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First Round's on Me

Welcome to ‘First Round’s on Me,’ the podcast where co-hosts Joe Feminella, Founder & CEO of FROME, and Hannah Glasby, the First Lady of FROME, serve up candid and entertaining conversations with a diverse range of guests. Join us as we dive deep into the worlds of entertainment, dating, matchmaking, and relationships. Our goal is to provide you with insightful advice, relatable stories, and a few laughs along the way. So, grab your favorite drink, settle in, and let’s make every episode feel like the first round’s on us!

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Ladies and gentlemen, prepare for a delightful twist on our regular scheduled programming as we bring you a very special episode of First Rounds On Me! 🍻 Today, we're shifting the spotlight from our usual guest interviews to a one on one session featuring our hosts, Hannah and Joe Feminella. In this exclusive episode, we dive into every inch of the Feminella duo’s world, uncovering their unique stories and getting to know the personalities behind the microphones. 🌟 As they share stories over five rounds of carefully chosen drinks, you're in for a rollercoaster of laughter, revelations, secrets, genuine chemistry and perhaps a few surprises along the way… Thank you for joining us today ! If you enjoyed our conversation, please consider liking, commenting, and subscribing to our channel. And stay tuned for more insightful discussions and fascinating stories on First Rounds On Me!

Friendships are sacred bonds, built on trust, shared experiences, belly laughs, knowing looks and above all, mutual support. However, what happens when you witness a bestie being constantly consumed by a web of toxicity in their romantic relationship? In today’s blog, I’ll offer insights on how to communicate effectively, provide support that goes beyond surface-level advice and how to navigate the thorny path of expressing concerns about a friend’s relationship, even when they may not see the warning signs themselves. Grab a glass of wine, and let’s dive in…

It’s a scenario many of us can relate to – You’re the go-to confidant, the one your friend turns to with the play-by-play of their relationship saga – the highs, the lows, and all the messy in-betweens. You’re armed with all the heartfelt advice, generously shared in hopes of guiding them through the relationship maze, while still trying to let them live their own life. Striking the right chord between offering guidance and holding back can feel as precarious as walking a tightrope. It’s a delicate dance, between the desire to see your friend flourish, while respecting their journey. However, if you do decide to speak up, I’ve complied a list of 10 tips in the aim of not only assisting you in broaching this difficult subject, but also to hopefully ensure that your friendship emerges unscathed and perhaps even strengthened by the shared experience.

1. Understanding Your Motivation: Before diving into that tricky talk, just pause for a sec and think about why you want to bring up your friend’s relationship. Are you genuinely worried about them, or are your own opinions getting in the way? Make sure you’re coming from a place of real care and not just your own biases.

2. Choose the Right Time and Place: Choose the right moment for this chat. Find a time when you and your friend are both relaxed, with as few interruptions as possible. Aim for a cozy spot where your friend can speak freely, without worrying about being judged or cut off.

3. Express Genuine Concern: Begin the conversation by expressing your genuine concern for their well-being. Use “I” statements to avoid sounding accusatory, such as “I’ve noticed some changes” or “I’m concerned about how you seem to be feeling.”

4. Share Specific Observations: Try to get specific with your concerns. Instead of being vague, give them real examples of things that bother you. It makes your worries more tangible and less likely to be brushed off as just your opinion. For instance, if you’ve noticed them canceling plans often or their partner making disrespectful comments, bring those up. Concrete examples can help your friend understand where you’re coming from and take your concerns more seriously.

5. Use Non-Judgmental Language: Be mindful of how you say things, so it doesn’t come off as judgmental or critical. Share your thoughts like you’re just throwing observations into the mix, not laying down accusations. This way, your friend can take a step back and think about the situation without feeling like they’re being attacked. It’s all about creating a conversation, not a confrontation.

6. Be a Good Listener: Once you’ve spilled your thoughts, allow your friend to share their perspective. Be a good listener and resist the urge to play the problem-solving hero right away. More often than not, people need a space to vocalize their feelings before considering advice.

7. Offer Support, Not Ultimatums: Remind your friend that you’re there for them, irrespective of their choices. Rather than presenting ultimatums or demanding actions, offer your unwavering support. Let your friend know that you are there for them, no matter what choices they make. Feeling supported can make them more likely to consider your perspective without feeling defensive.

8. Establish Boundaries:While supporting your friend, it’s super important to set some clear boundaries. Let them know you’ve got their back, but also be clear about what you can and can’t do. You’re there as a caring friend, not a superhero rescuing their relationship. Let them know you’ve got them, but also make it clear that you can’t fix everything.

9. Respecting Boundaries: Recognize that your friend has agency over their life and choices. It’s essential to respect their autonomy, even if you strongly disagree with their decisions. Pushing too hard may strain your relationship, so find a balance between expressing concern and allowing them the space to make their own choices.

10. Be Prepared for Various Outcomes: Recognize that your friend may not immediately act on your advice. Be prepared for different outcomes, including one that may involve them distancing themselves from you temporarily. The name of the game here is patience. Your ongoing support is gold and will be crucial if they eventually wisen up and need help.

However, at the end of the day, every situation is like its own little snowflake, totally unique. There’s no universal playbook for this stuff. The golden rule in my book though ? Trust your gut, be that unwavering support system, and keep in mind that genuine friendship is all about respecting the choices our loved ones make. Sometimes, the most powerful thing you can do is simply be there, as they figure out what they’re worth and what is truly best for themselves. Until next time x

Back with another podcast recap and this week, we had the pleasure of hosting the remarkable Liv Schreiber. A true trailblazer known for donning the crown of a CEO queen as the founder of Brand Caffeine and Hot and Social, she’s affectionately referred to as “social media’s best friend” and the cherished “big sister” to many. And let me tell you, Liv truly lives up to those titles as we couldn’t help but be inspired by her blend of practical wisdom and authenticity, all podcast long.

A beacon of inspiration, Liv shared her deep passion for people and how that led to Hot and Social. She unraveled the magic of intergenerational bonds, proving that the beauty of friendship knows no age. Liv then navigated through the intricate landscape of digital dating, offering a much needed reality check on its downside as she raised red flags for our listeners, cautioning against those who drop names like confetti.. leaving us all with invaluable lessons on navigating the complexities of relationships with grace, authenticity, and an eye for what truly matters. Then, she shared her keen observations on how comparison can be the thief of joy, also stressing the importance of embracing individual journeys and finding joy in personal growth

Lessons I learnt along the way ? So, so many. But I think it was when Liv’s insights resounded the truth that actions speak louder than words, aka #IfHeWantedToHeWould that really resonated with me. Also, when she delved into the profound impact of genuine human interaction on mental health, and emphasized the rational path of manifestation in our lives that really got my brain and heart firing.

Check out the full episode here, explore Liv’s socials here, and as always, stay tuned for more exciting episodes and captivating conversations on First Rounds On Me’s Youtube Channel here. Also, please remind that big and beautiful brain of yours to stay up to date with all the delicious dating content our incredible social team puts together on Instagram and TikTok. Until next time x

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but over the last few weeks, every dating entity, influencer and their mother have been talking about this topic. And after doing some research, I can very much understand why. Today, we’re talking about

The Invisible String Theory…

At the heart of this age-old belief is the notion that the god of love and marriage, Yue Lao, intricately ties an invisible red thread around the ankles of two individuals destined to be lovers. This cosmic thread, though unseen, is said to withstand the tests of time, distance, and even the complexities of life. Now, this invisible thread is not immune to the twists and turns that fate may throw its way. It can become tangled, stretched, or seemingly strained, but the essence of the theory lies in its resilience. They say it cannot be broken, symbolizing the enduring nature of true connections that withstand the trials of life. However, as we navigate the complexities of modern dating, one cannot help but wonder if the invisible string theory still holds relevance. In a world of excessive swipes and algorithms, is there room for this unseen force that binds hearts together?

Well, I’m here today to say, it does. And there is. In so many ways. I want you to think about those moments when you’ve experienced an indescribable attraction to a certain dating profile, only to later uncover immediate shared interests like a fondness for obscure 90s sitcoms or a mutual passion for hiking at sunrise ? How about those instances when a message on a dating app or a DM slipped through the cracks, only for you to reconnect with that same person years later in a way that feels almost serendipitous? These examples, seemingly coincidental yet profoundly impactful, are the subtle but powerful manifestations of the Invisible String at play.

This theory emphasizes the importance of timing in the world of dating. It suggests that certain connections may not manifest immediately, but the strings are always at work, aligning the stars for the perfect moment when two paths are meant to converge. Another delightful aspect of the Invisible String is its celebration of serendipity. It encourages us to revel in the unexpected encounters, chance meetings, and seemingly coincidental events that lead us to someone special. It’s also intricately linked to intuition – that gut feeling that tells you someone is thinking about you, even miles apart. And, it teaches us the virtue of patience. Reminding us that, more often than not, connections take time to develop.

To fully embrace the Invisible String Theory, it’s essential to adopt a mindful approach to dating. It’s there to encourage us to be present, to cherish the serendipitous moments, and to trust that the threads of connection will always lead us to where we are meant to be. Whether you find yourself immersed in the digital realm, swiping through profiles, or engaging in organic, in-person encounters, pay attention to those subtle nudges, trust your instincts, and be open to the unexpected.

At the end of the day dear readers, all it is doing is inviting us to embrace the beauty that lies in the uncharted, to accept the twists and turns that love may take, urging us to trust in the magic that unfolds beyond the realms of what our eyes can perceive. And to acknowledge that, much like a red thread weaving through the fabric of our existence, love is bound to find its way. Until next time x

Welcome back to another blog recap Friends and Fromies ! In this weeks installment, we had the honor of hosting the charismatic Courtney Dober, fellow Aussie and all around top bloke in the studio. This episode is a rollercoaster of emotions, insights, and genuine laughs with a FROME first taking place on the podcast couch…

Courtney didn’t hold back, offering a raw and intimate look into the realities of his Bachelorette experience. In a world often dominated by scripted drama that’s driven by ratings, he emphasized the importance of genuine connections, making us question the blurred lines between lust and love. Courtney also clearly stands firm against fake love, as he broke down the challenges of falling in love at lightning speed, giving us a glimpse into the high-stakes game of romance in the realm of reality television.

But the real heartwarming moment came when Courtney shared the story of how his best first date turned into his forever person, and his profound realization that behind every successful person is an even more supportive partner.

Lessons I learnt along the way ? So many. But it was when he doled out advice for those contemplating joining the reality TV realm, highlighting the positive mental health benefits he reaped whilst hanging out with his fellow contestants, and the priceless friendships that can be forged even if love doesn’t blossom along the way that really surprised and resonated with me. Proving that genuine connections can and will extend beyond the search for romance.

Safe to say, this was hilarious to film and most definitely a must watch episode. Check it out here, explore Courtney’s socials here, and as always, stay tuned for more exciting episodes and captivating conversations on First Rounds On Me’s Youtube Channel here. Also, please remind that big and beautiful brain of yours to stay up to date with all the delicious dating content our incredible social team puts together on Instagram and TikTok. Until next time x

Annnnnd we’re back with another Top Cities and Venues of the Month ! These are some of my favorite to write, because whether you’re a seasoned dater navigating the twists and turns of love or someone on the lookout for fresh and exciting date ideas, this curated roundup is here to guide you through the world of romance that unfolded across some of the nation’s most vibrant cities. From bustling metropolises to charming hideaways, discover the top cities and venues that made December a month to remember. Grab a glass of wine and a notepad, and let’s dive in…

Philadelphia – 38 Dates

In a surprising ( yet delicious ) turn of events, Philadelphia takes the lead for the first time ever, boasting an impressive 38 dates ! Proving that the City of Brotherly Love is also the City of Romantic Connections. Amidst this surge of romantic joy, a standout venue emerged in the form of Barcade, stealing the spotlight by hosting 9 unforgettable dates. This gaming-themed bar not only infused an air of nostalgia but also injected a playful spirit into the realm of Fromie’s love connections. The fusion of retro arcade games and a vibrant social atmosphere provides a dynamic and engaging setting for couples seeking a unique and entertaining backdrop for their romantic rendezvous.

New York – 36 Dates

In the city that never sleeps, December’s dating landscape mirrored the dynamic energy that defines New York. From intimate coffee shop encounters to grand rooftop rendezvous, the diverse array of dating experiences underscored the versatility of the city’s romantic offerings. Amidst the twinkling lights, festive vibes, and brisk winter air, couples found themselves immersed in the magic that only New York City can conjure with 36 dates recorded. We have no clear winner for Top Spot but New York City will always remains a vibrant backdrop for countless burgeoning love stories against the iconic skyline.

Atlanta – 32 Dates

Southern charm and warmth characterize Atlanta, which claimed our third spot with 32 dates. The diverse range of venues in this city ensures that love finds its way in every corner. “But Hannah, what was the top spot” I hear you ask ? Well, you’re in for a treat as we have a tie ! Atlanta’s romantic essence is beautifully epitomized by the enchanting Barcelona Wine Bar. This intimate wine bar, adorned with its cozy ambiance, emerged as a clear favorite, playing host to 5 spectacular dates in the past month. Couples found solace in its warm atmosphere, making it an ideal setting to unwind, savor fine wines, and foster deep connections. Sharing the limelight is the sophisticated STK Steakhouse, an upscale venue that injected a much needed touch of elegance into the December dating scene. With its refined dĂ©cor, impeccable service, and a menu boasting culinary excellence, STK Steakhouse consistently delivers an elevated dining experience. As the venue of choice for of our Fromie’s romantic rendezvous, it has proven to be a haven for those seeking a blend of upscale charm and gastronomic delight.

Los Angeles – 31 Dates

Whether it’s a trendy downtown restaurant or a beachside rendezvous, LA undeniably maintains its status as a captivating and ever-evolving romantic hotspot, securing our fourth position with 31 dates. Top Spot ? JOEY DTLA claims it by setting the stage for 5 memorable dates. This chic venue not only serves as a backdrop for romantic connections but also encapsulates the essence of sophisticated ambiance and delectable, delicious delights. As couples step into JOEY DTLA, they are enveloped in an atmosphere that seamlessly blends style, warmth, and culinary excellence.

Chicago – 25 Dates

Braving the winter chill, Chicago wraps up our top five list with 25 dates. Similar to New York, there’s no decisive winner for the coveted Top Spot, but I assure you, the Windy City’s allure, coupled with its picturesque vistas and snug venues, set the stage for many enchanting love stories throughout the month of December.

Honorable Mention

Boston – 11 Dates

Although Boston might not have clinched a spot in our Top Cities list this past month, there’s a standout venue that deserves its moment in the spotlight. Tavern in the Square has unmistakably declared itself as the go-to spot, playing host to an impressive total of 11 dates. What sets Tavern in the Square apart is more than just the number of dates it facilitated; it’s the warm ambiance and diverse menu that have collectively contributed to its undeniable appeal. This venue has seamlessly woven itself into the fabric of Boston’s dating landscape, marked by its inviting atmosphere and charming décor, which provides the ideal backdrop for couples to relax and engage in meaningful conversations. And the food ? Mouthwatering. From delectable appetizers to palate-pleasing entrees, the culinary offerings cater to various tastes, ensuring that each date is a delightful culinary journey.

From the gaming-themed charm of Barcade in Philadelphia to the sophisticated elegance of JOEY DTLA in Los Angeles, and the cozy ambiance of Barcelona Wine Bar and STK Steakhouse in Atlanta, each city contributed its unique flavor to the love stories woven during the month. As we step into 2024, let this be a reminder that love can blossom anywhere. Cheers, to a year filled with more dates, more discoveries, and countless moments that make our hearts skip a beat!

As the calendar turns another page, it’s not just a new year; it’s an opportunity for a fresh start in every aspect of our lives. This, my dear friends, of course includes our approach to dating. In today’s blog, I wanted to explore the idea of “New Year, New Connections,” encouraging you to embark on a journey of reflection, self-discovery and empowerment for your dating adventures in 2024. Grab a glass of wine, and let’s dive in…

  1. Reflecting on the Past Year: Before we leap into the future, let’s take a moment to look back. What were the highlights and challenges of your dating experiences in the past year? What did you learn about yourself and your preferences? Reflecting on the past helps you gain valuable insights that can inform your dating resolutions for the upcoming year.
  2. Setting Positive Intentions: Rather than framing resolutions as restrictive rules, think of them as positive intentions that guide your actions. Consider what you want to enhance or change in your dating life. It could be fostering better communication, trying out different ways to meet people, being more open-minded, or prioritizing self-care. By setting positive intentions, you create a foundation for personal growth and more fulfilling connections.
  3. Embracing Open Communication: Effective communication is the cornerstone of any successful dating adventure. So as 2024 comes into view, make a resolution to be more intentional and open in your communication. This includes expressing your needs, actively listening to your potential partner or new date, and fostering an environment where both parties feel comfortable sharing their thoughts and feelings.
  4. Learning from Rejections and Setbacks: Rejections and setbacks are inevitable in the dating world, but they can also be powerful learning opportunities. Resolve to approach these experiences with resilience and curiosity. What can you learn from them? How can they shape your future interactions in a positive way? Embracing rejection as a part of the journey can help you grow and evolve in your dating life.
  5. Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone: Growth often happens when we step outside our comfort zones. Challenge yourself to try new dating experiences or meet people who may not fit your usual criteria. By embracing diversity in your interactions, you open the door to unexpected connections and broaden your perspective on what you’re truly looking for in a forever love.
  1. Prioritizing Self-Love: One of the most empowering resolutions you can make is to prioritize self-love. This involves recognizing your worth, setting healthy boundaries, and embracing self-care. When you prioritize your well-being, you bring a confident and authentic self to your dating experiences, attracting connections that align with your values.
  2. Practice Gratitude: A heart filled with gratitude becomes a powerful catalyst for a positive and fulfilling dating experience. It transforms the way you perceive and engage with potential partners, creating a ripple effect that contributes to the overall well-being of your relationships. Gratitude becomes a guiding force, shaping your interactions and allowing you to approach each date with a genuine sense of appreciation and openness.
As you stand at the threshold of a new year, consider this an opportunity to approach your dating life with renewed vigor and intention. By doing this, you pave the way for meaningful connections in 2024. Embrace the journey, learn from every experience, and let this be the year where you forge connections that align with the most authentic and empowered version of yourself. Until next year x
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