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“Sexy New Lingerie” For Blake Shelton Birthday Is Made-Up Story

A story claiming Gwen Stefani spent thousands of dollars on “sexy new lingerie” for Blake Shelton’s birthday was made up, Gossip Cop can reveal. The tall tale comes from the same fabrication factory that has published countless manufactured “exclusives” about the couple.

We’re talking about HollywoodLife, wholesale bikini of course, which is trying to capitalize on Shelton’s upcoming birthday. With the country superstar set to turn 41 on Sunday, the serial fabricators have crafted a number of “exclusives” tied to the occasion. For instance, one post asserted Stefani has “mixed emotions” over his birthday because it coincides with Father’s Day, while another contended Shelton was hoping to celebrate with her in Oklahoma.

While those two contentions may sound plausible, a third story on the subject is beyond dubious. “Gwen Stefani Planning To Blow Blake Shelton’s Mind With Sexy New Lingerie On His Birthday,” announces the headline. HollywoodLies alleges in the piece that the No Doubt front woman is “planning on pleasing him in every way possible  including in the bedroom! Ow! Ow!”

Although there’s no explicit mention of sex, there’s the claim that Stefani has spent a “pretty penny” on presents for Shelton, and “one of her biggest expenditures is the underwear she’s purchased for the occasion.” The webloid quotes a so-called “insider” as saying, “Gwen spent a few thousand on new lingerie too, she’s planning to totally blow his mind and make it the best birthday ever.”

What “insider” would be talking to a disreputable gossip site, or any outlet really, about Stefani’s lingerie purchases? What “source” would dish on her plans for “pleasing him in the bedroom”? HollywoodLies has crafted a lot of suspect stories about the couple over the last year and a half, but this one is especially worthy of raising an eyebrow.

It is ridiculous and absurd for the outlet to think readers should take such an “exclusive” seriously. Of course, Gossip Cop actually doubts that the online publication even cares whether or not its articles are taken seriously. The only goal is to score traffic by offering Google and fans original content. But given the claims here, and HollywoodLies’ history, this is quite obviously a story that should be taken with a (pretty big) grain of salt and an eye roll.

Thousands come to run, but only a few seek to really race

In the early morning dark of tomorrow, a doctor of chiropractic will slowly begin the chase of his fastest self. He will rise at 2am, slather on lubricant, slip on shoes and visualise in the silence. Bread and peanut butter will be eaten. Dynamic warm-up will be done. Prayer will be quietly uttered.

He ran 15km on Monday, 10 on Tuesday, 15 on Wednesday, 11 on Thursday. Some days he’s sore, tired, but always he runs because he knows with a devoted man’s clarity why he runs: “To fulfil all the potential I’ve been blessed with.”

That’s his goal, this is his long-term target: 2:19, which might get him to the Olympics; 2:19, which is 13 minutes faster than he’s ever been; 2:19, which he probably won’t get tomorrow at the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon but he’ll chase it every week and month and year like a holy cause.

The runner is Ashley Liew, second at the 2015 New Orleans Rock’n’Roll Marathon, who will not be taking selfies en route or posting pictures of himself grinning in a Finisher T-shirt. He’s not here for fun but to be fast and as close as possible to first. He’s also a member of a tiny, barely-known Singapore sporting society: the elite runner.

Singapore is a city on the soleful move – 12,500 runners in the marathon alone tomorrow – but only few glide at a rapid pace. The city has parks, roads and weekly runs but recreation is the primary pursuit, not records: The goodie bag for some is more attractive than a proper gallop in the sun. But as Soh Rui Yong, two-time SEA Games marathon champion says: “High-performance runners don’t care about all that, we just want to race.”

Mass participation is a sign of a healthy awakening and inspiring proof of sneakered interest, but it has not yet translated into a wider, competitive ambition. Liew looks at his fingers and counts: Maybe eight elite male runners in Singapore, he guesses, and five women.

That makes 13, which is probably the number of long-distance world-class medals won by a single Kenyan village. We don’t have those genes, long limbs or hills to build our lungs. Instead we have a sticky heat, says Mok Ying Ren, the 2013 SEA Games marathon champ and 2007 triathlon winner, “that isn’t conducive to outdoor sports”. Parents, he adds, see swimming as a “gentler sport” and a fine skill to own on an island. Running, everyone knows. Yes, but running fast is something else.

Running, for all its flourishing new balance 574 running numbers here, isn’t yet as acutely competitive as in Japan and South Korea, whose men and women have together won 11 Olympic marathon medals and where admiring crowds stand deep along the route. In Singapore, when Liew’s girlfriend came to support him for the start of the Army half-marathon in August, she earned “funny looks” for she was the only one on Esplanade Bridge.

Why pretty pastels are taking over lingerie trends this season

What used to be considered ‘for the bedroom only’ is increasingly becoming acceptable for day and evening wear – the slip dress, pyjama and robe dressing and are big trends of late, and although we’re not proposing you wear these pretty pieces as outerwear, a suggestion of them under a sheer blouse or silky slip would certainly be welcome. And should they not be seen, then perfect, because lingerie, after all, is the one thing that we can wear purely for ourselves.

There’s  a movement towards romantic feminine fashion and lingerie has followed suit. Black will always be sexy and dramatic, but a dusty rose offers a gentler aesthetic, the nude tones kinder in terms of under dressing and a hint of a strap in a pretty pastel is much more chic and understated. Boxers are a great option in terms of comfort especially if you are averse to the violation of a G-string.

Most women still prefer underwire bras  for the support they offer, the balconette – meaning ‘little balcony’ – bra is an enduring and flattering style. On the brighter end of the pastel spectrum is this turquoise, Victoria’s Secret, who puts on the most famous and over the top lingerie show in the world, favoured it in last year’s parade by opening with a set in the blue toned shade, take or leave the Chinese dragon accessories as you wish.

Heidi Klum Intimates “Cle Damour Balconnet” bra, $75, and “Cle Damour” briefs, $45. Photo: Steven Chee

On the subtler (and let’s face it more stylish) end of the spectrum was the recent La Perla show at New York Fashion Week where the runway was awash with pretty lace and floral embroidery. The precision cut and delicate lace of this set from Eres, the covetable luxury French swimwear and lingerie brand, has a high price tag but is sure to make you feel a million dollars.

Eres “Enchantée Mousseline” bra, $385, and “Percale Panty”, $210, from Sylvia Rhodes Lingerie. Photo: Steven Chee

Traditionally white lingerie is for brides and newlyweds but rules are made to be broken and there is something special about a stark white lingerie set, it’s seductive and puritan all at once. Stella McCartney was inspired by vintage designs with this range, evident in the luxurious silk and floral lace details. Divine.

Stella McCartney “Kate Kissing” bra, $140, and “Kate Kissing” thong, $65, from White Ivy Photo: Steven Chee

Fashion is clearly obsessed with lingerie at the moment so there’s never been a better time to overhaul your underwear draw. And it needn’t be saved for best, designers these days engineer their pieces to last but do invest in a wash bag, consider a delicate detergent, and always keep it nice.

Fashion editor underwear manufacturer  Penny McCarthy;Photography Steven Chee; Hair Richard Kavanagh using GHD; Make-up Max May using Giorgio Armani Beauty; Fashion assistant Tatiana Waterford;Model Mariina at Chic.

All the Details on Julianne Hough’s Two Wedding Dresses – and Why She Ended Up on the Dance Floor in Just a Bodysuit

A fairytale wedding would plus size black lingerie not be complete without a fairytale dress , or two

has worn hundreds of designer gowns, from her glam weekly judging looks on to her countless red carpet appearances. So when it came time to create dress for her , the 28-year-old star made sure to be very involved in ever step of the process.

Hough turned to a team she trusts, Marchesa design duo Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, as well as her close friend and stylist , to bring her bridal vision to life, a vision which included not one, but two, custom Marchesa designs.

“Julianne’s been to the Globes, the Oscars, the SAGs everything! It was really quite hard and I think the one thing we both talked about and felt we really wanted to find was to find something that felt really classic, really elegant and really clean,” Patrickson tells PeopleStyle of developing Hough’s wedding wardrobe alongside the star, adding that they started the process in December 2016. “We wanted something very fresh, and something she would not look back on in 10 years time and say, Oh God what was I thinking?.'”

The “classic” strapless ceremony gown was crafted using over 20 yards of silk radzimir and featured 37 buttons down the back. She paired the look with a tiered tulle Marchesa veil and Lorraine Schwartz earrings.

“From the start, Julianne had a clear vision on what she wanted and we worked closely with her to create her dream ceremony and reception dresses,” Chapman tells PeopleStyle.

Craig adds, It was an emotional moment with teary eyes once she tried it on.”

For her something blue, the designers stitched “Custom Marchesa for Julianne,” in blue thread, and she wore a pair of platform Schutz shoes to walk down the aisle. The made her a white satin pair special for her big day, since Hough often wears the comfortable style under her gowns on .

After the main party is the afterparty , and Hough pulled a complete 180 with her reception look. Team Marchesa designed a three-piece ensemble, which was hand-beaded with thousands of pearls and crystals throughout the bodysuit, tulle skirt and illusion cape.

“Julianne wanted a dress that she could dance the night away in,” Chapman shares.

And dance she did. Hough’s hairstylist and close friend Riawna Capri told PeopleStyle: Of course after a lot of dancing, there goes the skirt and it’s just the bodysuit that she has on.”

Capri adds that Hough’s bridesmaids and best friends surprised her by doing one of her dance routines from her Move Live tour , and she wanted in on the action.

“She had no idea what was going on, we sat her in the chair, and the music comes on and we started doing the routine,” Capri shares. “After that dance, she was so excited, she was standing on the chair, and that’s when we did another hair change and a skirt change. Anita helped get the skirt off, and I’m taking out all the bobby pins from her faux bob and then putting her hair down so she was just free in her bodysuit with her long blonde hair down.”

Patrickson adds that Hough had a “very strong vision” on what she wanted for the reception look which she describes as “very Jules.”

“Jules had really done the work in finding the inspiration pictures for the reception dress,” Patrickson says. “Jules wanted to party and dance and get crazy which is why we came up with this idea of three different looks in one. It was something a little bit different but Marchesa really ran with us as well and they came up with a lot of it and we just all worked together as a team, which was really cool.”

Hough’s bridesmaids, including her sisters and bestie Nina Dobrev, wore custom “ethereal and romantic” Marchesa Notte gowns for the affair, which were a “mix of Honeysuckle Blush and Rose Quartz.”

“The strapless dress was a classic silhouette from our Spring 2016 Marchesa Notte collection, re-imagined with 3-D chiffon flowers and intricate embroidery,” Chapman shares. “This was also carried through on the plunging v-neck gown that we designed specifically for the wedding.”

The dresses took two months to complete thanks to all the intricate embroidery and bead work.

Hough’s mom. Mari Ann Hough, also wore custom Marchesa, celebrating her daughter’s big day in a silver silk chiffon soft draped, one-shoulder gown with gunmetal crystal and bugle bead wisteria floral embroidery.

“The gown had a very Grecian feel and looked absolutely stunning on her,” Craig says, adding that, “Julianne sent through inspiration images of silhouettes and colors – they wanted something floor length and flowy”.

Her mom’s dress also took two months to make, but when she finally tried it on, everyone was emotional.

“Immediately upon trying plus size black lingerie on the dress her mom began crying,” Chapman shares. “It’s always such a thrill to us to see such emotion when someone tries on their dress for the first time.”

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Aussie Brand Bras Without Wires Launches First Collection

Aussie Brand plus size black lingerie Bras Without Wires Launches First Collection.

We love to hear about new brands and were delighted when Bras Without Wires landed in our mailbox. Here’s something a little bit different.

It does what it says on the tin. No wires, which makes it an idea post surgery bra where wires are not an option.

Founder of the brand Stephanie Devine told Lingerieblog.co.uk “Since being diagnosed with breast cancer almost ten years ago, and being unable to find a beautiful, cotton-lined, non-wired 34DD bra to wear through treatment, the search for the perfect non-wired bra has been nothing less than an obsession!”

” Unable to find one, I decided to make my own. Having worked on it for years whilst working part-time to fund it, Bras Without Wires found a backer last year and I’ve been full-time in it since then, designing and manufacturing our first bulk run, and launching online 5 weeks ago “.

The new collection fits 22 different sizes and is manufactured from Italian silks, French weaves and levers lace, all lined with Australian organic cotton. This is a quality, premium brand and the different styles make this pretty obvious. Our favourites are Annie Sparkles that is delightfully pretty and Annie Soir with its very French boudoir look.

 

High-end lingerie brand Agent Provocateur could be heading for administration

The brand, which was plus size black lingerie founded by Vivienne Westwood’s son and is popular with celebrities including the Kardashians, has suffered weak sales in recent years, hit by a slow-down in luxury high street spending.

It is currently majority owned by private equity firm 3i, which has reportedly been trying to sell the company.

Read moreHow luxury brands are planning to take your money in 2017The Guardian on Thursday reported that restructuring firm AlixPartners has now been appointed to lead a sale process.

The paper reported that bids for the company were tabled late last week. Among the five or so bidders is thought to be Lion Capital, the former private equity owner of La Senza and American Apparel, and Alteri.

The Guardian said that advisers were looking for sums in excess of the £30m Agent Provocateur owes to its lenders, and that 3i is looking to finalise a deal ahead of a deadline for rent and rate payments which falls around late February or early March.

Agent Provocateur’s manufacturing operations includes suppliers in Britain, Asia, continental Europe and North Africa, according to Reuters.

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Snoop Dogg performs during Paris Fashion Week in another blockbuster lingerie show

Move over Victoria’s Secret, plus size black lingerie there’s another blockbuster lingerie show and it seems to have entertained the crowd despite its bizarre presentation.

American rapper Snoop Dogg  made a surprise performance at Etam’s show during Paris Fashion Week autumn/winter 2015 yesterday, alongside a set list also featuring performances by the Ting Tings and Israeli-French band Lilly Wood and the Prick.

The Californian hip hop legend performed The Next Episode, Who Am I and the uncensored version of  Drop It Like It’s Hot as the models paraded in retro flowery briefs and red, white and blue bikinis designed by Natalia Vodianova.

The models were armed with headdresses, feathers and inflatable dolphins on the catwalk while bubbles were flying in. Yes, it was a bizarre runway show that some might label it more as a cirque. But hey, it had Snoop Dogg and nice bikinis.

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15 best online lingerie shops

When lingerie shops plus size black lingerie first began to spring up on the web, onlookers doubted that people would ever buy something so intimate and detailed online. But over a decade later, they’re still going strong.

Whether you’re after a bigger selection, something more niche, or you’re just fed up with never being able to find your size on the high street, more and more of us are turning to the internet to buy our lingerie. The real question is – where to start looking?

We’ve scoured the web, from the eco-conscious Luva Huva to vintage lovers What Kate Did, to bring you the best online lingerie shops out there to cater to every size, taste and budget.

1. Selfridges

Read moreA guide to lingerie gifting this ChristmasWhen it comes to department stores, Selfridges reigns supreme for lingerie online. Stocking over twenty brands, ranging from the more affordable Freya to the iconic Agent Provocateur, as well as handy lingerie accessories like strap solutions and shoulder cushions, you’d be hard pushed to leave with an empty (online) basket.

 

2. Boux Avenue

Boux Avenue has quickly become a high street favourite with 28 stores in the UK alone but their online service is just as impressive. Here, you will find everything from everyday essentials to something a little sexier. Think shapewear, basques’s, matching sets and bra accessories; they really do have it all. What’s more, everything is available in sizes 28-38, A-G cups and sizes 6-18. We also love the fact that each and every order comes gift wrapped in the brand’s iconic black, white and pink boxes, complete with lace print tissue paper and a handful of scented rose petals.

3. Brastop

Brastop is a lingerie site tailored specifically towards larger busts, with bra sizes starting at 28D and going up to 46K and stocking brands such as Panache, Curvy Kate and Kris Line. As well as a huge range of lingerie, hosiery and swimwear, the site has a great ‘Fitting Room’ section with tips and videos on how to choose the right bra size and shape. You can also chat online with an advisor if you need help choosing and returns are free.

4. ASOS

Already established as an online shopping mecca, ASOS stocks hundreds of lingerie options for every budget, starting at a fiver and going up to over £150. You can narrow search options by style, size, colour, price and brand and with free delivery and returns you’ve got nothing to lose. Personal favourites are Stella McCartney and Mimi Holliday, but the ASOS own brand is pretty neat too.

5. Ann Summers

An oldie but a goodie, Ann Summers has been at the top of its game since 1972 and after more than 40 years has built an iconic lingerie empire. Known primarily as an erotic retailer, Ann Summers is known for its playful range of undies but there’s much more to it than suspender belts and baby dolls. From the erotic to the everyday, Ann Summers also offers up ultra-comfortable everyday essentials and soft bras in an impressive array of sizes, 30A – 44H.

6. Figleaves

If you’ve got a bit of plus size black lingerie time to spare browsing through thousands of options, online lingerie-giant Figleaves is worth a visit. With every size, style and shape of lingerie imaginable available, it’s a good thing the site has a detailed search function. You can whittle down your options by type (babydoll, basque, chemise…), style (bandeau, half cup, back fastening…), size, colour, brand and price. The site also has a well-established reviews system so you can vicariously try before you buy.

Lingerie brand receives backlash for diverse campaign but refuses to take it down

Whilst it seems like every day, plus size black lingerie companies are lambasted for not using diverse enough models in their campaigns, one lingerie brand has now received a huge backlash for featuring too diverse a selection of women.

Georgia-based lingerie boutique Livi Rae has been criticised for the line-up of women in its in-store campaign.

 Body shaming is real. We experienced it first hand today when our landlord asked us to remove our window display. As you can imagine, we’ve received a lot of calls asking what people can do to help. Please share these images along with the hashtag #NoShameLiviRae to help us educate the community about body shaming. Our campaign features women of all shapes, sizes, and backgrounds. The media have been conducting interviews and we will be sharing those shortly to keep you updated. In the meantime, please let us know your thoughts. Are these images offensive or in bad taste to you

The shop put up a window display featuring various women of different colours, shapes, ages, abilities and sizes, but received complaints and was told to take it down.

Read moreBody positive Instagrammer writes inspirational response to shamersApparently, the images were considered “in bad taste”.

Livi Rae is known for its celebration of all women – they fit all sizes as well as women recovering from mastectomies or who have prosthetics or other disabilities.

“We wanted to show people that they didn’t have to have perfect skin, bone structure, or bodies to feel beautiful,” Decker told Yahoo Style.

Read moreBodybuilder shames woman at gym for ‘love handles’ and prompts outrageComplaints about the campaign – which features plus-size women as well as a wheelchair-bound model with Multiple Sclerosis – reached the company which manages the shop’s lease, who said the matter was “under investigation”.

“We’ve never had to clear plus size black lingerie an ad with the management property in the past. We were told the ad is in ‘poor taste,’ but no one has explained what that means,” Decker said.

Baby Doll Lingerie Has Always Been A Lingerie Favourite

Baby doll lingerie plus size black lingerie has developed a reputation as classic nightwear. Loyal fans have their favorite styles, and designers regularly release updates and changes. Babydolls have a brief but interesting history, of which many fans are unaware. Provided here is a quick guide to the history of baby doll lingerie.

Women’s nightwear has evolved and changed over time. By the 1930s, short and sensual were the order of the day. Women often wore short negligees with matching “bed jackets,” which were short, sensual and sometimes trimmed with feathers or lace. Out of these bed jackets came the first baby doll lingerie pieces.

Although the garment had been around for decades, the name “baby doll lingerie” was first introduced when Carroll Baker appeared in one in the 1956 film “Baby Doll.” Both the film and the lingerie were a smash success. Babydolls of the 1950s were relatively simple flared negligees with a hemline that reached approximately six inches above the wearer’s knee. Baby doll lingerie was sometimes trimmed in feathers or lace, similar to the older bed jackets.

Babydoll lingerie can be sure to spice things up or simply just to give you more confidence, everyone can wear babydoll lingerie even if you think you haven’t got the perfect figure, baby doll lingerie comes in so many differenty styles so you can choose to show off your curves or hide your imperfections.

It was around that time that a daywear dress in babydoll style was introduced. The dresses maintained the short, sensual feel of the baby doll lingerie, but were more solid and appropriate for public view. Meanwhile, the nightwear version of the babydoll became increasingly more sensual. Gradually creeping shorter, and featuring ever more daring fabrics, baby doll lingerie made the switch from simple nightwear to true sexy lingerie.

Today, vintage baby doll lingerie can be highly valuable. Collectors often search for babydolls that date to the 1950s or 1960s. However, the item has also continued to evolve. Today a sheer babydoll or lace babydoll is easy to find. Hemlines now run the gamut from the traditional six inches above the knee to barely skimming the buttocks. Necklines range from a more traditional scoop neck to a deeply plunging, cleavage-enhancing V-neck. Babydolls are even available that more closely resemble the older bed jackets, featuring one or two front closures.

For those who prefer a bit of modesty, matching panties in a similar material are readily available, often sold as part of a set. More demure styles are also an option for those who prefer who more coverage. These styles are just as sexy as their more extreme cousins, often enhanced with fake fur, lace or other detailing.

Whether you are searching for vintage-style or more modern baby doll lingerie, you will find sizing a breeze. Unlike many lingerie items, babydolls are designed to fit a bit loosely. Some are offered in one size fits all designs, while others are sized according to dress size. This ease of finding a piece that fits may be partially responsible for the babydoll’s continued success.

The babydoll was plus size black lingerie an instant classic upon its release, and remains one to this day. A sensual and luxurious option, baby doll lingerie is perfect for women of all shapes and sizes.