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Victoria's got what she wants

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By Melissa Runstrom
Daily Books Editor

So it's Feb. 12 and you still haven't
found the perfect Valentine's gift? Just let
your friend Victoria help you out. Beware
though - whenever you to shop at a lin-
gerie store for your significant other, you
are potentially treading on dangerous
ground. You should consider what your
girlfriend likes, and only purchase lin-
gerie if you are at the right point in your
relationship and know that she would
appreciate it. Man or woman, people just
want to feel comfortable and sexy - not
cheap.
If you do decide to shop at a lingerie
store, chose wisely. Victoria's Secret is
great because it offers enough variety to
find something that she will enjoy and
suits her tastes. If you really know your
sweetie, you don't have to worry you'll
hear the dreaded phrase about buying the
gift for yourself and not for her.
It is wrong to assume that because
something implies sensuality that women
will reject it as a gift. Many women like
to show off their sexual personality,
which is just another facet of themselves.
It is important to know what your woman
likes, and if she would normally buy
something from Victoria's in the first
place. Many women like sexy lingerie,
not necessarily to please their partner, but
because it makes them feel sexy and con-
fident.
If you have an open relationship with
your girlfriend, you don't have to worry
about making the cliche mistake of pur-
chasing something that doesn't fit or is
too presumptuous. If you are at ease buy-
ing her underwear, you should be also be
comfortable asking her about what she
likes and what size she wears, or at least

have access to finding out that critical
information. You won't feel lost if you
enter the store armed with this informa-
tion. The staff, usually friendly and
knowledgeable, will point you in the right
direction. Their website is also organized
so you can find what you need with little
difficulty.
If you really know your girlfriend, then
you will know what she likes and wears
in the first place. If you buy her some-
thingthing sexy, it shouldn't be because
she isn't sexy enough, but because she is
sexy in the first place. Along the same
line, if you buy her something conserva-
tive, you won't have to worry that she will
think you believe she's a prude. It is all
about knowing your girlfriend, and being
in touch with what she wants to wear.
There are many ways for women to
express who they are, and Victoria's has
many products to meet their different
preferences. In recent years they have
expanded their products to include more
conservative sleepwear, fragrances and
cosmetics. More or less keeping their
women clientele in mind, their lingerie is
comfortable, sexy and stylish. Underwear
should let her express herself, and
Victoria's does a commendable job at
stocking their shelves with a wide assort-
ment. The store carries everything from
barely-there string thongs to traditional
and conservative perfume and lotions.
When giving underwear you cannot
buy cheaply, because cheap underwear
will be interpreted as a measure of your
esteem. Victoria's Secret can be expen-
sive, but it is high quality and in high
demand. Victoria's offers a great selection
of quality merchandise, from the classy
bra and panty combination to the scan-
dalous pearl thong, this store will satisfy
your Valentine's tastes.

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By Sean Dailey
Daily Weekend Editor
Around this time of year, business at
everyone's favorite sexy boutique
Victoria's Secret skyrockets as millions of
boyfriends and husbands search for that
perfect gift. There's nothing like the lost
male in a store of lacy underwear and
frilly bras. Believe, I've seen it, for last
summer I had the "pleasure" of working
at my local Vicky's. Yes, they do occa-
sionally hire those with a Y chromosome
to help attract women into the store. Take
it from me, men of the world; Victoria's
Secret is not worth the headache.
The concept of lingerie as a gift is
somewhat selfish. A gift is supposed to
be something for her, not you. You might
as well get her a back massager and then
tell her your lower lumbar needs a little
work. It's the same general principle. You
may think you're giving her the gift of
making her feel sexy and desirable, but
this will most likely backfire.
Think about the message you're send-
ing to your lady when you buy her some-
thing slinky from Victoria's Secret.
Basically, you're telling her that she's not
sexy enough for you. Buy her something
conservative and you're telling her she
needs to loosen up. Buy her something
elaborate and crotchless and you're
telling her she's sleazy. Men might not
always think of these things, but their
women tend to hold the theory of "it's the
thought that counts" much more dear. No
matter what you get her, she's going to
read some unforseen meaning into it.
Better make sure that couch is a pullout.
That's where you'll be sleeping for a
night or two.
If for some reason, you're still set on
shopping Vicky's for your valentine,

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The dos and don'ts of Valentines Day at Victo

DO: The Pink Line T-shirt Bra
With a new "Teeny" shape and design,
this is the perfect bra to wear under casual
clothing like, obviously, a T-shirt.
DON'T: Satin Jacquard Corset
The "your body isn't good enough" sen-
timent aside, corsets are a huge pain to put
on and more importantly, take off. You're
guaranteed to just get frustrated and give
up.
DO: Glamour Unlined Full Coverage Bra
This cute bra offers coverage while
maintaining the stylishness we have come
to expect from Victoria's. This bra is both
sexy and practical. Sorry, this one only

comes in sizes above a B cup.
DON'T: Add-a-Cup Demi Bra
The next best thing to a boob-job, noth-
ing says "I Love You" like feelings of inad-
equacy.
DO: Very Sexy of Him Essentials Gift
Box
At $29, this award-winning cologne and
aftershave is a great gift for your guy. Not
only will you impress him with your won-
derful taste, but you'll also have a wonder-
fully smelling boy on your hands.
DON'T: "Here Comes the Bride" Panty
It's a V-string that plays "Here Comes the

Bride" when you touch a button. Probably
not the message you want to send to your
girlfriend of three months.
DO: Garden Pretty Intentions Shoulder
Bag
This is the perfect gift to show her that
you are thinking about her. This bag is
made in faux suede and comes brimming
with shower gel, lotion and body splash in
a variety of fragrances. It isn't presumptu-
ous and both the bag and its contents are
practical.
DON'T: Rhinestone V-Strong
When I think "sexy," I think of Liberace.
Don't rhinestones chafe?

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Although Victoria's Secret is a favorite for finding last-minute lingerie, exercise caution when choosing that "perfect" gift.

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