Thursday night, my good friend Sara and I headed over Lord & Taylor’s flagship store in Midtown for a Girls Night Out with Allure Magazine and ESQ Movado.
The evening featured Champagne, sweet treats and the opportunity to try on a sassy, colorful watch. We also got to enjoy mini manicures. Sara chose a festive gold color while I went for my usual pale pink (note to self: be more adventurous with nail color in 2014).
One of the evening’s highlights – a Q&A session with dating expert and author . Andrea has long been a favorite of mine when it comes to dispensing practical advice that is based on common sense rather than outdated rules.
“The best thing you can do for your love life is to love your life,” she told the crowd of about 200 women.
Andrea also encouraged taking risks this holiday season, whether it’s approaching someone at a party or exploring a new hobby that answers the question, where do I shine?
As for the right time to broach the subject of where a relationship is going, Andrea maintains there’s no one size fits all answer.
“Some couples know after 3 weeks, some couples take seven years,” she said.
Everything Andrea said truly resonated with me. 2013 has been a very bumpy year when it comes to dating – one that has raised more questions than it has answered. It’s forced me to reexamine long held rules which may be holding me back, and to see how hard it is to check your emotional baggage at the door when you’re getting to know someone new.
With 2014 right around the corner, I’ve already decided on my first New Year’s resolution – to not make any that have to do with my love life. That’s a first for me, so maybe the approaching end of my thirties has made me a little wiser after all.
Hope springs eternal.
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