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After graduating from Georgetown in 2004 with a spectacularly unprofitable degree in political science, I moved to New York with the highly original idea of “becoming a writer.” I was promptly rejected from a job at Bath & Body Works. Seriously. Shortly thereafter, I convinced an editor at the Manhattan newspaper AM New York to begin running my weekly dating columns, which I wrote until Spring 2007, at which point I started as Time Out New York’s dating columnist (I get around). I stayed there until 2009.

Along the way, I have written for Cosmopolitan, Maxim, Newsweek, New York magazine, The Guardian UK, The Huffington Post, Nerve, Page Six magazine, Marie Claire UK, Teen Vogue, Seventeen, Capitol File, Michigan Avenue, Men’s Health (and a monthly dating column in COED magazine for two years, from 2004-2006).

In 2010 I signed a deal with Tribune Media Services in Chicago, and my internationally syndicated technology and social media column, “Social Studies,” debuted in 2011. It ran in newspapers around the world, including the Chicago Tribune, Florida’s City Link, The Telegraph in Calcutta India, The Korea Herald, and many others.

In November of 2011, I signed on as a contributor to ELLE.com to write a dating column called Guinea Pig of Love, in which I go around trying to find out why the hell I can’t have a healthy relationship. It’s fun! You should read it.

In the meantime, check out a few of my published articles from the last decade below …

(One caveat: I’m currently in the process of uploading all of my writing from the past three years, including my ELLE columns and my Tribune Media Social Studies tech columns, as well as a few other stragglers. I know, I know, you’re waiting with bated breath.)


Join us in LA as I emcee this Friday’s Dream Date Auction to support Colon Cancer Awareness!

March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month and colon awareness charity Chris4Life is heading west for the second year in a row to the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills to host LA’s Dream Date Auction. The highly anticipated annual event will feature a variety of “star power” from TV personalities, The Bachelor series reality stars, and Hollywood notables – all ready to show their love to help raise money for colon cancer patients. Co-Chairs are oncololgist Dr. Paul Song, his wife journalist Lisa Ling (the host of the Oprah Winfrey Network show Our America) and Robert Egger founder of DC Central Kitchen who has landed in LA with L.A. Kitchen.  Coincidentally, L.A. Kitchen’s Board Chair [read more...]

ON LOSING ALMOST EVERYTHING – AND WHAT JUST MIGHT BE THE START OF A HAPPY ENDING

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ON LOSING ALMOST EVERYTHING – AND THE START OF A HAPPY ENDING
XOJANE
FEBRUARY 13, 2013

BY JULIA ALLISON


“Where’s my husband?! Where is he?!!” I joked to camera while filming the first season of my BRAVO reality show, “Miss Advised,” late in 2011.

I was 30 years old, with a decade of Carrie Bradshaw-esque dating columns under my belt, and no ring on my finger. Actually, screw the ring — I was having trouble just keeping a steady boyfriend. The producers found it ironic: relationship columnist unable to actually maintain relationship. [read more...]

GUINEA PIG OF LOVE: LESSONS LEARNED

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GUINEA PIG OF LOVE: LESSONS LEARNED
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AUGUST 7, 2012
BY JULIA ALLISON 

And so my chapter as a Guinea Pig of Love comes to a close. (Spoiler! This chapter has a happy ending).

For me, this moment is a long time coming, a process that started when I was twenty-one years old, a junior at Georgetown, when I made the choice that would change the rest of my life: to write a column about dating.

They say you teach what you yourself need to learn.  Perhaps I knew then (subconsciously) that I didn’t have [read more...]

GUINEA PIG OF LOVE: A LOOK AT JULIA ALLISON’S … STUFF

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GUINEA PIG OF LOVE: A LOOK AT JULIA ALLISON’S PERSONAL MEMENTOS
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JULY 31, 2012
BY JULIA ALLISON 

This was my attempt at casual chic, standing on the balcony of my new home in Marina del Rey (the beach town south of Venice & west of LA). I don’t know if I succeeded, but at least I tried?  I love Rachel Zoe’s new line, and picked up this maxi skirt of hers at Bloomingdale’s, which I paired, under the wise guidance of my ELLE editor Keith, with a simple white tee and a silver heart [read more...]

GUINEA PIG OF LOVE: THE PLEASURE CAMP

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GUINEA PIG OF LOVE: THE PLEASURE CAMP
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JULY 23, 2012
BY JULIA ALLISON 

I grew up going to camp: sailing camp, ballet camp, Canadian canoe camp, even debate camp.  But I’ve never attended Pleasure Camp…until now.

I’m on the floor, cross-legged on a yoga mat, surrounded by 35 other women, mostly a decade to three older that me, listening to a very beautiful, very dynamic blonde in a tight red bandage minidress tell me to visualize straddling a horse.  “Inhale deeply, breathe in and out” she purrs.  “Feel the creature beneath you. Up, down, [read more...]

GUINEA PIG OF LOVE: THE MIND ARCHITECT

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GUINEA PIG OF LOVE EXPERIMENT #4: MIND ARCHITECT
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JULY 17, 2012
BY JULIA ALLISON 

“PROMMMM!”

I’m in a twelve-year-old powder blue strapless floor-length tulle prom dress, screaming out of the sunroof a stretch limo with an enthusiastic but somewhat perplexed man in a gray tuxedo with matching blue cummerbund.  It is not your conventional first date, but I’m not your conventional girl.

Why prom? Oh, hell, who knows? Why do some people love bowling, and others enjoy ant farms?  Why do some people appreciate opera and others get off on NASCAR?  Whatever makes you happy!  [read more...]

GUINEA PIG OF LOVE: THE WITCHES

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GUINEA PIG OF LOVE EXPERIMENT #3: THE WITCHES
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JULY 11, 2012
BY JULIA ALLISON

As it turns out, I’m the kind of girl who believes in witches.

When I first started this series, in a last-ditch attempt to reverse 15 years of Titanic-like relationship patterns, I promised myself I would avoid the advice-givers I had hoovered into my brain for years (No more “He’s Just Not That Into You” or “The Rules”), as clearly – that s–t hasn’t worked – and instead consult with unorthodox experts. In fact, the more eccentric, the better!

I [read more...]

GUINEA PIG OF LOVE: THE LOVE COACH

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GUINEA PIG OF LOVE EXPERIMENT #2: THE LOVE COACH
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JULY 3, 2012
BY JULIA ALLISON

I’m on a first date with a fellow named William, and I don’t feel like myself.  I’m not laughing, I’m not leaning forward eagerly, I’m not lobbing question after question at him like an overzealous headhunter.

My love coach, Annie Lalla, has told me to stop with all that already, and along with it, get rid of the deference, the modesty (both real and false), the praise, and the stock conversation topics.  Awesome. Pretty much everything I do – [read more...]

GUINEA PIG OF LOVE: THE TAROT CARD READER

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GUINEA PIG OF LOVE EXPERIMENT #1: THE TAROT CARD READER
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JUNE 25, 2012
BY JULIA ALLISON 

“Clairvoyant … intuitive … accurate” reads the ellipsis laden epithet on tarot card reader Jackie Turner’s no-frills website.

I’ve come here to meet her at the LA bakery in which she works (more on that later) on a mild November day at the behest of my editor, Keith. “It’ll be good for you …” he trails off, glancing down, but I know what he means: “You need serious help, lady.”

And I do. The hamster wheel [read more...]

BRAVO’s MISS ADVISED EPISODE ONE BLOG: Carrie Bradshaw Complex

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CARRIE BRADSHAW COMPLEX: Julia Explains How She Got Into Journalism
BRAVO TV’s MISS ADVISED
EPISODE 1 BLOG
JUNE 18, 2013
BY JULIA ALLISON

*WATCH THE ENTIRE SEASON ON ITUNES HERE

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I have to admit – as I’m watching this episode for the first time in my living room (center stage for much of the season) with my roommate JP (she of the soon-to-be-classic facial reaction shots) and my small white shih-tzu Lilly (my better-looking, furrier half and the real star of the show), the entire thing feels … surreal.  To say the [read more...]