Sexy Lingerie Partout en Paris!

reversecommuter spent Easter in Paris and as a result I have come to conclusion that French women love their lingerie.  Like really love their lingerie.  As I am quite sure the French men do as well 😉  Maybe even like lingerie more than les patisseries (bakery).

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It is truly everywhere in Paris.   Walking about the Parisian streets one is suddenly in possession of a burning desire to buy MANY lacy, frilly pieces of lingerie in a great variety of colors and styles.  A neutral t-shirt bra did not make the shopping list AT ALL!

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Printemps is a gorgeous, huge, designer stocked department store that has dedicated an entire floor just to frilly bits.  Beautiful, florals, bright hot pinks, seductive blacks, lacy, racy, frilly, sexy, sumptuous lingerie.

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Aubade is one of reversecommuter’s favorite lingerie lines, and whenever I am in Europe I try to stock up due to better selection and price.  Their trademark lace up design is trés coquette (very flirty).

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La Perla is another crowd pleaser that held major real estate in the Printemps store.  DROOLWORTHY lingerie.

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La Perla’s Everyday Essentials is a new line, softer pricing and ridiculously soft cotton.  reversecommuter has numerous pairs of the drawstring pants and tanks – makes for great post bubble bath hangout wear, comfy with a subtle side of sexy (and less than a pair of yoga pants).

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There is also Princess Tam Tam, which has stand alone stores plus is in Printemps.  Great selection and even better prices.

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Sort of a sexier version of Victoria’s Secret, imagine that!

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So here is a golden nugget of knowledge.  Lingerie makes the outfit.  It reminds you that  you are STILL the sexy little vixen you were before becoming a mother, a chauffeur, a cook, a laundress and a nose wiper extraordinaire.  So take a moment to tour the links littered throughout this post, and treat yourself (and the one you love) to a quick Parisian update to your wardrobe.

Top 5 Vacation Dresses

One thing in common with all 5 of these choices – can be rolled up in  a ball then shaken out, add havianas or a stellar pair of Loubies, wear with children and still manage to be all put together!

1. Rick Owens

reversecommuter found this dress and immediately bought it in 2 different colors.  Draped, bias cut and absolutely rollable.

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2. DVF

the queen of romp herself would approve of this choice – repeat after me, I can never go wrong packing a wrap dress.

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3.  James Perse

Californian king of t-shirts just grab one of his long tank dresses or rushed mid-length dresses and go!

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4.  Alexander Wang

this classic sheer paneled dress comes in light and dark colors and even in a shirt silhouette, clearly recognizing a good thing can come in different shapes & sizes.

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5.  ETRO

the Italian design house that creates tapestry like no other can dream without hallucinogenic assistance once again proves that a combo cover-up / fabulous evening dress makes for a lighter suitcase…all the better to fill up at the duty free!

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Fashion & Finance Friday!

Blogging with an ocean view is not as easy as it sounds – the temptation to play is way to great!  That is my excuse for a late submission today, can you really blame me?

IMG_0004New York Fashion Week is officially underway.  Devastated as reversecommuter is to have missed Jonathan Simkhai‘s crazy good show yesterday, at least I can drown my sorrows with a phenomenal margarita beachside.

YVL_1294 The signature ‘meshiness’ of his clothes makes me want to invest and layer up in Jonathan Simkhai pieces from head to toe, now and with the new Fall 2015 collection.

Ready for a clever segway?

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Moda Operandi, the online boutique of immediate fashion gratification, has just received $60 MILLION Series E financing, with the most generous funding coming from Boston’s own Fidelity Investments.  Great news for any fashion fan who NEEDS/WANTS the latest luxury fashion directly from the runway.

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The lines Moda Operandi carries include Jonathan Simkhai.  See how I did that?  🙂

Speaking of clever, chalk up another brilliant business move by Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon. Amazon just signed on as a major sponsor of Fashion Week, (starting with the upcoming Men’s Fashion Week), but reversecommuter predicts with the opening left by the departing Mercedez Benz, perhaps Amazon’s deep pockets could help NYFW like not many other sponsors could…

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Bezos has grand fashion inspirations for Amazon (click here for more) so this new relationship is so very important!

Enjoy the weekend, ignore the impending snow storms and pop the cork on that champs with wild abandon…while wearing something romantic & fabulous!

xo reversecommuter

O.W.O. City/Beach Style

Ever been to a busy bustling city that has a sandy beach one block away from your hotel?

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reversecommuter is experiencing this strange phenomenon right now in Chicago…and liking it!

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Perfect outfit to take you from surf & sand straight to shopping at THE coolest shop in Chitown?  Shan bikini, 100% Capri linen oversized shirt, Rag & Bone cut offs, Havaiana flip flops and a Panama hat to cover up the post-swim hair!

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IKRAM is a women’s boutique, art gallery and restaurant all tied into one tidy luxe red ribbon of fantastic!

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Click here to peruse the boutique, and all the phenomenal designers that live there.

P.S. Completely addicted to the contents of this bottle.  Harmless Harvest’s Pink, raw, delicious coconut water (did you know it is better than sports drinks to replenish and rehydrate?).  Can you think of a better way to recover from the beach and strengthen up for shopping?!?!?

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Beach Bag and Beyond!

reversecommuter is on the beach for the month of July…so really there is no better time to post about finding the perfect beach bag.

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Sail bags are obviously on the list (made out of recycled sails) – gorgeous (fyi reversecommuter has it on a very good source that you can now order sail shower curtains CLICK HERE!!!!!)

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The $20 L’Occitane straw bag gets me more compliments than I can count – kinda funny as it was originally an accidental purchase.  reversecommuter was buying a few delicious smelling goodies for a friend and asked if I could buy the straw bag that L’Occitane encourages shoppers to use as a basket in the store.

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And my summer IT bag was born – as obviously I had to buy one for myself too!

reversecommuter bought a Louis Vuitton “never full” bag five years ago as a diaper bag for baby boy.

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EVERYONE has one now which is precisely why I now bring it to the beach.  Sand, lotion, leaky juice box – fine by me.  Unfortunately this thing will last longer than Keith Richards!

 

What Wear Where?

Weak.  Again.  🙂

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reversecommuter is powerless against JOSA Tulum.

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The black and white rustic – why yes please.  The navy and white striped deep v halter – obviously.  The hot pink long sleever – um, yeah, I TOTALLY need that too!

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JOSA Tulum is THE ONLY boutique I hit when on vacation here – I know, that is one loaded statement!

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After a loooong and arduous day on the beach, a stroll into JOSA Tulum invites you into a rainbow of design, color, style and creativity.  Urban beach cool lingering ever so quietly amongst the palms and salty sea air.

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When was the last time your beach coverup begged to be worn out for dinner?  That is what JOSA Tulum delivers.  Click here and “ADD TO BASKET”!!!

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One other tidbit – JOSA Chiquita has launched and OF COURSE reversecommuter had to buy a bunch of it for my daughter.  Only worry I have now is how I am going to get her out of it – complete loveathon!!!!!!!!!

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Fruit Salad & a Python

Navy python?

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Raspberry?

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Tutti Frutti?

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Blueberry?

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Shan is reversecommuter’s absolute favorite swimsuit designer – click here if you don’t believe me!    

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A small selection of reversecommuter’s Shan collection

Please don’t undermine the intensity of my decision making process.  The wrong selection could deeply affect my beach time…(not really).  

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The navy blue python tassel bikini it is!  Although the raspberry is still calling my name…

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reversecommuter blogging in paradise

Shan delivers variety in every collection, with material, cut and style but fit is never an issue, always exactly as expected.  Hit the blue to go to Shan.ca and take in all of the 2014 Collection – both men’s and women’s, fyi!

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I haven’t tried Shan’s full piecers yet – at what time of your life do you bid adieu to the bikini – or do you? But that alas, is an entirely different conversation to be posted some other time!  😉