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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Viva Darling

A little flashback to my trip to Viva Las Vegas earlier this year when I finally got to meet and shoot with Edson Carlos! I've been chatting online with Edson for so many years I've lost count. We met on Pinup Lifestyle and when the opportunity to finally hang out and shoot arrived I booked in as soon as I could!

So on the Saturday of Viva, I prepped my hair and makeup, threw as many Luichiny heels in my bag as possible and headed over to Edson's funky hotel to do a few sets of shots. Now this is just one set of the images we took so be sure to check back next month for even more. 

Darling Lingerie supplied the retro inspired underwear on the day and I just adore the results. I've been very unwell recently and feeling really down about myself. I was very worried about how I would look in my underwear, how my tummy and legs would be from different angles and how my stretch marks and cellulite would turn out - you know, the usual body issues that we all have. 

But the longer I look at these images, the better I feel about myself. I have a tummy, I have a roll here and there and I'm not perfect. It's hard to get 100% comfortable with yourself when you are bare, stripped down and in your natural state. I love my waist belts, shapewear and body hugging fabrics and I always feel amazing when I'm photographed in them. For me, shooting underwear is harder than a full nude shoot and the more I do the easier it becomes. 

How cute is this matching set of leopard print goodness? Although stunning, I have to admit that the sizing is not 100% perfect for me. I'm wearing these panties in an XL and they are very roomy, even a little loose. I'd size down for those. But I find that is the case with most high waist mesh styles. They are so comfortable and soft for mesh! Get these ASAP if you can.

I'm wearing the Leslie Bra in a 40GG which is not my bra size at all! If this was a 34 or 36 GG it would have been a much more firmer and proper fit. Lucky for me, I had many little secrets in my bag to stuff the cups and fill them up. The set combined is stunning and I just adore the extra addition of the red bow! I paired this up with my favorite neck scarf to ad just a little extra va-va-voom!

I love the pattern on the balconete bra and the mix of black and leopard. It makes for a very bold and sexy bra.

Darling Lingerie have a brilliant range of modern and vintage inspired lingerie, corsets and hosiery and you can check out their whole range online right now. 

Many thanks to the awesome Edson Carlos for a brilliant shoot and making my trip a little more brilliant! I can't wait to share the next set with you guys and to get back to the States to shoot with him once again.

You can find more of Edson's work via Facebook and his website