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What Happens in Cancun … Stays in Cancun. Sort of. Sometimes.

COED MAGAZINE
SPRING 2007
BY JULIA ALLISON

I’ve never gone on spring break.  Oh sure, I thought about it.  Watched MTV on it.  Practiced “going wild” in front of my mirror to prepare for it.  But for some reason, I made it through my entire college career without ever experiencing the triple sweetness that is Simultaneous severe alcohol poisoning, Sunstroke and STDs … in a beach-centric locale, of course.

I sincerely regret missing out – shockingly, those things just aren’t as much fun once you’ve graduated.

But you, my wanton cupcakes, still have time!  In [read more...]

So You Wanna Be … A Condom Tester?

Being a Model Student

COED MAGAZINE
SPRING 2007
BY JULIA ALLISON

The Official Intelligence-Pulchritude Fairness Equation usually works like this: you either get beauty, or you get brains.  You don’t get both.  And you certainly don’t get to go to Yale and simultaneously be a professional model.  That just pisses people off.

Radar’s LA Launch

Click here to read my coverage of Radar’s LA Launch party.

Help Your Friends Help You

HELP YOUR FRIENDS HELP YOU
AM NEW YORK – "THE DATING LIFE"
FEBRUARY 19, 2007
BY JULIA ALLISON

I love matchmakers. I love the idea of it ­ setting people up and watching them fall in love. I love the people who do it ­– the clucking yentas and the sleek Alicia Silverstone types and all of the amateurs in between. I’ve even tried it; I’m 0 for 37. Yes, I suck.

Susan Shapiro doesn’t. With 12 marriages, seven long term relationships and about 500 we-totally-hit-it-off dates under her extroverted belt, the author of ‘Secrets of [read more...]

Skip the Hating on Valentine’s Day

SKIP THE HATING ON VALENTINE’S DAY
AM NEW YORK – "THE DATING LIFE"
FEBRUARY 12, 2007
BY JULIA ALLISON

Last week I received an e-mail from a reader named Maria, who wrote that Valentine’s Day made her "want to vomit." She and most of her friends were single, she explained, and they found it "gross how people try to have a booty call or boyfriend" just in time for this particular holiday.

She ended her missive with a plea: "Is there any way you could write something not cheesy but not so bashing for this time of [read more...]

Going for the Best Valentine’s Day EVER

GOING FOR THE BEST VALENTINE’S DAY EVER
AM NEW YORK – "THE DATING LIFE"
FEBRUARY 5, 2007
BY JULIA ALLISON

No holiday so polarizes the American public quite like Valentine’s Day.

Arousing both derision and delight (sometimes simultaneously), we can’t quite figure out whether we love or hate it. Is it a sweet chance to celebrate romance or yet another occasion designed to pressure anxious men, bolstering Hallmark’s bottom line?

Dropping Pounds Along with an Ex

DROPPING POUNDS ALONG WITH AN EX
AM NEW YORK – "THE DATING LIFE"
JANUARY 29, 2007
BY JULIA ALLISON

The truth is, I haven’t been to the gym in over six months; my membership got cancelled in August, along with The (Ex) Boyfriend. And yet the number on the scale today is finally ­– FINALLY ­– the same as it was when I first moved to New York a little over two years ago. What happened?

Only the most effective weight loss strategy in the history of the world: the Break Up Diet.

Chatting Up Playboy’s Sexpert

CHATTING UP PLAYBOY’S SEXPERT
AM NEW YORK – “THE DATING LIFE”
JANUARY 22, 2007
BY JULIA ALLISON

Since 1960, Playboy’s Advisor column has promised to answer “all reasonable questions from fashion, food and drink, stereo and sports cars to dating dilemmas, taste and etiquette.” However, this is Playboy, and despite the magazine’s dogged insistence that “a person interested only in sex isn’t very interesting,” most of their readers are very interested in sex indeed.

Wild or Chaste in 2007?

WILD OR CHASTE IN 2007?
AM NEW YORK – "THE DATING LIFE"
JANUARY 8, 2007
BY JULIA ALLISON

Last year at this time, I recommended that my readers overhaul their "dating modus operandi" — put an end to the same-old, same-old romantic blahs and try something completely unprecedented.

For some reason, a disproportionate percentage of my male readers took that to mean they should attempt a 2006 menage a trois. Sigh.