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Now, dating website for couples to spice up their love life.

A New York-based dating website is reaching out to rev up the love lives of city slickers who are already matched up, by providing pre-planned dates.HowAboutWe caters to couples who are too busy — or too lazy — to plan their own dates.

“We’re a modern love company,” co-founder Brian Schechter told the New York Daily News.HowAboutWe for Couples is a spinoff of the company’s popular HowAboutWe dating site for singles, where date-seekers pitch a date idea and see if anyone bites.

Schechter got the idea for the couples’ site after noticing singles were deactivating their accounts once they met someone.
But he said that they kept coming back because they were looking for inspiration for their own dates.

They realized that people who are in relationships are still looking for wonderful date ideas.
On HowAboutWe for Couples, the dates are already planned.Favorites include “Peanuts About You,” a date to a peanut butter specialty shop in the West Village, and “Scratch That,” a DJ lesson for two.

For 18 dollars a month, couples can choose from a selection of pre-planned dates.Some are free, but more extravagant dates — like a two-night getaway in the Finger Lakes region — cost extra.
Since it launched in November, more than 2,000 couples have signed up for the service, which is only available in New York, with plans to launchsoon in San Francisco.

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Fashion store chain Esprit pins hopes on new CEO.
Fashion retailer Esprit, which recently said it had “lost its soul” as it lost customers to rivals such as H&M and Zara, has hired a former Zara manager to turn its fortunes around.
Jose Manuel Martinez, a 42-year-old Spaniard and former manager of Inditex, the world’s leading fashion retailer which owns the Zara brand, is to take over as Esprit’s new chief executive replacing Ronald van der Vis who quit in June.
The announcement sent Esprit shares, which are listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange, soaring by as much as 28 percent.
But analysts warned investors against pinning their hopes too high.
“The appointment is positive, but it’s still only a first step,” said Deutsche Bank analyst Anne Ling.
And her colleagues at Bank of America-Merrill Lynch predicted that Martinez has a “long and bumpy road” ahead of him.
Esprit is, indeed, not doing well.
Last year, its operating profit shrank to just 70 million euros ($86 million) from close to 400 million euros a year earlier, owing to the cost of a 1.7-billion-euro restructuring programme which will weigh on profits again this year and next year.
At the same time, rivals Zara and H&M are continuing to grow.
On its website, Esprit boasts it is “an international youthful lifestyle brand offering smart, affordable luxury and bringing newness and style to life.”
It operates more than 800 directly managed retail stores in more than 40 countries worldwide.
But outgoing CEO Ronald Van der Vis complained that the group has “gradually lost its soul in recent years.”
In its drive to expand internationally, the “brand’s heritage has been neglected and customers were no longer the centre of attention,” he said.
Esprit is indeed a long way from its beginnings in 1968 when its founders, hippies Douglas and Susie Tompkins — who also set up the North Face brand — sold their clothes from a VW camper van in California.
But the Tompkins left long ago. And Esprit has been listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange since 1993, with its dual headquarters in Ratingen near Duesseldorf in Germany and in Hong Kong.
Sales have been in decline since mid-2008, with its fashion collections failing to capture customers’ imagination.
The departure of its main designer, the Korean-American Melody Harris-Jensbach, in January 2008 has not helped.
Ronald Van der Vis tried to pull the group around by launching a worldwide restructuring last year, including the closure of more than 170 unprofitable stores, notably in North America, Spain, Sweden and Denmark.
At the same time, Esprit is focussing its energies on its main European markets where it plans to open 185 new stores in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France and the Benelux countries by 2015.It is looking to rejuvenate its image with new concept stores.
Another part of its offensive will be China, its second national market after Germany, where the number of sales outlets will be increased to 1,900 by 2015 from around 1,000 at present.Finally, Martinez is hoping to recapture some of Esprit’s “soul” with the return of designer Melody Harris-Jensbach.

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Television yesterday I was asked: “Is it true that the most common method of seduction – it alcohol? Its is consulted by most of the men who crave sex! “The logic of this statement is quite obvious – drunk girl allegedly” losing control “over their actions and become more relaxed.

I do not think alcohol is a tool of seduction. In my opinion, there is more to this thin thread. But if you look at pictures of Greek kylix, it becomes obvious that the drinking of wine at the meeting – that’s not a new tradition. In European civilization, it is supported by several millennia, and probably will continue until our planet will not run, men and women.

And what about the connection of the elements of sex and wine said the modern statistics? Experts from the University of Florence investigated the degree of sexual satisfaction among women aged 18 to 50 years. Closer analysis were factors such as sexual arousal, orgasm and satisfaction. And what conclusion came scrupulous scientists? Incontestable fact was that women who drank one or two glasses of wine a day, experiencing life in more sexual pleasure, compared with women who do not. Should we be surprised? Remember even if the pictures bacchantes great masters. Judging by the expression on their faces, they are clearly having fun.

Professor Tim Spector from London investigated the sex life of women aged 18 to 83 years. It is not known why he was interested in this age range, but the interesting conclusion arrived at by a British scientist. In his view, women have the ability to express their feelings and know how to read the feelings of others, shall receive compensation in the form of a more vibrant sex life. Professor claims that women with higher emotional intelligence and have a more favorable sexual life. With this view agrees London psychologist Andrea Burri, who is convinced that: “Emotional intelligence seems to have a direct impact on women’s sexual functioning by influencing her ability to communicate her sexual expectations and desires to her partner.”

A few more facts. Year after year, new research finding pattern between sexual activity of women and their health. For example, Dr Sonia Davison argues that the sexually unsatisfied women have lower levels of vital energy in comparison with women regularly have orgasms. But researchers from the NHS (Sheffield) argue that an active sexual life of women has an impact on the immune system, increases self-esteem and promotes better sleep.

It seems that these facts are familiar to many women. But what happens in practice? According to a recent study (Harris Interactive), 46% of women prefer to give up sex and spend this time on the Internet. While both agree to such an action, only about 30% of men. Moreover, women aged 35-44 are more likely to exchange sex on the internet – 52%.

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