18 January 2013

Party Girl


quilted paisley

 I'm typically a pretty casual, easy-going gal when it comes to going out. I prefer jeans, tacos and beer on tap out on a back deck as opposed to cocktail dresses, canapés and "signature" tall-stemmed glass drinks in a dark room with gobo lights and low leather couches. I don't need to spend a lot of money or "pre-game" to have a good time.

Though that's not to say I don't enjoy that stuff now and then. Sometimes it's nice to be catered to over a multi-course meal carefully suggested by a waiter dressed nicer than you are from a menu with no prices. It's an experience - just don't look too closely at the final bill.

 quilted paisley  quilted paisley

Variety is part of the fun of going out on dates with my honey. Once in a while we'll get all dressed up (see the outfit?) and go have dinner at a place you need reservations for, some other times we'll run into a diner for burgers and gyros after a random outing to a local auction or hiking trail. Or we'll make a trek out on a cold rainy day to Krispy Kreme for coffee and milk and some fresh-from-the-oven glazed heaven. Any or either way, it's a nice opportunity to try something different and be with the one you adore.

So in an attempt of keeping things new and interesting, I'd love to hear from you ladies. What do you and your honey like to do on date night? And do you have any recs for some fun, unusual date night ideas?

quilted paisley

quilted paisley

quilted paisley

Dress: Asos collection quilted paisley (same as skirt)
Jacket: F21 quilted zip (worn here - sim, sim, pricey, luxe)
Belt: Anthropologie ekbal (sim, sim silver, tonal)
Earrings: Target (steal, sim, sim)
Bracelets: Goodys double wear (sim)
Ring: BR (sim, sim, natural)
Pouch: Rebecca Minkoff (sim, sim, sim)
Shoes: Madewell film noir (worn here - same in peep, sim)

70 comments:

  1. Wow, that ring and those earings are just perfect for that lovely paisley dress, also wonderful beading detail - am going to click into all these links, you look so pretty!

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  2. That dress is beautiful on you! We love to mix it up on date nights, but they're mostly pretty casual. It makes the "dress-up" occasions that much more special though! :)

    Morgan
    seemomogo.blogspot.com

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  3. Lisa, that dress is exquiste on you! It's gorgeous and the details are amazing! I can't offer any suggestions because I don't have a boyfriend/husband. And I don't think guys care so much for fondue restaurants (girl hangout). HaHaHa It's nice to dress up and go to a Sunday Champagne Brunch. I guess that's my suggestion. HaHaHa
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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    1. Oh, I love fondue - I adore the Melting Pot, and when I was in Switzerland, I ate a ton of cheesy fondue goodness!

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  4. Seriously beautiful dress, and I can't believe it's only $50! Since my son was born my husband and I don't have a lot of date nights. When we do it's generally to go to dinner and a movie. For our anniversary we went to Flemmings a really nice steak house and to see Lincoln the movie. Date nights are a lot different than they were a decade ago....
    Ginny
    mynewfavoriteoutfit.blogspot.com

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  5. Patrick and I have a pretty routine date night of hanging out with a Redbox and Chinese, which I always love. But every now and again we're like "we gotta get OUT of here!" and that is always fun too! Lovely dress Lisa!

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  6. Obsessed with this dress and how PERFECTLY you styled it! You look very pretty!

    We're really into food, so our dates always revolve around a great place to eat.

    xoxo

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    1. I know, every time I leave the house, I am all about the eating!

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  7. what a fantastic and gorgeous dress. you look stunning in it. the colours and the beading around the waist are perfect!

    xox P

    phiphi's blog

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  8. This is gorgeous!! I'm all about the fun casual activity date topped off with ginormous sundaes or Gastropub fare. I do like fancier dates too though!

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  9. Oh my goodness that dress is gorgeous! Fits you perfectly and I LOVE the pattern! I'm totally the same, I love mixing up dates - sometimes it's a dressy dinner, sometimes it's going to the weekend markets :)

    life-etcblog.blogspot.com.au

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  10. ack! I MUST have that dress! Thanks goodness that's still possible...

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  11. and then maybe I can make a date night happen and we'll drag our lazy arses off the couch...

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  12. OBSESSED with it all!!!! the clutch, the printed dress, the quilted jacket . . . love it!
    hope you had a fun date night :)

    xo. c & v
    cake & valley

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  13. What an amazing dress. I am stunned that it is from ASOS! :)

    I need more date nights. We don't have very many at all. And when we do, we just talk about the kids. Snooze!

    So I will look to you for inspiration, if you don't mind!

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    1. Well we mostly talk about work - so that's a snoozer too, hehe!

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  14. I am almost there, i.e. making an ASOS purchase. You and Catherine from Not Dressed as a Lamb are going to make me fold and buy something, like a raccoon sweater.

    Right now our date nights consist of seeing all the Oscar flicks, either nominated for Best Movie, or with actor (and supporting) noms. But I like going to Trader Joe's with my sweetie, too - or just being in the same room with him.

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    1. Well, not to enable, but Asos has free ship and free returns ...

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  15. i love this dress. the detail seriously is gorgeous.

    for date nights we like to try and find interesting places we haven't been to to eat.
    we like going to ikea, plan out our future home.
    sometimes we like to go see movies in the dollar theater.
    we also like to pick something to do to our house and just eat some pizza at the house while working on a project.

    K

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  16. That dress is amazing! The geometry of the quilting combined with the paisley is gorgeous, and that belt and dress were made for each other. :)
    Hmm, date nights have kind of devolved into sit-on-the-couch, snack-and-drink-wine nights ... but we really should get dressed up sometime and leave the house!

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  17. you look lovely in this dress! i was so busy for so long that i don't even know what to do to have fun. sleep? kidding. (kinda) we do all sorts of groupon dinners, usually :) quick and easy and cheap. do want to add variety hopefully

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    1. I need to get into the whole Groupon thing - what deals!

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  18. Ok, you look amazing. That dress is beautiful ( and so unique and so you) and I love the way you dressed it up. Am I gushing? Sorry, but I love this look.

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  19. Lisa, you have me thinking I need this dress in my life (that skirt looks a bit too short and the model is only 2 inches taller than me). You look lovely in this date night outfit.
    My guy and I usually do Redbox and dinner but I told him we need to implement date night to get out and do fun activities. He doesn't know it yet but I'm going to make him do the whole trapeze thing. :)

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  20. you are looking so amazing so so so gorgeous! love your style.

    kristin
    xx

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  21. What a stunning dress! It's so unique! I love it:)!

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  22. My husband and I do pretty much the same...casual most dates but sometimes it's fun to have a "dressy" date night too. BTW, I pretty much want to buy the exact dress and belt your wearing...and for under $100, I might have to go for it. It's so pretty together!
    :)
    Allison

    A's Fashion Files
    Shop Kawaii Kitsch by A on Etsy, and get free domestic shipping with code FREESHIP

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  23. Love,love the dress and your outfit. You look stunning!

    I need some ideas for date night too,most of our dates are casual and depend on which restaurant has a table for the time we have a babysitter.
    I would love to do some dressy going out:)

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  24. omgosh paisley and quilted!! LOVE!! such an amazing dress looks fabulous on you hon!

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  25. Dying over how gorgeous that dress looks on you! I love paisley and haven't found a pretty bold one like yours (or Jean's) - sigh, someday!

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  26. Love the dress!
    I love to go to a restaurant with me love unplannend, or just go to a random bar.
    Xx el33ta

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  27. You look so cute! Great dress, the pouch is adorable!! Kisses! xo

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  28. You look so beautiful! The dress is pretty pretty pretty, absolutely to die for! x

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  29. That dress is gorgeous on you, love the fun print!

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  30. Asos has some gorgeous dresses! And this one is pretty! We usually go to more casual places but about once every year, we get all dressed up and go to a Brazilian Steakhouse. That's always a lot of fun :)

    -FashionEdible

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  31. I love, love, love that dress and belt and... the whole outfit. Absolutely awesome. Could anyone tell me how ASOS clothes fit? I've never tried 'em, but this dress is amazing.

    My husband and I love going to Disneyland.... we live in LA, so it's maybe 45 minutes away, but it feels like another planet, haha. We have a pass, so sometimes we just go later in the day and walk around and get dinner, or go on a few smaller rides and enjoy the scenery. We also like cooking classes, roller derby games, the occasional mini-golf or bowling.... or finding a fun new bar!

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    1. I've bought a few things from Asos and always order one size up from my usual US size - they've got free ship and free returns, so there's always the option to try!

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    2. Thank you! I bought it in two sizes, just in case. Couldn't pass it up - such a cute dress for $50, plus an extra 15% off and free shipping!

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  32. Such a gorgeous dress. The detail at the waist is stunning and you kept the accessories simple which looks perfect.
    Method Clothe

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  33. Haha...I need my husband to take me to one of those restaurants with no price menus! Fancy! That dress is so cute and I love all the fun accessories! My husband loves the Cheesecake Factory so we usually go there for happy hour.
    ~Jessica
    Jeans and a Teacup

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    1. Ooh Cheesecake Factory - love their strawberry lemonade, sweet sugar overload!

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  34. I'm just loving that dress, it looks terriffic on you, the pattern, the texture... great find!

    Our special nights out are dinners somewhere nice (but you knew that).

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  35. That little pouch is adorable! Love your nail polish too. Very pretty!

    We love hiking together, going on road trips, and being outside. Our "date" dates usually consist of some kind of food - everything from our favorite brunch spot, to food cart lunches, to fancy nights out at pricey restaurants. I think that for us, trying new things is key. Of course we have our staples/favorites that we go back to time and time again, but it's always fun to be adventurous and try something new.

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    1. Oh yeah, activities with me MUST include food!

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  36. You look great! Love the dress!

    Smile On:)...Classy Pam

    http://classypam.blogspot.com/

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  37. You look gorgeous! That dress is stunning, and I agree, it is nice to go to those places! It's a treat! Very pretty!

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  38. 1. Your dress is beautiful. The colors and pattern is gorgeous.
    2. We like to walk places, it makes it more fun. Try taking a walk to some place you've never thought of walking to before. In Miami, there are not many places we can get to on foot, but in my area, we are lucky enough to be able to do it once in a while. It's really nice on date night, especially when the weather is a bit cool Downside - no heels (but you can pack 'em in your bag ;)

    http://www.thefashionableesq.blogspot.com/

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  39. Swit swoo you look lovely! We don't really have date nights now we have E. Some food & a film on the sofa before (early to) bed is about as wild as it gets. Sometimes we'll do a cheese, bacon & shallot fondue with dippy bits & funky salads & actually eat at the table! What we tend to do more is head out for a late wknd breakfast & take her with us just to mix the usual routine up. That's really fun, followed by a walk & the park. Not a date as such but quality time nonetheless :-)

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    1. I love late weekend meals - late lunches or brunches. Seems indulgent!

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  40. I love your looks so much :o)!This pouch is to die for!!!
    I don't have a honey :),but if I'd have one,I'd probably like to go with him on a long walk through a city at night and then have some fast food.Just simple fun,enjoying him,the city,some windowshopping... XO

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    1. You must know that McDonald's french fries and soft serve ice cream cones are my weakness! ;o)

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  41. that dress is gorgeous! you look beautiful!!

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  42. Gorgeous dress. The print is so fun and the shape is so flattering.

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  43. I almost bought that dress (but then decided it wasn't on the list, darn!), ad have to say it looks gorgeous on you, and fills me with regret for not buying it.

    Definitely nice to go out occasionally for a "fancy" meal - I think it's all part of the experience that you don't get at your usual or standard eateries!

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  44. I love love love this dress! the print is just superb.
    I think it's important to have a reason to get dressed up, sometimes you just need to!
    Chic on the Cheap

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  45. What a gorgeous date outfit Lisa. I love the pattern of the dress on you too!!

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  46. love the dress. i think its very flattering. That belt just fits so effortlessly with the print of the dress.
    supermodeltall.blogspot.com

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  47. Even if it's not your normal style, everyone enjoys being wined and dined once in a while. This is the perfect date-night-on-the-town outfit. I can't get over how pretty the pattern on your dress is, and the waist detail is just stunning!
    xox,
    Cee

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  48. Ah! I missed this post! I'm loving your dress, so pretty! I love love love the print! Your purse is also cute, it's already a statement piece~ The whole outfit is just gorgeous! Well, my partner is very spontaneous. He will just bring me to a place that I've never been to or heard. It may be a restaurant or somewhere that he knows I'm into. Or buy an Ice cream together at 24/7 store in the middle of the night- that's how we date- lol! But most of the time we watch movie together, cook or cuddle up at home :)

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  49. Just lovely! =)

    www.goodbadandfab.com
    personal style and fashion musings of a LA fashion lawyer living life in the fab lane!

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  50. That dress is glorious - the detail at the waist is so beautiful.
    I like how you wear that jacket over the shoulders... looks so chic.

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  51. You look so fabulous! What a great dress and the styling is impeccable!

    :) Maigen (LCDF)

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