Why We Love It: Because every woman deserves a beautiful, mahogany dildo, that’s why. Inspired by nature, these sleek, wood toys are smooth, sophisticated in form and made by a woman who knows what it takes to create a quality sex toy. Every piece of wood is selected and sanded by her, by hand. There are more than 30 combinations of wood type and dildo design to choose from. Natural, tasteful, and straight up sexy as hell. [$95, Dee Lee Doo] Keep reading »
I hate the term holiday blues. I think that’s because when I was 19, December rolled around and I fell into a full-blown depression, complete with sleepless nights, loss of appetite and thoughts of suicide. The holiday blues sound like an uptempo jazz standard compared to the nightmarish thoughts blaring in my head. I’m hardly the only college student who has teetered on the brink of a breakdown. It’s practically a cliche to experience some sort of mental and emotional suffering when you’re that age. But at the time, it didn’t feel like a cliche. It felt like the fight of my life, the recovery from which, with the help of therapy, was an epic journey up from an underworld I feared I might inhabit for the rest of my life. Months later, sitting in my therapist’s office, trying to solve a Rubick’s Cube that she kept on her desk, I clicked one row of orange squares together and felt a spark of hope. I woke up the next morning and thought, What’s for breakfast? I knew I was doing a lot better — at least enough to begin to function again.
I’ve never suffered another episode of depression, but ever since then, I’ve never experienced a happy holiday season either. I know that this is a particularly difficult time of year for many people. Especially those who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder or those who are grappling with more tangible hardships like financial struggles or a death in the family. I wish I could say I had a definitive reason to feel so meh in December. It’s much harder to pin down my discomfort around this time of year because it’s not related to my external circumstances — I have a wonderful family, great friends, a happy relationship and a job I love. I have much to be grateful and joyous about and I know it. The thing is, I consider myself a more-or-less happy person — at least for big pockets of time year-round. I understand how to access joy more often as I get older — positive thoughts, low expectations, balance. Even still, at this time of year, despite my best efforts, despite all my blessings, I find myself hanging on tight and crossing my fingers that I don’t spiral into darkness again. Keep reading »
Why We Love It: Fondling just got even friskier. These tiny vibrators slip over your fingertips, allowing you to touch, stroke and tickle the same ways you normally would— but with extra sensation. And they pack a lot of punch! Hello Touch delivers three times the power in less than one third the size of other fingertip vibes, and can be used by men and women for internal or external “touching”. Count me in. [$65, Hello Touch via Jimmy Jane] Keep reading »
Over the weekend, a man in a China mall gave fellow shoppers a tragic shock when he jumped off a railing and plummeted seven floors to his death.
Why? Because his girlfriend wouldn’t stop Christmas shopping. Keep reading »
Why We Love It: It’s called The Bodywand because when you use it, like a Fairy Godmother’s wand, it’s magical. Seriously. With a one-finger control, the soft head pivots on a flexible neck so you can reach all of your hot spots comfortably. The best part? You don’t have to just stop at your hoo-ha. Call it Magellan, because this baby wants to explore your whole bod. [$129.99, The Bodywand] Keep reading »
It needs to be said: nail art, especially around the holidays, goes too far. Little pinky Santas and toe-thumb Rudolphs or all 10 fingers painted to look like wrapped presents, complete with glued-on bow decals. It’s too much! Can we take these down a notch and embrace nail art that’s actually, I dunno, pretty again? It’s not hard! Look, I found 34 festive, glitter-y, fun holiday manicures to inspire you.