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Lara Intimates – Style and Sustainability

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Ava Bra and briefs

I’ve been roadtesting the Ava bra by Lara Intimates for 2 long days and I can honestly say this is the only bra I’ve not wanted to shed at the end of a day. In fact, I truly forgot I was wearing a bra at all. Soft, double-layered mesh, no under-wiring, but yet you definitely wouldn’t call this a bralet because it is far too supportive and well-constructed.

Lara Intimates, a small independent lingerie brand, reached out to me to collaborate with them. I immediately fell in love with the sustainable ethos of the brand. They only use dead-stock fabrics to make limited runs of their products, and they make your bra to order, thereby ensuring absolutely no wastage. Their bras come in 60 sizes, yes you heard it right, SIXTY SIZES, making their sizing the most inclusive of any lingerie brand (26A to 36I). The images they use to market their brand show women of diverse body types and breast size. Finally, this all-women company has embraced the four-day work week, for the health and well-being of their employees. How different these values are to the profit-driven priorities of most companies which look only to drive growth and revenue margins at any cost. Enlightened companies look to other performance metrics, like the happiness and personal growth of their workers, and the impact of what they do on the planet.

None of those lofty values would count for much if they didn’t also produce beautiful, wearable garments. This is everyday, simply-styled, capsule-wardrobe lingerie. The sort you need for most days of the week. My followers may think I wear “occasion” lingerie all the time, but I actually need comfortable, practical lingerie too!  I just don’t want to shop with the big retailers, which is why this brand is such a gem to me. The Ava bra has a clean, minimal look, with straps that can be worn two ways. When worn in the cross back style, I think it gives a little nod to my signature “fierce” style. Other styles like the Wren, Clio and Quinn are also simple yet stylish classics at reasonable prices. Three styles of briefs coordinate with all the bras, and colours vary depending on the availability of fabric stock.

 

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[Lingerie Wardrobe] Laura, founder of the Morning Madonna blog

Lingerie wardrobe is a section where different characters who share their love for lingerie tell about their most favourite things and what inspires them. Our guest today is Laura, founder of the beautiful lingerie blog Morning Madonna. Carrie Knickers by Hopeless Lingerie Hopeless was my first real taste of luxury lingerie. I discovered the brand […]

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[Lingerie Wardrobe] Tanya Koycheva, founder of the magazine Garterblog.ru

Lingerie wardrobe is a section where different characters who share their love for lingerie tell about their most favourite things and what inspires them. While creating this section I thought I’d be remiss if I don’t tell about my own lingerie wardrobe collected in about 7 years. One would think everything has already been seen […]

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Minimalism and garters on the LYN Lingerie fashion show in Zurich

At the 13th Edition fashion show in Zurich Mode Suisse, the Swiss lingeir brand LYN presented the collection for the 2018 autumn-winter season. The brand took the vector for brevity, practically giving up on lace: lingerie became more minimalistic and geometric. Also on the show on the models were noticed garters (about the micro-renaissance of […]

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Microtrend: Lingerie and swimwear from perforated and laser-cut fabrics

If in clothes the trend on perforated fabric has already outlived itself, actively existed from 2012 to 2014, then in lingerie and swimwear it only started to blossom. According to the forecast of the consortium of fabric manufacturers Merimoda, this trend will reach a peak by the summer of 2019. Products with cutouts and small […]

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“No metal can touch you”: The short and stylish life of socks garters

Let’s go back to the time when the dropped sock or bare ankle was incompatible with the image of a real gentleman. From 1880 to 1960, the socks of most men, at least in England, the United State, and France, were saved from falling by unique garters. “So I have enough inferiority complex to let […]

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Safest Materials for Your Sex Toys

The sex toy industry is a pretty vast one. Believe it or not, there are more materials used to create sex toys as compared to the clothing industry. So, what’s the safest substance for your body? We’ve listed them (Best to worst) down below:

Silicone

Silicone is by far, the best material you can buy. It is soft, flexible and really comfortable for both male and female sex toys. There are numerous reasons as to why we say this. First off, silicone is really easy to clean, that is why it is popular in the medical field too. The material is non-porous and won’t absorb any fluids. However, one major drawback is that these toys cost a bit more than what ordinary people are willing to spend to fulfill their humanly needs.

Elastomer

Elastomer is pretty much the downgraded version of silicone. Most of the characteristics of both materials are the same. For instance, it can also be washed easily, it’s soft but Elastomer is slight porous. It will absorb fluids to some extent and transfer bacteria. If you can’t afford the expensive silicone, then this is the second best thing.

Cyber Skin

Cyber Skin is a material that is used to imitate the soft feel of skin. This substance isn’t that safe but its still number three on our list. It is oil-based with porous material so it should not be used to induce internal pleasure. You should use a condom if doing so. It’s a bit difficult to wash because the standard soap will break down the Cyber Skin material.

A Brief Guide to Cleaning Your Sex Toys

Most people think that if they’re not sharing their sex toys, there is no need to clean them. Well, you’re dead wrong. Recurring use of a sex toy will cause bacteria to grow on the surface which can be harmful for your genitals. Frequently cleaning the sex toys will also protect its material and prolong the lifetime of the toy. So, if you’re new to this, we’ll teach you how to make your toys squeaky clean.

First step is to identify the material. Usually, that information is given on the box. But, if you tossed the box, you can still Google the product and check out its material. We’ll list each material and how you can clean it.

Silicone, Glass, Steel and Wood (Motorized)

The motor means that it can’t come in direct contact with water. Use soap or alcohol on a cloth to clean the toy.

Silicone, Pyrex, Steel and Stone (Not Motorized)

These toys are pretty easy to clean. You can just boil them for about 10 minutes to get rid of the bacteria. You can also toss them in the dishwasher and the steam will clean them too.

Cyber Skin

Cyber needs a little bit of soap and warm water to clean it. Too much of either will destroy the material.

Hard Plastic, Elastomer, Thermoplastic and Jelly Rubber

These materials are highly porous and there’s no definitive way to clean them. We advise using a condom if you’re sharing them with someone else or the result would be an STD.

 

The Ancient History of Sex Toys

When we refer to sex toys, we think of them as a modern day invention. However, Hallie Lieberman thinks differently. She earned her Ph. D from the University of Wisconsin by proving that sex toys are much older than we think they are. In her opinion, 30,000 years ago, our ancestors were making 8-inch penises from siltstone.

Even though they’re older than most of the inventions we use today, they’re still a subject of controversy. In the early 1900s, sex toys couldn’t be sold or advertised publicly. Even today, there are certain laws in some states of the US that don’t permit the public advertisement of these toys. That might be the reason why Hitachi doesn’t openly express what their Magic Wand is meant to do.

Till 1960s, people used to cringe at the word “dildo” and till the mid 2000s, they still did. But, there were a few movies that changed the outlook of people and what they thought about sex toys. “Sex and the City” would be a great example. Their portrayal of the Rabbit Vibrators resulted in a peak in sales. Similarly, 50 Shades of Grey also introduced people to bondage toys that they previously thought inappropriate.

Sex toys are an industry that will keep getting better and better in the years to come. There are new developments being made and new products like Oral Toys are hitting the market. We’re not in the day and age of sex robots, but it’d be an understatement to say that we’re pretty damn close.