Monday, July 18, 2011

Dating in the city

Good evening lovelies! I hope you all enjoyed the amazing ending to the Harry Potter series; the Deathly Hallows part 2!! It was very well done and they all looked lovely as they ran from He Who Shall Not Be Named.

Tonight, while I can't make you look like Hermoine, what I can do is bring you something a bit better and a little more helpful. As a single girl in a new city, I've been on the dating scene a bit. What I've learned is that honestly, you can think that a date will go one way, and then the night will take you in a completely different direction. The important thing is to be prepared for whatever the date, and night, may bring. That is why I have put together a full-proof night-to-morning outfit so when you walk that walk back home, you at least look great while doing it.

When you go out to the club in that short, skin-tight dress and super high heels to get a man, you look amazing and sexy. Now put that outfit at 9am when you're walking back home and your heavy eyeliner is smudged. Let's be honest, that outfit in the daytime screams "walk of shame". One of the most important things that I've learned over the past month about planning a date outfit is to be prepared. You may end up walking home the next morning, and trust me, you want to be comfortable and still look great while doing so. You want your outfit to seem like you're going to meet a friend for coffee, or go to work or go to class. You want it to seem effortless.

I read an article recently that stated to think like a single girl; carry condoms, a toothbrush in your purse, etc. I won't lie that the toothbrush is a really excellent idea, even if you choose not to spend the night with someone. Condoms, that's up to you. What i'm going to show you is an outfit that will work for almost all body types, and take you from night to day very effortlessly.

Walk the Walk

$50 or less

 This dress is adorable and works for any body type, and has short-sleeves. so if you're like me and want to feel comfortable when taking off the jacket, you definitely can and still look adorable. The color is beautiful and the cut is feminine, but still gives you room to breathe and move around, which is very important. You ALWAYS want to be comfortable on dates. When you're comfortable, you're happy, and when you're happy, it shows and makes you look radiant.

Every girl needs a nude trench in their wardrobe simply because it goes with everything. The cut is very feminine and flirty and works with any outfit for any occasion. This really works for any body type and especially with the dress because it offsets the feminine lace of the dress and keeps the outfit feeling very modern and classy.

These shoes are awesome to dance in and walk home the next morning in because of the fact that they're flats, but the print keeps them from being too stuffy. They add a large dose of attitude yet are still subtle enough to not overpower the rest of the outfit.

Accessories: Ok, so accessories can be whatever you would like for this outfit. If you choose not to wear any and hair up in a bun, you'll look amazing. If you choose to pile on the baubles, Kesha-style, you'll also look amazing. This outfit is truly a blank canvas for you to use your imagination and show your personality without looking overdone or like you're trying too hard. 

Purse: Your purse can be a small clutch, to a large boho bag, to a small shoulder bag. Whatever you love, doesn't matter the design, doesn't matter the color, it will work with this outfit. The colors and prints are neutral enough and space far enough apart that they will not clash with whatever you choose to pair. It's fun to mix prints, and it's fun to mix neutral colors. Whatever works for you and your style, and if it fits a toothbrush, deodorant and a few condoms, that works too.
Total: $52.80

Yes, this outfit is a little over $50, but this outfit works for pretty much any date because you look cute, but are comfortable and warm in case you decide to go walking. It's important to keep in mind that dates can bring spontaneous things that you might not forsee normally, so it's good to wear that jacket and wear those comfortable yet cute shoes that will make you willing to walk more, cause that could lead to more time with Mr. Awesome.

Recommended Dating Items for the Purse

1.) Breath mints/breath strips
2.) Toothbrush/Floss (They sell mini ones at any drug store that can even fit inside a small clutch)
3.) Phone charger cable (My IPhone dies pretty quickly; this is optional if your phone is the same way)
4.) Condoms (Absolutely optional: I do not carry these, but I can see where it might come in handy to have them)
5.) Body lotion (I carry a small bottle of Lubriderm on me at all times. With many tattoos and perpetually dry skin, I am constantly moisturizing. It also comes in handy when you shower at someone else's house and they don't have moisturizer to use. I experienced this this morning; thank god for my Lubriderm or my skin would've been the Sahara desert)
6.) Hair elastic/bobby pins 
7.) Mini stick of deodorant (It is very easy nowadays to find mini versions of any deodorant. Target, Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, etc. Even organic deodorants are very small and fit easily into most purses)

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