Lots of Hauty bodysuits and body stockings.
As I walk up to the top of Columbia Road I’m anxious to find this hidden treasure- Le Bustiere Boutique!
The question is “why don’t I know about this boudoir palace, already”? Upon reaching my destination, I am in awe with the location, the luxe decor, boutique lay out, aromatherapy and more importantly the calm sultry Jamaican accent alongside pearly whites-that greet me come from the proud owner Stephanie.
“Aisha”, Stephanie says. “Yes, it’s me “, I say. Immediately compliments fly from both of us on style and grace. She looks chic in her chunky knit sweater; complimented by a wide belt, leggings and knee high boots which elongated her petite frame- did I mention her perfect natural blonde coif (we all know I love blonde hair).
Fast forward Stephanie and I talk shop- She takes one look at my rack and says “You are a F cup, for sure. I can tell”! (although I’ve been wearing a DDD for months now and I have my favorite demi cut bra on today which is TOO damn SMALL). Stephanie does a bra fitting for me as only she can do so effortlessly- and yes I am a F cup. I tried on a few different bras which I wouldn’t ordinarily pick out for myself based on her recommendation- lots of lace and feminine accents. However, the fit and style of each of her selections for me are dead on. My favorite bra was a brand called Curvy Kate. I am impressed with her product knowledge on fit and body type; these attributes are a must in any specialty service. Stephanie has her hand on the pulse of her brand. After playing bra dress up- Stephanie and I sit down and chat about everything under the sun from bras to Mars- fashion, family, travel and self discovery. At this point I felt like we were old friends- after you see someones boobs on the first meet you are bonded for life. We chuckled- loudly about this.
After spending hours together- I had to rush off to my PT job (bartending). We ended our interview with a great big hug as if we had been acquainted for ages. She invited to her holiday party on the next evening. I attended along with one of my fashion icons, my Mommy.
Just as Stephanie has a warm and charming energy, she knows how to throw a kick-ass soiree. I had the pleasure of meeting her husband Glen (who reads my blog), a good friend Janet who played photographer and Jim the caterer (who was also the bartender and gracious hostess). It was definitely a family affair and I feel , I have gained a new family.
It’s important to dress from the inside out- and Le Bustiere Boutique is the place to start. Call for an appointment today or walk-in today and treat yourself to a luxury experience. I will be returning before Christmas to treat myself- And you should do the same.
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Q&A with Stephanie
Q:How did you get in the business of lingerie?
Stephanie: I was unfulfilled with working from home once I relocated to DC from Connecticut. I started out in health care but through my travels I became inspired by specialty shops abroad. My husband encouraged me to take on the leap of faith.
Q:Classic item every person should have (male and female)?
Stephanie: A teddy…this is a “no judgement zone”. On a more serious note a white shirt and or a nice pair of jeans.
Q:Who is your style icon?
Stephanie: Aesthetically, hands down Dorothy Dandridge. She is simply a classic beauty.
Stephanie: The Huffington post. I read it religiously.
Q:Least favorite word?
Q:How do you relax?
Stephanie: I enjoy watching television alone and traveling.
Q:Best gift you ever received?
Stephanie: A TAG watch given to me by my husband on my 30th birthday. It’s chic fashionable and practical. I still wear it with almost everything.
Stephanie: Watching anything on BravoTV and I also enjoy watching Sex with Sunny Megatron on Showtime (it’s great)
Specializing in European lingerie, bras, hosiery, post-mastectomy items, boudoir photography styling and private parties. Le Bustiere Boutique 1744 Columbia Road, NW #2, Washington, DC , 20009