These no-planning-required trysts that leave tons of time for fun. Think you're a great date? Take this quiz to find out for sure.
1. Host a Supercasual Soiree
It's so easy - provide a few bottles of wine and ask each guest to bring an hors d'oeuvre. Perfect for a summer Friday night: Try a sauvignon blanc like Chateau Bonnet Bordeaux Blanc, $10, or Yellow Tail's new pinot grigio, $7. Or go for a trendy rosé and pick up a bottle of Marques de Caceres, $7. This dish is perfect for a double-date.
2. Make a Splash
On Saturday afternoon, beat the heat - and scrap any stuffy workweek grown-upness - by heading to a local water park with your guy and some friends. Spend the day splashing around and racing each other down the slides. Or treat him to a date he'll remember forever.
3. Indulge in a Double Feature
Sunday afternoon, head to the movies with your guy. Buy tickets for back-to-back flicks, and spend the afternoon in air-conditioned bliss. Here's how to totally rock a first date.
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These no-planning-required trysts that leave tons of time for fun. Think you're a great date? Take this quiz to find out for sure.Read More »from 8 Cheap Dates To Go On Before Summer Ends
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The trick: Gulp a Slushie right before exercising on a sweltering day.
How it works: Hot weather means your body has to work harder to move, wearing you out more quickly. But according to new research published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, participants who drank a Slushie ran for about 10 minutes longer before feeling the crippling effects of heat (burning face, melting body, heavy feet). At 30 degrees, Slushies are colder than regular ice water, and the mix of sugary water and crushed ice lowers your body temperature before you start running, so you can last longer before getting overheated. Very cool. Related: 8 Foods That Keep You Slim All Summer
The trick: Make a mental list of all the small things you do daily that could count as exercise-like going up stairs, carrying bags of groceries, and walking your dog.
How it works: How's this for mind power? In a Harvard
Our favorite cutting-edge styles aren't just ridiculously pretty, but they also have hidden powers. Try them yourself and watch frizz, flatness, and unruliness suddenly disappear.Read More »from 4 Easy Styles for a Sexy Hair Day
Tease all the hair above your ears with a comb. Now take the front section from temple to temple, and twist it to create a bump, then pin it in place, says NYC stylist Robert Lyon, who created the looks here. Continue this process (pull up a 1-inch section, give it a twist, and pin), moving from the front to the back of the teased section. Set with an aerosol spray, like Herbal Essences Set Me Up Max Hold Hairspray, $3. Finally, push strands to one side and braid, starting from the very top, where hair is not pinned.
BONUS: A bombshell bump nixes limpness, giving you instant volume.
Related: Hot Hair Trend: Fishtail Braids
Double the Drama
Wash your hair, and follow with a deep conditioner (such as Dove Daily Moisture Therapy, $4), which will create a smooth surface. Blow-dry with a flat
Not to add fuel to the "all men cheat" fire or anything, but a new study found that the more economically dependent a guy is on his partner, the higher the chances that he messes around.
According to the Cornell University research, the male subjects who were completely dependent on their girlfriend or wife's cash flow were five times more likely to be unfaithful than guys who earned equally. (The guys studied had been married or cohabitating for at least a year and were between the ages of 18 and 28.) Here are 7 other reasons guys may stray.
One possible explanation: "Making less money than a female partner may threaten men's gender identity by calling into question the traditional notion of men as breadwinners," said the author of the study.
But men who had a significantly higher income than their partner were also more likely to get a little somethin' somethin' on the side. The author speculated that "men who make a lot more money than their partners may be in jobsRead More »from Why Money Makes Men More Likely to Cheat
Believe it or not, there's actually an upside to the sucky economy: Normally expensive stuff is super-discounted because retailers need to sell it. Meaning, you get amazing deals. Here's how to take advantage.
1. Luxe Cocktails
A cool glass of bubbly is super-refreshing on a summer day. But think outside of Champagne and Prosecco. Cava is a Spanish sparkling wine that is just as tasty and can be found at really affordable prices. Plus, you can drink it many ways. "Because it has more bubbles than Prosecco, it's better for making sparkling cocktails like Kir Royales or mimosas," says Lyle Kula, DWS, wine consultant in New York City. Get Cosmo Cocktails recipes here!
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Ordering this fancy dish at a restaurant is usually a real splurge. Not these days though. Fewer people are traveling this year (because of money issues) to places like Maine and Canada, where the lobsters are caught, so there is more supply on the market. Try this lobster potpie recipe by Katie
Given their laid-back vibe, it's no wonder guys are most turned on by low-maintenance styles that feel natural. Try one of these warm weather styles and we bet your hair isn't the only thing he touches. Plus: Find out what men really think about your hair and makeup.
Why Guys Love It: The small pouf (and we're not talking The Snookie here) adds a subtle dose of glamour to any look. That's why it's such a hot red-carpet go-to. "Wearing your hair up bares your most seductive features, like your neck and shoulders," explains celeb stylist Ken Paves. Hilary Duff looks pretty yet punk with this 'do. Try these fresh new hairstyles for long hair.
How to Get It: Part dry, straight hair from above the arches of each brow back to the crown to create a mini ponytail. Twist the top of the tail, and push hair forward to create volume, then secure with a large barrette or bobby pins. Gather the rest into a bun and mist with a holding spray (try Vavoom ShapemakerRead More »from 4 Summer Hairstyles Men Love
- Cosmopolitan.com | Work + Money – Thu, Aug 19, 2010 8:56 PM EDT
Did you know the decision to hire is made in 15 minutes or less? Scary, huh? With that in mind, Cosmo surveyed human-resource pros to find out which job-hunting sins you may be making.Read More »from 10 Mistakes Even Smart Women Make in Job Interviews
1. You Say, "This Is My Dream Job"
Even if you mean it, 69% of recruiters will brush that off as an insincere cliché they've heard way too many times before. Ban the bogus phrases "I think outside the box" and "I'm a team player" from your vocab as well, and come up with your own way of describing how much you rock.
Related: 10 Secrets Bosses Never Tell You...but Should
2. You Trash Your Old Boss
Even if your old supervisor makes The Office's Michael Scott seem like the smartest person alive, you'll be the one who looks bad if you dis him or your former company. It's kind of like the whole "I'm rubber and you're glue" concept you heard about in grade school. Ninety-five percent of recruiters agree that when you talk smack in an interview, it sticks with you.
3. You Ask About Vacation Days
We've often said that only Lady Gaga can pull off some of the outfits she wears. Well, we were wrong. These canine models rock red lace, wigs, and telephone hats just as well as the singer. One difference: the Lady doesn't cover the paparazzi in drool like these pups did to photographer Jesse Freidin. Plus: Check out these Lady Gaga pics you won't see anywhere else.
And P.S. No dogs were harmed during this shoot. In fact, they got extra love and treats.
PancakeWe love the attention to detail (slightly see-through lace, tuft of blond hair), but we understand why the face-covering fabric was nixed. After all, a pup wearing a headpiece and dress has gotta be placated with treats. Which celeb had the most wacky fashion makeover?
Know the phrase, "Why does a dog wear balls? Because he can."
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- Cosmopolitan.com | Love + Sex – Fri, Aug 13, 2010 12:53 AM EDT
Cosmo got the hottest guys of Monday Night Football to reveal what turns them on, their dating pet peeves, and how to land a second date. Plus, check out the sex tips guys say will drive them wild.
Wes Welker of the New England Patriots, #83
Cosmo: What's a piece of dating advice you wish women knew?
Wes: "Call me so you know where I am, follow me to see if I'm doing what I say I'm doing, hire a private investigator...but whatever you do, do not snoop through my e-mail or cell phone!" Wanta know the five times don't want you to text them? Read this.
Tony Gonzalez of the Atlanta Falcons, #88Cosmo: What is something that women don't know about men?
Tony: "When we act like we aren't listening, we really are. We hear everything you have said, but most likely just don't want to address it or answer your questions. But ladies, we do hear you. We hear everything." So don't say this about your ex-boyfriend, k?
David Anderson of the Houston Texans, #89Read More »from What Hot NFL Players Want You to Know About Dating
Inspired by Eat Pray Love, we cozied up to the DVD player and ID'd the take-home advice from six memorable romcoms. Plus:
10 Movie Quotes That Make the Worst Pickup Lines
Eat Pray LoveIf you can quit your job and travel around the world for a year to get over a bad relationship, as Julia Roberts' character does, go for it. But since you probably can't swing the time off and inevitable credit card debt, try to devote the post-breakup grief period to exploring who you are and what you love-so your next relationship is a better fit. You don't have to travel to India to move on. Just try try one of these genius forget-the-creep tactics instead.
When Harry Met Sally
Thanks to this Meg Ryan-Billy Crystal classic, many a girl has wondered if her totally platonic guy friend was worth a second look. And though the real-life answer is typically, um, no, there's something to be said for adding great sex to an already amazing friendship. Oh, and "When you realize you want toRead More »from Love Lessons from Chick Flicks