Five date night must-haves!

Five date night must-haves

Five date night must-haves

The best night of the week? Date night. Whether you are going out with your significant other or with a gang of friends, nothing beats getting a little dressed up and cutting loose. Tonight my husband and I are celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary and I am prepared for a memorable night out with my five must-haves!

Market and Spruce Nic Striped Dress

Market and Spruce Nic Striped Dress from @StitchFix

Market and Spruce Nic Striped Dress

Market and Spruce Nic Striped Dress front and back from @StitchFix

Market and Spruce Nic Striped Dress

Market and Spruce Nic Striped Dress from the side @StitchFix

1.  A kick-ass dress.  Wearing a dress makes everything a little more special, as long as the dress is also as comfy as a pair of pj’s. My favorite this summer is the Market and Spruce Nic Striped Dress. It’s as soft as a favorite t-shirt and it doesn’t wrinkle. This dress looks good on almost every body shape.

I never would have picked it out at the store, though – all those stripes would have scared me away. I got mine through Stitch Fix, which is a fashion service that you really have to try. You can schedule a ‘fix’ anytime you want, and through a detailed questionnaire a stylist picks four to five items for you. Try them on, and if you don’t like them, send them back. If you keep all five, you get a killer discount. You can even create a Pinterest board of clothes you love and your stylist will look at it to help guide your picks. (If you want to check out my personal Stitch Fix board, it’s right HERE).

I am not an affiliate, but if you decide to try Stitch Fix and go through this link I’ll get credit for future boxes…and I’ll be forever grateful! Trust me on this one though…you WILL become addicted and your closet will become absolutely fabulous.

Whish Orange Cream Body Butter

Whish Orange Cream Body Butter

2.  A sweet smelling travel-size tube of hand/body lotion. I can’t stand dry hands or arms, so I always carry a small tube of hand/body cream. It’s a great way to ward of crepey skin and to also freshen up after an intense Wobble or Electric Slide session. I like Whish Body Butter in Orange Cream. It reminds me of the orange creamsicles of my youth and makes me happy every time I slather some on.

KBShimmer What Are You Wading For?

KBShimmer What Are You Wading For?

KBShimmer What Are You Wading For?

KBShimmer What Are You Wading For?

3.  An awesome manicure. I am all about holographic polishes these days. They look demure indoors, but get these babies under some lights and they are funkadelic. A favorite this season is KBShimmer What Are You Wading For?, the best blue polish I have ever had. It’s LE so get it before it’s gone!

Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tan Mousse

Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tan Mousse – right leg after one hour of Cocoa Brown.

4.  A great faux-tan.  As soon as I apply a natural looking faux-tan I immediately feel more confident. A little color brightens me up, makes me look thinner, and people no longer shield their eyes at my glaringly white skin when I wear shorts. Cocoa Brown 1 hour Tan Mousse is the bomb. Easy to apply, doesn’t transfer to clothes, and they now have a Dark shade for when I want to really get crazy.

Kiss Safe

KissSafe

5.  A discreet breath spray.  Despite our best intentions, all kinds of chemical warfare can unknowingly explode in your mouth, leaving you with dragon breath. I always carry a small spray bottle of oral antiseptic and KissSafe is the perfect choice. I like how it assumes I am going to be kissing someone, not just blathering on whilst unknowingly invading someone’s personal space. KissSafe isn’t sharply minty, it’s gentle yet extremely effective. This little baby hides right in my purse. A quick discreet spray and no one will have to subtly offer me a breath mint.

With a great dress, soft skin, heart stopping nails, healthy tanned skin and oral antiseptic, my date night is bound to be a major success. Tonight our celebration is at an old-school Italian restaurant in downtown Detroit and I’ve got my action plan all in place. I am ready for some romance, some silliness, and some lighthearted reminiscing. What are some of your date night must-haves?  – Lisa

*except for Stitch Fix, all items received for editorial consideration

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Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tan Mousse

Cocoa BrownApril is always the beginning of self-tanner season for me, so for the last few months I have been testing all sorts of self tanners and separating out the best ones. One of my recent favorites comes from across the ocean: Cocoa Brown Tan. Cocoa Brown Tan is a very popular line overseas and in fact has the best-selling self-tanner in Ireland and the UK.This line recently launched in New York and Miami at Rickys NYC, as well as online at www.rickysnyc.com which ships across the US. 

Cocoa Brown Tanning Mousse
So what puts Cocoa Brown into my YES file? The 1 Hour Tan Mousse ($13.99) does indeed work within one hour, giving me – yes – a soft, cocoa brown tan. The color is very natural without any orange tones at all. 
Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tanning Mousse

Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tanning Mousse

It comes with an application mitt and works for both face and body. This self-tanner does have a fragrance – Tahitian Gardenia – but it’s not strong and doesn’t irritate skin. The tanner is made with vegetable derived DHA without parabens, so it works on even sensitive skin.
The mousse has a color guide so it is very easy to apply without streaks or missed spots. It dries extremely quickly so there is little wait time before you can safely wear clothes or, in my case, hit the sheets since I typically put my self tanner on before bed. I don’t find it necessary to rinse it off after an hour. Once it is rinsed off, the color lasts for about five days before it noticeably fades. Overall, this is great stuff at a great price that does everything a good self tanner should do. I do wish that the color was even deeper, but those with fair to medium skin tones will love the beautifully natural results.  
Take a moment to check out the newly launched Cocoa Brown Tan line – if self tanners aren’t your thing, they have tons of other products too!  – Lisa
*received for editorial consideration.  Check out the full Cocoa Brown Tan line on Pinterest HERE.