• Professional bridesmaid

    ‘Always the bridesmaid, never the bride’ has never been more fitting.

      We’ve heard of couples hiring wedding venues, celebrants and fancy cars for their big days… But never before have we heard of brides hiring a bridesmaid. But that doesn’t mean no one ever will, right? Especially now that “professional bridesmaids” are offering their services. A few weeks ago, a 26-year-old US woman named Jen Glantz [read more]

  • Kate Hunter

    “F**k you open plan. I want a ‘good room’.”

            By KATE HUNTER So the other night I wanted, as a privilege of my middle age, to sit on my couch and watch the The 7.30 Report. Not a lot to ask, you’d think. But I couldn’t because there was TOO MUCH CRAP ON MY COUCH. The crap comprised of (but [read more]

  • Cullen Bay, Darwin. (Image via Yeowatzup on Flickr)

    What it’s like to live in Darwin.

          By SOPHIE VERASS The vibrant and colourful Darwin Festival is underway. Unique beats buzz from The Lighthouse, laughter oozes out the brickwork of Brown’s Mart and the grounds of the Botanical Gardens are covered with picnic blankets. The scent of stubbies and mosquito repellent fills the air. It’s August in Darwin. In [read more]

  • She's endangered.

    The female libido fairy. Rare. Endangered. Fragile.

        By MIA FREEDMAN “Every time a man lies in bed pretending not to hear a crying child, a female libido fairy dies.” This nugget of wisdom was coined by a guy called Jack Ellis, father-of-two in his entry for a competition to find Australia’s Mentally Sexiest Dad. “And you can’t bring her back [read more]

  • elephants 1

    4 things you should do in Thailand (and 1 thing you shouldn’t).

      By MELISSA WELLHAM Visiting Thailand recently was something of a revelation for me. I’d never been to South East Asia before, and after only seven days I had already decided that I needed to pack up my house and move there. The culture is chilled out, the people are so friendly, and the weather [read more]

  • Tully Zygier

    Honesty is a tricky point when it comes to online dating and having a disability.

          By TULLY ZYGIER I’ve never really dated. In high school boys didn’t look at me that way and I was too scared to make a move. My first and only real boyfriend was an older man that I had met online. In the ’90s online chatting was through a program called Internet [read more]

  • perfect relationship

    She’s a “freaking catch” and she’s looking for love. Can you help?

          By COURTNEY BECK A few years ago, I had a crazy idea to start a blog and advertise myself as a date in the hope that the Internet would help me find the girl of my dreams. In September 2011, I found her, and in February this year we got engaged. Single [read more]

  • surprise proposal wedding

    This man surprised his fianceé. And it was either really romantic… or every bride’s worst nightmare.

        By GRACE JENNINGS-EDQUIST A man in the US recently staged a spectacular marriage proposal including lanterns, lillies and a guitarist crooning Norah Jones’ “Come Away with Me” on a beach in California. It all sounds delightful, but there was one unusual twist to the proposal. The guy had secretly arranged for his family and his beloved’s [read more]

  • mia freedman

    For every woman who is relieved she never married that guy she once lived with.

          By MIA FREEDMAN Before I met my husband, I had three defacto relationships. From my late teens to my early twenties, there where three occasions where a boyfriend and I moved  in together and this lasted anywhere from a few weeks to more than a year. While the experiences and the blokes [read more]

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    RSVP NO. You don’t want to go to this type of wedding.

              Dumbbells. Water bottles. Fitness magazines. It’s the paraphernalia that you’d find in a gym, not at a wedding. But one couple has combined their love of muscles and each other to celebrate their nuptials with a fitness-themed wedding. Derek and Brittany met at the gym. He saw her lifting weights [read more]

  • Cosmo lesbian sex tips

    Never thought we’d see Cosmo do this.

            The Rocket. The Bermuda Triangle. The Sexy Spider. All of these ridiculous Cosmo sex positions. But there’s a significant (awesome) difference. Usually, Cosmopolitan magazine gives sex tips that focus on a guy’s pleasure and a woman’s empowerment, depending on which issue you pick up. They’re full-blown heterosexual at all times, and for many years, haven’t tried to [read more]

  • fear of flying

    Nervous about flying at the moment? Read this. It will help.

      In a few weeks, I have to get on a plane. The flight is the Sydney-to-Melbourne route that’s taken by so many Australians every day. But in this last week, with three separate plane incidents and the overarching disappearance of MH370, my confidence has been rattled. From a quick poll in the office, I [read more]

  • losing virginity 25 years

    “You lost your virginity better than I did. I guarantee it.”

          It’s been 25 years since I lost my virginity and I have some good news for myself. Apparently, it’s not my fault that it was a pretty crap experience. Nor was it the fault of my hapless but well-meaning partner. The reason that losing my virginity was so… unsatisfying… is because it [read more]

  • I took off mine too.

    She found out her boyfriend of 4 years was actually married with kids.

          There was one morning radio segment that had everyone in the Mamamia office talking this morning. It was the story of a woman whose partner of four years had suddenly vanished without a trace, and it came via Chrissie and Jane’s Private Investigator on Mix 101.1. For those of you who haven’t heard of Chrissie [read more]

  • "It was wrong from the beginning. We knew it. Can’t ignore it any longer. It isn’t love."

    Husband writes down all the excuses his wife uses to get out of sex. Epic.

      Update: Another epic spreadsheet of sex-refusal excuses is going viral — and this time, it was created by a woman. The site Guyism has released a spreadsheet made by a wife who recorded all the times her husband refused sex, for reasons including “he was watching a Band of Brothers marathon” or “He was hungover”. According to Guyism, the marriage eventually ended [read more]

  • never go to bed angry 2

    The relationship advice you can officially stop following.

      “Never go to bed angry.” It’s the relationship advice cliche you’ve no doubt heard a hundred times from your grandma, your aunt, and your girlfriends. Or, at the very least, from glossy women’s magazines who, since well before sealed sections even existed, have insisted that resolving arguments before bedtime is the ‘apple a day’ needed to keep break-ups away. [read more]

  • Allison Baden-clay children

    “I was nearly Allison Baden-Clay.”

              This week we all learned the truth about Allison Baden-Clay. She was intelligent – fluent in several languages.  An accomplished  career woman.  A devoted mother. And for years – according to her friends – she was the victim of ongoing emotional abuse in her relationship with her husband Gerard. A relationship that [read more]

  • Andrew Heslop.

    Andrew Heslop: “I came out at 21. Some wait until they’re 60.”

                When I started to write this piece one week ago it was off the back of the Network Ten announcement that Ian Thorpe had sat down to do an exclusive interview with Sir Michael Parkinson. Parky had come out of retirement and was quoted as saying who wouldn’t jump [read more]

  • consequences of coming out

    This is what it feels like to live in the closet.

            Today, Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe is experiencing a joyous acceptance of his sexuality by the Australian community. What he most feared might come to pass as a result of his coming out – derision, cruelty and the demise of his hero status – seems almost laughable in the face of the [read more]

  • The fault in our stars

    This couple’s heart-breaking love story mirrors The Fault In Our Stars.

    I was diagnosed with cancer for the second time when I was 22. The first time was 11 years prior, when the medical establishment discovered a fist-sized tumour bulging out the back of my left knee. Still on the soprano-side of puberty, I wasn’t really equipped to grapple with the enormity of my situation and the [read more]

  • Uluru

    Breathtaking: A traveller’s guide to seeing Uluru.

      I like to think of myself as a woman of the world. I’ve travelled a little, and I have big plans to travel a whole lot more. I want to go to North America and see the Aurora Borealis. I want to see the beaches and islands in Thailand. I would kill to do [read more]

  • break up

    The 8 reasons marriages fail.

          When you look at the statistics, keeping a marriage alive can seem like a pretty hard task. Reports vary depending on several factors, such as the age at which you marry – however, the figures are generally discouraging – sitting anywhere between 30% and 60% of all marriages ending in divorce. Just [read more]

  • .

    “At 30 I had a very clear definition of what it meant to be a ‘success’. At 42, I threw that definition in the bin.”

            I made the two-hour drive south to see my parents last weekend and on my bed, waiting for me, my mum had placed an old cardboard box sealed with yellowed, crackly tape. Look what I found, she said with a smile in her voice. I recognised the box immediately. Recognised the [read more]

  • Boats

    5 things you absolutely cannot miss when visiting Southern Thailand.

        I could go Mills-and-Boon-style-full-blown-romantic-use-all-the-adjectives-at-once on you. I could tell you about the cool aqua water and the white sandy beaches. I could harp on about the dusky colour of the clouds, the blush pink and deep purple in the skies. I could mention the tiny flickering fairy lights, the salty taste of the air [read more]

  • Always the bridesmaid... So why not make a profit.

    Bridesmaid for hire. Details within.

          We’ve heard of couples hiring wedding venues, celebrants and fancy cars for their big days… But never before have we heard of brides hiring a bridesmaid. But that doesn’t mean no one ever will, right? Especially now that “professional bridesmaids” are offering their services. A woman in the US has set up [read more]

  • crowdfunding weddings

    We all paid approximately $20,000 too much for our weddings.

          I’m not planning to be a Bridezilla one day, but with the sheer amount of people I want at my wedding, I know it’s going to incur a pretty big fee. An average Australian wedding costs around $36,000. (Did your jaw just fall to the floor? Mine too.) And as much as most of [read more]

  • rachel corbett

    “All of a sudden, I’m in love with a bloke I met on an app.”

              I found love on Tinder. Dear God. I never thought I’d hear those words, let alone say them. I’ve always been your quintessential ‘old school’ dater with a fear of ‘going online’ that rivals my 76 year old father’s fear of ATMs … you just can’t trust them.  The unfortunate [read more]

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    The retro wedding trend making a comeback (but with a delightful twist).

              I know this may sound twee and awfully Elle Woods (of Legally Blonde fame) but humour me for a moment, if you were to imagine your ideal wedding proposal – how would it go? Would your partner go down on bended knee? Would he/she choose the ring for you? Would [read more]

  • Things to do in Toyko

    Never considered Japan? Here’s 10 reasons you should.

        There’s no other country in the world where you can find yourself naked in a room full of strangers on more than one occasion. Yep, welcome to Japan. Where getting out of your comfort zone (and getting naked in public) is part of the everyday experience. There’s no country I love to visit [read more]

  • wedding

    Why the wedding industry is THE most pretentious industry ever.

          When I was planning my wedding, I tried to make an appointment with a well-known wedding dress maker. But he wouldn’t see me. As the woman with the haughty voice on the other end of the phone told me, “Frances doesn’t ever see clients until seven months out from the wedding. He’s concerned [read more]