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MET GALA FASHION

The hits & misses

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KATE UPTON

The great cat-sby

Catherine Martin strikes again

America’s favourite bombshell

Summer 2013

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From the Editor

STRIkDing (adj.)

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1. Arresting the attention and producing a vivid impression on the sight or the mind 2. Attracting attention; fine; impressive a striking beauty 3. Conspicuously attractive or impressive

Introducing Keavney MacDonald a 23 yr old scottish beauty from a quaint little town north of Toronto. She posed for our bohemian inspired editorial spread on location in the outskirts of Newmarket. New to the modelling scene, Keavney wasn’t sure how to work her fabulous angles, but as the shoot went on she became more playful with the camera. Thankfully the playfulness continued frame by frame and resulted in the STRIKING cover that graces our very first issue. We believe that this isn’t the last time you will see the beautiful Keavney on the cover of magazines. She is a budding talent that will soon be glowing with confidence in the fast paced ever changing industry of fashion. We’re elated that we were her first!

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OUR FIRST ISSUE! ENTERTAINMENT

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THE GREAT CAT-SBY Meet Catherine Martin award winning costume designer

8 INSIDE THE MET GALA

The stars come out for a night of punk costumery

PROFILE

10 The Kate Upton Effect

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glorious pages! LOVe and RELATIONSHIPS

13 HE’S JUST NOT MY TYPE

We ask April Masini why Mr. Wrong may just be Mr. Right

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Bo-Home on the Range Bohomeian style meets country farm life

23 Trends for Summer 2013

rateful is a word that I use to describe where I’m at in my life. Grateful for the triumphs, grateful for the pitfalls, grateful for the heartbreak and, most importantly, grateful for the lessons I’ve learned along the way. If it hadn’t been for those things, especially over the past two years, I would most likely be in a pit of despair, flailing around with no sense of direction or purpose, in a job that left me uninspired and unfulfilled.

Editors picks

George & Lisa Nicolaou for more love and support a girl could ever need, or ask for. Despina ‘Daisy’ Nicolaou for guiding light, constant love and heartfelt prayers. Karen Westover for being my rock and always believing in me, cheering me on even when doubt creeps in. Sam Da Silva for saving me from myself. Dave Clarke for always lending an ear and giving great advice. Linus Hiew for his pure genius and true friendship. Mr. Blaze from highschool who taught me how to use a camera. Grace Coddington for inspiring me to do what I love in life, now, in my seventies and beyond. My incredible instructors at Humber College for teaching me how. Trudi Brooks (just cause I love you), Fawna Morrison (just cause I love you), Edriqua Essue, Rhonda Wilson, Keavney MacDonald, Sara Ball, and Jennifer Pritchard for donating their time for my passion. John, Jordan, Martin, Acton, Paul and Caesar for critiquing, offering support (morally /technically) and sharing your creative juices. The quaint little farm that turned my vision into a reality. The horse - California - for her cameo appearance....GOD and my beloved little Pheebie. This magazine is dedicated to each and every one of you.

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EDITOR | CREATIVE DIRECTOR | PHOTOGRAPHY | AD DESIGN - SHANNON WILLIS STYLIST | CONSULTANT - EDRIQUA ESSUE STYLIST | HAIR & MAKE UP - RHONDAH WILSON TECHNICAL CONSULTANT (LAYOUT & DESIGN) - JENNIE GRIMARD

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Self Portrait - Shannon Willis

I realize now that I was merely a passenger in my own life and now I am fully in control, steering the course in a direction that allows me to be creative, fuel my passion and feed my soul. Regardless of whether I make it big in a very competitive industry, where budding talent may override any work that I could ever do, I am proud of what I have accomplished thus far. I have bled through these pages and lost sleep over every single detail and placement of each image. What was meant to be a simple school project, turned out to be creative outlet that I will keep and cherish forever. It was definitely a labour of love. There are a couple of little girls in my life that keep me young and keep me creative. I know that I am also influencing them with every stroke of their crayons. I hope that my story inspires them to keep pushing to fulfill their dreams, regardless of age and the mountains they need to overcome to get there. I hope they know how much they inspire me and how blessed I feel to be a part of their lives. I’m so lucky to have a front row seat to watch them grow into the beautiful people they are going to be. What a ride so far...I can’t wait to see what lies ahead, but I’m grateful for the road that led me to this exact place. As long as I’m doing what I love, surrounded by family, friends and colleagues that inspire me, life is grand... life is happy...life is strikingly beautiful.

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by alannah o’neill | elle canada may 2013

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Catherine Martin does it again and dazzles the world with yet another extraordinary vision of a different space in time

t’s hard not to be immediately charmed by Catherine Martin. As she speaks over the phone from her home in New South Wales, Australia, her two kids chatter away in the background and she laughs throatily, apologizing for the chaos. It’s so disarmingly normal that I almost forget I’m speaking with the two-time Academy Award-winning powerhouse behind the costumes and production design of Romeo Juliet (1996) and Moulin Rouge! (2001), as well as the highly anticipated big-screen adaptation of The Great Gatsby, which hits theatres in May. “The last time I read Gatsby, I was a teenager and I didn’t connect with the characters very much,” explains Martin, almost apologetically. “But my husband had been trying to make the book into a movie for 10 years. At his encouragement, I reread it and I became its greatest fan!” The husband Martin is referring to is Baz Luhrmann, director of The Great Gatsby and her cinematic partner in crime. College sweethearts, they met on the set of a student production at the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney and have been working together ever since. In fact, it was Martin who dreamed up some of the hyperbolically stylized visual touches, like the lavish sets and über-theatrical costumes, that have become hallmarks of Luhrmann’s films. “Baz always describes the experience [of working together] as a conversation,” says Martin. “Sometimes it’s a very spirited conversation with raised voices—irritated, screaming voices!” She pauses and laughs. “But we have a great time doing what we’re doing.” Lately, everything they’ve been doing has revolved around adapting The Great Gatsby for the silver screen. If you have fuzzy memories of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “great American novel,” here’s a quick refresher: The story follows the doomed romance between Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan amid the decadent excess of the Roaring Twenties. The film version boasts an A-list cast, with

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Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role and Carey Mulligan as the object of his obsession. As the production and costume designer, Martin created 42 individual sets and collaborated with fashion legend Miuccia Prada to imagine each character’s look. To prepare, Martin pored over Fitzgerald’s text. “From a costume perspective, there were things that really confused me,” she admits. “At the first party at Jay Gatsby’s, for example, Nick Carraway [Tobey Maguire] wears a dark-blue blazer and cream pants.” This struck Martin as strange, because—as anyone who has ever seen an episode of Downton Abbey can attest—during that era, it was customary for wealthy men to dress for dinner in evening coats and starched white shirts. But as Martin delved into her research, she realized that, rather than being an editorial oversight, the description was actually an accurate indicator of Nick’s privilege. “The collegiate preppy look—the look that was championed by Brooks Brothers—was a sign that you were of an elite class, an Ivy League fraternity,” explains Martin, her voice as confident and measured as a university professor’s. “It was a sign that you were part of an echelon of society that didn’t need to subscribe to Old World norms [symbolizing] the desire to overthrow traditions, the need for modernity and the casualization of America.” Martin’s sartorial interpretation of Daisy, however, confirms that Nick’s ensemble is about all that’s casual in the costume department. Mulligan’s character is resplendent in fish-scale sequined dresses topped with mink, ball gowns embroidered with pearls and crystals, and more bling than the eye can process—looks that took a team of 90 people to create. Martin describes Daisy’s style as “incredibly extravagant, luxurious and whimsical”—a fitting description for the visual wonders she and Luhrmann have given the world.

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inside the met gala The Star Studded Costume Insititute Ball of 2013 by katherine bernard | vogue may 2013

Meanwhile, Gisele Bündchen tried to bring new friends together. “You know Grace [Coddington], right?” she asked Jimmy Fallon. “Grace is my favorite! She killed it! She came to the party and killed it!” Fallon replied. The two high-fived as they parted ways to go to

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In such a tight space, spikes on the backs of heels, tuxedo collars, and even on pant hems can be quite dangerous. But a poke or two is worth it for the people watching. Greta Gerwig was enjoying observing the various levels of punk influence. “I love the women who are wearing the most beautiful dresses, with just a small spike on their ear or bracelet,” she said. Across the room, musicians were fangirling. “PSY is a genius,” Grimes said to Solange Knowles when the Korean pop star walked into the room in a lush red tuxedo jacket. Grimes’s white Chanel sheath was actually the lining of her dress refashioned as a proper gala look with spiked gloves and a black beret. “I’m Rembrandt!” she explained to Lena Dunham and Jack Antonoff, and after a moment of initial shyness, all three took a photo together. “I’m fangirling harder than ever!” Dunham said. Enthusiasm is so punk.

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Classic, elegant, stunning and STRIKING... all things we love. Not too much on the ‘punk’ side, however, this is definitely a hit in our books. Johnny Depp’s leading lady is definitely a vision in red.

From the colours to the body skimming floor length lace... It’s pure purple perfection. The belt and shoulder detailing gives it the edgy punk feel. Well done and Bravo to the body too!

linda evangilista

We don’t normally find Gwen on any ‘Miss’ List but this time it was surely a miss. While the pink is definitely a show stopper, her overall look seriously fails the punk theme. Darn! And we were routing for you!

What was she thinking? It was the punk ball, not the Shakespeare ball. ‘Out, out of that damn dress!’ (an spin on a quote from Macbeth for those that don’t get it). Maybe next year Linda!

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When Debbie Harry took the stage in thigh-high boots with an "Ow!," the crowd shouted "Ow!" right back. Amanda Seyfried sang along to "One Way or Another," and was soon joined by a newly blonde Anne Hathaway (who earlier in the evening confessed her transformation was actually inspired by Harry). Les Misérables, Les Punkettes. Hathaway slipped off her glittery pumps and slinked to the front of the stage. Just then, the lights went out and all around the massive space, images of raging, snarling dogs, seemingly plucked straight from a Givenchy T-shirt, were projected on the wide marble walls. Kanye West stepped up in a netted face mask dotted with black jewels, and added some grizzled yelps to the chorus of barks. It was mesmerizing, and by the time the lights came up for "Clique," you could see the silhouettes of mohawks dancing.

kate beckinsale

Sigh...don’t you just love her? Her style is effortless and always on point. A mix of sex appeal, elegance and punk accessories. Love the hair, love the nails, love the earrings, love the shoes. We want!

katy perry

All hail for the terrible dress! Queen Katy did you get the same invitation as Linda Evangilista? Where did you rent this from? It’s like its made of mosaic ceiling tiles that belong in a greek church. #Fail

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TAYLOR SWIFT

If there is anyone that we feel got the punk elegance right, its our girl Taylor Swift. She is rocking this dress with cut out detailing in all the right places! Love the colours and the amazing neckline. Eat your heart out Harry S!

MADONNA

Oh Madonna, good for you that you can still pull this off and shock the crowd. This look is a little more S&M than punk. Frankly we just don’t get it. It is just all kinds of wrong, not even the shoes make it right. Put your clothes on!

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their separate tables. Under rows of lights reflected in the nowblack skylights, Kate Bosworth held a kiss for the camera with fiancé Michael Polish. In the time they maintained their pose, Hanneli Mustaparta made a Vine post of Katie Holmes and Francisco Costa. “I’m matching this up with the shot I took of the CBGB’s bathroom in the exhibition,” Mustaparta joked. “I’m embracing the punk.” After dinner, guests tiptoed over protruding dress trains as they maneuvered into the Temple of Dendur, where they were greeted with trays of cupcakes decorated in "punk" icing: cigarettes, rainbow spikes, and red anarchy symbols. There were also Jell-O shots, the first and, sadly, likely last time such a confection will ever be consumed within the walls of the Metropolitan Museum of Art again.

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nce guests step off the red carpet and enter the museum, the real punk comes out. “Should I cut the line?” Zaha Hadid joked as she entered the Costume Institute’s “Punk: Chaos to Couture” exhibition. “That would be pretty punk.” At cocktail hour drew to a close in the Petrie Court, the glass ceiling let in the glowing dusk light, and trumpets sounded, signaling guests to dinner in the American Wing. But guests kept talking even as the trumpets blared. Maybe it was less an anti-establishment statement, and more a gesture of fun-having.

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“The things that they’re rejecting are things that I can’t change. I can’t change my bra size. They’re natural! I can work out and I can stay healthy and motivated, but I can’t change some things. I really just live my life. I love my body. It’s what God gave me! I feel confident with myself, and if that inspires other women to feel confident with their bodies, great.”

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It’s 11:00 a.m., and Kate Upton is staring down a green rubber stability ball at David Kirsch’s private gym across from Madison Square Park in Manhattan. Kirsch, a celebrity trainer who looks a little bit like Mr. Clean, is putting Upton through a series of moves designed to “blast the three As,” he says. “Arms, abs, and ass.” Upton is more clothed than most of us are used to seeing her: tight black Nike T-shirt; black Under Armour leggings; gray Nike sneakers with hot-pink trim; small diamond stud earrings. She takes Kirsch’s orders with equanimity, her face slightly flushed, her blonde hair in a loose bun. “He only has five days,” she explains—before she jets to Uruguay for her Vogue shoot. “So when he yells at me, I know it’s for me. It’s not for him.” Kirsch orders her on top of the ball, and she dives into position with an “Uh!” Keeping it beneath her feet and her arms locked, she proceeds to “tuck,” bending her knees toward her chin and rolling the ball forward to achieve something like an upside-down crunch. Kirsch begins to chant: “Ten! Nine! Eight! Seven!” After 20 reps, the cheerful expression has drained from Upton’s face. Kirsch barks, “Hold the last one!” and Upton seems to lose her resolve. “Wait,” she says. “I can’t.” “Hips up higher, please!” She steadies her plank position. “Feel that in your belly?” www.strikingmagazine.com

by Lizzie Widdicombe | vogue May 2013 She nods, her stomach tense, a bit of sweat on her forehead, a look of determination on her face. “Good,” he says. “Now do another set.” It’s official: Being Kate Upton is hard work. If you’ve come anywhere near a newsstand in the last year—or a Super Bowl telecast or a late-night talk show—you know that the curvaceous, effervescent blonde has propelled herself from obscure Florida swimsuit model to viral video star to bona fide cultural phenomenon of the kind that brings to mind the models we’ve gotten to know on a first-name basis: Gisele, Kate, Naomi.

“I love my body. It’s what God gave me! I feel confident with myself, and if that inspires other women to feel confident with their bodies, great.” The fact that Upton has become our Girl of the Moment is all the more remarkable given that she’s done it in her own digital-age way. She wasn’t championed, early on, by a photographer like Steven Meisel or David Sims. Riccardo Tisci didn’t put her on the runway at Givenchy à la Joan Smalls. She even bypassed the Victoria’s Secret runway show—which has proved to be a launching pad for the likes of Candice Swanepoel and Miranda Kerr. Instead, Upton has accumulated Sports Illustrated covers and buzzy television ads and—above all—has made canny use of social media. The Upton legend begins on YouTube. She broke out in 2011, dancing to Cali Swag

District’s “Teach Me How to Dougie” in footage shot by a friend at a Clippers game—her appeal a mix of blonde bombshell and homespun girl next door. (The video has two million views and counting.) A subsequent clip was more risqué: Upton dancing the Cat Daddy in a skimpy bikini for Terry Richardson—and yet here, too, she’s goofy, disarming, improbably wholesome (that video has nearly sixteen million hits). Meanwhile she’s a regular on Twitter (more than 900,000 followers), and was an early adopter of the video-sharing app Vine. “It’s just me sharing my life,” she says about tweeting. “I like it if it’s authentic and in the moment and happening.” Growing up, she adds, “I didn’t buy the magazines that had models on the covers, because I didn’t know them. So I think this kind of gives me, as a model, a personality that people can connect with.” It seems to be working. In 2012, she was the fourth-most-popular search on Yahoo—just behind Election, iPhone5, and Kim Kardashian. What makes the Kate Upton era so unlikely is that the things we love about her—those curves! that personality!—defy what the word model has come to mean, at least on the runway: a seemingly endless procession of lanky, expressionless wraiths. That is most certainly not Upton’s profile. (Descriptions of her figure tend to involve euphemisms for a single word: breasts.) And yet Upton’s body has sparked debate. This year’s Sports Illustrated cover—a shot of her in Antarctica, parka open to reveal a stunning breadth of cleavage—set off a fresh round of “Is she fat?” conversations across the Internet. “It was hard at first,” she admits of hearing such rumblings. “You sit there and you’re like ‘Is something wrong with me?’ ” But she’s learned to ignore her critics—and come to regard her healthy body as a point of pride.

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hat does it take to be America’s favorite bombshell? Killer curves, of course, but Kate Upton has much more: old-fashioned ambition, digital-age savvy, and personality to burn.

It doesn’t hurt, by the way, that Upton has a sense of humor about this subject. She deadpans, “It’s kind of funny to think, Oh, wow, the news is talking about whether I’m fat or not.” Upton has retained a cheerful ambivalence about runway modeling. “I’ve always loved fashion,” she says, “but it’s not what I set out to do.” And while she may never be embraced as the darling of the fashion cognoscenti, there are designers who are taking her appeal to heart. To Michael Kors, for instance, who hosted Upton at last year’s Met ball, she conjures an earlier era— when a model’s healthy shape went hand in hand with her sexiness. “When I look at Kate’s figure I think, This is a person who’s enjoying life,” Kors says. “It harks back to the seventies, when we first had models like Patti Hansen and Christie Brinkley. They were sexy, but they were also athletic. And I think that Kate is very much that. You see her, and her skin is glowing; she’s got a gorgeous smile. It’s optimistic. It’s not about a sad girl on the corner. It’s about a girl who’s enjoying herself.” “Listen, she’s extremely sexy,” says Diane von Furstenberg, president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Von Furstenberg calls Upton the perfect role model, representing the idea that you should “embrace who you are”—curves included. “Two things are extremely attractive,” she says. “Health is beauty, and confidence is beauty.” Upton first considered modeling when a scout from an agency approached her at a horse show. She was twelve at the time, living with her ultra-active parents, sisters, and brother on five acres in Melbourne, Florida—a kind of Olympic-training center (basketball hoop, trampoline, swimming pool, arena for horseback riding)—where competition was constant. Kate’s older sister, Christie, and her younger brother, David, gravitated toward team sports, while Kate and her middle sister, Laura, focused on riding. (Kate won five American Paint Horse Association world championships before the age of seventeen.) On weekends, the whole family hung out at the beach.

As a girl “she was stick-thin and flat for the longest time,” her sister Christie recalls. “Sometimes she’d stuff her bra. We all did—with tissue paper or socks.” Then, according to Upton, “it all came at once,” right before she turned fifteen. In a few months that year she grew several inches— to five feet ten—and filled out. Not long after, Kate signed with a modeling agent in Miami, and immediately began getting so much work that she moved there. The city’s beach culture made her feel confident about her shape. “In Miami, boobs are fantastic,” she says. “I was so proud of them. I was so excited. Are you kidding? I’m in Florida, and I’m constantly in bikinis. I was like, Yes! Killing it! All the girls on the beach are gonna be so jealous!”

restaurant, Nobu, in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood. In the dusky light of the restaurant, Upton seems much more glamorous than she did at the gym. She is dressed, once again, in all black: Her blonde hair is loose, and she’s wearing Rag & Bone jeans, Sam Edelman boots, and a black Emilio Pucci top with a jagged slit across the chest. She doesn’t have the alien air that many models have when you see them up close. In fact, it’s hard not to be struck by the notion that Upton looks like a regular person, a version—if an exceptionally pretty one—of the type of girl you might see walking down the street. Perhaps because she has her back to the crowd, she doesn’t turn any heads. Without looking at the menu, she asks the waiter: “Can we order the new-style salmon and three black-cod lettuce wraps?” When it comes to meals, “I’m not, like, a robot,” Upton says. “I have different rules at different times.” Following Kirsch’s advice to eat “anything that flies or swims,” she sticks to chicken or fish, plus veggies. Which means that famous commercial of her sensually devouring a Carl’s Jr. cheeseburger? “No,” she says, shaking her head. “I can’t do that.”

By eighteen she had decamped to New York, where, after a year with the modeling agency Elite, she decided she wasn’t moving fast enough toward her goal: the cover of Sports Illustrated. She cold-called the front desk at IMG—and did enough persuasive talking to arrange a meeting with a scout, who introduced her to the agency’s senior vice president, Ivan Bart. Upton says she was successful because she had a plan. “I always had career goals. And I figured out a path I wanted to take to accomplish those goals. If that meant calling the best modeling agency in the world, that’s what it meant.” Upton won Bart over immediately. “She shook my hand. She looked me in the eye. She was like, ‘I really want to be with your company.’ ” He adds, “I think a lot of her success is about her confidence and her ambition. Not to mention charm and wit. Kate actually wanted to be known by a large audience. She said, ‘If I’m going to make it as a model, I’ve got to be a celebrity.’ That’s what makes her a twenty-first-century model.”

The gossip pages regularly buzz with rumors about Upton’s love life, but she tells me she’s single: “My work seems to be my priority at this point in my life.” She just moved out of her apartment in the Flatiron district (“my lease was up”), and is currently a nomad in New York, staying at a hotel, with most of her stuff in storage. So, where does Kate Upton go from here? “I never set out to be on the runway,” she says, but she would like to secure another major fashion campaign (having recently landed one with David Yurman) as well as a cosmetics contract. “I feel like I trust my career path,” she says, which has already made her a face for clients like Guess, Skullcandy, and Mercedes-Benz. And then there are the sideline attractions: “I would love to have my own lingerie line,” she says. Building on her fledgling movie career (she’s had small parts in The Three Stooges and Tower Heist), she is set to join a Nick Cassavetes comedy, The Other Woman, alongside Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann. “Acting I’m very interested in,” she acknowledges and laughs. “I’m American— more is more!”

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ating can be a lot of fun but it can also be exhausting after one too many nights out that go nowhere. If you’ve been going out on date after date with no desire to get a call back from any of the men you’re meeting it could be time to date against type. The best way to get out of a dating rut is to focus your attention on people you might normally overlook. You never know where it could lead. We asked April Masini, relationship expert behind the AskApril.com advice column and author of Think and Date Like a Man, for her dating tips on meeting someone outside of your comfort zone – and some important reasons why you should. Dating tips: Your type has changed – and you don’t know it

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Sometimes we decide who we should be with and discount the fact that we change and evolve over the years (or even months). “Who you thought you should be dating might have been right last year, but this year, with changes in your personality, lifestyle and goals, someone else entirely could be a better match,” Masini says. Think about who you dated ten years ago and who you date now. There is likely a fairly significant difference. “Dating outside our pre-conceived type may remind us that what we thought we needed in a man is no longer true.”

Dating tips: You need to expand your dating circle Ruling out certain types of people based on the wrong reasons can really limit your options. Just because the first guy who broke your heart was a musician doesn’t mean every musician should be off your dating radar. Or if your family has always told you to date someone with an office job and you feel they’re controlling and meddling, you may have decided long ago your type is anything but what they suggest. “This type of thinking doesn’t serve you well,” Masini says. You may bypass a potential match simply because he happens to be a type you previously ruled out. Dating tips: You need a dating boost If you start dreading dating it’s likely because you’re stuck in a rut. Every guy seems the same; you talk about the same things, go to the same venues and at the end of the week can’t decipher one date from the last. In other words, you’re bored. “By dating outside your type you can refresh yourself and your outlook on dating,” Masini says. If you usually date layers or doctors, consider a firefighter or a blue-collar employee instead to get a new perspective. If you usually go for artsy, creative types try dating someone who wears a suit for a change. The only way you can really break through the boredom is to date someone who falls outside of the dating parameters you have set for yourself.

Dating tips: You could meet someone great Dating tips: You were right to begin with Automatically dismissing someone because they don’t fit into your type could mean you’re missing out on meeting someone great. “Chameleons abound,” says Masini. You may not normally look twice at a suit-wearing financial planner but he could be closer to your type than you realize. Maybe he actually shares your passion for hiking or weekend camping trips. “Just because he looks a certain way or even presents a certain way on first meeting doesn’t mean he’s the type you think he is,” she explains. That three-piece suit might just be part of his day job and not a good representation of his whole personality.

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When enough time passes without making a love connection some people switch types all together. This can be beneficial (as we have already indicated) but it can also put you off course. Dating outside your (current) type may actually remind you that you were right to begin with. “You didn’t meet Mr. Right so you changed you type, but the reason you didn’t meet Mr. Right doesn’t mean you were dating the wrong type. You just hadn’t met him yet,” Masini says. Dating a few different types can also help lead you full circle right back to where you should be.

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Butterfly Tunic - H&M.com

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Madison leather phoebe bag - coach.com

Panther Tee H&M.com

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Boyfriend jean h&M.com

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zebra dress - H&M.com

Converse.com - micheal kors.com

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