With an endless array of clothing options—never mind 'moods': Geek Chic, Sporty Chick, Girl Next Door, Fashionista—figuring out what to wear on a date may be the second most important decision you make before you walk out the door. The first? What not to wear. While personal style is, well, personal, there are certain universal rules to follow when picking out date duds, regardless of the man, the plan or the time of day. Commit them to memory, and start every date on the right (tastefully heeled) foot.
We live in an age of intricate technologies, 24/7 entertainment and sensory overload—so why is it so tough to think up creative dates? Of course, early in a relationship, you're so smitten that even dinner at Denny's seems exciting. But when you've done the ho-hum and the humdrum—dinner, a movie, bowling—you crave new ideas to keep things interesting. Here are ten ideas for great—and mostly cheap—dates that will not only entertain but allow you to get to know your mate in a whole new way.
If you're single but not dating right now, what are your reasons? Over on BlogHer, Liz Rizzo writes about why she stopped dating when she moved to L.A. She worried about finding someone who could deal with her unpredictable work schedule. She worried about dating while broke. She worried about uncertainty over wedding preferences, wanting kids and her unknown future.
Awesome question from the Daily Bedpost. Would you date an only child? There are clearly reasons to steer clear of the single child: solipsism, mom issues (or dad issues), socialization difficulties, reliance on television/imaginary friends for company, skewed POV, no experience with sharing a room/clothes/affection, pressure to have children nowâ€¦ basically a lot of stuff that home schooled kids go through just without the spelling bee dominance.
An OB-GYN in British Columbia was recently suspended for asking out a patient- an ethical no-no according to the British Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons' annual report, which dually notes its recent review of the 28 sexual misconduct allegations of 24 different physicians in 2007. The report vaguely recounts the telltale signs of inappropriate conduct -as if there is any question whether sexual intercourse may be inappropriate during a typical pelvic exam. Also far from surprising: "sexualized touching" appears on the list.
We wish we had found this first, but Fox News reported on an Atlanta area student looking for kissing lessons. We're not kidding. And neither is he. Twenty-year-old Michael McCarty is prepping for the first time he and his girlfriend of five years will meet face to face (ah, the Internet age), yet he's worried about his lack of make-out experience. So it's time to cram. With anyone who will help him. C'mon Atlanta ladies, any takers???
Ever since I moved to the city, all I do is eat. Yes, I’ve been covering events, taking in museums instead of trashy movies, doing happy hours – all that predictable city stuff as well. But mostly, I’ve been eating. Why the over-indulgence, you ask? Especially when I love to cook…? Well, I learned pretty quickly that the first and only thing people say when you mention the new ‘hood you’ve moved into is, “Oh, Rajul I know the most amazing and cheap [insert mouthwatering foreign food here] joint RIGHT up the block from you.” And of course, I believe the hype and run there before they can even finish the sentence. Hype is a tricky concept though, since everyone has different taste. It’s kind of the same concept with men. Ever cringe when someone says they know a guy/girl who's perfect for you?
Love-life experts say activity dates can quickly reveal a man's personality and character. So, the next time a guy invites you for a drink you'd be better off suggesting an out-of-the-bar experience to revealing character early on, so you can jump over the jerks and find the gems—the ones you may have otherwise overlooked. "All the answers you need lie in those first few dates," says April Beyer, a Los Angeles-based matchmaker and dating coach says, "if you're really paying attention." Here, dating coaches share the secrets of character-revealing dates —and the signs to look for when you're looking for love. Whether it's golf, bowling, tennis, horseback-riding, ice skating or blading, you'll want to know the red flags, early on. Read on!
"Where are you guys doing dinner on Valentine's?" If we had a nickel for every time we heard this one…well let's just say we'd be sunning on a yacht in St. Tropez instead of sitting here in the office. Dinner and some x-rated cuddling afterward? So cliché. Why not have the bedroom action serve as the aftershocks of an invigorating and romantically spontaneous event?
Who says it's not possible to have a life after a newborn? Just because jumping into bed with the lust-driven passion of a new couple may not be possible after the kids are born, it doesn't mean you still can't have a night out at the movies. And hey, why not take the baby? A father relays his thoughts on his life and relationships after a night at the movies.
Naps, baths and reading together? No, they're not ways to amuse the two-and-under set, but the two of you! Here are some surprising ways to add sizzle to a relationship that's become ho-hum. Whether dating or married, spend time together with these unique, intimate at-home date ideas.
Addicted to chocolate? You're in luck! Everyone' favorite guilty pleasure is actually healthy, according to the American Heart Association. It can lower blood pressure and cholesterol, but make sure you stick to dark or bittersweet for high flavanols and low sugar. Here are some great recipes you can try with this newly listed health food in the ingredients.