The “Pleasure Garden”

What is our “Pleasure Garden”? VaVaVooom is designed to be a modern incarnation of a Boudoir…the French word meaning literally “to sulk”, but actually referring to an elegant ladies’ place of comfort and retreat, which is also her wardrobe, bedroom, and sitting area.  We do carry all things of the Boudoir…including…Yes! Sexual Health & Wellness products. In our “Pleasure Garden” we do have a wonderful, limited and highly curated selection of body safe Boudoir Accessories, also known as “adult product” and “sex toys”.  Including “massagers” (vibrators), lubricants, oils, and sensory play items. But no, we are not a “sex shop” as generally expected. We are actually on the opposite end of a spectrum of the sexual health and wellness spectrum from most stores which sell adult intimate product, because we are primarily concerned with developing, enhancing and maintaining healthy relationships. We believe that healthy relationships originate with a solid core sense of oneself, and extend outwardly into community with others. There is a natural paradox between “I” and “thou”, between “love” and “desire”, and between security and adventure.  Where there is light there is shadow, and mysterious depths are rich areas for exploration. The fullness and vitality of life lies in a willingness to be open to new possibilities. How are We Different? Well, we take into account the generalized stated preferences of women within a certain demographic, which reflect the culture we live in and applicable local ordinances. We have found that even so called “female friendly” adult stores are filled with product and images that push beyond many women’s comfort levels, and they close down to further...

“Downton Abbey” Style

Rapid Fashion Changes in the Early 1900’s The era between the World Wars was a time of great unrest, and art and fashion reflected rapid cultural changes. The voluminous dresses and heavy corsetry of the European and American Pre-war era were discarded as sensible movement was preferred by women who became more active in public and social life. How to Create Your Own “Downton Abbey” Style Sadly, few of the fine designs created in the early 1900’s, 1910’2 and 1920’s are in circulation now. Many have been lost to the passage of time but some of the finest examples are preserved in archival collections. Talented seamstresses can recreate the period look with fine natural fabrics and meticulous hand beading, but at great expense and time. There are currently few companies that exclusively offer reproduction apparel in the style of that era. A lovely alternative is to create your own unique Downton Abbey Style evening gown, tea party ensemble, or dramatic costume, by assembling new pieces which are based on fashion motifs of that era.  If you recognize certain design elements like drop waists, flutter sleeves, and rich beading, you can creatively re-imagine your own work of art from current pieces. Be “inspired by” the times and acquire pieces which are reminiscent of the era, but feel free to add your own modern twist and personal flavor. There is no need to duplicate the style exactly…going for the flavor of the times is “the bees knees”! What were the 1920’s Styles? The style most commonly associated with the 20’s was the flapper, but the short skirt, fringe and rolled stockings of the jazz...