Make the most of the sexy summer time

Heat up the summer like sexy film icon  Brigitte Bardot  “Summer heat, boy and girl meet, but uh-oh those summer nights …” sang the girls and boys on a beach in the musical Grease. The magical sexual chemistry of summer hasn’t changed since the 1950s — summer is still hot, hot, hot!

 
Sunlight makes you sexier – it’s science
To be less poetic and more scientific, “sunlight has a direct effect on the brain’s serotonin production,” according to researchers at the Human Neurotransmitter Laboratory and Alfred and Baker Medical Unit, Baker Heart Research Institute in Australia. “Our serotonin levels increase with increases in luminosity… and   serotonin also regulates arousal,” explains Ray Sahelian, MD, author of Mind Boosters in an article in www.completewellbeing.com.
 
In the same article, Carmen Fusco, an instructor in pharmacology explains that sunlight doesn’t just effect serotonin, but also many other feel-good and mood hormones. “It decreases melatonin, norepinephrine, and acetylcholine and increases cortisol, serotonin, GABA, and dopamine,” she says.
 
Andrew Goldstein, MD, co-author of Reclaiming Desire claims that a long hot day can make you hot too. “The longer day, shorter night cycle too affects sexual activity. As the day gets longer, the amount of serotonin and dopamine in your brain increases — specifically dopamine, a hormone that stimulates libido.”
 
So instead of moaning about the heat or feeling fat in your itty bitty bikini, why not learn to enjoy summer, unleash your inner goddess and make the most of the sexy summer time.
 
Cool and sexy
Bare summer clothes can leave even normal weight woman feeling puffy and over-stuffed, if they don’t choose carefully. Too tight clothes never look chic and are confidence destroyers. It’s a hard to feel seductive and sultry when are you are self-conscious and uncomfortable.
 
Long flowing maxi dresses are a hot trend, and they are also cool and comfortable in hot weather. Keep the lines long slim. Make sure the fabric is soft and flowing to avoid adding extra volume to your silhouette.
 
Choose a pretty romantic style, a bold gypsy look, or a long slim knit for a chic city look.
 
A high-waisted or “empire-style” dress can create the illusion of a small waist. The skirt will skim over any problem areas.
 
Accessorize!
Have fun with accessories. Summer is the time to indulge your fashion fantasies. Wear a pretty straw hat with a feminine dress, or tie your curls back with a long pretty scarf.
 
Show off bare arms with a bold cuff or an armful of enameled bangles. You can buy great bangles anywhere. I recently spied good-looking sets of gold finish and enamel bangles at Target for less than $20.
 
Store such as T.J.Maxx, Winners and Marshalls will yield armloads of fabulous costume jewelry at a deep discount. Get a stunning bracelet or divine earrings, and make it your “summer signature”.
 
Get a comfy, but fabulous-looking pair of espadrilles. They’ll add a touch of St. Tropez glam to your summer look.
 
Metallic sandals are fabulous for dressing up everything from jeans to simple sun dresses. If you are the more casual type, get a pair of soft strappy flat sandals, like the chic ones Carla Bruni wore in Midnight in Paris.
 
Keep feet smooth with a daily foot scrub. Buy one or mix coarse kosher salt or brown sugar with olive oil and a few drops of your favourite fragrance. Paint your toes a fun sexy coral, hot pink, or robin’s egg blue.
 
Trade your heavy winter bag for a straw tote, if you haven’t bought a new summer bag.
 
Under it all
Buy tops and dresses that have straps wide enough to cover your bra straps. Consider investing in a good convertible bra that will adjust to different styles while still giving you a great shape and support. www.brasymthe.com has many choices.
 
Sultry weather and shape wear don’t mix well. A-line skirts or classic-cut trousers will glide over problem spots.
 
Stock up on cool pretty cotton panties and thongs. Victoria’s Secret has a fabulous selection. Hanro is known for their classic white panties and thongs. Pretty panties make you feel sexy and glam when you get dressed. Never underestimate the power of good lingerie on your morale.
 
Jeans
If you live in your jeans buy a pair in lighter-weight denim for summer. Look for denim with a small amount of spandex or Lycra for a sleek fit. A classic boot cut or slightly-flared leg are most flattering, if you are pear-shaped. 
 
Pair well-fitted white jeans with a pretty bare top, stunning earrings, and metallic sandals — and you are ready for a summer evening fete.
 
I prefer skirts and order them in white denim from L.L. Bean.
 
Shorts
If you are not very slender, wear shorts no higher than mid-thigh. Keep your look classic and clean. Wear shorts with panache by emulating the classic safari or marine styles. If you have fabulous legs, satin evening shorts with metallic sandals can look cute and sexy, but keep the top covered up for a chic look.
 
Even if you have fabulous legs you risk looking ridiculous wearing skimpy gym shorts anywhere but on a running track after age 25.
 
Get your glow on
Try a sunless tanner to cover less than perfect legs or lumpy arms. A light coat of bronze can mask many small imperfections. There are so many good ones. Now you can even spray tan at home. http://www.dolcedolce.com/?tag=flawless-airbrush-instant-body-spray  http://www.dolcedolce.com/?p=5965
 
Be sure to add a little shimmer to legs and shoulders especially at night. Exfoliate daily and moisturize; your skin is on display. Use a mask before a night out. Elizabeth Grant’s Cooling Collagen mask can instantly rehydrate skin, $30.
 
Summer is the perfect time to get an added glow from some well-placed highlights to show off your bone structure.
 
Darlings, don’t melt, simmer — and make the most of the sexy summer time.
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