Rachel Shatto

Rachel is an SF Bay Area-based culture writer and former managing editor of Curve magazine. She can’t live without cats, vintage style, horror movies, or the oxford comma.

7 Pictures To Avoid Looking At After A Breakup, Because Sometimes It Hurts Too Much

ByRachel Shatto
Tell me if this sounds familiar: You’re fresh out of a breakup, deep in the despair and heartbreak phase, and without even realizing you've done it, your hand — as if possessed — reaches for your phone, unlocks it, goes to the photos app and begins…

An Expert Analyzed Lauren Jauregui & Ty Dolla Sign's Body Language And I Am Legit Confused

ByRachel Shatto
With the recent breakup and subsequent make up (thank god!) of Halsey and G-Eazy making headlines, another hip-hop/pop star celebrity couple flew under the radar. I'm talking about Lauren Jauregui & Ty Dolla $ign. If you haven’t been paying…

5 Signs You Need To Talk About Couples' Counseling, Because You'll Both Benefit

ByRachel Shatto
Not all relationships are built to last. Some relationships might not really be worth fighting for, for various reasons, so you typically just kind of let them play out and end in due time. However, when you're in a relationship that is worth…

6 Brutally Honest Phases of Breaking Up, Because We’ve All Been There

ByRachel Shatto
If you think back to your most recent breakup (sorry, I know that’s a huge bummer), there's likely one moment that stands out as "the moment" of that breakup. What I'm talking about is the mental picture that sums up the whole experience for you —…

Here’s Why You Should Go On A Date With Someone You’re Not Into, According To Experts

ByRachel Shatto
How important is instant chemistry when you're deciding whether or not to go on a date with someone new? Is it essential, or are there times when you actually should go on a date with someone you’re not into just to see what happens? If the dates…

7 Poems About Love You'll Want To Send Your Partner Right Now

ByRachel Shatto
I really don't care for romantic comedies. I realize they're supposed to totally be my jam — or so advertisers keep telling me — but I'm just not interested. However, if you take rom-com plots and put them in period settings, suddenly I am all in.…

3 Totally Normal Thoughts To Have During Sex, So Don’t Worry

ByRachel Shatto
When we think about sex, the focus is usually on the body and what it’s experiencing. While that is, of course, a really integral part of the sexual experience, sometimes you forget about another very important organ — your brain! Your body may be…

5 Sexy Ways To Enjoy Intimacy That Don’t Involve Penetration, According To Sexperts

ByRachel Shatto
Penetration during sex is great — but it’s not everything. If you want to mix it up, you should be empowered to explore all kinds of ways to explore intimacy that don’t involve penetration with your partner whenever you want. The more you experiment…

3 Zodiac Signs That Won't Couple Up During Cuffing Season, So Don’t Expect A Commitment

ByRachel Shatto
This morning when I woke up, my house was cold for the first time in months, and I thought (in my best mental Sean Bean voice): "Cuffing season is coming." Personally, I love the colder months. All the best holidays happen in fall and winter and I…

6 Signs Your Partner Is Going To Be Your Bestie For Life, Because They Truly Get You

ByRachel Shatto
My partner is totally my best friend. Is that corny to admit? Well, regardless, it's true. There is no one I'm closer to than my SO. We've been through a lot together. We've had amazing adventures and weathered some incredibly painful experiences,…

If You're Feeling Ready To Come Out In College, This Expert Advice Might Help

ByRachel Shatto
If you don't know anything about how to come out in college, you'd have a lot in common with my college-aged self. Back then, I knew I wanted to talk about my queerness, but I didn't have any idea how to go about it. As a result, I don't have a…

3 Ways To Bond With Your Partner's Dad, If You Think They May Be Family Someday

ByRachel Shatto
When you first start dating someone, it's all about your connection, your chemistry, and your bond. As time goes by and things start to get serious, the scope begins to widen and you start forming relationships with their friends and loved ones.…

Couples' Therapists Reveal The 1 Sign That Means Your Relationship Is Over

ByRachel Shatto
In just about every long-term relationship, there may come a time when things get tough and you ask yourself, "Is this really worth fighting for?" Hopefully, the answer to that question is yes and the two of you will work together to get the…

You Should Never Feel Ashamed To Ask These 4 Important Questions On A First Date

ByRachel Shatto
First dates can be really awkward — that's not just me, right? You want to make a good impression, for the conversation to flow naturally, and maybe even make a connection. But that can be a lot of pressure to put on one cup of coffee. According to…

3 Signs Your Partner Is No Longer The Person You Fell In Love With, Because We All Change

ByRachel Shatto
One of the most inevitable things in all long-term relationships is that the people in them change. We all grow with time and experience. For some people, the change is minimal, but for others, it can be drastic. While personal growth is typically a…

Here’s How Meghan Markle’s Body Language Has Changed Since Becoming A Royal, Experts Say

ByRachel Shatto
The last two years have been a real whirlwind for Meghan Markle, who went from American royalty (aka a famous celebrity) to literal British royalty. While I've spent a lot of the last two years thinking about how her life has changed, I haven't…

10 Soothing Activities That You & Your Partner Can Enjoy Together In Silence

ByRachel Shatto
To me, one of the very best things about being in a relationship is the comfortable silence. I am not someone who is naturally comfortable with silence. With most people, I am terrified of awkward pauses and so I feel the compulsive need to fill…

5 Signs You & Your Partner Should Sign Up For Couples' Therapy, According To Experts

ByRachel Shatto
Inevitably, all relationships have their ups and downs — and most of the lows are things that that the two of you can work through, so long as you are a united front, and if you are both willing to put in the effort to make the relationship work.…

5 Stories Of Lasting High School Romances That'll Make You Want To Call Your First Love

ByRachel Shatto
When I look back on the people I dated in high school, I have no regrets that I didn't marry any of them. Some have become very good friends and I love and appreciate them dearly — as friends. But looking back over my dating history (with the help…

My Partner & I Sleep In Separate Beds & It's Made Our Relationship Better Than Ever

ByRachel Shatto
If you watch re-runs of old TV shows like I Love Lucy, it's rare to see married couples sharing the same bed. Back then, it was as if two grown, consenting adults sharing the same mattress for who knew what kind of adult activities was some sort of…