The Ideal Man

Hello Lovelies,

I just ate an entire bread dish of strawberries with sugar in under six minutes. Naturally, this got me thinking about my ideal boyfriend. Of course I know this man is a figment of my imagination, and I certainly won’t turn away a good guy if he happens not to align with my list, exhibit A. my own boyfriend currently.

So here it goes.

#1 Obviously, he needs to have a big appetite. This is most likely the thing I had in mind as I devoured 4 servings of sugar covered strawberries in record time. I have this odd habit of adjusting my eating habits to those around me. So if I’m out with a friend or new male prospect I tend to eat as long as they do. In general I have a huge appetite. The kind of appetite that allows me to finish off 4 Krispy Kreme doughnuts in five minutes and then have a hefty bowl of cereal fifteen minutes later. Save your lectures. I’m a pro. I know what I’m doing. Do not try at home.

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#2 Good Shoes. This is a signal that this male has matured. A guy with good taste in shoes is usually thoughtful, reasonably eloquent and hopefully has a good job to pay for said shoes. I don’t know why, but a man in a nice pair of oxfords, well built boots or specifically chosen, trendy sneakers is a big turn on. This person is also likely to be a good gift giver. Happy Birthday!

#3 A good sense of humor. I know, I know. This is unoriginal. Nearly everyone on the planet, minus perhaps the Evil Witch, has this on her list. However, it’s true. I don’t want someone I can’t laugh with. I need a guy that will laugh at corny Google-found jokes. I would like someone that appreciates Will Ferrell and Mindy Kaling with the same reckless fan-girl abandon as me… also, ideally someone who is ticklish.

#4 Loves to Learn. I know we all have our special qualities, and some people aren’t meant for school. These people also aren’t meant to be my boyfriend. Sure, of course we can be friends. Let’s barbeque together! Let’s go hang by the lake. Let’s not date. As one of those wildly ambitious young ladies that get nervous when I run out of things on my to-do list, I need someone equally involved in education. Who knows when I’ll be finished with my education? Will one doctorate degree be enough? I can’t be sure, and I need someone who will be okay, even be supportive of that.
scary movie#5 Not a Scaredy Cat. It’s not that all men must be fearless, emotionless James Bonds. However, I love scary movies. I believe in ghosts and aliens. I adore those silly haunted walk things you find in cities like Charleston, South Carolina and Richmond, Virginia. I want someone to enjoy all of that with me. By enjoy all of that with me, I mean that I want someone who after watching The Ring, will convince me not to throw away all of my Disney VHS’s  I love so much. I want someone just excited as me to see Paranormal Activity 14 and World War Z. If they can convince me that the creek is not a snake pit that will collectively swallow me whole if I swing in by classic rope swing, I will swoon.

#6 Gracious Tipper… There’s an old saying that we all marry out fathers (or perhaps mother’s in some of your cases, I suppose, but we’re talking about me right now and I’m heterosexual.) Growing up my Dad was known for being a gracious tipper. We could be scrapping the bottom of the barrel just to go out to a restaurant, but if it meant everyone orders water instead of tea or soda, our server was getting a good tip. One major turn off is lowballing an excellent waitress or waiter. Give them what they deserve; for God’s sake they’re making 3.12 an hour. If you’re treating me and I have to supplement your tip, don’t expect a second date, or second base.

#6 Speaking of my parents: respect them. Respect them, but honor me. If you have done so well as to have gotten the opportunity to meet my parents, treat them with the utmost respect and you will win us all over. My parents are awesome in-laws. My mom is hilarious and sweet, and my Dad is super smart and helpful. If you were to imagine your ideal in-laws right now, you’d be envisioning my parents.  The trick here is when I fight with my parents the ideal boyfriend will support me, without bashing my parents, especially since in an hour, I will have made up with them, and sometimes changed my mind all together.

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#7 Southern Exposure, the last thing I feel incredibly committed to (besides the obvious, is a nice person, has a good heart, isn’t disgusting or a racist misogynist) is that they must love and accept Southern culture. I don’t care where they’re from but they have to be open to Southern hospitality, grits and sweet tea. I have this freakish heightened since of patriotism to my state. I love North Carolina probably more than television and Ikea combined. t’s the variety state, sea, mountains and piedmont… city and country, the history is rich and the people are mostly lovely. We’re the creator of the Krispy Kreme doughnut, Pepsi, Cook Out and Bo jangles, Nicholas Sparks, and more. Not to mention first in flight, and home of the mysterious lost colony,Dirty Dancing, Ricky Bobby. Jesus, I love North Carolina. The point is, I cannot date someone who isn’t open to loving North Carolina at least half as much as I do. No jokes about marrying cousins or being toothless. In fact, that’s a good way to get a knee to the groin, just a warning.

Okay, a little longer than expected, which I guess dreams usually are more than we expect, aren’t they? What’s your ideal? Have fun with it, what qualities or quirks would your ideal boyfriend or girlfriend possess?

xoxo,
-E

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Lists Can Be Lifesavers Too

Hello Lovelies,

Truth, I’ve missed you. I’m stressed to the max right now, but as a pledge to get back to blogging here is a list of things I’m looking at right now to keep from punching people in the face, just to help you relate.

People are taken aback by a confident, pretty girl who knows what
she wants in life and isn’t going to let anyone get in her way” — Summer Altice

Playlist: TLC: Waterfalls,
Taylor Swift: Begin Again, Boyz II Men: I’ll Make Love to You,
Maroon 5: Payphone, Beyonce: Halo

Love Twenty

xoxo,
-E

 

Backpack – Breakdown!

Hello lovelies,

It’s soon to be that time of year again. The discount stores will be packed with fresh notebooks, fully inked pins and post it notes in every color. Blogging inspiration will be rampant. Before you know it, you’ll be picking out new rainboots, snuggling into your favorite jeans, and clutching your lucky blue ink-pen like there’s no tomorrow… or maybe that’s just me. Oh well. Click the pics!

For those of you beginning your first semester of college here’s a breakdown of what’ll be in my backpack and should be in yours.

Little Must Haves:

Cute Coffee Cup Cozy                                                        Go To Earrings

   

Pretty Purposeful Planner                                           Kiss-Demanding Lip Balm
   

A cute personalized cozy can be a social-life saver. Pop your favorite iced or hot coffee into it, and collect the inevitable compliments, and probably a few friends too. Looking for a study buddy, someone to grab lunch with after class, an in for the apartment party you haven’t been invited to yet? This guy keeps on giving.

Picture this. It’s raining. Your hair won’t do what you want. You didn’t have time to perfect your make up, and your outfit just isn’t giving you the pep you need. To boot, you might’ve just gotten a less than satisfactory grade on that last paper, you missed the latest ANTM,  and your cute crush in the third row is chatting with that brat from the third floor. Ew. Needless to say, you need a boost. Tuck these babies in: your go to earrings, the ones that put the sparkle in your eye, and the bounce in your ‘natural’ waves.  I always feel better when I’m wearing these bad-boys.

Okay, you’ve taken on a bit more than you can chew. Like me, you’re the Pres. of a club, an Resident Assistant, and you’re chomping at 20 credits this semester. Not to mention you really would like to tryyyyy to go to the gym this lifetime ;) Throw in friends, formals, dates and family…  you’re to-do list is bursting. You need this customizable Planner. Believe me it’s worth it. Splurge for the binding strap, at least.

A new climate can be terror on your lips. Keep your kissers pillow soft with your fav. lip balm. I always go for the barely there flavor, leave just a little something to remember you by…

Just a few tips, more on the way.

xoxo,
-E