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  • 5 Ways to Personalize Your Wedding Eats and Sweets

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    The best way to make a good impression at your wedding is with standout food, drinks, and dessert. But it doesn't have to be flashy, as long as there's something about it that makes it uniquely special to you and your beloved. Using his professional experiences as examples, Four Seasons San Francisco Director of Catering David Robinson spoke with us about how to personalize your wedding dining experience and make it something your guests will remember. Get his advice now on how to inject some personality into your wedding chow.

    • Get Spirited: "Concocted cocktails are very important to people. We allow the brides and grooms to actually do a tasting with our mixologist to design these cocktails, so it makes it more of their own. The darker liquors, the bourbons, the whiskeys, those are all coming into play after dinner. People are wanting to have a great bourbon, a great whiskey after dinner, and then go right outside on our
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  • Exclusive First Look: A YA Novel on Hollywood and Two Girls in Love

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    A teen girl dealing with the suicide of her best friend, a group of high school grads sorting out their relationships on a road trip, and now YA author Nina LaCour is tackling a new topic in her latest novel: when two girls fall in love working in the Hollywood film business. The San Franciscan author of Hold Still and The Disenchantments spoke with us about her love of YA, the personal inspiration behind her novels, and how she came up with the themes for her next book, Everything Leads to You (out in May). Keep reading for the exclusive cover reveal and to find out who Nina could see playing the novel's love interest on the big screen!

    POPSUGAR: What drew you to writing YA novels rather than adult fiction?
    Nina LaCour:
    I started graduate school thinking I was going to write adult fiction. I got an MFA in creative writing, and I went in with a lot of pages of this adult novel I had been working on, but

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  • 5 Friendship Resolutions to Keep Your Relationships in Shape

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    This year, why not spice up your usual get fit New Year's resolution by strengthening your friendships instead? Everything's easier when you've got a loving support system behind you, so make 2014 the year of building positive, healthy friendships. Check out these five fun, fresh ideas for a friendly New Year's resolution you're sure to keep!

    • Make time for those closest to you. It's easy to get wrapped up in your busy schedule, but adding some quality friend time to your to-do list is sure to bring out the best, most satisfied you. Pencil in friend dates at the start of each week to be sure you see the friends that mean the most. Can't seem to find the time? Do your errands with friends! Invite a pal to exercise with you, go grocery shopping together, or ask them to come over for coffee and tidy up as you chat.
    • Remember the little things. Being a positive, supportive friend doesn't have to be a full-time
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  • 8 Ways to Get Your Reading on in 2014

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    If you're hoping to expand your reading in the New Year, look no further than these book-related resolution ideas! Going beyond the standard "read more" goal, we're diving into some fresh, creative ways to make this your most bookish year yet. Can't seem to think of a meaningful resolution? Check out these fun ideas for inspiration to get your reading on in 2014! (And if you need some reading recommendations, we've rounded up the most promising books out in January.)


    • Read at least one book each month. Reading is all about time, so to make books a priority, you'll have to carve a few hours out of your schedule every week. Make it a nightly bedtime habit - as second nature as brushing your teeth - and you'll find plenty of time to check out a new title each month.
    • Keep track of the books you've read and want to read. Use Pinterest or a social network like Goodreads to easily organize the books on your reading wish list as well
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  • Bad Dating Habits to Ditch in 2014

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    If you're looking for a fresh start in 2014, why not take this time to refresh your dating life? After all, the new year is always a great time to reassess your well-being. Here are some bad dating and relationship habits to swear off. And if you're taken, we've got some tips for you too.


    • Tipsy texting. Give up those drunk dials that only make a hangover worse.
    • Waiting for guys to make the first move. If you want to meet guys, you have to put yourself out there. Something as simple as a smile or flirty eye contact will do.
    • Living in the past. Let yourself forget your failed relationships, disappointments, or mistakes. Releasing that baggage will make you more open to new experiences and people.
    • Wasting time on a guy you're not into. He may be good on paper, but if you don't have the spark or see a long-term future, don't date him.
    • Wasting time on a guy who's not into you. Ditch the guy who's sending you mixed
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  • You're Engaged! the First 5 Things to Do

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    As soon as that ring's on your finger, the big-day countdown begins, and it's overwhelming to say the least! There are so many to-do lists, people to call, and appointments to be made, it's enough to turn a sane bride-to-be into a basket case. I know how scary it can be. Just days after my proposal I logged in to The Knot to see 100 things I was behind on already and 200-plus things I needed to do (and had a similar reaction as Kristen Wiig's character in the Bridesmaids trailer). So how 'bout we take a big breath together, and start small? I asked Ashlyn Carter of event planning and design company Carter & Cook Event Co. what she would start off with, and she had some helpful advice. With our combined efforts, here are the first five must dos for a bride-to-be:


    • "Set the budget." This is huge, because it's how you'll know how much you can spend on every big and little detail, from the cocktails to the photographer. Talk with
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  • Girlie Party Ideas to Get into the Holiday Spirit

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    If you're feeling a little scroogey transitioning into the cold month of yuletide and mistletoe, get a little help from your friends. The best part of the season is spending quality time with the people you love - a sentiment that can get lost in the crowds at the mall. We've rounded up some of our favorite holiday party ideas fit for girlfriends that will have you ready to go door-to-door Christmas caroling (well, or something like that). Check them out below, and feel free to share your ideas in the comments!

    Holiday crafting party: Have your favorite crafting buddies over to make some holiday decor. Everyone ends up with their own DIY project to dress their home, like this easy-to-make mason jar glitter candle or personalized snowglobe.

    Christmas movie marathon: Grab some cozy blankets, gather 'round the tree, and get your Christmas movie marathon on! We especially love the oldies but goodies like White Christmas, A

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  • 6 Ways to Find Alone Time During the Holidays

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    Christmas is almost here, and spending time with family can be the best - and worst - part of the holidays. Cramped quarters, conflicting personalities, and childhood baggage means tensions can run high, especially when you don't have any time to yourself. But with a little creativity, you can find ways to squeeze in alone time, and avoid a meltdown. Here are a few:

    • Offer to be the errand-runner: If you're craving a little time to yourself, speak up when your mom mentions she's out of sugar. Even a few minutes in the car blasting music (or just sitting in silence) can be enough to pull you back from the brink.
    • Go for a walk: Can't take another second of togetherness around the fire? Suggest a brisk after-dinner walk. True, you usually can't get away with doing this one all by yourself, but even the most grating of family members can be more palatable outdoors in the crisp air. And if all else fails, walk fast.
    • Put on
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  • December Book Club: Hot Reads for Chilly Days

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    A geeky guide to dating, a tragic and mystical love story, a Christmas-Eve-set romantic thriller, and a graphic novel about star-crossed lovers who are literally polar opposites are just some of the books out this month we can't wait to get our mittens on. There are tales that will warm your heart and sexy stories sure to steam things up as the days get colder. So whether you're on the hunt for good travel reads or looking for page-turning gift ideas, here are the December books you'll want to check out.

    • The Encyclopedia of Early Earth: Isabel Greenberg's debut graphic novel, The Encyclopedia of Early Earth, is a series of imagined fables about our lost history, including the story of two lovers - one from the North Pole and the other from the South - who can't touch each other due to polar magnetization.
    • I Think I Am in Friend-Love With You: Comic-book artist Yumi Sakugawa explores that special bond between platonic
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  • Best Tweets of the Year on Being Single

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    We're continuing to share the best of 2013's Tweets Girls Say, to finish off the year on a high(-larious) note. One topic the funniest women on Twitter were especially well-versed in was singlehood: its ups, its downs, its if-I-don't-laugh-I'll-cry moments. Any woman who has ever been single is sure to relate to these lol-worthy tweets. Check them all out below, and don't forget to follow POPSUGARLove on Twitter.

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