Dating Advice

I Dated an Older Man - And Didn't Like It

The Purple Fig | Posted 04.13.2015 | Canada Living
The Purple Fig

I've always had a thing for older men. Whatever it was, unruly chest hair and crow lines did crazy things to me. I eventually dated an older man. He was 12 years my senior with chest hair, a stable job and his very own Manhattan apartment. After nearly four months together, we broke up. But our age difference wasn't to blame.

7 Questions To Ask Before You Start Creeping On Your Ex

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 04.08.2015 | Canada Living

Whether you're the dumper or the dumpee, sometimes you just want to know what your ex has been up to. It's natural to be curious, so don't think yo...

Proof That Dating In Your 20s vs. 30s Is Not The Same

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 03.24.2015 | Canada Living

We all know a few things change when you go from 20s to your 30s. You start appreciating sleep, you can't stay out past midnight and you're more aware...

Are You a Cat or a Dog in Relationships?

Alana Hurov | Posted 03.09.2015 | Canada Living
Alana Hurov

After 20 years of dating and over 100 relationships later, I have created "The Milk and Bone Theory." Take a close look at the behaviour of cats and dogs, notice which qualities you share with both animals. You will most likely have commonalities with one more than the other. Here are five ways to tell if you are a cat or a dog in a relationships.

Spouse Poaching: Why Married People Are Sexy Targets

Debra Macleod | Posted 04.26.2015 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

Affairs are messy things and it is unlikely that the illusion of this relationship will lead to any kind of happy reality for you. Even if you do defy the odds and this person leaves his or her spouse for you, all you've accomplished is "winning" someone else's cheating husband or cheating wife.

7 Common Mistakes Couples Make On Valentine's Day

Jacqueline Whitmore | Posted 04.11.2015 | Canada Living
Jacqueline Whitmore

We don't see it much these days, but chivalry still matters, especially in the beginning stages of a relationship. It's always nice if a man opens the door for his date, offers his jacket on a chilly night, pulls out her chair, picks up the tab, and walks his date to the door and gives her a gentle kiss on the cheek (with no other expectations).

I Finally 'Get' Dating After Turning 30

Lauren Messervey | Posted 04.10.2015 | Canada Living
Lauren Messervey

I have a secret weapon now. I have 30. It may have had a bad wrap in the past, but 30 has equipped me with the wisdom to spot these men from a mile away and tune them out. Another person's bad behaviour is never my fault and 30 has taught me that, preparing me to live like the glorious woman that I am.

Have Women Lost Their "Feminine Mystique?"

Debra Macleod | Posted 04.01.2015 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

In my despairing opinion, too many of us have become a louder, dumbed-down, sexed-up, selfie-snapping, pouty-lipped, desperate shadow of our former selves. That's what men are seeing, and that's how they're treating us.

Why It's

University of Toronto News | Posted 01.25.2015 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

A guy who you think is attractive but who has some unsuitable personality traits comes up and asks you out. You say yes, even though what you really meant to say was no. "Why did I do that?" you wonder. According to new research from the University of Toronto and Yale University, rejecting unsuitable romantic partners is easy in hypothetical situations, but not so when considering a face-to-face proposition.

5 Hot First Date Tips and Looks

Barbara Aleks Hecht | Posted 01.25.2015 | Canada Style
Barbara Aleks Hecht

A number of my clients are single women that are either active in the dating scene or just getting started. They typically come to me to help them come up with the perfect first (or second, or third) date look. Wanting to steer them in the right direction, I contacted a dating expert to make sure I was giving them the best advice along with their hot new looks.

How Amal Clooney is Bringing Marriage Back into Style

Debra Macleod | Posted 01.05.2015 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

Just as fashion trends have a tendency to return (I've seen two people wearing Swatches this week alone!), it appears that marriage is making a comeback. A new and improved version of marriage is hitting the shelves, and it is perhaps more fashionable than ever. Why? Largely because of the type of woman who is choosing to walk down the aisle.

Eight Monster Men You Should Be Scared To Date

Debra Macleod | Posted 12.29.2014 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

Charming and disarmingly persuasive, this sexy, silver-tongued slickster will use your body to satisfy his every pleasure. And while it might feel really good while he's doing it, in the end he ends up stronger and you end up weaker. Unfortunately for you, this monster man is also a monstrous time-waster.

Why Men Get Laid, But Women Get Screwed

Debra Macleod | Posted 12.23.2014 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

Women often enter into casual sex and cohabitation assuming these things are their only options. Yet these practices have only become the default dating norms over the past few decades. And guess what? They're a failed social experiment.

Are These Limiting Thoughts Sabotaging Your Relationships?

Collette Gee | Posted 11.17.2014 | Canada Living
Collette Gee

Once we become aware of the fact that what we believe about ourselves is being revealed by the quality of our relationships, we may begin to openly and honestly question our beliefs, along with the experiences we appoint them. This in turn eliminates our limiting beliefs and makes room for the empowering beliefs that not only serve us, but also takes us in the direction that we want to go.

Feigned Love: The Art of Settling

Dain Wallis | Posted 11.07.2014 | Canada Living
Dain Wallis

Worried that you're settling? Not sure if you're in love or just going through the motions? Speaking from experience, here is your guide to the Art of Settling.

For Shark Week, Here Are 8 Ways to Not Get Bitten in Love

Debra Macleod | Posted 10.12.2014 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

If you're currently dating, do yourself a favour. Keep your eyes on the water's surface and, if anything with big teeth jumps out at you, protect yourself. Even when you're in the earliest stages of dating, it is possible to catch glimpses of deal breaker behaviour. Here are eight to watch out for.

17 Rules For Friends With Benefits

Carlen Costa | Posted 09.30.2014 | Canada Living
Carlen Costa

Have the talk before you hook-up (or once you've peed right after) and set the lay of land. You both know what this is. Games are meant to be played with rope and whipped cream, not with each other's emotions. If you're feeling compromised about a situation have the courtesy to put it out there and mutual respect to problem-solve together.

10 First Summer Date Ideas That Don't Suck

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 07.24.2014 | Canada Living

We all know the first impression is everything when it comes to dating, but if you're looking for a way to really keep your date both entertained and ...

I'm No Dating Coach But Vancouver Women Don't Need Archaic Advice

Sara Harowitz | Posted 06.29.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Sara Harowitz

A recent advice article makes the assumption that all women are submissive, quiet, and shy. While I appreciate that the author's advice is about human interaction as opposed to just telling us to go on Tinder -- because NO I WILL NOT -- I find most of it offensive, ridiculous, or some combination of both.

Sex Appeal Depends On Looking Nothing Like Your Friends

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 04.17.2014 | Canada Living

Looking the odd one out may seem like a recipe for mating disaster, but it could make you more attractive to the opposite sex. So said a study Wedn...

Advice for 50-Something Women Looking to Date

Trina Read | Posted 06.15.2014 | Canada Living
Trina Read

The biggest challenge for the over 50 group is that many have been in long-term relationships and haven't dated for years; they need to learn how to date all over again. It's a terrifying prospect for them to get naked and intimate with someone new.

Stop Giving Single People a Bad Name

Trina Read | Posted 06.11.2014 | Canada Living
Trina Read

Luckily the single by choice movement is growing. But so long as society pimps this "you complete me" ideology, singles will always feel like they are missing out on a happy, fulfilled life.

10 Things I've Learned About Love From 'How I Met Your Mother'

Simone Katerine | Posted 05.31.2014 | Canada TV
Simone Katerine

It's no secret that I love How I Met Your Mother -- in fact, rarely a day has gone by over the past nine years when I haven't quoted or referred to the show in conversation. There's just so much about life, love and friendship that HIMYM just gets. So, before we say goodbye, here are a few of my favourite lessons about life and love from Ted, Robin, Lily, Marshall, Barney and the gang.

The Journey to Love Begins Within

Collette Gee | Posted 05.06.2014 | Canada Living
Collette Gee

Many times we come into a relationship expecting others to create our happiness, and many times we end up being disappointed. Why? Because it's not someone else's job to make us happy. Happiness begins within. If you want and desire love, you have to begin by first emitting love, and that journey begins within.

The Year of Fun: The Science to Being Single

Megan Fielding | Posted 04.16.2014 | Canada Living
Megan Fielding

Expressing my recent distaste for being single, my friend shared her secret to healing the wounds of a long-term relationship that ended. After months of feeling down, she decided to pick herself up and embark on what she branded, "The year of fun." The formula breaks down into a simple equation: open-minded attitude + thirst for adventure = year of fun.