Life & Love

Athleta Vacation will always be about unwinding, unpacking, and unthinking about the stressors of everyday life. An intriguing catch-22 is coming up regarding that last point though. While more and more travelers are deciding to book a plane ticket to forget about their own worries and responsibilities, they’re opting in regarding those of others. Along
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Dear E. Jean: I’m a 25-year-old marine biologist researching dolphins in Southern California. This past year, I met a man and have fallen very deeply in love. (I didn’t think I was capable of it!) He’s extremely kind, generous, considerate, passionate, thoughtful, attractive, outdoorsy, and adventurous. But he is soon moving to Colorado to pursue
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Setting relationship goals can be a good thing. It can help you get to know yourself, identify what’s vital emotionally and physically, and find a partner who is really suited for you. But placing specific demands on your love life can also create a super toxic cycle of disappointment, unfulfilled expectations, and feeling like a
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Dear E. Jean: What’s the best way to move past rejection, whether it’s job rejection or romantic rejection? The conventional wisdom is to remain resolute and “try, try again,” but I’ve been doing that with no luck. What should I do? —Human Repellent Human, My Heliotrope: I know more about rejection than any advice columnist
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The benefits of adopting a trusted birth control system would fill up a nice-sized laundry list, but, unfortunately, so would the myths surrounding it. We asked OB-GYNs Dr. Michelle Moniz and Dr. Alyssa Dweck to debunk the most common ones. “You gain weight when you’re on the pill.” There’s nothing wrong with wondering how a
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Dear E. Jean: I’ve always struggled with self-confidence, at least professionally. Fortunately, I’m pleased that my career is flourishing at a prestigious law firm. However, I have a female colleague who publicly maligns my ideas. (This has been a running theme for an entire year.) She approves of nothing I do and barely hides her
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Stígur Már Karlsson /HeimsmyndirGetty Images Whether you’re starting to use birth control for the first time or just want to switch up your method, the best place to look for answers for any questions you might have is at your gynecologist’s office. There are a lot of options—and lots of misinformation—floating around, so seeking the
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Once social media became an everyday part of our lives, nothing was safe. Even the relatively mundane—like the inside of our refrigerators—could be styled, zhushed, or otherwise made to look aesthetically pleasing. LA-based influencer Megan Batoon invited us into her home to share her camera-ready kitchen, as well as secrets on how she keeps her
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Feb 26, 2019 Graswald in her bathtub on November 26, 2018. Photographed by Allie Holloway. On the day Angelika Graswald became an alleged murderer, she woke up hungover. She and her fiancé, Vincent Viafore, had been out drinking in Poughkeepsie, New York, near where they had lived together for more than a year. They had
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Feb 14, 2019 Sometimes a romance doesn’t work out, and it’s terrible. But sometimes a relationship doesn’t work out…and it’s completely fine! Great, even. It might seem rare, but there are definitely former partnerships that result in mutual respect or friendship rather than deep enmity or recriminations. We found nine single people so incredible that
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Whenever I need some non-cheesy inspiration about the enduring power of romance, I read anarcha-feminist Emma Goldman’s famous stump speech, “Marriage and Love.” Born in Lithuania to Jewish parents in 1869, Goldman was an influential activist and writer who toured the U.S., risking arrest and deportation to speak to raucous crowds about radical ideas like
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At some point in a woman’s life, many of us graduate from “boys have cooties” to daydreaming about her perfect guy. For me, the options ranged from doe-eyed crooners like Jesse McCartney and Mario to movie baes Adrian Grenier and Morris Chestnut. But then I grew up, and actually had to step out of my
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Getty ImagesMondadori Portfolio . Some dates good; most dates bad. In ELLE.com’s Dates of Wrath column, anonymous daters share true stories of their very worst rendezvous. This week: First comes FaceTime, then comes…the hotel room. I had recently been doing what I call serial dating, since I was out of a four-year relationship. So I
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Dear E. Jean: Should I leave everything and go on a road trip? I’m 27, with an okay job (but no promotions or salary increases in five years), and I’m still living with my parents. Last year, I read Cheryl Strayed’s Wild and started fantasizing about driving across the country on a great American adventure.
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Dear E. Jean: I’ve forgotten what it’s like to be in love. I’m a 27-year-old woman who’s been single for years. I’ve tried online dating and met some nice guys, but since my last serious relationship ended, I’ve felt absolutely nothing—not even a twinge of romance. One gentleman in particular was fantastic. However, no matter
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