“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. ;)

This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs

As one of the founding editors of We Love DC, Jenn’s passions are theater and cocktails. After two decades in the city, she’s loved every quirky, mundane, elegant, rude minute of her DC life. A proud advocate for DC’s talented drinks scene, she’s judged the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s ARTINI contest, the DC Rickey Month contest, the Jefferson Hotel’s Quill Cocktail competition, and is a founding member of LUPEC DC. A graduate of Catholic University’s drama program, she toured the country as a member of National Players, and has been both an actor and a costume designer before jumping the aisle to theater criticism. Writing for We Love DC restored her happiness after a life-threatening illness, and she’s grateful to you, dear readers. Send your suggestions to jenn (at) welovedc (dot) com and follow her on Twitter.

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