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Woman, 30 seeks dating profile manager from Craigslist to help her find romance

 

So much swiping, so little time. Co-founder of graphic-design firm hires agent to help sort through profusion of dating choices available on the Internet.

Cherilyn Lee is looking for love, but says work hardly leaves her time to swipe and type.

As an experiment, Cherilyn, the 30-year-old co-founder of a graphic-design company in Vancouver, hired a part-time “dating profile manager” on Wednesday through an ad in the jobs section of Craigslist.

As dating sites and apps multiply, she isn’t the only one looking for an Internet dating agent. A few companies specialize in spicing up the dating profiles and managing the online romantic pursuits of clients who lack the hours, energy or perhaps charm to arrange dates themselves.

VirtualDatingAssistants.com and PersonalDatingAssistants.com provide customers with ghostwriters who treat the art of seduction like a lucrative science.

These firms didn’t appeal to Cherilyn because they seemed impersonal and aimed at men who have trouble wooing a date. Flirting is not her problem, she said, but her time is precious. So she looked for her own cupid on Craigslist.

“No, this is not a joke,” her ad said.

Her matchmaker will gain access to her personal information, photos and dating profiles on Tinder, OkCupid and the relatively new app, Happn. The successful candidate will be paid $12 per hour to find potential suitors, flirt and line up dates.

“If you find a match that leads to a meaningful relationship, you’ll get a bonus,” the ad promised. “If it turns into a real deal I’ll double the original bonus.”

Applicants had to commit to work for two months (seven hours per week) and undergo a police background check (on Lee’s dime).

In less than three weeks, she received about 30 email applications and interviewed eight people, all women between 19 and 35, she told us over the phone.

Choosing a dating profile manager wasn’t easy. After much deliberation, she hired a college student whose artistic interests dovetailed with her own. That person didn’t wish to be interviewed.

Cherilyn, who was born in Singapore and moved here to study visual art at Humber College in 2007, spent less than a year on matchmaking sites and apps before outsourcing the work.

“When I was looking at my data usages from last year, I managed to swipe like three gigs on Tinder. I surprised myself,” she said.

As the co-founder and creative director of a graphic-design company, Cherilyn works more than 60 hours per week. At the office, she recently discovered the joy of delegating and plans to apply the same lesson to her private life.

“That’s what I do with other projects: I hire designers, developers, writers. Why not hire a dating manager?” she said.

Wise or weird? Let us know what you think!

70-year-old hasn’t eaten sugar for 28 years, looks incredible

If you’ve ever contemplated whether going sugar-free is worth it, then here’s a little inspiration for you.

Carolyn Hartz gave up the white stuff almost 30 years ago after years of being ‘addicted’ to sweets.

And today, the 70-year-old has a body most women half her age would kill for – which she puts it down to following a no-sugar diet.

‘I have been sugar-free for 28 years,’ she tells us.

‘It was difficult at first as I was a sugar addict but I believe it is one of the most important reasons I have been able to keep myself healthy and keep my body in shape.’

So how has she managed to keep to it?

‘I make sure I eat protein with every meal, especially breakfast. It stops the cravings.’

She also says it’s crucial not to deprive yourself of the food and drink you love, but to be careful about ‘portion size’.

‘We know our metabolism slows down as we get older,’ she says.

‘It just means we have to take control and make healthier choices and work a little harder.

‘I believe it is very important to be aware of the type of food you eat and the quantity of food you eat. Being mindful while you are eating is a huge factor.’

Instead of sugar, she uses a sweetener called Xylitol – an all-natural sugar substitute, which can be found in berries and some vegetables.

It’s worth bearing in mind, however, that Carolyn is the founder of a sweetener company so although being sugar-free has massive benefits, she obviously would put her age-defying looks down to using sweeteners over sugar.

Apart from ditching the sugar and managing the portions, Carolyn says that sleep is the next most crucial element to staying fit and well.

She aims for at least eight hours a night and says that she has done for most of her life.

‘It is when our body heals and rejuvenates,’ she explains.

Living in Australia, Carolyn also swears by wearing suncream every day under her makeup and never sunbathes.

‘I am very aware of the damaging effects of the sun and I had this reminder when I had a cancer removed from my nose when I was only 30.’

Her most crucial piece of advice for those of us in our 20s and 30s?

‘Be happy for everyone and never worry about your age. Train yourself to see the glass as half full. The day is partially sunny, not partially cloudy.’

Hairdresser does a horrendous job and isn’t even sorry

When you visit a hairdresser, it’s always wise to bring in a photo for your hairdresser to use as a reference.

But you should be warned, that won’t always help you, as one woman found out.


The photo she bought in vs the end result

Sarah Landry has vigorously slammed a Western Vancouver salon for ‘ruining her hair’.

Ms Landry visited the salon on Monday and brought with her a reference photo of a woman with beautiful balayage.

She spent five hours in the salon only to discover her hair looked nothing like she’d hoped. She was also made to pay $200.

During her visit, Ms Landry says her hair became brittle and started to break off, which is when she became upset and refused to pay the bill.

‘I asked for balayage and showed them a photo, then expected to walk out with the finished result,’ she wrote on Facebook.

But we found out that there was more to the story…

The hairdresser in question was said to have already handed her notice in and it was in fact her last day at the salon..

Have you ever had to work in customer service? If you have, we all know those customers who you just want to shout at, deny all their requests or dream up some ways of how you could hypothetically cause them pain..

Just me…? I doubt it!

After speaking with the hairdresser herself, she simply said, “I am not even sorry, she was a horrible woman and I am glad I don’t have to deal with these people anymore”

We spoke to the salon to get a response, which they were cautious to provide.

‘We have offered to fix Ms Landry’s hair, free of charge of course. Our stylist has now left after working with us for 6 years – we could never have predicted this.’ a salon representative said.

We very much doubt that Ms Landry ever wants to return to the salon to be honest!

Always have a proper consultation with multiple hairdressers or one that you trust. Especially if you are undergoing a drastic change.

Oh – and always be polite to people who could get the ultimate revenge!