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First-date tips from a bartender. Plus, find out the ideal drink order.

By YourTango Oct 4, 2013 3:01PM

By Tiffany McHugh for YourTango.com

A good first-date first-impression is almost as essential as a strong first-date-cocktail. Maybe you're tired of being the bad boy, and you really want to wow this girl with some newfound, genuine charm. Or, maybe you're sick of being given the girl-next-door treatment, and you're more interested in seeming every bit the sexy-siren this evening.

More from Your Tango: 20 First Date Ideas That Won't Be Awkward

 

It's poor form to ever mention gifts to your guests. But just wait until you read her former friend's response.

By Glamour Magazine Oct 3, 2013 6:09PM

By Kim Fusaro

I just got an email from a frustrated wedding guest, we'll call her Gretchen, who is currently in school and recently lost her job and hasn't gotten around to giving her childhood friend (who we'll call Brandy) a wedding gift. Gretchen, who is 23, had given Brandy a homemade bridal shower gift and had said (TWICE) that she'd "make up" for the wedding gift when she had more cash. (I should mention here that while wedding planning, Brandy was vocal about what she and her groom spent per guest to throw their wedding: $200.) Of course at this point (twice) Brandy-the-bride should've said, "We know you're strapped. We don't need a wedding gift, we just wanted to celebrate with you."

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Plus, other strange criminal sentences having to do with matters of the heart.

By Glamour Magazine Oct 3, 2013 4:43PM

By Gena Kaufman

The former lawyer in me was totally intrigued by this story I read this morning involving a very unusual combination of a judge's sentence in court and a defendant's love life. It's not often I get to combine my former and current jobs, you guys! Here's what I read about today:

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Sentenced to: Take a break from dating

A Nebraska judge doled out an unusual sentence for a man who was part of an attempted burglary, but hesitated at the last minute and didn't go forward with it. Because the judge deemed the defendant had a "moral compass," he sentenced him to a fee and probation--and part of the terms of probation is a ban on romantic relationships. The judge, like everyone giving post-breakup advice, actually said, "You need to focus on you."

 

Forget online dating sites - finding your next love is as easy as turning on your smartphone!

By HerCampus.com Oct 3, 2013 3:02PM

Dating is no longer the conventional “boy-meets-girl” rom-com that it used to be. Mobile and online dating mean that we don’t have to wait around for Mr. Right to make his appearance; we can search for him ourselves! But this way of finding your man isn’t always easy to navigate, so we’ve rounded up the best new dating apps and how to use them. Don’t sit around waiting for Prince Charming this fall; be sure to take the first step by trying to find him online with one of these hot new apps!

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By giving pretty faces & perfect bodies precedence, OKCupid will to become an even bigger minefield.

By YourTango Oct 2, 2013 9:50PM

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By Kristine Solomon for YourTango.com

OKCupid recently announced plans to give users the option to pay a fee to weed out "unattractive" users — those who describe their body types as "overweight," "a little extra," "full-figured," and — most unsettling — "used up."  They also offer the option of allowing their paying "A-List Members" to choose partners based on an attractiveness rating gleaned by a "five-star scoring system determined by OkCupid’s own algorithms," according to Gawker.

OkCupid's co-founder, Sam Yagan, was quoted as saying, "You always have an option not to fill in anything you’re not comfortable with revealing about yourself online."

 

Manly, rebellious tunes make men stand out, study finds.

By Mens Health Magazine Oct 2, 2013 7:11PM

Metallica or Mozart? Your online music preferences play a role in how hot she finds you, shows new research from the University of Miami.

Compared to a guy’s personal website that featured classical background music, women rated the same guy to be 17 percent more attractive if his site rocked heavy metal jams, the research reveals.

Maruan Bahrour/Getty ImagesMen's Health: Need more advice? Follow these 10 Commandments of Online Dating

 

When date night gets spooky ...

By YourTango Oct 2, 2013 3:02PM

By Samantha Escobar

A ghost army? Haunted playhouses? Eerie bars? It's the most wonderful (and creepy) time of year!

For those of you who share a love of being scared with your partners, we've got some perfect date ideas from all over the country to spook you two together!

Here's where to scream and hold each other close, whether you're in New York or Arizona.

1. Moon River Brewing Company, Savannah, Georgia

This restaurant, bar and brewing facility is famous for its warm atmosphere and delicious menu, but it is reportedly also an ultra-haunted spot where you may run into a Civil War ghost — perfect for beginning or ending your creepy Halloween evening together.

More from Your Tango: Couples' Halloween Costume Contest: Enter To Win A Trip For Two!

 

We bet you never knew that scaring a guy will make him fall for you.

By HerCampus.com Oct 1, 2013 3:07PM

Science works in weird and wonderful ways, and chemistry between two people is no different. While you’ve probably already heard of some tried-and-true flirting tips that can get a guy hooked, what about some more offbeat possibilities? What are some less conventional facts about attraction that science has revealed, and how can they help you get a guy?

Alan Marsh/Getty ImagesWe’ve compiled a short list of facts you might have never known about attraction. Some of them may seem odd, but you probably never knew that they would help you snag a cutie!

Her Campus: 50 lessons in love from 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

1. Wear red

It’s true that guys don’t always care about our fashion choices, but the one thing they can agree on is their favorite color: red. It’s been repeatedly proven to be an eye-catching color to the guys!

 
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