Behind Closed Drawers: Style on the Couch

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We’d like to think of Sarah—lingerie lover, style maven and chic mom-to-be behind one of our go-to lingerie blogs Style on the Couch—as our star-crossed lingerie-lover-slash-soul-sister (we couldn’t help falling for her cleverly-named blog, which gives a wink to Sarah’s other current life as a psychologist). When first we met waaaay back in 2011 (at Curve, natch) we bonded over the romantic views of East Village rooftops, Stella McCartney longlines (and her fabulous leopard print for AW11) and how best to sport the just-then burgeoning “peek-a-boo” lingerie trend over frites and rosé at The Standard Grill. We can credit Sarah for introducing us to Mudd coffee, the harness as an accessory (or at all), and raising our stay-up game three-fold thanks to her commitment to barely-there stockings regardless of falling temperature (not unlike our own fearless leader). Peep her Instagram for drop-dead gorgeous images of her storybook wedding in Georgia (and her ah-mazing Lover dress), photos from jet-setting around the world with her photographer hubby, and tips to mirror her enviable casual yet classic style (and that’s well before you even discuss her lingerie wardrobe, which is one for the history books). And, though it’s meant we get to regularly indulge our Anglo fantasies through said Instagram feed, Sarah’s eventual return to England does leave the lingeristas on this side of the pond a little lonely. As no one likes to be lonely for long, we thought it high time to have high tea with one of our favorite arbiters of style…Behind Closed Drawers with Sarah (or Dr. Sarah to you) of Style of the Couch below. We dare you not to fall under under her spell.


Day job – Psychologist

Necessary Extravagance: Creed fragrances. My husband introduced me to them, now I don’t feel dressed without them.

Simple Indulgence: Salted caramel macarons from Laduree

What makes your heart race? The sight across Manhattan rooftops at twilight

Plane, Train, or Automobile?: There is a certain romance in an old fashioned train journey when you know you can afford the time to watch the changing landscape out of the window. Dream destination? Ibiza – the island has everything you need: tiny secluded beaches with restaurants serving only the fish they caught that day; bars and clubs to dance the night away in and beautiful views from all around the island to the sea.

On your bedside table: Erotic fiction. Women used to be scared of erotic fiction but I think this is changing since 50 Shades of Grey and now we have more and more women writing for women. Books like these are perfect to set the imagination off, and one shouldn’t underestimate the powerful link between mind and body.

Pinky Swear: I don’t have any secrets! (This could be worrying, I might be repressing a whole lot of things…..)

Lipgloss or lipstick? Lipstick. I’m a matte kinda woman. Gloss is fleeting. Lipstick has staying power.

One food you could eat forever: Cheese. I’ll leave it to Anthony Bourdain, who said: “you have to be a romantic to invest in yourself, your money, and your time in cheese”.

What’s your lingerie drawer stocked with? Collections to match my mood – divided into black, nude/white and coloured sets for everyday wear – think Christie Nicole, The Nude Label, Base Collection, Calvin Klein (which are one of my favourites for seamless basics) and Marie Jo. There is a separate section for special occasion lingerie: La Perla; Fleur of England, Lascivious and Bordelle. In another section I have a huge collection of shapewear, which I realize may be unusual for someone as slim as me, but the right foundations will make or break your clothing, and silhouettes are important for feeling good and looking great. I also have a vast collection of bodysuits, my favourite type of undergarment as it can be worn as both inner and out-to-wear. My favourites are from Fortnight and Marika Vera.

Matching sets or let creativity take over? Matching sets. Wearing matching lingerie sets me up with confidence for the day. I feel put together and sexy.

On a warm Spring day you’d find me…? Cycling round my home city of Cambridge (UK) in search of the perfect spot for afternoon tea.

Most prized possession: The cards and letters written to me by my husband, especially those he mailed overseas when we had a long distance relationship (he is American and I am English). That he would put time and thought into writing, in an era of texts and emails, was so special to me.

What items can be found on you at all times? Aveda lipbalm, iPhone, YSL Touché Eclat, Origins ‘Brighter by Nature’ compact and my Tom Ford aviators.

What smell do you love? Freesias. They remind me of my grandmother’s perfume and my wedding day.

Best advice you’ve ever received? ‘New, and exciting, with a hint of danger.’ I read or heard this somewhere and I love it – I really think you should strive to push your life in the direction of questioning and overcoming self-imposed limits, and moving outside of your comfort zone as much as possible.

What’s next for you? I’m going to become a mother for the first time this month! Naturally, I’m equal parts excited and scared to death.

First lingerie love? My first true love is Bordelle. I fell in love with Bordelle after taking a tour of their London studio and meeting some of the creative team behind the brand. Their vision of creating a kind of ‘luxury S&M’ was ahead of its time, and they really consider the power of femininity in their design process. Since their styles are largely atelier made, buying the brand is very special indeed.

Always: remember things seem impossible until they are done.

Never: mind fashion too much. Having a style of your own style will be ten times better.