This Valentine's Day, why not show your sexy side to your significant other with a boudoir session? Lingerie, dim lighting, and sex kitten beauty prep make for an ultrasultry surprise for that special person in your life. An album full of the sensual shots can make an intimate present for your boyfriend, partner, husband, or fiancé. Nervous about stripping down in front of the camera? It's OK; the pics can be as wild or tame as you're comfortable with. Check out these inspiring boudoir photos that range from leaving much to the imagination to verging on blush-worthy. You'll be ready for your close-up in no time!
When all is said and done, 2011 was a great year for trends — we saw scores of stylish looks hitting the runways, from ladylike, feminine hemlines to bold brights, funky allover prints, and hypersexual boudoir and fetish ensembles. In order to give 2011's trends a proper highlight, we're looking back on five of our absolute favorites. Here's to 2012 — and many more fabulous trends!
- A Brigitte Bardot-inspired boudoir session — Style Me Pretty
- Giddy up! How to put together a cowgirl bridesmaid look — The Wedding Chicks
- What to do if guests who responded yes don't show up — Glamour
- Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka's wedding plans — Equally Wed
- Bridal party gifts that keep on giving — The Bride's Guide
- "Do I have to plan THREE weddings?" — 100 Layer Cake
- This art museum wedding is modern-midcentury chic! — Green Wedding Shoes
- Dos and don'ts for inviting co-workers to your wedding — YumSugar
If you're anything like me, you're enamored with the idea of your very own boudoir space. While some favor opulence and others laid-back comfort, each of these rooms can inspire a fresh idea for your home, regardless of its size. These coveted closets are for your delight. So take a moment to celebrate La Fête Nationale with these photos of truly beautiful boudoir spaces.
n. A lady's private bedroom, sitting room or dressing room. The term derives from the French verb bouder, meaning "to pout."
Historically, the boudoir formed part of the private suite of rooms of a lady, for bathing and dressing, adjacent to her bedchamber, being the female equivalent of the male cabinet. In later periods, the boudoir was used as a private drawing room, and was used for other activities, such as embroidery or entertaining intimate acquaintances.