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Buyers Revolution: Vote with your Money by Supporting Liberal Run Brands and Businesses

December 2nd, 2016 @ Amber

If He Puts His Hands on You Cut Them Off Shirt from Look Human

Ever since the election in early November, I’ve been focused on putting my money where my morals are. I am making the conscious choice to only shop with liberal brands and shops. Women, black, LGBT, mexican, muslim, and disabled run businesses. Basically I’m tired of making old guy guys rich. It’s so important that now that we’ve voted with our ballots, we resist the current political climate by voting with our wallets. Show solidarity with small business owners and those who are facing the hardest time after this election. Vote with your money. Your dollars matter. If a company isn’t in line with your beliefs in equality and goodness, choose to shop elsewhere. There are so many great local businesses, and a plethora of great small and indie shops and brands available online, that you can find pretty much anything you’d like if you know where to look. When we spend money at a large company that uses unethical work hours or doesn’t pay their workers a fair wage domestically or overseas, we are compliant in their bad behavior. Voting with your money is very important, especially right now, when everyone feels kind of lost and unsure of whats to come. Small businesses need your orders, women need your support, shops owned by people of color need your sales, the LGBT entrepreneur community needs your patronage. How can you help? Buy from these people. Perhaps, buy a piece of jewelry from a woman run shop on Etsy, maybe buy a tube of lipstick from a black run beauty brand or a t-shirt from a queer owned boutique. Not only will you feel good about helping a small business stay in business (which is harder than you might think) but you’ll also be helping these brands stay afloat and help these business owners to pay their bills and feed their family. Awesome. Let’s do awesome things. Let’s put our money where our mouths are, where our hearts are.

Which small businesses are your favorite? Which do you love to support? Share in the comments!

Women, POC, LGBTQIA+ community, Jewish, Muslim, Latinx and disabled folks: Do you run your own small biz? Do you make handmade goods? Are you a designer? Share your link in the comments?

I’ve put together a list to get you started! Here are some great businesses that could use your support and who offer awesome products. Check back often for updates, as I’ll be adding new brands/shops soon.

LINGERIE/UNDERTHINGS

SOAP/CANDLES/BEAUTY

CLOTHING

JEWELRY/ACCESSORIES

SEXUALITY AND SEX TOYS

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Review: Lascivious Kitty Lingerie Set is Hot for the Holidays

November 30th, 2016 @ Amber

The luxury UK brand Lascivious has been on my wishlist for awhile. I was completely smitten with their gorgeous ouvert panty styles and bra, especially the Kitty design, and always danced around the idea of trying the bottoms even though I was sized out of the bras. I’m a sucker for matching sets though, so I sort of put the brand on the backburner of “to try” someday. Then I recently heard that not only was Lascivious going to be releasing their popular Kitty collection in a new purple colorway, but would be adding expanded bra sizing up to a 34F. I’m generally a 32FF these days, but I was so excited to be able to size down in the cup and up in the band to finally try Kitty. I had always loved the classic black colorway, so I was beyond excited to get my hands on this beauty. The only difference with the new expanded sizing, is that the bra cups aren’t open, and are covered with mesh. I had no problem with that, as cupless bras don’t tend to work with my bust and for bra construction and materials, it makes sense with this design to add support for larger busts. Even their packaging is lovely, and the set came wrapped in black tissue paper and purple ribbon in side of the black logo Lascivious gift box. Unwrapping the tissue paper, I was greeted with the Lascivious Kitty bra, Kitty Suspender Belt and Kitty Ouvert Brief.

How pretty is this set? Made of semi-sheer black mesh, one of my favorite lingerie materials. Oh, and ruffles. Ruffled mesh teases the neckline of the bra and the back of the cute open briefs. The panties are available in sizes S-L. I usually wear a XS or S panties, but went with a S, which fit beautifully and had nice stretch and is super comfortable due to the cut and the mesh. The panties have mesh edging in small ruffles, and then larger more flowing semi-sheer ruffled material over the top of the back, where there is also a black ribbon bow. The front of the panty covers the vulva, but is completely open on the bottom back for a sexy peek of cheek. The little ruffles add a layered wave effect that is sexy and playful. The matching suspender has hook and eye closures in the back, and has 4 adjustable garters that can be paired with your favorite stockings (these would look awesome with the Lascivious seamed stockings, which I own and cna’t wait to pair this set with). The suspender fits true to size, and the mesh material offers some stretch to the waist, where it sits lovely, with the sheer mesh, with longer larger mesh ruffles at each hip. Sexy and sultry. The bra has fully adjustable straps made of soft satin, satin lining on the tops of the bra cups and a black ribbon bow at the center gore. There are cute darted layers of ruffles at the bust, offering a beautiful dimension and style to the front of the bra. The paneled cups were supportive and held my breasts up well. The cups are a semi-sheer mesh, so you can still get a peek of nipple and skin below, so even though the cups aren’t open, it’s still very sexy. I feel like the shape worked well with my bust, and the band felt true to size, though the cups did feel a bit small, perhaps because I sister sized down. This was my first time trying the brand so I’m unsure if their bras run small as a rule. The bra did give me cleavage, and the mesh was comfortable and pretty, while also providing my bust with lift.

So glad I finally got to try the Lascivious brand. I love how sensual and playful this set is, and I’m so glad that it’s now available in an F cup (up to 34 back). I would love to see the brand expand their bra sizing even more in the future, and hope that this size expansion encourages some fuller bust ladies to try the brand (maybe for the first time ever!) and enjoy the sexy cut and style of the marvelous Kitty collection. You can shop Kitty, as well as the new collection including the Tara, The Model Traitor, and favorites like Lila, Sarah Lou and more at Lascivious Lingerie.

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Sacha Kimmes on a Bright Morning and The Light of September Review

November 30th, 2016 @ Amber

 

I’ve said this over and over, but Sacha Kimmes makes awesome lingerie. Her designs are so well made, the attention to detail is lovely, each stitch perfection. Her styles and designs use beautiful lace and mesh, often with ouvert backs and large bows. Whats not to love? Sacha is consistently on top of the game, creating new collections all the time, making her pieces limited edition. Each piece is made to order by Sacha herself, she’s a one woman shop and does it all. She even offer made to measure pieces, and is sure to mention that she offers pieces for all shapes and sizes, and I love this about her brand. Sacha really cares about her fans and customers, and her love and talent can be seen and felt in each piece of hers that you wear. Her two newest collections, On a Bright Morning and The Light of September, are so lovely. On a Bright Morning, features beautiful white mesh pieces, merging clean lines and straps with the stretch and semi-sheer look of mesh. The Light of September, uses a soft sheer peachy pink dotted mesh with black edging and bows. So pretty! Even her packaging is lovely, every order comes in a black gift bag with a photo card as well as a pocket mirror featuring an illustration of a woman or women wearing Sacha’s lingerie. So fun! Love these little details.

The panties fit true to size, and are lovely as always. I like the way that her designs look good on every body, every butt, big or small. Sacha was kind enough to send me her September High Waist Brief and her new Emma Open Back Brief. They are comfortable, they are stunning, and they fit like a dream, as usual. I went with size Small, but I do have pieces made to measure as well, and they’re so great, it’s no wonder I have a large collection of Sacha Kimmes in my lingerie wardrobe. She constantly keeps me excited about lingerie with her unique new designs and collections each season. Also, most pieces are limited edition, and once the fabric is gone, they are sold out for always. So each piece feels like a work of art, and I am gladly a collector of Sacha’s work. The September high waist brief is so comfortable. The soft peachy-pink of the material hugs your body, and the scalloped edging of the black trim really pairs well with the light color of the mesh. The Emma ouvert panties are so much fun because of the strappy back detail, which criss-crosses over your lower back, encapsulating your butt to perfection. These are so fun to wear, and would be fantastic paired with the matching strappy Emma bralette. The September brief would look enchanting with the September bralette and matching Mini Skirt. So cute and dreamy! You can shop these collections and more at Sacha Kimmes Lingerie.

 

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Shop UK Lingerie + Pour Moi Review

November 30th, 2016 @ Amber

I’ve finally tried Pour Moi, which is a brand that offers full bust sizing that has been on my list for awhile. I tried the popular Obsession range, which features lace and straps. The Ruby Red set looks fun and sexy, but I mostly wanted to try this set to see how their sizing and fit works. I went with the usual panty and bra sizing. The panties fit very true to size, and the bra is true to size if not a big generous in the band. I didn’t feel like my bust worked well with this bra though, I just didn’t feel like the cups gave as much fit as I’m used to. The lighted padded cups are comfortable, and though there is lace overlay, it still really like a really comfortable bra that you could wear all day, almost has the same comfort as a t-shirt bra. The matching thong features a small cut out in the front, with a red bow and lace overlay, straps on the back of the thong, making it skimpy and pretty basic. The color is quite different than the photo though. The color is more of a darker red than a ruby red in person, though I think I prefer the idea of the brighter red.

This is a cute budget friendly bra if you’re full bust and looking for something that is on trend (still) and won’t cost as much as other brands with similar design qualities. This lingerie definitely felt budget to me though, I was expecting a bit better quality and fit, and am unsure why they always show this set to be brighter in color than it is in person. Overall, the fit is comfortable, though comfort isn’t the selling point for lingerie for me. So while I’m really glad to be able to try this brand, I’m not sure I would be adding any more Pour Moi to my collection, it just doesn’t seem to fit my taste in lingerie. My boobs just don’t feel happy in this bra, they don’t even look happy in this bra. I need happy boobs, you guys. For real. I got this set from UK Lingerie, sister brand to UK Tights, and they have a bunch of other great brands to choose from like Mimi Holliday, Maison Lejaby, Hanky Panky, Kiss Me Deadly and more. They also offer super fast shipping and service.

Many thanks to UKLingerie for sending me this set for review, and while it didn’t really work out for me with this set, if you like it, or are interested in checking out some great lingerie at reasonable prices, check out UKLingerie.

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Tree Lover’s Co Jewelry

November 27th, 2016 @ Amber

I’m really loving the fun alchemy process of electroformed copper jewelry, and I found this awesome brand called Tree Lover’s Jewelry. I’m a huge fan of nature, so the brand immediately spoke to me. Loved the natural vibe of their products. They make all types of pretty jewelry, but I was really drawn to their electroformed rings with raw gemstones. So pretty! I love the rustic look of copper jewelry that uses this process, and it’s an awesome way to recycle copper and thus is an awesome eco-friendly jewelry option. I got this pretty and dainty Electroformed Copper Ring with Apatite.

It could be worn as a stacking ring with other rings, or worn as is. The copper band is rustic and interesting, made in a size 6. I like the way the copper holds the little stone of raw apatite. The apatite crystal is a blue color and the gemstone is pretty, though you only see a hint of it. The stone is supposed to stimulate intellect and knowledge, intuition and more. Tree Lover’s Co has such a great variety of gift ideas that are both fashionable, organic, and really fun. Check out the collection at Tree Lover’s Co.

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fOOfOO Boudoir Slippers Holiday Sale Discount Code

November 27th, 2016 @ Amber

Special offer for the holidays! You can save on any order of gorgeous made to order fOOfOO Slippers w/ the discount code above. Valid through the New Year! Enjoy! These are the most luxurious slippers ever, I own two pairs so far.

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Feminist Gift Idea: Clitoring and Jewelry from Penelopi Jones

November 26th, 2016 @ Amber

I reviewed this awesome Clitoring from Penelopi Jones a few months ago (read my review here). It’s such a fierce and awesome feminist piece of jewelry, made from handmade designer Orien Mcneill. Each piece is made to order, and is available in brass, silver, or gold. The designs are based on the complete anatomy of the clitoris, including the internal parts such as the clitoral legs, that can’t be seen on the vulva but are the inner lying structure of this awesome little organ. If rings aren’t your thing, there are also Clitoring printed panties, a clit pendant, and the brand new limited edition collaboration of the new matte black Clitoring Dentata. Rings are adjustable but sturdy and available in two sizes which cover a multitude of finger widths. This is the feminist jewelry for the times! Gloria Steinem loves her clitoring, and so do I. I have the Penelopi Jones Sterling Silver Clitoring, but it’s also available in 14k Gold. If you’re on a budget, you can still wear your clit pride on your finger with the brand new Brass Clitoring which is under $100! Orion is awesome and when I inquired about rose gold, he custom dipped my brass ring in rosegold. So awesome! I love that type of treatment, you can’t find that through large brands. Definitely a plus size of buying small, you can support small business and with products being handmade by the artist, you know exactly what materials were used and who made your goods. I’m a greedy little clitoring fan, so even though I have the silver one, I knew I wanted to showcase a more budget friendly version of the ring so you can still wear this awesome piece of feminist art on your hand to topple the patriarchy. I wore this ring to vote in early November, and felt like a badass doing it, despite the election result afterwards. This pussy fights back! Show off your clitoring wherever you go, and watch people, especially guys, take a look trying to figure out why you’re wearing a giant butterfly on your finger. Ha!

You can see the Penelopi Jones logo on the back of the ring, and it comes with a clit card with lots of cool facts about clitoral anatomy. The ring comes in a tulle storage pouch. The ring is awesome, comfy,fashionable and so fun to wear. I took photos of the sterling silver ring next to the brass ring (if you want yours dipped in rose gold, ask the artist before ordering!) to show you what they look like. They look the same except the silver ring is a bit heavier due to the sterling silver and the brass ring is a bit lighter. Same great attention to detail! If you’re looking for an awesome feminist gift to give the ladies (or guys!) on your shopping list, check out the Penelopi Jones Clitoring.

DISCOUNT CODE: Save 20% off your order with coupon code Thisclitbitesback

Tag your Penelopi Jones jewelry on social media with the hashtag #clitoring

 

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Milk and Cookie Candle Company

November 26th, 2016 @ Amber

If you’re looking for an affordable and festive gift for the holidays, check out the Santa’s Bakery Sampler from Milk and Cookies Candle Co! Milk and Cookies will be taking a shop hiatus soon, so get those orders in. The sampler comes with cute holiday inspired wax melts, shimmery and sweet, wrapped up in a cellphone gift bag and ribbon, perfect for gift giving! So cute and under $15! Such a great stocking stuffer. These melts work so well with an electric wax melt, and there is no need for a flame. Scent your home for the holidays with lovely scents like Gingerbread Cake, Christmas Vacation, Sugar Plum Fairy, Jingle Bells Holiday Coffee Cake, Santa’s Egg Nog Latte, Cookies for Santa, Christmas Spirit and Hot Buttered Rum. So many yummy scents to sample and enjoy, each comes individually wrapped in a little plastic sample cup. Just pop it out and put it into the tart warmer and allow to melt slowly while you enjoy the fragrance. Some of the scents have glitter on top, making it a sparkly and fun little wax melt. There are plenty of non-holiday scents to choose from in the Etsy shop as well, such as Pumpkin Latte, Cupcake, and Pecan Pie. If wax melts aren’t you thing, try the candle tins! The same fun scents but in a little tin with wick.

Support small handmade businesses by purchasing from brands liek Milk and Cookies. Check out the entire collection of sweet smelling candles and melts at Milk and Cookies Candles on Etsy.

 

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New Dottie’s Delights x Mosh Collection

November 25th, 2016 @ Amber

The brand new Dottie’s Delights Mosh Collection (the second collection model Mosh has collaborated with Dottie’s Delights on) is so damn gorgeous. I am majorly swooning over these delicious vintage inspired pieces in black and pink. So hot! I’m loving the gorgeous robes, the bralettes with ruffles and strappy bottoms. This is perfection! I am so excited about this collection, and I want it all. Check out some of the items below, and then head over to Dottie’s Delights to shop!

 

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Playful Promises AW17 Collection + Bettie Page Lingerie Collection

November 25th, 2016 @ Amber

The first drop from the AW17 collection from Playful Promises is here! Check out the gorgeous lace and strappy Tamara is a lovely forest green and black color. I love the delicate eyelash lace cups, which makes me so excited because I always look for delicate cups in full bust lingerie and its’ pretty rare. So excited that these designs come in Full Bust and Curve (Plus) sizing! My favorite has to be the lovely Karine set, made of black lace with gold overlay and ruffles on the suspender and brief. So gorgeous! Both styles are included in Playful Promises Black Friday-Cyber Monday sale happening right now! Check out the great deals on beautiful lingerie, and be sure to support the Full Bust and Curve sizing, as I’m so glad PP continues to offer and expand their sizing, which is so awesome!

If that wasn’t enough, Playful Promises proves that they are continually on point with their brand new Bettie Page Lingerie line, which features dreamy pieces and bondage-inspired pieces that are sure to thrill Check out the first drop of the collection, and hurry because it’s sell out fast!