Dating Advice

How Amal Clooney is Bringing Marriage Back into Style

Debra Macleod | Posted 11.05.2014 | 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 10.29.2014 | 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 10.24.2014 | 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.

Four Things To Bring Along On Your Valentine's Date

Karen Cleveland | Posted 04.13.2014 | Canada Living
Karen Cleveland

Bring your phone so that you can smartly map out where you and your date are meeting, so you can get there nice and early. If you are going to a place that doesn't take reservations, arriving well before your date will ensure you're not awkwardly huddling in the freezing doorway, waiting for a table to open up.

Don't Live With Your Boyfriend if You Want to Get Married

Debra Macleod | Posted 04.01.2014 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

Over the past decade or so, I've found there are a few common pitfalls that women who want to get married inadvertently fall into, and which decrease their chances of getting married while they're still young enough to walk down the aisle without stopping for breath. One of these pitfalls is living together before marriage.

Patti Stanger, The Millionaire Matchmaker, Shares Tips For How To Find Love After 40

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 03.05.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Sacha DeVoretz

The motivator for me to try online dating in the first place was Patti Stanger. Stanger is an American matchmaker and television personality, known for starring in the reality series The Millionaire Matchmaker. Stanger shared with me the top tips for women over 40 looking for love.

Pickup Artists, Brash Boys, and Sexual Harassment

Lauren Messervey | Posted 02.11.2014 | Canada
Lauren Messervey

In the past day, two events occured: a kindergartner kissed a female classmate's hand, and a group of Toronto-based "Pick Up Artists" were shooed away from the Eaton Centre by public outcry and security teams. One of these situations has resulted in sex offender charges, and it's not the one you think.

Wanna Get the Girl? Date Like it's 1946

Debra Macleod | Posted 02.04.2014 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

If my email inbox is any indicator, it's clear that modern men and women are clueless about how to behave on a first date. If you want to attract a quality person, you need to behave like a quality person. So check out these 1940s-inspired dating tips that might bring a little timeless sophistication to your dating M.O.

Avoiding Dating Disasters

Tim Sandlin | Posted 11.30.2013 | Canada Living
Tim Sandlin

Do not date a woman whose mother is named after food -- Brownie, Sugar, Honey, Cupcake -- or whose father is named Bubba, Butch, Dutch, or Killer. Consider it a red flag if she sleeps in shoes, curlers, or a car. Or if she has more prescriptions than you.

Unsmooth Moves: 5 Things To Never Do On A Date

Posted 08.13.2013 | Canada Living

Whether you’ve experienced a dating horror story of your own, or just heard them second-hand, you’re probably well aware that every date has the p...

Canada's Best Date Spots

Posted 07.23.2013 | Canada Living

Whether you’re long term with the love of your life or recently found the date of your dreams, step up your dating game and explore new romantic te...

2.0 Love Contract: Blanks To Be Filled In Later

Christine E.Laprade | Posted 08.26.2013 | Canada
Christine E.Laprade

Here I am, in my thirties, childless, at a stage where I make candid observations and came to the realization that I've completely lost my bearings. ...

10 Tips for a Spring Romance

Debra Macleod | Posted 06.30.2013 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

Ah, springtime -- the skies are blue and love is in the air. Every year around this time, my Inbox fills with questions from those looking for love. In response, I've compiled a short list of dating tips that you may want to tape to your fridge if you're a single-and-seeking.