Whoever has no house will not build one anymore/ Whoever is alone now will remain so for a long time. This somber verse is not mine. It was written by the great Rainer Maria Rilke. I am just appropriating them for those who are single this Valentine’s Day. If you don’t have a date, you won’t. If you’re alone this February, you will remain so for a long time. A long time, meaning at least until February 15. I’m not trying to be a downer. It’s just, who wants all the pressure of going on a first date in the next week? Not I. A Japanese company, offering Valentine’s Day Insurance, seems to get this. Keep reading »
We all know from Cupid and Hallmark and Victoria’s Secret that Valentine’s Day is supposed to be the sexiest, sultriest, panty-droppingest day in existence.
We also know that’s not actually going to happen.
But you can try, can’t you? Your partner probably isn’t going to turn into Christian/Christina Grey for the night. But that doesn’t mean you can’t introduce a sex toy or three to spice things up. Here’s nine toys we think you might enjoy for a little something-something extra this Valentine’s Day. Let us know how it goes … if you’re willing to kiss and tell.
Valentine’s Day is supposed to be about love, right? Romance and pink things and flowers, too. It’s supposed to be about couples, but I want to selfishly celebrate by acknowledging a woman who made me love myself a little bit more. So often, I think we’re trying to make ourselves appealing and acceptable to other people. We’re worried about how we look to them, how we come across, if we’re pretty and likable. But once, when I was a kid, I saw a woman who made me think there might be another way to do things, and I’ve never forgotten her.
This is my love letter to a buzz cut beauty queen. Keep reading »
You are the hottest yoga teacher I’ve ever had. And that’s saying a lot because I’ve been practicing for 16 years now. Your body, your face, your demeanor … all extremely HOT. But here’s the weird thing: I am not physically attracted to you in the least. Not at all. I find the things you do and say during class absolutely ridiculous. But yet, I adore you. It’s weird and complicated. I think I have a platonic crush on you. Let me explain. I’m kind of in awe of you. Like a unicorn, it’s hard to believe that you really exist. Keep reading »
As the kind of girl who leaves red lipstick stains on everything, everywhere, I have scared off more than a few men (and probably small children) in my day. There’s nothing more alarming to a guy than a slick red mouth that pretty much guarantees it’s going to end up all over you. Any other day of the year, I would advise you to pile on the MAC Lady Danger and join me in terrifying the penis-wielding population, but I suppose some changes must be made in the spirit of Valentine’s Day. For those who are married to their lipstick, but want to look just slightly more kissable this time of year, here are 10 subtle lip colors in moisturizing formulas to pump up your pout without sending your male counterpart, prospective or otherwise, running for the hills…
A couple weeks ago, I bought a bright red lacy bra without giving it too much thought–it fit me and it was on sale, so why not? But I soon found out my impulse purchase comes with some delightful side effects: I feel like a total bombshell whenever I wear it, no matter what clothing I’m wearing or what I’m doing. It’s like a sexy little secret. It’s amazing. I think everyone should get to experience the Red Bra Effect, so I rounded up 10 fabulous red bras in sizes 28A to 46HH. Click through to check ‘em out!
Technically speaking, I was a late bloomer. I didn’t go out on a date until I was in college and I didn’t have my first real boyfriend until I was 23. But from the time I was, oh, eight years old, my fictional romantic life flourished. In my mind, I cultivated rich, deep and emotionally complex relationships with a small handful of celebrities I thought to be my soul mates. Let’s take a walk down memory lane to meet the men I’ve never actually met who have been my Valentines over the years.
If your love life is looking staler than that three day-old French bread you’re saving for a fondue party, you’re in luck. Your Valentine’s Day prayers just might be answered. I don’t know about you, but when I’m stuck in a rut (to quote The Darkness), I like to shake it up. That’s why I took it upon myself to talk to Bloody Mary, a voodoo priestess for over 20 years now. She’s seen it all; from crazy ass food-stealing ghosts to people losing limbs from hexes. OK, just kidding, she hasn’t seen all that. But she has seen and done enough to dish the dirt on voodoo, hoodoo, and how to invite more love into your life. Keep reading »
Whether your Valentine’s Day plans include cooking dinner for your lover or hosting a dinner party for your single friends, who can resist a menu full of heart-shaped munchies? We found 11 adorable heart-shaped foods–both sweet and savory–to help you celebrate V-Day in style. Click on the gallery to check ‘em out!
I refuse to be one of those people spewing bitterness about Valentine’s Day. As a single person, no, it’s not my favorite holiday. But it wasn’t my favorite holiday when I was coupled either. Aside from the pricey prix fixe dinner menus, the reason being, Valentine’s Day is limiting. This concept of “romantic love,” that it’s the only kind of love that is transcendent or important, is just dumb. It sets you up for failure. If you don’t have it, does that mean you’re unloved or unlovable? Um, NO! Really, we all have access to many different forms of love, and if we’re wise, we are pursuing all of them and not just putting all of our love eggs in one basket. It’s easy to forget that. So, I’ve taken a few moments to reflect upon some really simple ways to invite more love in this Valentine’s Day that have nothing to do with romantic love. Keep reading »