MySingleFriend blog https://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 2016 Five brilliant things to do this Bank Holiday https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/features/five-brilliant-things-to-do-this-bank-holiday https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/features/five-brilliant-things-to-do-this-bank-holiday The weather may be trying to return us to the depths if winter, but the calendar is telling us that summer is on its way in the shape of the first proper Bank Holiday of the year! Hopefully the world will warm up a bit so we can all make the most of the three-day weekend and cram as much fun in as possible. Whether you're hanging out with friends, planning some hot dates or combining the two (see our post on socialating), we've got a few suggestions for fun activities.<br /> <br /> <strong>Get some culture</strong><br /> <br /> The prospect of a three-day weekend makes most of us head straight for the pub for some serious celebration and relaxation, but you've got plenty of time for something other than a three day bender. Most of us are too busy to spend time visiting art galleries, museums and exhibitions in our home cities or towns, but there is a wealth of culture available on all of our doorsteps.<br /> <br /> <strong>Barbecue and picnic</strong><br /> <br /> This one is definitely weather dependent, but if there is a window of warm sunshine then it's time to break out the barbecue and get grilling. Picnics are classic Bank Holiday fun and are a fab way to make the most of your mates and the extra time off. Bring plenty of booze, a couple of blankets, a football or frisbee... and perhaps an umbrella.<br /> <br /> <strong>Get away from it all</strong><br /> <br /> If you spend most weekends desperately trying to do all the things you can't get done during the working week and trying to catch up with friends, why not take advantage of the extra day and get away from your hometown or city? Whether it's a proper weekend break or just a day trip, a change of scene will do you a world of good.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/assets/cms/files/brighton.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 393px;" /><br /> <br /> <strong>Visit a rooftop bar</strong><br /> <br /> Now that the clocks have gone forward and the evenings are lighter, rooftop bars are coming back into their own for the summer months. Most big cities will have a big selection, and even smaller towns will have a high-up outdoor nook tucked away. Rooftop bars are perfect for sipping tasty cocktails and enjoying a beautiful sunset before a big night out.<br /> <br /> <strong>And always have a contingency plan!</strong><br /> <br /> This being the UK, you can't rely on the weather not to do something mad like start snowing or decide that now is just the right time for monsoon-like conditions, so, if you're planning something outdoors, make sure you have a back up plan, such as an indoor activity like bowling or simply kicking back at home with Netflix.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <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-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">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-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">&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;"><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-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">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> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Socialating: the new way to date https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/features/socialating-the-new-way-to-date https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/features/socialating-the-new-way-to-date If you haven't come across the term 'socialating', don't worry; you're not behind the times. Socialating is the brand new buzzword in dating, and one that fits very well with mysinglefriend.com and our philosophy on friends and dating. Socialating means pretty much what it sounds like - sociable dating - and is a growing trend amongst people who like to mix meeting new people with hanging out with their mates. The millennial generation prize their friendships almost as highly as their relationships, so it makes total sense the blend the two.<br /> <br /> Socialating might not be quite right for the first couple of dates, but if you think there could be something good brewing, why not get your date and your mates together? After all, if your new relationship has a long distance to run, they're all going to be spending a lot of time together. Here are five ideas for the perfect socialating experience.<br /> <br /> <strong>Weekend brunch</strong><br /> <br /> Brunch is a wonderful meal that allows you to enjoy all those wonderful breakfast foods but without getting up at the crack of dawn. It's also fabulously sociable meal, the perfect way to trade night-before stories with your friends and restore yourself to health if you partied a bit too hard. Brunch is better for socialating than dinner because it's so informal, meaning everyone will be super-relaxed.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Board game night</strong><br /> <br /> Playing some classic board games is a simple way to entertain a big group of people. It doesn't matter if it takes place at someone's house or you take over a corner of a friendly pub, you're guaranteed a fun night where your date and your friends can easily chat and mingle.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/assets/cms/files/socialating.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 467px;" /><br /> <br /> <strong>Boozy picnic</strong><br /> <br /> Spring is finally here and that means it's picnic season! It's very easy to throw together a few dishes for a picnic, and brilliant when you're eating with friends, because everyone will bring something along. Add some comfortable blankets, plenty of booze, a sound system and a frisbee, and you're set up for the perfect day.<br /> <br /> <strong>A big night out</strong><br /> <br /> Going for a drink a deux is lovely, but if you want a proper night out, you need to go out in a big group. This is probably the best way to introduce your date to your friends, as a fun, sociable night means no pressure and plenty of opportunity for chatting and having a laugh.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>A weekend away</strong><br /> <br /> What better way to intermingle your dating and your social life than taking everyone off to a slick city Air BnB and seeing what happens? If your date is game, and your mates are lots of fun, you'll be in for a great time. Cooking and eating together, going for walks and exploring the bars and clubs of a new area will be a brilliant way for everyone to get to know each other.<br /> <br /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">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-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">&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;"><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-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">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><br /> <br /> <br /> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Success story: Tim and Julia https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/dating-success-stories/success-story-tim-and-julia https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/dating-success-stories/success-story-tim-and-julia There's nothing we like better here at MSF HQ than to hear from happy couples who met through the site. There's little that makes us feel happier than hearing that two of our MSFers have found love - it absolutely makes our day - so if you, or someone you know, has got together through the site, please get in touch at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:successstories@mysinglefriend.com" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;" target="_blank">successstories@mysinglefriend.<wbr>com</wbr></a><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr>&nbsp;and tell us all about it.<br /> <br /> We received a lovely note from Tim, whol told us: "I married the first date I met through MSF. I saw Julia's profile and thought we might get on well, so we exchanged a few messages which led to a really long phone call and then a first date. Now I have a wife and a growing family - all thanks to MSF! Since getting married, Tim and Julia have had a son called William, who is now toddling, and number two is on the way. They're also about to move house, so things are certainly busy! 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A £5 note will barely cover a pint of beer or a glass of wine in some parts of the country, and the best you'll get when it comes to a eating out is a couple of pasties from Gregg's. Entertainment? Forget it. A trip to the cinema is beyond the means of a measly fiver and the theatre would laugh in your face. However, if you look in the right places, there are some crafty ways to make the most of your five pounds, and some of them might even change your life!<br /> <br /> <strong>Have a cheeky bet with a friend</strong><br /> <br /> Whilst a fiver might not buy you much in real terms, it's still a decent enough amount to make a bet with a friend worthwhile, and it might just goad you into doing something you wouldn't usually. If your friend sees someone they fancy in a bar, bet them a fiver they won't go and chat them up, and they're bound to make the bet right back at you. Who knows who you might meet? Or you could just bet them that they won't do something utterly ridiculous, like dance on the table, just for the pleasure of laughing at them.<br /> <br /> <strong>Go to town on your coffee</strong><br /> <br /> If you drink coffee every day, you're probably quite careful about what you order for both financial and calorific reasons, perhaps sticking to a flat white, a latte or a plain old Americano. So why not spend a fiver one day going all out on the most exciting double-toffee-frappe-mochaccino with extra syrup, marshmallows and swizzly chocolate stick? You won't regret it, though your colleagues might when you're pinging round the office all morning, pumped up to the eyeballs on caffeine and sugar.<br /> <br /> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<img alt="" src="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/assets/cms/files/23April.jpg" style="width: 650px; height: 724px;" /><br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Have an indulgent night in for one</strong><br /> <br /> Entertainment for two for just a fiver can be difficult (though it depends what you're doing of course!) but you could use it to pamper yourself pretty successfully. Whether your idea of indulgence is some lovely bath salts, a nice big bar of chocolate or a film downloaded in full HD, you can easily cover it with five English pounds.<br /> <br /> <strong>Cross the Thames by cable car</strong><br /> <br /> Forget the tube, there's a new way to travel! You can take a stately journey across the Thames on the Emirates Air Line, a cable car that runs between Greenwich Peninsula and the Royal Docks, providing you with some incredible views of London, as well as the thrill of dangling high above the river. It takes ten minutes to cross and costs £4.50, leaving you 50p to buy a bag of crisps for the journey.<br /> <br /> <strong>Join mysinglefriend.com for five days</strong><br /> <br /> Yes indeed, this April you can join MSF for five days and enjoy full unlimited messaging, for just £5, without no commitment to auto renewal. All you have to do is sign up to the site and before you know it you'll be messaging hotties left, right and centre and arranging some great dates. 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We live in an age when men and women are equal and there should be no expectations that the guy should always cough up on the first date, just as there are no expectations that a woman would allow him to. However, things aren't quite that black and white, as there's a lot to be said for the joys of being generous, as well as the pleasure of being treated.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>The guy should pay</strong><br /> <br /> There's nothing wrong with a little bit of chivalry, and letting a man pay for dinner doesn't mean that feminism has suddenly taken a huge step backwards, or that he will be expecting anything other than the pleasure of treating a woman well. It also doesn't mean that he will be expected to pay forever afterwards; it simply allows him to exercise his generosity, which is an excellent quality, regardless of gender.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/assets/cms/files/online dating dinner(1).jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 467px;" /><br /> <br /> <strong>The woman should pay</strong><br /> <br /> In the words of the majestic Beyonce, "Who run the world? Girls!" As an independent woman earning a living, there's no reason why you should automatically expect the guy to pay, and you don't need to act the shrinking violet about it (though don't go so far as to start as argument - that wouldn't be a good end to your date!). Hopefully your date will be pleasantly surprised and appreciate your generosity, though if you're both getting a bit trigger happy with your credit cards there is of course this option...<br /> <br /> <strong>Going dutch</strong><br /> <br /> If you can't agree on who should pay, or you're naturally egalitarian types, going halves is the perfect solution. It does mean that someone misses out on the rosy glow of their own generosity, but it also means that you're on an even keel and no one feels like they owe the other anything.<br /> <br /> <strong>A good rule of thumb...</strong><br /> <br /> There aren't really any rules when it comes to paying, as the best idea is to do what feels right in the moment, but many people adhere to the idea that whoever does the asking out, does the paying, and men and women can both do that. It's also worth bearing in mind that there will hopefully be many more dates in the future, so whoever doesn't pay the first time round can make a big dent hole in their wallet or purse the next.<br /> <br /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">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-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">&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;"><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-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">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> Thu, 21 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Five definite signs that you're going to get a second date https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/advice/five-definite-signs-that-youre-going-to-get-a-second-date https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/advice/five-definite-signs-that-youre-going-to-get-a-second-date If you're on a first date and it's going well, the chances are you'll be hoping to get a second. However, as a human being with all the usual insecurities and worries, it can sometimes be hard to judge whether the other person is on the same page as you and even trickier to find the confidence to tell them you'd like to see them again. Luckily, there are a few tell tale signs to look out for that will let you know if your feelings are reciprocated.<br /> <br /> <strong>You're both laughing</strong><br /> <br /> If you've been having a giggle with your date from the moment you met, the chances are they'll want that to continue into a second. Laughing together not only means you get on and see eye to eye about things, it's also a great bonding experience. If you can make someone laugh, and they make you laugh too, it's most likely the beginning of something good.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/assets/cms/files/online dating couple(9).jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 467px;" /><br /> <br /> <strong>Your date is present and paying attention</strong><br /> <br /> If your date is looking anywhere but at you, keeps asking you to repeat yourself or, the worst crime of all, constantly looking at their phone they're both kind of rude and not worth pursuing and also not really into the date, so the meeting should probably be chalked up to experience. However, if they are giving you plenty of good eye contact and listening to everything you say, you're probably in with a good chance.<br /> <br /> <strong>They pay you some compliments</strong><br /> <br /> We're not talking smarmy smooth talk here, we're talking genuine compliments, and you should be able to tell the difference. Compliments about looks are nice, but it's the ones that are about your personality or observations about the date ("You're so funny!" or "I'm having a really nice time" which indicate that things will go further.<br /> <br /> <strong>They mention the future</strong><br /> <br /> We're not talking in the scary marriage and babies way here, but a much more casual mention. For example, they tell you about something they're doing, you express an interest and they suggest you could come along. Any mention of future plans, however loose and vague, is a very good sign.<br /> <br /> <strong>They push for the date to last a bit longer</strong><br /> <br /> If someone<strong>&nbsp;</strong>isn't interested in you they'll have their jacket on and be heading out the door quicker than you can say "Can we have the bill please." However, if they're keen, they will naturally want to make the date last longer by suggesting dessert or going elsewhere for another drink.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">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-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">&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;"><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-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">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> Mon, 18 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Featured Profile: Hugo https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/featured-profile-hugo https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/featured-profile-hugo <strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><img alt="" src="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/assets/cms/files/Hugo.png" style="width: 241px; height: 239px; margin-left: 2px; margin-right: 2px; float:right" />Mysinglefriend.com</strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">&nbsp;is stuffed full of lovely people and sometimes we like to pick out a particularly fine specimen of humanity and show them off to you. There are plenty of things that make a profile stand out, but what really makes or breaks a profile is how much someone's personality shines through. Our Featured Profile this week is the very handsome Hugo...<br /> <br /> <em>What Jess had to say about Hugo...</em></span><br /> <br /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">"Hugo is a shy guy, who can initially hide his quick-witted and quirky sense of humour behind nervousness. However, give him time to relax and you will find him to be funny, affectionate and engaging. Living in London with a stable job, all he needs now is someone to bring him out of his shell and introduce him to new things, not to mention he'd make a pretty great boyfriend. More quiet than wild, he can often be found with his nose in a book and would make a perfect snuggly night-in companion, though he also enjoys walking or a trip to the gym. All he needs now is someone to share his time with."</span><br /> <br /> If you fancy getting to know shy guy Hugo, you can take a look at his full profile and drop him a message.&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">If you fancy being our Featured Profile yourself, or you'd like to nominate a friend, drop us an email at&nbsp;</span><strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">blog@mysinglefriend.com</strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">&nbsp;and let us know.</span><br /> <br /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">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-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">&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;"><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-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">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> Fri, 15 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0100 A massive thanks to everyone who came to our singles event! https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/events/a-massive-thanks-to-everyone-who-came-to-our-singles-event https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/events/a-massive-thanks-to-everyone-who-came-to-our-singles-event We're very pleased to announce that our singles event <strong>'Have You Met My Single Friend?'</strong> was a roaring success and a very good time was had by all! Held at very chic 50s-themed bar Love Die Late, it was a fab opportunity for people to mingle with other likeminded singles in a casual, no-pressure environment, drink a few cocktails and generally have a great time. And there was plenty of mingling to do as the event was totally sold out and we had a huge amount of people there, including a couple of celebs!<br /> <br /> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<img alt="" src="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/assets/cms/files/IMG_0135c copy1.jpg" style="width: 650px; height: 496px;" /><br /> <br /> Guests were greeted at the door with a fruity welcome cocktail, after which they were asked to choose either a 'Truth' or 'Dare' envelope, which contained an ice-breaker challenge for people to complete during the night. Once the guests were settled in, the bell rule was explained: every time the bell was rung, the guests were asked to move around the room and speak to someone new. And the bell rule went down a storm - everyone mingled fully and were able to get a really good sense of who else was at the event. Among the attendees were The Apprentice's Scott Saunders, comedian Maddy Anholt, and model and entrepreneur Stefan-Pierre Tomlin, and the event was covered by Channel 5 Creative, OK! Magazine and award-winning dating profile photography specialists, Hey Saturday.<br /> <br /> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<img alt="" src="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/assets/cms/files/IMG_0001c copy.jpg" style="width: 650px; height: 409px;" /><br /> <br /> We'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came, but if you weren't able to get a ticket, fear not, as there are many more in the pipeline. We're thrilled to announce that we're going to be working with Jean Smith, flirting expert, Ted Talker and founder of Flirtology, on our next event - details coming soon!<br /> <br /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">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-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">&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;"><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-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">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> Thu, 14 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0100 The five worst first date mistakes (and how to fix them) https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/features/the-five-worst-first-date-mistakes-and-how-to-fix-them https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/features/the-five-worst-first-date-mistakes-and-how-to-fix-them Online dating has opened up a whole new world of dating opportunities for single people, but the ease he ease of meeting new people is a double-edged sword, as it's very easy for people to quickly move on if they feel like a first date went badly. Most people will give a first date the benefit of the doubt, as everyone appreciates that nerves can turn even the most confident and loquacious character into a gibbering wreck. However, there are some obvious mistakes that you should try to avoid if you want to be in with the chance of a second meeting.<br /> <br /> <strong>Being late</strong><br /> <br /> The first rule of going on a date is always BE ON TIME. Of course you can't help things like cancelled trains or traffic jams, but there's no excuse for being late simply because you spent too long styling your hair or you wanted to catch the end of Coronation Street. Being late is a bad idea for two reasons: firstly because it signals a lack of respect for your date, and secondly because you'll turn up in a panicky flap rather than slinking in looking cool and glamorous. If being late is unavoidable, send an apologetic text as soon as possible.<br /> <br /> <strong>Picking a bad venue</strong><br /> <br /> First dates should take place in venues that are quiet enough to hold a conversation in, but still have a buzzy enough atmosphere to keep things bouyant. Doing your homework and checking reviews online is a great idea, but it's still possible that you might end up at a place that's holding something utterly inappropriate for your date, such as a stand-up comedian or a thrash-metal karaoke night. If this happens, don't be afraid to immediately suggest going somewhere else, as a few moments of awkwardness whilst you decide where else to go will be much preferable than a whole evening at the mercy of an unsympathetic comedian.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/assets/cms/files/man-couple-people-woman.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 467px;" /><br /> <br /> <strong>There's no chemistry</strong><br /> <br /> This isn't a mistake, but it does happen pretty often and the best way to fix it is to face it head on. If you've had a chat and a couple of drinks but there aren't any sparks flying, don't put yourself or your date through the agony of spending a whole evening together, simply say "It's been great to meet you, but I must go". If they ask whether they can see you again, avoid hurting their feelings by saying "It's been nice, but I think this is more of a friendship type of connection". Whatever you do, don't try the 'sudden emergency' trick - they will see through you in a second and be highly insulted.<br /> <br /> <strong>Getting drunk</strong><br /> <br /> A couple of drinks if fine and will take the edge of your nerves, but make sure you know when to stop. Getting absolutely plastered will not only encourage you act in ways that are not becoming to you, but could also stop you from making sensible decisions. Take it steady and make sure you drink plenty of water alongside your booze.<br /> <br /> <strong>To kiss or not to kiss</strong><br /> <br /> The date is over, you're about to part ways, you go in for a kiss and... they back away. Ouch. At this juncture it's very easy to get embarrassed, run away and vow never to contact them again, but this might be an over reaction and could kill a budding relationship. Instead of panicking and legging it, apologise and say you thought it felt like the right moment, then brush it off. Perhaps they never kiss on a first date or are feeling very nervous about it. If you act weird, it will become weird, so let it go. If you don't make a big deal out of it now, you're much more likely to get another chance later.<br /> <br /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">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-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">&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;"><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-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">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><br /> <br /> <br /> Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Date night ideas: The London Coffee Festival https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/features/date-night-ideas-the-london-coffee-festival https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/features/date-night-ideas-the-london-coffee-festival If you're a bit of a coffee snob, there's little worse than being invited out for a cup of the old black magic and finding yourself sipping a lukewarm latte in the local branch of Costa. However, for those who are true connoisseurs of coffee, as well as dating, there is something very special happening in London this weekend that will tick every box: the <a href="http://www.londoncoffeefestival.com/Home"><strong>London Coffee Festival</strong></a>.<br /> <br /> The London Coffee Festival is the UK's largest coffee and artisan food event, and is a wholehearted celebration of London's exciting and vibrant coffee culture. The festival features a Lab programme, offering visitors interactive demonstrations, workshops, tasting sessions and talks, a 'fast-paced, multidisciplinary barista competition', a latte art showcase, live roasting demonstrations and much more. Basically, if you're a coffee <strike>geek</strike>&nbsp;aficionado, you'll be in absolute heaven. And even if you don't like coffee, there's lots to enjoy, from The School of Chocolate by Hotel Chocolat to sipping on some speciality teas.<br /> <br /> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<img alt="" src="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/assets/cms/files/london coffee fest.jpg" style="width: 650px; height: 434px;" /><br /> <br /> But it's not all about geekery and learning - there's a huge amount of fun to be had as well. The event kicks off tonight with an Espresso Martini party headlined by DJ Yoda and offering signature cocktails (Baileys Flat White Martini anyone?) or you can dine on a three-course coffee and food pairing feast at The House of Coffee &amp; Co. pop-up restaurant. If you can't book a table there, you'll find plenty of stylish festival food in The White Label Kitchen area. There's also live music throughout the weekend, which we reckon will be necessary to dance of all that excess caffeine!&nbsp;<br /> <br /> The event takes place from April 8-10th at the Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane. <a href="http://www.londoncoffeefestival.com/Home"><strong>Click here for more info</strong></a>.<br /> <br /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">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-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">&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;"><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-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">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> Fri, 08 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Featured Profile: Chiara https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/featured-profile-chiara https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/featured-profile-chiara <strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><img alt="" src="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/assets/cms/files/Chiara.png" style="width: 239px; height: 243px; margin-left: 1px; margin-right: 1px; float:right" />Mysinglefriend.com</strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">&nbsp;is stuffed full of lovely people and sometimes we like to pick out a particularly fine specimen of humanity and show them off to you. There are plenty of things that make a profile stand out, but what really makes or breaks a profile is how much someone's personality shines through. Our Featured Profile this week is the beautiful <a href="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/profile/view/id/jqjqirirfuazir/admin/yes/preview/yes"><strong>Chiara</strong></a>, also known as 'Activity Girl'...<br /> <br /> <em>What Becca had to say about Chiara...</em></span><br /> <br /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">"If you are wondering where the name Chiara comes from, I can tell you that it’s Italian and means generous, easy-going, party girl* - which by complete chance happens to be the top 3 words I would use to describe my single friend Chiara!</span><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;">She’s the most thoughtful person I have ever met - she never forgets a birthday (even if you always forget hers) and when you’re feeling down she knows just what to do, from sending you the most thoughtful gift to traveling across London to put a smile on your face. If you are lucky enough to call Chiara a friend there is nothing that she will not do for you, which makes her a pretty special person!&nbsp;</span><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;">Yes she really is the sweetest person you’ll meet, but her adventurous side means that she is also the girl who will try anything once – a trip to el Salvador (in hindsight risky), darts, golf, zorbing… In fact, if her name wasn’t Chiara it would probably be 'Activity Girl' because her weekends are filled with a variety of activities that's she's organised! She's never short of an idea, and has recently asked all her friends to write a bucket list of things to do before she turns 30 so over the next year you may find Chiara shooting some clay pigeons like a pro, riding an inflatable bird (think Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris) or learning to drive (the latter being the least likely…) All of this she’ll fit around brunch club with me and two other brunch fans/best friends.&nbsp;</span><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;">A regular festival goer, (not one to miss Glastonbury) Chiara also has an edgy side to her - and we think you'll agree that the tiny heart tattooed on her wrist confirms this :-) You may even find her drinking prosecco from a tumbler if needs must (as she would say, better that than not at all right?)</span><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;">*Note: we have done absolutely no research into the meaning of the name Chiara..."<br /> <br /> If you would like to do some research of your own into Chiara, you can click to <a href="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/profile/view/id/jqjqirirfuazir/admin/yes/preview/yes"><strong>view her full dating profile</strong></a> and send her a message.&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">If you fancy being our Featured Profile yourself, or you'd like to nominate a friend, drop us an email at&nbsp;<strong>blog@mysinglefriend.com</strong>&nbsp;and let us know."</span><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-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">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-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">&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;"><strong>Join now for free!</strong></a> Wed, 06 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0100