Romance
Hook up fails: When flirting goes wrong

Hook up fails: When flirting goes wrong

Between Tinder, Facebook and the rampant hedonism Dubai exudes, it’s never been easier to get a date. Flirting is a second language to this city’s men, most of whom are fluent in the art of sweet nothings and puppy dog eyes. But even the most silver-tongued Casanova doesn’t always get it right. Here’s a list...
Tinder: Dubai style

Tinder: Dubai style

The love child of disposable consumer culture and front-facing phone cameras, Tinder has become one of the most popular dating apps across the world. With more than 10 million active daily users, creators have even introduced a threesome version, for those who felt that the ‘hot or not’ casual sex application wasn’t romantic enough. Although...
Types of online daters

Types of online daters

Free dating sites aren’t exactly conducive to finding a lifelong partner. But ever since you started having to pay 30p for a wee at the train station, love is basically the only good thing about life that remains free. For that reason, I’m mildly reluctant to splurge the £30 a month price tag of the...
What not to do at a wedding

What not to do at a wedding

After a year preparing for my best friend’s wedding, I’ve been on a (somewhat inevitable) anticlimax since the main event. (PWD? Google it. Pretty sure it’s an actual medical thing.) I love a good wedding. From the weepy bit in church (it’s like seven episodes of Pet Rescue rolled into one) to the bit at...
Five ways to get dumped

Five ways to get dumped

There are so many variations of ‘I’m just not that into you’ it’s hard to keep track. From Kelis’ cut and dry screeches of ‘I hate you so much right now’ to the more sensitively articulated ‘I’m just not looking for a relationship,’ all clichés can be identically interpreted. The person delivering the message doesn’t fancy you....
The laws of attraction

The laws of attraction

Dating laws of attraction are a tricky conundrum to fathom. For some people potential mates are ten a penny, falling into their lap/phone book/intimate orifices every time they venture out for a casual Friday evening beverage. I envy these people. Not the myriad of exotic diseases a succession of casual bonking partners can result in,...
Five great things about being single

Five great things about being single

Despite not being in one for a considerable length of time, I have every faith that a good long term relationship is like one of those very expensive duvets from the White Company. Secure, comfortable and still kind of sexy if worn with nothing underneath. When the time is right, I think the whole she...
Why we don’t want really honest men

Why we don’t want really honest men

After funny, smart and kind, ‘honest’ is pretty high up on my laminated list of Prince Charming credentials. Written in capitals for ADDED EFFECT, I’ve slotted it in with ‘must have all his own teeth’, ‘never uses the phrase ‘smash it’’ and ‘doesn’t watch Sky Sports during sexy time’. But like any good quality in...
Top 5 dating peeves

Top 5 dating peeves

Between human oddities, awkward silences and mind numbing conversations, the dating scene has a lot to answer for. Whilst I can happily accommodate unusual quirks, misshapen noses or a spot of premature baldness, there’s some things that just piss a girl off. Here’s my top five dating peeves. Excessive texting At first it’s a welcome...
Long Distance Love (and not losing your mind)

Long Distance Love (and not losing your mind)

  I regularly have far fetched romantic fantasies about long distances love affairs with charming princes from foreign lands. (There’s often an NYC apartment and a unicorn involved.) But is the reality all it’s cracked up to be? Guest blogger Sophie tells it like it is. How to Long Distance Love and Not Lose Your...
A weekend in Prague

A weekend in Prague

Giving a Segway to a girl with almost zero coordination is like watching a baby deer trying to escape the clutches of an enraged mountain lion on a skateboard. Dangerous, adrenalin fuelled and guaranteed to end in tears. In the end there was no weeping. (I’m a brave like that.) But there was a rather...
Why cheesy romance isn't sexy

Why cheesy romance isn’t sexy

When it comes to matters of the heart I’m as misunderstood as that green faced witch in Wicked the Musical. Castigated as a contemptuous romance killer, I take a zero tolerance attitude on cheese. Valentine’s Day leaves me cold. Disneyland proposals make me greener than a night on snakebite black. And I’d happily chuck Hallmark’s...
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