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30 Things That Make A Woman Feel Beautiful

Look, I’m not going to deny how great it can feel when a man tells a woman she’s beautiful (or any word that’s like “beautiful,” for that matter) — especially if it’s someone she’s equally attracted to/interested in/likes/loves/respects/cares for. As for being told her body’s hot by someone she’s just met? Well, let’s just say we seem to have a difference of opinion on the matter. For the record, I think any mention of a woman’s bod right off the bat is totally creepy and inappropriate, but I respect that some of you disagree. What we can all agree on, though, (I hope!) is that there are lots more things that make a woman feel beautiful than simply being told so by a guy. Check out 30 of those things after the jump. Keep reading »

Dealbreaker: He Was Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

Chris brought me flowers every week. Chris wined and dined me and took me on spontaneous romantic getaways. Chris called when he said he would, made plans in advance, opened doors, and held hands. But when he wasn’t doing all of those things, Chris was also kind of an a**hole.

There is a moment in every doomed-to-fail union when your relationship jumps the shark, whether you know it or not. Maybe he forgets to calls one time too many or cancels again. Maybe you just wake up one day and realize you’re tired of his face. For me, that moment with Chris came when I told him that my work schedule would make it impossible to hang out for a couple of days. On the brink of a giant promotion, I was coming in early and staying late, and I warned him I would be too busy to grab dinner in the coming 72 hours.

It is a nice feeling when your boyfriend expresses interest in seeing you often and is disappointed when you can’t get together. It’s most certainly not a nice feeling to sit and watch in horror as a grown 36-year-old man gets red in the face, curls his lips into an exaggerated pout, stamps his feet, and makes whining sounds. Keep reading »

Meet The World’s Creepiest Pick-Up Artist

Do you need a reason to stay awake all night? Like, maybe you’re babysitting late, pulling an all-nighter at the University of Phoenix, or you’re trying to head off jetlag by staying up until you’re on Tokyo time?

Well, it’s your lucky day. Meet Alex McRae, the creepiest creeper ever to skulk the creep circuit. Alex is a humanoid gastropod who’s allegedly teaching men “How to Pick Up a Girl in a Bar,” but the video should really be called “Flavor Savers and This Shirt: A Seminar in How Never to Get Laid.” Perhaps the most terrifying moment probably comes at 1:33, when Alex suggests you hit on a girl by asking her if you can eat her eyes. Not joking! To quote Alex, “It’s just strange!” Read more Keep reading »

Dear Wendy: “Why Can’t Women Embrace Their Curves?”

I’m a 19 year-old college student and I recently met a girl at a party who was very pretty, smart and nice. We talked for a good half hour and seemed to be hitting it off. We even exchanged email addresses. Then, things suddenly went downhill. I commented that she had a “really nice, hourglass figure.” I thought she would take it as a compliment but instead she became deeply offended. I went into damage control mode and tried to clarify my comments but I think I only made things worse when I used the term “healthy.” With a look of complete disgust, WHAP!, she slapped my face and departed. As I was standing there alone rubbing my cheek, with my friends nearby laughing at me, I was wondering why she was so offended. She had a classic hourglass figure — quite busty, narrow waist, shapely hips/legs. Why can’t women embrace their curves? Btw, I do have her email address. Do you think I should send her an apology note or should I interpret the slap in the face as another way of saying she does not want to see me again? — Kevin

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Girl Talk: Do You Have A Back-Up Plan?

I took Friday off to head upstate with some friends for a relaxing weekend in the country. Plaid shirts were worn, showers were abstained from, and copious amounts of pork, wine, and other stuff were ingested. A great time was had by all, especially when my girlfriends took the time to put their heads together to come up with a “back-up plan” for yours truly. Keep reading »

365 Days In Paris: Got Game?

Bonjour, mes amis. It is I, Leonora, your faithful heroine on zee mission ov finding her one true love à Paree. So, it ees wis great disappointment zat I muss tell you that this week, I haf made très peu de progress. I am, how you say, a leetle stuck in zee matters of zee heart.

OK, so actually, the truth is just that I had a rather uneventful week. No word from any boys. Stayed in most nights, preferring to take walks and cook dinner alone. I’m not feeling too sad or lonely, just experiencing a slight lull in entertainment. But in general, I’m cool and calm, and have been focusing on appreciating Paris for the amazing city that it is. Keep reading »

For The Week Of April 26-May 2, 2010

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

If you want that someone to take you seriously, you are going to have to start by sticking to your word. If you’ve set rules then abide by them all the time. No more testing one another out, by throwing baited words out there to see how he reacts and then doing whatever you want. As it goes, right now you aren’t the only one doing some undercover investigating.

Libra (September 23 – October 22)

You are about to come onto a major win that’ll make you feel as if you should never doubt yourself again. Yes, good news is on its way, as you will hear back on a long drawn-out situation that has had you thrown around the spectrum of emotions. However, answers you seek aren’t going to be what you presumed. But don’t worry — all will be just as pretty.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

An old habit of yours that you hate will finally get its last hoorah before you put it away forever, to never see the light of day again. You are ready to start anew in some form or fashion, as something from your past will resurface to put the last nail in its coffin and to give you the ability to finally and fully exhale.

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)

Who cares about tomorrow when you have today? As opportunities pop up suddenly, take them and don’t think twice. Acting spontaneously now will reap the biggest rewards. Taking crazy chances is what truly puts you in your element and in exactly the right light to show that someone who you truly are and all the amazingness that you’ll bring.

Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)

Don’t be scared to take advice from strangers — those with the most objective view about your life will have the best insight for you. Not to say you’re a total mess, but sometimes when you get too involved, you dig so deep that you can get too confused to know what’s up from down and, well, that can leave you looking in the wrong direction.

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)

Don’t be scared to follow love wherever you find it, even in the strangest of places, because as it goes, this week is when things get totally trippy and you’ll find yourself chasing a little dream far out of your comfort zone. Seem the things that once turned you out are no longer doing their job. The intrigue that comes your way now will be just the eye-opener you’re looking for.

Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

Seems a major lesson is on its way and the catharsis it brings will give you a whole new way of seeing that certain someone. Don’t worry, this will improve your life and let you fill in those blanks that you have long wondered about. Seems the stories you tell yourself are way worse than reality, but do pray you don’t get too bored after all is said and done.

Aries (March 21 – April 19)

Making love, having sex and straight-up f**king are all different categories. If anyone wants to get with you, they need to place in the highest percentile in all areas. However, true champions are hard to come by, as not all can have such versatility. But as the stars align this week, seems that lucky unicorn that can poke and prod his way to the top of you will find his way home.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

Time to make decisions, as the pressure is on. Seems there’ll be more than a few places to rest your weary head this week, and all options will seem to have interesting outcomes. However, there is no having your cake and eating it too, as sands of the hourglass are slipping. This means if you don’t make a choice now, you’ll have none to make later.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

Your charisma will be on and your life-of-the-party self will be ready to take on the world. Yes, a change of attitude will come on suddenly, putting you in a whole new confident mode that will not only set you in a new direction, but also upgrade you to a new standard in love. Just don’t get too picky, as there’ll be several diamonds in the rough.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

Who cares what is practical. It’s believing in the fantastical that’ll prove to be the most valuable lesson you can learn, as there is something coming on the horizon that is going to knock your socks and panties off, making you feel as if the world is finally on your side and ready to propel you to a position that always feels good.

Leo (July 23 – August 22)

Being friends with benefits is a beautiful thing when it starts off. But there is always a line in this situation, and once you cross it, you can’t go back. This week, you will be on that borderline and will have to think about the consequences, as the price to pay for more pleasure is about to hit an all-time high, and with not many more returns.

Love Vandal: Congrats To The Happy Couple

Reader Becca snapped this proposal response in Key West.

Have you seen graffiti that’s kind of sweet (even if it is against the law)? Send your pic to Keep reading »

Dating Don’ts: How NOT To Pick Up A Guy At A Bar

As a wise man once told me, there’s not much a woman can do to make herself completely unappealing to every guy at a bar. After all, a bar contains all the essential elements to romance—booze, dim lighting, and the sweet, sweet smell of desperation.

However, as difficult as it is to come off as completely repellent—especially as last call approaches — there are some behaviors to steer away from. So whatever you do … Keep reading »

The Average Woman Dates 24 Men Before Settling Down

This may make all of the serial daters out there feel a little bit better. Or, ahem, make me feel better. A new survey done in the U.K. found that the average woman goes on about 24 dates before she finds a keeper. And to add a little more solace—seven percent of the more than 2,000 women polled went on between 41 and 60 dates before finding someone special and one percent went on a staggering 61 to 80 dates before finding Prince Charming. Geez, no wonder we get so sick and tired of dating. That’s a lot frogs. Keep reading »

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