Dating Ideas In The Run Up To Christmas

The most wonderful time of the year is also a perfect time to look for and find love. Most people like to spend Christmas with a special someone, and with the rise of online dating sites, including the current popularity of over 50s dating and single parent dating, it seems true that there really is somebody for everybody, and that now might just be the time you will find your soulmate, or at least some friendship and companionship. Dating websites have opened up the world of love to so many people, even in more rural, remote or island communities, currently dating sites in Guernsey are proving very popular as just one example.

If you are looking for a Guernsey dating site, there are lots out there, but once you have found some potential dates, what now? Where would be the ideal place for easy going, enjoyable dates, particularly if you want to take things a little slower? I have put together some festive ideas that will make the most of the joy of the season, as well as hopefully allowing you the chance to enjoy the perfect date.

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A Christmas Market

A Christmas market is a great date idea. Think about it, you don’t have to be ultra glam, your date can see you looking fairly natural which is a positive way to start a potential relationship. You can enjoy a drink (a mulled wine maybe) but drink does not have to take over the date, something that can happen if you are nervous. You can enjoy the date, hold hands, enjoy the sites, scents and the smells, but in a relaxed and happy festive atmosphere. Plus, if it doesn’t turn out the way you hoped, you should be within reach of lots of transport links if you want to make a quick escape.

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A Pantomime

A trip to the panto used to be a traditional family entertainment, but that is no longer the truth. Many couples love the fun and the comedy of the panto and make it a looked forward to part of their Christmas celebrations. And it does make a perfect date night for a new couple. Why? Well for a start it is such good fun and it allows you to see if your new date has a sense of humour. If he/she sits there with a stony face, this is one date that probably won’t become two, but you might so enjoy a date where you are able to have fun together, the couple who laugh together, stay together.

A Christmas Movie

One of the loveliest things about Christmas is the traditional Christmas movie, and many of the independent cinema chains often have a special Christmas programme where they show classic movies, both black and white classics like ‘It’s a wonderful life’ and more modern fair like Home Alone and Elf.

A movie night is always a lovely date idea, a chance to snuggle up, share some popcorn and generally relax, lost in a wonderful movie. A Christmas movie just adds to the romance and enjoyment factor.

7 Ways To Upgrade Your Boring Old Clothes into Something New

High fashion is an expensive world. It can be hard to keep up with all the changing trends and shifting ideas. It’s even harder to be a fashionista with an empty wallet. Hard, but as it turns out, not impossible. If you want to give your wardrobe an upgrade without the credit card bills afterward, upcycling may be the answer. Clothing manufacturing is the second largest polluter in the world. So by restyling your old clothes, you’re not only saving yourself money, you’re helping the environment! Plus, it’s a lot of fun. By making a few little changes to your clothes, you can make some major changes to your style. Check out this list for some ideas on where to start.

1. Change up your buttons

An easy way to upcycle your clothes is to swap out your buttons. Sewing and crafting stores have a variety of options. Class it up with mother of pearl, or go a little funky with chunky or colorful buttons. Add some edge with metal buttons or studs, or just experiment with buttons on old clothes you don’t wear anymore. It’s a little change that can make a big difference in the overall look.

2. Cut it up

If you’re feeling brave, take a pair of scissors, and go wild! Cut some slashes in your favorite shirt. Make some more cuts, and turn a shirt into a skirt, or a pair of shorts. Cut the sleeves off your favorite shirt, and replace them with ribbons, to see how that fits. Put some artful slashes in your jeans. Add some colorful patches to your clothes, for a bohemian look. Just go for it, and make a change by cutting something up.

3. Try some embroidery

Embroidery is a great skill to learn if you have an interest in fashion. It’s not just about creating cute detailed patterns on your clothes. Once you have some skill, you can even create custom patterns, so you can embroider anything you want onto your clothes. Choose something in a basic color, and stitch away! With a little practice, you can go from basic flower and letter patterns, to animals and even your favorite logos. Get a good quality embroidery machine for beginners, take some classes, read up on some embroidery machine tips and you can turn yourself into a brand!

4. Do something different

The easiest and cheapest way to upcycle is just to change the way you see your clothes. Sometimes, we get into a rut. Those jeans look so great with those boots, we never question why we don’t wear them with something else. Try something new. Add some layers. Try adding a belt to give a new shape to an old dress. Look at your wardrobe staples, and mix and match. Pick up some fun accessories, and restyle your favorites. Upcycling is about breathing new life into your old clothes, so make some changes, and don’t be afraid to get a little uncomfortable.

5. Try another length

The right length can drastically change the look and feel of a piece. You can change your look by rolling your shirt sleeves. You can re-hem your jeans to make cute capris or shorts. You can even add length by adding fabric, for a cute layered look.

6. Add some fun details

The great thing about upcycling is you can get really creative. Don’t be afraid to try things. Taking a paintbrush to a silk shirt can give you a patterned effect like you’d see on a Prada catwalk. Bored of your favorite strappy sandals? Add some big feathers, and you can give it a touch of Haute couture. Adding a fringe to your favorite hat, or shirt, and you’ll be totally on trend. You can even pop by a craft store, and get some metal studs to update your denim jackets or old running shoes. Once you start experimenting, you’ll find there are things you keep coming back to. Who knows? You might just start the next big trend yourself!

7. Tailor your clothes

It’s the biggest fashion secret around, and it’s not even a secret. Have you ever seen your favorite celeb in a plain gray t-shirt and jeans and wondered why you could never look like that? It’s not just about genes and self discipline. It’s all in the tailoring. Most women don’t bother to think about tailoring. But it’s relatively inexpensive, and makes a huge difference in the shape of your clothes. If you really want clothes that fit like a dream, tailoring is the best way to go. You’d be amazed at how different your clothes will look when they’ve been shaped just for you. It’s not exactly DIY, but it’s a simple fix that makes a huge difference.

Keeping up with fashion may mean retail therapy for us, but it puts a lot of stress on our wallets. It’s also bad for the environment. Not that you should ditch your shopping sprees altogether, but a few simple upcycling techniques can help you update your wardrobe and help you save money. Best of all, it’ll give you a totally new look that is all you. And who knows, you might even start a few new trends yourself! So get creative, and make something gorgeous.

 

Romantic Date Ideas for Couples Adventuring Midlife Crisis Together

A midlife crisis can strike anyone. This is the kind of depression that can leave you questioning your life and purpose for being, and you may end up with drastic changes in your situation. You may end up changing your career entirely, moving to another state (or even another country), or buying a Porsche. It’s jarring enough if you’re single, but if you’re in a serious relationship, then a midlife crisis can upend both your lives. Sometimes this feeling can even result in extramarital affairs.

As a couple dealing with a midlife crisis together, it’s especially imperative for the two of you to keep on having regular dates. This reaffirms your special bond and it helps you to support each other. Here are some types of romantic dates that you may want to try out:

Do the Opposite of What You Normally Do

If the two of you are both impulsive, try to go on a “responsible” date by volunteering your time at a charity event or a soup kitchen. But if you two are more the responsible type, try something that’s still legal but somewhat crazy. The point is to do something different, so that you’re not stuck doing the same things you’ve been doing for seemingly forever.

Be Like a Tourist

If you live in a city, then some people may visit your city for their holiday. What would a tourist do? Go online and do some research and then go to the same places a tourist might visit. These may be museums, botanical gardens, and zoos. These may also be places that you may have felt are too “touristy”, but you can always give it a try and see your city (and your life) from a fresh perspective.

Play a Game from Your Childhood

One way to forget that you’re both older now is to bring yourselves back to when you were children. So try games that you both enjoyed when you were younger. This can be miniature golf, badminton, or even bowling. Bowling is especially popular among many couples today, as these bowling alleys can have special theme nights.

Visit an Amusement Park or Arcade

Now this can really help you feel like kids again. You can go on rides together, and then take your turn at the whack-a-mole. Play the various games and laugh at your lack of skills. The point is to have light-hearted fun together and pretend you’re teenagers again. Maybe you can even try to cotton candy!

Go Camping

When was the last time you ever slept in a tent? If you’re mostly the urban type, then it could be a while since you last tried this.

Consult a veteran camper you know personally, and borrow (or buy) some supplies like a tent and sleeping bags. You can start by staying overnight in your backyard, but then you may progress into the woods. Have a campfire, roast marshmallows and hotdogs, and maybe tell a few ghost stories over a bottle of wine. Don’t forget to snuggle, as that’s always essential for romantic dates of this type!