Blog Posts by Smitten, Glamour Magazine

  • Does Sex Really Count as Exercise? Here's the Surprising Amount of Calories it Burns.

    by Gena Kaufman


    Kyle EricksenKyle Ericksen Hearts pumping, temperatures rising, and sweat glistening: Sex and working out seem to have a lot in common. But does a session in the sack really equal a session in the gym?

    Don't skip your spinning class or your man-pleasing afternoon run just yet.

    According to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine, the average practice of having sex lasts about six minutes and burns only 21 calories. For a fun and seasonal visualization of that, check out our slideshow of what 100 calories' worth of your favorite Halloween candy looks like. Then divide the already tiny portion by five. Um, yum?

    Obviously most of us aren't having sex for the sole purpose of burning off our afternoon snack, but it would have been a nice bonus. On the other hand, incentive to make your time in bed last longer and be a little more energetic and athletic is probably a great idea in more ways than just calorie burning.

    Do you ever feel like you get a good workout from sex?

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  • Uh-Oh, Science Says Your Boyfriend is Probably a Big Insecure Baby

    by Gena Kaufman


    Blech, this basically backs up the supposed Blech, this basically backs up the supposed Well, not your boyfriend specifically. But probably most men. Yay?

    You know how people say "Behind every great man is a great woman" and it's like, ugh, barf? Unfortunately if we reversed it, it might have to be "Behind every great woman is a sad, jealous, man-baby." A new study shows that men tend to have lower self-esteem and bruised egos when their female partners excel. So, that's encouraging.

    In a series of experiments conducted among 32 undergraduate couples, when men were told their partner had scored in the top 12 percent of all students on a test, the men tended to score lower on an Implicit Association Test for self-esteem. Note that the guys didn't say they felt any worse after hearing of their partner's success, but the Implicit Associate Test measures attitudes and feelings people may not want to report through word associations. Women didn't suffer the same self-esteem dip when their guy succeeded. Come on, dudes. Don't make us feel guilty about being

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  • Fergie and Josh Duhamel Welcome a Baby Boy and Are Taking to Twitter for Parenting Advice!

    by Anna Moeslein


    Getty ImagesGetty Images Somebody call our own Jess because she's gonna have to send Josh Duhamel over another order of celebratory cupcakes!

    Yup, Josh and Fergie have welcomed their first child today, confirms People. It's a boy for the couple, and they gave him a pretty interesting name: Axl Jack Duhamel.

    And it looks like Josh is already turning to Twitter for parenting advice, tweeting: "Curious how your pets reacted when you brought home your first newborn child. Any advice?"

    So cute! Congrats to the couple. What do you guys think of the name?

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  • The 5 Favorite Beers of Cheating Dudes

    by Gena Kaufman


    photo: Yanes, Romulo A "I don't always drink beer, but when I do, I'm probably cheating on my wife." --World's least interesting man

    Seriously, do we even care what goes on in the mind of a cheater? Sigh. I guess I do, because I keep clicking on links to stories about their preferred restaurants or what cities the most of them live in. And today, I learned about their favorite beers. Classy U.K. site Illicit Encounters surveyed its members to find out their preferred choice on tap.

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    The top five are:
    1. Guiness
    2. Corona
    3. Peroni
    4. San Miguel
    5. Budweiser

    Obviously, if your guy is a big fan of one of these beers, you should definitely panic. Or, alternatively, you could just remember that these are generally pretty popular beers that are commonly sold at Everybar in Everycity, USA (though I've never actually had a San Miguel, have you?), so of course they are probably popular among non-cheaters and cheaters alike.

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  • Ke$ha's New Jewelry Line is to Be Worn Only by the Very Bold

    by Gena Kaufman


    Penis earrings with chain detail, $15; Petite penis ring, $12; Penis charm pendant with chain, $20 (Sold out!)Penis earrings with chain detail, $15; Petite penis ring, $12; Penis charm pendant with chain, $20 (Sold out!) Like the saying goes, wear your heart on your sleeve and penises on your accessories.

    No, never heard that one? Of course not, but what else would you expect from Ke$ha? Tastefully elegant pearls and simple gold chains? Honk shoo. Her new jewelry line, Ke$ha Rose by Charles Albert, has arrived, and the hilariously named "Grow a Pear" line features well...golden anatomy, you guys. Seriously, check out of a few more of the selections.

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    There are other parts of the line that are less unusual, featuring skulls, arrowheads, shark teeth, skulls and roses, and Ke$ha herself looks completely gorgeous modeling the line. And, hey, if you wore this stuff to a bachelorette party, it might be considered classy next to the regular adult-themed accessories.

    Anyone out there brave enough to wear such bold jewelry? Clearly there are fans, since some of the pieces are sold out already!

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  • 17 Cheap, Fun Things to Do with Your Girlfriends

    by Alexa Tucker


    photo: Walter Chinphoto: Walter ChinMy girlfriends and I love to get together when we're all in town. We go to dinner, see movies, indulge in mani-pedis…and seriously blow our budgets. Sound familiar? Even the most fabulous ladies have to get creative with their bonding ideas--think Carrie's poker night with the girls in season one of Sex and the City. Here are some ideas to help keep your girl-time fresh (and cheap!).

    Have a nail-art party
    Experiment with DIY manicures by heading over to a cool nail art blog and attempting one of the designs. Might I suggest The Girls in the Beauty Department as a good place to start?

    Release your inner baking queen
    Bond over an afternoon of cupcake decorating. Worried about overindulging? Bring them into work or give them to your neighbors to make fast friends (and avoid the extra calories lying around).

    Work it out on Pinterest
    Find a new exercise routine and test it with your girls. YouTube the moves you don't know, then have your friends check you to make sure

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  • Ryan Reynolds Won't Leave the House Until Blake Lively Does This.

    by Gena Kaufman


    photo by Donato Sardellaphoto by Donato Sardella File this under things I never thought I'd think: Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds kind of remind me of my mom and dad.

    Huh? I mean, my parents are lovely people, but they don't exactly have Blake's and Ryan's perfect looks or buckets of money, and they're also several decades senior and not exactly what I'd call famous. They don't have a ton in common. But in a recent interview with Extra, Ryan said something that totally made me think of my dad...

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    While attending an event without his wife, Ryan said she had signed off on his outfit (the summery coral tie and blue shirt above), and in fact went so far as to say, "I would never walk out of the house without her approval."

    Now of course, I'm sure he's exaggerating and doesn't literally mean never, but it seems he lets his fashion-friendly lady help with his style for public appearances, at least. Which cracks me up because although my mom didn't become a fashion

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  • It's Actually a Little Annoying How Much Men Need Women

    by Gena Kaufman


    Bill and Melinda Gates; photo credit: Getty ImagesBill and Melinda Gates; photo credit: Getty ImagesThis weekend the New York Times took the old phrase, "Behind every great man stands a great woman" and updated it to be "Inside every great man is a selfish dude who won't do nice things for other people until he gets some ladies in his life who make him want to be a better man."

    I'm exaggerating, but not that much. The article, entitled "Why Men Need Women," examined what makes some super-rich men, like Bill Gates, extremely philanthropic while others are basically swimming in their own money like Scrooge McDuck. And as you may have guessed from the title, the proposed answer is female presence in these men's lives.

    A new study examined the habits of male chief executives at thousands of Danish companies, and found that after men became fathers, on average they actually paid their employees less. The exception: Men who had daughters didn't reduce their employees' wages. And it's not the first research of its kind. Previous studies have shown that men with daughters

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  • Are Long-Distance Relationships Actually More Intimate? They Might Be!

    by Gena Kaufman


    CN Digital StudioLong-distance relationships are hard, but according to new research, they might be absolutely worth it.

    A new study says that men and women in long-distance relationships are more likely to share meaningful thoughts and feelings and have a greater sense of intimacy than couples who live together geographically. The couples who lived apart had fewer interactions daily, but they revealed more about themselves in the interactions.

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    It's not all Skype roses though. Licensed psychotherapist Rachel Sussman says that while technology has been a driving force in long-distance relationships, this research doesn't account for the "loneliness factor" and the second-guessing that happens when a couple is apart, so long-distance relationships can still be really stressful. (Additionally, the study was conducted among participants whose average age was 21.)

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  • Do or Don't? Eating at the Bar on a Date

    by Gena Kaufman


    Romulo YanesRomulo YanesLast week the Atlantic Wire published a piece about the beauty of eating at the bar when you're alone. Yesterday, Slate re-visited the topic and took it a step further, arguing that eating at the bar is actually the perfect seating arrangement for a date. So today I'm joining in on the conversation to ask Smitten readers what they think.

    Of course, I'll start by telling you what I think! Eating at the bar truly is a great tip for people who are afraid to dine alone. (But don't be!) As noted, it reduces the sense of loneliness by giving you access to the bartender and other patrons who might chat with you, and not having to stare at an empty seat for an hour does make it feel way less lame. Because there's really no such thing as a table for one. There are always two chairs. And did I ever tell you guys about my first venture out on my own in Paris, when the restaurant straight up refused to seat me because I was alone? Does anyone know how to translate "That was way

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