Thursday, December 10, 2009

How to Wear Lingerie as Outerwear

Customers often ask me how they can wear the sexy numbers they buy for the bedroom out in public. It is easy to liven up any outfit with some intimate apparel.

Wearing a corset or bustier in place of a fancy top or blouse is a surefire attention getter. Wear them over pencil skirts to cocktail parties, or over jeans while clubbing. Look sophisticated by pairing a simple black corset or waist cincher over a French-cuff, white button-down shirt. Very classy and drop dead sexy.

-from Underneath it All, Bare Essentials chapter

PS My favorite look is wearing a waist cincher over a dress or blouse. You will have an hourglass shape and receive lots of complements on your chic look!
-Jen

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Tips from Underneath It All, A girl's guide to buying, wearing and loving lingerire


Directly from Chapter 4, Sizing Matters, A perfect fit for every body type.

Fit is number one on your list when it comes to buying lingerie you love, If you're bulging out in the wrong spots or you're not making the most of your God-given assets, then you need to reassess what's right for you. After all, lingerie is all about feeling good and looking sexy. The basics of great-fitting lingerie are simple:
-Choosing pieces that complement your body type and height
-Selecting lingerie that complements your breast shape and size
-Establishing your bra size, ideally with professional help
-Consider panty style
-Picking panties that complement your derriere

Women come in all shapes and sizes. It's what makes us unique, special and eternally frustrated when we can't fit into the latest designer trend.
(much more in book)
Here are some tips for you based on your body type:

Apple: Wear babydolls. They'll show off your nice legs and small booty. The best-fitting lingerie for you, Apple, tends to accentuate your ample bosom and slim legs while discreetly covering your tummy.
Pear: Wear an A-line chemise or gown that hits below the booty to create sleek lines. Pair a sheer camisole or bra with a boyshort. It will highlight your upper assets while providing coverage for your curvaceous caboose.
Hourglass: Show off your curves by wearing bra and panty sets and body-hugging teddies or chemises.
Sporty: Wear a two-piece set, such as cropped camisole with a thong, in dark or contrasting colors, to give you the illusion of curves.

*For more tips about what to wear under there, discover Underneath It All, the book! Now available at Bellefleur lingerie, Amazon.com and your local bookstore. For more info, visit: www.underneathitallthebook.com

Friday, October 2, 2009

Underneath It All has launched!

I am proud to announce that Underneath It All has finally been released in to the world as of October 1st. My co-author Kathy Schultz and I are the proud parents of a very sassy, educational and fun book.

The book retails for $13.95 and addresses anything and everything lingerie related. From how to look slimmer under your clothes, to revealing your lingerie style, we have got you covered. We share the 10 essential pieces every girl should own, and reveal how to dress for sex-cess in the bedroom!

We have already been written up in NY, Tulsa, Charlotte and Seattle, and that's just the start! Feel free to check out our website: www.underneathitallthebook.com and you can find it for sale at Borders, Barnes and Noble, Amazon.com and of course, Bellefleur Lingerie in Fremont.

This week we appeared on King 5 Morning news on Kong. Next week Kathy will be in studio on Chat with Women radio and I will be on Movin 92.5 hanging out in the Ladies Room.

For those of you who joined us at Black Bottle for our launch party, thank you for celebrating with us! We had a blast and are glad you could share the night with us!

More to come….

Sunday, August 30, 2009

This is my fare thee well....

This will be my final post to the Bellefleur Lingerie Blog, because this is my final hour here at the store. It is pretty emotional and so devastating to say that I will no longer be at Bellefleur. In progression with my education I have had to make some hard decisions and now will be going to Neiman Marcus. My time at Bellefleur is something I will never forget. I learned so much from Jennifer and the other girls I got to work with as well as all of my lovely customers. I am so thankful for you letting me educate and help you all with such an intimate detail as lingerie and trusting me to do so. So I will not be moving on to "greener pasture" (as Jennifer put) but just a larger one. But who knows you may see me around again if Jennifer decides to open another location someday [hint, hint, nudge, nudge] ;) So again I would like to say thank you to everyone. This was an experience of a lifetime and I will cherish it forever!

Christina Fuller

We Want to Hear from YOU!

This is an exciting month for Bellefleur and an even more exciting month for Jennifer, the owner of Bellefleur Lingerie. Jennifer collaborated with Kathy Schultz to bring to us a book that every women, young and old, should have on her shelf. Underneath It All, A girls guide to buying wearing and loving lingerie. By Jennifer Manuel Carroll and Kathy Schultz. We will give more fun and exciting updates on that soon. But right now we want to hear from our lovely guests at Bellefleur who helped inspire Jennifer to write this guide, because lets be honest, without all of you she wouldn't have had to write it at all right?

So here is what we would like from you. Give us your testimony of your experience at our lovely store. I know I personally have helped hundreds if women in my time working here and I would love to hear what you remember from your time with us. Did it change your life? Were you completely flabbergasted at the result? Anything you can think of, we want to hear it. So spill your juicy stories ladies because this is all about you!

Just simply leave us a comment with your story. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
xoxo
Christina

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Look what Bellefleur got!

From the Fall/Winter collection of Simone Perele, we received a wonderful Navy Blue collection called Liz. Its a sassy foundation piece that can bring your everyday wear to that next level. Come in and try it on today!

Handmade Bags, found only at Bellefleur




Exclusively at Bellefleur: Brilliant new bags handmade in Amsterdam by Morelle. They are created of beautiful leather “ruffles”. Bags retail between $159-$189, depending upon color/leather. We have it in stock in Brown, red (both shown) and yummy soft pink leather. We will be getting clutches in later… these large bags are glorious as they can easily fit a laptop, your lunch or any necessity!


Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Au Revoir Christina

Those of you who have been in the shop in the last couple years have probably met Christina, Bellefleur's ever present, ultra-hip store manager. Christina is moving on to greener pastures, snagging herself a big-kid job in Bellevue (read: full time). I wish her nothing but the best, but am already missing her terribly. Please stop by and wish her good bye and good luck in her new ventures; including graduating from the Art Institute next spring.

We will miss you!!


Love, Jen

Friday, July 10, 2009

Bellefleur is the home to Special Sizes!!

Are you a special cup or band size and have trouble finding a brazier that fits your body, lifestyle or desire? Lucky for you, you have stumbled upon the store that can help you out. We have recently expanded our already broad variety of styles to compliment more women. We understand how difficult it is for those special sizes to find bras anywhere beyond the means of Internet shopping, and let’s be honest, a bra is something that everyone needs to try on because as women we know that were not all cut from the same mold. So at Bellefleur we are trying to develop more of a selection for our clients. Below you will find a chart of sizes we carry in the store and if you don’t see your size, we do special ordering as well.
32A 34A 36A
32B 34B 36B
32C 34C 36C
32D 34D 36D
30DD/E 32DD/E 34DD/E 36DD/E
32F 34F 36F
32G 34G 36G
We can special order up to size H in limited styles. We can also special order size 30 and 38 bands when available.
The lines that we special order from consist of the following:
Huit, Cosabella, Le Mystere, Prima Donna, Marie Jo, Mary Green, Simone Perele, Aubade, Elle Macpherson, Panache/ Harliquin, Calvin Klein Basics.
If there is anything we can do to help make your search for a comfortable, chic or sexy fit (maybe all three) Bellefleur will do anything we can to help you with your search.


There is only one place that lingerie should be mysterious and complex and that is not when you’re shopping for it.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Bellefleur is Working On Your Fit-ness!

Do you find yourself, adjusting, re-adjusting, tugging or pulling at your bra throughout the day? Are your straps a nuisance because they won't stay on your shoulders? Or maybe you have just a bit of unsightly back chub caused by your bra? If you answered yes to any of these questions, I guarantee it's because you are wearing the incorrect size! In fact, 85% of women are wearing the wrong size, so let us help you out--come in for your free fitting today! After being fit you can register your size with us, ensuring a proper future fit in the case you forget or that special someone wants to stop by and pick up something fun.






Are you a soon to be blushing bride? Let us fit you for undergarments that will ensure there is nothing to blush about before, during and after (wink wink) the wedding. And while you’re here, save your girlfriends the trouble of trying to decide what they think you might like and just tell them. Our Bridal Registry makes it so simple to make sure you have the right goodies to make that honeymoon the one of your dreams.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

New at Bellefleur- Kamasutra

We know, as soon as you even hear the word Kamasutra, you start grinning just a little to yourself. Well you can stop grinning and start smiling because Bellefleur now carries some salacious Kamasutra goodies.



First I have a couple questions for you. Have you ever wanted to have a little body paint fun? Do you like chocolate? Kamasutra has combined the two and with thier chocolate body paint that we carry, it's sure to sweeten up your life behind closed doors. For those who think chocolate is better than sex, here's a way to indulge in your two favorite passions at once. Open the lid of this beautiful box and behold delicious chocolate body paints. Brush this incredibly rich treat onto someone you love to love, then create a delicious masterpiece on any part of the body. We offer the individual package as well as a package of three. These are perfect for gifts and even better just to pick one up for a date night.



Note: Refrigerate after opening; to reheat, microwave briefly on a low setting or place the jar in warm water - if there's any left over!


If you thought that was fun. Check this out. Surprise every kiss with nature's sweetest gift: natural honey. Dust these incredibly fine powders onto a lover, leaving a silky-soft glow, a delicate fragrance and an irresistible lure. Each beautifully decorated canister includes a powder-filled satin pouch and a handmade feather applicator to tickle more than the imagination. Honey Dust may also be used as a daily body powder or a fragrant addition to bed sheets.


And last but certainly not least we are offering you a Treasure Trove. It includes Full sizes of Kama Sutra Strawberries & Champagne Oil of Love, Strawberries & Champagne Honey Dust with feather applicator, and Strawberries & Champagne Stimulating Pleasure Balm. This treasure trove is a perfect gift for a special occasion or simply just because. Forget the flowers, this will turn any frown upside down.

Limited stock at Bellefleur so hurry in to get your Kamasutra fix and sweeten up your life.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Presenting Bellefleur Lingerie's Blog

I am thrilled to launch Bellefleur Lingerie’s beautiful blog; a forum in which you will be the first to discover our new brands, find updates about shop happenings, and receive entertaining and educational tips and tricks about how to look and feel fabulous in your lingerie.

Allow me to introduce Bellefleur’s staff. I am Jennifer, the owner and creator of Bellefleur. My passion for lingerie and all things pretty has led me to cultivate a shop of well-made and easily priced brands and fashions from here and abroad. My underwear-lust has inspired me to write a book, with my co-author and friend Kathy Schultz, which will be in-shop and nationwide this fall. (Much more to come on that!)

Christina is our manager, extraordinaire. A current Fashion Marketing student at the Art Institute, Christina has been with Bellefleur over a year. She is the one who suggests that your current underpinnings might fit incorrectly, only to gently guide you in to our dressing room for a new and liberating bra size. Oftentimes, she can guess what will work just at first glance! Christina is responsible for our sassy newsletters you receive every month and will be a regular contributor to the blog.

Lindsey is a new and welcome addition to our boutique. She is a talented interior designer with a long-standing appreciation for lingerie. We are lucky enough to have her part time while she grows her interior design business. If you notice changes in the shop setup or d├ęcor, you have Lindsey to thank. Check her out at www.lindseyrunyondesign.com.

So sign up and you can look forward to juicy, fun, chic, trendy, sexy and interesting news that you can use or just peruse.

xoxox

-Jen