Seduction in the City


It was a chilly New York evening, but the air held a certain sexiness that flushed my cheeks and lips with color. Looking back, it was probably the color of passion red.

He immediately noticed.

His piercing eyes followed me all night. A gaze that equally adored my curves and my smile. I noticed he'd find ways to cut the physical distance between us, making excuses to swoosh past me more often as the night progressed, teasing me with his perfect smell and disarming smile. Oh how I'd like to swim in the wrinkles of his smile! I made sure to match his intensity with my own desire and playfulness. If there's something I can do well (and take great pleasure in), it's smiling, especially faced with a steamy encounter. I danced the dance of seduction and mystery, making him wonder, not doubt, what his next move should be. Every time we held each other's gaze, we invited each other into our respective world of intimacy, refusing to let anyone else in or, even worse, break the spell we put on each other. We were entranced. 

Conversations over drinks evolved organically, laughs pierced the cool evening air and just like that, I began writing this in my head. That's the thing about romance: it's one of the only defying mysteries in life that seems to suspend time. One word hangs off the other, one small caress steals my breath and the thought that there will be more where that came from sends shivers down my spine. His occasional boyish demeanor lets me know I have the same effect on him. 

We are looking at each other, no, we are staring at each other, and in the first doubtful thought of the night, I wonder what he's thinking. Will he kiss me? Is he thinking of my lips? When will I get to kiss him? And just like that, in one impressively quick motion, as if to protectively banish the questions in my head, he interlaces his fingers through my neck and hair and pulls me into his lips like it's all he's been thinking about since he first saw me. No need to wonder, his lips whisper over mine telling me so. We are locked in a desperate kiss that pleads for more. As his lips and hands travel through the rest of my body, it feels as I don't have enough skin for him to kiss, to wander through. I wish I had more. To feel more of his breath over me, more of his whispers against my skin... I want all of him and he wants all of me. 

Pairings of intense making out, touching, breathing hard and then holding each other close, hugging, talking and looking at each other unfolded through the night, allowing for prolonged pleasure and freedom of physical expression. To be matched on such a sensual level must be one of the most liberating and gratifying gifts to experience as a human being. We take turns taking control, giving into one another with complete abandon. My lips wander and taste his body - not all of it, yet, but enough to keep my taste buds wanting more. His mouth grazes over me and I find stillness in his curiosity and exploration of me. At one point he even finds my elbow amusing to kiss. We lay side by side, me taking note of the city lights catch in his eyes and wanting to freeze time once again, him playing out what a full evening with me would look like, feel like; and just like that, in one clear decision that my entire body disagrees with, I decide it's not the night. I want to delay it, to extract every single ounce of pleasure over the sweet musings of time.


Calling all self-loving sexy ladies! If you have a particularly memorable sexy tale to share, we're all ears. Seduction in the City is all about celebrating our womanhood, our desires, our pleasures, our loveliest and steamiest encounters, and everything in between. As a woman, I want to offer up this space for candor and freedom of expression. By sharing and embracing our innermost dialogues and anecdotes, we affirm a message of complete self-love to the world (and you can remain anonymous if you so wish).  Follow along our sultry journey as we seduce our way through the city by subscribing to the mailing list. We promise to keep it sexy ;)

LIVING SEXY IS... Being The Best Version of Yourself

I’m beginning to realize I have many girl crushes. What it boils down to is my desire to make people happy and show them how beautiful and special they are. When I meet people, women mostly, who embody beauty, confidence and grace, I immediately start thinking of what style of photo shoot I’d do with her, where we’d go, what questions I’d ask during the interview - all in hopes of capturing her essence.

Almost two years ago, when I met Jessica Morelli, I knew she was a special gal. Not only does she have a pristine spirit and delicate beauty, she’s also incredibly passionate about things that are dear to my heart - natural skincare, essential oils, using nature and its gifts to self-heal, etc. So of course, we bonded over oils, shared entrepreneurial stories, talked about trying to live a serene and balanced life in New York City, discussed boyfriends, part-time jobs, full-time jobs, pottery classes, knitting workshops, and just like that, on a muggy Brooklyn day, we fell in love. HA! Just kidding - but I’m glad you’re paying attention. 

Jessica, founder of Palermo Body, is a true girl’s girl in a just-girlie-enough way. She’s wickedly smart about more topics I can even remember and is quick to lend a helping hand. In a nutshell, she’s a gem. Aside from her skincare line (which you must check out), what intrigues me most about Jessica is her deep desire to educate people on the simplicity of self-love through skincare, because that’s really what beauty / skin products are for - to take time for yourself and feel great.

As a person and as a brand, her goal is to make people feel special, to aspire to be the best versions of themselves. In fact, when I asked her how this Living Sexy Is feature ties in to her vision for the world, her answer was quite simple.


If we can hone in on feeling beautiful on the inside, that is what will exude on the outside. It will be natural for it to just pour out of you. That's how I want people to use my products.


Me: So you’re saying I should pamper myself with yummy products, take time for myself, feel beautiful on the inside and then that innate beauty will just pour out of me?

Jessica: Yes.

Me (nodding vigorously): I’m down with that.

Who’s with me? Actually. First of all, does everyone agree - at least in theory - that we all have beauty within us that’s just waiting to be discovered/ acknowledged so that it may pour out of us?

I certainly and adamantly agree.

So then why, as a society, do we struggle with this concept? Why are there so many more cases of self-doubt that lead to terrible, life-long struggles than there are cases of self-love?

In my interview with Jessica, she mentioned how there’s a shift happening, and you may be aware of it already without really knowing it. But take some time to notice different advertisements around you. Chances are there are elements - namely, models - that wouldn’t have been used, say, five years ago. It’s true! There’s definitely a movement toward a more “real” representation of women and, more importantly, a movement toward understanding ourselves as women and supporting one another. It’s a marvelous trend that I hope continues to unfold for years to come and, truthfully, it’s the main goal of this column, Living Sexy Is.

Circling back to the many different negative outcomes that may sprout from self-doubt, self-hate and self-judgement, I now want to emphasize the outcomes that may flourish from the opposite mindset - self-care, self-love, and self-acceptance. Can you picture a world where communities nurture communal uplifting rather than individualist competition? You can break that down into many mini-realms: between women, between men and women, between religions, between cultures, between countries, etc. You get the idea. It’s a powerful thought to consider, and one that I hope you do, because we’re all unconsciously (or consciously for some of us) planting seeds for our communities that WILL trickle down for generations.

Jessica and her simple mission to make people feel great has so much more meaning than the plain surface of the statement. She’s created a brand that allows men and women to take time for themselves, to connect with the earth and to feel wonderful. It’s no wonder she’s doing so well because everything she does is done with devotion and great care. It’s because of all this and because of her ability to make ME feel special that she’s this week’s feature.

I couldn’t be more excited to share this beautiful woman with you and if you have a chance, visit her web site to learn more about her handcrafted products. They're luxurious and amazing.

With love,



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//  C R E D I T S //

Feature: Jessica Morelli of Palermo Body

Instagram: @palermobody

Location: Bellocq Tea Atelier, Greenpoint

Instagram Tutti: @tuttidelmonte


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