I am a casual dresser by nature. I prefer jeans and a t-shirt to a dress and heels, without question. As a work at home mom, I don’t have a dress code that I have to abide by and that suits me perfectly. I put on makeup each morning, even though some days I spend more time on it than others, and I aim to do my hair every day (it’s the thought that counts, right?). When date night rolls around, my instinct is to wear, you guessed it, jeans and a t-shirt. I’m so excited to be working with Dove to share 5 easy date night upgrades that take my everyday outfit and make it more stylish and night time ready. For us, date nights don’t happen all the time so I like to try to make them feel a little more special. Our favorite nights include a delicious meal and a nice glass of wine where we try to pack in the maximum amount of enjoyment. Which for me, includes comfort. Here are my favorite upgrades to give my every day casual look some date night vibes.
I adore a good statement necklace! It instantly adds some “POW” to a simple t-shirt. A necklace with lots of sparkle makes your outfit seem more elegant and adds a big dose of style. Adding a ring to your look also adds to the drama. While a larger stone might not be practical for everyday wear, it’s perfect for date night. I sometimes wear simple accessories during the day, but I usually reserve my more elaborate pieces for going out. I prefer to go fragrance free most days. I have a really sensitive nose and often get headaches from smells. You guys, it’s so hard to be me some times! But perfume is a great way to change your mood. When I use my favorite scent, I feel like I’ve got the perfect finishing touch. And because I use just one perfume, that I know my husband loves, I feel like it is a special touch that lets him know tonight is different from most. It’s definitely an upgrade!I want to assure you that I use deodorant daily and not just on special occasions. When you head out to dinner with your boo, after a long day of working and parenting, you want to feel fresh. That’s why I use Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant. I’ve upgraded this essential part of my daily routine because I know that it provides 48-hour odor and wetness protection plus the added skin care benefits of NutriumMoisture™ which leaves your underarms feeling soft and smooth. So when I’m getting ready for date night, I know I’m squared away in the odor department.If I’m being honest, I keep it pretty basic in the makeup department. My day time and night-time looks vary minimally. Adding a bright lipstick let’s me feel like I’ve changed it up a bit. When I put on lipstick, I feel like a different person. A bold lip gives you a certain sense of confidence and I like to bring out that vibe from time to time. My normal mom persona is pretty go-with-the-flow but date night me is about finding a little bit of sexy. A dressy clutch elevates jeans and a t-shirt in the perfect way (and may even distract from the fact that I’m not wearing heels, because, ouch). Bringing my over-sized mom bag makes me feel like I’m on a playdate, whereas a tiny, cute purse reminds me that I’m only responsible for me. Well, of course, I’ll probably end up carrying my husband’s keys and wallet, but for the most part I only have to bring along my date night essentials.
Although these upgrades are small, they really do remind me that I am more than just a mom. They remind me to be the friend my husband married, make he and I feel special as a couple and enjoy being alone with him talking about things that aren’t parenting related. How do you prepare for date night? What are your #EssentialUpgrades?
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