Master Communicating with Men


Lives of Style’s DatingSpeak ™ ©2014 addresses questions about dating, relationships and communication.

Our Lives of Style authority–Laura Pugliese, shares must-know dating “Do’s and Don’ts” that will help you find success in your relationships.

Lives of Style:  I have been dating a man for about a month and he just called me to ask me out again but he added this question, “Are you ready to get intimate with me?” I didn’t know what to say so I said, “Let’s see how it goes.” What could I say in the future if someone asks me that again and what do I say on my date if I don’t feel like being intimate with him?

Laura: If you are looking for a committed and mutually exclusive relationship and are interested in having one with the man you are dating, then it is in your best interest to let him know that when he asks you to be intimate. You can say, “Thank you for letting me know you want to become intimate with me and asking me if I am ready. I am very attracted to you, however I have traditional values and do not want to have casual sex with anyone. I want to be in a committed and exclusive relationship with someone before I become fully intimate. What are your thoughts about what I am sharing with you, and do you want us to be in a committed and exclusive relationship?”

If you are dating a man, and you don’t know yet whether or not you want to be intimate or in a committed and exclusive relationship with him, then you can say, “I appreciate that you are ready and want to be intimate with me now. I want you to know that I am enjoying dating and getting to know you, however I do not feel ready for that level of intimacy yet. I have traditional values, and it is most important to me that we get to know each other better first and see if we both think we want to commit to an exclusive relationship. What are your thoughts?”

Pre-Summer Advice from Fitness Expert Denise Austin

Denise Austin

Denise Austin is an icon in the fitness industry.

With over 30 years promoting health and fitness, Austin has created 100 workout videos and DVD’s, authored 12 books on health and earned her fame as “America’s favorite fitness expert.”

Austin sat down with Lives of Style to talk about health, happiness and living an amazing life.

Austin is beautiful, in amazing shape, energetic and fills up a room with positive energy.

Lives of Style: What’s the most important thing for a healthy lifestyle?

Austin: Three things, exercise, eating right and a great positive, optimistic attitude.

Lives of Style: How do you encourage people to start working out?

Austin: In the beginning, start out with 10 minutes a day to create a routine that can become a habit. Just wake up 10 minutes earlier, I do a morning routine.

Michael Canale Brings Couture Hair West of the 405

Canale Martinez Salon in Pacific Palisades

Celebrity colorist Michael Canale’s influence over California’s blond trestles has gotten broader.

Canale–known for his award-winning color on clients like Jennifer Aniston, is opening a new salon in Pacific Palisades named the Canale Martinez Salon with Jeffrey Martinez, his cousin who was mentored under Canale.

They are bringing couture hair West of the 405.

Canale said, “It’s lovely to be back with him. I mentored him here (in the Canale Salon which is his flagship salon located in Beverly Hills) and he came back strong enough to partner with in this new salon in the Palisades.

How to Handle Tricky Situations


Lives of Style’s DatingSpeak ™ ©2014 addresses questions about dating, relationships and communication.

Our Lives of Style authority–Laura Pugliese, shares must-know dating “Do’s and Don’ts” that will help you find success in your relationships.

Lives of Style: I’m attracted to my new father-in-law. Not really as a sexual attraction, but he’s so interesting, intelligent and fun to be with, that he makes my husband seem–well, boring. How can I speak to my husband about being more interesting, or at least more engaged with life?

Laura: Your husband is his own person, and it is not in either one of your best interest to compare him against his father or any man. From what you are sharing it appears that he is a different personality than your father-in-law. You were interested in him enough to marry him, so he must have some qualities you love. My suggestion for you is to first make it a point stop engaging your father-in-law as much in order not to keep encouraging your crush. It is not healthy for you or your marriage to be focused on your father-in-law and make comparisons to your husband that leave your husband falling short in your eyes. What you could do is sit down and make a list of all of the positive qualities your husband has that you fell in love with. Ask him to do the things that you know interest him that you did together before, and talk about things you know he is interested in that you could bond with him over.

You could say, “Honey I was thinking about when we used to (insert some activities he enjoys that you used to do together), and I really miss us doing those things together. What are your thoughts about us making a point to do things like that together again regularly?” Also, choose some subjects that you know he is knowledgeable about and say, “Honey, I know you know a lot about (insert subjects), and I would love to learn about it from you. What are your thoughts about telling me about it.” Respect, encourage, and love him for who he is. Engage him with interest, and make it a priority to put your focus back where it belongs.


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Lives of Style’s DatingSpeak™©2015 addresses questions about dating, relationships and communication. We are audience-based and questions directed at us at LoS DatingSpeak™©2015 or our authorities may not appear due to limited space.
Lives of Style authority–Laura Pugliese, shares must-know dating “Do’s and Don’ts” that will help you find success in your relationships.
Here are questions posed by our audience: 

Lives of Style: I have been asked out on a first date from a man who lives out of town. He asked me out for Thursday at 6:30pm. I don’t finish work until 7p and couldn’t meet him until 8p. I asked to see if he could do another day and he replied that he couldn’t because he was leaving town. What can I say because I am not on my “A Game” after a long day of work?

Laura: If you have an interest in this man, then I think you should do your best to meet him while he is in town. You could say to him, “Thank you for inviting me out. I want to say yes, but unfortunately I will still be at work at the time you suggested on Thursday. I would be able to meet you by 8pm on Thursday if you want to do that. What are your thoughts?”

Date Smart with these Communication Tools


Lives of Style’s DatingSpeak ™ ©2014 addresses questions about dating, relationships and communication.

Our Lives of Style authority–Laura Pugliese, shares must-know dating “Do’s and Don’ts” that will help you find success in your relationships.

Lives of Style: I have a crush on a boy much younger than me. He is just 18 and I’m 24. I met him when I was jogging, and he always smiles at me. I spoke with him at the finish line of a local 5K race–he spoke first, and now he asked me to have coffee with him. I like him, but I’m concerned about the age difference. What can I say?

Laura: Right now I think you could just say, “Yes” to the coffee date, and see where that leads. You are both of legal consenting age, you like him, and he was masculine enough to ask you out. There’s a good start!

Apple’s Cool Factor Gets Girls

man holding up iphone 6



Measure a man by his iPhone.

A few years ago hip clothes, expensive shoes and a first-rate haircut would connote a cool guy who attracted the most beautiful women.

But now, it’s an iPhone 6 or 6+.

Of course, Apple’s been a covetable commodity since the second coming of Steve Jobs—who knew—without focus groups or crowd sourcing—what people want.

But with the iPhone 6 and 6+ Tim Cook and Jony Ive and their teams tapped into essence of iPower. Carrying an iPhone not only makes its owners feel and look successful. It moves women to judge a man’s appeal by his phone.

Phone sex takes on a whole new meaning.

Academy Award Winning Hair…the Winner is Jennifer Aniston


Lights Camera Action.

Celebrities strut down the red carpet in Hollywood style, and ultimate Golden Girl Jennifer Aniston continues to outshine them all in her designer duds.

“It’s been a pretty zen year – and thankfully,” Aniston, told Carson Daly on NBC at the Golden Globes, “I feel like a kid!”

Aniston continues to be the reigning queen of perfect hair and her colorist–Michael Canale, is the director of her perfect hue.

Canale is the celebrity hair colorist who has worked with Aniston for over twenty years co-creating “The Rachel” with her hairstylist Chris McMillan–and now bringing her present day tone to an enviable natural blonde.

For the Oscars Canale bumped up Aniston’s color, making her brighter and brighter over past months. He says the color, “looks like camera lights are shining on her blonde strands but there’s no light, it’s her color.” It is sun-kissed at it’s best.

Canale pops the color around the hairline, applying paper-thin raw highlights that create lightness. Afterward, a special gloss locks in the color.

It’s the prefect natural look that takes a master to create.

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Wanderlust with Prabal Gurung for Fall Winter 2015 at NYFW

Prabal Gurung FW 2015

Prabal Gurung was quoted at his Fall Winter show saying that he loves a woman of substance.


One could say the same of his latest collection, which was inspired by the Adirondack Mountains.


Gurung admixed minimalism infused with references to the natural world, like a snow leopard printed velvet coat and a shift dress resembling white cliffs.

Dennis Basso’s Disco Queens for Fall Winter 2015 NYFW

Dennis Basso FW 2015

It was all about the American hustle at Dennis Basso’s Fall Winter show at NYFW.


Inspired by the stylish jet setters of the disco era, there was no shortage of glamour. Models were swathed in velvet drape gowns in metallic gold. Ensembles brought to mind Studio 54 in its heyday—with highlights reminiscent of the ‘70’s, such as hand-beaded brocade frocks, chiffon jumpsuits and slinky bias cut halters.

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