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Finally--boots that fit every calf! Marie Claire's full-figured fashion diva, Ashley Falcon, reveals her top tips for finding boots that work for you.
Photo Credit: Greg KesslerI live for heels. At last check, I had 75 or so pairs, so many that my walk-in shoe closet could easily pass muster with the MTV Cribs crowd. As a plus-size fashionista, I've always had an exceptionally difficult time finding trendy off-the-rack clothes. But thanks to my 91/2 shoe size, I can slip on a pair of this season's Manolo stilettos or Prada platform pumps and strut around with as much attitude and confidence as the style mavens I worship in glossy fashion mags.
That's not to say that big girls like me never run into problems in the shoe department. Shopping for boots is an utter b---- . Not long ago, I spotted a pair of black riding boots made of baby-bottom-soft kid leather. They looked as though they'd been plucked right out of a Parisian vintage shop. At first, I tried to gently tug one up my calf. When that didn't work, I
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Marie Claire dating blogger Maura Kelly tackles the tough topic of sex in the workplace? How do you navigate a relationship with a coworker?Read More »from 5 Tips For Having An Office Romance
A Jezebel article from 2008 notes that according to a Toronto Star survey "61% of chicks said they've had a crush on a co-worker, and 57% of dudes."
At the same time ... it's clear that dating someone you work with could be a large-scale disaster. If things go bad, there will be no avoiding the person in question. A bad break-up affects your concentration at work regardless, but if you have to see the bozo who has caused your misery EVERY DAY--during every single staff meeting, no less--it's going to be excruciating.
So if you're going to do it, here are a few things to keep in mind to minimize the damages:
1. SIZE MATTERS.
As Ask Men points out, having a big office will make it easier to keep a distance from the person in question if things don't work out, whereas a tiny office could help to make things mighty uncomfortable.
2. DATE, UM,
photo credit: Plamen PetkovDear Cubicle Coach:Read More »from I Kissed My Coworker! What Now?
Things got a little out of hand at an office party yesterday, and I ended up making out with a colleague. He's a nice enough guy, but we're both in relationships, and I don't think either of us is thinking future. Do we talk about what happened? Do we tell our respective partners?
Dear Kissy Face:
You're kidding, right? Forget it. It happened. The seductive scent of the office is powerful. You're at your most intense, seeing each other at your best and your worst, both of which can definitely be turn-ons. No need to belabor it (unless you really want more), nor any need to blab to your partners (unless that's some kind of little thing you both like to tantalize each other with). But that's beyond my purview. I am CC, Cubicle Coach, not BC, Booty Coach.
Agree? Disagree? Does anyone think these two are guilty of cheating or did CC nail it with this response?
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There I was, skirt hiked up, shirt unbuttoned, atop my boss's desk. Across the street, the building workers were getting an X-rated show for free.Read More »from Sex at Work, Is It Just Too Risky?
PHOTO CREDIT: GOLDMUND/ISTOCK IMAGESNot that I was having sex with my boss - too clichéd. It was my coworker, the one I'd spent hours with, working on projects and bitching about company politics. We'd snuck into our boss's office one slow Friday afternoon to act out our oft-shared fantasy of a quickie in the inner sanctum.
Fluorescent lighting aside, offices are the new meat markets. Unlike other forms of dating, workplace affairs guarantee you'll never endure painful setups or spend your evening trawling Websites that list the contents of strangers' bedrooms. In the office, you have a prescreened pool of eligibles. You know loads of the same people and have approximately the same interests. You're assured he's gainfully employed and reasonably bright, working as he does in a place smart enough to have hired you.
But the real point is about companionship. Americans work
Marie Claire dating blogger Maura Kelly gets some great, fun advice from dating coach John Keegan about how to make the most of the abundant flirtatious opportunities that will surround you for the next week.Read More »from 3 Ways to Get a Guy While Holiday Shopping
The great thing about December, according to John, "You know exactly where all the people are going to be--out shopping!" He has three tips for initiating the conversation.
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1. ASK AN OPINION
In the men's department, position yourself fairly close to the dude you've been eyeing. Then pick up two items-two shirts, or scarves, or bow ties-in different colors, and ask your unsuspecting target what color he likes best. After he responds-"the green, definitely"-keep the banter going by telling him you're trying to choose a gift for your brother or for your cousin. Then say: "Think he'll like the green?"
2. ASK TO MEASURE AN ARTICLE OF CLOTHING AGAINST HIM
Pick up a man's shirt or sweater and approach your man. After explaining to the stranger in question that he's about the same
I'm not saying you can't mention that you just broke up with someone a month ago, or three months ago, or whatever the case may be. Just keep all discussion VERY minimal. No gory details. Don't say anything that would indicate you're bitter over the whole thing, or still obsessed with the ex.
2. Family drama.
If you haven't spoken to your father in years, you hate your mother, or think your brother's new wife is white trash ... keep a lid on it for the time being. Otherwise, you could come off as someone who is difficult to get along with or too judgmental. What's more, potential significant others might be scared off if they think potential mates don't have a supportive family--because it can be discomforting to think about getting involved with someone who doesn't have a strong support network. Wait a few dates--until you've already worked yourRead More »from 4 Subjects to Never Bring Up on a First Date
Marie Claire dating blogger Maura Kelly discusses how cell phones and texting have changed the dating game ... for the worst.Read More »from Your Cell Phone is Destroying Your Love Life
Yew York Magazine contributor Wesley Yang recently published a piece that analyzed the sexual habits of New Yorkers as based on some interesting documents--800 pages of the magazine's "Sex Diaries."
PHOTO CREDIT: JUPITERIMAGES/JUPITER IMAGESThe piece was primarily about any kind of arrangement that could be described as casual sex, from one-night-stands to "friendship-with-benefits." In particular, the writer was very interested in the way that cell phones have impacted the way we date (or at least screw) right now.
"The cell phone has changed the nature of seduction. One carries in one's pocket, wherever one goes, the means of doing something other than what one is presently doing, or being with someone other than the person one is with. ... [Cell phones enable people to] Identify the single best sexual partner available, or at least the person most amenable to their requirements at the
Matt Wasowski, the man who runs Nerd Nite Speed-Dating, gives Marie Claire Blogger Maura Kelly some insights on how to win over hot geeks.Read More »from 6 Ways to Flirt with a Nerd
From Kelly's A Year of Living Flirtatiously blog.
1. HOW TO IDENTIFY A NERD
The word applies to anyone who is both passionate and knowledgeable about one particular thing. The title isn't exclusively reserved for scientists and Trekkies. For instance, take the world's sexiest rock-star drummer, like a Tommy Lee. If he's able to spend 45 minutes explaining the different ways to tune a snare drum, then he's a nerd, too, on top of being a rock star
Photo Credit: Clint Hild/iStock Photography2. HOW TO WIN OVER A NERD
Simply express interest in his nerdy interests. A true nerd wants someone to be interested in his area of expertise. He will talk about it ad nauseam if presented with a willing and enthusiastic audience - particularly a female one.
3. NERDS ARE MUCH MORE SELECTIVE!
Nerds are MUCH choosier. If a nerd goes out with a coiffed, perfectly tan Barbie doll, he'll probably become bored
Marie Claire dating blogger Maura Kelly tackles the question of which items of clothing make men start foaming at the mouth (or chasing you around the dinner table).Read More »from 5 Very Sexy Pieces of Clothing
Photo Credit: C. Steinhausen/Getty Image1. A SIMPLE APRON
When asked, guys weren't much help in explaining what it is about aprons, exactly, that makes them so hot. But here's a guess: An apron frames the body in an unusal way, inviting the eye to first one breast, then the other--by vertically bisecting them both--and then drawing the gaze to the thigh, falling at the mid-way point between the waist and the knees as it does. At the same time, a well-tied apron also accentuates the hips--and leaves the derriere wide open, completely unprotected.
More simply put: an apron is an invitation to think about what a girl would look like if she wasn't wearing anything else!
2. A GOOD WELL-FITTING TRENCH COAT
Men seem to associate trench coats with flashers; they see you in, say, a tight-fitting brown leather number that ties at the waist and they wonder if there's
photo credit: Valentin Casarsa/iStockMarie Claire's male dating blogger Rich Santos reveals what men really think about sex, dating, relationships, and you.Read More »from 9 Secrets Men Keep
1. We hate when you try too hard to be one of the guys. It's pretty lame that my buddies and I invent words and languages and then giggle over them like schoolchildren. But what's even lamer: when some outsider tries to use the language, without the ability to contribute. That's what one of my old girlfriends did. It got to the point where I bristled every time I heard her speak one of our made-up words.
2. We do think you're crazy sometimes, but only because it makes things easier for us. Once I accepted that women were "crazy" (many older guys had insisted they were for years), it seemed to take a huge load of pressure off me. When I just throw it all out the window and dismiss it as "crazy," it makes it easier to deal.
3. Heavy makeup is a turnoff. I've always been the type of guy who appreciates a natural look as it is, and when a girl does her makeup well, the