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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.)


GUINEA PIG OF LOVE: THE RELATIONSHIP REVELATION

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GUINEA PIG OF LOVE: THE RELATIONSHIP REVELATION
ELLE
JUNE 18, 2012
BY JULIA ALLISON

I’m 31.  I’ve just moved to Los Angeles from a 422-square foot studio in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen.  And despite spending seven out of the last ten years writing about dating, I’m single. I’ve been tottering on the verge of a not-quite-full-blown anxiety attack for the past few years, staving it off with post-breakup ashram visits (upstate New York, not India), somewhat useful attempts at alternative therapy (ask me about the guy who took me through a weekend of “energy work” and Tony [read more...]

Carrie’d away! A warning to a new generation of women – don’t let ‘Sex and the City’ ruin your life

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CARRIE’D AWAY! A WARNING TO A NEW GENERATION OF WOMEN – DON’T LET ‘SEX AND THE CITY’ RUIN YOUR LIFE!
THE NEW YORK POST 
MARCH 11, 2012
BY JULIA ALLISON & JULIA PRICE

Martinis. Manolo Blahniks. Fabulous Park Avenue apartments and, of course, the word “fabulous” itself. HBO’s six-season run of “Sex and the City” had women moving to Manhattan with visions of finding their own Mr. Big, a brunch-happy power foursome of girlfriends, a career that lands them on the VIP [read more...]

LOVE/HATE FASHION WEEK: WHY I KEEP GOING BACK

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LOVE/HATE FASHION WEEK: WHY I KEEP GOING BACK FOR MORE
THE GLOSS
FEBRUARY 13, 2012
BY JULIA ALLISON

Fashion Week, oh fashion week, how I adore slash abhor you.  It’s not your fault, per se.  You are what you are: a teeming mess of ego and art, of waiting and judging and pushing and shoving while being deprived of food and water for ten hours all to watch 12-14 minutes of (sometimes) pure sartorial genius and (sometimes) absolute nonsensical crap that even 2% body fat can’t make [read more...]

PUBLICIST LARA SHIFFMAN IS CHICAGO’S CUPID

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PUBLICIST LARA SHIFFMAN IS CHICAGO’S CUPID
MICHIGAN AVENUE MAGAZINE
FEBRUARY 2012
BY JULIA ALLISON

Lara Shiffman is the most successful Chicago matchmaker you can’t hire.  With dozens of relationships, five marriages and eleven (11!) babies to her credit, Shiffman’s matches are the stuff of legend, fairy tale – or at least a very profitable business.  The irony?  She’s not even a professional.

“My whole life I’ve introduced people, both in business and socially,” says the irrepressible blonde, who runs the strategic consulting firm JKLS PR, with her business partner, Jill Katz (who met her husband through [read more...]

ELLE PARTY COVERAGE: JESSICA BIEL DINNER

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ELLE TOASTS COVER GIRL JESSICA BIEL
ELLE
NOVEMBER 18, 2011
BY JULIA ALLISON

December ELLE cover girl Jessica Biel glowed Tuesday evening at an intimate Chateau Marmont dinner celebration hosted by ELLE’s Joe Zee and TOD’S Signature collection.

“We wanted something different, something more intimate,” said TOD’S Sarika Rastogi of the chic soirée.  “A small sit down dinner.  The Chateau’s just really hip and classic; it’s always a cool vibe. There’s just so much history here!”

“We shot Jess my very first cover of ELLE in June of 2007, so this is a reunion of [read more...]

FASHION WEEK: TALES FROM THE FRONTLINES

FASHION WEEK: TALES FROM THE FRONTLINES
THE GUARDIAN UK

SEPTEMBER 22, 2010
BY JULIA ALLISON

Six years ago, when the now-storied New York Fashion Week was still held under huge white tents covering Bryant Park on the chaotic, touristy intersection of 42nd Street & 6th Avenue, I attended my inaugural fashion show.  Just twenty-three then, I sat fourth or fifth row and gaped, slack-jawed, at the models parading the clothing of a designer I’ve forgotten.   My first impression was the ultimate industry cliché: “Goddamn, these models are REALLY freaking SKINNY.”

Four years [read more...]

THE WIFE FLUFFER



THE WIFE FLUFFER
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JANUARY 2010
BY JULIA ALLISON


Last week, I got a call from an ex of mine, a man I truly believed I would one day find in a tux at the end of the aisle on my wedding day.  He’s been dating the same girl since we broke up two years ago, and although I knew it was a theoretical possibility, I had (delusionally) hoped the moment which came next I could somehow avoid: “Julia,” he said, “I’m going to marry her.”

I promptly burst into hysterical tears.  This news officially made me a Wife Fluffer – and [read more...]

END OF THE DECADE PROJECT: Obama Girl



END OF THE DECADE PROJECT: Obama Girl
NEWSWEEK
December 3, 2009
By Julia Allison


“You seem to float onto the floor
Democratic Convention 2004
I never wanted anybody more …
cause I got a crush on Obama!”

June of 2007: the Democratic presidential nominee hadn’t yet been decided, even by the most precocious of pundits.  It was a slow news day (month, really) when a not-quite-professional YouTube music video featuring a sexy young girl singing about her love for a certain politician broke out.  Before the end of the week, over five million people had seen “Obama Girl” gyrate in a bikini next to [read more...]

END OF THE DECADE PROJECT: LonelyGirl15



END OF THE DECADE PROJECT: LonelyGirl15
NEWSWEEK
December 3, 2009
By Julia Allison

LonelyGirl15: the post-modern Hughesian icon for the Face-space generation.

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Sixteen years old, with widely spaced brown eyes – and those crazy eyebrows! – Bree’s first video as “LonelyGirl15” on her eponymous YouTube channel had all the sophistication of a pink fuzzy diary (with over 100 million people leafing through the pages) and all the plot … well, it didn’t really have much of a plot at all. Ostensibly the clear-skinned home-schooled daughter of super religious parents, somewhere in a generic IKEA outfitted room in the heartland, she [read more...]

PAGE SIX MAGAZINE



PAGE SIX MAGAZINE
Debate
By Julia Allison

I’m not against expletives as a rule – they’re handy when putting together IKEA furniture or attempting to follow a Martha Stewart recipe or when your boyfriend finishes in less than 120 seconds.

But on live television?  In the morning?  When you haven’t been drinking, Danny-Devito-on-the-View style?  Ehhh … Not so much.

It’s not necessarily that Jane Fonda’s “cunt” or Diane Keaton’s “fucking” were such big deals in and of themselves.  Context is key, and theirs were innocuous – the former, to describe a play about, well, vaginas – the latter, [read more...]