A Cozy Holiday Giveaway From Pure Romance

After writing this post about my impending retirement from sex blogging, I’ve more or less hung up my adult product reviewer hat. So, when Pure Romance contacted me about reviewing their new holiday line, I was hesitant. Would the company that’s known for its at home sex toy parties (I’ve been to a few in my day) have anything suitable for my new blog direction? It turns out that yes, yes, yes they do!

As I’ve mentioned before, I love a great pair of pajamas (so much so, that my family had to stage a pajamavention at one point). Well, as it turns out, Pure Romance carries some of the comfiest ones I’ve ever had the pleasure of working sleeping in (freelancer win!) They also have a bunch of body products that they sent me to try….and, because there are all about spreading the wealth, I also have a Pure Romance holiday gift set to giveaway to a reader. Here’s the skinny…

Behold the most comfiest pajamas known to humankind! The Vega V-neck Chemise and Leto Lounge Pants are both made with bamboo fibers to feel as soft as silk while naturally adapting to your body’s temperature and wicking away moisture. I know I’ll definitely be wearing the Leto Pants to work and write lounge around the house. Also, is it just me or does the Vega V-neck Chemise look cute enough to wear outside of the bedroom? I’m kind of tempted to wear it as a beach dress next time I travel somewhere warm.

The folks at Pure Romance also included some Flirt Conditioning Shave Cream and Coco Glow Sunless Tanner, which to be honest I haven’t had a chance to try yet.

They also included some Euforia Shea Butter, which judging by the first application is something I’m going to be using on my chronically dry legs all winter.

If you’d like to win your very own Pure Romance holiday gift, simply leave a comment on this post.

An extra entry will be given if you also follow me on Instagram. If you follow me on the ‘Gram, make sure you mention your handle in the comment so I know who you are.

I’ll choose a winner Wednesday, December 19th, 2018.

Don’t want to wait to see if you win? Enjoy a 10% discount on all purchases, excluding tax and shipping, when you use the exclusive promotion code SkinnyDip10. To redeem, just enter it in the COUPON CODE box and hit “APPLY” and the discount will be shown.

Good luck & happy holidays! xx

Eva Couples Vibrator Review + Gift Certificate Giveaway


Before I hang up my sex blogging hat for good, there are just a few pieces of housekeeping to look after. As I mentioned when I announced my sex blogging retirement, there are still a few sex toys on my bucket list that I’d like to try and review. One of those toys is the Eva Couples Vibrator.

A good friend of mine has called this toy, “the best sex toy ever” so, naturally I had to try it out. Luckily, the nice people at Excuse Moi kindly offered to hook me up. You can read my review here.


Also, as a thank you to my readers I’m giving away a $50 gift certificate to use at Sexcuse Moi (just in case you wanted to pick up a little something-something on your own sex toy bucket list.)

To enter, you just need to subscribe to my newsletter and follow the prompts below. I’ll choose a winner on August 17th. 

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Giveaway | WIN the Lovehoney Desire Wand Vibrator


You didn’t think I’d let Valentine’s weekend go by without an awesome giveaway, did you?!

To make your February just a little bit more pleasurable, I’ve teamed up with Lovehoney for a chance to win a gorgeous, luxury wand vibrator from their new Desire collection. This new line of high-end silicone toys was inspired by years of customer feedback and designed with one goal in mind: “ultimate sexual happiness.” I haven’t tried any of the toys yet, but they look really great: streamlined, ergonomic and made of medical grade silicone. So far the customer reviews have been off. the. charts (in a good way!)

What I have up for grabs: The Lovehoney Desire Luxury USB Rechargeable Wand Vibrator (worth $99).


Here’s how Lovehoney describes the toy:

“Silken silicone envelops the Desire Wand’s undulating handle and curved head for unrivalled sensuality and stimulation. The wand’s 8 patterns of waves and pulses and 12 levels of adjustable intensity ensures sublime satisfaction is yours for the taking.

The contours of your wand have been lovingly crafted to align with your natural curves for unbridled exhilaration, while whisper-quiet yet powerful vibrations ensure discretion when required. Elevate pleasure by coating the head of your wand with water-based lubricant before use.

Keep your Desire Wand Vibrator to yourself for blissful solo arousal, or hand it to your partner to add a thrilling new dimension to foreplay.” 

It comes with:

  • 8 modes of vibration, each with 12 custom speeds of intensity
  • USB rechargeable for worldwide use and eco-friendly play
  • Fully charge for 120 minutes for 60 minutes of play
  • Fully waterproof for use in the bath or shower
  • A luxurious storage case, in which the toy can be charged discreetly

Uh, yes please?

If you need some visual encouragement, here’s a little video about the Desire Wand.

To enter the giveaway, all you need to do is Subscribe to my newsletter & leave a comment letting me know you’ve done so. 

FYI, if you’re not already subscribed to my newsletter, it’s a lot of fun! Once or twice a month I’ll send you a  message with updates on my book, special events & exclusive discount codes.

Get an extra entry every time you tweet about the giveaway. Ie:

Hey @by_simone! I want to #WIN the Desire Wand Vibrator from @Lovehoney_com http://wp.me/p1Yilp-27U

I will choose a winner Friday, February 19th, 2016.

Happy Valentine’s Day…may the odds be in your favour! xo

Thanks again to Lovehoney for facilitating this review. 

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Celebrating Galentine’s Day with Gifts, Good Reads + a Giveaway

leslie-knope-galentines-dayIf you’re reading this on February 13th, Happy Galentine’s Day!

Anyone who has spoken to me in the past two months is probably aware that I’ve become completely obsessed with the show Parks and Recreation. People have been recommending this show to me for years – and now I finally understand why. I mean, there’s just so much to love: the witty humour, endearing characters, Leslie Knope’s undying chutzpah and determination to make the world a better place. December was a weird month, and Parks & Recreation was what got me through on those 48hr hangover days when all I could do was lie horizontally and seriously question my life choices.

Anyway, Leslie Knope is an avid celebrant of Galentine’s Day, so I thought it was only fitting that I write my own Galentine’s Day post (plus, I wanted an excuse to share these Parks & Recreation themed Valentines because they are everything.)

Although I wish I could make personalized Valentine’s for all of you (a la Leslie Knope) and present them over waffles, instead I’ve put together a bunch of female centric “Galentine” gifts to make your life more fun & enjoyable.

lesliecardWhen it comes to treating myself, I love to indulge in new reading material. Although Leslie Knope tends to favour books written about famous political figures like Eleanor Roosevelt and Hilary Clinton, I think she’d appreciate these female penned titles. All of them are great reads and inspiring in unique ways.

Galentines 3Yes, Please by Amy Poehler – A no brainer. Amy Poehler is delightful and this book is the perfect warm & fuzzy, feel good read.

Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham – If you like GIRLS or Dunham in general, you’ll enjoy this collection of relatable essays chock full of awkward moments that are as cringe-worthy as they are familiar.

#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso – Leslie Knope is the ultimate #GIRLBOSS. This book by Nasty Gal’s CEO, Sophia Amoruso is full of motivational pep talks and business advice for ladies looking to take over the world.

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay – I’m totally obsessed with Roxane Gay’s writing and this book of essays. Gay tackles everything from Twilight and competitive scrabble, to gender and race. A must-read for everyone regardless of whether you have a vagina or not.

I Forgot to Be Famous by Almie Rose – My lovely friend Almie wrote this awesome collection of essays about love, dating & LA. After reading Lena Dunham’s book, I still prefer I Forgot To Be Famous. Not only is Rose funnier in general, but I Forgot To Be Famous has all of the awkward, twenty-something insights of Not that Kind of Girl, minus the hype and privilege. I also have first-hand knowledge that the author is a lovely human being.

annecardMy friends are an awesome and talented bunch. I feel like the often unlucky in love Anne Perkins would totally dig these books written by two smart women that I’m honoured to know.

Galentines 5Respected: How One Word Can Change More Than Just Your Love Life by Akirah Robinson – Heartbroken? Lonely? My friend Akirah Robinson believes that you can heal your brave heart.”When it comes to finding love, it seems like everyone has an opinion. Rather than joining the loud choir of love experts and dating gurus, Respected helps women bolster their sense of self-worth and as a result, become better prepared to participate in healthy romantic relationships.” Sounds good, right?  Fun tidbit: yours truly contributed to a chapter.

Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda by Tara Lee Reed – Hey, remember those “Choose Your Own Adventure” books from childhood? Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda takes this concept to a whole new level as an interactive romantic comedy with 60 different Sometimes Happily After Endings. The perfect read for anyone who loves witty one-liners and has ever yearned for a romantic “do-over.”

AprilGDCardParks and Recreation’s April Ludgate hates a lot of stuff. You know what bums me out? Bad sex. That’s why last year I worked with one of my favourite companies, Lucky Bloke, to create the Skinny Dip “Her Pleasure” condom and lube sampler.

kinny-dip-sampler-2-e1385431631219I truly believe that you can have scorching hot, safer sex. Having access to the right products really helps with this. Inside the Skinny Dip condom and lube sampler you’ll find a bunch of my favourite condoms and lubes – curated for your pleasure. As I’ve discovered, these make awesome bachelorette party favours and/or gifts for your single girlfriends. Buy one for yourself and a friend. You won’t be disappointed. A portion of all proceeds go to help women in need at the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre in Vancouver.

DonnaCardDonna Meagle is a total baller. Not only does she have a penchant for all things luxurious, she also seems like the kind of woman who would have no qualms taking her pleasure into her own hands. Hence, the reason I think she’d totally dig the Crave Vesper gold plated vibrator necklace or this lingerie set guaranteed to tap into your inner wild woman. Don’t want to mix sex and fashion accessories? Treat yo’ self to one of my top 10 favourite sex toys of all time. You’re worth it.

DonnaNow, here comes the really good part! As my Galentine’s Gift to you, I have one copy of Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda by Tara Lee Reed up for grabs. To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this post and follow the prompts below. I’ll select a winner on Wednesday, February 18th. 


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Review & Giveaway | Win the We-Vibe 4 Couples Vibrator

Hello and Happy Monday!

A few weeks ago the super lovely people at We-Vibe sent me this amazing package with the brand new We-vibe 4 + the “We-Vibe book of Delights” (a gorgeous & sexy instructional manual), a bottle of lube & a sexy “do not disturb” sign. Everything was wrapped up in pink tissue and tied in a pink bow. Clearly, We-Vibe is a company after my own heart.

A few weeks ago I started working on a major semi-top-secret writing project and with the holiday season in full swing, things have gotten a bit backlogged over at Skinny Dip headquarters. However, I finally had a chance to try the We-Vibe 4 and now I’m ready to share.


For those of you who aren’t familiar with the We-Vibe, it’s a vibrator that can be worn while making love. Yes. At the same time. Inserted gently into the vagina, the top part provides toe curling vibrations to the clitoris, while the bottom half stimulates the g-spot while you have sex with your partner. The vibrations are meant to stimulate a woman’s most sensitive areas, while providing unique pleasurable sensations for the dude when he thrusts his penis against it.

FYI – The We-Vibe is also a really fun toy to play with solo and is a unique alternative to your typical rabbit vibe. Since I am currently without a partner in crime, I can attest to the fact that you don’t need to have another person in bed with you to enjoy this toy. It’s also fun to wear when going down on your partner. 

The We-Vibe is definitely a wild ride. Made of ultra silky medical grade silicone, the We-Vibe 4 is 100% body safe and waterproof for easy cleaning & bath time fun. The We-Vibe 4 offers 6 different vibration modes and 10 levels of intensity – all of which can be accessed by pressing a button at the top of the toy or by using the very convenient remote control. This updated version of the We-Vibe also includes an  “Echo vibe” setting, which alternates between G-spot and clitoral vibration. The We-Vibe 4 is also completely rechargeable and comes with a charger & docking station/storage case.

Still confused about how it works? Let’s take a look at this handy little diagram. Oh yes, YES, just like that. I love a good diagram.

A few years ago when I first started writing about sex toys, I became completely obsessed with the We-Vibe. I’ve since been “following” the toy through it’s various incarnations. A few years later and I’m now the owner of a We-Vibe 2, a We-Vibe 3, and now the We-Vibe 4 (see, I told you I was obsessed.) Although the We-Vibe 2 left a lot to be desired for me, I actually really enjoy the We-Vibe 3. So, I was curious to see how they had updated it.

The most noticeable difference between the We-Vibe 3 and the new We-Vibe 4 is the style and texture of the toy. First of all, the We-Vibe 4 is more compact with a less bulbous bottom half (providing more room for the penis). Secondly, whereas the We-Vibe 3 was made of shiny silicone that was prone to collecting dust and lint, the new version is made of silky soft silicone that has a gorgeous skin like texture (total win!)

The We-Vibe 4‘s new compact form is designed to hug the body to deliver stronger, more intense vibrations. The curved clitoral stimulator follows the curve of her body and gently rests between the labia, while the stiff mid-section ensures a snug fit. The redesigned G-spot stimulator sits in place behind the pelvic bone, increasing stability and comfort for both partners. Considering one of the issues I had initially with the We-Vibe 2 was that it slipped out easily, a snugger fit is a welcome update.

To give you an idea of how the two versions compare shape-wise, here’s a photo of them side by side.


Here's the We-Vibe 4 (pink) and the We-Vibe 3 (purple). Notice the different in form and texture.

As you can see, the insertable portion of the We-Vibe 3 is a little bit longer than the We-Vibe 4. Although I love the updated look and stronger vibrations of the We-Vibe 4, I actually prefer the extra length on the old version. Because my g-spot is set quite far back, I found that the older version fit my anatomy better and was less prone to slipping out. With that said, when playing solo I still can’t go completely hands free with either version, and have to gently hold the toy in place. Despite that small hiccup,  the We-Vibe 4 feels really awesome.

Now, here’s the really awesome part! The lovely people over at Sex Toys Canada would like to give one of you your very own We-Vibe 4 to try (& hopefully love!) To enter, leave a comment on this post and follow the prompts below for extra entries. I’ll pick a lucky winner next Monday!

Remember, you don’t have to be part of a couple to enjoy this toy, it’s also fun for solo play!

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Thank you to We-Vibe for providing this product and all the lovely accessories & visuals to me free of charge. You rock. Also, a huge thank you to the team over at Sex Toys Canada for generously providing this prize. You guys are truly awesome. PS. All opinions are my own because that’s how I roll. 

Don’t want to risk missing out? Visit Sex Toys Canada for last minute Christmas deals & a free gift with every purchase over $29.

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