Category Archives: Relationships

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Inspiring Love Stories: Emilie Gossiaux And Alan Lundgard

When you haven’t been in love for way too long, it’s hard to remember what it feels like or if it even exists at all. As another Valentine’s Day approaches, my knee-jerk reaction is cynicism. But it seems so cliche to be that person. I am desperate for proof that I should keep on believing in LOVE. I’ve collected some epic stories that are sure to keep my single, weary heart a-beating. Check out the story of Emilie and Alan after the jump. Keep reading »

I Knew I Wasn’t Crazy; There Is A Preferred Toilet Paper Orientation

As we discussed a couple of weeks ago, toilet paper is amongst the top 10 argument triggers for couples. It sounds petty, but a roll of toilet paper facing the wrong direction is a personal call to arms for me. I did a little research and as it turns out, I am not just a neurotic psycho. There is a preferred way to put toilet paper on the roll … MY WAY! Sixty to 70 percent of American consumers surveyed prefer their roll “over.” People who like their roll “under” were found to have a scientific correlation with ownership of a recreational vehicle or a cat. Very random, but it makes perfect sense. I would never be caught dead owning one of the aforementioned. And I would certainly never be caught orienting my toilet paper “under.” How about you? Are you an “over” or an “under”? [Wikipedia] Keep reading »

How Do You Know You Really Like Someone?

One of the things I’ve been thinking about during this drinking/dating/sex sabbatical of mine is how you know you actually like someone. I’ve come to realize that in addition to being an extreme emotions junkie, I’m what Dr. Drew might call a “love-a-holic.” A motivating factor in my desire to sleep with someone is for that amazing but temporary feeling of love and desire and wholeness that washes over me when I’m in bed with them. I lovvvvve the feeling of being in love, feeling love, having a crush, etc. Looking back, I’ve felt love for people that I barely know, let alone know well enough to deduce if I actually like them. So, in the last 20 days of being sober and date/sex-free, I’ve felt the feelings of liking someone hit me and instead of obsessing over them and rolling around in that feeling of like, I’ve tried to think about why I have that feeling. Keep reading »

Girl Talk: My Newfound Respect For Chivalry

My freshman year of college, I went on a date with a guy to a fancy restaurant in Manhattan. It was the kind of place with a white tablecloth, where a busboy scraped the crumbs off the table with a comb once your plates were removed and the maitre’d pulled out women’s chairs for them. That’s where I made my big statement: the maitre’d pulled out a chair for me and I walked around to the other chair, pulled it out for myself and sat down. I wasn’t just being rude; I thought I was making a point about how I — and by extension all women — didn’t need to be treated with chivalry. Keep reading »

For The Week Of January 31- February 6., 2011

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

You’re the sign of practicality, and testing to see if there is potential beyond just chemistry before falling head-over-heels is not insane. If anyone tries to tell you differently, they just don’t get you. As it goes, to love you is to love your wacky little routines and if you find someone trying to edit you now, be warned, they will just try to edit you more later.

Libra (September 23 – October 22)

Your heart might be operating one way, but your brains will be going another and oddly enough, it’ll be your brains that will have the right answer, as your heart won’t be giving the expansiveness that you need to ultimately feel happy. Yes, even though you’ll have to feel some pain now, consider this the more productive and less masochistic price to pay in the long run.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

There will be weird detours coming, presenting you with a slew of bizarre opportunities not to pass up. So, don’t blow off strange conversations or invites that come to you subtly, because momentum will come slowly. However, if you’re open to surprises, these may just knock you down to your knees.

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)

You might start the week more gung-ho about something or someone than you will end the week. Whatever, it’s not going to be entirely your fault, as some people just can’t help that they are that boring and that once they get past bringing it for the first stage, the don’t have to much after to give. So are the gambles of how you love, as many are too banal to even know how to keep up.

Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)

Getting sucked into a pretty face is always fun; even more so when you know your limits and know when to call it quits — as in briefly after. Yes, good times are best taken like a sampler set, rather than in bulk, as in the less emotion you throw in, the more juicy gossip you can amass for yourself and a bit more man-eating cred gets under your belt.

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)

Consider yourself a few steps ahead of the game, as in your object of affection or just the random people all around you. While you can share all your ideas until you are blue in the face, no one is going to be catching on fast and it’ll require some patience on your part. However, don’t stop, keep working out your plans, because this time around, the ball is in your court to be the leader.

Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

You’ll be feeling too exhausted to even think about romance. So, hit the chill out button and just relax, as the next leg of your adventure will need all your energy in full blast mode. For now, learn the “get to know you” thing in a more platonic way. This is a perfect time to take applicants, but not to submit to any positions.

Aries (March 21 – April 19)

There’s nothing hotter that showing off your accomplishments and owning your power, as that is going to be all that you have to do to attract the right energy to you this week. Go ahead, mix and mingle, as opportunities are out there waiting, which could also win you a few worthy flirtations and cold hard cash — and at the end of this day, that’ll be what rings your bell.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

Go ahead and lay it down on the line with all your emotions and a few skeletons in the closet. If you want your home life to settle into shape, then time to throw some more cement into the foundation and make your honey see new sides to you. After all, you are one half of the equation and by adding to this brew, you can control some of its new flavors.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

Brace yourself, because this week will bring out the truth — which can be good or bad, depending on how much pressure you’ve put on the situation in question. Chances are you already know the gist of what is to come, but it’s the delivery of it that will blow your mind. As for your response? Only when it happens will you know what it’ll actually be.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

You aren’t paranoid if you think you have to read in-between the lines to solve the current mystery on your hands, as you’ll need to sniff out clues in the oddest of places. Of course, when all becomes clear, you’ll find the situation way freakier than assumed and it will give you reason to pause … before you dive deeper in. After all, who can resist trouble? Certainly not you!

Leo (July 23 – August 22)

There is nothing wrong with getting in the passenger seat every so often, especially when your boo will have so many good ideas and the confidence to execute them. So, just sit back and relax, as this is the time the spotlight will be for two and the more you settle into your identity as a team, the more rewards you’ll reap.

8 Ways To Instantly Revive Your Romance

The minister who performed the ceremony for our wedding six years ago required all couples to take counseling sessions with her before their big day. So my guy and I did – we took personality tests, talked about our approaches to solving conflict and our plans for the future, and we got a lecture on the importance of “feeding the tree.” At the time, we giggled, thinking we were getting sex advice from a seemingly asexual woman of the cloth. But “feeding the tree,” she explained, was about treating our relationship with care, nourishing it, so that it could grow sturdy roots, limbs, and leaves. Kind of a hokey metaphor, I know, but, it turns out, that minister gave us the secret to keeping our romance alive … Keep reading »

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