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 2015 Top 10 Movie Wingmen http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/features/top-10-movie-wingmen http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/features/top-10-movie-wingmen A wingman doesn’t just help you get the guy/girl, they also have your back no matter what. Since mysinglefriend.com is all about singles and their wingmen, we thought we'd have a look back at all the great Hollywood wingmen we've seen over the years...who would you want as your wingman/wingwoman?<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong><img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/movies_goose_top_gun_1(1).jpg" style="width: 100px; height: 75px; float: right;" /></strong><strong>Goose in Top Gun (1986) </strong><br /> Goose provides a model for future wingmen, the example all others should aspire to match. Whether he’s helping Maverick get the girl at the bar by singing ‘You’ve lost that loving feeling’ or supporting him in the air his loyalty to his leading man is never in question.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong><img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/swingers05.jpg" style="width: 100px; height: 62px; float: right;" /></strong><strong>Trent In Swingers (1996)</strong><br /> Trent can help any guy turn his luck around with the ladies, his confidence boosting pep talks help his buddy Mike get the girl of his dreams and he’s always there to remind him that he’s just so money.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong><img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Friends_episode040.jpg" style="width: 100px; height: 69px; float: right;" />Chandler Bing (Friends)&nbsp;</strong><br /> As the lovable, sarcastic guy with the biggest heart, Chandler had his ups and downs with the other&nbsp;<em>Friends</em>(stealing Joey’s girlfriend Kathy was a particular low), but since then he’s grown up and turned into the best friend to have around on a night out. He’s married to the love of his life, so has nothing to prove and no reason to try and outdo you- he’ll be there to crack the jokes, alleviate the tension - and hopefully make you laugh if things don’t quite go to plan.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong><img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/ToyStory2Wallpaper2800.jpg" style="width: 100px; height: 75px; float: right;" /></strong><strong>Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story (1995-2010)</strong><br /> He’s guided by his tagline ‘to infinity and beyond’ and that’s how far his loyalty to Woody goes. Although they didn’t immediately hit it off, Buzz literally and emotionally becomes Woody’s wingman and looks out for him like no other toy could.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong><img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/PS-ron-weasley-vs-harry-potter-11695377-400-266.jpg" style="width: 100px; height: 67px; float: right;" /></strong><strong>Ron Weasley in Harry Potter (2001-2011)</strong><br /> Wherever Harry goes, Ron is never far behind. He’s a true wingman (he even let’s Harry hook up with his sister) and without Ron sacrificing himself in wizard chess Harry would never have made it as far as he did.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong><img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/barney.jpg" style="width: 100px; height: 56px; float: right;" /></strong><strong>Barney Stinson in How I Met Your Mother </strong><br /> Barney’s got a million theories, catchphrases and chat-up lines - and he’s always more than happy to share them with BFF’s Ted and Marshall. He’s the ultimate ladies man - although he also takes the Bro Code very seriously indeed, meaning he’s the perfect pal for a night out as he’s a hit with the ladies, but remains loyal to his pals.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong><img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/The-Sweetest-Thing.jpg" style="width: 100px; height: 56px; float: right;" /></strong><strong>Courtney in The Sweetest Thing</strong><br /> Everyone needs a friend like Courtney, someone who will roadtrip with you a strangers wedding you’ve met once. Courtney experiences exploding toilets and glory holes all in the name of being a good wingwoman. Hats off to you Court!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong><img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/hitch.jpg" style="width: 100px; height: 69px; float: right;" /></strong><strong>Alex Hitchins in Hitch (2005)</strong><br /> Not sure you can really do much better than having a professional ‘date doctor’ as your wingman! He helps his buddy Albert land the woman of his dreams, he creates windows of opportunity for them to fall in love and always has his best interests at heart. He creates opportunities for you<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong><img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/FBDO6_L.jpg" style="width: 100px; height: 67px; float: right;" /></strong><strong>Cameron Frye in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1987)</strong><br /> Cameron risks serious trouble with his parents to bunk off school and have the time of his life with Ferris and Sloane. He lets Ferris steal his dads treasured Ferrari and accompanies him on an adventure around Chicago.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong><img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/crazy-stupid-love-movie-image-ryan-gosling-steve-carell-06.jpg" style="width: 100px; height: 67px; float: right;" /></strong><strong>Jacob Palmer in Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)</strong><br /> Jacob sees a random old guy in a bar that’s tanking it with the ladies, he takes him under his wing and turns his luck right around. They become great friends, apart from the fact he dates his daughter (but that happens...).<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"> <br /> Who would you want as your wingman on MSF?<br /> &nbsp;</div> &nbsp;<br /> MSF X<br /> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Success Story: Jacky & Dave Part 2 http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/dating-success-stories/success-story-jacky--dave-part-2 http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/dating-success-stories/success-story-jacky--dave-part-2 Happy Friday!<br /> <br /> We’ve got some familiar faces back on the blog this week; remember Jacky and Dave? They got engaged back in February 2013 after meeting on MySingleFriend.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Jacky&amp;Dave3(1).png" style="width: 400px; height: 283px; margin-left: 180px; margin-right: 180px;" /><br /> <br /> Here’s their original story:<br /> <br /> "We were both a bit scared and sceptical of online dating before we joined MSF, but thought, why not? Let's give it a go. We'd definitely recommend it now, though. Our first date was lots of fun. We'd had planned to meet for a drink for an hour, but got on so well that we ended up chatting for about four! We had loads in common, including each of us having a gorgeous daughter. We laughed a lot and there weren't any awkward silences.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> As for the wedding, it's the second time for us both so we've decided on a small family wedding and then a party for other friends in the evening. We're hoping to do it in December 2014. My eight year-old wants us all to dress up in elf costumes, but Dave's 16 year-old isn't so keen! Not sure about our honeymoon yet... possibly a Norwegian cruise. Thank you so much MSF!"<br /> <br /> Jacky recently got back in touch and here’s what she said:<br /> <br /> “&nbsp;I thought I'd let you know that further to letting you know about our engagement, we finally tied the knot on Friday 19th December 2014!<br /> &nbsp;No elf style theme in the end, but it was very Christmassy!”<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Jacky&amp;Dave2.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 250px; margin-left: 180px; margin-right: 180px;" /><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Although we’re a little disappointed not to be seeing any elf themed wedding photos we’re extremely happy for you both, congratulations!<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, 23 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Success Story: Ian & Beth http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/dating-success-stories/success-story-ian--beth http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/dating-success-stories/success-story-ian--beth You can never have too many things to smile about, so adding to the fact that it’s Friday, we have another success story to share with you! Ian and Beth recently got married and couldn’t wait to write in to us to share the good news...<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Ian&amp;Beth1.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 266px; margin-left: 180px; margin-right: 180px;" /><br /> <br /> “Beth and I met on MSF about 3 months after I joined when I decided that I would have a quick look on the site before I went to bed one night. Luckily she must have had a similar idea because there she was on page one! I decided to message her making reference to our mutual enjoyment of chocolate cake and shortly afterwards in September 2010 she agreed to meet me for a drink in Central London. By the weekend we had a second day date set up. I had organised a speed boat tour down the Thames, despite the crazy hairstyles we were left with the date was a record breaker for us both, 12 hours!<br /> <br /> Since that day there has been very few days when we haven’t communicated with each other in one way or another. Even when Beth has been half way up a mountain on her snowboard we have always maintained contact. We have shared the highs and lows of life together from job changes to buying our first house. Together we witnessed friends and family get married until finally it was our turn.<br /> <br /> Three years on from our first date whilst on holiday in the Canary Islands we got engaged.&nbsp;&nbsp;Our winter themed wedding was on December 13th 2014 just outside of Beth’s home town in Surrey. It was the most amazing day, we couldn't have dreamed of anything better.<br /> <br /> We had a short mini-moon in Edinburgh and made it back to London to share our first Christmas together with Beth’s family. We’re now really happy living as man and wife, looking forward to our honeymoon in Thailand later this year.<br /> <br /> Thanks to MSF for enabling us to find each other. It wouldn’t have been possible&nbsp;without you!”<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Ian&amp;Beth2.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 602px; margin-left: 180px; margin-right: 180px;" /><br /> <br /> Congratulations Ian &amp; Beth! We’re so happy for you!<br /> <br /> Have a great weekend everyone :)<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> Fri, 16 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Profile of the Week: Nick http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week-nick http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week-nick Happy Monday MSFers!<br /> <br /> Meet Nick, this week’s profile of the week! He enjoys doing new things and pushing himself beyond his comfort zone as well as volleyball, cooking and exotic holidays!<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Nick1(1).png" style="width: 250px; height: 370px; margin-left: 250px; margin-right: 250px;" /><br /> <br /> Here’s what his friend Samuel had to say about him:<br /> <br /> “Nick’s not normally someone who requires much of an introduction given his striking 6 ft 4” frame and charismatic persona, but I guess that rather defeats the whole purpose of me being here, right?!<br /> <br /> I won’t claim to have shared my earliest childhood memories with Nick, however, since meeting in a sweaty Australian dorm room almost 10 years ago, he has developed into a truly great friend; a fiercely loyal and caring character but, above all, someone who is spontaneous, great fun to be around and one of the most genuine people I know.<br /> <br /> That’s not to say he is faultless. Being a devoted follower and season ticket holder of a North London Premiership football club who, for the purposes of this, will remain nameless whilst also owning a vinyl collection which could only be described as the envy of my Mother, might not necessarily paint him in the best light. However, if you share his penchant for either Fleetwood Mack or Pink Floyd then you could well have met your Match! Sorry, wrong website...<br /> <br /> Beyond his quest to find London’s finest burger (do let him know if you think you’ve already found it), he also enjoys keeping fit, although despite claiming to attend the odd personal training session now and again, I’m still convinced he spends most of his gym time relaxing in the steam room.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Nick’s also a closet culture vulture and enjoys reading, visiting London’s wide ranging markets, art/exhibitions and studying for the part-time degree he’s currently completing. I almost forgot to mention his love for travel but that’s probably just because I’m just jealous that he’s off to South America for a month this Summer.<br /> <br /> I could go on talking about Nick until the cows come home but I’m keen that I don’t give too much away. I wouldn’t say Nick necessarily has a type; but if you’re easy going, enjoy a laugh or three then he could be your man. Go on girls, you know what to do, don’t be shy - bonne chance!”<br /> <br /> If you like what you’ve read so far read <a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/profile/view/id/cxfuazirjqjq">Nick’s full profile here</a>!<br /> <br /> Good luck!<br /> <br /> MSF X<br /> <br /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Not a&nbsp;mysinglefriend.com&nbsp;member?&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/signup/becomesingle/stage0.php" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none; font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Join now for free!</a><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><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none; font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong></a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">&nbsp;</span> Mon, 12 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Success Stories: Tash & Charlie http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/dating-success-stories/success-stories-tash--charlie http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/dating-success-stories/success-stories-tash--charlie Happy Friday MSFers!<br /> <br /> The first week after the holidays is always tough to get through but we’re almost there!<br /> <br /> Another lovely MSF couple wrote in to share the story of how they met and we hope that reading this will help beat those January blues and get you through to the weekend! Their story goes to show that you can find love in unexpected places, so throw away that checklist and be open minded toward different opportunities that come your way, these two certainly were!<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Tash&amp;Charlie1(1).jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 267px; margin-left: 200px; margin-right: 200px;" /><br /> <br /> Tash wrote in to tell us her side of the story:<br /> <br /> <em>“Back in August 2011, I moved to a new county for work and was struggling to make 'local' friends. I was harangued into joining MSF by some friends with the low expectation of 'at worst I will have something to do in the evenings'. After a few dates I was contacted by someone who was definitely not my type but seemed so kind and had excellent grammar so I persevered.<br /> <br /> We got married August 2014 with love in our hearts and smiles on our faces. Thank you so much for being a fuss free facilitator to a kind of happiness I thought I could only dream about.”<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Tash&amp;Charlie2.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 267px; margin-left: 200px; margin-right: 200px;" /></em><br /> <br /> Congratulations Tash and Charlie! We couldn’t be happier for you and we hope that you have a great 2015 as husband and wife.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> MSF X<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Not a&nbsp;mysinglefriend.com&nbsp;member?&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/signup/becomesingle/stage0.php">Join now for free!</a><br /> <br /> Click to go to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/"><strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong></a>&nbsp;<br /> Fri, 09 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Competition Time! Enter to WIN a ‘Looking’ DVD Boxset http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/competitions/competition-time-enter-to-win-a-looking-dvd-boxset http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/competitions/competition-time-enter-to-win-a-looking-dvd-boxset We’ve teamed up with HBO to celebrate the release of <strong>LOOKING: SEASON ONE</strong> on Blu-ray and DVD from the 12th January 2015!<br /> <br /> Offering an unfiltered look at three friendships in one of America’s most iconic cities, <strong>LOOKING: SEASON ONE </strong>introduces us to Patrick (<strong>Jonathan Groff – </strong><em>Glee</em>), a 29-year old video game designer getting back into the dating world in the wake of his ex’s engagement; aspiring artist Agustín (<strong>Frankie J Alvarez </strong>&nbsp;- <em>Smash</em>), who is questioning the idea of monogamy as he transitions into domesticity with his boyfriend; and career waiter Dom (<strong>Murray Bartlett – </strong><em>White Collar</em>), the oldest member of the group who, at 39, is facing middle age with his romantic and professional dreams still unfulfilled... The trio's stories intertwine and unspool dramatically as they search for happiness and intimacy in an age of unparalleled choices – and rights – for gay men.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Augustin, Patrick, Dom(1).jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 266px; margin-left: 170px; margin-right: 170px;" /><br /> <br /> <strong>* This competition is now CLOSED*&nbsp;</strong><br /> <br /> <strike>We’ve got two box sets to giveaway! For your chance to win Season One on DVD, just answer the following question:</strike><br /> <br /> <br /> <div> <strike><strong>What are the names of the three main characters on ‘Looking’?</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> A) &nbsp;Sam, Dom, Agustin<br /> B) &nbsp;Patrick, Dom, Sam<br /> C) &nbsp;Patrick, Dom, Agustin</strike></div> <strike>&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 <u>correct answer</u> and your<u> full name.&nbsp;</u></strike><br /> <br /> <em>The competition closes on</em>&nbsp;<strong><em>Friday 23<sup>rd</sup></em></strong>&nbsp;<strong><em>January</em></strong>&nbsp;<em>at 09.00am and the winners 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 Premier PR. There are two prizes to giveaway; one box set will be awarded per winner.&nbsp;</em><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Looking1(5).png" style="width: 200px; height: 276px; margin-left: 250px; margin-right: 250px;" /><br /> <br /> <br /> As well as giving away <em>two</em> box sets of the series, we’re also counting down the best fictional pals to have around when looking for a date.<br /> <br /> These wing-men and women are the sort of people all MySingleFriend users need in their life!<br /> <br /> <strong><em>Christopher Turk (Scrubs)</em></strong><br /> The ultimate bromance, Turk and JD redefined BFF’s for us all and with good reason. Through all of JD’s ups and downs as he looks for ‘the one’, Turk’s always there to offer advice, a shoulder to cry on, a drinking companion... and a basketball buddy.<br /> <br /> <strong><em>Roger Sterling (Mad Men)</em></strong><br /> The classiest of them all. Roger’s got enough style and sophistication to sink a ship, and is always a hit with the ladies. He knows how to be a gentleman, and also always has his friend’s back. Even when Don Draper himself screws up, Roger’s there to take care of things. He’s reliable, loyal and underneath the acerbic wit, he’s got a heart of gold.<br /> <br /> <strong><em>Samantha Jones (Sex and the City)</em></strong><br /> If there’s one lady who knows exactly what she’s doing on the dating scene, it’s Ms Jones. She’ll know the perfect venue where all the hottest guys and girls hang out, and she’d be perfect at charming your crush’s best friend to distract them while you make your move - an ideal wing woman!<br /> <br /> <strong><em>Mindy Lahiri (The Mindy Project)</em></strong><br /> Dr. Mindy Lahiri would make a perfect wing woman for so many reasons. She’s the ultimate girl’s girl, and appreciates the value of a good wingman or woman herself - she’s had plenty of practice hanging out with the ultimate wingman, her best friend Peter Prentice. She’s super confident, knows how to flirt, and will always be honest with you.<br /> <br /> <strong><em>Barney Stinson (How I Met Your Mother)</em></strong><br /> Barney’s got a million theories, catchphrases and chat-up lines - and he’s always more than happy to share them with BFF’s Ted and Marshall. He’s the ultimate ladies man - although he also takes the Bro Code very seriously indeed, meaning he’s the perfect pal for a night out as he’s a hit with the ladies, but remains loyal to his pals.<br /> <br /> <strong><em>Chandler Bing (Friends) </em></strong><br /> As the lovable, sarcastic guy with the biggest heart, Chandler had his ups and downs with the other <em>Friends </em>(stealing Joey’s girlfriend Kathy was a particular low), but since then he’s grown up and turned into the best friend to have around on a night out. He’s married to the love of his life, so has nothing to prove and no reason to try and outdo you- he’ll be there to crack the jokes, alleviate the tension - and hopefully make you laugh if things don’t quite go to plan.<br /> <br /> <strong><em>Shoshanna Shapiro (Girls)</em></strong><br /> Hannah and Marnie are both too self-centred to be any good at wing women duties, and Jessa’s too much of a daydreamer to be any help.&nbsp; The only <em>Girls</em> girl you need to have your back on a night out is Shoshanna. She’s fiercely loyal, super-protective, smart, charming without realising, and will be your number one cheerleader if you need a confidence boost.<br /> <br /> <strong><em>Dom (Looking)</em></strong><br /> Dom provides wisdom beyond his years to friends and offers an older man’s perspective on Patrick and Agustin’s love lives. He’s seen it all, and although he’s still prone to the occasional mistake (a disastrous meeting with his ex for example), ultimately he knows what he’s talking about. He’s made the mistakes, and will be there to step in when it looks like you’re about to do the same. We all need a Dom in our lives!<br /> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Who would you want as your wingman?</strong></div> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Augustin, Patrick, Dom2.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 266px; margin-left: 170px; margin-right: 170px;" /><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>LOOKING: Season One</strong>, is available on Blu-ray and DVD on <u>12th January 2015</u>, courtesy of HBO Home Entertainment. The complete season is also available to own and watch instantly on Amazon Instant Video, blinkbox, Google Play and iTunes.<br /> <br /> <em>Good luck!<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;mysinglefriend.com&nbsp;member?&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/signup/becomesingle/stage0.php" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none; font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Join now for free!</a><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><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none; font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong></a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">&nbsp;</span> Fri, 09 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Profile of the Week: Kate from Wales http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week-kate-from-wales http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week-kate-from-wales Happy New Year!<br /> <br /> The New Year means a fresh start and a new beginning, it’s the perfect opportunity to make some changes and make 2015 better than last year. What better way to beat those January blues than to meet someone new?<br /> <br /> 2015’s first profile of the week is Kate a happy go lucky welsh gal, making the most of what London has to offer.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Kate1(1).png" style="width: 300px; height: 300px; margin: 10px 220px;" /><br /> <br /> Here’s what her friend Amanda had to say about Kate:<br /> <br /> <em>“Kate is the kind of girl that most girls would love to hate. We all know the type - she's the one who is always, without fail, the most gorgeous girl in the room, who is effortlessly cool and enviably stylish. But the thing with Kate is that she's utterly enchanting, with an innate modesty and a warm, generous and sweet personality that you can't help but love.</em><br /> <br /> <em>I have known this pint-sized Welsh darling for the past nine years, after we met as flatmates when we were bright young things new to London life. While some things have changed over the years - namely the amount we can justify spending on cocktails and handbags - some things have remained the same, like Kate's love of a good night out, her ability to whip up a delicious meal and her appreciation for all things feline. And if there's one thing I've come to learn, it's not to let her size fool you - she may be petite but this girl is a force to be reckoned with!<br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/kate3.png" style="width: 350px; height: 260px; margin-left: 200px; margin-right: 200px;" /><br /> <br /> I would love to see Kate with someone who is kind, generous and creative, with a fun-loving nature and a good sense of style. She's definitely girlfriend material, so my advice would be to keep on searching if you're only looking for a bit of fun.<br /> <br /> High class without the attitude, beautiful without the ego and driven without taking herself too seriously, Kate really is a rare find.”</em><br /> <br /> Check out <a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/profile/view/id/jqazjqhsjqirfu/admin/yes">Kate’s full profile here</a> and get in touch to beat those January blues!<br /> <br /> Good luck!<br /> MSF X<br /> Mon, 05 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Office Romances: Curse or Convenience? http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/guest-blogs/office-romances-curse-or-convenience http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/guest-blogs/office-romances-curse-or-convenience The office can be a fascinating place. The politics, the flings, the teacher’s pets, the endless gossip, the lack of common sense of those in authority. The global success of the TV show itself proves firsthand the endless entertainment provided by office dynamics. But if truth be told, we really need look no further than our own workplaces for something to talk about it. In my own experience, nothing gets people talking like an office romance.<br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/flirting-at-the-office.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 233px; margin-left: 180px; margin-right: 180px;" /><br /> &nbsp;<br /> As a writer the office is a great place to find inspiration. Sometimes it’s good to just sit back and watch. If you take away the menial tasks being performed by workers then what exactly is an office? &nbsp;In my opinion a social hub - filled with friendships, hatreds and of course physical attractions. How many scandals have you heard in your time emanating from the traditionally wild office Christmas party? Exactly. Twelve months of secret crushes, flirtations and sheer lust flooding out in one alcohol fuelled evening.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> If we look at the idea of convenience well sometimes it is just that – convenient. An office caters for just about every type of person you can imagine. Take your average call centre for example, dozens maybe hundreds of young single men and women. Relationships, trysts, flings whatever you want to label them they’re always bound to happen in such a testosterone filled environment. In fact I’d go as far as to say it’s quite possibly the easiest way to meet someone outside of online dating. However, meeting someone isn’t really the issue. When we think of office romances as being a curse we are of course referring to the inevitable aftermath.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> What happens if or when it all goes pear-shaped? I find it difficult at times to promote the idea of a workplace romance because personally I’ve seen so many bad outcomes but that’s certainly not to take anything away from the success stories out there nor should it deter anyone from trying, after all what’s meant to be will be. The harsh realities however are difficult to ignore. Break-ups are tough at the best of times but imagine having to work with your ex every single day. What’s one of the toughest things about a break-up? Getting over them. How can we possibly expect to get over someone when we have to look at them through the little gap in two computers all day? Think of all the games that come hand in hand with the situation as well; making each other jealous, flirting with other people. Life is way too short to have to put up with such things. In my time working in offices I’ve seen everything from the most awful of break-ups to demoralized teams to disciplinary proceedings to people having to leave their jobs. All as a result of office romances. But on the flipside maybe it’s just the price we pay to find love? Nothing wrong with taking a risk once in a while.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> All in all I’m not a great advocate of office romances but neither am I an advocate of pessimism when it comes to finding love. If you like someone at work just go for it! Why let something you actually have in common deter you from potentially finding the one? Let’s be honest we all rule with our hearts when it comes to love anyway so why don’t we all just seize the day and deal with the consequences later. You will always hear stories good and bad whether it’s from me, your parents, friends or even your boss but we only ever truly learn from our own decisions, our own mistakes, our own happiness’s. Just live, it’s your life. There’ll be other jobs.<br /> <br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> This post was written by <a href="http://paulthomasbell.com/">Paul Thomas Bell</a>.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/PTB .png" style="width: 270px; height: 270px; float: right;" />Scottish born writer Paul Thomas Bell has gained a worldwide following through his dating and relationships blog, Paulthomasbell.com. His honest and expressive stories of men and their ways has proven particularly popular with female readers and gained critical acclaim from Oprah Winfrey featured relationship expert Susan Winter. Paul has written for FHM and various publications in both the UK and US. As well as finishing his first book Paul will also be taking his first steps into the world of documentaries in the coming months.<br /> <br /> Follow him on twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/paulthomasbell">@paulthomasbell</a><br /> <br /> <br /> Wed, 31 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Top 5 reasons for Boxing Day dating http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/features/top-5-reasons-for-boxing-day-dating http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/features/top-5-reasons-for-boxing-day-dating Every year dating sites see a huge surge in sign ups after Christmas, this got us thinking as to why and we’ve come up with some possible reasons…which one can you relate to the most?<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Mr darcy reindeer jumper(1).jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 276px; margin-left: 180px; margin-right: 180px;" /><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Here’s our list of top 5 reasons…<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Annoying relatives asking about your love-life</strong> - So Aunt Mildred has asked you again if you've managed to bag yourself a boyfriend yet? Or reminded you, that by YOUR age, she was married with two kids. Put a lid on it, love. Instead of reminding her that her hubby has hair growing out of his ears, get on MSF and find yourself.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Christmas films </strong>- Does the scene in Love Actually when Andrew Lincoln declares his undying love for Keira Knightly make you go all warm and fuzzy inside? Wishing it was you snogging Mr.Darcy in your pants in the snow, rather than Bridget Jones? Christmas is the perfect time to indulge in your softer side and with a constant bombardment of festive romance, you can't help but think it would be great to find your own Hollywood style romance.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Time! </strong>So Christmas is perhaps the one time of the whole year when everyone just slows down. We are all so busy with work, and LIFE, right, that sometimes it seems there is no time for dating. Those few days sat around in a pjs and stuffing ourselves are perfect for taking stock of our priorities and figuring out what we want from the next year. So when you're not mainlining sausage rolls spend some of that down-time sorting our your love-life.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Getting a head start on New Years Resolution - </strong>So why wait until January 1st to kick start your resolutions. No time like the present, right? Get ahead of the crowd and get to grips with the dating app before the influx of new daters hit in January. Early bird catches the worm :)<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Christmas party failures </strong>- Still cringing over that embarrassing snog at the office party with your colleague. Or accidentally copped off with your high-school sweet heart (who has totally lost it by the way) on Boxing Day down the local? It's time to take your love-life in more promising directions. Get on the app and find yourself someone you actually want to date. And who won't make you turn red-faced in the morning.<br /> <br /> Tweet us @mysinglefriend or email us at <a href="mailto:blog@mysinglefriend.com">blog@mysinglefriend.com</a> with your Christmas dating stories!<br /> <br /> MSF X<br /> Tue, 23 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Success Story: Siobhan & Graham Part 2 http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/dating-success-stories/success-story-siobhan--graham-part-2 http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/dating-success-stories/success-story-siobhan--graham-part-2 You may remember our lovely couple Graham &amp; Siobhan, who met on the site earlier this year. (If you don't remember, <a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/dating-success-stories/success-story-siobhan--graham" target="_blank">read Part 1</a>) After a whirlwind romance they planned a trip to New York together at the end of November. Graham got back in touch to tell us what an amazing time they had in New York and we can’t quite believe what came next!<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/G&amp;S3.png" style="width: 400px; height: 296px; margin-left: 180px; margin-right: 180px;" /><br /> <br /> “We had a great time in NYC...<br /> <br /> I had planned to ask Siobhan to marry me at the top of the Mandarin Oriental in the restaurant...suited and booted; with views of the NY skyline but as has been the way in our relationship ...fate kicked in...<br /> <br /> We were shopping on 5th Avenue and decided to stop for a drink about 7.00 and some food in an Irish bar... (don’t forget Siobhan is Irish ...a former Miss Ireland no less)<br /> <br /> As we stepped in and up to the bar ....two slightly drunken girls from London said...<br /> <br /> "Cor ...look at these two... they seem very much loved up!"<br /> <br /> A few laughs and banter on from that point ....and one of them said..<br /> <br /> 'Well haven’t you got a ring?"<br /> <br /> "Are you going to propose?"<br /> <br /> So... without further debate...<br /> <br /> I did, to the cheers of the whole bar.... It was unplanned, off the cuff and perfect.<br /> <br /> Woohoo... and she said yes!”<br /> <br /> Congratulations to you both! You have a truly amazing story and we couldn’t be happier for the both of you!&nbsp;Have an amazing Christmas!<br /> <br /> MSF X<br /> <br /> Not a&nbsp;mysinglefriend.com&nbsp;member?&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/signup/becomesingle/stage0.php">Join now for free!</a><br /> <br /> Click to go to&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/">mysinglefriend.com</a></strong>&nbsp;<br /> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Sarah Beeny's festive dating tips http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/advice/sarah-beenys-festive-dating-tips http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/advice/sarah-beenys-festive-dating-tips There’s something about Christmas time that makes it not like any other time of the year. There’s carol singers on random street corners, Christmas lights line the streets, and best of all mulled wine and mince pies are in endless supply. &nbsp;The cold weather makes it pretty tempting to stay tucked up indoors, but if you’re single Christmas time is also a great time for dating. We know this time of year gets singletons in the mood for dating so we’ve put together a few tips on how to make the most of the festivities...<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/images(2).jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 249px; margin-left: 170px; margin-right: 170px;" /><br /> <br /> <strong>Sarah Beeny’s tips on how to navigate the festive dating season:</strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Dress well</strong><br /> <br /> In this cold weather it’s easy to hide under a woolly jumper and parka coat but putting a little effort into your style won’t go unnoticed.<br /> Every year the Christmas jumper debate always splits opinion. We love them here at MSF... they show you don’t take yourself too seriously and can laugh at yourself, but as with most things there’s a time and a place for them.<br /> <br /> <strong>Don’t be tempted to stay in</strong><br /> <br /> After work when you’re tired and its cold outside, the only thing on your mind will be going home and staying warm. To avoid being sat home alone watching a Christmas film for the hundredth time, RSVP to as many Christmas party invitations as you can, make an effort to mingle and talk to new people. Drinks parties are a great place to meet people you wouldn’t normally and expand your circle, so make sure you’re not hiding away in the corner or lingering by the buffet the whole evening – be approachable.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/dos-and-donts-for-christmas-parties(1).jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 267px; margin-left: 170px; margin-right: 170px;" /><br /> <br /> <strong>Be proactive </strong><br /> <br /> If you do decide to stay at home, why not update your dating profile? &nbsp;Add some new pictures or re-write your descriptions with things you’ve been up to recently. When other users read your profile they’ll know you’re actively using the site and notice your new pictures.<br /> We’re running a Happy Hour promotion on the site in the lead up to Christmas, making all communication on the site free between the hours of 6pm-8pm. Make the most of free communication and get to know some of your fellow MSFers, why not set up a Christmassy drink with someone you fancy? Don’t just wait around expecting others to message you first, be proactive.<br /> <br /> <strong>Make the most of the festive activities that pop up in December</strong><br /> <br /> Hopefully you’ll have some time off work near the end of the year, so check out what’s going on in your local area and visit the Christmas markets. Attend the local carol service or your local Christmas fair – it’s a great way to meet people in your neighbourhood.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Christmas-Fair.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 283px; margin-left: 170px; margin-right: 170px;" /><br /> <br /> <strong>Don’t forget your Christmas party etiquette</strong><br /> <br /> Christmas parties are a great way to get to know your colleagues, just make sure you don’t get to know them a little too well and that you can still look them in the eye the next morning in the office. You don’t want to end up the butt of the office joke for the next year!<br /> <br /> <strong>Keep a look out for some mistletoe</strong><br /> <br /> Lots of hopefuls will be looking for a kiss under the mistletoe this festive season, so if you’re walking through a doorway with someone you fancy, you know what to do...<br /> <br /> Last but not least...keep count of your mulled wines as they have a tendency to sneak up on you and can have you feeling a little merrier than you had intended!<br /> <br /> Have a very merry Christmas!<br /> <br /> MSF X<br /> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0100