Tinylovebug is a platform to discuss and muse about life, dating and relationships, through a mix of practical advice made it simple and humorous posts for comic relief.
We are two sisters and a sister-in-law who have in common inflated egos, inappropriate humour, and the passion for human interactions.
Throughout our lives, we have been through disastrous first dates, good relationships, not so good relationships, poor decisions, break-ups and heartache. Along the way, we have learned a few pearls of wisdom that we would like to share through our blog.
Over the years, we have come to the conclusion that the old advice “just be yourself” is not good enough. We believe that the key to win at life and relationships is “just be yourself… at your best”.
Our practical advice aims at helping women become the most beautiful selves by
- Feeling comfortable in their body
- Having a job they enjoy or a hobby they love or a purpose in life
- Being financially independent
- Being proud of who they are
- Feeling empowered and accomplished
And, most importantly,
- Laughing at themselves, at their flaws, at life.
To provide multiple perspectives, we also feature advice from Mr Blunt (whose identity is a mystery), and occasional posts by awesome folks from different backgrounds, age groups and relationship status.
Meet the Team
Lucrezia (Lu) is the founder of Tinylovebug. While she was aiming for Her Majesty, she settled for the humble title of Editor-in-Chief. She was born and raised in Italy but she has lived in different countries. However, her thick Italian accent has followed her everywhere.
She has worked as a Lecturer in Law, Manager and Lawyer. She soon realised however that the only Law she had ever been interested in, was Jude.
Self-absorbed like Carry Bradshaw, clumsy like Bridget Jones and bossy like Miranda Priestly, she is the living embodiment of all chick-lit and rom-com stereotypes.
She had her first crush in primary school. From that moment on, she got intrigued by love life matters, to the point that she became the go-to person for all her friends seeking dating and relationship advice, and she even succeeded at some perfect matchmaking as an improvised Cupid. Throughout the years, she got directly or indirectly exposed to the dating scene of several countries, including Italy, France, England, Spain and Australia. She is now a (self-proclaimed) Love Life Guru.
In addition to her nerdy hobbies that no one wants to hear about such as Political Geography, Linguistics and Freudian Psychology, she is interested in Celebrity Gossip, Psychic Readings, Girly Stuff and Academy Awards Debates. When she is not binge watching TV series, she is at the beach or at the nearby Yoga studio pretending to work out.
She has been happily married for almost five years. She met her Aussie husband in London, and they currently live in Melbourne with their big rescue dog named Tiny.
Lu also answers any love life questions in our column Ask Lulubel.
Emma Betty is our Lead Contributor. She likes to think of herself as being a little bit extra... extra fabulous that is. Emma has achieved such an enlightened state of being that she feels the need to give unsolicited life advice. By day she takes great pleasure in torturing people (also known as being a personal trainer). She spends most of her spare time writing haiku about her dogs and watching back to back episodes of Law & Order.
In addition to two dogs, Emma is the proud owner of an Irish husband. After living in Dublin for a couple of years, they decided to move back to Melbourne, as they preferred complaining about the heat in Australia to complaining about the rain in Ireland.
Her greatest achievement in life to date is eating two large pizzas in one sitting. Emma's dream is that she will one day win Latvia's got talent with her interpretative dance of the moon landing.
Emma strongly believes that Con Air is the best movie of all time, and if you disagree with her, she is willing to fight you.
Marina is our Editor. She is Italian (and yes, she loves pizza but no, she can’t play the mandolino!).
She is pure rationality. She believes in true love but she also believes that in 90% of the cases, it’s just an excuse to get sex. “Play hard to get” has never worked with her: the first time a boy pulled her hair in kindergarten, she said “if you like me, don’t pull my hair… give me your dessert!” (for the record, she didn’t like that boy but chocolate mousse was on the menu that day).
She’s that friend that stops you from pressing ‘send’ when you are about to drunk text. She’s that girl that tells you that no, he’s not been abducted by aliens, and yes, your phone is still working perfectly. Truth is he doesn’t want to text you, end of story!
The very next day she watched “He’s just not that into you”, she booked an MRI of her brain to check whether her thoughts had been recorded.
She knows what she wants, or at least she pretends to. She loves flirting and all the games that are played in the early stages of a relationship (she’s good at riddles and problem-solving).
Marina is engaged (please let’s all send our thoughts to her poor fiancé). She lives with her husband-to-be and their little Jack Russel Bice (who is the only one allowed to play the love card in return for something).
Mr Blunt is our Agony Uncle. He never bites his tongue… ever! His brain-to-mouth filter is permanently malfunctioning. His advice is sugarcoating-free, direct, practical and sometimes unpopular.
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