I love getting ready for dates—it’s my excuse to break out my sky-high heels and that dress I never wear. But when it gets down to the wire and I’m trying to pack my purse, I have trouble jamming my “everyday essentials” into my tiny (but oh-so-cute!) clutch. After a few first dates that included me, a guy and my huge purse—you know, the one that needs its own chair at a restaurant—I decided something had to be done. So, I’ve hunted down the bare essentials to cover any and every date-night emergency. And while we’re talking about dates, don’t forget to tell us why SHE is your Boy-Crazy Girlfriend in the National Girlfriend Awards presented by Shecky’s.
Miracle Worker: Hope for the best but be prepared for the worst with Smith’s RoseBud Salve Tube ($6 at Anthropologie). You may be familiar with this famous salve in its tin form, but now it’s available in an easy-to-tote slender tube. Treat everything from shoe blisters and dry hands to fly-aways and skin irritation to last-minute tweezer burns and any accidental scrapes (ahem, your graceful tumble out of the cab/off a bike, etc.) with this teensy tube. It also makes an awesome lip balm!