Summer Lovin'

By Pamela, age 25, South Africa

Summer lovin' had me a blast

Summer lovin' happened so fast

I met a girl crazy for me

Met a boy cute as can be

I'm sure you all know the movie Grease, about the summer romance between Sandy, a goody-goody Australian girl on holiday in the States, and Danny, a cool American biker boy. Long story short, they end up at the same high school, and their summer romance blossoms into a real romance (with lots of singing). This is the ideal summer romance story, but in real life summer romances are often confined to summer.

Blame it on the heat, or the bathing suits, or the fact that people are happier when on vacation, but there's something about summer romances. You go on vacation to the beach with your family, and you notice a cute guy lifeguard checking you out. You end up talking, and then meeting for a walk on the beach at sunset. You start having feelings for each other, and then suddenly you're a couple. But then, it's the day you have to go home, and back to reality. You promise to make it work, and keep in touch. But the minute you get home your summer romance becomes a summer fling.

Summer fling, don't mean a thing...

When you're on vacation you want to have fun, and summer romances are fun. They are almost like a game to see if you can have a summer romance while at the beach or wherever. Summer romances seem more intense because of the time pressure. You only go on vacation for a week or two, so you develop feelings very quickly. This sets the relationship up to fail, because it takes time to really get to know someone. Add to this the fact that you and your summer fling probably live miles apart. A long distance relationship isn't really going to work with someone you haven't built a firm foundation with in the first place.

My advice is to see summer romances for what they are - summer romances. Don't expect them to transfer into relationships when you go back home and your tan has faded. However, we all need a summer fling to look back on fondly. A bit of flirting will give you an ego boost, and is a good way to pass the time while sunning yourself on the beach.

Tips to Get You Summer Lovin':

1. Body Language

Smile and stand up straight. Try not to cross your arms over your chest, and keep your head level (don't look down too much). If you notice a cute guy checking you out, make eye contact for a few seconds, look away, and then look back at him.

2. Mingle

Join in activities at the place you are staying, such as dance classes (think Dirty Dancing), or snorkeling. Who knows, your instructor could turn out to be your summer romance! You can't meet you him if you're watching movies in your hotel room with the curtains closed. So get out there and mingle!

3. Have Fun

You go on vacation to have fun, so make sure you do things that you enjoy. If you like reading a magazine by the pool - do it. Enjoy your vacation, flirt a bit, and don't take summer romances too seriously!

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
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- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
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- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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