Some catalogs are worth their weight in paper, others are a waste. I get an average of two L.L. Bean catalogs a month, and while I adore them and the fact that they sell plaid duct tape (amazing, right?!), I really don’t need to see the same sweaters, duck boots, and alarm clocks multiple times each month. Just think of those poor trees that were cut down to make all those L.L. Bean catalogs! So, I am going to call up my favorite purveyor of monogrammed tote bags and tell them to stop sending me glossy books every month. You should do the same — or go to Catalog Choice and communicate with companies about what catalogs you no longer wish to receive.
See all the ways to make the most of the last 31 days of 2008 here. Keep reading »
As a follow-up to last week’s list of 25 things a man should never say to a woman, after the jump are 25 things a woman should never say to a man.
1. But it didn’t mean anything, I promise
2. Is she prettier than I am?
3. It’s okay, it happens to everyone
4. It’s just a game
5. Let’s talk about it Keep reading »
Back when I was in high school, a guy I was hooking up with had taken some sexy naked photos of me on my new car which I got from a dead old man’s estate sale. To celebrate my first car purchase — a ’88 Mercury Sable, truly the car equivalent of nurses shoes — I rolled around on the hood with my mom’s vintage leather skirt hiked up and no top, just like an ’80s video vixen. While my BF and I thought the naughty pics were hilarious, my dad didn’t think they were nearly as funny as we did. In fact, when he found them, I didn’t think they were awesome anymore either. Awkward! But I have to say, I am glad he found them instead of my whole school. Sadly, for a couple cheerleaders in Seattle, not only did the nude photos they took of themselves get passed around town, but the girls also got suspended — one for a month, and another for a year! Keep reading »
People are strange when it comes to condoms. Most people don’t like them much, but they continue to use them because they do their job. But if you’re a woman and you want to enjoy sex, you might want to use condoms and take birth control. According to data from The Kinsey Institute, women who use both hormonal contraception and condoms report higher overall sexual satisfaction. Now, “sexual satisfaction” doesn’t been “sexual enjoyment.” Satisfaction goes beyond the immediate act and includes things like sexual self-esteem and relationship satisfaction. So, while this study seems earth-shattering — Use condoms and hormonal contraceptives and enjoy sex more! — it’s probably not. Keep reading »
So you can’t afford to buy holiday gifts and a new outfit for a holiday party you’re planning to attend. What’s a girl to do? Snatch up one of these really cool clutches from girlbyAileen and some coordinating costume jewelry to instantly update your little black dress. Handcrafted from Amy Butler Lacework, this clutch looks vintage, but isn’t. Yet, we can almost guarantee you won’t spot anyone else carrying it. [$42, Etsy] Keep reading »
Who doesn’t want to impress a date? We tend to dress up a little more, do a better job of applying our eyeliner, and sit up straighter when we go out with someone new, but according to a study, most of us probably tell a few lies, too. A survey of 1,543 Britons by the National Year of Reading found that 39 percent are more likely to lie about what books and magazines they’ve read than they are about their age or job. Have you ever lied to a date about books you’ve read? Tell us which ones in the comments… [Telegraph, U.K.] Keep reading »
Anal sex is on the rise amongst teenagers. Not so coincidentally, so are STDs, specifically HIV/AIDS, among 13-29 year-olds. According to ABC News, teens just don’t find sex and its kinks as taboo as previous generations — which we suppose is sort of good news. It’s important for teenagers to have a healthy relationship with their sexuality and to not feel shame about their urges. But the bad news is, with a lack of sexual education, they’re being stupid about how they do it. Since teens aren’t worried about pregnancy when they’re going through the back door, they often don’t use condoms. There are life-changing risks involved, especially with anal sex, where the walls of the rectum tear easily — just ask our own Dr. V. So, as we tackle sexual taboos as a society, we have to be responsible enough to teach the next generation what we know. Keep reading »
If you ask a man what he looks for when he meets a vagina, besides a great sense of humor of course, he will probably suggest many of the same delusional qualities he wants in his total fantasy female package. Easy on the eye, morning, noon, and night; perfumed to perfection; tantalizing to the taste buds; demure blushing rose bud one day; insatiable quivering tigress purring, “Sic ‘em Rex” the next. Keep reading »
If you’re going to bother sending out physical holiday cards this year, put some pretty ones in the mail. Why waste time signing your name over and over and putting stamps on envelopes when the note just reads “Seasons Greetings”? Keep reading »
We were so delighted with 2008′s surprise comebacks that we decided to get a jump on next year’s. As you’ll see, some of these predictions aren’t likely, but we think it would be awesome if they did come true. Keep reading »