BLOGGISTAS | REAL BOUDOIR… “I Think This Is Why They Call It A Sex Kitten…” | by Lena of La Petite Coquin!

My friends, my buddies, my pals.  Today is a special day here in Knottyland.  For, today, I get to introduce you to our very first Bloggista.  Whaaaaaaaat????  I KNOW. I’m trembling with delight and anticipation and also because this building shakes all day and I’m just generally trembling.  But I assure you it is PRONOUNCED.  Because holy heck, there is reason to be excited.  You may already know Lena from her FANTASTIC blog, La Petite Coquin, where she shares the lovely bits that inspire her on the daily.  And boy are they lovely, like, EVERY DAY.  But if you haven’t yet become acquainted with this absolute firecracker of a young woman, you’ll be glad you met her today.  Because, friends, if you at all enjoy the high jinks and general shenanigans of yours truly, you will undoubtedly enjoy the s*** out of Lena.  More so.  Much more so.  The things she says to me on Twitter, alone, leave my stomach aching from aggressive, sustained bouts of laughter pain.  Now, fyi, she says way too many nice things about me in this post today, so do me a favor and please ignore all of them.  Kthanks.

Ok, without further adieu…

Take it away, Lena!  P.S. – Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Ok now I’m done.  Take it away, for real this time.

Hello, Knottie girls-I’m Lena, popping over from La Petite Coquin for my very first guest post.  It feels like the first day of school, which is apt since lots of kids are steaming back into school this week in Northern California-I’m nervous, my clothes are significantly too warm for the weather and even though I feel like I’ve known y’all for years, I’m nervous.

See, La Petite Coquin is a reflection of my best self. The girl who whips up a Hollandaise on Saturday morning and delivers a magnificent dish of eggs norvégienne to her sweetheart in bed. Who picks out her clothes the night before. Who calls her grandmother and hums the starting pitch for “Happy Birthday” before she answers the phone. And really, I am that polished, pulled together girl.

About 65% of the time.

My posts here on The Knotty Bride, on the other hand, are courtesy of the other 35% of me–she appears after a few cocktails with girlfriends, or a few too many work emails. You may have met this girl in the comments section of your own blogs saying completely ridiculous things. She may have hid Doritios and Martha Stewart Weddings magazines under the bed when her sweetheart came home unexpectedly in the first few weeks they lived together. Sadly, JB saw the Real Housewives of Wherever on TV and mortified me in a face mask, so it was only a matter of time before he figured out that the girl with monogrammed notes cards also loved processed cheese and a lot of other things I would never let on. At least not sober.

Here’s hoping that my time on The Knotty Bride doesn’t turn me into a drunk.

But can you blame me for being super duper nervous, trotting out crazy-comments Lena out for the world to see?

Now that you all know my deepest fears and insecurities–just a normal thing to share on someone else’s wedding blog, right?–let’s get right down to some seriously sexy boudoir. Nothing like a gorgeous half naked woman to ease those first day of school butterflies!

I first fell in love with the Knotty Bride (and Alison, because how can you resist Alison?) for the boudoir. Real weddings and engagements and inspiration shoots make me feel all warm and fuzzy, but there’s nothing like a set of boudoir photographs to remind you to pull out the good panties and shave the tops of your legs, too. No, I’m the only one who thinks I can get away with just the calves? It’s San Francisco, dammit, and I haven’t worn a skirt without tights since October!

An-e-way: when Alison put out the APB for guest bloggers, I had visions of half clothed photo shoots and myself being as hilarious as Alison. It’s fine that there are only scantily clad ladies this week; I’ll get the hang of this typed humor thing, and I’ll get more comfortable with the phrase “amazeballs”. In the meantime, please let me sit with you at lunch?

The incomparable Laura Boyd of Rue Boudoir was generous enough to share some of her gorgeous boudoir shots of Sasha, a smolderingly gorgeous girl who wanted to surprise her boyfriend (lucky guy!) and capture her hot, youthful body in its prime. Don’t let Sasha make you feel bad about yourself, or put down that peanut butter-Fluff sandwich, though–my bet is that as stunning as Sasha is, Laura’s the kind of photographer who’d make you feel downright sexy. Her Manhattan studio has sixteen different boudoir sets, so it’s not like you have to trot your ass, no doubt aching from the last minute lunges, into some strange hotel and strip down.

Oh, and my favorite thing about Laura? Her absolutely fantastic sense of humor–just check out that sex kitten, who gives Bambs a run for his money when he’s working on wooing Alison.

No doubt if Laura photographed my half dressed self, most of the photos would be of me all out cracking up. And isn’t a woman at her very best when she’s laughing?

xoxo!  – Lena, La Petite Coquin

Photography: Laura Boyd of Rue Boudoir

Label(s): The Bloggistas, {Real Boudoir}

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  1. Alicia@Charitywedding on August 18, 2011

    Ironically it feels like MY birthday to have Lena and The Knotty Bride all in one place. Let’s just change the blog to La Knotty Bride. You nailed your first day of school Lena, nailed it. You were the kid with the best outfit, the cutest lunch box, AND your Mom was no where in sight. Good work.

  2. claire on August 18, 2011

    BAHAHAHAHAH. I love this. First off all, yes, sex kitten, I totes see that. Secondly, my favorite part is her introduction.

    I can totally see the doritos hiding under the bed thing.

  3. Loe on August 18, 2011

    Ahh! Love it. The shots are gorgeous (and so is she!), and they totally make me want to do this (if i was confident enough. argh, where’s the vodka?!) ;)

  4. Winnie on August 18, 2011

    Welcome Lena! SO excited you’re here (AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY!). Watching my Twitter feed bounce between you and Alison is probably one of the higher points of my day (I work in a tiny, slow office with not much to do but stalk my Twitter feed. I’m working on it)

    BTW, I live in Portland. Only half of us shave our legs, at all.

    And if that gorgeous boudoir chick can be half-naked on the internet, well then. . . so can you.

  5. Kristi on August 18, 2011

    The combination of you two are lethal…in a oh so very good way!!! You had me laughing out loud…hard on this sentence…so it’s not like you have to trot your ass, no doubt aching from the last minute lunges, into some strange hotel and strip down ~ cuz really, it’s that what we all would do…but would never admit it! HA ;-)))

    Can’t wait for your next post Lena!


  6. Jenna @ Heartcarry Press on August 18, 2011

    Love it. This shoot is gorgeous, and we get to meet the (hysterical, by the way) 35% Lena?! Win/win :) And happy birthday lady!

  7. jacin {lovely little details} on August 18, 2011

    love it. and loveyou. both.

  8. Amber Blue Bird on August 18, 2011

    Oh Lena, sober or drunk you are too cute!

  9. Caitlin on August 18, 2011

    Oh my gosh LOVED this. Like a lot.
    I think she’s got the humor down already. So funny!
    And I, too, fell in love with the Knotty Bride after looking at the boudoir posts!

  10. Nicole on August 18, 2011

    LOVE how beautiful this is. Sexy and classy all at the same time!

  11. Stephanie on August 18, 2011

    I almost choked on a cherry pit whilst reading this lil diddy. I follow both you on Twitter and am avid readers of the blogs.

    This hands-down cracked me the f up. I’d love to buy a drink for both you ladies. (Ok, that sounded kinda weird, but it was meant to be a compliment!) :)

  12. Didi on August 18, 2011

    Lena! I had no idea you existed and even though my life felt complete with my Knotty Bride dose of the day, I can assure you I didn’t know what ‘complete’ meant until I read your post today! I’m telling you, the both of you together… HILARIOUS!
    So thank you for that wonderful moment of laughter in this otherwise shi**y day.
    I just got married three weeks ago. DORITOS. I get it… But what I wanted to say is that you guys have inspired me to do a boudoir session! For our 1 year anniversary! I mean, it’s supposed to be a paper gift, right? I have a whole year to get down to the gym and like Loe said in the comments get my vodka on.

    Wait.. have you guys tried the Red Headed Sl*t? Delicious drink/shot. Maybe I’ll have a few of those before my shoot.

    I should really stop typing, I don’t even know you hilarious-pair-of-adorable-women! I’m going to hit submit and walk away… walk away Didi…

  13. Elle on August 18, 2011

    Totally irrelevant, but I thought of you so here it is:

    **It includes some French Bulldog on Baby action…

  14. Jennie @ Jenn Lane Design on August 18, 2011

    Oh my goodness the sex kitten is a classic. That needs to be made into a poster stat.

  15. paloma on August 18, 2011

    I didn’t think it was possible to be more obsessed with you than I already was, Lena. RESTRAINT FAIL. My favorite comments of yours on my blog are well…all of them…but the “35% Lena” ones are totes my faves. Love you and love the kitteh kat in this post.

  16. Kate/MagnoliaRouge on August 19, 2011

    LENA!!! What a fabulous addition you are going to be to the already hilarious Knotty Bride!!! Genius idea Alison! I wish I had just a smidgen of the hilarity that you two have!!

    Oh and happy birthday fabulous lady…. both the 65% and the 35% parts! xoxo

  17. Kismet on August 20, 2011

    Hehe- adding the kitty there definitely was the highlight for me!

  18. anna and the ring on August 20, 2011

    She is hot but the kitten is naughty!

    (One of my cats is such a camera whore too!)

  19. Khush Singh on August 21, 2011

    Nice shots. tastefully done!

  20. Allie@HoneyBeeInvites on August 22, 2011

    Lena! You are a great addition to the Knotty Bride bloggers! I look forward to reading many more posts from you!
    I love this boudoir feature, because I too think boudoir photos are a good reminder for us women that we are sexy and we should buy sexy panties to make us feel worth a million bucks, even if we go home alone….do it for you!

  21. Greer Loves on August 22, 2011

    Love this 35% side of you! Looking forward to your posts :)

  22. Simply Savannah Events on August 23, 2011

    Sex Kitten is hilariously amazing! LMAO! I had to go to Laura’s site for more :)

  23. Wholesale Roses Co on August 24, 2011

    Sex Kitten…oh how you look so adorable!

  24. Rhiannon Nicole {Hey Gorg} on August 26, 2011

    LOVE. Love Lena, Love TKB, Love Sex Kittens. Wait, what?

  25. Mario on August 29, 2011

    Great images. I especially love the ones with her in the red outfit. The lighting is awesome. (She’s awesoem too lol)

  26. Marissa - After Flats on September 22, 2011

    Beautiful! sexy and tastefully done! nice!


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