2017 Best of Intima Awards

2017 Best of Intima Awards

Last week, Hanky Panky attended and was honored at the 2017 Best of Intima Awards. The awards gala, now in its 13th year, recognizes North American lingerie, loungewear and swimwear retailers for excellence in various areas. For the Best of Intima Awards, retail stores are nominated by brands such as Hanky Panky in categories including Best Concept Store and Best European Flair.

In celebration of our 40th Anniversary this year, Hanky Panky partnered with the Best of Intima for the Hanky Panky Sisterhood Award. From our origins, our company has been rooted in the bonds of sisterhood between best friends. The award lauded the loyalty and appreciation of the women who have supported Hanky Panky throughout the years and have joined the sisterhood. Co-founders, Lida Orzeck and Gale Epstein, selected our long-time retailer, Cathy Daniak, owner of The Dain Shoppe, to receive the honor. Located in Morristown, NJ, the Dain Shoppe is one of Hanky Panky’s oldest accounts, carrying us since 1980.

Cathy Dainiak with Lida Orzeck and Gale Epstein

Cathy Dainiak with Lida Orzeck and Gale Epstein

Cathy accepted the award with a “striptease” of sorts in a vintage Hanky Panky stretch lace dress and sharing the story of the dress. She dubbed it “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Dress” and recounted how the dress has been worn by her and her two daughters throughout the years to weddings, bar mitzvahs, proms and now here!

To end the night, we, of course, cut a giant purple 40th birthday cake in true Hanky Panky fashion. See more pictures here below.

Carla

 

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Fall 2017 Trends: Secret Garden

Hanky Panky’s Fall 2017 collection looks inward to our own private retreats and sanctuaries.

Fall 2017 Signature Lace Colors & Prints.

Hanky Panky’s Fall 2017 collection looks inward to our own private retreats and sanctuaries. The Signature Lace Palette consists of saturated hues, inspired by nature: Sriracha, a bright and saucy red; Storm Cloud Blue, a soft denim hue; Vanilla, a pale cosmetic peach; Dark Dahlia, a vampy wine; Mood Stone Green, a chic dark teal; Navy, fresh for Fall; Mystic Blue, a rich violet-hued blue; Bright Amethyst, a sophisticated berry-tone; Bliss Pink, a timeless pale pink; and Granite, a fashionable alternative to basic black.

New Signature Lace silhouettes include a trendy short sleeved signature lace bodysuit with a sweetheart front lining, a made-to-be-seen T-back triangle bralette, and matching string bikini.

Seasonal prints include Fiery Floral, a lacquer-red floral print; Block Print, a bold geometric with a hand-crafted look; Moody Blooms, a chic black floral; Mysterious Feline, a subdued leopard in shades of grey and blue; Jardin, elegant pastel blooms on a chic black background; Pinwheel, a playful abstract geometric; and coming in late September, Floret, a sweet small-scale floral in shades of blue; and Highland Garden, blooms and tartan in rich berry shades.

Our new fashion groups include Sophia Lace, a richly textured lace in Dark Dahlia, Black, and Bisous; La Fée Lace in shades of grey and teal; and also coming in late September, Heather Denim Embroidery, indigo heather jersey paired with delicate pink floral embroidery.

Interested in seeing more of the inspiration behind the collection? Check out our Pinterest board!

-Larissa, Senior Designer

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Now Shipping Globally!

Hanky Panky now ships internationally

Now Shipping Internationally!

Have you been looking for Hanky Panky overseas? Did you wish we shipped internationally? Well, good news: we do! Starting August 2016, Hanky Panky began shipping to select international addresses. And since we are big on celebrating anniversaries this year, we decided to do free WORLDWIDE shipping for everyone this weekend!!!

Free shipping 8/11/17-8/13/17

So if you are wondering how to shop if you are not in the U.S., let me fill you in on all the details:

  1. To shop our website directly, visit global.hankypanky.com or click on the flag in the top-right corner on hankypanky.com next to “ship to”.
  2. You can also visit borderfree.com and shop us from there.
  3. If you do not see your country listed as on option, we probably do not ship to you as we have stores that already carry us in your region. To reach some of our international distributors and retailers, go here, which you can also access from our store locator page.

Some other exciting news: we recently added France, Spain and Portugal to global.hankypanky.com. Bienvenue, Bienvenido, Bem Vinda! And now is a great time to be a on the list and take advantage of our free shipping weekend for domestic and international shoppers alike!

Carla, citizen of the world

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Summer of Style

It’s been a summer of style and we’ve been loving how our Hanky Panky fans have been rocking the innerwear as outerwear trend. So we collected some of our favorite looks so far. If you want to get the look or some fashion inspo before summer leaves, here are a few ideas.

Peekaboo

In the picture above, fashion blogger Style Hawking wears one of our most popular bralettes of the season, the eyelash lace Wink bralette, to add a little, sexy detail to a plain white tee shirt.

From Italy, Ohlala Pescara shows us how to style a deep-v dress with a fun, matching Crossover Bralette. Bralettes-to-show has been a major fashion trend and looks so cute with this dress.

Sheer Beauty

modern day cowgirl 🤓🌸 #ootd #dayslikethese

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Moustachic, an Italian-Belgian blogger, fashions herself as a sophisticated and modern cowgirl in our Signature Lace Cami with the straps off-the-shoulder.


At Lingerie Rutten in Belgium, the look is monotone with our chai cami selected from a wide color offering and beige pants. Our unlined cami is a great option to beat the summer heat and is easy to pair with a tone-on-tone or contrasting bra. It is also available in plus size.

Seeking & striving ( bravely in my whites). * also hair update: packed up my wigs. My real hair wants a go at life k*

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Influencer and blogger Jeanne Grey of the Grey Layers proves that bralettes are tops too! Seen here: Signature Lace Removable Pad Bralette

On the Edge

About you

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DJ SodaPop likes her lace with some leather. If you are looking for an edgier look, try pairing a bralette with a mesh or sheer top and ripped denim. This particular Vixen Bralette has retired to the Hanky Panky archives, but for an update, consider the Strapped Bra or the Peep Show Bralette.

Inner Penny Lane on the loose @spell_byronbay #shotbyve

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Life and style blogger, Jill Wallace aka Little Black Boots, turns our summery eyelet into a seasonal transition piece.

The Layering Life

Hanky Panky Staffer in Venus Bralette

Hanky Panky Staffer in Venus Bralette

We adore how Hanky Panky Staffer, Daria, styled her Venus bralette with a knotted, oversized shirt and jean shorts. Venus is now sold out, so if you want the look, try our Ali Bralette, Signature Lace Racerback Bralette or Bare T-back Bralette.

Back view of Venus Hanky Panky Bralette

Back view of Venus

And it wouldn’t be a wrap without a detailed view of Venus from behind.

A big thank you to all the people who have sent us and tagged us in their pictures! Our summer of style doesn’t have to end here. If you want to show off your #hankypanky style, tag us on Instagram and Twitter with the handle @hankypankyltd or Facebook using @hankypanky.

Carla

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International Cat Day: The Cats of Hanky Panky

Did you know it’s International Cat Day? (It’s a real thing, started by our friends at IFAW!) While our chairman of the Board, Henree the Poodle gets all the attention, the Hanky Panky team includes many people who share their lives with furry feline friends.

Here are just a few of the beautiful cats of Hanky Panky.

This is Sibyl, a fiesty tuxedo kitty that Hanky Panky Co-founder Gale Epstein adopted from a cat sanctuary upstate. Sibyl was named for local revolutionary war hero Sibyl Ludington.

Sybil

This is Sybil, a feisty tuxedo kitty that Hanky Panky Co-founder Gale Epstein adopted from a cat sanctuary upstate. Sybil was named for local revolutionary war hero Sybil Ludington. Sybil is quite musical and likes to sing along when Gale plays the harp.

Baby (left) and Sissy (right) are a pair of gray tiger kitties that were adopted from an animal shelter together by Cindy, our VP of North American Sales about 7 years ago.

Baby and Sissy

Baby (left) and Sissy (right) are a pair of  gray tiger kitties that were adopted from an animal shelter together by Cindy, our VP of North American Sales about 7 years ago. Her family loves living with this pair of kitties. Sissy is super sweet and never hisses, while Baby is a little more reserved.

This is Mart, a Siamese cat, who belongs to Daria in the Graphic Design department.

Mart

This is Mart, a beautiful and cuddly Siamese cat, who belongs to Daria in the Graphic Design Department. He lives with her family in Saint Petersburg, Russia, so she only gets to see him when she visits home. Did you know? In Russia, kitties say, “мяу.”

This is Frankenstein, a gorgeous orange tabby, who belongs to Angelique in the Receiving Department.

Frankenstein

This is Frankenstein, a gorgeous orange tabby (and avid Snapchatter), who belongs to Angelique in the Receiving Department.

Chloe the gray tiger cat was adopted by Susan's family after she started hanging around Susan's brother-in-law's office.

Chloe

Susan in the Accounting Department  shared this beautiful photo of Chloe the gray tiger cat. Chloe was a stray that started hanging around the Brooklyn workplace of Susan’s brother-in-law. Susan’s family took her home, and now she lives in Queens, where she’s always purring—even in her sleep!

Max and Rocky live in Queens with Jiovannie who works in our Customer Service Department.

Max and Rocky

Max and Rocky also live in Queens with Jiovannie who works in our Customer Service Department. As you can see, they both love to stretch out. Max is a lovable, huge fur ball, who thinks he’s little, but he weighs a whopping 19lbs! Max is also a polydactyl cat, which means he has an extra toe. Rocky is an adorable tabby who likes to eat peanut butter!

Charlie & Poesje are two feral cats that adopted Ank, our Sample Sale Organizer Emeritus.

Charlie & Poesje

Charlie & Poesje are two feral cats that adopted Ank, our Sample Sale Organizer Emeritus. They value their independence, but love coming to Ank’s house for tasty meals and a warm bed. Poesje means “small cat” in Dutch. In Holland, kitties say, “mauw.”

This is Rosie, a tabby who belongs to Carrie in the Graphic Design Department.

Rosie

This is Rosie, a chatty tortie tabby who belongs to Carrie in the Graphic Design Department. She lives in Brooklyn, and recently became a big sister to Carrie’s baby son. In Brooklyn, kitties say “fuggedameowtit.”

Silver & Gold are a pair of adorable kittens that Cecile in our Order Entry received as a birthday present. They're about 4 to 5 months old, and cute as can be!

Silver & Gold

Silver & Gold are a pair of adorable kittens that Cecile in our Order Entry Department recently received as a birthday gift. They’re litter mates, about 4 1/2 months old, and cute as can be!

Biggie belongs to Caley from the Hanky Panky Sales Team

Big-Eyed Biggie

Meet Biggie, named after his size and as an homage to the late hip-hop artist. He belongs to Caley in our Sales team. Biggie showed up at her mom’s front door one day in Syracuse and never left! So she isn’t positive how old he is, but suspects around 10. He has since relocated to the big city, home of his namesake.

This is Pixie, a calico who was a stray in Brooklyn and now lives the high life in Manhattan

Pixie

This is Pixie, a sweet calico who lives with me (Larissa from the Design Department). She was found starving on the streets of Brooklyn 12 years ago and now lives the high life in upper Manhattan. Pixie has a wide range of vocalizations, and has been known to purr loudly while bathing, and quack when she wants attention.

Jealous of all the cute kitty love, and think a cat could fit in with your life for the next 15-20+ years? International Cat Day is a great day to go visit your local shelter and adopt a new Best Feline Friend, or support the animal rescue or welfare organization of your choice.

-Larissa

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Diary of a Hanky Panky Intern: Hanky Panky at the Coffee Shop

Hanky Panky Summer 2017 Intern, Noa Herman

Summer 2017 Merchandising Intern, Noa Herman, Barnard ’18

I don’t usually buy coffee in the morning because I like to save that money for drinks or ice cream after work, but the other day it was easily 95 degrees out and I just really wanted that iced coffee. So I’m standing at the bar in Starbucks on 23rd Street, it’s 8:45 a.m.; I’m sweaty and also holding two heavy bags stuffed with my clothing from the weekend. I hear my name being called, but it’s not coming from the barista. I turn and see a face I remember vividly from high school, but I don’t remember the name. “Hi Noa! How are you?” As the familiar voice begins to ring some bells, I quickly recall that this is the mom of my ninth grade best friend. The same mom that drove me to the Hamptons on the weekends, had me over for birthday parties, and saw me at weekly volleyball games. “Annie”, she says pointing to herself to remind me, but I already remembered.

I’ve had this interaction a few times, and by now, six weeks into my summer internship, I’ve got it figured out. When people ask me what I’m up to for the summer, I take a split second to assess their knowledge of lingerie brands or ability to draw conclusions based on titles, and either say I’m working in merchandising at a lingerie company or skip the explanation and jump straight to saying I’m working at Hanky Panky. Given that many of my friends from school are either engineers, or pre-med, or clueless, I often err on the side of caution. Also, since in this case maybe saying “google it” isn’t the best advice.

This time though, I was at some sort of a crossroad. Annie was always cool and wore the trendiest clothes. But she was also a mom, and usually my friends’ moms fall under category number one. So when she asked me what I was doing in the area, I went with the explanation version. Well, I couldn’t have been more mistaken. When I finally did say “I’m working at Hanky Panky”, Annie, the 55-year-old mom of three, literally stuck her free hand in her pants to show me that she was currently wearing hers. Right there, in the middle of Starbucks on 23rd Street!

I was completely surprised at the public display of intimacy, but nevertheless reciprocated the trademarked Hanky Panky Handshake® by pulling the pink lace out from my waist. It was so nice to see her again.

So, I could be writing about the experience I have had these past six weeks honing my skills in data analysis or learning an incredible amount about the production process, but instead I see my time here as having been something much more valuable. I’ve learned that there’s nothing more gratifying than working to sell a product that makes people happy—something that makes them feel good about themselves.

If there’s something that I feel strongly about, it’s making people feel good about themselves. Because if people are confident, they will be happy, and happy people are productive people. And productive people can help solve the world’s problems. So Hanky Panky is really working to make the world a better place. Maybe next time I’ll just say I’m working in philanthropy.

-Noa Herman, Hanky Panky Intern

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The Curvy Fashionista’s Top Panky Picks in Plus Size

In celebration of this weekend’s TCFStyle Expo, we asked The Curvy Fashionista, Marie Denee, to give us her top Panky Picks from our Plus Size and Plus Size Bridal collections. Before we get to that, we have some exciting news…

Yours truly will be the star of a runway show taking place on Friday at the TCFStyle Expo. If you can’t make it, you can tune into the live stream on The Curvy Fashionista’s Facebook and Instagram pages at 12:30PM EDT. We also will be posting the video to our Facebook page to view later. So be sure to like and follow for the latest updates!

Now without further wait, here are The Curvy Fashionista’s Panky Picks as explained by Marie:

1. The Latest Addition to our Plus Size Family: Signature Lace Lined Bralette

“I love it! I love that you’re offering something new, especially with tops. Bralettes are trending, so I’m hyped to see a plus option! I like that it’s light for summer and the adjustable straps. It’s comfortable enough to chill around the house, too.”

Hanky Panky Signature Lace Plus Size Lined Bralette 487932X

Signature Lace Lined Bralette

2. Our Classic Boyshort

“The boyshort is my second favorite item. You can never have too many boyshorts! This is my every day go-to. The rise is perfect and the lace is so comfortable and stretchy. It is great to wear with everything from my jeans and shorts to a summery flare dress for a little extra coverage.”

3. A Top with a Pop: The Signature Lace Cami

“For this one, I was excited about trying some color! I wanted to add a pop of color outside of basic black and white. It’s a great layering piece to wear with a nude bra and pair with a full summer skirt.”

The Curvy Fashionista, Marie Denee, talks Hanky Panky with us.

The Curvy Fashionista, Marie Denee, in her mint cami!

4. A Brief Affair: Signature Lace French Brief

“This is my first time trying this one. It is super-comfy, great for wearing around the house and the lace makes it feel sexy and more feminine.”

Marie in Hanky Panky French Brief

5. Plus Goes Retro: Retro Thong

“The Retro Thong is another go-to for me. I love the coverage the high waist provides; it makes me feel more secure and they last forever!”

Hanky Panky Retro in Moodstone Green from Fall 2017

Retro in Moodstone Green from Fall 2017

6. The Cropped Cami: A Bralette Alternative

“This is another great layering piece for low-cut dresses or a drop armhole top. It’s very versatile. I got it in black, so it can go with everything!”

Marie in a Hanky Panky Cropped Cami

7. Five is a Favorite: Multi-packs

“If you know what works for you already, then the multi-pack is such a sensible option. There are easy and a good choice of color.”

Hanky Panky 5 pack in plus size

Marie and her favorite 5 pack

8. Something Blue: Annabelle Chemise in Bridal Plus

“I love that this is a bridal piece! I love that we have that option. I’m all about options, sooo here for it!”

Hanky Panky Bridal Plus Size Annabelle Chemise with Baby Blue Cross Dye Trim

Annabelle Chemise with Baby Blue Cross Dye Trim

9. Cross-Dyed Lovers: The Betty Brief

“The Betty Brief is like a higher rise of the boyshort, which is great to have as a go-to for more coverage. Also, I love the cross-dyed color story. It’s beautiful and great for anyone, even if you’re not a bride or bride-to-be.”

Hanky Panky Cross-Dyed Betty Brief

Cross-Dyed Betty Brief

10. Indulge Your Inner Flirt: Lingerie for All

“I am all about feeling sexy even for yourself. If you like lingerie, get it and wear it for yourself! That’s what I think. I have one friend who only goes to bed in lingerie, which I don’t do, but I think that’s great.”

Hanky Panky Cigarette Girl Chemise

Cigarette Girl Chemise

We had a great time speaking with Marie and are looking forward to the expo! Can’t get enough of The Curvy Fashionista? Well, we also got some Pillow Talk in with The Curvy Fashionista earlier this month. Read the interview here.

Carla

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We Attend the Launch of Hire Harlem

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Hire Harlem Launches!

Last week, Hanky Panky was fortunate enough to be in attendance for the launch of Hire Harlem. As a brand that takes pride in producing and hiring locally, we were excited to hear about the Hire Harlem initiative, which aims to promote the use of local businesses owned by people of color and women in the Harlem, New York area. The group also highlights businesses that give back to the community.

Hire-Harlem-Stats

Stats provided to guests

The website functions as a directory to find a business, whether it be a restaurant, gym, art gallery, boutique, or salon, in Harlem. Visitors to the site can view and make selections through a map (for the more visually-inclined) or a searchable database where they can filter and view lists based on their criteria (for the list makers out there!).

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The event was held at B2 Harlem, a family-owned business and neighborhood gem, and brought together members from the local community and greater NYC area. Rafael Ramirez, the Deputy Director of Hire Harlem and a friend of  Hanky Panky CEO Lida Orzeck, helped build the site and welcomed us to celebrate. In attendance were the Schomburg family, Assemblyman and DNC Vice Chair Michael Blake, and State Senator Brian Benjamin. Both Blake and Benjamin addressed the crowd with riveting speeches to encourage investing in the community and working at a grassroots level to affect change. As Blake noted, “there is something everyone can do to make this system better. We each bring value to this project.”

Founder Jordan Stockdale introduces Assemblyman Michael Blake

Founder Jordan Stockdale introduces Assemblyman Michael Blake.

Director of Partnerships and Harlem local, Ken Miles shared his experience of finding a sermon from 1942 in a book given to him by his great-aunt as he was preparing for the site launch. The sermon espoused the importance of shopping from and employing members of the Harlem community. His awe of the same sentiment being shared nearly a century ago resonated throughout the room.

State Senator Brian Benjamin address crowd with Ken Miles (wearing hat) behind him. at Hire Harlem launch

State Senator Brian Benjamin addresses crowd with Ken Miles (wearing hat) behind him.

As for long-term plans, the initiative hopes to extend to other parts of New York to connect people and business in their neighborhoods. In the meantime, they are focusing on the launch of Hire Harlem. If you have any suggestions or would like to apply to be listed in their database, please email HireHarlem@gmail.com.

Lastly, if you find yourself heading uptown, check out Hire Harlem to locate a nearby local business to patronize as we all have a role to play in supporting our communities.

-Carla

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Cheers to 40 Years!

Hanky Panky founders Lida Orzeck & Gale Epstein with models at the brand's 40th Anniversary celebration at the West Edge on the High Line. ©Benjamin Lozovsky, BFA.com

Hanky Panky founders Lida Orzeck & Gale Epstein with models at the brand’s 40th Anniversary celebration at the West Edge on the High Line. ©Benjamin Lozovsky, BFA.com

Yesterday, we began our 40th anniversary festivities at West Edge on the High Line. Artist and Girls star, Jemima Kirke, fashion editors, style bloggers, buyers and a few Hanky Panky friends and staffers were in attendance to say “Cheers to 40 Years of Hanky Panky!”

Headlining the event were Hanky Panky co-founders Gale Epstein and Lida Orzeck, as well as acclaimed illustrator, lifestyle blogger and Hanky Panky collaborator, Dallas Shaw. This Fall, Hanky Panky & Dallas Shaw are launching a beautiful collection of lingerie in celebration of Hanky Panky’s 40th anniversary. This collection was showcased on models throughout the night. Ms. Shaw also hand-painted watercolor portraits of attendees at the Story + Rain VIP Lounge.

Guests sipped our signature cocktails, the Hanky Panky Handshake (a vodka and thyme lemonade) and the 40 & Fab (a pink lemonade margarita), and snacked on trendy bites, while listening to the musical stylings of DJ Stef Nava.

Here are a few of our favorite photos from the event.

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Guests also enjoyed our Hanky Panky photo booth.

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In celebration of our 40th anniversary press party, our vintage hanky-inspired 40th Anniversary collection is now available for purchase! You can read more about the inspiration behind this collection here. Shop the full collection here.

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And this is not the end of our 40th anniversary celebration by a long shot. Stay tuned for additional events, giveaways and product launches!

Carla & Larissa

 

 

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Thong Diary: Romance isn’t Forever, but Hanky Panky is

Hanky Panky Thong Roses

Today’s entry into the Thong Diary comes from Hanky Panky fan, Cara, who discovered her love for Hanky Panky through a former flame:

About 11 years ago, my boyfriend at the time was traveling out of town for work. He picked up a pair of Hanky Panky panties in his hotel gift shop as a little present for me. I put the undies in my drawer and have been wearing them ever since. I didn’t give Hanky Panky any more thoughts.

Fast forward to today, I need new panties. I don’t shop as a hobby, I’m more utilitarian about the whole thing. I’m also married (to a different man) with two kids now, so time is very hard to come by. When I searched online for American made underwear, Hanky Panky came up. I remembered “hey! I’ve been wearing those panties for 11 years and they are still perfect!” I saw they were also organic. That’s a huge score for me too. Anyhow, I bought two pairs.

I thought it was cool that an old gift would bring me back to buy 11 years later!

As they say, rose are red, violets are blue, Hanky Panky is tried and true! So there you have it: the relationship may not have lasted, but the panties did. Cara, we are glad to see that your Hanky Panky pair have seen you through the past 11 years and here’s to 11 more!

Have you gifted or been gifted by a loved one with Hanky Panky? Do you have a Hanky Panky story about it that you would like to share? Submit it to thongdiary@hankypanky.com. If it is featured in the diary, we will send you a complimentary gift!

Carla

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