In the midst of the holiday season, we can’t help but wonder what it’s like to be single in Southern California and participate in the dating scene. It’s probably stressful and overwhelming, but we wanted to hear some expert advice on ways to navigate finding a good date during this festive time of year. We asked matchmaking expert, Erica Arrechea, co-founder of Cinqe Matchmaking, to give us her top 5 tips on how to find a date during the holidays.
The holidays are always recognized as a time when we get together with family and friends, reminisce about the year, and wonder about what is to come. If you’re single, this jolly season could also be a time for you to meet that special someone. After all, we all want what we see on the Hallmark Christmas movies, right? Check out my 5 tips on where and how to meet your mistletoe buddy this season.
1. Work-Out Activities
Don’t let the weather outside fool you; participating in exercise activities such as community volleyball, soccer, soul cycle, or even CrossFit classes could lead you into accidentally bumping into that cute stranger. A few of my close friends have met their significant other at a CrossFit class, so the odds are in your favor.
2. Farmer’s Market
Especially in SoCal, Farmer’s Markets are a non-stop social spot that is full of people all day, every day. Instant romance may not be what you think of when you go to pick up strawberries, though the opportunity of running into an old college friend or locking eyes with that hot guy picking up some avocados does sound promising. *Tip: Don’t wear sunglasses when you’re out and about. It makes it easier to make eye contact with people and to show off your beautiful smile. Works EVERY time.*
3. Reach Out To Your Old Facebook Friends
Singles do not do this enough; reaching out to old Facebook friends that you haven’t spoken to in years is a great way to build up relationships again. Life gets in the way, we get busy, however, there’s always the chance of reconnecting. And who knows? That quick FB message to your high school acquaintance could lead to a few drinks or a nice dinner.
4. Go To The Driving Range
Ladies, this one’s for you. There are ALWAYS guys at the driving range. No matter what time of day, year, anything, it is inevitable that there will be a bunch of men hanging out and enjoying themselves at a driving range. So, why not add yourself to the equation and get to know a few of them?
5. Be Your Own Event Coordinator
What do you do when you first move to a new area and haven’t met anyone? You seek out what the best hot-spots are and you go out and try to mingle with new people. Finding a date is very, very similar. Organize a small event (let’s say inviting a group of your friends to that delicious brunch spot), and ask everyone to bring at least one friend who the group hasn’t met. Something as simple as that could lead to new connections, and an overall good time.
Finding a sweet, fun holiday date can be a lot easier than we expect. Implement some of these tips into your dating life and be open to new people and experiences. If you’re really serious about finding love in the upcoming year, but don’t have the extra funds to commit to a Matchmaker, know that Cinqe is always looking to add more singles to our free online network. Join our growing database of successful, attractive singles at Cinqe.com.
ABOUT ERICA: I grew up in a suburb outside of San Francisco, went to college in San Diego to study marketing, settled in the heart of Los Angeles in 2008. Early in my career, I began reading and following the teachings of Pat Allen, Brené Brown and John Gottman. I was inspired to start building a company with an innate desire for connecting people, whether for business partnerships, great friendships, or something more.
Connecting others enlightens me. Witnessing lasting and meaningful connections is an experience that’s unmatched. It’s been a humbling journey, with the special pleasure of being able to work alongside Patti Stanger, the Queen of my industry.
Attending DesignerCon 2017 was like walking into a creative wonderland. This annual art and design convention is specifically catered to highlight design mediums like paintings, sculptures, toys, and pop culture art. It’s literally a “creative nerd’s” fantasy come true. Held at the Pasadena Convention Center on November 11th and 12th, DesignerCon showed no limits to a variety of design concepts from mainstream artists and apparel designers to underground art enthusiasts.
Don’t expect to find common art commodities at DesignerCon. The featured artists are experts at challenging the status quo, veering far away from conventional ideas of art. Part of this convention’s magic is the ability to experience the oddities and learn from the artist directly through panels led by some of the World’s top designers across multiple categories. The panels served to not only showcase in-depth dialogue with the artists’ work but to also enlighten attendees on the business aspect of design and how to navigate the art world professionally.
For first-time attendees, here are my beginner’s tips to Designer Con:
- Save some money before you attend! – Art can be expensive, and at an event like DesignerCon, impulse buys are certainly going to come up. You’re going to want to splurge, so be prepared. I personally wanted to take home every piece of superhero art in the room.
- Get to know the artists. – More often than not, opportunities to meet one on one with these artists are rare. This convention allows attendees to really connect with them and learn from them directly. You’d be surprised to learn what their intended interpretations are from a lot of their work.
- Expand your mind and perception. – We all have different artistic tastes, but DesignerCon was created to shatter those preconceived notions and to expand your knowledge and view on non-traditional art pieces. Have an open mind.
I’ll definitely be attending DesignerCon next year. Be sure to check for updates on their website HERE. Below is a quick recap on the experience.
Shaquille Woods is from Marion, Arkansas and loves his Southern roots. He graduated from Arkansas State University with a degree in Creative Media, and is currently a freelance social/entertainment journalist for the Los Angeles Sentinel Newspaper. Creativity plays a major role in his life to include video, photography, and graphic design skills. His own ShaqThisOut brand explores all creative entertainment in the Los Angeles area.
10 Local Businesses Will Win
If you’re a small business in Southern California, it’s crunch time, and not just because the holidays are right around the corner— but because Small Business Saturday is also soon! Platform LA has launched its Small Business Saturday Competition in a search for the most notable designers and businesses around SoCal. The winning small businesses will be selected by Platform’s community of stores and restaurants and will be announced on November 15. The 10 winning small businesses will be able to showcase their goods and services in Platform’s first Small Business Saturday, on November 25. Platform will also provide each winner with a vendor station consisting of a table and chair, a complimentary parking space, and wifi to showcase their goods and services.
How to Participate
If you have a creative product or brand, or know someone who does, and think that either should be at Platform, here’s your chance! To nominate yourself or your favorite small business for the market, go to Instagram and comment on any photo from the account you’d like to see win with the hashtag #SBSPlatform and tag @platform_la.
About Platform LA
Platform LA – the remarkable retail project by David Fishbein and Joseph Miller of Runyon Group is Culver City’s prized shopping destination. Part of the Hayden Tract, the most dynamic neighborhood in Los Angeles, the versatile center offers a collection of 120K square feet of curated merchants, chefs, and creative companies from around the world. Platform was created to showcase independent small businesses and is excited to welcome the community to join in celebration of these types of businesses on Saturday, November 25th.
Miller states, “Our entire business is finding, nurturing and encouraging new independent businesses. We already have a great community of merchants and chefs and working with them to source the next great talent is something that is very exciting for us.” As the world of retail continues to rapidly transform, Platform knows that the future is in small entrepreneurial businesses, and has made this a huge focus for their merchandising efforts. Since opening Platform a year and a half ago, they have embraced any opportunity to celebrate the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit of those merchants and chefs. Now is the time to enter the competition, and it couldn’t be simpler— and it couldn’t have come at a better time.
An appearance at the Small Business Saturday Market should be the icing on the cake for any business, considering the additional exposure just before the holidays and impending sales. Make sure to use the hashtag #SBSPlatform and tag @platform_la in any post on the account of the business you want to see win a spot at Platform’s Small Business Saturday Market.