Archive | February, 2012

I Love You.

24 Feb

Those are the 3 magic words every girl longs to hear. 

Research shows that saying “I love you” in under 3 months is too soon- you’re in lust, you don’t really know each other.  Research also shows that waiting longer than a year is too long- he has commitment issues, he’s not sure you’re the one.  On average, it takes a guy 7 months to say “I love you.”

But the fact is, every relationship is different.  Some are more fast-paced than others.  Some are slower-moving.  For some, it’s love at first sight.  For others, true love takes time to develop.  There’s no standard timeline that works for everyone, only you “know when you know.”

Which brings me to my next point.  Most (every?) girl can’t wait for the day when she’s told “I love you.”  But now that we’re in the 21st century, is it still assumed that the guy needs to say it first?  Is it just an old-fashioned tradition or is that the way it should be? I know plenty of girls (myself included) who have said the “L” word first.  And let’s face it… women tend to mature faster than men, tend to be more in touch with their emotions than men, and are more vocal about their feelings than men.  I have a blog about love for gosh sakes.

That’s not to say men aren’t in touch with their feelings, or aren’t thoughtful when they say “I love you” for the first time.  They think about it a lot more than we give them credit for.  I’d like to share a very creative way those 3 magic words were said for the first time.  This video is from one of my dear friends, let’s call her “Minnie.”  It’s a flip-book that her boyfriend made her for Valentine’s day.  Minnie is one lucky lady.  Take a look.

Discount Dating

20 Feb

If you’re Keeping Up With the Kardashians, you know that Kourtney’s latest coupon addiction proved that people love discounts, even if it’s on stuff you don’t need (she was buying massive amounts of toilet paper while living in a hotel). She ended up spending more money than she was saving.

Coupons are really only effective if you’re using them on things you would buy normally. Which is why I love the Groupon phenomenon. What did my inbox look like before the days of Groupon, LivingSocial, Eversave and Travelzoo? How did I justify paying full price on dinners, manicures and yoga?

Drew and I had the perfect date night on Friday using only things purchased on Travelzoo. We went ice-skating at Frog Pond (located in the Boston Common), which I have been dying to do for years. Our Travelzoo deal included 2 admission passes ($10), skates ($18), hot chocolate ($5) and a pass to cut the line ($14). That’s a $47 value that cost $25 on Travelzoo.

We then went out to dinner at Cafeteria, a cozy restaurant on Newbury Street with a “cafeteria themed” organic menu. Our Travelzoo deal included 1 appetizer, 2 entrees and a dessert. That’s a $77 value that cost $29 on Travelzoo. All in all, we paid $54 for a night that was valued at $124, on a date we would have gone on anyways. Not bad for a Friday night out in Boston.

Next Up: Parker’s Restaurant, located in the Omni Parker House in downtown Boston, home of the invention of the Boston Cream Pie, and the rumored location of JFK and Jackie O’s engagement. The value of this coupon is $128, and I only paid $59. BOOYA.

Disclaimer: Research shows that using an online coupon on a first date is considered cheap, tacky, and unsexy. As a general rule, a relationship needs a firm foundation before couponing can begin.

What Will Your Proposal Story Be?

16 Feb

Valentine’s Day is the most popular day of the year for marriage proposals.  But that’s not what this blog post is about.  I needed to give Valentine’s Day a shout out, since the girl who blogs about love didn’t actually post anything on Valentine’s Day.  Sorry people, I have a real job.

A girl can only dream about the day she gets engaged.  When will it happen?  Where will it happen?  Who will know it’s about to happen?  Did he talk to my parents?  Will it just be the two of us or will our friends and family be there to celebrate?  Will I be surprised?  Will I like the ring??  Will I cry and forget to say yes?  No matter when, where, and what the circumstances are, there is much anticipation leading up to the big moment.  And guess what ladies… that moment is completely out of our control (unless you’re doing the proposing, which I have considered).  Just kidding.  But not really.

I think every girl secretly hopes their big moment will be exactly how they always pictured it.  But the truth is, I think you’ll be the happiest girl in the world, at that moment, no matter how the proposal happens.  In honor of Valentine’s Day (better late than never) CBS’s  The Talk featured 50 couples, and although I picture myself as more of a private proposal kind of girl, I was all smiles after watching this video.

 

N0w I want to hear from you… would prefer to be proposed to in public, or in private ?

Nine Devine Dates in Boston

10 Feb

An anonymous male friend of mine recently asked me for some dating ideas – he’s in a new relationship.  I warned him to not use all of my suggestions right away, because that’s setting the bar really high.  Needless to say, he didn’t listen, and she’s really impressed.  Seeing as Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, I wanted to share some of my favorite date spots in Boston – in no particular order.

1. Top of the Hub – Located in the Prudential Tower, 52 floors above the Back Bay, Top of the Hub has a beautiful Boston skyline view and offers brunch, lunch, cocktails and dinner.  One of Boston’s most romantic restaurants, this is a “must see.”  Top of the Hub’s jazz lounge is also open every night, no reservation or cover charge required.  Dress to impress!

2. Lolita – Located on the corner of Newbury & Dartmouth St. in the Back Bay, Lolita’s ambiance is unique, the drinks are delicious and the food is amazing – a triple threat!  This has quickly become one of my favorite restaurants in Boston (and is conveniently located in my neighborhood). I highly recommend the lobster enchilada and as a plus, you get a generously sized green apple cotton candy after your meal!

3. Fiore – When it comes to going out to dinner, the North End is always a promising choice.  Between the Italian locals and the tourists however, it can be extremely overwhelming choosing the right restaurant.  Fiore’s menu is one of my favorites, and one of the only restaurants in Boston with quality outdoor space in the spring/summer.  Whether you’re sitting at the inside bar listening to the pianist, or sipping sangria on the roof deck, you can’t go wrong going on a date at Fiore.

4. New England Aquarium – I recently visited the aquarium and it’s pretty awesome.  It’s a famous attraction that we are lucky to have in our city, so might be overlooked when thinking about what to do on the weekend.  It costs $22.95 for an adult ticket, but keep an eye out for a Groupon or Living Social deal.  The downside is that it can get pretty crowded with kids (and double-wide strollers), so try to avoid going on a Saturday or Sunday!

5. Bin 26 – This is definitely a great “special occasion” date.  The menu can get a tad pricey, however if you enjoy a good glass (or bottle) of wine, you can’t beat Bin 26.  Located on the picturesque Charles Street, Bin 26 has a warm and cozy atmosphere – you feel as though you are at a winery in Europe.  Oh, and don’t forget to look at the ceiling in the bathroom!

6. AMC Loews Boston Common Movie Theater – I know what you’re thinking, “are we in 7th grade?”  But who doesn’t love going to the movies?  In addition to obviously ordering a large popcorn, you buy your tickets downstairs, and all of the theaters are upstairs!  I can’t remember the last time I went to the movies, and only saw just one.  Makes for a perfect Sunday! 

7. 75 Chestnut – An intimate and cozy bar and restaurant, located on “the flat” of Beacon Hill.  You can’t miss the huge (and free!) cheese and cracker tower when you walk in the door, which is perfect while waiting for a table or snacking while sitting at the bar.  And best of all, they are always celebrating something.  Register for their email list and you will always be invited to a cookie tasting, Kentucky Derby, Christmas or Valentine’s Day party!

8. Liberty Hotel – Once the iconic Charles Street Jail, now one of the most beautiful hotels in Boston.  The Liberty is a guaranteed fun date, and an excuse to look your absolute best.  It has 6 bars and restaurants: ScampoAlibi, Clink, Liberty Bar, Catwalk, and The Yard.  I’ve been told I’ve never eaten a meal faster than a gnocchi dish I had at Scampo!

9. Mare – Another North End gem, Mare’s Italian menu mainly features organic  and sustainable seafood.  I’m not even a seafood lover, but I am a Mare lover.  The food is phenomenal especially if they’re serving zucchini blossoms as a special.  I’ve also heard there have been Justin Timberlake sightings… if that’s not incentive enough.  If you want to grab some wine beforehand, cruise up to the Wine Bottega for a wine tasting, on Fridays from 5-8.

Well that’s my Divine Nine.  If you’re wondering why ice-skating at Frog Pond didn’t make the cut, it’s because I haven’t done it yet.  But I am going this weekend, thanks to Sassy McFiddlesticks.  And thanks to Groupon, for including skates, hot chocolate, and a chance to cut the line.  I can’t wait!

What to Jimmy Choos…

5 Feb

For some brides, it’s the dress.  For others, it’s the bouquet.  For Amanda, it’s always been the shoes.

Since getting engaged, shoes have been what Amanda has been most excited for (second of course, to Kevin).  But, we’re not just talking shoes. We’re talking shoes and what a beautiful excuse to buy shoes. This was her moment.

After a pedicure and some liquid courage, anticipating the credit card bill that was to come, Amanda and I headed to Saks – both feeling out-of-place and excited.  After finding that the shoe section was on the second floor and seeing no escalator in sight, we hesitated for a moment, but not even the added exercise could stop us from reaching our goal.

Nervous, Amanda pre-maturely removed the plastic bags covering her newly painted toenails.  Slipping off her flats, feeling like Cinderella already, she found all ten toes had been smudged.  Not a great start to feeling like a princess.  But, after a quick lap around the shoe section pretending we were only browsing, we must have looked in need of help because in walked Jonathan…

Turns out, Jonathan was a personalized shopper who specialized in wedding shoes.  Here is a sneak peek of what happened next…

To see what she picked…well…you’ll have to wait until September.  Hint… we did find out that Saks gives you free champagne if you spend enough.

Am I Being Punked?

2 Feb

That’s the first thought Holly had when Mike proposed.  “I didn’t realize what was happening because it’s the last possible way I imagined him proposing.  It’s so unlike him.”  But what’s so special about this story, is that the proposal was perfect for Holly. 

In October, Holly received an email from her roommate.  NBC was going to be doing a story on couples in NYC, and one of the featured couples just cancelled last-minute.  He asked if Holly and Mike could fill in, and without hesitating, she said yes.  She was shocked when Mike agreed, as being filmed while ice skating isn’t exactly a guy’s dream come true.  They were told they’d be picked up on Tuesday (11.1.11) at 8 pm, and to try to look nice because the clip of them ice skating was going to be used in a Christmas broadcast. 

At Wollman Rink in Central Park, they’re hooked up to mics and told to skate around the rink 3 times, and then make their way to the center so they can answer a few questions.  So they start skating and joking about how bad they must look because they haven’t been ice skating since they were kids, and Mike is distractingly looking at the camera.  Just as Holly says “stop looking at the camera, we’re supposed to look natural!” Mike’s down on one knee asking Holly to marry him.  All Holly could say was “no, are you kidding?”  The lights and cameras are surrounding them, and Holly says yes.  Just as they kiss a crowd starts cheering.  Mike’s family and their closest friends were all there. 

This is the happiest moment of Holly’s life.  But it gets better.  She’s told that Mike had entered a contest hosted by NBC, looking for a guy who was interested in proposing on camera to air during the Rockefeller Tree Lighting ceremony on November 30th (also coincidentally, Holly’s birthday).  Turns out, Holly and Mike’s love story had quite the impact on the crews of NBC.  He was chosen over 2oo applicants to showcase his love for Holly on national television.  As Holly said, “after 6 and a half years of dating, this is how I got to the next step, with the most wonderful guy in the entire world.  It was worth the wait.”  I couldn’t agree more.  Watch the proposal and see for yourself.   

 

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