Lingerie Diaries

* PIN ME UP: RETROFUTURISM (LESSON 9)

Wearing the Alice Crop Top and matching high waist Knickers by Maude Nibelungen. Photo by Jason Kamimura Photography.

A native from Paris, France Jenny Rieu is a Curve model with a passion for retro and beautiful lingerie. Through her social media handles & website, Jenny has been building up an organic following of over 80,000 followers who follow her adventures as a modern pin-up and entrepreneur living in Los Angeles.

[Note that this column for “Pin Me Up” was first released on The Lingerie Journal on August 21st, 2017. I have decided to finally branch out and start a brand new platform so that I am able to write everyday and not be restricted by any other entity but my own. I will now be posting fashion stories and tips for all women on the regular basis. This website is my Fashion and Lingerie Diary. So thank you for keeping up with me and reading.]

*Retrofuturism (adjective retrofuturistic or retrofuture) is a trend in the creative arts showing the influence of depictions of the future produced in an earlier era. If “futurism is sometimes called a ‘science’ bent on anticipating what will come, retrofuturism is the remembering of that anticipation” (source: wikipedia)

For this column I teamed up with independent designer Maude Nibelungen who is based in Montreal, Canada. In her own words, Maude was “Taught by her grandmother, who was her role model and she started knitting when she was five. Needing to find an artistic outlet, she tried out different mediums before settling down. After attending a rigid catholic high school with the sole purpose of learning English and leaving the countryside. Later on, she studied History and Religion Anthropology. Her desire to understand the human nature that often feels surreal and questionable never left her upon graduating. Her first collections are based around mythology and anthropology. Her newer collections are more personal, including her passion for the subjects previously mentioned and they are a piece of her soul.”

Officially since 2010 Maude has been turning her demons into knitwear. Knitting allows her to experiment within a wide range of texture possibilities; matter and anti-matter dancing on the skin. Pattern writing involves a lot of mathematics which is also a great interest of hers.

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As part of our collaboration I chose: the Alice Crop Top and matching high waist Knickers in jet black. This was an obvious choice to me, because I was looking to create an edgier look for this column. Jason and I decided to head back to the Los Angeles River and its Brutalistic architecture. I previously shot at this location back in January for Pin Me Up (Lesson 4) with Heidi Calvert. I really wanted a sense of emptiness around me, futurism, as well as the element of water. A mix between the bygone era and the future, which I believe represents Maude’s brand and myself so well. I feel like we are both creative beings with retro influences, but we are very much into the future too. She says and I quote: “ Our work is all about balance; between traditional techniques and modern, timeless designs. We value craftsmanship and refined materials. Our pieces should last you a lifetime. “

I love paradoxes and sci-fi movies are my absolute favorite ones, therefore this column is titled “Retrofuturism.”

Some of my favorite Sci-Fi heroines are Sigourney Weaver in Alien and Charlize Theron in Mad Max Fury Road. At first I wanted to do a shoot that would be really badass and extremely feminist, as I felt like this was the story behind the Alice set. But at the same time I felt like I would have omitted the softness and delicate characteristics of the custom knit set I was wearing. This set was made by hand with love and had nothing to do with heroines I was looking to channel. So instead of showing myself as rough, I decided to express my vulnerability and femininity. Chicago based hairstylist Lillian Dion reached out to me the day of my shoot to do a 1930s finger waves hairstyle on me in collaboration with Miss Rockabilly Ruby whom I have known for years. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect, as I feel the hairdo they did on me was the perfect contrast to Maude’s Alice knit set. I added a strapless bra from Curvy Couture Intimates, did a vampy makeup look, put on 5 inches black heels, added some coconut oil on my body and voila.

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I didn’t want to add any jewelry, or accessories to this look, as I feel it would distract from its beauty. Lately my love for the minimalist aesthetic has been growing, as I feel it really brings the attention to the subject. The Alice knit set is super comfortable to put on and it felt like second skin right away. I wore a size 14 for the top,but I could have easily sized down with the top, as I like the top to be tighter usually. The knickers were size 12 and they felt comfortable and form fitted. The size of my tummy always fluctuates, so I love to wear form fitted pieces that don’t suffocate that part of my body.

I appreciated the fact that I could breathe through the garments I wore.

Maude offers sizes 1 through 14, but she also offers custom pieces and she prides herself in adapting her designs to the needs of her clients. I have always loved personalization since I was little and that’s exactly what Maud proposes. The Alice Crop Top costs $175 and the Alice Knickers are worth $175 dollars as well. A total cost of $350 for a set that is made to your measurements and completely unique to you and timeless.

The Alice crop top is a sleeveless with a ribbed elastic underbust and mock neck. It is described as a boudoir piece that can easily be included in everyday wear. You know I have a thing for lingerie as outerwear, so I immediately loved that about that top. The Alice Knickers are highwaisted, with an open knit and a tightly knit gusset. Both pieces are offered in the following colors: black, navy with black elastic, pink with silver elastic, pink with gold elastic and pink with black elastic.

One last word about this Editorial being entirely shot in black and white.

I chose to have all the photos in black and white as they perfectly emulated Maude’s spirit and my own. When I wore this set I felt sexy, feminine and strong at the same time. I also felt like I will be proud to look at these photos when I am much older, as they are timeless.

All photos by : Jason Kamimura Photography.

*Get the look:

-The Alice Crop Top: https://maudenibelungen.com/products/alice-crop-top-pink-w-silver-elastic
-The Alice Knickers: https://maudenibelungen.com/products/alice-knicker-pink
– Strapless Sensation Multi Way Push Up Bra by Curvy Couture Intimates: https://curvycouture.com/products/strapless-sensation-multi-push-up-black?variant=37156372424

*For more information visit Maude’s website by clicking the link here:

https://maudenibelungen.com/

Thank you for reading and remember to always own who you are and celebrate your curves.


*PIN ME UP: LA VIE DE CHATEAU (LESSON 8)

Wearing The Layneau Bed Jacket paired with The Plum Leonie Gown from Kiss Me Deadly available through Hepburn and Leigh & The Golden Age Lulu Gold heels. Location: Privately owned château Les Moyeux.

A native from Paris, France Jenny Rieu is a Curve model with a passion for retro and beautiful lingerie. Through her social media handles & website, Jenny has been building up an organic following of over 80,000 followers who follow her adventures as a modern pin-up and entrepreneur living in Los Angeles.

[Note that this column for “Pin Me Up” was first released on The Lingerie Journal on August 15th, 2017. I have decided to finally branch out and start a brand new platform so that I am able to write everyday and not be restricted by any other entity but my own. I will now be posting fashion stories and tips for all women on the regular basis. This website is my Fashion and Lingerie Diary. So thank you for keeping up with me and reading.]

The Countess

I recently took a trip to my native Paris and had the pleasure of shooting this regal editorial in collaboration with the high end boudoir wear label Layneau, founded by Portland based designer Kaaren Bedi. The label itself is named after Lindsay “Layneau” Boudreaux, an up-start French immigrant credited as the first professional lingerie designer in America.” as mentioned by Luis Paredes in this Lingerie Journal article about the designer. I always seem to feel the most inspiration from brands that evoke French royalty. Layneau’s beautiful silk, velvet and lace designs have that regal and sophisticated quality that I live for.

I grew up near the Versailles area where I studied at Lycée Hoche and was surrounded by places of history such as the world famous Versailles Castle. I know it sounds like a dream life, and when I look back I have the greatest appreciation for the type of education I was given by my mum and the places where I spent my childhood and teenage years. The royal aesthetic is something that I have always been drawn to since I was a little girl. What I love about Layneau’s designs is that they can be worn both as luxury indoor pieces, as well as outerwear styles. They have a vintage aesthetic that will make every gal stand out for a poised and natural elegance.

Photo taken in the study of Monsieur Nicolas Galazommatis owner of the château Les Moyeux.

At first I didn’t know if I would be able to give the interpretation that these luxury designs deserve as I have never worn a bed jacket in my life, as well as teal silk pajamas as outerwear pieces. There was a challenge for me to make these pieces my own and include them in a way that wouldn’t look too costumey. I also wanted to show that as a full figured woman of color these styles can still look great on me. They really made me feel at one with my French upbringing.

The first look included the luxurious black velvet Contessa bed jacket with a stunning silk purple lining. This jacket feels extremely luxurious and I can’t get over the detail of the collar that gives it that theatrical Victorian/Medieval inspired look. I also love the oversized sleeves as I didn’t feel restricted while wearing the bed jacket at any stage. My favorite part is the purple silk lining described as a “Silk Cocoon “ by Kaaren herself.

The Contessa velvet bed jacket retails for $650 which places Layneau in a much higher end category than most brands I have reviewed on Pin Me Up so far. Just Like Harlow & Fox, you can recognize a Layneau design by it’s distinctive look and style. I decided to pair the bed jacket with the Plum Leonie Gown from Kiss Me Deadly available through Hepburn and Leigh & my Golden Age Lulu Gold heels. I am always drawn to jewel tones, so having the lining of the bed jacket perfectly complement the purple of the gown I wore, was an aesthetically pleasing moment for me.

Shot outside of the indoor pool area from the Privately owned château Les Moyeux. Photo by Jason Kamimura Photography.

I really felt regal wearing this whole look and absolutely transported into a different era.
As a vintage voyager, it was enlightening to wear such exquisite pieces that made me feel like the lady of the manor. When you think about the expression “La Vie De Chateau” it evokes a certain easiness to live a luxurious life without showing too much effort. I wanted to share that my life as shared on my social media is often perceived as “The perfect life” . I choose to share the end result of my collaborations with brands and my photoshoots. I feel blessed by the opportunities and collaborations that I am able to share on my column and on my social media handles. And I am also absolutely aware of the value of the work and dedication it takes to do what Kaaren Bedi does for her luxury label Layneau. We both work very hard to achieve our vision and I believe this is why I could relate to her designs and her story so much. I understand that it often takes weeks to complete one of her designs and so do most of my collaborations with brands. So the Layneau label embodies the essence of slow-fashion.

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Horizontal shot of the door leading to an indoor pool inside the Privately owned château Les Moyeux.
Shot by Jason Kamimura Photography.

When I look at the visual story we put together with Jason Kamimura Photography, to stage the Layneau designs, I feel as if a new persona was born. This whole look can easily be worn to attend the opera or for a special night out on the town. I didn’t feel restricted in any of the garments I wore and I felt extra glamorous. It took a few days of research to find the perfect location to shoot that first Layneau look. I would like to say a special thank you to Brigitte and Nicolas Galazommatis who hosted my husband and I inside their home and allowed us to create this Editorial.

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Wearing Layneau teal blue silk pajamas paired with my Chanel purse and Prada Sunglasses and custom earrings by Insect Diva.

For this second look, I wanted to ensure continuity within the Editorial. We ended up shooting the Silk Pajamas in the city of Los Angeles where we are based with my husband. And we chose a part of town that has a lot of 1920s French inspired castle like apartment buildings.

I must admit, at first when Kaaren told me that she wanted me to shoot this luscious lounge set I didn’t know how to handle it. I never wear luxury pajamas, let alone with a hoodie and black lace on them. It took me a minute to understand and appreciate the design I was wearing.
Let me tell you this, if you have never worn silk pajamas as outerwear you are missing out.

This set felt luxurious, stylish and soft on my skin. The minute I added my own spin to that outfit I felt right at home. The color and execution of both pieces are out of this world. The hoodie sells for $795 and the pants are worth $700. They are made to order and available in turquoise, butter yellow and pink. Custom colors are also available, which is a major plus.

Both are available through Stanley Korshak Bridal (Dallas, TX), Thornbury Brides (New Bern, NC), Kaja Couture Boutique (PA) and KenzWoman.com

The hoodie (and all of the Layneau pieces) are silk and leavers lace and the quality reflects accordingly.

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The hoodie is really meant as a lounge piece- but I do sleep in them when I travel says Kaaren Bedhi. The designer also mentioned to me that lots of her clients wear them out in the evening or to brunch.

In the Editorial I really wanted to show how stylish and amazing this set was. I totally felt like an “It Girl” wearing them out and about in Los Angeles, as we were taking photos for my column. I would like to add that this lounge set really embodies the freedom that I feel living in Los Angeles. Here you can wear whatever you want and your differences are embraced. From the French inspired royal fashion to the LA It girl, Layneau creates luxury designs that evoke both sides of the pond.

Thank you for reading and remember to always own who you are and follow your dreams no matter what others might say.

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*PIN ME UP – RELEASE YOUR INNER PIN UP (LESSON 7)

Close up on The House of Satin Topaz Lingerie Set.

“I love summer because you can go wild with pretty pastels and bold colors.”

A native from Paris, France Jenny Rieu is a Curve model with a passion for retro and beautiful lingerie. Through her social media handles & website, Jenny has been building up an organic following of over 80,000 followers who follow her adventures as a modern pin-up and entrepreneur living in Los Angeles.

[Note that this column for “Pin Me Up” was first released on The Lingerie Journal on July 11th, 2017. I have decided to finally branch out and start a brand new platform so that I am able to write everyday and not be restricted by any other entity but my own. I will now be posting fashion stories and tips for all women on the regular basis. This website is my Fashion and Lingerie Diary. So thank you for keeping up with me and reading.]

As I write this new column, the first day of summer is here and I couldn’t think of a better editorial to kick it all off. I love summer because you can go wild with pretty pastels and bold colors.

Some of my most popular posts on Instagram are either extremely vampy (wearing all black) or bubblegum cute. And I love the fact that both sides of my personality are totally embraced. I used to question if one look would be more accepted than the other and now it really doesn’t really matter to me anymore, as I just go with my instincts. Something I am constantly reminded of through this personal journey as a model and content creator, is to do what I want to do. That’s what makes me the happiest. And when I get bored doing too many vampy looks in a row, I love showing a more playful or even more romantic side of my personality in my shoots. I feel like each look is definitely an extension of me.

For Release your Inner Pinup (Lesson 7), I teamed up with House of Satin, the independent British label that hand-makes vintage lingerie. I was charmed by the fact that they are part of a small group of British companies that have been established since 1948. It is something that I cherish and respect as I love to collaborate with brands that have a long history.

I was especially impressed with the craftsmanship of every lingerie piece they sent to me.

House of Satin Topaz Lingerie Set paired with Long Gone Shoes and Lola Ramona train case.

Today, I am introducing The Satin Gems set in a vibrant Topaz color that includes a classic wireless free bra (£32.50), the mini briefs (£17.50) and the suspender girdle (£47). I was also sent full briefs (£29.50) and an additional suspender belt (£35) that aren’t pictured here. The brand offers five different styles in this colorway and I love that they do that. Some women prefer briefs, I know I personally do, but for this look I went with the mini briefs as they paired so well with the suspender girdle.

To complete this pin up perfect look I added matching Topaz stockings that are great for my plus size gams. I scored those on eBay and I couldn’t be happier with the color.

I added my vintage cat-eye sunglasses, my silver lame Long Gone Shoes Springalators, a train case purse by Lola Ramona and voila. I was really impressed with the fit of every piece that was sent to me, as everything is pretty stretchy, I can’t recommend this brand enough if you are curvy or plus size like me. As for the support of the bra, I feel that this style looks really great on and for a wire free bra I feel pretty supported. However, this is not the kind of bra that I would choose to wear on the day to day basis. If you are really busty as I am, the bra will give you good support, but you can definitely tell that it will be different from your regular over wired bra.

“I was especially impressed with the craftsmanship of every lingerie piece House of Satin sent to me. “

I decided to call this column: “Release Your Inner Pin Up” because that’s what this shoot really evokes to me. The pretty pastel blues and pinks, the feel that you are soaking it up at a fun mid-century location in Southern California. I feel like this set is perfect for a fun photo play date and that’s exactly what happened when I wore it.

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House of Satin offers a size guide on their website to help you determine the best fit and it was pretty accurate to me.

I wear a size 38F in the bust, UK size 18 for the panties and garter belt. And again the blue stockings are plus size ones I scored on eBay.

The other styles that caught my attention were the Foundation Lace waist cincher and the Foundation Lace Corselette. It looks like the perfect lingerie to wear underneath that tight pencil skirt and blouse, à la Mad Men. I also own the Amber version of the lingerie set I just reviewed that I cannot wait to shoot in the desert.

I strongly recommend that you visit their website as they create beautifully handmade lingerie that is a real throwback to the aesthetic and quality of the old days. I personally look forward to adding more pieces from this brand to join my ever growing lingerie collection.

And remember to always own who you are and celebrate your curves, I know I do.

Wishing everyone a Happy Summer!

*Get the look:

– All Lingerie by House of Satin: http://www.houseofsatin.co.uk/3-vintage-lingerie-collections?p=7

– Plus size Blue Stockings:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Plus-Size-NYLON-STOCKINGS-Classic-Sheer-for-use-w-GARTERS-Stretches-to-25-round-/231791951839?var=531051352842&hash=item35f7e07fdf:g:YDkAAOSw-itXu8hW

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Special 15% discount code for Pin Up Readers: Pinup15

– Shoes: https://long-gone-shoes.com/

All photos by Jason Kamimura Photography.

*PIN ME UP – LINGERIE THAT EVOKES THE WORLD OF STAGE AND OLD-HOLLYWOOD (LESSON 6)

Photos by Jason Kamimura – Heidi Calvert – Erika Nelly. Wearing Scantilly, Fraulein Annie and Dita Von Teese Lingerie.

A native from Paris, France Jenny Rieu is a Curve model with a passion for retro and beautiful lingerie. Through her social media handles & website, Jenny has been building up an organic following of over 80,000 followers who follow her adventures as a modern pin-up and entrepreneur living in Los Angeles.

[Note that this column for “Pin Me Up” was first released on The Lingerie Journal on June 19th, 2017. I have decided to finally branch out and start a brand new platform so that I am able to write everyday and not be restricted by any other entity but my own. I will now be posting fashion stories and tips for all women on the regular basis. This website is my Fashion and Lingerie Diary. So thank you for keeping up with me and reading.]

Shot by Heidi Calvert Photography. Muah Natasha Marcelina. Wearing Fraulein Annie.

When I model, I often feel like the process of collaborating and endorsing a variety of brands tends to overshadow the Artist in me. It is great to be reminded that I have a full background and education in performing arts, except for dancing :)))

So, when I put on lingerie for me it’s almost like wearing a costume and my imagination can run wild. It’s with that spirit that my sixth column on the Lingerie Journal focuses on this theme: Lingerie that evokes the world of stage and Old-Hollywood movies.

For this Pin Me Up, I wanted to take my time to do these photoshoots with some wonderful photographers. Shout out to Heidi Calvert, Jason Kamimura Photography and Erika Nelly Photography, that I have known and collaborated with for a while now.

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The first lingerie set was designed by Fraulein Annie and includes the fuller bust bra in Chesnut/Black and matching briefs. It is a non padded bra and starts at a size 32D and goes up to a size 38G.I wear a 38FF and an XL for the panties. The fit of this set is pure fire.

I can’t stress enough that I am in love with both the unique color of this set that complements my skin tone, but also with the craftsmanship. This set is extremely well-made and one of my most coveted ones. To me this is a classic set that I hope to wear for a very long time. Not only do I feel supported, but it is a sturdy and high quality product. The cost for the set is also justified given the fact that it is made by an independent designer. (64.95 Euros= $71.28 for the bra and 39.95 Euros= $43.85 for the briefs, plus shipping)

I know this is still a budget for a lot of us, but at some point you have take a stand and decide to maybe buy less and collect pieces that you know you will be able to rock for years. It also feels great to support a small independent designer, especially a woman. I gave an interview years ago on NPR about Slow fashion and why it is great to buy vintage and this is why I wanted to collaborate with Fraulein Annie. She is a perfect example of what this is all about, as her designs are vintage inspired and I am proud to feature her brand on my column.

Lingerie by Fraulein Annie: Photo of me by Heidi Calvert wearing (2017) vs Catherine Zeta-Jones in the movie Chicago (circa 2002).

For this look I also added stockings I had from Hips and Curves, my go to Cervin Paris sheer black gloves. I also wore my vintage baby sequin beret and a vintage cropped jacket I found at a thrift store. My friend Natasha Marcelina did my vampy makeup and Heidi Calvert captured the look. I immediately thought this looks like Catherine Zeta Jones in the movie Chicago.

And this is why this set was so perfect to hommage this classic old-hollywood inspired musical.

Get the look here:
http://www.frauleinannie.com/COLLECTIONS/FALLING-IN-LOVE/Fuller-Bust-Bra-Chestnut.html
http://www.frauleinannie.com/COLLECTIONS/FALLING-IN-LOVE/Short-Chestnut.html

The second lingerie set is a mix and match of my Scantilly/Curvy Kate Showtime, paired with a Tuxedo Bodysuit from Scantilly/Curvy Kate to emulate that Liza Minnelli look from the movie Cabaret. I finished this look by adding my Cervin Paris sheer gloves and a pair of black stockings. I feel it wouldn’t be Cabaret without them!

Lingerie set by Scantilly. Photo by Jason Kamimura Photography.

This is probably my favorite look out of the three, as I feel it is so spot on and truly evokes the movie Cabaret starring Liza Minnelli. I was talking earlier about my frustration sometimes of endorsing too many brands and feeling lost in the process. Creating this look is a testimony to myself that I haven’t lost my artist voice and I know my classics.

This look came to me one evening at home, I was styling the bra and suddenly realized the obvious reference to that musical. I love musicals, especially the ones showcasing strong women, who have style and poise. We did the shoot at a theater near Los Angeles, which felt like the perfect set for that look.

Me photographed by Jason Kamimura wearing Dear Scantilly (2017) vs Liza Minnelli in Cabaret (Circa 1972).

This look is super comfortable and really fun to rock! The bra was a bit tight around the band and the size I was wearing was a 34GG. At $80 the bra, I would suggest figuring out what size will work best for you, as sizing is different from one model to another. Scantilly/Curvy Kate is hands down my favorite bra company because of how creative and inclusive they are in their campaigns and designs. The Scantily/Curvy Kate Tuxedo Bodysuit was a must have to hommage Liza Minnelli’s look. I love this so much, I had to request this one to complete my look as part of my collaboration with the brand. The great news is that they now ship to the U.S, so everyone will be able to get some of their wonderful designs.

Wearing Dear Scantilly Lingerie set paired with a vintage tuxedo Jacket and Top hat. Photo by Jason Kamimura Photography.

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Get this whole look here:

The Showtime bra from Scantilly/Curvy Kate: https://jet.com/product/detail/3d62c2f22e6e4f4f96d53840b34af061?jcmp=placse:cnx:NJ:Women%27s_Clothing_Shoes_Accessories:Bras_Panties_Lingerie:Bras:dur:10100000

Scantilly by Curvy Kate Tuxedo Bodysuit: http://www.barenecessities.com/product.aspx?pfid=ScantillybyCurvyKateST3005&cm_mmc=GLPA_NonBrand-_-Lingerie-_-ScantillybyCurvyKate592-_-ScantillybyCurvyKateST3005&BillboardPopupEnabled=false&BorderfreeEnabled=False&color=Black&

Introducing the Dahlia Long Night Gown and The Dita Von Teese Déshabillé Loungewear Noir from Glamuse.com (Photo by Erika Nelly) On the right hand is Jane Greer Old-Hollywood actress.

Last but not least is this Old-Hollywood look inspired by Film noir actress Jane Greer.

I had her picture on my Pinterest board forever. I teamed up with Glamuse.com, the lingerie e-shop that you need to know about if you are looking for “ French Lingerie Glamour. “ This website offers higher end lingerie brands available to ship in 40 different countries worldwide.

They sponsored me this wonderful Lingerie set from the Dita Von Teese Collection and helped me create that luxurious Old-Hollywood inspired look that is full bust friendly.

I wore the Dita Von Teese Dahlia Long Night Gown in a size XL paired with The Dita Von Teese Déshabillé Loungewear Noir also in a size XL. That’s the biggest size offered by the brand, so I was grateful to be able to fit into it.

For this look I was invited by British actress and friend, Annette Kellow to shoot in the hallways of her Old-Hollywood apartment. This was honestly one of the best locations I was ever invited to shoot at. The walls were pink, the floors had this gorgeous blue carpet. The whole location dated from the 1920s and looked like the perfect Dollhouse.

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The whole ensemble was a pretty perfect fit. I felt like an Old-Hollywood movie star, because of how glamorous this look was. Both the Dahlia Long Night Gown (191.58 Euros= $210.69+Shipping) and the Déshabillé Loungewear Noir are available at Glamuse.fr (208.33 Euros = $228.84+ Shipping.)

This is quite out of budget for most of us, but what a breathtaking lingerie set that truly evokes Old-Hollywood. I have been wearing that robe around the house since shooting in it and it doesn’t rip, even with my cat around. I love it so much because it is well-made, the over dramatic sleeves give me life and the robe hugs my curves in all the right places. I am also fond of the length and I feel this is the one piece to own from The Dita Von Teese Loungewear collection.

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Photo by Erika Nelly. Location Annette Kellow.

Get the look here:

The Dahlia Long Night Gown: https://www.glamuse.com/dita-von-teese-dahlia-nuisette-longue-noir-p-63627.html

The Dita Von Teese Déshabillé Loungewear Noir: https://www.glamuse.com/dita-von-teese-loungewear-deshabille-noir-p-46584.html

Make up by Beauty Is Life: https://www.beautyislife-usa.com/

Photo by Erika Nelly. Location Annette Kellow.
Bonus look is this Vintage Dusky Pink Olga Nightgown from the 1970s shot on location at this real life Dollhouse 1920s Old-Hollywood building. We paid an homage to Dorothy Dandridge. Photo by Erika Nelly – Location Annette Kellow.

Thank you for reading and remember to always Own who you are and that confidence is You 100 percent.


*PIN ME UP – THE ETCHED WOMAN (LESSON 5)

Photo by Heidi Calvert Photography for Etched Lingerie. Wearing the Maya set in Quartz.

A native from Paris, France Jenny Rieu is a Curve model with a passion for retro and beautiful lingerie. Through her social media handles & website, Jenny has been building up an organic following of over 80,000 followers who follow her adventures as a modern pin-up and entrepreneur living in Los Angeles.

[Note that this column for “Pin Me Up” was first released on The Lingerie Journal on May 30th, 2017. I have decided to finally branch out and start a brand new platform so that I am able to write everyday and not be restricted by any other entity but my own. I will now be posting fashion stories and tips for all women on the regular basis. This website is my Fashion and Lingerie Diary. So thank you for keeping up with me and reading.]

The story behind full bust lingerie brand “Etched Lingerie” is one that I could relate to right away.

Founded in New York City by Ellana Krechmaras, Etched was a passion project that began in 2011. For five years Ellana worked with a team of industry experts, skilled pattern makers and seamstresses to design her dream bra. A bra that would make the fuller bust woman feel, beautiful, supported and comfortable all day long.

In my own words, The Etched Woman can be described as: “Whimsical, ethereal, vintage inspired and strong”. This fashion story created in collaboration with Heidi Calvert Photography, was shot early morning at a local park in Beverly Hills. I really wanted to include flowers to create that beautiful ethereal feel that the brand evoked to me.

I am introducing one design in two contrasting colors from their very first collection, that was just released a couple of weeks ago.The Maya lingerie set in Onyx color and The Maya lingerie set in Quartz.

Picking an Etched bra

The first step to creating this visual story started with picking the right fit for both bras and matching high waist panties. When you head over to the brand’s website, there is a tab titled “Shop” where you get to select one of the two designs that are currently being offered.

You simply click on one of the photos from either The Maya in Onyx or Quartz and then select your size after reviewing it through the Size Guide.

I picked a size 34G for the bras and a size large for the panties, following the size guide.

I really appreciated the fact that the size guide was accurate and frankly these two bras are the ones that fit my body shape the best for everyday low key glam. I believe that it is due to the designs themselves, offering a thicker band, paired with classic high waist panties. I can’t help but feel extremely well supported and not insecure about my tummy area.

It is still hard for me to wear panties that go below the navel under a tight dress, as the lower part of my tummy is still pretty soft. So when I received the two lingerie sets from Etched, I felt like the fit was 100 percent perfect and you can clearly see that in the photos that we created with Heidi. Both lingerie sets offer perfect contouring and hug my curves in all the right spots.

My two new staples

The Maya set in Onyx.

I love that the whole brand is about creating two classic staples for the full-busted gals and that the construction of the bras truly is on point. The band doesn’t ever ride up and stays in place even after wearing the bra for a whole day like I did. There are tall side panels that offer further coverage and I must say I did feel fully supported and comfortable throughout the day.

I also adore the floral details that are made of a stretch lace all over the bra and give it that romantic feel that I love. The Maya bra in Onyx has a much darker feel due to the solid black color. And as a woman who loves her black lingerie, I completely embraced that style.

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On the other hand, The Maya Bra in Quartz is such a pin up dream, as I love the colorway so much and it brings out a more romantic almost dream like side. I feel like the two unique designs of the collection can truly reflect the two personalities of one woman.

Sometimes I like wearing darker colors, especially in the evening. Maybe it’s the Parisian in me, but I am just drawn to them. During the daytime especially now that it is Spring in LA, I love wearing pastel dresses and accessorizing with lingerie that matches underneath. I have a thing for pink so the Maya Bra in Quartz fulfills that fantasy. For this set I used all pink accented accessories to complement it. I scored a vintage feather fan from Swift Vintage in Burbank that you can see in two of the shots by Heidi. And I also wore my Veronica Robe from independent British lingerie designer, My Retro Closet and my new black and pink Springolators by Spanish brand, Long Gone Shoes. I wanted the accessories to complement this dream look but not overpower it.

“Whimsical, ethereal, vintage inspired and strong.”

One of the features that I love for both bras are the “Plus straps” and how they help create that sweetheart neckline that fits my bust so well. Even with my dresses, the sweetheart neckline is what I mostly wear, because that’s what looks best on my shape. Sometimes I also love wearing a sheer top, especially if I wear beautifully made lingerie. The Etched lingerie is so well made that the full-busted gals will want to reveal it with pride when wearing it. I’m already looking forward to styling my Onyx bra with a sheer blouse during my upcoming trip in Paris next month as this is my new favorite basic black bra.

To complete the look I will be sure to wear the matching high waist panties, that offer a slight tummy control. I was really thrilled about that, as I still don’t wear body shapewear underneath my outfits.

Feel Empowered

This shot was a tribute to Black burlesque dancer Miss Topsy.

I would like to confess that for the longest time I felt a certain shame with the fact that I had gained a few more cup sizes in the bust. Growing up I was always the girl with the biggest breasts and that forced me to be really protective of my femininity. At 9 years old while other girls were still busy being girls, well I was already turning into a woman. Our society does a really great job at shaming women who are too voluptuous or too confident to show their curves.

We all remember that article in Vogue Magazine that stated that cleavage was out of style.
I think every size should be celebrated and designer Ellana Krechmaras sure knows how to make the Etched Woman feel special and celebrated. And remember that confidence is always you 100 percent.

The Maya set in Quartz.

*Credits:
– Photos by Heidi Calvert Photography
– Styling by Ooh La La PR

*Get the looks here:
– Presented here are The Maya Onyx set and The Maya Quartz set from Etched Lingerie
– Pink Robe is the Veronica by My Retro Closet.
– Sheer Cape from Glitter and The Moon.
– Black Springolators by Long Gone Shoes.
– Vintage feather fan from Swift Vintage in Burbank.


*PIN ME UP – VIXEN IT UP VS THE HOLLYWOOD BOMBSHELL (LESSON 4)

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Photos by Heidi Calvert Photography.

Story by Jenny Rieu

A native from Paris, France Jenny Rieu is a Curve model with a passion for retro and beautiful lingerie. Through her social media handles & website, Jenny has been building up an organic following of over 80,000 followers who follow her adventures as a modern pin-up and entrepreneur living in Los Angeles.

[Note that this column for “Pin Me Up” was first released on The Lingerie Journal on March 3rd, 2017. I have decided to finally branch out and start a brand new platform so that I am able to write everyday and not be restricted by any other entity but my own. I will now be posting fashion stories and tips for all women on the regular basis. This website is my Fashion and Lingerie Diary. So thank you for keeping up with me and reading.]

Vixen It Up – A concept by Heidi Calvert. (part 1)

For my fourth Lesson on The Lingerie Journal I wanted to explore a brand that I have been contemplating working with ever since I started following Ashley Graham on Instagram.

Addition Elle is a Canadian clothing store chain that sells plus-size clothing and was founded in 1967. They first came to my attention when I saw multiple lingerie collections in collaboration with my favorite body positive model: Ashley Graham. Their clothes start at a size 14 and go up to a size 26. On their website everything is written in French, including the names of their products, which I love because it brings me back to my French roots.

Addition Elle plays with the French word additionelle, which translates to additional in English. I find that the name of the brand itself is pretty sultry and introduces the customer to the brand in a positive way. And this resonated with me right away. Because the last thing you want when shopping is to feel like you are not included.

Addition Elle created these two killer bodysuits that I had to have because they inspired me since I laid eyes on them. So I decided to release my inner bombshell and style them in two different ways. If you are a curvy woman who doesn’t have a flat tummy like me, you know how hard it is to find bodysuits that fit you everywhere. So when I first saw Ashley Graham model the bodysuits and walk the walk in them on the runway during NYFW 2016, I figured they would probably fit me too.

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“I felt strong, powerful and in control.” – Jenny Rieu.

That’s when I realized how important it is to see yourself in the models that represent clothing brands. I am so used to seeing women who are between a size zero to a size 6 for most lingerie brands campaigns and it makes it hard for me to see myself in them, simply because I don’t look like them one bit. Seeing a similar hourglass body shape to mine really motivated my choice in selecting these two bodysuits and they are now my favorite staples to pair with wide legged pants or a pencil skirt. You can’t take the girl out of the pin up fashion aesthetic.

To introduce Ashley Graham combinaison Déshabillé (black bodysuit), I have to talk about the genesis of Vixen it Up Video Vixens Remixed by Heidi Calvert Photography. In her own words:

“Inspired by the fashion worn by the video vixens of the 1980’s MTV era, and her love for music and fashion, Heidi Calvert challenges beauty standards with her new body-positive fashion photography series, “Vixen it Up”.

“Vixen it Up” offers an alternate representation of the musician’s muse, which is essentially what the video vixen represented. Calvert’s vision for this series is inclusive of a variety of body types, skin tones and even questions ideas about gender, while encompassing the same qualities that the original video vixen possessed: sexuality, power, and beauty.”

With that beautiful concept created by Heidi Calvert, I decided to go outside of my comfort zone. For the first look, I wore an all black bodysuit with a build in caged bra, a corset by Glamorous Corset (used in some of the shots) and slicked my hair back. I put on my black stockings, sheer gloves and 1980s jewelry courtesy of my friend Natasha and put on a sheer black scarf from the 1950s in my hair, for added drama.

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As for the make-up I went pretty dark around the eyes and put on my Besame Cosmetics blood red lipstick. We were emulating some of the looks you could see in the classic 1982 : The Chauffeur video by Duran Duran. So the darkness was really key to complete this badass look. As for the location we shot at this really epic spot in DTLA where the LA river runs.

I was wearing these vintage vinyl heels and doing all these kicks in between shots, so it was a game of keeping my balance and still looking fierce in the pictures. My husband Jason Kamimura Photography filmed a lot of behind the scenes clips that I shared as sneak peeks on my Instagram. On set there was that fun and moody ambiance with the combination of the look I was rocking and the environment where we decided to shoot. I was feeling everything that Heidi wanted to translate in this first set of photos. I felt strong, powerful and in control.

What I wore, along with the different accessories really helped me get into character.

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The bodysuit itself is pretty kickass; it feels and looks like what you see in the pictures.

It is made of nylon, lycra and lace. I love that it has stretch because I wouldn’t be able to fit into it otherwise. One of the issues I have had in the past with bodysuits is that they would fit me in the cups of the bra, but I would be unable to close them at the bottom. The reason being that they aren’t usually tailored for plus size women it seems, as they aren’t stretchy at all.

I have an hourglass but do not have a flat tummy, so stretch is key for me.

What I love about this bodysuit is that it is curve hugging, I feel supported and It can also be worn as outerwear. I love that it is black and the detail of the strap over the bust makes it extra sulty. You can also choose to add stockings or not, as it has the unique feature of including a detachable garter belt (about 4 straps total). I love the detail on the back of the bodysuit where the straps cross over, this looks so sexy on and the double lace panels mirroring the front pattern is a nice touch.

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Available from a US size 12 through 24. I wore the size 1X (US size 14), as it is the closest to my measurements. The best purchase you can make is acquiring a tape measurer to ensure the proper fit in everything that you wear. I got into the habit of going by measurements from my Pin-up modeling days. Most brands now include a size chart on their website and I find it so helpful. (the size chart of the Addition Elle website is inches)

To care for this beauty you can either hand wash it in lukewarm water or dry clean it. I personally hand wash a lot of my lingerie and it helps me keep it preserved for years. Dry cleaning is another option but let’s face it, if you love that bodysuit you will be mad to have to dry clean it every week. You can let it dry naturally by hanging it and it is recommended by the brand itself on their website to not iron it.

The Hollywood Bombshell. (part 2)

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When we switched to the monochrome bodysuit aka Body le Déshabillé avec demi-bonnets Ashley Graham, we went with a complete different feel this time. I love playing with contrasts in my shoots, that’s why we chose to shoot on the rooftop of Heidi’s Hollywood apartment.

I am not really afraid of heights or being surrounded by water, so it only made sense to add those elements to our fashion story for The Lingerie Journal. As for makeup, I asked my friend, Natasha Marcelina to give me smokey cat eyes and nude lips to complement my curly pin up signature hair. Whenever I see photos of supermodels they often have nude lips and this style is growing on me.

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Illustration by Kat Hudson.

I have been so influenced by red lips from my pin-up days, that it is still hard for me to try and wear another color. It just seems like a pin-up crime to wear nude lips, but I like that it shows a different side of me. The funny thing is that I initially envisioned doing more of a Dark versus Angel parallel with both looks. But it ended up looking pretty fierce in both edits and not as soft as I planned in that second look. Both bodysuits made me feel strong, supported and sexy.

These Addition Elle bodysuits are well made and they represent the two most classic and timeless looks I could possibly add to my wardrobe.

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The black and white bodysuit feels just as amazing as the black one, as it includes plenty of stretch in the material as well. The built in bra offers plenty of support and the look of the bodysuit has that timeless feel that makes it a great piece for outerwear too. I love the detail of the cinched waist, and the choice of the print that is utterly classic.

I went to CURVELASVEGAS last week and I had a great time wearing some of my lingerie as outerwear. I even included the black bodysuit designed by Ashley Graham in collaboration with Addition Elle in one of my looks. Stay Tuned to read my full article on Curve Expo Las Vegas and find out about some of my favorite lingerie designs.

Thank you for reading and remember to stay true to who you are and own it, I know I always do.

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Re-Tweet by Addition Elle. Video by Heidi Calvert.

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Featured on The www.ashleygrahamcollections.com website as part of the #IamSizeSexyMovement for wearing Ashley’s lingerie designs in collaboration with Addition Elle.

Source: http://www.ashleygrahamcollections.com/en/prefall2017 

-Credits:

Photos by Heidi Calvert Photography
Mua for The Hollywood Bombshell Look by Natasha Marcelina
Bodysuits from Addition Elle designed by Ashley Graham.
Gloves and Stockings by Cervin Paris.
Styling by Ooh La La PR

-Get the looks here:

Ashley Graham combinaison Déshabillé

Underbust Mesh Cotton Corset Steel boned Long Underbust

Body le Déshabillé avec demi-bonnets Ashley Graham

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* PIN ME UP – PLUS SIZE IS GLAM (LESSON 3)

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Photos by Jason Kamimura Photography.

“The Candice Gwinn 1940s long robe is the epiphany of Old-Hollywood glamour and I felt like Jean Harlow wearing it.” – Jenny Rieu.

Story by Jenny Rieu

A native from Paris, France Jenny Rieu is a Curve model with a passion for retro and beautiful lingerie. Through her social media handles & website, Jenny has been building up an organic following of over 80,000 followers who follow her adventures as a modern pin-up and entrepreneur living in Los Angeles.

[Note that this column for “Pin Me Up” was first released on The Lingerie Journal on February 1st, 2017. I have decided to finally branch out and start a brand new platform so that I am able to write everyday and not be restricted by any other entity but my own. I will now be posting fashion stories and tips for all women on the regular basis. This website is my Fashion and Lingerie Diary. So thank you for keeping up with me and reading.]

The Plus size industry has been exploding within the course of just a few years. Yet, we are constantly told what we should or shouldn’t wear. What looks good and what doesn’t on a plus size body. But, at the end of the day, I believe it’s up to us to decide what we want to wear and be fearless while doing it. Brands that cater to the plus size market have yet to create designs that are more lavish and glamorous.

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As a retro enthusiast and what’s considered a petite plus size model myself, I am always on the lookout for brands that have a glamorous feel. I am especially fond of brands that are capable of recreating the Old-Hollywood style.

Sadly, we rarely see plus size women and especially women of color who have curves portrayed in that style. Nonetheless, it is a style that fits any woman who wants to feel timeless and stand out.

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For this column I decided to team up with the New Orleans-based brand, Trashy Diva. I created a series of photos in collaboration with photographer, Jason Kamimura Photography to illustrate that being plus size can be glamorous and sexy. I have been contemplating doing a review about a lingerie piece that can be worn as outerwear and this is now checked off my list.

About Trashy Diva

In 1999, Candice Gwinn launched the Trashy Diva clothing line, a collection of vintage-inspired frocks featuring a long silk and satin 1930s-style dress and coat. The collection was met with much success and led Candice to expand the collections featuring vintage-inspired styles from the 1930s, 40s, and 50s ranging from size 0 to 24.

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Her design inspiration not only comes from vintage clothing but also from Trashy Diva customers and the 30 women she employs. I have known about Trashy Diva for a number of years now and I wanted to review some of their lingerie pieces for a while as they are well curated and executed.

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Above: French artist Gemini.H recently created this wonderful illustration of Jenny Rieu wearing the Trashy Diva Candice Gwinn 1940s long robe.

The Candice Gwinn 1940s long robe is the epiphany of Old-Hollywood glamour and I felt like Jean Harlow wearing it. This ankle-length robe is part of the new Velvet collection released by the brand towards the end of 2016. I love that it feels elegant and versatile and it has a flattering vintage silhouette that feels like an accurate replica from the era.

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“I can see myself wearing this robe many different ways and it is now part of my staple pieces that I hope to own and wear for the rest of my life.”

You can wear it as a “boudoir piece” to lounge around your house, or if you are more daring, it can be worn as an evening gown paired with a slip or beautiful lingerie underneath. The robe is made of Rayon and Silk Velvet with billowing sleeves and it feels luxurious the minute you put it on. I love that it has a lot of fabric as it adds more drama to the whole look and it’s all about the legs.

I wore this robe three different ways: with lingerie, with lingerie and a corset on, and with a sheer bra and a slip.

When I look back at the photos my favorite look remains the one where it shows more leg and where my waistline is accentuated. I enjoyed wearing the robe off the shoulders but I do love the neckline of the robe if worn in its original configuration.

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The gown opens at the front with a hook and seven buttons, but I do wish the buttons went past the belly button. I own a vintage robe in that exact style and what I love about it is that it closes past the belly button, however it doesn’t reveal the legs as much as the Candice Gwinn 1940s robe does.

I can see myself wearing this robe many different ways and it is now part of my staple pieces that I hope to own and wear for the rest of my life. The robe is available in US sizes 2 through 24 and I am wearing the size 16. I think a size 14 would have given me a tighter fit around the bust, but I like having room to breathe and the option to tailor a design to my measurements.

Shop this look by clicking the link below:

http://www.trashydiva.com/shop/trashydiva-1940slongrobe-blackvelvet

Thank you for reading. For more regular updates follow me on InstagramFacebook and Twitter @jennyrieu.

*Photo Credit: Jason Kamimura Photography.

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*PIN ME UP – REACHING NEW HEIGHTS (LESSON 2)

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Story by Jenny Rieu

A native from Paris, France Jenny Rieu is a Curve model with a passion for retro and beautiful lingerie. Through her social media handles & website, Jenny has been building up an organic following of over 80,000 followers who follow her adventures as a modern pin-up and entrepreneur living in Los Angeles.

[Note that this column for “Pin Me Up” was first released on The Lingerie Journal on January 18th, 2017. I have decided to finally branch out and start a brand new platform so that I am able to write everyday and not be restricted by any other entity but my own. I will now be posting fashion stories and tips for all women on the regular basis. This website is my Fashion and Lingerie Diary. So thank you for keeping up with me and reading.]

We just started the new year and we are all hopeful for a better year and a new self. As for me, I am really looking forward to reaching new heights as far as my goals and my personal life. Last year was a journey of self discovery through my work with a variety of lingerie brands that cater to full bust and petite plus size ladies like me. It was also the year I discovered Harlow and Fox, created by Independent and Fierce designer Leanna Williams back in 2011.

Last year we collaborated together on a lookbook that reviewed a lot of her lavish designs and I feel so grateful to have been chosen to wear so many stunning sets.

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All photos by Jason Kamimura Photography.

This year I wanted to start the year with a bang and that’s why I reached out to her to model “The Viola Jet” set. It includes three designs: The Viola Kimono Jet that is made of French lace and delicate sheer golden tulle that almost looks like cream on my golden skin, The Viola Jet Longline Bra and The Viola Jet Thong.

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What I love about Leanna’s lingerie is that it always makes me feels like a true Queen. Often times when looking for lingerie that fits me I find that the execution, choice of fabrics and style don’t match my ideal. I have always loved Silks, French lace and even Velvet. Those are my top three favorite luxury materials when I look for lingerie and even outerwear.

Harlow and Fox takes you to the next level and makes you feel like you should be sipping champagne all day long in your Marie-Antoinette inspired couch, actually I’ve done that. Or simply admire the view from the fire escape of your 1920s 14th story building overlooking the Hollywood Hills like I did during the course of this photoshoot with my husband Jason Kamimura Photography.

Every time I wear a Harlow and Fox design it feels like second skin and I feel like an opulent queen.

We are always told as women to settle for less and I never understood that. I love luxury and I love the fact that I am a Curve model rocking couture designs that are sourced all over Europe and made with love in Great Britain by a designer who truly cares. I treasure all my pieces from Harlow and Fox and I see them as part of my journey as I rediscover my femininity and reach new heights in my life. When I wear a Harlow and Fox design I feel transported and I love every single piece from the Violet Jet set.

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Starting with The Viola Jet robe that gently reveals my bronze skin underneath. I love the dramatic wide sleeves adorned with black French Eyelash Lace and I love that they are so reminiscent of Old Hollywood silent movie stars such as Louise Brooks. For this particular shoot I didn’t want to completely emulate that look and I went for a modern setting as I love playing with contrasts too.
I love that these photos show me as I am today in the city that I chose to live in six years ago. I am owning who I am at this very moment and wearing gloriously spectacular lingerie while striking sensual poses on a fire escape overlooking the City of Angels.

The Viola Jet robe closes with a black silk binding and a wide silk sash revealing the sultry lingerie set underneath it. This design is soft and spectacular at the same time, as you truly feel like you make an entrance when you wear it.

The Viola Jet Longline bra is made of delicate jet black lace and I am wearing a size 36FF.

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This bra has become my new favorite and I am already planning on wearing it as a bustier with a black pencil skirt and a sheer blouse to reveal the beautiful lace work on the cups of the bra.

Something I have learned from Dita Von Teese is that lingerie is meant to worn outside and seen.

Ideally I would walk around in pretty lavish undergarment all the time, but I like to choose the occasions to wear my lingerie outside. The Viola Jet Longline bra is the perfect new addition to my vintage inspired collection of underwear. I am already dreaming of going back to my native Paris in a few months and wearing this bra as part of a sultry all noir look by The Seine.
This is what I love the most about this lingerie is that it actually triggers the fantasy to be the femme fatale you forgot you were. Thankfully through my work as a Curve model I am reminded of this almost everyday.

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Last but not least, is The Viola Jet Thong made of black silk, black lace and diamanté pearl ornament as the final glamorous touch. I must admit I am not a big fan of thongs at all. Growing up I wore them a lot but I was four sizes smaller than I am today. Currently I am in between a size 12 and 14. Like most women there are certain parts of my body that I choose not to show. My belly is a part that I still work on and I still have a lot of insecurities about it.

I recently posted a body positive video on my Instagram and I got picked on by some trolls who thought I was not trying hard enough to lose weight or tone up. This couldn’t be further from the truth. I work out, I eat clean, and yet I still have a belly. So wearing this thong was a little intimidating for me as it is not high waist. Ideally, high waist is my preference but Harlow and Fox designs couture garments that are meant to reveal the woman’s body. As I looked at the pictures from my session today, I am pleased because they show me as I am today.

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I strongly recommend any woman in search of lingerie that makes a bold statement and makes you feel like a queen to head over to Harlow and Fox’s website now You will not regret it. Whether you are getting married, doing a boudoir shoot or simply treating yourself to a new lingerie set, you will find something lavish and goddess worthy.

Thank you for reading and see you next time for Lesson 3!

*GET THIS LOOK HERE:

The Viola Jet Kimono: https://www.harlowandfox.com/products/violajet-kimono
The Viola Jet Longline Bra: https://www.harlowandfox.com/products/violajet-longline-bra
The Viola Jet Thong: https://www.harlowandfox.com/products/violajet-thong

*Photo Credit: Jason Kamimura Photography.

Thank you for reading. For more regular updates follow me on InstagramFacebook and Twitter @jennyrieu.

 

 


*PIN ME UP: DARE TO WEAR YOUR UNDERWEAR (LESSON 1)

“Curves are constantly being judged and I believe that embracing yourself will never be outdated. What a better brand than Curvy Couture Intimates to embody the powerful message that curves are here to shine and so are you.” – Jenny Rieu.

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A native from Paris, France Jenny Rieu is a Curve model with a passion for retro and beautiful lingerie and beautiful clothes. Through her social media handles & website, Jenny has been building up an organic following of over 80,000 followers who follow her adventures as a modern pin-up and entrepreneur living in Los Angeles.

[Note that this column for “Pin Me Up” was first released on The Lingerie Journal on December 12th, 2016. I have decided to finally branch out and start a brand new platform so that I am able to write everyday and not be restricted by any other entity but my own. I will now be posting fashion stories and tips for all women on the regular basis. This website is my Fashion and Lingerie Diary. So thank you for keeping up with me and reading.]

I have been living in Los Angeles, California for the past six years now and I went through different changes in both my personal and professional life. My journey as a model feels like it just started in 2016 when I decided to become a freelance lingerie model and social media strategist.

It was also my first time fulfilling one of my biggest fantasies and that really helped me free myself from my inhibitions. You would never guess from my pictures that I once contemplated having breast reduction, liposuction and a little nip and tuck here there. Because dressing these curves can often be challenging. I picked Malibu, Beach that is well known for its celebrity homes and picture perfect beaches. I couldn’t think of a better backdrop to contrast with my first column that is all about being body positive and having self-confidence in this body of mine.

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I have been living in Los Angeles, California for the past six years now and I went through different changes in both my personal and professional life. My journey as a model feels like it just started in 2016 when I decided to become a freelance lingerie model and social media strategist.

It was also my first time fulfilling one of my biggest fantasies and that really helped me free myself from my inhibitions. You would never guess from my pictures that I once contemplated having breast reduction, liposuction and a little nip and tuck here there. Because dressing these curves can often be challenging. I picked Malibu, Beach that is well known for its celebrity homes and picture perfect beaches. I couldn’t think of a better backdrop to contrast with my first column that is all about being body positive and having self-confidence in this body of mine.

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“What really strikes me in the pictures that we took that day with Jason Kamimura Photography is the confidence I see in me.”

The color really complements my skin tone and I love feeling well supported in pretty bras. My go to shape for panties are high waist and Curvy Couture doesn’t disappoint. As a Curvy woman I feel great in the high waist panties as they really highlight my hourglass shape and I just love the way they look on me. So when I decided to put on the entire set before hitting Malibu beach a few days ago I felt regal and sexy. I was really looking for a gold scenery to highlight the set and it doesn’t get any better than catching the golden hour by the sea.

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I find that wearing pretty lingerie that is well made, bold and fits my personality contributes to that confidence. It is not only a journey from within, but also a journey with rediscovering my body as it is today. I used to be a size 8 most of my life and that was the norm for me. As I got older I was diagnosed with fibroids and my body started changing. I gained weight and I am now a size 14. I could either fight my new body, or decide to embrace it and own it.

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I’m glad I decided to own and flaunt my new body as I enjoy wearing pretty lingerie to dress my killer curves and you should too. What really strikes me in the pictures that we took that day with Jason Kamimura Photography is the confidence I see in me. It is true what they say the thirties are all about self acceptance and owning who you are. And I feel like I’m just getting started.

Get this look here:

Curvy Couture Tulip Lace Bra
Curvy Couture Tulip Lace Hipster

Pin Me Up – Dare to Wear Your Underwear Credits

Matching lace robe provided by What Katie Did.
Photos by Jason Kamimura Photography.

Learn More about Curvy Couture

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