Last Friday, we asked you to share your story of first love in exchange for a copy of Us: Americans Talk About Love. Well, a ton of you sent in amazing tales of how you knew you were in love for the first time. We laughed, we cried, and then we decided reader Erin’s story was our favorite:
I was 18 years old. It was the second semester of my first year of college, and I had somehow managed to snag my high school mega-crush. I had always had a thing for him, but thought he was way too cool for me, so his interest in me had come as quite the surprise. A few months after we started dating, we were hanging out at my parents house, petting my cat. We ended up sprawled out across my dining room floor, talking and laughing. I said something silly and we started laughing uncontrollably, to the point where we were both crying, and we were trying our hardest to stop but just couldn’t contain ourselves. It was then, in the moment that we were coming down and wiping our eyes, that I realized I was in love with him. Here was this person, so different and separate from me, who I’d always put on a pedestal and tried to be so cool around…and we were curled up under my dinner table with a cat, peeing ourselves laughing about a joke a 6-year-old could make. Somehow, he had morphed from an unattainable entity to a part of me, someone who saw and cherished my truest self.
Don’t forget to enter this week’s contest. The winner gets “Secret Diary of A Call Girl” seasons one and two on DVD and more! Keep reading »
Some occupations seem so incomprehensible that we’d like to follow around the people who hold down those jobs to find out what their workdays really entail. Among those we’d like to shadow are prostitutes, private investigators, and Heidi Montag. Thankfully, a call girl wrote about her day-to-day life in the book Secret Diary of A Call Girl, so we don’t have to wonder about one of those three occupations any longer! The book was written by a formerly anonymous London escort now known to be a researcher who paid for her Ph.D. by sleeping with men who spent about $500 for her services.
WIN THIS! The third season of the TV series “Secret Diary of A Call Girl,” based on the sexcapades of “Belle,” comes to Showtime Feb. 1. We don’t want you to be behind, so we’re giving away the season one and two DVDs, the book, and a monthly planner so you can get your bedroom romps in order. But you have to work if you want them! Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Secret Diary” telling us your secret for good sex by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28. We’ll pick our favorite response and announce the winner on Friday, Jan. 29. You must live in the U.S. or Canada to win. Good luck! Keep reading »
When you pick up a book about “love,” you shouldn’t expect anything. Love is one of those things that’s hard to describe and even harder to understand. We can’t really know what love is until we’re in it, and the love between two people is unique, so even if you’ve been in love, you’ll never understand another couple’s relationship. When I read Us: Americans Talk About Love, edited by social anthropologist John Bowe (published Jan. 5), I mistakenly thought that I’d be reading true love story after true love story, 300+ pages of happy endings. But Us isn’t about love stories; it is personalized experiences with love: all the highs and lows, messiness and simplicity. And talking about love probably turned out better stories. Seriously, I read through this in, like, two days over the Christmas vacation. Keep reading »
Love is one of those things that’s hard to describe and even harder to understand. We can’t really know what love is until we’re in it, and the love between two people is unique, so even if you’ve been in love, you’ll never understand another couple’s relationship. Us: Americans Talk About Love lets us peek into strangers’ love lives with 44 stories collected by social anthropologist John Bowe. As told by a homeless thirtysomething, a married aerobics instructor who fell for a woman, a senior who still smooches her husband on a regular basis, a brokenhearted man who has dated more than 300 women since his wife’s death, and more, these oral reports from across the United States prove that love is anything but uniform. [$10.88, Amazon.com]
WIN THIS! We’re giving away a copy of Us: Americans Talk About Love, but you have to work if you want it! Send an email to email@example.com with the subject line “Love Book” telling us how you knew you were in love for the first time and how old you were by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 14. We’ll pick our favorite response and announce the winner on Friday, Jan. 15. You must live in the U.S. or Canada to win. Keep reading »
Some of us around here keep Sampar‘s dreamy rose- and geranium-scented Skin Quenching Mist on our desks to keep our skin looking fresh and feeling hydrated all day long. (Yes, we’re that vain.) Now that we’ve met the Line Up Box, $59, we have two additional products to stock in both our offices and bathroom cupboards. This collection of gems includes not only our favorite mister, but also the Nocturnal Line-up Mask, a gel-textured, peptide-filled, anti-aging, nighttime treatment and Ultra Hydrating Fluid, a silky, refreshing, mint and white lupin-enhanced moisturizer. Use all three for a few weeks and maybe you won’t forget that it’s freezing and dry out, but with regular use, your skin might.
WIN THIS! We’re giving away Sampar’s Line Up Box to five readers, but you have to work if you want it! Send us a pic of the inside of your bathroom cabinet and email to Style@TheFrisky.com with the subject line “Sampar giveaway.” Click HERE to read the official rules.
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Being girly girls and all, we don’t know much about Company 81, except that it reminds us a lot of Abercrombie and American Eagle, but seems to be of higher quality and yet way more affordable at the same time. While combing the shops for gifts for guys, we’ve turned up all kinds of fun items, but button-downs from $20-$42 and sweaters and other outerwear for under $100 are some of the best deals we’ve come across so far. And because these dudes are extra friendly, they’re giving away two shirts and a sweater to some lucky gal who can re-gift and doesn’t necessarily need to reveal how much she actually spent. Hey, it’s not like we’ll say anything.
We’re giving away one set of Company 81 menswear (including two button-downs and one sweater), but you have to work if you want your man in free duds. The best commenter for this coming week—from today, Tuesday, Nov. 24 through Tuesday, Dec. 2—will be awarded. So, be as clever, smart, and original as you can! Click HERE to read the official rules. Keep reading »