Are Women Too Picky?

Are women to picky when it comes to finding a partner?

Ouch. What a headline eh?

Are women too picky when searching for a partner?

A friend forwarded me the link to an article by Telegraph journalist Martin Daubney where he describes why he, and research, shows that women are being far too picky when finding a partner. What is the result of these picky women he asks?

“When, approaching 40, they decide they’re ready to compromise for somebody who isn’t that FTSE100 CEO after all, they’re surprised that many men aren’t ready to jump at the chance to have kids in the next six months.” ~ Martin Daubney.

Double Ouch. Only, with a heavy heart, I have to agree with the article that SOME women are missing out on finding genuine love because their standards are impossibly high for a mere mortal to live up to. They have put their dream man on a pedastal. Only it’s so high not even he can reach it. Equally there are many women, many of whom I have the pleasure of working with, who are incredibly open minded and willing to take the chance to find love. From my experience, these are the woman who usually find it….

So what do you think, are modern day women too picky? Or has Deaubney got women all wrong?

Read the full article here: Are Today’s Women Too Picky For Their Own Good?

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London Autumn Date Ideas in Timeout


Crisp leaves, bronze hues and stunning sunsets: it’s no wonder London in autumn provides the perfect backdrop for first dates or date night. The season is all about enjoying the outdoors before winter so impress your date by doing something different.

1. Horse riding in Hyde Park

With private sessions for two available from the Hyde Park Stables you’ll hopefully be galloping off into the sunset before the afternoon is through (and not falling off and ending up in A&E).

Ten London dates perfect for autumn


2. Warming up over Irish coffee

With the nights getting cooler, a log fire and a steaming Irish coffee can be the perfect way to while away a few hours getting to know your date. Check out the Merchants Tavern or the Prince George in Dalston for a cosy spot.

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3. Conker hunting

Yes, you may be an adult but nothing beats the feeling of finding a perfect, round shiny conker! Head to any London park to find them, then challenge your date to a duel.




Continue reading my post on London autumn date ideas in Timeout

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Hospital Club Talk: Can Online Dating Help You Find Love in 2015?

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That was the question the team at Mutual Attraction were answering last night at a talk at private members club ‘Hospital Club’.

I teamed up with our favourite experts to present a case for whether online dating is helpful or a hindrance in the quest for finding love.

Representing Mutual Attraction I was up first with my focus being around the fact we have so much choice today when dating – but is that choice a good thing? I would argue no. My reasoning? Check this TED talk out and I reckon you’ll be nodding along in agreement. Ok, the example here applies to a pair of jeans (stick with it!) but it’s true for dating too.

Next up was Saskia from dating photography company Saturday Nights Alright. Saskia as always wowed with her awesome photographs she takes of single people for their dating profiles. She shared her top nuggets of advice for making sure your dating photos really work for you.

Katy Horwood from the Metro, and All Sweetness & Life blog then took to the stage. Katy has a real way for words and says it how it is – we love her no crap approach! Katy shared with the crowd her top dating tips as well as drawing on her own experiences of using dating apps and online dating to find someone. She had everyone laughing when she said that some people are just growers so you really do need to give people a chance!

Last but my no means least was Charly Lester, the woman behind the infamous 30 dates blog and the founder of the UK Dating Awards. Can online dating help you find love in 2015? Charly thinks so. Charly drew on her experience of her dating challenge to share her wisdom about what makes for a good date. We also learnt about the time she got arrested on a date but that’s for another time ;)

A big thank you to everyone who came along, we really enjoyed meeting you all and thank you to Hospital Club for hosting us, we hope to be back again.

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New App Makes Finding Love on The Tube a Reality

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Mind The Gap’ and keep your eyes peeled, as Find Your Commuter makes finding love on the tube a living reality!

Find the one that got away, whether on the Bakerloo, Northern, Overground or Hammersmith & City line. From Cockfosters to Morden Find Your Commuter offers keen eyed cupids the chance to approach the apple of their eyes, without the creepy gaze across the carriage.

“Find Your Commuter came about from a simple idea. The amount of people I’ve heard discuss the girl or guy they see every day on the tube but yet never did anything about it baffled me. The dating realm needed something specifically for Londoners. We’re a unique city and a unique bunch of people. We’re all so caught up in trying to get from A to B we let opportunities pass us by!” Scott Murphy Co. Founder of Find Your Commuter .

Now finding your commuter has never been easier. Simply register with just your email and fill our your fun profile. All you need to do is tell us what station you start and finish your commute, the line you use and the approximate time that you do this.

We will then show you other commuters taking the same route or one very similar. You also have the power to search for your future husband, girlfriend or next fling with our great search engine.

But don’t worry, to stop everybody having the ability to message you we have a great feature for privacy! Based on the Oyster card system on the underground a commuter will first need to ‘Touch In’ with you first. If you recognise or like the look of them simply ‘Touch Out’ and let the messaging

Find Your Commuter is an innovative way of breaking all the rules of commuting!

Bring those underground feelings to the surface.


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The Sexism Row That’s Hit England

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Today it’s short and sweet from me but I wanted to share an article I wrote for the The Mirror newspaper here in the UK.

Last week a top male lawyer sent another high flying female lawyer a linkedin message. After he hit sent, a sexism row that divided the nation ensued.


The message has caused quite an outcry and I can personally see it from both sides. To hear what i think, check out my piece in The Mirror:

Should We Cut Mr Carter Silk Some Slack?

That’s all from me, have a great day!
Much Love

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Mutual Attraction a Finalist For 2 Great British Entrepreneur Awards

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I am thrilled that my London dating agency, Mutual Attraction, has become a finalist for 2 awards in the Great British Entrepreneur Awards.

The team at Mutual Attraction are celebrating after it was announced last night that we are finalists for not just 1 award, but 2 in the Great British Entrepreneur Awards in the ‘Service Industy’ and ‘Micro Business’ categories.

The Great British Entrepreneur Awards, taking place on 25th November at the Ballroom Southbank, Central London, are set to become the recognised standard of excellence amongst entrepreneurs. They mark a new era for entrepreneurship in the UK and this inaugural event is set to acknowledge and celebrate the contribution and inspiration provided by entrepreneurial businesses.

Mutual Attraction is Londoners matchmaking and dating agency of choice and the team work so hard to help and support even the pickiest of London daters to find love. I will be honest, it isn’t always an easy task but one we all thrive on.

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Great British Entrepreneur Finalist 2015

Simon Burton, founder of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, said: “The entries we have received for the Great British Entrepreneur Awards can only be described as awe inspiring. The quality has been outstanding. The judges have had the extremely difficult task of whittling the great and good of the entrepreneurial community down to the very best and we are delighted by the companies that have made the shortlist.

The Awards Ceremony itself in November will be a night to remember, with VIPs from the worlds of business and entrepreneurship gathering to celebrate entrepreneurial spirit in the UK.”

For more information about Mutual Attraction please contact:

For more information on the Great British Entrepreneur Awards contact:
Charlotte Parham – Exposure Communications

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Dating App Inner Circle Bans New Female Members

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Are men missing a trick?! The Inner Circle believes so!

The exclusive dating app and platform The Inner Circle, has made the controversial decision to ban female applicants for one month, to improve the ratio of males to females. A bold move but one that works out best for all members! With dating sites and apps being very female heavy it’s refreshing to hear that a site is making some changes and drawing attention to the fact that they need more men!

Women are good at spreading the word and telling their girl friends to sign up to a good thing. They are also happy that The Inner Circle provides at trustworthy platform for dating for professionals. This ban will provide London’s high-flying males a chance to enter a dating community filled to the brim with successful and driven females.

Every applicant has to be vetted and approved by a member of The Inner Circle which explains the global waiting list of 90,000, with 25,000 currently on the waiting list in the United Kingdom. Maybe men haven’t been so keen on the vetting process but now they have a reason to be!

At the dating agency I run, Mutual Attraction we have more of a balanced ratio of men to women and perhaps this is because men prefer confidentiality and our ‘offline’ approach.

So men if you’re looking for an great place to meet professional, ambitious and interesting woman online you may want to get signed up to The Inner Circle straight away.

The ban ends on the 1st October.



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Ashley Madison Hacking

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Life is Short. Have an Affair.

That’s the slogan for online affair website Ashley Madison. Notice I didn’t say online dating site? This site isn’t anything to do with dating.

For those of you not familiar with Ashley Madison, it’s a website where married people (or those in relationships) go to find someone with whom they can have an affair. Classy right? It also has a reported 37 million users. That’s an awful lot of people doing ‘research’. You see, since users names, email addresses and details have been leaked on the web, the excuse of ‘i was just doing it for research’ keeps cropping up. Yup, and i was born yesterday…..;)

You can read more about theAshley Madison hacking in the guardian ‘Your Questions Answered‘ and on the Telegraph ‘Live Updates‘.

Do I have any sympathy?

No. But i do feel sorry for their partners.

I also think there are lots of fake details on there. As you don’t have to confirm an email to use Ashley Madison it would be pretty easy to register someone as a prank. Equally there are lots of people sweating right now! Josh Duggar from 19 kids and counting has come forward to admit that he had an account spending nearly $1,000 dollars. This is the guy who preaches family values and has a young child with his wife.

I was invited onto Channel 5 news to talk about the leak a few weeks back when it was merely a threat. If you didn’t catch it you can watch a summary here:


Whether you agree with the leak of users or not, there is one lesson to be learnt and this quote sums it up perfectly:

‘Never put anything online you wouldn’t be happy to see on your gran’s coffee table’

Always worth keeping in mind! It’s also a good idea to google your name once in a while to see what comes up….after all you know your date is Googling you (even though I would say don’t do it!!). And i don’t mean that because i think you are up to something dodgy (you aren’t, are you? hehe) but because it’s always good to have an online presence that reflects who you are.

Share your thoughts with me on the hacking over on twitter, as usual, @matchmaker_miss



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The Cost of Dating


How much money do you spend on dating?

Research conducted on behalf of Debt Advisory Centre shows that a fifth of UK adults, the equivalent of 12.4 million people, have covered the cost of dating (in particular a date) using credit, borrowing on average of £164.

That’s a pretty shocking number of people. Maybe I’m a bit cynical but let’s face it, the research was conducted for a debt advisory service! Anyway, putting aside my cynicism, if people really are getting into debt over dating I’m really saddened by it.

Date’s shouldn’t be about how much money you spend or how ‘fancy’ the venue is.

Surely a date should be ALL about the company? Honestly, no date is worth getting in debt for. If they will only give you their attention if you’re spending money then quite frankly you are better off without them. It has no long term potential. One of my first dates with Christian was walking from the Tower of London to Canary Wharf followed by a stop off at Cafe Nero for a much needed warm drink…it was December and freezing!

We chatted the miles away and had a great time getting to know one another. Dates do not have to be expensive; if anything I’d say they should be the opposite, particularly in the early days. Don’t put pressure on yourself and ladies if you expect the guy to pay it is only fair don’t you think?

What do you reckon – should people reign in the spending when it comes to paying for dates? Share your thoughts with me on Twitter @matchmaker_miss

I was interviewed by Share Radio about the research which you can take a listen to here:

Date smart and date happy.



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