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8 Things Guys Notice About You Instantly

Love Connection (Day 4): Want to know what he’s thinking the moment he lays eyes on you? Besides your “assets” here are the things that guys first notice when they meet a girl. Gentlemen, do you concur?

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1. How Thick Your Hair Is

This is all about evolution. Since caveman days, dudes have been drawn to lush locks, which signal that a woman is healthy (translation:shaggable).

2. If Your Smile Is Genuine

Sometimes your eyes crinkle a bit when you grin. Most men are good at distinguishing the vibe of this kind of smile, which says you’re relaxed and fun.

3. The Size of Your Group

You don’t want a big bunch (it’ll be hard for him to approach) or just one friend (he’ll figure you wouldn’t desert her to talk to him). The perfect crew size? Three. Your two buds can keep each other company when you slip away.

4. The Pitch of Your Voice

Studies show that men are drawn to voices in a slightly higher register (think Kristin Bell’s), probably because — yep, evolution — they’re reliable signs of youth and reproductive health.

5. Your Hip-to-Waist Ratio

Yet again, blame eons of human history. Men instinctually look for baby mamas. If your waist is noticeably smaller than your hips, it signifies fertility — a huge point in your favor. A wide belt will emphasize that hourglass shape.

6. Your Glowiness

Guys associate a radiant complexion with good mental health. That’s because stress and anxiety usually cause breakouts and dull skin. So those lotions and bronzers you sweep over your cheeks? Totally worth it.

7. What’s Fake About You

Not personality-fake, but artificial-accoutrement- fake: lashes, hair extensions, etc. To guys, these things shout high-maintenance! Not good.

8. Your Eyes

People focus on eyes more than they do on any other body part. And dramatic eye makeup will have him zeroing in on your peepers even more.

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What You Should Never, Ever Say to a Guy

Love Connection (Day 3): I gotta admit, this list is pretty hilarious and I’ve made the mistake of saying at least one (ok, fine 5) of these things to a guy. What are your thoughts on the list below?

1. Priorities Out of Whack?

“Can you TiVo the game? I need to watch the finale of The Bachelor live.”

2. Flirt Alert

“Your best friend is seriously hot.”

3. That’s It?

“Already?”

4. True Feelings

“I can’t stand your mother.”

5. A Little Too Honest

“Actually, you’re not the best I’ve ever been with.”

6. The Ex Files

“Last night I thought about my ex while we were making out.”

7. A Little Personal

“Maybe you should pick up some Rogaine.”

8. Overstepping

“I read your texts while you were in the shower.”

9. Hello Kitty

“My cat’s really my number one.”

10. All in the Family

“Oh, your brother’s single now?”

11. Crossing the Line

“I really wish you’d shave your back.”

12. Easy There, Princess

“I’ve always dreamed of a 300-guest wedding in a castle, haven’t you?”

13. Say What?

“My mother is going to visit and stay with us for an entire week!”

14. Regrets Only

“It’s a shame I didn’t meet your roommate before I met you.”

Referenced article HERE.

 

Sexy Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

Love Connection (Day 2): The gifts below are perfect gifts for couples to enjoy together, check out #11, oh my!

1. Every Man Jack Six Pack

(Every Man Jack Kit, BUY HERE, ~$39.99)

In a perfect world, your guy will smell as good as you do. But since we know this isn’t always the case, you can help him along with this minty-fresh hair and body care set. Complete with everything he needs to get fresh, it may be worth it to gift him this before your V-Day date.

Courtesy of Every Man Jack

2. The Official Booty Parlor Mojo Makeover

(The Official Booty Parlor Mojo Makeover, BUY HERE, ~$10)

Think you don’t have mojo? Think again. This book will teach you how to jumpstart your sex drive, making it the perfect present for you and him this Valentine’s Day (heck, every day for that matter).

Photo: Courtesy of Booty Parlor

3. Kiss-Me Lip Picks

Since soft lips are a must-have, keep one of these lippies on hand to keep your pout smooth and hydrated. Give them a gorgeous tint with Pixi’s Lip Twin that contains both a hydrating lip balm and lip/cheek tint. Pre-makeout session, load up on Votre Vu Champagne Kisses, a lip-enhancing balm infused with coconut and almond oils.

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4. Victoria’s Secret Sexy Little Things Noir Love Me Body Mist

Smelling sexy is important in making you feel like a goddess this Valentine’s Day. Dab this seductively delicious scent behind your ears and on your neck, wrists, and thighs. Then, spritz the air and strut right through for a bombshell transformation.

Photo: Courtesy of Victoria’s Secret

5. Sexy Stackers Game

(Sexy Stackers Game, BUY HERE, ~$29.95)

This Jenga-inspired game is just the boost your evening needs. As you remove a block from the tower, place it on top. If the block has a to-do message, you or your partner must follow the instructions before the game can continue. Talk about being in for a hot night.

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6. A Snuggie for Two

Just when you thought they couldn’t get any more creative, you can now spend your day of love attached through a fleece blanket. It doesn’t get better than this.

Photo: Courtesy of Snuggie

7. Mi Corazon Spanish Sweethearts

This sweet Valentine’s Day staple is now bilingual, and at $2 a pack, you can give them to everyone from your best friend to your roommate. Or, practice a sexy accent à la Sofia Vergara when popping them into your guy’s mouth. It’s educational and yummy.

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8. Personalized Wine

A cute gift for your guy, but the person you should be buying it for is your single girlfriend. Why? Because we’ve all been there and it’s no fun. So instead of showering her with chocolates and a heartfelt card, buy her favorite wine with a funny label and let her sulk on the couch to watch rom coms in private. She’ll be forever grateful.

Photo: Sergey Mironov / Getty Images

9. Lierac Paris Bust Lift Tensor Spray

(Lierac Paris Bust Lift Tensor Spray, BUY HERE, ~$36)

We’ll be honest, this probably won’t give you the Victoria’s Secret Angel-like rack you’ve always dreamed of, but there’s no harm in trying right? Spritz away to give your chest a faux lift and tighten skin to show your bosom off come on the 14th.

Photo: Courtesy of Lierac

10. The Perfect Perfume

(Miss Dior Chérie, BUY HERE, ~$62)

Sure, it may be an old standard, but there’s proof that scent makes you memorable. Continue to smell amazing in all the right places with a romantic fragrance.

Photo: Courtesy of Dior

11. Grooming Kit

(Completely Bare Wax Kit, BUY HERE, ~$135)

Give him a present he’ll be dying to take a peek at. This grooming kit lets you give yourself an easy DIY wax job with step-by-step instructions and includes an adorable red bow vajewel made from Swarovski crystals. This is one present you can let him unwrap a little early this year.

Photo: Courtesy of Completely Bare

12. Boudoir Candle

(Boudoir Candle, BUY HERE, ~$34)

This scent is so sexy, you’ll want to rip each other’s clothes off. Enough said.

Photo: Courtesy of Lafco Boudoir

13. Candy for Her, Dog Treats for Her Pup

The best way to a woman’s heart is to love her dog. Make her gush with her favorite candy and pick something up for her favorite pooch. It’s better than getting her roses (and cheaper!).

Photo: Courtesy of Real Beauty

14. Weekend Away

She’s stressed out, so show her how much you care with a relaxing weekend away for two. While she’s off getting a massage and mani/pedi, you can sneak off to hit 18 holes. Hey, who knew there was golf here (wink, wink)?

Photo: Courtesy of La Réserve Ramatuelle

Referenced article HERE.


 

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas For Her

Love Connection (Day 2): Try as you might, it’s hard to run away from the gifting aspect of Valentine’s Day. No matter your wallet size, use this handy guide to help you give her a great gift and make your night a great night. ;)

1. Prada Leather Clutch

A whimsical clutch tells the world what you’re feeling.

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2. Marc by Marc Jacobs Silicone iPad Skin

Personalize your iPad with a bright jelly case.

Photo: Courtesy of Marc Jacobs

3. Mor Essentials Sugar Rose Lotions

(Mor Essentials Sugar Rose Lotions, BUY HERE, ~$16)

This fragrant floral scent has a sweet price to match.

Courtesy of Mor

4. Ippolita Four Stone Hoops

Rose gold’s a modern alternative to this holiday’s signature flower.

Courtesy of Ippolita

5. Le Creuset Stoneware Jar

(Le Creuset Stoneware Jar, BUY HERE, ~$25)

Sweeten your breakfast in bed with this bright jam jar.

Courtesy of Le Creuset

6. Diptyque Roseros Candle Duo

Burn these candles together for a heady mixture of sweet and spicy rose fragrances.

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7. Moët & Chandon Limited Edition Champagne Gift Set

Personalize a bottle of bubbly with a handwritten love note.

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8. Chloé Love Eau de Parfum

(Chloé Love Eau de Parfum, BUY HERE, ~$64)

Floral and vanilla notes give an ultra-feminine feel to this fresh, romantic scent.

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9. Tory Burch Nylon Tote

Bring this colorful carryall shopping or to the beach when the weather warms.

Courtesy of Tory Burch

10. Erickson Beamon Bosa Nova Necklace

She’ll fall for this colorful, layered design.

Courtesy of Erickson Beamon

11. Brulee Silk Lingerie Set

A demure cut makes this set totally wearable—yet undeniably sexy.

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12. Tasaki by Thakoon Gold Bracelet

A chic and sentimental sign of commitment, no hearts necessary!

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13. Chocolat Moderne Kimono Collection

( Chocolat Moderne Kimono Collection, BUY HERE, ~$97)

Delectable chocolates—embellished with vintage kimono patterns—are infused with Japanese-inspired flavors, like shiso-lime and green tea.

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14. Finn Rose Gold and Yellow Gold Rings

A dainty Cupid’s arrow, wrapped around your finger.

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15. Romygold Embossed Snakeskin Clutch

A luxe envelope clutch adds color and elegance to a basic black ensemble.

Courtesy of ROMYGOLD

16. One Kiss by Cindy Crawford Gold Ring Set

The henna symbol for kiss inspired the shape of these stackable rings.

Courtesy of One Kiss

17. Däv Quilted Victorian Rain Boot

These colorful lace-ups brighten a cloudy day.

Courtesy of Dav

18. Vosges Bapchi’s Caramel Toffee Heart

Nothing’s sweeter than this nutty, crunchy snack.

Courtesy of Vosges

19. Ivanka Trump Oval Diamond Drop Earrings

Tell her you mean forever with this eternity design.

Courtesy of Ivanka Trump

20. Smythson Leather Key Ring

Show her who holds the key to your heart!

Courtesy of Smythson

21. ProFlowers Love and Affection Bouquet

The classic rose arrangement gets a modern update with fuchsia cremons.

Courtesy of Proflowers

22. Kiehl’s The Perfect Pout Lip Balm Collection

(Kiehl’s Lip Balm Collection, BUY HERE, ~$10)

Pucker up with confidence and a coat of these fragrant treatments.

Courtesy of Kiehl’s

23. Nolan Gold Heart Ring

A bold design keeps these accessories from looking too sweet.

Courtesy of Nolan

24. Jamie Wolf Rose Gold and Diamond Flower Stud

These pretty petals won’t wilt!

Courtesy of Jamie Wolf

25. Saint Vintage Designs Triple Strand Bronze Bracelet

Share the love: a portion of every Saint Vintage Design purchase goes towards cancer research.

Courtesy of Saint Vintage Designs

26. Magnolia Bakery’s Love Note Box

These cupcakes say “I love you” in more ways than one!

Courtesy of Magnolia

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10 Dating Truths You Can't Ignore

Love Connection (Day 1): Happy Monday! Since Valentine’s Day is T-1 week away, this week will be about matters of the heart. Just like on the dance floor, it takes two to tango in a relationship. It’s easy to shift blame in any dating scenario but there are some truths that can’t be ignored. Read through to see if you’re victim to these follies:

Truth #1

You’ll regret that “Just wanted to make sure you got my last message” follow-up to an e-mail, text, or voicemail.

Truth #2

If you don’t feel comfortable having a conversation with a guy about sex — especially condoms — you shouldn’t be getting busy with him.

Truth #3

If a man breaks up with you out of the blue, the out-of-the-blue part is really only on your end.

Truth #4

Just as it’s best to wait to drop the L-bomb until your man does, let a guy change his Facebook status to “in a relationship” before you do.

Truth #5

No woman in a healthy long-term relationship has ever said, “Gee, I really wish I’d slept with my man sooner.”

Truth #6

Keeping a change of clothes at work in case of an emergency walk of shame isn’t optimistic behavior…it’s career-savvy.

Truth #7

When a guy repeatedly refers to his exes as “crazy,” “psycho,” or “sluts,” he will use those same words against you one day.

Truth #8

If a relationship feels like too much work after the first month, it’ll be 10 times harder a year from now.

Truth #9

A guy who rates you or other girls as a number from 1 to 10 is a loser, even if he gives you a 10. You’re a woman, not county fair livestock.

Truth #10

A guy who talks about how skilled he is in the sack is like a man who brags about his money. Either way, he ain’t got it. The kind of man you want to be with knows that actions speak louder than words. And thankfully, there are plenty of those types out there!

Referenced article HERE.


10 Better Ways to Show Your Love

New Year, New You (Day 5): In the new year, take some time to show your loved ones that you care and make your relationships go the distance.

1. Make a Decision

This list works from four principles: making, giving, doing, saying. That is the order of things, too. Making is first. First thing: make a decision. For instance, decide: you are not afraid (not afraid to pick out flowers or to say what you think). Decide: you are not worried about yourself (and what you might or might not get from this endeavor). Decide: you don’t deserve anything from love, so you expect nothing. (This, friends, is power.) Make a decision that recognizes that the only thing you can control is your own behavior.

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2. Make Food

Observe what she likes. Stock your kitchen. Start with a small plate of at least three well-chosen elements: olives, chocolate, expensive cheese. Like that. Move on to breakfast if you’re lucky (learn how to cook an omelet), or to dinner’s humblest offerings: a savory soup, salad, bread and expensive store-bought dessert. Don’t apologize for your shortcomings as a cook. Making food is an assertion of capability. Even a bad meal, made for another, tells that person you will try, that you will come back stronger and better informed.

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3. Give a Gift

Pick it by laying your hands on it. This implies: getting off the couch and giving something that matters. Forget the Internet. Forget anything you can order over the Internet: flowers, perfume, suggestions for the reading club, shake-weights. The Internet is a gas cloud of binary code — long strings of ones and zeros. Don’t give in to the coding. Instead, give her something off your dresser. Give her a drawer in your dresser. Give her an order of take-out sushi at work. Then, forgetting reciprocation entirely, assess how that makes you feel.

Photo: Michael M Schwab/Stone/Getty

4. Give Compliments

Lead with one when you walk in the room. Pull her aside for another when you leave the room together. Mean what you say. Women listen to what you appreciate in them. Don’t lie about her hair if you don’t really like it.

Photo: Joshua Sheldon/Riser/Getty

5. Give Your Appreciation

I asked my girlfriend: How did your dad show your mom that he loved her? Her response: “Ceaseless appreciation of everything she did for him. He treated everything she did as if it were a surprise, as if it were the first time he’d ever had her chili or smelled her perfume. He noted every routine kindness. And he loved her the same way, consistently, even when she got fat.” Don’t worry about this last thing. Just appreciate what you have and it won’t be an issue anyway.

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6. Make a Gesture of Your Very Own

When I was fourteen I opened my family’s refrigerator one evening and discovered a plate of antipasto in which every piece of food on the plate had been cut in the shape of Valentine hearts. I pulled it out, went and thanked my mom who was watching TV. She smiled and said, “That’s for me. I can’t stand that salty meat, so I left it there all day just to look at it. That’s how your father lets me know he loves me.” My father had, before leaving the house that morning, shaped everything on every flat surface into hearts. “It’s his little thing. It’s what he does,” my mother said. “It’s so corny, but it works.” I’ve never tried it. That was his material. But I got the point. Small gestures are a pleasure of love.

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7. Be Dominant

Aggressiveness and strength can be a form of completion. Saying what you want, even gruffly, is a means of telling the person you are speaking to that you actually want them, particularly. The message here is: Be strong. Don’t be constantly compliant and cooperative. Women want to be heard, but they don’t want to push you around. So — despite all my urging to be humble, self-contained, to strip yourself of expectations — be honest about what you need, what you like and what you want. Don’t force it, but don’t back off either.

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8. Be Passive

I’m talking about letting the needs of the other supersede the needs of the self. Surrender. Give in. Do what she wants, the way she wants it. You can be sure a good woman knows the value of a small surrender. Despite the moronic hegemony of lite-beer commercials in the framing of American male self-conception, there is nothing wrong with going shopping now and then, in reading a book she gives you, in listening to her expansive stories about conflicts at work. You want her to watch games with you, to watch you play softball, to sit around and eat wings once in a while, right? Lookie there, I’m in the middle of a Miller Lite commercial as we speak.

Photo: Jonathan Ford/Lifesize/Getty

9. Tell Her What You Are

Make a list of all your flaws, foibles and missteps. Be honest. A legal pad is your best friend here. Just put your head down and admit your shortcomings, your weaknesses, your mistakes. Use numbers. Remember: Don’t sell it. Just tell it. You will never be sorry you did, not five days later, or five years. Don’t ask for forgiveness. This is an assertion, too, not an apology. If you’re lucky, she’ll be inspired to do the same. And the two of you will undo years of deception. Save your best stuff if you must, leave blank lines, whatever. But understand that if you are not willing to open up in this way, at least in some fashion, then you probably aren’t in love.

Photo: Julian Rupp/Getty

10. Just Show Up

And tell her something. Deliver the message in person. Avoid texting, cell phones, e-mails. Walk to your car, drive across the city, find a parking spot, go into her office, suffer the niceties and small talk of her inane office workers, greet her, pull her to the side and tell her that you were thinking about how much you love the way she looks in her underwear. She’ll know what you did to get there, that it meant something to you. She’ll understand the geography you crossed to get to this point and apprehend the pure outlines of your desire. You can also tell her you love her this way. But personally, I’d wait on that.

Photo: Nicole Hill/Getty

Referenced article HERE.

 

Women Who Stray

Men aren’t the only ones who get the urge to explore the forbidden fruit. Below are some thoughts explaining why women (who tend toward more stable commitments) may stray from their lovers.

Raise your hand if you think men stray more than women.

Nice show of hands. If you’re like most people, you probably assume that when it comes to cheating spouses and partners, the blame lies with men. After all, studies have proved it: According to research conducted by the National Opinion Center at the University of Chicago, the number of cheating men almost doubles that of women.

“Men have higher levels of testosterone, higher sex drives and studies have shown that they’re more mentally preoccupied with sex than women — three reasons why they’re more likely to cheat,” says Scott Haltzman, M.D., author of The Secrets of Happy Families.

But the fact remains that despite which sex is having more fun on the side, cheating isn’t gender-specific. In fact this year, the tabloids have showcased the most famous members of the female philanderers club: Just last month LeAnn Rimes shacked up with actor Eddie Cibrian with whom she had an affair while still married to former dancer Dean Sheremet. Tory Spelling recently said that her 90210 co-stars dropped her after she cheated on hubby Charlie Shanian with actor Dean McDermott. In April, Whoopi Goldberg admitted on The View that she cheated on her husband five or six times. Even Carrie Bradshaw dipped her toes in the pool of infidelity when she shared a stolen kiss with former flame Aidan in the movie Sex and the City II.

The fact is it’s just as easy for women to cheat as it is for men. And technology plays a big role in helping unhappy women stray, since a fling is always one or two clicks away. “We can now scroll through thousands of Facebook profiles on our iPhones and Blackberries, and seeing myriad options makes the dating pool seem wider than it is. As a result, many women question whether or not they’ve settled by choosing their partner,” says New York City-based sex and relationship therapist Jane Greer, Ph.D., author of What About Me?.

And plenty of companies are facilitating cheating. Apple is pushing an application called Tiger Text that deletes both incoming and outgoing messages from the sender and the receiver’s phone after a set period of time. And AshleyMadison.com, a personals site created to bring cheating spouses together, now offers iPhone and Blackberry versions. Since the tools are uploaded from phone browsers, cheating women can avoid that pesky search trail. “We created the applications in part because of a dramatic surge in the under-30 female membership,” says Noel Biderman, CEO and President of AshleyMadison. “Women are now joining the site at the same rate as men. This was totally unheard of five years ago.”

No doubt the fact that women are dominating the work force has something to do with it. “Having economic independence gives many women the courage to take a chance with their marriage,” says Haltzman. Their hefty paychecks won’t make them cheat, but if the affair ends in divorce, it cushions the financial consequences of her decision.

That financial freedom has also changed the face of marriage. Where it used to be an institution of necessity (women needed a man for financial support), today women choose their husbands by their ability to live up to their idealized standards of true love: Is he aggressive at the office and gentle at home? Is he my lover and my best friend? Can he write poetry and build a home from the ground up? “The result of women having such high standards is that they often look for the nearest exit if their partner doesn’t live up to them,” says Greer.

But if we’re going to excuse male cheating as “sex addiction”, philandering women may also get a pass, courtesy of science: In a recent study conducted by the University of Texas in Austin, researchers found that women considered beautiful — by themselves and others — have more of the hormone estradiol, a form of estrogen that triggers desire and racy behavior. And scientists say these women are more likely to flirt and sleep with someone who is not her primary partner because they’ll subconsciously view themselves as having more options, which prevent them from committing to one man.

But even for the women who don’t possess these high levels of estrogen, if they’re getting off their birth control pill, their body chemistry may propel them to cheat, according to scientists at the University of Liverpool. When a woman couples up with a guy, she’s usually drawn to his unique scent — an indication that they’ll have healthy babies due to their dissimilar immune systems. But, researchers found, the pill shifts a woman’s sexual preferences toward mates with similar immune systems. Therefore, if she chose her partner while on the pill, then gets off it, she’ll likely find herself stuck in a relationship with a guy whose scent repels her.

Yet, if she finds comfort in the arms of another man, happily ever after is unlikely. “The majority of philandering pairs divorce,” says Atlanta-based psychiatrist and family therapist Frank Pittman, M.D. “In addition to this new relationship being plagued by guilt and distrust, the qualities that drew you to each other in the first place (spontaneity, unpredictability) usually translate into some very unappealing long term qualities.”

In addition to being plagued by trust issues, these couples usually find that those exciting qualities that drew them to each other so quickly in the first place translate into some rather unappealing long-term traits. And once the shine wears off, she’s back where she started: in an unfulfilling relationship.

Referenced article here: http://on.msn.com/bIZ5F1

Ladies: 10 Beauty Moves Guys Find Sexy

Guys may not be able to tell the difference between M.A.C. and Sephora lip gloss but they know what they like when they see it. While there’s no need to amend your beauty routine to score a man, keep in mind these tips below if you’re singling and mingling. Hey, it can’t hurt right?

1. When You Bare It

Did you know that the average American woman spends almost $200 a year on her makeup? That’s a shocking $13,000 spent over her lifetime. And the kicker: Our guys actually prefer our skin sans accompaniment. “I love how she looks when she first wakes up, ” says Keith, 36, of his fiancée, April. “Fresh, clean, natural. I hate when she piles on that cakey eye stuff. She still looks good, but she just doesn’t look as much like herself.” Chris, 23, concurs. “I was actually drawn to [my girlfriend] Stephanie because she didn’t wear makeup. She didn’t really look like she was trying to be noticed. That was cool, you know?” “She’s never as gorgeous as she is just out of the shower,” says Daniel, 30, of his wife, Gina. “When she’s all natural, scrubbed clean, and walking around in a towel — man, I love that. I actually proposed to her in that towel!” “I absolutely hate lip gloss,” says Taylor, 21. “My girlfriend’s always trying to kiss me with it on, and it’s so sticky! Seriously, why do you ladies like that stuff?” “Lip gloss is the worst,” says Taylor’s friend Rand, 22. “I can never get it off my face! It completely takes the romance out of kissing because I keep thinking about how annoying it is.”

2. Your Belly

If you’re like most of us, you’ve probably lost count of the millions of hours you’ve spent doing ab exercises. And that’s the good news. The bad news? Turns out guys don’t actually care as much as we think they do. “I love her stomach!” says Derke, 30, of his wife, Lita. “It’s too round,” she protests. He maintains that it’s “perfect. She’s soft and feminine and I love that her body just fits with mine.” “[My wife] Irene’s soft and curvy, and I love that about her,” says William, 40. “She’s got all the right goods in all the right places,” says Jermaine, 35, of the “significant lady” in his life. “As far as I’m concerned, there’s a reason they call ‘em ‘love handles!’” “I’m not perfect, so I definitely don’t expect [my girlfriend] Cate to be,” says Ben, 29. “I love her, all of her, physically and mentally; I’m sure I would still love her if she dropped 10 pounds or dyed her hair pink, but I think she’s exceptional just the way she is.” “She’s only gotten more lovely with age,” says Henry, 81, of his wife Edith. “Neither one of us have the bodies we used to, but I love each wrinkle and stretch mark. They’re a testament to the life we’ve shared together. I didn’t fall in love with her because she looked like Ava Gardner (which she did); I fell in love with her because she was the sweetest girl in the world, and that hasn’t changed in over 50 years of marriage.”

3. When You Do That Thing You Do

One person’s garbage is someone else’s treasure. Let me put it another way: The right guy is going to find your weird habits absolutely adorable. “She sings completely off-key,” says Ivan, 38, of his wife, Rachele. “It’s so endearing. When she sings in the shower, it’s a beautiful, terrible symphony that never fails to make me smile.” “My girlfriend has a habit of twirling her hair that used to drive me up the wall,” says Colin, 21. “Once we were dating a while, though, I realized that she only does it when she’s deep in thought. Now it’s really cute!” “She leaves her bras everywhere,” Phillip, 31, says about his wife Helene. “On door handles, over the shower rod — I even found one on the coat rack once. It used to drive me crazy, but when she pointed out that I leave my (dirty) socks everywhere, I realized we’re two peas in a pod.” “[My girlfriend] Tiffany and I have completely opposite tastes in music,” says Sam, 22. “I’m more Talking Heads than Lady Gaga per se, but even though I only go to pop concerts with her to be supportive, I like that our separate interests mean we’re both exposed to stuff we otherwise wouldn’t be interested in knowing anything about.” “She has a knowledge of celebrity culture that is completely beyond me,” says Pat, 24, of his girlfriend Caroline. “I never know (or care about) anything that’s going on in Hollywood, but she’s can go on for hours about who’s dating whom, and who just broke up with that guy from that movie, and what the new hit spots are. I think it’s cute though; I mean, that’s her thing, just like rugby is mine. We all need our own things, it’s what keeps things spicy.”

4. When You Toss the Hair Dryer

“Amy refuses to leave the house without stick-straight hair,” says Steve, 23, of his naturally curly-haired girlfriend. “It’s ridiculous! Every day, she spends hours in the bathroom using that straightener thing. I wish she’d leave it curly, at least a few days a week.” We’re pretty sure that the “straightener thing” Steve was referring to is a flatiron, and we’re even more sure that he’s echoing the sentiment of many more guys out there: We like your hair just the way it is! “This one’s spent hundreds, no, thousands, of dollars on relaxers, extensions, perms, and color jobs over the years,” says Clement, 45, of his wife, Cherie. “You name it, she’s tried it. But eventually, she came to realize what I’d known all along: that she was blessed with beautiful hair naturally.” “Her hair was, honest to God, bright yellow,” says Jason, 42, of a bad dye his wife had a few years ago. “I mean, it really looked terrible — like a highlighter. After that, she stopped coloring her hair, and I think she’s never looked better.” “[My girlfriend] Danielle’s got really thick hair,” says Steve, 30. “She’s probably in the bathroom about two hours every day, just working on her hair. Which is fine, except she thinks it only takes her about 30 minutes, so when we’re running late for something and she says ‘Oh, I’m just going to hop in the shower and do my hair real quick,’ it’s frustrating. Every hair does not have to be perfect, woman!”

5. Your Eyelashes

“I love her eyes,” says Trevor, 46. “Sometimes she looks at me under her lashes and it makes me want to head straight to the bedroom!” “Right now, her eyelashes look so fluffy, says Derek, 24, who didn’t know that his girlfriend was wearing falsies at the time. “Her eyes are one of her best features, so I love that her lashes make my attention goes straight there.” “Her eyelashes? Yeah, they’re ridiculous,” says Seth, 26, of his girlfriend’s notoriously long lashes. “I actually noticed them right off the bat when we first met. She knows how to use them, too! She just looks at me, and I’m like, ‘Okay, what do you want?’” “His girlfriend’s lashes are incredible,” says Seth’s friend Vik, also 26. “I’ve gotta get me a girl like that.”

6. Your Legs

This one’s a no-brainer, ladies: big ones, small ones, short ones, long ones, they’re all good as far as the menfolk are concerned. “They’re so smooth!” says James, 26, of his girlfriend Sarah’s legs. “I love they way they feel. And when she wears heels? Forget about it. Her legs are insane.” “I’m a leg man myself,” says David, 43. “I can’t resist my wife when she crosses and uncrosses her legs. She knows it, too!” “Why do I like women’s legs? I’m not sure I have a good answer,” says Nate, 32. “I just do. They’re elegant, you know? And smooth! Women always have such smooth legs, and, as a guy, I guess I’m attracted to things that are different, that I don’t have, if that makes sense. It’s why I like boobs, too — cause I don’t have them!” “Oh, I’m definitely a leg man,” says Lars, 51. “I don’t even care what the rest of her looks like, but if a woman has a nice pair of legs, I’m down for the count. Hey, your legs are pretty good. How about it?” he propositions this reporter. “You could be wife number three!” No thanks, Lars. But, we do hear you, lads. If wielded the right way, a woman’s legs can be a powerful weapon. Our advice? Take care of your legs, and they’ll take care of you.

7. Your Style

Time to break out the feathers, bright nail polish, and all those other trends you love, because, fashionable or not, nothing makes you sexier than you being you. “Sandy has a style that’s completely her own,” says Dennis, 51, of his wife of 27 years. “She’s always been a free spirit, and I love that she wears crazy hats and dresses over pants.” Patrick, 33, loves that his wife wears her bright red hair in a spiky pixie cut and refuses to wear high heels. “She knows what works for her, and I love that!” he says. “She used to do ballet, so she said after years of being up on her toes, she’s going to wear flats from now on. Honestly? I don’t care. She’ll always be sexy to me, no matter what she wears or how she looks.” “I’m pretty subdued, so it was a real change to date someone who dresses more flamboyantly,” says Mike, 44, of his girlfriend Eva’s recent birthday outfit, a sequined, backless dress, feathered hair-piece, and hot pink crocodile booties. “I love it though. It’s always a reflection of her personality, and she always looks amazing.” When Robert, 47, showed up for a blind date with Maggie, he wasn’t expecting to be meeting the girl in the Shakespearean garb. “She worked at a nearby Renaissance fair, and had just gotten off work,” he said. “At first I thought it was weird, but then I was like, ‘Okay, yeah, this girl is awesome!’” That was seven years ago, and the couple got engaged two years ago. “She actually totally got me into the Renaissance fair circuit,” he says, “and I love it!”

8. Your Scent

“I don’t know how she does it, but she always smells delicious,” says Brent, 29, of his girlfriend, Cate. “Even when she just gets out of the shower!” “I love inhaling her right here,” says Damien, 35, pointing to the area of his girlfriend Veronica’s neck right under her ear, where she says she applies Burberry’s The Beat Eau perfume every morning. “She smells amazing, all sexy and soft.” Mike, 30, loves his fiancée Nadine’s Jo Malone Vanilla & Anise perfume. “All her stuff smells like it,” he says. “I love when I wake up and she’s gone, I can still smell it on her pillow.” Tyler, 26, says his girlfriend “asked for a bottle of Stellanude by Stella McCarthy for her birthday, and now I now knows why. She smells incredible in it. It’s seriously like an aphrodisiac for me, all I can think about is her wearing nothing except that perfume.”

9. When You Ask for What You Want

“Take it from me,” says Dean, 45. “The key to a successful relationship is for the woman to go into every situation assuming that her mate is dense. Like me and my wife. I don’t get subtleties. Our relationship improved ten times when she finally stopped implying things she wanted and started asking straight out.” “My wife’s pretty bossy,” says Peter, 67. “But that can be a good thing. At least I know what she wants!” “I’m not a mind reader!” says Mike, 25. “I’ll be honest — I rarely know exactly why my girl’s frustrated or mad at me. We finally had it out, and she realized she needs to be more open with me.” “My one complaint about my [new] girlfriend is that I wish she would speak up more about what she needs and wants from me…sexually-speaking,” says Adam, 34. “She’s shy and kinda self-conscious maybe, which is fine, but I’m never sure if I’m doing what she wants me to do.” “I think directness [in bed] is sexy,” says Jake, 28. “When a woman takes charge, it takes the pressure off of me and lets me relax and enjoy the ride.” “Nothing’s more of a turn-on for me than when my girlfriend tells me what to do in bed,” says Xavier, 36. Moral of the story: In bed and out, make sure your guy knows what you like — how will he find out otherwise?

10. Your Job

“My wife used to be a professor of women’s studies,” says Al, 72. “I love that her longtime passion about women’s rights helped her find a job where she was able to help others appreciate themselves better and fight for their rights.” “Maybe this sounds silly,” says Garrison, 42, “but I find my wife sexiest when she puts on her power suit before a big meeting. I don’t know — maybe it’s the fact that it reflects how smart and capable and passionate she about her career, but that suit does the trick better than any French maid costume.” “She works in an elementary school,” says Samuel, 49, of his wife Annie. “I love watching her with her kids, it’s absolutely amazing to see the way they respond to her. And when I see how fulfilled she is in her career, I’m just so happy to have married a beauty with brains, too.” “My girlfriend’s in public relations,” says Hector, 26, “which is something I know nothing about, but it’s very cool to watch her at work — she’s always on the go. I really admire her and everything that she’s done. She came to America when she was 14, and went on to graduate from an Ivy league school, and have a really successful career. Is that a turn on? Definitely. I love that she’s smart!”

Referenced article here: http://on.msn.com/bGxgKy

12 Things Guys Wish You Knew in Bed

No one can read minds and communicating about bedroom skills can be…uhhh, a lil awk. Therefore, read this article instead. :)

1. Men are bad multitaskers, so don’t make us profess our feelings for you and have sex at the same time. You won’t be getting the best we have to give on either score.

2. A porn director lives in your guy’s head, telling him that he has to last for hours on end. It’s your job to give him a slightly more realistic time frame.

3. While we’re on the subject, the only thing porn girls have over you is a willingness to have their fun bits examined in good light. You can do that.

4. Oh wait, the other thing that porn girls have is they’re happy with whatever men do to them in bed. Don’t be that happy; it would make you a little insane. Simply be normal happy and express the joy you’re experiencing—that will help us understand what you want more of.

5. It’s not your job to deal with every erection he gets, but it would be nice if you were delighted by each one. Take a cue from an ex-girlfriend who would start every day by playing with my man parts—just enough to tease me awake. She was like an alarm clock…the world’s best alarm clock. Steal her signature move or invent one of your own.

6. Sometimes, of course, his erection will go south. When that happens, don’t tell him, “Aww, it’s OK.” No guy wants you pitying his privates. Instead, give him a foot rub or a nice back massage—anything to let him know that his (currently out-of-commission) penis isn’t going to get in the way of your commitment to loving the rest of his body.

7. In a blindfolded test, most men would prefer a hand job to oral sex. So give your jaw a rest, grab a bottle of something lubricating and trot out a talent that’s probably gotten rusty since high school.

8. Letting him watch you masturbate will markedly improve his oral sex skills. Early on, a girlfriend told me exactly how she wanted me to go down on her, but it wasn’t until she showed me what she did with her own hands that I really caught on. Which is why his asking you to play with yourself isn’t for him; it’s for you. See, turns out your guy’s a philanthropist.

9. Transcript of his thoughts while he’s having sex with you: “Is she OK? Is she OK now? What about now? Short breath! What’s that sound mean?!…Deep breath. Oh no, I’m finishing! Is she OK with that? What about now?” Now you know.

10. Tell him, “I love the look on your face when you orgasm.” And while you’re at it, decide that you actually do. You can’t change it, so embrace it.

11. If you would like your body to seem cuter to him, use it to have sex with him more. It’s up to you: How cute do you want to be?

12. You don’t have to be every woman in the world for him—that’s what his very active imagination is for. (Also, unless you’re dating a meganarcissist, he knows that he’s not every man for you.)

Referenced article here: http://bit.ly/93Jylx

 

10 Things He’s Thinking When You’re Naked

From a woman’s perspective, relationships are usually associated with emotions/feeling/communication etc. The truth is: Men want to see you naked. Period. If you’re putting in hours at the gym, then positive feedback is appreciated, no?

1. That webcam didn’t begin to do her justice.

2. Only one beer? Check. Ate the Altoids? Check. Pre-date safety orgasm? Check.

3. Please don’t put on the baggy T-shirt!

4. Duuuuuude!

5. Interesting. Another nipple shape for my mental collection.

6. Who is Mike? And what is his name doing there?

7. Hmm…have I ever washed these sheets?

8. I kinda don’t care if they’re fake.

9. Focus on her eyes, focus on her eyes, focus on her…oh, forget it.

10. Suck in my gut, suck in my gut, suck in my…oh, forget it.

Referenced article here: http://bit.ly/bAHUKz