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This week JOE spoke to Dublin model Lisa Nolan on the best Irish accents, how to chat up a girl on a night out and dressing up as a Vagina for Halloween.
JOE: What do you look for in a guy?
Lisa Nolan: I have a very particular type - ambitious, athletic, outgoing, very sure of who he is as a person and a lad's lad.
I always end up going for the same kind of guys, that hasn't worked out too well for me so far, so maybe I need to re-evaluate my type!?
However in saying all that if somebody can make me genuinely laugh, I’ll be putty in their hands, as I have a very stupid geeky sense of humour and if I find someone with the same, I'm instantly drawn to them! I don't ask for much do I? [Laughs]
How to Irish guys measure up when compared to their international counterparts?
LN: I love Irish guys because they are always up for a laugh, no nationality of guys compare in that regards!
For example when I was in Ibiza this Summer, all the English and Spanish guys lay by the pool posing, no bit of fun out of them, where as we had a proper laugh with any Irish guys we met! However I am partial to the 'tall, dark and handsome' look, which is a little trickier to find in Ireland. ...
JOE: What is the worst and best quality in Irish males?
LN: Without a doubt the worst has to be how excessively drunk and 'handsy' they get !
When Irish guys get drunk, for some reason they seem to think that it’s ok to maul any girl that walks by them.
Don't get me wrong - I love to go out and have a few drinks, but it’s just such a turn off when a man is too drunk and can’t even speak or stand, Irish guys seem to lose any moral code they may have had when they get too drunk. I also “hate” slurring men shouting in your ear in a club with bad beer breath!
The best quality in Irish males is their charm. I think Irish men are renowned for their cheeky charm, I love a man who is a bit ballsy!
JOE: What’s the correct way to approach a girl in a bar without freaking them out?
LN: Great question and I think a lot of men need to take note of this!
What I find best is if you see a girl in bar and you like her, just look over at her and catch her eye then go back having fun with your friends , try catch her eye a few more times after that.
I guarantee if she is interested she will be straight over. I find that I generally approach men I am interested in. I am never usually taken or intrigued by the guys that approach me; it’s just too easy then!
Women can’t stand being ignored or when they think a guy isn't that pushed about them! Treat ‘em mean!
JOE: What’s on the “Not-to-do” list when trying to chat up a girl in a bar?
LN: Rule number 1: Do “not” use a chat up line “ever”! Don't be too handsy, that freaks me out when people I don't know are too touchy-feely.
Also eye contact is good, no woman likes when a man is eyeing her up and down as he is talking to her - respect is key!
JOE: What’s the best fashion accessory an Irish lad can have on?
LN: For me, a nice pair of clean Converse! I love them on men.
LN: I go weak at the knees for a nice northern accent, I adore the Donegal accent, it’s delicious!
I have to say I’m really not a fan of the Cavan or Carlow accents though!
JOE: What’s the number one compliment you’ve ever been given?
LN: The best compliment I have ever been given actually started out as an insult!
I was told recently that I was actually a lot sounder and more fun than I looked! Harsh! But then he went on to explain after getting to know me and spending some time with me he saw me as one of the lads and really enjoyed spending time with me on a night out.
I really found that to be a compliment coming from a man, as women and men often have quite different banter!
JOE: Halloween-costume-buying-season is upon us – what would be the best and worst costumes an Irish lad could wear to a club in the hope of getting a girl’s number?
LN: The best would have to be something humorous but not disgusting!
I love when guys have a bit of fun and get creative with costumes, like dressing up as the Power Rangers or as a funny character like Borat!
A big "no, no" would be dressing up as a woman, you definitely wouldn't be pulling in that costume... or I saw a guy dressed up as a Vagina last year, it was sick! [Laughs]
Also I don’t like when guys try too hard and are posers and dress as Action Man so they get to be topless or wear a tank top. Use your imagination - that will get the ladies attention!
JOE: Best first date you’ve ever had?
LN: To be honest all my first dates haven't exactly been amazing so I couldn't pin point one and I haven’t been on a load of them either!
My favourite kind of first date though is definitely just sitting in and making or ordering some food and having a few bottles or glasses of wine, very chilled and casual where you can get to know the guy.
However, like all women, I love a good surprise, so if the guy wants to take the reins and organise the date, fire away!
JOE: Finally for a night out – clean shaven or 5 O’Clock shadow and rugged?
LN: Totally depends on the guy - clean shaven if he can pull it off without looking like a 12-year old boy! But nothing better than a nice, rugged manly- man!
JOE: Thanks Lisa
LN: Thanks JOE! That was fun!