By Isaiah Negron
As Sex and the City’s Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall humorously demonstrated, dating in New York City is not always easy. Knowing what you want in a relationship, coming up with the right things to say, making sure you’re wearing something flattering and that your home is welcoming can all be challenging hurdles when you are courting romance. Standing by to help single men and women work on making their dating dreams come true are the lovely ladies of The Dating Council: Antoinette DeLuca, Jodie Fanelli and Diane Fanelli. These three savvy TriBeCa girls help their clients have a series of successful dates that prepare them for a meaningful relationship. Antoinette says, “Between our formal training in life coaching and styling and our collective experience from the school of life, we realized we had powerful synergies that could have a positive impact on people in the dating world.” Jodie adds, “After coming out of a divorce and going on many dates, I realized there was a need for a service like ours.” Each lady advises on a specific area of their client’s dating life, in essence “reenvisoning” them to better suit their relationship goals.
Antoinette, the Council’s Relationship and Design Coach, helps clients “get clear” on the type of relationship they want as well as a plan of action to help them achieve it. DeLuca looks at the sources of the client’s dates and their home environment. “The home is another extension of the person, so I examine how the clients home supports their dating and relationship goals,” says Antoinette.
As the Dating Coach, Jodie goes over the Do’s and Don’ts of having a successful date. “We start with mock dates where I identify their positive points as well as areas that they could work on,” she explains. “Then we work on them, whether it’s confidence or just general dating skills.” Jodie puts an emphasis on intimacy, suggesting quieter restaurants that are conducive to conversation and encouraging communication over the phone rather than relying on texting and emails.
Diane is Jodie’s happily married twin sister and the team’s Stylist and Image Consultant. Knowing how important first impressions are, she helps present clients in their best light while still respecting and reflecting their own personal style. “I help my clients dress with confidence by editing their wardrobe and helping them find outfits that fit properly and reflect their personality. I also work on their image from head-to-toe, grooming is important,” Diane says. “I’m all about detail.”
The Dating Council’s multipronged approach creates a plan specially tailored to each client, encouraging the best version of themselves to shine through while dating. Diane says, “It is very gratifying, working with clients to enhance their dating life; after that, we’re all very creative, so the sky is the limit!”