Part I: V-DAY BOUDOIR | Valentine’s Day has a bit of a reputation. I think we should blow it to smithereens, specifically with sexy treats and a lotta glitter.

Happy Friday, my loves!  I’m over the moon this morning because the treats I have for you today are nothing short of spectacular.  Not to mention, they force an issue I believe needs to be addressed. 

Valentine’s Day has a bit of a reputation.  What’s that reputation, you ask?  Well, I think you know it already.  Take a guess – what do most of us think of when we think of Valentine’s Day?  We think of it as the guy’s responsibility.  Now let me quickly state here that there’s nothing wrong with that; ladies, we deserve all the pampering we can get, and if Hallmark wants to bank on a holiday dedicated to loving women, OMGIAMSOALLFORTHAT.  However… I think it’s fair to say that our significant others definitely deserve a little pampering, too.  And that’s where today’s shoot comes into play.

When Amber Moon submitted the shoot you’re about to see, I ’bout crapped my pants.  This is just Part 1, and there’s much more for you to see this weekend, but… the glitter factor, alone, people.  I mean, I just… I can’t… it’s… I just can’t even – I can’t even explain it.  Ok, lemme try.  For one, glitter = AMAZEBALLS (yeah I’m gonna stay on the glitter thing; sue me).  When glitter touches things, it just makes them look happier, and more excited, to exist.  You understand.  Unfortunately, it’s the bed bug of the crafting world – once it’s in your home, it’s never going to leave.  Actually, scratch that – it’s even worse than bed bugs; it stays in your floors AND makes you look like you work nights at Hustlers if you get any on you.

Fortunately for us, Amber, Courtney and the rest of their amazing crew took care of the mess for us, and what resulted is pretty much the sexiest, loveliest, cutest and most inspirational boudoir dessert session (yup, that’s a new term I just made up – gee, I sure am creative!) I’ve seen to date.

The goal here is to inspire you to embrace your inner vixen this Valentine’s Day… and Part 2 is going to teach you, with PHOTOS, EXACTLY HOW TO DO THAT!  High kick, woot!  I know, I can’t wait either!  But first… the pretty, pretty prettiness of a homemade Valentine’s Day dessert boudoir session.

Take it away, ladies!

We couldn’t wait to play with Valentine’s day in our boudoir inspiration shoot!  Our desire was to highlight a few things that every girl has in her arsenal – fun lingerie, the perfect recipe, glittery homemade valentines, and her inner self!!  Sexy lives everywhere.  We wanted to take a peak into the beauty and fun found in the moments when you’re getting ready to see your man.  The playful flirt of baking cookies and crafting cards, the sensuality of the primp, and the anticipation of his arrival.  Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to get a little sensual and have a some fun!

How to be sexy by Reveal!

Sexy isn’t something that lives on the skin. It’s something that lives inside of you. Sexy doesn’t have a size or a weight. Marilyn Monroe, someone considered to be one of the sexiest women who ever lived, bounced between a size 6 and 12.  Take care of your soul.

1) Wear Lingerie that YOU like.
2) Take 2 hours out of your week for mandatory pampering. (Whatever pampering looks like to you).
3) Try something new and exciting like an S Factor class. Get your girlfriends to join you so the community of women around you are all feeling great.
4) Take a cooking class. Food is sexy. Enjoy it.
5) This is the easiest one. Take a deep breath in the morning and know that whatever you face that day is for you and be grateful that you get that moment.

Valentine’s Day Chocolate Cupcakes from Katherine at Don’t Mind if We Do:

2 1/4 cups sugar
3/4 cups cocoa powder (the higher quality the better)
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 cup buttermilk (shake well just before using)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs (best to use room temperature)
1 tsp vanilla extra–real, not imitation
1 tsp freshly brewed coffee (use warm to hot, but not cold)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Makes 24 cupcakes
-Line 2 cupcake trays with paper liners of your choosing

Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and mix on low speed until combined. In another bowl, combine the buttermilk, oil, eggs, and vanilla. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry.

With mixer still on low, add the coffee and stir just to combine, scraping the bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula. The batter will be more runny than other batter, but it cooks up quite nicely.  Pour approximately 1/4 cup of cupcake batter into the prepared pans and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then turn them out onto a cooling rack and cool completely.

Butter cream Frosting:

1 cup butter (2 sticks)
6 cups powdered sugar
8-10 tbsp milk
2 tsp vanilla extract

Place the butter in a large mixing bowl and beat until smooth (about 1 minute). Add 4 cups of the sugar and then the milk and vanilla on low speed. On the medium speed of an electric mixer, beat until smooth and creamy, about 3 to 5 minutes. Gradually add the remaining sugar, 1 cup at a time, beating well after each addition (about 2 minutes), until the icing is thick enough to be spread easily.  Make sure to mix for at least five minutes even though that feels like a long time.  The texture will be perfect if you take this time. If desired, add either a few drops of food coloring or 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder and mix thoroughly.  Spread or pipe onto cupcakes and enjoy.  May be stored in an airtight container for up to 7 days.

P.S. – For the shoot, we added miniature heart shaped sugar cookies as decoration on top of our cupcakes! :)

Hope we’ve given you some great ideas and inspiration to make your V-Day extra special!  … Particularly the evening part of it.  Speaking of the evening part of it, we’ve got something very, very special – and very, very exclusive – for you to see, coming up on Saturday in Part 2.  Ohhhh just you wait.

… Wink wink, nudge nudge.

xoxo!  – Alison

Photography – Courtney Lindberg of Courtney Lindberg Photography / Styling & Paper Goods – Amber Moon of Pitbulls and Posies Press / Hair – Genevieve Garner / MakeUp Artist – Stephanie Lawrence / Baked Treats – Katherine Leblond of Don’t mind if We Do! / Wardrobe – Trashy Lingerie

Label(s): Color, Pink, Red, {Beauty + Body}, {Real Boudoir}

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  1. Alessandra on February 11, 2011


  2. Nicki on February 11, 2011

    I really love what she’s wearing! WHERE CAN I GET IT?!!!!

  3. Alison on February 11, 2011

    Hi Nicki – Her wardrobe is by Trashy Lingerie. If you’re looking to turn the racy dial up to eleven, that’s definitely your shop. ;) xoxo

  4. Jennifer on February 11, 2011

    LOVE this….and I LOVE that outfit she has on!

  5. Lauren Elise on February 11, 2011

    Such a fun shoot! I can’t get enough of that glitter!!!

  6. postcards and pretties on February 11, 2011

    holy glitter batman…great shoot!!! but must have been a bitch to clean up

  7. Kristi on February 11, 2011

    Oh my, oh my this is glitter heaven! I love the fun, sexy, playfulness of this shoot!!!! Love it.


  8. Amber Moon on February 11, 2011


    You are incredible! So inspiring on so many levels, and I want to be your best friend! So very grateful for you!!!!!! xoxoxoxo’s!

  9. Cara S. on February 11, 2011

    Those tips are so inspiring. And food IS sexy, I agree! I’m cooking for my fiance on valentine’s day!

  10. Ohana Photographers on February 11, 2011

    Lovin all the pink and sparkles! Super fun boudoir!

  11. Melissa @ The Loveliest Day on February 11, 2011

    An absolutely perfect vendor team! This shoot is so much fun, I just love it to bits!!!

  12. maria felton on February 11, 2011

    WHAT A TEAM!!! wow, this is just amazing. AMAZING. beautifully styled, beautiful model and beautiful photography! gorgeous!!

  13. Emily (Gem Photo) on February 11, 2011

    Courtney Lindberg, I heart you! And Alison! I love you for showcasing such a great idea and so much inspiration for women to feel beautiful – I think its so worthy. Woot. Woot.

  14. Lena on February 11, 2011

    This is DIVINE! Love, love, love!

  15. Annie @ Marry You Me on February 11, 2011

    A. This is amazing.
    B. This really is flippin amazing.
    C. Did I mention I LOVE this and think its amazing?
    Glad we cleared that up!

  16. Nicole on February 11, 2011

    Oh my goodness – those baked treats look amazing and the styling and photography is beautiful. Well done, ladies!

  17. Teri on February 11, 2011


  18. Liza on February 11, 2011

    I want to eat those cupcakes right now.

  19. Nicole on February 11, 2011

    Nice work everyone. This blog certainly has something for everyone!
    Baked goods: me
    Hot chick in Trashy Lingerie: dudes
    Glitter: kids
    Beautiful photography: People with eyes

  20. Nicole on February 11, 2011

    I have eyes and i love this photo spread! Don’t mind if we do!!

  21. KBM on February 11, 2011

    her or the cupcakes? sophie’s choice moment.

  22. jacin {lovely little details} on February 11, 2011

    love the glitter :)

  23. erianna on February 12, 2011

    about 9 years ago I did something like this for my sweetie (now hubby) and while it was lots of fun and a great way to celebrate V-day, it did not look as gorgeous as this! perhaps it’s time for me to get some new lingerie and repeat the experience…

  24. heidi on February 12, 2011

    ooh-la-la-love it!

  25. Christine on February 12, 2011

    What a fabulous shoot! I may go buy some glitter, but FIRST I am going to eat all those cupcakes, cotton candy, cookies, and strawberry tarts. Gorgeous and yummy!

  26. Jessie on February 12, 2011

    omfg everything in this shoot looks amazing. congrats, team!

  27. Amy on February 12, 2011

    Adorable and sexy. Love.

  28. Darrah on February 13, 2011

    Those strawberry tarts are gorgeous!
    Dear Don’t Mind If We Do,
    Will you be my Valentine?

  29. Diana on February 14, 2011

    I so love this! Please I need this sparkly glitter for my favors where did you find it! xxxxxx
    Love the photo shoot fab! xxxx

  30. peter on February 14, 2011

    The cupcakes, cookies and other goodies are the sexiest, most delicious part of this photo shoot.

  31. gina gee on February 14, 2011

    katherine’s cupcakes look amaaaaazing. i am totally going to make them. (probably not in lingerie.) (although those photos are adorable too.)

  32. tracy on February 16, 2011

    Those are the sexiest cupcakes I’ve ever seen! Well done Don’t Mind If We Do!!

  33. KALYSA Wilson on February 20, 2011

    Love it. this is a wonderful boudoir shoot.

  34. Alyx on April 26, 2011

    The photos are so funny …and the cakes looks delicious !!!

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