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4 body language tips for a first date

August 9, 2015

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Do you ever think about what nonverbal cues you’re sending out on a date? I had a chance to sit down with body language expert, Tonya Reiman, to discuss ways to get our actions to match our words so we can communicate the message we want to. “What we’re learning is different body poses make someone feel confident or potentially insecure,” she explained. “The goal for me is to teach people to be more confident, authentic, and feel more empowered.” Read on for more of her tips on body language and scent in the art of attraction:

1) Eye contact is good. Stalker stare is not.

There are some standard ways to show you’re interested: tilt your head a bit, smile, lean towards the person, and hold steady eye contact. “You do these things to let the person know they’re the only person in the room that matters.”

But don’t overdo it. “People are under the myth that if a person isn’t willing to hold eye contact, they must be lying. That’s not true. Some people are just uncomfortable holding eye contact,” Reiman explains. Stalker stare [when you’re holding eye contact in a less than natural way], she adds, usually happens when they know the perception is liars don’t hold eye contact. “So what do they do? They stalker stare when they don’t normally make eye contact. That’s a red flag.”


2) Try to minimize distractions.

“One of the biggest thing is people don’t realize they’re distracted by things that are happening outside the two-people scenario. For instance, you’re sitting with someone and somebody walks by and they’re distracted and they look. Those are signals of disinterest. Sometimes it’s just because the person is nervous, so you need to discern if it’s nervousness or real level of disinterested.”


3) To figure out if the other person is interested, observe their own body language.

Are they seated towards you or away from you? Are their hands folded or closed. “If you start to recognize that they’re more open, these are the times that you want to lean in a little bit and potentially touch the person and doing that will automatically make that person feel that connection towards you.” Touch, she says, equal power and confidence.


4) Touch + scent = unforgettable. 

Touch is a powerful message but scent makes you unforgettable, Reiman says. Scents like musk, vanilla, amber go  right to a man’s brain and turns them on, she says (all notes in Caress Forever body wash collection, which Reiman is a spokesperson for).

Caress Forever body washes

Caress Forever body washes

“The real cool thing about the body wash is when you stroke certain areas, it releases the fragrance.” That little indent in your neck she points out is a very vulnerable and sensual area. “I’m always telling women when you’re going on a date wear a little necklace with a small charm (that’s not a heart) an occasionally stroke that because that lets the scent out but also draws attention to your neck.” If you already wear a perfume, you can stack that over the scent of the body wash .

“What you need to realize is scent is a kind of memory, so we have touch which forms bonds and then scent which makes memories. And the memory is because you go right to the hippocampus in the brain which stores long term memory.”

Want more body language tips from Tonya? Visit houseofcaress.com.

 


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So Michael Jordan came out with a perfume…

October 25, 2013

I feel like basketball legend Michael Jordan has been in the news a lot more recently. He had a lavish wedding, made headlines when he said he could beat MVP LeBron James 1-on-1 AND also admitted that he didn’t have a clue to what twerking could mean in the same interview. Now, he’s come out with his very first perfume for women, and it’s aptly called Lady Flight.

Lady Flight by Michael Jordan

The white and baby pink bottle with removeable rubber borders (an ode to his sneaks) is decidedly not the most grown-up of designs, but the pink actually alludes to a greater cause: For every bottle of fragrance purchased, $1 will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Although it’s easy to miss, I think my favorite part is the subtle white-on-white engraving of MJ’s signature on the bottle cap.

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As for the scent, it’s a mix of black currant, glacier lily, sandalwood, vanilla and white amber. It almost smells a tad coconut-ey to me (not one of its listed scents), and is on the lighter side as far as strength which I think probably makes it more appropriate for casual occasions. Get it for all the young Bulls fans in the making :).

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The limited-edition perfume retails for $50, but it’s currently prices at $39.99 at Perfumania.com.


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Men-days: CHROME UNITED (review)

September 9, 2013

I’ve been kindly requested to sprinkle in more content for guys, and so…I’ve come up with a new column: Monday Men-Days (HOW clever am I?!). And we shall kick it off with a new cologne, Chrome United by Azzaro which was formulated to celebrate (what else?): Bromance.

Chrome United cologne

At least that’s what the makers had in mind. The original Chrome cologne, which debuted in 1996 and now has a cult following, was formulated to celebrate the father/son bond, but this new one (if ya can’t tell by the packaging) is meant to celebrate the bond between male friends. Interesting take, I guess, but let me tell you from a female perspective — this stuff smells amazing. It has a fresh, sweet scent and some of the same woody notes from its predecessor, including bergamot, coriander, ceylon black tea, and cedar wood. In my opinion, I prefer this one even more than the original.

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The best thing about it besides its captivating smell is that it’s light but also long-lasting. It’s formulated with a linear composition, which means it will smell the same from the first spritz to how it will smell all day long (you can thank the genius perfumer who is Richard Ibanez of Robertet for that). Great for summer days at the beach or as we’re transitioning into Fall. The price ranges from $56 (1.7 oz) to $76 (3.4 fl oz) and available at Macy’s or other fine department stores.

What cologne do you use? Or which ones do you buy for a guy? Also, let me know what other content you’d want to see in the new Men Days column :).


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Air Wick’s newest scents are like a mini vacation in a bottle

July 16, 2013

So this is not my usual type o’ post. I was recently invited to the Mondrian SoHo Hotel to learn more about Air Wick‘s newest launches. To be honest, while being led to the rooftop for breakfast, I still wasn’t sure it’d be something I’d actually be able to connect to enough to write about. But settings make quite the difference…

View from the Mondrian Hotel rooftop!


More writers at the Air Wick event -- are we still in NYC?

At 9AM, the rooftop was transforming. Miles away from the city noise pollution, sipping on hibiscus tea and walking on grass-mimicking flooring, it was easy to mentally vacation from the office (which I had to return to shortly after!). It’s all in the details, something that Air Wick evidentally had long picked up on when they partnered with the National Park Foundation (NPF). They’ve crafted fragrances that bottles the essences of their national parks (their fragrance experts spent thousands of hours and went into countless combination of notes to find the perfect scents).

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That includes the Rocky Mountains, Cape Cod, Zion, Acadia, Grand Canyon, Virgin Islands, Denali, American Samoa, Hawaii, the Gulf Islands. With subtle floral scents (like cactus blossoms of the Grand Canyon), tropical notes (like papaya and hibiscus flower in Hawai’i, or native coconut and island palms for American Samoas), and woody notes (like sandalwood in Acadia), they’ve successfully managed to take you away while you’re sitting on your couch.

My Denali reed diffuser!

Not to sound overly-romantic about the whole thing, but the minute I set up the Denali-scented reed diffusers in my bathroom, the smell quickly permeated my small apartment. Forget spending at least a portion of my day waiting for the train on dingy subway platforms, the minute I walk through my door, I’m now greeted with clean notes of pure cotton grass. While I’m at the office for the better part of my mornings, the times when I am at home typing away, it’s nice to picture myself somewhere far (like a sun-drenched valley of a national park!). At least now I realize how important surrounding yourself with beautiful scents is to your overall well-being…especially for a blogger. Next stop — Hawai’i ;).

Are you big on surrounding your home with candles and scents like these? Which ones are your favorites?

Air Wick scents are available in scented candles, oils, reed diffusers, and sprays, ranging from $3-$6 (at all major retailers!).


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Vince Camuto comes out with their first men’s cologne

November 7, 2012

Vince Camuto has been perpetually impressing me. From their first perfume, to their chic clothing line, and now their newest cologne: Vince Camuto for Men. All pretty remarkable from a company known best for first making their mark on footwear.

Vince Camuto for Men

In now what I expect from the brand, every part of this cologne was well-thought out. From the packaging’s royal blue interior, to the bottle encased in classy black leather, to of course, the Camuto family crest in gunmetal, it’s something I’d expect to see on a dresser belonging to, say, James Bond.

The cologne has notes of black pepper, nutmeg, musk, and yes, leather. Mix in vetiver and patchouli, the woody scents dominate. It’s a very refined, grown-up scent…much less for when he’s wearing his jerseys and drooping jeans and more for the ones in suits and cufflinks. I probably wouldn’t get it for your pre-teen bro (unless he’s basically Manny from Modern Family), and save it for one who means business because this one leaves an impression.

Vince Camuto for Men eau de toilette sells for $57 for the 1.7 fl oz, and $70 for the 3.4 oz on their website vincecamuto.com and major department stores.


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Resurfacing from Fashion Week.

September 15, 2012

You guys, I feel guilty as hell for leaving you hangin’ (ESPECIALLY during Fashion Week). Thing is, the work required to update constantly while covering backstage while working a day job while jumping from city to city ain’t easy. So this time, I’m going to cover FW beauty trends retrospectively, which I think will be much easier going forward. But I have been eating a lot. Testing a lot. And I have a lot to say, so we can start with one topic of conversation that came up recently: cologne.

Guys, do not skimp on the importance of good cologne. I wrote a post on cologne a while ago with some suggestions (well ok, they just happen to me my preferences on cologne). But the best thing is to go out and test, test, test — with the help of maybe a cute girl to give feedback. Try not to drench yourself with it either…you’re not going for a Night at the Roxbury-Creeper-You’ll-Smell-Me-Down-The-Street scent…unless you are. But I’ll say just enough that maybe someone will get a unexpected slight whiff of your cologne when you pass by.

Acqua Di Gioia Essenza

I’ve always loved Giorgio Armani scents, and I feel like guys usually have Acqua di Gio. But here’s a reason to update your collection: Armani just release Acqua di Gio Essenza. Inspired by the Mediterranean, same classic look but this addition is an even more intense scent (read: a little goes a long way), which includes notes of grapefruit, basil, jasmine, and Sicilian bergamot essence. I love that it still has hints of its predecessor but still different enough that I felt guys who I’ve asked to sniff this one were even noticing.

Acqua di Giò Essenza is available for 40ml ($79), 75ml ($108) and 180ml ($168) at GiorgioArmaniBeauty-USA.com.

What colognes are you using right now?


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