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ex·pert [n., ek-spurt]   Noun: “A person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field.” I consider myself an expert in many fields. ;-)

Julia Allison is a journalist, entrepreneur, public speaker, relationship expert, columnist for ELLE.com, star of BRAVO's "Miss Advised," Georgetown graduate & former WIRED cover girl. She's made hundreds of appearances on NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox, CNN, MSNBC, VH1 & MTV, written for Newsweek, The Chicago Tribune, Cosmopolitan, New York magazine, Time Out New York and The New York Post & spoken at MIT, Wharton, Harvard on new media, personal branding, marketing & entrepreneurship.

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MATCHMAKER, MATCHMAKER: CAN A DATING SPECIALIST HELP ME?



MATCHMAKER, MATCHMAKER: CAN A DATING SPECIALIST HELP ME?
TIME OUT NEW YORK
FEBRUARY 5-11, 2009
BY JULIA ALLISON

My dating life was stale, and I knew it.  I had just broken up with a guy I really liked, and my disappointment over our ignoble end colluded with a worrisome lack of, uhhh …  “backup plans,” leaving me dangerously close to a debilitating dating depression.

I had man-ertia, and I needed professional help.

Manertia, noun. When one’s dating life is no longer new, interesting or exciting, and continues in its existing state of extreme banality in a straight line, unless that [read more...]

THE DO’S AND DON’TS OF TEXTING



THE DO’S AND DON’TS OF TEXTING
TIME OUT NEW YORK
JANUARY 15-20, 2009
BY JULIA ALLISON
 

“Sexxx tonight? yes ot no?” That’s an actual text received by Alexa, 28. Unsurprisingly, she went with the latter option.

Sure, everyone makes mistakes, but the art of woo-texting requires finesse. No matter the medium, typos, jargon and lingo are major turnoffs. Trying to get me to come over? Don’t spell cool with a k, k?

Sound harsh? Whatever. This is Manhattan, people. The land of the OBO (“or better offer”). The city of BBD (“bigger, better deals”). Bottom line: Get your texting game straight. (Not str8.)

Text [read more...]

HOLIDATES THAT DON’T SUCK: ‘TIS THE SEASON FOR ROMANCE AND JOY 



HOLIDATES THAT DON’T SUCK: ‘TIS THE SEASON FOR ROMANCE AND JOY 
TIME OUT NEW YORK
DECEMBER 4-10, 2008
BY JULIA ALLISON
 

Some of us might enjoy celebrating the holidays, if only we could figure out how to do it without surrendering our hard-earned, jaded personas (the ones we think telegraph NYC pride) or feeling badly about not being in love at Christmastime.

It’s a shame to hand over the city to out-of-towners and cheesy lovebirds for the entire month of December because we can’t stand all of the schmaltzy tourist traps. Instead of gliding around an ice-skating rink, nervously holding [read more...]