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Valentine's Day Schmalentine's Day

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Jessica Downey

Coffee addict. The serial single girl. Jessica will give you the what’s what on single life and dating in Chicago.

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I have to be totally honest here - I am really not a fan of Valentine's Day. There's actually quite a few reasons really. And, no, none of them have anything to do with the fact that I am single because when I have been in relationships around the holiday I have felt the exact same way. 

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I am dateless on New Year's Eve and I am totally okay with that

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Jessica Downey

Coffee addict. The serial single girl. Jessica will give you the what’s what on single life and dating in Chicago.

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So New Year's Eve is almost here - I've heard it's tomorrow, right? And I realized at some point this week that I won't have a date. I also realized that it didn't really bother me at all (read that as I realized that I don't really care).

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Single Woman TV: Breaking up during the holidays

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Jessica Downey

Coffee addict. The serial single girl. Jessica will give you the what’s what on single life and dating in Chicago.

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Breaking up sucks. There is really no other way to put it other than that. Actually, I am pretty sure that I have said it once or twice so I am sorry if it sounds like I am repeating myself.

Breaking up also sucks around the holidays because, well, it's a little difficult to know exactly how to handle it. Should you stick around to make it through the holidays or is it better to just end it?

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Jewelry: The thing that always fits

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Jessica Downey

Coffee addict. The serial single girl. Jessica will give you the what’s what on single life and dating in Chicago.

I am a big fan of jewelry. Actually it's really one of my most favorite things to buy when I am purchasing a new outfit to wear. I think it comes from the fact that I have been 5'10 since I was in eighth grade and well, you try finding cute clothes when you are tall and live in a small town. Jewelry can add a little something to almost any outfit and you don't have to worry about what size any of it comes in.

I also believe it's great to have a variety of pieces to wear because you never know what kind of mood you will be in when you put on an outfit. Even if you have a standard piece of jewelry there might come a time when you want to mix it up a little. This is one of the many reasons why I am a big fan of buying jewelry pieces that you really love, even if you can't think of something you own that will match it.

Of course, jewelry makes a fantastic gift which makes my whole babble up there totally fitting for this time of year. If you're like me and still have people to buy for or still need to add a couple of wants to your Christmas list then you should head on over to ice.com. They have an amazing selection of some really amazing jewelry pieces. I saw a couple of gorgeous rings and several pairs of earrings that I am in love with (not that I am trying to hint or anything).

Treat yourself to a little gift. We all know I am a fan of dating yourself and if you date yourself then clearly it could be considered rude if you don't give yourself a little something this season, right?

And you there is no need to feel guilty because right now if you use the code FRNDS at checkout you will receive $20 off plus free shipping through December 31st, 2010. So with that savings you can get yourself something amazing and have a little left over to maybe even get a gift for someone else (because no one wants to be greedy and it's always fun to spread a little cheer).

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Guest post: Oh the weather outside is frightful...

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Jessica Downey

Coffee addict. The serial single girl. Jessica will give you the what’s what on single life and dating in Chicago.

A few weeks ago I wrote a guest post for a website called Cupid's Pulse. Well, I am super excited because one of their very awesome writers has so graciously volunteered to guest post for my blog as well. This post comes from Erika Mionis who is a staff writer at Cupid's Pulse. Erika is a student in Arizona who hopes to pursue a career in journalism. 

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Speed date holiday shopping event on December 2nd

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Jessica Downey

Coffee addict. The serial single girl. Jessica will give you the what’s what on single life and dating in Chicago.

Most people need to do a little shopping during the holidays. A lot of people wouldn't mind having someone to do that shopping with. And many singles wouldn't mind spending an evening meeting (and flirting with) new people. Well, the awesome news is that I just found out about an event that combines all of the above.

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Ten reasons to be glad you are single on your birthday

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Jessica Downey

Coffee addict. The serial single girl. Jessica will give you the what’s what on single life and dating in Chicago.

Today is my birthday. If you know me in any way outside of this blog you already know that because a) I talk about it non-stop on Twitter and b) you were invited to the fantastic party that my best friend, @chicagodaniel is having for me.

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This birthday is kind of a big one and not just because I am turning 30 but because of the things that this birthday really means to me. I will talk more about that later but for the record, I do not think 30 is old in any way shape or form. In fact, there is not even a single part of me that is afraid to turn 30.

Anyway, when I met Mr. Google a while back I was very excited about him. He talked about coming to visit me and I told him he should save it for my birthday because I would need a date. Well, obviously I figured out some time ago that he was not going to be my date (thought we are actually friends now), but for a while there I still thought I would kind of like a date for my birthday. Truth be told (and I feel a little embarrassed here) but I really can't remember a time that I haven't been single on my birthday.

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It's Earth Day, but please do not recycle your exes

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Jessica Downey

Coffee addict. The serial single girl. Jessica will give you the what’s what on single life and dating in Chicago.

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Today is Earth Day and many people are doing their part to celebrate by being a little more environmentally friendly. Everyone is giving tips on things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint. Even The Queer Guy Tells It Straight gave us all some great advice on recycling the douche bags in our lives.

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Planning a date? Here are some things to do this weekend

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Jessica Downey

Coffee addict. The serial single girl. Jessica will give you the what’s what on single life and dating in Chicago.

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Most of the city will be overdosing on all of the green festivities this weekend but that doesn't mean there is nothing to do on a date. Here are some ideas if you still want to be green (that don't involve getting completely smashed by drinking green beer all day) and a couple if you want to skip out on all the action altogether. Let's face it, that's probably not the best idea on a first date.

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Are Chicagoans really anti-romance?

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Jessica Downey

Coffee addict. The serial single girl. Jessica will give you the what’s what on single life and dating in Chicago.

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I recently read an article in Chicago Magazine that talked about how Chicagoans aren't really romantic. According to the article, Chicagoans do not think that poetry, flowers, restaurants, snowstorms or views to be particularly romantic. It seems that things like sunsets, ice skating, or candles don't woo us all that much either.
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Love Bites: Anti-Valentine's Day events in Chicago

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Jessica Downey

Coffee addict. The serial single girl. Jessica will give you the what’s what on single life and dating in Chicago.

Whoever said that the people that like Valentine's Day are the only one's that get to go out and have fun? If you feel ignoring the icky love stuff and doing a little anti-Valentine's Day celebrating then Chicago has you covered. Check out one of these fantastic events this weekend.
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10 reasons to be glad you're single on Valentine's Day

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Jessica Downey

Coffee addict. The serial single girl. Jessica will give you the what’s what on single life and dating in Chicago.

Even if you are completely happy and confident with your single status, there is one day that makes you suddenly aware of the fact that you don't have a significant other. I have always felt that Valentine's Day is about having love and this could be any kind of love, including the love you felt for the guy that gave you your bagel at Einstein's.

No matter how you feel about the holiday, here are 10 reasons it's great to be single when the day rolls around.

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Pre-Valentine's Day events for singles

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Jessica Downey

Coffee addict. The serial single girl. Jessica will give you the what’s what on single life and dating in Chicago.

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While technically you don't need a date to have fun on Valentine's Day, having a date any day of the week never really hurts. So if you want a chance to meet some other singles before the love fest arrives, check out these pre-Valentine's Day events.

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Holiday gift guide for singles: The new (but not serious) relationship

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Jessica Downey

Coffee addict. The serial single girl. Jessica will give you the what’s what on single life and dating in Chicago.

Dating around the holidays can be complicated, especially when it comes to presents. A few people have recently asked me how to handle that whole gift giving thing when you are in a new relationship. If you have been on more then a few dates but aren't really serious it can be a little hard to gage what is appropriate. As a general rule, gifts should fall into one of these categories: something he can eat (not in the sexual category), something he can do (preferably with you in the near future and once again in the non-sexual category) or a gift with some sort of humor (that is of course tasteful and classy).

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Fun winter date activities in Chicago

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Jessica Downey

Coffee addict. The serial single girl. Jessica will give you the what’s what on single life and dating in Chicago.

 

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Time Out Chicago recently put out an article about a few winter tourist activities that even Chicagoans can appreciate and enjoy. The added bonus? Each one would make a fantastic first, second, third, or anytime date. So if you are looking for something that's fun and holiday-centric, I recommend suggesting one of these. Hey it beats the generic dinner and a movie date.
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Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

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Jessica Downey

Coffee addict. The serial single girl. Jessica will give you the what’s what on single life and dating in Chicago.

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Have an ugly Christmas Sweater? Well there is good news, now you can put it to good use. Join us next Thursday for a very special Ugly Christmas Sweater Party.

 

We're throwing an "Ugly Christmas Sweater" party next Thursday evening to celebrate the holidays, and we're teaming up with several other great local sites to pull it off in style.

 

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Thanksgiving survival for singles

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Jessica Downey

Coffee addict. The serial single girl. Jessica will give you the what’s what on single life and dating in Chicago.

Yes, I know it may seem a little typical of me to write anything about how to survive the Thanksgiving holiday when you are single. What is there to survive exactly? Survival, to me, is more something you do when you are stuck in some awful situation and want to get out alive. You know like if aliens are invading or a meteor is headed straight for Earth.

 

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