Tuesday, 8 November 2016

House of Satin - Tea Rose Collection Review

House of Satin is a family run, independent brand, manufacturing handmade, vintage inspired lingerie here in England. I first came across House of Satin early last year and did some reviews of their products. Fast forward to the end of 2016 and they have just relaunched their brand with some amazing new pieces. I thought I would share with you my thoughts on their new collection! 

House of Satin Vintage Style Lingerie Tea Rose Collection

After hearing wonderful things about House of Satin from fellow vintage and pinup enthusiast Amber Rose Theron back in 2014, I decided to try them out. Back then, they produced lovely vintage inspired lingerie pieces (bras, high waisted briefs, corselettes etc)  at really reasonable prices, compared to other vintage inspired lingerie brands. The quality of their products was good and didn't break the bank (something which is always appealing to me!). So when I heard that they were intending to relaunch the brand this year, I knew I had to get my hands on one of their new collections, to see what had changed.

House of Satin Vintage Style Lingerie
Me "modelling" an original House of Satin collection last year.  

So garments aside, the first thing to change about the newly re-launched House of Satin is their website.  The old site was very basic and made it hard to see what you were buying. No real models were used, only mannequins, so it was tough to see how things looked on a real body. My review on their Vintage Style Full Cover Bra is one of my most popular as it shows you how the items look in real life. The great news about the new House of Satin website is that it is brand new, fully mobile optimised and contains loads of beautiful images of their products on equally beautiful models, so you can get a real sense of what everything looks like.

House of Satin Vintage Style Lingerie Tea Rose Collection

Their products are broken down into collections which focus on styles from the 1920's right through to the 60's so there is something for everyone and every body. Their collections are as follows:

Foundation Lace 

It all starts with the right foundations! This is their largest collection and gives you a true vintage silhouette that will define and support your figure. Their delicate floral lace is lined with a soft mesh and comes in three colour ways; black, white and nude.

Satin Gems

Their Satin Gems range is inspired by the utility era of the 1940’s, when bras were made from parachute silk or parts of satin wedding dresses. HoS have recreated this look using sumptuous satin's and soft meshes; these garments are gorgeous and give you an effortless 1940’s and 1950’s look.

Tea Rose

This range was inspired from a 1960’s lingerie advertisement that caught their attention. The Tea Rose collection is brimming with pretty details from rose gold fabrics, top casing and the beautiful large bows and trimmings! They have not spared anything in this design right down to the soft peach skin linings. These garments ooze fun and extravagance.

Cherry Blossom

The Cherry Blossom range is a celebration of transparency and light. It is a fully sheer set, featuring a high quality embroidered lace, delicately dotted with cute pink cherry blossom.

Forever Gatsby

I love flapper style and am so pleased to see the Forever Gatsby range, coming in two classic colours, English Rose and Pistachio Green. Each garment is trimmed with lace and finished with gold plated rings and slides. This collection features true 1920’s styles and has period accurate details such as satin ribbon straps and pretty rose bud bows.

House of Satin Vintage Style Lingerie Tea Rose Collection

I decided to try the Tea Rose collection. I ordered both pieces from the collection, the Bridgit Bra and the Full Brief. What I immediately noticed about the new collection is the improved range of sizes. Previously, I found the sizing options at HoS to be quite limited and they came up on the big side for me, so it was nice to see the collection available in a huge range of sizes. The Bridgit bra is available in sizes 32A to 42F and the matching briefs in sizes UK 6-18. Many of their items, such as their Girdles, used to be offered in Small, Medium or Large sizes only, so it is great that they now provide more specific size measurements to aid with fit.

I ordered the Bridgit bra in a 32DD and the briefs in a Size 8. Both items fit perfectly. I followed their sizing chart, which I found to be really useful. I would say that given the measurements on the size chart and the fit I experienced, that the items run true to size.

House of Satin Vintage Style Lingerie Tea Rose Collection Bridgit Bra

House of Satin Vintage Style Lingerie Tea Rose Collection Bridgit Bra

The details on the Bridgit Bra are just beautiful. From the triangle strap detail, to the central bow and cage-style band at the base, no expense has been spared on this style. The mixture of materials is also really nice, with the satin cups and mesh underbust detail. Furthermore, the bra is super comfortable and honestly felt like it was made just for me. The bra features a rear clasp with 3 rows of 3 hooks and eyes, so there is quite a bit of stretch to each size. The Bridgit Bra retails at £55.

House of Satin Vintage Style Lingerie Tea Rose Collection Bridgit Bra

The Bridgit Full Briefs were also super comfortable and in terms of fit were absolutely perfect. The briefs mirror the style of the bra with the beautiful bow detailing and mix of fabrics in a beautiful rose gold colour, which is very à la mode. 

House of Satin Vintage Style Lingerie Tea Rose Collection Bridgit Full Briefs

As above, the Tea Rose collection is a 60's inspired collection, and I did think that the set had a more modern feel than some of the other vintage lingerie sets I have tried in the past. While it clearly has a vintage feel, I don't think that it would look out of place in a modern collection of lingerie, especially due to the caging detail on the bra. The Bridgit Full Briefs retail at £35.50.

Overall, this is a huge step forwards for House of Satin in my view. Yes, the items are now considerably pricier, but in my opinion, you are getting a far superior product for your money, as well as a much enhanced shopping experience via their website. I am over the moon with my new pieces and I am eager to try more pieces from their new collection! You can shop the Tea Rose collection here or at www.houseofsatin.co.uk

If you have tried something from the new collection already, do let me know what you think!

- x - LMDW - x -

Thursday, 3 November 2016

October Pinup Picks

Today on the blog, I am rounding up all the stuff I have been swooning over for the past month. These Pinup Pick blog posts are highlighting just how fast this year is passing. I can't quite believe that it is November already! Actually, I can, as my old lady feet are starting to play up. Ahhhh winter! 

Collectif Vintage Pearl Coat

OK, so this coat strictly only came out a few days ago, so it is not really an October pick, but I had to include it! The Collectif Pearl coat is BACK and it has been released in a brand new colourway - red red wine! This has to be, by far, my favorite colourway of this coat. Something about that rich red colour screams Autumn. It is currently in stock on the Collectif website in sizes 6-18, but I would not hang around to get your hands on this. These coats are so popular and fly off the shelves. However, don't forget, Black Friday is on the 25th November, which means that some of these must haves could be greatly reduced! Keep your eyes peeled and your wits sharp Collectif lovers! The Collectif Pearl Coat retails at £196 with free delivery and is available from www.collectif.co.uk

Collectif Vintage Pearl Coat

Cinderella Collection - Irregular Choice

When the rumor mill started that Irregular Choice were bringing out a Cinderella collection, I literally almost died. Not figuratively, literally. They teased us with the collection all through October and then, last week, it arrived. Like Cinderella's attendance at the ball, as quickly as it arrived, it was gone again. Almost the entire collection sold out within minutes of launching. If I had £150 to spend on a pair of shoes (which, I'm sure you've learnt by now, I don't!), I would have snapped up the Sparkling Slipper in silver, because, LOOK AT IT!!! My dreams of being a Disney Princess would have been accomplished. Alas, all we can do now people is look at the pretty pictures and hope that perhaps, someday, a dream that I wish, will come true. The Irregular Choice Sparkling Slipper retails at £150 (currently out of stock) and is available from www.irregularchoice.com (if they re-stock!) PLEASE!! 

Irregular Choice Cinderella Sparking Slipper

Vivien of Holloway - Swagger Jacket

OK. So I love this jacket and hate it in equal measure and here is why. When I look at it, I fall in love with the cut, colourways (of which there are 8!!) versatility and warmth potential. But then, the 2011 Number 1 hit 'Swagger Jagger' by Cher Lloyd comes into my head, gets stuck for 5 days straight and I have to pretend I never laid eyes on the blasted thing. But I did. I laid my eyes on it and I really, really want the White Fleck colourway this winter. To be honest, I love it that much that I think if I were to buy one, I could put up with hearing 2011's official Most Annoying Song on repeat. The Swagger Jagger, I mean, Jacket, retails at £149 and is available from www.vivienofholloway.com 

"Swagger Jacket, Swagger Jacket..." It's in your head now, isn't it? Soz.

Swagger Jacket Vivien of Holloway

- x - LMDW - x -