Conquering Weddings, Solo

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There are amazing things that you learn about yourself during your single years that you might not ever get a chance to learn otherwise. You might find a hidden talent. You might realize your personality is a lot quirkier than you thought. You might learn how to do something completely out of your realm.

Or, even better, you might learn how to conquer a summer full of weddings, solo.

Bringing a date to a wedding as a single lady can be a total bore to begin with. You can’t gossip and have inappropriate conversations with your girls, and you have to worry about making sure they don’t feel awkward when you leave him to go hit the dance floor. I, personally, suggest putting on your party panties and going to the next wedding on your own.

Here are a few tips to accomplish Single Lady Wedding Reception Success:

Look hot. The more confident you feel, the easier it will be to open up in a setting that may be outside of your comfort zone. And don’t be that girl that wears a dress and shoes that you can’t dance in and don’t wear white… or red.

Go ahead and put the phone away. Being glued to your phone means missing out on conversations and opportunities to meet new people. And being glued to your phone in social settings can be tacky. Ugh… I just said tacky.

Arrive early. Not just because it’s the right thing to do, but this will give you time to find familiar faces and someone to sit with during the nuptials.

Find a seat. Seating during the reception can be awkward. It’s awkward if there is assigned seating; it’s awkward if there isn’t. If you’re like me, you’ll either end up at the kids table or the retirement table. Remember, you’re on your own. Find an empty seat next to someone you know… or that hot friend of the groom!

Participate! The bride and groom want to make sure everyone is having fun. Finish your second (or third) cocktail and get on the dance floor. Who cares if you suck at dancing (hi). Who cares if everyone at the table is watching you (they’ll probably admire you). Grab friends and the bride and break in the dance floor for everyone else.

If you really want to rock a reception dance floor, you may want to learn these few dances:

The Wobble

Cupid Shuffle

Single Ladies

Cha Cha Slide

And because every guy in Texas needs to learn the basics to country two stepping.

At this point of the night, you should be ready to catch the bouquet. After all, your dance solo to Single Ladies should have everyone cheering for you to catch the bouquet. So, you may want to practice catching too…

Now, the rest of the night… that’s up to you.

XOXO,

Jordan

Confession Friday: Not Trending

Let’s talk about trends…

I hate them.

Have you ever walked into a party and everyone there was wearing the same beautiful, yet the same statement jewelry? Have you ever gone to a Christmas party and your great aunt was wearing the same riding boots as you? They may have been a different brand and price point as your beloved shoes, but to everyone else, they were the same. Have you ever gone out for a Saturday night on the town to find at least 5 people in every bar you go to had the same wardrobe vision you had while you were getting ready? I thought a Kimono paired with a tank, cut off shorts and lace up boots for a Saturday night in Uptown Dallas would surely be original. Nope. And it’s even worse when the people you are twinsies with aren’t necessarily the cutest people in the bar.

Yeah… trends are annoying. And maybe I dislike them so much because I really enjoy rotating my clothes. I don’t like for my purchases to become “so last month” in a matter of a… month. But I still really love the Kimono and if you’re in Dallas looking for one, go to Milk & Honey or Flirt Boutique in Uptown.

Photo Courtesy of: Milk & Honey Boutique, Uptown Dallas

Photo Courtesy of: Milk & Honey Boutique, Uptown Dallas

Bonus Friday Confession: I am really bad about taking care of myself. I stress myself out so much about following through with my main duty of keeping my son healthy that my health gets thrown to the wayside. So, I encourage you to go get a check up, take your vitamins and when you feel “off”, you probably are. Now that I’m finally getting myself back on track (literally… don’t ask), blogs might become more frequent. Such a slacker I’ve been…

XOXO,

Untrendy Jo

Friday the 13th and a Killer Spotify Playlist

Single Sistas Spotify Playlist

According to my news feed, there is a full moon tonight and today is Friday the 13th. From my own (sometimes superstitious) personal experiences, crazy shit happens on days like these! And I get to travel to a far away place for the weekend without cell phone service, so I am already going to be going insane.

In hopes of getting through a weekend with unlimited potential of crazy, I’ve made a killer Spotify playlist for myself and the rest of my single ladies trying to avoid crazy on a daily basis. Enjoy…

XOXO,

Unreachable Jo

My Dallas Don’t Give a Damn Birthday Celebration

Birthdays, to me, are milestones. Each birthday age you’re either old enough to now be able to do something, or now too old to not do something anymore. Some birthdays set you into cruise control straight to your mid-life crisis. Some birthdays leave you in your border-line immature teen years, and some motivate to you step up your a-game…

Well my recent birthday was a birthday milestone where I was still on both sides of the fence (thank God). I was still young enough to do the super cliché Uptown Dallas bar crawl, and old enough to wear an outfit that stated “I don’t give a damn” (also the theme of my birthday). It was a birthday where I was still young enough to let my hair down and karaoke like I was 10 years old again standing on my bunk bed singing Leann Rimes, yet was old enough to have no interests in finding or impressing a guy or even making that a goal. It’s really a great age…

So, how do you celebrate a birthday milestone where you can let your hair down like you just don’t give a damn in Dallas? Easy…
1) Gather your girlfriends. So, this is also an age where your BF’s are well established and making your birthday invite is just a group text away…
2) Get a Lyft. Download the app, use promo code RUDY176 and you have 3 free rides. And you’ll now want to Lyft to your mom’s house and everywhere else.
3) Karaoke at the MAT (McKinney Avenue Tavern). There’s a fun old guy you can serenade and Big Al is usually nearby, although he no longer swings a girl around the dance floor for her birthday!
4) Go to Den bar. It is EXTREMELY overrated, filled with no one from within the Dallas city limits and one bartender is a total douchelord, but it’s a rad place you can go to dance like your 8th grade dance DJ just gave you a shout out.
5) Ride bikes down Swiss Ave. Duh.

Dallas Birthday
@dallasbelleblog. Kimono top from TopShop and black lace shorts courtesy of The Brown Eyed Girl Boutique.

XOXO,

No longer the birthday girl.

My Happily Ever After via a Horoscope and a Bachelorette Party

Two bachelorette parties down, 4 weddings to go! Good lord, the last 2 weekends have been exhausting…

I was particularly excited for the first bachelorette party as it was hosted in Fort Worth… the other two letters of DFW that is polar opposite of the D and the two don’t typically like to intermingle. Fort Worth is a refreshing change of scenery if you’ve been stuck in Dallas for a while. It is a place where you can ditch the LBD and high heals for cut off shorts and cowboy boots. A place where less is more and drinks are cheaper because the men are nicer. Oh, the men… really put Dallas men to SHAME (says the single Dallas girl).

So, what do you need for a Fort Worth weekend getaway? Just the essentials…

Before I could get too excited about the upcoming month of wedding and bachelorette festivities, I had to see what Susan Miller said the *stars* had aligned for me first. I’m not typically an astrology nut, but Susan is basically an Astrology God that really knows her stuff. And I might not blame you if you start getting curious about your own Susan Miller horoscope and start exiting my blog right about now…

But if not, here is a short snippet of what the stars had in store for me the weekend of this Fort Worth bachelorette party, via the Astrology God herself-
“Romantically, circle May 18, when we will see a conjunction of Venus and Uranus in Aries. Aries is a fire sign that blends beautifully with yours and guards your eleventh house of fun, friendship, and events. This will be a highly electric day when love may be sparked suddenly, and a friend seems to be the one that brings you both together.” – Susan Miller
Hello… I am going to meet me a boot wearin’, two-steppin’, handsome Fort Worth man through a friend at an “electric” event and we are going to live happily ever after!

Nope.

I did, however, meet the total opposite: a Canadian that did not know how to two-step… poor thing. He asked me to dance. I led him around the dance floor – apparently that makes the man think I like to call the shots in a relationship (well yeah, but I’m not going to admit that!). We had a great conversation that we both pretended that we actually heard what the other person was saying and… the night ended and we went our separate ways.

Better luck next time, right Susan??

XOXO,

Jordan