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From LBD to Boudoir, V-Day Must-Haves As Curated By Lingerie Designer Laura Mehlinger of Lola Haze

Whether on a romantic date for two, night out with the girls, or night in solo this Valentine’s Day, nix the usual flowers and surround yourself with treats you truly deserve. Below, Valentine’s Day done right: a curated pick list of indulgent must-haves from Harvard literature grad-turned-lingerie designer Laura Mehlinger. From LBD to boudoir, this list has you covered (well, mostly) for a truly memorable night.

The dress:

LBD by Rodebjer. The deep V cutout will show a tantalizing bit of Lola Haze’s “Be My Valentine Teddy” underneath.

LBD: http://www.dearfieldbinder.com/20915.html

Lola Haze Teddy: http://lolahaze.com/shop/categories/teddies-and-rompers/holiday-teddy.html

*Added bonus: now through Feb 14th, 2012, LolaHaze.com is offering 30% off all regular priced items using code “Valentines.”

The bling:

Amazing geometric bracelet by Delfina Delettrez moves and rotates as you wear it: http://www.openingceremony.us/products.asp?menuid=2&catid=26&productid=42987

The shoes:

Love these sexy DVF pumps with a pop of color: http://www.shopbop.com/serra-twist-vamp-open-toe/vp/v=1/845524441927416.htm

The scent:

Don’t forget a little dab of Marc Jacobs Oh, Lola! too: http://www1.bloomingdales.com/shop/product/marc-jacobs-oh-lola-marc-jacobs-eau-de-parfum-3.4-oz.?ID=555969&cm_mmc=Froogle_pla_pe-_-adtype-pla-_-target-22609716332-_-kw-

The location:

Take the party somewhere sleek and sensual, like my new fave: the brand new LOLA Hotel in Manhattan! http://www.hotellolanyc.com/

The sweets:

Try these Valentine’s chocolates from independent Brooklyn chocolatier, Nunu. http://www.nunuchocolates.com/products.php?Session_ID=5d41366604a73ceed46757a6da2d22d0&category=SE


What’s Valentine’s without a sensual massage? Inspire your…muscles with this Orchid massage candle. http://boutique.thelingeriegoddess.com/pleasure/fun-factory-orchid-massage-candle.html

The boudoir:

And for lounging and inspiring round 2, drape yourself in Lola Haze’s “Drape Me in Silk” Chemise: http://lolahaze.com/shop/drape-me-in-silk-chemise.html

*Added bonus: now through Feb 14th, 2012, LolaHaze.com is offering 30% off all regular priced items using code “Valentines.”

About Lola Haze TM Designer, Laura Mehlinger
Designer Laura Mehlinger has been studying, designing and making clothing since the time she could hold a needle & thread. Laura received her BA from Harvard in English, where she was dubbed “Harvard’s Ace Student of Fashion” for creating and showing her own line of women’s wear in the only one-person fashion show there in memory. After holding design positions at Gap, Inc, Laura decided to go out on her own. She named her line after the famous temptress Dolores “Lolita” Haze from Nabokov’s Lolita, which she wrote her thesis about and which continues to intrigue and inspire her. On a year-long solo trip around the world, Laura carefully collected exotic objects, fabrics and stories. These inspiring visuals coupled with the ideas of difference, quirkiness and elements of surprise are driven into her designs:

“Design is molding juxtapositions: elegance and kitsch, innocence and seduction, playfulness and sophistication, and for Lola Haze™, public and private. I love lingerie because it dances between public and private domains. It can be a woman’s own secret that makes her feel special, or something beautiful for display. Lola Haze™ is for a playful, confident woman who loves the transformative power of clothing and dresses for no one but herself. She can wear Lola Haze™ as innerwear, loungewear, or outerwear.“– Laura Mehlinger

Produced with love in NYC, Mehlinger’s family used to be in the garment business in the Lower East Side during tenement time. She says:

“I am proud to design and produce all our products in New York City’s historic garment district. Lola Haze TM is inspired by the boldness and energy of New York City, and we are proud of the authenticity and quality of doing production here. I actually have a pair of these enormous cutting shears that I think were my great-great grandfathers. It feels kind of full circle and authentic to me to be doing this in New York.”

About Lola Haze TM
Named after the famous temptress Dolores “Lolita” Haze in Nabokov’s Lolita, Harvard grad-turned designer Laura Mehlinger created Lola Haze TM as a lingerie/loungewear/outerwear fusion for the playful, confident woman with a bold, whimsical fashion sense. Produced with love in New York City, Lola Haze™ playwear is for women who like to play in and out of the bedroom. She is a seductress, dresses for herself, and has a bold, whimsical fashion sensibility. Not just for the boudoir, she takes Lola out on the town as a layering piece or stand-alone fashion statement paired with a wow necklace and killer heels. Every woman with eclectic taste and a love of bold glamour is a Lola girl. Lola Haze™ takes inspiration from New York City and Prince to art deco architecture and influences across the globe, all of which are infused into the line’s intricate detailing and innovative color and fabric combinations.

Lola Haze TM pieces retail from $29.00 – $194.00 at boutiques nationwide and on the newly launched LolaHaze.com e-commerce.


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Parisian Chocolate the new Wall St. Vodka Giblet?

Only the promise of decadent chocolate and a seemingly endless flow of champagne could bring discerning Manhattanites below Prince St. on a chilly mid-week evening (that or an event at Cipriani Wall St.). On Wednesday night La Maison du Chocolat celebrated their new home-nestled a-mix other luxury brands like Pink, Hermes and Tiffany’s on infamous Wall St.

The opening drew quite the crowd, in fact as I was ushered in the line of waiting guest continued to grow, inside the pristine shop was overrun with guest sipping on champagne and nibbling on all manner of chocolate concoctions. A chili pepper infused chocolate ganache was served with pistachio nuts. Truffles were served in champagne. Chilled chocolate macrons traveled overhead in basket carried by yellow clad waiters- who industriously served the giddy crowd.

The new out post is a sleek revamp of the Madison shop- trading deep cherry wood for the contemporary feel of bleach blonde wood. The small boutique brims with cases of decadent enticements of the chocolate sort.

With the financial markets still influx and not looking good, could chocolate become the new vodka? Perhaps, chocolate won’t fix our financial woes but it certainly could make bad news good down a little easier especially if it’s laced with champagne or some other liquor.

The next time you are craving something a little sweet – treat yourself to chocolate at its best. Visit one of the Maison du Chocolat’s three shops.

I encourage you to the experience the magic of the Maison du Chocolat. For those true chocolate lovers consider the chocolatier’s tasting sessions (the Tamananco, or the Duo). They are sure to find their way onto my list of Best Holiday Gifts Under $200 (coming soon).

Call 212 265 9404 for Tasting Sessions schedule.
1018 Madison Avenue. New York, NY
212 744 7117
30 Rockfeller Center New York, NY
212 265 9404

-Alexander Coelho