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How Matchmaking Found Two Style Bloggers Amazing Blind Dates

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Occasionally, we all need an outside perspective to understand what’s in our best interests. Sure, you want to watch that video of a news anchor accidentally miming a sex act over and over, but the watchful eye of your manager and reminds you that there are spreadsheets that need to be finished.

Your love life can be the same way. If you don’t understand why you always seem to date people who let you down or wind you up, it can be massively helpful to enlist the services of a professional. No, not that kind of professional: a matchmaker!

Matchmaking is not all having Patti Stanger yell at you, or listening to your cousin June telling you how much you’d like the new, divorced junior analyst in her office. With a real matchmaker, it can be fun, efficient, and illuminating. They can cut through all of your personal nonsense, help you get out of your comfort zone, and open you up to what you really need. That’s why HowAboutWe has partnered with the fantastic E. Jean Carroll and Elle Dating, to aid the fantastic men and women of the internet in their quests for love.

To test the matchmaking arts, we had E. Jean, our favorite WASP-y Yenta, set two lovely lifestyle bloggers up on blind dates. Below, they answered our questions about the new frontier of old-fashioned dating.

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Dina Fierro, eye4style

The Meeting Place: MoMA, in front of Van Gogh’s Starry Night
The Date: A drink in MoMA’s Sculpture Garden

1. Have you ever been set up before?

I have! It’s all hands on deck mission to find me a gentleman caller, apparently – though I’ve never seen much success. In my experience, some people tend to think that being single is the one commonality necessary for a set-up.

2. Before meeting E.Jean, what were your associations with Matchmaking?

If we’re playing word association: “old-fashioned!”

3. What were some of the attributes you told E.Jean you were looking for?

Passion, curiosity, brains, SWAG (sorry, mom) and, of course, swarthiness. I love a swarthy man.

4. Describe your nerves level before the date.

Relaxed. For better or worse, I don’t get nervous before a date. I love meeting new people!

5. First impression of your date?

Handsome! Disarmingly so! Italian accent! (Cue weakening of the knees.)

6. How was the conversation?

We had a hiccup, initially, as I was late (I’m prone to tardiness, unfortunately!) But I think we recovered nicely. There was barely a lull in our conversation and we had a lot of fun discovering shared interests.

7. How did your date line up with what you had told E. Jean you were looking for?

With the exception of swarthiness (he was actually a dirty blonde with blue eyes) E. Jean did a wonderful job! Mr. F was intelligent, polished, successful, funny and most importantly passionate – and about much more than just his job. I loved that!

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Sammy Davis, Sammy Davis Vintage

The Meeting Place: Lincoln Center
The Date: A walk through Central Park, followed by with some light apps and flan at a restaurant on the Upper West Side.

1. Have you ever been set up before?

I’d never been set up before. Ever! This was truly my first blind date and part of the intrigue and appeal.

2. Before meeting E.Jean, what were your associations with Matchmaking?

Honestly, my associations with matchmaking were connected to reality TV.  All I’d seen were unsuccessful match ups that resulted in fights between the client and matchmaker. So, understandably, I carried that stigma into my experience with E. Jean.

3. What were some of the attributes you told E.Jean you were looking for?

I told E. Jean that for a few months I’ve been “open sesame.” Reason being: I’d recently gotten back on the dating horse and was still figuring out what I wanted. So instead of creating restrictions and expectations surrounding the experience, I wanted to be as open as I could so that her sound analysis of who I was and what I needed would lead the way.

4. Describe your nerves level before the date.

I had butterflies beforehand. I remained calm until the few hours before, when I frantically realized that my nails looked like crap and I really needed to get a manicure! So I rushed to the salon and rushed to the meeting location. I think I pulled it together enough before meeting my date.

5. First impression of your date?

I was pleasantly surprised, but also not wowed. However that was purely an aesthetics judgement call, and not one of personality or character. So, like I told E. Jean, I was just “open.”

6. How was the conversation?

We had amazing conversation, actually. We talked about everything and I discovered we had tons and tons of mutual interests despite E. Jean setting us up as polar opposites. We definitely didn’t run out of things to talk about – part of the reason the date lasted three hours!

7. How did your date line up with what you had told E. Jean you were looking for?

Because I was open, I had no expectations. I was actually expecting an awful date because I hardly expressed a preference! But E. Jean did a great job matching me with someone who had intelligence, interests and potential.

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