“love at first sight”

When you’ve suffered through a mind-numbing budget meeting, you need a little lunchtime pick-me-up!

So I finally followed through on a promise to visit Coup de Foudre, the swank lingerie shop at 11th & E Streets, a dangerously short walk from my office prison.

If you are the sort of person who detests lingerie and would rather just wear your Hanes until they fall apart, you may stop reading now.

If you are the sort of person whose only knowledge of lingerie is Victoria’s Secret – run run run to this lovely temple of fine delectables and broaden your mind.

The shop has a light floral scent as you enter, lingerie sets hanging in delicate colors, with sweet founder Valerie Lucas to guide you on your excursion. Brands like Cosabella, Aubade, Chantelle, and Huit are featured and styles run the gamut from old-fashioned lace and embroidery to clean laser-cut… sigh.

Warning: you will lighten your wallet/pocketbook. The least expensive items in the store were the fabulous undies known as Hanky Panky (honestly ladies, if you’ve never worn these before – the Holy Grail of Incredibly Comfortable & Sexy Panties – you need to run on over and pick up some!).

For the rest, well, exquisite French lingerie does not run cheap. These are definitely for special occasions, unless you happen to be disgustingly lucky enough to wear such luxury everyday. You’ll notice a distinct devotion to quality – fine fabrics and flattering cuts.

I literally almost wept over the delicate sexiness of a particular set – good fabric just feels nicer against the skin and nothing accentuates curves better… I highly recommend this adorable shop for personal splurges, pampering gifts, or just a moment of indulgent Fantasy Shopping.

And sorry no, I didn’t take pics. ;)

3 Comments so far

  1. wayan (unregistered) on August 10th, 2005 @ 3:28 pm

    Forget pics, we want some live modeling at the dc.metblogs offices Jenn. I’ll even bring a fit-full of ones to stuff your garter!

  2. Jenn L (unregistered) on August 10th, 2005 @ 4:12 pm

    Wayan, how saucy of you… I suppose I set myself up for that one! ;)

  3. BAV (unregistered) on August 10th, 2005 @ 7:29 pm

    I haven’t been to Coup de Foudre, but will have to check it out. I think that it, together with the nearby H&M and Urban Outfitters, could constitute a Bermuda Triangle of Shopping, where my money disappears.

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