Date Ideas

Girls Night Ideas (10/3/2018)

I have some really fun ideas for you guys that are different than the normal date nights I share. I wanted to share some inspiration with y’all for the nights you have with your friends. I did name this girls night only because all of my friends I normally hangout with are girls but of course this can be for any gender!

So here are some fun Girls Nights Ideas:

• Ice Cream Night

• Wine And Painting Night At Home

• Out For Drinks

• Out To A Dancing Club

• Fuzzy Sock And Movie Night

• Baking Night

• HGTV Night

• Shopping Spree

• Trip To The City

• Brunch And Mimosas

• Beach/Lake Day

• Facial Day

• Outdoors Instagram Photoshoot

• Plan A Trip Abroad

• Hot Yoga

• Boat Ride

• Concert

• Sleep Over

• Dipping Strawberries In Chocolate With Wine

• Go For A Group Hike

• Wine Tasting

• Team Up For Trivia Night

• Go Get Makeovers At MAC or Sephora

• Spa Day

• DIY Together

• Go Get Massages (GroupOn)

• Shoe Shopping

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-Stay Chic,

Stephanie Russell

Last Minute Dinner Date Idea (9/14/2018)

Hey y’all! I’ve recently had little to no time to go on dates with Ryan and it can definitely get frustrating. We both don’t get home until really late and most restaurants are closed so there’s not much we can do for going on a dinner date after work/school. So we came up with a few last minute dinner date ideas to help those with the same problem!

Cook From Home

Run to the store really quick and have your significant other pick out a meal and cook it for you or vice versa.

Get Takeout

• Have A DIY Romantic Dinner

Ryan and I have done these a ton of times, so whip out your string lights and tapered candles!

• Get The Leftovers Out And Have A Potluck

Have a DIY dinner, drinks and movie night! Feel free to invite over your night owl friends or family.

Make frozen meals (frozen pizza) and do homework/work together

Have dessert for dinner

The great thing about being an adult is your parents telling you that brownies are not a meal! So indulge in sweets because you can.

I hope you enjoyed these last minute dinner date ideas. Remember to subscribe for email notifications for when I post new content and comment down below posts you’d like to see!

-Stay Chic,

Stephanie Russell

A Week Of Date Ideas (8/13/2018)

Hey everyone! I’ve been on a date idea craze lately and wanted to do a post that gives you all date ideas that you can do for a whole entire week. You and your significant other should definitely and try complete this list at least once! A whole week of dates is so much fun!

Sunday-

To really brighten up your Sunday together you can both go on a shopping spree together! Make it even more fun by getting each other surprise gifts (with a set money limit) at the end of the shopping spree!

Monday-

Re-decorate a room! Whether you live together or not you can re-decorate a room in your house/apartment or either of your bedrooms!

Tuesday-

Do a DIY wine/beer/whiskey/cheese tasting at home! You can either do it alone or invite some friends over. You can pair this with a painting night with some Bob Ross videos. Whoever paints the best picture gets to pick the theme of the next couples date night!

Wednesday-

Go to a park together! You can even do a picnic at the park you visit. Just make sure you are allowed to picnic before you get there!

Thursday-

Visit your family’s house for dinner and bring some homemade dessert with you that you both prepared earlier.

Friday-

Hit the bar or a club and if you are not old enough to do this then make your own dance floor in your house! You can use colored lights from a store like five below or Wal-Mart and use a speaker for music. Dance the night away!

Saturday-

Go to an open house together! You can both dress up and visit an open house and pretend like you are looking for a home together! This can even help you both figure out what you are looking for in a house and how you would like to decorate it.

I hope you enjoyed this post and remember to subscribe for email notifications for when I post new content! I hope you use these Date ideas to your advantage and comment down below what your thoughts are on them!

-Stay Chic,

Stephanie Russell

Make It A Date: 20 Dates That Should Happen Everyday (8/12/2018)

Everyday is quite a bit of time but some of these dates are necessary and could even make your own life easier! I think these dates are important to try and have as much as you can. You may not even realize that a lot of these things could be date ideas! So, let’s jump into the list of things to make a date out of!

1. Working Out

Being sweaty and exercising may be the last thing you’d want to do as a date but trust me, it’s to your and your significant others benefit! Exercising should be a part of everyone’s everyday life. Whatever you are able to do for exercise, then make it into a date. You can keep each other company or even assist and encourage each other. Exercising can be as simple as taking a walk for a half hour or lifting free weights. This can help keep you both healthier and help you fit exercising into your day!

2. Talk About Your Day

This is a very simple but necessary date to have. Sit down or relax with your significant other and take ten minutes to just talk about how your day went. Let each other have a chance to speak about their day and their feelings– no one should be talking over one another. After each of you talk, you may have a better understanding as to why your significant other may be in a bad mood or why they are exhausted! If they don’t want to talk about their day then don’t pressure them, give them time to open up to you and let them know that you are there for them if they want to talk about it!

3. Eat Together

Some of these dates can be hard to fit into everyday, especially if you are in a long distance relationship or you/your significant other travels a lot without you. But eating together can definitely be achieved whether you are in the same room or across the world. If you are not with your significant other physically, then make sure to video chat with them when you eat or even send them a video if they aren’t able to video chat with you. If you are able to eat together physically then you can cook together, set the table really nice and have your meal.

4. Spend Some Time Hugging

I’ve heard this from a few married couples, and they live by this advice: Spend about 10 minutes everyday hugging. This method apparently brings you closer together and helps you de-stress. So not only will this help your relationship but it will help your own mental health as well. You can do this in the morning before you both start your day, when you see each other during free time you both have, once you get home from work or right before bed. You can talk during this time but make sure to not talk about anything you will possibly fight about– this time is for bliss and de-stressing.

5. Talk About Things That Have Been On Your Mind/ Worrying You And Try To Problem Solve

When you are worried about something or something on your mind has been bugging you the best thing to do is talk about it. The more you let something fester inside your mind, the more anxiety and problems you will build. Doing this might also make problems seem a lot bigger and more serious than they actually are. Discuss anything of this nature with your significant other and you can both work on a solution together. If you are worried or something on your mind is bothering you that has to do with your significant other, don’t accuse them of whatever it is. Just discuss your worries calmly and have an open conversation, accusations will only make your significant other defensive and the problem will not be solved.

6. Make (Healthy) Meals For Lunch

It is up to you if you want to eat healthy or not but I think an important date to have is to make lunches together for work/school. Healthy lunches are usually the way to go for me (unless we have a cheat day or week lol)! But making lunches together for work or for school can save you both money by eating food from home and it is a nice routine to have if you are living together. You can even do something I’ve learned from Ryan’s family: make some lunches for the week out of leftovers from dinner. If you make dinner at home or if you go out to dinner and have leftovers take Tupperware and make lunches out of the leftovers. Another nice sentiment you could do is stick a note in his lunch box/ brown paper bag that says something sweet like “I hope you have a good day at work 🙂 <3!”

7. Visit Each Others Families

This can’t be a daily occurrence but once/ twice a week make sure, if you can, to try and visit families. Family is very important to Ryan and I so we try our best to make sure we see our family members once or twice a week. You can make plans to come for dinner (bonus: since they are family you can bring leftovers home from their house), you can offer to make desserts with them, have a wine/ beer night, or go to their house to chat with dessert and coffee. Just as long as you get to see the people you love! With the busy lives we all have today, it’s definitely important to make some time if you can, to see and spend time with family.

8. Get Off The Phone

This is something, nowadays especially, I tell anyone looking for advice when it comes to a relationship. Get off your phones. So much time is wasted looking at memes, tweeting, Facebook and Instagram scrolling, pinning on Pinterest and doing a lot of mindless things on the phone. Imagine how much quality time could be spent if you limited phone use around your significant other. I have been in this situation a few times myself, where Ryan and I have sat in bed and not said a word to each other while on our phones. It’s very sad and when I catch us doing it I put my phone down and limit my amount of phone use. This has actually gotten us closer.

9. Do At Least One Fun Activity A Day

Whether it be taking your dogs for a walk around your neighborhood, having a tickle fight, babysitting your niece/nephew or hanging out with another couple. Try to plan on doing at least one fun thing everyday that you both enjoy. It doesn’t have to be something that is time consuming either. It could be as simple as playing one round of go fish before bed. A side note: don’t get discouraged if you aren’t able to do this small fun activity. Things happen and plans get changed and sometimes you might not be in the mood to do it. Just try to make the plan and follow through, if not, there is always tomorrow!

10. Show Each Other Your Appreciation

Showing appreciation is something that is quite often forgotten about especially in a relationship. Sometimes we get so used to certain actions that we forget to appreciate them. Like your significant other opening the car door for you, or you waiting up for your significant other when they are working late. All that is necessary is a small thank you, or for you both to say reasons why “I appreciate you”. You can both even do the occasional “I got this because it reminded me of you” gift. Appreciating each other is definitely important to do almost daily. Making this into a date is easy– just take time to sit down and tell each other one or many things you appreciate that they do.

11. Show Affection

Long term relationships are sometimes lacking in this aspect. Sometimes you may not feel that affection is necessary 24/7 after surpassing the “honeymoon stage” which can last from 6 months-2 years. I’ve seen a lot of relationships end because they felt that there wasn’t as much affection as there once was. Just first understand that this is normal. The quick fix to this is to just show more affection (which isn’t limited to the bedroom). There are many ways to show affection. For example, holding hands, kissing or even kissing their cheek, hugging, back rubs, cuddling, and even putting your arm around their waist/shoulder. The list goes on! So try to make it a point to show affection everyday you can even make it a date by having a massage night, or a cuddle and video game night.

12. Skincare Routine

Try to implement doing a skincare routine for the both of you everyday. You can do this 30 minutes before they leave to go home, over video chat or before you both go to bed (if you are living together)! Skincare is very important and under appreciated. It’s definitely worth the money to have nice skin. Good skin is something that improves your confidence. So you can both make it a date every night to do a skincare routine together. If your significant other is not willing to do face masks and the whole 9-yards then you can try and make suggestions for face wash and different skincare products they could use.

13. Do Something You Both Enjoy

You can start a series on Netflix and watch it together, watch movies, play video games, play board or card games, listen to music, play music, go in the hot tub or take a bath, read books together, make up dances, paint, reading a story to your kids etc. The list for indoor hobbies goes on. Try and find something you both enjoy that you can do when you get home from work or school. This will help both of you bond because it is a common interest that you both share. This doesn’t have to require hours of free time but maybe a half an hour to and hour!

14. Have A Special Night Designated To Something

Have a night designated to something you both love! For example, if you both watch football then you could host a football game night and have snacks, drinks and the game on! Thursday nights could be wine night if you both enjoy drinking wine. You could have Friday be for scary movies. I recommend only doing something like this once or if you really want to do it often-twice a week because this can become time consuming. Ryan and I have movie night on Tuesdays, we switch off who chooses the movie and we watch it with some little snacks and every other month we do movie night at the movie theater! It’s definitely something fun to do when you find something both of you enjoy.

15. Make Time To Discuss Plans!

This is so so important. Ryan and I have to do this, otherwise our lives are complete chaos. Making a point to sit down and discuss plans is a great habit to have in a relationship. It may seem extremely tedious but I recommend having a planner and sitting down for at least 20 minutes and discussing plans for the month and come back everyday for 5 minutes to make sure nothing has changed. This is great if you love together as well because you can use this time to budget your money, discuss what bills need to be payed and other things that are important to discuss. Plans can become hectic but when you take this step to make sure everything is in line, it will all work out!

16. Plan Your Dates

Actual dates can become nonexistent in relationships with two very busy people. But if you come together at the beginning of the week and plan to do something on the weekend then it will be easier to come through on those plans. A lot of the time in a relationship someone says “let’s do a Date night on Sunday downtown” and the plan is forgotten about. I say planning things like dates is important to do daily. Schedules can change and planning a date night in one day can be forgotten about over the course of a week. So come back together daily for 5 minutes to plan little things you can do on your date and as you get closer to the day you can pick a time to go and what time you want to get home etc. This will help keep the date fresh in your mind and it will be easier to plan around it.

17. Text Each Other Something Nice During The Day

This is like a small virtual date! Not everyone has the luxury of being next to their significant other every second of the day. So, when you are out with your friends, at work, wake up, or running errands without each other shoot them a text. It will tell your significant other that you are thinking about them and it will make them feel good. Things like his can automatically brighten up their day and if you do it often enough they might reciprocate and text you when you’re on their mind. You don’t have to write paragraphs about how much you love and appreciate them (only if you want to), you can just text them something like “Hey, miss you lots! Xo!” This is a nice gesture to try and do daily.

18. Clean Together

Yes this may seem like an annoying task but this will actually help you build team working and problem solving skills with your significant other. This also prevents the “You leave a mess behind wherever you are” argument most couples have. You can both clean together daily by staying on top of laundry, cleaning the house, and straightening up your room. It might not make you closer (per-say) but it will help build team working skills for your relationship because you are working together to clean. It also can help with problem solving in your relationship because cleaning shows that the quickest way to clean a mess (or solve a problem) is to do it together!

19. NAP!

This actually doesn’t have to be done daily unless you want to but napping together is something I found to be important in a relationship. Honestly, power naps are the best and they help me de-stress as well as give me energy to continue what I have to do for the day. So try and have a power nap with your significant other. It is a nice experience, and napping with your S.O. is much more comfortable than napping alone! Plus it will help you both de-stress which is definitely an upside to this activity. Less stress in a relationship, the better. So I say, nap away!

20. Surprise Each Other

This also isn’t something that has to be done every day. But having a little bit of surprise in every day or if you times a week is very nice and can help keep the spontaneity and lustfulness for each other in a relationship. This can be done by picking a flower from the garden outside and giving it to your significant other, giving a surprise back rub, or even spontaneously baking some goodies your significant other likes! It can be simple but also you can do complex things to surprising them once in a while as well. Like a small surprise party for their promotion at work or a nice surprise gift like a bracelet!

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-Stay Chic,

Stephanie Russell

Time Away Date Idea (8/6/2018)

Hey everyone! So I am back with a date idea and this is a tradition that Ryan and I always do when we spend time away from each other. Sometimes, I take a longer vacation than him because he has to go back to work and sometimes I can’t take vacation when he goes on a family trip. We are with each other every single day so being away from each other is hard. We solve this problem with a date idea!

What you do:

When your significant other is going away on vacation, a business trip or needs to leave for a little while, you do this time away date idea. Every single day you are away from each other you have to get them a gift. You can either buy all the gifts at the end of the trip, when they get back or get one on each day that passes. You also don’t have to spend money on the gifts either. Let’s say you go to the beach and find a shell or a pretty stone, that can also be a gift.

Example:

Since I was in Florida recently, Ryan left three days earlier than I did. He had to go back to work so he left and I stayed back with my family. For each of the three days I got him three gifts while I was in Florida.

Gift 1: Was a really pretty shell that reminded me of him.

Gift 2: Was two patches for lighthouses near where we stayed, I got this because Ryan collects lighthouse patches.

Gift 3: Was a bright green golf ball I got from when I went golfing in Florida because it’s his favorite color.

He also got me three items when I was away in Florida.

Gift 1: A puppy calendar and stuffed animal puppy.

Gift 2: A date to get my favorite french onion soup, beer cheese fries and buffalo chicken the day he picked me up from the airport.

Gift 3: A shot glass pong game since Ill be turning 21 soon!

I loved everything I got and he equally loved everything he got! It’s a very simple date idea because once you get home you take time to sit down and talk about your time away, maybe with some food involved and you exchange presents! I always loved this because it shows there was a little something that your significant other found each day or picked out items that reminded them of you!

Please feel free to try this unique date idea and tag me on Instagram or Twitter using #TimeAwayShabbyChicDateIdea and @-ing me! I hope you enjoyed this post and remember to subscribe for email notifications for when I post new content!

-Stay Chic,

Stephanie Russell

10 Vacation Date Ideas (7/27/2018)

Hey everyone! As you may know I am on vacation with Ryan and I couldn’t be happier. This place is like our own little paradise. But when you are on vacation with your significant other, you might still want to go on dates while you are there. So what are some easy vacation date ideas?

1. Poolside In Paradise

When you are on the go during vacation sometimes you never even step foot in the resort’s pool. A date idea is to enjoy the pool at your resort for a day. It will give you and your significant other a chance to relax and enjoy your time on vacation.

2. Beach Bum Day

Beaches are a natural beauty on this planet, so on your vacation go to the beach to take pictures, soak up the rays and get a nice tan. This is a great way to relax and maybe have some fun in the water!

3. Nightlife Date

Many places you vacation have bars, clubs, and concerts. Go out to enjoy the nightlife with each other. This is a great experience and you can meet other couples to hangout with this way while on vacation.

4. Day Drinks/ Hotel Hopping

Grab some snack foods and day drinks to hangout for the day. You can even do this at a different resort to enjoy the different amenities they may have.

5. Fancy Dinner Date

If you want to have a romantic night you can go to a fancy five star restaurant for dinner. Make sure you call ahead of time to make sure how much it is per couple and to make a reservation! This will be a nice time for the both of you!

6. Walk During Sunset/ Watch Sunset

A romantic time of night is definitely sunset. You can have a free date night at the beach or at your resort walking during sunset or watching sunset together.

7. Hot Tub Date With Champagne

One of my favorite date ideas for vacation is a hot tub date with champagne. Hot tub dates are always relaxing. Plus, champagne makes any date 100% more romantic. We’ve met a lot of friends on our resort during our hot tub dates.

8. Ice Cream Date

Ice cream dates are very fun, but on vacation the ice cream always tastes better. It a small date idea but something that you can both enjoy doing together. You can even go to an ice cream place near a local pier or shopping center and go shopping after!

9. Watch The Sun Rise

A very relaxing time of day during vacation is right before sunrise. Not many people wake up extremely early while on vacation, so usually no one will be around and you can enjoy the beauty of sunrise together, alone!

10. Make Food Together

If there is a fresh snack or food you both love to enjoy, go to the local farmers market and pick up ingredients and make food together. You get to test out the fresh foods where you are staying, and you can enjoy making something together as well as eating it! Guacamole is something we love to make on vacation.

I hope you enjoyed this post and remember to subscribe for email notifications for when I post new content! Comment down below a vacation date you like to go on!

-Stay Chic,

Stephanie Russell

Three Quick Date Night Ideas (6/29/2018)

Hey beauties! Ryan and I have recently been having some free time together and we sometimes don’t know what to do with that free time. At certain points we just stay at home and hangout (which isn’t a problem but can get boring or make us stir crazy from time to time). So, we both came up with quick ideas for dates that can be done easily when you all of a sudden have unexpected free time together!

1. Go Out To Dinner With Another Couple

Going out to dinner is already fun but adding another couple to the mix can give you both a different experience. Double dates are fun to go on and if you have a couple you are friends with, give them a call and see if they are free!

A Free Concert / Event

Many townships put on free concerts, car shows, movie night, fireworks night, carnivals, festivals, and more during the summer! Figure out what’s free around you and take a trip. Ryan and I recently saw a Chicago cover band with a fireworks show, and a car show all in one and it was an amazing time!

Watch the sunset together and cuddle! This is the quickest and easiest date we have ever done. Luckily we live very close to an ocean and the bay so it’s easy for us to bring a blanket and snuggle up and watch the sunset, but if you have a balcony or know of a place you can both hangout and see the sunset and talk about life then definitely do it.

I hope you enjoyed these quick date ideas and remember to subscribe for email notifications for when I post new content! Comment down below any quick date ideas you have!

-Stay Chic,

Stephanie Russell

Date Night For When You’re Both Bored (6/11/2018)

We all have that day in our relationship where we can’t think of anywhere to go on a date. Especially when you go on dates often and/or have been dating for a while. It sometimes is hard to come up with date ideas so I’m here to help!

For those nights of boredom (which Ryan and I had last night) I decided to do something fun yet cute:

I decided that we should go to Barnes and Nobles, walk around and look through some books and buy a book that we’ve been meaning to read. It was so much fun to go through the isles and show each other books we are interested in.

This definitely will solve the problem of boredom and you can even pick books out for each other to make it more fun! You can also pick a fun activity book to use together. Ryan and I had so much fun doing this and it was a relatively cheap date we even picked up takeout on our way home.

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-Stay Chic,

Stephanie Russell

DIY Date Night (4/30/2018)

Date night doesn’t always have to consist of going out and spending money. You can have a date night at home without the large cost. I’ve had a DIY date night plenty of times and it’s even better than going to a restaurant to eat.

What you’ll need:

• An On Demand movie

• Your favorite dinner to cook together

• Snacks

– Optional –

• Tapered candles and candle holders (Dollar Tree has this)

• Fresh flowers

First, you can both cook together your favorite meal. My boyfriend and I love making chicken pesto pasta together, so that is our go-to. We then go outside either on the terrace or down at the gazebo and set up the table with a table cloth, fresh flowers in a vase, lit tapered candles, the food, drinks, and some desserts to snack on later (s’mores and skittles).

We then pick a movie and watch it on the projector screen outside (we use amazon fire stick to do this but you can be inside and watch it on your TV On Demand/ on Netflix). We then eat our snacks and watch the movie together by the fire pit.

We do this a lot instead of going out because it’s more romantic and intimate than going to a loud restaurant. We like to be on the terrace or at the gazebo because we like to decorate the walkway with streamers and balloons and also both places have string lights which set the romantic mood. You don’t have to be THAT extra but sometimes it’s nice to have a little date that costs you next to nothing!

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-Stay Chic,

Stephanie Russell

Date Night Makeup Idea (4/18/2018)

When you and your significant other want to have a date night out, sometimes you just want to take your time to pamper yourself and get ready. You take a bubble bath with a bath bomb and a lit candle, you do a face mask, then take a shower following a thorough routine and maybe even a hair mask. After, you decide to do a 10-Step facial routine, prep your skin for makeup, blow dry and straighten or curl your hair and then uh-oh you are ready for makeup. With tons of looks you can do, what one will you pick? Well, I did my makeup for date night and wanted to share the look to help the mind-block.

I did a rose gold eye-look that I am totally here for! In the Moschino X Sephora palette I started with a base color for my whole lid, I did this to soften the eyeshadow primer. I used the light tan shade Adore as my base shade. I then used the tan shade Barely Bare as my transition shade and then put the lighter coral shade Clay on top of that one and blended.

After, I used the dark brown shade Bound Brown in my crease. I did this to add dimension and also help the rose gold pop when I apply the rose gold shimmer shade to the lid. I then used the shimmer rose gold shade, Penny’s From Heaven on my lid and in the inner corner of my eye. I then smoked out my bottom lash line with the shade Clay. I wore a nude lip with this look and a coral colored blush to top it off!

I chose this makeup for a date night look because I feel that rose gold and coral are very whimsical and pretty. This will give a radiant and glowy look for your date night. This look will also look nice with many different outfits as well!

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-Stay Chic,

Stephanie Russell