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The Ghosts Of Valentine’s Day Past: In Which Ami Cohabitates With Seven Cats

Whether you’re currently single or coupled up, it’s always interesting to ponder how different your life might look if you’d made different relationship choices along the way. What if you’d stayed with the wrong guy, settled for the good-enough guy, gone on one date instead of another, or said “yes” instead of “no” (or vice versa) at a crucial romantic juncture? In honor of this month’s lovey-dovey holiday, we’re taking you on a tour or our Ghosts Of Valentine’s Day Past — exploring the strange, sad, and silly possibilities of our romantic lives that, for whatever reason, weren’t meant to be. Here’s Ami’s story…

When I was 13, I fell in love for the first time. Like, sleep outside so I could stargaze and stay up all night writing tortured poetry in love. His name was Jeremy and we met backstage on the set of “West Side Story,” a community theater play I was in with his older brother. Two star-crossed lovers from rival high schools. Once I got up the nerve to talk to the cute guy with the long-brown hair and the baja hoodie, I learned that in his spare time he liked to played the guitar and smoke pot. During our courtship, he made me a mix tape featuring his favorite tunes from The Cure, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and of course, the song “Jeremy” by Pearl Jam. It was love at first site, as we labeled it, and we often talked about running away and getting married … if only we had drivers licenses. But there was just one problem: his cat and my allergies were not compatible. That, and the fact that he cheated on me with a girl named Amy (the more common spelling) and broke my heart. But mostly, the cat. In my alternate universe Valentine’s Day, Jeremy and I are still together and here’s what we’re up to… Keep reading »

14 Days Of Dating, Day 7: Live On The Edge And Go Ziplining!

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Cupid is a-comin’, and we’re counting down the days ‘til that fat, little cherub arrives. But until then, kick your relationship up a notch with these unique date ideas for you and your boo (or your friends…we don’t discriminate). A date a day, and your romance shall stay! Keep reading »

Love Icons: How My Grandparents Give Me Hope

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There’s something to be said about old love. I’m talking about the kind of love that spans years, generations and lifetimes. Love that persists through heartbreak, struggle and pain, and manages to trump it all in the end. I’m talking about Cinderella stories and black-and-white kisses that make us weep— tales so rare that they seem unachievable.

But all magical romance novels and love stories have a muse: the knee-weakening embraces, long stares and growing-old-together couples who make us forget that we live in a world of divorce and prenuptial agreements, and, instead, give us hope that the unachievable actually exists. Claire and Bill Oldenburg, my grandparents, are my hope. Keep reading »

75 Little Ways To Be Romantic Every Day Of The Year

75 Little Ways To Be Romantic Every Day Of The Year

February 14th might be the official, greeting card company-sanctioned day to celebrate love, but let’s not limit our romantic gestures to one measly day. For a relationship to truly thrive, romance must be practiced on the daily. Valentine’s Day is a day for gigantic heart-shaped boxes of chocolate, expensive dinners, and crazy lingerie, but look beyond these grand gestures, and you’ll see there are tons of smaller, understated ways to show your love all year long. Here are 75 ideas… Keep reading »

No Date For Valentine’s Day? Rent A Gent!

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QUESTION: Are you a “go-getter” woman? Are you “smart and busy”? Is your “social calendar” full? Would you like to enjoy the “lifestyle that has been enjoyed by men for centuries”? If you have answered yes to all of these questions then perhaps you are in need of RENT A GENT. What is a rent a gent? Hmmm. It is a cross between a prostitute and a dog walker. A mashup of a gigolo and a fitness trainer. Learn more on College Candy…

14 Days Of Dating, Day 6: Indulge In A Sexy Striptease (Win This! Lingerie + Coupon)

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Cupid is a-comin’, and we’re counting down the days ‘til that fat, little cherub arrives. But until then, kick your relationship up a notch with these unique date ideas for you and your boo (or your friends…we don’t discriminate). A date a day, and your romance shall stay! Keep reading »

Makeup Bag: 5 Perfect Products For Valentine’s Day

If you’re going out for Valentine’s Day (or hell, even staying in!), part of the fun is glamming up your beauty routine a bit. From red lipstick to creamy blush to luscious lashes, here are five of our favorite beauty products that were practically invented for candle-lit dinners…

Must Haves: Sexy Red Dresses For Every Size

Obviously, it’s perfectly fine to wear any color you want on your Valentine’s Day date – pink, yellow, black, blue, whatever! — but sometimes, it’s fun to take your fashion cues a bit more literally. Grab one of these sexy red dresses and watch your date’s jaw drop when you make your entrance…

Ghosts Of Valentine’s Day Past: Enchiladas And What Might Have Been

Whether you’re currently single or coupled up, it’s always interesting to ponder how different your life might look if you’d made different relationship choices along the way. What if you’d stayed with the wrong guy, settled for the good-enough guy, gone on one date instead of another, or said “yes” instead of “no” (or vice versa) at a crucial romantic juncture? In honor of this month’s lovey-dovey holiday, we’re taking you on a tour or our Ghosts Of Valentine’s Day Past — exploring the strange, sad, and silly possibilities of our romantic lives that, for whatever reason, weren’t meant to be. Here’s Winona’s story… Keep reading »

Valentine’s Day Gift From Hell: Period Blood And Pubic Hair Chocolates

In Japan, the women don’t mess around on Valentine’s Day. They give handmade chocolates known honmei choco, or true feelings chocolate, to the boy they want to be their Valentine. How artisan. But not so sanitary considering that some girls to add secret ingredients to their confections: period blood, spit or pubic hair.  A “spell” trending on Twitter suggests that this year, girls “mix [their] blood” or other DNA-rich ingredients “into the Valentine’s Day chocolates” to ensure that their “love will be returned.” OH YUMMY. Japan Crush did us the great favor of translating some of the honmei choco “spell” tweets. After the jump, some baking confessions that just might put you off chocolate forever. Keep reading »

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