by Gena Kaufman, Glamour
Very, very important Battle of the Sexes: Who's the bigger grumpster dumpster in the morning?
And surprise: it's us, ladies. We're totally morning beasts! According to a survey of 2,000 people in London, women are totally grumpier than men, with some accused by their colleagues of "being a strop" in the a.m. hours. "Strop" is British slang for "Get this beyotch some coffee," I think.
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Anecdotally, I'd have to agree. I'm never less happy than when my alarm goes off in the morning, and I've basically worn a hole in my snooze button. Beware, the future boyfriend who has the pleasure of waking up next to me on a Monday morning, especially if I ever again find myself in a job where I have to do more than roll out of bed to start working. My last boyfriend and I were pretty much on the same oversleeping page, so I think we just subconsciously agreed to be miserable together, silently, most mornings. But I imagine mornings could get
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by Gena Kaufman, GlamourRead More »from The Top 5 Ways to Get a Man to Approach You, According to a Dating Coach
I don't know about you guys, but I hardly ever meet guys in regular life situations. You may have noticed that most of the dating escapades I tell you about are of the online persuasion. Which is fine, and I'll continue to try that angle, but it would be nice once in a while to just meet a guy the old-fashioned way, right? (By old-fashioned I mean like, at a bar. Not an arranged marriage or anything.)
But I never quite know how to make it happen. Although I'm a friendly person, I'm definitely on the shy side about making the first move. All you braver ladies out there who can do it, I salute you. But for those of us that are a little more reserved, how do you get the guys to come to you?
In order to figure out how to make things happen off the Internet, I spoke to expert Adam LoDolce, who gives advice to both men and women as "The Dating Confidence Coach". His new e-book, The Top 5 Reasons Why Quality Guys Are NOT Approaching You (and How to Change That)
by Gena Kaufman, GlamourRead More »from 2013 Resolutions, According to 8 Guys
OK ladies, we've all made our resolutions to lose weight and find a boyfriend in 2013 because we're total clichés, right? Wrong! I mean, except that I do kind of want to do both those things but I have more important resolutions to make like to stop waiting until I can write my name in the dust to clean and to finally watch Downton Abbey so I'm not left out of conversations anymore.
Aaanyway, the point is that women make a lot of different resolutions and so do men. To give you a glimpse into the mind of men in 2013, we asked a few guys to share their goals for the upcoming year. Here they are:
"My resolution this year is to better myself:
- Save $10,000
- Quit biting my fingernails
- Complete a full marathon (this may be the toughest one, haha!)
- Read at least one book a month
- Visit my family at least 3 times this year
- Take a single vacation to a destination I've never been
- Get engaged (this might actually be the toughest since I'm currently
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by Gena Kaufman, GlamourRead More »from 10 Dating and Relationship Topics We Don’t Want to Hear About Anymore in 2013
While the past year brought us some amazing moments in romance, it also brought us some crap we'd rather forget. Here are ten topics we talked about this year that we're kind of hoping we don't have to talk about any more in 2013 (fingers crossed!).
"Nice Guys." We've all encountered these guys (and their offensive reactions to rejection), we've talked about it, and this month something started calling them out on the Internet at Nice Guys of OKC. In 2013, please let guys know that niceness is basic decency, not the sole qualification to get laid, and that a woman who just wants to be friends is not pure evil.
Sex to sell really weird things. We like sex, but we don't need it draped all over an advertisement for a coffin. We never want sex giving us the heebie jeebies so please stop.
Sexuality shame. Remember the man who offered money for a man to marry his lesbian daughter? Or how Cynthia Nixon hesitated to identify herself as a bisexual and felt she had to
by Melissa Melms, Glamour
Happy New Year, you guys! I hope you all enjoyed the holidays and some insane NYE parties. And since it's the beginning of 2013, it's time to take a good look at those resolutions you're planning.
OK, I'll go first. This year, I'm vowing to have sex with the lights on more often. I'll admit it, I've had body image issues my entire life. I'm constantly worrying about my pants size and whether or not those M&Ms I ate are going to show.
See more: Cute Boots for Every BudgetI'm just not entirely comfortable in my own body yet; it's a work in progress. J, on the other hand, loves my body. He loved me ten pounds heavier and he loves me now (post-workout kick). And I want to feel as comfortable with my own body as he is with it. I'm talking walk-around-the-house-buck-naked confident. And that's why one of my resolutions is to have sex with the lights on. To J, "Sexy is a girl who wants to have sex with the lights on." And maybe this Read More »from 2013 Resolution: Have Sex with the Lights
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by Gena Kaufman, GlamourRead More »from 14 Reasons Why Winter is the Worst Season for Dating
It is officially the first day of winter which means that fall, my personal favorite season for dating, is over. And unfortunately, it's replaced by the worst three-month period for romance of the year as far as I'm concerned.
Sure, it has its redeeming qualities--romantic ice skating and hot cocoa dates, rosy cheeks, men in scarves (my favorite!)--but it has so many, many more downers in the world of love. From the freezing temperatures to the unfortunate physical side effects, here is a collection of things about winter that make dating just a little less fun:
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1. Unflattering winter coats and layers.
2. No matter how much snuggling and cuddling you do, it's still too cold to really want to take your clothes off.
3. And it's definitely too cold for a sexy peek of skin in your outfit. What am I supposed to attract men with, my wit and charm? (JK. Kind of.)
4. Speaking of skin, winter skin: Pasty, dry, flaky. Sexy!
buy Gena Kaufman, GlamourRead More »from Guess What January 2nd Means for Dating?
You know how regular gym goers get annoyed at the first of the year because all the newbies with their New Year's resolutions are taking up the machines? Evidently it's kind of like that with online dating too!
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According to Match.com, January 2 is the busiest day of the year for new membership registrations. Last year, there was a 55% increase in new memberships on that day alone. Evidently, there's an overall spike from December 25th to February 14th (decisions to join a dating site during engagement season do not surprise me), but the biggest day comes post-New Year's resolutions. According to Match.com's Chief Scientific Advisor, Dr. Helen Fisher, "As the holidays come to an end, we naturally resolve to fill what's missing in our lives -- particularly love, the most powerful of our human needs and joys." In fact, in a recent survey Match.com conducted, 65% of singles are making a New Year's resolution related to
- Smitten, Glamour Magazine | Love + Sex – Fri, Dec 21, 2012 11:54 AM EST
by Gena Kaufman, GlamourRead More »from 8 Ways to Truly Embrace the Holidays as a Single Girl
Conde Nast ArchiveLast year when I was still freshly off a breakup, it was all I could do to survive the holidays as a single lady. I put on a happy face when I could, and I occasionally even enjoyed myself, but mostly I felt bitter and tense and sad. Thank goodness for holiday champagne.
I'm not beating myself up for taking some time to get here, but this year, I could not be more into the Christmas spirit. All the bitterness I felt about facing the holidays alone last year has just evaporated into a haze of good cheer.
Here are 8 things that have helped me get there:
Reliving childhood traditions: Last year I was grumpy because I was dwelling on the past years with my ex-boyfriend, but I should have gone even further back in time! Remember when you were a kid and the holidays were about magic and fun, not being the only single person at the cocktail party? Sure, you can't avoid the occasional lone Christmas elf in a room full of Mr. and Mrs. Clauses situation, but you can
by Gena Kaufman, GlamourRead More »from The 10 Most Popular Dating Sites of 2012
Need a little end of year inspiration for picking up your dating life? Let's check out the trendiest dating sites of the year. According to Google Zeitgest, online dating is popular enough (duh) to warrant its own top trending searches list, and here are the sites people searched for the most:
7. Christian Mingle
Have you tried any of these? I've dabbled in a few, but seeing as how I haven't had any long-term success...I might need to check out a few more! You've probably noticed from my posts that I tend to be pretty site-loyal to OKCupid, but like every generic online dating profile in the world says, I'm always up for trying new things!
Are any of these your go-to sites? Did you use any this past year? And will you make a resolution to try a new dating site next year?
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by Meredith Turits, GlamourRead More »from How to Make Sure Visiting His Family for the First Time Isn't a Holiday Disaster
Holiday cheer! Beverages that end in "-nog"! Your boyfriend's relatives screaming at each other as you awkwardly stand there, noting you are related to none of these people, yet here to witness this all go down!
So, hopefully this won't be the case for you, but, honestly, it's possible. Holidays are difficult for lots of reasons," says Dr. Deanna Brann, Ph.D, and clinical psychotherapist. "It's a stressful time anyway for most people, but people also have a Norman Rockwell mindset for what that is supposed to be, and not many people have that. Issues are magnified, worst behavior starts to come out." Brann is also the author of Reluctantly Related: Secrets To Getting Along With Your Mother-in-Law or Daughter-in-Law, so I tapped her to spill all the wisdom she had to help survive visiting your guy's family for the first time.
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Behold, Brann's has these top three tips to keep in mind:
1. Be a team player. When you go