Lingerie Lovers Self-Care

February 11th, 2016 @ Amber

If you love wearing lingerie, which you probably do if you’re reading this right now, you probably know how to care for your lingerie to make sure it stays in tip top shape. But did you know that you should practice self care for your body when you wear lingerie often? It’s not essential of course, but these tips can help you to enjoy healthy self care that will only enhance your lingerie wearing experience. Did you know that detergents can mess with your body’s natural pH levels? Did you know that wearing too tight panties can cause not only irritation but infection? You’ll find some of my favorite tried and true tips on helping to keep your bikini area as healthy as can be, so you can put the focus where you want it to be: your pretty panties! I’m about to get real here for a second, and talk about optimal vaginal health. Obviously I’m not a doctor, but these are some practices that I include into my body care routine.

  1. Use unscented body wash on your genitals, try something natural like Sliquid Splash. Fragrances can disrupt pH balance and take away from your body’s natural scent.
  2. Towel dry off fully, and instead of putting on underwear right away, let your genitals breathe and air dry completely for an hour or so before putting on panties.
  3. If you have sensitive skin, try panties that are 100% cotton or soft bamboo. Make sure your panties have a cotton gusset.
  4. Wash your lingerie in an unscented detergent. Scented detergents can disrupt your vagina’s pH levels as it sits against your skin, especially when you sweat. Try a unscented detergent like Soak Delicates Wash.
  5. Don’t use body sprays or spritz perfume on your underwear or vaginal area. It can cause irritation and can be drying if it has alcohol in it. Instead use a dusting powder such as LUSH Silky Underwear.
  6. After shaving your bikini area, moisturize your skin with coconut oil, it will help protect from irritation from shaving. Be sure to wear a breathable panty after shaving, tight panties can rub against your skin and make you feel raw.
  7. To refresh and balance your vaginal health and pH, try Yoni Oil. It’s a natural oil and lubricant that can be massaged onto and into the vagina for added softness, pH balancing, and is a natural antimicrobial.
  8. Keep sugar away from the vagina. This means checking ingredients on bathbombs…and the dreaded “candy” or “edible” underwear. Sugar, which comes in many forms, such as glucose, corn syrup, etc, disrupts the healthy vaginal flora and can cause infection.
  9. Keep natural unscented wipes on hand, for on the go if you need to freshen up. Try Swipes Unscented Biodegradable Wipes. They’re flushable! Good for your vag and the environment.
  10. Plain yogurt (my favorite is greek) is great to add to your diet! It can also be inserted into the vagina if you have an infection (Use caution. Not everyone will want to do this, but I’ve done this over the years without a problem). Soak a tampon in plain yogurt (plain, not vanilla, make sure it’s unsweetened) and insert it, replacing it throughout the day. Alternatively, you can insert some using an empty medicine dropper or syringe. The¬†lactobacillus in yogurt creates health micro-flora in the vagina, helping to stop bad bacteria from growing. Alternatively, you can take it in capsule form such as Jarrow’s Fem-Dophilus.
  11. If you want to help your vagina get back to a healthy pH, soak in a warm bath with a little organic unfiltered apple cider vinegar in the bath. Vagina helps to balance the vagina try Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar.
  12. The vagina is self-cleaning. Theres no need to douche, this outdated practice can actually force bacteria up into the vaginal canal and cervix. Trust your vag, it’s a pretty magical body part.

If you have any other tips, feel free to leave them in a comment below!

It’s Here! Dottie’s Delights Soda Pop Collection

February 11th, 2016 @ Amber

It’s here! One of my most anticipated collections I was looking forward to this year is finally here. It’s the Dottie’s Delights Soda Pop Collection. It’s PERFECTION! I am in love. I need it all. There are more pieces being added, but for now, some of the collection is up to order on the Dottie’s Delights website!

Celebrate Black History Month: Beautiful Lingerie & Glamour Photos of WOC

February 11th, 2016 @ Amber

Eartha Kitt

It’s Black History Month! Let’s celebrate Women of Color by taking a look back at some beautiful ladies in lingerie and glamour fashions throughout history. Many of these photos are vintage and I have no idea who took the photos, but they’re lovely and really showcase many gorgeous styles on black women throughout history. One disappointing thing was that pictures of black women in lingerie was very hard to find, I had to do some deep Google searching, and even so, many were misnamed or uncredited. In fact, if you go to Google Images and type in “black women in lingerie”, you’ll notice something…the photos that come up are mostly white women. I know there have to be more photos of WOC out there, but they’re really hard to find. Think about that. This is why representation matters. So while some of these photos you may have seen before…we need to see them again, and again, and again. Let’s celebrate the beauty of people of color and showcase fashion at the same time. I hope more brands in fashion, especially lingerie, look to these photos and find inspiration and consider having a more diversified lookbook and models in the future. Strong black beautiful ladies of the world, this post is dedicated to you! I see you and I hear you.

Tootsie Roll

Jean Idelle

Lottie the Body

Dorothy Dandridge

Toni Elling

JoAnn Norris

Lady Ernestine

Leslie Uggams

Josephine Baker

Billie Holiday

Sarah Vaughan

Blanche Calloway

Maya Angelou

Nina Simone

Hazel Scott

Gloria Hendry

Donyale Yuna

Diahann Carroll

Eartha Kitt

Venus La Doll

Miss Topsy

Tamara Dobson

Diana Ross

Chaka Khan

Grace Jones

Pam Grier

  • Special thanks to Cora from The Lingerie Addict, who had her own post full of glamour/lingerie photos as well!

Helen Valk Varavin Review

February 10th, 2016 @ Amber

Photo: Ruslan Varavin

I’ve had a huge crush on the gorgeous Helen Valk Varavin lingerie collection for awhile now. Everything is made in Estonia, and comes in a variety of gorgeous colors and designs. Everything from suspenders to bralettes, to now even stockings! I was totally loving these soft looking handmade stockings, and was super excited when Helen let me review a pair for the blog. These stockings are made in Estonia, and everything is designed by Helen. Her pieces looks gorgeous but are very affordable for the style and quality. I love her original designs, such as her silk tulle collars and baroque pattern signature stockings. So pretty! I thought that these stockings were so ideal for Spring, which begins next month!

Photo: Ruslan Varavin

The Signature Baroque Stockings are made of a soft stretchy cotton, and can be worn with your favorite suspenders. They’re thick, well me, and have a curl and curl top. The toe and heel are reinforced, and they’re available in black, beige, green, and this lovely mauve pink color. The design on the stocking features a beige baroque pattern, that almost makes the design look like lace. The design is semi sheer once the stockings are stretched to your leg. The baroque design features hearts, bows, hummingbirds and more. They are printed on the front, and stitched along the inside. These are a one size fits most style, they’re a bit tall on me as I’m short, but they have a nice amount of stretch for sure (they should fit 6.5-9.5 US sizing)

Photo: Ruslan Varavin

These are so comfortable! Definitely one of my most comfy pairs of stockings. They’re soft and warm enough for colder months, but also light enough for warmer months too. They are sturdy, and I like the illusion that the design creates, it looks like a old lace design along the front of the leg. I stretched these quite a bit using my hands, and they are well made and didn’t lose their shape. Even after I slide them on and wore them with a black suspender belt, they retained their shape and fit. I would suggest just giving these a quick soak in cold water with lingerie/delicates wash. I wouldn’t let them soak. Hang to dry.

Even the packaging is cute! It’s a wrap around sleeve, so there is minimal waste and no plastic. The design on these stockings almost reminds me of a velvet burnout, as the beige print becomes less opaque and more sheer as they’re over your legs. There is stitching behind the design for added strength. I love how these feel, I would sleep in them if I could! However there isn’t elastic at the top and they aren’t hold ups, so these definitely need to be paired with suspenders. They’re super sweet and would make such a cute new pair of hosiery for Spring!

Viola Davis Inspired Lingerie

February 9th, 2016 @ Amber

Panache Clara Bra / Hanky Panky Low Rise Thong 3-Pack / Gossard Glossies Bra

Gossard Amour Balconette Bra / Bristols 6 Nippies Skin Pasties / Journelle Caron PJ Set

Nubian Skin Lace Underwire Bra / Panache Envy Bikini Brief

Simone Perele Wish Demi Cup Bra / Prae Helene Bralette

10 Androgynous Lingerie Picks for Valentine’s Day

February 8th, 2016 @ Amber

Valentine’s Lingerie can literally mean whatever you like it to. For some ladies, that might be frills and bows and ruffles. For others, it’s might mean silk, lace, and cheeky cuts. This is for all of my readers out there who prefer minimalist or androgynous lingerie.

10 Black Lingerie Picks for Valentine’s Day

February 8th, 2016 @ Amber

Nothing says classic like black lingerie. It’s a go-to color for many reasons, not only is it gorgeous, but it goes with nearly everything and fits just about everyone’s taste. Check out some of these sweet V-day picks below.

10 Perfectly Pink Lingerie Picks for Valentine’s Day

February 8th, 2016 @ Amber

If you’re looking for pink lingerie for Valentine’s Day, check out some of these cute picks! from babydolls to bras to panties and more.

Jasmine Stacey Collection Lingerie: Beautiful Styles for Ostomy

February 7th, 2016 @ Amber

How gorgeous is this lingerie? I am smitten. Lingerie designer Jasmine Stacey has created a beautiful collection, which includes gorgeous bras and bottoms for any woman, but designed with ladies with ostomy in mind. I love love love this! It’s amazing to find a brand that caters to all womens needs, including those who have scars or ostomy surgeries. She wanted to create a line that was both beautiful, functional, and comfortable. How beautiful and empowering. I am in love with this collection. Check out the pieces below.

10 Red Valentine’s Day Lingerie Picks for 2016

February 7th, 2016 @ Amber

 

If you’re looking for unique and beautiful lingerie in shades of red for Valentine’s Day, here are a few of my current favorites that I think would be gorgeous for V-day and beyond!