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The Best U.S. City For Singles Will Surprise You

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This seems like the absolute worst time of year to weigh these types of statistics, but WalletHub measured some data and put together a nifty list of the best and worst cities in the United States to be single. The list is based on the damage dating does to your wallet in each metropolis and by how fun and romantic each region is. Researchers took a look at the 150 most populated cities in the US and broke them down by 25 metrics including restaurant costs, number of attractions in the city, and percentages of singles. Not surprisingly, New York City hovers low on the list as an awful place to be single (and broke), but the city that made #1 is pretty shocking.

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Your Last-Minute Being-Around-Kids Preparation Checklist

I’m gonna tell you some cute stories about my nephews! I got to Texas yesterday morning to visit my family for Christmas. I’ve got three nephews who are better than anyone else’s kids, ever, in every single way, especially in cuteness.

The first thing my middle, four-year-old nephew did when I got in the car was ask, “Aunt Becca? How is Uncle?” By that he meant my boyfriend Michael, to whom he has never referred as “uncle” but I guess that’s a thing now (it was SO SWEET). In what I can vouch for as a complete and total accident, the eldest, 10-year-old nephew saw one of his unwrapped Christmas presents (it wasn’t very well-hidden), and was so wracked with guilt over having seen it that he decided he had to tell his parents. And the youngest, two-year-old nephew figured out how to get out of his crib and has been torturing my sister and brother-in-law at bedtime, but last night he decided he had to get out of his bed to give me a hug goodnight. They’re all way too adorable for words.

And, of course, the two-year-old is sick with a cold. I forgot to bring preparatory materials, so I’ll be sick with a cold too. I’m using my poor planning skills to help all of you other people who spend 60 percent of your time alone and another 35 percent of your time around healthy adults to make last-minute adjustments to your packing lists. Keep reading »

Dater X: The Men Of 2014 And What They’ve Taught Me

Dater X: The Men Of 2014 And What They've Taught Me

When I tried to recall all the men who’ve come and gone in my love life over the last year, I wasn’t surprised to find myself staring at a list of names and anxiously tapping my pen, knowing there were a couple I’d forgotten. 2014 was most certainly The Year Of The Dudes. With almost one man for every month of the year, despite the fact that some relationships (and I use that term loosely) lasted longer than others, there was no shortage of testosterone in my dating life — or bed — in 2014. It’s not always easy to look back and reflect on failure, but I’m choosing to see those “failures” as learning opportunities, and one-by-one, share with you what I’ve taken away from each man. Keep reading »

Hitched 2.0: 7 Details I’m Afraid I’ll Forget To Plan

Hitched 2.0: 7 Details I’m Afraid I’ll Forget To Plan

When I started wedding planning, I wasn’t really worried about much. I’ve always been an extremely organized person, one who has a clearly labeled binder for pretty much every aspect of her life—and our wedding is no exception. Shortly after we got engaged, my sister gifted me with a fresh binder and I wasted no time adding dividers for all the key aspects of our wedding: venue, cake, flowers, music, invites. I created a private Pinterest account with a board for even more categories: bridesmaids, hairstyles, photo ideas, and more. But as the time passed, my attention to wedding details has slipped.

After booking our venue then spending several months doing nothing, we did start to focus on some big, important things, like the photographer, videographer, reception music and my dress. But after taking care of the more “urgent” tasks, I filed many other to-dos under “things that can wait”— and wait they did. I’ve spent little-to-no time thinking of those things, and I accidentally neglect every sort of wedding checklist I’ve signed up for. What I’ve learned is this: No amount of binders, Pinterest boards, or apps will help you do your wedding planning if you ignore them. As we inch toward our wedding date, I’m legitimately afraid I’m going to just forget to take care of a few things… Keep reading »

Finally, A Proposal Video Actually Worth Swooning Over!

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Photo Booth Proposal? Yes Please!

Molly McGinnis and Kevin Morgan had been together for seven years when Kevin popped the question on their anniversary. Proposals that go viral are usually of the embarrassingpublic, overkill variety, so this intimate exchange is such a breath of fresh air! Is this adorable or what? Mazel tov, Molly and Kevin! [Reddit]

These Vintage “Ideal Love Mate” Trading Cards From 1941 Are Delightfully Sexist

There’s a guy at the Brooklyn Flea Market who sells an impressive and ever-growing collection of vintage/retro kids toys and collectibles, including action figures, matchbox cars, wind-up toys, Garbage Pail Kids, the random remains of long forgotten rock collections and the like. It’s fun to sift through everything he’s got, either to get nostalgic about the toys of your own youth or to marvel at what older generations amused themselves with.

For example! The pack of “Your Ideal Love Mate” trading cards I snagged for $20. Produced in 1941, I’m not entirely sure if they were dispensed one at a time out of some “fortune telling” vending machine or if people purchased them in sets, but regardless, each card (there are 30) shows a photograph of a woman, usually glamorous but occasionally homely, alongside a personality description that makes her best suited for the card’s owner. (I presume these were made for men — or, you know, secret lesbians. Also, there was indeed dude versions of these trading cards for women to collect.) The personality descriptions for these “ideal love mates” are hilaaaariously archaic, noting such attributes as “knows when to be restful when you are tired,” “will devote her life to reforming you,” and “she’s a pal and a sport whether she can shop at Worth’s or Woolworth’s.” My plan is to frame a few of my favorites and put them by the toilet for guests to giggle at while they poop. But first, I have scanned a few for you to see! Which “Ideal Love Mate” would you be?

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