Thursday, February 8, 2018

Let’s Talk About Sex: The AVN Novelty Expo at the Hard Rock Cafe

Let’s Talk About Sex: The AVN Novelty Expo at the Hard Rock Cafe

“I don't know the question, but sex is definitely the answer.”
--Woody Allen

Edible Skinny was lucky enough to attend the AVN Novelty Expo at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino a few weeks ago.  The AVN Novelty Expo is the Adult Entertainment Industry's premiere B2B event. The AVN Novelty Expo brings together the latest and greatest items from a wide range of cutting edge companies such as toys, lingerie, lotions, sex furniture and other novelty items.  All and all, there were about 350 exhibitors are on the show floor this year, which runs tandem to the AVN Awards aka the "Oscars of Porn.”

This year, the four-day long show drew more than 50,000 people including more than 1,000 news agencies.  This number, a 20 percent increase from last year, was most likely inspired by the Wall Street Journal reporting on Jan 13 that Donald Trump’s lawyer paid Adult Star Stormy Daniels $130,000 before the 2016 presidential election to keep quiet about a decade-old sexual encounter with the then Republican nominee.

This year I attended the AVN Novelty Expo with my giddy boyfriend.  This was Matt’s first time attending, he did get the obligatory picture with a 4 foot dildo but was more excited about getting free stuff then he was about the porn stars.  “This is like Christmas,” he proclaimed as he grabbed free lighters, t-shirts, and mini-dildos….  

Matt was cognizant to be very respectful of the performers, bringing a blossoming smile to one Adult Star’s face when he complimented her on how nice she smelled (versus all the other comments she received that day).  Which was good because in the wake of the MeToo Movement, all attendees, including media, had to read and sign a ‘Code of Conduct’ that warns against stalking, unwelcome physical conduct and harassing photography.  Those caught violating the code will be expelled and banned from future shows, according to the agreement.  

Consent may have been the watchword, but this four day long convention was still about exploring the world of sexy playtime.  So with that in mind be bring you some of the most intriguing aspects of the AVN Novelty Expo, because at the end of the day: relax, it’s just sex! ;-)

For Those Looking for The Girlfriend Experience Without The Girl: 1am USA Sex Dolls
The girlfriend experience without the girl.  Life-life sex dolls, such as the ones offer by 1am USA Incorporated, are not for the penny pincher.  These “Love Dolls” can run anywhere from $1,500 to $20,000 (for a custom job).  A bare basic torso aka the husband option (for the husband who wants to stash one in a suitcase in attic or closet for when the wife’s away) will set you back at least $900.

For this very reason 1am USA Incorporated has recently branched off into the smaller masterbator product (similar to a Fleshlight… and if you don’t know what a Fleshlight is go Google it…).  The 3v Starlet Stroke is a masterbator, that is fitted with realistic internal vaginal texture, has 10 vibration settings, and the actual voice recording of some of today’s hottest Adult Film Stars such as Carmen Valentina, Kat Dior, and Sadie Pop.  Plus it’s USB chargeable.  The 3v Starlet Stroke will be available in early March 2018.   

For The Person Who REALLY REALLY Loves Bad Horror Movies: Bad Dragon
Make your fantasy real!  Established in 2008, Bad Dragon specializes in fantasy based Adult Novelties.  Their sale associate, a pretty pixie cam girl of the name of Crystal Rivers, informed us that Bad Dragon has recently partnered with Troma Films, to create a line of sex toys featuring the famous monsters from this forty year old independent horror production company, in dildo form of course.  Rivers also informed us that our FREE gift bag (which my boyfriend happily gobbled up) included their famous “Cum Lube” that was up for “ "Lube of the Year" at the AVN Awards.   

For the Bearded Wonder: Thighbrush
Thighbrush is a funny filthy apparel and bearded oil company focusing of items of a sexy nature.  According to Urban Dictionary, a Thighbrush is a euphemism for a man’s facial hair (or beard) with the subtle reference to performing oral sex on a partner (for example “I’d love to have your thighbrush in between my legs.”)  Their Liquor Libations were described as labia libations, beard oils with a kick for her pleasure.  With options such as Gin and Juice, Jack and Coke, Malibu and Pineapple, and Peppermint Schnapps, there’s never a reason for bearded men to leave the the bedroom!

For Those Interested in Mister Greying their Life: The Lair
We then head upstairs to The Lair hosted by Mistress Cyan of Sanctuary Studios LA.  The Lair is the place to be if you have ever been curious about the BDSM Lifestyle.  The section of the AVN Novelty Expo is lined with fetish practitioners of all stripes, often standing next to leather benches and wooden cross-beams or welded-iron contraptions with hooks and eyelets and everything else needed to introduce Adult Movie fans to, what may be to them, an unknown variety of sex-play.  The Lair offered demonstrations, and training on ropes, flogging, suspension, and other forms of play that went beyond vanilla to other shades of grey.

For Those Interested in Being Laced Up: Laced Up Corsets
Find your perfect cincher!  Although corsets have been around for hundred of years and have evolved in style and design, they are no longer worn as undergarments. Corsets have now evolved to as an intricate part of fashion designed to enhance the female form.  Laced Up Corsets offers the ability to buy prêt-à-porter along with creating a custom design where you specify color, style, and design.  Ooh La La!

Kat Thomas is the Editor in Chief of Edible Skinny, a site dedicated to making your life postcard worthy. She is also the CEO of the creative media company This Way Adventures. You can find more about both brands at


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