Review | The Lovehoney Adore Me Lace Chemise Set

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Summer always seems to be the time when all my reviews get backlogged. I blame it on having too much fun in the sun! I promise I will get back to more dating & relationship stories soon, however in the mean time I have more gorgeous lingerie to share with you.

Last year, Lovehoney launched their own lingerie line. Before Christmas, I reviewed this scandalous pair of crotchless panties and recently purchased this piece (more on this later!) Since then, I’ve been curious to try other pieces from the line. When the lovely people at Lovehoney offered to send me another piece from the collection, I jumped at the chance. The problem: I couldn’t decide what to choose. However, after a quick survey on Facebook and Instagram (thanks!), this gorgeous red & black lace chemise from their Adore Me collection, was the winner. 

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I’m very, very happy I decided to review the Lovehoney Adore Me Lace and Microfiber Chemise because it has everything I look for in a lingerie piece: it’s good quality, flattering, affordable and most of all, really comfortable.

The Adore Me Lace & Microfiber chemise is made of silky soft, crimson microfiber and trimmed with black stretch lace. It features adjustable straps, detachable garters and soft, unlined cups – perfect for those of us who prefer their lingerie without an underwire or extra padding. The back has a adjustable criss-cross back detail and cute, butt flattering ruching. It includes a matching g-string with a back detailed in black lace.

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Here’s a few things I love about this set.

  • The quality and detailing – As I’ve mentioned before, when it comes to ordering affordably priced lingerie online, unless you’re really familiar with the brand, you can’t always count on the quality. With that said, I was really impressed with the thought that was put into this garment. It’s well designed and the detailing is nice – no cheap fabric or loose threads here!
  • The thick, stretchy straps – As someone with D+ sized boobs, I love garments with thick straps. The straps on the Adore Me Lace & Microfibre chemise are great: they’re super soft, stretchy and supportive without digging into my shoulders. I was concerned that this garment might not offer enough support, but I am happy to report that my boobs feel secure.
  • The fit –  This chemise fits me like a second skin. The fabric is soft, super stretchy hugs in the right places without clinging. I put it on and my immediate response was “yep, I feel good in this.”
  • It’s non-restrictive – Unlike the black bustier I recently reviewed which is very structured, the Adore Me Chemise set doesn’t restrict your movement in any way. In other words, if you want to get it on while wearing this garment you totally can.
  • The matching thong doesn’t suck – It’s nicely detailed and totally wearable.
  • It’s really sexy but feels like I’m in yoga-wear – Enough said.

Now for the big reveal!

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We Tried It | Pole Dance Fitness at Brass Vixens

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I’ve been dying to try a pole fitness class for a couple of years now. I have a friend who is a pole fitness enthusiast & she’s in amazing shape. Also, the classes look like a lot of fun! So, when Brass Vixens in Toronto invited me to come try one of their classes for free I was tickled pink. Brass Vixens is one of  Toronto’s leading destinations for poledancing, aerialfitness, twerk, burlesque & all things awesome. The problem? I no longer live in Toronto. So, I decided to send my friend Vendredi Mounsey to check out one of their classes and report back. So, for those of you who are curious, here’s what it’s like to attend your first pole fitness class!

Maybe you’re like I was – you’ve heard of pole fitness, and you find it intriguing, but you have no idea what to expect out of a “pole dance” class. When Brass Vixens invited me to pay a visit to one of their three downtown Toronto studios, I was a little skeptical at first as I’m not the greatest dancer. I definitely do not have moves like Jagger. In fact when I do dance I often get asked if I’m in pain… as it most certainly looks as if I am. Nevertheless, I wasn’t going to be deterred by my lack of dance skills…and so this week off I went to Brass Vixens’ Yonge St. studio.

I took Pole Beginner 1 with instructor Lady Kori – a great class for beginners where expert dance skills aren’t required. The warm up playlist started with “Get that Dirt Off Your Shoulders” by Jay-Z and “Drunken Love” from Beyoncé – and I knew this was going to be a different kind of fitness class. I am used to warm ups that consist of high intensity cardio to upbeat music; not gyrating to slow jams. The dynamic routine included squats and flexibility stretches from yoga and Pilates to get our muscles and core warmed before hitting the pole. We were told that we would be learning four basic pole moves which are critical to building a routine: how to work the pole, the flamingo, ballerina and the fan spin/windmill.

Working the pole I found to be relatively easy. I did learn, however, that there is a lot more to it than just walking around in circles (who knew?!). Maintaining proper form (which includes keeping your body at a 90 degree angle from the pole) is crucial as it’s the foundation for all basic moves It’s also a killer tri and bicep workout – no wonder exotic dancers all have amazing guns! The small class size and basic moves (which were admittedly much more difficult than I had anticipated) left me feeling sexy and sore, and challenged muscle groups I would have never expected were going to be used.

All moves really honed in on upper body and core strength in a way that is much different from simply lifting weights and doing crunches. And because the moves got progressively harder, it was a bonus to have the class move at a relatively slow place. This allowed time for Lady Kori to focus on teaching us proper mechanics: breaking down each move and ensuring everyone was doing the moves properly. She even demonstrated modifications to meet differentiating skill levels and fitness levels. Even though it was my very first class, I felt like I got the help I needed to keep up, and to really enjoy myself.

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One quick word of warning to the pole dance virgins: pole fitness isn’t for the shy or bashful. If sultry moves like hip gyration and twerking make you feel more self-conscious than empowered, this may not be the best fitness option for you. That being said, I’d still suggest giving it a try at least once – a good attitude and a sense of humour will see you through any uneasy moments. I’ll admit I had to laugh a couple of times when I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror looking rather awkward. My classmates, though, didn’t seem to notice and everyone I met was friendly and inclusive, and more than happy to help me out when I couldn’t get the flamingo quite right.

In summary – you don’t have to be an exotic dancer to take a pole fitness class. Whether you’re looking to try a new fitness routine, or maybe you’re trying to make sexy time with your partner more fun – all you need is an open mind and a willingness to try. And although I haven’t mastered any of the moves as of yet (despite Kori’s patient coaching), I still had a ton of fun, and left feeling confident, sexy and sweaty. Would I go back? Absolutely! And with all of my girlfriends in tow.

About Vendredi – 

VendrediI wrote and illustrated my first book at the age of eight for a writing assignment for Mrs. Trevor, my Grade 3 teacher. Since then, my artistry has sadly not improved, but my storytelling ability has. After completing my diploma in Public Relations from Durham College and a degree in International Studies from Glendon College at York University, I now work as a Marketing Specialist by day and juggle several part time jobs and freelance writing gigs at night.

A country girl to the core, I reside in a rural community just outside of downtown Toronto with my family. When I’m not busy writing, I can be found backpacking, camping or travelling around the globe while listening to 90s dance music and drinking Heineken.

To contact Vendredi please email vendredi.mounsey@gmail.com

About Brass Vixens

Curious about trying a class for yourself? Visit one of Brass Vixens’ three locations in Toronto, follow them on Twitter and Instagram, and like them on Facebook.

Show & Tell | Lingerie Essentials: The Basic Black Bustier

If I think back, I’m pretty sure my love for lingerie started in my early teens, around the same time that I became completely obsessed with Madonna. I loved her music, but I also loved her sexy, powerful image. The lingerie she wore (which was usually heavy on black & lace) definitely influenced the kind of pieces I’m attracted to as an adult (like this Yes Master bra & panty set.)

When I was thirteen, an older friend gave me a black bustier top that she no longer wore. When I put it on, I felt like I could take over the world. Eventually I grew out of that bustier and my Madonna fandom; however I have been searching for a replacement bustier ever since.

A few months ago, I was browsing through Ohhh Canada‘s website and stumbled across the Veronica Black Mesh bustier by Seven Til Midnight. I knew I’d met my match.

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When it comes to sexy lingerie, I’ve always thought that a good black bustier is a great staple. It’s simple, it’s classic and it’s sexy. So, I was really excited when the lovely people at Ohhh Canada offered to send me my very own Veronica Bustier to try (wahoo!)

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As I patiently waited for my bustier to arrive (I didn’t have to wait long – Ohhh’s shipping is fast!) I had visions of myself wearing it under a raincoat to surprise The Secret Agent and/or slipping it on for impromptu bedroom dancing sessions set to the soundtrack of The Immaculate Collection.

Let’s just say – Veronica did not disappoint. This is a really beautiful, sexy garment – especially given it’s very reasonable price point ($45.99) And yes, I may have listened to Lucky Star a few times while trying it on.

IMG_0301The Veronica Bustier is made of ultra soft stretch lace and mesh. One of the things I always worry about when I buy lingerie online is that it will be scratchy. Veronica is soft, soft, soft. The bustier features lightly padded underwire cups, adjustable straps and removable garters. The piece has flexible plastic boning on both sides and a hook & eye closure on the back. It also comes with a matching black mesh thong, which I am happy to report is really comfortable.

Et voila! 

lingerie 1I’m usually a size 4-6 in clothing and a 32DD in bras. I ordered a medium and am really happy with the fit. The cups were still a tiny bit on the small side, but there was no pulling, tugging or awkward bulging. Hooray! Overall, this piece is super comfortable and (I think) quite flattering.

Here’s a view of the back. You can’t really see the hooks and eyes in the photo, but similar to this red bustier I reviewed by the same brand, there are many. You will probably need some help doing up this garment. I did.

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IMG_0279Wear it alone or attach your favourite pair of stockings to the garters.

Just a note: although this set is really comfortable and the boning is flexible, it does restrict your movement a bit. In other words, it’s great for surprising your lover but you’ll probably want to take it off before you have sex.

IMG_0287I’m not sure what else to say except that I really love this piece. It’s classic and sexy yet, understated. Although I have lots of fun, brightly coloured lingerie (green! hot pink! floral! leopard!) I know that this is a piece that I’ll keep coming back to again and again.

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Thanks so much to Ohhh Canada for the very generous gift! I received this piece free of charge in exchange for my honest assessment of the product. All views are my own because that’s how I roll. 

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On Dating, Intuition and Being Brave

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ne of my favourite parts of my job is when readers email me with questions. I don’t always feel qualified to answer them (after all, I always joke that this blog is basically the blind leading the blind – except when it comes to sex toys. I actually know quite a bit about those.) However,Continue reading