No matter how little time we think we have, we all need a break sometimes. After a week of work stress, family stress, and traffic, spending time with your friends, for a night out, can be just what you need. The first thing that usually comes to mind is meeting for dinner or drinks – you know, just to catch up…

But with a little effort, you can plan (and prepare for) a memorable girl’s night out. 


Plan

The first step to a creative night out with your girls is to decide on what you’re going to do. Get a little creative with your planning. Not sure where to start or new to the area? Search hashtags for your city on Instagram (think: #atlnightlife #atlantafun #atlantarestaurants #atlantafestivals – of course, insert your city name). I can’t tell you how many amazing restaurants and events I’ve found using this tip.

The best part is that you’re able to see other’s real pictures (and sometimes video) of their experience; so you have a realistic idea of what to expect.

Tip: There are websites you can check out for ideas like Time Out, Groupon, Living Social, and Daily Candy (for a little inspiration.


The important thing is that you think outside the box.

  • Find out when your city’s restaurant week is. Here in Atlanta, there are several – Midtown Restuarant week, Buckhead Restaurant week… etc.
  • Most museums feature free day’s as well. Check out when your next one is and grab tickets (they often go fast). If you think going to a museum won’t be fun for you and your girl’s night out… just take a moment to envision all the amazing photos you can take – and don’t forget that most museums now feature cocktail nights too.
  • Be on the lookout for festivals, book readings, and even spoken word events.

What to wear

One of the things we often forget is that to look good for a night out, doesn’t mean that we have to compromise comfort. Keep your look simple. Wear clothes that can be easily managed as your night progresses. I have to admit… being a curvy woman, bodycon or classic maxi dresses are my go to. I can throw on tennis shoes and a cute jack with a bodycon dress… or dress up a maxi dress with an updo and cute jewelry. If it’s a more casual event, I like a fitted top or something flirty like an off the shoulder sweater, high-waisted jeans, and comfortable heels (yes, they do exist), sandals or booties.  

Tip: Cater your look to the event. Just be sure to inject personality into your look with accessories, shoes or colorful fabrics!


Makeup

I know that the full face beat (complete with lashes, highlight, and contouring) is the look right now. But when I’m out with the girls, I like to have a lot of fun without worrying about if my makeup is likely to slip south. My go to look usually consists of light coverage foundation, concealer to brighten the eyes, mascara and pouty lips. Simple but cute and very low maintenance.

If you are planning to wear makeup be sure to use a full face primer under your foundation and concealer… then, set with powder. Also consider applying your eyeshadow in thin layers, to avoid excessive creasing as the night goes on. Add an eye primer if you know that this usually an issue for you.

Tip: Elf just came out with a line for active women that will likely work well for a girl’s night out as well.


Don’t drive

This one is simple.

Make the most of your night by getting uber or Lyft service. You won’t have to worry about having a designated driver or being the one struggling through city nightlife traffic. And if you want to really go all out, consider a party or limo bus. The most important thing is to avoid the headache of looking for parking and enjoying the convenience of curbside drop off.


We want to hear from you… what are your best night out tips? What do you do to prepare? Share in the comments