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humble rants and musings of an introverted designer, trying to bring awareness to other (non-western) lingerie culture.

Secret Miss Santa (Part 1)

Irene Lu

A lot of exciting thing has happened this year and one of it is the yearly special Secret Miss Santa among indie lingerie designer from around the world. It's my first year to participate and I was extremely ecstatic that my recipient is none other than the organizer herself @karolinalaskowska .

Now I must admit, I was nervous. I've been following her brand since her brand began and read a lot of her blogs including posts for The Lingerie Addict so it's not difficult to notice her keen eye to detail and quality. I always imagine she reviews each lingerie behind a microscope!

Below are few of my favorite looks pulled from her instagram @karolinalaskowskalingerie.

Aren't her pieces incredibly lust worthy !? I'm coveting the entire collection of decadent gold sparkles and I blame the New Years bug. and the dog? Well, "Must Love Dogs"! I also admire her bravado for modeling her own creations. Something I always wanted to do but shied away but anyways, back to secret santa...

My first problem was: what color? I love wearing color especially during monotonous winter but it's difficult to choose colors for someone you respect. What if she doesn't like it? Or worse, what if its her least favorite color !?

So rather than remaking a color combination she has "hearted" on our instagram @love_pillowbook, I picked a few jewel tone and let our couturier, Ms.Yin make the final decision. It was important for me to have a team effort, putting more love into Karolina's order.

If you're wondering, Karolina's colors are B06 Midnight with O05 Caramel details. Check our full color range, here.

She mentioned she loves Shhh... tap shorts so that was easy. Then I just knew she would look divine in our Shhh... Collection 1/2 cup full bralet so I threw that in the basket too. As to all my orders, I enjoy upcycling all the scraps to make matching lingerie bags and a sleeping mask. You can't see it but the fluffing inside is made out of shredded silk scraps. 100% silk lined and 100% silk filled! Oh, did I mention... There are rose tea sachet discs inserted into the eye mask pockets. Yeap! Who says upcycling can't be luxurious? Karolina can enjoy a cup of rose tea when the scent disappears. How British. :)

Did she like it? She LOVES IT! According to Kissmedeadly (who also helped with the whole production of secret gifting "Karolina nearly lost her mind about the exquisite construction of her Pillowbook set" HAHAHA. YAY! Here are some shots Karolina posted on her Instagram.

karolinalaskowskalingerie : My Lingerie Secret Santa gift from @love_pillowbook is here and the wrapping is so beautiful I almost don't want to open it!

karolinalaskowskalingerie: Oh my God, this set is too beautiful for words. The attention to detail and finishing is incredible... I kind of want to cry, in the best possible way. Thank you so much @love_pillowbook, I love it!
Expect many many photos and a blog post very soon, this instagram snap does not even *begin* to do this lingerie justice!

and the COMPLIMENT OF THE YEAR for PILLOWBOOK, from Karolina Laskowska is "This is as well made as my favourite 1930's silk set, and that is about as high praise as I could ever give.

* tear * 1 more person in the world to witness that not everything made in China is bad.

What do you guys think?

Stay tuned for Secret Santa Part II: My gift ! Which I haven't received just yet and could be from any of these other participating brands. Do check them out because it'll fill your screen with love, life and lingerie. Whats not to love?

All Undone


Ava Corsetry

Ayten Gasson

Betty Blues Loungerie

Dotties Delights

Edge Of Beyond

Ell And Cee


Harlow and Fox


Karolina Laskowska

Kayleigh Peddie

Kiss Me Deadly

Little Women


Nearer The Moon

Nubian Skin

Orchid Corsetry

Pamela Cooper Intimates

Playful Promises

Raven Dreams


Sugar Lace Lingerie

She And Reverie

Toru and Naoko

Uye Surana