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  • Is There a Perfect Age to Get Married?

    Experts say that heading down the aisle after turning 25 makes it more likely that your marriage will last. Plus: Read the confessions of one wedding planner who has IDed the five signs that a marriage will crash and burn. Here's why:


    Education

    There are practical reasons for the mid-20s dividing line, and most of them boil down to two biggies: education and money. Turns out, the more years of higher education a woman has under her belt on her wedding day, the lower the chances that she'll get divorced…and by 25, you're more likely to have earned a degree or two. "Educated women tend to be more confident about who they are and less willing to settle for a man who doesn't meet their standards," explains Terri Orbuch, PhD, author of Five Simple Steps to Take Your Marriage From Good to Great. If you're already engaged, find out how not to be a bitchy bride.


    Money

    Odds are that by 25 you're also supporting yourself, so there's less incentive for you to rush into

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  • How to Drink Without Getting Wasted

    Partying is most likely a big aspect of your social life, although it's not fun (or pretty) to be a big ol' drunken mess. Some of the best among us, however, have been there: The night starts with promise and ends with a vow whispered into the toilet to never, ever get that smashed again. Once you know how much you can handle, you can use these tricks to keep from getting totally trashed.

    1) Pacing is key. If you drink too much too fast, your self-control will be shot before you know it. So try to linger over your drink. Find out the sexiest drink you can order- according to bartenders. One ploy to cut back your consumption is to begin imbibing later in the evening. Start your night with a glass or two of sparkling water and you'll have less time to toss back the hard stuff. If you have trouble remembering how many drinks you've had, save the bottle caps from your beer or straws from your cocktails to keep track.

    2) Another trick is to use "spacers" - alternating a glass of

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  • Is Your Boss Hitting on You?

    You want your boss to like you, but not like you. If he makes a few of these seemingly harmless moves, there's a good chance your boss wants to get it on.


    1. He tells you about his life outside of work and constantly asks about yours.

    These days we're all working crazy hours to pay the bills, and it's normal for your personal and office lives to overlap a bit. In most workplaces, it's pretty standard to go out and grab a drink or two after work and to dish about your weekend escapades with your co-workers on Monday morning. But when your boss starts to pry about who you're sleeping with or mentions that he's tired of going home to an empty bed (or the one with his wife in it), he's crossed the line. Find out why so many men hook up with their co-workers.

    Here's how to deal: You don't have to answer any questions that give you the "uh-oh" feeling. Instead, wince and say, "Oh, it's really complicated." When he's the one giving you way TMI, try to end the conversation as

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  • 5 Annoying Comments Your Mom Makes…and What They Really Mean

    Sometimes her statements are totally perplexing, biting, or flat-out irritating. So we decided to clear up a few things for you- and give you a few ballsy answers to obnoxious questions.

    1. "Where did you buy that shirt?"

    This most likely means: "That top isn't flattering - I wish you'd wear something else." "She's softening a negative point with vague phrasing," explains Tannen. But there's something deeper she probably won't own up to: When she homes in on your looks, your mom is also thinking about herself. "She assumes your appearance is a reflection on her," says Tannen, "so she wants to help you become someone she's happy with." Tell her you know she has great advice, but you have to express your own style.

    2. "Are you really that hungry?"

    Four words: Put down the doughnut. Okay, this one's pretty obvious. If you think you need to lose weight, read our plan to drop 5 pounds in a week. "Unless she harps on your diet, this comment slipped out before she could censor

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  • The Craziest Thing You Can Do in a Car (But Shouldn’t!)

    Once in a while, we come across a news story that is just begging to be forwarded to everyone on our e-mail address list. This is that story:

    According to the Key West news site, "Florida Highway Patrol troopers say a two-vehicle crash...was caused by a 37-year-old woman driver who was shaving her bikini area while her ex-husband took the wheel from the passenger seat...'She said she was meeting her boyfriend in Key West and wanted to be ready for the visit,' [a state trooper] said."

    We're just gonna need a minute to process this. So she was shaving her hoo-ha while driving? Okay. And she couldn't do it before leaving the house? Uh-huh. And her ex-husband was going with her to the boyfriend's? Of course. And he watched her do this? Got it.

    Thankfully, no one was seriously hurt. And the woman was charged with driving with a revoked license, reckless driving, leaving the scene of a wreck with injuries and driving with no insurance, reports keynews.com.

    We didn't think

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  • 6 Reasons to Date a Geek

    We know better than to take dating advice from Hollywood, but lately a string of movies about leading ladies falling for not-so-hot guys has gotten our attention. Think Knocked Up or practically anything starring Michael Cera. The latest film following this trend, aptly titled She's Out of My League is in on the joke.

    In it, the sweet but totally average and dorky Kirk, is ridiculed by his friends for being a "Moodle," the type of guy girls want to hang out and cuddle with, but don't date or have sex with. These are the type of guys you should never date! But it turns out that this slightly geeky breed of men might make the best boyfriends. Of course, if the geek you have your eye on is the shy type you may have to make the first move and ask him out.


    1. He's capable of memorizing every line of Star Wars and Lord of the Rings so he shouldn't have trouble remembering your birthday and favorite kind of flowers. Or the other important dates men forget.

    2. Sure, he may

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  • 4 Secrets to Writing an Online Dating Profile

    You went online because there's a huge pool of guys to date, and hooking one is supposed to be easy. So how come you're only meeting losers, or worse, not getting any attention at all? It's not you, it's your profile. No, really. According to Internet dating experts, many women are guilty of making these five mistakes online. But don't worry, there's no way your profile is as bad as these are. With a few tweaks and maybe a little white lie or two, your inbox will soon be stuffed with messages from guys dying to meet you.

    Plus, here's how to spot a great guy from his profile.


    Mistake #1: You Don't Self-Promote

    You might be hesitant to really play up your assets because you worry it will make you seem cocky or self-involved. But leaving out interesting info, like how you're awesome at snowboarding or speak two languages, results in a lackluster first impression.

    The snag-him secret: Enlist a close friend to help you create your profile. She'll feel more comfortable

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  • 3 Ways to Get Him in Shape — and Improve Your Relationship

    Knowing that it's almost time to shop for a new bikini is probably all the motivation you need to hit the gym, but bathing suit season scare isn't enough for guys. (We blame board shorts.) If you're ready to jump-start your diet, try this way to drop 5 pounds in just a week. But you don't want to flat-out tell your guy he's getting heavy - it'll just kill his self-confidence and make you look like a nag. Instead, the trick is to subtly nudge him in the right direction. And hey, if all else fails, how's this for inspiration? Losing a little weight stimulates hormones and makes guys crave sex even more. Since he'll be hornier and you'll be more attracted to his leaner bod, your sex life will be smoking hot by Memorial Day. Get motivated by reading the 10 best weight loss tips we've ever come across.

    1. Sweat on Date Night

    For most couples in LTRs, dinner and the DVR is a pretty accurate description of quality twosome time. But planning some dates that don't involve the couch will

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  • 3 Ways to Makeover Your Work Day

    You'd leave if you could...but there's nothing else in sight. So turn your job-from-hell into a happier situation with these tips.

    1. Improve Your Workspace

    Photos and plants can work wonders, but there's an even better way to infuse new life into a work area. "Get control of clutter," advises Jeffrey McGrew, co-owner of sustainable interior-design firm Because We Can. "Clear off the junk from your desk and you'll feel less stressed." Next, make sure your job doesn't literally make you sick, by avoiding ailments like carpal-tunnel syndrome. Position your computer monitor a couple feet away at eye level, make sure there's no glare, and sit up straight with your feet flat on the floor. While you're in makeover mode, update your work wardrobe to get you an extra confidence boost.

    2. Maximize Your Downtime

    Step away from the computer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends taking a break from your screen every half an hour to prevent repetitive motion

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  • The Best Bling at the Oscars

    One of the best parts of attending the Oscars (in addition to rubbing shoulders with guys like Taylor Lautner and Javier Bardem, of course) has to be the fact that you can borrow millions of dollars worth of jewelry. It's common for A-listers-or more likely, their stylists-to raid top jewelers for price-tag-free Oscar accessories.

    After your check out the dresses everyone is talking about and see the ten hottest hairstyles, take a look at who sported the most head-turning bracelets, earrings, necklaces, and rings. And vote in our Oscar Beauty Awards!

    Commence the diamond envy...

    Zoe Saldana's amethyst ring from Lorraine Schwartz matched her gown perfectly.

    Penélope Cruz may not have wowed critics with her dress, but we fully approve of her bracelets and major ring.

    Rachel McAdams wore stunning Lorraine Schwartz chandelier earrings.

    Kate Winslet's Tiffany pendant is 19 carats and worth $165,000, according to some reports.

    Carey Mulligan's

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