Natalie is a New York-based writer who has contributed to GoodHousekeeping.com, The Knot, YourTango.com, and others. She may live on the web, but there's nothing she loves more than that new-magazine smell.

My, How Bridal Mag Covers Have Changed

Wedding magazines aren't exactly known for being socially progressive. And because the average length of time people read them (or at least admit to reading them) for is only about a year and a half, a lot of the same stories keep getting repackaged…
By Natalie Gontcharova

The 12 Most Romantic Wedding Song Lyrics

The first-dance song you slow-dance to at your wedding will play a big role in creating a moment that you, and your friends and family, will remember for the rest of your life. You don't want it to be a throw-away tune, or something that's been done…
By Natalie Gontcharova

What Bridesmaid Dresses Used to Look Like

Ever wonder what bridesmaid dresses used to look like in the 1960s? 1930s? 1890s? If you think bridesmaid dress styles haven't changed in forever because they're still all kinds of retro and ridiculous, you need to take a look at these pics. I've…
By Natalie Gontcharova

These Bridesmaid Dresses Are A Lot To Handle

This year is already a very good one when it comes to weird bridal party photo trends. For one thing, we found out that brides and bridesmaids have been pulling up their dresses to show off their butts in photos, something I think we can all agree…
By Natalie Gontcharova

5 Questions to Ask Before Moving In Together

Moving in together before marriage used to be completely taboo. Just ask your parents: It's unlikely that they lived together before tying the knot. But today, it seems like everyone is shacking up. According to a 2013 report by the Centers for…
By Natalie Gontcharova

7 Things It's OK to Hide From Your S.O.

In the grand scheme of things, it's a bad idea to keep major secrets from your partner. "While on the surface they may seem innocent enough, in the long run, keeping secrets in order to avoid confrontation, conflict, manipulation, or in some cases,…
By Natalie Gontcharova

9 Quotes to Help You Get Through a Breakup

Getting over a breakup can feel like a never-ending uphill climb. Even after you try to follow all the sensible post-breakup advice that's out there — immerse yourself in work, go out and drink all the margaritas, see a therapist — it's still going…
By Natalie Gontcharova

The Most Outrageous Wedding Hairstyles Ever

If you think your mom's wedding hairstyle from the '80s pushed the cray cray envelope, you ain't seen nothing yet. A little crimping and some heavily hair sprayed bangs just doesn't compare with some of the torturous methods and devices brides have…
By Natalie Gontcharova

7 Wedding Manicures That Aren't French Tips

It's time to reconsider the wedding manicure, just as we've reconsidered almost everything about traditional weddings, from mandatory religious ceremonies to hideous matching bridesmaid dresses (thank God). The reigning popular choice, the…
By Natalie Gontcharova

What Your Coffee Pick Says About Your Love Life

Bleary-eyed, you stare at the Starbucks menu at 7 a.m., vowing that you'll definitely try something new today instead of your usual order. But when your turn comes, you always end up getting the same type of brew. Why are we such creatures of habit?…
By Natalie Gontcharova

11 Pinterest-Worthy Quotes About Love

When I'm scrolling through Pinterest on my phone late at night because I can't fall asleep, I'm usually looking for new outfit ideas, recipes, or nail art tutorials that I'll probably never do. Occasionally, a sappy quote about love or breakups will…
By Natalie Gontcharova

5 Wallet-Friendly Summer Date Ideas

Between spontaneous three-day weekends at the shore and endless pitchers of happy-hour sangria, summer and all its partying ways can drain you and your S.O.'s wallets before you can say "overdraft fees." It's not unusual to be more hard-up for cash…
By Natalie Gontcharova

Stop Trying to Make #Vamping Happen

Today's teenagers are engaging in a new, illicit, and possibly dangerous nighttime activity. It has nothing to do with sexting or drugs, and it's definitely not Facebook. No, as The New York Times reports, this activity is completely different from…
By Natalie Gontcharova

Elaine's Best Style Moments, Updated for 2014

It's no secret by now that Elaine Benes' normcore-ish '90s get-ups have influenced the styles of today's cool kids (the New York Times was on it like four years ago), from Chloë Sevigny's frilly dresses to your neighbor's Peter Pan collars. Fashion…
By Natalie Gontcharova

Nail Art To Take To The Movies

I love themed manicures, since they're such an in-the-know way to proclaim your allegiance to whatever pop culture tidbit you're obsessing over at the moment. It's loud enough for everyone who you want to notice your nails to notice them, but more…
By Natalie Gontcharova

5 Surprising Ways Money Affects Relationships

When it comes to finances, couples are living in an uncertain age. From the first hours of a relationship, we start taking stock of who pays for what. Some place a lot of importance on a guy picking up the tab on a first date, others on complete…
By Natalie Gontcharova

About That Time Swarovski Blinged Out My Nails

There was a thankfully-brief period in my life (around two or three weeks when I was 12) when I would paint my nails metallic blue or violet or emerald green and then, when one or two of them chipped, just paint a different color over the chipped…
By Natalie Gontcharova

7 Nail Art Styles That Scream Summer

Summer is a wonderfully lazy season, and one during which I'm much more likely to feel whimsical and artsy. Things like "let's go to the Mermaid Parade" or "look at all these free concerts happening" or "I'm going to spend 10 days doing nothing but…
By Natalie Gontcharova

Sorry, Neo-Nazis, You'll Never Be Cool

In an effort to gain converts, the dwindling German neo-Nazi movement has been trying to appeal to young people. They're putting out viral videos, appropriating hipster fashion, and even staging hip hop concerts (yes, you read that right), reports a…
By Natalie Gontcharova

The Freelancer's Guide To Style

As a freelance writer, I rarely have to leave my apartment to go to work. Actually, I'm typing this during an hour-and-a-half subway ride to the beach, where I'll spend a few hours enjoying the suspiciously gorgeous NYC weather (seriously, are we…
By Natalie Gontcharova