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Make Your Next Date Feel Like a First Date

first date, romance, datingDo you remember what it felt like to go on that very first date? The mix of excitement and nervousness that comes from getting to know someone new. While the thrill of a first date might seem like something in the distant past, you can recapture that feeling no matter how long you’ve been in your relationship.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

- Make a date to do something you never do, but have always wanted to. Dancing? Murder mystery dinner? Comedy night? Whatever it is, just make sure it’s something completely out of the ordinary.

- Make the night more special with some mood enhancers, just like you might to impress a new special someone in your life. Candlelight, incense, and wine are a few easy ways to make an ordinary night extraordinary.

- You can recreate that first date feeling by renting a car for your next date. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just something out of the ordinary for you. This will make the entire evening feel new and different, even if you’ve been together for years.

- Take a class on something that neither of you know anything about. It could be cooking, painting, dancing or skating – whatever you want to discover together.

And if you’re looking for something not so new, but special, you can recreate your actual first date. This can be a great way to celebrate an anniversary or just surprise your special someone with something entirely unexpected. Not only will you have a fantastic date, but you’ll also score some extra points for being romantic.


First Date Conversation Starters

wine-890371_640Going out on a date can be stressful. In fact, going out on a first date can be downright terrifying! It can be hard to put your best foot forward when you’re nervous and on edge, which puts a real damper on conversations. The result can be periods of awkward silence or worse, a conversation that turns weird or embarrassing.

Don’t worry, however–it’s easy to keep things on track if you have a few conversation starters ready to go. Here are a few topics that can lead to lively and interesting chat.

  1. “Tell me about your work.”
    This is a safe topic that can lead to a chat that’s easy to contribute to without any pressure. It’s also a great way to learn about your date, which can make the conversation easier.

  2. “What kind of movies (or books) do you like?”
    Everybody loves movies or books, so this is a surefire way to spark a conversation. The discussion could also be a nice way to hint at future dates. After all, a night at the theatre might be fun.

  3. “Have you always lived here?”
    People like to talk about where they are from and where they grew up. It also shows you’re interested and gives you some insight into your date.

  4. “Do you have any pets?”
    People who have pets love to talk about them. So if your date has furry or fluffy friends, then it’s a golden conversation starter. If they don’t have pets, you can ask about that as well, so it’s a win-win.

  5. Do you like to travel?
    People are often passionate about their love of travel or their dream of traveling to far off places. This makes it an easy starting point for a lively and engaging discussion.

And of course, there are some things you might want to not talk about, like your crazy ex or strange family problems. Just stick to these safe and simple conversation kickstarters, and you can relax and get to know your new friend without the pressure.


Low on Confidence? Just Fake It Until You Feel It!

necklace-518268_640Everyone struggles with feelings of insecurity, especially in the summer when the heat has everyone reaching for swimsuits and shorts. Add to it all a few first dates or other romantic situations, and it’s easy to see how people can feel off their game.

While it’s normal to have these feelings, the last thing you should do is to let them stand in between you and life! So how can you overcome insecurity and enjoy yourself, no matter how you’re really feeling? Here are a few tips to get you started.

- Not happy with your waist? Many people have trouble with their tummy, but that’s okay, it’s easy to conceal it a bit with sexy darker colors like emerald green, wine red, and royal blue. These colors are slimming and perfect for all skin tones. You can also select flattering cuts, like baby doll lingerie, A-line tops, and other styles that hang loosely around the midsection.

- Feeling insecure about your bust? This one is simple to fix with a padded, push-up bra set. You can also select lingerie with these features built-in, like a cleavage-enhancing bustier. If you’re looking for a more daring solution, try a plunging neckline. This bold and sexy cut looks great no matter your cup size.

- Unhappy with your thighs? You shouldn’t worry about thick thighs, just treat yourself to lingerie that stops mid-thigh, or a sexy robe to provide a bit of extra coverage. If you’re interested in two-piece sets, boy shorts can do the trick. These sexy bottoms are flattering and they don’t pinch, pull, or crawl like other types of bottoms.

- Don’t like your arms? This is a very common problem, but you can conceal it by choosing sleeve styles that extend mid-way between your shoulder and elbow. When it comes to lingerie, simply pick ribbon-style straps for a more flattering look. Of course, you can use a lacy cover-up or a slinky satin robe to create the same effect.

There you have it, a few easy tricks to help you fake confidence until you’re feeling it, but remember, you’re beautiful just like you are – don’t let a little insecurity ruin the fun.


Bachelorette Party Ready!

bacheloretteSure, spring and summer might be considered wedding season, but more importantly, they are also bachelorette party season!  This means that plenty of you are soon going to be in charge of planning a night to remember for your bestie.

If you’re not sure how you’re going to make it all happen, here are some tips to get you started on the right path.

Don’t procrastinate – Time flies, and it goes twice as fast when you’re feeling overwhelmed. So if you have a party to plan, give yourself as much time as possible. Do yourself a favor by writing down your plan, breaking it up into tasks, and setting some deadlines.

Enlist your friends –  There’s nothing wrong with having your friends help you plan the best bachelorette party ever. Ask everyone for their party ideas and let everyone take a task or two from your to-do list.

Consider the bride –  No matter how close you are, remember that this isn’t your party. So before you plan a night that’s perfect for you, consider what your friend would want. Do your best to make sure that the evening represents their idea of fun!

Don’t forget the treats – What makes a party a party? Well you need food, drink and party favors of course.  And, let’s face it, bachelorette parties have some of the most fun party favors out there, so this is an easy win!

Of course, our final and most important tip is to relax and enjoy yourself! This is supposed to be all about fun, so don’t overthink things and don’t sweat the details. And, if you’re looking for   some help, head on in and we’ll hook you up with everything you need for a night to remember.

Spring Is Here, So Make It Sexy!

spring, romanceSure, there’s something romantic about winter, with the falling snow and toasty fires, but if you’re like us, you’re definitely excited about spring. One of the best things about spring are all the opportunities for being sexy!

Put away the flannels: Now that you don’t have to hide under thick layers of clothes, you can put away the flannel and pull out the nighties. While you’re at it, treat yourself to some nice spring pastel colors to lighten the mood as well.

Aromatherapy: Now that spring is here, you can freshen up your home with some candles and incense. Floral scents, vanilla, and citrus are great fragrances that can lift your spirits and set the mood.

Treat your skin: Winter skin isn’t always pleasant, and it’s not always sexy, but now that spring is here, you can turn it all around. Treat yourself to some exotic bath wash, lotion, and oil and you’ll be silky smooth before you know it.

And of course, it’s also a great time to bring back date night now that the weather’s more pleasant. A romantic dinner, an evening of dancing, or wine tasting can be just the thing you need to shake off the cold and kick-start the heat!

Looking for more sexy ideas? We’ve got you covered – just jump in the car and see us in person.


Bachelorette Party Season

bachelorette party, bridal seasonSpring is traditionally known as wedding season, but at In the Garden of Eden we know that this means it’s also bachelorette party season as well! And while these pre-wedding parties can be quite fun, planning them can actually be pretty overwhelming.

If you’re in charge of planning the perfect bachelorette party and aren’t sure where to start, we’ve got your covered. Here are a few tips and ideas for making your last chance for fun one to remember.

Ask the bride – You should ask the bride two important things before you start making plans. The first is what they want the party to be like and perhaps most importantly, you need to ask what they don’t want during their special evening. Everyone has their own ideas and boundaries, and asking will help you honor their wishes. It also ensures that the night meets the bride’s expectations. After all, it’s a once-in-a-life situation.

Have a plan B – Even the best of plans can go wrong. People get sick, dates and times need to change, entertainment falls through–don’t expect everything to go right. So make your best plans and then make a backup plan, just in case. Consider some alternatives for things to do, entertainment, and fun places to go. Thinking through a worst case scenario will reduce the stress should something go wrong.

Call in the troops – Sure, you might be in charge, but there’s no reason you have to do it alone. Enlist every friend you can find to help with the planning. This will take the pressure off and ensure that the night goes smoothly. It’s also a great way to brainstorm ideas. Get everyone together, create a plan, and divide up the responsibilities.

Remember the bride – You might be in charge of the planning, but it’s important to remember that it’s not your party. The bachelorette party is all about the bride, so ask yourself, “Is this what she’d want?” as you make your plans. This helps to ensure that the evening represents what she would want, even if it’s not your idea of fun.

And don’t forget our final, most important bachelorette party tip – enjoy yourself! Don’t get so caught up in getting things done and playing host that you forget to enjoy the fun you’ve planned! This is a special night, so get ready to make it one nobody will ever forget!

Fun and Easy Valentine’s Day Ideas

valentine's day, romance, netflixThis is the month we’ve been waiting for, and if you’re anything like us, you’re counting down the days until Valentine’s Day. Not only does this holiday give us an excuse to eat chocolate, but it also gives us plenty of opportunities for romance!

Just in case you’re looking for some fun and spicy ideas, we’ve got you covered. Here are four simple but sexy ways to make this a day to remember:

1. Book a room and call it a night – Nothing says sexy like unexpectedly booking a hotel room for you and your significant other. Make it even more of an adventure by not telling them until it’s check-in time!

2. Buy a sexy outfit and keep it a secret – Wearing something sexy is always a win, but what about keeping your ultra-sexy outfit a secret until the moment of truth. This ups the hot factor and is sure to be a big hit.

3. “Netflix and chill” with a twist – We all know what “Netflix and chill” means, but what about upping the ante by making your evening’s entertainment something spicy? Head on over and pick up something interesting and we promise your partner won’t know what hit them!

4. Surprise meet and greet – You know your partner’s schedule, so why not dress up and meet them unexpectedly to whisk them away for the evening? You can boost the sexy factor on this by adding a little role play to the scenario.

We could keep going all night, but we bet you have some ideas of your own as well. No matter what you do, remember Valentine’s Day comes once a year so you might as well make it one for the books. So let your imagination go wild and start making plans today!


Romance Resolutions for 2018

romance resolutions 2018Every year people make resolutions like working harder, losing weight, and eating healthier. While these can be great goals, they aren’t particularly fun, are they? We want to propose some resolutions you’ll actually look forward to keeping this year!

1. Make time for romance.

You want to, you need to, and yet every year people let work and other obligations get in between them and love. So this year, aim to make romance a constant priority – you won’t regret it!

2. Spice things up.

It’s very easy to add some heat to the bedroom these days. From marital aids and fun games to sexy lingerie and mood lighting, there are many ways to add back the spice. This year, make it your goal to try some new things in the bedroom.

3. Pamper yourself.

Sure, taking the time to pamper yourself is good for you, but did you know that it could also be good for your relationship too? When you take care of yourself, you feel better and have more confidence, both of which help improve your love life!

4. Be nice to yourself!

Okay, so you’re not a lingerie model, but that’ doesn’t mean you’re not sexy. This year, try and be a bit nicer to yourself so that you can relax and enjoy life a bit more. This will not only help you in the romance department, it will also help you in other areas of life!

5. Be nice to your partner!

Maybe your mate forgets an anniversary, or isn’t always as expressive as you’d like. That doesn’t mean they aren’t completely crazy about you. So this year try to appreciate what your partner does instead of dwelling on what they don’t do – you’ll both be happier.

Do you have any romantic resolutions? Head over to our Facebook pages and tell us all about them!


‘Tis the Season for Love

winter romance, seasonIt’s getting darker earlier, the sun is rising later, the weather is colder – but contrary to popular belief this is actually the perfect time of the year for romance. What’s better than a night by the fireplace with someone you love? Exactly!

Here are some simple mood-setting ideas to make this holiday season the season for love!

Candles and more candles – Candles are romantic, plain and simple. Lighting up the room with beautiful, flickering candlelight instantly transforms the mood. So light the room up and enjoy yourself!

Incense, lotions, and oils – Incense can change the mood in many ways, depending on the scents you choose. Musk, sandalwood, vanilla, and jasmine are a few great ones to get you started. Lotions and oils create many sensual opportunities, including the sexy scents they come in.

Lingerie and accessories – Few things say “Let’s have some fun” like lingerie. Luckily, lingerie works for all body types, so find a flattering cut and enjoy. You can also top off your look with hosiery and sexy shoes for a completely unforgettable evening.

Novelty items – If you’re really looking to throw some logs onto the fire, so to speak, why not try novelty items? These come in a large range of possibilities, so we assure you there is something for everyone. So come in and browse – we’re sure you’ll find something perfect!

There you have it, some super easy, super fun ways to add some heat to your holiday season!


Make Time for Romance This Holiday Season

holidays, romanceIf you’re like most people, you’re gearing up for the busy holiday season. While it’s a great time of year, it can also put a strain on relationships. Here are a few tips for making time for romance, even in the busiest holiday season.

Make date night a priority

It’s easy to let holiday plans take over your life. If you’re in a relationship though, this can make your partner feel like they aren’t very important. Fortunately, it’s easy to avoid this by keeping up with date nights! If you don’t have a regular date night, then this is the time to start!

Say no…to obligations, that is!

Many people have a hard time saying “no” when they’re asked to help, especially during the holiday season. Not only can this put a strain on your free time, it also increases your overall stress level, which is a surefire romance killer! So, make sure you don’t over-obligate yourself with holiday festivities this time around!

Include romance in the celebration

The holidays and gift-giving go hand in hand. This gives you a golden opportunity to make romance a part of the celebration! This is a great way to make sure that holiday stress doesn’t end up hurting your relationship. So, pick out some sweet, romantic, and sexy gifts for your significant other so they know they’re always on your mind.

From Thanksgiving to Christmas, the holiday season is full of both fun and work. These simple tips can help you make the most of the season while protecting your relationship along the way!