Cheap Date Attempt: Epic Fail

As a way of celebrating Justin’s company getting a snazzy new office, the two of us decided to go on a date last night. In keeping with Justin’s our new frugal mindset, we figured cheap was the way to go.

Since we don’t have a printer at home, we ran over to my parent’s house to print out Jamba Juice’s Buy One, Get One Free coupon that I had linked to a few weeks ago. Being the genius that I am, I didn’t realize it had expired in July. Flop #1.

We sped over to Jamba Juice anyway, being that two smoothies aren’t really all that expensive, and picked ourselves up a Citrus Squeeze (Justin’s favorite) and my first true love, a Strawberry Surf Rider with a calcium boost for my baby’s bones. I made sure sure sure to tell the girl at the counter to put the boost only in mine because Justin’s would go ape-crap crazy if he ended up with the ‘chalk’ in his. What did they do? Put the calcium boost in his Citrus Squeeze. Flop #2.

He was not amused.
He was not amused.

We did manage to get into a very inexpensive movie, Iron Man, that was showing at one of the old theaters in town. I seriously love this place! They renovated a bit and now show month old movies for $3.00 a ticket. I shoved our smoothies in my purse and smuggled them on in. Success!

Cheeeeeeeese
Cheeeeeeeese

Once in the theater, we couldn’t help but notice a trend. We happened to be among the four people that weren’t over 50, carrying a lifetime supply of candy in loud, plastic grocery bags, making out (remember the age group we’re dealing with here), and fall into the category of… Ohh, what’s the opposite of black-treasure again? Yeah. At one point, Justin turned around and said, “PLEASE, SHUT UP!” to the grocery bag lady, which was really nice and not embarrassing at all. We take our $3.00 movies very seriously, people.

The movie was pretty awesome, once I was able to block out the older couple to my right who could not keep their hands off each other. Cooties… gross.

I would say our attempt at a cheap date failed (considering I was starving and ended up spending $5.00 on popcorn and even more at Taco Bell later), but Justin and I were able to get a good laugh about how absolutely ridiculous it was afterward.

A movie at an old theater, chalky smoothies and a whole lot of white trash isn’t necessarily the recipe for a perfect date, but it sure was interesting!

Playing Dress Up

We’ve all had those days where we’ve stood, staring blankly into our black hole-of-a-closet, searching desperately for something to wear but had no idea where to start. With the added pressure that comes from being late to work, having loads of errands to run, or my personal favorite – your handsome date is on his way to pick you up – a meltdown is inevitable.

I’ve found that by having a few neutral basics in your wardrobe you can save yourself some of the stress that goes into planning an outfit. Take the basic white t-shirt and jeans, for instance. Worn alone, you may look a bit blah… but by adding a few glamorous touches, you’ll step out of your house looking completely pulled together and fabulous.

Casual Friday

It’s Casual Friday at work, but you don’t want to look dumpy. What to do, what to do… Layer a graphic tank under your t-shirt and top it off with a cute jacket. A pop of color using great shoes, coordinating accessories, and a big fancy bag will have you looking amazing.

Running Errands

Now you have a ton of errands to run — now is not the time to break in those new heels. Cute and comfortable is the way to go! Adorable flats (oh, how I love animal print), minimal accessories, and a practical purse are essential for a day of walking and shopping.

Date Night

Finally, date night is here! Stress can cause bags under your eyes, which isn’t a good look, even for a beauty like you. Pull it together, love! An olive shrug and plum heels coordinate, without looking too matchy-matchy. Be a little fancy with gold and bronze accessories, including a clutch just big enough to hold your lipstick and keys (he’s paying, remember?).

A white tee and jeans doesn’t have to be boring. They can be used as a simple, effortless foundation and will save you so much hassle if you know what you’re doing. Try it out, my lovelies.