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  • 10 Yoga Skills that Will Boost Your Sex Life

    Yoga by SunsetEMandLO.com contributor Alexandra Joy is the author of the new book The Woman's Secret: A Novella with Lessons , which uses storytelling to demonstrate how oriental teachings can transform every aspect of your life. Here she shares 10 ways that yoga can add value to your sexual experiences:

    When I mention to people that I find yoga to be invaluable in my personal life, they typically react with raised eyebrows and knowing Cheshire Cat grins. Yes, yes, I know what they're picturing: The complex, acrobatic sexual positions found in the Kama Sutra. They automatically assume I must be a circus-trained contortionist! In fact, yoga classes can radically improve your sex life in numerous ways, bringing you better, longer, and more frequently occurring orgasms. Here are my top ten favorite ways that yoga skills can boost your sex life:

    1. Focus


    Yogic practices can help you stop thinking about your morning meeting with your client, the designer dress you plan to buy at the end of the

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  • Your Love Life Horoscopes: 02-10-14

    Grand Central ceilingEach week, we at EMandLO.com predict the course of your love life for the week with our own version of irreverent horoscopes - ignore our advice at your own peril! (Hyperbole intended for dramatic effect.)

    aries (Mar. 21st-Apr. 20th)


    Playing hard to get is so over. Real winners know they're a catch and don't have to be an elusive snot to prove it. We're not saying you should be a commitment dictator (or any kind of dictator, for that matter). Just feel the love, man.

    taurus (Apr. 21st-May 20th)


    Just as too many cooks can spoil the broth, too many lovers coming in and out of your life (double entendre intended) as though you had a revolving bedroom door installed with a flashing neon sign above, reading, "Open 24 hours, everyone welcome!" can ruin your sense of intimacy (not to mention increase your chances of catching STDs, and give you a sense of vertigo). Try to focus your attention on one thing at a time. The objects of your attention will thank you for it in the

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  • New Movie Encourages Open Discussion of Pregnancy & Infant Loss

    Minnie Driver on the set of

    There's a new movie set to come out this year starring Minnie Driver called "Return to Zero," about a successful couple who lose their first child in utero. Its award-winning writer/producer/director, Sean Hanish, has teamed up with ReconceivingLoss.com to help break the silence surrounding the topic, calling for submissions of stories, essays, poems and other artistic expressions about this type of loss for a digital archive intended to help foster healing, with the best being featured in the Return to Zero Story Archive here.

    According to the press release, it is estimated that 25% of pregnancies result in loss annually; in the United States, the number of stillborn babies, estimated at 36,000, is equivalent to the number of automobile-related fatalities each year. If you've been affected by these numbers in some way, you can submit your story for consideration in the Return to Zero Story Archive here. Below are three short excerpts from featured selections in this Story Archive

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  • Top 5 Love Lessons from the Bachelor (Juan Pablo, Ep 5)

    Screenshot of ABC's The Bachelor (Juan Pablo, episode 5)Screenshot of ABC's The Bachelor (Juan Pablo, episode 5)

    1. Your date being interested in hearing about your career is not "AMAZING!", it does not make him an extraordinary human being with mystical qualities that make him the perfect guy for you. Asking you about your job and him actually listening to the answer should be the bare minimum for any date. It's not proof that you should immediately marry him, it's just the foundation for possibly agreeing to a second date.

    2. Headbands (the kind that go across your forehead) = don't.

    3. If you're going to explicitly lay down ground rules and set up boundaries about the way you date -- which we are all for (yay, open and honest communication!) -- then you've got to follow and respect them consistently. Don't break the rules when it's convenient for you, while expecting your partners to follow them 24/7 to the letter. And while we're at it, don't paternalistically decide what's best for your date, when you hypocritically turn around and do the opposite: your date is an adult, she can make her
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  • Your Love Life Horoscopes: 02-03-14

    Grand Central ceiling
    Each week, we at EMandLO.com predict the course of your love life for the week with our own version of irreverent horoscopes - ignore our advice at your own peril! (Hyperbole intended for dramatic effect.)


    aries (Mar. 21st-Apr. 20th) Don't agree to be anyone's date for "the prom" just yet (obvs, this is a metaphor). You've got months to make that decision and get to know the potential candidates a bit better - and in the meantime, you may become super popular and have even more choices. Bonus!

    taurus (Apr. 21st-May 20th) You're a go-getter in the love department, a deal-closer. You see something you want, you get it. This usually works. Usually. If you've got a particularly tough customer this week, taking your patented pushy approach might backfire. Have a slow hand, an easy touch.

    gemini (May 21st-June 21st) There must be some kind of planet alignment going on that's particularly conducive to positive sexual energy this week, as it seems a good number of signs are gearing

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  • Do People REALLY Use Dating Sites Just for "Conversation"?

    Fiddler on the Roof


    That's the claim of this EMandLO.com reader's boyfriend -- that he has an online dating profile simply because he likes finding new people to talk to. Find out what we have to say to that below...

    Dear Em & Lo

    I'm in a different city from my boyfriend of 3+ years, studying for a degree. On my last visit home I discovered he has profiles on several dating websites, and his inbox is full of messages with attractive strangers. I confronted him about it twice, and both times he assured me he's never met any of these women and he's just in it to meet people and start conversations. He also promised to delete his accounts, but he hasn't.

    I'm very conflicted about what to do. My head tells me his actions are an obvious sign he's not that into me and our not-so-long-distance relationship isn't working out. But my heart still believes him when he swears I'm the only one he wants to be with. He's a smart, sweet, sensitive and caring guy, but he does have some growing up to do.

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  • 10 Thoughts on the Wolf of Wall Street

    The Wolf of Wall Street


    1. Not since Requiem for a Dream have drugs looked so unfun.

    2. This was billed as a black comedy. Which part was supposed to be funny, again?

    3. Okay, so the part where Jonah Hill whips out his (prosthetic) dong in the middle of a party and starts jacking off to a female guest was kind of funny, but only because we think that Jonah Hill is the kind of guy who would never do something like this, which means it's kind of funny to think of him filming the scene with a straight face. (Alright, alright, the scene where a stockbroker makes fun of Steve Madden shoes is kind of funny, too.)

    4. We don't have the same warm fuzzy feelings about Leonardo DiCaprio and the ladies, which makes his performance extra, er,convincing (you're totally right: we mean extra icky).

    5. Apparently, back in the '80s, pro dommes didn't take safewords seriously.

    6. "Wolfie" is a terrible safeword.

    7. The scenes of DiCaprio and Hill doing drugs together are a hell of a lot more intimate than

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  • Top 5 Love Lessons from the Bachelor (Juan Pablo, Ep 4)

    The Bachelor and the Narc

    1. When your date confides in you about their terrible, deadbeat, alcoholic father who abandoned them, do NOT respond with, "Wow, that must have been so difficult for your father." The appropriate response is, "Wow, that must have been so difficult for your YOU."


    2. Don't tell your date what you think they want to hear - be honest about your thoughts, opinions, desires, and doubts (like Opera Singer/Child-Hater Sharleen).

    3. Similarly, desperation and over-enthusiasm will not work in your favor. Be cool, calm, collected and - while we're at it - cautious and maybe even a little coy (again, like Can-I-Even-Be-Bothered-To-Be-Here Sharleen).

    4. On a date, don't be a narc and whine about your fellow human beings. Narcs never get the rose. (Ahn-nyoung, Elise.)

    5. If you're interested in kissing your date, don't lead with "Do you know what happened earlier? I threw up in my mouth a little, but then I swallowed it." (Somehow this worked for Claire, but it will NOT work for you.)

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  • Which Disney Princess Are You REALLY?

    Disney Princesses


    Results from the Zimbio quiz "Which Disney Princess Are You?" have been popping up in our Facebook feed this week. Most of them are as saccharine and subtly sexist as the Disney movies themselves, like this one:

    Ariel Zimbio












    They're just begging for a more honest edit, with a little tough love thrown in - one that reflects the disturbing messages about gender roles, romantic relationships and beauty often perpetuated by the Disney Princess Industrial Complex. Send the following to any one of your friends who's taken the quiz so they can read their real results:

    Ariel a la Em & Lo


    Snow White a la Em & LoCinderella a la Em & Lo


    Jasmine a la Em & Lo


    MORE LIKE THIS ON EMandLO.com:

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  • Your Love Life Horoscopes - the Shakespeare Edition

    William ShakespeareEach week, we at EMandLO.com predict the course of your love life for the week with our own version of irreverent horoscopes - ignore our advice at your own peril! (Hyperbole intended for dramatic effect.)

    This week, the Bard tells you how to be...

    aries (Mar. 21st-Apr. 20th)

    "To gild refined gold, to paint the lily, To throw a perfume on the violet, To smooth the ice, or add another hue Unto the rainbow, or with taper-light To seek the beauteous eye of heaven to garnish, Is wasteful and ridiculous excess."

    - King John, act IV, sc. ii

    taurus (Apr. 21st-May 20th)

    "Therefore love moderately; long love doth so; Too swift arrives as tardy as too slow."

    - Romeo and Juliet, act II, sc. vi

    gemini (May 21st-June 21st)

    "A scepter snatch'd with an unruly hand Must be as boisterously maintain'd as gain'd; And he that stands upon a slippery place Makes nice of no vile hold to stay him up."

    - King John, act III, sc. iv

    cancer (June 22nd-July 22nd)

    "Better a little chiding than a great deal

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