Blog Posts by Smitten, Glamour Magazine

  • Do You Want to Be a Mother By a Certain Age?

    By Rosemary Brennan, Glamour magazine

    So many of my friends are pregnant or have recently had babies. Like Beyonce, a few of them had a certain age in mind when it came to being a mother.

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    One gal wanted to have her baby at 29 and another wanted to have her little bundle before turning 32. I'd like to be a mother within a few years, but I don't have a certain age picked out. 31, 33, 35? They all seem like ages when I'd be ready to become a mother but one doesn't seem anymore appealing to me than the other.

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    What about you? Do you want to be a mother by certain age? Or maybe you have a range of ages in mind? If you already have kiddos, did you know you wanted to become pregnant at the age you did? And if you don't plan on ever having kids, does anyone (annoyingly) tell you that by a certain age you'll change your mind?

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  • Why Prince Harry Is Single

    By Rosemary Brennan, Glamour magazine

    Oh Henry! According to People, Prince Harry and model Florence Brudenell-Bruce have called it quits. The two had been dating since June. Apparently their breakup has something to do with career and distance. I think many of us can relate.

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    While the Prince and his gal had a ball canoodling this summer, the royal now wants to focus on his military career. People and the Daily Mail report that Harry "doesn't want to commit to any relationship while he's in the midst of getting 'combat ready' in his helicopter training." Plus his training will soon take him across the pond; he and his unit will be hitting the deserts of Arizona, where they'll remain until the holidays, to prepare for combat.

    Breakups are never any fun, but in this case, I totally applaud the couple's decision. Long distance relationships are hard no matter what, and if you've only been dating a short time-especially if you're not terribly

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  • 5 Dating DON'Ts I Wish I'd Learned Before I Left for College

    By Kim Fusaro, Glamour

    Look, the rules change a lot from high school to college-and there are plenty of mistakes to be made. But if you know better, you don't have to make them.

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    DON'T travel in packs. It's tempting, when you have a posse of 12 awesome new friends, to travel everywhere together. But when you're rolling a dozen deep, it's harder to get into parties. Plus, it's intimidating for a guy to wade through a gaggle of girls to chat up the one he wants to talk to.

    DON'T sleep over just because you can.
    Not having a curfew (at last!) is liberating. Still, there's no need to spend 12 hours straight with a guy-especially if it's the first night you've met. I recommend getting some daytime visits in before you commit to an overnight one.

    DON'T hook up with two guys on the same dorm floor at the same time.
    Or two guys in the same fraternity. Or two guys on the same sports team. Guys blab just as much as girls do. (Sometimes more, I suspect.)

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  • 6 Things You Shouldn't Do in the First Weeks of Marriage

    By Meredith Bodgas, Glamour magazine

    We talk a lot about weddings here, but what about after the honeymoon? Start off your married life right by avoiding these don'ts.

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    Don't live with anyone else…if one of you doesn't like the roommate(s).
    I know plenty of newlyweds who moved in with Mom and Dad during those first postnuptial weeks (while they figured out more permanent housing plans). And guess what? They actually enjoyed themselves! But any bad blood between one half of the couple and the person or people sharing the space would make that living arrangement disastrous. Dreading going home to your husband is not a way to begin a marriage.

    Don't take a trip without your spouse…if you can avoid it.

    Sometimes this just isn't possible. Work obligations may pull you away. So might a friend or relative's destination bachelorette party. But the beginning of your marriage is an exciting time that you'll want to spend together, not apart. It's totally

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  • 6 Questions Every Guy Wants You to Ask Him

    By Jessica Radloff, Glamour magazine

    If you've been watching The Bachelorette, you have to cringe every time Ashley asks, "When was the last time you cried?" or "How do you see me fitting in your life?" Plus, who can forget the moment that she suggested Ben (or was it Constantine?) kiss in their minds? Whatever the case, I get that we often have to ask the hard questions (because good luck getting your guy to actually bring something up if you don't!), but sometimes asking the seemingly easier questions will get him to open up even more. So, drumroll please… I came up with six sure-fire questions that'll get him talking-and you the answers you want.

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    1) Any sport, any athlete, who would you want to practice with?

    Why you should ask: Unless you're just starting out, it's not a question that will give you any ground-breaking answers, but it will show him your playful side-a huge turn-on for guys. But more importantly, it should also prompt

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  • 6 First Date Ideas That Don’t Involve Dinner and a Movie

    By Rosemary Brennan, Glamour magazine

    Going out to dinner and catching a movie is often the default itinerary for first dates. Heck, it's what my husband I and did on our first date! But if that's not your style or if you'd just like to switch things up, we've got a few fun suggestions for you.

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    If dinner and a movie sound pretty snooze worthy to you, consider these first date ideas:

    *Get artsy by spending the afternoon at an art gallery or museum. The artwork will give you two plenty to talk about and afterwards, you could get cozy over a cup of coffee or tea from a nearby café. Bonus: sometimes art galleries offer free wine and cheese!

    *Are you the outdoorsy type? Head to one of your favorite hiking trails with your date. Don't forget to pack lots of water and sunscreen!

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    *One of my favorite summertime activities is visiting the county fair. You and your date could check out the fun

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  • 7 Signs He Wants to Be Just Friends

    Does he like like you, or does he just want to be friends? It can be annoyingly difficult to figure this out. Here are seven signs he wants to be buddies, and nothing more.

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    1. He Invites Other People to Hang Out with You Guys
    You're so stoked that he called and invited you to check out the county fair with him...until you find out he's also invited three other people. If he wanted to be more than friends, he wouldn't share you with anyone else.

    2. His Emails Are Friendly, But to-the-Point

    He emails you to set up a time to hang out, forward you an article, or occasionally to just see what you're up to. However, once the initial exchange of information is over, he won't try to prolong the conversation. A chain will last no more than two messages each.

    3. He Never Texts You First

    And will sometimes take hours to respond to your text.

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    4. He'll Ask You For Advice on Girls
    In high school,

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  • Dating Men: What Should Dudes Wear for Summer Dates?

    By Rosemary Brennan, Glamour magazine

    It's a lot of fun chatting about the outfits we'd wear on first dates, but this afternoon, let's turn our sartorial eyes on the gents.

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    Match.com polled its users about appropriate and attractive attire to wear on summer dates and some of their findings weren't terribly surprising. Dudes enjoy seeing ladies in white pants or short skirts. But what I found most interesting was what the ladies had to say about men's fashion.

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    82% of women who participated in the survey felt that Hawaiian shirts were not cool, try telling that to my Grandpa. As for shades, the gals favored guy rocking aviators. And over 90% of the ladies polled said that "khakis or shorts with a polo shirt" was the outfit they most preferred dudes to wear on summer dates.

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  • What Ex-Boyfriends Have to Do With Your Personality

    Kim Kardashian's new fiance, Kris Humphries, seems to show that she's more in control of her love life and ready to settle down than she was in the past. Kim Kardashian's new fiance, Kris Humphries, seems to show that she's more in control of her love life and ready to settle down than she was in the past. By Danielle Kwateng, Glamour magazine

    If opposites don't attract, what does your current guy or even worse your ex say about your personality?

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    See, I have this theory: I believe who you date, used to date-or even just hooked up with at the back of the club after three margaritas- has something to do with who you are as a person.

    Now let me clarify (before you commenters grab the pitchforks). I don't mean they say something about your character but more of your state of mind at the time. And I know it sounds crazy, given that some of us have had a few too many regretful make-out sessions or horrible ex-boyfriends. But think about it: Have ever you noticed a trend in the guys you've dated?

    My first ex was the typical bad boy. I was starting high school. He was going to high school #2 for fighting too much. I liked Mariah Carey. He liked Mobb Deep. I was into writing. He was into shoplifting. You get the point.

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  • 11 Signs He’s Not Headed Toward a Relationship With You

    By Erin Meanley, Glamour magazine

    This happens a lot: you're dating someone consistently and he seems to really like you, but you get the feeling he's not gunning for a committed relationship. So what are the specific signs that this guy-as pleasantly as things are going-does NOT plan to stick around long-term? I've seen the signs a million times, but just to confirm my suspicions, I asked an actual guy named Mike what he tends to do when he doesn't plan to end up in a relationship with someone he's dating. Here are 11 telltale signs:

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    1.
    He texts instead of calls, or he texts more often than he calls. When a guy likes a girl, he wants to hear her voice. "Texting is not an easy way to communicate-it's an easy way to avoid communication," says Mike.

    2. He finds reasons to blow you off or be late more times than not. Maybe he's just flaky or disorganized, you say? Don't make excuses. If a guy likes you and wants to continue hanging out with you,

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