Ahh, romance. Always thought about in terms of what women want — flowers (peonies for me, thanks!), slow-dancing to Kenny G, dinner at fancy French restaurants with overly rich food, etc. But what about men? Surely they like a romantic gesture now and again … the thing is, what do they consider romantic? What kind of romantic gestures would they appreciate? To find out, I went to the best experts I could find — the guys on my IM. Keep clicking to read how a married guy, a goofy guy, and an unmarried but sort of silly John DeVore want to be romanced. Keep reading »
“I would definitely say that I’m a big fan of making things for people. I had a boyfriend who carved me a swing out of wood and hung it on a tree. That was probably the most romantic. I like a man who can build things. Whittle me something out of wood and I’m sold.
—Rachel Bilson shares the most romantic thing a guy has ever done for her. Vote in the comments section on whether you think this swing-maker was Adam Brody or Hayden Christensen. [NY Post]
Oh, and after the jump, Rachel reveals her teenage celebrity Valentine. Keep reading »
Yesterday I was idly reading the comments on one of my posts on The Frisky when a partner link caught my eye: “7 Things You Shouldn’t Tell Your Boyfriend.” Shouldn’t tell your boyfriend? I thought. I always told my boyfriend everything. Like, EVERYTHING. He knew about my bouts with depression. He knew about my brother’s struggles with drug addiction and alcoholism. He knew about how much I owe in student loans. He knew about my spanking fetish. He knew about my desire for dominant/submissive sex. He knew about the May-December romance I had with a 37-year-old man when I was 22. He knew when I farted and burped and had the flu. He knew what I looked like in sweatpants, in no makeup, and in sweatpants and no makeup. During the two years that we dated, he was my best friend Why wouldn’t he know these things?
Then a light went off in my head. I picked up my cell phone and dialed Amelia. “Do you think the reason our relationships didn’t work out is because our partners were our best friends first, instead of our lovers?” I asked. “Do you think we didn’t keep the romance alive?” Keep reading »
The men’s site ModernMan.com recently compiled a funny list of “5 Romantic Gestures She’ll Hate.” Unlike a lot of articles on men’s websites that purport to understand women, I actually found this list to be totally accurate. Among the romantic gestures women will actually loathe? Homemade “coupons” good for “backrubs,” buying her items she needs (a new vacuum!) rather than wants, and jumbotron proposals. But Modern Man missed several other romantic gestures women actually despise. Here are 15 more. Keep reading »
If given the option between a big ass diamond and a creative ring your artsy boyfriend designed, we’d definitely consider the latter. (Well, maybe … ) Artist Luke Jerram created this silver engagement ring for his fianceé, which has space for a tiny photo slide at one side, and a projection glass at the other. When light passes through, the picture is blown up and projected onto nearby surfaces. He outfitted the ring with a picture of himself and his wife, but made the feature interchangeable so the couple can switch in meaningful photos as their family grows. Talk about romantic, clever, and sentimental! [Luke Jerram via UO Blog] Keep reading »
Have you ever wondered about how many photos you’re in that you don’t know about? How many people have a picture of you because you were caught in the frame in the background? For the most part, you’ll probably never get to see these images. But Alex and Donna Voutsinas got lucky. Apparently, the couple was combing photo albums for their wedding when they discovered this snap from Disney World, taken when Donna was 5 years old. Alex recognized the man in the background pushing a stroller as his father. After double-checking his family’s photos from the day, they were sure that they were indeed at the same place as kids! What are the chances? And that you would get it on film! Has anything like this ever happened to you? [PetaPixel] Keep reading »
I live in Paris, a city where the notion of romance is ever-present. In fact, you can’t even get through dinner or drinks without a flower salesman sticking roses in your face every half hour or so as he wanders from venue to venue, approaching couples engaged in romantic tête-à-têtes. And yet, the flower salesman is always waved away, an annoyance and an intrusion. I’ve never once seen a man on a date solicit the attention of one to make an impromptu rose purchase. Keep reading »
Ladies, we have this habit of assuming an actor is just like his most famous character. Take Robert Pattinson for instance, with his rumored body odor and greasy hair. Would we think he was so hot if we weren’t imagining him as a sparkly, rock-hard, ferocious-when-necessary vampire? Doubtful. And he continues to bust our bubble by insisting he’s really not a romantic person in real life. “I haven’t done that many romantic things in my life,” he said at a press conference. Rob admitted to putting a flower in a girl’s locker when he was a teen, but said she thought it was another guy, and he let the wrong guy take credit for the romantic gesture. He also said he would never serenade a woman, even though he’s a musician. “Oh, no! I don’t think that would ever be romantic. You need to have so much balls to do that. Jesus Christ! I actually can’t think of a single romantic thing I’ve ever done. That’s terrible,” he added. No, that’s not terrible; that’s wimpy. I guess, we’ll have to continue to envision Edward Cullen watching us sleep, instead. [Starpulse] Keep reading »