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Ask Susie By: Susie

Q: Dear Susie,

This is a big week. And I’m not talking about the Founder’s Day parade or the upcoming gumbo cook off. No, I have a more pressing concern. I’m going on my first blind date this weekend! Obviously, this isn’t something I normally do. I like to think I don’t need to, but I don’t think it’s any secret that we are in the midst of a crisis in BlueBell: an absolute drought of eligible bachelors. Is it so much to ask that a man be an attractive, churchgoing, family-minded, romantic, gainfully employed, clean-cut homeowner with enthusiasm for wine tasting and antiques? Apparently so. There are certainly none of these gentlemen hanging around at the Rammer Jammer. Trust me, Iā€™ve looked.

Anyway, back to the problem at hand: I have no idea what to wear! It’s a lot of pressure — I want to seem fun and effortless, but not sloppy or — um — easy. My date lives in Mobile and we’ll be going out there, so I’m also looking for something suitably cosmopolitan. What is the absolute perfect ensemble?

Love is Blind (Not Really)

A: Dear Love is Blind,

You have probably heard this before, but it bears repeating: Just be yourself, especially if yourself is a fine young lady from BlueBell, Alabama. Chances are he’s probably just as nervous as you! Of course, it’s not inappropriate to dress up just a bit ā€“ after all, it’s nice to show you’re taking this evening, and this man, somewhat seriously. How about a nice dress (nothing too tight — you don’t want to turn down dessert after a perfectly delightful dinner because you can’t breathe, do you?), a cardigan in case the evening gets chilly, and a pair of simple flats for any after-dinner strolling and chatting? Don’t forget a dash of perfume — everybody likes somebody who smells good! A nice manicure in a neutral shade complements any outfit and does wonders for confidence. Also, a little peachy lip gloss and a touch of blush never hurt anybody (neither did a coat of mascara, plus it really makes the eyes pop!). Maybe drop by Mane Street for a blowout the day of to really put your best foot forward. Just remember that in the end, it’s what inside that counts! Good luck!

Yours Truly,