Sep 29, 2010

Five Reasons Men Like Cougars

Younger guys have plenty of reasons to like women of a certain age and life experience. Here are five often-mentioned advantages to hooking up with an older woman.

By Maura Kelly -

In my ongoing role as "Cradle Robber #1", I date a lot of youngsters. In fact, I may or may not have recently been out on a date with someone born six years before I was. My dad likes to call these guys "crumb-snatchers" as in, little people so young they are toddling on the floor, snatching at crumbs that have fallen.

My predilection for the babies (or shall we call it my cougar-erificness?) is probably not in need of much explanation. But in case you still want me to get into why I like the tots, allow me to do so by describing the interaction I had with one of my neighbors on our front stoop the other night.

I said: "My friends think I like younger guys because I'm commitment-phobic and there's less of a chance of a serious relationship with a younger guy."

My neighbor said, "Whatevs! You just like younger guys because they're hotter."

My response? "Bingo!" (The fact that my neighbor is a full-fledged heterosexual male made this exchange all the more fun.)

What might require more dissection is this question: What's the appeal of the older woman to the younger male?

Over the years, the different babies I've dated have mentioned a number of things that make them dig older birds. Here are the important ones:

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Sep 25, 2010

Style Files: September '10 Women

'Cause I know you missed it, Style Files is back! And just in the nick of time - with Fall 2010 officially beginning, the hot new trends for Fall are burning up the streets and waiting to burn a hole in your wallet! Kidding! Money spent on smart style is money well spent! ;) Below, some of the hottest new looks for Fall that will carry you into the season in style!

1) Velvet clothing. Rich in texture and fit for royalty, velvet is everywhere this fall, from dresses to tops to skirts and more! This luxe fabric goes the distance, going with you straight from work to play. For the office, look for a top or jacket in this rich fabric; for nighttime, switch gears to something sexier in the form of a short drapey dress or low-cut top. Look for velvet pieces that have a thickness to the fabric, instead of flimsy ones that will end up looking cheap.



Crushed velvet on the runway at Jill Stuart Fall 2010.

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Sep 23, 2010

Would You Ever Give Your Significant Other "A Night Off" From Your Relationship?

Could you give your significant other a "night off" with someone else?

That's exactly what the writer of this article, Carmen Rodriguez, did with her ex (the relationship ended later for different reasons) and she claims it strengthened their bond. Could you picture yourself ever doing this in your relationship?  This is different from an open relationship in that it's a monogamous one overall, but one or both parties have come to the agreement that they'll give the other one "night off" to be (or sleep with) whomever they choose.  To read more, click here.

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Sep 20, 2010

Dating and Debt: 8 Red Flags You Need to Look Out For

By Martha White

When a professional meeting planner in Melville, N.Y. began dating the man who would eventually leave her $100,000 in debt, there were some clear warnings signs that he was having trouble with his finances. A part-time comedian, he used to joke about how he was only with her because of her secure job and good corporate benefits. "He used to make so many of these jokes," she recalls.

When they started getting serious, there were enough red flags about his financial health that she even postponed the wedding for a year until she felt that he'd become more fiscally responsible. When they finally got married, the honeymoon was short-lived. A mere six months after the wedding, he dissolved the family business and blew his portion of the proceeds on a brand-new motorcycle. "I was the one working 50-plus hours a week and paying all the bills, but he felt entitled concerning money that it was mutual property," she says.

Like many relationships in which money and debt become a sticking point, there are usually some early warning signs that go unnoticed or overlooked in the first, endorphin-filled rush of a new relationship. But experts, as well as people who've been in those troubled relationships, warn that if you ignore these red flags, you do so at your own peril. Read on for a list of the biggest fiscal red flags that you should keep watch for when entering into a new romantic relationship.

1. Has a "money-is-no-object" approach
Splurging on flowers or dinner once in a while is nice (and often typical in the early stages of a relationship), but you want to watch out for a guy or gal who never looks at the receipt before handing over his or her credit card. "A 30 year-old college graduate might have what seems like a good job, but do the expenses match the income?," asks Linda Kern, a divorce lawyer in Philadelphia who says deep-seated financial issues are one reason couples wind up in her office. "A salary nearing $100,000 may seem like a lot, but once the person makes a student loan payment, rent, car payment and insurance, there's not a lot left over for extravagance," she points out.

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Sep 17, 2010

Things Every Girl Should Have On A Date

Today I'll be discussing things that every girl should have on a first date.

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Sep 16, 2010

Q & A - My Boyfriend Checks Out Other Women

Q. Dear Alannah,

I've been dating a wonderful guy for the past 3 years.  We met shortly after I was divorced.  I was nervous that it would become a rebound, so we went VERY slow in the beginning, and it was great. I have 2 kids and live half an hour from him, so we don't get to see each other everyday.  When I first met him, I was smitten by all of the attention I was getting - 3 years later, he has definitely fallen into the comfortable stage.  Over the past year, he's started verbally acknowledging pretty women when he sees them with a "Damn, she's hot," or "Mmmm," like he's enjoying a moment with himself and her in his mind.  Now don't get me wrong, I understand that we're all attracted to the opposite sex, and just because you're in a relationship doesn't mean that you're blind.  I've had a few "Damn's," and "Mmm's," in my head, too, but that's where it stays, in my head, and it leaves as fast as it comes.

I've brought it up to him a few times, and he says he does it to get a rise out of me, but I've explained to him that I don't appreciate it.  He blows it off and it'll stop for a bit, but then it comes back every now and then.  So that's the background of the story...now onto what I actually need advice on.  My boyfriend is into theater, and he's going for a racy part which would land him interacting with women in some risque scenes - no nudity.  I honestly don't feel comfortable with it, but I've always supported him with his acting.  I feel like he has emotional relationships with the cast when he does shows, but now there will be sexual innuendos as well.  I'm not comfortable with it, but I don't know what or if I should do or say anything about it.  I need some advice - how would you feel?  What would you do?  Am I over-thinking this way too much and need to stop?

Sincerely,

Karen

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Sep 11, 2010

New Study Shows Young, Childless, and Single Women Earn More Than Men


Here's an interesting tidbit for you - according to a study done by James Chung of Reach Advisors, (who studied the Census Bureau's American Community Survey) childless, single women under 30 are earning more than their male counterparts in 147 out of the 150 biggest cities in the United States.  This means the tides are turning from the trend of average American working women earning only about 8o% of what average American working men earned.

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"How I Knew I Wanted to Marry Her"

According to the wedded guys we talked to, it's usually a small act or fleeting moment that makes them want to go the distance and pop the question.

By Bethany Heitman

She Could Pull Off a Surprise
"When Sarah and I first got together, I mentioned how I had always wanted a first edition of my favorite book, The Great Gatsby. Two years later, on our anniversary, we were out for a nice dinner, and she surprised me with a copy of the novel from when it was first published. She had found one, saved up money, and bought it. I was blown away. I honestly hadn't even remembered telling her about my wish. But she had listened, tucked away that information, and years later, tracked down a copy for me. A few months after that, I bought an amazing ring — with help from her sister — and proposed." — Steven, 31

She Never Guilt-Tripped Me
"I took a boys' trip with a bunch of friends from college. We went to Miami to hit the beach and go clubbing. Past girlfriends would have been worried about me being with my rowdy guy friends in another city without supervision, but this girl told me to have a great time and didn't get jealous at all.

"The first night there, I had a blast. But by the second day, I started missing my girlfriend really badly. Being with my sloppy guy friends made me think about how if my girlfriend were there, our hotel room would be much neater and cleaner. Later, we went to a Thai fusion restaurant, and all I could think about was how much she would have loved it. The fact that she gave me the freedom to go without guilt-tripping me — and then missing her so much — solidified my belief that she was the one I was supposed to be with for the rest of my life." — Eric, 26

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Sep 9, 2010

Q & A - Does He Want to Get Back Together?

Q. Dear Alannah,

My boyfriend and I broke up almost a few months ago, but I can honestly say that I am not completely over him yet, and I really miss him a lot.  I never intended on ending our relationship, but he insisted that it would be better if he and I just became friends (for our own personal reasons).  So, from then on I haven't really heard much from him at all.  A few weeks ago, though, he texted me.  It was pretty much just small talk to see what I've been up to, what we did over summer and what-not.  But then he asked me if I'm dating anyone...I didn't know what to think when he asked me that.  I just remember feeling really surprised that he would even ask me that question.  I told him no, and asked him if he was...and he said no as well. Our conversation ended shortly right after, which to me seemed really strange.  Even today, I'm still wondering why he would ask if I'm dating anyone.

Does that mean anything?  I don't want to automatically assume that he's still interested in me even though he's the one who wanted to be just friends.  I've talked to a couple of my close friends about it, and they told me not to make much of it, and that he probably just wanted to see how I was doing.  Maybe they are right, but a part of me is telling me that he didn't just text me to see how I was doing; but maybe something more than just that? I really don't know what to make of it, and I'm still really confused about the whole thing...I don't know if he was expecting maybe a call or text from me the next day...honestly, it just doesn't make sense.  Is it a good idea to try and be friends with him again by talking to him again? Or should I just keep my distance?  Please help.

Sincerely,

May

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Sep 1, 2010

Studies Show Key to Female Attractiveness is Waist-to-Hip Ratio

Is he checking out her ass, or her waist-to-hip ratio??

And all this time, who knew females were obsessing over the wrong thing??  According to studies done by researchers from New Zealand, female attractiveness is often determined not by our boobs, butt, legs, or even our face, but by our waist-to-hip ratio!  Who woulda thought?? 

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