So, last week I was contacted by the lovely Laura, who works for Playful Promises, a lingerie brand based here in good old Blighty. She asked if I would like to come to their recently opened boutique, to have a nose about, do a review... and choose a lingerie set to give away to my wonderful readers! Since the last giveaway for Kiss Me Deadly was an unmitigated success with almost 500 entries, I of course jumped at the chance to offer you lot another set of frilly smalls! (In case you're wondering, they also bribed me with a set for myself... not that I needed any bribing!)
So, last Thursday, I dutifully toddled off to the East End boutique at the top of Brick Lane (which was considerate enough to have opened around 500 yards from the chap's residence), camera in hand. And here's what I found!
The Playful Promises boutique is small but perfectly formed, with lingerie lining the walls and strewn elegantly across a big table in the middle. It's sumptuously decorated in deep reds and pinks, with decadent black chandeliers and furniture, plus a vintage display cabinet for the till. The changing area was hidden by a lovely old screen. The window display was rather bare, but Laura told me it had featured a statue of the Virgin Mary underneath a neon sign that read, 'Treat me gently, I'm a virgin'. They'd been obliged to remove her following several complaints from a local Catholic man who'd failed to see the humour! Poor old Mary.
The offerings at Playful Promises are more 'Pin-up' lingerie than strictly vintage. The bras are push-up and balconette rather than bullet, and the foundations are more for show than for actual cinching (though I did spot some What Katie Did Maitresse bras and stockings). That said, I was delighted to notice that the suspender belts all feature proper metal clips - essential to avoid stocking mishaps, as any vintage girl will know! So it's not what I would describe as 'boudoir lingerie', designed to be seen on the body for minutes, and on the floor for hours....
Everything they produce is beautifully designed in gorgeous satin and lace, trimmed with frills and ribbons galore. It's all just really pretty, from the designs, right down to the packaging. They have a line of 'Candy Pants' in old fashioned sweet shop 'flavours' like Liquorice and Rhubarb & Custard. There are the Love Thyself knickers, with motivational slogans emblazoned across the bottom, and the Pin-up Girl Panties, which come in individual tins, decorated with classic pin-up girls wearing the very knickers inside. There are frilly pants, rockabilly girl pants, zodiac pants and weekend-packs of pants, all in vibrant colours and featuring cute embroidery.
They don't just sell lingerie, either. Around the shop, you'll find hand-picked jewellery, swimwear and little extras like eyemasks. All the little tins and tubes make lovely keepsakes, don't you think?
But what about the part you're all most interested in... the giveaway!
I'm delighted to say that I have an entire set of Ava lingerie up for grabs! Not just one or two pieces from it, the whole set!
Ava is Playful Promises' classic Hollywood inspired set, in vivid red satin with white detail and stitching. It has a sort of Art Deco flavour, I felt, and I thought you'd all like it! The set comprises a padded push-up bra, a non-padded long-line bra, a waist cincher, a g-string and a pair of fuller briefs. The lucky lady (or chap) will receive one of everything to mix and match to your heart's desire! That's the exciting bit! Now for the boring bit...
To enter, leave me a comment below.
For another entry, you can retweet my giveaway.
For a third entry, post about the giveaway on your own blog! I want as many people to find out about both the prize and Playful Promises!
However, due to the popularity of my last giveaway and the fact I anticipate even more entries this time, I will be doing an automatic number generator to do the draw itself. No more faffing about with names on bits of paper! This means that each time you enter you must leave a separate comment. Don't leave me one comment saying you've done all three things, as it will only be counted once! If you're commenting saying you've retweeted or blogged, please post the link so I can check!
The bras come in sizes 32A to 36DD, and the cincher and knickers in XS (UK8) to XL (UK16). The latter do run ever-so-slightly small - I measured a large in the knickers. If you're entering on behalf of a lady-friend, do make sure you know her size. And ladies too, no wishful thinking - I can't promise that you'll be able to exchange if you've ordered the wrong size.
This competition will run for one week, from midnight (BST) on 19th April (or should that be the 20th?) until midnight on Monday 26th. I will announce the winner on Tuesday 27th. It's open to everyone, all round the world.
OK, I think that's everything. Without further ado, I declare this giveaway officially launched. Good luck girls!
PS. If you can't wait until next Tuesday, or there's anything else you fancy, the fabulous PP ladies have given me a special discount code, that's good for 20% off, both online and in the store. It will only be live as of tomorrow (20th), so you'll have to wait until at least then!
The code is 'vintagegirl'. So do get shopping (tomorrow)! The boutique can be found at 136 Bethnal Green Road, London, E2 6DG.