Our hectic schedules barely give us a moment to breathe, forget a moment to focus on romance. Valentine's Day is today and that's no better excuse for slowing down and rediscovering the art of sensuality with your partner. After all, when was the last time you took a moment to bring out your seductive side? Today do yourself (and your Valentine) a favor and make V-Day 2013 the sexiest one yet. Here are some tips on how you and your partner can get in the mood for love and prepare for a romantic night together.
Treat Yourself to a Relaxing Evening
You can't be ready for romance if you are stressed. The first step to feeling sexy is making time to relax your mind and body. Take a hot bubble bath, enjoy a glass of red wine, and get lost in a mushy romantic novel. Put your mind at ease and remind yourself that you are a woman who deserves to pamper herself every now and then. If possible, even throw in a trip to the salon for an affordable manicure and pedicure.
Make a Naughty Purchase
Nobody is saying that you need to go out and purchase a dirty movie (unless you want to). Instead, purchase something tiny, lacy and red from either Victoria Secret or Fredericks of Hollywood. While you're at it, throw in a bottle of scented lotion to make sure your body is kissably soft. I recommend "Falling In Love Perfumed Romantic Body Lotion" by Sephora. After all, you can't be sexy, if you don't feel sexy.
Cuddle up with a Romantic Movie
Getting "in the mood" is a gradual process. Therefore make sure you and your partner plan a date night at home either before or after dinner. Pick a sappy romantic comedy (try "No Strings Attached"), snuggle up on the couch under a warm blanket, and enjoy the flick. This is a great way to unwind with your partner and regain closeness.
Plan Your Valentine's Day Itinerary
The best way to destroy a romantic evening is with disorganization. It is very important that you and your Valentine are clear on exactly what you will both like to do and where you want to do it. Remember that most fancy restaurants will be extra crowded today so hopefully you reserved a table in advance. If you are travelling far, be sure that you are clear on the directions because getting lost is not exactly a turn-on. So, get organized to ensure that your romantic night runs smoothly.
Make a Seductive Playlist
Nothing sets a romantic mood quite like the right music. The last thing you want is to hear YMCA come on the radio just as your sweetheart is about to give you a sensual massage. Therefore, make a playlist on your iPod (or burn a CD) with only your favorite romantic songs that are guaranteed to create a sexy environment. Here are some recommendations to help you get started: "Sex Therapy"- Robin Thicke, "Motivation"-Kelly Rowland, "Tonight I'm Lovin You" -Enrique Iglesias ft. Ludacris, "Share My Life"-Kem, "You Are" -Charlie Wilson, "Adore" - Prince.
Make sure you hit all five senses.
Delicious smells, soft touch, nice things to look at, loving words and of course delicious eats. Below are a list of foods that are known aphrodisiacs.
Asparagus: Believed by a 17th-century herbalist to stir up lust
Avocado: Banned by early Catholic clerics because it symbolized male fertility
Bananas: Full of potassium and vitamin B
Basil: Provides a sense of well-being
Dark chocolate: Releases dopamine in the brain
Figs: Provide you with 1/3 of your potassium requirement for the day
Garlic: Increases your heart rate and gets blood pumping
Hot peppers: Mimics the sexual response
Oysters: Rich in zinc
Pomegranate juice: Leads to better blood circulation
Salmon: Loaded with protein and a known serotonin booster.