Jane Austen

Modern Day Sense and Sensibility

I watched Sense and Sensibility last night….what a lovely film!448px-Sense_and_Sensibility_Illustration_Chap_12

“The more I know of the world, the more I am convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love. I require so much!” -Marianne Dashwood, Sense and Sensibility (Jane Austen).  

That makes me smile thinking about the wishes of our members who come into Linx often with long romantic lists defining their dream suitor. I listen and extract the key elements I feel the client needs to make the perfect match. A little science, definitely intuition, and an open-heart and mind make for today’s modern day match that Jane Austen surely would approve of! dancing-image1

We can probably all relate to the utter pain and agony Marianne Dashwood experiences when Willoughby breaks her heart. Although they flirted, shared in artistic pleasures together, were affectionate….his words never expressed a hint at any engagement.

Remember this when dating. The man who your heart flutters with excitement over might be another Willoughby type. Sorry to burst your bubble but these guys are everywhere out there.  He’s incredibly handsome and seems most excellent on paper. He’s charming, will date you, kiss you, and leave you wanting more but won’t necessarily settle down (or is just not a good man in general).tumblr_lz19pyALki1roh5gxo1_500

For all you know, he’s out and about galavanting around (in the novel, Austen created him as a protagonist driven by the need for his own pleasure and not one who values an emotional connection like Marianne experienced) and ends up playing you like a fiddle. He tells you he isn’t ready to get serious, doesn’t desire marriage, or perhaps has gotten more serious with someone else.

I‘ve dated the Willoughby type in the city and oh did my heart break in two. I was quite confident that my Willoughby and I would end up together until one day after many dates he sat me down at a bar and declared that I was one of many girls he was seeing and I didn’t have what he needed. He said something along the lines of he needed someone smarter. Wow did that feel like a dagger through my heart and also like a giant “who do you think you are” saying that to ME moment? What you need a female Einstein…seriously so insulting! It was his way of telling me he needed to continue to date others and be a player. I was so mesmerized at how perfect on paper he was for me that I never really read the signs. There were many signs along the way (not calling when he said he would call, being uncomfortable with emotion, wanting to sleep together with no commitment, and on and on.)

believe he took great pleasure in dating up a storm and having the “ultimate control” over the women in his life who he knew he had in the palm of his hand since he was a modern-day Willoughby. He had many women in his life all on speed dial, kept many secrets along the way (he made each of us feel we were his only one…that was something that made it all so confusing!), and when things started getting more serious (like me hinting at becoming exclusive together) he freaked out and went cold turkey. It was as if I didn’t even recognize him. Who was this monster in my presence that could be so cruel and sink my hopes?  He let go and dumped the girls (myself included) who needed something he couldn’t provide being a commitment.

Let’s not forget that he expected that you’d sleep with him anyways even through no commitment was there. As Cher would say in Clueless, “As if!”  On a side note, Clueless is loosely based off of Jane Austen’s novel, Emma. There are many parallels to the film and novel. Both Cher and Emma are matchmakers to their friends.

Luckily for Marianne Dashwood, she ends up with Colonel Brandon who had loved her from the moment he first saw her. She had always overlooked him as he was more reserved (perhaps a shy modern-day Silicon Valley type?) but had proved his honor over time. Luckily for me, I got to marry my husband, Alex in the end and not that silly modern-day Willoughby.

Enjoy the complete film here. 

This week at Linx

love getting sweet comments and emails from members. Today a male client who is such a catch said this to me, “You always have the best emails ever. You’re like an angel sending me good vibes by email… Super happy about it!” Aimi and I are working really hard on his behalf screening various candidates to potentially match him to. I want him engaged in 2013..the clock is ticking!

I love being my clients matchmaking angel. I had a great call with a young fab female client today who is making some important decisions soon about focusing energies possibly on one of her matches and becoming exclusive. Yeay for successful introductions.  I also got word from a female VIP that things are going really well with her match. They aren’t exclusive yet but his words indicate that he feels very strongly about her and his behavior tells me that it is only a matter of time before they couple up as boyfriend and girlfriend.

“A lady’s imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice First love letter sent by Robert Browning to Elizabeth Barrett


Yesterday I attended a Super Bowl Birthday party on the peninsula and sat next to two mid 20’s girls. One leaned over and asked “what I do” for a living. When I said I was a professional matchmaker they both squealed and couldn’t believe it.

Both girls I met lamented about how hard the scene is out there. One of the girls said “just match me to someone who is smart and has a job.” She said the last guy she dated was smart and had a job but admitted to how “ugly” he was. She couldn’t bear the thought of a make-out, let alone sleeping with him. Yikes. The other girl said one guy dumped her because she wasn’t attractive enough- mind you, she is a cutie. She said dating has been so stressful, her MD thinks she has post traumatic stress disorder because dating is “that” stressful to her and she’s been taking time off from all the guys treating her poorly. I hate hearing stories like that! Dating can be stressful but it shouldn’t affect you in such severe way.

We are gearing up for an interview tomorrow and a wardrobe consultation that I am super pumped up for. The client is a new member of Linx and in his late 20’s. I have a soft spot in my heart for him as he is someone who is so willing to go the extra mile and do what it takes to find love. We will be featuring some of his wardrobe consult on the blog at some point hopefully this week. Then we get ready for tons of mini interviews in Palo Alto as part of our casting call. I’m so excited to meet these women and see if they have that “it” quality we look for. This casting is so popular we are having another in March.

Lots of new matches will be made this week as well and calls with many prospects. All in all a great week in store for Linx!