Women often get a bad rap for being high maintenance or difficult to shop for, but if our boyfriends (especially mine) are any indication, men can be just as picky when it comes to gifts. Luckily you don't have to wander around the men's department at Bloomingdale's for 6 hours trying to find the perfect gift, because we have a thorough list of items your man will love. And, no, it doesn't involve giftcards or cologne!
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With the New Year just weeks away, and the stress of Christmas spending coming to a climax, it's hard to imagine planning anything after December 25, let alone a wedding. But with cozy winter snuggling, and the urge for a great June wedding at the Plaza (for next year, of course), we fiancées, begrudgingly, turn into brides. And with the constant fear looming above that you’ll be divorced faster than you can say Kardashian; or that you too, may follow in the footsteps of all those Wetv Bridezillas, we understand the hesitation to start planning. No worries though, with these amazing wedding websites, we’ve got your crazy meter under control- from venues, to jewelry, to your custom made garter, here’s your top 4 Wedding sites.
My poor girlfriend. She’s an only child. Her Thanksgiving dinners consisted of 3 people at a table. She’s not ready for this.
Oh, well. The walk in the park had to end sometime.
In T-minus two weeks, my sweet, loving girlfriend will innocently wander into the lion’s den: the writhing, carnivorous mass of 45 people called the Mielke family. Parents, siblings, 13 aunts and uncles, 15 cousins. If you count all the second cousins, there will be 5 sets of twins at our Christmas party.
It's been a tough week for Wall Street guys. As if the Occupy Wall Street protests for the last couple months haven't been enough, Gawker dropped three hilarious items this week. One, a letter from an investment banker who went on one date with a woman and proceeded to write her an over-analyzed 1600 word email about how "she led him on" (but should probably go out with him again). Second, a story on Tuesday of another investment banker from JP Morgan Chase, who stalked his mistress all the way to London, feigned her sister's death, fake-fainted in front of her at the airport, claimed to be Israeli intelligence to see her, and perhaps the most bizarre, stole candle sticks from her apartment. (Alrighty, then?)
How do you diffuse a potentially creepy situation? You draw cute pictures and romanticize it, of course. Australian-born Sophie Blackall is a Brooklyn based artist who has done just that. Over the course of her career she has illustrated over twenty children's books; and has won several awards including the Ezra Jack Keats Award, a BCCB Blue Ribbon Picture Book Award, and the Founders Award from the Society of Illustrators.
Her latest book Missed Connections veers of her normal path and delves into the hidden romance on Craigslist, believe it or not. In 2009 she started a blog where she posted a series of paintings based off actual anonymous Craigslist 'Missed Connections' postings. For anyone not familiar with Craigslist's 'Missed Connections,' it's a forum where one can post anonymous messages to strangers they were attracted to but failed to approach. Example: "Saw you in the subway, stared at you from Canal to 103rd Street. You looked a little uncomfortable, but I kept staring anyway as sweat beaded up on my upper lip. Hope I didn't creep you out. If you felt the spark too, get in touch. (p.s I swear I've never done this before.)"
Eight years ago, Teresa Rivera was a New York City bartender. She dished out cocktails from behind the counters of budding neighborhood bars and bustling nightclubs. While filling glasses with cold hard liquor, Rivera discovered that she had a knack for connecting patrons, making it possible for individuals to find someone to charismatically fall in love with or to have a one-night-stand with. Her familiarity with crowds, and optimism in her guests’ ability to find love, propelled her to use matchmaker magic.
It was only a matter of time before Rivera permanently traded in her cocktail apron for Cupid’s bow and arrows. She took the knowledge that she gained from navigating the NYC bar/dating scene to draft a website that promotes connectivity online and offline. Barstalk.com, impart a bar guide and a dating site, employs filtering software, which will help individuals decide what they would like in a bar and in a partner.
Aaaah the wonderful world of dating and being single. It seems no matter what part of the country (or world) men are from, they tend to make the same mistakes when it comes to dating. While I'm sure women do some pretty obnoxious things as well, this piece is for all the guys out there. From a woman's perspective --here's what you're doing wrong. Now is not the time to get offended or defensive, now is the time to listen. I know that may be difficult, but sometimes it's wise to just shut up and take some sound advice. Trust me, it's for your own good. So here are 11 reasons why you never made it to date number two or second base: