Welcome to Bravo's Love Broker blog. I, Lori Zaslow, will be blogging each week to bring you my personal insights into what went down. I am excited to share with you my first post and beyond ecstatic for each viewer to get a glimpse into what goes on behind the scenes at my boutique matchmaking business, Project Soulmate. As you can see, we specialize in finding love, and our work never stops. Both Jenn and I are passionate about helping others find their soulmate. We live and breathe love. We both are happily married and have amazing children. After almost twelve years of marriage, I still can't wait to come home to my husband. I think he's the hottest man alive. Anyway, our specialty is blind dates. I met my husband on a blind date fourteen years ago, and we are still in love with each other. My method works, and I swear by it.
This week's episode was all about David aka Fish. He is one of my favorite clients, and I am still setting him up to this day -- so ladies, contact me if you are interested. David, yes, David -- I will never ever call him Fish. Puke! David is a great listener, and I was proud to see that he took all my advice on that date. I would have died if he showed up in a headband. I was glad to see that he at least had the decency to wrap it around his ankle. (Hey, I'll take it as long as it is not wrapped around his head.) Unfortunately, Ivy wasn't feeling him that night, but after watching the date, I thought he did well. No daps and no head wear. Plus, plus, plus. Her loss. My only critique of this date would be that he compared hand sizes -- save that for when you are holding hands. This is a date, not a freak show! I did love his comeback though, "Small hands, big heart." Could not have said it better myself. Ivy is strong willed and confident and she DID NOT hold back on this date. Sometimes personalities can clash, and it doesn't work out. Love is a quest, and you cannot give up. As my five-year-old daughter says, go fish...
Lori, you're absolutely gorgeous and a very nice person. I was disappointed that you were trying to change Fish. With the girl, she could relate to the pointers and bringing out the best in her because she's already at that level. But Fish needs a bohemian, not mainstream, kinda of girl. He's a boy man and you can't change him. He may or may not grow to be just David. But right now meet him where he is. Fish is too skin deep. Find him a bohemian whimsical sweet petite girl. Even the place for them to meet wasn't Fish, it was too sophisticated for him, he looked out of place. He's a nice guy just the way he is and will get beaten down if you keep trying to set him up with girls who have some level of sophistication and mainstream energy to them.
Welcome Lori! So much nicer to see an authentic person making a genuine effort to find people love! Maybe more people will finally see Patty for the phony windbag she is now that they have something to compare her to. I've been begging forever for Bravo to cancel that awful show!
Hi lori...I had the pleasure last night of watching your show..very entertaining. Although, I was confused on why you were setting up David with a female. By his presentation, he most definitely portrayed characteristics of playing for the other team or possibly both. I would just assume your radar was down. I was shocked that you set up Lori with David....they had nothing in common at all...its clear that Lori would date someone more refined and "man-ly". She mentioned his mannerisms on the date to a "T"...she should have just said what was loud and clear...there's no way David just likes woman..you were searching in the wrong "sex" pool...
David did great. Ivy was out of line when she started cornering him about relationships on the first date. First dates aren't meant to be an in-depth interview, they are to see if you are compatible to have a second date and more. I think David's hats and headbands are fine. After all, its his business. Yes, no hat or headband in a restaurant, but he could wear a hat to and from the date. Or he could allude to almost always wearing head accessories when talking about his business during the small talk. I personally like the man boy type. He's cheerful and has a positive attitude, and obviously can think deeper, but there's nothing wrong with not showing that side on the first date. I'd much rather spend time with someone like him than someone all miserable or arrogant or pretending to be someone they're not. I think maybe you're pushing him too far from his true self, too. I think he's great and I wish I lived where I could met him! Poor Ivy was too pushy and missed out on a great guy.
I thought the girl was terrible on the date with David the way she kept drilling him with the questions. He was trying to give her thought out, honest answers, but she wouldn't even give him a chance to think. The first date isn't the time to turn the screws, he can do better.
Digging your show so far but noticed from the previews that it follows "Fish" throughout the season and other set-ups. I think the much better choice would be to follow that adorable fire cracker, Ivy.
Lori, your show is cute and quirky! Thank god someone matching up is actually married and can give the advice on relationships. Unlike Patty who is crude and not even in a relationship!
Lori, I enjoyed your show and its' POV, but I have to say I think you struck out in your pre-date prep. I agree with most of the previous comments in regards to the sophistication level of these two incompatibles, at least as shown in the "producers cut" version of episode one. But, I think Ivy, with her third degree, rat-a-tat-tat version of getting to know a blind date and Fish are equally at fault. Any man who can not make eye contact, especially on first meeting, is definitely kind of "Fish-y). She was a full of herself little princess and his lack of self-confidence allowed her to steamroll him. No wonder she hasn't found Mr. Right, she chews them up and spits them out before they can stand a chance, while Fish just swims off into the sunset, taking his tiny "fins" with him. Just goes to show that good looks and great hair are all it takes!
My favorite part of this episode was when Josh, your cute office assistant, says that the girl on the computer screen is pretty.
We need more Josh on this show.
I gave this show a try, I'm sorry it was so lame and boring. Doesn't compare a bit to Patty and company. This set up seem's dangerous to me. I like the idea of a mixer surrounded by a safety net, not just some set up. It's horrible, should be a meeting before the actual date, with the 2 subject's and promoter in a safe break the ice place,I won't be watching again. It was dragged out, and the guy seemed like he was not all there. A few burned out brain cells it appeared. That young lady was wise to decline another date. He looked and acted like Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones. Burn Out.JMHO Good Luck
Amazing!! Thank god someone finally has the ability to say out what we all think in our heads. It's like an hour of therapy and wine with your best friend. Looking forward to the season to come. BRAVO Lori...Can't wait to see what else you have in store...My husband is pretty excited too as he very much enjoyed your advice as well :)
I just saw the show for the first time today n I want lill Ivy lol, I think she seems pretty cool and adorable but I can't find her on FB to tell her lol. Can you tell her for me lol?
I think Ivy is way to into herself and steamrolled her date. I don't think she is as hot as she thinks she is!
I like this show. It's very real and should not be compared to Millionaire Matchmaker. The people seem to be more real unlike on the other show where some of them seemed like they were just trying to get exposure for whatever product they had to sell. Personally, after Ivy saw how small David's hands were, he didn't stand a chance! And she dominated the conversation because he seemed at a loss for words without her help... She wasn't cutting him off when he spoke but she was making sure there were no blanks. Overall, I liked the show.
I enjoyed the show and I don't know why folks are saying Ivy bulldozed David. He couldn't answer the questions he started and he couldn't commit to a response. He wasn't sure what he wanted from a relationship or even a woman? I would call him shallow too or more specific a 'bubblehead'. This show seems very real. David needs to realize that he only has the 1st impression to make or break the date. I'm looking forward to more shows.
Lori, I enjoyed the show, but kind of feel sorry for David. He was really out of his league with Ivy. And I wish you had spent more time with David's wardrobe choices than hers. I didn't mind the sweat band under the pants leg, but the dirty looking jeans & were those running shoes??? He just wasn't dressed to keep up with that beautiful Nicole Miller dress...and you knew what she was wearing! I feel you spent so much time on the greeting and not enough on his appearance...other than the hat / headband conversation over and over again. And yes, comparing hand sizes was not a first date thing to do. Good luck with your show.
I loved what you tried to do for David...but I think hes perfect date would be a more laid back...nature/fitness woman...someone maybe more in tune with outside adventures and loves hiking and running... a woman who wouldnt mind his hats and headbands...more of a free spirit woman.
I really likes Lori's pink dress that she wore to date night with her husband. What designer is that dress?????