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Indulging in a little bit of spicy reading material is one of life's simple pleasures. And now that erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey (the first in a racy trilogy) has gone mainstream, there's no time like the present to take what's between the pages between the sheets with your man.

Check out our tips below for bringing the tale of business tycoon Christian Grey and submissive student Anastasia Steele to life — except better, because you get to participate.

Fifty Shades of Grey kitInvest in the Good Vibrations "Shades of Grey" kit

Why traipse from store to store (or website to website) when you can get all the props you need in one easy package? San Francisco sex shop Good Vibrations stocks a Grey-inspired kit that comes stocked with your very own copy of the book (great for Fifty Shades "virgins"), stretchy ribbon cuffs attached with a delicate chain to restrain your partner, a blindfold and a soy Ignite Me candle to add some light hot-wax play into your routine.

The good news for non-West Coasters: You can order it online ($46;

Ask him to spank you

No question, spanking factors prominently into the book — you'll never know if you like it until you try it. With him behind you, ask him to pat your rear lightly at first, and then instruct him to increase the intensity depending on how you like it. Says Anastasia in the book: "I surrender myself to the rhythm of blows, absorbing each one, savoring each one…" Best part: This sort of kink is totally free. If you want to up the ante, have him use a ruler, like Christian does.

"I surrender myself to the rhythm of blows, absorbing each one, savoring each one…"

See the sexy site for yourself

The book is set in Seattle for the most part, but some steamy scenes are set in the historic Heathman Hotel in downtown Portland. The inn offers several packages based on the book, including the Charlie Tango package (that's the name of Christian's helicopter). Throw down $2,700, and you get a whirlybird ride plus a dinner for six at the hotel. More intimate: For $40, the Heathman will gift you a bottle of pouilly fume wine (which Christian and Anastasia share in the novel) and a gray tie.

If you have a spare $400,000 or more lying around, consider going all in and buying a condo in downtown Seattle's Escala building, mentioned repeatedly in the novel as the location of Grey's luxe penthouse. Condos are selling like hotcakes — and for 99 percent of their asking price — though the developers aren't admitting why. Playing coy, eh, boys?

TieDress him up

Feeling skittish about getting tied up (or tying him up)? No worries! Add an element of a sexy power struggle to your boudoir by asking him to don a sharp suit and crisp button-down shirt, modeled after high-powered businessman Christian Grey. After the clothes come off, for fun, try wearing his tie... and nothing else. He'll love it.

Shop where the moneyed executives do for a perfectly pressed look: Brooks Brothers. Their white shirt is classic. ($88;

Use a smooth-and-sweet prop

Sex and ice cream? Sounds like the perfect evening. In the book, Grey does some wicked things with a spoon: "[Christian] trails a spoonful of ice cream down the center of my body, across my stomach, and into my navel..." We can't go into much more detail, but let's just say it ends well.

This is one sex toy that won't break the bank: Get yourself a pint of Häagen-Dazs and go nuts... or classic vanilla.

More on Fifty Shades of Grey

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Fifty Shades of Yuck : Stomping Happy Meals and other things I learned in an S&M dungeon
Stephenie Meyer: Fifty Shades of Grey is "not my thing"


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Comments on "Bring Fifty Shades of Grey into your bedroom"

SPbyVJJ August 25, 2012 | 10:01 AM

@Melissa...find your self-worth, hunny. You are so much better than this and deserve so much more than this. I have been there, we all have. I guarantee that this guy is attracted to rejection. You said that this "skinny barbie chick" rejected him and he cant seem to get enough of her. Guess what's gonna happen, your gonna find your self-worth, figure out there's a Mr Cutie in the office that has been secretly checking you out this whole time, but you never noticed cuz you were too busy paying attention to Mr Wrong. Once you turn your attention away from Mr Wrong, the rejection is gonna drive him nuts. Giving YOU control over the situation.....YAY!! One thing for sure.....he is NOT worth your time!!

kc August 14, 2012 | 1:35 PM

Melissa, He isnt that into you. If he is telling you that you are fat, get rid of him. He is superficial. It sounds to me like he is being a jerk if he can "ONLY SEE" you on Friday nights. Aren't you wondering what he does the other nights he isn't with you???

Erica July 11, 2012 | 9:20 AM

Ok, I think I just need to bite the bullet and read this book for myself. It sounds craaaazzy.

Evil Bella June 25, 2012 | 6:45 PM

Melissa sounds to me he just wants you around for when its convient for him and that is not cool and yeah you may be twenty but rejection hurts at any age. But like y said you are young and look at your self worth its worth more than him. 130 lbs is so not fat!! Eat a steak and a salad feel good about yourself you don't need someone like him to tell you that you are fat what's next you're ugly and not good enough will come to play. Tell him to hit the road you so don't need that. Find someone who you can be yourself with and will take you for you. This loser obviously doesn't care and wants a barbie girl let him!! You deserve so much more my dear so yes leaving will do you a world of good and will spare your self esteem and you will feel better because you got rid of a negative person in your life go out with friends when it was the time to go with him or find a hobby you love and get involved from the sounds of it you are pretty busy the best of luck to you

Sexy007 June 21, 2012 | 1:16 PM

@ Melissa, you are so young and have so much too learn. Read your comment and you clearly answered your own question. Move on, there are plenty of fish in the sea, you will find someone to value your worth, respect you and love without you haveing to settle! Before Mr Right can walk in though, you clearly must learn to love, respect, and value your worth yourself first! I honestly believe we get exactly what we put out, Ask yourself this "Would you date you?"..Just some advice of someone older who went thru this already!! Best of luck to you!!

Melissa June 15, 2012 | 11:46 AM

Hey i have a problem, I ma currently persuing my degree and working at the same time, only twenty years old. I have been dating a guy for one month now, and we never had a real date, the only time he has time for me is on friday nights when we leave work, he has no time for me on weekends and we hardly talk,i weigh 130 lbs and he says i am too fat and he is always talking to this skinny chick at work whom he liked before but she turned him down. He never looks at me like he really cares and he never really tried to plant that one mind blowing kiss on me. Am i expecting too much? Am i doing something wrong? Should i leave? Or should i hold on and see what happens? Please help!!

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