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  • 5 Important Lessons to Learn from Rejection

    How successful women turn their fails into wins.

    By Helin Jung

    Before these women found major success, they were all negged over and over again. And guess what? They sometimes still hear the word no. Here's how they turn their fails into wins.

    "Rejection is a form of guidance."-Whitney Cummings, comedian

    After college, Cummings auditioned to be a newscaster and was told she wasn't cut out for it (too funny). She tried hosting variety shows for TV, but "always came in second" (too kooky). She went on 200 commercial auditions and couldn't book a single one (too pretty/not pretty enough). She auditioned for acting roles, but that didn't work out either (too quirky). "That's why stand-up worked for me," Cummings says. "You have to be as unapologetically original as possible, so it was the only place I could fit."

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    Her lesson: Let it hurt. By the time she found success, Cummings found herself deeply resenting the people who had rejected her years before. "Everything broke my

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  • 23 Problems Only Gluten-Free People Understand

    23 Problems Only Gluten-Free People Understand23 Problems Only Gluten-Free People UnderstandBy Alexandra Martell


    Don't mind me, I'm just drinking wine at this tailgate.

    1. You have to read the ingredients label on every single thing before you put it in your mouth. (Peppermint Altoids whyyy do you have wheat?!)

    2. The bread.

    3. Going out to dinner involves a lot of eating salad. With oil and vinegar, because no one seems to know if there's gluten in the honey mustard.

    4. Explaining to your waiter three times that you can't have bread/wheat/gluten , and your salad still comes with croutons in it.

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    5. If you go out for sushi , you have to bring your own soy sauce in your purse. And you better wrap that thing in at least three plastic bags.

    6. When there are free cupcakes in the office :(

    7. You have to drink wine at baseball games.

    8. If you are going anywhere outside the realm of your regular life , you need to research your meals and plan ahead.

    9. And if you don't, see #3.


    10. You

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  • 14 Lies that Rom-Coms Tell You


    14 Lies that Rom-Coms Tell You14 Lies that Rom-Coms Tell You
    By Eliza Thompson


    You are never going to date an architect.

    1. It is easy and fun to have full conversations during yoga class. If you do this in real life you will either die of asphyxiation or the embarrassment caused by the instructor yelling at you in front of everyone else.

    2. You and your boyfriend will have simultaneous orgasms 100 percent of the time. This is such a rare and mythical occurrence that it may as well be a unicorn wearing a mermaid as a top hat.

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    3. You will live in a giant, light-filled apartment with ample closet space and a doorman before your 25th birthday. Maybe this happens in the Midwest? But if you live in a major metropolitan area, you can safely assume that this will not happen to you until you are pushing death.

    4. All human women have jobs at lady magazines, and they are all poorly disguised versions of Cosmo. Probably less than 0.0001 percent of American adults are employed by magazines,

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  • 5 Things You NEED to Make Sure Your Manicurist Does

    Here's what your manicurist should be doing. By Carly Cardellino

    Ever wonder what your manicurist is actually doing to your nails while you're sitting there catching up on the latest issue of Cosmo? Well, here's what she or he should be doing. Take notes, girls, because these tips can not only help prevent unsightly splitting toward the tips of your nails, they can make your mani last longer, and even prevent a nasty infection.

    Make sure your manicurist...

    1. Uses clean tools and has a fresh paper or cloth towel laid out for you to rest your hands on. Using tools that someone else previously used is unsanitary, gross, and should NEVER happen. Also, no one wants to lay their hands on a dirty salon placemat.

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    2. Files your nails in one direction. "A technician should never saw the nail file back and forth because this causes tearing and tiny rips that can lead to peeling, jagged, and broken nails," nail pro Simcha Whitehill, aka Miss Pop, says. Instead,

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  • 15 Problems Only Vegetarians Understand

    Problems only vegetarians understand. By Kristina Carucci

    You eventually learn the truth about Jello and marshmallows.

    1. Your carnivore friends are more likely than you to loudly announce your vegetarian status to the waiter/person handing out free samples at Costco. A simple "no thank you" will get the job done. Plus, my face won't turn bright red!

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    2. You get tired of being lectured about protein and iron by people who have half their arm inside a family-size bag of Doritos. Seriously? Do you even know what a vegetable looks like?

    3. Coworkers that you eat lunch with feel the need to defend themselves. That's cool that you only eat chicken on Mondays, Wednesdays, and on federal holidays. Can we get back to dissecting every detail of Beyonce's Grammy performance?

    4. Everyone assumes that you love yoga, kale, and accent braids. OK, GUILTY. But I also love whiskey and binge watching The Sopranos.

    5. People you just met harass you about

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  • What Guys Think About the Stuff in Your Apartment

    Here's what guys think of your stuff. By Frank Kobola

    Whenever you visit someone's apartment or house for the first time, you start to notice decorations or things left out that can tell you a lot about that person. Some things are subtle, like the kind of movies they like, or the books they're reading. Others are a little, uh, different. Here's what guys think of your stuff:

    1. A Table Covered in DIY Projects

    Pros: She's obviously into crafts, and some guys really dig the kind of girl that are always on Pinterest making cute decorations and stuff.
    Cons: She's obviously into crafts, and some guys really hate the kind of girl that are always on Pinterest making cute decorations and stuff.

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    2. A Kitchen With a Mandoline, a Garlic Press, a Steamer, and Other Contraptions You Don't Understand

    Pros: She's obviously into cooking. If you guys date for a while, you can eat like a king.
    Cons: You're going to have to step it up when you take her out to

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  • 24 Things Not to Say to a Girl Who's Been Cheated On

    There are some things you absolutely DO NOT want to hear after you've found out your guy's been messing around.THE EDITORS

    So... you've been cheated on. Here's what you absolutely DO NOT want to hear after you've found out your guy's been messing around.

    1. "Everything happens for a reason." Yes, blame this on fate. Except no - cheaters just suck.

    2. "It happens to all of us." No, it doesn't happen to all of us. It happened to me and I'm the one dealing with the aftermath.

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    3. "You're too good for him." Sure, you're with Jennifer Aniston on this one, and yes, you now know you're too good for him, but you didn't know that when we were five months in and talking about meeting each other parents while he was simultaneously dating everything that moved. Cut a girl some slack.

    4. "I knew that guy was shady from the start." OK, so he wasn't totally transparent all of the time and his mystery got the best of you, but no one really needs this rubbed in their face when you had the same gut instinct all along.

    5. "I never liked him for

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  • 20 Ways to Please a Woman

    Text her back. She thinks about this way more than (most of) you do. By Anna Breslaw

    Text her back
    She thinks about this way more than (most of) you do.


    Offer to hold our stuff if it's heavy
    Just offer.


    Be understanding if we're workaholics
    Don Draper's got nothing on us.


    Don't expect us to diet
    Being skinnier is not that high on our priority list.

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    Don't expect us to be gym fiends
    Aside from your average stress-busting yoga - but it's more for the head, not the body. If we want abs, we'll get them. But not for you.


    Be cool with the fact that we make more money than you
    We can go Dutch!


    For the love of God, don't expect us to like The Hobbit
    IT'S SO BORING.

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    Bring us cookies when we had a crappy day at work.
    Storebought or from scratch, either way.


    Let us watch our Bravo in peace. Better yet, go do something else while we watch.
    Tease me all you want, but my addiction to Real

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  • 10 Things Guys Don't Want You to Know

    Guys can get emotional too, or whatever.By Frank Kobola

    We can get emotional too, or whatever.

    We're just usually pretty good at suppressing it. Please understand that if we say something like, "You look pretty" or "I like you," it took every bit of courage in our being to say it. I realize that "You are nice" might not be that romantic for you, but for some guys it's the emotional equivalent of a perfectly-composed sonnet.

    How many people we've slept with.

    This is one of those things no one should ask anyone else. Everyone worries that their number is too low or too high. Just internalize all that anxiety and never speak about it, because you will get in a fight over it.

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    We have embarrassing things in our iTunes libraries.

    There's some stuff on here that we'd rather you not find. Maybe it's the nu-metal we listened to in middle school. Maybe it's Taylor Swift. It might be a romantic playlist from an ex. Either way, it's going to be embarrassing if

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  • We Got Married at the Grammys

    Musical theater actors Sean Bishop and Taylor Knuth were married at the 2014 Grammy Awards.By Emma Barker

    "It's so insane that we're here," Sean Bishop told me. His shock was pretty warranted. It was just one hour before Queen Latifah would marry Bishop and his fiance on stage at the 2014 Grammy Awards.

    Last November, musical theater actors Bishop and Taylor Knuth were engaged and planning a small wedding for the fall of 2014. But then, during a performance at his local theater, Bishop got a Facebook message.

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    "They said, 'We're doing casting for an event and noticed you're engaged.' Then they mentioned it was for the Grammys, but not much else," Bishop told me. He said yes immediately. But by the time they were confirmed a spot in the Grammys mass wedding it was Jan. 6 and the two were on vacation in Hawaii. They had only 10 days to prepare and get to Los Angeles (from their home in Utah) for the rehearsals. "We found this company that makes custom suits in New York, but they needed 14 days," Bishop laughed. "So

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