Blog Posts by POPSUGAR Love & Sex

  • 26 Perks of Being in a Serious Relationship in Your 20s

    POPSUGAR Love & SexSource: 26 Perks of Being in a Serious Relationship in Your 20s

    Young, independent, and . . . committed? Yep, you heard that right. This is a declaration for anyone who's in a long-term relationship in their 20s and has felt pressure to "see what else is out there." Some people think that being in a relationship in your 20s makes no sense at all. They assume you're wasting away your youth; however, I couldn't disagree more.

    I've been with my boyfriend for almost three years. Since we've been together, I've studied abroad, lived alone, and still go out and have fun with my girlfriends. As a couple, we've traveled around Southeast Asia, gone to music festivals, and lived life like every other 20-something - we just happen to be in a relationship. I have a sense of stability that allows me to focus on my career rather than wasting energy worrying about if that guy will text me back or if I'll ever fall in love.


    More from POPSUGAR Love & Sex: 98 of the Best Things in Life That

    Read More »from 26 Perks of Being in a Serious Relationship in Your 20s
  • 9 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Wedding Planner

    Source: 9 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Wedding Planner

    You've decided to hire a wedding planner - but how do you know which person is right for you and your big day? Thanks to a growing industry and what seems like a million different wedding blogs, it's not always easy to sift through the hundreds of event coordinators out there. Not sure where to start? Ask yourself these nine important questions as you search for the perfect wedding planner.

    • Where is she located? It's smart to find someone who's located in the region where your wedding will take place, if only because she's sure to have plenty of connections. Plus, if your planner is near the venue, chances are she's worked there before and may be familiar with some of the regular vendors.
    • How many years of experience? Time doesn't say everything, but it certainly speaks to some measure of success. Look for someone with a reputation, not only because it will give you peace of mind, but also because you want to work
    Read More »from 9 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Wedding Planner
  • Beyoncé Wants You to Own Your Sexuality, so You Definitely Should

    POPSUGAR Source: Beyoncé Wants You to Own Your Sexuality, So You Definitely Should


    Beyoncé Knowles is looking seriously sexy on Out magazine's May cover, her first since dropping that earth-shattering surprise album back in December. Beyoncé goes topless in the issue and channels Marilyn Monroe in a short blond wig and layers of diamond necklaces. In the accompanying interview - which Beyoncé conducted by email while on her international tour - the superstar got candid about everything from putting together that now-famous visual album to feeling "sexually liberated" by her recent projects. She also revealed that she had a sinus infection while recording one of her singles! Keep reading for more from Beyoncé's interview in Out magazine:


    • On the Beyoncé album being one of her most sexually liberating projects: "I'd like to believe that my music opened up that conversation. There is unbelievable power in ownership, and women should own their sexuality."
    • On the backlash she received
    Read More »from Beyoncé Wants You to Own Your Sexuality, so You Definitely Should
  • How to Be the Ultimate Maid of Honor

    Source: How to Be the Ultimate Maid of Honor


    Before we get into the nitty-gritty, let's look at the big picture. The maid of honor's primary purpose falls under three major categories: support the bride, manage the bridesmaids, and be available. Good organizational and communication skills are a plus, but a positive attitude is a must!

    Supporting the bride means keeping her as stress free as possible and helping with the wedding planning in whatever capacity she needs it. (If she has a planner, you'll have less to take on, but the following duties include all that you might have to help with.) This also means emotional support. You need to be a good listener when she's having a meltdown about the planning process or cold feet about the marriage. You need to be honest and offer positive feedback when she asks for your opinions, but you also need to support whatever decisions she makes that you don't agree with.

    Managing the bridesmaids includes making sure there is constant

    Read More »from How to Be the Ultimate Maid of Honor
  • The 5 Magic Words to Get a Guy to Ask You Out

    POPSUGAR Love & SexSource: The 5 Magic Words to Get a Guy to Ask You Out


    A Quora user asked the question: "How do I get a man to ask me out?" Self-described "heterosexual man" Adam Nyhan's answer is by far the most popular despite (or maybe because of) its simplicity. Ready to know the key to getting a love interest to ask you out?

    Let me tell you the five magic words. I agree that you ideally would feel totally comfortable asking him out, but you are not. That's not the end of the world. So there is a half-step that you can take. It's simple: it isn't really asking him out, it's just letting him know that you would say yes if he asked. So, next time you see him, deploy this weapon:

    "We should hang out sometime."

    Now he knows that you are open to the idea. Which is often enough to nudge him over the edge. Believe me, you women (I'm assuming you are a woman) tend to think you are as clear as water about signaling to men what you want to do, but I'm afraid you are not.

    So he may want

    Read More »from The 5 Magic Words to Get a Guy to Ask You Out
  • 7 Creative Ways to Keep the Long-Distance Spark Lit

    Source: 7 Creative Ways to Keep the Long-Distance Spark Lit

    In "regular" relationships, the little things matter: writing a thoughtful note, telling stories over a good meal, cuddling on lazy Sunday mornings. But these little things are hard to do when you and your partner are halfway across the world from each other. If you've read all the long-distance relationship advice and tried the couple apps out there, maybe it's time you tried something different. In long-distance relationships, romantic gestures that you might otherwise consider cheesy can really go a long way. Here are seven romantic ways you can show your significant other you are willing to go that extra mile.

    • Have a Candlelit Skype Date: Light up some candles, eat a romantic dinner together in front of the computer screen, and finish the date with a movie of your choice. The key is to start the movie at the same time (or host a Skype movie party) so you can laugh, gasp, and cry in sync. To be even more romantic, send
    Read More »from 7 Creative Ways to Keep the Long-Distance Spark Lit
  • The Bachelor Has Spoken — Did Juan Pablo Pick the Right Woman?

    POPSUGAR Love & SexSource: The Bachelor Has Spoken - Did Juan Pablo Pick the Right Woman?

    And with one final "ess OK," Juan Pablo's season of The Bachelor has come to an end. The 32-year-old Venezuelan soccer player - who managed to get in trouble every step of the way - chose to give his last rose to Nikki Ferrell, 23, from Kansas City, MO, after a twisty finale that had all but indicated the he would choose Clare.

    Juan Pablo had almost scared Clare off completely by telling her something disrespectful and "sexual" while the audio wasn't hooked up. He reassured her the next day that he really liked her and wanted kids with her in the oddly specific time period of one year and two months. Then he sent her home. To everyone's delight, she did not go quietly into that sunny beach. "What you just made me go through, I would never want my kids to have a father like you," she said. Once she had walked out of earshot, Juan Pablo muttered, "Wow, I'm glad I didn't pick her." Cue the entire audience's boos.

    Read More »from The Bachelor Has Spoken — Did Juan Pablo Pick the Right Woman?
  • Why Sex and the City is Still Important, 10 Years Later

    POPSUGAR Love & SexSource: Why Sex and the City Is Still Important, 10 Years Later


    The Sex and the City series finale aired 10 years ago. Since the show ended, much has been made about the character profiles it introduced, the fashion trends it helped catapult, and the fantasies it perpetuated; but what's most memorable about Sex and the City - and what we should continue to celebrate - is its depiction of single women in society. The main characters of the show were represented not as lonely or broken but as smart, well-rounded individuals with full lives, great careers, and amazing friendships. Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte proved that whether or not you have a significant other, your friends can become your family - men come and go, but you can always be "each other's soulmates." The show's fashion and food references, as well as its brand of postfeminism, are still relevant in pop culture today. In addition to the fact that there have been two big-screen sequels, a spinoff series, The

    Read More »from Why Sex and the City is Still Important, 10 Years Later
  • Find Out If He's Mr. Right Just by Looking at His Shoes!

    POPSUGAR Love & SexSource: Find Out If He's Mr. Right Just by Looking at His Shoes!

    We all know you shouldn't judge a book by its cover - but should you judge a guy based on his shoes? Although this might seem shallow, it might help you weed out the losers and bring you closer to your right match. What a man decides to put on his feet says a lot about his lifestyle, preference in music, and how much he cares about his appearance. So next time you decide to check out the stranger next to you, don't bother looking him up and down. Just look down . . . at his feet.


    • Boat Shoes: This prepster might not be on a boat, but he wishes he was. He has multiple pairs of boat shoes to accompany his expansive polo collection. He's probably a fraternity bro and considers beer pong a legitimate skill. He might be a little pretentious, but he is a mama's boy at heart.
    • Oxfords: Oxfords are always a visual delight. This man knows about fashion and what a quality shoe can do for you. If you get involved with
    Read More »from Find Out If He's Mr. Right Just by Looking at His Shoes!
  • Handle Wedding Worst-Case Scenarios like a Pro

    Source: Handle Wedding Worst-Case Scenarios Like a Pro

    There are wedding fiascos you can plan for, and then there are those that can sideswipe even the most OCD bride. Lucky for us, wedding planner Allison Silber, founder of Engaged and Inspired and cofounder of The Lab Event, has successfully dealt with many big-day disasters - even at her own wedding! She spoke with me about what to do ahead of time to prevent these worst-case scenarios from ruining your wedding and, in some instances, how to handle the unavoidable mishaps. So take a deep breath - what's the worst that could happen?

    • Worst-Case Scenario: The Best Man Makes an Embarassing Speech:
      Pro tip: "For mine, my planner actually went up and was like, 'OK you're done,' and took the mic away, which I don't think happens that often. If it's really embarrassing and over the top or, in my case, I think he was probably way too drunk, you just have to cut him off and be done with that. Ahead of time, you just have to talk to him.
    Read More »from Handle Wedding Worst-Case Scenarios like a Pro

Pagination

(468 Stories)