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PERSONALITY: An even-tempered, family-oriented homebody who checks the date book before doing anything.
BIOLOGY: Builders tend to have higher levels of serotonin, a brain chemical known for instilling calm.
IDEAL MATE: A fellow Builder, who appreciates crucial details like alphabetizing the owner's manuals for appliances dating back to 1987.
OUR FAVORITE COUPLE: Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, whose marriage lasted for 50 years. In Hollywood, no less.
PERSONALITY: A sensation-seeking creative type who would rather let dishes pile up in the sink than miss a chance to go bungee jumping.
BIOLOGY: Explorers have high levels of dopamine, a chemical in the brain associated with feelings of euphoria and optimism. Explorers love sex. Love.
IDEAL MATE: A fellow Explorer. In short, a partner who won't flinch if you ask him to play hooky and go to Bangkok on a whim.
OUR FAVORITE COUPLE: Duh. Brad and Angelina, the jet-setting, tattooed,Read More »from How to Find Your Soul Mate
- Marie Claire | Fashion – Mon, Feb 4, 2013 10:18 AM EST
Marie ClaireIt's fascinating to me that dressy evening events - cocktail receptions, charity galas, premieres - elicit such excitement of anticipation, yet so frequently disappoint from a fashion perspective. Why is it that so many people choose eveningwear that is lackluster? I write choose, because it is a choice. If you want a look that's humdrum, then, OK, accept responsibility for wearing it. But I find it hard to believe that all of those humdrummers out there are really satisfied with their look. In most cases, people are simply in a fashion rut. Here's how to get out of it:Read More »from Tim Gunn Fashion Tips: How to Dress for a Big Night Out
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Why, oh, why do people persist in dragging around luggage-size handbags to evening events? I see this with more frequency than I care to recall. What are people thinking? Do they line these behemoths with plastic in order to escape with leftovers? There is an easy prescription for getting this right: The dressier the affair, the smaller the handbag. I want to sing the praises of
Want to join your man for Super Bowl Sunday? Learn how!One conflict rears its ugly head in many men's lives: sports versus significant other. It's understandable that a woman might feel like second fiddle to her boyfriend's sports obsession. With a few quick etiquette tips, though, women can figure out how with their guy's life during sports seasons.Read More »from How to Watch Sports with Your Man
We love a gal who truly loves sports. When a woman caters her schedule around her beloved team, it's real. My best girlfriend from college is a Steelers fan who not only caught every game, but also vented frustration with little known Steeler backup players. These kinds of women are welcome additions to a group of sports viewers.
But if a woman tries too hard, we'll see right through it. Fringe fans flock to teams like the New York Yankees because they're trendy. A woman who roots honestly for random teams like the Buffalo Bills, Northwestern Wildcats, or Kansas City Royals is much more respected among males. We notice when women come out of the woodwork to support a team in the playoffs, or
Marie ClaireDiana Odrasso, a 32-year-old film coordinator from Palm Beach, Florida, always considered herself a stellar conversationalist. But for years, she was oblivious to her annoying habit of cutting off people mid-sentence with this rapport-killing phrase: "No, I know." She was, in fact, a serial interrupter. No surprise, her penchant to talk over people didn't score points with colleagues and friends.
Odrasso admits she was far from Miss Popularity among her coworkers on the film festival circuit. Even worse, she lost many friendships and had no idea why-until a roommate intervened. "She told me that I came across as a know-it-all," Odrasso says. "At first, I felt deeply hurt. But my roommate helped me understand that I was being perceived as self-righteous and rude, like I already knew everything."
Before you label Odrasso as singularly clueless, consider this: "To one degree or another, most of us have blind spots about our own behavior," says
Valentine's Day is right around the corner!1. Single or coupled, if you didn't make a reservation in January, your options for going out to dinner are limited to the local fast food drive-through.Read More »from 10 Things We Hate About Valentine's Day
2. The hour of our lives we waste every year in the greeting card aisle, looking for the perfect one.
3. The overnight tripling of the price of roses, forcing your boyfriend to choose between getting you a bouquet of a dozen or paying his cable bill that month.
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4. The 24/7 romantic comedy marathon on TV during the month of February either makes you feel like a loser for being single or makes you resent your boyfriend for not being John Cusack.
5. If you've had anything resembling a date in the past two months, it always prematurely launches the "where is this going?" conversation.
6. If you're single and lucky enough to have three close, single girlfriends, you can't go out for drinks with them without being a cliche.
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7. We don't need another stuffed teddy bear
These ladies are not having it.
The other night I was talking with friends about how awkward it is to meet people at bars. The women in the conversation were sharing their frustration with the whole "getting the number" process. They feel they have to give their number out to be friendly (and to get a guy to go away if he's hitting on her). But some guys make it tough for girls to be nice.
The common move among guys (I'm guilty of this one too), after getting a girl's number, is calling her phone to confirm that that it's real and that his number is now registered in her phone. Most guys will watch the girl's phone as they call it to make sure there's no funny business going on. Essentially, cell phones have made it impossible for a girl to give a guy the wrong number.
The best way for a girl to avoid that awkward first date is to not give her number out in the first place. As a guy, I know the ins and outs of the phone number game. If a cute girl is giving me any sign of hope, I'm going to try forRead More »from How to Avoid Giving Out Your Phone Number
It's supposed to be the ultimate pleasure for women—so what's my problem?
Recently, I was in bed with a guy whose sheets I'd wanted to get tangled up in for a while. It was our third date, but I was hoping for a thousand more, and we were having the kind of intense and passionate sex that makes you believe that might be possible. I felt so close to him with our eyes locked and our bodies bendy from red wine. But suddenly he pulled away and disappeared beneath the covers, diving headfirst between my thighs.
"I could do this forever," he said, his voice muffled by the blanket. All I could think was, Please don't.
Let me be clear: It's not that I hate oral sex. A tongue feels good anywhere it roams, and I'm not bothered by the fact that bodies don't exactly taste like cherry soda all the time. But oral sex demands total surrender to the moment and the person you're with. Unfortunately, I am often stuck in my own head. Instead of being lost in ecstasy, when a guy goes down on me, I'm worrying about loose hairs, whether or not his jaw is gettingRead More »from The Trouble with Oral Sex
How DOES Gisele get those perfect waves? We found out, here.
My hair is exhausted. It's been scrunched, tangled around a brush, and fried. It's been doused with product, tussled with, and misted like a houseplant. But it wasn't until my husband said he smelled something burning that I decided to call in the big guns. I had to. My ponytail and I have been hibernating for months; suddenly I'm faced with social commitments. I didn't want to look as if I tried too hard, but I wanted my friends to admire it and my frenemies to be jealous. That said, only one kind of hair would fit the bill: beach hair, or what is fast becoming known as Kate Moss hair.
This is not '90s bed head, mind you. Back in the post-grunge era, bed head was inspired by, well, the bed. You rolled out of your ratty futon and there you were, dirty uncombed hair and all. More hygienic types achieved it with now-iconic texturizing products like Tigi Bed Head's waxy roll-on, Hair Stick for Cool People, or Bumble and Bumble's Surf Spray. The 2011 version - beach hair - is clean,Read More »from How to Get Beach Hair
Here, your cosmetic game plan for 2013.
"I don't want to look done or freaky and artificial like everybody else. I just want to look like myself, only better." So goes the fear voiced by new patients, says New York City plastic surgeon Dr. Haideh Hirmand. The "everybody else"? Those expressionless, Kewpie-doll carbon copies, all cherubic cheeks and fish pouts.
Instead of feeding the trend, more and more top doctors are doling out injectable enzymes like hyaluronidase to dissolve and deflate the glut of dermal fillers they're seeing. "It's ironic because women didn't want that pulled-tight surgical look of the '80s and '90s, so a liquid face-lift [using fillers like Restylane] became a more natural-looking alternative," explains plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Jacono, author of The Face of the Future. "But trying to reshape the face by swelling up cheekbones, jawlines, and lips took on this Mrs. Potato Head approach. It started to seem as if the same features were being transplanted onto different faces. This is why allRead More »from Secrets to Looking Younger Without Looking Fake