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Issue #211 - Handling Heartbreak: How To Recover From...
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The older one gets, the harder it becomes to find a husband. This leads many to accepting life as a spinster. Advice For The Aging Debutante
As a debutante reaches past her mid-twenties in age it is no secret that they become less desirable to men as a possible bride. This does not mean, however, that a woman should grow desperate in her attempts. There are plenty of men out in the world that could benefit from having an older woman as their bride. Just follow the following bits of advice and may you find yourself with a ring on your finger in no time.


Act with a little more haste, lest you end up a woman with many cats for company.
Focus on older gentlemen.
As hard as it may believe, there are some men in the world that prefer a more mature bride. If there is a man you are acquainted with that is still unmarried and seems to prefer more mature topics of interest, then he may be just the type of man that might overlook age when it comes to selecting a marriage partner. Test the waters by speaking a little more intellectually than you normally would. But no so intelligent that you scare him off. Men do not tend to like women who are smarter than them.

Don't be picky.
One of the many causes that an otherwise desirable debutante might have with finding a husband is being too particular. Try and whittle down the list of things that you are looking for in a beau. Chances are that they aren't very realistic anyway. There is also the chance that one you are married, you could guide your beau to becoming the sort of man you have always been looking for.

Enlist the help of your parents.
While it is not the ideal solution, it is worlds better than ending up on your own. Ask your parents for help in finding a beau for you. Perhaps there is an unmarried man in their circle that you might not have thought of because of his connection to your parents.

Settle for being a second or third wife.
Don't dismiss men that have already been married before as a potential suitor. Especially if they have children! Most times these men need a woman to be a mother to their children. And as for the men, they have already done the marriage thing so you will more than likely benefit from his experience. You could also be great companions for one another which you both need at this point in your lives.


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5 Athletic Alternatives To Quidditch
Has your daughter tried to make the case for playing Quidditch while at Hogwarts? Are you afraid of the long term consequences of an unhealthy attraction to this brutal sport? Never fear; get your family members involved in one of these ladylike alternatives!

1. Quaderash. Although it does still unfortunately involve broom riding, which in excess can lead to several issues of the feminine reproductive system, this magical game designed by Thom Pettigrew is the closest alternative to Quidditch. If your offspring is sporting an obsession with sport, this game involves the same competitive aspect of Quidditch but without the overt brutality.

2. Equestrian Sports. Nothing could be more ladylike than expending your athletic energies atop a horse. Aside from learning to ride, young women can also take a turn on an obstacle or agility course. As an added bonus, they'll be less likely to embarrass themselves when invited to parties in the country.
3. Animal Husbandry. Horses aren't the only athletic outlet for young women. A woman with a competitive urge may enjoy training a pet to perform tricks. Puffskeins can be entered in contests for small prizes in several parts of the country, and falcons or other birds of prey can be trained to hunt. This allows women to have an outlet for athletic energies without actually risking their delicate constitutions!

4. Croquet. A fine sport which encourages an interest in horticulture due to the need for a well-manicured lawn, croquet is popular in Muggle circles and involves hitting balls with mallets. To add a magical twist, buy a set of transfiguring croquet balls and hovering hoops.

5. Lawn Tennis. Like croquet, lawn tennis (and other lawn games, such as lawn bowling) involve a modest amount of physical activity and are perfectly suitable for a delicate young woman to expend her energies on.


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Handling Heartbreak: How To Recover From A Broken Engagement or Courtship
At Witch Weekly, we hope our readers will never need this advice. Following on a season of love, however, it seems prudent to offer some encouragement for those whose romantic hopes have fallen through. While it is certainly a major setback, a broken engagement or an ended courtship need not be the end of your social or romantic life, if you follow our tips for recovering.

1. Be social, but not too social.
After a romantic disappointment, it can be tempting to lock oneself away from society for a bit and wallow in self pity. Giving in to these urges will only lead you down the path of Adelia Lovegood, and obviously no one wants that. Make every effort to maintain your normal social engagements to tell potential future suitors you have not shut your heart off to the idea of love. At the same time, being excessively cheerful (particularly if you aren't feeling cheerful at all) is also problematic as you might scare off a potential beau by appearing shallow or cold-hearted.

2. Avoid the man who broke your heart.
As tempting as it can be to try and seek answers or spark the old flame, you must resist seeking out your former love. If you are attending the same party, stick to different conversation circles. Do not bring him up in conversation if at all avoidable. If you must speak of him, do so only briefly and in terms that betray neither affection nor distaste. Someone unfamiliar with your history should suspect only that you are acquainted, nothing more.

3. Dispose of all his gifts.
A proper gentleman should only give foods or flowers to a woman, so that she has no lingering mementos until the relationship is permanent as well. That being said, men have been known to break with tradition when in the throes of passion and sentimental women often keep even trifles from men they are enamored with. If you have anything of value, return it to him via post. Anything merely sentimental, such as pressed flowers, locks of hair, or short notes, should be thrown out. They will only serve as painful reminders in the short term and could raise troubling questions should you find another gentleman to court you later on.

4. Focus your energy elsewhere.
If you have a hobby you enjoy, such as cross-stitch, start a new project. Occupation will keep both you hands and mind busy while your heart mends. If you aren't the crafty type, you may also find solace in a new charitable cause or a new pet you can lavish attention on. For ladies of means, or for those attempting to flee a particularly vivid scandal, a holiday may be advisable, but must be weighed against the detriment of your absence from the social scene — see tip one.

5. Write in a journal.
Even if you're not the type to generally keep a journal, a diary can help during times of particular emotional stress. Try formatting your entries as letters to your former beau — better that than trying to actually send him any! This is also a good outlet instead of complaining to your friends, which may lead to unwanted gossip. If you don't know what to write, make lists. Start with things you will miss about your former flame, then move on to annoying habits, then to their worst flaws. Write yourself out of your infatuation.

6. Indulge in Voodoo.
If all else fails and you're really hurting, find something you associate with the one who broke your heart and do something violent with it. Burn their letters, stab a doll transfigured to have their face, or hurl a picture of them into a river. This can feel surprisingly cathartic. Please note that we are not advocating actual Haitian sympathetic magic, and any torture-by-proxy exacted using these methods may be punishable by the Ministry of Magic.


Be sure to get rid of all gifts and sentimental items.







An example of exacting physical revenge with an approximation of your former love, as in voodoo magic.


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Heard Around Town!
"Mr. and Mrs. Tiberius Lestrange have not been seen in public for months! They’ve always been a strange match, but I can’t help thinking there’s something up with them."

"I saw a very bloated-looking Mrs. Dionisia Fisk leaving the hospital the other night. Isn’t it a bit early for her to be that far along?"

"Mrs. Umbridge still hasn't been spotted in society, and my husband said Auror Umbridge was looking unusually exhausted at work. Do you think she isn't well?"

"Mr. Ernest Mulciber didn't look too pleased about the news of Minister Urquart taking over the Department of Mysteries. Then again, he never looks too pleased about anything..."

"My daughter said Hogwarts only hosted a dueling tournament to distract from the awful rumors that have been circulating. Apparently a little girl's diary got out a wreaked havoc everywhere."


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