Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Make Me a Match

spindel2.jpgThere’s a funny background story to last week’s Your Looks feature, “Matchmaker Makeovers,” in which professional Cupids Samantha Daniels and Janis Spindel spill their secrets to making a terrific first impression on your first date.

A few years ago I was invited to Janis Spindel’s book party for “Get Serious about Getting Married.” Each attendee was lucky enough to get a complimentary copy of the book. Unfortunately, though, I had scheduled a date for immediately after the party, and the tiny purse I had on me wasn’t nearly big enough to conceal this book. So imagine my date’s surprise when I showed up with “Get Serious About Getting Married” clutched in my hand. Luckily he was a good sport, and didn’t seem as freaked out as he might have been, but I’ve been carrying large handbags ever since.

What I love about Janis is her candor. She definitely tells it like it is, especially when it comes to how we present ourselves on dates. Janis’s male clients are very frank about what they like and don’t, and with more than 800 marriages to her credit, it’s hard to argue with her advice.

And what woman doesn’t want to look gorgeous and elegant for a big date?

-Erin Donnelly, Your Looks Editor