Monday, September 1, 2014

Tasteful Vintage Boudoir || OC CS-530 Corset Review & Kixies Stocking Giveaway


I have so many great things for you today to start the week off!  I know it's a lot at once, but since I only post twice a week I wanted to make sure I fit all these goodies in today!  I decided to showcase some new vintage-inspired lingerie pieces by doing a classy vintage-inspired boudoir photoshoot in my own apartment.  My building is the best of both worlds for me.  It's a sky rise with the full experience and excitement of living in a big city and yet it was built in the 1920's so it's a real vintage building with original character.

The first piece I want to talk about is my new Orchard Corset Satin Overbust CS-530 ... it is my 3rd corset from OC and my very first real overbust so I'm excited to share all of my thoughts and discoveries with this new experience!  You might remember that I was a bit hesitant to purchase an off-the-rack overbust due to my larger chest to waist ratio.  As it turns out all I needed to do was have a conversation with the always helpful, friendly and knowledgable ladies over at Orchard, and they informed me that their brand new overbust 530 is actually designed a lot more roomy in the chest for larger busted women.  I was ecstatic, and upon receiving my new 530, even more ecstatic to discover that it truly does provide proper coverage and room for all my proportions!  The photos in today's post were taken very soon after receiving my corset, and so it is not fully broken in.  I've noticed the overbust is taking a bit longer to break in than my underbust corsets as you'll see from the large gap in the back.  While I'm now sitting at 21 & 1/2 inches with ease (yay!) with my underbusts, I'm finding the overbust a bit harder to break.  However after fully breaking it in, as it molds and forms to my body, I'm so excited to see how the added component of the overbust will look with my waist completely cinched.  I can already tell from it's shape and feel that it's going to prove to be just as smooth and comfortable as my CS-426, and this time it has bust support!   I am absolutely thrilled to be able to now wear such a luxurious overbust corset - all in one piece, and to have all of the support without straps from a bra.  Not to mention the satin material is absolutely exquisite, and I just feel like a powerful vixen in this amazing corset.  I am just blown away by Orchard Corset yet again, and I'll of course be sure to keep you all updated as I break it in even more!

I completed my boudoir look with these amazing Kixies nude fishnets stockings.  Recently I was inspired by a Tiger Army video with one of my favorite modern day pinups, Mosh.  She wore nude stockings but without the garter belt, and I thought it was a fun twist to my usual classic lingerie look.  I've been dying for nude hold-ups ever since, and these Kixies were even better than what I had imagined!  I adore the subtle fishnet detail, and the hold-ups allow for a stay-put alternative to my usual vintage nylons.  It's also perfect to wear under long skirts on days that a garter belt just isn't conducive... and they really do stay put!  Not only is Kixies generously giving you all $5 off any pair {coupon code after the photos, in outfit details} but they are also giving away 1 pair of your choice to one lucky follower!  See how to win after the photos....

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Outfit Details
Corset c/o Orchard CorsetStockings c/o Kixies {Use Code: CHICAGOCHIC for $5 off any pair! Expires Sept 24}, Knicker Shorts Wheels & DollbabyShoes c/o Seychelles {old but similar here & here}, Earrings c/o Oasap
Home Details
Sofa - Z Gallerie {also similar here, here & less expensive here}, Phone, mirror, pinup wall art - Vintage, Vanity Table -Amazon {also similar here}, Storage Basket - Target {similar}, Personalized Scotch Decanter - Pottery Barn {and just ordered this skull decanter!}

*** Kixies Stocking Giveaway ***
To win 1 pair of Kixies stockings of your choice, simply enter by Sept. 13 and follow the easy rules below:
1. Follow @ChicagoChicBlog on Instagram.
2. Follow @ClubKixies on Instagram.
3. Comment on any photo on @ClubKixies Instagram, letting them know Chicago Chic sent you.
Good Luck!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Glamour Pinup || Eggplant, Cherries, & Leopard Print


As I'm sure you've noticed, Stop Staring dresses are quite the obsession of mine!  I love them for so many reasons... you can find vintage-inspired designs and details on their dresses that you absolutely cannot find anywhere else.  Also they really cater their dresses to flatter the figure and celebrate women, all in a sophisticated and elegant way.  Today's "crush" eggplant-colored dress could be a staple for almost any occasion... dinner date, attending a wedding, even an office setting with the right sweater or jacket.  I've been wanting a purple dress and I loved how the unexpected combination of leopard and little pops of red accented it!

I hope you enjoy the photos, and I'll see you back here on Monday for a review of my very first overbust corset!

Dress :: c/o Stop Staring
Clutch :: c/o Tuesdai
Shoes :: c/o Naughty Monkey {old, but similar here & here & less expensive here}
Stockings :: Agent Provocateur
Necklace :: c/o Oasap {only $5.90!}
Scarf :: Vintage {similar here}

Monday, August 25, 2014

1930's Army Green Dress || AP A/W Collaboration Party


Last week I had the honor of hosting an event for my favorite lingerie brand, Agent Provocateur, in celebration of their new A/W collection.  The new collection is absolutely stunning with a little bit of everything... studs, lace, cutouts, gold bars, criss-cross straps, silk, satin, and all around decadence.  We had glamorous Napoleon Cocktails (grand mariner + champagne), macarons and fine chocolates to enjoy while shopping.  I like the idea of keeping things sexy but sophisticated for a luxury lingerie party, so I wore this 1930's army green bombshell dress from one of my favorite brands, Stop Staring.  I'm fascinated by styles in that particular war era and I love pieces inspired by that time period.  Just to keep things interesting, I switched up some of my accessories for the event but you can find details on both styling options in the outfit details after the photos.  Some of my favorite sets from the new Agent Provocateur collection are Patti, DolleyMollyDenver and also love the Joseline Slip!

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Dress :: c/o Stop Staring
Fishnet Stockings :: c/o Kixies
Quilted Clutch :: c/o Oasap
Metal Toe Shoes :: c/o Charlotte Russe {& love these}
T-strap Shoes :: c/o Sole Society
Satin Gloves :: Vintage {but want these}
Nude Stockings :: Agent Provocateur

*Special thanks to Style Through My Eyes for taking the party pictures*