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I'm loving this adorable tiki-themed mood board created by my dear friend Katelyn of Too Pretty For A Cubicle. I couldn't be more excited about her party this weekend. And we don't want to leave you out of all the fun, so here's what you do: put on our tiki-party playlist by clicking on the image below, grab yourself a mai tai, slab on some sunscreen and park yourself in front of a sparkling pool... voilá! You're practically here with us!
If you’ve been reading my writings on a regular basis, then you already know I dabbled in online dating earlier this year. I wasn’t searching for “the one”, merely trying to break out of my shell and meet new people. I was always open to the possibility of one of the good dates turning into something more, but it just never played out that way. I ended up meeting a really great guy in real life (who is now my boyfriend) and disabled my OKCupid account.
When I first created my OKCupid profile, I was relieved to find out it didn’t have the stigma I had always imagined when I thought of online dating…cough…desperate…cough. The complete opposite was true. It was like drinking Raspberry Smirnoff Ice when I was a Junior in high school… everybody was doing it! I even recruited a friend to try it out. It was nice to have a support system of girlfriends who were also waiting for last night’s date to text them. It was even better to have them there when that guy didn’t text you and a week later you were half a wine glass away from texting him.
Upon exiting the realm of OKCupid, I still had friends who remained on the site. One of those friends will be reaching the 5th date mark with her internet suitor tonight. Another friend told me she took her profile down this week. When I asked why, she said, “I just don’t think it was doing any good. After this last guy, I was over it. These guys take you out, tell you they like you and gush over you, and then when they see something online they might like better, they’re gone.”
This did seem to be a pattern and it made me ponder the male’s motive for online dating. Were sites like OKCupid and Tinder just a game of dating roulette? Pick a pretty girl, take her out, pick a new pretty girl, take her out, and so on. Of course I believe that dating is supposed to be a learning experience and if you don’t feel something special on that first date it’s best to move on. There are also guys who don’t fall under this category.
However, in my friend’s situation, after a few dates with this guy he proceeded to tell her that he wanted to date only her. She was obviously excited because she really liked him. Then, after a couple more dates he stopped talking to her altogether. The incredibly torturous thing about online dating is you can usually see the last time someone was logged onto their profile. After this guy started the silent treatment, he continued to log onto OKCupid. Had he just decided to move to the next spot on his dating roulette wheel?
Unfortunately, this had happened before with a different guy. The good news is my friend, like myself, believes that if the guy isn’t actively pursuing her, then he isn’t worth her precious time. She has decided to take a much needed break from dating and spend a little more time with her girlfriends and herself. I reminded her of what my step-dad has always told me about love… you can’t be looking for it.
I've been feeling rather domestic lately. It probably has to do with the fact that my life currently revolves around moving into my new apartment. All I want to do is decorate, clean and cook. And seeing as how I've got the decorating and cleaning thing down, cooking is my next obstacle to tackle. I've gotten pretty good at crock-potting, but I'm ready for bigger and better things. I'm confident this kitchen cheat sheet from SHELLSHOCK will help me out quite a bit. Get ready stove. Here I come!
"What do you do when you’re tired of the prospect of dating? Two good friends with opposite relationship problems found themselves single at the same time. As an experiment, they dated for 40 days."
Two young designers from New York (Jessica Walsh and Timothy Goodman) have decided to start this little dating experiment in hopes of enlightening themselves and other frustrated singles alike. Not to say other people's dating lives aren't suuuuper interesting (clearly this has been a riveting topic on my blog lately- thanks to Katelyn of Too Pretty for a Cubicle) but to make this more universally captivating, they've enlisted several designers to create a poster for each day of their dating progress.
Watch it all as it unfolds HERE.
Hope to see y'all there!
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Unique LA Summer Show Details
Cost: $10 at the door (cash only), Kids 12 and under are free.
Where: The Barker Hangar, at the Santa Monica Airport
Hours: 11am-6pm (both Saturday & Sunday)
• Unlimited re-entry for both days
• Free cocktails at the Bar, plus other free drinks
• Giveaways, such as free tickets to the OC Fair!
• Free photo booth portraits and a print at the Oh Snap Studios Photo Booth
• Curated Truck Stop cafe featuring LA’s best food trucks