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5 Weird/Fun/Exciting Adventures To Go On This Year

Post-Vacay Manners
How to not be a jerk about your awesome vacation. Read More »
New Year, New You
Everything you need to kick 2012 off right. Read More »
Traveling Alone
Why one woman prefers to travel the world -- solo. Read More »

So, you’ve got a freshly minted BA and you’re ready for an adventure!  Or maybe you’ve been slaving away in a cube farm and you’re fairly sure that a warm beach is calling your name.  Since you’re not tied down with a mortgage/child/spouse yet, why not have a bit of adventure? Here are five way that you can explore the world and escape your cubicle — all without breaking the bank. Keep reading »

15 Skills Every Woman Should Master

Give A Compliment!
Here are seven reasons to compliment a total stranger. Read More »

The internet is littered with posts about a ladys must-haves (LBD!  The perfect boyfriend jeans! Matching silverware!) and while all that is lovely, we know we are not what we own. Right? Right. 

So, in honor of The Frisky’s “New Year, New You” series, let’s devote some internet space to the important skillz that you (and I) should master. Keep reading »

Girl Talk: I’m A Smart Girl Who Loves “Jersey Shore”

I Love Guidos
An essay to a woman who prefers dating guidos. Read More »
Is "Jersey Shore" Sexist?
Vinny and Snooki photo
Vinny swears that "Jersey Shore" isn't sexist. Read More »

I am a self-described Smart Girl. I probably possess several other positive traits but my intelligence is one that I cling to and frequently define myself by.  I have an MA in Applied Linguistics, I’ve been known to read Dickens on the beach and I have Very Strong Feelings about the correct use of “you’re.”  

And yet?  I never, ever miss an episode of MTV’s favorite train wreck: “Jersey Shore.”

Now, before you give yourself a headache from all that eye-rolling, I’d like to state my case.  Keep reading »

7 New Ways To Ring In The New Year

Best NYE Ever
...hopefully it'll be the one to come. Read More »
There's Still Time!
How to score a date in time for New Year's Eve. Read More »
Resolutions For Men
We have some suggestions... Read More »

New Year’s Eve is completely overwrought with expectation, isn’t it?  Will your party be hip-hop-video-caliber awesome? Who are you going to kiss? And most importantly, are you wearing enough sequins?

It’s enough to make a girl throw up her hands and stay in watching re-runs of “Breaking Bad.”

Never fear, friend.  We’ve got seven ideas for totally different ways to ring in 2012. Keep reading »

Girl Talk: I Travel The World. Alone.

Wanderlust
How to hook up in a hostel. Read More »
Avoid Bed Bugs!
Seven tips for avoiding an infestation when traveling. Read More »
Money 101
10 tips for traveling on the cheap! Read More »

Since 1998, I’ve filled two passports, trundled through innumerable airports and navigated the border crossings of 28 countries — almost always by myself.  Occasionally I’ve been accompanied by a boyfriend, sometimes by a brave friend I’ve convinced to join me, but most of the time I wandered out into the throng of waiting touts alone.

Now, when you’re a young woman and you tell people you’re going to travel, the first question will be: “Who are you going with?” Keep reading »

Holiday Gift Guide: 10 Usable, Consumable Non-Things To Give This Year

Holiday Gift Guide
Everything you'll ever need for your holiday shopping. Read More »

You know what I kind of hate? Stuff. Sitting there, requiring dusting, storage, packing when I move. Getting rid of unwanted, unbeautiful things is practically a hobby of mine. Do you still want that gold unicorn figurine? Because I really want to donate it to Goodwill so I don’t have to look at it anymore.

And Christmastime is the season of stuff. We all receive mountains of random crap from those ridiculous office Secret Santas, shirt-tail relatives and well-intentioned others. A framed print of dogs playing poker for the art snob! Cheese and meat trays for the vegetarian! Jingly, jangly earrings for the un-pierced! So, let’s save ourselves some embarrassment, a bit of wrapping paper and a trip to the returns counter and give the lovelies in our lives some consumable, usable non-stuff this year. Here are 10 to get you started… Keep reading »

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