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How To Shop for a Boudoir Photoshoot

Here at Forty Winks, we tip our hats to customers who are prepping for boudoir sessions. Whether as a gift for your main squeeze, an artistic venture, an effort to explore a different side of yourself… we applaud your inspiration to “bare it all” and pose in our very favorite attire: lingerie!

When it comes to choosing what to wear for your boudoir session, we recommend focusing on the three “f’s”: Fit, Features, & Function.

Fit

We cannot stress enough the importance of a good fit when shopping for lingerie at anytime, but especially when it comes to boudoir shopping. Yes, your photographer can smooth out lines and improve on little imperfections… but in order to highlight and celebrate the most beautiful parts of your body, well-fitting lingerie is key.

We love the Chantelle Opera collection for a stellar fit. The push-up bra (coming soon in black & gold!) is fantastic for smaller and larger cup sizes alike, to add that extra “vavoom” to an ultra sexy look. The Opera Demi Bra is recommended for fuller breasts because of the support it gives, and the naturally round shape it helps create. Also, the sheer lace of the cup is fun for showing more of what is underneath your bra (wink, wink)! The Opera Waist Cincher is a great option for smoothing out your tummy and elongating your torso.  As for the matching undies, the Opera Shorty… they are gorgeous and flattering beyond words, so take a look!

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Making sure your bottoms fit well can be just as important as how your bra fits. Many women are the most worried about how their mid-section will look in boudoir photography sessions (hey, shapewear exists for a reason!). Our answer: instead of hiding your midsection, make it look awesome!!!  High-waisted briefs are a great choice for creating a pin-up look and are flattering on many different body types! Most high-waisted briefs are stretchy all over and don’t dig in to your hips. Our favorite high-waisted bottoms is the Huit Arpege Brief, it’s show-stoppingly gorgeous on its own, with the Huit Arpege Padded Bustier, or your personal favorite LBB (little black bra)!

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Features

A great boudoir photographer will take shots that show your whole body and also zoom in on all our best angles. This is where you have the opportunity to show off the details in your beautiful lingerie! Look closely at the stitching, material, and at the edges of lingerie as you shop… keep an eye out for lace patterns you like, deckled edges, sheer fabric, and decorative hardare.

We love the Clo Intimo Fortuna Slip from every angle! The lace has a unique pattern with beautiful dimension. The racerback design highlights your shoulder blades and the sheer fabric of the skirt shows the outline of your legs ever so slightly. The bust has enough elastic to give a bit of lift to your breasts, and the front slit lends itself to fantastic boudoir poses!

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The Elle MacPherson Dentelle collection is another great choice for giving your photographer the opportunity to zoom in on your best features, framed by gorgeous lace – what could be better than that? The Cameo is especially beautiful for a bridal-themed shoot and looks great on all skin tones. The Black/Pewter set looks fantastic with our favorite stay ups by Vienne Milano, available in store.

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Function

Why buy lingerie for a boudoir shoot that you’ll never wear again? Gossard’s Retrolution Slip is the perfect combination of drop-dead sexy and totally useful! With a built-in underwire bra and comfortable shaping fabric through the body, this piece supports and smooths your figure in all the right places! Not to mention that the lace and other details are absolutely beautiful. The garter clips are removable, so you can wear this to dress up at home, or under a cocktail dress for a fancy event! If you are attaching thigh highs, we recommend Maison Close hold-up tights. The Sheer Back Seamed Stockings are especially sexy.

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Enjoy your upcoming boudoir session!!!

Looking for a photographer? Here are links to some boudoir photographers we love in the Boston area:

Annika Roser, Ma Cherie Studios

Katherine Henry, Katherine Henry Boudoir

Felix Rust, Felix and Sara Photographers

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Monday Moodboard: High Summer

We haven’t done a moodboard in a while, but tonight I’m feeling well, moody.  After a glorious day off, spent traipsing around Boston, I’ve settled on to my couch to wax poetic, at least in the visual sense, about how much I love summer.  Below are some of the pictures that sum up all those feelings for me.

What’s your favorite summer memory thus far?

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Movement: An Easy Way To Keep Your Breasts Healthy

Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant and guest blogger Hilary Donaldson tells us how to keep our breasts healthy though movement and mindfulness.  Thanks Hilary!

We are all concerned about our breast health as women today. According to U.S. Breast Cancer Statistics, breast cancer will affect around 1 out of every 10 women during their lifetime. Our breasts are very important to us. They provide nourishment to our babies, make us feel beautiful as women, and give us pleasure. So let’s talk about how to protect these amazing breasts of ours through movement.

breast health

Moving our breasts whether through massage, running, or foreplay is extremely important for maintaining healthy tissue and a healthy lymphatic system, yet as time has progressed, we have found more ways to strap our breasts down. From corsets in the 16th Century to sitting at a desk all day or wearing underwire bras to sleep, we’ve found many ways to keep our breasts from moving.

While it’s unrealistic to say that you shouldn’t work at a desk or wear underwire bras, I encourage you to utilize breast movement as an antidote. Daily massage of your breast tissue (don’t forget your armpit area) with organic oil such as coconut or sesame is an easy, yet effective way to maintain breast health. It just takes five minutes to do (do it while you’re in the shower!). Simply grab, rub and move your breast tissue. Work your way around the breast, moving to the armpit and down the upper arm. If you have a history of lumps or cysts, try using castor oil as it helps remove stagnation.

Another way to break up stagnation is to take off your bra for a few hours a day to allow for movement and circulation in your breasts. The more movement the better; do jumping jacks, go horseback riding, or jump on a trampoline. At night sleep in a chemise, t-shirt or in the buff.  If you feel unsupported you can try a loose fitting “sleep bra.”  Without this type of movement, stagnation can occur and stagnation is one of the main causes of cancer and ill health.

Diet and lifestyle choices are also very important to breast health. Ill health caused by obesity is linked, on many levels, to a stagnate lifestyle. It’s best to choose organic, GMO free, whole, local foods from your local grocery store or farmers market. Add flavors to foods that are fresh, seasonal and unprocessed through spices or herbs, and try to avoid processed and packaged foods and even leftovers. A good rule of thumb is to ask yourself “is this what this food looked like when it came from nature?”

Another tip is to choose antiperspirant free deodorants. The chemicals in antiperspirant block the drainage of our lymph’s creating toxic build up which can move into our breast tissue. One of my favorite brands is Schmidt’s natural deodorant which keeps me dry and smelling good.

In addition to these tips, try to make time for daily movement or exercise and make sure to get enough rest.  Take some time each day or week to sit quietly or for a stroll in nature. It’s these simple principles that can maintain our breast and overall health.

In summation:

  • Move your breast every day.  Jump, shake, and massage the breast tissue.
  • Massage your breasts and underarms with coconut or sesame oil for five minutes daily.
  • Don’t sleep in your bras, especially ones with underwire. Sleep in loose clothing or in the buff; let your breasts move freely.
  • Switch to natural deodorant.  Schmidts makes a great one.  (Find it here)
  • Choose food that is as close to its original natural form as possible.
  • Take time for yourself through daily movement.  Even a short walk each day can work wonders for your health.

Hilary Donaldson is an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant and Yoga Teacher in the Boston area. You can reach her at elementalayurvedayoga@gmail.com 

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Monday Moodboard: Birds of a Feather…

Feathers

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Monday Moodboard: Dream A Little Dream

Dreamy little shots are what I’m about this week.   I love how well lingerie fits into whimsical and lovely pictures like these…and I just can’t resist sharing the shot of that sweet little moth.  Here’s to a happy week! xoxo

-Rachel

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Love Chantelle? Buy Any Two Bras, Get Free Tote

Chantelle has always been one our very favorite purveyors of lingerie.  We love their willingness to innovate as well as their dedication to classic silhouettes and styles.   Our philosophies are always the same; we here at Winks believe in well fitting, beautiful lingerie and Chantelle always provides us with just that.

Which is why we’re excited to promote the brand through a free gift with purchase program starting this weekend.   Now, whenever you buy two Chantelle bras or a full set at Forty Winks, we’ll give you a free Chantelle tote bag courtesy of the designers themselves.

Here are a few Chantelle pieces to pique your interest.  Hope to see you soon!

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Monday Moodboard: Turn And Face The Sun!

Today we are a city turning away from the shadows and facing the sun!  Good luck to all of our friends and family running in today’s marathon!  XOXO!

turnandface

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Ease Into Spring: New from Eberjey

Roxie Chemise (2)

Golden Girl Flutter Cami and Tap Short PistachioColette Chemise Pearl GrayRoxie B and ALRRoxie - Cover Option

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MONDAY MOODBOARD: SEDUCTION

One of the things one learns while working with lingerie is that sexiness… and seduction… comes in so many forms. I personally find it fascinating to watch what people pick out… and what turns them on… or off. Enjoy!

PicMonkey Collage

xoxo Jemesii

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Best Bras: Our 2013 Favorites

Many of these favorite are now on sale online and in store.

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Left to right, top to bottom:

1. Timpa
2. Chantelle
3. Beautiful Bottoms
4. Hopeless Lingerie
5. Chantelle
6. Mimi Holliday
7. Elle Macpherson Intimates
8. Huit
9. Cosabella
10. Calvin Klein
11. Elle Macpherson Intimates
12. Calvin Klein
13. Blush Lingerie
14. OnGossamer
15. Stella McCartney
16. Wacoal
17. Chantelle
18. Marlies Dekkers
19. Stella McCartney
20. Chantelle
21. Natori
22. Zinke
23. Natori
24. Eberjey
25. Huit

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