Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Blondies - Hell's Angels

Blonde Ambition

 Introducing the Coyotes of the East: Rochelle, Verity and Sharmaine - the smokin’ hot Aussie sister-trio and masterminds behind London’s Blondies Bar. As regular haunt of bikers, rockers, and Homerton’s finest, we couldn’t resist the chance to park up our own motors out front for a leather-clad shoot with these rock’n’roll queens in their favourite Bluebella pieces.
It was then only right to end with a chat over our best poisons and hear the fiery tale behind this hot demon dive bar from the Hell’s Angels themselves…

Whose idea was it to start the bar? 
Rochelle: In the beginning it was really spur of the moment. I mean, we had always joked about opening our own place, but none of us knew it would happen so soon or in this country. It was running a bar or creating a band! I’m glad the bar won over. 
Verity: It all started as a joke one morning over coffee with Sharmaine and I. We took Rochelle out for breakfast the next morning and told her the exciting news. She thought we must be joking, but the next week we had managed to scrape together our small amount of savings and put a deposit down on a space. Then came the fun part about trying to figure out how the hell we were gonna make this work!

How did it go at the start and how is it now?
Sharmaine: It took us a while to get the keys to the building, which was a blessing in disguise, as there was a whole lot of stuff we didn't know about opening a venue. From planning proposals and licenses. But we managed to pull it all together by the skin of our teeth.
Verity: We've all worked really hard and can breathe a little easier now. I'm really proud of my sisters and can see what we are able to create together.

What’s your highlight? What do you dislike?
Verity: Definitely being able to do this together is the main highlight, and the fact that people have been so supportive. It's been a massive challenge, but we wouldn't change it. 
Sharmaine: Being able to spend time with my family and feeling like we've accomplished something together, that we've created something from scratch. It can be quite a stressful situation but Verity somehow manages to keep it all under control.

What’s it like to work with your sisters?
Rochelle: We all have our strengths. We try to remember to give each other support and allow each other to be in control of the roles we are best at.
Sharmaine: It's nice to have someone with different ideas to bounce off, and to know that even if we disagree, we will be there for each other in the end.

Bluebella Lingerie Beatrix Bandeau Bra Black, Milla Body and Etienne Body
Blondies sisters in Milla Body, Beatrix Bandeau Bra and Etienne Body

How would you describe each other?
Sharmaine: Verity as the life of the party, but with the biggest heart and always wanting everyone to have the best time - I wouldn't trust anyone else running the show. Rochelle is a little ball of joy and the hardest worker I know.

Verity: Rochelle is the most positive and lovely person I've met. She never stops working or giving the most amazing advice. She's our rock. Sharmaine is lovey and creative and is our little pocket rocket. Passionate and always smiling.

Bluebella Lingerie Etienne Body Black
How would you describe the bar?
Verity: Most people call it a 'Dive Bar', and that’s not something we shy away from. It was a DIY project. We all worked tirelessly to get it off the ground and had to hit the ground running by the time we got the keys, so we had no time to waste. We knew we were working with a very small budget so did most of it ourselves, from building the bar to cementing the back yard to learning how to plaster walls on 'YouTube'. It was a really special time.
Sharmaine designed the space and Rochelle is our illustrator who created our imagery which ended up on T-shirts, beer cans and some merch, with more designs on the way.
Rochelle: We throw fun parties with bands and generally have a great time. Most weekends you can find us behind the bar dancing around and passing out tequila shots.

                Best band? Night you’ve thrown?
Verity: Our friends own a Denim Label called 'Burd's. They launched their new collection at a pop up store in Redchurch St. and threw a mega after party at the bar. All our friends rode down with their motorbikes and lined them up out the front. Our mates's metal band 'Deadwound' played. Somehow there was a mosh pit and people crowd surfing and back flipping on the ceiling, which is crazy being that we are so small.
Rochelle: Yeh I agree. It was amazing. Hotel Radio were there to live stream the whole thing. I think you can find it somewhere on their website.

Bluebella Lingerie Emerson Bra Black
 What song fills the dance floor?
 Verity: It really depends what night we have on, but I'm gonna say any Drake is still a floor filler.

Signature drink?
Rochelle: We make a Rum Punch which has pretty much become our signature. Really fruity but not too sweet. And it's got some Jamaican rum inside, so not missing any of that kick!
Sharmaine: The margaritas are my fave.

What do you think of London? Favourite area?
 Verity: I love that it gives you the space to do the things you want to achieve, but you have to work hard. I've met so many amazing people who also push to achieve their goals. It's hard for sure, and it’s gonna try and find your weaknesses. But you gotta push through, keep trying, and try to believe in yourself.
 Geographically I really love the landscape and when you drive through the countryside. But I also love our little bubble in the East. Clissold Park or any of the parks in the summer are really nice. But usually on the weekends you'd find us at our friend’s cafe 'I Will Kill Again' in Homerton. They make the most amazing food. Vegan options like you've never seen. 
 Shamaine: I've been here for 7 years and I've moved around a lot. London is an amazing city with amazing opportunities. I've met some incredible people and managed to travel and see things I wouldn't have if I'd stayed back in OZ.

                Favourite Bluebella pieces and why?
 Sharmaine: The Nova Bra Leopard is my favourite piece. Not only does it look nice, it fits really well too. 
 Verity: My fave piece is the Beatrix Basque. It's sexy and can definitely be used under jeans on a night out.

Bluebella Lingerie Emerson Bra, Aria Body, Nova Bra Leopard and Jamie Fishnet T-Shirt Black
Blondies sisters in Aria Body, Nova Bra Leopard and Emerson Bra Black

Thoughts on Bluebella as a brand?
 Sharmaine: It's so beautiful, amazing quality, and something different than other brands I've seen recently. 
 Rochelle: It was really amazing to get involved with Bluebella. The lingerie is gorgeous. We always get excited to collaborate with other amazing females.

Bluebella Lingerie Milla Body
Milla Body

 What inspiring and fabulous ladies! We could not agree more. Not to mention that the drop dead gorgeous trio look absolutely smokin’ in Bluebella ’n’ leathers… is there anything they can’t do!?
 Guess you better jump on your bikes and head on down to Blondies Bar and visit these cool cats before the neighbours complain...

Written by Stephanie Stapleton

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Stef Reid - How to be a champion in bed

To become an athlete you have to have an incredible amount of strength, and that doesn’t just pertain to muscles. The training, the races, the losses and rejection, not to mention the ever constant fear of injury that has the power to impact a sporting career. The mental force of anyone who has chosen to dedicate their lives to sport is astounding, and this is true of Stefanie Reid, an incredible athlete whom team GB owe for winning us a silver medal in the long jump in London 2012.

But whilst a lot of athletes live in fear of injury, Stef’s is part of what makes her who she is today. After getting caught in a boating accident at the age of 15, resulting in the amputation of her lower leg, Stef thought she’d have to leave behind her love of sport and put her dreams of pursuing professional rugby aside in favour of academics; but whilst studying bio chemistry on a full scholarship she rekindled her love of sport, which in the end she decided to jump into.
“It was a tough choice but I decided I wanted to pursue it and give it my all!” Stef says, her voice ringing with a thick Canadian accent even after having moved permanently to the UK. “When I was studying I got back into Sport, and I had a really great coach who helped me, and they said, you know, I don’t really know what i’m doing, they’d never trained a para athlete before, but I had no idea either so we learnt together!”

The learning must have gone well, because Stef won bronze for Canada in the paralympics in 2008 and a silver medal in 2012 representing team GB. The choice to switch her allegiance to the UK was not an easy one however, and involved her taking a year out of professional sport to show that she was serious about the move - but it was a choice she has not regretted. “Competing in London as a member of team GB was amazing. In many ways GB paralympic athletes are the best the the world, we’re the most supported, the best funded, and something special happened in 2012 where it really kicked off the need for paralympians and spurred on the athleticism and the strength.
I knew from the outset that if I wanted to do this I’d do it and be the best that I could be and If I wanted to do it I needed to do it right and I knew that it needed to be GB - it was a really natural choice for me.” Speaking to Stef on the phone, it’s made abundantly clear that anything she puts her mind to is in reach; the fierce determination and upbeat attitude that flows through her conversation is contagious. This attitude is also probably down to the immense training Stef is currently putting her body through for the London Para Athletics Championships in London this year, and according to Stef it’s really all about timing.

“Probably the hardest thing about athletics is that you can’t do your best for 8 months, you need to try and peak when you need to, so when your race is. What a lot of people don’t realise about sport is your body can’t handle being at peak form for over 3 weeks, so that’s why you need a really good coach and really good training to make sure you’re in peak form at the right time - I think we’re doing well this year!” This revelation about the sporting world leaves my head reeling, but Stef’s explanation of the ins and outs of the world of Para sport is even more interesting, and relates to the second part of her job with the Para Championships: Punditry. “My race is quite early so I have time to work with Channel 4 doing punditry in the field! For a lot of people they don’t understand paralympic sport, it can be quite confusing but you don’t need to be a paralympian to enjoy para sport - they just have to understand it. I want to help people love it by explaining all the different categories. It starts with an understanding of the philosophy - the categories work because we want to try our hardest to make it an even playing ground and once you understand them you can love them!” Though the next few minutes were filled with an in depth description of the different types of races and categories that take place in para sport, I’d recommend tuning into Channel 4 to hear Stef discuss it in her own words. Instead we moved the conversation on to para sport in general, and the challenges associated with being a para athlete.

“My first professional race was in 2006, but the idea of professional is different in para sport because most of the time we don’t get paid for races. We’ll make our money by sponsorship or motivational speaking; getting paid as a para athlete is very rare.” Stef tells me, pointing out the main differences to that of being an able bodied athlete. “But it makes us creative, we’re creative of making a name for ourselves, so for example a lot of us are really well educated be cause we know we’ll need a backup for when we retire, I think it makes us really tough and really resilient.”

And being tough and resilient is one thing Stef thinks that she has built up with the loss of her limb, which although sounds slightly cliche on paper, hearing her tell her story and the way she moved past it evokes feelings of strength and motivation. “When you’re in an accident later in life, there’s a whole mourning process you have to go through. You need to take time and acknowledge that ‘this sucks’! It is really unfair; but it’s important that you give yourself a time limit. You can have a pity party for yourself but it’s going to be done at this point, then I can’t go back, I can only move forwards.” Although her words resonate strongly with losing a limb, they are also poignant words of advice for anyone going through anything no matter the amount of trauma. She recounts to me meeting the parents of a young girl who seemingly had everything handed to her, and remembers being somewhat shocked at their concern that she hadn’t been met with enough challenges in her life. “There’s something in tackling adversity and challenges which gives you strength” she reflects with a calm, steady voice, “but you don’t need to artificially create challenges; life is hard enough.”
And seemingly hard to be a woman in the sporting world, Para Athlete or able bodied. When our conversation drifted to the Strong and beautiful shoot Stef did with us last year, she brought up her frustrations at the way women are represented in adverts, especially those for Sporting brands. “We live in a very visual society, and I’d like to be part of the narrative that aims to change it to make it more realistic. We need to be moving towards a better image to show young girls that there aren’t ideals. We need to get away from showing this artificial ideal of beauty.” It’s her strong feelings about editing this narrative that has made her a somewhat reluctant fashion model. “I will continue to model so long as I feel i’m contributing to positive imagery.

Strength and femininity are not opposites - it’s about breaking down this idea of what a normal woman would look like, Bryony said something in our last shoot about how she looks into the mirror and expresses love for her body, and that was incredible to hear. How rare it is to hear a woman say ‘i love my body’! You grow into your body; at first I was so embarrassed by amputated leg that I tried to hide it, but once I learnt to love it I ordered a bright pink running leg because I was ready to show it off. As an athlete, your body isn’t just an object, it’s a tool that can be transformed into something.”
Celeste Shirt and Trouser Set - I love the material.  Nice to come home after a day covered in sweat and sand to slip into something soft and silky.  I also really like the star pattern - good reminder to dream big and reach for the stars.  I also love that there are pockets - very practical!

Jamie T-Shirt White - I love pieces that can double as outerwear.  My first thoughts upon seeing this were sunglasses, mojito, and beach volleyball.  It makes the perfect swim suit cover up!

Caitlin Cami and Short set - it is simple and easy to wear but also beautiful with the sheer mesh inserts. It makes even washing up after tea feel glamourous!

Knox Shirt and Short set - always good to have a beautiful set of summer PJs that you wouldn't be overly embarrassed if you had to answer the door in them!  Plus, in my line of work, you are often sharing a hotel room with another athlete you may not know that well, so wise to bring a modest set of night wear!

Laura Balcony Bra - practical and beautiful - can you sense a theme?  Life is hectic and complicated so I like everything else to be as straightforward as possible.  I like simple things that have been made beautiful with some special touches - like the three ribbon strapping in the front.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Alyssa: the gift that keeps on giving...

Alyssa, the open bra set that's taking the world by storm

Bringing you the risqué bra that captured the media’s imagination and turned a lot of heads earlier this year… Bluebella are delighted to announce that our bestselling ‘Body Bow’ Alyssa bra and brief set is back in stock - giftin’ you the chance to become a dreamy gift, be it for yourselves or a lucky someone.

Our Alyssa bra was so hotly discussed in the media that it led the Daily Mail to ask ‘Is this the most risque lingerie set EVER?’. The Alyssa bra caused such a sensation both in the press and in shopping trolleys globally, that we were struggling to keep up with its popularity.
So we’re feeling very pleased to be able to give any disappointed fans that didn’t manage to nab one on time the best gift of all… the news that the Alyssa bra set is back by popular demand!
The bra, which seductively unties like a ribbon-clad gift, also had TFL and black cab drivers across London extremely hot under the collar earlier this year when our adverts were considered too hot for the public-eye. We do understand that perhaps smokin’ ladies unwrapping their bras in the big city might have been more than just a little distracting to pedestrians and commuters…
Alyssa Open Bow Bra and Brief Set
Alyssa Open Bow Bra and Brief Set
Alyssa Open Bow Bra and Brief Set - ties are versatile

It didn’t stop our Alyssa bra from becoming a hit amongst not just the media but also Cupid’s Valentine’s gift-givers, after we launched it as our own special and seductive V-day gift to our gorgeous and adventurous fans. As it turned out, this Valentine’s we weren’t alone in wanting to forget about boring and cliched gifts and embrace the idea of ourselves as being the real gifts instead. We wanted to create a piece of fashionable lingerie that reflected this, and voila, the Alyssa bra was born.
Bluebella Alyssa Open Bow Bra and Brief Set Black Gift
Alyssa Open Bow Bra and Brief Set - ties are versatile

Our Alyssa bra, dubbed as bringing ‘burlesque to the bedroom’, allows its wearers to either wrap up or unwrap themselves as they please, in celebration of the fine gift of sweet feminine beauty. The delicate and supple chiffon fabric gives the bra a chic touch, making it the perfect way to teeter on the line between extraordinarily sexy and cheeky.
Bluebella Alyssa Open Bow Bra and Brief Set Black Gift
Alyssa Open Bow Bra and Brief Set - ties are versatile

So whether you choose to wear the Alyssa ‘Body Bow’ bra as a gift to yourself, or as a surprise gift for that special someone, you are sure to feel extremely sexy and sultry all wrapped up…or completely unwrapped. It’s up to you. But whichever way you decide, just remember that TFL have already confirmed that you will look traffic-stoppingly stunning.
What better gift could you want to give yourself?

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Tiger's Glastonbury

Tigerlily Taylor, our girl on the ground at Glasto

Festival season is well under way, that much is true, but if a few of your friends have booked a whole week off work and seemed to be skulking out early doors there’s just one place they’ll be this week: Glastonbury. The festival of dreams, which takes place yearly on the Summer solstice, is taking place this week, and while your friends might just be starting their adventure, most of the crew will have been there since Monday morning.
 Almost a town in itself, Glastonbury is so big it’s almost impossible to see all of it, even if you return year after year, but that doesn’t matter. Finding yourself lost in the music of the Piano Bar or caught up in the energy the headliners bring to the Pyramid Stage makes the festival an experience in itself. Once you go, you go forever and that seems to be the case too for the delightful Tigerlily Taylor, the Bluebella babe who rates Glastonbury as her all-time favourite place to festival this summer.

Tigerlily Taylor in Bluebella Lingerie Solitaire Body
Tiger in the Solitaire Body

 Who are you most looking forward to seeing play?
I am really excited to see Foo Fighters again, I have seen them so many times but they are always awesome.
Also at Glastonbury: Toots and the Maytals, Chic, Afriquoi, The Flamings Lips, Goldie, DJ Shadow... I'm sure there are many more that I can't think of right now.
 Hottest up and coming band?
The Darkness!
 Best festival for food?
I literally eat trash all weekend at festivals so I'm not too fussed about overpriced festival food! Although I did have a really good ostrich burger at Isle of Wight festival last year.
 Best festival for fashion?
I generally wear very comfortable clothes, a lot of tracksuits, shorts and t-shirts but I am looking forward to incorporating some sexy Bluebella lingerie into my outfits this year. Glastonbury is probably the maddest in terms of outfits.

Tigerlily Taylor in Bluebella Lingerie Black Gia Bra
Tiger in Gia Bra

 Top tip for festival season?
Always carry wet wipes, hand sanitiser, a disposable camera and water. Carry a small backpack.
 Your festival style would be described as….
Casual, comfortable, but this year I am going to step up my outfit game a little.

Tigerlily Taylor in Bluebella Lingerie Leopard Nova Bra and Black Jamie T-Shirt
 If you ran your own festival the headline act would be…
TLC (I heard that T-Boz and Chilli just had a reunion in London), Freddie Gibbs, Action Bronson, Lil Ugly Mane, MF Doom, Wu Tang Clan, Led Zeppelin would be amazing. I have always wanted to see Rage Against the Machine, Blink 182 and Red Hot Chilli Peppers as well... that's a hard one. Too many to narrow down!
 Favourite Glastonbury memory?
Seeing Wu Tang Clan in 2011 and The Who last year with my boyfriend.
 Camp or glamp?
Camp... but glamp if someone threw a teepee my way.
 Your Glastonbury happy place?
The Rabbit Hole. It's very secret and always full of amazing music, friends and family

Tigerlily Taylor in Bluebella Lingerie Solitaire Body
Tiger in Solitaire Body

 Tigerlily is a dream at creating the perfect festival look, but packing needn’t be that hard! Although Glasto is renowned for being muddy, the weather looks scorching this weekend so it’s best to pack as little as possible, and what’s lighter than a bit of lovely lingerie? Check out Bluebella for the perfect cheeky bralettes, bodies and chemises to take your wardrobe game from 1 to 100.
 Happy festivaling gorgey gang!

Tigerlily Taylor in Bluebella Lingerie Black Gia Bra
Tiger in Gia Bra

Tigerlily Taylor in Bluebella Lingerie Solitaire Body
Tiger in Solitaire Body

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Michelin STAR Pip Lacey

Pip Lacey - Head Chef at Michelin-starred restaurant Murano and Great British Menu wonder

Why is it that when we think of cheffing, images of men in white uniforms and big hats rush to our minds, often in stainless steel kitchens and shouting to be heard above broiling pots and deep oil fryers? Often doing so with cursive language if Gordon Ramsey has anything to do with it. Although the act of cooking is seen as something intrinsically feminine, pursuing a career is seemingly reserved for the boys. But one woman changing that narrative for the better is Philippa Lacey, who, having worked under Angela Hartnett as well gracing our screens on the Great British Menu, is showing everyone that girls can take on the boys and chef up a storm.

“I think men tend to find themselves in the job more because it’s a very physical profession.” Phillipa, known as Pip tells me during our conversation about food, careers and of course, lingerie. “Girls can definitely do it too, but it’s long hours of intense physical work, and naturally men tend to be stronger in that sense. I decided not to let it bother me, even though at the beginning I would wake up with my hands in permanent fists after strenuous shifts the night before.” During our conversation, Pip makes it clear that none of these physical tests made her want to stop cheffing, in fact, it was because of pure charm and a disbelief in her abilities that she made her mark in the first place. 
At 27 years old and nearing the end of a graphic design career that she had fallen out of love with, it was a naive suggestion from a friend that prompted her to pursue what had previously just been a passion for food. “I was definitely naive going into it” Pip tells me, laughing, “They told me to apply to jobs with the top chefs like Gordon Ramsay and I just thought, yeah I will!” But her job under Angela in Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant came as a bit of a shock. “I got rejected from a lot of places because of course, I had no professional cheffing experience or qualifications, but I had to call that last one because I had filled out something wrong on my application and I told them I could do the job despite this. They laughed, but they told me to go buy some knives and some whites and they gave me a shot. I’ve been cheffing ever since.”

Although Pip’s break into professional kitchens was somewhat of a fluke, Pip thinks giving more people with a passion for food a chance would perhaps go some way to help fix the ongoing shortage of chefs. “It’s long, intense hours for not a lot of money; to really enjoy it you’ve got to love food and love what you do,” she tells me, “a lot of the time you get a load of young kids who go into cheffing because they don’t have any qualifications, and whilst some of them will enjoy it a lot of them will wind up hating it.” Pip's advice would be to take some time out before joining the industry, something she believes really helped her grow and succeed as a chef.

Moving our conversation on, we started talking about the reason Pip decided to subject herself to the stress of professional kitchens: the food. “My favourite things to cook are the same as my favourite things to eat!” she laughs, recounting some of her favourite menu ideas, “I love cooking scallops, and definitely squid, I love squid! I quite like experimenting with fish and meat when i’m in the professional kitchen because my wife is a vegetarian, so everything at home is veggie.” Although, she’s not adverse to a little bit of fast food every now and then “McDonalds and KFC are my guilty pleasure, it doesn’t matter that I’m a chef sometimes you just really want something bad!”
Working on the Great British Menu also gave her a lot of freedom when it came to creating a menu. “I got to work with a load of ingredients I would never normally use and make things you wouldn’t normally make, it’s wicked because you meet other chefs and you’ve all got something in common so you get on, and you don’t get to meet that many people when you’re spending 18 hours in one room. It’s hard work and super stressful, but worth it.”

Being a chef can be physically and mentally draining, and spending 18 hours in a sweaty box with a bunch of other sweaty humans doesn’t always make you feel incredibly sexy, but Pip says she manages this by separating her work life and her home life, especially in terms of her appearance. “I don’t dress up for work, it’s the kind of job that takes over your whole life so when I’m not in the kitchen I like to put on make up and make an effort. I’ve walked into the kitchen before on my day off and they’ve not recognised me!” On the lingerie front however, Pip says that her nicest bras are actually the most comfortable. “Bra-wise I’ve gotten rid of my sporty styles and I wear my nice bras because I feel more comfortable in them.”

So when we asked her to pick out her favourite Bluebella styles, this is what she told us...
Claudia Shirt and Trouser Set (Cream) for after work style - 'It's often very late when I get home, so some lovely PJs and bed are very welcome'

Bluebella Nightwear - Claudia Shirt and Trouser Set Cream

Peyton Bra and Brief for everyday lingerie - 'I used to only wear sporty styles at work but now I mix it up with my beautiful lingerie'

Bluebella Lingerie - Peyton Bra and Brief Black

Angelina Body or Bra and Brief for sports luxe - 'I've always liked sports style - the Wimbledon-themed Great British Menu was perfect for me!'

Bluebella Lingerie - AngeIina Body Black

Caterina Bra and Brief for comfort and style - 'I need to be comfortable but it's nice to have great detailing too'

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Love Your Legs in our Italian Hosiery

Bluebella's Italian Hosiery - only the best for your legs
To celebrate the wondrousness of Bluebella X Italian yarns we take a little look into the family owned manufacturer we trust with our own hosiery - Gizeta Calze.
The Italian standard when it comes to fashion is known globally as one of excellence, quality and sophistication. From powerful fashion houses such as Dolce and Gabbana to the infiltration of leather soled shoes that we’re inclined to associate with the cobbled streets of Milan, Italy is just the place to go when you think of quality - and hosiery is no exception!

Hosiery - Lace-topped Stockings - Black
It's for this very reason that we produce our hosiery exclusively with Gizeta Calze, a family owned manufacturing company that has been operating since 1975. The company was created due to a merging of families with a long history and deep understanding of the art of making hosiery, and that knowledge has only gone from strength to strength.
Whereas those of us familiar with the stories of Robin Hood and the idea of men in tights will know they’ve been a thing spanning centuries, in reality we didn’t see what we consider modern hosiery come into play until the 1920s, where they became a fashion item made of silk or rayon, for the ladies who could afford such an item. It was the 1940s and the production of nylon that really saw tights and stockings become a widespread commodity as an undergarment to provide warmth and, well, a little modesty. 
Aside from its very pragmatic uses, however, hosiery has also become a staple of fashion and continues to help dictate trends. Whether it be purposeful ladders to coincide with the punk scene, bright coloured patterns of the bohemians, or the placement of seams as a hark back to the rockabilly style of the 50s, hosiery still has the power to make or break an outfit, and should be treated with the utmost respect.

Bluebella hosiery - back-seamed stockings
But to gain respect from ones’ hold ups and stockings they must be made with love and care, which is why we trust the 100 direct employees of Gizete Calze and their background of Italian craftsmanship with our hosiery. Located in three separate buildings in the heart of Italy, the company is responsible for every step of the manufacturing process, including checking the standard of every item that leaves the building.

Bluebella Hosiery Factory - Gizeta Calze
Gizeta Calze

Further, where social responsibility is seeping more and more into our lives and has an impact on the choices we make, we think it’s incredibly important to invest in companies who share the same outlook, and Gizete Calze's high investment in renewable energy furthers our own investment in them.
This is just one of the many positive aspects of this charming company in the country considered the fashion capital of quality - we also love Gizeta Calze because at the end of the day they make amazing garments that continue to be classic and timeless, whilst still at the forefront of fashion.

Bluebella Hosiery
Bluebella is all about sensual sexuality and empowerment of women and our hosiery ticks all of these boxes. From hold ups to stockings and whether they’re for use exclusively in the bedroom or secretly under a summer dress, you can be safe in the knowledge that they’re made with care, made with quality, and made to make you feel amazing.

Bluebella lingerie - Emerson Bra, Suspender, Thong and Plain-top Stockings

Monday, 8 May 2017



 Lingerie and jewellery go together like two peas in a pod; they can both be simple and elegant or statement pieces that have the power to fully transform an outfit. So it was only a matter of time before we checked in on our favourite jewellery creator and fellow independent London brand, Wolf & Moon, who know a bit more about bling then we do!
Hannah David - founder of Wolf & Moon
Hannah Davis by Andy Donohoe
 Creativity is all about collaboration and so we teamed up again with the amazing team at Wolf & Moon to put together a sparkling showcase that illuminates the power of both lingerie and jewellery. Pairing our new season Rose Dust styles with their delightfully delicate pieces, the collab makes for the perfect springtime musing.
Lingerie - Laura Balcony Bra Rose Dust
Behind the scenes: Laura Balcony Bra, Rose Dust
Nightwear - Phoebe Chemise and Tie-Side Knicker Rose Dust
 We caught up with the lady who started it all, and having grown from a one woman stall in East London to a small team of dedicated designers creating and making in Hackney, the brand is on the move up. We chat to Hannah Davis to learn about her beginnings, her inspiration, and whether she’s a morning person or not…
 What gave you the idea to start Wolf & Moon?
A passion for designing, making and wanting to work for myself! I have loved making jewellery ever since I was 16. When I moved to London for university an opportunity came up to have a stand at an East London market and it all went from there.
 What inspirations would you say Wolf & Moon has in terms of its style?
We think a pared down look goes perfectly with our jewellery; I love the idea that an outfit can be made with a statement accessory. I also love a bit of colour, but not too much!
Lingerie - Amelie Body Rose Dust
Behind the scenes: Amelie Body, Rose Dust
 What's the key message behind the brand?
Our mission statement is “Graphic and modern jewellery for the curious and independent.” We believe that everyone can be creative and interesting with their style by wearing something a bit different and handmade. You can still be sophisticated whilst doing so!
Lingerie - Lyra Soft Lace Bra Black
 What made you keen to collaborate with Bluebella?
We love shouting about other independent and local brands and we really admire Bluebella’s outlook: empowering women through their sensuality.
What's the concept behind the collaboration?
Jewellery and lingerie are both the unsung heroes of every outfit so let’s showcase them together and let them shine - who needs clothes!
Nightwear - Phoebe Chemise and Tie-Side Knicker Rose Dust
 Why is jewellery important to you?
For me, wearing jewellery makes me feel good about myself. Putting on certain pieces completes my daily routine, whilst others get me in the mood for going out, like getting the lippy out on a Friday evening!
Nightwear - Phoebe Shirt Rose Dust
Accessories can often make an outfit, what do you think they mean to people?
Accessories mean all sorts of different things to people. Accessories are like objects you display on your shelf or wall at home: some pieces are sentimental, some are aesthetic, and some are both.
Either way they definitely say something about an individual. On a basic level, an outfit is an expression of you and accessories are the details that tell the full story.
Lingerie - Laura Soft Cup Bra Black Rose Dust
What other things are important to you?
I am pretty obsessed with pottery at the moment. I’ve been going to classes for over two years and have become a member of an open studio which I now go to 2 or 3 times a week! I’m starting to work on some ceramic pieces for Wolf & Moon which is exciting.
And finally, what do your mornings look like?
I turn my alarm off for about an hour, I am not a morning person! When I finally get out of bed, I have a shower, get myself some toast or cereal and a mug of Earl Grey tea. Then I put on some make up whilst watching breakfast TV before cycling into the studio.
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