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Monday, January 14, 2013

Sheer Delights

Evollove Lingerie - I'm not sure that look will catch on for gardening.

There can be few more desirable packages than a box layered with  tissue paper containing a whisper of lace. 

Simply Beach have played the part of ultimate suitor by sending me a little something for the weekend. Fear not, they let me do the choosing. 



It can be a two edged sword when a man buys a woman underwear, is he telling you who he thinks you are or who he would like you to be?
There is no denying the power of intimate apparel, and no one has ever captured its potency more than Martin Amis when he wrote of 
"the demonology of lingerie." 

Mimi Holiday

Women are still casting spells and bewitching men, we just prefer to do so behind closed doors nowadays.



The man I would most like to invite to my fantasy dinner party.

Now


Amis is such a penetrating thinker, he is a provocateur, an ageing contrarian who stares down the truth and rarely blinks. 











My favourite lingerie brands are Damaris and Mimi Holliday, 'she' is the woman I have always wanted to be, fun, playful and feminine. What do you love to unwrap?




87 comments:

  1. I'm not familiar with Martin Amis, but I find those quotes intriguing and am off to look him up now. Lingerie, it's fraught. There are the lacy racy's, and then the ones that actually function under clothing. And never the twain seem to meet, at least not in my world.

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  2. Lucky you - all I get sent is hairball medication (indignant sniff). I'm happy to unwrap anything as long as it's not myself. My Mr. has to grapple manfully with me before I'll even expose a furry ankle.

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  3. Such lovely lingerie! Have you tried it on? I can only imagine how good it feels on. Beautiful undergaments are transformative, aren't they?

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  4. I find the Amis quotes intriguing as well, as I do your choice of pairing them with the lingerie fantasies. I am with Deja Pseau, what works for me under clothes tends to be the ugliest (or at least most boring) kind possible. I only wish the more exciting choices could be the racy secret underneath my work clothes but no, these are in my 'wait one minute, honey' drawer.

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    1. Ajc- oh I think we all live in those smooth glossy things nowadays to avoid lumps and bumps.

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  5. I hear the wife is a tiger.

    Beware.

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  6. Gawd what's wrong with me? No man has ever given me lingerie! Usually I get gems and baubles. Perhaps they see me for what I am...a magpie.

    I took the exchange student to the mall yesterday and we ended up in the lingerie store (what 16 year old needs that kind of bra and undies????) and I had to ask where the undies for grown ups are. Le sigh.

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    1. Me neither SP - we don't inspire thoughts of lingerie!

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  7. No lingerie gifts for me either!

    I like chantelle. Now must read more Amis!

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  8. I had never heard of Damaris and Mimi Holliday until now - that was quite an eyeful! My favourite lingerie brand is Princesse Tam Tam.

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    1. Some of the Damaris range is a tad streetwalker.

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  9. Wow......never underestimate the power of that orange coat!

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  10. I love under garments and have purchased them for myself since I was 16. Favorite brands are Nina Ricci, Lise Charmel, Cotton Club, Aubade, and Luxxa with a little Hanro and Oscalito for coverage.

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    1. Clea you are the queen of lingerie,
      I need to buy some newbies, it's 18 years since I was last measured and I've gone up two sizes, no wonder I felt so lumpy and bumpy.

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  11. I like Chantelle, Aubade and Elle McPherson lingerie. I've never heard of Martin Amis but am intrigued by his quotes. Like Deja Pseu, I'm off to google him.
    And what do I like to unwrap? Jewelry and chocolate of course. In that order.
    Have a great week.

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  12. too hot for lingerie here at the moment.

    x

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  13. Actually quite a comfortable summer's day in this part of Australia. Quite a shock to the system after the run of scorchers that we've had to endure. So I am wearing undergarments :)

    Love, love, love Simone Perele. And got myself refitted a couple of weeks ago- have moved from a C to a D cup. (WTF? How does that happen? Best Beloved is pleased, but really, having spent a long time with B size breasts, the damn things just get in the way).

    Really sensitive skin, so Best Beloved KNOWS not to buy me lingerie - it is a fraught task I undertake with gritted teeth. Positive shouts of elation if I can find something that fits comfortably, won't irritate AND looks pretty!

    Right now I want to put in a small pond in the front yard (water for the local birds, a frog refuge AND a way of dealing with couch grass). So vouchers to the local hardware store were on the request list. He came through!

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    1. I'm a bigger cup than you and look flat chested beside you, you must have a tiny rib cage and waist.

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    2. ye gods, I wish! Hourglass, yes, but quite broadbacked. If I had a tiny ribcage I would have been able to keep that Vivienne Westwood dress (sigh) instead of having it fit everywhere EXCEPT the ribcage.

      Besides, we've never stood next to each other IRL.

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  14. Lingerie is a minefield for me. I would love to have something frilly and flippant but its never going to happen, I don't need anything that says hello look at me. The curse of having boobs too big that give men the right to never speak to my face. I love those quotes - they are so true.

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  15. I like to maintain an air of mystery of what lies beneath.
    You are to be commended on a post that covers both lingerie and Martin Amis, a man who certainly has the capacity to get some people's knickers in a knot.

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    1. Claire - he really does and I wanted to write a non frilly post about lingerie.

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  16. Love the quote about books that offer new rewards. (Every time I re-read a book, and find myself understanding and discovering 'new' things in it, I like to think that I've grown a bit.)

    Hadn't heard of Damaris before - great for wearing in the boudoir :-)
    (I sometimes wonder whether there are still women who actually have a boudoir)



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    1. Joanna do you know that boudoir is by definition a room 'to sulk' in? I only realised that few years ago. - I think we all still have boudoirs!

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    2. Ha! Every room in my house fulfills this need.

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  17. I'd happily sit in my scanties around the dinner table with Martin.

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    1. Curator: he would be a very very happy man!

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  18. ...mmmm interesting, dont you like Italian Lingerie?...by the way, dont wory about curves as Lingerie & Curves are the Perfect Mix...to die for...hahaha...
    That Orange color is great!
    Felicità

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  19. I'm afraid I'm more into comfort than you are with respect to underwear - and probably shoes as well. However, Martin Amis does sound like good company.

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    1. Shelley : oh no, comfort is paramount, I won't wear anything that does't feel like a second skin, I'm too sensitive.

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  20. Gorgeous...I love lingerie...I buy it more than anything other piece of clothing, ha! My husband buys it for me too and he has great taste, never buys what I don't like...he listens well ;) In face, I just got some today that he sent away for without me knowing, haha! I would take all that is in the third photo and the last one, so beautiful!! xx

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    1. Do you really? You must be more feminine than I am, it's such an afterthought in my life, and how fab that your hubs buys it for you.

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  21. Lingerie and Martin Amis on a Monday? Perfection, and the portent of a very good week indeed.

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  22. It's upset me too doll, the way women are still being treated in the world has frightened me & enraged me all at the same time. In America, the women's rights bill was vetoed & none of my fellow American family & friends seemed bothered, only more upset about their guns being taken away...it's not right. I have two girls and horrific events like these frighten me to have them out there. We need to love and protect each other for sure, especially us women!! xo

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    1. Dainty Doll: I was rattled for days, what an end she got, so so tragic.

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  23. I've always found Mr. Amis quite compelling and have always felt that the novels I've read (Money, The Info, Yellow Dog) fell short of his great talent. I'm very much looking forward to what lies ahead for him after the much too soon death of his great friend (and my personal hero) 'Hitch'.

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  24. Thank you for the yummy photo of the young Martin Amis! Smart, handsome- a lethal combination indeed.

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    1. nb and anon - he was quite the Mick Jagger type when young.


      GSL: Hitch did some great writing too, I like writers who really push you - sometimes where it hurts.
      I watched the film and loved it, it was utterly mesmerising and quite dreamy, it all felt a bit "Midsummer Night's Dream" to me, I don't know if it was the music, or the one continuous shot, but I felt like a baby lying watching a mobile. Thank you!

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    2. I most enjoy Amis's nonfiction and particularly liked his memoir 'Experience' and believe his magnum opus lies ahead. Hitch will always be special for many reasons not the least of which was for being the intellectual linchpin of the greatest literary circle of maybe the last 100 years or so (MA, Barnes, MacEwan, Rushdie, Fenton). So glad you liked the film--the Midsummer ND & baby/mobile impressions do fit! Great post and I echo the comments regarding the artful juxtapose of MA with 'unmentionables'

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  25. Love love love beautiful lingerie and buy far to much of it especially of late. But its just one of those things that make me feel feminine and beautiful. Now to have a man as intelligent thoughtful and dishy as Mr Amis to appreciate me in it.....well!!

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    1. Coco : I think it's a good sign when a woman buys herself lingerie - it means the hounds of self loathing are at bay.

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  26. I've never had a man buy me lingerie, or in fact seem to care about it at all. I also buy for comfort and find lace scratchy. Love Martin Amis' quotes, but have a tough time getting through his novels. I like to unwrap surprises - David is a fantastic present buyer, and he seems to know what looks good on me better than I do at times.

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    1. Kathy - surprise presents are just the best but few can hit the mark with them, gold star for David.

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  27. Ha! I've always loved lingerie and have been lucky enough to have been bought some nice things over the years.

    Mimi Holliday is an off shoot of Damaris (MH is the founder's 'Porn name'. For those not in the know: take the name of your first pet and your mother's maiden name).

    I have mixed feelings about Mr Amis.

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    1. Sally is it really? That is so funny! I really like the Mimi Holiday range.

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    2. So is Damaris the 'porn name' of Damart?

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    3. No Curator. As a bona fide classicist I can tell you that Damaris is the goddess of thermal underwear. T'uh! I thought everyone knew that. ;-)

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    4. No Sally. As a bona fide classicist also, I can tell you that that was witty repartee. Thought everyone knew that. Duh ; p

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    5. high-toned catfights have a greater effect on me than lingerie! Stilettos at dawn?

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    6. GSL, please feel free to wear your stilettos any time you like...dawn included.

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    7. Oh gosh! I'm sorry if anyone thought my comment was catty or meant to offend. I am not interested in fighting with anyone (except in my work context). It was meant to be a light-hearted joke.

      I'll go now.

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    8. Touche' Curator and Sally please don't go; my comment was a little light-hearted fun just as yours were.

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    9. GSL, Curator and Sally - I was working all day and this was on monitored comments, I was dying to jump in amongst you feudin folk! All good fun!

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    10. I thought you had put me on Tatler Allen's short leash just as I was angling for the dinner party invite; Curator, I'll don the FMPs if you insist.

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  28. I received some sheer things when we were first married...rather racey stuff actually.
    Nowadays I buy my own lingerie and do love some lace mixed in with the engineered suspension that I require. Prima Donna and Chantelle are my go to brands.

    Enjoy gardening! I know my neighbours would be peering over the fence if I was pruning the roses in that get up!

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  29. nice post! :)
    http://okomody.blogspot.com/

    xoxo

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  30. Hi Tabitha!!!

    You are so clever! I LOVE your writing style! :) Thanks for visiting me and I'm so glad to meet you! Mai Tai is simply the best, don't you agree?

    Thanks for the intro to Simply Beach. I think my hubby would love it if I would spice up the lingerie drawer with some lace things instead of my very comfy cotton wear!

    xo, sam
    **Style of Sam**

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  31. I like to wear lovely lingerie. It's a girly treat.

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  32. No one has ever bought lingerie for me...just hate it when I see men pawing bras/pants in stores urghhh!
    Anything trimmed with lace irritates my delicate skin.I am boring all my undies are nude (practical moi likes them go under everything)Huit is my latest find for good looking comfortable lingerie,also Lejaby.

    Early Valentine present? Ida

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    1. Ida me too too I always think it's a bit creepy, they should do it a private booth.

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  33. i read this and all i could think of is ohh lala!! *whistles*

    phiphi's blog

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    1. I wish I had a drawer full of gorgeousness like that but alas not.

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  34. I love to unwrap anything that comes wrapped in tissue paper-especially skincare and smells.
    Lovely post Tabs

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    1. V: Tissue paper has been delighting me since I was 5.

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  35. This combination of lingerie + Martin Amis is brilliant!
    Funny you should post this, I bought some new things last week, I think January is a good month to consider lingerie.

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  36. Dani: it's been years since I've splurged, I need to add it to my never ending list of things that no longer fit.

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  37. Hey, I would offer to wear lingerie to the dinner table if I could get Paul Johnson to my dinner party though he and the other guests might not appreciate my choice of attire

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  38. I'm guessing we've all got our peak lingerie moments, right? After 5 decades...Yours looks beautiful.

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  39. No lingerie gifts for me either, but would love some red numbers -- my favourite colour for undergarments.

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  40. mimi holiday make amazing lingerie <3

    love from the NANA girls xoxo

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  41. There is nothing that makes a woman feel more like a woman than a beautiful set of lingerie. These are gorgeous. xo

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  42. Given my age, and station in life, the Amis quote you included regarding life from the forties, through the fifties, and beyond, particularly moves me. Sigh, where did it all go and how did I manage to misplace it so…

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    1. Gentleman Farmer - trust me, I'm feeling that too.

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  43. how did i miss this?

    ok, i don't really like people buying me underwear or *sexy things*
    does that make me weird? probably. god i hope so.
    anyway, i can barely stand the thought of that darling doggie caught in a door? omg, it is killing me.

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  44. Well, Now.... Um. Well, I need to do more even chores evidently according the the Damaris site.
    I still buy lingerie for my darling +20 years spouse. I used to buy them for her before she was my +20. I used to buy when when myself younger, to my beloved
    then
    loved lady friends as well, prior to my +20 spouse now, the my most-beloved now, but then, prehistorically as well.
    Women are to be cherished. Women are to be loved, and done so from both afar, and near,
    and always,
    Always with dear and truthful respect.
    Red,
    and Black are
    such
    lovely lovely
    colors.

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    1. SW: I am anointing you top dog husband. Did you feel my big fat oily finger on your forehead?

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    2. Indeed!
      Is that oil scented with ambergris, or tobacco? either/or... Thank you.

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  45. I would invite Edward St. Aubyn and seat him, at my fantasy dinner party, next to my ex-wife.

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  46. Excellent choice Michael, I think I will have to do the dinner party post cliche though it is, it reveals so much, if only we were all around a very noisy dinner table.
    An ex wife? Interesting choice - so many questions there.

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  47. I would set my watch to see how long it took before he left the table, she was in tears or he yawned. He would be given a lengthy ride through the imaginary plantation, that is for sure.

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  48. Total gossip: an ex once took Amis out drinking at a dive bar in Montreal. They had a grand old time, apparently. Ironically, the last time I bought truly beautiful lingerie was when I lived in that city too. Hmmm.

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