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How To Have Hot Sex (When It's Freezing Outside)

How to have hot sex (when it's freezing outside)

The nights are drawing in, the leaves are falling off the trees and if you're anything like us, you're planning to spend the next three months indoors with all the blankets.

Some find this time of year romantic - after all, what is more charming than snuggling up to a loved one?

But some of the drawbacks of this season include colds, forgettable TV programmes, stodgy food, mandatory time with relatives, less sunshine, roads becoming ice rinks and end of term assessments. Admit it, you're turned on already.

A good way to shake off the funk is to climb into bed with your lover... Except as soon as the clothes come off, the cold air bites you in the nether regions (not in a good way either). You jump into bed, only to be enveloped by the glacial sheets. Brrr.

Luckily, though, Lovehoney have a few items to turn up the heat (in more ways than one).

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12 Things Everyone Has Thought During Sex

12 Things Everyone Has Thought During Sex

Sex is a wondrous thing; like a magnificent night sky. Full of beauty, infinite possibilities and the... what the heck is that?

We've all been there. On the road to Pleasure, via Puzzled with a pit stop in Preoccupied.

Focusing on being relaxed and what is turning you on in the moment is key to satisfying sex.

By practising being more present in each moment of daily life, you'll find it a lot easier to be in the moment during your lovemaking.

With everything that's going on in our busy lives, it's understandable though that sometimes our minds take a detour.

Don't fret about it.

Read on for a list of things that everyone has thought of during sex.

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Tips for Writing Erotic Fiction

Tips for Writing Erotic Fiction

Have you ever thought about writing your own erotic stories? Or maybe memoirs? Then you're not alone.

Lots of people feel awkward about sharing their writing – understandably so, if you've ever read a comment section anywhere on the internet.

It's scary to put yourself out there. But it can also be a huge turn-on, and ultimately rewarding.

Even if your audience is just yourself and a lover, erotic writing is a great way to explore fantasies. Writing can relieve stress, and when you're doing it for fun, it can be a welcome break from academic assignments.

If you've ever thought about putting pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard as it's now more often known (though it does sound slightly less romantic), here are some small steps to get you started.

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6 Things We Are Tired of Seeing in Porn

Pornography has come a long way over the past few decades. Well, maybe not so much in content, but in terms of accessibility.

The fact is, most of the fantasies we see acted out in porn have existed for hundreds of years, but previously, you had to go to some lengths to see them. Like subscribing to 'specialist' magazines, or braving a seedy-looking sex shop in a back alley.

With the internet age, our desires are at our fingertips.

People who are curious about trying/viewing something other than vanilla sex are able to do so with more ease than they would have, say, thirty years ago.

However, between the mainstream media, search engine algorithms and the influence of major pornography companies, it can be difficult not to become bored with the same ol' studio-filmed heteronormative perfect-bodied images flashing across our screens.

Here are just some things we are tired of seeing in pornography:

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4 Ways to Be More Giving in the Bedroom

4 Ways to Be More Giving in the Bedroom

We all know how important it is to know what makes us tick in the bedroom, but are we all paying enough attention to our partners, too?

For those of us who really need to focus to be able to climax, or need a very specific sort of stimulation, it can be easy to become caught up in the routine of what we need, and not necessarily remember to do the same for the other person (or people) in the room.

And after all, sex is at its best when everyone's enjoying themselves, right?

So we've come up with some top tips (and a handy acronym) for how to make sure you're being a generous lover, as well as still getting everything you need.

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18 Non-Cringey Songs to Add to Your Sex Playlist

18 Non-Cringey Songs to Add to Your Sex Playlist

When we think about a sexy night in, we probably think of different things.

Some of us will think about massage and rose petals after a candlelit meal for two, followed by hours of sensual lovemaking.

Some of us will think of striped butt plugs, hoods and French maids.

But one of the things we can probably agree on is that there is a song that fits our mood in the bedroom, whether it be a raspy love ballad, throbbing trip hop or an upbeat pop tune about underwater life sung by a Trinidadian crab (what?).

However, not every playlist is a suitable score for sexytimes. So to help you put together your perfect playlist for playtime, we've picked our top 18 sex songs - and there's no Barry White in sight.

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6 of the Sexiest Movie Characters Ever

The 6 Movie Characters Responsible For Our Sexual Awakenings

It's movie night. Lights are dimmed, the popcorn is burning in the microwave and it's time to forget about studying for a couple of hours (it can be done tomorrow, right?).

Back in the days before binge watching a whole series was possible to do, without getting up from the sofa every four hours to put in the next DVD or VHS, movies ruled.

We spent many hours in front of the screen, even though we were told we'd get square eyes. Recreating musical dance routines, crying over a doe dying, gasping at the daredevil stunts of the action heroes and marvelling at the tightness of the Goblin King's trousers...

We are taking a trip back down cinematic memory lane, to look at some of the characters who inspired more than respect for their range. In fact, you could argue that some of them don't even have a range. But they sure were pretty.

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6 Apps That'll Shake Up Your Sexual Routine

6 Apps That'll Shake Up Your Sex Life

As a student, I'd be lost without my smartphone. It's an essential piece of equipment for me. How else could I keep up with all my important academic notices like last minute seminar room changes, workshops showing me how to cite correctly, and student union election updates?

Then, in my free time I play games, keep in touch with friends, search for the name of the person in the current TV series I'm watching to find out where I recognise them from, and browse Lovehoney forums.

I've also tweeted a large supermarket chain because a relative and I were arguing about what year the local branch opened in our hometown. Behold, all this power and knowledge at my fingertips.

But wait, I can hear you thinking, if smartphones can do so many awesome things surely there's probably an app for reigniting intimacy? Like autocomplete, I'm already there.

Here are some of my favourites for boosting your sexual inspiration and adventures.

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Sexy Galentine's Gifts Your Friends Will Really Thank You For

Galentines and Palentines Gifts Your Friends Will Love

January is well and truly here. All reminders of Christmas and New Year have gone. Well, except the shortage of money and the occasional "Have you failed your New Year resolution yet?" comment - and let's not forget the back to university/work blues.

If you know what day it is today, then rest assured, you are getting back into the swing of things. Give yourself a pat on the back if you spent more time out of pyjamas than in them. Go you! You're unstoppable...

... But what is this red and pink rash growing over every building you walk into? Oh, it's Valentine's Day promotions!

Despite the emphasis on romance, Valentine's Day is a great time to let the people in your life know how thankful you are for them. Because, let's face it, a support network is the number one student accessory.

Here are some ideas for gifts for your besties. What better way to thank someone for being a friend?

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