Live & Learn: Community Resources

Community Resources: BOOKS This book list was provided by Vino & Vulvas  http://www.vinoandvulvas.com/ (An Asheville delight! A group of local professionals meet with the public to drink wine and talk to experts about sex in a totally inclusive and informative way!) She Comes First; Ian Kerner, Ph.D. Women’s Anatomy of Arousal; Sheri Winston, CNM, RN, BSN, LMT Trans Bodies, Trans Selves; Laura Erickson-Schroth The Erotic Mind; Jack Morin, Ph.D. The Seven Principles For Making Marriage Work; John M. Gottman, Ph.D. Daring Greatly; Brene Brown, Ph.D. LMSW The Big Book of Masturbation: From Angst to Zeal; Martha Cornog My Gender Workbook: How to Become a Real Man, a Real Woman, the Real You, or Something Else Entirely; Kate Bornstein The Relationship Ride: A Usable, Unusual, Transformative Guide; Julia B. Colwell, Ph.D. Guide to Getting It On; Paul Joannides Stone Butch Blues; Leslie Feinberg Transgender Warriors; Leslie Feinberg Love’s Learning Place: Truth as Aphrodisiac in Women’s Long-term Relationships; Renate Stendhal Succulent Wild Woman; SARK Counter-Dependency: The Flight From Intimacy; Janae B. Weinhold, Ph.D. & Barry K. Weinhold, Ph.D. Codependent No More; Melody Beattie The Ethical Slut; Dossie Easton & Catherine A. Liszt Sexploration: The Ultimate Guide to Feeling Truly Great in Bed; Jane Bogart, M.A., CHES Mating in Captivity; Esther Perel Succulent Sexcraft; Sheri Winston CNM, RN, BSN, LMT Negotiating the Inner Peace Treaty; Chelsea Wakefield, Ph.D., LCSW Why Women Have Sex: The Psychology of Sex in Women’s Own Voices; Cindy M. Meston, Ph.D. and David M. Buss, Ph. D.  Sacred Pleasure; Riane Eisler The Heart and Soul of Sex; Gina Ogden, Ph.D.  Why Women Have Sex; Cindy M. Meston, Ph.D., and David M. Buss, Ph.D. The Gender Book;...

VVV Studio Photography

With a deep appreciation of natural beauty, we believe every woman deserves to have her divine spark revealed in a unique way. In the upper level natural light studio, and/or in the eight sets of the private underground VVV STUDIO, one of our vetted photographers will invoke the essence of your spirit for artful presentation pieces, or as keepsakes albums. Luxury Two Hour Shoot: One week notice, arrive at session with hair/makeup & styling already done, 5 edited images uploaded, $300 A la Carte add-ons…. (add on to price of Luxury Two Hour Shoot): Extra Hour(s)….. $50 Hair Styling…..$50 Makeup Styling…..$50 Fashion Styling: Free with purchase of items…best to arrange the day before shoot. Additional 8×10 prints….$25 per print 11×14 prints….$50 per print Additional Person….$50 Off-site Venue (outdoor, private residence or Bed & Breakfast/Hotel)….$50 Champagne or Wine in Crystal Glasses….$25 per person (outdoor, private residence or Bed & Breakfast/Hotel) Short notice shoot (no later than within a 24 hour notice) Boudoir Spa Package: A decadent experience to be thoroughly enjoyed. Professional hair/makeup styling/fashion styling provided, along with Champagne or Wine, multiple fashion changes, possible venue changes as desired.  Price by arrangement according to level of service and images edited and prints/keepsake book provided. Wonderful gift; fun multi-person adventure for friends and couples. 10% discount on any lingerie, legwear or apparel purchased at VaVaVooom for ANY photo shoot (excludes local designer...

Vintage Designs – Always in Style

Remnants from Fabulous Wardrobe Collections In 1970’s San Francisco and New York, in the era of the love children, amazing Victorian and Edwardian era clothing could easily be found at thrift stores. Remnants of the fabulous wardrobe collections of elegant society ladies were graced by black laces, silk chiffons, and heavy beading. These lovely old vintage apparel pieces were treasured by the bohemian girls, who added them to their joyful ensembles like snippets of red ribbon in a robin’s nest. At the same time, clothing manufacturing were transitioning to synthetic materials, and polyester was the fabric of choice for the mass market consumer. Those who loved the natural fibers, the cottons, linens, woolens and silks of a previous generation were hard pressed to find their fabrics of choice in the current fashion and turned to these older pieces for their beauty in design and comfort. Lost in Time But of those wonderful vintage apparel pieces, though many are held preciously in private collections, so many have been lost to time, dampness and neglect. Even silk, which can last for hundreds of years with loving care, decayed in the moisture of wooden trunks. Also, much of the silk used in vintage apparel in the early 1900’s was weighted with lead to make bulk sale more profitable. Over time, the lead broke down the silk fibers, and strands often disintegrated during storage. Nothing breaks the heart of a vintage apparel clothing collector than a hand worked beautiful silk gown fraying into oblivion. Vintage stores today still carry some items from the 1950’s and 60’s, before the polyester era, but pieces from...