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: Siobhan & Graham http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/dating-success-stories/success-story-siobhan--graham http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/dating-success-stories/success-story-siobhan--graham We received another lovely story to share with you this week. Our couple met on the site earlier this year and have been very much together ever since!<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/G&amp;S2.png" style="width: 400px; height: 253px; margin-left: 180px; margin-right: 180px;" /><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Here’s what Siobhan said when she wrote to us...<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <em>“We met on MSF in February 2014. We wrote to each other for a number of weeks and got to know each other in an almost love letter old fashioned way before we finally met! &nbsp;Graham drove to Norwich and we had lunch at a lovely restaurant in Norwich. We chatted for hours and the restaurant was nearly closing before we had even ordered our food! Graham drove back to London after our meal and the rest is history! We are off to New York in a couple of weeks time and are looking forward to spending our first Christmas together at my home in Norfolk. We will be joined by my two gorgeous sons Daniel and Benjamin.&nbsp; We are excited about the future and looking forward to a long happy life together.”<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/G&amp;S4.png" style="width: 400px; height: 407px; margin-left: 180px; margin-right: 180px;" /></em><br /> <br /> Have a great time in New York Graham and Siobhan!<br /> <br /> MSF X<br /> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Winter Date Ideas http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/advice/winter-date-ideas http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/advice/winter-date-ideas As December creeps closer and closer, the festive season is almost upon us. Christmas lights are already lining the streets, shop shelves are fully stocked with Christmas puddings and soon it’ll be time to pull out our advent calendars!<br /> <br /> We ran a poll on MSF and lucky for all you singletons out there 74% of people said that the festive season gets them in the mood for dating. Hurrah! That’s the spirit!<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/tour_img-239440-48.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 219px; margin-left: 180px; margin-right: 180px;" /><br /> <br /> Here are our top dating ideas this festive season (with a few links included to help you out!)...<br /> <br /> <strong>Winter Wonderland </strong><br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.hydeparkwinterwonderland.com/ " target="_blank">Winter Wonderland</a> opens tonight (21<sup>st</sup> November)! This is music to our ears as when we asked MSFers, 76% of respondents thought it was a good date idea. It’s a great place to go on a date or with friends as there are rides, Ice skating, a Christmas market, all sorts of German foods (and nutella pancakes :)) as well as a German Village leading into an enormous beer tent. Snowflakes even fall over the dance floor at points through the night so make sure you go and join in the fun!<br /> <br /> <strong>Ice Skating</strong><br /> <br /> Although you may not want to show your crush that you’re really bambi on ice, no one expects you to glide like a pro so ice skating is a fun festive idea if you’re able to laugh at yourself. There’s a few rinks in every city but here’s some suggestions for <a href="http://www.visitlondon.com/tag/ice-skating " target="_blank">London</a> and <a href="http:// http://www.visitmanchester.com/what-to-do/christmas/christmas-events/" target="_blank">Manchester.</a> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/ice-skating-in-london-this-christmas.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 265px; margin-left: 180px; margin-right: 180px;" /><br /> <br /> <strong>Pub dinner by the fire</strong><br /> <br /> 64% of MSFers voted for a cosy dinner by the pub fire when asked what the best winter date would be. When it’s frosty outside there’s nothing better than some warm comfort food sat in a snug pub corner<strong>.</strong> Throw in a glass or two of mulled wine and you’ve got a great festive date!<br /> A great local pub is perfect for this, somewhere with a relaxed atmosphere and cosy surroundings.<br /> <br /> <strong>Xmas markets</strong><br /> <br /> Christmas markets are great for wandering around and getting to know each other a little bit better. You can walk from stall to stall, trying new foods and sharing Christmas stories. Make sure you stop for a mulled wine or hot apple cider to warm your hands up along the way! <a href="http://www.christmasmarkets.com/UK.html" target="_blank">Click here</a> for information on some Christmas markets dotted around the country or <a href="http://www.manchester.gov.uk/info/500241/christmas_markets/5687/manchester_christmas_markets_visitor_information_and_travel/2" target="_blank">here </a>for Manchester Christmas markets.<br /> <br /> <strong>Outdoor Cinema</strong><br /> <br /> We would never normally recommend going to the cinema in the early stages of dating as you don’t get to know each other when you’re sat in a dark room focused on a movie but for this we will make an exception!<br /> The Berkeley Hotel in Central London has transformed its rooftop terrace into a pine filled forest cinema. You sit in wooden huts, nestled between blankets and fluffy pillows watching Christmas classics on a big screen whilst served hot chocolate and mince pies...sounds like they temporarily transport you the Alps! It does however come at a cost so only for those who are prepared to splurge. <a href="http://www.the-berkeley.co.uk/winter-cinema/ " target="_blank">Click here </a>for more details. &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Berkeley-Roof-Top-Cinema--winter(2).jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 212px; margin-left: 180px; margin-right: 180px;" />&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Stay in...</strong>Now that it’s getting dark by 4pm it’s getting more and more tempting to stay at home in the evenings. If you’re staying in you need to be armed with some good ideas, here’s a few...<br /> <br /> <strong>Games night</strong><br /> <br /> Pull out the board games, decks of cards, Wii or Xbox. Games night is also fun as a double date as you can pair up and challenge each other.<br /> There’s nothing wrong with ending the night watching a good movie , if you’re stuck for ideas<a href="http://goodmovieslist.com/ " target="_blank"> here’s</a> a good starting point...or try <a href="http://www.tastekid.com/" target="_blank">Tastekid </a>for more movie inspiration.&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Make a gingerbread house</strong><br /> <br /> This may seem like something that you do with children, but making a gingerbread house can be a really great date activity. Just like cooking together is fun (when one of you actually can cook!) making a gingerbread house is playful and you get to be a little creative. You can show off your building skills or your decorating skills and impress your date :) <a href="http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/4900/simple-gingerbread-house " target="_blank">Here’s a recipe</a> to get you started...<br /> <br /> <br /> Let us know how you get on and tag <a href="https://twitter.com/mysinglefriend" target="_blank">@mysinglefriend</a> in any tweets or on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/MySingleFriend?ref=tn_tnmn" target="_blank">Facebook</a> – we’d love to keep up with you on your dates!<br /> <br /> Have a great weekend!<br /> <br /> MSF X<br /> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Profile of the Week: Luisa from Brighton http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week-luisa-from-brighton http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week-luisa-from-brighton Our newest profile of the week is an open minded, easy going woman who loves to laugh at silly moments. She’s the ultimate foodie who enjoys trying new things and is always looking for her next adventure...meet Luisa!<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/luisa2(1).png" style="width: 300px; height: 401px; margin-left: 200px; margin-right: 200px;" /><br /> <br /> Here’s what her sister Gina had to say about her:<br /> <br /> <em>“I am shouting about my sister Luisa and hoping that some genuine, quirky, fun loving ears are hearing it! I am pretty sure that everyone on here states their friends are the top trumps but what is different about this statement is I am actually going to evidence why my blister is the best choice on this site. Firstly please look at the photos I have selected for this beaut and then sit and enjoy reading that this girl is far more than a pretty face!<br /> <br /> Luisa used to live in Brighton and I have to say totally adopts the Brightonian quirky interesting persona. Completely embracing and appreciating new experiences Luisa loves learning about new foods, ways of seeing the world and cultural experiences but without being the weird mother earth that does not wash! Last year she brought me a raw cook book for my birthday which totally changed my life. This is so Luisa to tune into something like this.<br /> <br /> Domestic goddess- yes Luisa can turn on the domestic goddess for the right person effortlessly cooking healthy but delicious meals. This is selective mind and you do need to hit the right buttons to get this treatment. I am often surprised when I am flavor of the month and something awesome is whipped up by the younger sister. Last time I was treated to scallops with all sorts of innovative salad oils and dressings!<br /> <br /> Do not be mislead by the pretty face this girl is extremely robust. As a hardcore gym and yoga bunny if you do not embrace an active life do not apply. But this girl can seriously stretch and makes it look painless.<br /> <br /> I am not going to rant on anymore. If you wish to find out extra be brave and send a message. I will leave by saying my sister likes culture and the fine things in life but is not so <strong><u>s.o.b.</u></strong>&nbsp;that she does not appreciate humble romantic rustic gestures. Good luck guys!”<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/luisa1.png" style="width: 300px; height: 312px; margin-left: 200px; margin-right: 200px;" /></em><br /> <br /> If you’re interested in finding out more about Luisa click <a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/profile/view/id/jqazazgtazbyaz/admin/yes" target="_blank">here to read her full profile.</a><br /> <br /> Have a great week!<br /> <br /> MSF X<br /> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Success Story: Alexandra & Rupert http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/dating-success-stories/success-story-alexandra--rupert http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/dating-success-stories/success-story-alexandra--rupert Happy Friday again MSFers!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> What have you got planned for this weekend? It’s set to be chilly so on Sunday I’ll be grabbing my winter woollys and heading out on a stroll followed by a long pub dinner by the open fire. Cosy.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> This week’s success story couple is Alexandra and Rupert. They met in MSF’s early days and got in touch after seeing some tweets about our birthday last month!<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/AlexandraRupert2(1).jpeg" style="width: 400px; height: 300px; margin-left: 180px; margin-right: 180px;" /><br /> <br /> <em>“We have been meaning to write for ages to say how pleased we are that we chose MySingleFriend.&nbsp; My Mum spotted your recent tweet asking for stories for your birthday, so here we are.&nbsp; Rupert and I met in 2008, after I spotted him on the MSF site, and we got married last Summer, both aged 40. </em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <em>It was my former colleague, Amy, who first showed me MSF. At the time, I had been using a couple of other sites and had a few dates but nothing special. I was searching in Hampshire, where I live and Surrey, where I was working at the time.&nbsp; Rupert probably wouldn't have found me, as he was only searching in Surrey....so it's a good job that I was proactive and got in touch when I saw his lovely, cheerful, smiley picture with written introductions from him and his friend that very much matched that image of a positive person.</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <em>Having a friend write about you is such a good idea, given that most of us really don't like writing about ourselves and probably aren't very good at it either.&nbsp; Also, making a profile was very simple, not intimidatingly complicated and time consuming like some other sites. </em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <em>From the information online, we found we had a few things in common - actually attitude and sense of humour had a lot to do with it - so we started writing and soon afterwards met and then that was it!&nbsp; A couple of months later, Rupert went away to Australia for two months of special leave he had been planning for ages.&nbsp; We sent each other surprise Valentine's gifts (I think he hid his chocolate in the hostel's dorm to ration it instead of having to share!) but the best present was that he came back early to spend time with me and we have been very much together ever since.</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <em>You'll also be pleased to hear that Amy, who had been dating a man she'd met through MSF for a few weeks when she put me online, later married that very nice man and they have a beautiful daughter.</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <em>We celebrated our wedding at Portsmouth's Spinnaker Tower, MSF featured prominently in my speech and we have always been proud and happy to share the story of how we met online because otherwise we never would have found each other.</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <em>Thanks for creating a great way to meet people!”<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/AlexandraRupert4(3).png" style="width: 250px; height: 458px; float: left; margin-left: 50px; margin-right: 50px;" /><img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/AlexandraRupert1.jpeg" style="width: 300px; height: 447px; float: right;" /></em><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 /> We love the cheeky splash of colour under your wedding dress Alexandra! Congratulations, we wish you all the luck in the future!<br /> <br /> If you know any couples who have met on MySingleFriend, get them to write to us at press@mysinglefriend.com - we would love to hear from them...<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Have a great weekend everyone...<br /> &nbsp;<br /> MSF X<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Profile of the Week: Bella http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week-bella http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week-bella Happy Monday MSFers!<br /> <br /> This week’s profile of the week knows what she wants and we love her positive vibes. A fun, open minded, tolerant, honest individual who is by nature happy, Bella has a big heart and believes life is too short to live it as a bad person!&nbsp;<br /> <br /> She’s looking for a go-getter, a man who is capable of going for a girl he desires, as she believes a man like that “is likely to be capable to go after all his dreams and make them true. How could a girl not want someone like that?” We agree Bella...<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/bels1(1).png" style="width: 300px; height: 446px; margin-left: 210px; margin-right: 210px;" /><br /> <br /> Here’s what her friend Susan had to say about her:<br /> <br /> <em>“Wow! So you're reading this, you're about to discover "Bella" that's not her real name by the way, it's a nickname, as she doesn't want to be found by patients! She's popular enough already!&nbsp;<br /> <br /> This girl as you can probably see from the photos is a ball of energy, if ur lucky enough to meet her in person, you'll feel even more! She's likeable, energetic and fun.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Bella is always doing something, a very active girl, whose either travelling, partying or learning a new thing. She is a very kind, sweet person, who is a loyal friend at hard times and a gun friend at good times.<br /> <br /> Bella is a doctor but you wouldn't know it to talk to her straightaway she's so much fun, very down to earth and knowledgeable about so many subjects, some people suggested with that personality and looks she should be on TV!&nbsp;<br /> <br /> The type of person I see Bella being with is handsome, intelligent, successful and fun, see this girl doesn't settle! That's why she's successful, she wants the best of what life has to offer in everyday, the best jobs, the best nights out, the best holidays and of course the best friends, me included! Woohoo and hopefully you!<br /> <br /> Bella often talks about positive energy tranquillity and being happy with ones self, these are important to her, she looks after herself physically, mentally and emotionally and maybe that is why she seems always happy! And is like a breath of fresh air, as I'm sure you'll hear it from her she hates misery and negative energy. You certainly know you're dealing with someone wise, fun with no baggage. This one is sure not to let negative energy hang around her for long!&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Despite Bella being so much fun, and open minded she has a strong feminine presence, and is girly and feminine in every way, that means you'll have to be the man and do the chasing, for God's sake why wouldn't you, meeting a girl like that! you'll be the driver and she'll probably let you make most decision though will somehow influence you with that seductive feminine aura! Lucky you!!!”<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/bels2.png" style="width: 400px; height: 348px; margin-left: 180px; margin-right: 180px;" /></em><br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/profile/view/id/bybybygthshs/admin/yes" target="_blank">Click here to read Bella’s full profile!</a><br /> <br /> Have a great week...and happy dating!<br /> <br /> MSF X<br /> Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Success Story: Matt and Kira http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/dating-success-stories/success-story-matt-and-kira http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/dating-success-stories/success-story-matt-and-kira It’s our favourite time of the week again; time to share another success story with you all!<br /> <br /> August really seems to be a lucky month for this week’s couple and I’m sure that like us, after reading their story, you will be wondering what’s in store for August 2016...<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Matt &amp; Kira2.png" style="width: 400px; height: 400px; margin-left: 180px; margin-right: 180px;" /><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Shakira wrote in to tell us about how she met her fiancé Matt back in 2013...<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <em>&nbsp;“From a relationship perspective Matt and I have very different backgrounds. I got married and divorced before the age of 23 and re-married again at 26, only to have my heart broken 2 &amp;1/2 years into the marriage. I am a big believer in there being "the one" for you. Matt hadn't really had a long-term relationship, kind of drifting along through life chilling.<br /> <br /> I'd never even thought about internet dating, but one early August evening over at a friend’s house (after a few glasses of wine) they convinced me to allow them to sign me up for MSF. I was very skeptical and quite frankly a little nervous. The thought of speaking with someone didn't scare me, but actually meeting someone that you have only chatted on the internet did, but in my drunken haze I allowed them to carry on regardless.<br /> <br /> I started to get messages and people liking my profile and I began to chat to two guys, one of which was Matt. His big smile and lovely warm eyes immediately struck a chord with me. We exchanged numbers within the first few days of me joining. I was based in Windsor at the time and Matt in Brighton. I joked that he had a wide search area to have found me, but he says he spotted me in the newbies email that he was sent - him also being new to the site.<br /> <br /> We agreed to meet for a date a week after starting to message, but I was adamant that I wanted Matt and I to speak on the phone first, and we spoke on the Sunday ahead of the Wednesday date (7th August). Whilst this wasn't Matt's first online date, it was mine. I was really nervous ahead of speaking, but thankfully we got on fine, he filled me in on his weekend playing cricket and we agreed he would drive to Windsor and we would meet at a local pub.<br /> <br /> Wednesday quickly approached, and I was terrified. I got to the venue and he called me to ask where the entrance was, I turned around to look for him, and saw a gorgeous smile from an even more gorgeous Matt that the pictures. We got to the bar, and Matt said he needed to put a ticket on his car, my heart sunk, I thought he was bailing on me. But he quickly returned.<br /> <br /> Time flew by and a drink (alcohol-free as both driving) turned into dinner, where Matt asked me for a second date that Friday. We said our goodbyes and I was in a world of happiness. From that moment on we spent almost all the time that distance would allow us together. 6 weeks later Matt asked me to move to Brighton into a new flat he had bought, that would be ready for us at the end of the year.<br /> <br /> We had our first holiday in October half term and exchanged I Love You’s &nbsp;soon after that. We moved in together at the end of November and Matt Proposed on holiday in Greece at the beginning of August this year. I never thought I would meet someone again, I certainly didn't think I would be getting married again, but Matt is the most wonderful man, he’s caring, funny, clever, and most of all totally loveable.<br /> <br /> We have set a date for 15th August 2015 for the wedding and I’m extremely excited to be marrying someone wonderful. I'd never wanted children before meeting Matt, but now I see a future with him which includes babies!”<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Matt &amp; Kira4(1).png" style="width: 400px; height: 427px; margin-left: 180px; margin-right: 180px;" /></em><br /> <br /> Thank you so much for sharing your story with us Matt &amp; Kira! No doubt we will be in touch after the wedding to see how you celebrated your big day, congratulations!<br /> <br /> Have a great weekend!<br /> <br /> MSF X&nbsp;<br /> Thu, 06 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100 MySingleFriend's 10th birthday party! http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/events/mysinglefriends-10th-birthday-party http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/events/mysinglefriends-10th-birthday-party Last Thursday, 30<sup>th</sup> October, we celebrated our 10<sup>th</sup> birthday!<br /> <br /> What better way to celebrate 10 years of matchmaking and friendship than by hosting a party for our lovely members, success story couples and friends... &nbsp;It’s amazing to hear how MySingleFriend really changes people’s lives and brings people together that would never have crossed paths otherwise, so we wanted to take the chance to meet real couples and say thank you for choosing MySingleFriend...<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/CPG_MSF_10TH_003.jpg" style="width: 350px; height: 451px; margin-left: 190px; margin-right: 190px;" /><br /> <br /> <br /> We held a drinks party at The Fable Bar in Central London for some of our success story couples, popular members, matchmakers, friends and people who have been involved with the brand over the years.<br /> <br /> We often find that when talking to people about MySingleFriend that they know someone who has met their partner on the site or have signed someone up to the site, so we wanted to invite anyone along who wanted to come celebrate with us.<br /> <br /> The atmosphere was great - we mingled, shared dating stories (the good, the bad and the ugly!) and all in all had a lovely evening!<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/CPG_MSF_10TH_025.jpg" style="width: 350px; height: 233px; float: right;" /><img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/CPG_MSF_10TH_047.jpg" style="width: 350px; height: 233px; float: left; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px;" /><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/CPG_MSF_10TH_082.jpg" style="width: 350px; height: 233px; float: left; margin-top: 20px; margin-bottom: 20px;" /><img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/CPG_MSF_10TH_084.jpg" style="width: 350px; height: 233px; float: right; margin-top: 20px; margin-bottom: 20px;" /><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Sarah Beeny was there to meet couples and was absolutely ecstatic to meet a couple expecting a ‘Beeny baby’!<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/CPG_MSF_10TH_083.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 266px; margin-left: 180px; margin-right: 180px;" /><br /> <br /> There were drinks, nibbles, toffee apples to bring a little Halloween spirit and an absolutely delicious curly wurly cake – because everyone knows it’s not a real birthday without some cake!<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/CPG_MSF_10TH_073(1).jpg" style="width: 350px; height: 526px; margin-left: 190px; margin-right: 190px;" /><br /> <br /> Thank you to everyone who could make it and for choosing to be a part of MySingleFriend! We’d also like to thank those couples who couldn’t make it to the party but who sent in lovely messages about how they have met their partners on the site – we love hearing from you so keep the messages coming!<br /> <br /> We have a lot of exciting things coming up with winter which we can’t wait to share with you so keep a look out for our announcements!<br /> <br /> See you all at the 15<sup>th</sup> birthday!<br /> <br /> MSF X<br /> Mon, 03 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Profile of the Week: Alex and his Mo http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week-alex-and-his-mo http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week-alex-and-his-mo In the spirit of Movember this month we were searching for a profile with a great ‘Mo’ and gentlemen of MSF you need to step up your game as there were no ‘Mo’s’ that really caught our eye...<br /> <br /> Alex however seems to be in the spirit of Movember in his profile picture...<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/alex(1).png" style="width: 400px; height: 533px; margin-left: 180px; margin-right: 180px;" /><br /> <br /> Here’s what his friend Victoria had to say about him:<br /> <br /> <em>“I have known Alex since my first week of University and in my opinion he is wasted as a single man.<br /> <br /> I can honestly and knowingly say that Alex is loyal, sweet, sincere and would make a great boyfriend. He is never boring, is definitely a yes man and loves music, cycling, running and learning new things (for example he has recently taken up Dutch)<br /> <br /> He has a great sense of humour and is also able to laugh at himself, showing he doesn't take himself too seriously. Alex is always up for a night out but equally he would be just as happy having a quiet night in with a special someone.<br /> <br /> Alex has an astonishing number of friends but he always seems to have time for everyone. He is definitely someone you could happily introduce to your mum!”</em><br /> <br /> If you’re intrigued to read more, <a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/profile/view/id/cxbyjqcxgths " target="_blank">check out his full profile here.</a><br /> <br /> Every year <a href="http://uk.movember.com/?home" target="_blank"><strong>The Movember Foundation</strong></a> takes over the month of November as the leading global organisation committed to changing the face of men’s health.<br /> <br /> Mo Bros take action by changing their appearance by growing a moustache for the 30 days of Movember, to spark conversation and raise funds. Mo Sistas commit to supporting the men in their lives while helping to promote men’s health.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Movember is such a great cause so get involved! Make sure you follow the rules – <a href="http://uk.movember.com/get-involved/therules" target="_blank">you can read them here </a><br /> <br /> If you’re a MoSista you can get involved too –<a href="http://uk.movember.com/get-involved/mo-sistas " target="_blank"> click here to find out how</a><br /> <br /> Happy Movember! Send us progress pictures to <a href="mailto:press@mysinglefriend.com">press@mysinglefriend.com</a> to let us know how you’re getting on!<br /> <br /> MSF X<br /> Mon, 03 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100 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