BY ELISABETH DONNELLY
Elizabeth Pride, a 23-year-old social worker in Philadelphia, was feeling homesick for her native Maine. While Facebook chatting with a friend one night last winter, she started joking about being single, and things took a decidedly Northeast turn: "I said my ideal man would look like an LL Bean Model. I kept making jokes like, 'I want to build a fire with this man.'"
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Pride uploaded a hunky photo of an LL Bean model in wicked good flannel to Tumblr, added a caption - "'We don't have to paint the barn door today,' said Daniel. 'Let's go sailing instead.'" - and a viral website was born. The Tumblr, Your LL Bean Boyfriend, remains just as popular today by imagining a world where the broad-shouldered, strong-jawed, capital-M man is as sensitive as he is outdoorsy, bringing you extra marshmallows for your hot chocolate and cooking you breakfast in bed with organic eggs.
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- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Love + Sex – Tue, Jun 25, 2013 2:48 PM EDT
bride at a gravesite that perfectly captures the dichotomy of grief and joy has triggered an outpouring of online emotion, touching a soft spot with hundreds of thousands of viewers and stunning the Michigan–based photographer behind the image.A photo of a Read More »from Bride's Moving Tribute at Father's Grave Will Break Your Heart
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“It’s been a little bit shocking,” Kari Wieringa of Zander & Breck Photography, based in Grand Rapids, told Yahoo! Shine. “The number of online hits has been mind-blowing. I didn’t even know it was possible.”
Since Wieringa snapped the image in early June and posted it on her company’s Facebook page on June 13th it has gone viral, receiving more than 700,000 likes, 35,000 shares and thousands of comments.
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In the photo, bride Paige Eding of Zeeland, Michigan is seen pressing her forehead against her father’s tombstone and clutching a bouquet of flowers, her white gown billowing behind her.
“I just wanted to take that moment
- Cosmopolitan.com | Love + Sex – Tue, Jun 25, 2013 12:09 PM EDT
Weiner chat partners: Ginger Lee, Genette Cordova and Traci Nobles Anthony Weiner is mounting a political comeback-gunning for New York mayor, focusing on the issues, even cracking jokes about Twitter. But his tented erection pics are still haunting the four women implicated in the scandal that brought down his career.Read More »from Anthony Weiner Tore Apart the Lives of These Five Women
By Michelle Ruiz
Talking to The New York Times, Weiner's women say his unwanted advances cost them their jobs, their reputations, even their sobriety-and his re-election bid is only dragging up the past and making their lives worse.
Gennette Cordova, the 21-year-old college student who was the recipient of Weiner's most famous weiner shot-the grey boxer brief crotch shot-says her online chats with the then-Congressman were strictly politics, until Weiner sent her the unsolicited penis pic (the worst kind of penis pic, if you ask us.) She moved from Seattle to New York to escape scrutiny in her hometown, but now that Weiner is running again, reporters are badgering her at her office.
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- Babble.com | Love + Sex – Tue, Jun 25, 2013 12:06 PM EDT
Whether you're in a new relationship or a long-term one, simple ways to show your partner that you care, that you think of them and that you still find them sexy can go a long way. I am a firm believer that getting in the mood for the deed is easier done when foreplay is in the picture, but that doesn't always have to be what you think it is. Typically we think of foreplay as happening in the bed just before the actual act takes place. It gets the heat up and just makes the whole experience that much better, but really, foreplay can come in non-sexual ways that can also make a big difference in the bedroom. Simple gestures that really do qualify as foreplay that can be easily added to your day for both you and your partner to enjoy. YourTango put together a list of 13 surprisingly sexy gestures that qualify as foreplay and I've picked out my favorites. Click through for the 7 little gestures that count as foreplay! -By Devan McGuinnessRead More »from Night Moves: 7 Little Gestures that Qualify as Foreplay
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- Astrology.com Tarot | Love + Sex – Tue, Jun 25, 2013 11:49 AM EDT
The Tower card suggests that your relationship may be in crisis, and this is your wake-up call. You can't go on fooling yourself any longer, and if you don't break up, you will certainly be on a rocky path if you don't work on what affects your very foundation. The impact may be severe, for while you feel secure, something unforeseen, sudden and dramatic may come to dispel your illusions. It may be a catastrophic experience, but you can rebuild this relationship into a better and stronger one if you take drastic measures or pull together to salvage what you can. This is a time where you can see if you have the right stuff. You might be pleasantly surprised to discover your own capacity for resourcefulness, dignity, creativity and generosity.
By Neha Gandhi, Refinery29
"Spinster" is traditionally a divisive, pejorative, incendiary word...sad face. Maybe because it's the only equivalent we've got to "bachelor" (seriously!), and over a few centuries, it really hasn't aged so well. But why? What if this historically dismissed and depressing moniker was somehow re-imagined as...Spinster Chic?
Hear us out. It's high time we level the playing field and reclaim all that is truly amazing about being a single lady. Today, that stupid stigma around flying solo is fast fading - and as women and men are rethinking what partnerships, love, and life goals really mean to them, we're all understanding the reality of single status much differently. Which all boils down to this: There's never been a better time to be untethered - and we've got 10 solid points of proof. We think Jane Austen would approve.
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- Babble.com | Love + Sex – Tue, Jun 25, 2013 10:58 AM EDT
Breaking up is never easy to do - and it's certainly never easy to be on the receiving end of the bad news. There may come a time in your relationship where a break up is inevitable. It's not an easy decision, but sometimes it really is the right one for both of you. Change and starting again is never easy and that break off can sometimes be the best thing, even though it's so hard. There are some polite and caring ways to end a relationship, and there are some terrible ways as well. If you want to remain friends or at the very least, be a decent human, there are some ways you should avoid breaking up with your partner. There are some serious no-no's when it comes to potentially breaking hearts and ending a partnership - no matter now long you've been a couple. Click through for the top 7 worst ways to break up with your partner! -By Devan McGuinnessRead More »from Hit the Road, Jack! the 7 WORST Ways to Break Up with Your Partner
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It's your fear of rejection that is getting you rejected. ~~ Bobbi Palmer
I know…I write about rejection a lot: how to recognize when it is and isn't real; how there's no such thing as rejection when you're meeting guys using online dating; and how to learn from it, recover and move on to the next guy who will be better for you. (Yes! There WILL be a next guy!)
When we say rejection hurts, it really does HURT.
Kirsten Weir, an award-winning science writer, writes this in an article for the American Psychological Association: "As researchers have dug deeper into the roots of rejection, they've found surprising evidence that the pain of being excluded is not so different from the pain of physical injury."
Every day I get emails, comments on my blog and questions from my coaching clients about how to avoid feeling crappy about a guy not calling, disappearing or saying "no thank you."
Today I'm answering such an email. I recently received this asking me to dig aRead More »from One Surprising Way Men Help Us While Hurting Us
- Girls in the Beauty Department, Glamour Magazine | Love + Sex – Mon, Jun 24, 2013 6:55 PM EDT
by Beth ShapouriRead More »from Do You Have the Face of a Wife? a New Study Suggests Such a Thing Exists
photo by Kyle EricksenThe shape of your face could possibly play a role in determining how long your relationships last, according to a new study. Let me explain.
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So, apparently, some researchers in Europe asked a bunch of dudes to look at composite pictures of women's faces and had them decide which ones they would choose for long-term relationship and which ones they'd have a fling with. What they found was that the women with the softest, most feminine features (a smaller chin or fuller cheeks) were more likely to be rated as a fling and the ones with squarer jaws and high cheekbones were more on the long-term end. Why? Well, they don't know, but they're theorizing that the feminine feature are seen as prettier, which means the women have more options and may cheat. A weak explanation, if you ask me, but interesting findings nonetheless. Read more about it all at www.cvtnews.ca.
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