All The Delights from Gigi’s House of Frills

Recently I shared my wonderful shopping experience at Gigi’s House of Frills where I went home with two big bags full of delights. If you did not get a chance to read about it, please check it out here –>Introducing Gigi’s House of Frills. It was difficult to narrow down my choices as there were so many beautiful things to choose from with their great selection of lingerie by What Katie Did, Bettie Page Lingerie, With Love Lingerie, Inspiration Vintage, authentic vintage and so much more!

Bettie Page Lingerie by Playful Promises

The number one thing I was super excited to try on was the Bettie Page Longline Overwire Bra. Luckily Gigi’s had it available in the gorgeous Black/Peach with matching 4 Strap Suspenders Belt and High Waist Briefs. With the smallest band size being a 32, I decided to start with my usual size 32DD in the Longline Overwire Bra. Based on my measurements (waist 27″, hips 40-41″), Gigi recommended a size 6US for the matching Suspender and Briefs. I was super thrilled when the Longline Overwire Bra fit perfectly and looked fabulous; I was holding my breath worried it would look terrible on me. After trying the size 6 in both coordinating pieces, I decided to also try the larger size to confirm which one fit best. In the end, Gigi was spot on as the size 6 was the winning combination.

With Love Lingerie

It was so wonderful to see Gigi’s carried lingerie by local designers like With Love Lingerie.  Luxuriously handmade in Canada, they truly capture the essence of femininity. Once I slipped on the Greta Kimono, it was impossible to take off! Not only did it match beautifully with the Overwire Black/Peach set, the Greta Kimono felt like pure Heaven against my skin. The magnificent detail with the back lace cutout adorned by genuine Swarovski Crystals is absolutely mesmerizing. I love the softness of the pink contrasting collar, sleeve lining and belt against the rich black satin. The Greta Kimono is going to give this gal many excuses to lounge around the house and still look fabulous while doing it.

What Katie Did

I am no stranger to the beauty of What Katie Did Lingerie. As a long time fan of their Glamour Seamed Stockings, I took advantage of this opportunity to stock up on their new pastel shades in pink, sky and purple. While chatting with Gigi, she mentioned the Grey Glamour stockings were one of her go to staples and would look phenomenal with the Bettie Page Overwire Set. Of course I listened and picked up a pair of the Grey Glamour stockings as well! At 5′-4″ tall, I wear WKD Glamour stockings in a size S/M.

P.S. Gigi was so right…these are my new favorite go to stockings staple!

Inspiration Vintage

Now here is a winning combination, vintage style lingerie designed with every day comfort in mind. Inspiration Vintage creates handmade vintage inspired cotton panties for the modern day ladies. An exclusive at Gigi’s, the Rita Extra High-Waisted Panties in Black/Red surprised me the most. Initially I had picked up the regular and high-waisted styles but decided to try on all three to see how they fit. To my surprise, I instantly fell for the Rita Extra High-Waisted…they were incredibly figure flattering and so darn comfortable. Sizing fit much differently with each style, I ended up taking a Medium in the Extra High-Waisted style.

 

Besame Cosmetics

Of course I could not leave before picking up a new shade of red lipstick by Besame Cosmetics. They are hands down my favorite brand of lipstick; with the most authentic vintage shades and creamy non drying texture.  This time I opted to try their Wild Orchid Lipstick, a rich deep fuchsia-red with slight shimmer.

As you can see, I brought home some of the most sumptuous delights from Gigi’s House of Frills. I am already looking forward to my next visit in a few weeks, Gigi kindly ordered the What Katie Did Cone Bra in my size which is now waiting for me at the shop. Make sure you plan a visit the next time you are visiting Toronto, Ontario or contact Gigi directly to place your order online!

 

 

 

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Introducing Gigi’s House of Frills

One of the things that I cherish most about the vintage community is how it is an open door to meet such wonderful people from around the world. Many of my friends and valued professional relationships are with fabulous women that are located in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, USA and of course Canada. Since vintage businesses in our neck of the woods are almost non existent, it is rare that I have an opportunity to shop local or meet similar like minded vintage fashionistas. A few weeks ago, I was contacted by the owner of Gigi’s House of Frills asking if I’d be keen to visit her lovely lingerie shop in Toronto…and of course I said yes! I was totally unaware we had such a local gem located within driving distance and could not be more excited to check it out.

In preparation for my visit, I did a little research about Gigi’s House of Frills to see what brands they stocked. I instantly became super excited when I saw they carried the new Bettie Page Lingerie from Playful Promises. I have been dying to try their overwire bras and having the opportunity to try them on in person was now before me. Everyone knows, bras and intimates are one of the most difficult things to shop for online due to the importance of a great fit. In addition, Gigi’s carries lingerie staples from What Katie Did, local designer With Love Lingerie, authentic Vintage Lingerie, Swimwear, Besame Cosmetics, and more!!!

Upon my arrival, I was greeted by the lovely Gigi who was the vision of a vintage fashionista; rockin’ a fabulous poodle do and wearing a classic vintage day dress. My first impression walking into her shop was awe and in total amazement. Who knew this little vintage lingerie mecca was right here this whole time; Gigi’s has been around for over 1.5 years now and in this location for 6 month. Immediately I had to ask the burning question…how did she get into vintage lingerie? Gigi admitted that she fell in love with lingerie at the very early age of 5, when she got lost in a circle rack of silky slips at a local department store. Of course her family thought that she was just playing around and didn’t realize the impact that moment would have on her decades later. She immediately spotted my Remix shoes and we found ourselves immersed in conversation for the next few hours about lingerie, the vintage community and everything in between.

Gigi has a darling location in a quiet area off Bloor St. in Toronto, you instantly feel like you are taking a step back in time into a glamorous vintage haven…I was totally smitten! Browsing the various designer collections and vintage offerings, I have never felt so comfortable and at ease shopping for lingerie. The average customer spends up to 2 hours in Gigi’s House of Frills and I was there for well over 3! Gigi had pulled a few of the Bettie Page pieces in advance for me to ensure she had my sizes. In addition, I decided to try some What Katie Did bullet bras that I had been dying to try for years (yes years!) along with Gigi exclusive designs from With Love Lingerie. The dressing room area is simply exquisite, a vintage inspired boudoir that will have you oohing and aahing.

As I tried on each style, Gigi assisted in checking for a good fit and fetching additional sizes or styles that might be better for my shape. Quickly we realized some styles were just not suited for me but others fit like a dream. Surprisingly the one style of bra (Maitresse Nouveau) I thought I’d love from What Katie Did was simply okay but Gigi suggested another (Cone bra) that turned out to be amazing! We confirmed I needed the next size up in the band which was currently out of stock but luckily the shop is able to order in individual customer requests from WKD. Although Gigi’s House of Frills doesn’t have an online webshop, they will happily ship to customers everywhere and regularly do so for their loyal customer’s in the US and elsewhere in Canada. Simply contact them through Facebook or Instagram, Gigi is a one woman operation that does it all! She also prides herself on carrying only ethically produced lingerie (sweatshop free) along with local designers.

After a wonderful evening at Gigi’s House of Frills, I left with gorgeous pieces from Bettie Page Lingerie, With Love Lingerie, What Katie Did, and some Besame Cosmetics along with a heartwarming experience with the delightful Gigi. You will have to stay tuned to the blog to see what all came home with me that fateful visit…

 

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