Tuesday, October 20, 2015

5 Easy Steps to buy Lingerie for your Girlfriend, Wife or Significant Other

5 Easy Steps to buy Lingerie for your Girlfriend, Wife or Significant Other.

by Kiki Atwaroe

With special occasions like an anniversary or birthday always right around the corner, we understand that you might find yourself in a sticky situation when it comes to buying the perfect gift for your girl. But – not only do we understand the stress of finding a unique gift, we are here to help alleviate it!

Our suggestion is of course to buy lingerie for your lady! Now, stepping foot in a seductive and sensual marlies|dekkers shop might be a little too intimidating, but fear not! Online shopping is here to save the day!
Here is our 5 step fool-proof plan to giving the best gift a girl could ask for; lingerie!

Step 1: Confidence
Don’t worry about how long you’ve been together. Lingerie as a gift for girlfriend is naturally intimidating but can be a fun experience for both of you. Lingerie traditionally turns men on, but the truth is that most girls like it just as much for the same reasons. Play on this and remember that you want your girl to feel sexy in what you’re buying her. New relationships or long standing ones; buying lingerie as a gift for her is an excellent way to keep the attraction alive.

Step 2: Know Her!
Establish how your partner feels in the lingerie that she already owns. Is she is shy, conservative, self-conscious or outgoing, daring and willing to bare all?
When you buy lingerie for your girlfriend or wife, it really needs to be about the girl. There is a big difference between what men find sexy on women and what women find sexy on themselves. A woman can immediately tell if you bought a lingerie set that you think looks good on her without taking her into consideration while you were shopping for that perfect gift. This is not the time to be selfish!

Step 3; Style? Size?
Do your homework and come prepared! Take a peek in your partner’s underwear drawer while she isn’t looking before you go shopping. Note down her favourite items and write down what her bra size is – or simply take a picture of the label. Check the size on a couple of items as sizes can differentiate slightly across brands and styles.
After you discovered her size you can move on determining her style. There are three things to take note of:
  1. Bras: push up? balconette? plunge?
  2. Panties: briefs? boyshorts? thongs?
  3. Fabric: cotton? silk? lace?
Don’t forget colour options either! If you are not sure about the colour, search for something modern and classic. Black is always a good idea when you’re buying lingerie for your girlfriend, wife or significant other! For more information and for understanding the different bra styles you can visit ourFitting Room.

Step 4: The Purchase
At marlies|dekkers we offer stylish and unique luxury lingerie sets for women. You get what you pay for and high-end lingerie has a magical effect. When you buy Lingerie as a gift it should always come as matching sets of knickers and bras. Once you’ve chosen the bra, finding matching knickers should be easy. You can complete the look with accessories such as stockings, sexysuspenders and garters. Don’t forget to save the receipt just in case the sizing was slightly off.

Step 5: Giving the Gift
The final touch is the most important, right? Choosing gift wrapping should be as important as choosing to buy lingerie as a gift. Ask the lingerie to be placed inside an elegant gift box. For example; we offer a gift-wrapping service which includes a special silk bag and box.
Giving your lady lingerie as a gift will be a lovely surprise to her and we hope it’s equally as enjoyable for you too.
Take a look at our webshop to get a better idea of bra sizes and shapes and have the gift delivered at your office to save any potential gift-spoiling!  We’re always here to help you find the perfect lingerie gift for your girlfriend, wife or significant other.

 Still Lost?
Shop marlies|dekkers by collection:
Signature Collection for always-loved, everyday-sexy sets.
Style Collection for unique and on trend sets
Couture Collection for provocative, sensual and unapologetically sexy sets

Monday, October 19, 2015

Seven Habits of Incredibly Stylish Men

This story was originally published on D'Marge. We've all seen them; know one, even. The incredibly stylish gent. Whether a stranger on the train or that annoyingly suave guy at work, the stylish gent gets around these days. Subscribe to Executive Style's newsletter, delivered twice a week to your inbox Here are seven habits of the incredibly stylish gent worth noting now. Pen and paper, ready?
1) Know a good tailor
The stylish man knows his sizing limitations. Models are sample size so only models can buy straight off the rack and walk out of a store looking like a million bucks. To overcome the problem of long legs on trousers and sleeves that cover your hands, see someone with the gift of scissors, needle and thread – an alterations specialist. Nowadays it's super affordable (and a lot cheaper than having your own suit custom-made) and easy; when you buy new work pants, take the trousers straight to your fix-it person. Put on some weight? Get the trousers let out to avoid looking like a squashed sausage. No matter how much you spend or how beautiful the fabric, there's no faking it when it comes to fit. Jackets that sag and baggy pants that slump look careless and stop you looking like the stylish gent you want to be.
2) Well-maintained shoes matter

It's all about the shoes (and the suit and jeans and pressed shirt, but that's another story).
Shoes are the first thing to be noticed when you meet someone for the first time. Rocking up to work in the latest Hugo Boss mohair wool three-piece suit is killer. But wearing derby shoes that look like they have been chewed on by the dog is a crime against your colleagues and the beautiful suit itself. Wipe your leather shoes with a damp cloth at the end of each day to remove dirt and dust and set aside time each Sunday to polish up your shoes ahead of the working week. A pair of beautifully made, expensive shoes will never stand their ground unpolished, torn, faded or dirty. Treat shoes like you do your oral hygiene.
3) Run a well-oiled grooming machine

Starting with the hair, book your appointments well in advance with a reputable barber. Even if it's to trim the neck fluff or loose the impeding ball shape your hair is taking, four to six weeks is a good cycle to be on. Facial grooming now, the typical products – face wash, exfoliation and moisturiser – should be done daily, preferably in the morning so you don't forget before bed. For the shaven gent, keep the face super clean, hair-free and shave the regrowth daily. For those working the five-o'clock-shadow look, keep it neat with a razor trim every two to three days. Beard lovers, trim your growth weekly. The most important thing about having a grooming routine is setting it in advance and sticking to it.
4) Invest in key pieces

Splurging on timeless pieces for the wardrobe is essential. This means investing in key fashion items that transcend what's in trend for a season. Stylish gents take a more universal, simple approach. A slim pair of dark denim jeans, crisp white Oxford shirt, razor sharp casual blazer, camel trench, black wool trousers, leather carry-all, plain white tee, leather derby shoes, aviator sunglasses – these are classic essentials and will get you started. And because these are 'investments', buy these in the best quality fabrics (cashmere, merino wool, organic cotton, calfskin leather) you can. You'll be wearing any one of these pieces every day.
5) Know your wardrobe

Getting acquainted with your wardrobe takes the labour out of dressing each morning. Have a few key looks memorised for play and for work (pastel blue shirt, navy suit and dark tan brogues make for a tonal, smart, alternative to a 'snore' black and white business look). Trying key pieces on together in advance can do this, or simply visualise the textures and colours coming together in your head. Organising your clothes in the closet helps getting to know them better. Buy wooden hangers and space your clothes out so they become their own. You can get an idea what works or what's missing by seeing them all lined up together and they don't get crushed in the process. For extra assertiveness the night before, lay out the following day's outfit, including accessories. Then hang your pre-selected clothes in your wardrobe or if packing for travel, lie them straight into the suitcase.
6) Have an air of confidence

Stylish men carry themselves with confidence. There is nothing more unattractive than a guy who looks like he's trying too hard while looking uncertain about himself. The confident man owns his look, because it's an authentic expression of his personality and who he is. But the insecure jock is shifty and unsettled (evident with his body language) and his appearance will be noticeably self-conscious – fiddling with things, playing with his buttons, and looking at himself in every mirror or reflective window he can find. The clothes are wearing him, and not the other way around. Before you step out the house ask yourself this: Am I happy with how I look today? There's no point wearing something that isn't you, just because it's a trend. If yes, go face the world. From here, be authentic, take the occasional risk to challenge who you are and then, don't give your outfit a second thought.
7) Keep one's self in check

With the time, effort and often serious money spent on clothes and looking the part, letting it all come undone during the day is not an option for the stylish gent. So keep yourself in check. Not that we're suggesting being that self-conscious guy in the previous point who can't leave himself alone. It's more about assertively making sure you aren't letting things slip: flies zipped, shirt neatly re-tucked, and belt fastened properly. Lop-sided ties and blunt knots look messy, too; while a big tomato sauce stain on a work suit after lunch is a deadly style sin. D'Marge is one of Australia's most popular men's style and fashion blogs. Follow D'Marge on Facebook and Instagram.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

HANNAH Magazine

HANNAH Magazine

HANNAH is a beautiful biannual print book that will add important voices to the ongoing narrative about Black women—our own.
631 backers pledged $37,403 to help bring this project to life.

Monday, October 12, 2015