How to Know If It’s a Date or You’re Just Friends

Having a crush is exciting. Then comes the hard part: figuring out whether your crush is crushing on you. This is especially important when you’re going out to dinner or meeting for drinks. You don’t want to miss out on a potential make-out and binge-watching partner (especially during winter) — but if you make the…

How to Avoid Holiday Dinner Arguments with Relatives

Even though all that “making seasons bright” noise can be a load of crap, generally, you can get into it. The holidays are a pretty wonderful time of year. Holiday dinners are the season’s pinnacle, when you spend your time eating perfectly browned birds, creamy potato goodness, and, of course, pie with relatives who…

How to Propose to Your Significant Other, From Picking a Ring to Popping the Question

It was a dark and stormy night. You wandered in off the street, disoriented and tense, a stranger in a strange land — and that land is ... the jewelry store. All these choices, and unfamiliar terms! Halo, pavé, shank/split-shank; gold, white gold, platinum; and what the hell are carats, anyway?

How to Travel with Your Boss and Come Out Unscathed

Unless you’re lucky enough to fly first class, airplane travel is hardly ever fun. Your in-flight meal looks vaguely like vomit, your knees are scraping against the old woman to your left, and you’ve got your other neighbor’s head resting gently on your shoulder. On a business trip, one of those strangers turns into…

How to Travel Alone (And Make a Few Friends Along the Way)

It seemed like a great idea when you tossed a dart at that world map, committed to buy a plane ticket to wherever it landed. It started to seem like a less great idea when the dart struck Turkmenistan, and everybody who expressed interest in your vacay plan was like, “I forgot I have to get my car inspected that week.”

You’ve Got This: Your First Big-Ticket Buy With Your Significant Other

Thus far, living with your partner has gone like gangbusters — until the fateful night when your dream TV dies during the Big Game, and suddenly the two of you find yourselves in negotiations as tense as the Cuban Missile Crisis over what to replace it with. Surprise! You and your SO are now staring down the barrel of…

From In-Laws to Bosses, How to Foot the Dinner Bill in Every Situation

There’ll come a time in your life when you’ll want to pay for a meal if you’re out to dinner with someone you respect. While this is incredibly mature, it can also incite arguments and negotiations fit for the National Security Council. Yes, you admire and/or are scared of this person and want to defer to them, but…