Date Night + Some Dating Advice


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Hello, Friends! Happy Tuesday! 

I apologize for missing yesterday's post but I needed a day to regroup after the sale and to jot down my thoughts for today. One of my followers requested a date night outfit so that's just what I'm sharing today. The star of the show is this white tiered cotton tank on sale for less than $27! Coupled with some skinny jeans, a cute crossbody bag, some sparkly accessories, and a bow adorned heel it's perfect for a night of cocktails, fancy food, lots of laughs, and some lip locking (gasp!). 

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white bp. tiered cotton tank

white bp. tiered cotton tank

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white bp. tiered cotton tank

white bp. tiered cotton tank

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white bp. tiered cotton tank

white bp. tiered cotton tank
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One of my favorite parts of my outfit is the shoes! These Madeline Ankle Tie Stilettos from GuiltySoles are so comfortable and absolutely adorable! They would also pair well with a dress or skirt and the color will transition well into fall. I mentioned it on Instastories but a lot of ankle tie shoes can be quite uncomfortable. These, on the other hand, are not, due to the material they are made of. It's very soft and has some give making date night so much more enjoyable

I am by no means a relationship expert but since we are talking about dates and dating I wanted to share six small pieces of advice for a happy relationship. What I believe are keys to building a strong, honest, blissful partnership between you and your significant other.  

Listen. I read a quote recently that said something to the effect of... "We're not listening. We're only waiting to reply." I'm not sure who wrote the quote or if I got it exactly right but it struck me as very true. So many times we are coming up with a great response in our minds and we aren't actually taking in what others are telling us. It's so important to stop and hear what your significant other is telling you. We all get busy and preoccupied but sometimes social media can wait (or the tv...or work...). There is nothing worse than trying to talk to your boyfriend, husband, partner, etc. and feeling like they aren't listening or their head is buried in a show or their phone. Give your significant other your undivided attention. Listening can go a long way and offering an open, nonjudgmental, ear will only lead to an open honest relationship.

Communicate often and honestly. Being able to open up to your guy or gal is extremely important. And communication is key. I've learned you can't always expect your significant other to read your mind. You might think your thoughts or feelings are obvious... but that's not always true. If you're upset about something or you want the dishes cleared out of the sink, say something. Holding it in and playing the quiet game can only make things worse. And through time you and your special someone will start to read each other better and better and chances are through open and honest conversation they will know what you're thinking before you do. 

Pick your battles wisely. Another lesson we learn early on in the dating world, or at least I did, was to choose my battles wisely. Getting your panties in a bunch over every little thing will only make you and everyone else miserable. And further more, if the small things really bother you that much, maybe there is another conversation to be had. I like to think that when I get upset or dare I say mad, it's met with attention and an air of seriousness because they are emotions that don't come out often. Which brings me to my next point...

Use Humor. Humor will be your best friend in a relationship. I know Justin and I use it often. It's a much nicer way to get a point across sometimes. Plus, laughing is good for you! Your tone and the words you choose can be the difference between a fight and a makeout session haha. We are all human and we can't always do everything just right all the time. So give your significant other a break sometimes. And if the sink is full of dishes and you've had a long day and it looks like your guy or gal has no intention of getting elbow deep in suds... try channel your inner comedian. Trust me it can be done and it's usually met with a warmer welcome than an eye roll and a finger pointed towards the kitchen.

Learn to appreciate what they love. In my experience learning to love or at least appreciate the things, your significant other loves are oh so important. For example, Justin has no desire to be a blogger but he respects that it's something that means a lot to me and something I funnel a large amount of time into. I, on the other hand, will never be a race car driver, but I help Justin bleed his brakes and I travel with him to tracks to enjoy and support one of his favorite past times. Differences make us who we are and you don't have to be the same for your relationship to survive. But an appreciation shows you're willing to take an interest in what they love and to try new things. 

Make time for one another. Every relationship is different but I believe making time for one another is the glue that keeps couples together. Justin and I are both serious homebodies (we joke all the time we are hermits). We love down time and we love it together. I always wanted someone who would come home every night, eat dinner with me, watch TV with me, cuddle on the couch with me... And luckily I've found that in my other better boyfriend half! We are all different creatures of habit so what works for us and how we love to spend our time together will be different from others. But regardless, in the end, make time for the people in life you love

Have a fabulous Tuesday!

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