BS Atelier Small G-Spot Ella & White Handcuffs review, photos | Small Business Saturdays (well, Sundays)

Sunday, April 17, 2016

BS Atelier leather wrist restraints review

The product: BS Atelier G-Spot Ella Blue (Small) & White Handcuffs

Today’s Small Business Saturdays feature showcases something other than a skincare brand! (Cue cheers, clapping, and a lone sobbing skincare fanatic.)

Uh, anyhow. Today’s feature brand is BS Atelier, a wonderful, sex-positive Spanish company with just the most beautiful, nostalgic, tongue-in-cheek aesthetic. They make both realistic toys as well as ones covered in stripes, rainbows, splatters, and even cow print, so there are lots of options on both sides of the spectrum!

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Even the BS Atelier packaging is cooler than you.

BS is nice white leather handcuffs review

BS Atelier Handcuffs – White

BS Atelier Handcuffs (47.0 €)

BS Atelier focuses mostly on rope bondage, but I’ve loved their handcuffs for ages. Their leather cuffs are very simple and versatile, and no attention to detail is skimped on. They feature a loop-back closure for a custom fit, and the leather itself is pretty nice — it’s unfinished, so it pills a little at first, but it’s lightweight, flexible, and really comfortable. 

Mostly, though, I love that these cuffs don’t look like hard bondage gear. I love the hardcore BDSM aesthetic as much as the next queer girl, but personally, I just can’t pull it off! I thrive in a bedroom that can be giggled in, and I think it’s fantastic that the BS Atelier team is offering such a cheery alternative for those who are into bondage but not necessarily the whole hardcore vibe.

(And I mean, how gorgeous would these be as outerwear?? I love how they’re suggestive, but not so obvious that you’d be likely to make people uncomfortable.)

BS Atelier G-spot Ella small, leather handcuffs review

My one caveat: Before you buy, there’s one last thing to note: The double snap hook that attaches these cuffs together is absolutely terrible! It’s stiff and poorly-made, and I find that you have to pull down on the bar itself rather than on the sliding bit in order to get them open.

So, if you’re planning on clasping these together, plan accordingly. Otherwise, just make sure to care for these cuffs as you would any piece of leather (treat them kindly and keep them out of major wet works) and you should be good.

BS Atelier clasp

BS Atelier hardware – this is me pushing down on the clasp!!!

BS Atelier Ella Blue small review

BS Atelier G-Spot Ella Dildo in Blue – Small

BS Atelier G-Spot Ella Blue (70.0 €/on sale at SheVibe)

I was also lucky to be able to test the matching G-Spot Ella in Blue thanks to the lovely team at BS Atelier. (The small size is featured here; it’s available in S, M, and L at BS Atelier or just M through SheVibe). The striped Ella Blue print just as fun and uplifting as the white cuffs, and the two would make an absolutely charming gift together!

BS Atelier G-spot dildo review

BS Atelier G-Spot Ella Blue review

There are two tiny flaws in this dildo; a little circle next to the BS and a fine line in the red stripe. However, both are completely unnoticeable in use, and there is no seam anywhere on the product.

The Ella is hand-poured from 100% silicone and measures 5.5 inches (14 cm) tall. It’s 1.5 inches (3.8 cm) wide at the base and 1.1 inches (2.8 cm) wide at its narrowest. I know that some bloggers aren’t fans of the BS Atelier silicone, but I really like it — it’s soft but springy and has a slightly velvety finish, kind of like a bouncy ball.

The Small G-Spot Ella is too short for comfortable use in a strap-on, but it’s pleasantly squishy and holds its curve better than my Tantus or VixSkin toys. And, even though the curve is relatively unpronounced in the S, it feels absolutely mild-melting. I can only imagine how lovely it would be in the L.

» I would definitely recommend BS Atelier’s G-Spot Ella line, but I’d advise ordering the medium or large size instead!

BS Atelier handcuffs review white

The verdict?

The BS Atelier White Handcuffs are a touch pricy, but man, are they ever beautiful. They’re bright, lightweight, and comfortable, and would be a gorgeous accessory to pair with a summer dress… and take into the bedroom with you at the end of the day. That being said, I expected better quality hardware at $53 USD (ish), and I really hope to see these get even better in the future! (A vegan option, for instance, would be just amazing.)

The G-Spot Ella, on the other hand, is a total must-have. The soft, springy texture of BS Atelier’s silicone and the small head on the Ella work well to offer just blissful stimulation, and while the Ella doesn’t feel lifelike in the way that something like VixSkin does, I think BS Atelier might just do a g-spot curve even better!

Availability: 47.0 € for the cuffs; 70.0 €/$63 USD for the Ella. (Note: all BS Atelier toys are currently 15% off at SheVibe until Sunday night!)

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Bench SS16: The #24HourLife, translated from fashion into beauty

Friday, March 18, 2016

Bench Love My Hood SS2016

One of the things that I’ve been joking about recently is rebranding theNotice: a beauty blog to theNotice: still not a fashion blog. Sticking to a beauty-oriented “brand identity” (I hate it when people refer to your blog’s driving force as its brand; it feels so disingenuous) probably wasn’t the most prudent choice, but it’s the only option that felt right to me, so I stuck with it.

I’m a dabbler, though — you guys know that. So when I was asked to share some of the Bench. Spring / Summer 2016 lookbook with you guys today, I figured why not? I wouldn’t want to go for a swim in Lake Fashion (I’d definitely drown), but a careful wading in would be fun.

Bench SS16 colour pairings

The Bench. SS16 collection this year is inspired by a 24-hour experience in Barcelona, and features imperfect fabrics, earthy surfaces, and splattered watercolours. The whole thing has a very easy, fluid, “I just threw this on and I look like a babe” vibe to it, and the colour palette juxtaposes bright pastels against vivid coral, teal, black and yellow.

It’s all really makeup-translatable, honestly, so I threw together a few of the products that I’m loving and testing right now that I feel really reflect the Bench. SS16 collection. A coral lip, a watercolour lid, and a thick flick of black liner, and you’re set!

Bench Maybelline Vivid Matte colour palette

Bench 2016 key look nighttime

Bench 2016 lookbook

“The season opens with a soft colour statement where bright pastels are paired with warm neutrals to create a quieter, more understated palette. Coral pops, electric teal and bioluminescent yellow emerge out of saturated indigo denim and jet black inks create a weird and wonderful sub-aquatic palette as summer approaches. At the height of the season influences from the underwater world explode with an almost luminescent green and chemical blue story.

Bench SS16 24 hour life

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. However, all opinions included are my own, and my priority is still (and always will be) creating great content for you guys. Hope you enjoyed! 

PARKSHOW YEG 2015: a meeting of art and fashion

Saturday, November 28, 2015


Edmonton is not, as it stands, a huge fashion city. I mean, it could be worse–we could be Regina–but we still have a long ways to go.

Which is why it’s so cool that PARK, which describes itself as a not-for-profit cultural organization that focuses on supporting and promoting artists and fashion designers across the country, is helping to change that by holding a big fashion-slash-art show in West Edmonton Mall next weekend. Proceeds from the show will help fund programming, educational forums, and mentorship programs for emerging designers, so if you’re free next weekend, you should definitely check it out!


When: Saturday, December 5, 2015; doors open at 7:00.

Where: West Edmonton Mall Level 1, Phase 1, Entrance 32

How: VIP seating – $80 / General Seating – $60 / Standing Room – $30 { buy tickets here }

Plus, if you’re still getting your holiday shopping finished, check out the PARKSHOP Christmas Market in West Ed on December 10th-13th.

I hope to see some of you guys at next Saturday’s show!

PARKSHOW YEG 2015 teaser (1)

Halloween ideas: Wonder Woman! (3wishes costume review)

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Wonder Woman Halloween how to

I haven’t dressed up for Halloween since I was… oh, god. Maybe twelve or thirteen? But I’m also not a fool, so when 3wishes asked me if I wanted to cover anything from their site this year, I jumped at the chance. Because SUPERHEROES, YOU GUYS. Superheroes.

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I tried on their American Hero Costume in a S/M, which is made from swimsuit fabric and comes with a Lasso of Truth and a stretchy Wonder Woman headband. (I mean, I’m not usually a DC girl, but you don’t mess with the classics, you know?)

The costume was comfy and actually really good quality, but it was very small for a S/M — I’m 5″2 and I usually wear a size 4, but because the gold waist area of this costume doesn’t stretch, it was really difficult for me to get into. If you can, I would recommend going 1 or even 2 sizes up from what you usually are! (I am always, always a small or extra small, but a 3wishes M/L definitely would have fit me better.)

One of the other reasons that I picked a Wonder Woman-type costume is that, well, I’m not super into showing a lot of skin — and this one could definitely be styled differently. Grab a pair of shorts, some tall boots, and a sweater, and suddenly you’re all covered up and ready to go!

Wonder Woman Halloween makeup

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Juicy Couture giveaway (& behind the scenes at the I AM JUICY COUTURE launch party)

Friday, July 31, 2015

I AM JUICY COUTURE launch party

I had a pretty wide variety of adventures while I was in Toronto this month (I got home late Tuesday night), from factory tours to coffee dates. Today, though, I get to share with you something special: a launch party for the new Juicy Couture fragrance, plus a little giveaway with a memento for one of you.

I am Juicy Couture review notes

The I AM JUICY COUTURE party was a really weird experience for me: it was a lot of pink, a lot of people out to “be seen,” and a lot of fragrance notes that I’m not the biggest fan of, personally. (What? I like my fragrances vaguely snobby, kind of dirty, and aggressively unisex.)

THE NOTES: TOP – raspberry, pomelo, passion fruit / HEART – gardenia, heliotrope, Rose de Mai, sweet pea / BASE – musk, woods, amber

I AM JUICY COUTURE ($89 CAD/50 ml; available soon) was created for the house by Dora Baghriche for Firmenich Paris, and was inspired by candied pralines and the idea of the ultimate Juicy Couture girl. It’s described as a “rebellious gourmand” for the “prestige rebel,” and smells kind of like something that would happen in all caps. The press release says it’s for the girl who “daringly proclaims exactly who she is not in order to declare who she is“… but what kind of life is that?

Juicy Couture

This guy is Juicy Couture

Yes you are, dude. Yes you are.

So here’s what I think. I think you should take the great parts of I AM JUICY COUTURE, and leave the rest. Feel free to tell people that you’re not apologetic, because no one should have to be. Tell them that you’re not conventional, because you’re not obligated to be.

But don’t operate under the assumption that these are traits of the “cool girl.” Girls, in case you haven’t noticed, are awesome. I’d be pretty damn proud if someone told me that I was just as cool as a conventional girl.

Megan Joy Nicole About Town Diary of a Trendaholic

The lovely Nicole (Beauty, Brains +), Megan (Megan Joy), and Erica (Diary of a Trendaholic)!

Elaine Atkins

Elaine (Elaine Loves)

Megan Joy

Megan is THRILLED TO BE HERE; TO BE ALIVE (seriously though, how cute is she??)

The ultimate Juicy Couture girl sounds kind of like a bully. So aim higher than that; be better than that. Wear the I AM JUICY COUTURE fragrance, but wear it to say:

» I AM NOT going to be held down by the conventions of your misogynistic society

…not “It girls are not ordinary, shy, predictable, reserved, or average.” Because there is nothing, nothing wrong with being shy or predictable or reserved if you choose to be. 

Define yourself by what you are, not what you hate.

Juicy Couture giveaway Gold Bracelet

Win it!

I’m not much of a memento type (well, except for scent memories, but more on that soon), so I’m sharing this little piece of my travels with one lucky reader! Enter below to win one (1) Juicy Couture “Juicy Bangle” in Gold. This giveaway is open to anyone over the age of 18 who is currently residing in Canada, and will close on August 8th at 11:59 PM MST.

Good luck!

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Get ready for summer with a Leonisa swimsuit | US/Canada giveaway!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Leonisa swimsuit giveaway

I like to do something a little different every summer if I can, whether that’s a Summery Summary or a big ‘ol bunch of giveaways.

This year, that “something different” is, well, even more different. Leonisa (a brand you might recognize from their features in Marie Claire or Jezebel) has generously offered to give one of theNotice’s readers the swimsuit of their choice, which I thought would be a great way to start the season!

Leonisa shapewear swimsuit giveaway

Leonisa combines shapewear with swimsuits, which is awesome if you need a little help getting super body-confident for the beach. (Not that anyone “needs” shapewear, but heck, going out onto the beach mostly-naked is hard. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want at least a little more nipple coverage out of my regular flimsy swimsuit every now and again.)

The brand hails from South America, where they’re doing some pretty cool work in terms of social responsibility. Supply chain employees get free meals on-shift, forgivable student loans for themselves and for their families, on top of things like housing loans (almost all Leonisa employees own their own homes) and the basics, like health and life insurance.

Leonisa giveaway

To enter, use the giveaway widget below! (You can pick which swimsuit you want to win here.) This contest is open from May 26th to June 8th at 11:59 PM MST to all residents of the US and Canada. (For more details, check out the fine print in the widget).

Good luck!!

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