Trousseau of Dallas is one of my favorite stores in Dallas. And not just lingerie store. I mean, all around favorite stores. I’ll admit it’s partially because I’m a lingerie collector. Wearing pretty underthings is a confidence booster, and it’s hard not to stockpile things that do that. Everything owner Nasrin Hormozi selects for her store is beautiful and well made. On Tuesday, April 16, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, Trousseau is hosting a private champagne-laced event with Innergy, a health and wellness center in Crescent Court. It’s all about lady stuff this night, and guests will be hearing from an Innergy trainer about fitness, sample nutritious bites by Innergy Chef Troy Gardner, and get tips about finding shape-flattering swimwear from Hormozi. (She stocks killer suits, remember?) Proper bra sizing and fitting is available, too.
I’m giving away two pairs of invites to this event. If your schedule’s clear–please only enter if you’re definitely available–enter here to win.
Stanley Korshak’s got a collection of sweet, and surprisingly affordable, Only Hearts undergarments perfect for the upcoming love fest–and, obviously, for the rest of the year. I love these on-trend bralettes that are pretty and practical.
sweet: So Fine lace bralette ($48) and So Fine lace thong ($43)
trendy: Coucou soft cup bralette ($84) with Whisper Sweet Nothings lace knickers ($68)
Italian lingerie purveyor, La Perla, is the celeb of the high-end underwear world, and it’s earned that spot with its years in the business (nearly 60), innovative (and often avante-garde) designs, quality creation, and extensive coverage in every major fashion publication. Find these four Valentine’s Day-worthy sets at Neiman Marcus NorthPark.
sweet: (left) Studio lace chemise ($144) and thong ($55) and (right) Madison Soirée bra ($98) and thong ($44)
edgy: (left) Shanghai San chantilly lace bra ($249) and boyshort ($160) Baronessa bodysuit ($734)
Shop now, spend $200, and get a gift with purchase through Valentine’s Day: a red La Perla logo g-string thong.
I could spend days in Trousseau of Dallas, marveling at all the exquisite lingerie sets. I love pretty under things. When it comes to editing a collection down to the best, owner Nasrin Hormozi has mastered it, stocking her silk and lace-filled boutique with the best lines, both well known and locally under-the-radar. If you head in TODAY, Thursday, Feb. 7, from 5 pm to 7 pm, you’ll find all merchandise at 20 percent off along. Plus, there will be champagne, makeup touch-ups courtesy Blushington, and goodies from Chocolate Secrets.
playful: Damaris Vegas bra ($148) and knicker ($120)
sweet: (left) Mimi Holliday Bloss bra ($110) and hipster ($75) and (right) Les Jupons de Tess ruffle bra ($235) and tie-back thong ($185)
hot: Les Jupons de Tess Culotte balconnet bra ($298) and panty ($228)
A note regarding price points: I went with my whimsy, picking all my favorite pieces regardless of price tag, but there are items for budgets across the board.
Well, it might be, as it was founded in the 80s, but Wacoal, sold in Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Macy’s, and other department stores, has jumped ship from its stereotype. It’s no longer only nude bras in comfy cottons, but has expanded with multiple collections, like, the “i” line with iBras, iPant shapewear, etc., the b.temt’d younger, playful collection, and the Luxe line in sexy lace trim. And here’s the thing. If you want to be placed in a quality bra and fit by experts, you want to go with a brand, like Wacoal, that has been around for decades, honing in on its boob expertise with multiple generations of women. BridalBuzz’s Ryan Conner and I had the opportunity to be meet with national representatives this week and be fit by the capable (and warm) hands of local Wacoal experts, and were pleasantly surprised by the comfort, fit, and range of style options of the bra line. Plus, the flirty spring colors from b.tempt’d were fun to peruse. To get in touch with a local expert, call your local department store and ask for an appointment with a Wacoal consultant.
Trousseau of Dallas wins Best of Big D awards for the Best Lingerie Store every year because of its edited collection of quality brands and surprisingly broad price range. It also has the most beautiful and stylish selection in the city. (Think La Perla, Christies, Chantelle, Mimi Holliday, Damaris, etc.) Take advantage of the Living Social deal today: $50 for $100 to spend at Trousseau. Killer coupon.
It doesn’t matter how many times you get groped for a bra fitting at lingerie stores, nothing can beat the fit of a made-to-measure brassiere. Manager Cynthia Barnhouse of Cicada Collection is hosting a little fete (with champagne and hors d’oeuvres) so you can be measured like a starlet and order a customized bra. Fit specialist Bridget Mackey will take ten measurements to find the perfect fitting bra. Customization includes fabric (soft lace or smooth cup), strap width, and more, and eight weeks later your new underpinnings will arrive. Prices start at $85. This two-hour feminine affair happens on Wednesday, June 6 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at Cicada in Snider Plaza, but RSVP to reserve a spot at email@example.com.
La Perla’s unmentionables already made my heart pitter-patter and then they partnered with Jean Paul Gaultier, and I nearly had a stroke. Check out these pretty spring pieces from La Perla and the Gaultier “Frou Frou” bustier below. All need loving homes and are waiting for you at Neiman Marcus NorthPark. Looking for something else? Take a look at what we found at Trousseau of Dallas and Intimacy, too.
(clockwise from top left) La Perla Studio baby doll, $227; Via Delle Rosa demi lace bra, $227 and brief, $140; Studio Soft Baroque push-up bra, $107 and thong, $72; and Jean Paul Gaultier “Frou Frou” bustier, $1,127
(left) Christies “Mon Amour” corset bra, $245, and thong, $155.
(right) Mimi Holliday “Bisou” padded bra, $98 and “Paradis” thong, $85
My favorite underthings boutique in town is conveniently (and dangerously) close to my place. It makes running over and snapping pics of my favorite V Day things breeze. Jump and enjoy some of the beautiful bras, corsets, and accessories at Trousseau right now. (more…)
In honor of the love holiday, restaurants all over town prepare indulgent multiple course menus to delight the senses and pamper the diner. We’ve rounded them up and put them in one place. Click here for an extensive guide to dining in Dallas in for Valentine’s Day. Menus included. photo: charred octopus at The Cedars Social (photography by Kevin Marple)
Whether you’re into Albatross fudge with dark chocolate with dehydrated blue cheese and sea salt or raspberry ganache with crystallized violet lavender or traditional turtles, check out our favorite chocolate shops in Dallas, which await you with a delightful treat for every taste. photo: chocolate covered caramels from Nib Chocolates. (photography by Manny Rodriguez)
DATE NIGHT OUTFIT
There are shops we turn to for brunch attire and shops we love for polishing up for big meetings, but then there are these: the boutiques we can count on for extra special dates and swanky nights out with our girls. Click for a list of top ten shops we’ve deemed perfect-date worthy. For Her. For Him.
Buying pretty underthings is half the fun of this holiday. Need an excuse to ditch the nude bra for a strappy pink one with lace trim? You’ve got it. Feeling guilty about spending the big bucks on designer undies only you can see? Don’t. It’s Valentine’s Day, and that’s what’s it’s here for. Click here. photo: Damaris “Naked bra” Trousseau, $176
Skip James Avery. Go for the good stuff. Diamonds are a girls best friend, after all. Click here for eight of our favorite jewelry boutiques you can rely on for bling that’ll make your heart sing and wrist glitter. photo: Heather Moore Harriet Stone necklace from Ylang23. (photography courtesy of Ylang23)
Our top picks from events editor Liz Johnstone include I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change at Theatre Three, a musical about romance, jazzed up with song, dance, and comedy and the Valentine’s Double Feature at Lakewood Theater. The night begins with lives tunes from Ricki Derek and the Cupid Quartet (think Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole) and ends with a screening of Casablanca. Check out Liz’s full list of V Day events here.
Here’s a sneak preview of a lingerie post coming soon to ShopTalk (just in time for Valentine’s Day eve). This is a snippet of a floor-length sheer tulle Damaris gown, embellished with Swarovski jewels. It is so beautiful you’ll want to wear it in public. Find it at Trousseau.
Well, it’s actually for you. It’s no secret we buy lingerie for ourselves and disguise it as a gift for them. Keep yourself on the holiday shopping list this year and check out the sweet underthings from Blush Lingerie. This “Muse” retro-inspired set, above, includes a high-waisted hipster for $28 and a strapless bra for $38. Pick up a handful of these affordable lingerie pieces in all kinds of prints and shapes (satin rompers, lace demis, and more) at Anthropologie, Intimacy, and Trousseau.
Check ShopTalk daily for new gift suggestions. See all of our stocking stuffer ideas here.