Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Time to wear white, so what do you wear UNDER white?

I am of the school that underwear means UNDER and that your clothes are the fashion item.  Your clothes should flatter your shape - not that ratty pink thong and bra straps galore.  After all, you spent good money on those white linen pants and adorable fashion top, so why detract from them with your underwear. 

So what DO you wear under white?  Well many believe that you wear white under white, but unless your a relative of Casper the Ghost, white will show up too!  So the correct answer is Nude.  You should wear nude under white and that is why in the real bra world nude is your basic go to.  Try to find a nude that is close to your skin tone and it will be invisible under white.  

And remember ladies: 1.) the proper fitting bra will lift and shape your girls under that adorable top  2.) Go for a seamless panty or thong to avoid panty lines and 3.) Don't wear underwear that is too small!  If the elastic is cutting in and creating bulges, that is what you will see under your clothing.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Not All Superheroes Wear Capes! lots wear pretty lace, perfume and makeup too!

Let's face it, Mom is probably the biggest superhero of them all!  She always appears magically when you need her; with all of the strength, support and problem solving skills of the best!  It is no wonder she doesn't turn in circles and magically appear in a wonder woman suit!  Well just because she touts super hero strength, doesn't mean she doesn't like to feel beautiful too.  I mean Mom is still a woman  on every level, and sometimes she needs to be reminded just how beautiful she IS.   So in lieu of that kitchen gadget you were going to get her this year, maybe you could get her something pretty?  At Arcella's we have the perfect gifts for pampering Mom.  Try putting together one of our custom spa gift baskets complete with aromatherapy shower fizzies, bubble bath and Mistral French Milled Soaps.  Or pick out a new fragrance for her from our Zents line of perfume, lotions and soaps.  Pretty pajamas are always a treat for mom too,  and if you are really stumped a gift certificate will always do the trick.  That way Mom can come in and get the perfect bra to support the girls, or maybe a little mineral makeup from Inika to make her feel really special.   So remember, just because Mom is a superhero, doesn't mean she wants a cape...........she probably would much rather have something pretty, lacy or fragrant to make her feel beautiful.

Monday, February 28, 2011

The Art of Bra Fitting

From the time I started wearing a bra, to the time I found myself in the lingerie business; nearly 25 years passed before I was "properly" fitted for a bra! I can not believe it! I must say I did my darndest to figure out my bra size on my own, by reading, trying on and using on-line calculators.  I was measured once at Victoria's Secret, years ago, but they didn't have my size and suggested going up a band size and down in the cup size.  I have to say, I was shocked when I was properly fitted in a bra size I never heard of before! A 30" Band! That is where my passion and drive for this business began. I want to help every woman find her true bra size and discover just what a difference a properly fitting bra can make.   So with that said, there is definitely and art to fitting bras.  It not only requires a tape measure, but an eye for the different shapes of women, and a knowledge of the different styles and manufacturers of bras. 

So what should you expect when you come to Arcella's for a bra fitting?  First of all, I will try to make you as comfortable as possible in the dressing room.  I will start your assesment before you even remove your shirt.  Once your shirt is removed, I will  continue my assesment by measuring you for your band size.  I will then take a measurement over the fullest part of your bust line to get a ballpark of your cup size. This is where the art comes in......while you wait in the comfort of the dressing room, I will bring you a bra to start the fitting process.  I will keep returning with bras until we find the style and size that are perfect for you.  That is it! If I don't have it, I will follow up when the perfect  merchandise comes in.

I realize that this experience may seam a bit unnerving to some of you, but I promise I will do my best to make it a comfortable and enlightening experience.  Soooo,  if you straps are falling down or your girls are talking to your belly button,  it is time for you to consider a bra fitting with yours truly.  See you soon!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Valentine's Lingerie - Is it for you?

Not everyone is comfortable with the idea of squeezing into a corset or baring their abs in a flyaway babydoll, but shouldn't every woman feel pretty and sexy for their hot date on Valentine's Day?  We think so! Whether your married, engaged or going on a first date which may turn hot and heavy,  do you really want to be wearing that mismatched bra and granny panty set  you wear every day?  Your significant other will definitely appreciate the effort and more importantly you may be surprised at what some pretty panties will do for your libido.   That is why we are here!  Come by and check out all our Valentine's lingerie.  Pick out a baby doll, bustier set or corset.  Pair it with some thigh high fishnet stockings if you want.....or if you are on the more practical side pick up a sexy bra and panty set that you can not only wear more often, but all day in anticipation of your date night.   Here a just a couple of our new arrivals from Felina and Wacoal B.Tempt'd.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Valentine's Day - Love it or Hate it?

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and while many of you ladies may be starting to swell with anticipation, others simply hate the day.  Maybe because your solo or maybe because it is too comercialized for your taste. But in any event, love is in the air and when in Rome....do as the Romans do.  

If you are flying solo this Valentine's Day, get together with some single gal pals and exchange little gifts that make you feel like the Divas that you are.  Have a lingerie party or an at home spa party where you share your favorite bubble bath, make-up, soap, lotions or massage oils.  

Feeling like you are the only one that isn't hooked up for the Holiday?  Pamper yourself!  Take the time to light a candle and soak in that tub of luxurious bubble bath or pick up a love spell bath bomb from Arcella's then exfoliate with a salt scrub and moisturize with your favorite lotion scent! 

Maybe your coupled up for Valentine's 2011 but are just plain out of ideas on how to spend it......well this Valentine's relax with the one you love.  Create a cozy dinner at home with your favorite Archipelago Botanicals candle, silk rose petals scattered about and a sexy little bustier or chemise waiting to be discovered.  You can make it a playful evening with new products from the Kama Sutra company like their chocolate body paint, or give each other a relaxing massage with their massage oils.  

No matter what your status this Valentine's Day love yourself, love your friend and love the one your with!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

A Funny Lingerie Story

A good friend and customer recently shared  a lingerie mishap with me that I just couldn't resist passing along. 

Marissa (name changed for privacy) had purchased a perfectly fitting, sexy little black chemise from our store and was excited to show it off for her hubby.  She left the store with her lingerie purchase, went home showered with her new Zents soap and then moisturized her body in her new Zents shea butter lotion.  Marissa slipped into her sexy little chemise and proceeded to get dressed for dinner date with her husband.  She was feeling on top of the world.  Marissa and her husband enjoyed their meal and returned home.  Marissa teased her hubby with the straps of her little black number and tried to seduce him, but he was just too FULL from the wonderul food!  Disappointed, they retired to bed and Marissa put away her little black chemise for another occassion.

A few months later, Marissa nad Hubby went on a vacation get away to Las Vegas.  Marissa thought to herself, what a perfect place and opportunity to try out the sexy little black chemise!  Marissa dressed herself again and they left for an afternoon and evening on the town.   They walked and walked and walked.  After a full evening of food and sites,  they returned to the hotel room.  Marissa was ready for action, but was feeling a little sweaty from all the walking around, so she thought she would take a quick shower first and then slip back into her lingerie. When she emerged from the shower ready  for action, Hubby was rolling with laughter.........it seams Marissa's little black chemise had left black dye stains on her skin on all of the most curvaceous parts of her body.

So ladies, sometimes, the romantic evening doesn't always work out as you planned, but if you can laugh together they say that is the best medicine anyway. 

Tip - Always,wash your lingerie before wearing.  Consider the lotion you put on your body before your lingerie and also weather you will be active for a long period of time before you intend to reveal your sexy little outfit. 

Until next time