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 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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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, 13 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Profile of the Week: Vicky http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week-vicky http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week-vicky This week we’d like you to meet the lovely Victoria...<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/vic1(1).png" style="width: 300px; height: 343px; margin-left: 200px; margin-right: 200px;" /><br /> <br /> <br /> Here's what her lovely friend Livvy had to say about her:<br /> <br /> <em>“How to describe the lovely Vicky?</em><br /> <br /> <em>She is smart, incredibly loyal, independent, loving and a whole lot of fun besides...<br /> <br /> How she has not been snapped up immediately is entirely beyond me.. Vicky is totally gorgeous with a figure to die for (not that I am envious!) and she always looks fab...<br /> <br /> Vicky is the perfect mix of girly-girl meets tom boy; she is equally happy dressed up, out in town with the ladies (or lads for that matter) or scruffing it up in her wellies and barbour going for a country hike... In fact in spite of loving the big smoke, there is nothing she likes more than a bit of time out of it all, preferably with a few dogs in tow (she was brought up on a farm after all...).<br /> <br /> Vicky likes to keep fit, healthy and active, she eats well and enjoys the gym, long walks etc. She is energetic and adventurous and would certainly keep a guy on his toes!<br /> <br /> She is definitely the creative type, she works as a stylist and make-up artist in London but is good at turning her hands to all things artistic... She is also very down to earth and won't suffer a fool gladly!<br /> <br /> If you are a genuinely decent guy, who is looking for someone pretty damn special, who you would like to treat well, then Vicky would not be a bad bet at all (in fact you will have done mighty well!)... Date wise, Vicky is pretty laid back and would put you at ease immediately; drinks, a coffee, a river side walk, a surprise, make it up as you go along... she is generally happy to go with the flow...”<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Vic4.png" style="width: 300px; height: 424px; margin-left: 200px; margin-right: 200px;" /></em><br /> <br /> Read Victoria's <a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/profile/view/id/dwirazazgtcx" target="_blank">full profile here</a> to find out more about her likes and dislikes, so why not send her a message and get chatting?!<br /> <br /> <em>Have a great week!<br /> <br /> MSF X</em><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><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Profile of the Week: James http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week-james http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week-james Calling all wanderlusting women!<br /> <br /> Wanderlust is the strong desire or impulse to explore and travel the world. As winter begins in the northern hemisphere we’re dreaming of warmer climes and our desire to travel just gets stronger. If you share the desire to escape the cold and explore new parts of the world, you may be just the woman James is looking for...<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/James5.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 367px; margin-left: 180px; margin-right: 180px;" /><br /> <br /> Here’s what Katherine had to say about him:<br /> <br /> <em>“James has been one of my closest friends for the last 10 years. We both lived in Geneva when we first met, both working for multinationals. He is intelligent, career driven, witty so make sure you can keep up with his banter, and most importantly, a gentleman.&nbsp;<br /> He enjoys a good night out but as we get older - like most, the hangovers get worse, so he's also partial to the quieter things in life as well. He can cook - which is a fabulous attribute to have. And he loves to travel, likes to explore and wants to see more of the world.&nbsp;<br /> Did I forget to mention that he's devilishly good looking -cos he is.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> So ladies if you like the look of my good mate James, and if you can hold a decent conversation, like to go out and are keen to travel, then drop him line or favourite him.&nbsp;<br /> He's top notch husband material if you ask me...”<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/James2.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 472px; margin-left: 180px; margin-right: 180px;" /></em><br /> <br /> <br /> Interested in finding out more about James’s adventures around the world? <a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/profile/view/id/dwgtbyirdwby/admin/yes" target="_blank">Click here to view his full profile</a>.<br /> <br /> Good luck!<br /> <br /> MSF X<br /> <br /> <br /> Not a&nbsp;<strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong>&nbsp;member?&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/register?p=become" target="_blank"><strong>Join now for free!</strong></a><br /> <br /> Click to go to&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/" target="_blank">mysinglefriend.com</a></strong><br /> Mon, 06 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Success Story: Poppy & Phil http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/dating-success-stories/success-story-poppy--phil http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/dating-success-stories/success-story-poppy--phil It’s been another busy week here at MySingleFriend and time seems to be flying by! We’ve got lots of exciting thing in the pipeline so keep an eye out for our announcements!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> As is tradition on a Friday we have another amazing success story to share with you.&nbsp; This week’s couple got married a few months ago and we feel honoured to have been able to inspire their wedding theme!<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Poppy&amp;Phil1(1).png" style="width: 350px; height: 500px; margin-left: 180px; margin-right: 180px;" /><br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> Poppy wrote in to tell us that after meeting on the site, her and Phil had their first date 4 years ago at a local pub in Chichester. &nbsp;On a surprise trip to Bruges last Autumn, Phil proposed - Poppy said it was the best moment of her life!<br /> They got married in August this year and had an amazing wedding where the theme was based around MySingleFriend. The tables were named after other online dating sites and Poppy &amp; Phil had their ‘love story' of their MSF profiles on show for everyone to see.<br /> Poppy said that it generated many laughs, mostly her bragging that she had a PHD and Phil mentioning his rollercoaster lifestyle!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> We love the idea of sharing their story from the beginning with all their nearest and dearest.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Poppy&amp;Phil5.png" style="width: 350px; height: 527px; margin-left: 180px; margin-right: 180px;" /><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Poppy commented that “we are basically just two very down to earth and scarily similar people discovering each other through the power of the internet!”<br /> &nbsp;<br /> We’re so happy to have been able to play a part in Poppy and Phil meeting, congratulations! We wish you all the best!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> MSF x<br /> Fri, 03 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100 WIN tickets to The Rewrite premiere starring Hugh Grant! http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/competitions/win-tickets-to-the-rewrite-premiere-starring-hugh-grant http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/competitions/win-tickets-to-the-rewrite-premiere-starring-hugh-grant I don’t know about you but we LOVE anything and everything Hugh Grant here at MSF; he’s one of Britain’s best known faces and always delivers when it comes to rom-coms. We’ve been waiting for his return to our screens for a while now so the news of the release of his new film <em>The Rewrite</em> has got us more than a little bit excited!<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Quad_AW_27343 Rewrite.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 375px; margin: 10px 120px;" /> <div style="text-align: right;"> ©2014 Lions Gate UK Limited. All Rights Reserved.</div> <br /> <br /> Starring alongside Marisa Tomei (The Wrestler, Crazy Stupid Love), Hugh Grant plays screenwriter Keith Michaels. Keith was on top of the world – a Golden Globe Award and a hit movie to his name, a beautiful wife and a seemingly inexhaustible supply of wit and charm.&nbsp; But that was fifteen years ago:&nbsp;now, he’s divorced, broke, approaching fifty and hasn’t written a hit film in years.&nbsp; Luckily, his agent has a job for him – a university in the quiet town of Binghamton is looking for someone to teach a course in screenwriting, and with an empty wallet as his motivation, Keith can’t say no.&nbsp; Hoping to give minimal attention to his duties and focus on writing a new script, his attitude slowly begins to turn when he meets Holly (Marisa Tomei). A single mum working two jobs to earn her degree, the pair find themselves connected by their mutual need for a second chance.<br /> <br /> We can’t wait to see it!<br /> <br /> <strong><em>The Rewrite </em></strong>will be released in UK cinemas on<strong> 8<sup>th</sup> October 2014 </strong>and is written and directed by Marc Lawrence (Two Weeks Notice, Miss Congeniality).<br /> <br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Watch the trailer <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cL-tP03XoH4 " target="_blank">HERE</a></strong><br /> &nbsp;</div> <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cL-tP03XoH4 " target="_blank"><br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/UML_06064.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 333px; margin-left: 120px; margin-right: 120px;" /></a><br /> <div style="text-align: right;"> ©2014 Lions Gate UK Limited. All Rights Reserved.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</div> <strong><u>It's Competition time!</u></strong><br /> <br /> To celebrate the forthcoming release of Hugh Grant’s new rom-com <strong><em>The Rewrite</em></strong>, in cinemas <strong>8<sup>th</sup> October 2014</strong>, MySingleFriend is giving<strong> 5 members </strong>the chance to win a pair of tickets to the World Premiere of the film in London, <u>Tuesday 7<sup>th</sup> October 2014!</u><br /> &nbsp;<br /> For your chance to win a pair of tickets to the World Premiere of <em>The Rewrite </em>on <strong>Tuesday 7<sup>th</sup> October 2014</strong> at <strong>ODEON Kensington</strong>, all you need to do is answer the following question:<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Which of the following rom-coms did <em>The Rewrite</em> Director Marc Lawrence &amp; Hugh Grant previously work together on?<br /> &nbsp;<br /> a)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Miss Congeniality<br /> b)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Music &amp; Lyrics<br /> c)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Holiday &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> You can enter the competition in 3 ways:<br /> <ul> <li> Email your answer to <a href="mailto:press@mysinglefriend.com">press@mysinglefriend.com</a></li> <li> Tweet us your answer @MySingleFriend along with your email address</li> <li> Message us your answer on Facebook along with your email address</li> </ul> Hurry up and enter! The competition closes <strong>Friday 3rd October! </strong><br /> <br /> Good Luck!<br /> <br /> MSF X<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong><u>Terms and Conditions: </u></strong><br /> &nbsp; <ul> <li> <em>Competition closes&nbsp; on Friday 3<sup>rd</sup> October </em></li> <li> <em>The promoter is Lions Gate UK Limited of 60 Charlotte Street, London, W1T 2NU. The competition is run in association with My Single Friend.com Entrants must be aged 18 or over and resident in the UK. Proof of age and residence will be required before the prize is awarded. </em></li> <li> <em>This competition is not open to employees of Lions Gate UK Limited or My Single Friend.com or associated agents of those companies. </em></li> <li> <em>To enter the competition email your answer to <a href="mailto:press@mysinglefriend.com">press@mysinglefriend.com</a>, tweet your answer to @MySingleFriend along with your email address or message MySingleFriend on Facebook your answer along with your email address.</em></li> <li> <em>Only one entry per person will be considered. </em></li> <li> <em>Entries that are incomplete, illegible or fraudulent will be deemed invalid. No responsibility will be accepted for entries lost, corrupted or delayed in transmission. </em></li> <li> <em>Prize for each main winner is<strong> ONE </strong>pair of tickets to the World Premiere of The Rewrite at Odeon, Kensington, London on Tuesday 7<sup>th</sup> October 2014 <strong>(FIVE WINNERS) </strong></em></li> <li> <em>Entrants must be free to attend from 6pm on the day of the event. </em></li> <li> <em>Travel and accommodation are not included.</em></li> <li> <em>In the unlikely event that the premiere is cancelled, no alternative event will be arranged and no alternative prize will be available.</em></li> <li> <em>The promoter reserves the right in exceptional circumstances to vary, amend or withdraw this competition on reasonable notice. </em></li> <li> <em>There is no cash or other alternative to the prize stated and the prize is not transferable and no part of the prize may be substituted for other benefits, items or additions.</em></li> <li> <em>Winners will be chosen at random and contacted by a representative from MySingleFriend by email.</em></li> <li> <em>By entering the competition, the winners give consent for their name, contact number and address to be passed to a third party provider for delivery of the prize. Save for the exception above, the promoter will not pass any personal data to any third party unless required to do so by law or an appropriate regulatory authority. </em></li> <li> <em>If the winner fails to respond within 24 hours of notification, the prize will be forfeited and an alternative winner will be contacted.</em></li> <li> <em>The Promoter’s decision is final and binding on the entrants. No correspondence will be entered into.</em></li> <li> <em>Entry into the competition constitutes acceptance of these terms and conditions.</em></li> <li> <em>These terms and conditions will be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales.&nbsp;</em></li> </ul> &nbsp;<br /> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Profile of the Week: Francesca http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week-francesca http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week-francesca This week we’ve got a great new profile of the week for our MSF gentlemen! If you’re looking for a country lady who loves long walks and country pubs then look no further, Francesca may be the girl for you!<br /> As well as her love for the English countryside, Francesca also loves travelling and exploring new places and cuisines. Her sister Camilla thinks she’s pretty great too and this is what she had to say about her:<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/euw3gb9kyxwqmebysncm(1).jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 300px; margin: 10px 200px;" /><br /> <br /> <br /> <em>“Well what can I say about Fran? She is not only an amazing sister and auntie but she is also my best friend and she makes me laugh more than anyone else in the world.</em><br /> <br /> <em>If I could sum Fran up in five words they would be beautiful, caring, thoughtful, fun-loving and loyal.<br /> <br /> If you like good food and wine, travelling, Will Ferrell films and laughing until your sides ache then you will definitely get on with Fran!&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Fran is equally happy dancing the night away as she is curled up on the sofa watching a good film with a Chinese or reading a book.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> She has a very big heart and is incredibly generous and often puts others before herself.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Fran's strange quirks include her love of frogs, her ability to quote most episodes of "Friends", her penchant for a game of "Would you rather" and her extra long toes which resemble Nik Naks! Luckily the toes are on the end of her lovely long legs so they don't look too out of proportion (in case you were worried!)<br /> <br /> Fran works in childcare which is indicative of her caring nature and also a measure of what a patient and trustworthy person she is too. Personally I find it hard enough looking after my own children let alone anyone else's!&nbsp;<br /> <br /> As if that wasn't enough she is also a qualified beauty therapist and gives pretty amazing massages as well as all over body waxing - if you're interested!&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Fran knows what is important in life - fun, laughter, family and a nice glass of champagne.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> She really is a good catch. If she sounds like she could be your lobster (only Friends fans will get that reference) then don't let her slip through the net - contact her today!”<br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/ajhalcoz25v9m2z9besd.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 450px; margin: 10px 200px;" /></em><br /> <br /> So gentlemen, if you’re confident, spontaneous and have watched enough 'Friends' &nbsp;to understand Fran’s references then you may be the man for her! Check out her<a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/profile/view/id/bybycxgtbyby/admin/yes" target="_blank"> full profile here...</a><br /> <br /> Good Luck!<br /> <br /> MSF X<br /> <br /> Not a&nbsp;<strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong>&nbsp;member?&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/register?p=become" target="_blank"><strong>Join now for free!</strong></a><br /> <br /> Click to go to&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/" target="_blank">mysinglefriend.com</a></strong><br /> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Catching up with KT http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/features/catching-up-with-kt http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/features/catching-up-with-kt We have hundreds of people join our site every day, and in a bid to get to know our members on a more personal level we’re asking you to write to us and let us know what you’re up to! It’s a great way for us to get to know you and a way to share experiences on the site with each other :)<br /> <br /> This week we had the pleasure of catching up with KT, a former MySingleFriend member, to see what she’s been up to and to get to know her a little better. We asked her what encouraged her to try online dating as opposed to dating the “traditional way”...<br /> <br /> <em>“One of my sisters and a close friend had met their long term partners through online dating. I'd been single for a while after getting divorced and found that I just wasn't meeting anyone on nights out.&nbsp;Also, as a mum, it's not easy trying to go out on a regular basis or join lots of different clubs. Online dating, to me at least, easily tackled all of those issues as I could start the process from the comfort of my own home. MySingleFriend was recommended to me by a number of people who had used it themselves and had great success, including my friend who's been with her boyfriend for the past&nbsp;three years, so it seemed like the obvious choice.”<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/KT Valentine (1)(1).jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 328px; margin: 10px 200px;" /></em><br /> <br /> <br /> KT went on to tell us she had actually been on the site twice in the last eight years. <em>“The first time wasn't long after my divorce and I wasn't in a great place. I didn't really have much success because of that. I think you have to be content with who you are as a person for other people to see it too, that way you attract the right people for you. The second time was a great experience. While I didn't meet my Mr. Right, I made a few new friends and had real fun in the process.”</em><br /> <br /> <em>“What I liked about MySingleFriend is that it's a genuine 'dating' site where the members really are looking for dates and ultimately relationships.&nbsp;There are a number of websites out there, where a lot of the members are after something way more casual and non-committal, believe me I know as I've been a member of such sites, albeit not for very long. MSF has a more grown up feeling about it, like it cares about the quality as opposed the quantity of its members.”</em><br /> <br /> We asked her if she'd had any luck dating after leaving the site, to which KT replied&nbsp;<em>“I've actually not had time to date for the past 18 months while I was writing and editing my book, but now that it's done maybe it'll be third time lucky with MSF?”</em><br /> We sure hope so! We'd love to have you back, and I'm sure our male members would too! ;)<br /> <br /> KT got in touch with us to let us know she has recently written a book called ‘Dispatches from the Dating Zone’. It’s just been released and it has amazing 5 star reviews on Amazon! The protagonist of the book is Fleur Summers; who having exhausted all the conventional ways to meet her ‘Mr Right’ (and because now she really is a little bit desperate), turns to her well-meaning, but eccentric friends and family for help. The book follows the trials and tribulations of Fleur’s journey as she works her way through a number of eventful blind dates, all in the name of finding true love.&nbsp;KT’s book is the classic chick lit that has you laughing out loud, you can’t help but relate to Fleur and fall in love with her hilarious son Tobey.<br /> <br /> We asked KT what inspired her to write ‘Dispatches from the Dating Zone’, to which she replied <em>“a long time ago someone told me that some of the best writers are the ones that write about what they know. Whether that was the case or not, it got me thinking about everything I’d been through over the years;&nbsp;having my husband walk out on me and my&nbsp;newborn baby, getting divorced, becoming a single parent and having to start over&nbsp;and how I could draw on it for inspiration.&nbsp; After turning my life around and spurred on by my family and young son, I finally put pen to paper and ‘Dispatches from the Dating Zone’ was born.&nbsp; Based on the hopeless romantic, Fleur Summers, it's </em><em>primarily a romantic comedy with a side order of raunchiness thrown in for good measure.” </em><br /> <br /> Congratulations KT!<br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Dispatches from the dating zone - front cover (2).jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 467px; margin: 10px 200px;" /><br /> <br /> Dispatches from the Dating Zone by KT Valentine is available to buy now from Amazon.co.uk, <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dispatches-Dating-Zone-K-Valentine-ebook/dp/B00M8CD9U6" target="_blank">click here.</a><br /> <br /> Here at MSF HQ we’re always eager to hear from our members and hear how you’re getting on and what you’re up to, so if you have any experiences that you’d like to share please do get in touch and write to us at <a href="mailto:blog@mysinglefriend.com">blog@mysinglefriend.com</a>. Let us know what you’re up to and what you think of the site.<br /> Have a great week!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> MSF X<br /> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0100