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GUINEA PIG OF LOVE: LESSONS LEARNED

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GUINEA PIG OF LOVE: LESSONS LEARNED
ELLE
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 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...]

GUINEA PIG OF LOVE: THE RELATIONSHIP REVELATION

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GUINEA PIG OF LOVE: THE RELATIONSHIP REVELATION
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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...]

ELLE PARTY COVERAGE: JESSICA BIEL DINNER

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ELLE TOASTS COVER GIRL JESSICA BIEL
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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...]