Last week we celebrated 11 years of marriage. It seems crazy to me…how much we’ve been through in our years together. I’ve learned, loved and accepted so much over the course of our marriage. But today I don’t want to talk marriage. I want to talk about Date Night. Because “Date Night” after marriage is hard. (We don’t often do “Date Night” we are more about the “Day Date”.)
I’ve gained some weight over the years (40 lbs to be exact since we’ve been married). It’s been hard. I struggle with body image and finding things – especially during bathing suit season – that fit. And I spent the better part of the week, wondering what I was going to wear on our Date Night because there was so little in my closet that fits.
That’s not true. I have work clothes, mom clothes and clothes that Joseph has seen me wear before. Date Night and 11 years of marriage is an occasion – worthy of something new.
I woke up early Saturday morning and attempted to go shopping but couldn’t find anything I liked. (Isn’t that always the case.) I found a dress in Macy’s – similar to 2 other dresses I owned. Actually it was the exact same dress – a convertible maxi skirt/dress by INC – in navy and white. (There isn’t a full picture of the dress but you can see me wearing it here, on another occasion.) There was no need to try it on, I knew it would fit and I would feel comfortable wearing it. And I knew it was a dress I would wear throughout the summer.
The dress was simple, so I knew I had to jazz it up with new accessories. I decided to buy a new necklace and gold bangles. And I knew that somewhere in my closet were the perfect pair of heels that needed to be dusted off. (I made sure to pack a pair of flat sandals to change into.)
I had a pretty mani/pedi in a fierce fiery red and my hair was blown out straight. And I kept my makeup simple and sexy with neutral colors (the make up and mani/pedi is for another post). I love accessories and makeup because no matter what size I am, these are the things that will always fit.
By the time I was dressed and ready to go, I felt fabulous. And it had absolutely nothing to do with what I wore or how much I weighed, it was all about right accessories, makeup and attitude.