10 Signs Your Relationship Is Really Ready For Commitment

Over on the Huffington Post today there’s an article called “10 Signs You’re In A Commitment-Ready Relationship,” in which “commitment” is defined (according to A Clinician’s Guide to Maintaining and Enhancing Close Relationships) as “intention to persist in a relationship; being psychologically attached to each other; and developing a ‘cognitive orientation’ that says, ‘Yes, we are in this for the long run.’” “Make sure you are in a relationship with someone who is as commitment-ready as you,” the article warns and then lists 10 signs from Profiling Your Date: A Smart Woman’s Guide to Evaluating a Man to determine whether you and your partner are on the same track. While the signs are decent indicators the person you’re with isn’t, like, a jerk, we think there are better signs that you’re both ready to take the plunge and become exclusive. After the jump, how to really tell if you’re relationship is commitment-ready. Keep reading »

How To Master The Fancy Dress, Casual Hair Trend

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Muslim Model Faces Beating For Drinking Beer

Muslim model Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno, 32, has been sentenced to six lashes with a cane for drinking beer in Malaysia. Amnesty International tried to get authorities to revoke the sentence but Shukarno doesn’t want help. She said, “I want to respect the law.” She wants to turn other Muslims away from alcohol and even asked that authorities beat her in public! Keep reading »

Frisky Rant: So What If Little Girls Wear Bikinis!

Earlier this week, I extolled the virtues of donning a thong bikini on the beach. I received a great deal of support from readers, but one subject that came up in the comments surprised me: whether it’s appropriate for 3- to 5-year-old girls to wear bikinis. Those opposed think the bikinis are too sexy for little girls, but I don’t see a problem with all little girl bikinis. (Bikini refers to all two-piece bathing suits, not just string bikinis.) Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Queen Helene Mint Julep Natural Facial Scrub

Queen Helene’s Mint Julep Face Masque is a cult classic among beauty experts. People swear by its detoxifying prowess and it’s known to tighten and shrink the oiliest of pores. So, last time I was browsing the drugstore aisles I picked up a tube of the exfoliant version, Mint Julep Natural Facial Scrub, to see if it measured up. I was pretty pleased with my purchase: After all, at just under $4 it was more than affordable, and I was relieved to see that the company abstains from animal testing. And hell, I couldn’t wait to experience the “pleasant, tingling mint glow!” the label promised.

After a few weeks of testing, here’s the verdict… Keep reading »

“Eat, Pray, Love” Author Elizabeth Gilbert Takes On Marriage

Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoir, Eat, Pray, Love, was published in 2006, and her followup book was touted in the back of at least 200,000 copies of the book. Tentatively titled Weddings and Evictions, it was described as a memoir about Gilbert’s “unexpected journey into second marriage” and was supposed to hit shelves in 2009. But Gilbert scrapped her 500-page draft of the book and told her publisher she needed more time. What she had wasn’t working.

Because Eat, Pray, Love had been such a huge success, staying in the top spot on the New York Times bestseller list for 57 weeks, Viking wanted the followup to come out as quickly as possible. But her editor gave her another year, and this second draft, now called Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace With Marriage will be published in January. Keep reading »

Girl Talk: Dating As A Bisexual Woman

One of the first times I went on a date with a girl, she asked me, “Are you bi or gay?”

“Well, I’m still figuring that out,” I told her.

Her response was: “I knew you were too good to be true.” I then fell all over myself in an effort to explain to her that, although I was unsure about how to define my sexuality, I was definitely into girls, more so than I’m into guys. I am not and have never been bi-curious, bi for attention or bi only when men are around. Since then, I’ve figured out that I’m solely into girls. So I guess I wasn’t too good to be true, huh?

But, alas, in parts of the gay community, being bi or being a lesbian who has hooked up with guys in the past is like having horns or an incurable disease.
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Quick Pic: The Geekiest Shoes On Earth … Or In Outer Space

Sneakers, the final frontier! Voilà Airwalk’s new “Star Trek” shoes, complete with Enterprise logo. Geeks with foot fetishes should be squirming in their crew suits right about now. [InventorSpot.com] Keep reading »

Please Help Me Step Away From This Questionable Item

You know how sometimes you come across a pair of shoes or a dress or whatnot and you simply have to have it? And there’s no rhyme or reason to it and said object of desire probably only looks good on whomever it’s being modeled on and definitely won’t do you any favors in real life? I am currently having that moment. I know that this new Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony unisex scarf pullover is going to make me look like a scary little old lady (one who is an extra in a medieval period film and playing a peasant). I also realize that the fabric — a blend of polyester and wool — will likely be itchy and possess asthmatic-like breathing problems. And the price tag, a whopping $495, is clearly insane. I mean, really cray-cray. Then again, part of me believes that it will be yummy and snuggly all fall (maybe it’s a Snuggie I’m really after?), and come winter, it’ll look smashing layered beneath a nice black overcoat. Judging by the fact that they only have one color left in stock, I’m not alone. Still, can anyone set me straight here? I’m afraid I’m going to make a very expensive mistake. [Opening Ceremony] Keep reading »

Update: The Reality-Star-Bikini-Model Murder Just Gets More Gruesome

More details have emerged about the “Megan Wants a Millionaire” contestant Ryan Alexander Jenkins who allegedly murdered his new wife, bikini model Jasmine Fiore. The poor gal, who was found stuffed in a suitcase inside a dumpster, was missing her teeth and had her fingers cut off. Apparently, the murderer was trying to make the victim difficult to identify. Keep reading »

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