There was bad news for a lot of shows last week — tons of freshman and veteran series bit the dust (like 1600 Penn, Whitney, Go On, The New Normal, Smash, and Happy Endings). They join a lot of other shows that have gotten the boot, and if you need a rundown on what's been canceled so far, start clicking. Don't see your favorite show? Check to see whether it's already been renewed.
You invite her to every event, you call regularly, and somehow, your friend always has an excuse — sound familiar? When a friend repeatedly flakes out on plans, forgets to check in, or fades into her own world, it's hard not to get upset and take it personally. If the relationship is important to you, though, don't dismiss the friendship altogether. Instead, follow these four steps to put your shaky friendship back on track:
- Consider her perspective. Everybody has to bail on plans sometimes, but take a step back to acknowledge where your friend is coming from. Is she extra busy at work? In a new relationship? Has she been turning away from other people, too, or does it seem like it's just you? Put yourself in her shoes to see what may be going on — whether it's about you, your friendship, or a separate issue she's dealing with on her own.
- Be persistent. Just because she can't make it to one or two events, that doesn't mean you should write off your friend altogether. Give your friendship a shot and regularly invite her to hang out, even if it feels like she's never available. She'll appreciate the effort, and you may find out that her flaky behavior is just a phase.
- Check in with her. She won't be able to step up her friendship game if she doesn't know there's a problem in the first place. Next time she ducks out of plans at the last minute, ask her if everything's OK. Even if she gets defensive, it's worth reaching out to be sure there's not a deeper issue.
- Know what works for you. Every friendship is different, and it's up to you to decide what kind of relationship you'd like to have with her. If you're running out of patience and can't keep putting in effort when it's not reciprocated, take a temporary step back. There's no need to create black-and-white boundaries — let your friendship live in the gray area for a while, and sooner or later, she may just come around.
In honor of Mother's Day, we're reminiscing on the best life lessons we learned from our favorite TV and movie moms. Through the years, we've picked up on plenty of clever tidbits from the moms like Lorelai on Gilmore Girls, Aunt Becky on Full House, and Amy Poehler as Regina George's hilarious mom in Mean Girls. Since Mom always knows best, take a look at these thoughtful insights inspired by pop culture moms!
Entryways are quick to become cluttered, but a few extra hooks and an extra piece of furniture can turn a messy foyer into a functional, stylish room. Not sure where to start? From a practical shoe tray to numbered coat pegs, these 15 simple design tips will help you organize your entryway — plus these gorgeous photos will serve as inspiration.
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I've been spending more time, and even flirting more, with a classmate. I'm almost 100 percent sure he's at least interested in dating me, although we haven't been on an official date yet. In a conversation a few weeks ago, it seemed like he was trying to express that he was unsure about classmates dating, likening it to workplace romances. Does that mean nothing is ever going to happen between us? We still have three more years of grad school together, and I'm wondering if I have a chance.
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In honor of Mother's Day, we're taking a look back at one of the most-loved onscreen mother-daughter duos of all time: Rory and Lorelei Gilmore on Gilmore Girls. Thanks to their close, quirky mother-daughter relationship, Rory and single mom Lorelei Gilmore (played by Alexis Bledel and Lauren Graham) shared plenty of witty back-and-forths over the course of the show's seven seasons. As any avid fan of Gilmore Girls knows, sarcasm reigned supreme on the show, so here are the best zinger-filled Rory-Lorelai conversations on everything from fitness to love to Jessica Simpson.
For moms with a sense of humor, skip the standard Hallmark greeting cards and send her a funny Someecard instead. With jokes about favoritism, awkward Facebook habits, and never-ending voicemails, these Mother's Day-themed cards are sure to make her laugh. Looking for a last-minute card she'll love? Say "I love you" with these hilarious Someecards for the sarcastic moms in your life!
This week kicked off with Cinco de Mayo celebrations around the world and the annual Met Gala in New York City. At Ohio State University, President Obama gave the commencement address, and at the White House, Michelle Obama honored military families alongside Prince Harry. See all that and more with the week in pictures!
Today, the latest interpretation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby hits theaters, transporting us to the glittering, jiving 1920s and the tragic love story of Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan. It's an ornate era that just screams "wedding theme."
In the midst of post-World War I prosperity, the Roaring '20s were all about new technologies, jazz music, speakeasies, and a flippant attitude. For fashion, this meant simple elegance: feathers, pearls, boas, flapper dresses, bucket hats, and brooches. Weddings were much more informal than in earlier eras — gone were the corsets, tossed aside in favor of drop-waist dresses that showed a bit of leg. Brides danced everything from the foxtrot to the Charleston, and most preferred platinum or white gold wedding rings over traditional yellow gold. Hoping to channel a bit of Jazz Age pizzazz on your big day? Here are some luxurious, inspiring ideas to help you carry '20s charm into your wedding celebration.
Good news for Erica Jong fans — her controversial novel Fear of Flying will soon be adapted for the big screen. First published in 1973, the smart book made waves with its frank, feminist perspective on women's sexual attitudes. In it, a young married woman lives out her sexual fantasies while traveling in Europe. It was a bold storyline back in the '70s, and with the recent success of Fifty Shades of Grey, the film adaptation comes at a time when female sexuality is already in the spotlight. So we're curious: have you ever read Fear of Flying?
You know that your birth control helps to prevent pregnancy, but did you know it may be causing painful orgasms and affecting your taste in men? If you're on the pill, it's important to know exactly how that dosage affects your body and behaviors. To stay informed, take a look at these fascinating study findings about birth control:
Women on Birth Control Prefer Feminine Guys
Feeling more attracted to less-masculine men? Your birth control may explain it. A 2013 study of college-age women in the UK showed that women on the pill were less drawn to masculine features like sharp jaws, prominent brows, and angular face shapes.
Low-Dose Pills Can Make Orgasms Painful
According to a new study conducted at NYU Langone Medical Center, low-dose birth control pills make sex more painful. Based on her research of about 1,000 women, low-dose pill users were twice as likely to report pain during or after orgasm.
Binge Drinking Increases the Pregnancy Risk For Pill Users
Those extra weekend cocktails may make your birth control less effective. According to 2012 reports, binge drinking can increase the risk of pregnancy because the unfortunate cycle of heavy drinking and vomiting often leads to unprotected sex.
Free Access to Birth Control Lowers Abortion Rates
The link between birth control and abortions has long been debated, but the findings of a 2012 study show that providing free birth control could prevent 41 to 71 percent of abortions. When researchers supplied more than 9,000 teens with free contraception methods, the program reduced the group's abortion rate by 62 percent.
Women Are Misinformed About IUDs
A recent survey showed that the majority of women have false perceptions about the safety and effectiveness of IUDs. The study participants didn't know that IUDs are more effective than the pill, which means that one of the most safe, successful methods of birth control is widely underused.
Sure, when you're trying to be part of a different family, you're bound to run into a few hiccups. But if you're truly struggling to build relationships, then follow these simple tips to find your footing. Whether you're about to get married or you're years past the in-law introductions, take a look at these five ways to improve your relationships with your other half's parents:
Get to know them personally.
To build a strong relationship with your in-laws, you need to find a connection that goes beyond their son or daughter. Do you know about their childhoods, their pastimes, their favorites books? Learning more about your in-laws' hobbies and interests will help you identify with them in a different way.
Know your boundaries.
If you're spending all day, every day with your in-laws, then there's bound to be tension in your relationships. Although you may be tempted to say yes to every invitation and request, being so agreeable may actually hurt your connections in the end. Think quality over quantity, and know that you can say no.
Don't be afraid to communicate.
You can't expect them to read your mind. If you're not open about who you are and what you're looking for, then there's no way for them to know what kind of relationship you might prefer. Speak up if there's a problem, because sweeping it under the rug will only build resentment.
Let your guy do his thing.
At the end of the day, these are his parents, and his relationship with them has plenty of layers you'll never understand. Whether he's close to his parents or has issues with them, it's best to let him deal with those relationships on his own. You should offer to help if he asks for your input, of course, but don't assume you know best. And most importantly, remember that it's really never OK to insult someone else's family — even if it's one you married into.
Remember what works.
Consider the best times you've shared with your in-laws, and do what you can to re-create those kinds of moments again and again. Had a blast bowling with his dad? Invite him to play mini golf. Loved hunting for recipes with his mom? Offer to take a cooking class. Stick with the things that bring you together to build a stronger, more comfortable connection.
Real or made-up, animated or in costume, there's just something about princes that makes us swoon. The quintessential royal dreamboat is Prince Charming, who will be played by Richard Madden in Disney's upcoming Cinderella film. In the real world, the most eligible royal bachelor is Prince Harry, who just brought his fine ginger self to America. Handsome Disney princes, clever memes, movie heartthrobs, real-life royalty — take a look at these sexy princes to see why we can't help but love them!
What do juice cleanses, sneezing, and fake tans have in common? They're all topics discussed on Twitter this week thanks to some of our favorite funny ladies. Over the past few days, Hollywood stars like Ellen DeGeneres and Chrissy Teigen joked about punks, bikini season, and more, so take a look at their hilarious tweets to see what cracked us up in 140 characters or fewer!
The question of whether we judge books by their covers has now been given a gendered spin. This week, YA author Maureen Johnson invited people to reimagine popular book covers as if the author were of the opposite gender. Hundreds of people responded to her proposal, sharing "flipped" book covers on Tumblr to highlight the stereotypical differences between covers for male and female writers. Take a look at some of the most fascinating book-cover makeovers!
If the dating scene is starting to feel stale, now's the time to switch things up and reenergize your love life. It's easy to get caught up in the same routine — especially with something that can be as daunting as dating. But if you're feeling just plain bored with romance, then take a look at these five quick tips to spice up the dating game:
- Try online dating apps. Organized dating events and Internet dating aren't for everyone, but you'll never know unless you try, right? Get together with a few girlfriends to write up your dating profiles and check out the latest dating apps. You can play around with the addictive social dating app Tinder or ask your pals to try the group-dating service Grouper. Diving in together will make it feel less like a chore — and more like an exciting, lighthearted pastime, which is how dating should feel.
- Look beyond your type. You're not doing yourself any favors by dating the same kind of guy over and over again. Sure, you know your taste, but you may surprise yourself, so try to be open-minded. Make this the Summer you lounge in a park across town, get drinks at a bar that's a little out of your way, and meet a new crowd.
- Ask a guy out. Don't feel like you have to sit back and wait for him to come to you. Asking a guy out may seem terrifying, but even if it doesn't go as planned, you'll gain a fresh perspective and hopefully feel a bit bolder next time you're approached.
- Agree to meet your friend's friend. It's easy to brush off your friends when they insist that you meet so-and-so's brother's roommate's cousin, but who knows? He might just be a great guy, so don't cut yourself off from those fun opportunities.
- Make it a double. Next time you're asked out, bring along a single friend and ask your date to do the same. Even if sparks don't fly, you're guaranteed to have fun with your girlfriend — or at least laugh about it later.
F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby offers an intriguing, unexpected look at love in its many forms. With the complicated relationships among Gatsby, Daisy, Tom, Nick, Jordan, and the Wilsons, the book captures love at its most hopeful, selfish, and inevitable moments. Just in time for this weekend's much-anticipated movie release, we're taking a look at some of the novel's most famous quotes to see how love is portrayed in the popular story. Before you watch the relationships play out on the big screen, check out the surprising insights on love according to The Great Gatsby!
If you've ever wondered how hookups affect you, what people think of playboys, or whether "booty calls" have guidelines, then rest easy knowing science has the answers. With the help of a few studies, we're taking a look at what research says about casual sex. Most recently, the media has been following a strain of gonorrhea that was called "worse than AIDS" — a reminder that casual or not, it's still important to practice safe sex. Curious about what science has to say about sex? Take a look at these surprising findings on everything from women's sexual power to the real meaning of "friends with benefits"!
College Hookups Are Good For Women
Feeling bad about your no-strings-attached relationship in college? Don't! In 2011, researchers at North Carolina State University found that casual sex allows women more sexual power than classic dinner dates. The study doesn't look down on dating or promote reckless hookups, but the data shows that in casual-sex situations, students are more open to women taking the sexual lead, while in more formal dating environments, they slip into traditional gender roles.
Guys Get the "Slut" Label Too
It looks like no one's free from sexual judgment these days. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago studied data from over 19,000 college students and found that about half the subjects lose respect for anyone who has sex with "lots of people" — regardless of gender. Findings showed that 48 percent of students judged men's and women's sexual activity equally, 12 percent judged women more harshly than men, and 13 percent judged men more harshly than women.
Casual Sex Has Rules
A researcher at the University of Ottawa found that there's a specific code to identify different sexual relationships. Looking at people ages 18 to 27, she found that the four most popular casual sex terms are "booty call," "friends with benefits," "one-night stand," and "f*ck buddy." Each term has a different meaning — for instance, a "booty call" usually involves a late-night text, while "friends with benefits" involves two people who were friends first.
If you and your husband-to-be have been glued to your screens to keep up with the Stanley Cup playoffs, these sporty details offer a fun, playful nod to hockey. With ideas for your engagement shoot, your decor, and your reception, we've rounded up some of the best, most creative ideas to help you score a wedding-style hat trick. Hoping to channel your favorite icy sport when you say "I do"? Take a look at these unique ways to bring your love for hockey to your big day!
Nearly a decade later, we still hold on to the love lessons we learned from Monica, Chandler, and the rest of the gang. It's hard to believe, but as of May 6, Friends will have been off the air for nine years! Thanks to reruns, though, it feels like just yesterday that Rachel got off the plane to be with Ross. (Sigh.)
Feeling nostalgic for the Central Perk regulars? We've gathered some of the most memorable Friends moments for this thoughtful, witty guide to love. Phoebe's songs, Joey's pickup lines, Chandler's one-liners — relive the '90s sitcom days with these thoughtful love lessons inspired by Friends GIFs!