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4 Tips To Avoid Dating Disasters

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How was your Valentine’s Day? Whether you’re single, taken, married or in a grey area with an ex, I’ve learned that dating disasters don’t end just if there’s a ring on your finger. Over the weekend, my husband and I went to Hamburg, Germany for a romantic getaway including tickets to see the Lion King Musical Saturday night. After exploring the city, I took an over-extended power nap and slept through our original dinner plans. We rushed to make the 8 pm show time, grabbed two pretzels at the concession stand and made it to our seats just in time. By intermission, I looked at my husband and realized he couldn’t handle another second.

‘I think this show is for kids,’ he said a bit clueless before admitting something new. He’d never watched Disney movies because he hated cartoons as a child. By that point, I’d had my fill of Scar screaming at Mufasa in German too, so I said, ‘Okay, we can go,’ as we cut out early. After waiting for a cab in the freezing cold without dinner reservations, we ordered room service (Ceasar salad for me, fish and chips for him) and watched a Dateline NBC on his laptop where we fell fast asleep half-way through a Midwest murder mystery. It doesn’t matter whether you’re single or married, dates won’t all be rosy – even on Valentine’s Day. While we can all make our ‘night’ look ideal on Instagram, here’s some of my top 4 tips to avoid dating disasters so they don’t have long-lasting effects…

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1. If a Date Goes Downhill, Think of It as An Adventure ~ I loved Joan Rivers and here’s a great quote by the late fashionista and comedian. ‘Life goes by fast. Enjoy it. Calm down. It’s all funny. Next. Everyone gets so upset about the wrong things.’

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2. Always Play Dress Up on Dinner Dates ~ I wore this outfit the weekend before Valentine’s in Switzerland. Whether you’re single or married, I recommend dressing up and dabbing on lipstick and blush for a date. Of course heels are optional when there’s snow on the ground, but dressing the part will always make ‘date night’ seem important whether it’s your 3rd or 3,000th. For casual dates, I love leather looks and denim like this.

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3. Choose High-Maintenance Moments Wisely ~ We all have ‘diva‘ moments, but starting out too many date-nights 30 minutes late because your hair just wasn’t working will get old fast – especially in a new relationship. My husband is always on time (total Swiss style) which is why I have a 5-minute messy bun or side-pony hairstyle on standby so I don’t keep him waiting.

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4. Always Have an Exit Strategy ~ Whether it’s UBER, Lyft or an ‘urgent’ call from a cousin or client; if it’s a true dating disaster, get out fast. My mom always said, ‘After 3 dates, if it’s not right, don’t waste any more time with the wrong person.’ Although I never used to believe her, now I see what she was saying.

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<DETAILS by Dale> leopard flats (recent) ~ Zara / black knit dress ~ Jessica Simpson / coat ~ Vintage / scarf c/o Cartier Zurich / Thin-Ice Wrap bracelet by StyleMindChic / handbag ~ Ferragamo / nails ~ Kure Bazaar Paris ‘Catwalk’ via Schminkbar Zurich

Any tips you have if a date isn’t going to plan, whether it’s a new relationship or you’re married?

~xo,

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  1. Great tips! These are all worth remembering for future dates.

    Jessica @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

  2. Lovely post Dale – you look great!!!
    Love the shoes and love the comments – Valentines day is always a dodgy one, married or not, one tries ones best but it doesn’t always work out right 😉
    Yvonne xx

  3. I like the tips Dale… I love the movie The Lion King, yet I am not sure I could have sat through a play in German… I am a Disney fanatic … lol

    and yes, when going on a date, dress up… if I am going anywhere special I like ti dress it makes it more fun and special… that is basically why I went to the Valentine dance… just so I could get dressed up 🙂 xox

  4. Dale, that’s a nice outfit; cute and sophisticated simultaneously. I like the combination of purple nails and animal print.

    In your last post (about tulips) you wrote “(Sidenote to Expats in Germany or Switzerland ~ If someone describes your personality or taste as ‘special,’ it’s not exactly a compliment).” I’ve been thinking and wondering about that. Can you explain what you meant? I have been an expat (in England) and there were so many “hidden” social things.

  5. Thank you for the tips and reminders! I definitely agree (and need to practice) limiting the diva moments. I also try to dress up, even if we’re doing something casual.
    Have you read about the “love languages”? My husband appreciates verbal signs of love so even though I don’t communicate that way, I make an effort to thank him and be more expressive. It definitely helps!
    Have a lovely weekend dear!

    xoxo,
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  6. Dale dear, I love this post! I’ve been married 14 years and I totally agree with keeping the humor alive and dressing up for date nights. You haven’t been married very long yet I think you definitely have the right perspective. When all else fails, treat it like an adventure. 🙂
    The Stylemindchic Boutique bracelet looks gorgeous on you! Thanks for sharing! I’m off to pin that. 🙂
    Happy weekend, girlfriend!
    xx, Heather

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