The summer movie season isn't all about giant robots, super heroes, and making things go "BOOM" really loudly. There's also a little thing known as "counter-programming," where smaller, more intimate flicks vie for an audience's attention in the hopes of getting some of that blockbuster runoff. The big action tentpoles may get dudes into theaters, but it's the gentle jabs of their girlfriend's elbows that get them settling in for a nice, romantic date movie. While many of these kinds of films carry the stigma of pandering solely to female viewers and their begrudging boyfriends, we've compiled an eclectic list of this summer's most promising date movies, with a little something for everyone.
When it comes to "dating outside the box," our friends at HowAboutWe have cornered the market. HowAboutWe is the only dating site where members express themselves through creative, fun date ideas instead of tedious personal essays and endless messaging. So, when it comes to great summer dates that are as unique as you are, they know what they're talking about.
You're strolling hand-in-hand on the beach with your love, the sea salt gently misting through your hair, when suddenly, it happens. The two of you exchange looks, hungry with desire, then grab one another and say, "You wanna get something to eat?" This summer, whether you want to cool off when things get steamy (try a paleta, a Mexican-style popsicle!), or heat things up (jalapeño cocktails, anyone?), YourTango is here to make sure your summer dates are filled with flavor.
I'm sure y'all are anxiously awaiting the long Memorial Day weekend. Perhaps for a big date? Or maybe just a low-key outing with your S.O. and some friends? Either way, you're going to have to wear some clothing for each fine event. And if you're anything like me, you'll spend an hour staring into your closet, completely bewildered, while trying to decide. However, I can help you out just a bit. Here are seven looks you can leave in your closet this weekend. (Actually, to be clear, I'll just say it: Never wear these on a date!)
While you might be asking yourself who would want to wear a Beatrice-esque fascinator, there are actually a lot of pretty, and more subtle, versions on the market in muted colors and smaller accents. In fact, we're going to suggest you wear one. They're the season's hottest new trend in hats and hair accessories. Plus, we have six more great looks to consider for your summer dates.
Nothing kills romance like bad breath, but if Tic Tacs aren't your thing, consider chomping down an apple before leaning in for a kiss. At least that's what researchers in South Korea suggest, in reference to a pocket-sized "Kiss Apple" developed to combat halitosis.
If you're an avid online dater and you're getting pretty sick of the (new)age-old formula of filling out a profile, nudging potential matches and waiting to get winks back, then let us introduce you to InboxCupid.
Even if you don't speak Spanish, you know what Cinco de Mayo means. Margaritas. Enchiladas. And yes, plenty of muchachos y muchachas mingling. The holiday's a staple going out night for singles and couples. Dancing to mariachi music or doing tequila shots may take practice. But sharing these Cinco de Mayo facts is an easy way to impress your date.
Some trendy pieces seem like they come with "Runway Only" signs plastered across the fronts. Or at least completely covered in WARNING tape. They're tricky. And scary. Basically, they're intimidating to the point where no matter how pretty you think they are, you tend to throw them back on the shelf at the store and walk away feeling like you dodged a bullet: Phew! I almost wasted money on that thing I'd never wear! Well, no more, ladies. You can wear trendy items. You just need to learn how to avoid a few pitfalls along the way. We're about to get you so hooked on the spring season's hottest looks, you'll want to take them for a whirl the next time you have a date. We apologize to your wallet in advance, since you'll now be plucking new clothes off shelves like mad.
Match.com survey shows how much money single men and women usually spend on dates.
Good-looking daters actually expect free meals?! Well... yeah. Pretty much, says a new study. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, researchers from the University of St. Andrews placed 245 men and 171 women in hypothetical dating scenarios. First, the subjects were asked to judge their own attractiveness—how pretty or handsome they imagined themselves to be. Then, the participants were shown 12 photos of potential dates, some beautiful and some unattractive, and were asked to decide who they would rather have pick up the tab if they went for dinner. Most subjects were totally fine with splitting the check, as 47 percent of men and 50 percent of women said they would prefer such a situation. However, of the men and women who thought themselves attractive, a trend emerged: they were more likely to want their dates to foot the bills instead of chipping in.
And if populations ratios were to level out, then the average monthly messages received by white people would go down while it would go up for latinos, asians, and blacks, with asians receiving the majority of messages. In the chance that asians became the predominant race, 74% of white senders would send to asians, with 98% of asians, 71% of latinos and 66% of blacks doing the same. So, at least in online dating, is race relations just a numbersgame?
Mardi Gras is here (!), and you can bet New Orleans will be a spectacle of booze, boobs and beads. However, if you didn't get a chance to visit "The Big Easy" for this year's celebration, it doesn't mean you can't still celebrate. As a way to include you and your partner in the last hurrah before Lent begins (tomorrow), here are six ways the two of you can celebrate the indulgence that is Mardi Gras right from your own home. Low-Cost, Last-Minute Mardi Gras
As a single, Christian woman living in New York City, dating can come with its fair share of challenges, but finding quality men isn’t always one of them. On the contrary, I have met several guys who are funny, smart, successful, and attractive. Sometimes I really, really want to go out with them, but the problem is this: they don’t share my faith. It’s a bit of a dilemma.
Five Ways Women Can Sabotage a First Date 1. Being Too Picky – It is very important to understand what you want in a relationship, however, not everything you want should carry the same weight. For example, you might want a man with dark hair, but if a wonderful blonde showed up, you might want to reconsider. It’s important to have your top ten must haves and your top ten deal breakers. But if your list of must haves is actually five pages long, than you are too picky.
Forget the old adage that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach. The truth is that the way to a woman's heart is through her palate. There is no more powerful barometer of a man's potential as a boyfriend and in the bedroom than in how he seduces a woman's taste buds.