Post break-up, you’re bound to get it: The dreaded invite to the party/picnic/wedding where you know your ex will be. But instead of viewing it like the sequel toDoomsday, start prepping for it like abig red carpet event —one where he’s not the focus of your entire evening, just the inspiration for you not wearing a pair of unwashed jeans out of the house (again).
SPLURGE ON A NEW DRESS!!!
BRING A WINGMAN
No need to dig through your contacts for a kind-of-sort-of suitable date. The ideal dude to take to a situation like this would be a guy-pal who is well-informed of the situation and knows your feelings on your ex (major bonus points if he’s cute).
GET YOUR HAIR DID
…And your nails did too.
WEAR YOUR SIGNATURE FRAGRANCE
That perfume you’ve been wearing since the 9th grade? The one he always commented on? Wear it a little heavier that evening.
TAKE CARE OF THE AREAS HE’LL NEVER EVEN SEE
This could seem counter-intuitive, since he’s never getting near your lady garden again (stay strong girl, no matter how hot he looks), but you’ll feel better about yourself if even the parts he’s not giving a one-two look-over are perfectly groomed.
HAVE A DRINK…BUT NOT FIVE
They call it liquid courage for a reason.
GIVE YOUR FRIENDS TALKING POINTS
This one only works if, in fact, you have a hoard of trustworthy friends attending the same event. But if you have a girlfriend of two who will be in the vicinity, they know the scoop on the ex, and they don’t seem as superficial as plastic when given instructions, no harm in giving them a couple directions.
So he dumped you and broke your heart, and you are just finally taking the 10 pounds in cupcakes off? Don’t let him hear about it.
HIT THE DANCE FLOOR (BUT NOT THE KARAOKE MACHINE)
Have fun. Especially if you are at a party or a social gathering, make sure every move you make doesn’t revolve around his presence in the room, no matter how difficult that may be.
MAKE A PERFECTLY TIMED EXIT
Just because he’s staying til the end doesn’t mean you need to. Time your exit so it looks like you have better things to do.
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