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4 Tips To Avoid Dating Disasters


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…


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.’


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.


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.


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.


<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?



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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!

    little luxury list formerly Chic ‘n Cheap Living

  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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