CaN yOU EAt yOuR WaY To sEXy bLiSS?

Our monthly food columnist and fashion & content director went on a mission to find out.

To celebrate the launch of Sex Becomes Her, what could be more glorious than trying some seriously sexy foods? Dressed in our latest collection, Iona Judd and Flora Macdonald Johnston took a trip to London’s iconic Borough Market to test the (very important) question: can you eat your way to feeling sexy? This is how it went.

PART 1: fRuITy tUTTi

Iona
Borough Market is a home from home for me. As a young girl, I would go with my father on a weekly basis and knew some of the shopkeepers on a first name basis. Terry the chocolatier who let us choose extra chocs for free was my favourite for obvious reasons. It was less luxe then, and whilst many of the familiar faces have switched out, there are a few mainstays. Known for its extraordinary range of fruit and veg (think anything from salsify to niche citruses such as bergamots, kumquats and Meyer lemons), Turnips is one of them. More recently, a chocolate fountain has materialised, and with that, cheesy images of couples feeding each other chocolate-covered strawberries, or licking chocolate from each other’s bodies (sorry Dad) have sprung to mind. Whilst we didn’t go that far, we did devour a pot of strawberries smothered in molten chocolate. When I say we, I mean me. Flora loathes fruit. But it was all about the glistening chocolate that we found ourselves ourselves licking from the plastic container. Delicious? Yes. Sexy? No.

LIBIDO RATING: 5/10
Wearing: Connor Ives T-shirt dress (COMING SOON)

Iona
Borough Market is a home from home for me. As a young girl, I would go with my father on a weekly basis and knew some of the shopkeepers on a first name basis. Terry the chocolatier who let us choose extra chocs for free was my favourite for obvious reasons. It was less luxe then, and whilst many of the familiar faces have switched out, there are a few mainstays. Known for its extraordinary range of fruit and veg (think anything from salsify to niche citruses such as bergamots, kumquats and Meyer lemons), Turnips is one of them. More recently, a chocolate fountain has materialised, and with that, cheesy images of couples feeding each other chocolate-covered strawberries, or licking chocolate from each other’s bodies (sorry Dad) have sprung to mind. Whilst we didn’t go that far, we did devour a pot of strawberries smothered in molten chocolate. When I say we, I mean me. Flora loathes fruit. But iit was all about the glistening chocolate that we found ourselves ourselves licking from the plastic container. Delicious? Yes. Sexy? No.

LIBIDO RATING: 5/10
Wearing: Connor Ives T-shirt Dress (COMING SOON)

Iona
Borough Market is a home from home for me. As a young girl, I would go with my father on a weekly basis and knew some of the shopkeepers on a first name basis. Terry the chocolatier who let us choose extra chocs for free was my favourite for obvious reasons. It was less luxe then, and whilst many of the familiar faces have switched out, there are a few mainstays. Known for its extraordinary range of fruit and veg (think anything from salsify to niche citruses such as bergamots, kumquats and Meyer lemons), Turnips is one of them. More recently, a chocolate fountain has materialised, and with that, cheesy images of couples feeding each other chocolate-covered strawberries, or licking chocolate from each other’s bodies (sorry Dad) have sprung to mind. Whilst we didn’t go that far, we did devour a pot of strawberries smothered in molten chocolate. When I say we, I mean me. Flora loathes fruit. But iit was all about the glistening chocolate that we found ourselves ourselves licking from the plastic container. Delicious? Yes. Sexy? No.

LIBIDO RATING: 5/10
Wearing: Connor Ives T-shirt Dress (COMING SOON)

Flora
For me, chocolate has to be up there as one of the top aphrodisiacs of all time. There’s a reason it’s one of the most consumed food items across the world, is a part of ancient cultural rituals and is often used as a gift to show affection. It felt right, then, that it would be the first pitstop on our tour. We went to the famous Turnips, known for their endless boxes of fruit and veg and more recently, cups of fresh fruit slathered in molten milk chocolate. Turned on? Well, in all honesty, I don’t actually think the fruit was sexy at all – it was all about the oozing chocolate that stained our mouths and fingers for me. My advice? Forgo the fruit and get a cup of chocolate instead. At heart, I’m a purist.

LIBIDO RATING: 4/10
Wearing: Rowen Rose Vegan Leather Jacket, Rowen Rose Vegan Leather Mini Skirt

Flora
For me, chocolate has to be up there as one of the top aphrodisiacs of all time. There’s a reason it’s one of the most consumed food items across the world, is a part of ancient cultural rituals and is often used as a gift to show affection. It felt right, then, that it would be the first pitstop on our tour. We went to the famous Turnips, known for their endless boxes of fruit and veg and more recently, cups of fresh fruit slathered in molten milk chocolate. Turned on? Well, in all honesty, I don’t actually think the fruit was sexy at all – it was all about the oozing chocolate that stained our mouths and fingers for me. My advice? Forgo the fruit and get a cup of chocolate instead. At heart, I’m a purist.

LIBIDO RATING: 4/10
Wearing: Rowen Rose Vegan Leather Jacket, Rowen Rose Vegan Leather Mini Skirt

Flora
For me, chocolate has to be up there as one of the top aphrodisiacs of all time. There’s a reason it’s one of the most consumed food items across the world, is a part of ancient cultural rituals and is often used as a gift to show affection. It felt right, then, that it would be the first pitstop on our tour. We went to the famous Turnips, known for their endless boxes of fruit and veg and more recently, cups of fresh fruit slathered in molten milk chocolate. Turned on? Well, in all honesty, I don’t actually think the fruit was sexy at all – it was all about the oozing chocolate that stained our mouths and fingers for me. My advice? Forgo the fruit and get a cup of chocolate instead. At heart, I’m a purist.

LIBIDO RATING: 4/10
Wearing: Rowen Rose Vegan Leather Jacket, Rowen Rose Vegan Leather Mini Skirt

PART 2: ChAmPAgNE AnD oYsTErS

Iona
Oysters. Slippery and unctuous and… I’ll stop there. Oysters — and of course the prerequisite champagne — are symbols of luxury and wealth. Together, they make a hedonistic date night duo — or do they? We share a plate of briny oysters with Tabasco and mignonette Sauce. This is where things get sexy. We sling heads back, displaying décolletés as oysters 1 and 2 slip down the hatch. Oyster 3 awaits. We repeat the same well-practiced motion, but this time the oyster gets stuck, half in my mouth, half clinging on to its shell for dear life. By this point, vinegar is everywhere, and I am now stuck in the most awkward of positions, desperately shaking the shell in the hope of some oyster-shaped mercy. Sometimes it’s granted, sometimes it isn’t. Either way, mood killed. Don’t tell me you can’t relate.

LIBIDO RATING: 3/10
Wearing: LaPointe Sequinned Trousers and matching cropped top

Iona
Oysters. Slippery and unctuous and… I’ll stop there. Oysters — and of course the prerequisite champagne — are symbols of luxury and wealth. Together, they make a hedonistic date night duo — or do they? We share a plate of briny oysters with Tabasco and mignonette Sauce. This is where things get sexy. We sling heads back, displaying décolletés as oysters 1 and 2 slip down the hatch. Oyster 3 awaits. We repeat the same well-practiced motion, but this time the oyster gets stuck, half in my mouth, half clinging on to its shell for dear life. By this point, vinegar is everywhere, and I am now stuck in the most awkward of positions, desperately shaking the shell in the hope of some oyster-shaped mercy. Sometimes it’s granted, sometimes it isn’t. Either way, mood killed. Don’t tell me you can’t relate.

LIBIDO RATING: 3/10
Wearing: LaPointe Sequinned Trousers and matching cropped top

Iona
Oysters. Slippery and unctuous and… I’ll stop there. Oysters — and of course the prerequisite champagne — are symbols of luxury and wealth. Together, they make a hedonistic date night duo — or do they? We share a plate of briny oysters with Tabasco and mignonette Sauce. This is where things get sexy. We sling heads back, displaying décolletés as oysters 1 and 2 slip down the hatch. Oyster 3 awaits. We repeat the same well-practiced motion, but this time the oyster gets stuck, half in my mouth, half clinging on to its shell for dear life. By this point, vinegar is everywhere, and I am now stuck in the most awkward of positions, desperately shaking the shell in the hope of some oyster-shaped mercy. Sometimes it’s granted, sometimes it isn’t. Either way, mood killed. Don’t tell me you can’t relate.

LIBIDO RATING: 3/10
Wearing: LaPointe Sequinned Trousers and matching cropped top

Flora
Maybe my libido was already up because I was excited from start to finish. Freshly shucked salty oysters with tangy relish and spicy tabasco all served with a cooling glass of fizzing champagne? Delishhhh. Oysters have long been considered a natural aphrodisiac, and according to folklore (and I want to believe it's true), 18th century author and adventurer Giacomo Casanova ate oysters each day for breakfast due to their stimulating properties. And there is some science to bac in k it: oysters contain zinc which helps boost hormone production – namely testosterone. So, whether it was the zincy boost from knocking back multiple oysters one by one or the fact that I happened to be wearing my favourite Rowen Rose tweed dress for the occasion, this was pure heaven.

LIBIDO RATING: 8/10
Wearing: Rowen Rose Tweed Mini Dress

Flora
Maybe my libido was already up because I was excited from start to finish. Freshly shucked salty oysters with tangy relish and spicy tabasco all served with a cooling glass of fizzing champagne? Delishhhh. Oysters have long been considered a natural aphrodisiac, and according to folklore (and I want to believe it's true), 18th century author and adventurer Giacomo Casanova ate oysters each day for breakfast due to their stimulating properties. And there is some science to bac in k it: oysters contain zinc which helps boost hormone production – namely testosterone. So, whether it was the zincy boost from knocking back multiple oysters one by one or the fact that I happened to be wearing my favourite Rowen Rose tweed dress for the occasion, this was pure heaven.

LIBIDO RATING: 8/10
Wearing: Rowen Rose Tweed Mini Dress

Flora
Maybe my libido was already up because I was excited from start to finish. Freshly shucked salty oysters with tangy relish and spicy tabasco all served with a cooling glass of fizzing champagne? Delishhhh. Oysters have long been considered a natural aphrodisiac, and according to folklore (and I want to believe it's true), 18th century author and adventurer Giacomo Casanova ate oysters each day for breakfast due to their stimulating properties. And there is some science to bac in k it: oysters contain zinc which helps boost hormone production – namely testosterone. So, whether it was the zincy boost from knocking back multiple oysters one by one or the fact that I happened to be wearing my favourite Rowen Rose tweed dress for the occasion, this was pure heaven.

LIBIDO RATING: 8/10
Wearing: Rowen Rose Tweed Mini Dress

PART 3: PuCkER Up FoR pAStA

Iona
The final stop on our aphrodisiac tour was Padella, and whilst pasta doesn’t strictly fit into the category, it is undeniably sexy — even if I can’t figure out exactly why. Perhaps it’s just the visual of a bowl of spaghetti, each strand coated in rich, red hot sauce and the motions of eating it. A fork gliding through the tangled mass to bring a twist up to your mouth, followed by a suck and slurp (and likely a bit of splashback) as you greedily devour. Maybe I think if I eat enough pasta I’ll turn into Sophia Loren, the ultimate Italian screen siren. If I had to choose one pasta for the rest of time? Pasta puttanesca, or sluts spaghetti, of course.

LIBIDO RATING: 11/10
Wearing:
DES_PHEMMES Crystal T-Shirt

Iona
The final stop on our aphrodisiac tour was Padella, and whilst pasta doesn’t strictly fit into the category, it is undeniably sexy — even if I can’t figure out exactly why. Perhaps it’s just the visual of a bowl of spaghetti, each strand coated in rich, red hot sauce and the motions of eating it. A fork gliding through the tangled mass to bring a twist up to your mouth, followed by a suck and slurp (and likely a bit of splashback) as you greedily devour. Maybe I think if I eat enough pasta I’ll turn into Sophia Loren, the ultimate Italian screen siren. If I had to choose one pasta for the rest of time? Pasta puttanesca, or sluts spaghetti, of course.

LIBIDO RATING: 11/10
Wearing:
DES_PHEMMES Crystal T-Shirt 

Iona
The final stop on our aphrodisiac tour was Padella, and whilst pasta doesn’t strictly fit into the category, it is undeniably sexy — even if I can’t figure out exactly why. Perhaps it’s just the visual of a bowl of spaghetti, each strand coated in rich, red hot sauce and the motions of eating it. A fork gliding through the tangled mass to bring a twist up to your mouth, followed by a suck and slurp (and likely a bit of splashback) as you greedily devour. Maybe I think if I eat enough pasta I’ll turn into Sophia Loren, the ultimate Italian screen siren. If I had to choose one pasta for the rest of time? Pasta puttanesca, or sluts spaghetti, of course.

LIBIDO RATING: 11/10
Wearing:
DES_PHEMMES Crystal T-Shirt

Flora
For pasta lovers, Padella is nothing short of an institution. The iconic restaurant opened its doors in 2016 and is always fully booked within minutes of opening its doors at midday. Naturally, dressed in our sparkly finery, we had to partake and share some plates. We attempted to recreate the infamous scene from Lady and the Tramp over our dish of tagliatelle with nduja. Put it this way, we shared more than pasta in this moment (the fresh variety is highly slippery), but what are friends for, eh? After tucking into another dish of ravioli with ricotta, we were both delighted to be in our DES_PHEMMES T-shirts hiding our full stomachs. And really, to me, there is no sexier feeling.

LIBIDO RATING: 10/10
Wearing: DES_PHEMMES Crystal T-Shirt

Flora
For pasta lovers, Padella is nothing short of an institution. The iconic restaurant opened its doors in 2016 and is always fully booked within minutes of opening its doors at midday. Naturally, dressed in our sparkly finery, we had to partake and share some plates. We attempted to recreate the infamous scene from Lady and the Tramp over our dish of tagliatelle with nduja. Put it this way, we shared more than pasta in this moment (the fresh variety is highly slippery), but what are friends for, eh? After tucking into another dish of ravioli with ricotta, we were both delighted to be in our DES_PHEMMES T-shirts hiding our full stomachs. And really, to me, there is no sexier feeling.

LIBIDO RATING: 10/10
Wearing: DES_PHEMMES Crystal T-Shirt

Flora
For pasta lovers, Padella is nothing short of an institution. The iconic restaurant opened its doors in 2016 and is always fully booked within minutes of opening its doors at midday. Naturally, dressed in our sparkly finery, we had to partake and share some plates. We attempted to recreate the infamous scene from Lady and the Tramp over our dish of tagliatelle with nduja. Put it this way, we shared more than pasta in this moment (the fresh variety is highly slippery), but what are friends for, eh? After tucking into another dish of ravioli with ricotta, we were both delighted to be in our DES_PHEMMES T-shirts hiding our full stomachs. And really, to me, there is no sexier feeling.

LIBIDO RATING: 10/10
Wearing: DES_PHEMMES Crystal T-Shirt

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