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The Wow Factor (Part 1)

Thursday, March 8, 2012 2:34:41 PM America/Los_Angeles

 

When we launched our first vibrators in 2004, a well-designed, well-made vibrator was pretty much unheard of. Instead, the majority of products were cheaply made, frightening to look at, and likely to die after only a few months – or hours – of use. They often promised more than they could deliver, and instead delivered much that was undesirable – noisy operation, toxic materials and the unnerving disclaimer that they were “for novelty use only.”

As you’ve likely noticed, the market has changed dramatically in the intervening years. The good news is that many vibrators have become more powerful, more durable, and more effective. They’ve evolved from battery-devouring appliances into innovative, efficient companions that are easier on our planet and your wallet. They’re made with safe, hygienic materials, appropriate for intimate contact with your body. Along the way, the appearance of vibrators has also evolved, moving away from the resemblance of severed anatomy, toward the more simplified, abstracted language of “design objects.” The not-so-great news is that choosing a vibrator by appearance may get you only that – the appearance of innovation and quality. Just because a vibrator has had an aesthetic update to fit in with a new generation of quality products, doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s well made or effective. The single most important outcome of the shift in the vibrator market is the shift in the conversation around it. With increasing mainstream awareness and acceptance, shoppers finally have access to better information and are able to make smarter buying decisions. The press and the public alike are starting to look deeper to discover what’s beneath the surface. They’re learning that when it comes to pleasure, it’s what’s inside that counts. To be continued next week...
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American Women Top Charts in Vibrator Ownership and Universal Hotness

Tuesday, March 6, 2012 3:57:25 PM America/Los_Angeles

 

According to recent data from Newsweek, American women lead the world in vibrator ownership, second only to their savvy Taiwanese compatriots.

Also worth noting – Taiwanese women have the highest math scores of any nation, and the USA has the most Miss Universe wins.

Our deduction – using a vibrator makes you smarter and more attractive. Or perhaps it’s just that smart, good-looking people buy the most vibrators. You decide.
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A Manhattan Love Story

Thursday, March 1, 2012 9:44:26 AM America/Los_Angeles

Shopping in Manhattan just got more creative thanks to our friend Rachel Shechtman’s new retail concept – STORY. This 2,000 square foot gallery-like space opened its doors in February with the theme of love, merchandising Jimmyjane products beside brands ranging from Vosges Chocolates to Tom’s Shoes.

Shechtman’s vision is to integrate brand narratives in a meaningful way, and she’s off to a great start. “Love Story” featured many of our favorite couples-oriented products including FORM Vibrators, AFTERGLOW Massage Oil Candles, and ESSENTIALS Pocket Pleasure Sets from Jimmyjane, alongside PACT underwear, Sir Richard’s Condoms, and more. Shechtman’s own brand identity is worth a closer look as well – she tapped design impresario Stefan Sagmeister to create the modular system that adapts to embrace each new theme. Keep an eye on this 10th Ave. retail experience, we’re confident it will continue to deliver on its promise of “changing like a gallery and selling like a store.”
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On Your Knees, Ladies

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 11:24:11 AM America/Los_Angeles

 

It’s Leap Day – the day that arrives just once every four years. Societies have traditionally made special allowances on February 29th. Its relative infrequency gives us all a carte blanche to do things a little differently, mix it up, and enjoy the results.

One such tradition involves popping the proverbial question. Irish tradition dictates that Leap Day is the one day that women are allowed to propose marriage to men. According to legend, Saint Patrick and Saint Bridget made this feminist deal (long before feminism existed) in order to balance traditional gender roles in the same way that Leap Day balances the calendar. Additionally, the tradition dictates that if a man turns down a woman’s proposal on Leap Day, he is required to buy her a pair of gloves (some countries say 12 pairs). This is presumably to help her hide the shame of not wearing an engagement ring. Of course, we now live in a modern world in which it’s acceptable for women to propose to their beaus (or belles) any day of the year. But how many actually do? Not many. A measly 9% of proposals come from women, according to this article. At Jimmyjane, we’re all about women asking for (and getting) exactly what they want. So, if you’re a woman and there’s a special someone in your life, stop waiting for him to act. Today is your day. Get down on your knee and go for it. If you’re not ready to wear a ring just yet, you can always ask him to wear one of ours.
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Bringing OC Housewives Together

Monday, February 27, 2012 9:40:32 AM America/Los_Angeles

 

Did you catch last week’s episode of “The Real Housewives of Orange County?” If you did, you saw a brief but memorable cameo appearance by our very own FORM 3. It seems these Housewives just can’t stay away (the same team sampled Jimmyjane wares at Fred Segal just a couple seasons ago). A little plot background before you watch the clip to the left – Tamra and Gretchen, two of the “Housewives,” are trying to grow their friendship. And what better way to strengthen their BFF bond than shopping for sex accessories? Tamra seems uncharacteristically shy when she enters the sex shop, but CJ, her friend and the shop owner, quickly puts her at ease, sharing her array of products and their benefits. “I don’t have sex toys,” announces Tamra with… embarrassment? Pride? It’s hard to read expression through all the faux tan and bleach-blonde hair. CJ demonstrates FORM 3, flexing its amplifying touchpad with her finger and pointing out how it looks like a tongue. It gets the girls so excited, they drop it on the ground. Watch the clip from Bravo by clicking on the image.
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Heads or Tails

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 5:57:40 PM America/Los_Angeles

 

Cash, credit, or… sex coin? A small bronze disc depicting a man and a woman having sex was found on the banks of the river Thames last month. This small, pornographic currency had been sitting in the mud near Putney Bridge in West London since the days of Roman Londonium, nearly 2000 years ago.

Back in those days, a visit to the whorehouse cost about a day’s pay, or 14 small Roman coins, called asses. Surprisingly, it was not the “ass” coins that got Roman laborers laid. Instead they would trade in their hard-earned asses for a brothel token, which could be redeemed for the act shown on the token at their favorite brothel. But these tokens led to more than some fun for a Roman laborer. According to the Guardian’s Art Blogger, Jonathan Jones, the explicit engravings had a serious influence on the birth of pornography as we know it today. Jones asserts that the ancient sexual depictions gave the inspiration and freedom to artists of the Renaissance to depict their own steamy scenes, such as Giulio Romano's series of pornographic illustrations – I Modi. These printed images, complete with pornographic poems, became a bestseller all over Europe during the 16th century, setting the style for erotic art. What do you think? Do you see the resemblance?
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The Big Day is Here

Tuesday, February 14, 2012 5:01:25 PM America/Los_Angeles

 

Whether you have big plans with your sweetie tonight, no plans, or no sweetie, you can still make the most of Valentine's Day.

Take a little extra time today to show some love to your partner, yourself, or to a stranger on the street. HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY From your friends at Jimmyjane
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Foolproof Fooling Around

Wednesday, February 8, 2012 2:26:12 PM America/Los_Angeles

 

Devoting extra thought, effort and creativity to what we do for the person sharing our pillow and playtime can really pay off – after all, the couple that plays together stays together. Please Your Woman

1. Chain reaction – She’s already expecting something on Valentine’s Day (no surprise there), so instead, give her a series of small gifts that build up to the main event. 2. Hard bargain – Take her off guard by offering two irresistible options. Massages are an easy favorite, or you can use Valentine’s Day as an excuse to push the boundaries a bit further. After she chooses, write her an IOU for the path not taken – it’s an investment that will offer unexpected dividends. 3. Tickle her fancy – If you haven’t already, try introducing a vibrator – you might find it adds a new dimension for you both. Selecting your first vibrator can be a daunting task – make it easier by reading up on these Tips for Guys. Please Your Man 1. Jump the gun – This year, Valentine’s Day falls on a Tuesday, so we recommend cooking up a weekend preview (and leaving the 14th to him). Kick it off with breakfast in bed – complete with supplies (and amusements) so you can stay there as long as he’d like. 2. Afternoon delight – Let’s be frank, what he wants most for Valentine’s Day doesn’t cost a dime. If he’s looking forward to evening festivities, why not treat him to “lunch”, and ambush him at high noon? He won’t know what hit him, but he’ll definitely like it. 3. Surprise surprise – If you’ve fallen into a pattern, not to worry – Valentine’s Day is a great time to mix things up. Seize the opportunity to do or ask for things that you’ve never tried before – he’ll embrace the variety, and you may surprise yourself with a new favorite. Looking for more ideas? Check out our Interactive Gift Wizard to find the provocative Valentine’s Day gift you’re looking for.
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Big Day, Small Budget

Tuesday, January 31, 2012 9:55:29 AM America/Los_Angeles

 

Times may be tight, but that shouldn’t put a crimp on your Valentine’s Day plans. Since money can’t buy you love anyway, take a hands-on, DIY approach, and you’ll have your best 14th yet. Here are three ideas that won’t break the bank –

1. Fondle the aubergine – Eat like royalty (but pay like a pauper) by cooking for yourselves. Head to the farmers’ market, see what looks good, then ask the growers about their favorite recipes. Build up from there, incorporating a few seasonal aphrodisiacs – fennel, blood orange and (of course) chocolate are great places to start. Splurge on champagne with the money you’ve saved. Tip – Plan something sexy for “dessert.” 2. Go local – The quick trip to St. Barts might be out of the question, but don’t rule out travel altogether. Explore an area of town you don’t know, then end up in a hotel bar before whisking your partner off to the elevator, and – what’s this? – producing a key. It’s a great surprise and easy to get right. Check in earlier in the day and stage the room or make other arrangements as you see fit. (If a room is outside the budget, you can just stay in the elevator and fulfill that OTHER fantasy you’ve always had.) Tip – A different bed is a great place to try different things. 3. Party favors – There are several free online applications that will allow you to easily make flip books from video. Use your phone or camera to film a few sexy seconds you know your partner will love, print them into a flip book, then slip it in their pocket to find later in the day. Tip – Let the real gift be reenacting your favorite scenes together. Looking for more ideas? Download our complete Better Than Roses Valentine’s Day Gift Guide or check out our Interactive Gift Wizard to find the provocative Valentine’s Day gift you’re looking for.
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The Anatomy of a Good Time

Tuesday, January 24, 2012 11:35:03 AM America/Los_Angeles

 

It’s almost February, which means Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. With the elevated expectations of this holiday, it’s natural to want to skip it altogether. Don’t fret – while concocting the perfect celebration can seem like alchemy, here are a few simple guidelines that will significantly increase your chances of coming out golden.

Be decisive – Wear the pants, and take initiative – tell your significant other that you’d like to make the plans for some or all of the day. Plan ahead – Last minute arrangements will stress you out, cost you more, and be second-rate. Get creative – Believe it or not, it IS the thought that counts. If you’re going to give a card, make it yourself. If you’re going to give flowers, select and arrange them yourself – you know your lover better than the florist (we hope). Singletask – On this day, of all days, focus on the two of you. Turn off the cell. Ignore America’s next top model strutting by. Don’t pick a fight with the cabbie. Make it fun – Use the Gift Wizard to make finding the ideal gift a fun, stress-free experience – with a (very) pleasurable pay off. RECIPES FOR DISASTER Valentine’s tattoo. This tips over the edge from memorable to regrettable. Double date. It’s not prom. Kittens, puppies, etc. There will be heavy petting, but it will not involve you. Roses. Nothing says, “I put next-to-no thought into this,” like a bouquet of red roses. Looking for more ideas? Download our complete Better Than Roses Valentine’s Day Gift Guide.
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