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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.)


GATHER YE ROSEBUDS, BITCHES



GATHER YE ROSEBUDS, BITCHES
TIME OUT NEW YORK
MAY 17-23, 2007
BY JULIA ALLISON

To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time, by Robert Herrick

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying:
And this same flower that smiles to-day
Tomorrow will be dying.

I have to give it to Herrick—he knew whereof he spoke. Except for that “virgin” part, seizing the romantic day is about as modern a sentiment as anything—particularly in NYC in the glory days of spring.

Although I’ve been a dating columnist for five years, this is the first spring I’ve been sans boyfriend since 2002. It’s [read more...]

ELLIES 2007: NEW YORK IS THE NEW NEW YORKER, AND THURSDAY IS THE NEW WEDNESDAY



ETP was thrilled to attend this week’s Ellies, the magazine world’s annual awards ceremony honoring their very best, depending on who you ask and how bitter they’re feeling. By now, you have been under a rock if you don’t know that New York magazine positively dominated — an accomplishment that seems, sort of unfairly, to have been taken as an aspersion cast on the New Yorker, which led the [read more...]

THE WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENTS’ DINNER 2007: STARS, SLIPPERS & SANJAYA



Here it is, round two of ETP party-chronicling friend-making men’s-room-dwelling Julia Allison’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner coverage, appropriately star-studded and Sanjaya-riffic. See our separate photo gallery here and join her for all the Washington glamour below, to the extent that that is not an oxymoron. Vamanos, muchachas! (That’s in honor of Lou Dobbs and Tom Tancredo.) Okay, pop your corks, ladies and gents, the Prom is underway!

Few groups dislike each other as much as the Bush [read more...]

DOUBLE-FISTING AT THE FOUR SEASONS: PARTYING WITH THE NEW YORK OBSERVER & CNN



DOUBLE-FISTING AT THE FOUR SEASONS: PARTYING WITH THE NEW YORK OBSERVER & CNN
HUFFINGTON POST
APRIL 19, 2007
BY JULIA ALLISON

Four Seasons - Jared Kushner, Peter Kaplan (by Patrick McMullan).JPG

Last night was a can’t-miss double-header for any party-hopping media-riffic type, especially those who love hyphenating words. ETP is well-known in certain circles for its love of party-going hyphenation, and we were duly out in full force working the room and breaking up fistfights. Not really, but that would have been awesome, especially if people fell into the pool in the middle of the [read more...]

New Feature (OMG!): Read Julia’s Old College Papers!

Yeah, I just wanted to include "OMG" in the title.   It didn’t really make sense, contextually.  I know this.  I’m okay with it.

Anyway, when I was home in Chicago last week, I found myself in the attic digging through my old college photos and term papers (it was either that or hang out with my parents & TurboTax.  Note to self: never, EVER come home the week prior to April 15th.)

Found this photo, circa 2002, in the dressing room before a Georgetown Hoyas basketball game.  They probably lost that night.  They always lost [read more...]

DANA VACHON, GOLDEN L-IT BOY, WITH A GLITTERING PARTY TO MATCH



Last night was the book party for Dana Vachon, a struggling young writer who can’t seem to catch a break. ETP dispatched lovable party correspondent Julia Allison to the scene to report on the merriment afoot, and capture it for posterity. Below is her take on the whole affair, making for a neat trifecta of coverage. There, now maybe someone’ll actually give this Vachon kid a chance. Enjoy!

Most book parties are two very short hours: show [read more...]

BEING A MODEL STUDENT



BEING A MODEL STUDENT
COED MAGAZINE
SPRING 2007
BY JULIA ALLISON

The Official Intelligence-Pulchritude Fairness Equation usually works like this: you either get beauty, or you get brains.  You don’t get both.  And you certainly don’t get to go to Yale and simultaneously be a professional model.  That just pisses people off.

But if, for some reason, fate screws up and violates this principle, definitely write a book about it.  That’s what Robin Hazelwood, Yale ’92, did, in her why-bother-to-veil-this roman a clef, Model Student: A Tale of Co-Eds and Cover Girls.

The novel – which resulted from Hazelwood’s inexplicable belief [read more...]

WHAT HAPPENS IN CANCUN… STAYS IN CANCUN. SORT OF. SOMETIMES. 



WHAT HAPPENS IN CANCUN… STAYS IN CANCUN. SORT OF. SOMETIMES. 
COED MAGAZINE
SPRING 2007
BY JULIA ALLISON

I’ve never gone on spring break.  Oh sure, I thought about it.  Watched MTV on it.  Practiced “going wild” in front of my mirror to prepare for it.  But for some reason, I made it through my entire college career without ever experiencing the triple sweetness that is Simultaneous severe alcohol poisoning, Sunstroke and STDs … in a beach-centric locale, of course.

I sincerely regret missing out – shockingly, those things just aren’t as much fun once you’ve graduated.

But you, my wanton cupcakes, still [read more...]

OF GLOSSY MAGS AND FREEZING SOCIALITES: RADAR’S LA LAUNCH PARTY



OF GLOSSY MAGS AND FREEZING SOCIALITES: RADAR’S LA LAUNCH PARTY
HUFFINGTON POST
FEBRUARY 22, 2007
BY JULIA ALLISON

Whee, did you hear? Radar 3.0 is out, and all the toxic bachelors are rarin’ to go! Last night was the brand-newly brand-new mag’s first kickoff party, held in glamorous Tinseltown with a glittering assortment of local media and random people flown in from New York. Never one to miss a party, ETP sent columnista, rising talking head and erstwhile pin-up Julia Allison, who, armed with only a camera, her wits, and her very first Diane Von Furstenberg, sussed [read more...]

HELP YOUR FRIENDS HELP YOU



HELP YOUR FRIENDS HELP YOU
AM NEW YORK – “THE DATING LIFE”
FEBRUARY 19, 2007
BY JULIA ALLISON

I love matchmakers. I love the idea of it  setting people up and watching them fall in love. I love the people who do it — the clucking yentas and the sleek Alicia Silverstone types and all of the amateurs in between. I’ve even tried it; I’m 0 for 37. Yes, I suck.

Susan Shapiro doesn’t. With 12 marriages, seven long term relationships and about 500 we-totally-hit-it-off dates under her extroverted belt, the author of ‘Secrets of a Fix-Up Fanatic: How to [read more...]