I used to work retail and "fitting room" was my favorite shift. Let me tell you, what people say when they're in their underpants trying to squeeze into something is comedy gold! So, let's laugh together with these completely true, yet hilarious, things women are insecure about when it comes to their bodies.
My memoir, My Formerly Hot Life: Dispatches from Just the Other Side of Young (Ballantine) is all about life since I recently discovered I am a not-young woman, and all the tremendously cool aspects of being this age that no one tells you about. In that vein, below are five things I wish I'd known about love and romance when I was younger, the knowledge of which serve to make me wiser and happier in matters of the heart now than I was then (or at least give me pause before I repeat my mistakes—hey, older and wiser doesn't always mean smarter). A no-longer-twentysomething's wise love advice to her younger self proves useful to us all.
There's one worry that's taking up more mental real estate than any other. That, of course, is "Am I ever going to get married???" See, we all need to be very concerned about this issue; if we aren't, we might never achieve our true purpose in life before becoming old and dried up and useless. Luckily for all of us, though, our friends at the Daily Beast have compiled a helpful listoutlining factors that contribute to the likelihood of a given person getting married. Its main takeaway point: Rich, educated, white Americans who were never fat are more likely to tie the knot than other people. Color us shocked!
Wedding planning can be stressful as hell, and it's inevitable that—at some point or another—you'll end up fighting with your friends and family. Why? It has nothing to do with picking and choosing wedding vendors. In the end, one DJ is the same as another. And it has even less to do with time. With most couples planning their weddings at least one year in advance, it's easy to space out all the items on your wedding planning to-do list so that you don't break down into a weeping pile of taffeta and confetti. Nay. The number one cause of arguments during wedding planning? The ones you love (and who presumably love you). Thanks a lot, friends and family.
Just like tasting ice cream flavors, sampling sex with a new guy is what being young and single is all about. Sure, you can have your fun, but what do you do when the sun comes up? After a night of hot humpin', it's time to get back to your regular bump-and-grind. Here's how to fulfill your contract after you've sealed the deal.
In news that provides us with yet another reason to curb our drinking, researchers at Roehampton University in London have figured out the mechanism behind beer goggles, and it seems we're in trouble. Not only are beer goggles real, but psychologists have been trying to figure out how they actually work for years, with most assuming that people just get a bit, well, less picky once they get sauced up. These brave scientists took their work out of the lab and into local bars to find out exactly what happens.
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Research is increasingly confirming that having lots of money doesn't necessarily make couples any happier. In fact, all those lotto horror stories could actually teach us something (other than that winninglottery numbers are actually a curse, thanks Lost): When it comes to our relationships, money doesn't buy happiness, but it can tear us apart.Yes, as the saying goes, "Mo money, Mo problems." So what's this have to do with your fetish for fancy footwear or penchant for designer handbags? After all, we get that a five million dollar jackpot is a little different than a few pricey additions to your closet.
According to a new studyby Christin Munsch, a sociology PhD candidate at Cornell University, guys who make less than you do are five times more likely to make it with someone else.
There are necessities, like running water, and then there are "necessities," like HBO and a weekly pedicure. When you're single and supporting only yourself, you have every right to declare keeping your toes in the latest shade of blush a priority. But once you join budgets with your partner, it's important that you both agree on which expenses qualify as non-negotiable.