6 Places You Should NEVER Go on a First Date
You nailed your Tinder profile, both swiped right, crushed the friendly dating app banter and have finally decided to meet IRL. Choosing a comfortable yet creative first date spot is super important. It can help ease the onset of emotions (excitement! anxiety!), while ensuring that both people have a ton of fun, even if sparks don’t fly. While you can’t control everything, you can definitely do your best to avoid your first date ending up as an online dating horror story by skipping some of the worst locations we’ve heard about. Scroll on for the list of six places to NEVER take a first date, and all the dirty deets.
1. An Overcrowded Restaurant: Grabbing a bite on a first date is pretty much always a good idea, as it gives you time to enjoy something delicious (built-in convo starter) while getting to know one another. The exception? Meeting for the first time at an overly crowded restaurant where you have to shout to hear one another or continually get knocked around by passing guests. Since feeling relaxed is important, choose a low-key place that has a fun vibe, but not the crowd to match. It’ll help the convo flow.
2. Your Apartment or Your Parents’ House: You can meet your date at your house or theirs (we still appreciate when someone picks us up), but move on after the initial hello! While cozying up at home is wonderful once you’re in an established relationship, save it for future hangouts if the two of you hit it off. Staying in won’t give you the opportunity to bond over a fun evening out and can lead to a makeout sesh or more — before you’ve even learned anything about your date! No need to bring your date to a family member’s house either. Dinner at your mom’s can wait. Seriously, it can.
3. The Car Wash: If it’s not obvious already, DON’T have your first date at the car wash or anywhere else that requires the two of you to get dirty or do chores. Though they’re not completely about primping, first dates are a good opportunity to look and feel your best. So don’t take it too seriously, put on your fave outfit and go have some fun together! The mundane tasks on your to-do list will still be there when you’re done.
4. The Gym: Though it can be tough to squeeze time for fitness into a schedule that’s full with work, social commitments and trying to date, a jam-packed gym is no place for a first meeting. If you and your date love being active, consider a walk, hike or outside adventure that still lends itself to seeing how you jive. ‘Cause let’s face it: Trying to talk on treadmills or catch up when you’re catching your breath after an exhausting sweat sesh just isn’t ideal for getting to know a potential S.O.
5. Office Happy Hour: Office happy hours with a plus one can be super fun, but they’re best reserved for people you’ve been seeing for a bit. The last thing you want to do is subject someone new to boring work chatter, your boss’ crude jokes or team culture clashes. And you don’t want to be the person to suffer through that while attending your date’s office event either! Enjoy focusing on each other during the first meeting, without the added pressure that comes with getting to know other people in your date’s life.
6. On a Boat: Unless you’ve discussed it before meeting up and know that no one is prone to sea sickness, don’t show off your sailing skills. You’ll be trapped with a could-be special someone on the open water, which might be a bummer if you’re itching to end the outing sooner than originally planned. Opt for a picnic near the marina instead.
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)