Show & Tell | With Love from Canada

Sadly the word “Canadian” is not internationally synonymous with “Style” and “Sex Appeal.” Although we have some amazing Canadian designers, Canada is also associated with things like toques, hockey hair and the “Canadian Tuxedo.” When I mentioned to an American friend that I would be reviewing a piece from a Canadian lingerie line, I wasn’t surprised that their first question was “Is it plaid?” However, contrary to popular belief, when given the opportunity, us Canadians can be a stylish and sexy bunch.

Homegrown, Canadian company With Love Lingerie is proof of that. I’m always looking for new and unique lingerie, so when I found out that one of my favourite online boutiques, Ohhh Canada,  was carrying some items from the With Love  I was super excited! I was even more excited when the fabulous Katrina offered to hook me up with their black lace floral bra to try.

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The Black Floral Lace Bra by With Love is a gorgeous, beautifully made soft cup (underwire-less) bra with a lacy, vintage inspired look. The bra is made of delicate nude mesh with black mesh and lace overlay. Trimmed with black satin, the Black Floral Lace bra has a cute gathered detail in the front and a hook & eye closure in the back.

I was really excited to try this bra for a couple of reasons. First of all, it’s totally gorgeous. As I mentioned before, I have a serious weakness for lingerie that has a vintage or pin-up inspired vibe and this piece definitely fits the bill. The lace and mesh combo give this bra a retro feel but with a modern twist.

Secondly, I wanted to try something new. Although I have a few girlfriends who swear by the cute, lacy, “bralettes” that are super trendy right now, I’ve always favoured more structured lingerie. I like bras with an underwire and usually a thin layer of padding to conceal my nipples from showing through. Sport bras aside, this is the first bra I’ve owned since middle school that doesn’t have an underwire. Crazy right?!

Sidebar – Has anyone else noticed that bras have become totally insane over the past few years?! Walk into any Victoria’s Secret and you’ll find an endless amount of extremely padded bras that promise to do things like “increase your cup size by three sizes!” – because apparently it’s not enough to have boobs, they need to also be pushed up to your chin. When it comes to lingerie, I can see why a lot of women are embracing a softer, more natural look. Lingerie like the Black Floral Lace Bra by With Love is a welcome respite from this insanity. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s really, really pretty.

with-love-lingerie-black-lace-braPut on this bra and basically feels like you’re wearing nothing at all – it’s that comfortable. However, keep in mind that the bra offers very light support. If you’re a bit on the bustier side, this might be an issue for you. It’s also very sheer so, your nipples will show through. This is why I’m not modelling the bra for you guys today. To quote a conversation I had with my friend yesterday,

“Are you going to take photos of yourself in the bra?”

“No, because I don’t want to spend my Sunday night photoshoping out my nipples”

FYI. How it looks on the model is very true to how it looks in person.

This is the perfect bra to wear in the bedroom or for those days when I’m lounging around or writing and want to feel glamorous. However, I wouldn’t wear it under a fitted t-shirt or to do any kind of semi-strenous activity. Perfect for a retro-styled seduction? Yes. Hiking, jogging or dancing the night away? No.

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The bra comes in three different sizes –  small (A cup), medium (B cup) and large (C cup) – however, it’s important to note that this bra runs big. I’m a 34 C  and ordered a size Large thinking it would fit, however when I tried it on I was swimming in it. The Large is definitely made for someone who is bigger than a 34 C. However, Ohhh Canada was super awesome about it and promptly exchanged it for a Medium. For this piece of lingerie I would definitely suggest going a size down.

 

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Now for the big question – do I feel sexy in it? 

Yes! Although it’s definitely a change from my usual underwired, cleavage producing bras, I do feel really pretty and sexy in this piece. Because it is so comfortable, this is a great piece to wear in the bedroom. Unlike some of the other lingerie I own, you could easily wear this while you have sex without ever having to worry about chafing or accidentally jabbing yourself with an underwire when you change positions.

However I think my favourite thing about this piece of lingerie is that it is designed and made in Toronto, Canada! It feels really special to have something in my lingerie drawer that’s not only beautiful, but that’s unique and literally handmade With Love in Canada.

What do you guys think – do you have a favourite lingerie brand?

This review was brought to you by Ohhh Canada. I received the Black Floral Lace Bra free of charge in exchange for my honest review of the product. All opinions are my own because that’s how I roll. 

 

Review | Like a Boss – The G4 Big Boss by Fun Factory

I had an EdenFantasys gift card that was burning a hole in my pocket, so recently I decided to “live large” and treat myself to the G4 Big Boss vibrator by Fun Factory. Although I’d been eyeing it for awhile, this is first toy that I’ve tried by Fun Factory – the German design masterminds who are known for their innovative and aesthetically pleasing adult toys.

 

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Friends, there is no dressing this one up. The Big Boss by Fun Factory is exactly what it looks like: a big, black (or orange!), penis shaped vibrator. With a long, thick shaft and a deep, rumbling powerful motor, this toy definitely lives up to it’s name.

The Big Boss has all the makings of a luxury adult toy. It’s made of velvety soft, medical grade silicone and is 100% body safe. It’s water resistant (meaning you can use it in the shower but you can’t fully submerge it in water) and is fully rechargeable (yay!) The toys is powered by three easy to use control buttons. Similar to my beloved Lelo Soraya, I love that the Big Boss has a looped handle, which makes the toy incredibly easy and comfortable to use.

As the name suggests, The Big Boss is a larger sized toy. It has an insertable length of  6.5 inches and a circumference of 5.5 inches, making it the longest and thickest of the vibrators that I own. Although, some people have told me they think this toy is “scary looking”, I don’t think it’s scary at all. Think about it, 6.5 inches really isn’t that big – at least not for me. Studies have shown that the average penis size is approximately just under 6 inches when erect. The Big Boss isn’t an Anaconda. A better way to describe it would be “average and then some.” With that said, you will most likely need to use some water based lube with this toy.

To give you an idea of the scale of The Big Boss, I had Joe the Intern pose casually next to the Jopen Vr12 and the Picobong Kaya. Keep in mind that Joe is approximately the same height as a Ken doll. As you can see, the Jopen Vr12 is slightly longer, however the Big Boss is thicker and has more actual insertable length.

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When it comes to the Big Boss by Fun Factory, what’s a “pro” for one person, might be a “con” for another. What the Big Boss really has going for it is it’s size and shape. The toy will definitely give you a fuller feeling than a lot of other vibrators. Although I usually shy away from toys that look anatomically correct, I think this one is beautiful. However, the Big Boss isn’t just a pretty face. It also packs a lot of power. With multiple speeds and vibration patterns, the Big Boss is one of the most powerful toys I own. Considering how powerful this toy is, it’s exceptionally quiet. It only gets slightly louder at the very highest settings.

This is probably going to sound like crazy talk, but of all my toys, this one definitely feels the most “realistic” – i.e. like an actual penis. From it’s slightly flexible shaft to it’s flared head that stimulates the g-spot, if you’re looking for a good stand in for the real thing, the Big Boss will definitely fit the bill. Oh and did I mention it gave me great orgasms?! Because it did.

If you love a toy with some extra girth, length and power, or enjoy toys that stimulate the g-spot, you’ll probably love the Big Boss by Fun Factory. Plus, you’ll finally be able to check off “Own a large black dildo” off your life list (come-on, I know you want to.) However, if this doesn’t sound like you, this toy might not be your cup of tea. Although I really love how this toy feels, it’s not one that I would recommend for beginners. If you’re looking for something similar but smaller and more discreet, I would suggest checking out the Lelo Mona or the Picobong Zizo.

Because Joe the Intern so kindly posed for the photo above, I thought I would let him put in his two cents on this review.

Thanks Joe for sharing that (quite disturbing) personal anecdote. I knew it was a bad idea to let Joe watch The Hurt Locker with me the other night. Anyway, although this toy satisfies me like a boss, I think this just proves my point, that the Fun Factory Big Boss maybe isn’t for everyone. I think the Big Boss is one bad-ass vibrator and am quite happy to be it’s recent hire, but that’s just me.

What do you guys think?

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This post was brought to you by EdenFantasys. I received a gift card to support my on-going sex toy and lingerie addiction, in exchange for my honest review of the product. All opinions and over-sharing are my own, because that’s how I roll.

Easter Dispatches from the Skinny Dip Mansion

(And by “Mansion” I mean my bedroom/office at my Mom’s house)

Life has been so crazy the past two weeks and I’m still trying to catch my breath!  Even though I’ve been working around the clock on other projects, I haven’t had a chance to work on Skinny Dip. When you haven’t blogged in awhile, sometimes it’s best to jump right in with a really fun post. So, that’s what I’m doing today. Since it’s Easter weekend, I thought it would be the perfect time to write about the latest product EdenFantasys has sent me to review. From sex toys to lingerie, I’ve had some pretty interesting things sent to me because of my blog. This, however, totally takes the cake as far as being both hilarious & sexy. I am now the proud owner of this very Playboy-esque Bunny Costume by Leg Avenue.

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I never thought I would want to own anything resembling a Playboy Bunny Costume, but now that I have one it’s like I can’t go back. A quick bedroom dancing session while wearing this costume and I was hooked. However, my very feminist Mom who spent the 60’s and 70’s burning bras and attempting to overthrow the patriarchy, was less than impressed when this little get-up arrived in the mail. I don’t blame her. I have very mixed feelings about Mr. Hefner, the Playboy empire and all that it represents. The original Playboy bunnies were waitresses who served drinks at Playboy clubs. After being carefully selected through a strict audition process, Bunnies were required to remember over 143 different brands of liquor and know how to garnish 20 different cocktail variations, all while keeping a very revealing uniform in place. The thought of a bunch of scantily clad women, being objectified by men as they serve them cocktails and maintain “The Bunny Stance” (legs together, back arched and hips tucked under) obviously doesn’t sit well with my modern feminist sensibilities, which is why I feel a bit guilty by how undeniably sexy this costume makes me feel. So, the way I see it is this: If I want to wear something like this in the privacy of my own bedroom to have fun with my partner, then I’m OK with that. I know it might not make sense to some people, but it is what it is.

Besides, I’m sure many of us have weird sexual fantasies and alter-egos that don’t always make sense or fall in line with our politics. Tons of strong, empowered women love 50 Shades of Grey and have fantasies that involve handcuffs, bondage & submission. One of my fantasies just happens to involve satin, bunny ears, cotton tails and playing a game of “You be Don Draper, and I’ll be your after-work playmate.” Bunny suit first, hand cuffs later. Hey, whatever works for you right?

A bunny costume isn’t much fun if left in it’s package, so I got up super early on Easter morning to snap a few photos for you.

Here are the details about the actual garment:

The Black Bunny Costume by Leg Avenue comes with a black silky, bustier teddy (bodysuit), a set of detachable clear bra straps, a headband with ears and one detachable bunny tail. Although a set of black gloves are featured in the product photo they are not included in the costume. That’s OK, because I’ve never found a set of glamor gloves that actually fit my spaghetti like forearms. The spaghetti arms in all their glory:

I thought I could get away without using the clear straps, but I ended up attaching them in the end. The bodysuit does have some plastic boning in the front and underwire bust support, however the straps just made the whole piece feel more secure.

Although the piece is not expensive, the quality is quite nice. The bodysuit is made of silky soft, spandex-like nylon and has cute lace-up details on the side. The ears and tail are substantial and don’t look cheap. I’ve never bought anything like this online so I was pleasantly surprised with how well it fit, given that bodysuits and one-piece bathing suits can be iffy fit-wise.

It’s really hard to photograph your own tail…

My only concern about this piece is that it does ride up a bit when you move around in it. I have a pretty average length torso, so this wasn’t too much of an issue for me, however I imagine people who are very long or short waisted might have fit issues. If that doesn’t sound like you, this piece will probably fit you just fine like it did for me.

Overall, I give the Black Bunny Costume the thumbs up. If you like the look of the costume, for $29.99 this is a fun piece to add to your lingerie collection & enjoy in the bedroom  – or wherever your bunny suit desires may take you! If you, like me, also have whiskey-soaked, retro-styled fantasies starring hunky 1960’s Mad Men that you’re anxious to act out, this costume will definitely get things started. FYI, If I don’t find a suitable stand in for Don Draper, I’m thinking I’ll add a black tulle skirt to this piece & wear it for Halloween next year.

What do you guys think? 

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This review was brought to you by EdenFantasys. I received the costume/lingerie free of charge in exchange for my honest opinion of the product.

Show & Tell | Crazy Has Never Smelled So Good

I absolutely love how the fabulous ladies at Ohhh Canada keep sending me delicious smelling, pink treats that are just “Oh-So-Skinny Dip.” The latest addition to my growing collection of yummy smelling body care products is The Crazy Girl Pink Cupcake Body Mist.

When Katrina suggested I try this delectable body mist I was a bit nervous. When I see the words “Body Mist” I immediately think of those Calgon body sprays that we used to douse ourselves with in Junior High (Hawaiian Ginger anyone?) Fear not – although the Crazy Girl Body Mist is a similar price point, it has nothing in common with the drugstore brand body mists of yore.

Formulated for all skin types, The Crazy Girl Body Mist is infused with white tea: a powerful antioxidant that adds hydration and sexy softness to your skin. It’s also infused with Sex Pheromones (those handy little chemicals that make us yummy and enticing to others). Along with having a long lasting fragrance, it’s alcohol free, paraben free, sulfate free and is not tested on animals. I was expecting the bottle to be quite small however, at 6.0 oz it’s actually a really generous size – especially considering it’s super reasonable price tag of $11.99.

What surprised me most about this body mist is how incredible it smells. It’s called “Pink Cupcake” so I knew it would smell like Vanilla however, it smells way better than I imagined it would. The scent is a mix of sugar, cotton candy, vanilla musk and light, fresh berries. It’s a very sweet scent, but is still very delicate and subtle….and yes, it makes you smell like baked goods, without the icky alcohol residue scent that a lot of body sprays have. Personally, I love the fragrance however, if you’re not a fan of sweet, vanilla based smells this probably won’t work for you.

Now for the interesting part- Do the Pheremones actually entice the opposite sex?

I tested the body spray out on several different occasions. I wore it out on two different dates with the guy I’m seeing (he’s the only man standing after my brief foray into online dating.) and I didn’t notice that he found me any more or less attractive than he usually does. I did however spritz it on before heading to the gym the other day and noticed two separate dudes stared at me as I walked by. However, they could have been staring because…

a) They are just creepy weirdos  (a very real possibility)

b) I have this bad habit of stuffing my iPod into my cleavage whenever I need my hands free to grab a drink of water.

c) I generally go to the gym make-up less, with unwashed hair and simply looked like a hot-mess.

d) Some version of all of the above.

Your guess is as good as mine.

To get a male opinion, I decided to consult Joe the Intern:

Thanks for your comments Joe! That story was, um, slightly awkward.

 

At the end of the day, who cares what other people think? I’ve been wearing this body mist non-stop since it arrived because it makes me feel sexy. This is one instance where I am totally comfortable being called a “Crazy Girl.”

BTW, If you’re looking to kick things up a notch in the bedroom with more than just body spray and you live in Toronto, the fabulous Katrina of Ohhh Canada is hosting “Save My Sex Workshop: Fun & Spicy Ways to Get Out of a Sexual Rut” April 3rd. Looking to re-inject some excitement back into your sex life?  Or just not having enough sex for your liking? Katrina’s goal with this workshop is to provide fun and interactive tips (but not too interactive! OMG, it’s not that kind of workshop) on how to add more zing to your bedroom activities. I wish I could go to this workshop because I know it’s going to be a blast. Katrina is has a fun, quirky, conversational style and is just so much fun to hang with. Check it out if you’re in town & sign up here. 

PS. I received the Crazy Girl body mist free of charge in exchange for my honest opinion of the product.

What are some of your favourite fragrances?  

Meet The Jopen V12: The Vibrator That Makes Men Nervous

Confession – I’ve been dying to try the Jopen Vr12 vibrator forever. Lusting after it in fact. When Adult Sensations offered to hook me up with my very own Jopen Vr12 to add to my personal collection, I couldn’t resist doing a happy dance around my bedroom/office.

I know what you’re probably thinking:

“Um, Simone – how could you possibly need another vibrator?”

It’s OK, I get it.  At first glance the Jopen Vr12 looks like any other luxury rabbit vibrator. It’s made of 100% body-safe, silky smooth silicone, it’s rechargeable, water-resistant and is fully re-chargeable. As a dual action vibrator, it provides super powerful vibrations to stimulate both your c-spot and your g-spot – giving you powerful, deliciously toe-curling orgasms.

It does all of this, with a twist. Literally.

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The Vr12 has a rotating shaft. Yes, I said rotating. The shaft portion of this toy turns in a circular motion.

When I was in Toronto this fall, I was hanging out with a bunch of friends and the conversation turned to the topic of sex as it usually does whenever we get together for drinks. I had recently attended the Toronto Everything to do with Sex Show. When my friends asked me about the show, I mentioned coming across the display for the Jopen Vr12 and how badly I wanted to try the toy. One of my guy friends responded:

“We’ve all read your blog. Don’t you have a bazillion vibrators already?! What makes this one different?”

When I mentioned to the group about the rotating head, the same friend gave me this nervous, panic stricken look not unlike this:

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And blurted out: “What?! It rotates?! BUT THAT’S SOMETHING I CAN’T DO!”

I couldn’t argue with him. I haven’t met any men (yet) that can rotate their penis in perfect clockwise circles at the drop of a hat. This is where the Jopen Vr12 steps in. As you can see from the photo below, the toy has two vibrating motors – one in the clitoral arm of the toy and one at the base of the toy. The vibrations carry throughout the toy right up to the rotating tip.

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The Vr12 also features two very easy to use control buttons – one for the shaft and one for the clitoral arm. Press the button once to turn the features on or off, and hold the button down to increase the intensity. I love how simple and easy to use the controls are on this toy. The last thing you want to worry about when you’re about to have an orgasm is “What button do I press again?!”

I also love that the toy comes with a totally chic, flower inspired charging port.

To give you an idea of how the toy works, here’s a video from the Jopen website. You can witness the rotating action at around the 20 second mark!

With all that said, I don’t think men have to be worried about being replaced by the Jopen Vr12. When women use vibrators, we’re not necessarily looking to replace a real partner. I can’t speak for everyone, but given the option I’d much rather be with an actual human who can look into my eyes, stroke my hair and tear my clothes off. When women use sex toys it’s because we’re looking to get off – something that the Jopen Vr12 does very, very well. This toy does exactly what it’s meant to do: it makes you come…again and again.

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The combination of the rotating, g-spot stimulating head and the frantically buzzing clitoral stimulator was enough to really put me over the edge. Also, what I really loved about the Jopen Vr12 is it’s size and girth. I really enjoy a toy that’s a bit on the longer side, like the Lelo Soraya. As you can see from the photo above, the Jopen Vr12 is the longest and thickest toy in my collection. This works perfectly for me but some people may find it a bit on the large side. Beginners or those not used to larger toys may need to use a bit of lube with it.

Overall, I give the Jopen Vr12 two very big Skinny Dip thumbs up.

Now here’s the catch: The Jopen Vr12 retails at approximately $220. It’s by far the most expensive toy I’ve ever owned or reviewed. Is the toy awesome? YES. Does it give you killer orgasms? YES. Do I think it’s realistic for most of my readers to drop this kind of cash on a sex toy? Probably not. If I hadn’t received this for free, it would have been a stretch for my budget. When I compare it to my beloved Lelo Soraya, which is about $50 cheaper, it seems hard to justify the price of the Vr12 even though the toy does an awesome job. The price, I would say is the only downfall of the Jopen Vr12.

What do you guys think – would you spend over $200 on a vibrator?

The Jopen Vr12 was provided by me by Adult Sensations free of charge in exchange for honest assessment of the product. For more sex toys and lingerie, check out the Adult Sensations Website or visit their Canadian site here. All opinions are my own because that’s how I roll. 

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