Hey Loves! Back again with The Bloomi – a new brand that is the world’s first intimate wellness marketplace for people with vulvas!
Founded by Rebecca Alvarez, sexologist and entrepreneur – growing up LatinX she rarely had conversations about intimate products, periods, or sex which often led to confusion, poor decisions, and infections from products used. Her goal was to correct this by crating a marketplace with a full assortment of clean products and sexual awareness content.
The Bloomi team curates an accepted approved products inventory and guarantees that all Bloomi items are free of toxins including allergens, glycerin, synthetic fragrances, parabens, phthalates and sulfates.
Included in my self care box:
Healthy HooHoo gentle feminine wash – love how gentle this product is.
Organic Tampons – I honestly prefer the brand I use because I had leakage issues (I have extremely heavy flows and was sent regulars) with these but still a great product!
Sliquid Lubricant – loved this lube! Not sticky in the least, easy to clean, and no funky smell!
And the GiGi 2 Lelo Vibrator – well what can I say other than wow! This lelo hits just right!
* As always sending my thanks and appreciation to each of you, the links above are affiliate links and without your clicks and support I wouldn’t be able to make the content that I do, so truly thank you!
Story time! I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Lola backstage at one of the runway shows I walked for in San Fransisco (Lola pictured below), now I wasn’t walking for Lola but loved her designs so much that during a down time in rehearsals I asked for her social media handle so I could follow her brand and show support to a local designer I loved! Little did I know just how incredible Lola and her brand truly are.
Lola was born in Nigeria and immigrated to the US at a young age, she frequently traveled back and was inspired by the elegant and beautiful clothes that people wore, she had the idea to employ local seamstresses and tailors to bring her business to life making her garments artistically and authentically made by Africans. After sharing her creations with her community here in the US and seeing the positive response Lola then created Lola’s African Apparel!
Beautiful, bright, and stunning colors! Gorgeous prints! She chooses the most durable materials, works with local Nigerian artists, and she makes sure the fabrics are washable to continue accessibility. She carries a little something for everyone – children, men, plus, maternity, and she also has created face masks! Lola is proud to be a part of building the economy and supporting the livelihoods of the African people who share their craft with us, and is proud to have her garments made in Nigeria.
Below I’m wearing the beautiful Yemi Stretch Crop Top – I have to tell you Loves not only is the print stunning in its bold colors but the imagery is just stunning! The dramatic sleeve makes my heart pitter patter in gleeful joy – the movement is just gorgeous and the fabric isn’t heavy at all!! The fit was perfect! Tight where I needed it tight, loose in the best places – my arms! I have large arms and not once did it feel like I was shoving my arm in something too snug that would cut off circulation, it felt comfortable and could have easily fit me if I had been larger. For reference I wear an 18/20 and was wearing the 3X and is definitely say if your a 22 you’d easily fit in this top as well.
The first look using this top I decided to style it with a set of white suspenders to play off the small black stripe that has tiny white polka dots running through the print. I added a tight black pencil skirt, cute white ankle socks and fun tennis to complete this fall look.
When stepping out, don’t forget your mask – Lola even offers beautiful masks made from her stunning prints!
The second look I paired this gorgeous crop top with denim pants and the perfect accessory for Fall – black knee high boots.
The third look I created with this stunning crop top shows you can absolutely wear this beauty any time, any place. I was the queen of casual for grocery shopping trip but still managed to turns heads in this stunning top! paired with leggings, mules, and mask for a quick and stylish errand run!
In this time of uncertainty and most of us being sequestered inside I’ve noticed quite a bit of self reflection happening on my part. One of the things I truly wanted to focus on in this blog was sex positivity as well as body positivity. So often plus bodies are shamed and therefore undeserving of pleasure – gasp – how dare that cat person love themselves and enjoy their own pleasure. Insert dramatic eye roll lol! So I will be releasing fat and sex positive content on a more regular basis – starting with this fun Athena’s unboxing.
Athena’s Home Novelties was started over 22 years ago with the mission to provide a safe, inclusive, and comfortable place to learn about self care and better sex.
With packages arriving pretty consistently with the lack of being able to go “out” and shop I always got nervous ordering toys for myself. What if a neighbor saw the big label and knew I was ordering myself something naughty – not that there’s a thing wrong with that – but I’d rather the neighbors not know hubby and I ordered a sex swing lol get where I’m going with this? One of the things I love about Athena’s is the discreet shipping and packaging – no nosey neighbors will have any idea of what goodies are being dropped off.
Here’s a fun unboxing video to show you exactly what I’m talking about:
Heavenly Goddess Shampoo & Conditioner
Mighty Tidy Toy Cleaner Mist
Hydra Natural Glide
Heart Warming Massage Stone
In Goddess We Thrust
sASSy Training Kit
Sportsheets Curvy Collection Doggy Strap
Silver Beaded Nipple Clamps
Hand Roller Massager
Pumice Stone with Foot Scrub
Soy Candle/Massage Oil
In the upcoming segments I’ve got planned we’ll discuss and cover each item in the box and tips and tricks for bigger bodies on how to utilize them!
As always sending my thanks and appreciation to each of you, the links above are affiliate links and without your clicks and support I wouldn’t be able to make the content that I do, so truly thank you!
With all of us being stuck inside and unable to pamper ourselves the ways we normally would, I decided to treat myself in a unique way… I taught myself a new skill: salon worthy gel nails! Now I’m going to share what I learned with you all so if you decide you need a nail salon day you can throw one together in the comfort of your own home.
First off your gonna need supplies: UV light, cuticle pusher, nail clippers, buff nail file and 80-100 nail file (coarse ones that quickly help you shape a nail), cuticle oil and cuticle remover, brush to swipe away the left over dust, acetone to remove any polish, cotton pads, rubbing alcohol, a top coat and base coat as well as your color choices. And if you decide to add tips like I’ve done you’ll need nail tips and nail glue as well. Here’s a link for the basic set up kit I found online: ” target=”_blank”>Beetles Gel Kit
First off Apply you’ll want to apply the cuticle remover onto your cuticles and rub it on. Then use the steel cuticle remover and the scraper to push down cuticles and scrape them off your nail. Use the cuticle clipper to cut off any remains. The use your nail file to make sure you’d nail bed is clean and clear.
Second step: Clip your nails to the length you want, use the nail file to shape them and then use the buffer to take a little bit off the top layer of the nail. This will help the gel polish to adhere to your nail better. This is also the step where you’d want to adhere your nail tip to the nail bed.
Step three: wash your hands with water to get rid of the excess dust – no soap. Now your ready to start the polish process!
Step four: apply a light layer of the base coat, make sure it covers entire nail surface evenly and then let sit under UV light for 120 seconds.
Step Five: apply one coat of gel polish – now I want to add this layer should be as thin as possible! It is super easy with gel to make a mess, so not like regular polish, apply lightly and evenly and set for 120 seconds under the light. If you get polish on your skin use the acetone to swipe away before putting hand under the light. The key is to avoid getting polish on your cuticles because it causes the nail polish to lift quicker! Let the polish sit under the lamp for 120 seconds, then do another layer and sit for another 120 seconds. Some lighter polish needs a 3rd layer, and if so, do a 3rd layer of polish then sit for 120 seconds
Step Six is to apply the top coat and to let it sit for 120 seconds under the lamp.
Step Seven is where you’ll use the nail file to finish shaping your nail, you’ll then need to soak a cotton pad in rubbing alcohol and rub each nail well. You’re done! Your nails will be completely dry and you can touch anything. Just love gel nails!!
Two reminders before you go:
You are not going to get perfect nails right away! Practice makes perfect. Be patient and let yourself learn by doing it multiple times.
Your nails will probably peel quickly the first few times, you are not going to be perfect at this right from the start. With practice you will be an at home gel nail pro in no time.
Until next time Loves,
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Oh Loves! I’ve been working on this gem for a hot minute and I’m so excited to share with you all some of my favorite lingerie brands! Ready to dive in?
First up we have one of my all time favorite plus positive brands that make custom gorgeous pieces: Bawdy Love Clothing!! These babes are body positive and LGBTQ positive and boy do they support the communities! They are great at being diverse and inclusive and I’ve loved every piece from them! I also love that each garment is made to custom fit you so sizing won’t ever be a problem with this wonderful brand!
Second on our list is Eloquii – one of the things I love about Eloquii’s garments are how well made they are and the quality of fabric they use. Now I’ve only worn their outerwear pieces but have to say I can’t wait to try out their lingerie!
Next up we have Uye SURANA , now this wonderful brand just expanded to plus and carry up to a size 2/3XL (about a size 20/22) I’m wearing the 2/3XL and am a size 20. I love, love, love, the delicate and feminine pieces from this brand! I always feel sexy and delicate, with a side of sex kitten. Looking for a larger size from this brand? Leave a comment below and I’ll pass it along! I want you Loves to know this is a safe place to discuss plus fashion ❤️
In the above photo sets I’m wearing the three piece Sheerly Nightwear Set.
TORRID is another tried and true distributor of inclusive lingerie. Now I wish they carried their larger sizes in store, but for those of you trying them out for the first time just know the fit is usually spot on and the quality is good. I like the choices and have worn everything from their briefs and thongs to bras and bodysuits and I do enjoy their consistency with their sizing. Below are a few of my favorite pieces from the past and a few new ones!
I have to tell you Loves, I have been secretly in love with all things Rihanna for some time so when I was able to get my hands on a couple Savage Fenty items I was over the moon ecstatic that they fit so well and seemed to be made with plus bodies in mind during their construction phase. The garments fit great! The thong had a large enough band to cover my lower second belly, the crop top was comfortable and didn’t squeeze or cut off circulation on my bigger arms and hell – I climbed a freakin tree in them lol so I’m gonna say yup, this is one of my favorite lingerie sets!
Playful Promises is another brand I’ve truly enjoyed testing out. The fit is great, I love the collaborations they’ve done with plus influencers like Gabi Greg and Fuller Figure Fuller Bust. The garments are quality made and for phenomal and I also love the designs. Fun and playful to flirty and romantic, straight down to a little kinky: they’ve got just about everyone covered.
Curvy Couture Intimates is another great brand I’ve had the honor of working with! I enjoyed the fit and patterns, the fabric choices are just gorgeous and I loved the attention to detail this brand pays. Below I’m featured wearing their crochet bra, push up strapless bra, garter belt, and thong. Each item fit me to perfection and was also comfortable to wear. The support my Dd’s got from the strapless bra was nothing short of a miracle! I truly love and enjoy the garments this brand produces.
Leading Lady Bras is a brand that has been been dedicated for over 78 years to providing quality undergarments that are thoughtfully designed for fit, comfort, and support! The quality of each garment I’ve tried has been above and beyond wonderful. Below I’m featured wearing the front closure and underwire free racerback bra, purple underwire bra and the matching white brief and bra set.
Shop this front closure underwire free bra here: Leading Lady
TomBoyX is one of the most size and gender inclusive brand I’ve ever come across and have had the pleasure of working with. They carry up to a size 4X (waist 46-48” and hips 55-56) and are very human agenda. They embrace and uplift all walks of life while showing incredible inclusivity in their campaigns. Below I’m featured wearing several of their undergarments as well as their outerwear and jammy pieces.
Solstice Intimates is another brand that is starting to include plus sizes and I couldn’t be mode excited! Their innovative designs and embroidery details are to die for! Just check out a couple of their pieces below!
As always Loves, thank you for taking the time and spending part of your day with me. I hope you Loves enjoyed this roundup, sound off in the comments below if you’d more content like this from.
Until next time,
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