Here's how you can survive a really long distance relationship.I'm in a super-long-distance relationship with a guy who lives in a different time zone. We're talkin' a six hour time difference and sometimes six months between visits. When I leave for work in New York, he's already asleep in Holland-but we make it work. Here's how...
By Cameron Cain
1. Regular Skype Sessions
Set a regular Skype time every day. It might sound clingy, but it works for us. If one of us can't make it at that time, we know we'll make it work the next night. Plus, I don't spend time during the day wondering when we're going to talk.
2. Talk It Up
Don't talk for more than an hour at any given time. That way, you've left some things to talk about the next time you speak. If the convo does get dull, cheer up by planning your first day together again after being apart.
3. Texting Troubles Solved
Get a free text alternative app, like Whatsapp or MessageMe, so that texting doesn't rack up a huge phone bill. Texting internationally, I learned this
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- Cosmopolitan.com | Love + Sex – Thu, Mar 14, 2013 3:51 PM EDT
Here's how you can survive a really long distance relationship.I'm in a super-long-distance relationship with a guy who lives in a different time zone. We're talkin' a six hour time difference and sometimes six months between visits. When I leave for work in New York, he's already asleep in Holland-but we make it work. Here's how...Read More »from 9 Ways to Survive a Super Long Distance Relationship
Get the equality in your relationship you deserve.You're both busy at work, so why do you get stuck with all the at-home stuff? Sharon Meers and Joanna Strober, authors of Getting to 50/50, tell you how to get your guy to do his share. These simple tips will get him to be a true partner--so you can stop feeling like a nag.Read More »from The Real Way to Have it All
Ask for what you need and be specific. You think you and your guy should both clean up around the house, but he can't read your mind. So ask him--nicely, not in a critical way--and listen to his response. Saying "I want you to do more around the house" won't get you as far as saying "Let's agree on what needs to get done around the house and divvy up the list." He may even have ideas for getting the job done better and/or faster (really).
Be direct (not directive). Consider the household to-do list as something to tackle together. If one of you needs to be home when the electrician comes to fix the ceiling fan, invite him to the appointment on his Outlook calendar; this way, it's clearly a shared
How much is too much to pay for a wedding?If there's one thing I've learned about weddings since getting engaged, it's this: They're effing expensive.Read More »from The Average Cost of a Wedding Goes Up…Again
By Natasha Burton
In fact, a recent survey by The Knot and WeddingChannel.com found that the average price people spend on their weddings rose in 2012 to $28,427. Which is like the price of a car or even a down payment on a house in some states. Spending that on just one day seems a bit crazy, right?
Related: 8 Ways to Survive Wedding Season Without Going Broke
I thought so-until I started planning my own wedding. Lemme just break down how fast you can spend $30K on a wedding for 100 people:
Five-hour venue rental: $5,000
Day-of wedding coordinator (required by our venue): $2,000
Food: $10,000 (If we were having our wedding at a hotel, we would have had a $30,000 food minimum.)
Related: Guess the Celeb Engagement Ring
Okay, so that's already $25,000 and doesn't include flowers (which could be as much as $5,000), the
Take a breakup tip from these celebs.We know it's a little crazy, but it hurts our hearts when cute couples like Michelle Williams and Jason Segel (and Jay Baruchel and Alison Pill) call it quits. But perhaps we civilians can learn few lessons from these celebrities on how to break up-and move on…Read More »from 6 Ways to Handle a Breakup like a Celebrity
By Natasha Burton
1. Keep Mum on the Dirty Details
Jason Segel and Michelle Williams have yet to even comment about their breakup (the news came from those mysterious "sources"), which is a lot classier than spilling the deets via Twitter. No need to give the world a lengthy explanation of what happened when you split from a guy-that's your business and your business only.
2. Make a PC Joint Statement
It might be hard to resist telling your respective circles of friends what happened between you two. So, take a cue from Bachelor Ben Flajnik and Courtney Robertson, who jointly announced they had "grown apart" after a year of dating. (To the surprise of no one, we might add.) Planning a neutral, agreed-upon
Show him who's in charge.Nothing is sexier than an assertive dude. It means he's confident with himself...and that's freaking hot. But, it being 2013, it's also hot for girlfriends to step up and pull the reins. Yee-haw! We got experts to dish on the times your man wants you to be in control.Read More »from 6 Times He Wants You to Take Control
By Dara Adeeyo
1. In the Bedroom
Most dudes love doing it doggy style because they're the ones who can control how fast or slow you guys go. But feel free to switch it up! Get on top and tell him to not move as you go for a ride. Or, initiate having intercourse somewhere unusual like the kitchen counter. Taking him by surprise will turn you both on...
2. Date Night
Traditionally, the guy is the one who plans the date. Grab him by surprise by telling him, "Don't book anything for Saturday night. We're going out." You'll leave him on the edge of what is going to go down on your date and longing to see you ASAP.
Related: Weird Reasons Why We Fall In Love
3. Vacation Plans
Some guys are totally okay with getting
You need to try this lip color.If you're wondering what lip color will get you through the next couple of seasons, we're one step ahead of you.Read More »from The Hot Lip Shade You Need to Wear Immediately
By Carly Cardellino
A coral-orange-colored lip not only works for Spring and Summer, but it's suitable for Fall, too.
We saw the shade in super bright form at Moschino for Spring 2013 (right) and then toned down a bit for Fall at Oscar de la Renta (shown left).
So why coral? For one, the color complements all skin tones and instantly brightens up your face (and mood!) after you swipe it on.
Want to start your stash off right? Try Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipstick in It Girl, $10, drugstore.com.
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Anthony Bourdain dishes date advice.Anthony Bourdain, TV's most adventurous chef, explains why it's hot to lose your inhibitions and go all in on a meal. Relax, experiment, get messy.Read More »from The Sexiest Thing You Can Do on a Date
As told to Liz Plosser
You learn a lot about someone when you share a meal together. If your date makes the experience uptight and restrictive, well, the sex is going to be horrible too. Eating is best when there is spontaneity and variety. I'm very type-A, and many things in my life are about control and domination, but eating should be a submissive experience, where you let down your guard and enjoy the ride.
I don't have much patience for people who are self-conscious about the act of eating, and it irritates me when someone denies themselves the pleasure of a bloody hunk of steak or a pungent French cheese because of some outdated nonsense about what's appropriate or attractive. Stop worrying about how your breath's going to smell, whether there's beurre blanc on your face, or whether ordering the braised pork belly
Guys reveal what they want in a girl.Freezing temps can leave even the biggest commitment-phobes craving someone to snuggle with. So we got guys to open up about just what they want in a Little Spoon they'd love to curl up with long after the seasons have shifted.Read More »from 12 Things Men Really Want in a Woman
By Lauren Otis
1. A Woman Who Will Let Me Impress Her
"I kind of want the opposite of most guys I know: I'd secretly love a girl that's bad at cooking-all the easier for me to wow her with some of my home-cooked specialties." -Christian B.
2. A Woman Who Can Hold Her Own
"I want to be with a girl who, if she's on a different page from me on something, can hold her own in a debate about it. Disagreements can keep things fun." -Andrew H.
3. A Woman Who Goes With The Flow
"I want a woman who doesn't act like a child when things don't go her way. You've got to be able to lose occasionally and show grace and poise in those moments (And I do too)." -Brady C.
Related: How to Be More Adventurous With Your Man
4. A Woman Who Motives Me
Eat a cucumber. It's good for your hair.Let's be real, come-hither hair is all we ever want-and all he wants to run his hands through. So, to figure out how to achieve a Victoria's Secret angel-like mane, we asked Kim Snyder, celebrity nutritionist and author of The Beauty Detox Solution, the upcoming The Beauty Detox Foods and founder of Glow Bio smoothie shop in Los Angeles, what exactly we need to eat to score sexy strands.Read More »from 7 Foods that Will Give You Healthy-Looking Hair
By Carly Cardellino
1. Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds are one of nature's top hair-building foods and are an excellent source of zinc and vitamin A, which help strengthen your hair.
They also contain B vitamins, which include biotin, an essential nutrient for strengthening hair, helping to prevent thin and brittle hair, and increasing growth.
Try throwing them into your salads to work them into your diet!
These veggies have the highest amount of beta-carotene, the precursor for vitamin A, among the common vegetables. Vitamin A is necessary for a shiny,
Workout as you work.It's so hard to find the motivation to hit the gym after work. But, a new study shows you can get in your workout while you're at still at work. We asked ACE Certified Advanced Personal Trainer Renita Brannan to give us a few at-work exercises that torch calories without ever leaving your cube.Read More »from Burn 150 Calories Without Leaving Your Desk
By Meagan Morris
1. Seated Strong Woman
Stretch your spine and work your core with this simple desk chair move. First, pull your body away from the chair back so you're sitting with a long spine. Then, take 10 deep breaths. With each exhale, pull your belly "in" to your back, like you would during a crunch. You'll feel totally relaxed afterward.
Estimated calories burned: 15.
2. Chair Squats
This one takes a steady chair-and some strong core work-to pull off. Sit on the edge of your chair with your arms either in front of you or above your head. Pull your body up to standing position and slowly inhale as you lower your buns toward the chair. Gently touch the seat with your rear and stand