By Hella Rude Working in the adult retail sector is super-happy fun times and most people working in the industry have full-time contracts or their own company, so as a freelancer you feel somewhat disconnected from everyone. It's therefore unusual to form a bond with anyone who isn't your client. You know and like lots of folk, but there's never any real time to forge friendships.
Offering a new take on the traditional dungeon or the arguably overdone 'Red Room of Pain', The Boiler Room promises to not only revolutionise your sex life but also your flavour of kink. Filled with BDSM accessories and more hardcore bondage sex toys than you’ll find in the mainstream, The Boiler Room is a play setting as well as part of the main shop. Instead of merely offering a location to purchase products though, it will also form a beautiful place and set the appropriate atmosphere for many workshops and demonstrations of a BDSM tone.
Fellow industry writer & consultant Mel MacFarlane (of Voluptasse) and I are running BlogSpot – the new version of Blogger’s Corner. Come and meet us and pick up some tasty goodies! We’re on stand A36 and here’s a smattering of what you can expect.
Oh, did I feel smug on Monday morning. No, not the award - which I was still in shock about - but the lack of hangover! With a smiley face and a clear head I reflected on this day a year before, when I had been so ill from the afterparty that I hadn’t been able to get up from bed until checkout time. In fact if I’d had my way I wouldn’t have left the bed for about 4 days, that’s how ruined I was. I’d sworn not to do that again, and despite worrying that a hangover was somehow inevitable with the ETO Show Awards, I’d avoided the usual after party punishment.
Sexhibition 2015 was a memorable experience, for various reasons. The erotic event of the year took place at Event City Manchester, which is right by the Trafford Centre, and promised to bring together adult industry exhibitors, porn stars and other adult entertainers in one glamorous, spectacular event.
By Cara Sutra: Will I be meeting you this weekend? I am talking about, of course, the wonderful Erotica Show London UK event held in Tobacco Dock London, from 25-27 October 2013.
Sexpo is the largest ever sexual health and lifestyle exhibition and this year, for the first time ever, it’s coming to the UK. Sexpo UK will take place at the London Olympia on 13-15th November 2015 and will house an exciting and colourful array of all aspects of sexual lifestyle under one roof. There will also be a vast shopping area here visitors can buy popular and the latest sex toys, lingerie, bondage gear and more from adult retailers. There will also be erotic book sellers and the ability to meet your favourite erotica authors. The organisers promise a colourful visual feast of eye-catching and breath-taking live entertainment, mesmerising performances and sensational catwalk shows. You will be spoilt for choice. If you’re an adult film fan, you can meet your favourite porn stars and glamour models face to face for an autograph and a photo. You can even buy R-18 adult entertainment in this fully licensed environment.
Our driver drove my partner Sable and I down to the hotel early Thursday evening. Our hotel, The Mercure, is a beautiful Victorian property overlooking the sea. We had an upgraded, seaview room and once we arrived we settled in immediately. It was late after the long drive from Lincolnshire to the south coast so after a much-needed shared bottle of wine from room service we slept soundly.
There had been various rumours in the weeks beforehand, but yesterday the ETO Magazine team officially announced that their annual UK trade exhibition has been cancelled. This has obviously led to much dismay and disappointment within the adult industry. Why was the ETO Show 2017 cancelled?
The first 10 bloggers to come meet me (whether at my stand or at any time during the event) and give me their blogging/sex toy reviewing business card, will get a free goody bag that I've put together myself. The goody bags are a mix of information, general adult industry merchandise, sexy freebies and other gifts and goodies I've put together. You'll effectively be raiding my sexy drawers and getting some gorgeous freebies in the process. I'll be chucking more things into each as the show draws closer. Coming to ETO and hoping to get some freebies and samples? Here's an easy way to guarantee it.
It's over a week since I returned from the annual ETO Show at Birmingham's NEC and I don't think I've come back to earth just yet. As usual, the ETO Magazine team put on a spectacular adult industry trade show, with a gala dinner and awards presentation in the middle of the two days to celebrate the best in the biz.
Time for a bit of bondage - as you do in the office on Friday afternoons (don't you? Just me then) - and resident photographer Loryn was roped in as our *ahem* willing and enthusiastic volunteer. Mistress Victoria and I really enjoyed tying him up in a Shibari rope harness while plenty of photographs were taken. Taking advantage of his predicament I brandished and wielded the whip yet again. I'm going to get a reputation at this rate.
Bringing together erotica, fetish, catwalk shows, and five star gourmet dining with a seductive burlesque twist, Sexhibition will be a daring and sexy day out for those wanting to take a walk on the wild side.. We've also got a sneak peak at the Sexhibition cinema trailer, which is being screened before the showing of Fifty Shades Of Grey this coming weekend. Event organiser, Cheryl Smith explains, "The event of the Fifty Shades phenomenon is doing great things for British attitudes towards sex and sexuality. Whatever your opinion of the FSOG books and film, it's got us all - especially women - talking about our fantasies and that's got to be a good thing!"
By Cara Sutra: Our trip to Erofame Germany 2015 (the European adult industry trade show; find the official website here) was more fun and eventful than ever before. It was also the first trip out of the country for my partner Darren & I together (aw) so we had double cause for celebration. I’m really pleased that Darren (find his website at Sablecraft) was able to come with me on this occasion, not only because I miss him so much when I’m away but also because he’s quite renowned by this stage as being a fantastic IT consultant and web dev for the industry.
Sexpo isn't a completely new venture, having enjoyed several successful shows around the world such as the US and Australia. November 2015 was the turn of the UK’s capital, and London welcomed Sexpo wholeheartedly and hoped we had a worthy predecessor to the much-missed Erotica show.
I outed the fact that this was a nice was of saying "Best Blog Award" really. I thought I was hilarious, anyway. I still stand by thanking my lovely partners of course, if not for them, I wouldn't have the award at all. Their work with the custom coding, SEO help, design and more have brought me to this point, as well as my own writing.
By Cara Sutra: The MTV Staying Alive Foundation, the world’s largest youth focused HIV and AIDS awareness and prevention campaign, and Durex, the world’s largest condom brand working in sexual health for more than 80 years, today announced a landmark collaboration, Ignite Change, to inspire young people around the world to take charge of their sexual health.
Something big is happening this October and I’m going to be there! It’s time for Erofame in Hanover Germany, and it’s one of the biggest adult industry trade shows in Europe.
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