Lily Rouff

Lily has been giving (and taking) dating advice from friends (and TV/movies) for years and has finally decided to DTR as a part-time dating writer here at Elite Daily.

Recent Articles

Here's How To Talk To Your Partner About Setting Boundaries In Your Relationship

The other night, my boyfriend picked up my laptop and asked for the password. My first thought: Are you bonkers? I offered to enter it for him (instead of saying what I was thinking out loud), and he honestly seemed a little jilted. For me, the idea …
By Lily Rouff

People Reveal How They Dealt With Gaslighting In Their Own Relationships

There's this not-so-funny stereotype in our society that women are insane (or too emotional, too reactive, too sensitive... the list goes on). Many of the guys I have dated have almost used the terms "female" and "crazy" synonymously. Yeah, not cool.…
By Lily Rouff

This Is Why Being Rejected Hurts Us So Much, According To Experts

After public speaking, being rejected is universally one of our greatest fears. (It might actually even be the reason why public speaking is so scary.) Allowing yourself to be vulnerable and not knowing how what you are putting out there will be rece…
By Lily Rouff

5 Last-Minute Things To Do On Valentine's Day With Your Partner That Are Still Super Romantic

Does anyone else feel like you just got through Christmas, and then, wham, it's Feb. 14? Once New Year's Eve passes, we all take a collective sigh of relief that the maddening, chaotic holiday season is no longer upon us. But if you forgot about that…
By Lily Rouff

6 Incredible Valentine's Day Ideas That'll Make The Man In Your Life Melt

Women sometimes get a bad rap for being hard to understand, but the women I've encountered are all pretty straightforward when it comes to expressing their emotion. The men I know, on the other hand, can be like sealed boxes that need to be pried ope…
By Lily Rouff

5 Last-Minute V-Day Gifts To Send Your Partner That Aren't Flowers, But Just As Good

I'm a natural-born planner. I get a little rush over a well-executed itinerary or structured to-do list (just thinking about crossing off completed tasks brings me joy). In other words, every gift on my holiday list is already wrapped about a month i…
By Lily Rouff

Where To Order Last-Minute Flowers For Valentine's Day, Because There's Still Time

What's keeping you up at night this February? If the answer is that lovey-dovey holiday Valentine's Day, you're totally not alone. Sure, it sounds sweet and all, but figuring out the perfect gift to express the right level of love can feel like a lot…
By Lily Rouff

10 Low-Key Valentine's Day Ideas In A Long-Term Relationship That Are Still Thoughtful

So you've been with your SO for so long that it feels like you've gone through a thousand Valentine's Days together. Yeah, I totally know what that feels like (cue tiny violin). While it is envy-inducing that you guys have made it into the bliss that…
By Lily Rouff

6 Red Flags They're In Love With You, Even Though You Want To Keep Things Casual

In an ideal world, we'd all come into relationships with clear intentions and total alignment on what both parties hope to get out of the partnership. But things don't always go as planned, especially when sex, emotions, and life in general are invol…
By Lily Rouff

Here's The Truth About Athletes Using Dating Apps In The Olympic Village

Athletes are many things: ambitious, driven, determined, focused, methodic, hard-working, and attractive. So. Insanely. Attractive. Seriously, how is it that every athlete seems to have the most beautiful face and irresistible swagger to go along wit…
By Lily Rouff

5 Cool Things To Buy For Yourself On Valentine's Day, Because You Deserve All The Love

When did this ridiculous myth get started that Valentine's Day is a celebration reserved exclusively for couples? Sure, girlfriends, boyfriends, husbands, wives, hookup buddies, and all other varieties of the romantically labeled expect some sign of …
By Lily Rouff

7 Subtle Red Flags About The Way The Person You're Dating Treats Other People

You've done it. Against all odds, you've found the seemingly perfect person. All of your dates have been amazing, filled with endless hours of deep conversation and sweet affections. And how is it possible that you have, like, everything in common? T…
By Lily Rouff

6 Expectations On A First Date That Are Totally OK To Have

The best part about a first date is that it's a totally blank slate, with a world of (hopefully romantic) possibilities to be had. The worst part about a first date is that, yeah, it's a blank slate. When we meet up with someone new, most of the time…
By Lily Rouff

Here’s Who Your Valentine’s Day Bae Will Be, According To Your Zodiac Sign

The yearly love fest is upon us once more as Feb. 14 fast approaches, which might have you in a mild panic if you are still without a Valentine. And while it is totally acceptable and empowering to celebrate self-love and spend the big day solo, havi…
By Lily Rouff

8 Tiny Red Flags That Indicate A Relationship Could Turn Toxic Quicker Than You Think

Girl meets person. Girl falls madly in love. Cue a steamy, window-fogging sex scene, followed by some quickly-resolved, tiny disagreement, just in time to ride happily ever after into the sunset. Are you puking? I'm puking. Idyllic movie versions of …
By Lily Rouff

Here Are 4 Times When It's Actually OK To Break Up With Someone Over Text

As the generation that grew up with internet, social media, and mobile devices, communicating through technology comes as second nature to most of us. We do everything on our phones. Try explaining to your grandma that you can order food, buy a new w…
By Lily Rouff

Here’s What No One Tells You About Running Into Your Ex After A Breakup

Whether you were dumped or you did the dumping, breakups are not easy. Untangling your life from someone you shared everything with is a grueling process — one that breathes truth into the saying "time heals all." There are a ton of steps you can tak…
By Lily Rouff

20 Valentine's Day Instagram Captions For A Long-Distance Relationship That Are Heartfelt As Ever

If you're in a long distance relationship (LDR), expressing your love and devotion to your partner is not something exclusively saved for Feb. 14. When physical closeness is not a possiblity, couples need to rely more on a verbal way to let each othe…
By Lily Rouff

5 Creative Gifts For Valentine's Day If You've Been With Someone Literally Forever

Being in a long-term relationship has some amazing benefits: stability, commitment, support, understanding, and true, unconditional love. That's all great, but there is one caveat that can feel like a major challenge. When you've been together foreve…
By Lily Rouff

Only Couples Who Are Truly In Love Will Say These 6 Things

They say when you know, you know. Well, that seems like total BS. For most of us, falling in love is not completely intuitive. People come to unions with a lot of stuff that makes it tricky to decipher if what they're feeling is the real deal, or if …
By Lily Rouff