabulous, vintage-inspired hold ups, Glamory also offers a range of other options including traditional nylons, knee high stockings, and even tights for men!
Prize: A Year’s Supply of Hosiery
Kix’ies Stockings is the other company which helped me overcome my fear of unflattering thigh bulges and rolls caused by ill-fitting, poorly constructed hold up stockings. While Kix’ies does offer traditional sheer stockings, they also sport a range of contemporary designs like polka dot, argyle, and pinstripes, meaning there is a style for everyone. Like Glamory, Kix’ies uses a wide band at the top with multiple rows of silicone gel to ensure stockings stay in place while you move!
Prize: A Free Pair of Kixi’ies Stockings
When we first opened, we had some issues with the fit on Le Mystere, but within the last year, I have been pleasantly surprised with how far they have come and the fresh new designs they offer. The Sophia Lace has turned out to be a beautiful, sexy addition to the store complete with memory foam cups, a plunging graduated cup, and an ornate lace overlay while the 990 Essential offers basic lovers a flexible spacer fabric cup with wide, ultra-smooth sides.
Prize: A Bra and Panty Set
Gift with Puchase: Spend $50 or more in Le Mystere products and receive a free pair of panties while supplies last.
Natori often uses the term “second skin” to describe their bras, and our customers tend to agree. The lightweight materials, superb construction, and comfortable fit have inspired significant brand loyalty in the store. Now with the introduction of the Plus Support line which offers bras from 30-44 bands and US C-H cups, we’re even more excited! In fact, we’ll be adding their gorgeous Pure Allure (shown above) to our shop in the coming weeks.
Prize: Another Mystery One for Now
Panache is really a brand that needs little introduction here because it is an established, high quality fuller-bust line with a range of basics, colorful fashion items, bridal lingerie, and even swimwear. However, I’d be remiss if I didn’t compliment them on being a brand constantly striving for improvement. Their sports bra is one of the best on the marketplace, and the constant evolution of their core designs into something better than before sets them apart from other companies content to rest on their laurels. This totally is irrelevant to the giveaway, but I have been bursting to tell people that the fabulous Sculptresse Chi Chi will be available in black and beige for Spring 2016!
Prize: Free Bra and Panty Set
Shari, one of the developers of The Strap Saver, and I connected through social media, and I was given a chance to review their ingenious little product. Given that I am taller with a long torso, I almost never have issues with straps being too long, but so many of my customers struggle with lengthy straps. I adore how Strap Saver is a little product with a lot of potential—allowing people to shorten straps on any bra or swimsuit with ease. They even offer it in multiple sizes and colors!
Prize: $15 Gift Certificate to Strap Saver
Having met Tia in person, I have to say she is a true delight, and I was so happy she decided to contribute to our giveaway. Tia makes some of the loveliest, high quality but affordable lingerie on the market. Everything she designs is effortlessly classy and tastefully vintage, particularly her darling slips and sexy chemises. Not to mention, her commitment to offering women of all sizes something beautiful and sexy means her creations are available from Small to 3X-Large. She is a frequent contributor to both lingerie and plus-size fashion shows alike, and when I had the chance to try one of her products, I truly enjoyed it!
Prize: Signature Chemise and Bolero
This seems as good a time as any to announce that we are going to be placing an order with Urkye for some of their button-fronts! Who are Urkye exactly? Urkye is a Polish-based clothing company which sizes their offerings by bust, meaning ladies with fuller-busts can find a range of options tailored to their curvy upper halves. I have tried several items from them in the past and loved everything I bought, and I know our customers will appreciate the chance to find a button-front which actually buttons.
Prize: Gift Certificate to Urkye
Wacoal and b.tempt’d
Wacoal and b.tempt’d do not get nearly the recognition they deserve in the blogosphere, but the products they produce are fabulous. Wacoal offers high quality, carefully executed designs in both neutral and fashion colors. In fact, their neutral colors include diverse tones like sand, praline, cappuccino, and cocoa to allow women of all skin-tones to find something which flatters. Not to mention, classic styles like Embrace Lace, Retro Chic, Awareness, and La Femme provide a superb fit with subtle details. From the b.tempt’d line, the Ciao Bella and sheer Full Bloom offer a fit and quality level far above the modest price, and the plethora of fashion colors means you’ll always have something fresh.
Prize: Anyone who purchases a Wacoal or b.tempt’d bra in August is entered to win a free Wacoal or b.tempt’d set.
Yummie by Heather Thompson
When I first heard about Yummie by Heather Thompson (yes, the real housewife), I was skeptical because I viewed it as another celebrity line, but my sales rep Lauren has always given me the best recommendations. We started carrying their panties, then shaping tanks and shorts, and now we’re investigating their leggings for fall! Using breathable fabrics and graduated control, Yummie products strike the right balance between supportive and comfortable, making them easy to wear every day.
Prizes: 3 Pairs of Rachel Leggings
A Sophisticated Pair
Since I am hoping anyone reading this far down knows who we are, what do you say we skip any more text and get right to the prizes?
Prizes: $75 Gift Certificate, $50 Gift Certificate, $25 Gift Certificate.
How do you enter to win all of these great prizes? In some cases noted above, you have to purchase from the brand in order to qualify for a prize, but if there isn’t qualification listed, you can enter in two ways:
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “2015 Giveaway Entry”, and I will give you one free entry code. Please provide your name with the entry. Also, these entries will be handled by my business partner and will only receive a return entry code, so please send a separate, regular email if you have any questions you want me to answer.
- For every $10 you spend in the store during the entire month of August, you will receive additional entry tickets.
I will draw the winners at the beginning of September and contact them individually as well as post the numbers here. If a winner does not respond to me within 10 business days of posting, I reserve the right to redraw for that particular prize. I would say something about people affiliated with the store can’t enter, but since there’s only three of us, I think we can all be on our best behavior.
With all those great prizes out of the way, let’s make this INCREDIBLY LONG post even longer by dishing on the sale details.
Final Sale Items for 50% Off: All Veterans of The Lingerie Drawers (aka the miscellaneous bras taking up residence in those moderately disguised plastic drawers sprinkled throughout the shop), Cleo Jude, Cleo Ellis, Cleo Lily, Panache Tangos, Tutti Rouge Betty, Josie Mya, Affinitas Lea, Affinitas Sasha Babydol, Affinitas Lara Babydoll, Fantasie 4530, Parfait Celine, Elle Macpherson Artistry, b.tempt’d b.wow’d, and any “oddball” panties. (Note: Final sale items are sold “as is” and cannot be returned. No exceptions.)
35% Off: Parfait Louisa, Affinitas Nicole, Parfait Charlotte 6901 in Ice Blue Only, Parfait Balcony 6931 in Wine, b.tempt’d Perfectly Fabulous, Fantasie 4510, Wacoal Red Carpet Strapless in Cappuccino, Wacoal Fine Form, and any matching panties for these bras.
25% Off: Elomi Rita, N by Natori Conceal Contour, Parfait Jeanie, Le Mystere 990 Essential Bra, Goddess Rose, b.tempt’d Full Bloom in White, and any “Odd Bra Out,” i.e., meaning a core style available in a color we do not regularly stock.
20% Off: Cleo Minnie, Comexim Emmeline, Le Mystere Sophia Lace, Elomi Lexi, ChickenEye Design Panties, Fleur’t Sleepwear, Rago Shapewear, iCollection Robes and Corsets, Kix’ies Stockings, Glamory Stockings, and Perfect Camis.
15% Off: Anna Pardal Stiff Cappuccino, Anna Pardal Hibiscus, and Bolero Dresses
10% Off: All full-priced items
Elomi Amelia Special Price: $67
Sale prices will be available until August 31st. Prices return to MSRP September 1st. All prices are for in-stock inventory only while supplies last. If a sale bra is sold out in your size, you can order it for the normal special order discount only. All special orders fall under our regular policy, but you can earn entry tickets for paying during August.
Final sale will be strictly enforced. If you are not 100% sure of your purchase or your size, don’t risk it. Finally, if you are out of town or even out of state, you can still participate in the sale. We will ship all orders at a flat $5 rate and can accept payments via Paypal or Credit Card over the phone. Because of MAP agreements with our vendors, we cannot advertise some of these prices on our website, so please email me directly to take advantage of the discount.
Well, everyone, I think that about covers it, so let’s get this anniversary started!
~*Erica, Debbie, and Jason (plus Khaleesi, Einstein, and Lord Rayden aka the shop guard dogs)*~
P.S. Any international winners will have to pay postage for their prize if applicable.