Featured in Marie Claire Magazine and The CW – dating expert Brandon Aki is the real-life HITCH for women.

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    Who’s the Boss? Alyssa Milano? No, no it’s you!

    When former Who’s the Boss star Alyssa Milano released a Sex Tape, it got everyone’s attention! While her Funny or Die release was more about Syria then Sex (see article here), there are many celebrity and non-celebrity women alike who let it all hang out for the world to see. So, if he asks YOU to make a sex tape, here are words of wisdom to consider before you get your sexy on: 

    • Fear: Understand the ramifications. Let’s face it, much of the anxiety around sex tapes is the fear that it will be made public and come back to bite you in the butt later.

    • Communicate: Before you even consider any of this, you should know as much as you can about him, his mother and their relationship with each other. Hint: Men who respect and love their mothers would never consider embarrassing you in public.

    • Trust: Use your intuition. If you get a “funny” feeling about him, STOP. You shouldn’t even be having sex with someone you don’t trust.

    • Environment: if you choose not to Trust your instinct, control the environment; plenty of sex tapes have resulted from hidden cameras.

    • Participation: Men can be shy too, so get him in the shot. An “inadvertent” posting of the video is less likely if “He”and all his glory are prominently displayed in it.

    • Sexy: The impact of a sex tape is less catastrophic to you if you look amazing in it. So, before you get started spend a little extra time in the mirror and always Arch Your Back and Point Your Toes. If you don’t understand what that is, chances are you’ve got more dating problems to worry about than a sex tape. 

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    THE UGLY TRUTH: 4 REASONS TO HIRE A WINGMAN

    Have you ever left a great date thinking it went really well, then days go by without a call or text and you’re left wondering, “What went wrong”? Sometimes disaster strikes and we never see it coming. In relationships, it often isn’t about the big problems; simple mistakes in the dating environment can be just as deadly! 

    Very often we don’t know what we need and focus on what we want: The cute guy with six pack abs, the man with the Maserati and million dollar paycheck, the model with legs for days and long, flowing blonde hair. While these attributes are desirable, the man or woman of your dreams on paper could turn into a nightmare in real life, especially if they aren’t what you need. Here are 4 Reasons to Seek Advice from a Matchmaker!

    1. Working with a good matchmaker has many benefits. What I mean “good” is someone who not only helps you determine the best match for you, but also helps you understand yourself–looks at you from an objective, unbiased perspective: your strengths, weaknesses, values and how you are being perceived by the one you want.
    2. When I was growing up, my mother always said, “If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.” What do you stand for? What are your non-negotiable values? A matchmaker can help you get there. If you don’t understand yourself, how can you expect your dream partner to understand, respect and value you!? 
    3. There’s absolutely no shame in asking a professional for help in dating and relationships. In fact, in this fast-paced world of social interconnectivity, it’s vital that you get help, because the dating scene is constantly changing and evolving. Getting help means preparing yourself for your dream relationship.
    4. When I work with clients, I always stress that “possibility favors the prepared heart” - knowing and understanding yourself and your “type”. Take a look at your dating history, what has worked? What hasn’t worked? Review your baggage, understand your baggage intimately, don’t be ashamed of it (remember we all have it)! Most importantly, release it before you start dating. Once my clients go through a rigorous introspection phase, they learn how to use physical language to speak to men and attract them. Also, as communication is key, they learn how to mentally attract the man of their dreams by verbal and non-verbal communication. A good match maker will help you discover or rediscover the ‘amazing’ in you so that you can attract an ‘amazing’ partner and inspire ‘amazing’ in him. Instead of asking “Why”, ask “Why not” and take the step toward finding the love you deserve. 

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    Tips for Summer Lovin’

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    Summertime, and the living is easy … but is the dating hard? It can be if you aren’t prepared! Don’t let the summer months pass you by without a chance for love, laughter and romance. Here are 3 rules to finding summer romance!

    Rule #1: Tighten Up

    Insecurities be gone! With hot summer nights comes less clothing. If you’re not in optimal shape, start working on your summer physique so you can feel good about how you look when the heat comes on and your clothes come off. 

    Rule #2: Connect with Mother Nature

    During the summer months, romance is in the air. So get out and grab some for yourself! Indulge your senses with romantic bike rides, strolls in the park, walks on the beach and picnics by the shore. 

    Rule #3:  Watch Your Mouth

    High temps means low tolerance … for alcohol. Heat can exaggerate the effects of your alcoholic drinks so stay hydrated my friends. Remember, in dating it’s not about getting intoxicated – it’s about getting to know each other. More hydration and conversation and less boozing and babbling.  

    Summer isn’t over yet, so take these tips and apply them generously; possibility favors the prepared heart!
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    Trouble Landing a 2nd Date? Here Are 3 Tips to Make the 1st Date Count!

    1. Look Amazing: Every woman’s level of Amazing is different, but wear clothes and colors that make you feel sexy, confident and alluring. When you look and feel like a million dollars, men will treat you like you deserve it.
    2. Stroke His Ego: Men are more fragile than you may think. As a general rule, men like feeling like they are in control and they can provide for you. Make a few suggestions and then let him make the final decisions during your date. Hint: if he’s a good guy he’ll follow most of your suggestions anyway, so you have nothing to lose.
    3. Give Great Conversation: Everyone loves a good listener. The problem with most “disaster daters” is that they spend so much time talking about themselves that they forget the other person. On a first date keep this quote on the top of your mind: “Talk to a man about himself and he will listen for hours…”
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    7 Deadly Sins of Dating

    Is dating deadly?! It can be if you’re not prepared! With summer right around the corner, here are the dating dangers far too many people fall victim to. Understand these deadly sins and how to fix them in your life before you go out and you’ll avoid the harsh rays of dating and relationships. 

    1.    Not Knowing Who You Are: Always have your “elevator pitch” ready! Good men are few in number and dating is all about opportunities. But opportunities are only good if you’re prepared to make the best of them. For this reason, you must always be ready when a great one comes your way. Caution: this is much more difficult than you think because men and women really are from different planets. And learning how to speak “his” language is one of the hardest things you can learn in a lifetime. Men are much more complex than you realize so to make it easier on yourselves there are guidelines I always give my clients: Know who you are, what you stand for, where you’re going and be able to communicate it clearly and with confidence. 

    2.    Wearing Blinders: If you don’t know your destination, how can you expect to know when you’ve arrived? Don’t make the mistake of meeting the man of your dreams and being too blind to recognize him… One of the most critical areas of concern in dating are not only knowing who you are, but knowing who you are going to be. Just because a man is going to be good for you now, doesn’t mean he’ll be good for you in the future: Marriage, kids, growing old together… To gain a clearer picture of who a great man is, you must differentiate between NEEDS and Wants. If you find it difficult to clearly define what you need in a mate, take a look at your track record in dating, take the time to dissect the problem areas of past relationships and if you find areas of repeated problems, chances are these problems are symptoms of an underlying need in your life.

    3.    Being Unapproachable: Realize that what you wear, your body language and who you hang out with speaks volumes for how others perceive you in dating. When I was growing up my parents always taught me, “personal appearance doesn’t cost, it pays!”

    And in today’s dating environment, I often find that when it comes to the opposite sex, what you wear speaks so loudly that they often can’t hear what you are saying. So give yourself the upper hand in dating by always dressing for the person you want to attract. In the dating environment position yourself with an open, friendly posture and never be afraid to smile and always make sure that the people you are with have great attitudes. 

    4.    Lack of Preparation:  Remember, “He who fails to prepare, prepares to fail…” Often the best way to move forward is to first take a step back. Recharge your battery with friends and family and re-discover exactly who/what you need in your life now and long term. Next …(transition)

    What good is having the man of your dreams if you don’t know what to say and how to say it. Men who are ready for commitment will ask the tough questions… Will you be prepared to answer them?

    5.    Unresolved Baggage: The more time you spend in dating, the more you realize how unique, rich and colorful the lives of people around us are. That being said, nobody’s perfect – we all have baggage! But unresolved issues: failed relationships, family drama, problem children, ex’s from hell, etc. can turn a good thing bad, quickly! Make sure you understand and appropriately deal with what’s weighing you down before you try to fly.

    6.    Blurred Boundaries: Earlier I stressed the importance of knowing who you are. A critical aspect of this process is also knowing what youwill and won’t do before each date. Compromising yourself is the quickest way to building insecurities and sabotaging a relationship before it begins. Use past experience to guide future decisions – if you know it’s hard to hold a sexual boundary after a couple of drinks, limit the drinks or don’t drink at all. Understand that all actions have consequences. 

    7.    Lack of Confidence: Confidence is the sexiest outer garment you can wear, but it can only start when you feel it on the inside. The clearest way to see this in ourselves is to look in the mirror before you go out. Don’t just look at what you have on, how your hair looks, etc. Take inventory of your face, look into your eyes and take note of your body language. If the person you see looking back at you is not happy, secure and confident, ABORT - DON’T GO OUT! Dating is filled with numerous possibilities, but you have to make the most of them. Going out with a bad attitude or lack of confidence is sure to sabotage your dating chances before you even start. Luckily, if you avoid the pitfalls of steps 1-6 above, you’ll feel the change and others will see it!

  6.   Morning Kale Crepe—Avocado paste and rosemary tomato sauce… Wow! Loving Denver #FoodPorn (at Rioja)

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    Morning Kale Crepe—Avocado paste and rosemary tomato sauce… Wow! Loving Denver #FoodPorn (at Rioja)

  7.   Grillin’ cheese and savin’ babies–All in a day’s work…#Love #foodporn @nayha  (at The 11th Annual Grilled Cheese Invitational)

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    Grillin’ cheese and savin’ babies–All in a day’s work…#Love #foodporn @nayha (at The 11th Annual Grilled Cheese Invitational)

  8.   Sea bass: amazing meal with friends… Who are you sharing special moments with? (at Bellagio Suites)

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    Sea bass: amazing meal with friends… Who are you sharing special moments with? (at Bellagio Suites)

  9.   Can you imagine all I’ve seen? (at Exchange LA)

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    Can you imagine all I’ve seen? (at Exchange LA)

  10.   Morning walk: in search of inspiration… (at Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM))

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    Morning walk: in search of inspiration… (at Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM))