Seeking: A kind and positive man who can kill spiders
This Bridgeport beauty can’t resist a good pun — her public relations coworkers at Navy Pier call her jokes “Payalisms” — but she has a serious side, too. She’s an ambassador for Room to Read, a nonprofit aimed at improving literacy in low-income countries, and looks up to female trailblazers like Sara Blakely and Malala Yousafzai.
More from Payal:
Turn-ons: Positive attitude, intellectual conversation, great smile
Her binge-worthy TV show: “This Is Us” — it’s the best storytelling I’ve seen on TV in a long time.
Favorite food: My mom’s chicken tikka masala
Who would play her in a movie: Gal Gadot, because who wouldn’t want to be portrayed by a smart, badass, real-life Wonder Woman?
Pet peeve: Flakiness! Bailing on plans last minute (barring emergencies) is one of my biggest pet peeves. It’s important to me that people are considerate and respectful of others’ time.
Habit she wishes she could break: Time spent on social media
Seeking: An independent woman who knows her way around a kettlebell
Born in London and raised in Nigeria, the Gold Coaster got his black belt when he was 14. He now runs his own boxing gym and dreams of one day training and fighting in Thailand. Oh, and he has a law degree and an MBA.
More from Edirin:
Go-to karaoke song: “God’s Plan” by Drake
Favorite Chicago date spot: NoMI at the Park Hyatt
Turn-offs: I’m generally turned off by women who are close-minded, rude and unable to empathize with those less fortunate than themselves. If you don’t know how to be polite, calm and empathetic, I’m really not keen on getting to know you.
Favorite food: A classic cheeseburger with truffle fries. I’m not particularly hard to please!
Favorite movie: “Coming to America”
Seeking: A stepdad for her Yorkie, Kingston
The Minneapolis native — who currently resides in River West — quit her full time job five years ago to strike out on her own as an entrepreneur, founding the fashion blog adoptedSTYLE and public relations firm Ladder PR (she now handles both, plus a nine-to-five). Off the clock, you’ll find her working on her physical — and mental — health at SoulCycle.
More from Lily:
Celebrity crush: Sterling K. Brown from “This Is Us”
Favorite Chicago date spot: I think all first dates should be an activity, so you don’t feel like you’re on a job interview — sailing/boat tour, driving range, checking out a street fest …
Hidden talent: I have a photographic memory
Turn-offs: Bad breath, bad manners and people who are rude to waitstaff or Lyft drivers
On her bedside table: Jewelry and an old photo of my grandparents — I hate clutter.