Scrolling through a friend's wedding photos she had recently published online, I found the wedding to be one of beauty, happiness and joy. She's a wonderful person and an amazing friend, which I had to keep reminding myself of as the strangest feeling came over me. After contemplating and ruling out that it was the 92+ degrees in NYC today getting to me or maybe that Lean Cuisine I ate for lunch was expired, I came to terms with the fact that this feeling was indeed jealousy.
This is not my first encounter with cant-stop-looking-through-every-photo-in-your-wedding-album-itis and I have come to the conclusion that getting married when you're 22 may look like fun ladies but after the wedding album and the honeymoon album, the 'married life' album always follows. This album includes pictures of the couple doing monotonous things with captions that they think are funny like "Mike doing the laundry...for once!" or "I <3 being domestic". The fact that these photos are the highlights of these couples lives and the moments they want to share with everyone make me want to cling to my dating years not unlike Hugh Hefner has to his.
While I may not be so ready to settle down, as long as it's wedding season (and it is up until October), I'm more than happy to use these youngster's nuptials as a platform for showing off my fashionable self to all the single men out there. Here are some things for all of the other single ladies out there to keep in mind to help you rise above the I'm-gonna-kill-myself-if-I'm-not-married-by-the-time-I'm-30 woes:
-Wear something sexy without looking slutty to the wedding.
This may seem like an obvious plan of action but you'd be surprised how often women get this wrong. In my experience, one can never go wrong with an exposed back. It's sexy and more unexpected than showing a lot of cleavage or sporting a really short hemline. This Literature Noir pink backless dress is perfect for attending a daytime summer wedding. While its hemline could be considered short, the neckline is conservative enough to make it appropriate. You can get it for $225 from www.Kitson.com. Pair it with some nude heels and skip on the jewelry unless it's a simple ring or bracelet. Style some loose waves in your hair and voila! Sexy without being slutty. Done.
Another option that's great for attending a daytime or nighttime ceremony is a maxi dress. Floral prints or bright colors are ideal for summer and this one from ASOS is $126.82. It would be great with both flats or heels in a camel color. Wear your hair in a messy side bun and choose minimal jewelry to ensure a flawless, and effortless, summer look. Find it at www.ASOS.com.
-Don't be the pale one.
Using the tanning bed is horrible for you and getting spray tanned at a professional salon can run you $30 a session. Luckily, there's an easier and cheaper way than ever to give yourself a little summer glow for a special occasion: L'Oreal Sublime Bronze Salon Perfect Airbrush Mist is available at www.Walmart.com for only $8.97 and I swear, it works. My friends and I just try on what we're wearing for the night, identify which parts of our skin will be showing and spray them. Easy as that. Anything that turns out splotchy can be blended easily with a large makeup brush.
You have the rest of your life to be tied down. Enjoy having no one to please but yourself while you still can!