Fleur of England visits Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Hello lingerie lovers! I’m Jennie and I work in customer service and production here at Fleur of England. With a Scottish theme in the Fleur headquarters, I was lucky enough to take the long bank holiday to visit the stunning city. It was great to see the city that inspired the beautiful new Edinburgh collection!

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The amazing view from my hotel of Edinburgh Castle!

We were so lucky with the weather, so I was able to explore the whole city in all it’s glory, and enjoy a cocktail (or two!) in the sun. On my first day I went to go visit one of our stockists who has a lovely boutique in Edinburgh. Sarah, at Odyssey Boutique, showed me around her beautiful shop where Edinburgh was displayed pride of place. It was also so lovely to see our new Heiress and Hot Chocolate collections on display too. I couldn’t help but have a little cuddle with the shops cutest resident, Thompson the Dalmatian!

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Sarah Connelly – Odyssey Boutique, Edinburgh

Edinburgh was so rich with culture and it was interesting to visit it’s many galleries and museums, a highlight for me were the amazing pieces at the National Gallery of Modern Art. I also adore the exhibition of John Byrne at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery – I always love discovering new artists.

I obviously couldn’t visit Edinburgh at this time without getting involved with the amazing Fringe Festival. There was so many things going on I was barely able to keep up with it! I booked one show to see the comedian Tony Law live. I had never seen a comedian in such an intimate atmosphere before, it was definitely an experience. He made my cry with laugher! I particularly enjoyed the constant British accent he adorned.. What I loved most about the Fringe Festival is that there was a lot a free shows going on around the streets. As you walked along you could hear bands, and street performers as well as demonstrations and circus acts! It created such a wonderful atmosphere within the city.

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While in the city I had to experience some of the exciting restaurants and bars. I went to the most amazing venue for dinner called The Voodoo Rooms – it had been recommended to me by the lovely Sarah at Odyssey Boutique so I had to check it out! It was the most amazing building featuring original Victorian interiors with a slight French finesse. The scallop starter was to die for!

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Scallops and Champagne, my new tartan scarf and bagpipes outside the castle!

After enjoying copious amounts of Scottish shortbread (even managed to save some to bring back for the Fleur girls!) and bagpipes, it was time to go home. Not before buying my very own tartan scarf! If you love tartan as much as I do, shop the Edinburgh collection here.

Love Jennie x

NEW: Heather – Our Vintage Lilac Romantic Lingerie Collection

As well as the wonderful tartan, Scotland is also famous for it’s romantic moors. We’ve taken inspiration from this for our newest collection.. We are proud to introduce our most romantic lingerie collection yet, ‘Heather‘.

Heather epitomizes lady-like grace and charm. The mystery and romance of a frost-dusted winter garden and fading heather fields are captured in perfect soft lilac hues, complimenting all skin tones. Softest silk georgette drapes and ties, complimenting the more dramatic, shimmering lace against tonal silk satin. The Heather collection uses a stunning Italian lace, which has an amazing lustre that catches the light perfectly.

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This truly luxurious collection features our best-selling romantic styles. The sexy contour lace babydoll is the perfect piece for show-stopping luxury, it is specially designed to highlight sophisticated feminine curves. The lace plunge bra and the brief create a dream-like femininity, the plunge shape gives maximised support and cleavage.

Lucy, our design and production assistant, says ‘I can’t wait to wear my Heather lace plunge bra. I love the long-line shape of the plunge, it’s so unusual and the vintage lilac colour suits my after-holiday glow perfectly!

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The silk georgette camisole, robe and bow tie brief, are the perfect luxury loungewear pieces in soft lilac tones. The silk camisole can be worn as luxury nightwear, or with your favourite jeans as an outerwear piece. Our best selling bow tie brief is re-imagined in vintage lilac lace, with a silk panel detail. These pieces are the perfect luxury gift, available in easy sizing of small, medium and large. All the elastics used on these stunning pieces of lingerie are made in England thirty miles from our studio, giving a Fleur edge and adds that extra British luxury.

Inspired by the wilds of the Scottish Highlands, the colour coming directly from beautiful fields of heather and striking thistle, toned down for the perfect vintage lilac shade. This lilac lingerie collection is strikingly unique and effortlessly romantic.

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Take a romantic walk in misty fields of Heather…

Shop the collection here, and see more inspiration behind the collection here.

Love the Fleur girls x

Interview with Sarah, founder of ‘Odyssey’ a luxury lingerie boutique

This month we are taking a whole wealth of inspiration from Scotland. With our Edinburgh collection launched this week and another of our Autumn Winter collections influenced by the beautiful colour of a certain Scottish flower, coming to Fleur of England next week. We are surrounded by Scottish inspiration. Jennie from the Fleur of England team, is taking a trip to Edinburgh to visit the festival this weekend, where she will get some beautiful photos of the city and its festival for our Instagram.

Focusing on all things Scottish this month, we knew exactly who we should speak to, the lady who knows Edinburgh inside out, one of our lovely stockists, Sarah, from ‘Odyssey’ the luxury lingerie boutique. Below is our interview, we discuss running her boutique, Edinburgh, and of course, her wonderful Dalmatian, Thompson.

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Sarah, from Odyssey Boutique
 

Is there a concept behind Odyssey Boutique and when did you open?

Odyssey Boutique opened in August 2010; working in the lingerie industry for a number of years; amassing a personal swimwear collection so vast it ought to have its own closet; and after falling in love with an über-cool Californian day spa, I developed the concept for Odyssey Boutique; a destination store for ‘real’ lingerie and highest quality waxing for the fashionable girl-about-town.

Your boutique is beautiful, can you explain in your own words what makes it unique from other lingerie boutiques?

Why thank you! I’m drawn to stocking striking and exclusive lingerie lines, and year-round swimwear, as well as offering a full fitting service and a clever capsule menu of beauty treatments including waxing, tanning, nails and lashes. Written like that it seems like a lot for one business, but I place a huge importance on quality of products and services  and nowhere else can this combination be found – Odyssey really is a unique adventure.

Why did you choose your current location?
Edinburgh is my home so starting a business where my friends & family where nearby for support was essential. As for the actual location of the shop – in the West End’s fashionable William Street – this area was once a bustling destination shopping area but had been knocked for six during extensive citywide road-works which left a number of businesses in the area in a poor way. Sadly some of them didn’t survive, but now with my entrepreneurial peers are opening their businesses around me and I’m sure the West End will begin to flourish once more. It’s exciting to be a part of that.

What is your favourite part of running your own business?
There’s a lot to like and I often compare running a business to a roller-coaster ride; sometimes it’s exhilarating and exciting, other times my heart is in my mouth. Overall, I LOVE retail and the clients and industry experts I get to meet every day. I’m always excited to see our clients reaction to new collections. I’m a spreadsheet-junkie so love a bit of analysis too.

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Odyssey Boutique, in Edinburgh, featuring lovely Thompson

Do you have any exciting plans for Odyssey’s future?
Too many! Sadly none I can share right now. But watch this space – the future is very bright for Odyssey.

How will you be celebrating the Edinburgh festival?

Typically as a resident it’s easy for the festival to pass by without getting involved. Especially as I work so much. With Fleur’s Edinburgh collection in store it’s been lovely to represent the Scottish vibe in a very fashionable way. It’s nice to get out and wander the city and embrace the ambience the festival brings and I’ve managed a few shows too – the brilliant ShowShot Duo who have been playing a Pacha Ibiza residency between Edinburgh Festival appearances, and I’m looking forward to a relaxing wander around Jupiter Artland.

Where is your favourite place in Edinburgh and why?

The walk around Arthur’s Seat in Holyrood Park on a bright day is just faultless. It’s an oasis in the middle of the city; the air is fresher, the buzz of city traffic is almost silent and on a clear day you can see the whole city laid out in front of you. Perfect.

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The view from Arthurs Seat, of Edinburgh Castle
 

Where is the best place in Edinburgh to go for a wee dram?

I always say it – but it’s true; Bramble has been my favourite forever. A hidden speak-easy. The old school hip-hop music is deafening and the craftsmanship i every cocktail is mesmerising to watch…and taste.

 We love our Edinburgh collection, which piece do you cherish the most and why?

The camisole is just perfect. It feels like Autumn is creeping in a little too early so I’ll be teaming this with a soft Scottish Cashmere cardigan as we switch into the new season.

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Sarah’s favourite piece of our Edinburgh collection, the silk and lace camisole
 

How important is tartan to the Scottish?

I think the world believes we wear tartan on a daily basis. I’ve never worn tartan in my life until Fleur’s Edinburgh collection arrived. It’s mostly used as an accent ot occasional dress – is there a country in the world that has such a well turned out formal dress for men?!

Do you have a family tartan? What does it look like?

My family have the Buchanan tartan – I’ll let you judge it. It’s rather bright.

Where do you feel most inspired?

I’m a city girl and love to travel. Wherever I go I take a million pictures of buildings, shop window displays, market stalls, street art and people. People watching is my favourite ever pass-time so I live in my mirrored sun-glasses so as not to be caught staring.

What could you not live without?
My handsome hound, Thompson. And I hate to say it but my iPhone – it offers so many possibilities; taking pictures, listening to audio-books and pod-casts, watching webinars. It’s the perfect way to keep connected but I’m strict in having a technology curfew too.

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Thompson the Dalmatian
 

What makes you laugh?
My team, Thompson’s gangly puppy running, The Mindy Project and when people are trying to be serious but get theirs words tangled.

What takes your breath away?
Passion, talent, commitment, kindness. It’s such a great feeling to be stopped in your tracks. Positivity is infectious.

 

Shop the Edinburgh collection here. Keep checking back to the blog to see more Scottish inspiration this month.

Love the Fleur girls x