Your Ultimate Lingerie Guide Pt. 4

Christmas has me in the mood for lingerie shopping. I have a little extra spending money, and I’m having a hard time deciding what I’d like to treat myself to! I thought, what a perfect opportunity to do some online window shopping, and write the next addition to my Ultimate Lingerie Guide!

10. Agent Provocateur
AP is an obvious favourite among lingerie addicts. You’ll see plenty who seem to solely collection and covet pieces new and old from this magic brand that seems to have earned its place in the heart of many lovers of beautiful underpinnings. They used to have three categories, Agent Provocateur, Agent Provocateur Soiree, and L’Agent, recently dropping the last mentioned brand due to financial difficulties. I own a few L’Agent pieces, and recently purchased a brand new AP bra for only 40$ (one of the best deals I’ve ever had!). I took their big Boxing Day sale to treat myself to my first actual purchase of two sets! I will be posting reviews of those, soon. Their price ranges from moderate to luxurious, with sizes 32-36 A-E(DDD) available. I’ve attached some photos of my in my L’Agent, as well as some new AP photos I adore!

 

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11. Bordelle
Bordelle is a longtime favourite of mine, which I highly credit with my love of fetish inspired lingerie. You’ve surely seen their famous strapped dresses and bras, completely adjustable and painfully sexy. Their size range has always held me back, but they’ve started selling more pieces in XL (they don’t use cup sizes unfortunately). I’m sure it would be far from a perfect fit but I consider those pieces to be closer to collectible art than practical fits. Bordelle has always been out of my budget as a luxury brand, but I’m hoping after I graduate I can start to save up for some of those pieces I covet. Bordelle is available in sizes SS-LL, with a price range of £47.50 for collars, up to £700.00 for their fully adjustable dresses.

 

12. La Perla
Let’s end this luxurious blog post with some drool worthy lingerie from everyone’s favourite, La Perla. Founded in the 50s, this designer has over half a century of experience in luxurious underpinnings. Their pieces are delicate, and exquisite, and classic. You won’t see trendy or traditionally flashy pieces from them, but every pieces has a timeless elegance that almost makes you want to frame your purchase. Their sizes range from 30B-40C with a few E and F cups available in small band sizes. Their prices range from about $100 for a panty from their basic line, to over $2000 for their beautiful bodysuits. A little much for the average shopper, but just within grasps enough to dream about.

Which of these brands was your favourite this week? Which one do you think needs to be on the list for next time? Let me know!

-Silk&Thorns//Avery

Your Ultimate Lingerie Guide Pt. 3

Have you had fun seeing the first six brands I’ve written about? We’ve looked at some whimsical froufrou brands, some vintage inspired brands, now how about something a little more edgy?

7. Almeida
This is a brand I fell for, head over heels, years ago. Their pieces are truly exquisite sensual works of art that I yearn to possess. Unfortunately, as seems to be the case for most of my favourite brands, I’m out of their size range. They do a beautiful job of combining leather and lace in the most fascinating ways. I unfortunately cannot provide any info on their sizing, as their drop down menu doesn’t work on my computer, but their price range is from £39.00 to £230.00 – not cheap, but really not shockingly expensive in my opinion. If they ever extend their size range, I’ll be the first in line to buy from them.

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8. Ludique
If you haven’t heard of them, you should do yourself a favour and head over to their website now. Get ready to fall in love. Their lingerie is decadent, sexy, and tempting in that they offer so many styles (which is exciting for me, a known hater of low rise panties). You won’t find the exciting pops of colours, but rather interesting design details that makes these pieces truly unique. Their prices range from €75.00 to €190.00. I would only, unfortunately recommend this brand to smaller shoppers, as their bras are available in alpha sizes S-L, as is the rest of their lingerie, unfortunately.

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9. Loveday Lingerie
Decadent. Lush. Sensual. The first three words that come to mind while, yet again, perusing their web store. Their use of metallic leather is drool worthy, and a brand that offered high waisted panties is always a checkmark in my book. I really admire a brand that can offer multiple bra styles as they do, with bralets, full cups, Demi cups, quarter cups… it shows their range of design abilities and makes it appealing for customers with different breast and body shapes. Their pieces would make a luscious gift to yourself or someone special. The only thing that’s kept me from buying from them would be, again, a limited size range from S-L translating to 32C-36C and their sister sizes. I hope in the future they broaden their range! Their prices range from $93-$253

What’s been your favourite brand on the lingerie guide so far? Have you tried any of them out? Let me know!

-Silk&Thorns // Avery

Your Ultimate Lingerie Guide pt. 2

As I mentioned in my last blog post, I’m on a mission to write up about all my favourite lingerie brands, three at a time. This week we’ll talk about Dottie’s Delights, What Katie Did, and La Lilouche.

4. Dottie’s Delights
Your fun, vintage inspired, mouthwatering source of all things good. Dottie’s offers a full range of bras and bralets, garters and panties, shape wear, hosiery, and loungewear. For all their decadent styles and designs you would expect a hefty price tag, but that’s not the case with Dottie’s. They have bodysuits under $100, most bras around $150 more or less, and girdles around $100. The sky’s the limit with colours and prints at Dottie’s, as they find ways to take unique spins on sometimes unusual prints and hues. I avoided Dottie’s for a long time, assuming them being out of budget, but would love to try them out in the new year. Their sizes range from 32A-38DD, and sizes XS-3X making them plus size friendly in their loungewear!

 

5. What Katie Did
Are you noticing a pattern? Let’s take a look at another vintage inspired brand, this one a little more obvious. What Katie Did has brought back your favourite vintage styles and silhouettes from eras bygone in bras, stockings, garters, and more. Whether you love the full out retro pointed bosom look, or prefer something a little more subtle, there’s really something for everyone. If you’re bored of black and beige stockings I highly recommend taking a peak at their rainbow of colours available. Their prices are affordable, with bras starting at £32.50, and sizes from 30-40 A-FF, and dress sizes 6-26.

 

6. La Lilouche
Detail, detail, detail. Every inch of La Lilouche lingerie is exquisite. Their pieces have unique stories in their craft that comes through with each design. I love pieces with layers of details that keep your eye wandering. For an indie brand that creates such exquisite pieces, I’d also like to comment that the price is reasonable. Their prices start at $25 for golden pasties, with the most expensive item being a $200 full length bridal nightgown, which in itself is a steal. With prices like this you can find yourself a completely lingerie outfit that won’t completely break the bank. It’s unfortunately rare these days to find wired pieces from them, but if you love bralets then you’ll surely find something that speaks to you. Their sizes range from XS-XXL.

What brands do you want to see next? Write me, and let me know!

-Silk&Thorns // Avery

Your Ultimate Lingerie Guide

Years ago, as a budding addict, I put together a huge list of lingerie brands and all their info to keep myself organized. I published this list, and a lot of people seemed to like it! As extensive as it was, it’s horribly outdated and could use a revamp.

I’m going to go through all my favourite brands, three at a time, to share any knowledge, reviews, and photos I have for you to shop! I hope in the process you find some new businesses big and small to support and try out in the new year.

Let’s start off with number 1, one of my all time favourite brands.

  1. Fifi Chachnil
    This beautiful French brand has it all: lingerie, perfumes, clothes… all luxurious, feminine, and ultra froufrou. For the boudoir, you’ll find beautiful bras both wired and non wired, bed jackets, panties galore, babydolls, robes, nighties, and more. For outerwear, they have the sweetest dresses and blouses in plenty of pastel colours. They’re on the pricier side, with the least expensive item being a pair of panties at about 80€, and the most expensive being a beautiful organza dress for 870€. Their size range is unfortunately small; their clothing items are available in sizes 6-12, and their bras a modest 32-36 band and a range of cup sizes (one F cup available, two A cups, and mostly B-D sizes). However, here’s a collection of some of my favourite images from their social media. 

     

  2. Karolina Laskowska
    A beautiful brand that stole our heart, and then broke them we she chose to close her store. Her talents were immaculate, and her vision pure art. I’ve admired her pieces for years, but never had the extra funds to purchase for myself. Despite closing her store after moving, she still offers great extended content on her patreon, a few custom orders a year, and recently reopened her shop briefly with some old favourites. Her sizes ranges from 6-16, and select sizes 30-36 AA-E. If you’re out of her size range like myself, her has a beautiful collaboration with Harlow and Fox in their range of DD-G. Her prices are expensive, and rightfully so, ranging from $49.99 for chokers to $1464.99 for a skirted waspie. Her attention to detail is immaculate, and I dream to own some of her pieces one day. If you have some times, scroll through her Instagram feed and drool for hours at her craft.

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  3. Angela Friedman
    If you’re craving decadent French lace and 100% silk robes, corsets, and bras, Angelia Friedman is a brand you should familiarize yourself with. Famous for their sweet as can be ruffle back panties, this brand aims to bring a little luxury to your everyday lingerie. Her pieces are geared towards smaller busts, as there are no wired bras available. However she has plenty of beautiful over and underbust corsets available! Her pieces have a effortless beauty, and tease with the idea of a new silk boudoir filled with luxurious basics. Her sizes range from XS-XL, with prices starting at $40 for a lace eye mask, up to $1,138.00 for a lavish corset.

    Have you tried any of these brands? Which are your favourite? Let me know, I’d love to hear from you! I’ll have the next three brands for you soon my fellow addicts xx

-Silk&Thorns // Avery

August Favourites!

As you may or may not have noticed, I decided to skip July. With a mix of being busy and feeling uninspired by lingerie available, I thought I’d wait a month. I’d love to keep posting favourites from the same brands over and over that I favour, but that seems boring as we see enough of the same few favourites online as it is. I’m also limited by my love of Indie designers and small businesses, who generally don’t carry my cup size and as many of you know I really don’t fancy bralettes for myself in the slightest.

With that being said, I found myself perusing the sites of several luxury designers, some new pieces, and some old favourites I can’t quite wipe from my mind.

  1. Christie by Ajour
    _-_7_34Ajour is a brand I’ve somehow never heard of until the other day – someone posted a flatlay of this bra and I immediately fell in love, but there was no link or tagged designer so I hunted until I found this Russian (?) designer and I have to say, I feel excited again about finding a new brand to try that’s in my budget! I’ve been obsessed with blue, and I feel like this cut would flatter me really well.
  2. McCullough by Ajour
    _-_-183Apologies in advance, I have quite a few doubles from brands this month. A lot of brands I’ve kind of overlooked in fear of price or sizing have been calling me, and after finding this new brand I had a very hard time narrowing it down to one, so I settled on two (which was also hard). McCullough feels regal, elegant, and sexy – the colour is mute but the lace and satin make such a beautiful piece, something I’d happily add to my rotation of what I consider everyday bras.
  3. Daffodil – Wolfsbane Intimates 
    image_f48ba9c4-910a-4980-bb40-05d0d2ae5377.jpgI’ll start of by saying I almost never find myself looking at bralettes, partially because I don’t think they’re flattering on me and partially because I love the support of a wire. This set is the exception. I absolutely adore eyelet fabric and this makes me want to frolic through flower fields and turn into a forest nymph. Everything about it feels adorable. I would definitely consider purchasing this set because it’s both from an indie designers and calls my name so persistently. You can grab the whole set for only $85, which is about half of what I’d usually spend on a bra! Seems like a good rational to buy, yes?
  4. Marina – Bluebella
    40163__01Bluebella seems like one of those no-brainer companies that everyone seems to have tried at least once except for me. I can’t place why I’ve tended to stay away from them (perhaps their styles are too simple for my taste?), but this bra recently did catch my eye. Maybe it’s the price tag, maybe it’s the frills, but this is a piece I’d really like to try. It’s black and lacy which would work well for my fall wardrobe. I might cave on this one.

    1. Wonderland Delights – I.D. Sarrieri
      C4927_L4975_copperhaze_frontI.D. Sarrieri is a brand on almost any lingerie addicts list. They’re known for beautiful laces, designs you consider wearable art, and sizeable price tags. Everyone fell in love with this set when The Lingerie Addict posted about it a while ago, and it sat in the back of my mind. I wrote it off because 1- I didn’t think they would have my size and 2- I, for whatever reason, thought it only came in a wireless style. Seeing that it came in this beautiful bra shown to the side, and in my size obviously made me extremely excited. The price, however, is out of my range. Maybe one day…

      6. Mystery de Minuit Bodysuit – I.D. Sarrieri 
      HyperFocal: 0I feel like this bodysuit has been on every lace addicts list as some point. It’s a perfect merging of art and fashion, what fashion and lingerie should be. Everything just looks carefully laid out, perfectly places, and beautifully executed. The lace on this is beautiful, and undoubtedly created specifically for this design, which is reflected in the price. Expensive pieces may sometimes give you a quick “yikes”, but I don’t bat an eye when it’s something like this. Keeping this in my “someday” list for when I hypothetically can afford it with my other dream lingerie..

      7. Butterfly Beauty – Uye Surana
      WebHR-255.jpgI’ve never mentioned Uye Surana in my lists – not because I don’t think their pieces aren’t beautiful, but because I just really don’t love bralets. I appreciate why other people might, but I feel like they make my breasts look saggy. I more or less wrote them off and stopped looking at them until I saw this set. It was so decadent and horribly sweet, and perfect for summer. Everything about it felt right and I love their inclusive sizing! I would have never thought in a million years to see a smaller brand carry those stockings in an XL/2X. This, coupled with the affordable price tag, means these are high up on my list.
      8. Dare – Fleur of England
      dare_balcony_bra_thong_and_suspender_frontI have no idea what put me under the impression that Fleur of England was some crazy expensive unaffordable brand. In reality, it’s what I would usually expect to pay for a nice bra. I almost wish I didn’t give in and peruse the website, because that opened up a whole new doorway of beautiful lacy designs with gorgeous garter belts in decadent colours. This piece is from last fall I believe as I remember seeing it then, and it’s even on sale now. If my size was available I would pounce on it.  I love a beautiful deep red, as anything with orange looks horrid on me. The shape is gorgeous and I can’t wait to try this out at some point!

      9. Lace Bra – Ritratti
      1443-large_01osloI came across this brand at work through a newsletter and the images they used were gorgeous. However, there seems to be none of that available on their website, which is filled with strange and boring basics opposed to the beautiful lace pieces I saw in their teaser images. They are a real company with real pieces, but are perhaps either new or horrible with anything online. However, this bra (one of the only lace pieces on the eshop) took my breath away.
      10. Florodora Girl – Dottie’s Delights
      SS14_Florodora2_1024x1024For whatever reason my initial love for this brand seemed to fade for a while, but has picked right up again. I love this set. I’ve loved this set. It’s so beautiful, so elegant, and so luxurious. I usually hate this shade of green but something about it all together just works beautifully. The garter belt is to die for, in particular. I’ve seen nothing but good things from this brand, perhaps it’s time for me to give it a try?

      What was your favourite set from this week? What am I missing? And WHAT are you excited about for fall? Let me know!

      -Avery/Silk&Thorns

How to Shop for Lingerie When You’re Fat and Hate Your Body

Depressing? Perhaps. Difficult? Definitely. Hopeless? No.

It’s not secret that being a fat woman in my own little lingerie world is difficult. Especially when you have the type of body that carries a lot of weight on the lower stomach – no cute little almost-flat-belly like the plus size models we see. We’ve ditched the hip hugger pants for the most part and left those in the dust, so why is it so hard to find a fashionable high rise panty I’m comfortable in?

If you find yourself in a similar discomfort when buying bras, panties, bodysuits, and the like,  this article is for you. If your friend is having body issues, give it to her, and if you, as a thin woman, have never questioned the difficult of lingerie, read on.

 

Recently, traction has been gaining in the topic of thin privilege – this alone deserves its own article (which I will not write), but recently Cora Harrington aka The Lingerie Addict made ripples on twitter with a beautifully written thread on the topic, stating that if you are able to walk into a store and find a wide range of options in your size, you’re thin. Being thin has benefits regarding shopping, relationships, social interactions, job opportunities, and more. I don’t have that privilege, and this blog entry is about how I’ve managed to cope in a world that really doesn’t seem to make items for me.

Shopping for my body type has been difficult. I went from a size 0 to a size 14/16 and it’s been a change I never quite got used to. Clothes pull and gap in the wrong places, if they even have my size at all, but lingerie, despite its difficulty, has always been a comfort for me. I know that sounds strange, but really feeling confident in the basics of your everyday outfits should be a no brainer to feeling good throughout the day. First things first – finding your comfort zone.

 

I’m not telling you to stay in your comfort zone forever – I’m saying to find pieces that you can wear without adjusting and worrying about is a good start and may open the door for new things you enjoy wearing. I, for example, only feel comfortable in high waisted underwear that ‘tame the beast’ aka my tummy, with a nice light to severe smoothing effect that also accentuates my waist. For you, that might mean wearing a shorty, a tanga, or bikini cut. Find what you’re most insecure about and build your outfit around feeling good despite that insecurity.

My biggest issue is stores not offering panties besides something low cut – meaning I often leave without a matching set, hunting everywhere I can to try something I’m comfortable in that matches. For that I have three options for you; 1. Buy the set, pray you eventually grow comfortable enough to wear the part you’re self conscious about. 2. Buy the pieces you like, omit the ones you don’t. Search for a close match in something you’re comfortable with, or commission someone to make you something. 3. Buy from small businesses and talk to the designer who more often than not, is willing to make your dream panty, sometimes without the extra cost.

 

In two recent interactions with indie designers, I asked to have high waisted versions available of boy short and itty bitty panty styles. I try to always buy a match when I can, but I knew I Just wouldn’t be comfortable in those styles. One designer offered to make the adjustments for FREE which made my heart skip a beat I was so happy. The other had quite a steep fee to create my dream set and I had to pass (for now). Custom adjustments will range from free to expensive depending on the designer, style, and manipulations. If you love the set, it’s always worth it. Just keep extra money aside or save up – it’s worth it to have those pieces you love.

For bras, we all have styles we adore and some we just don’t feel the best in. As someone who’s fat I (and many others) worry about feeling like a sausage roll. Make sure you feel comfortable in your band and go up if you have to. I know it can be scary, but at the end of the day it’s only a number and the money you spend on a set works best when you feel confident in it. Some styles may boost your ego too; maybe you feel super sexy in a plunge or a balcony style, or something with push up. Know those styles and recognize the names associated with them and how they look. You’ll thank yourself later when you’re not pawing at yourself desperately trying to adjust.

 

Bodysuits are a huge issue among chubby bunnies – we all love them but they definitely don’t seem to love us. The bigger you get the more ambiguous sizing seems to become. Perhaps you’re busty with no hips, or round all over, or just have a bunch of junk in the trunk. Bodysuits can be tricky, but try to try on pieces in person to get a feel for what you like. Stretch is your friend, and will be forgiving when those measurements just don’t seem to add up. When in doubt, and I HIGHLY recommend this for chubby girls, custom order your bodysuits! That way you don’t have to worry about bagging, sagging, or pulling, or your piece being too short in the torso. Again, it’s an additional cost often, but it’s worth it for your pieces to fit you perfectly.

One important thing I’ve found is to focus less on the numbers and more on the fit. It’s hard, but important. If you have to go up a size in a certain store and down in others it’s okay. No store has a magic number and sizes vary so much. If you have to go up to a 40 band or down to a C cup to get your perfect fit, do it.

 

I do urge my chubby ladies to look into indie designers. Many of them are more than happy to work with you to create your dream set. Even if they don’t carry your size in their shop, you can always ask and most of them will be more than accommodating.

After years of pushing and cramming myself into pieces I found I really didn’t love how I looked, and ended up with a large collection of lingerie which mostly sat dormant in my drawer waiting for a body I didn’t have. Buy for yourself today – not tomorrow. Buy pieces that make you double take when you see your reflection. And accessorize! Grab the garter belt, those stockings and robes. Perhaps gloves and a body chain. Your feeling sexy in your own skin is so important, and those little moments of happiness you feel in your own body, the ethereal powerful magic that lingerie can give, are beautiful, just like you and your body.

What do you think? How do you use lingerie to love your body? Will you try anything here when shopping next time? Let me know!

-Avery/Silk&Thorns

June Favourites!

I’ve been behind on blogging. Between new collections, work, and some secretive plans, I’ve had my plate full. Now I’m trying to play catch up with new reviews, some history, and other good things.

I have some new brands, some old ones, and some classics here for you. My tastes have been really inspired by prairie girls lately. I love light pastels, especially blues, gauzy fabrics and cottons. Here are some editions to my dream closets and never ending list of pieces I quite literally dream about.

  1. Cupcake – Buttress & Snatch

pink-gingham-waspie-setAgain, I love this brand and I’m so hurt that I don’t own anything from them… yet. This piece is just so up my alley lately. I love the frills and gingham and over the top cuteness. This three piece set is so delicious and makes me dream of country fields and picnics with cherries and wine.

I love the garter belt, most of all. It obviously brings meaning to the name, with all the frills and beautiful eyelet cotton. I hope to splurge on this sooner than later.

2. Ballerina- Fifi Chachnil

 

I absolutely adore this colour combination. The turquoise against the beautiful peachy pink is so luscious. Fifi hasn’t created the most awe worthy pieces in the past little while in my opinion, but it hasn’t  pulled me away from them. I love that they create a whole image of luxury and sweetness. I lust after their whole collections of bras, various panties, nighties and onesies.

3. Sheer Black Set With Petal Trim-Miss Crofton

sakura_black_set_2_2048x2048As per usual with many smaller brands, my size doesn’t really exist with Miss Crofton. That doesn’t of course deter me from taking the occasional peak at their famous petal trim panties, for example. Most of their styles are a little too simple for me, but I do really love the petals all over this adorable set.

 

4. Pink Pixie Set – Sugar Lace Lingerie

il_570xN.1051509579_em2dI’m not usually into bralets and wireless pieces, but I’m absolutely enamoured with the beautifully dainty pieces by SLL. They’re sweet enough to give you a sugar rush just by looking at them, and have a great size range from XXS-XXL!  Among all the things that call to my from their little shop, this one is currently my favourite. It’s so over the top adorable that I really can’t resist it.

 

 

5. Fruit Jarretières – Ellesmere

EllesmereLingerie2250025I’ve seen countless beautiful, positive reviews on this label and the photos are gorgeous. I love the laces they use, and the delicate details mixed against some harder elements. I love this piece, specifically. What really caught my attention was the frills on the side of this gorgeous suspender belt. It looks to delicate and something I could easily pair with other white and blush pieces in my lingerie drawer. I really love it with the leg harnesses too, however I’m not sure I’m quite brave enough yet to try those out for myself.

6. Dita Von Teese Madame X Bra

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I have the black Madame X (or had until it was lost by my school), and it was one of my favourite go to bras. It went well with everything, and was extremely comfortable. This pink version is so sweet and delicious I’m totally swooning over it. I would honestly take this bra in every colour given the chance, but now that I’ve lost my black one I think I might get out of my comfort zone and try this candy pink version. I wish Dita had a greater size range for her bras, but for now I’ll squish into a 36DD instead of my usual size.

 

 

7. Arista Bra – Loveday London

Screen Shot 2018-06-28 at 4.59.31 PMI saw a photo of this bra posted by Tallulah lingerie in the UK, and instantly fell in love (the glitter filter they used totally caught my attention). I love the lace and how it was placed in a tulip shape, with the piping and rose golden hue. I don’t think I own any metallic lingerie, and this would be a beautiful piece to add to my collection.

8. Kitty Set – Lascivious

Kitty-Black-Suspender_a_grande.jpgI’ve loved this set for a long time, and actually forgot about it until just recently. It’s something so out of my comfort zone I would probably never buy it, but it’s something really pretty and really interesting, and a style that’s stood the test of time. Besides the general discomfort of ouvert pieces, they also don’t come in my size so I guess that’s the end of that fantasy.

 

 

 

9. Nymphea Paradis – Aubade

HF14_LOTU_1I really, really love Aubade. I love their lace, I love their cup styles, and I love their designs. This piece recently caught my eye. I love the two part balconette style, and how they brought the matching pink details through the keyhole gore and straps. It’s dainty and delicate and everything I want in my wardrobe right now.

 

 

 

 

 

10. Rosita Fortuna – Pleasure State

p23-2365w.picr_pleasure-state_118_rosita-fortuna-contour-balconnet_pink-tint-cameo-rose_ff.1521430047This lightly pink tinted bra from the Pleasure State white label is really beautiful, and what I love most are the straps. I love how large they are with such a beautiful lace over them, because I’m personally a fan of having my straps show. It’s light and pretty, and something I’m curious in. I’ve been interested in trying Pleasure state for a while but never committed to a purchase. Their prices are really reasonable, in my opinion, and I’d like to see the quality for the price!

 

Have you tried any of these brands or styles? What did you think of them?

-Avery / Silk&Thorns