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September 2018 - The Evolution of Female Sex Toys

Companies such as We-Vibe and FunFactory are currently sweeping the pleasure market with hot new toys designed to satisfy any and every taste. With bluetooth features and waterproof toys, it’s a wonder how we got here! Sex toys and masturbation have been a part of human history since nearly the beginning, with some of the earliest invented sex toys dating back to 26,000 BC! Twenty years ago, women were obsessed with the revolutionary Magic Wand. However, this has not always been the case. At the turn of the century, masturbation was highly taboo and woman suffering from “hysteria” were clinically insane. So how have toys evolved and where do what can we expect to find in stock in today’s sex toy supermarket?


One of the first sex toys to be uncovered is a Siltstone dildo, dating back to 26,000BC and would have been carved out of the stone, or even bones in order to achieve the desired shape and size. Although masturbation has clearly been around since the dawn of time, it was extremely taboo in most cultures up until the early 20th century.


The first vibrators were created in the early 1900s and were actually used by physicians. At the height of Victorian ignorance, it was believed that women did not possess sexual desire, and only performed intercourse to satisfy their husbands and produce children. Obviously, this is not the case, as women became so sexually frustrated that they began to depict signs of what would be later coined by doctors as hysteria - or basically a nervous breakdown. Symptoms of hysteria included restlessness, insomnia, irritability, nervousness and erotic fantasies. Unfortunately, as men believed that they were the sole sexual beings, most of them had no idea how to please their lovers, and the clitoris was a myth not to be discovered for awhile. This left thousands of women sexually unsatisfied and downright cranky. The solution came from the invention of the vibrator! Women were referred to their doctors in the early days of it’s invention, and would have to visit the doctor for stimulation of their genitals. The treatment would bring about a long overdue orgasm and the women of the day would be sexually relieved until their next appointment. However, with an increasing number of patients there came the need for more readily available satisfaction. And so, the first vibrators became available on the market, advertising that they would cure women of any ailement, from wrinkles to insanity. In order to be accepted into the sexual taboo of 20th century society, they were advertised as “personal massagers” and were an instant hit.


Dildos have been around for much longer than the vibrator. As previously mentioned, phallic objects have been uncovered dating back beyond the birth of Christ. In fact, masturbation and sex were not shameful or secretive until after the rise of the Christian and Catholic Church. The Greeks and Egyptians would regularly engage in public fornication and group orgies. However, after the integration of christian religion, which deemed masturbation as “self abuse”, sexuality became hush hush. It wasn’t until the 1960s that dildos became prominent once again, with Ted Marche’s invention of the strap on dildo. The original purpose of the strap on was to provide impotent men the opportunity to have intercourse with their wives. Today, they are used by both men and women alike for various purposes.

In the late 1960s, the feminist movement was in full swing, with Betty Dodson at the forefront advocating for women’s sexual rights. Dodson popularized one of the most iconic toys that is still in stores today - the Hitachi Magic Wand. Dodson encouraged women to take control of their sexuality and learn how to pleasure their own bodies, giving them the power of sexual release without the necessity of a male partner.


Non realistic dildos didn’t hit the scene until the mid 1970s, when Dell Williams, one of the first female sex toy shop owners, decided that there was a growing market for non phallic dildos. This is the origin of some of our favourite toys like the Magnum Dildos. Another one of the most influential toys came out around this time later, the Rabbit. The Rabbit was the first of its kind, with two points of stimulation!


Okay, women can expect to see a vast variety of toys in every shape and size. Online and in store shoppers will be delighted by the endless options of vibrators and dildos, and some that are vibrating dildos all in one! There is bluetooth technology that allows your partner to control your toy, or program your own settings into your toy. You can take them in the tub or shower without worry, as most of them are wireless now and not battery operated. Dildos come in sizes varying from 5 to 20 inches and come in every skin tone. They can even be moulded after your lover or favourite porn star. The possibilities are endless and long gone are the days of waiting on your next trip to the doctor for an orgasmic release.


Over the last century, sex toys have revolutionized sex for women in particular. Prior to the invention of the vibrator, a woman was at the mercy of her husband’s lust and sexual performance and her chances of orgasm were slim. With the widespread belief that women were not sexually inclined, thousands of women were left sexually unsatisfied. Mass distribution of the first vibrators took women’s orgasms out of the doctor’s office and back into their own hands, giving them freedom of pleasure at their discretion. Since then, toys have been created for all needs; the first strap on dildos created in the 1960s evolved into all shapes, sizes and colors, eventually branching out into non phallic options as well. The popular Hitachi Magic wand was and still is one of the most popular sex toys amongst women, with the Rabbit a close second with it’s dual stimulation properties. Whatever it is you’re looking for in a toy, it’s most likely available, and in multiple colors! Most importantly, the taboo around women’s sexuality continues to be debunked as women take charge of their sexuality and provide a demand for new and improving sex toys.



Written by Charlea Maclean



July 2018 - Sex in a Digital Age : Intimacy on Demand



Long gone are the days of love letters delivered by messenger and scented with a drop of perf ume, sealed with a kiss. In today’s era of dating and sex, partnership and pleasure are just a right-swipe and a click away. With ever evolving technology come great leaps for long distance lovers, endless shopping options and widely accessible education. However it can be easy to get caught up in a passive mindset towards certain behaviours that may have adverse outcomes, such as dishonesty and unfaithfulness. So how do we navigate the rapidly evolving world of dating and intimacy in the rapidly advancing world of technology?


Technology advancements in the love industry haven’t all been harmful, and indeed should be considered a vital tool for lovers. Consider this: twenty years ago, if you wanted to flirt with your lover, you’d likely have to risk a racey phone call or simply wait until your next encounter. Today, smartphone in hand, you can send a naughty text and get the rush of seeing the dots of anticipation as they reply. Instant satisfaction! On the other hand, those without partners have a plethora of apps to assist them in finding their hookup. Online communities have formed for every kink or fetish and gender or sexual orientation. Shoppers can find any and every sex toy to fit their needs and enjoy discreet shipping too! As porn has become freely accessible, what was once taboo is now satisfying the curiosity of those who would have been otherwise to shy to venture in a video store. Long distance relationships are far more successful with the aid of video chatting and instant messaging. You can even buy vibrators to sync to your partners phone! On an educational basis, technology has granted nonexclusive access to sexual health education and resources that may not have otherwise been accessible. Pretty much any question or concern you have can been answered - to a degree - via Google search. Whatever it is you’re looking for you can surely find thanks to the influence of technology in our intimate lives.


With all the great advancements to technology and their benefits, society has unfortunately developed a mindset of instant gratification, as well as faced a moral decline of sorts. As Caitlyn Roper of WIRED writes, “ there’s something resolutely neutral about the technology now fueling our lust: It is taboo-agnostic.” It’s true that it’s easier than ever to be unfaithful to a partner, with chat rooms bursting with heated sexts and nude images that are easily deleted later on. With sex available for hire, Cam Girls just a click away and tinder flooded with people who are DTF, you can get laid pretty much anytime you like with no strings attached. Roper claims “(technology) will not disapprove or scold. It will only enable.” Undoubtedly, porn addictions are on the rise as certain individuals are no longer satisfied with their real life partners and insead prefer the company of a computer screen and their fantasies. There is also the concern that certain media is too easily obtained and is therefore a threat to minors. Some children learn to use an Iphone before they learn to walk, so it’s understandable that by the time they are school aged they have a good sense of how to navigate the internet. That being said, even the best parental controls might not be enough to protect young individuals from being exposed to age inappropriate material, nor can they prevent exposure from peers’ access.


Technology will continue to advance, and with it will bring more changes to the way we interact and communicate both on a regular and sexual basis. Hopefully we will find ways to navigate the associated issues of the “taboo-agnostic” mindset that come with instant gratification and widespread media. For those who continue to use technology responsibly, may it only make your sex life that much steamier!



Written by Charlea MacLean



July 2018 - Being Confident in Your Sexuality; Debunking the Myth of a Normal Sex Life

In an ever evolving world of advancing technology and digital communication, it is easier than ever to become lost in society’s idea of a “normal” sex life. With porn readily and freely available online and new game changing vibrators, it’s no wonder so many individuals find themselves questioning the status of their own sex lives, and how they measure up to society’s ideas of “normal”. In order to understand what qualifies as a “normal” sex life, we must abandon all preconceived ideas about what sex ‘should be’ and  learn to understand and accept this: there is no normal when it comes to sex.


The idea of “normal” in regards to sexuality has always been questionable, especially to those who find themselves outside said “normal”. By definition, “normal” is regarded as what is typical or expected. In that case, a normal sex life would be, historically, defined as an intimate physical relationship between one man and one woman. Said man and said woman would engage in vaginal penetration until climax or ejaculation. In the 21st century, however, most of us by definition would already be considered abnormal if participating in any sexual activity outside those parameters. Obviously, we need a broader definition of normal.Perhaps it is not “normal” which we are seeking to determine; we should strive instead for a healthy sex life.Transitioning our thinking from “is my sex life normal?” to “is my sex life healthy ?” will allow us to examine our sexuality on a much broader spectrum. A healthy sex life comprises all elements of sexuality, which when harmoniously united, creates an incredible and lasting bond between you and your partner without pressure to conform to societal normalities. Now that we have established what it is exactly we are trying to determine, we can begin to analyze the elements of a healthy sex life and compare our current experiences to our ideal ones.


It is important to understand that as we are all unique, so are our sexual needs and desires. Often times those who find themselves questioning some aspect of their sex life are the ones who are for some reason unsatisfied. This could be a number for of reasons. Maybe it is with whom you’re engaging in sex. Perhaps it is the frequency of your sexual encounters, be it too often or not often enough. For some, the discountent lies within the type of sexual activity. Others might find that it is not one particular aspect, but many small indiscrepancies that accumulate to an all together unsatisfying sex life. None of these problems stem from the “normality” of their sex lives, but rather that they are not creating a healthy sex life for the themselves.


Probably the biggest flaw in the idea of a “normal” sex life is that it completely erases all non heterosexual relationships. Twenty years ago, heterosexuality was undeniably the norm. In modern day however, thus is hardly the case as more and more people are recognizing and proudly coming into their queer sexualities. Because we have shifted our debate from normal to healthy sexuality, it is safe to say that anyone can identify with our question. Now we can assess  what is a healthy sex life based on the partners we choose. It is fairly straightforward: a healthy sexual partner is someone with whom you share a mutual attraction and with whom you can perform consensual sexual acts. It is safe to say that what is a healthy sexual partner will not be the same for a straight man as it would be for a lesbian. But beyond gender, what are some aspects of a healthy sexual partner? There are many types of relationships (monogamous, open, polyamorous, etc) and it is important that you and your partner both agree on how you will conduct your relationship. All members of the relationships should respect the expectations and boundaries of others involved. A healthy sexual partner might also support you emotionally if that is within your boundaries. Regardless of the type of relationship you have, you and your partner should always aim for open communication. This allows for honesty and trust, and assures both people that their feelings will be heard and considered. A sexual partner should never try and convince you or force you into any sexual act that you are not comfortable performing - that is not at all a healthy aspect of a sexual relationship. In any and every case, intercourse, in any form, must always be consensual to all parties involved. All in all, a healthy sexual partner would be someone with whom you feel genuine attraction and are comfortable openly discussing sexuality, and with whom you may perform consensual sex.


Sexual frequency is a key component of sexual health and, like all other aspects, varies from person to person. One of  the greatest misconceptions about sexual desire and frequency is that it is more persistent in males, however there is no evidence that proves men are more sexual than women. Others are convinced that sex is only for young people and stops altogether once you reach your senior years. For some this may be true, but surprisingly most people don’t reach their sexual peak until their mid to late 40s. Ideal sexual frequency also varies, ranging around 4 to 6 times a week for some couples, while others would find that daunting and instead prefer one steamy saturday night instead. Whether you’re getting it on every night or once a month is totally up to you and your partner. In most cases, one partner desires sex more than the other (an in severe cases this can cause Desire Discrepancy, which we will address in a later article). The key is to find a compromised balance that suits both individuals so that both needs are met. Sometimes it can be difficult for the individual with increased libido to sympathize with their partner who desires fewer sexual encounters. Regardless, you should never engaged in “pity” or “guilty” intercourse - this is a form of nonconsensual sex and is most certainly not an attribute of a healthy sexual partner. Ideally, both partners would be comfortable with the frequency of intercourse to ensure a healthy and ideal amount of intimacy. If you find yourself unsatisfied with compromising your sexual frequency, perhaps it is time to re-evaluate the first key component of a healthy sex life and seek partners who have a similar libido.


Potentially the least regarded aspect of a healthy sex life is adventourness and willingness to venture outside of everyday lovemaking. If you find yourself stuck in a predictable cycle of unsatisfying intercourse, perhaps it is time to dip into something new and exciting. Generally couples can identify where they land on the “Kink Spectrum” anywhere from Vanilla (meaning fairly limited to no impact play, generic sexual positions and little inclusion of toys) all the way down to Sadomasochism (sexual pleasure derived from extreme pain and/or humiliation). For the most part couples are on average somewhere around the mildly kinky (some light bondage, toy usage and exploration of differing positions). Engaging with a partner who is not relatively interested in the same type of sex - be it kinky or not - that you desire may not foster a satisfying sexual experience. Of course it is possible for couples to have varying interests, it would most likely not work out well long term for someone who desires heavy BDSM to engage sexually with someone who is solely interested in soft lovemaking. If you find yourself getting bored, ease into something outside your comfort zone. You can start simple with a massage candle or try adding a vibrator. Often times, couples find that when they explore new ways to pleasure each other that their sex lives are much more interesting and they do not get stuck in a rut of boredom in the bedroom. In order to have a fulfilling and healthy sex life, one must be able to express their sexual desires and tendencies with someone who shares them and is willing to explore those interests in a controlled and consensual environment.


Sexuality is vastly different for everyone, but sexual health is universally important. Tho it will vary for each individual, there are some common key factors that play into the quality of your sex life. Your choice of partner is first and foremost; you should seek out a partner who wholeheartedly cares for your wellbeing, who will support you emotionally if/when needed and who is willing to partake in your collectively desired type of intercourse. Frequency of intercourse also plays a major role in the health of your sex life; if you feel you are unsatisfied by the occurrence of sex, try to find a balance that suits both you and your partner. Remember, a good partner will never pressure you into “guilty sex”. Finally, if you are still finding some discontent with your sex life, try something new! Many couples find themselves growing bored with the same routine over time. If this is the case, try spicing things up in any way that seems appealing to you as a couple. As we have uncovered, the key to a fulfilling sex life is not determined by whether or not you fall into society’s definition of a “normal” sex life, but rather by what gives you satisfaction and pleasure, be it alone or with a partner. Those who feel they are sexually atypical shouldn’t worry, as there really is no way to define a normal sex life. Embrace your uniqueness and find confidence in your sexuality!



Written by Charlea MacLean



June 2018 - Bluebella Lingerie


A Little More Interesting is proud to be carrying the Bluebella Lingerie Line. We are the only Store in Calgary to carry this intriguing line. Below is a little information regarding this exciting lingerie to Calgary.



Bluebella LingeriE

WHO WE ARE

Founded in 2005 by Emily Bendell, the story and vision for the brand was simple. Fashion-led luxurious lingerie and nightwear collections made with the highest quality at an affordable price. Bluebella is a lingerie brand with strength and modernity at its heart; designed to redefine sensuality.


OUR FOUNDER

“The Bluebella woman does not see lingerie as a functional or traditionally sexy purchase. She sees it as fashion crossover style and a personal self-indulgence. No-one should leave gorgeous lingerie languishing in a drawer, waiting for that ‘special occasion’ – our highly wearable fashion-led collections can make every day feel just that little bit more exciting”

Emily Bendell
Founder and CEO


OUR DESIGNS

Our multi award-winning team launch four fashion lingerie collections per year, plus lots of beautiful mid-season delights. Our designs reflect a uniquely modern take on lingerie – often using unusual fabrics and trims and creating stunning new silhouettes. All styles are exclusively designed and manufactured to our exacting standards, and ensure that we maintain a truly unique and inspiring collection every season


BE INSPIRED

We take inspiration from the world around us and today’s lifestyle and fashion trends to create collections that are unique and exclusive, and we are proud to be stocked in luxury retailers throughout the UK and internationally.

Our designs often have a provocative edge. We are endlessly inspired by the allure of the hidden, the mystery of what lies beneath, and the illusion of nudity just waiting to be found.

Our promise is to bring you seductive and affordable lingerie that takes you from day to night time, and everywhere in between.


2017/18 HIGHLIGHTS

Lingerie Brand Of The Year - Drapers Awards 2017
We are very proud to say Bluebella has won the prestigious LINGERIE BRAND OF THE YEAR at this year’s fashion industry flagship awards ceremony

Marketing Campaign of the Year - Dare To Bare - Lingerie Insight Awards
In September 2017, to mark London Fashion Week, we wanted to celebrate our love of our city and our unique approach to life and fashion with a very special catwalk show... so we dared our Instagram family to take part in a Bluebella fashion show in the most iconic of London hotspots: Oxford Circus. Find out more here.
This campaign won the Lingerie Insight award 'Marketing Campaign of the Year' for 2017.

Further award nominations
We were also shortlisted as a Finalist for 'Medium Sized Business of the Year' at the Lingerie Insight awards

New accounts
This year we have expanded into even more and even bigger places: John Lewis, Selfridges, Revolve, Topshop, Amazon US, Nordstrom, Bravissimo and La Redoute, to name just a few!

Socially Active
Bluebella has reached milestone numbers on social media - 100k followers on Facebook, and 200k on Instagram!



AWARDS & RECOGNITION

2017: Drapers Awards 2017 - Winner: Lingerie Brand of the Year

2016: The UK Lingerie Awards – Finalist: Medium Business of the Year & Finalist: Marketing Campaign of the Year

2015: The UK Lingerie Awards - Winner: Boudoir Brand of the Year & Finalist: Independent Directional Brand of the Year

2014: The Lingerie Collective - Best Brand; The UK Lingerie Awards - Finalist: Boudoir Brand of the Year; Management Today - 35 Under 35

2013: Great British Entrepreneur Awards - Small Business of the Year & Most Captivating Entrepreneur

2012: Fast Growth Business Awards - Finalist; Women of Excellence Award - Finalist



Feel free to come down and check out the collection we have in stock for Bluebella. If we don't have it in stock we can order it in for you from across the pond.










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