April 2014

Samantha Daniels on How to Get Back into the Dating World

If you’re sitting on the dating sidelines for a while because you have recently ended a relationship or marriage, you haven’t had the interest, or you’re just fed up and plain sick of it, maybe now is the time to get out there and meet someone great! As a Professional Matchmaker and founder of Samantha’s Table Matchmaking, I have some useful tips on getting back into the dating world:

  • Once deciding to go back to dating, you need to start with a positive attitude. If you are optimistic about meeting someone, you will have more of a chance of making that happen.
  • Think about giving yourself a dating makeover so you feel good about yourself and how you look. It doesn’t have to be anything extravagant. Try a new haircut, a new lipstick, or just a different “dating outfit.” It doesn’t matter what it is, just go out there looking a little different and you are bound to have some results.
  • Reach out to your friends, family and colleagues and let them know that “you are back.” Most people are busy with their own lives, it’s time you let them know what is going on in your life. Tell them that you are open, interested and available to be introduced to someone if they think of anyone.
  • Spend that $20 or $30 and try online dating. Maybe you had a bad experience in the past, but these are new times. With a positive and revitalized attitude things might be different this time around. Or if you have never tried it, give it a go! Many people have met their significant other this way.
  • Schedule an appointment with a Matchmaker and at the very least get some good dating advice from that professional. Matchmakers like myself have been listening and observing what works and what doesn’t work when it comes to dating for years. Schedule a meeting and pick that Matchmaker’s brain.
  • Ask a close but also straightforward friend to be brutally honest and tell you what they think might be an impediment when you get back out there to date. Ask them to critique you in an honest and helpful way so you can put you best foot forward.
  • I remember what my grandmother said: “You get invited, you go, and you never know who you are going to meet.” Hence, whenever you get invited out, whether it’s a party, a gathering, a dinner, etc., even if you don’t feel like going, you go. You put on that pretty dress, a smile and positive attitude and you head out the door because “you never know…”

 

Samantha Daniels is a professional matchmaker, television, personality, author, entrepreneur and founder of Samantha’s Table, a matchmaking service. A former matrimonial attorney, in 1999 Daniels left the world of divorce behind and founded her matchmaking service in New York City, quickly expanding to elite clientele on the west coast.In 2004 Daniels life became the basis for NBC’s hit show Miss Match starring Alicia Silverstone. Daniels a writer for The Huffington Post and in 2005 authored Matchbook: the Diary of a Modern-Day Matchmaker.

9 Cool Beauty Looks from Fashion Week

As much as we love checking out all of the new collections designers roll out, when you have backstage access it’s all about the beauty! The world’s best hair stylists and sought after make-up artists create the fabulous looks we see on the runway that set the trends for real life. Here are our picks of the coolest hair and make-up looks during New York Fashion Week.

Romantic Gift Ideas from Renowned Matchmaker Samantha Daniels PLUS Her Tips on Dating and How to Meet “The One” [Video]

A romantic day calls for romantic gifts, and as a professional matchmaker and love guru I have some of the best insider gift picks for a day of amour.

Enid Collins Love Wooden Box Bag, BUY NOW, $425
If your Valentine likes one of a kind items that make other people say “where did you get that?,” a vintage bag is a great idea. Each one is special because you might not be able to find another. Make sure you know your lover’s style- for the ladies try something like the Enid Collins Love bag.

Heather Benjamin LA Ocean Jasper Mix Ring, BUY NOW, $405
Rings are tricky on Valentine’s Day, especially if she is expecting THE ring. If she is, and you aren’t ready, stay CLEAR of rings and all jewelry, but if she isn’t and loves a real conversation starter piece, go with a cocktail ring from Heather Benjamin LA. The designer’s mix of shells, stones and sand dollars is spectacular and your Valentine will be swept off her feet with this Ocean Jasper Mix ring.

Serene House Mist Whistler, BUY NOW, $299.95
Diffusers are so yesterday and if you want to buy something that not only smells delicious but looks great, try the Mist Whistler Scentilizer. By diffusing fragrant water vapors, it reduces the dryness of indoor air and even has a built in music player- talk about love at first smell!

Anywhere Fireplace Oasis, BUY NOW, $109.99
If you are dating someone who has everything, it’s great to pick something unique. An indoor fireplace is a wonderful way to warm a room and the mood, and Anywhere Fireplace has plenty of chic styles to choose from.

Art Style Innovation Graphic Bookends, BUY NOW, $110
If your sweetie is a literature lover, pick up these special bookends from Art Style Innovation. These handmade acrylic bookends are playful and fun and come in nine different designs and ten different shades to choose from.

A special note on cards- When picking them out, be sure to choose cards that ”match” the status of your relationship. This means if you’ve only been together a few weeks, don’t go all lovey-dovey, opt for something humorous instead. If you are in something more serious or have been together for a considerable amount of time, its great to grab more than one card, one of which should be sentimental. And don’t forget to write a message from the heart, Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to let someone know you care, so don’t be shy, go ahead and share!

For the best dating tips and how to meet “the one,” check out our exclusive video interview with Samantha Daniels.

 

Samantha Daniels is a professional matchmaker, television, personality, author, entrepreneur and founder of Samantha’s Table, a matchmaking service. A former matrimonial attorney, in 1999 Daniels left the world of divorce behind and founded her matchmaking service in New York City, quickly expanding to elite clientele on the west coast.In 2004 Daniels life became the basis for NBC’s hit show Miss Match starring Alicia Silverstone. Daniels a writer for The Huffington Post and in 2005 authored Matchbook: the Diary of a Modern-Day Matchmaker.

Top 14 Romantic Hairstyles

Valentine’s Day is upon us next week, and a romantic date night hairstyle is a must. Opt for sultry curls like Katherine McPhee, or another of these glamorous styles. He’ll definitely be sweet on you.

 Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images
Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus’ glossy locks and side part give her a red carpet look that was both ethereal and ladylike.
Photo: John Kopaloff/Getty Images

Emma Stone
Emma Stone’s updo is elegant without being severe. Some face-framing wispy pieces enhance the actress’ peaches and cream complexion.

Photo: Mark Davis/WireImage 

Brooke Anderson
Brooke Anderson shows off the latest braid trend, while still keeping her hair loose and wavy.

Buy Area Home Pins Sheets, $45-$245

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Buy Area Home Pins Sheets, $45–$245, at areahome.com

  • 200-thread-count cotton sheets
  • Short-repeat pin design in soft gray on white
  • Pattern available on duvet cover, shams, sheets, and pillow cases

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Love Week: Feather Your Nest with Chic & Romantic Home Furnishings
By Eve Robinson

Love Week: Feather Your Nest with Chic & Romantic Home Furnishings

By Eve Robinson

Ready for love? Is your home ready to be a romantic love nest? Make sure that your home reflects your romantic attitude! Whether your new special somebody is coming over for the first time, or you are comfortably nested with your longtime significant other, a few of these stylish décor additions will help prepare your home for love.

Start with Romantic Bedroom Decorating: Sheets
Make your bed the most comfortable place in your home with these luxurious sheets from the New York store Area. In the stylish Pins pattern, you won’t want to leave your newly outfitted bed for days.
Buy Area Pins Sheets, $45–$245, at areahome.com

Add Decorative Candles
Set a romantic mood with these candles from Canvas. In sensual scents like bergamot and coriander, fig, and orange blossom, these 100% organic soy candles are sure to help you both relax in your now-more-romantic home.
Buy Canvas Basic Candles, $28, at canvashomestore.com

Get Him to Love the Wall Décor with Black-and-White Art
To appeal to your taste—and his—adorn your walls with tasteful black-and-white photography, like this piece by Chris Eayres. Unwind in its serenity and relish in the fact that it cost you less than a movie and popcorn for two. That’s something everybody loves!
Buy Chris Eayres USA Wet 01 Art Print, $31.20, at society6.com

Love the Romantic Nightcap in His & Hers Tumblers
Enjoy a nightcap in this set of his and hers tumblers. The Whisk(e)y Lover set by Teroforma includes unique Whisky Stones, reusable cubes that chill your drink without diluting it.
Buy Teroforma Whisk(e)y Lover Set, $60 (set of 2), at abode-newyork.com

Wake up to Love with a Radio/Alarm Clock for iPod
This sleek, all-in-one radio, alarm clock, and iPod speaker is the perfect gadget for your multiple audio needs. Whether creating ambiance with tunes of your choosing or helping you wake up after a late night, this piece from Vers does the trick while looking stylish.
Buy Vers 1.5R Radio/Alarm for iPod & iPhone, $199.99, at versaudio.com

Spruce up Your Love Nest with Towels
New white towels are the finishing touch to create a luxurious atmosphere at home. Made from the softest Turkish cotton, these towels will warm you up after a steamy shower.
Buy Waterworks Studio Perennial Collection, $32, at waterworks.com

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Eve Robinson, Living Contributing Editor

After studying art history at Vassar College, Eve joined the ranks at Ralph Lauren. Unfulfilled by the world of houndstooth and plaid, she pursued a career in interior design, completing the Interior Design program at Parsons the New School . . . Read more

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Buy Waterworks Studio Perennial Collection, $32

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Buy Waterworks Studio Perennial Collection, $32, at waterworks.com

  • Towels made of 100% combed Turkish cotton
  • Perfect balance of absorbency and softness
  • Color palette and double dobby along the bottom of the towel work with all design aesthetics

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Love Week: Feather Your Nest with Chic & Romantic Home Furnishings
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Buy Vers 1.5R Radio/Alarm for iPod & iPhone, $199.99

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Buy Vers 1.5R Radio/Alarm for iPod & iPhone, $199.99, at versaudio.com

  • Dual alarm—wake to AM/FM radio or iPod
  • Hand-crafted wood cabinet, available in a variety of finishes
  • Great sound system with a 15W full-range speaker

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Love Week: Feather Your Nest with Chic & Romantic Home Furnishings
By Eve Robinson

Buy Teroforma Whisk(e)y Lover Set, $60

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Buy Teroforma Whisk(e)y Lover Set, $60 (set of 2), at abode-newyork.com

  • Set of 2 Avva tumblers and 6 Whisky Stones
  • Includes canvas storage bag and instructions
  • Tumblers are dishwasher-safe
  • Rinse and air dry Whisky Stones after use

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Love Week: Feather Your Nest with Chic & Romantic Home Furnishings
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Buy Chris Eayres USA Wet 01 Art Print, $31.20

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Buy Chris Eayres USA Wet 01 Art Print, $31.20, at society6.com

  • Gallery-quality giclée print
  • On natural white, matte, ultra-smooth, 100% cotton rag
  • Custom trimmed with 2” border

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