Wednesday, February 17, 2010

B-days over Here, B-days over there


Protective, Persuasive, Thoughtful

If life was a sandwich, you’d be the turkey and tomato, ‘cuz you’re always in the middle. Whether you’re keeping peace when your best friends go at it or holding court on the superiority of sesame orange chicken to kung po beef, your powers of persuasion make you the go-to girl for the final word. Most of the time you don’t mind playing mother hen and laying down the law for your friends (let’s face it—they’re lovable but not the most responsible people in the world!).

+/-: It’s great that you try and help your friends resolve their issues, but if you feel like you’re caught in an endless ping-pong ball game—and your head is the ball—you’ve got to call a timeout before somebody calls a foul.

Friend Match: Your fire-sign friend and her polar opposite winter-born buddy might ask you to take sides in their latest debate (this time, ANTM versus Project Runway) because they can count on you to stay neutral. Remind them that it’s not your job to referee, and keep things cool by moving on to other topics. (Like boys—there’s no debate over how cute that Scorpio soccer player is!)

Love Match: Once you’re done with someone, you’re done. A Neptune-ruled boy may have lost a chance because he moved too slow, but consider whether you weren’t acting a little bit standoffish. It’s not fair to expect him to read your mind, so doing something more than wishing he would ask you out might be necessary.

Best accessory: Earplugs…for when the inter-clique fighting just gets to be too much
Best color: Almond
Star match: Christina Ricci


Spontaneous, Outgoing, Energetic

They say the universe won’t end with a bang, but a whimper. No worries—if you have anything to say about it, there’ll be plenty of explosions before then. Expressive and emotional, you speak your mind (often without thinking) and have the same carefree attitude when it comes to all your choices. Skinny dipping? Sure! A world-class tantrum-thrower, you know that nothing leads to a cosmic meltdown quite so well as pent up feelings.

+/-: If you were to take a poll right now, your approval ratings would be through the roof. But what do you like the most about yourself? You’re so used to feeding off the energy of other people you risk losing your grounding.

Friend Match: Your water-sign friend is your exact opposite: she keeps her cards super close to her chest, and is unlikely to let anyone but the inner circle know what she’s feeling. Take a lesson from her book. She can teach you a thing or two about privacy. Do you really want your whole MySpace network to know your deepest secrets?

Love Match: When you fall for someone you have a tendency to shout it from the rooftops. But a quiet Virgo will be embarrassed, not flattered, by all the attention, so ease up a little and let him come to you.

Best color: Fuchsia
Style icon: Madonna
Best vacation spot: Club in Ibiza


Witty, Entertaining, Social

If you were a lip gloss shade you’d be coral: to die-for-cute, works well with anybody, and has just enough of an edge to keep things interesting. You’re a true social butterfly and you love to be the center of attention, particularly when you’re cracking up your crew with yet another spot-on observation (only you would figure out that your gym teacher’s initials spell ICK). Just make sure you keep it light: dissing other people doesn’t go well with anybody’s skin tone.

+/-: Your dry humor is hilarious, but sometimes your sarcastic comments aren’t so subtle. Maybe your friend’s new ‘do does look like a helmet, but save the jokes for your stand-up routine. Otherwise you’ll get booed off stage for good.

Friend Match: You and your earth-sign BFF are the equivalent of sweet-and-sour pork: her sincerity and sweetness is the perfect balance to your tartness. She’s way more serious than you are but that’s a good thing, actually. She can keep you in line when one of your jokes is in danger of going too far.

Love Match: The brainy boy born on the 22nd who you’ve been crushing on has an ego as big as his IQ, so say au revoir. You might be surprised to learn there’s a sweet Virgo who’d been scoping you out. His goofy exterior conceals hidden depths, so give him a chance.

Best hobby: Improv
Best job: Entertainment reporter
Best style: Mod


Curious, Ingenious, Technical

You’re like skinny jeans in 1999: way head of your time. Original and inventive, you think so far outside the box you’re up in the stratosphere, and your insatiable curiosity means that when it comes to know-how, you’re light years ahead of your peers. That doesn’t mean you’ve got your head in the stars, though. A problem solver through-and-through, your logic and reasoning skills keep your feet firmly planted on the ground (and make you ideal for student government).

+/-: Your brain is like a computer, always processing info and storing it away for later. But what’s the fun without wifi to keep you connected? Don’t live so much in your own little world that you miss out on fun times with those around you.

Friend Match: You’re more than happy to help your Sagittarius BFF with her homework, but every so often it feels like you’re running a free tutoring clinic. Don’t let your needs go unnoticed, especially the emotional ones. Speak up if you’re feeling used.

Love Match: A Jupiter-ruled boy has your head spinning, even though you’ve barely exchanged a word. Pay attention to the small signals he gives, but don’t shut yourself off to other options. An outdoorsy Cancer who loves to laugh might be the perfect person to pull you out of your bubble.

Best accessory: Digital camera
Best color: Tangerine
Best job: Architect


Spirited, Impulsive, Active

Some people look before they leap, but you’d rather jump in with your eyes wide shut. This means you’re no stranger to crash landings (like the First Day of School Fashion Disaster of 2008), but it also means you’re the queen of getting up, dusting yourself off, and getting back in the saddle. You’re allergic to planning and sitting still gives you the hives. Just remember that sometimes it really is better to be safe than sorry, and breaking certain rules will really give you something to be sick about (like a month’s worth of Friday detentions).

+/-: Your fave time is the start of a school year, since you’re all about new beginnings. But you have a tendency to jump ship when you get bored, leaving you with a string of hobbies and friends you ditched after a month. Try sticking with something a little longer, or risk getting the reputation of a flake.

Friend Match: Normally you and your best friend du jour have no problem, but her Sun-ruled ways make her occasionally turn bossy. Before you turn tail and run (as usual) try working through your issues by talking. In all other ways, her fun and bubbly attitude make her the perfect wing-man (or wing woman) for you.

Love Match: You can barely decide what to order in a diner, so it’s no surprise that you’re equally as finicky when it comes to choosing your guy. But if you think a Gemini is right for you, you’ve got another thing coming. Between your pickiness and his indecision, you’re headed for dating disaster. Stick with a steadfast Aries instead.

Best accessory: Sketchpad and pencil (If your hour-long history class is driving you crazy, at least doodling will keep you occupied.)
Best job: Interior designer
Theme song: Changes – David Bowie


Sensitive, Stubborn, Shy

If you were a candy, you’d be an inside-out M & M: soft on the outside, you have a hard center (when people push you, you often surprise them by pushing right back), but still have a tendency to melt. (The biggest trigger that causes you to go gooey? When your friends are hurting—you’re extra sensitive to their feelings). You’re not likely to take center stage, preferring to stay in the background, but you have no problem stepping up to the podium when someone steps into your personal space—or tries to step on your personal beliefs.

+/-: If one of your friends shares her secret, she can count on your lips to stay sealed. But you have a tendency to give everyone in school the silent treatment, and they could mistake your shyness for snobbery. Remember, you can’t make new friends by being seen and not heard.

Friend Match: Your Virgo BFF is practically family, and it pains you whenever you see her weather yet another broken heart. But her outgoing nature and fearlessness can help you step out into the spotlight a little bit more, and you could also take a page out of her book when it comes to the confidence chapter.

Love Match: It’s true that a lot of the guys in your school are immature, but that doesn’t mean every single last one of them is a waste of time. A cutie born on the 12th might change your ideas about romance.

Best hobby: Yoga
Best pet: Maltese
Star match: Paris Hilton

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Hey February 11th B-day People!


Helpful, Inventive, Appreciative

‘Tis better to give than to receive, and flush or bust, you’ve got more than enough wealth to go around. Your gifts are even better than money: super helpful to anyone in need (like your hopeless-at-homework BF) and full of fun ideas about what to do and where to go, you always leave people a little richer than how you found them. Your friends and family send the love right back at you, and you’re totally grateful for it.

+/-: It’s great that you’re always trying to fix your friend’s problems, but remember that sometimes people need to learn to do things for themselves. If they lean on you too heavily you’re bound to fall over, and often the best gift you can give your friends is space to make their own mistakes.

Friend Match: You and your Cancer born BFF make the perfect pair. Unlike some of your other friends, she’s got the inner strength to take care of her own problems, and she actually gives you a chance to rest from your role as resident therapist. Even better, she doesn’t take life too seriously, so when the weight of the world’s on your shoulders she always lightens the load.

Love Match: A Mercury-ruled boy changes his mind so quickly it makes your head spin, so say hasta to his up and down attitude. You need someone who has both feet on the ground and both eyes focused on you, so pick a Winter-born guy who’s looking for serious cuddle time.

Best job: Personal shopper
Star match: Jennifer Aniston
Best vacation spot: Ski lodge in Aspen

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

So Many Birthdays, So Little Time

Sincere, Lively, Entertaining
If life is a stage, you’ve got a pretty solid solo act lined up. You’re full of energy and you love the spotlight, which means your friends often play adoring audience to your one-woman show. But you’re definitely not mindless entertainment: loyal to your friends and family and deeply committed to the things you value, you’re the human equivalent of raspberry sorbet (totally fresh and good for you, even in large doses).
+/-: You’re dynamic and fun, but your serial up-staging may leave your besties contemplating some backstage backstabbing. Make sure you make time to applaud their talents as well—otherwise the curtain may close prematurely on some friendships.
Friend Match: You get bored after ten seconds of doing anything, so a fun-loving Sagittarius is great to have as your BFF. She’s got the energy and the ideas to keep you busy, and whether you’re attempting to make your own ice cream or throwing a Frisbee, you’re always having a blast.
Love Match: Although you’re totally charming, you’re definitely not the typical giggly girl. A Jupiter-ruled cutie in your class likes you just the way you are, and appreciates the fact that you totally ditch the ditzy act.
Best date: Amusement park
Best hobby: Musical theater
Theme song: Love Today - Mika


Skillful, Demonstrative, Graceful

If certain people wear their hearts on their sleeves, you wear yours on a delicate gold-filigree necklace (with matching bracelet, natch). Effortlessly graceful in everything you do, you even make bearing your heart and soul look easy. You should—you’ve had plenty of practice! It’s great that you’re so open about your feelings, but take a lesson from professional poker players: sometimes it’s best not to show your hand too early (particularly when you’re holding on to the Queen of Hearts!).

+/-: The fact that you’re so open to other people makes you especially vulnerable to getting hurt. Make sure your crushes are worth the life-and-death drama before you let them play Romeo to your Juliet.

Friend Match: You can be quiet, but if anyone tries to mess with your friends, they’ll see that you’re definitely not weak. Your BFF (whose b-day is in the same month as yours!) returns the favor, and she knows just how to cheer you up when your hearts been broken (again).

Love Match: You’ve been secretly pining for a Summer-born hottie in your class, but he’s got his eyes on someone else. Life’s too short for unrequited love! Look for a passionate fire sign who can match the intensity of your feelings.

Best color: Violet
Best job: Preschool teacher
Best style: Hippie

Social, Popular, Sweet
The expression, “You can attract more flies with honey than vinegar” holds true for people, too, and you’re living proof that staying sweet can mean a big social payoff. People are drawn to you like moths to a flame, and very few ever make their way out of your orbit. Your friends look to you for plans, support, and to be a 24/7 cheerleader. Just make sure your need to please isn’t concealing deeper feelings that need to be expressed. Nothing causes a bad taste in your mouth like artificial sugar.
+/-: From the outside it looks like you have it all, but deep down you worry your friends will bail if they discover your inner dork. Newsflash: your true friends love you for you—closet crochet expert and everything—not just for the fact that your disposition makes snickers look sweet.
Friend Match: You get a new friend request practically every day on your MySpace page, and your Top 8 is always shifting around. That’s because you’re ruled by the Planet Venus, which makes you extremely magnetic.
Love Match: A soft-spoken Scorpio has you hoping for a special valentine. But what seems standoffish may just be shyness, so don’t be afraid to step up and give him a sign.
Best accessory: Kleenex (for when your BFF comes to talk to you about her most recent heartbreak)
Best hobby: Spirit squad
Best pet: Labradoodle


Idealistic, Spontaneous, Natural

You like to live life au naturel: from your all-organic hemp-weave t-shirts to your no-stress policy on school (and hair styles, Ms. Ponytail Princess), you subscribe to the less-is-more philosophy. The only things high maintenance in your life are your principles: you see opportunities for improvement everywhere and are a firm believer in working hard for change. Just not when “work” involves math and “change” involves grades!

+/-: Living life in the here and now is like a house made entirely from cheeseburgers: fine in theory, but in practice? After a few days, it stinks. Every so often it’s important to plan ahead.

Friend Match: Even though you seem flighty, when it comes to friendships you’re as solid as they come. To you, a BFF really is forever, and you have to know you can trust someone before you open up. A super loyal Pisces has the same idea.

Love Match: There’s a certain Leo in your class who’s got all the girls saying meow. He’s way too self-centered and egotistical for you, though. You’ll take an oh-so-modest (and oh-so-adorable) Libra guitar player any day.

Best date: A walk in the park
Best job: Head of a non-profit organization
Style icon: Drew Barrymore

Conceptual, Open, Intuitive
You’re so in touch with what other people are thinking you could have your own hotline: 1-800-IC-SECRTS. Extraordinarily perceptive when it comes to others, you’re equally as clued in to your own feelings, and you always make a point to go with your gut. Your super-powered sensitivity to others is a double-edged gift, however: make sure your chakras don’t get disrupted by negative energy.
+/-: Being privy to so much private info puts a heavy burden on you, so make sure you don’t blurt out someone else’s secret at the wrong time. Just because it’s obvious to you your BFF is fiendishly crushing on a cutie soccer player doesn’t mean it’s common knowledge!
Friend Match: Your closest peeps know you’ve got a heart of gold, but you’re a little reserved around people you’ve just met. A fellow Aquarius can help you break the ice super quickly – after five minutes, it’ll be like you’ve been friends forever.
Love Match: Your usually flawless intuition falters when it comes to your crushes, particularly the sun-ruled guy you’ve been drooling over forever. Sure, he’s super hot, but you don’t need a magic 8-ball to tell you he’s self-centered. Outlook not good!
Best color: Peach
Best hobby: Teen helpline
Best vacation spot: Spa in the mountains


Colorful, Optimistic, Productive

Opportunity doesn’t even have to knock on your door. As soon as you see it rolling down the street, you’re already claiming shotgun in its ride. You believe in the power of positive thinking and aren’t the type to rely on good luck charms and knocking on wood. You make your own luck—setbacks and disappointments never trip you up. Your motto is: the sun’ll come out tomorrow. And if not, you’ve been looking for an excuse to rock your rain boots!

+/-: It’s great that you’re always on the go, but riding so hard just leads to a big old burnout. Take time to chill and refuel. Your friends will appreciate the down-time and it will leave you totally refreshed.

Friend Match: When your moody Moon-ruled pal is struggling to get her homework done every morning before class, you can tutor her in math and help her manage her time better. It’s worth it. When she’s in a good mood, she’s the perfect partner in crime (who else would pretend to be British with you while cruising for cuties at the mall?)

Love Match: Your Capricorn crush may not think of you as girlfriend material, but you don’t throw yourself a pity party. He’ll make an awesome friend, and he knows an easy-going water sign who’ll be your perfect match.

Best accessory: Personal assistant
Best date: Broadway show
Best job: Motivational speaker


Individualistic, Confident, Empathic

Some people march to the beat of their own drummer. You salsa to it. You have a strong sense of self and your friends look up to you for your confidence and charisma. Although you don’t care what other people think—you’re not afraid to speak your mind, declare your love for old scifi movies, or experiment with your fashion choices—you care greatly what they feel, and your BFFs know they can count on you to partner when they need a little spring in their step.

+/-: You definitely don’t shy away from conflict, but all the soap opera twists and turns in the world won’t stop the constant drama from getting tiring. Learn to back off of arguments before your network rating takes a plummet.

Friend Match: Your Taurus BFF always looks to you for homework help and emotional support, but what really cements your friendship is the fact that neither of you cares what other people think. Just make sure you don’t get stuck hanging out with the same people 24/7—it’s important for both of you to bust out of your bubble.

Love Match: You may be falling for a Summer-born daredevil, but there’s a problem: he’s got his eyes on someone else! Try to broaden your horizons; an adorable Aries will be able to give as good as he gets, and your heated arguments could easily lead to a different kind of spark.

Best job: Self-help guru
Best pet: Parakeet
Star match: Emma Roberts

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

On the day you were born...


Spontaneous, Funny, Talented

You like to live life the same way you solve math problems. . .guess and check (oh—and cross your fingers, hoping for the best!). Carefree and laid back, you think planning and studying are a snooze, and your friends know you’re up for anything, anytime. Your allergy to all things arranged applies to your sense of humor as well: your friends know and love the outrageous (and sometimes inappropriate) things you say.

+/-: Make sure your carpe diem approach doesn’t get you in trouble, like when you fail to prepare yet another bio assignment. Nothing can kill a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants attitude like getting hung out to dry.

Friend Match: Your BFF is ruled by super-serious Saturn, so it’s no wonder she gets frustrated when you’re always at least fifteen minutes late. Nevertheless, her organized and practical mind provides the perfect balance to your more relaxed approach to life.

Love Match: Right now you’re feeling an animal-loving Aries, but let’s face it: your tastes change more often than a stoplight. All that may change when you meet a Capricorn who’s even more indecisive than you. Watch out: sparks will fly, but he’s not the type to settle down.

Best accessory: Amex card (in case your recklessness gets you into a bind…again)
Best color: Yellow
Star match: Isla Fisher

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Happy Birthday to You and You and You


Sophisticated, Persevering, Aloof

Du caviar, s’il vous plait? If life is a box of chocolates, you’re a champagne-filled Godiva truffle. You’re so sophisticated you could make the Queen of England seem gauche, and your attention to detail (you can spot a faux-Prada bag from a mile off) means you’re a perfectionist about everything. Just make sure your snooty attitude doesn’t have other people saying non merci.

+/-: Your meet-and-greet skills leave something to be desired. Even ultra-VIP rooms are meant to be shared, so every so often you might want to give the common people a shot. Pizza and scary movies may not be luxe, but they can be as fun as any four-star evening.

Friend Match: It’s tough for you to just spill your guts to a lot of people, so big sleepover parties aren’t exactly your thing. But your Gemini BFF is a different story. You can trust her never to spread your secrets, and her honesty with you—you’re the only person who knows she faints at the sight of blood!—helps you open up.

Love Match: You’re in your own world most of the time, which is why you barely notice when a cute Uranus-ruled boy starts flirting with you in the lunch line. Don’t judge him just because of his sticker-covered skateboard—you might be surprised by how much you have in common.

Best accessory: Jet black Porsche
Best style: Haute couture
Best vacation spot: Five-star hotel in Milan