MySingleFriend blog http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog Welcome to the mysinglefriend(r) blog, where you can stay up to date with MSF news, views and the odd pair of shoes. en-gb MySingleFriend Copyright 2014 #MySingleSummer Sunglasses Giveaway http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/competitions/mysinglesummer-sunglasses-giveaway http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/competitions/mysinglesummer-sunglasses-giveaway <em>"It's getting hot in herre..." </em><br /> <br /> In the wise words of Nelly, the sun is shining and if you're lucky enough to be enjoying the weather and&nbsp;not cooped up in the office, you'll no doubt be sporting some lovely sunnies. But what if you've forgotten to replace last summer's/lost them already at a festival/broken your one week old pair? Well don't worry, because we've got you covered!<br /> <br /> We're giving away 150 pairs of our amazing MySingleFriend sunglasses as part of our summer campaign, and all you have to do to claim yours is email us at <a href="mailto:press@mysinglefriend.com?subject=Sunglasses%20giveaway!">press@mysinglefriend.com</a> letting us know which colour you'd prefer.<br /> <br /> They're available in stunning shades of yellow or purple (SO on trend) and in case you were wondering what they've got on the sunglasses arms, they're branded with #mysinglesummer on one side and <a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/summer" target="_blank">mysinglefriend.com/summer</a> on the other side (which you should totally check out if you haven't already. The sunglasses also have a UV protection of 400.<br /> <br /> Enjoy!<br /> <br /> MSF x<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/MSF_SUMMER_JoeO-98.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 333px; float: left; margin: 10px;" /><br /> <br /> <br /> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Bring Your Old Boyfriend: Good idea or recipe for disaster? http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msf-news/bring-your-old-boyfriend-good-idea-or-recipe-for-disaster http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msf-news/bring-your-old-boyfriend-good-idea-or-recipe-for-disaster Here at MySingleFriend.com we like to think we know our stuff when it comes to dating, but bring your old Boyfriend parties was a new one to us.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The concept, as seen on&nbsp;<a href="https://uk.lifestyle.yahoo.com/blogs/icymi/trash-treasure-dating-trade-in-your-old-goods-for-something-shiny-and-new-145950996.html" target="_blank">Yahoo</a>, started years ago after a Sex and the City episode where the characters attending one of these parties, and apparently it has had a revival in recent months.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The idea is that you take an old flame to a party in the hope that you can swap him for someone else’s ex boyfriend who takes your fancy. You take someone who you are no longer with, but believe that they could be perfect for someone else.<br /> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/ex boyfriend(1).jpg" style="width: 634px; height: 411px;" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> Everyone loves a spot of matchmaking. As our name suggests, we believe friends can play a vital role in improving your love life, and we love nothing better than finding dates for our fabulous single friends.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Having said that, however much you have moved on from a past relationship, we think it would take a pretty special kind of person to encourage an ex into the arms of a friend.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> In conclusion, bring your old boyfriend parties may be an interesting concept in theory, but we feel that there may be too much emotional baggage to pass an old flame onto someone else.<br /> <br /> What do you think?&nbsp;<br /> <br /> MSF x&nbsp; Wed, 16 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Profile of the week: Jonny from London http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week-jonny-from-london http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week-jonny-from-london This week we're taking a break from our festival themed profiles and instead featuring a hot Welsh boyo... say hello to Jonny. Ex professional rugby player turned actor, (and part surfer dude too) is there anything this guy can't do?<br /> <br /> As Jonny says, he's starting a new chapter of his life in London and looking for a girl he can take along for the ride.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> If you like the look of <a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/profile/view/id/bydwbyjqazev">Jonny's profile</a>, drop him a message and ask him how London life is working out.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/2303363-979106.jpg" style="width: 387px; height: 580px; float: left; margin: 10px;" /><img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/2303360-979106.jpg" style="width: 387px; height: 516px; margin-right: 10px; margin-left: 10px; float: left;" /><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Until next time....<br /> <br /> MSF x<br /> <br /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Not a&nbsp;mysinglefriend.com&nbsp;member?&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/signup/becomesingle/stage0.php" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none; font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Join now for free!</a> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Game, Set & Matchmake - Put the date in your diary! http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/events/game-set--matchmake--put-the-date-in-your-diary http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/events/game-set--matchmake--put-the-date-in-your-diary It's been a long time coming but we're proud to announce our next event - Game Set &amp; Matchmaking!<br /> <br /> Our FREE event for members and non-members alike will be held on&nbsp;<strong>Thursday 24th July&nbsp;at 7pm</strong>&nbsp;at <strong>Grand Union in Wandsworth</strong> in their amazing summer garden.<br /> <br /> Everyone gets a free drink on arrival and there are no rules or corny speed dating rituals - just some plain old good fashioned&nbsp;fun, mingling and the odd game of table tennis. It'll be packed full of singles, some doubles and a whole lot of bad tennis jokes (sorry).<br /> <br /> Bring your single friends and get in on the action - plus look out for our special 'golden balls' hidden in the garden for the chance to win free subscriptions to MySingleFriend. You can also sign up on the night and be in with a chance of winning a pair of SW4 tickets!&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Here's all the details you need...<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/GrandUnion_Artwork v2.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 482px; margin: 10px;" /><br /> <strong>When?</strong><br /> <br /> 7pm on Thursday, 24th July.<br /> <br /> <strong>Where?</strong><br /> <br /> The fabulous Grand Union in Wandsworth, in their summer garden, otherwise known as the Pleasure Garden. Check out the lovely pics below, it's an incredible set up and features a 50ft treebar, private treehouses and hammocks.<br /> <br /> They also do great food if you get peckish on the night - think gourmet burgers and handmade pizzas.<br /> <br /> Their full address - 96 Wandsworth High Street, London, SW18 4LB&nbsp;<a href="http://www.grandunionbars.com/venue/wandsworth" target="_blank">www.grandunionbars.com/venue/wandsworth</a><br /> <br /> <strong>Is it free?</strong><br /> <br /> YES! You also get a free drink on arrival.<br /> <br /> <strong>Can anyone come?&nbsp;</strong><br /> <br /> Sure thing, it's open to MySingleFriend members as well as non-members. So bring a friend or three.<br /> <br /> <strong>What's the deal?</strong><br /> <br /> We're keeping it relaxed so there are no rules or set ups - it's literally just a social get together. There's ping pong tables in the pub garden which are perfect for playing a deux with a hottie that you meet on the night!<br /> <br /> The MSF team will be present with their iPads handy, so you can sign up to MSF there and then with just your email address. You'll get 50% off any subscription too, and will be automatically entered into a prize draw to win a pair of SW4 tickets.<br /> <br /> There will also be several special 'golden balls' hidden around the garden - anyone who finds them wins a free 3 month subscription!&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Sounds alright...</strong><br /> <br /> You bet it will be. You can RSVP here -&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/game-set-matchmake-tickets-12273629757" target="_blank">http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/game-set-matchmake-tickets-12273629757</a><br /> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/1451663795084763/" target="_blank">https://www.facebook.com/events/1451663795084763/</a><br /> <br /> Or email us here - <a href="mailto:press@mysinglefriend.com?subject=I'd%20like%20to%20attend%20Game%20Set%20%26%20Matchmaking">press@mysinglefriend.com</a><br /> <br /> See you there!<br /> <br /> MSF x<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/wandsworth.jpg" style="width: 710px; height: 350px;" />&nbsp; Mon, 14 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Profile of the week: Laura from London http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week-laura-from-london http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week-laura-from-london Fresh from Glastonbury, our latest profile of the week is Laura from London, who claims that she's the 'World's greatest kisser.' She's kept her profile short and sweet, but anyone who can sum themselves up in just 18 words is ok in our book.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Laura can also make a mean poached egg and seems to have a passion for animals - either wearing a fake horses head (not quite Godfather style though) or sitting astride a statue of a camel.<br /> <br /> You can <a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/profile/view/id/bycxhsevevcx/">view her profile right here</a>... get in touch to find out what happened at Glastonbury 2014!<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Laura 04_07_014(1).jpg" style="width: 444px; height: 580px; margin: 10px;" /><br /> <br /> <p> Until next time...</p> <p> MSF&nbsp;</p> <p> x</p> <p> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Not a&nbsp;mysinglefriend.com&nbsp;member?&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/signup/becomesingle/stage0.php" style="font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none;">Join now for free!</a></p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Finding your happily ever after - the modern way http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/advice/finding-your-happily-ever-after--the-modern-way http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/advice/finding-your-happily-ever-after--the-modern-way Every girl, whether they admit it or not, is secretly looking for their happily ever after story, a true romance with Mr Right or Prince Charming.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> But dating can sometimes seem to have become a never-ending stream of disappointing first dates. Searching through the ranks of the singles isn’t fun anymore: it’s draining, all effort and no reward. If you’re looking for love and beginning to lose hope, don’t give up. In the UK today, there are 20 million people using online dating sites every month; if there’s a modern way of finding love, this is it.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> When the concept was first created, online dating got a very negative reputation, with users unfairly labeled desperate, which couldn’t be more wrong. With spare time increasingly being spent on the internet, and our ongoing fascination with social media, instant messaging and the like, it’s no surprise that one in five relationships now start online. Public perception has changed, too. According to research by MySingleFriend, more than 50% of people believe online dating provides a better chance of finding a match online than ‘traditional’ dating.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/MSF_SUMMER_JoeO-40(1).jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 499px; margin: 10px;" /><br /> The appeal is obvious. What better environment to be in than your own home, chatting with ease and confidence? You can be witty and charming, with the time and opportunity to read and re-write your reply to an online buddy before you’ve said the wrong thing unintentionally and totally blown all chances!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Online, the power is yours. When it comes to searching for a match you have to get your selfish head on and do what’s right for you. If you don’t want to take things further with an interested member, let them down gently and always stay polite - don’t take a leaf out of DJ Calvin Harris’s book and take to Twitter to call off your relationship before your other half has got the message. That’s a bit on the brutal side! Instead, use one of the several pre-populated ‘no thanks’ options available on MSF. Remember, treat all members as you’d like to be treated yourself – with a bit of respect.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Once you’ve selected a potential partner and arranged to meet, you should already have a decent rapport and understanding of each other’s likes and dislikes, therefore getting rid of much of the meaningless chat and awkward silences that can hamper a first date. The groundwork has been laid already, and the pressure is off – a little!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Although dating does seem to have a new rule book, most of the time some of the basics still remain … we think!<br /> <br /> 1. It is still never ‘okay’ to date a friend’s current, potential or ex girlfriend/boyfriend. If you were to break the rule, be prepared to face the wrath of an angry friend or the loss of their friendship altogether.<br /> <br /> 2. Apparently the three date rule still very much applies but on average daters tend to kiss on the second date now, not the third. We think the rule should now be wait as long as you can. Or as long as you want…<br /> <br /> 3. Heart always over rules head, whether it’s during the date, communication online or having a face to face flirt, there is never a time to ignore your gut feeling.<br /> <br /> 4. Actions speak louder than words. If you’re being told and promised certain things but are regularly let down, maybe it’s time to call a halt to things.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 5. Don’t give up! Enjoy the flexibility and freedom of online dating, spend time looking for, and chatting to, suitable matches, and don’t feel you have to rush into dates. Browsing and window shopping is all part of the fun, remember!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Good luck!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 20px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"> Not a&nbsp;mysinglefriend.com&nbsp;member?&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/signup/becomesingle/stage0.php" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none;">Join now for free!</a></p> <div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"> Click to go to&nbsp;<strong style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); outline: none;"><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none;">mysinglefriend.com</a></strong><span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-style: italic;">&nbsp;</span></div> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Glastonbury Festival Profiles http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/features/glastonbury-festival-profiles http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/features/glastonbury-festival-profiles <p> The super juggernaught of all festivals, <strong>Glastonbury</strong>, kicks off on Wednesday 25<sup>th</sup> June (for those hardcore souls who want to do the full 6 nights there) at Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset.</p> <p> When the gates open at 8am, a gradual trickle (ok, more like a flood) of 175,000 people, and thousands more ground staff, artists and crew will descend upon this tiny Somerset campsite.The numbers alone are unbelievable – bearing in mind that Glastonbury started life as ‘Pilton Festival’ back in 1970 with £1 entry!</p> <p> Out of all these people that attend, it seems the one thing that the festival makers of Glastonbury haven’t capitalised on yet is helping attendees find love. Of course there are so many things to do at a festival, you may not go out of your way to pursue it, but what better meeting place with everyone already having a shared interest?</p> <p> We’ve put together our top festival tips on how to nail festival dating <a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/advice/dating-at-festivals--an-msf-guide" target="_blank">right here on this blog</a>, and we’ve also handpicked our finest Glastonbury goers (either past or present) from MSF to share with you all!</p> <p> If you see someone you like the look of, why not drop them a message and get the conversation started around something summer/festival related?</p> <p> <glastonbury here="" profiles=""></glastonbury></p> <p> Meanwhile, the rest of us not fortunate enough to have acquired a ticket in the unpredictable Glastonbury ticket lottery will have to make do with watching at home; pretending we’re living the festival life in our back garden with the TV coverage streaming out and a cold drink in hand. You can keep the mud though – that’s one thing we definitely won’t miss!</p> <p> We’ll be posting more MSF profiles of festival goers to pretty much every main event throughout the summer, as part of our <strong>#mysinglesummer</strong> campaign, so keep your eyes peeled. By using our <strong><a href="http://www.mysingletent.com/">www.mysingletent.com</a></strong> festival hub you can also connect with other singles going to the same festival as you, and get 50% off any subscription before the end of June in the meantime. Happy days!</p> <p> Until next time,</p> <p> MSF</p> <p> x</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Profile of the week: Andrea http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week-andrea http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week-andrea <p> Festival season is kicking off this week, with Glastonbury literally just around the corner! So we thought we'd celebrate with our finest Glasto-goers from MSF, starting with Andrea from London.</p> <p> Not just a pretty face, her friend Jaime described her as a Glastonbury fanatic who attends every year without fail, and an 'almost geeky' film buff.</p> <p> Andrea we salute you - mainly for managing to look so pristine in all your festival pics. Check out what else Jaime had to say about Andrea <a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/profile/view/id/bycxazdwbyhs/">here</a>.</p> <p> <em>"Andrea or aunty Andrea as she's better known by my brood, is as you can tell a totally gorgeous chick and its even better that she's got brains too! She's my best mate and I've seen her at her best and worst. We spend most of our time laughing our socks off and I think it's about time I learnt to share her!<br /> <br /> I believe she should at least start to look for her lobster! Although she'd be happy finding her own Tom Hardy but as he's already taken as I've ear marked him as my second husband! LOL. She will have to settle with finding her own Benedict Cumberbatch!<br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/AT7.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 436px; margin: 10px 50px;" /><br /> Up until now she been keeping herself far too busy on her career but it has paid off as she has now made her mark as a fully fledged design manager in the construction world. My husband tells me that this is no mean feat given the industry being filled with so much testosterone! This shows her sense of ambition and drive to be successful in her chosen career path, (even if golf lessons didn't help her with this).<br /> <br /> Andrea is passionate about music and you will find her at gigs of bands I've never heard of, many in the world of rock and indie. She's a Glastonbury fanatic and likes to go every year. If you get a chance you must ask her about last years camper van rental adventure, the front of her house has never been the same since!<br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/AT2.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 335px; margin: 10px 50px;" /><br /> As well as music she's a total film buff and her knowledge of films is almost geeky! But hey we're just jealous as none of us have managed to beat her in a film trivia quiz yet.<br /> <br /> Andrea's girlie adventures have taken her to not only her home ground of London town but the most recent places for her cocktail drinking experiences include Brighton, Dublin and sunny Marbella. Question is which city to try out next?<br /> <br /> Basically we Andrea's friends and family think she's fab, which we know is biased but we hope we have given you a tiny snippet of what she's about, just enough to get you interested enough to get to know her for yourself." &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; </em></p> <p> Check out Andrea's profile<a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/profile/view/id/bycxazdwbyhs/"> right here</a> if you want to find out more!</p> <p> Until next time...</p> <p> MSF&nbsp;</p> <p> x</p> <p> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Not a&nbsp;mysinglefriend.com&nbsp;member?&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/signup/becomesingle/stage0.php" style="font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none;">Join now for free!</a></p> <div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"> Click to go to&nbsp;<strong style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); outline: none;"><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none;">mysinglefriend.com</a></strong><span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-style: italic;">&nbsp;</span></div> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Dating at Festivals - an MSF Guide http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/advice/dating-at-festivals--an-msf-guide http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/advice/dating-at-festivals--an-msf-guide <p> Festivals are always full to the brim with fun and free spirited people, but what about a place to find love?</p> <p> Here at MySingleFriend we think they&rsquo;re a fantastic place to meet someone new, so take a look at our tips whilst you&rsquo;re packing your tent and poncho, and get ready for the summer of love:</p> <p> <strong>Be Upfront</strong></p> <p> Get to the front early to save your spot for the headliner. You&rsquo;ll have plenty of time for a bit of flirting with the people around you and will have an amazing view of the headliners.</p> <p> Don&rsquo;t like crowds? Head to one of the smaller stages for a more intimate atmosphere; what could be more romantic?!</p> <p> <strong>Getting Jiggy With It</strong></p> <p> Someone catch your eye whilst you both sway to your favourite band? Shared music taste is one of the easiest ways to break the ice and shows you already have something in common. Ask them about their favourite songs and albums and you&rsquo;ll be chatting till dawn in no time.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Muddy wellies.JPG" style="width: 500px; height: 500px; margin: 10px;" /></p> <p> <strong>Embrace The Weather</strong></p> <p> Unfortunately for us good weather isn&rsquo;t guaranteed at British festivals! If the forecast looks bad, just grab a poncho and carry on partying. Embrace whatever the weather throws at you. You never know, you may find someone hunky to help you if you get stuck in the mud!</p> <p> If you are lucky enough to have good weather at a festival then grab some MySingleSummer sunglasses and enjoy. Just don&rsquo;t forget the SPF &ndash; sunburn is never sexy!</p> <p> <strong>Don&rsquo;t Plan Too Much</strong></p> <p> Although it&rsquo;s tempting to plan every second of your day at a festival, it&rsquo;s much better to be spontaneous and go with the flow. Explore the site and you&rsquo;re bound to trip over a fantastic time, whether it&rsquo;s comedy, cabaret, theatre or a bloke playing the bongos with a cat on his head. You never know who you might meet!!</p> <p> <strong>Be Open To New Things</strong></p> <p> Festivals bring together people from all over the country for one weekend. There will be a huge variety of people at the festival so be open to meeting new people and having new experiences. If you meet someone new, ask for recommendations for bands to see and arrange to meet up to watch the band together. You may end up watching your new favorite band and finding love!</p> <p> <strong>Success In Numbers</strong></p> <p> Festivals are made for enjoying with friends. Always arrange to meet up with your friends if you do end up going off on your own to meet someone. Better yet bring your friends along and make your festival group even bigger. Festivals are always better in big groups and it&rsquo;s a great chance for your friends to meet some new people too!</p> <p> <strong>Enjoy Yourself</strong></p> <p> Whether you want to cover yourself in glitter, put flowers in your hair or dress up as a spaceman &ndash; don&rsquo;t forget to enjoy yourself! There&rsquo;s nothing more attractive than someone having a good time so have fun and you never know who you could meet.</p> <p> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Not a&nbsp;mysinglefriend.com&nbsp;member?&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/signup/becomesingle/stage0.php" style="font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none;">Join now for free!</a></p> <div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"> Click to go to&nbsp;<strong style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); outline: none;"><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none;">mysinglefriend.com</a></strong><span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-style: italic;">&nbsp;</span></div> <p> &nbsp;</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Pucker up: National Kissing Day survey reveals 87% of us... http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msf-news/pucker-up-national-kissing-day-survey-reveals-87-of-us http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msf-news/pucker-up-national-kissing-day-survey-reveals-87-of-us <p> A recent survey by us to coincide with National Kissing Day has revealed a whopping 87 percent of us think poor kissing technique could be a deal breaker in the early stages of dating.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Women were most discerning when it came to the first kisses. 55% of women said it would be a deal breaker or very important that the first kiss sizzled, compared with 43% of men. Only 8% of female respondents thought the quality of that first smooch was ‘not that important’ compared with 29% of men who agreed.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>&nbsp;Founder of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com">MySingleFriend</a>.com, Sarah Beeny commented</strong><br /> <em>“Clearly, UK daters put a lot of impetus on first kisses but I’m surprised so many people would potentially dismiss someone if there were no first kiss fireworks. There can so much pressure put upon that initial kiss that you forget to enjoy it. Don’t let a few nerves get in the way. As I always say, practice makes perfect.</em><br /> <br /> <em>The fact that so many people rated their own kissing skills seems to suggest that they would blame any ‘bad’ first kisses on the other party and potentially dismiss them! First kisses are inevitably awkward but confidence and persistence means that after a few attempts and a bit of Dutch courage everyone ends up enjoying a cheeky snog on a date!"</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> The survey also asked respondents to rate their own kissing skills on a scale of ‘excellent’ to ‘useless’, which found a massive 91% of girls and 86% of guys would label themselves ‘excellent’ or ‘very good’ kissers.<br /> <br /> When quizzed on kissing faux pas, men and women were in agreement that bad breath was the biggest kissing turn off, with a massive 45 per cent of people confessing that this would be their worst nightmare when locking lips. One in six (16 per cent) said too much tongue was the biggest turn-off, with around one in seven (13 per cent) saying a lack of passion would ruin any lip locking.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The MSF top five kissing no-no’s were:</p> <ol> <li> Bad breath (45%)</li> <li> Tongue overload (16%)</li> <li> Not enough passion (13%)</li> <li> Eyes open (8%)</li> <li> Aggressive technique (7%)</li> </ol> <p> &nbsp;<br /> Even celebrities don’t escape the dreaded kissing faux pas. MySingleFriend.com has compiled its top five celebrity kissing fails:<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 1.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Orlando Bloom – He might be known as a heartthrob, but when Pirates of the Caribbean star Keira Knightley was asked&nbsp;<a href="https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=orlando+bloom+bad+kisser&amp;oq=orlando+bloom+bad+kisser&amp;aqs=chrome..69i57j0l5.3732j0j7&amp;sourceid=chrome&amp;es_sm=91&amp;ie=UTF-8">which of her co-stars were better kissers</a>, she answered, ‘Johnny Depp certainly wasn’t bad.’ Ouch, Orlando!<br /> <br /> 2.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Jason Segel – Apparently Jason’s ‘How I Met Your Mother’ co-star, Alyson Hannigan was so&nbsp;<a href="http://www.zimbio.com/Hollywood's+Worst+Kissers/articles/aEtrIjbmzQC/Jason+Segel">grossed out by his cigarette breath</a>&nbsp;on set that she was forced to quit her role in the show!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 3.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Emma Watson – Underneath that squeaky clean, English rose reputation, it seems Emma Watson can be&nbsp;<a href="http://ohnotheydidnt.livejournal.com/81127307.html">‘a bit of an animal’</a>&nbsp;according to her on-screen lover Daniel Radcliffe.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 4.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Andy Jordan – The Made in Chelsea star, better known to some as ‘nostrils’ has managed to get himself a reputation as a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.entertainmentwise.com/news/146767/Made-In-Chelseas-Jamie-Laing-Insists-Andy-Jordan-Is-A-Bad-Kisser-Following-Lucy-Watson-Romance-Rumours">‘bad kisser’</a>&nbsp;according to his lovebird co-stars Jamie Laing and Lucy Watson.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 5.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Back in 2008, Twilight actor Robert Pattinson outted himself as a&nbsp;<a href="https://metro.co.uk/2008/11/19/robert-pattinson-im-a-really-bad-kisser-156256/">bad kisser</a>. Although we’re pretty sure he has worked on perfecting his technique by now!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> To celebrate National Kissing Day, MySingleFriend.com has also created a fun kissing personality quiz which can be used to determine what type of kisser you are, from a ‘cutesy cuddler’ to a ‘kinky boots’ with handy tips for improving technique.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/infographics/national-kissing-day.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/NKD-infographic.jpg" style="width: 352px; height: 1200px;" /></a></div> <p> &nbsp;<br /> For more information please visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com">www.mysinglefriend.com</a>. National Kissing Day is a UK campaign taking place on Thursday 19th June 2014.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Do men in a relationship want more single friends? http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/features/do-men-in-a-relationship-want-more-single-friends http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/features/do-men-in-a-relationship-want-more-single-friends <p> This recent blog from <a href="http://www.glamour.com/sex-love-life/2014/06/single-friends-making-friends-over-30">Glamour</a> on why women in relationships want more single girlfriends got me wondering if guys have the same attitude.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Why are single people branded so fun? The Glamour blog suggests single lads and lasses are normally more flexible as they only have their own commitments and plans to juggle, rather than accommodating for the other half.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Personally, my single friends do tend to be a bit more carefree and spontaneous. When I spend time with them it definitely rubs off on me and I feel more inclined to throw caution to the wind.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> And lets be honest, being single can be fun! Especially when it means more time to spend with your friends. I bet if we were all honest with ourselves, there are parts of being single that everyone really loves. Even smug happy couples love hearing dating stories and meddling in the love lives of their single friends.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> But do men in a relationship wish they had more single friends? I&rsquo;m not so sure&hellip;</p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/2s(1).jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 333px;" /></div> <p> &nbsp;<br /> After a quick survey of all the men in the <a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com">MySingleFriend.com</a> office, most said it wouldn&rsquo;t make much of a difference if their friends were single or not. They all liked to spend time with their friends but not one of them said it would matter if they were single or attached.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> However some said it was frustrating when a single guy suddenly drops all his mates as soon as he gets a girlfriend, which is something I think girls can relate to as well! The ultimate bro-woe was attached pals bailing on lads nights, or leaving the party early to go home and see their girlfriends, aka &lsquo;under the thumb&rsquo;!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> At the end of the day, it is all about balance. We all love hanging out with our friends, single or not, but it's always nice to have someone special to come home to or some hot dates lined up!<br /> &nbsp;</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0100