In case you’ve been living under a rock over the past weekend, everyone’s favourite ginger Prince Harry has married the American Suits actress Meghan Markle. And whether you love the royals or loathe them, you have to admit that Harry and Meghan make a pretty damn amazing couple.
We can’t all marry a prince, but the latest royal love story can teach all of us a few lessons. So here are the main things we can all learn from Harry and Meghan’s whirlwind romance.
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The Harry Potter series as to be one of the best fictional stories of all time. One of the things that makes it so great is the character development. We disagree a lot on politics, but J.K. has a rare gift of making every character unforgettable; not a bland stereotype in sight in the entire series. Aside from making great reading, this also brings another thing- fictional crushes.
I could go on for days about how much I adore the books (and the films), but that’s not the idea of this post. So without further ado, here’s a list of the top 10 sexiest men in the Harry Potter series. (Disclaimer: these are just my opinions, and this post is meant to be tongue-in-cheek).
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Known for being easily offended and annoying as hell, vegans don’t have the best of reputations. Despite having the best interest of animals and the environment at heart, studies have shown that 34% of daters would consider veganism a dealbreaker in a potential partner.
However, aside from of the extreme types on social media (and let’s face it, most of social media is extreme these days), vegans aren’t all that bad. In fact, most of them are actually pretty great. So in the spirit of #Veganuary, here are 5 reasons you should reconsider if you’re in the 34%.
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Last weekend, I was lucky enough to go to the Harry Potter studios tour. It made me realise that despite how irritating JK Rowling has become with her political antics (18 spare bedrooms!) there’s no denying that she’s one hell of a writer. The character development, intricate details and plot twists of the Harry Potter series even had a chick lit reader like myself hooked.
But of course, where would the series be without romance. From Harry’s first kiss with Cho Chang under the nargle-infested mistletoe to the happy ending at Platform 9 and ¾ 19 years later (and the directors’ terrible ageing attempts), there’s no doubt that love is a key part of the tale.
So in order to celebrate the much-loved franchise, I thought I’d put together a list of my top 5 favourite Harry Potter couples (feel free to debate me).
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Advances in technology mean that as long as you’re not weird over messages, it’s easier to get a first date than ever before. However, not all first dates are created equal. Unless you massively luck out, before you meet The One, you’ve got a hell of a lot of first dates to sift through who are well, not The One. So behold, here’s my quick guide to the main types of first dates you can expect to encounter.
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Dating advice is always a minefield. Partly because you don’t need any form of qualifications before dishing out, and partly because people are so different that there’s rarely a “one size fits all” approach. I’ve written before about the bad dating advice that single people always hear. But today I decided to go down a slightly different route, and talk about the dating advice that hasn’t worked for me.
That isn’t to say it’s bad advice. For each point on the list, I know several people who have followed that advice and ended up in long-term serious relationships. I’m just saying that particular piece of advice hasn’t worked for me.
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Some people with the aim of making more money, breaking out of the 9-5, or becoming the next Zoella. While those things would be great, even if you told me I’d never make a penny from this blog and my following would be capped at the number it is now, I would still blog. Because I love writing about dating. It’s something I think about around 90% of the time. So it gives me joy to formulate my thoughts into blog post, hear your feedback, and chat about it with strangers on Twitter.
But I got thinking. I’m actually a really bad dating blogger. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not being self-deprecating about my writing style. But if you were looking for a dating writer and looked at my life, I’m probably the last person you’d pick.
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Inspired by Paul Thomas Bell’s post 5 Things I Look For In A Partner, I decided to make a little list of my own.
I know, I know. Be open. Don’t have a list. But in a world where most of our dating takes place online, on apps, or through brief meetings at events or on nights out, and you have to make fairly snap decisions about who to pursue, it helps to have some idea of who you are and what you’re looking for.
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Some of you may have been following this blog for a while (and hopefully enjoying my posts). Some of you may have just stumbled across this page and are wondering what the hell this is all about.
If you are a regular reader, you’re probably used to my hard-hitting dating features or bad date stories. But today, I decided to do something a little different and give some background on the girl behind the blog. And if you’re a new reader, well, this is probably a great place to start.
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The problem with dating, is that it’s an art, not a science. It’s not a simple case of do XYZ and Q will happen. People are complicated, many-layered, unpredictable. You can do everything right and get it wrong, you can do everything wrong and get it right.
That said though, there are definitely things that you can do to up your odds, or at least, avoid wasting too much time on dickheads. But dating advice is not all given equal. Over the years, I’ve heard many pearls of wisdom, but there’s also been some absolutely atrocious dating advice pedaled out, some of which I ended up following, with disastrous consequences.
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