Monday 10 February 2014

Valentine’s Day gifts, models and tips

American Apparel has used images of Jacky O’Shaughnessy several times, but the most recent features her wearing a bandeau bra and sheer panties and has the tagline
‘Sexy has no expiration date.’ So what, you ask?

Jacky is 62 years old. 

Now that’s pretty special! Of course she probably looked gorgeous all through her life, but let’s give credit where it’s due, American Apparel have stuck their necks out to use a woman who’s three times the age of the average lingerie model and she does look absolutely stunning in these pictures.

Want to emulate Jacky’s look?

Strong colours and sheer/lace fabrics aren’t the usual first choice of older women but Jacky’s pictures show how to make it work. Wear two different colours, red and purple like Jacky or any other two strong hues and choose a strong lipstick shade to bring life to your face. Let your hair be loose and tousled and keep jewellery to a minimum for a natural, powerful, female look.

Choosing the best Valentine’s Day underwear

Choosing a Valentine’s Day gift can be fraught with complications – is it cheesy, is it too much (or to little), does it give off the wrong signals?

Add to that the idea of choosing that most intimate of items, underwear, as a gift and the whole process can become terrifying. So let us help you find the perfect underwear solution so that your Valentine’s Day gift is just right!

Tips for him

  1. Remember what she normally wears. Women know what feels comfortable to them and moving too far away from her standard style could leave her feeling that you’re trying to change her into somebody else. Even if it doesn’t, she probably understands which lingerie styles work best for her build and curves. Buy something a little smaller, and little more risqué than her usual underwear and check it’s easy to get on and off and you’ll be off to a great start.
  2. Lace is lovely for a reason. It’s difficult to go wrong with a lace garment. For a first time Valentine’s Day purchase, something lacy, rather than sheer, leopard-skin leather or rubber, will be a gentle easing into the world of erotic underwear.
  3. Have a fall-back plan and a follow through. If your main gift falls flat, make sure you’ve got something totally romantic to restore the balance. A box of her favourite chocolates, some beautiful stud earrings, a journal in her preferred colour for her to write in. It will at least restore you to favour. And if your main gift goes well, have a little something extra to back it up – the Luxxa Lion Leo mask is so beautiful that any woman would be thrilled to wear it, and a mask can free the inner animal … so beware!

Tips for her

Don’t emasculate a man’s man. Some guys are totally up for fun and games outside their standard ‘bloke’ apparel but some feel acutely uncomfortable with anything that seems to threaten their masculinity. Start with something totally macho – black leather cuffs, a plain black mask etc and if that is well-received you can move onto your ‘extra’ present, which might be a black thong or, and this is our favourite man-present for this year, the Sargento from Sensualle, a no-nonsense camouflage pattern brief with sexy thong side ties. It totally rocks the bedroom!

Don’t ignore his hints. Some men are very ready to play games, and if your guy has been talking about master and slave stuff (Game of Thrones can be a good resource) or other role play, this is the time to get him some equipment so you can both try out his dream.

Trust your instincts. Many partners actually know their man’s desires and secret wishes but have never chosen to voice them. If you see a candy-striped thong and wand and think ‘he’d like that’ then go ahead and buy it! It’s far too easy to censor a man’s fantasies by sticking to the standard themes – let your intuition guide you and it could lead to the Valentine’s night of a lifetime!

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