How To Have The Perfect Pampering Night In

If you’ve had a long week, a long month or are getting yourself ready for a busy time ahead, taking time out for yourself is essential to relaxing and recuperating. Quite frankly, you deserve it! We can’t all be busy all the time and indulging in some much needed pampering time can leave you feeling on top of the world, ready to take on life and its challenges. Of course everyone unwinds in different ways, but for a lot of us, taking time to relax by ourselves in a calm environment is fundamental to this – but something we don’t get the opportunity to do very often.  

#1 Leave your worries and stresses at the front door

We all have an endless thoughts swimming around our heads, from our worries to that never-ending to do list. But every once in a while we need to take these weights off our shoulders, and place them on the pavement outside the front door, leaving them to be dealt with another day. The world isn’t going to crumble, nothing bad will happen and everything will be the same in the morning. We all deserve a carefree night of switching off, relaxing and re-charging our batteries. Take a deep breath as you walk through the door and expel all those stressful thoughts.

#2 Run a hot bath with candles and bubbles and your favourite feel-good music.

And just lie there… for as long as you like. Create a beautiful atmosphere in your bathroom with scented candles and a relaxing playlist and let it become an oasis of calm. Revamp your bathroom into a DIY spa and you won’t regret it, just close your eyes, clear your mind and concentrate on the smells and sounds around you whilst you float in the foamy warm water. Soaking in a hot bath can help reduce everything from anxiety to muscle aches, so it’s the perfect way to unwind.

#3 Put on your favourite lingerie

Post bath – dry yourself in the fluffiest towel, cover yourself head to toe in your favourite moisturising lotion and slip into your favourite outfit. This could be anything, but when comfort is the main requirement, there’s honestly nothing nicer than lounging around the house in a lovely lingerie set. Brighton lace lingerie is made from the softest lace and is free from any underwiring, clasps or heavy seams, meaning that except for those sneaky peaks in the mirror to admire how great you look, you’ll barely know it’s there. If it’s a little bit chilly, our lacy bralettes go perfectly with your comfiest pair of sweats – as seen on Ella from @storiesbehindthings.

#3 Cook your favourite dinner

Buy yourself those expensive ingredients and whip up a delicious meal. Cooking for yourself can be so relaxing, especially with a glass of wine to aid the process. And don’t forget a big old helping of your favourite dessert! For those who’d rather not do the cooking, for the ultimate pampering order from your favourite takeaway instead.

#5 Create a relaxation haven

Grab a load of cushions and blankets and snuggle up on your sofa or bed – read a book, do some drawing, sewing or put on your favourite film. Take some time out to do something for yourself. We get so caught up in the whirlwind of work, responsibilities and socialising that doing the activities that are purely for ourselves often get sidelined. Whether you are rekindling your inner creativity or getting immersed in your favourite plot line, opt for the activities that make you happy and and let you unwind into a deep state of bliss. And don’t leave the beautiful fragrances and chill out playlist in the bathroom, continue evoking this of tranquillity throughout the night.

And don’t forget an early night to help you feel fully rejuvenated the next day!

Do you relax in your lacies? Tag #brightonlace in your photos to be featured on our Instagram. Also check out our Brighton Lace Spotify for some great feel good playlists!  

Our Summer Holiday Packing Guide!

Holiday season is here! That means plenty of hot dog legs on Instagram we can be jealous of, lounging by the pool, and cocktails on the beach! If you’re lucky enough to be jetting off somewhere warm and beautiful this summer, we’ve put together a summer holiday packing guide with some essentials and some helpful tips. And if you’re bringing any of our lace pieces with you on holiday, snap a pic of it in your suitcase and tag us on Instagram!

 

Essentials to pack…

#1 A sarong or a wide scarf

A sarong is such an amazing item to bring with you on holiday because you can use it in so many ways! You can use it as a pillow or a blanket on the plane, as a skirt on the beach, as a picnic blanket, as a wrap on chilly evenings…it’s so versatile! Plus, they come in so many different beautiful colours and patterns. You don’t just have to try and hunt down a sarong – thin, wide scarves work just as well too.

#2 Our new Lou Lou halter set!

We just launched the new Lou Lou halterneck set and we’re completely in love with this vintage-style white floral lace – it’s become a Brighton Lace signature! Our sets are perfect for taking on holiday since the fabric is so light, it’s ideal for hot summer nights. Plus, you can wear the halter top as outerwear, and the lace ties at the back mean that it’s super comfortable – just want you need on a hot, sunny day! Take a look at our Lou Lou halter set here.

#3 A beach bag and a clutch bag

As much as you don’t want to overpack, bringing both a beach bag and a clutch bag is essential! You want a nice, big beach bag to take everything you’ll need out with you – your bikini, a towel, some suncream, maybe a book…but then when you go out in the evenings, you don’t want to be lugging that thing around with you! Plus, your beach bag is going to get wet and sandy, it’s unavoidable – and not ideal if you’re heading out for a nice dinner. So take something smaller along with you for just your evening essentials.

 

#4 Fancy flip flops

Sure, we all love a good heel, but when you’re walking along cobbled streets or sand, you might find yourself dreading putting those things on in the evening. That’s when some fancy flip flops are ideal! There are so many gorgeous flip flops available with proper bases, not foam, with jewels, gems, or sparkles on the straps to dress them up. They’re super comfortable and look gorgeous, and are totally appropriate for holiday evenings.

 

#5 Quick hair fixes!

If you’re heading straight from the beach to dinner, the last thing you want to be worrying about is sea-hair! So make sure you bring a little quick-fix hair kit with you to the beach. Depending on how you like your hair, or how cooperative it is after spending hours in salt water, you might want to bring a mini hairbrush, some hairbands, a headband, or some pins. A detangling spray can also be super useful for reducing your hair from a messy, knotted wave to a soft, beachy wave!

 

Helpful packing tips…

#1 Use packing cubes

Packing cubes are possibly the best invention ever. Okay, probably not, but they are amazing for helping you pack. They’re a great way to get everything organised so that once you get on holiday you don’t have to worry about finding where you’ve put everything. They’re little pouches that come in all different sizes, and they zip closed. You can put all your tops in one cube, your dresses in another, your undies in another, and you can leave one empty all ready for your laundry so it’s separated from the rest of your clothes. Packing cubes are an organised girl’s dream!

 

#2 Bring a portable charger

When you’re sunbathing at the beach, sunglasses on, headphones in, the last thing you want is for your phone to die and the music to cut out. Portable chargers are great if you use a lot of teach while you’re out and about on holiday, whether that’s because you like listening to music while sunbathing, taking photos of the beautiful region you’re in, or maybe you just want to make sure your phone won’t die in case you lose sight of your group and need to contact them. Portable chargers are pretty small and super handy, just charge it overnight at your hotel and pop it in your bag the next day – simple!

 

#3 Pack versatile pieces

Make sure that you have a lot of pieces that can work together, so you can mix and match different outfits. If you bring tops/shorts/skirts that can all go together, you don’t have to worry about piecing together an outfit and it also means you can probably take fewer clothes with you. If you’ve got a top you love but it only goes with a certain pair of shorts, how much use are you going to get out of that? Look at patterned things carefully too. If you only bring one skirt and it’s got a busy pattern, will you want to wear that with super patterned tops too? Think about how all the peices you’re bringing work together!

 

#4 Leave space for holiday buys

It’s tempting to just pack your suitcase to the brim so you can bring as much with you as you like (what if you need those white stilettos you’ve only worn once but would look amazing with a tan?), but you’ll soon be regretting that if you love a bit of holiday shopping! If you’re the type of person that loves to buy themselves treats on holiday, or likes to bring souvenirs back for family and friends, make sure you leave enough space for that in your suitcase – or you’ll have to make some tough decisions when you pack to come home!

 

#5 Make a list!

For some people, packing is all part of the fun of going on holiday, and they make lists, roll every item of clothing, and pack it all in a super organised way. For others, it’s a chore that gets left to the last minute. If you’re one of those people – resist the temptation to throw things in a bag and leave! The last thing you want when you get to your beautiful destination is to find you’ve left something important at home. Even if it’s less important, it can be disappointing to find that that dress you bought specifically for this holiday has been forgotten. Sit down with a cup of tea and take ten minutes to write a list of everything you think you’ll need, then you can cross things off as you throw things into your suitcase!

 

We hope you got some useful tips for your holiday here! If you’re jetting off somewhere and taking one of our peices, we’d love to see, so tag us on Instagram!

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Behind The Scenes: Upcycled Lace Wedding Banners

Are you looking for pretty bohemian decorations for your wedding day or event?  We want to introduce you to our hand-crafted, vintage-style bunting! This brand new creation is made from the off-cuts of specially sourced fabrics, including our own laces, and adds a touch of romance to any occasion.

Here’s a little video of us making the White and Silver Sparkly Wedding Banner:

Getting Inspired To Make Upcycled Bunting

We decided to start making ribbon style, lace bunting after a light-bulb moment that occurred when we were thinking about how to make Brighton Lace a zero waste business. Being conscious and mindful about how our products are made is something that is very important to us, and we wanted to find creative ways of making sure none of our beautiful fabrics go to waste.  Our limited edition English laces are specially sourced and mostly hand-dyed by us, and because of this we wanted to savour every last bit!

So, we realised that if we gathered vintage haberdashery from our friends in Brighton, we could use them alongside the lace off-cuts from our lingerie to make gorgeous bunting suitable for all festivities, from summer parties to weddings. Not only are we able to create fun, bohemian decorations out of what would otherwise become scrap, we have also been able to help other designers in Brighton reduce their waste too!

The gorgeous combination of lace and vintage fabrics in our ribbon buntings make for an aesthetically pleasing showpiece, which as it turns out is also a really effective way of making sure that every piece of our lace is created into something beautiful and functional. Can’t believe we hadn’t thought of it before!

These bunting banners are all hand-crafted by us in our studio, so we thought we’d give you a little sneaky behind the scenes peak and share our making process.

#1 Cutting the Fabrics into strips

We made the ribbons using our own lace cut offs, and then chose an eclectic combination of beautiful crochet, silk, ribbon, crepe and floral cotton fabrics to add different colours and textures.

 

#2 Laying Out The Ribbons

After cutting the fabrics into strips, they were then grouped into colour combinations. For this one we chose to use gorgeous white and metallic fabrics, making wedding bunting with a wistful and romantic feel.

 

#3 Creating The Bunting

We then cut ourselves a long piece of ribbon to use as the base, and carefully tied each strip of fabric onto it in a repetitive pattern. We love the way that the different textures work together, and the sprinkling of glitter adds a festive touch, perfectly offsetting the whites.

#4 Laying Out The Bunting

Once all the ribbons have been tied, we then laid out the bunting flat on the table, re-arranged the ties and checked for any ribbons that had become uneven.

#5 Neatening Up The Ends

Finally, we neatened up the ribbons with shearing scissors, making sure they will all look tidy and perfectly in sync when they are blowing around in the summer breeze.

 

So if you are looking for some hand-crafted decorations that are a little bit more special, and bring a ’boutique’ feel to your events, then this bunting is the perfect choice!! 

Now Available In Our Shop:

 

White and Gold Sparkly Wedding Banner

 

 White and Silver Sparkly Wedding Banner

 

White, Blue and Pale Green Lace and Vintage Fabric Bunting

 

 

We can also make to order – If you are looking for decorations that add have a more personalised feel  then let us know the style of your wedding or event, and what colour theme you have in mind, and we can make you something lovely and bespoke.

 

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6 Touches Your Wedding Day Wouldn’t Be Complete Without

Wedding season is here! The weather is warming up, and we know there’ll be hundreds of beautiful summer weddings up and down the country this season. Since we offer a range of bridal lingerie, as well as a lot of sets in white, ivory and other neutral tones, we think that some of you reading this might be one of those summer brides, so we’ve got six tips for you to think about for your wedding day. They’re all extra finishing touches that can make a big impact to your mood and your memories of your wedding day, and help make it extra special!

#1 Perfume or Essential Oils

We associate memories with scents. Wearing a beautiful fragrance, whether it’s your staple everyday perfume (or essential oil) or one that you’ve bought specially for the event, means that the exquisite tones of your chosen scent will always be intermingled with the joy and happiness you felt.

Not only will you look beautiful, you also want to smell irresistible, giving an air of love and romance. So having the right scent is an important touch to complete your wedding day. The scent you wear complements your style and your personality! From deep musky tones to delicate floral scents, it’s important that you choose the right scent for you.

If you’re choosing to invest in a new fragrance, which we all know can be a bit daunting, a good place to start is to think back to previous scents that you or others have worn that you love. Make sure you try it before you choose it though because different perfumes can react differently depending on the wearer. We love natural blended essential oils from Neil’s Yard and Eden perfumes. At Eden not only do they create organic and cruelty-free versions of many well-known perfumes, they also give you the option of creating your own scent combinations!

#2 Lingerie

Nothing makes you feel as fabulous on your wedding day than being decked head to toe in beautifully constructed, carefully chosen pieces – from your jewellery and wedding dress right down to the gorgeous pair of lacy knickers and bralette that only you know are there.

The day is all about you, and every bride-to-be is entitled to ‘something new’, so why not invest in quality that will last and treat yourself to the perfect finishing touch to your wedding outfit. The pieces you wear should be special, and a set of delicate lace underwear that you can cherish forever is an extra touch that’ll not only make you feel amazing but will be interwoven with the memories forever.

Brighton Lace loves:

Sourced in England, the exquisite vintage style lace of this cream lace set is handmade into French knickers and a wide lace bralette which sits elegantly on the shoudlders. Not only is it aesthetically beautiful, but it’s also comfortable, which is a must when you’ll be wearing it throughout the day and into the night. Find it in our boutique!

#3 Emergency Prosecco

No matter how meticulously you’ve planned the day and how ready you are to marry the love of your life, everyone is prone to getting the wedding day jitters – it’s a big event! So it’s always good to have some ‘Dutch courage’ on hand for when the nerves start to kick in. Keeping a little bottle of emergency Prosecco on hand at all times is an absolute must. And we’re sure you bridesmaids would agree that a wedding is, after all, a cause for celebration, and normal rules of alcohol consumption do not apply…so don’t think twice about having a little 10am glass of bubbly!

#4 Scented Candle

Lighting a scented candle is a great way to transform the atmosphere of a room, as different scents can evoke memories, wake you up, or keep you calm and relaxed. There’s something so luxurious about a scented candle, and if you’re getting ready in an unfamiliar space, it can really help to make it your own. If you’ve got to be up at dawn to prepare but you’re not a morning person, a citrus smell can energise you! Or if you’ve got a big wedding planned and you’re nervous about it running smoothly, a lavender one can help to calm you down. Whether you’re getting ready at home, in a hotel room, or in a dressing room, lighting a beautifully scented candle straight away sets the tone for your morning. Plus, just like perfume, you’ll associate the smell with your wedding day, so you can keep the candle and light it on your anniversary!

#5 Getting Ready Playlist

Something else that set the tone for your day is a playlist! Just like lighting a scented candle, putting on some music can make a new space feel like your own, and can really affect your mood. You might want to create a playlist of some of you and your fiancé’s favourite songs, to get you reminiscing about when you heard them together. Or you might want to create a playlist to get you in a particular mood – so you could create something calming with lots of piano to create a spa-like feeling while you pamper yourself for your wedding, or you could create something upbeat and fun so you can have a laugh with your bridesmaids while you all get ready!

Here at Brighton Lace, we’ve started sharing a monthly playlist of our favourite songs to listen to in the office! Click here to check out June’s playlist, we love it for its chilled out summer vibe!

#6 Survival Kit

This might be something your bridesmaids can take charge of, but it’s good to make sure someone is prepared with a wedding day survival kit! The best way to fend off wedding day jitters so you can feel relaxed is good preparation, so having a few tools ready for any mini-disasters will make you feel like nothing can stop you. Your emergency kit could have things like a sewing kit (make sure the thread is the same colour as your dress!), mini-hairspray, hair pins for any hair that comes loose, a lint roller to keep your dress pristine, and blister plasters in case your beautiful new wedding shoes give you any trouble! Other handy things might include wipes, your nail polish (in case it chips during the day!), and lip balm.

We hope you loved our ideas for luxurious finishing touches for your wedding day, let us know if you’ve got any other tips you want to share!

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We interview photographer Jessica Sterner about our recent Outdoor shoot.

We’ve been really lucky to work with some amazingly talented people recently. Last month we were excited to collaborate with American photographer Jessica Sterner. We loved her idea for an outdoor lingerie shoot in Greenwich, Connecticut, and thought it would make for a unique Brighton Lace lingerie feature.

Brighton Lace lingerie shoot down by the river

 

Jessica, let’s start at the beginning, how did you find Brighton Lace?
I came across Brighton Lace on Etsy, I was looking for classy underwear and I stumbled on your brand. I thought it would be a great pairing and I don’t normally shoot lingerie, so it was a fun challenge for me. I saw the website images and I loved the photos for your Autumn Feature, particularly the lighting of the photography. When I read the ‘About Us’ page, I was hooked. After wonderful communication with you and learning that all your lingerie is handmade I was even more impressed!
lingerie shoot in the wood Brighton Lace
What’s your background?
I have always loved photography, and when I was younger I’d never leave home without a camera. “Through the lens” truly became how I started to see the world. I went on to study photography in school, and later began to work on photography projects for different companies. It was then I realized, in addition to photography, my favourite thing to do is to plan a shoot and connect all of the creative pieces together. Art Directing is now the biggest part of my job and it allows me to do new things creatively and keep challenging myself.
Brighton Lace lingerie shoot down by the river
Sheer pink lace lingerie matching set for Spring
Can you tell us what inspires your work?
In general, I love doing shoots that are creative and fun. I particualrly love exploring and playing with light. I like to use my models’ faces and bodies to create compelling visuals- whether it’s from the abstract or interesting shapes they make or from stories the images tell. I don’t get to do it too often, but I love getting shots that really emanate the subject’s personality.
Like us, you are really into the idea of collaboration, how does that show up in the way you work?
I try to keep an open atmosphere during my shoots and encourage the models to share as many ideas as they’d like. I see it as a collaboration, not as a one-way street. I feel that this approach helps to find the perfect balance. I can help the model achieve the look I/the client wants, and have the model be as comfortable as possible  so they can show their true selves.
Pink and Peach lace bralette sets
 
Who did you work with on this shoot?
Emma Rasch (who models the sheer Strawberry lingerie set and the matching Purple Heather halterneck) is a friend from years back. She’s modelled for about 6 years ago or so, and I thought she’d be a great fit. I found Domonique Aeriel Soul Bey online (she’s wearing the sheer Peach lace underwear), and it was a great collaboration with her too. She’s done a bit of modeling and is pursuing a music career as well.
And finally, how did you choose this amazing outdoor location?
To be honest, when I saw that the pretty pastel colours of your lingerie, I had lots of different ideas for the shoot. I wanted either a glamorous mansion or an outdoor setting with a lot of light. In the end I felt the mansion would be too dark and not as carefree and fun, and that’s when I realized the forest would be perfect!  I’d been going to this nature centre in Greenwich, Conneticut, since I was young and as soon as I thought about it I knew the location would be perfect!
Pastel lace spring lingerie shoot from Brighton Lace
Pink and Peach lace bralette sets
For more about Jessica and to see her lovely gallery of work visit her website here or find her on Instagram @creative.at.large

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