Date night. It’s become such a clichéd term, I almost hesitate to use it. It always sounds cheesy coming out of my mouth. But for lack of better phrase, there it is. Kevin and I are fortunate enough to have two sets of parents who are usually very willing to watch our kids so we can catch our breath, take a break from parenting and have a conversation that’s longer than three minutes.
The only problem with having time for a date out in Portland? Decision paralysis. I’m not joking. I can’t even tell you how often I’ve changed my mind or agonized over where to go in effort to not squander my time. There are so many amazing restaurants, breweries and bars, the pressure is real.
When it comes to my closet though, I am doing all I can to stave off decision paralysis. I am weeding it down (constantly) and working hard to remain critical about what I let in. This makes getting dressed for a casual date night a no-brainer.
Statement dress. Check.
Sleek bag. Check.
Smile in anticipation of what’s to come? Heck yeah.
I tend to shy away from heels in the summer — it often feels too hot to constrict my feet — and while most people might be thinking ‘bodycon’ for a date, I love to make a statement by wearing something a little more unexpected.
On this hot, summer night, my husband and I just said no to wringing our hands over where to go, and headed out for some place comfortable, and familiar, with food we were craving. It’s not the coolest place in town, but it’s so easy. I don’t even have to look at the menu before ordering.
Good beer. Check.
Gorgonzola cheese fries. Check.
Surprise live music with a band playing covers of Dave Matthews Band, cha ching!
Worthy date night. Worth the cheesy title. Worth the money spent.
A GIVEAWAY WITH EMERSON FRY
And now for some extra fun! Emerson Fry is giving away one of these beautiful (one size) caftans to one lucky Seasons + Salt reader! The dress is hand block printed with low impact dye on organic cotton. It has a deep v-neck (as seen on the model on their site), which can be worn closed with hook-eye-closures (as seen on me). It measures 48.5″ inches in length (in the back) and is super fun to wear! All you have to do to enter, is fill in your email down below. [Edited to add: Entering the contest signs you up for Emerson Fry’s mailing list. If you would like to opt out, they can easily remove you down the road.]