Amanda is a writer who divides her time between NYC and Paris. She's a regular contributor to Glamour, Bolde, Livingly, and Mic. Other bylines include: Harper's Bazaar, The Atlantic, Forbes, Elle, Huffington Post, The Frisky, and BlackBook. Her greatest dream is to win a cheesecake eating contest while holding a baby panda.

These Are The Best Places To Meet Someone IRL This Summer

Whether you're looking for a summer fling or something long-lasting, summer is the best season for romance, whether it's short- or long-term. People are out and about, socializing, traveling, and considering your sex drive may be increased simply bec…
By Amanda Chatel

9 Free Dates You Can Go On This Summer In New York City

If you're able to pull yourself from your air-conditioned apartment and weather the, well, weather, summer is the perfect time for fun dates that won't cost you a thing. Seriously; not one penny. Although things like going to the beach or having a pi…
By Amanda Chatel

11 Sex Toys That Are Perfect For Beginners

When you're setting out to buy your first sex toy, it can be daunting. Whether that fear is steeped in embarrassment (although you should never feel shame about wanting to feel pleasure!) or the fact that there are so many sex toys from which to choo…
By Amanda Chatel

7 Unexpected Signs You Have PTSD From Your Past Relationship

Trauma, all levels of it, can have a serious impact on our lives, even if we don't realize it immediately. Sometimes it can even be hard to recognize, as not all signs are expected or clear. While not everyone who witnesses or is part of a traumatic …
By Amanda Chatel

7 First Date "Rules" To Throw Out The Window

From not talking about your ex, religion, or politics to not having sex, there are certainly a lot of first date "rules" out there. Yes, you want to have fun, you want to feel comfortable, and, if you like the person, you want to make it to the secon…
By Amanda Chatel

7 Small Habits That Ruin Trust In A Relationship

Anyone who's ever been in a relationship knows that love isn't the only important component to making it work. In fact, there are many things that are far more important than love in a relationship, if you want it to last. One of those things, if not…
By Amanda Chatel

These Are The Best Sex Toys For Couples Under $100

To say that sex toys have made our lives better, would be an understatement. Although once something that was associated with solo play, sex toys that are made for couples are a huge business in an already gigantic business, with the sex toy industry…
By Amanda Chatel

7 Things To Tell Yourself When You Think You'll Never Get Over Your Ex

Whether it's the first time or the tenth time, getting over an ex is never easy. Although one would like to think that breakups get easier after awhile, it's not always the case. Each one is tough in its own way and, in many cases, have us still reel…
By Amanda Chatel

8 Subtle Signs The Universe Is Trying To Tell You Your Partner Is Not "The One"

It might be safe to say that even the biggest skeptics out there believe, at least a little bit, in "The One;" you know, that your perfect match, the yin to your yang, your — dare I say it? — soulmate. In fact, a 2017 poll by Monmouth University Poll…
By Amanda Chatel

7 Ways To Build Dating Confidence When You're Newly Single

If you think relationships are hard (and they are!), what can be even harder is being newly single. Suddenly, you've gone from spending all your time with someone whom you loved, or at least cared about very deeply, and now they're gone from your lif…
By Amanda Chatel

11 Travel-Friendly Sex Toys To Bring Along On Vacation This Summer

Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, thousands and thousands of people hit the road or the skies to cash in their vacation days. With all this traveling, it's probably hard to imagine going anywhere without your favorite sex toy. Especially if you hav…
By Amanda Chatel

9 Ways To Take Advantage Of Being Single & Not Dating Anyone

Whether you're newly single or have been for a while, trying to figure out what to do with your time when you're not dating anyone can be difficult. If you're recently out of a relationship, there's that whole mourning period you need to get through …
By Amanda Chatel

11 Sex Positions To Try This Month

Now that we're in July, it's time to think about long summer weekends, barbecues, picnics in the park, and, of course, what new sex positions should be tackled this month. Because every month is a new opportunity to try a new sex position or recall a…
By Amanda Chatel

13 Women Reveal Exactly How Long It Took Them To Get Over Their Ex

How long does it really take to get over someone? If you listen to Sex and the City's Charlotte York, "It takes half the total time you went out with someone to get over them." Which, when you think about it, can be either a good thing or a bad thing…
By Amanda Chatel

7 Signs You Deserve More Than What Your Partner Is Giving You

Whether it's brand new or long-term, all relationships should involve a give and take. And, in that give and take, ultimately, each partner should be giving equal amounts. This isn't to suggest that the relationship should be equal at all times, in e…
By Amanda Chatel

11 Genius Sex Toys That Double As Jewelry

For far too long female sexuality didn't get the attention it deserved. It was assumed — and still is by some — that only men are sexual beings and women just sort of go along with it. In fact, when you look at masturbation rates between men and wome…
By Amanda Chatel

Here's What A Sex Expert Wants You To Know About Flavored Condoms

I was 19 when I first rolled into Condom World on Newbury Street in Boston. Not only was it my first foray into "adult entertainment" stores, as I believe they were called then, but it was my first introduction to a lot of things — condoms in particu…
By Amanda Chatel

6 Tips On Attracting "The One" Into Your Life, According To A Psychic

For many people, finding "The One" is pretty close to the top of their list of priorities. In a society that puts such emphasis on love and being in a relationship, it's hard to escape the pressures of not just feeling like you "should" couple up, bu…
By Amanda Chatel

How My Dating Life Changed When I Started Demanding I Orgasm Every Time With Every Partner

In the summer of 2015, I came across an interview with Nicki Minaj in Cosmo. In it she said, and I quote, “I demand that I climax. I think women should demand that.” I remember thinking how that was fantastic, but also thinking such a demand wasn’t e…
By Amanda Chatel

6 Fun Ways To Celebrate National Sex Day On 6/9 (Besides The Obvious)

In case you forgot to mark it on your calendar, June 9 is National Sex Day! Why June 9? Well, look at the date: 6/9... 69, get it? Oh, the creativity of the people who come up with these days. If there's Talk Like A Pirate Day and National Sit on My …
By Amanda Chatel