Foods to Put You in the Mood

Throughout history, food has been linked to good health and increased sexual desire. Casanova, the famous Venetian womanizer, was known to munch on oysters, while honey was supposedly Aphrodite’s nectar du jour when it came to improving sexual performance. Sure, a romantic candlelit dinner can do wonders when it comes to creating a relaxed, intimate, sensual mood, but the foods we consume also appear to have a direct correlation to increased sexual appetite. According to researchers, the taste, smell and appearance of food can also act as powerful aphrodisiacs.
Whether you’re looking to rev things up with a new guy or spice up an established relationship, try indulging in some of these high-powered sexy edibles; all ten have been shown to kick-start your libido, revive sexual performance and enhance overall health.
Historically, almonds have long been a symbol of fertility. A healthy source of protein, they're a natural energy booster, which, in turn, can increase in sexual drive. Additionally, the scent is said to excite women, so it’s not surprising that almond oil is a common ingredient in soaps and lotions. The almond also has roots in the Bible, where Samson wooed Delilah with aromatic almond branches.
This erotic vegetable may be the quintessential libido booster as it contains high levels of vitamin E, which aids in producing sex hormones. After being dubbed an aphrodisiac during the Renaissance, asparagus was later banned from the dining tables of most convents. The Vegetarian Society suggests “eating asparagus for three days for the most powerful effect.”
It’s not surprising that the Aztecs called the avocado tree, ahuacatl or "testicle tree” based on how much its fruit resembles the male body part. This green tropical marvel also contains vitamin B6, which increases male hormones, and potassium, which aids in regulating the female thyroid gland. Both B6 and potassium are reported to increase libido.
Its suggestive shape aside, this popular fruit also contains bromelain, an enzyme which aids in boosting male libido. On top of this, bananas contain potassium and B vitamins, such as riboflavin, which raise the body's overall energy levels.
Celery may not be the first food that comes to mind when it comes to increasing sexual desire. But this crunchy, low-cal veggie contains an odorless hormone called androsterone, which, when released through male perspiration, is known to increase female sexual arousal.
Hot, spicy chilli peppers contain capsaicin, a chemical known to release endorphins and create a feeling of happiness and pleasure. Chillis can increase blood flow and heart rate, and they also stimulate nerve endings, resulting in increased sexual urges.
Dubbed the “love chemical,” the Aztec emperor Montezuma was said to consume large amounts of chocolate in an effort to enhance his sexual prowess before entering his harem. During modern times, researchers have attributed chocolate’s aphrodisiac properties to the stimulant phenylethylamine, which creates a general sense of well-being, similar to an endorphin rush.
Chocolate also releases the amino acid tryptophan, which produces the neurotransmitter serotonin. Known as "the feel-good brain hormone," serotonin helps to stabalize mood and diminish anxiety, all great calming aides that ultimately boost sexual desire.
Originally from Syria – and allegedly Cleopatra’s fave food – this ancient, erotic, fleshy fruit replicates female genitalia in its appearance. Figs are high in amino acids, which increase libido and boost sexual stamina. In some Southern European countries wedding guests toss figs instead of rice, to encourage fertility.
Reports on the effects of ginger date back as far as Chinese philosopher, Confucius (500 B.C.), who was said to never be without the tangy herb. It is also referred to in the Kama Sutra as a powerful aphrodisiac. Fresh ginger root stimulates your circulatory system, improves blood flow to sexual organs, and contains libido-lifting Vitamin C, zinc and magnesium.
Bearing a strong resemblance to female genitalia, oysters are widely-regarded as a powerful aphrodisiac – and for good reason. High in the mineral zinc, which contributes to testosterone production, these slippery mollusks also contain D-aspartic acid, a powerful chemical that triggers the release of sex hormones.

Sleep Time Lingerie For Men

What better time of day to enjoy lingerie than at night, when the world has gone to bed, the land is cloaked in darkness and the realm of dreams takes over, for a few short hours to become reality. If you're not yet enjoying lingerie as part of your nighttime routine, you can be in very short order.

Nylon nightgowns are a popular choice for many men who enjoy the sensation of being enfolded in their favorite fabric. Then there's also the fact that a gown is one of the most feminine types of attire a man can wear, which makes for double the fun.

If a nightgown is going too far, how about a babydoll?

Babydolls are popular pieces of short nightwear, they're designed to fall to the upper thigh and to flare out slightly when worn, which makes them very cute and feminine. Some babydolls spilt open underneath the cleavage, exposing the stomach, however traditional babydolls do not split. Whilst a split looks vaguely alluring, it is not of much use to a man who likes the sensation of wearing a nice piece of lingerie. Most babydolls tend to be low cut, so a shaved chest is a perfect accompaniment to a sweet nylon or satin lace trimmed babydoll. The pictured piece is from Betsey Johnson, and is a pleated chiffon babydoll.

Of course, you don't have to wear a gown or dress type piece of lingerie at all. There's no reason why you can't simply wear a nice pair of panties to bed, perhaps teamed with a nice light camisole. Plenty of women choose to sleep in panty / cami combos, they tend to be light, comfortable and there's still plenty of lingerie fabric to enjoy in the night.

Nylon camisoles are an excellent investment for a man who likes panties and would like to enjoy the soft embrace of nylon and satin, and if you don't own one as yet, then you're in for a world of enjoyment. Olga camisoles are an excellent brand, and though most of them are now termed as being vintage pieces for reasons best known to Olga, I'd recommend purchasing one if you happen to be lucky enough to find one. Like Olga panties, they are well made, comfortable and trimmed to feminine perfection.

What do you sleep in at the moment? What's your favorite piece of night time lingerie?


Being at one time a teacher of clothing and textiles, fabrics and sewing; the topic of buttons had been a research topics of a few of my students. I knew from their research why buttons were on different sides so here is the simple answer about why buttons are on different sides of garments. Just a copy and paste from a web site.

It seems a little odd – and it’s not something that anyone but costumers, cross-dressers, and tailors have occasion to notice much – but men’s shirts and women’s blouses button from different directions.
This might make sense if most women were left-handed and most men were right-handed, but as it is, most people are right-handed. So what’s the deal?
The reason has its roots in both custom and fashion. In the last few centuries of modern dress, both men and women wore more clothes than they do today (which is probably just as well, as they also bathed a lot less than they do today).
Depending on the era, men might wear waistcoats, pantaloons, gaiters and wool jackets. But women’s clothing was far more elaborate, and could consist of a dozen or more garments including petticoats, bloomers, gowns, corsets and bustles.
Thus, especially in middle- and upper-class society, men generally dressed themselves, whereas women did not. Instead, maids and servants might spend an hour or more dressing the lady of the house. Clothiers soon realized that reversing the buttons on women’s clothes made the job faster and easier for all involved. Because men were not dressed by servants, there was no need to reverse the buttons on their garments, and thus a custom was born.
Why has this tradition carried into the modern era, when women can dress themselves, thank you very much? For the same reason that most people still type on the QWERTY keyboard: it’s customary. There’s no real reason the buttons couldn’t be switched, it’s just that nobody has bothered to change a tradition that few people notice or complain about in the first place.