Mary Betteridge

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Photographer Problems at Weddings

One of the best and wisest pieces of advice I got throughout the entire wedding planning process was that something would go wrong. It just would. I should count on it, expect it, and then not freak out when it happened. I got married earlier this month and my wrong thing definitely happened. Due …

Ideas & Advice

Photo<p>26 Must-Have Wedding Photos You Don’t Want to Miss<p>Trust us—you’ll want to capture all of these moments.<p>Flower Arrangements<p>Your Complete Guide to …

Empowering Info About Your Sexual Health

From the editors at Cosmo.com, 9 things every woman should know.<p><b>1. Most sexual health care services, including contraceptives, are now free thanks to the Affordable Care Act.</b> "Most sexual and reproductive health care is consumed by women, which puts them at more of a financial burden than men," …

Social Media: Are You Doing It Wrong?

Illustrated by Daniel Koppich.<p>Every time you add or remove a post, untag yourself, or hover a bit longer than usual over the Tweet button, you are …

10 Things That Only People From Missouri Understand

1. Secretly Rooting For The Bad Boy (Or Girl)<p>Missouri may be in the Bible Belt, but it's always had a weakness for its bad men (and women). This …

What Happens When You Swap Your Entire Beauty Regime for Just Oil?

Three editors put their vanity into Mother Nature's hands.<p><i>While using natural oils for beauty might have once been reserved for those with more of a back-to-the-Earth frame of mind, it seems like lately we can't open our computers without seeing yet</i> another <i>celebrity singing the praises of</i> …

I Resent My Wife's Earning Potential

Akhil Sharma loved being the one with the fat paycheck; so much so that he told his (corporate lawyer) wife to keep her money for "treats." Then he quit his job and everybody got smoked<p>I was an investment banker, and my then girlfriend, now my wife, was a corporate lawyer. When Lisa told me how …

The New Safety App for Women

In the age of Snapchat, Angry Birds, and Candy Crush, why did no one think of this sooner?<p>It reads like a <i>Law & Order: SVU</i> episode, but it's true: A year ago, a friend of mine left her two roommates at a bar to walk the three blocks home to their apartment in a yuppie Boston neighborhood. She wanted …

How To Not Mess Up Your Closest Relationships

Illustrated by Emily Turner.<p><i>UPDATE: This post was originally published on April 30.</i><p>I was a practicing couples and family therapist for six years, …

Emily V. Gordon

10 Things We Learned from Mean Girls

Ten years after its release (that's today!), we haven't forgotten the most important things we took away from the most important movie ever.<p><b>1.)</b> Be weary of Swedish diet bars that offer dubious weight loss solutions.<p><b>2.)</b> Tina Fey, Lizzy Caplan, Amanda Seyfried and Rachel McAdams are all amazing. So …

The Key Character Trait For a Strong and Lasting Relationship

Beyond first-impressions, researchers also found that humility was key in maintaining long-term relationships. In a separate study, researchers surveyed over 400 participants about forgiveness in their relationships. One thing they found was that couples reported more forgiveness if they were in …

The Sweet Gesture That Could Be Ruining Your Relationship

The second study surveyed 89 married couples in their late 30s about relationship quality, how they viewed themselves, and how they perceived their partner viewed them. When husbands thought their spouses over-idealized them, they reported being less satisfied with the relationship. This seemed to …

Why Sometimes You SHOULD Go to Bed Angry

Putting your argument on hold and trying to get rid of negative emotions before bed is actually better for conflict resolution and your overall bond, according to Bonnie Eaker Weil, Ph.D., author of <i>Make Up, Don't Break Up</i>. To do that, you have to take a step back from the heat of the moment and say …

5 Questions You SHOULD Be Asking Your Gyno

<b>My period has a mind of its own. Is that a problem?</b><br>Maybe. A period that shows up late every month isn't normal, says Berman. Nor is spotting between periods or bleeding in large clumps. Describe your flow in detail and let your M.D. help decide if it's regular.<p><b>How many drinks can I have per …

Weightloss tips

8 Habits that are Messing with Your Metabolism<p>A few little tweaks can help you max out your calorie burn<p>You exercise, and you try to eat right. But unfortunately you may still be slowing down your calorie burn—and your weight-loss efforts—without even realizing it. Lauren Slayton, M.S., R.D., …

7 Sneaky Things That Ruin Your Sleep--and How to Avoid Them!

<b>That Nightcap</b><br>"Alcohol is one of the worst things for good-quality sleep," says Ashton. Try tart cherry juice instead—it contains melatonin, a sleep hormone.<p><b>A Too-Early Bedtime</b><br>If eight hours is good, 12 is <i>not</i> better, says Stork. Too much sleep invites its own problems.<p><b>Decaf Coffee</b><br>Surprise! Decaf …

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6 Skincare Products That Work Double Duty

Many products today pack a dual-purpose punch. Find out which combos play nice and which just do battle.<p>Similar to real-life couples, some ingredient pairs in skin-care products are a perfect match—while others should really call it quits. "Multitasking products eliminate a few steps and can save …

5 Low-Cal Peanut Butter-Flavored Snacks

<b>KIND Healthy Grains Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Bar</b><br>These bars are made from a combination of whole grains, including gluten-free oats, brown rice, millet, buckwheat, amaranth, and quinoa. What's more, each bar has just 150 calories, three grams of fiber, and three grams of protein.<p><b>Weight Watchers</b> …

10 Style Mistakes That Make You Look Heavier

<b>Wearing Menswear Made For Men</b><br>Menswear pieces (like pantsuits, button-downs, hoodies, and crewneck tees) can be stunning—when tailored properly for the female shape. Try an actual men's T-shirt, though, and you'll soon see that men's clothing is designed for men's bodies. And men tend to not have …

4 Ways to Make Your Relationship Even Stronger

<b>In an Emergency. . .</b><br>Say his mother just had a heart attack. Instead of asking "Do you need anything?" or "What can I do?" use your best judgment and take action: Book the plane tickets, find the dog sitter, arrange the hospital flower delivery. People can have a hard time giving directions under …

How to Prolong Your Foreplay and Have the Best Sex EVER

<b>First Base</b><br>Focus on making out. With tongue. A study published in the journal <i>Neuro Endocrinology Letters</i> found that couples are happier and less irritated after kissing, and the warm, face-to-face contact boosts peripheral circulating proteins in the body that improve overall health and well-being. …

Most Contaminated Fish and What to Eat Instead

The 5 Fish That Are Most Contaminated—And 5 You Should Eat Instead<p>Having sushi tonight? Before you order, read our guide<p>From a nutritional standpoint, seafood is a pretty safe bet: It's packed with protein and good-for-you monounsaturated fats. Unfortunately, though, some types of also contain …

The Shocking Age When Your Cognitive Ability Starts to Drop Off

The sad results of the analysis? "Age-related slowing of within-game, self-initiated response times begins at 24 years of age," write the authors in the study abstract. As an example, they explain that a 39-year-old player "equal in all other respects to a 24 year-old adversary," will likely cost …

What Your Waist Size Says About Your Health

Now, we know what you're thinking: Women with a greater waist circumference probably also had a higher BMI, right? While it is true that the two were correlated, the association between waist circumference and all-cause mortality held up even after researchers controlled for BMI. That doesn't mean …

Khloe Kardashian's Hair Colorist George Papanikolas Does Ombre Highlights

Say what you will about the Kardashians—and I know you will—but those sisters have some <i>great</i> hair. So when Matrix offered me the chance to get my hair colored by its celebrity stylist George Papanikolas, the same man responsible for many of Kim and Khloé Kardashian's best hair looks, I jumped at …

How to Look Thin in an Oversize Top: Pictures Show the Secret's in the Styling

Ever see something on someone and think, That would never look good on me? Turns out it actually might look great on you—but only if you style it right.<p>Case in point: the Harris sweater by A.L.C. It's a chevron knit crewneck in pale gray with bunchy sleeves, a ribbed waistband, and a very ample …

Heat Proof Silicone Flatiron Holder Pop-Out Muffin Pan

I'm ALL about problem-solvers, especially if the problem we're solving involves searing a line onto my dresser with my flatiron (been there) or ruining a batch of muffins because I can't get them out of the pan in one piece (done that). Today, four genius home products that I'm absolutely thankful …

Firstborn Women More Successful Due to Birth Order and Gender Says Essex Study

Firstborn and female? Good news: You may have been literally born to succeed, according to a groundbreaking study from the University of Essex. The study shows the firstborn female children are statistically likely to be more ambitious and accomplish more than their younger siblings.<p><b>Sheryl and</b> …

25 Fun Save-the-Date Ideas You’ll Love!

Want to announce your upcoming wedding? Here's how to do your save-the-dates right.<p>by The Knot •5 min read