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 Success Story: Sarah & Barnsey http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/dating-success-stories/success-story-sarah--barnsey http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/dating-success-stories/success-story-sarah--barnsey We’re all on such a high at MSF HQ after celebrating our 10<sup>th</sup> birthday yesterday. It’s been great to hear from couples, friends and matchmakers who have been a part of MySingleFriend over the years and last night it all came together when we met some lovely MSFers at our birthday party!<br /> <br /> This week’s success story is a great example of exactly what MySingleFriend was set up to do! Help friends find dates and navigate the dating world together. Sarah joined MSF as a wingwoman to help her friend Cath and write her profile, but after seeing the response Cath got she quickly realised she was interested too and let’s just say the rest is history! Here’s what Sarah told us about her experience on MSF...<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Sarah &amp; Barnsey5.JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 400px; margin-left: 200px; margin-right: 200px;" /><br /> <br /> <em>“When I penned a sales pitch for my dear friend Cath on MySingleFriend 9 years ago, I would never have guessed that I'd end up married with twins because of it. Cath is awesome and was single, I put her onto the site and quickly she was busy with a lot of admirers. Whilst I was looking on the site for her, one very tall, beer and rugby loving bloke caught my eye. When Cath suggested I go on the site too, with him in mind, I agreed. I messaged him and his reply was something along the lines of "I'm rubbish at this online stuff, shall we just meet?" Great, a right charmer on my hands.<br /> <br /> We met at 6pm on a Thursday night (I decided that allowed me enough time to politely make my excuses and leave if he was a total oddball). There he was, standing at the bar waiting. Several gin and tonics and some dodgy dancing later, I arrived home at midnight that night and realised that my life might've just changed quite bit. He proposed to me on holiday in South Africa 18 months later and we've now been married 6 years. There's been new jobs, a new business, a new home, ups, downs, birthdays, bumps, babies, holidays, laughter, friends and family. It's been an amazing roller-coaster and we have MySingleFriend to thank for it all!<br /> <br /> PS. Cath also met someone on the site and is now married too. Hurrah!”<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Sarah &amp; Barnsey6(1).jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 435px; margin-left: 200px; margin-right: 200px;" /></em><br /> <br /> We love hearing stories like Sarah and Barnsey’s, it's what MySingleFriend is all about!<br /> <br /> Sarah writes a blog about food, family and life with twins, have a read here&nbsp;<a href="http://www.tamingtwins.com/" target="_blank">http://www.tamingtwins.com,&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Sarah &amp; Barnsey1(1).jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 300px; margin-left: 200px; margin-right: 200px;" /></a><br /> <br /> Have a great weekend everyone!<br /> <br /> MSF X<br /> <br /> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Halloween horn hits the UK! http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/features/halloween-horn-hits-the-uk http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/features/halloween-horn-hits-the-uk Happy Halloween MSFers!<br /> <br /> Valentine’s Day may be all about love but Halloween is all about lust.<br /> <br /> Although it doesn’t scream romance, it turns out the spookiest day of the year puts vampish singles into flirting overdrive.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/weenhalo(1).jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 266px; margin-left: 180px; margin-right: 180px;" /><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Have you ever found yourself in a Halloween lip lock? Over a quarter of Brits admit to a spooky snog at Halloween party and almost almost one in ten have slept with someone post-Halloween party.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Around a quarter (23 per cent) of those surveyed exchanged numbers with a fellow ghoul at a Halloween party, and almost one in ten (nine per cent) admitting ending up in bed with a fellow Halloween party-goer, making it one of the sexiest days of the year!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The survey found men were three times more likely than women to succumb to the ‘Halloween horn’, with over one in seven (15 per cent) men admitting to sleeping with someone after a spooky fancy dress party, compared with only four per cent of women.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Sarah Beeny loves Halloween and thinks that...<br /> <br /> <em>“Halloween is the perfect time to get lucky. Everyone is in good spirits, and spooky fancy dress costumes are a great icebreaker, which add an extra element of allure and mystery. It is a great way to enhance your personality and show your creativity, which will naturally draw people to you. It is definitely the sexiest festival of the year. All treat, no trick.”</em><br /> <br /> The Halloween horn proved to be most prevalent in London, which had the highest number of revellers having shared a spooky snog with 42 per cent admitting to locking lips at a Halloween party<br /> &nbsp;<br /> However 63 per cent of people agreed that couples Halloween costumes are embarrassing so if you’re heading out tonight and you were planning an Mr &amp; Mrs outfit you may want to think again...<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/john.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 478px; float: right;" /><img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/kim(2).jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 431px; float: left; margin-left: 50px; margin-right: 50px;" /><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 /> &nbsp;Have a spooktastic evening and be wary of the Halloween horn!<br /> <br /> MSF X<br /> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Win a Barneys Women’s leather biker From I Love 2 Love http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/competitions/win-a-barneys-womens-leather-biker-from-i-love-2-love http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/competitions/win-a-barneys-womens-leather-biker-from-i-love-2-love With the weather becoming decidedly chilly, I Love 2 Love (<a href="http://www.il2l.com/">www.il2l.com</a> ) the online jacket and accessories store, is treating one lucky winner to a luxe leather jacket, helping fight against the dreaded elements!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> A perfect style statement and an ideal addition to any wardrobe, the prize winner’s Barneys leather jacket has stand out appeal, made from high quality, washed Eco leather, to give an authentic worn look and feel.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Ilove2love jacket pic1(1).jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 618px; margin-left: 180px; margin-right: 180px;" /><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Look out for the vintage style silver metalwork and shortened epaulettes to the shoulder that help to make this Barneys biker a modern classic. Its stand out style features also include:<br /> &nbsp;<br /> ·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Classic asymmetric collar styling<br /> <br /> ·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Leather belt fastening to waist<br /> <br /> ·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Tonal stitch detail throughout<br /> <br /> ·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Zip fastening to cuffs to tighten or loosen cuff<br /> &nbsp;<br /> As well as the gorgeous Barneys jacket, the I Love 2 Love collection also includes a range of styles for men and women, including the classic bomber and parka jacket, as well as a range of accessories. New to I Love 2 Love is the recent introduction of the Gentleman Jools Grooming Emporium, which features a hand-picked selection of must-have grooming essentials.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Competition Time</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> With the wintery weather beckoning, I Love 2 Love (<a href="http://www.il2l.com/">www.il2l.com</a><a href="http://www.il2l.com" target="_blank"> </a>) - the online fashion retailer- is offering a Barneys Luxe Leather Jacket .<br /> <br /> To enter simply answer this question:<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>The Movember Foundation raises funds for men’s health issues, in which month do men grow beards to raise awareness?</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> A) &nbsp;September<br /> B) &nbsp;November<br /> C) &nbsp;December<br /> &nbsp;<br /> To enter all you need to do is email us at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:press@mysinglefriend.com?subject=I%20Love%202%20Love%20competition%20entry"><strong>press@mysinglefriend.com</strong></a>&nbsp;with the correct answer and your full name.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <em>The competition closes on</em>&nbsp;<em><strong>Monday 10<sup>th</sup> November</strong></em>&nbsp;<em>at 09.00am and the winner will be selected at random, and contacted within 3 working days to arrange delivery of the prize. All entrants consent to having their details shared with I Love 2 Love.</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>I Love 2 Love&nbsp; </strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> I Love 2 Love is an independent boutique label, born from the designers’ desire to create a capsule collection of super-stylish leather jackets for him and her that stand the test of time - becoming the fashion heritage of the future.&nbsp; &nbsp;Taking modern classics and adding a twist, IL2L also stocks a range of accessories from renowned brands such as Amplified, Fossil and Kipling. &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <em>For more details visit </em><a href="http://www.il2l.com/" target="_blank"><em>www.il2l.com</em></a><br /> <br /> <br /> Good luck ladies!<br /> <br /> MSF X Tue, 28 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Profile of the Week: Becky http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week-becky http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week-becky It’s the last week of October so what better way to end the 10<sup>th</sup> month of the year than with a list of top 10 ten things about our profile of the week!<br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Becky1(1).png" style="width: 300px; height: 353px; margin: 10px 220px;" /><br /> <br /> Although we’re sure there are more than 10, these are Jo’s favourite things about Becky...<br /> <br /> <em>“Smart, funny, beautiful: ten top things about Becky, in no particular order:<br /> <br /> 1) Don't be fooled by the stunning good looks and long blonde hair, she's a super smart medic who would never let her looks define her<br /> <br /> 2) Her sense of adventure has only increased with age (I've known her 20 years). Just in the last year she has taken up polo, gone on a skiing trip with a new group of friends and is planning a round-the-world extended holiday<br /> <br /> 3) She loves watching rugby, horse racing and football &amp; also herself enjoys running &amp; riding. She loves Formula One and has travelled the world to watch it - most recently Malaysia.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> 4) She is kind &amp; caring &amp; always looks out for people, especially her two much younger sisters. It's not just her family – she recently went to visit my Grandma who was ill even though she'd only met her twice before.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> 5) She gets the right balance between enjoying the finer things in life - good food &amp; drink &amp; culture - and also appreciating a healthy amount of trash, including terrible TV.<br /> <br /> 6) She is incredibly loyal to family and friends. She would never let someone down because a better offer came along<br /> <br /> 7) She's the kind of person you want around in a crisis. She has huge amounts of common sense and tops the “friends you'd trust with important task” list&nbsp;<br /> <br /> 8) She likes to plan ahead because she enjoys anticipating future fun &amp; frolics. Spontaneity works too – but the diary can get pretty busy. She'll always make time for what's important<br /> <br /> 9) She's tactful – key skill for a GP – but won't beat around the bush. She's the friend you want to take shopping because she'll tell it like it is<br /> <br /> 10) She hates being late – even if it isn't her fault. She'd probably prefer it if you weren't late (reasonable excuses will always be accepted) but she can't stand being late herself.”<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Becky2.png" style="width: 400px; height: 661px; margin-left: 180px; margin-right: 180px;" /></em><br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/profile/view/id/bybybyevcxfu" target="_blank">Check out her full profile here</a> and why not get in touch with Becky?!<br /> <br /> Next week we will be getting in the Movemeber spirit so if you have a carefully crafted tache or spot a profile on the site with a note worthy beard – send them our way! Email us at <a href="mailto:blog@mysinglefriend.com">blog@mysinglefriend.com</a> and send us some pics!<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;</span><strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">mysinglefriend.com</strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">&nbsp;member?&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/register?p=become" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none; font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" target="_blank"><strong>Join now for free!</strong></a><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Click to go to&nbsp;</span><strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none;" target="_blank">mysinglefriend.com</a></strong> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Success Story: Richard & Georgina http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/dating-success-stories/success-story-richard--georgina http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/dating-success-stories/success-story-richard--georgina Happy Friday MSFers!<br /> <br /> It’s our 10<sup>th</sup> birthday this month so we’ve been asking anyone who met their partner or knows someone who did to get in touch because we’d love to thank you and hear how you’re getting along after meeting on MySingleFriend. Email us at press@mysinglefriend.com - we'd love to hear from you.<br /> <br /> This week’s success story is the perfect example of friends helping each other date by putting their matchmaking skills to good use. Richard met his girlfriend Georgie after his sister Sam signed him up to the site and sent Georgie’s profile his way...and the rest is history!<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Richard &amp; Georgie1(2).jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 300px; margin: 10px 180px;" /><br /> <br /> Richard wrote in to tell us his side of the story:<br /> <br /> <em>“I'd been separated for 14 months and was&nbsp;having a summer break with my 3 children, sister Sam, and her son, mid-August.&nbsp; I had been on other dating websites without any success, so Sam suggested going on My Single Friend.&nbsp; She wrote a lovely description on my profile, and recommended&nbsp;a member on the site to me, called Georgina.</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <em>Georgie's profile was fantastic - &nbsp;an amazing smile on her profile picture, and her friend's description&nbsp;of her being bubbly, caring, funny, and having similar interests to me, I had to send an introduction message....Many e-mails and texts later, we&nbsp; arranged to meet up in Chester for a Thai meal on 10th September.&nbsp; We were both a bit nervous (and excited) before meeting, but we had a great time&nbsp;chatting and getting to know a bit more about each other.&nbsp; She looked stunning, and that smile.....</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <em>Since the first date, it's been a bit of a whirlwind - we've been to a friend's wedding reception, to&nbsp;the theatre to see The Full Monty, down the ZipWorld zipwire in North Wales, had a 1st month anniversary celebration meal at The Panoramic in Liverpool followed by cocktails and back to Chester for a bit of clubbing!!!, and loads of time just relaxing, chatting, holding and loving each others' company.&nbsp; We've also booked our first holiday for February next year, in Florence, and are going down to Wales to cheer the international&nbsp;team on in November.</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <em>I absolutely love spending time with Georgie, and am so glad we've met.&nbsp; She's gorgeous,&nbsp;has a wicked sense of humour, is affectionate, caring, thoughtful, and the best company.&nbsp; We can't spend enough time together, and are so excited about what the future will hold...</em><br /> <em>&nbsp;</em><br /> <em>Thanks to&nbsp;My Single Friend for having Georgie's profile online,&nbsp;to Sam for&nbsp;recommending Georgie, and to Georgie, for&nbsp;putting up with me and making me so happy :)"</em><br /> <br /> Congratulations Richard and Georgie (and Sam – great matchmaking skills!)<br /> <br /> Have a great weekend everyone!<br /> <br /> MSF X<br /> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100 It's MySingleFriend's 10th birthday! http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/events/its-mysinglefriends-10th-birthday http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/events/its-mysinglefriends-10th-birthday It’s our 10<sup>th</sup> birthday! Happy birthday to us!<br /> <br /> Sarah Beeny started MySingleFriend because she loved matchmaking her single friends and since 2004 we’ve just grown and grown. &nbsp;After a decade in the industry and with hundreds of success stories under our belt, we’re so happy to have been able to make such a positive difference in people’s lives.<br /> <br /> Over the years we’ve had some amazing feedback and we love hearing from happy couples – now that we’re celebrating our birthday we’d like to take the chance to thank everyone who has been a part of the brand over the years!<br /> <br /> We’re calling all MSFers&nbsp; - so &nbsp;if you or anyone you know has met their husband/wife/girlfriend/boyfriend/bestfriend on MySingleFriend then send them our way because we’d like to invite them to come celebrate our 10<sup>th</sup> birthday with us on the <strong><em>30<sup>th</sup> October</em></strong> in Central London.<br /> <br /> Sarah will be there on the night and would love to meet everyone over a cocktail or two.<br /> <br /> Send us a message at <strong>press@mysinglefriend.com</strong>&nbsp;and we will send you more details...<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/1362 Anniversary Homepg(1).jpg" style="width: 487px; height: 323px; margin-left: 150px; margin-right: 150px;" /><br /> <br /> <br /> MSF X&nbsp;<br /> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100 An interview with DatingAdvice.com http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/feedback/an-interview-with-datingadvicecom http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/feedback/an-interview-with-datingadvicecom We don't want you to just take our word for how good MSF is, so&nbsp;we were chuffed when DatingAdvice.com&nbsp;chose to feature us recently on their site. We did a little interview with them and of course provided a few words of wisdom from our founder Sarah Beeny herself.<br /> <br /> It's always nice to get a lovely write up from&nbsp;an outside company, and with over 1.8m words of dating advice on their site, DatingAdvice really are the experts when it comes to all things online dating. Their site is packed full of content and regularly updated so well worth a read on your tea break.<br /> <br /> Shameless plug over - you can read the full article <a href="http://www.datingadvice.com/online-dating/my-single-friend-making-profile-writing-easy-since-2004" target="_blank">right here</a>...<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/datingadvice.png" style="width: 845px; height: 339px; float: left;" /><br /> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Profile of the Week: Alan http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week-alan http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week-alan <br /> Happy Monday MSFers!<br /> <br /> We try to look for something different as we browse through our lovely pool of MSFers every week and today Alan’s profile caught our eye purely because it made us chuckle...so why not read on and see if it can do the same for you?<br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/AL2.png" style="width: 400px; height: 259px; margin: 10px 180px;" /><br /> <br /> Here’s what his friend Danny wanted you to know about his friend Alan...<br /> <br /> <em>“Okay, I'll keep this brief as I'm a guy, and as such don't really like talking about anything deeper than, well, football or pub talk.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> I've known him since we both used to have curtains (haircuts, this is NOT a statement about interior design) and wore checked shirts everywhere. Ridiculously we met whilst working in Safeway as check-out boys, where he once punched me on the nose and ruined my lovely aqua-coloured body warmer.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> But he's not all punching people on the nose and up-setting check-out staff. No, there's much more to him than that, there's the....and the...<br /> <br /> Okay, here goes. He's a decent enough lad, relatively funny, pretty out-going and at times witty. That's probably about as nice as I can be to him. Seriously though, he does love a bit of banter, and doesn't take himself too seriously, so a few beers and a decent conversation and he's as happy as Larry. In fact, he's almost always smiling or happy, which tends to annoy me a little.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> He loves his music as well (think Kasabian, Alt-J and anything slightly alternative with a guitar and drums really), and always seems to be popping off to watch a gig, or to some far-flung festival. Sometimes with me, which makes me much less bitter. He's always doing random stuff around London, and tends to make the most of the city, or at least it's pubs.<br /> <br /> He's in to his fitness also, and keep's himself in fairly decent nic. He's ran various half-marathons and 10k's etc, but I'm pretty sure his times are nothing to write home about...<br /> <br /> Oh, and he's just come back from travelling, having spent 15 months exploring the Americas. This probably means that he may be slightly out of condition, and definitely means that he'll bore you with photos of monkeys and waterfalls.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> You've been warned.”<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/AL1.png" style="width: 400px; height: 289px; margin: 10px 180px;" /></em><br /> <br /> If you’d like to read Alan’s reply and his side of the story to the Safeway incident <a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/profile/view/id/bydwirfuhscx/admin/yes" target="_blank">click here to read his full profile...</a><br /> <br /> Have a great week and happy dating!<br /> <br /> MSF X<br /> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Success Story: Laura & Mike http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/dating-success-stories/success-story-laura--mike http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/dating-success-stories/success-story-laura--mike Happy Friday all!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> We received a lovely message from two former MSF’ers who met on the site back in 2010, they got in touch to tell us they had got married earlier this year and were now on their honeymoon in Bali! Very jealous considering the rainy weather in the UK this week, we wish we could’ve come too!<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Laura&amp;Mike2(1).jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 266px; margin-left: 180px; margin-right: 180px;" /><br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> Here’s their story in their own words:<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Laura wrote:<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <em>“After returning from travelling around the world and being single for 18 months I felt I was ready to meet someone.&nbsp; As all of my friends were already partnered up there was little opportunity to “go out on the pull”.</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <em>My friend told me about MSF and I decided that there was no harm in giving it a go.&nbsp; A couple of university friends wrote my profile, which I felt hit the right note.&nbsp; </em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <em>Mike sent me a message that instantly got my attention; it was friendly and not too forward.&nbsp; We exchanged messages back and forth and discovered a mutual admiration for Anchorman and The Office.&nbsp; A good sense of humour is a must for me so it looked like a good sign!</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <em>Mike asked me out quite soon after we started messaging and we met up for an early evening drink in Birmingham.&nbsp; It was the best first date I have ever had.&nbsp; The conversation flowed really easily and the date lasted 4 hours until I had to get my last train home.&nbsp; A second date swiftly followed and before we knew it, it was 9 months later and we moved in together.”<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Laura&amp;Mike1(1).jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 266px; margin-left: 180px; margin-right: 180px;" /></em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Mike wrote:<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <em>“I was instantly drawn to Laura’s profile.&nbsp; She had several photos in which she looked beautiful.&nbsp; However her profile made her sound so interesting and her friends’ summary (in hind-sight) was very accurate.&nbsp; I made the first (virtual) move and after some emails back and forth I asked her on a date before someone else did!</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <em>I can honestly say it was the best first date I have ever had.&nbsp; I instantly knew that Laura was a special person and I was a little surprised she seemed to be so in to me!&nbsp; I texted her after I walked her to her train to say how I felt about the date and that I felt we had great chemistry and I was delighted that she agreed to a second date.</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <em>I wasn’t sceptical about online dating. It cuts out the whole “game” of trying to meet someone in the traditional sense whilst still having the same romance and butterfly feeling in your stomach that you get when you meet someone by chance. With online dating you know where you stand from the start.</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <em>Four years later, Laura and I own a lovely house and have so many wonderful memories from holidays together, nights out and special occasions.&nbsp; We have just got married and we are now enjoying our honeymoon in Bali, where we are sat by the sea, writing this blog with a nice glass of wine!”</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Congratulations Mike &amp; Laura!&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Have a great weekend everyone...<br /> &nbsp;<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;</span><strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">mysinglefriend.com</strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">&nbsp;member?&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/register?p=become" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none; font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" target="_blank"><strong>Join now for free!</strong></a><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Click to go to&nbsp;</span><strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none;" target="_blank">mysinglefriend.com</a></strong> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100 5 photo mistakes that are losing you dates http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/guest-blogs/5-photo-mistakes-that-are-losing-you-dates http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/guest-blogs/5-photo-mistakes-that-are-losing-you-dates People are very visual creatures and gather information, clues and messages mostly from what they see rather than what they read or hear.&nbsp; In person, over 55% of communication is through body language i.e. what people are seeing rather than the words they are hearing (7%) and the tone it’s said in (38%), so it makes sense that photos are also giving out lots of clues and information.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> With this in mind, it might be time to do a quick audit of the photos you’re using on your dating profile and check what your photos are saying about you. To make it easy for you, here’s a list of the top 5 mistakes that could be losing you great dates.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/saskia1.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 267px; margin-left: 180px; margin-right: 180px;" /><br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Dating photo mistake #1&nbsp;</strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Red-eye syndrome</strong><br /> I am always surprised when I see people using photos of themselves when they have got red-eye going on i.e. instead of someone’s eyes you see what looks like red laser beams coming out of their eyes.&nbsp; If you’re reading this and thinking to yourself, ‘what’s wrong with a little red eye?’- let me just say that the eyes are, without doubt, the most important part of the face.&nbsp; Pro photographers usually focus on the eyes in portrait photography because they know if the eyes are out of focus, then the photo won’t work well. You can tell a lot by looking into someone’s eyes, like whether you think they are trustworthy etc.&nbsp; If people can’t see your eyes, at best they will find it a little off-putting, at worst they are going to move on to the next photo without bothering to open up your profile because they won’t feel any kind of connection with you.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Dating photo mistake #2 </strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Messy house horror</strong><br /> Are you nodding your head in recognition?&nbsp; Have you seen dating photos recently, where piles of washing are languishing on the bed behind that person you like the look of? Or their shelves are heaving with piles of messy papers?&nbsp; I bet it turned you off them instantly. Ideally, you want to create a dating profile, which conjures up a lifestyle that people are drawn to.&nbsp; You want them to see your profile and start fantasising what life would be like with you.&nbsp; There aren’t many people who are going to be fantasising about a messy house.&nbsp; Yes we all know real life includes doing the laundry, but this is definitely a topic to be avoided when you start dating someone.&nbsp;&nbsp; Keep it real, yes, but the best version of real.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Dating photo mistake #3 </strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Ex cut out of the shot</strong><br /> Another common mistake you see in people’s dating photos are the ones where what looks like the ex partner has been cut out of the shot.&nbsp; No one really wants to deal with the ‘ex’ issue at the beginning of a relationship let alone before they’ve even connected with someone.&nbsp; It acts as a reminder that relationships end and they may even consciously or unconsciously be thinking that one day it could be their head that is cut out of the shot.&nbsp; It’s like staring at the end of the relationship before it’s had a chance to begin.&nbsp; So, this is definitely a no-no if you don’t want to put people off.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Dating photo mistake #4</strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Blurry and poorly lit </strong><br /> Blurry and poorly lit photos are damaging on a couple of levels.&nbsp; Firstly, your photos won’t stand out in the sea of dating photos that people are looking at.&nbsp; A pin-sharp, bright photo can attract people to your profile, purely because they stand out from the crowd and your face can be easily seen – don’t underestimate the importance of showing your face off clearly. Secondly, blurry, poorly-lit photos might give some people the message that you ‘can’t be bothered’, which will have some people thinking that they can’t be bothered to get in touch either.&nbsp; Remember you’re aiming to get people to start imagining how great things would be if they were seeing you.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Dating photo mistake #5 </strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Not smiling </strong><br /> When people turn up for a dating shoot with me, I ask them to channel the best version of themselves, you know, the confident, carefree, happy version.<br /> I encourage them to momentarily forget about unpaid bills, the mean boss, looming deadlines and to relax, enjoy the moment and have fun. This is because happy people are attracted to happy people, so your dating profile photos need to showcase you looking happy and relaxed.&nbsp; People just aren’t naturally drawn to sullen, moody or unhappy faces – no matter how hot you look in the shot.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/saskia2.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 600px; margin-left: 180px; margin-right: 180px;" /><br /> <br /> This post was written by the lovely Saskia Nelson.<br /> <br /> Saskia Nelson is the talent behind the award-winning Saturday Night’s Alright, the UK’s only dedicated <a href="http://www.saturdaynightsalright.com/" target="_blank">dating photography business</a>.&nbsp; She is passionate about helping the UK's eclectic range of single people to shine online and ultimately find love, friends and happiness. She specialises in creating gorgeous photos for her clients to help them build awesome online dating profiles that help tell the story of who they really are. &nbsp;She also puts her extensive online dating experiences to good use by sharing her experiences and wisdom on her <a href="http://www.saturdaynightsalright.com/blog/" target="_blank">blog</a> and by organising dating workshops for women as one half of the <a href="http://www.gotogirls.dating/" target="_blank">Go To Girls</a>.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> You can find her here on<a href="https://twitter.com/SatNightAlright" target="_blank">&nbsp;Twitter</a>&nbsp;or on <a href="http://www.facebook.com/saturdaynightsalright " target="_blank">Facebook</a><br /> <br /> Follow Saskia's advice on picking good photos for your dating profile and see if you see an improvement in your dating life!<br /> <br /> Please email any feeback to blog@mysinglefriend.com<br /> <br /> MSF X<br /> <br /> <br /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; 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height: 266px; margin-left: 180px; margin-right: 180px;" /><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Ally&amp;Andy2.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 266px; margin-left: 180px; margin-right: 180px;" /><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Ally&amp;Andy4.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 266px; margin-left: 180px; margin-right: 180px;" /><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Ally&amp;Andy6.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 266px; margin-left: 180px; margin-right: 180px;" /><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Ally&amp;Andy3(1).jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 266px; margin-left: 180px; margin-right: 180px;" /><br /> <br /> We are so happy to have been a part of your journey and we wish you all the best in your future together!<br /> <br /> MSF X<br /> <br /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; 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