Nov 27, 2010

Style Files: November '10 Men

With cold weather officially settling in, it's time to gear up for winter with some new updates to your wardrobe. For a quick fix, stock up on outerwear in the latest styles, or add a few accessories with a fresh twist (such as a brooch) to liven up your winter look.

1) Suit trends. Suits are the staple in every man's wardrobe, and keeping up-to-date with the latest trends helps you stay on top of the latest looks without much effort.

a) Sack suits. What’s old is new again this season with the Chaplin-style sack suits that are showing up on many designer runways, from Ralph Lauren to Michael Kors. This revival of an early twentieth century style has a fresh update, with a shorter length and two buttons (instead of three) giving it a whole new feel. Spotted all over the Ralph Lauren runway, sack suits bring a sense of old world style to a work and play staple.

Sack suits on the runway at Ralph Lauren Autumn/Fall 2010.


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Nov 24, 2010

Seven Cozy Date Night Ideas

Baby, it's cold outside! Warm up with these hot ideas for cool nights.

By Samantha Leal

1. Start cooking

Nothing turns up the heat more literally than cooking. Grab your spouse (or significant other) and make your favorite meal together. Open a bottle of wine, and you've got the makings of a great evening.

2. Go sledding
Okay, so this seems a bit off-topic (how is being outside and zooming down a hill considered "cozy") but stay with me here. Think about it: You're all squished together on a sled for two, cruising down a hill. Cozy! Plus, afterward, you'll need to get warm again by getting out of those damp clothes (ahem), cuddling up, and drinking some cocoa.

3. Put on some skates
There's a reason why every romantic movie (at least the ones set in the winter) has an ice-skating scene. Because it's super romantic! Head to your local rink where you can hold hands, chat, and laugh about each other's sore rears after you fall down.

4. See a show
Support your local community theatre (and get cultured, gosh darn it!) by catching a performance. Better yet, go for opening night and get dolled up beforehand. It's a nice break from the dinner-and-a-movie routine.


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Nov 15, 2010

Online Dating Profile Mistakes

With online dating becoming more and more commonplace as time passes (recent statistics show online dating may be bigger than porn), learning how to create a great dating profile can be crucial to your dating success online.  (For tips on how to create a great online profile, click here.)

While being honest and forthright is key, there are a few mistakes that some online daters can make that will repel more potential dates than it will attract.  Below, some common online dating mistakes you should avoid!


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Nov 13, 2010

How to Break a Toxic Love Pattern

Even though you swear your exes are totally different, experts say most women have a relationship pattern they keep going back to.  See how to break yours for a love that won't leave you hurting.

By Korin Miller

We were shocked when we heard that the first guy Rihanna seriously dated after Chris Brown had been accused of domestic abuse by an ex-girlfriend. After everything she went through, it would seem as if she'd be repulsed by men with that kind of reputation.

Turns out, the opposite is more likely to be true. "Most of us have a relationship pattern — that same type of guy we keep falling for — and it can work for or against us," says couples therapist Deborah Dunn, author of Stupid About Men. "It's not uncommon for women to keep going back to the type that wronged them in the past." How do you change whom you're drawn to dating? It's not easy, but it starts with figuring out where your attraction to these guys came from in the first place.

Family Ties
Experts say we develop our taste in men at a young age — anywhere from childhood to adolescence. "Whether it's positive or negative, everyone has a relationship pattern based on what they learned about love when they were growing up," says Alon Gratch, Ph.D., author of If Love Could Think.

Repeatedly choosing the wrong guys signals that you may be driven to re-create the drama you had with your father or first boyfriend. Many women who had an absentee dad or let the arrogant JV football captain string them along for years will go for men who are unavailable or talk down to them because they're subconsciously trying to resolve things with the guy who let them down earlier in life, says Dunn — even though, clearly, that's not solving anything.


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Nov 7, 2010

Did You Know That iPhone Users Have More Sex Than Blackberry or Android Users?

As if iPhone users needed another reason to love the iPhone, a recent poll done by the popular dating website OK Cupid shows that iPhone users got more action than both Blackberry and Android users, with iPhone users clocking in with the most average sexual partners, Blackberry users coming in second, and Android users in last place.  Of all groups, females had a higher average number of sexual partners than did men. 


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Nov 4, 2010

Why She Criticizes You

By Farah Averill

A near universal experience for men is being criticized or nagged by their girlfriends or wives. Feeling like no matter what you do, you can’t seem to make your partner’s irksome behavior stop is another commonality uniting men the world over. Interestingly, it’s not happenstance that men find themselves in the position of being criticized more than the other way around. Differing biology and socialization both play a role in explaining why men tend to be the ones who get criticized in a relationship. If you can identify with being the target of a woman’s wrath, then this article is for you. Read on to learn exactly what it is that makes your girlfriend explode and how you can successfully encourage her to ease off.

Women express themselves differently
While the extent to which biology and socialization respectively influence how men and women express themselves has yet to be determined, research has demonstrated that women tend to produce more emotion-oriented messages than men. One study, for example, found that, when asked to write a story about love, men’s narratives were 50% shorter than women’s (Barbara, 2008). As well, evidence suggests that men are more likely to favor a problem-focused approach in response to a stressful situation, whereas women will focus on emotional support.

In your relationship, these differing styles of expression explain why, when you take out the trash as a symbolic gesture of your feelings for your partner, she won’t necessarily understand the loving intentions behind this act. Also, when your significant other is telling you about her stressful day, though your inclination is to help her find a solution to her difficulty, she’s actually seeking supportive words rather than concrete help. These gender differences mean that you may find that your partner frequently accuses you of being insufficiently loving because she’s expecting you to be more emotionally attuned and expressive.


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Nov 2, 2010

Q & A - Why Is My Ex Bugging Me?

Q. Dear Alannah,

I have written to you a few times already, and this time it's about the same situation, about my ex-boyfriend...we broke up almost a year ago, and yet he is still coming around and bothering me.  When we broke up, he was the one who broke up with me, and I wanted to get back together. I don't know what he wants, and I'm afraid to confront him. We had not spoken for about 9 months now.  All of a sudden, he decided to come over to my house one day out of the blue, and we ended up talking about the most random things.  He kept talking about his life and kept asking about mine.  I didn't talk much, just kept trying to cut the conversation short.

The next day, though, he acts as if he doesn't even know I exist...for the past few weeks, he's been acting all nice and friendly one moment and then all mean and cold the next, as if as though he's PMSing or something. I still have feelings for him, and I'm taking it slowly being his friend, but his way of showing his "friendship" towards me is a bit weird...I mean he even tries to talk to me via MSN chat, but he gives me one word IM's like, "Hey, "Sup," "Okay," etc., and it's driving me nuts!  I've also noticed that he's been stalking me on Facebook, because he knows all these things that's been happening in my life when we talk.  He even asked my friend who I've been seeing lately.  He's driving me crazy!  I can't even sleep at night, because of all these little things that is bottling up inside me.  Please help!




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