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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 »

Marriage Is Great For Your Health — So Long As It’s A Good One

Good news, married and soon-to-be-married folk! Wedded bliss can lead to better mental and physical health, a longer life, and more friends — but only if the union is a “loving and supportive” one. Researchers found that happily married people were more likely to eat healthier and have fuller social lives, likely because a supportive partnership encourages healthier habits and widens a person’s social circle. However, according to the researcher who reviewed major studies on the subject in seven European countries, an unhappy marriage is worse for a person’s mental health than not being in a relationship at all. In other words, there are worse things than being alone. [Daily Mail U.K.] Keep reading »

12 Reasons Why Women Don’t Listen To Men

Psychologist Robert Leahy made a list of reasons why men don’t listen to women. Sure maybe he’s not listening to us because he want us to be rational rather than emotional, but it’s pretty likely that at that point, we’re not listening to him either. While this list is an interesting look at why communication breaks down between the sexes from the male perspective, we thought it would only be fair to make a list of reasons why women tune men out. Check them out after the jump. Why do you stop listening? Share in the comments. Keep reading »

Girl Talk: I’m A Feminist, But I Think I Want To Date A More Traditional Dude

One of the defining tensions in my life has always been reconciling my feminist political beliefs, my desire for a respectful and egalitarian relationship, and my attraction to more traditional alpha males. I passionately believe in women’s equality, in reproductive rights, and in equal pay for equal work. And I want to be in a loving, intimate, balanced relationship where everyone makes a contribution, whatever that might be. So why do those things seem so hard to reconcile with my desire to feel looked after and taken care of? Keep reading »

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