Small Hands, Big Heart

Lori thinks David did well on his date with Ivy (except for the comparing of the hands).

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...Let’s talk about Fagan for a second. Puh-lease! My business partner, Jenn, and I are very serious when it comes to taking on clients. We do NOT work with men who are not serious about finding love. Pro-love is our question, not pro-life. Ahem, check please!  Though I felt I may have wasted my time, it only made me appreciate the clients I'm already committed to helping find love. As I always say, love is a process.

A BIG THANKS to Nicole Miller and to my husband, Bryan, and JBCStyle, otherwise meeting Nicole Miller would not be a reality. How fab were those dresses that Ivy tried on? Love, love, love. Taking Ivy to Nicole Miller was a great way to get her excited for her date with David. When a woman feels comfortable with how she looks, she will feel more self-confident. It always makes for a better first date, because nothing is sexier to a man than a confident woman. But remember, ladies, sexy yet classy is always the way to go. He won't put in the work to see you naked if you show up to the date that way!  A big thank you to Bryan for letting us work at the JBCStyle and JBCconnect offices.  We couldn't have asked for a better place to work. There are hot girls in and out of there all day long so it is a great place for us to recruit girls! 
I am looking forward to sharing the journey of love and connecting with each of you. You can find me on Facebook or Twitter!
Hope you loved the show. Be sure to stay tuned!


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The Friend Zone

Lori Zaslow explains the danger of getting put in the friend category.

“Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.” - Babe Ruth

OK, hit pause. I know last week I said I'm all about "friendship caught fire," but Brendan is an example of taking this to extremes. The friend zone is a space where nothing catches fire. It is where polite women put guys who are "cute" and "sweet,” a.k.a. "not someone they wish to imagine having sex with."

How does one avoid this? Keep your cool. When you feel your nerves kick in, take a breath, remind yourself you are worthy of love, and then DO NOT try to overcompensate -- particularly by acting like a giddy teenager and throwing yourself into a gong literally OR figuratively. Note to self: Brendan will need a meeting with The Nonverbal Group.Now fast forward to Marc and Jennifer -- a perfect example of a grown up, successful blind date. This is what everyone should come to me open to experiencing. First date or tenth, I will get it right. The more mature and open you are with me in our meetings, the easier it is for me to accomplish this quickly. Hence why I always say, “Work on yourself.” I think premarital therapy should be a requirement to obtain a marriage license.

Two men, burned by women. One defeated by his insecurities before he even starts by masking his hurt in humor (an instant sign of weakness), the other confessing his fears and dreams on camera while still being comfortable with this vulnerability (an instant sign of inner strength). Which one would a woman more likely fall for?

I mean hey, we women have become strong and independent, but we’ll always want our soul mate to be an honest and strong man -- someone who’s ready to catch us when we fall in love.

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