Imagine visiting a psychic for a reading into your future and finding out that your soul mate not only exists, but that you have already met him. This is the gist of CBS's new fall romantic comedy, The Ex-List, set to air this September. Elizabeth Reaser (famous for her role as Alex's patient/love interest on Grey's Anatomy) stars as Bella, who learns from the mysterious psychic that she must find her soul mate and marry him within a year, or else she will remain single forever. This leaves Bella revisiting her past relationships in order to find "the one".
Today's Washington Post has a slideshow of the best dresses for second weddings. Eleven percent of engaged women and 17% of men said their upcoming nuptials would not be their first, according to a Conde Nast poll. Second time around, brides tend to choose gowns that are very different from what they wore at their first wedding. And red carpet events and celebrity weeklies that showcase fanciful frocks are fueling both brides' and designers' desires for creative wedding dresses.
Some husbands diddle their secretaries at the office. Other husbands diddle... themselves. Maybe jerking off at home wasn't private enough? On the Details blog, sex writers Em & Lo talked to a husband and wife couple struggling—yes, struggling—with hubby's masturbation. The wife griped:
This morning one New York woman—a veteran of every online dating site under the sun—posted a pièce de résistance of a personal ad on Craigslist. The title "SWF who isn't asking too much" was written (hopefully) with tongue firmly in cheek, as what follows is a list of more than 38 qualities her Mr. Right must have. That is, if you call owning "more than 3 items from The North Face jacket line but no more than 5" a quality. A few highlights from the reportedly 32-year-old single, white female's list:
According to the New York Times, when it comes to marriage, financial compatibility is more important than romantic compatibility. The paper posits that even though these days love usually takes precedent over loot, "marriage at its core is still a financial union" and your partner's spending habits have a massive impact on your monetary situation and happiness. They quote a divorce lawyer who says money is a "huge factor in breaking up marriages." Hopefully you'll marry your financial soul mate, but if you don't, the Times has some hints for pecuniary harmony.
What do The Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus, and Jordin Sparks all have in common? None of them are getting laid. According to each of the stars, they are A-okay with it. In fact, they’re promoting their virginity by sporting the ever-so-trendy purity rings, which stand for abstinence. (I wonder if Bristol Palin was wearing hers before she got knocked up?)
Do you ever think about Laura Bush? May sound like a strange question, but it's really not: Do you ever consider what life must be like for the woman married to the most powerful man in the world? The author Curtis Sittenfeld is picking up the slack. She has parlayed a deep fascination with Laura into the 558-page novel, American Wife, which imagines the courtship and marriage of a librarian named Alice and her hard-drinking, baseball-team-owning, born-again husband Charlie Blackwell. Through good times and hardship, a doting Alice stands by Charlie's side—all the way to the White House. (Did I mention she even imagines their sex life, too?)
Today's revolutionary finding comes from The University of Aberdeen, where researches found that people interpret eye-contact and smiling as signs that you like them, and these social cues make them reciprocate the love. Telling someone you like them is another way to up your attraction factor. Who woulda thunk it?
We already tried to warn you about 10 men to run from—not after, but what's dating without an occasional side of crazy? If you've recently found yourself in this situation, check out these tips for looking on the bright side of dating six types of issue-laden men. Thanks to the Frisky crew that compiled the list because what's better than tongue-in-cheek optimism on a Monday?
In college it occurred to me that, if I wanted to, I could be rich when I grew up. No, there wasn't a "Eureka!" moment where I thought I might become an i-banker, a corporate lawyer or an arms dealer. What I mean is I realized I could marry somebody rich. I grew up pretty class-oblivious, sheltered within an upper-middle class Connecticut bubble. But in college, I looked around my social circle at my law- and med school-bound classmates, as well as old friends from the suburbs who were on similar tracks. Suddenly I realized these kids would have money when they grew up. True, I may fall in love with a musician or another writer. We'll be broke-ass starving artists, bouncing rent checks and forgoing health insurance together! Or maybe I'll join the Peace Corps, flit about the world seeking adventures and love affairs, and be my niece's "cool aunt" who never marries at all.