If you’re anything like me, the early release of Christmas decorations belied how quickly the season would be upon us, and I am by no means proud to say that I have yet to purchase a single gift. My Christmas tree is a barren wasteland of tree skirt and dog hair this year, although if I am being honest, no presents go under the tree until Christmas morning anyway on account of my cat’s affinity for eating ribbon. Fortunately, my family is more low key with gift giving, but I admit to feeling the first stages of holiday panic and have resolved to pick up what I need before Monday. In my case, long hours working retail make me cranky about fighting crowds after a tough day or on weekends, and I try, if possible, to support local businesses when buying gifts—local businesses I might add which run almost identical hours to the shop. Thank goodness for last minute gift ideas, which is my way of segueing to our blog topic. For my procrastinating brothers and sisters, I compiled a list of items you can purchase directly from our shop this season. Did I mention that we also offer gift wrapping for the nominal fee of $5 and that all items wrapped receive a 5% discount? Oh, and we also sell gift certificates if you’re not sure what to buy. Hear that? It’s the sound of those excuses evaporating into the tinsel and poinsettias.
Parfait Charlotte Set – $52
Contrasting black piping pops on all of the colorways for Charlotte while the wide wings and rounded cup shape make the bra a favorite for comfort and fit. Red may be the most seasonally-appropriate of the colors, but my personal pick goes to the new ice blue which released a month early.
Affinitas Sasha – $49
With a lace-up ribbon back and slinky satin fabric, Sasha epitomizes holiday lingerie, particularly in the gorgeous deep red colorway. It’s sexy, festive, and flattering. Detachable garter straps give you the option of wearing stockings too, but with an underwire, the design is friendlier for smaller to average busts.
Kix’ies Stockings – $22
Kix’ies were the first stocking to restore my battered faith in holdups, and they make for a lovely stocking stuffer (yeah, I went there). With multilevel silicone gel at the top and a wide band, Kix’ies never dig into sensitive skin or fall while moving. For more information, check out my review.
Rago 721 Waist Cincher – $47
Perfect for the person who wants a vintage-inspired waist cincher or who like traditional stockings with garters, the Rago 721 uses stretchy black fabric and flexible boning to provide shape while high quality metal garter snaps keep stockings in place.
Parfait Louisa Wire Bra Set – $79
Featuring red poppy flowers on a crisp white base, the Louisa offers a great fit with its three section cut-and-sew design, and the adorable matching hipster with stretch lace leg are flattering across body shapes.
Panache Sports Bra – $68
While not a traditionally sexy gift, the Panache Sports bra with its encapsulated underwire and superb hold still makes for an excellent gift!
iCollection 7278 Victorian Corset – $60
iCollection has continued to impress me with the quality of their corsets. It’s easy for inexpensive, mass-produced corsets to not only look a bit cheap and tacky but also to fail at providing hold and shaping. iCollection completely misses these pitfalls to produce an ornately designed lingerie piece with sturdy boning to cinch the waist. The designs even support well enough for strapless dresses, and the gorgeous details make them easy to transition to outerwear too.
Affinitas Lara – $56
Far too often, lingerie becomes the piece you wear for a short amount of time and not what you wear for sleep or lounging, but I love how the Lara manages to work for both situations. The soft lace on the cup is moderately sheer while the leopard print bottom drapes softly (and more importantly comfortably) down the body. Since there isn’t an underwire, don’t expect miracles if you have a fuller-bust, but I will say I tried an XL and was pleasantly surprised by the way it looked.
Anna Pardal Emmeline or Stiff Cappuccino – $62
Specializing in sophisticated, elegant designs, both the Anna Pardal Emmeline and Stiff Cappuccino utilize a luxurious neutral palette to offer the versatility of a black or beige bra without even a hint of boring!
Yummie Tummie Stephanie Tanks – $34 each, 2 for $58
In contrast to other shapewear brands, Yummie Tummie creates graduated control designs that are firmer in the midsection than other areas to avoid the “sausage casing” sensation, and with Stephanie, they have perfected the technique. Sporting a reversible neckline which can be worn as a v or scoop neck, the Stephanie provides smoothing and light hold in the stomach while the specialized fabric regulates body temperature to prevent you from getting too hot or too cold.
Natori Bliss Girl Panties – $18 each, 3 for $45
I won’t rehash my ardent love affair with these panties again, but if you know nothing about them, read this post immediately and prepare to buy.
Affinitas Nicole Front-Closure Set -$56
Smooth and rounded from the front, the Nicole boasts a gorgeous lace racerback design, and the Fuchsia Rose colorway is vibrant and flattering.
b.tempt’d Full Bloom Set – $53
Tastefully sheer while still offering smoothness under knits, the Full Bloom has a keyhole cutout at the center gore, fully-adjustable straps, and a stretch lace cup which contours well across breast shapes.
The Basics – $32 to $69
Like the Panache Sports bra, the classic “Basic Bra” is not the most glamorous or sexy bra to unwrap, but hey, a girl needs her basics sometimes too! Happy Holidays!!
P.S. All Parfait and Affinitas items are 20% from now until December 31st at the shop.