Gifts For Her | Fall In Love With Etsy This Valentine’s Day

#EtsyGifts

Time is ticking and Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. If you’re still trying to figure out what to get that special someone in your life – head to Etsy to find the perfect, handmade, personalized, locally made sentiment. 

Chocolate and flowers can’t beat one-of-a-kind gifts made just for her. Adorn her with diamonds and gems unlike anything she’s never received before, with Lovely Body’s jewels of soap (Thunder Bay, Ont.), incorporating swirly blues and scents of lavender. Gift her with the perfect place to store her accessories and rings with a marble clay dish from Sweetheart Jewelry Box (Montreal). Appeal to her sexy side with a romantic lingerie set from Econica (Ottawa), made of luxe cashmere.

Shopping for your significant other can be somewhat stressful. Trust me, I know – I’ve been there. LOL So, I’ve put together a list of some of my most favourite #EtsyGifts to give you a little inspiration!

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Just In Time For Valentine’s Day – Some Dos And Don’ts For First And Second Dates

New data reveals Dos and Don’ts for first and second dates just in time for Valentine’s Day

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Over the past year, I have been on a lot of first dates. A lot. I mean, like…a ridiculous amount. Borderline embarrassing. The nerves you get before a first date can only be matched, if not surpassed, by the nerves you have before a second date. Those nerves are different…it’s not so much “meeting someone new” nerves, it’s more the “Ok, I actually like this person and want to see them again” kind of nerves.

According to a recent survey by Match, the prospect of a second date is an exciting one. In fact, while 35 % of Canadian singles are excited for first dates, the majority are more excited for a second date (65%)!

So…how do you go from a first date to securing a second? 

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How To Be Single In A World Filled With Ever-Evolving Definitions Of Love

There’s a right way to be single, a wrong way to be single, and then…there’s Alice. And Robin. Lucy. Meg. Tom. David. New York City is full of lonely hearts seeking the right match, be it a love connection, a hook-up, or something in the middle. And somewhere between the teasing texts and one-night stands, what these unmarrieds all have in common is the need to learn how to be single in a world filled with ever-evolving definitions of love. Sleeping around in the city that never sleeps was never so much fun.

The film opens nationwide on February 12, 2016

One Year…Too Many Swipes – A Year Of Online Dating

one year of online dating

Fun Fact: All the below pictures (except Casper) are taken from my personal online dating profiles/apps.

It’s been almost a full year since I dove into the online dating world. And while it hasn’t been all fun and games, and there has actually been some heartache along the way – I have learned a few things.

The dos and don’t of online dating, if you will.

Since I am oh-so-generous, I thought I would share my wise words and tidbits with y’all.

Enjoy!

Bro, be creative.

lack of creativity

I cannot tell you how many initial messages I recieved that simply said, “Hi,” or “Hey.” Seriously, it’s quite ridiculous and I can only assume you are mass messaging a million girls and therefore are too darn lazy to actually read my profile. For if you had, I’m sure you’d be capable of coming up with something that would maybe reference my bio, showing that you actually read it. While online dating may be daunting, or even downright exhausting – if you really are looking for something, you have to put a little effort in.

Think before you post, boys and girls.

Wedding Pic on Tinder

I think this picture says it all. Do not post your wedding picture on your Tinder profile. Do not post a picture of you and your ex, or worse – your current partner. Yes, the above gentleman may be a groomsman or best man in said wedding, but either way – why take the chance? Also – I’m the one who covered their faces…he was showing both. Think you look awesome in that pic, maybe you do…but I’m sure you have others to use. If not…pull out your camera phone and have a friend take a couple shots of you. Bing, bang, boom – don’t be a groom.

Being a Chatty Cathy can get confusing.

One Year Tinder Matches

There have been many times where I have personally carried on multiple conversations. It can get incredibly overwhelming and confusing. But that’s the name of the game, really. Especially on Tinder – let’s be honest. I know shortly after I joined Tinder, I started chatting with a couple of people. And then I just disappeared; I stopped logging on for a little while – and when I came back to the online dating world – one of the guys I was chatting with actually remembered me. We actually ended up picking up where we left off and even dating for a bit (he was referenced on the blog a few times, if you read it regularly, you’ll know who I mean). So really, I think it should be more about quality, then quantity. Find who you have that spark with, the people with whom conversation just flows – and put more effort into them.

Ladies, you can take the initiative.

plenty of fish

I mentioned earlier that your initial message should be catchy. You should read someones profile, ensure your likes and interests align – and then initiate a conversation. Ladies, you can too. Guys know we get bombarded with so many more messages than they. So if you swiped right on that cutie because you were genuinely interested – make the first move and send him a cute, fun message. He’ll love it, and it will even relieve a little pressure off of him. (You’re welcome, guys.)

Casper is the only friendly ghost.

Casper the friendly ghost

Ghosting is the worst. Literally. It’s awful. You go out with someone, everything seems to be going great. Maybe a couple weeks go by, and while things seems perfectly fine – out of nowhere, they just disappear. No more calls, texts are left unanswered – and you are left sitting there wondering, “What the…?” I get it, disappearing can be a whole lot easier than having ‘The Talk,’ but grow a set and grow up. If you have devoted time and energy on someone, the least they deserve is your respect. If you’ve lost that feeling for them, be honest. No one likes it when questions are left unanswered – everyone deserves closure.

C’mon son, really?

Tinder Fail

All I’m gonna say here is…use your own pictures. Please, for the love of God, use your own pictures.

Happy swiping!

Bite The Apple – The Forbidden Fruit Syndrome

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Many, many, MANY moons ago I was working as a shooter girl (then a waitress and bartender) in a nightclub. Ok, that’s a lie. It was a gentlemen’s club, a strip club. I don’t know why I didn’t just say that from the hop. Anyways. There I was, young and naive. I’m a 20 year old, slinging test-tube shots all night – getting paid to party. I was a great sales person – always had top sales every night. If a group of guys bought a round of shots, one for me was almost always purchased as well. Plus I’d get tipped on top of my sales. Literally – being paid to party; and often making more money than some of the strippers dancers.

I love to talk to people. Hear their stories and learn about them. I’m naturally a good listener and let’s call a spade a spade – if you were going to give me $20 for a simple shot – I was more than happy to listen to you and chat for a while.

Slowly, I started to build a list of regulars. The construction boys that came in every Monday night, the older Asian man who would come in and only drink Perrier (and always bring the staff food from his restaurant at the end of the night), the guys who would sit at the bar – really only coming in for the company of the bartenders and wait staff – not the dancers.

My knack of listening and engaging with these customers would not only give me enough stories to write a book (it’s coming – I promise!), but I also got a sense into who they were and what drove them.

I cannot tell you how many times either I myself, or another waitress, was asked to give a lap dance and offered the $20 a dancer would make. Seriously, I cannot tell you. I don’t think I can count that high. The persistent customers would even go higher – $40, $100, etc. No – I am not some drop-dead supermodel. Not even close. So at first, I was so confused as to why these guys were continuously trying to get me or other waitresses into the VIP booths. Then, one day as I was sitting in the club, watching the beautiful dancer on stage and watching all the customers in the club – it hit me.

The Forbidden Fruit Syndrome

The Forbidden Fruit Syndrome. It goes back to Adam and Eve. You always want what you can’t have. As soon as something is off-limits – you must have it. Have you ever seen those signs, warning you DO NOT PUSH THE RED BUTTON…yet, after reading that – it’s all you want to do?

The Forbidden Fruit Syndrome

These customers were sitting there, enjoying their cocktails of choice, as the dancers took to the stage one by one, and by the end of the third song – that was all she wrote. The clothes had come off. But us waitresses and shooter girls – we were always fully clothed. Well…as “fully clothed” as one can be in a strip club, let’s be honest here. Think…short shorts and low-cut tank tops.

So these guys, who were always hitting on myself – and the other wait staff – were drawn to the chase. The game. They wanted to work for what they couldn’t have. And the more we said no, the more they wanted it. Like I said, an initial $20 offer would almost always increase in increments throughout the night.

dating and exhausted

Over the past year (which was my first time being single in my entire adult life) while on the ‘dating scene’ – I have noticed The Forbidden Fruit Syndrome again. The games we play, willingly or not, are ongoing and tiresome. At some point, you would hope that everyone will just get tired of the chase, right?

CONTEST | La Dolce Vita At The WedLuxe Wedding Show

#WedLuxeShow

How many engagements did you see on your Facebook timeline over the holidays? I saw four or five on mine.

Tis the season for engagements, am I right?

If you’re one of the newly engaged couples, or are still planning your upcoming nuptials – you should definitely check out the Fifth Annual WedLuxe Wedding Show this weekend!

Meet with, and experience over 100 different wedding vendors at the WedLuxe Wedding Show. This year the show is presented by Oliver & Bonacini Events and Catering, and is featuring a ‘La Dolce Vita’ theme.

Walk into an Italian-inspired journey, sipping your delicious welcome beverage and explore the most talented and elite wedding professionals from all facets of the industry.

WedLuxe Wedding Show

“The one-day show is an opportunity to bring our magazine’s pages to life and showcase some of our favourite wedding trends,” says WedLuxe founder and show producer, Angela Desveaux. “However, it’s much more than your typical vendor show. For our fifth year we’ve designed the show to offer a luxurious experience for guests; an opportunity to touch, taste and immerse themselves in the unique exhibits we have planned.”

At the WedLuxe Wedding Show, guests will have the opportunity to meet and discover vendors for every facet of their wedding. From florists to cake designers; decorators to fashion consultants and boutiques; photographers to entertainers, and everything in between.

The experiential showcase includes:

• ‘Bella Acqua’ Capri-inspired day spa where guests will enjoy pampering by celebrity makeup artist Victoria Radford and her team of beauty experts;

• ‘Palazzo Floreale’ flower market by Teatro Verde will present a stunning display of over 50,000 imported roses and each guest will receive their own bouquet;

• ‘House of Juliet Trattoria’ will serve market-style Italian cuisine by Oliver & Bonacini Events and Catering including hand-rolled ricotta gnocchi, with gelato from Hotel Gelato and Italian soda courtesy of FireDog

• ‘The Saint Lucia Sweet Life Cocoa Bar’ will treat guests to a variety of decadent chocolate treats using cocoa specially imported from St. Lucia for the WedLuxe show, in partnership with Patricia’s Cake Creations. Here they will also have an opportunity to win a Honeymoon vacation to one of the island’s luxury resorts.

wedluxe wedding show

Sponsored by Hudson’s Bay Gift Registryand Kleinfeld Hudson’s Bay, the show has received critical acclaim from members of the luxury wedding industry across North America and has been hailed as one of the best wedding shows in the world.

All ticket holders are also invited to the signature luxury ‘Bianco Nero’ gifting bar to receive a tote bag valued at over $100 per guest, filled with special surprises from WedLuxe Media and partners.

The WedLuxe Wedding Show takes place on Sunday, January 10 from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm at The Carlu (444 Yonge St., 7th floor).

Regular tickets ($75) are available until show date.

Purchase 2016 WedLuxe Show Tickets HERE

WedLuxe is a multi-faceted and highly established wedding media company with five core channels including the bi-annual WedLuxe magazine, Wedluxe.com, The WedLuxe Wedding Show, the monthly WedLuxe Trend Report and the ever-expanding WedLuxe social media community. Annually, over 1.5 million people trust WedLuxe to deliver original content, up-to-date information, luxury wedding trends and endless inspiration. For more information please visit www.wedluxe.com.

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Add Finding Love To Your “To Do” List Today

Dating Sunday

Well folks, walk away from your Facebook time lines were everyone is broadcasting their newly engaged statuses and pour yourself a glass of wine.

It’s your turn.

If you’re looking for love – make sure you’re free at 8:52 pm ET on Sunday, January 3, 2016.

January 3rd is known as “Dating Sunday,” and 8:52 pm ET is the time when the most Canadians will be logged on and looking for love on Match.com. Last January, on the same, there were nearly 90,000 messages sent between Match users.

90,000

“Many singles think that winter is a difficult time to start dating or find time to date, but there really is no better time of year,” said Kimberly Moffit, Canadian Relationship Insider for Match. “Following a busy holiday season with family and friends and on the heels of making New Year’s resolutions, it’s no wonder that Canadians are shifting their focus towards finding that special someone in January.”

Between Tinder, OK Cupid,  POF, Match – amd so many more – there is a dating site/app our there for everyone.

So – if you’re looking for love in 2016 – maybe tonight, Dating Sunday, is the time to start!