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How Well Does Your Partner Know You?

When it comes time for that special person in your life to get you the ring of your dreams, the one that bears the promise of a lifetime to come, you want to be sure that your partner knows exactly what you want. As callous as it may sound, you’re the one who has to wear it for the rest of your life, so it had better be something that suits your taste and sensibilities. For example, not every girl wants a Kardashian-sized engagement ring. But you definitely want a diamond that you don’t need a microscope to see. In short, you might be asking yourself just how well your partner knows you when it comes time to start looking at engagement rings.

The funny thing about significant others is that most of them are not mind readers. This means if you want something specific, you’re going to have to ask for it. There are a number of ways to go about doing so. You may want to drop subtle hints by leaving photos lying around or your computer desktop open to a pic of a ring you love. You could also enlist the aid of family members that your partner is likely to ask for advice (tell them exactly what you want). Or you could simply let your soul-mate know, in no uncertain terms, that when it comes time to pop the question, there is a specific ring you have in mind (and leave it at that…no pressure!).

On the other hand, you’re going to have to trust this person at some point, and maybe leaving the engagement (and the ring) to chance is just the way to see how your partner performs (as in, how well your loved one actually knows you). You might be pleasantly surprised to see that the ring awaiting you is just what you would have picked for yourself. And if you’re not fussy, you might find that even a ring that you wouldn’t necessarily choose is even better because your future spouse picked it with you in mind. If, however, you are just a bit picky when it comes to your personal style, your best bet is to simply come out with it so that you don’t end up disappointed (and disappointing your fiancé).

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Flying Solo on Valentine’s Day? 5 Great Ways to Keep Your Spirits High

Nobody likes to spend holidays alone, and the special day devoted to couples in love is one of the worst for those without a partner in their life. You could go out solo on Valentine’s Day, but you’ll be faced with nothing but cooing couples eating opposite ends of a single strand of spaghetti (ending in a lip-lock). Well, maybe not, but you will have to watch a lot of people in love, with you the proverbial odd man out. Of course, ordering out for pizza and crying over rom-coms is no way to spend the night, either. So why not try one of these great ideas for making the holiday fun, even if you’re flying solo?

1. Single’s mixer. Many establishments throw bashes aimed at the unattached, so consider visiting a local bar, club, or restaurant that’s set up for singles who are looking to get hit with Cupid’s arrow (or simply dance the night away).

2. Throw a party. Forget about spending the night alone with a bucket of bon-bons. Throw a party for your friends (couples and singles alike). Everyone can have great time and you don’t have to spend the evening wallowing in self-pity.

3. Spoil yourself. You may not have that special someone in your life to buy you flowers, chocolates, and cards, but that doesn’t mean you have to suffer a gift-less Valentine’s Day. Instead, spoil yourself a little. Book a spa day (massage, facial, mani-pedi – the works!), do a little retail therapy at your favorite clothing store, or get those diamond earrings you’ve had your eye on.

4. See a friend. You likely have at least one good friend who’s just as lonely as you this Valentine’s Day, so re-affirm the bonds of friendship by making a nice meal, renting some movies, and basically taking the time to appreciate a special relationship that isn’t necessarily romantic.

5. Enjoy being single. Most people in a relationship are obliged to jump through a number of hoops on Valentine’s Day in order to make a statement of love to their significant other (secure a reservation, show up looking fantastic, and spend beaucoup bucks to say “I love you”). You, on the other hand, can eat what you want, take a long, hot bath, and spend the evening dominating the TV remote. In the future, you may not have the luxuries that being single afford you, so enjoy it while you can!