DATING | 10/2014
‘Clothes make the man’, Mark Twain said but VH1 thinks differently with their reality show Dating Naked. One of the contestants, Kristen Williams, tells us why she decided to disrobe on national TV. Dating Naked vh1.com/shows/dating-naked Kristen Williams kristenwilliamsonline.com @kris10w1
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Loves Bounty Hunter Coming soon on Indiegogo is your chance to contribute toward the making of a new online show about dating. Loves Bounty Hunter is the largest online dating company in the world. They bet their entire fortune on a computer program that they guarantee will find ANYONE their soul mate. In order to prove how powerful their system is they hire ‘Featured Daters’ in major cities in well-publicized campaigns to highlight their accuracy in finding people perfect dates. Starring Claire Bahn, the regular cast will be supplemented with featured cameos from actual online dating insiders: dating coaches, matchmakers and professional wingmen. Some very unique rewards for Loves Bounty Hunter supporters include: – A speaking role in one of the episodes, – Real personal dating coaching with Renée Piane (who was voted the top dating coach in the US for 2014), – A complete dating profile makeover from datingheadshots.com – An executive producer credit for all of those would be Hollywood moguls.
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A Gentleman’s Guide to a First Date A first date is a fantastic opportunity for a gentleman to make a great first impression. Most woman take time to prepare for a first date to look their best. Men should do the same. Your self presentation – which includes grooming, etiquette, clothing, clean car and house, are all important to making a great impression on your first date. Attention to these details shows overall respect for yourself and for your date. I’ll start with what I consider to be as important as your personal grooming; your dating etiquette. I believe a gentleman should call a gal to ask her out on the first date, instead of texting her. This, to me, shows your interest and plain, old-fashioned chivalry. Don’t hide behind texts. It’s a good idea to confirm your reservation the morning of the date. This will avoid the embarrassment of getting to a restaurant and having to wait for a table, or worse, being turned away! I think it’s a nice touch to call your date and confirm with her as well. It goes without saying that you should go up to her door when you pick her up. Always open doors and pull out chairs. Most importantly, be on time! Something I think that’s easily overlooked on the day of your date…a clean car. You may look and smell amazing for your date, but when you pick her up if your car is a mess, you’ve just shot yourself in the proverbial foot. Messy car=messy guy. And if your first date goes very well, and she comes back to your place, you better have cleaned your bathroom and changed your sheets. Gentlemen, on the day of your first date it’s a great idea to get in a good workout. It helps to reduce first date jitters, as well as giving you an energy boost. A workout hours before your date will also give you a bit more muscular definition. Curls for the girls is never a bad thing! Let’s turn our attention to grooming. Start from the top and work your way down. If you need a haircut, get one! Before you jump in the shower, make sure to trim all unwanted or unsightly hair from your ears, nose, neck, and eyebrows. If you have a beard, make sure to line it up and trim it. If you shave, make sure to shave before your date. Clip and clean your fingernails. The way a man smells has been proven to be an aphrodisiac to women. If he smells good that is. Shower with a light, clean scented soap an hour before your big date. By all means use deodorant. Apply your cologne before you dress, as it can stain your clothes. Remember not to overdo it. Dress up for your first date. This shows respect for the woman you’re taking out. Why wouldn’t you want to look your best? I’m sure she will. Make sure to iron the shirt you’ve chosen to wear. And, a detail easily overlooked, shine your shoes. This may be THE most important dating tip. If your first date includes a meal, please take along gum or mints. Having fresh breath throughout the entire date is extremely important. Drink a lot of water during the date as well. Keeping your mouth hydrated helps to ensure fresh breath. Finally, keep the conversation light, and above all else – enjoy yourselves!
Michelle Harvey groomedbymichelleharvey.com
Published on Sep 12, 2014
This issue covers stories from a number of different contributors on the thorny subject of dating. We have interviews with Adam Rosante, the...