Easy ways to make a bad impression on a first date

A first date is full of such opportunity. An opportunity to meet someone new. An opportunity to fall in love. An opportunity to make a bad impression. Really, that’s what makes first dates so stressful — the idea that you could ruin something great by doing something super small, but super terrible. Even though dating is my business, I still get nervous for first dates for this very reason. But the truth is, that as long as you’re being yourself, there’s very little that can go wrong. Just avoid these few small things that can totally make a bad first impression. Read more

“Smile!” and other simple acts that will improve your relationship

Keeping a long-term relationship healthy takes a lot of work, good communication and a hearty dose of luck. A long-term relationship is simple in the way that climbing Mount Everest is simple — one foot in front of the other and repeat. No one ever said climbing the tallest mountain in the world was easy, but it really is as simple as walking up a hill. A long-term relationship is simple — respect each other, compromise, keep the spark alive and repeat. Get it? So here are some of the simplest things you can do to keep your long-term relationship chugging along. Read more

Swoon over glitter: Sexy dresses for holiday cocktail hour

Holiday dress from Club Monaco
Fa la la la. Fa la la la. I am so, so, so into the holiday spirit this year. It's my first Christmas! The singing, the cheer, the eggnog, the glitter! I love it all. But if you know me (and I hope you do by now, my PattiKnows loves), you know that I love the glitter most of all. There’s something about sparkle that just says holiday season to me, and I love that there are so many parties this time of year where you can wear a little glitter. If you have holiday parties coming up, I picked out some of my favorite holiday glammy dresses to make you sparkle and shine at your event. Read more

Spending the holiday apart: How to deal with distance this time of year

The holidays are the worst time of year to start a relationship. I’m not saying close up your love shop and stop looking for love from October through January, but just know it’s going to be tough if you find a new boo during those months. Thanksgiving and Christmas can mean up to two full weeks apart in a six-week period. I’m no mathematician, but take that, add on the holiday parties that you’re not going to together because you were each invited to separate parties on the same night, and you have way too much time apart for a fledgling relationship. Of course, there are ways to make it work, but you've got to work to make it happen. Read more

To my sexy singles: Where you can meet men this season

Well, hello there, my sexy singles! Are you looking for a man to keep you warm this winter? Of course you are. But guess what? You’re not going to find him under a blanket on your couch. Nope, you need to get up, throw off those flannel pajamas (I know, they’re super comfy) and get out to some places where you can meet men. And here are where they’re hiding. Read more

10 Things you should never say when you’re mad

Remember that show Kids Say The Darndest Things? Well, I have a new idea for a show — Mad People Say The Darndest Things. It’s less funny and cute, more hurtful and life-destroying. Sounds great, right? Who wants to produce it! Seriously though, when we’re mad, we can say some pretty icky things to people we love. And even though the expression is, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” the truth is that words can hurt. And once you say something, you can’t take it back. So when you’re mad, try to avoid saying these terrible things that could ruin your relationship. Read more