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Valentine’s Day 101** Dr Nikki Goldstein – Sexologist & Relationship Expert

Dr Nikki Goldstein – Sexologist & Relationship Expert has provided Dating 101 Sydney with some great tips this Valentine’s – http://www.drnikkig.com.au
What is the best place for a first date in Sydney?
 
We are spoilt for choice in sydney between cafes and outdoor activities but the best first date I’ve experienced was a picnic in the park looking onto the Harbour Bridge followed by pizzas and cocktails at Lil Darlin in Darlinghurst. 
 
What is your ideal Valentine’s Day date venue and why?
 
I love a home cooked dinner especially by a man who does’t normally cook. Any day of the night I can go out to a restaurant but when that special man goes to all that trouble to work out how to put something in the oven it melts my heart
 
Expensive date or fun cheap??
 
Expensive dates for first dates and fun and cheap for a second. It’s important to make a strong first impression. People are dating at a faster pace these days so it really does matter to make your mark. But why not when you have shown them you can spoil them and treat them to something nice, get back the basics and show your fun side and also that you can enjoy something that doesn’t revolve around money. 
 
What can couples do to spice up their Valentine’s Day night?
 
In order to spice things up it’s important to get out of routine and do something different If you are the couple that normally go to an expensive restaurant then why not try an activity or pack a picnic or maybe there is something you have always wanted to do. It doesn’t always have to be so traditional but it’s important to do something different. 
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SOCIAL SPY** Deshabillé & Pink Hope Blogger Lunch

In light of Angelina Jolie’s revelation today, there has never been more prominence to charities like Pink Hope x

Sydney Social 101

Yesterday Sydney Social 101 had the absolute pleasure of attending the Deshabillé Blogger Lunch at The Village, Gold Room in Potts Point.

Sydney Social 101 was in great company with 15 prominent bloggers from in and around Sydney. We were invited to the hot new Sydney bar, The Village in Potts Point to celebrate the collaboration between Deshabillé and Pink Hope.

We were joined by Deshabillé founder Roslyn Gleave and Pink Hope founder, Krystal Barter who talked to us about the collaboration and what we can do to help!

Deshabillé has joined forces with Pink Hope- Australia’s first community that provides accredited information and support for young women and their families who have a high risk of breast and/ or ovarian cancer. www.pinkhope.org.au

Even better, you can shop with a conscience as with Deshabillé’s Pink Hope range, 50% of all proceeds will go to the charity.

Throughout the lovely lunch…

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Feature** What us women want…

In celebration of International Women’s Day (8 March), we decided to look at the bigger picture: what women want out of life.

It’s a tricky question, with no single correct answer.

Of course, with the kind of data we collect at Roy Morgan Research, we could answer the question in a myriad of ways: identifying exactly what women in Australia and New Zealand want when it comes to chocolate or cosmetics, cars or kitchen appliances, holidays, health or banking.

Instead, in celebration of International Women’s Day (8 March), we decided to look at the bigger picture: what these women want out of life.

Life goals

When asked whether their main goal in life was security, excitement, family, prosperity or importance, 41.9% of Australian women aged 14+ chose family. Second most popular choice was security (28.7%), followed by prosperity (11.4%).

In New Zealand, on the other hand, more women opted for security (35.0%) than family (30.8%), with prosperity (16.9%) in third place.

Family ties in Australia

The fact that so many Australian women consider a family life their most important goal is not so surprising — we live in a family-oriented society, after all. What’s most striking about this result is the relative consistency between women of different generations.

Generation Y is the most family-oriented generation, with 45.2% naming family as their most important life goal. Generation X women (44.9%), Pre-Boomers (41.5%) and Baby Boomers (40.3%) aren’t far behind.

While Generation Z women and girls place a slightly lower emphasis on family life (32.2%), it’s still their most popular goal by a long shot. However, they also yearn for adventure, with 20.1% naming an exciting life as their top goal — more than double the proportion of any other generation.

Playing it safe in New Zealand

Across the Tasman, family life is the top goal among Generations Y (36.3%) and Z (24.6%), but is far less of a priority for the older age groups. Indeed, the Boomer generations’ desire for a secure life above a family life is so strong it skews the national average. A resounding 51.8% of Pre-Boomers and 42.7% of Baby Boomers say security is their priority.

Like their Aussie counterparts, however, more Gen Z women and girls (22.4%) would prefer an exciting life to a secure one (17.5%). Which raises the inevitable — and depressing — question: does the desire for excitement wither with age?

The importance of being important

And an important life? Not so important in the great scheme of things, it seems. A relatively modest 6.6% of Australian women and just 4.0% of Kiwi women name this as their main goal.

Michele Levine, CEO, Roy Morgan Research, says:

“International Women’s Day is an opportune time to reflect on the status of women around the world, and how far we’ve come towards achieving gender equality.

“In Australia and New Zealand, the days of women being ineligible to vote or stand for Parliament are long gone, but even now, we still trail men when it comes to average salary.

“It’s interesting to note that an important life is the least popular goal among women in both countries, and one must wonder whether this is a consequence of nature or nurture. Still, it doesn’t mean we won’t see a few future Prime Ministers, Nobel Prize-winners and world-changing activists among this minority.”

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Source, Australia : Roy Morgan Single Source (Australia), 12 months to December 2012 (n = 26,428).

Source, New Zealand: Roy Morgan Single Source (New Zealand), 12 months to December 2012 (n = 7,279).

COMPETITION – This Means War

It’s been a while since I reviewed a film on here so I figured it was about time I rectified this! The lovely people at 20th Century Fox approached me to review the film, This Means War; I figured a film about two guys vying for the attention of a lovely lady in the form of Reece Witherspoon I couldn’t go wrong in terms of subject matter. (This is a dating blog after all!)

And let me just say this if you’re expecting the usual chick flick bore – you could not be more mistaken! There is more actions in this movie than you can shake a stick at, it has the undeniably attractive Tom Hardy in it – I mean HOT, HOT, HOT (and then some)!!!!!!

Then we have the enviable Reece Witherspoon, who quite clearly I’m insanely jealous of! Not only does she have two hot bods Tom Hardy and Chris Pine (who I swear to god has the bluest eyes you’ve ever seen!)  fighting (when I say fighting I mean practically killing each other) for her affections – She also comes across as one of those people that are undeniably lovely in every sense! You kind of want her to be your friend, I’m pretty sure if we met we’d be BBF (I’m just kidding of course, ahem) back to the review in hand.

Reece plays the girl-next-door relatable Lauren, she’s been single for as long as she can remember. So long in fact that her hysterical sister, Trish, played by the hilarious scene stealing Chelsea Handler (who’d have thought it hey?! Certainly not me, but she is fabulous in it, self-depredating and just light comedic relief!)  signs her up for an online dating profile, much to her dismay.

Cue, movie opening, action fest scene (where one could be forgiven for thinking that it’s going to be a boy flick, if not for the fact that Reece Witherspoon is in it!) where Tom’s character Tuck and his partner/ best friend: FDR race to prevent the leading Russian baddie – played by Til Schweiger – from getting away with the money and briefcase (which one can only assume contains a weapon of mass destruction, this is only alluded to, so we have to use our imagination here!).

Following the opening scene, where they cause havoc by ultimately saving the day, leaving damage and destruction and a seething Russian villan vying for their blood in their wake, we’re introduced to the more sensitive side of Tuk – as he longs for a women to share his life with. As a result of this realisation, he decides to set up an online dating account…

Now I don’t want to ruin the film for you, otherwise you won’t want to see it for yourself will you? Aside from the name of the film and the file’s poster below, you can assume that what ensues is a dramatic quest to win the girl by two best friends with the resources of being a secret spy at their disposal!

It got me to thinking about my experiences, I’ve never had two guys chasing after me (we not at least to the knowledge of the other) however I have had the shoe on the other foot when another girl has been interested in a guy I’ve seen before, or been seeing – I have to be honest in saying that I think there are that many men/ women in the world, there is absolutely no reason why best friends, friends even, feel that they need to go for the same one.

That is unless, one of you truly feels that the relationship could be something more than just a fling and the other person feels the same. In these occasions I feel it’s necessary for the other person to step aside – who is anyone to stand in the path of true love??

Back to the film… What I will say that it is perfect date night movie – enough action for the boys, enough romantic gushy scenes (and might I mention shit loads of guy candy in the form of Tom and Chris – Mother may I!?). It is a must-see movie that I’m certain will not disappoint!

Tom and Chris are great in their roles, both are very convincing in their feelings for Reece’s character Lauren. As for Reece, well you just want to be her.

Suffice to say, I invite you to go and see the movie for yourself. So much so, I’m offering two Dating101Sydney Blog readers the chance to win a copy of the film on Blu-Ray and DVD. All you have to do is tell me whether you would choose Tom Hardy or Chris Pine and why.

If you’re not selected as one of the lucky winners – This Means War is available across Australia now on Blu-Ray and DVD.

Here’s a sneak preview for you:

Sydney Social 101

 

I am a big advocate for charities what really do make a difference to people’s lives! When my very good friend told me about FRESHSTOCK! a fundraising initiative from the Hype Committee (a group of admirable individuals who work to raise funds for the Sir David martin Foundation) I couldn’t help but announce that I’d do my bit to spread the word! Please find details of the event that is taking place in Bondi next weekend (8/7/12) below, hope you can make it! (Beers, bites and beats all for a good cause, why wouldn’t you!!?)

Saea Banyana, the dance stars of the Great Gatsby are hanging their hats to this worthy cause on Sunday 8th July, as they announce an exclusive performance at Bondi Pavilion as part of the Hype Committee’s ‘ FRESHSTOCK’ event to help raise much-needed funds for The Sir David Martin Foundation.

 

The admirable…

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Please Vote for me :) Guess – One to Watch

Following on from my week as a Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia domestic media delegate, I guess you could say I’ve got a taste for fashion and a passion to succeed!

I’ve entered the Guess ‘One to Watch’ Competition this week and if I’m choosen as the winner, I will have the opportunity to write for their 1.5 million viewers, SCREAM!

I would be so thankful if you were able to take twenty seconds to vote for me, each like is worth 10 style points, and even better you can vote once every 24 hours! The winner currently has about 3,500 (350 clicks) points, it’s within my reach 🙂

Simply click here and vote for me if you like my style board: https://apps.facebook.com/guessonetowatch/?app_data=117

A post to come v soon about some exciting events this weekend and the Dangerously Fit Diary – How am I tracking???

Thanks so much for your continued amazing support!

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Brand new events in Sydney and we need you!

Sydney Party People are working with Hush Events and SydneySocial101/ Dating101Sydney to bring you some great parties in 2012-2013 – and we really want to know what you want from us!

 

This survey should take 5-10 minutes and the results we garner will assist us in bringing you the best calendar of events that Sydney has to offer – created by you, for you!

 

As a reward we have weekly prizes for a lucky winner which will be randomly drawn from each of you that complete our survey up to that date (so statistically it makes sense to get in early):

 

These amazing prizes are:

 

Week 1 – 2x tickets to Autumn Music Festival (value $150)

Week 2 – 4x tickets to Romantics Anonymous (new film)

Week 3 – 2x tickets to Autumn Music Festival (value $150)

Week 4 – 2x bottles of Smirnoff Red (value $70) – must collect and show ID

Week 5 – 2x tickets to Autumn Music Festival (value $150)

Week 6 – 1x Adrenaline Experience Voucher (value $250)

Week 7 – 2x bottles of Smirnoff Red (value $70) – must collect and show ID

 

So what are you waiting for? To let us know what you think is missing and what you want more of, and to be in with a chance of winning, enter the survey at the following link:

Here

You know you want to! 🙂