10 Date Night Essentials You Need

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I asked my sister to describe me in one word. I was expecting awesome, funny, intelligent, loving, or maybe happy.

She chose prepared. Prepared! I wanted something cool, like, well, cool. But she's right--I've accepted my fate. I'm admittedly the person you call when you need something, if you're in a crisis, or possibly a zombie attack. 

I carry this sense of being prepared for any situation into what I literally carry, like in my bag. Recently I took my prepared self to Walmart to stock up on essentials: 

What essentials? Date night essentials, that is! Here's what I picked up:

But that's just a sneak peek of what I use, so let's check out the 10 Date Night Essentials You Need.

1-Emergen-C Chewables
  • Y'all, these are the BEST. I'm not just prepared, I'm a germaphobe, too. Yay! Who else is? Confess! I love that these come in chewable form. More Healthy Days, More Healthy Nights!

2-Mints or Gum
  • I think for a date night, this goes without saying. Everyone needs these. All the time.

3-Advil Tablet Vial

  • I get these in the travel section and prefer this small container. Use Advil tablets for headaches, minor arthritis and other joint pain, muscle aches and pains of the common cold. 

4-Phone Battery
  • Because every single blind date I've ever been on has been awful, I make sure my phone is charged and has a back up, so I can arrange to cut the night short. #sorrynotsorry
  • Soft hydrated lips are a part of my daily life, so date night is no exception! 
  • This one is 100% natural so lips are always kissable.

6-Artificial Sweetner
  • I might be prepared, but being graceful is definitely not me. I use this when I notice a grease spot from a food accident on my shirt or pants. Pour it on and allow it to set and it will soak up the oil. Wipe away.
  • I also will use this to make a quick sugar scrub on my hands with a little soap.
  • Because heartburn happens, y'all. May take 1 to 4 days for full effect. Use as directed.

8-Lip Liner
  • This one is surprising, right? The color lasts longer than a gloss or some lipstick finishes, and won't melt, should I accidentally leave it in the car. I add the ChapStick Total Hydration on top of it. I keep it in a neutral color that goes with everything.
  • Be sure to fill in the entire lip.
9-Hand Sanitizer
  • Did I mention that I'm a germaphobe?
10-A Cute Clutch
  • Throw these items in, along with my wallet, phone and keys, and I'm set for date night! Red is my COLOR, y'all.
What are your date night essentials?

Extra Elle:
  • Getting my hair done today--one of my fave things ever.
  • I'm trying to get exactly 1.5 million (slight exaggeration) things done before I leave for my trip back home. Wish me luck that I get them done! #stressed


Autumn Watercolor Nails: How To

how to autumn water color nails

It's still fall y'all (as evidenced by this post), and I thought I'd wrap up the unofficial ending of the season with a quick and effortless nail tutorial.

The best part? I bet you have everything you need already!

markers for nail art tutorial
First, paint nails white. This makes the colors pop. I suggest 1 light coat.

Next, grab some permanent markers--whatever colors you'd like. I was going for an autumnal vibe here, influenced by the leaves and the colors of season.

Third, you'll need a small container of rubbing alcohol.

Finally, a clear polish to seal the design.

nail art hacks sharpies
Once the white coat has dried, dip the tip of the Sharpie into the alcohol and then make your design (I did blobs and dots) onto the nail. Repeat with additional colors. Make sure all of the nail is filled in. Depending on the dryness of your marker (like if it's new or old), you might have to leave the marker in the alcohol for up to 5 seconds.

watercolor nails for fall

You can also dip a small brush into the alcohol and blur out your colors that way. If you get too much alcohol on your nail, just lightly blow it to dry. Sharpies are non-toxic, but I suggest sealing your work with a clear top coat.

autumn fall watercolor nails
And that's it! This would make a fun idea for a Thanksgiving accent nail, too. 

What's on your nails?

Extra Elle:
  • Had a super quick weekend back in my hometown. My nephew turned 7 (I shared it on Insta and Snapchat--both Ellesees). I'll be back there for Thanksgiving this week.
  • My good weekend was almost ruined by a rude comment on a pic of mine. I had a response, even a blog post planned out. But decided in the end to let it roll off my back--she doesn't know me and responding to her wouldn't fix anything. I felt instantly better.


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