Seattle is my home-town – I am a born and raised rain lover. When I left for college (about an hour and a half away) I fell in love with my tiny town, and we never left. There is approximately 2% of me that still wants to live in Seattle (and that is only because I want to live nearer to my parents!) but the rest of me is loving my small-town, no traffic, everything within walking distance life. However? ANY TIME WE DATE my mind goes to Seattle. My heart wanders streets, alleys, coffee shops, bars, boutiques, holes in the wall, the anonymity of kissing in a crowd, and the accessibility of… everything. Seattle comes with culture, options, late nights, people watching to the maximum, and the option to try somewhere new. So when we began to plan our Valentines Date Day (part TWO) I knew right away that we would be city bound.
When we date day there are two things we love; Eating and Shopping.
We started out by overshooting Seattle by a bit and heading over to the Blue Boutique (the boutique end of Goodwill! AKA: Where all the high end brand donations go to wait for me to buy them) in Tacoma. We set ourselves a fun date challenge;
$15, 15 Minutes and a gift/outfit addition for our date! And? We were both totally successful. Charlie found me the unicorn of gifts for your partner. . . like, HOW DID THIS EVEN HAPPEN.
He found me jeans. Jeans I loved so much I wore them the whole rest of the day. They’re J.Crew. And perfection.
I found him the most perfect Steve Madden sunglasses that went perfectly with his fancy pants outfit (also, his sweater and shoes are Goodwill too!)
Goodwill and The Blue Boutique are a stellar way to shop! Not only are people able to purge and repurpose their old items but it’s also keeping them from landfills and the proceeds are funding the job training and educational programs at Goodwill (I shared more about that, and my tips to being a successful thrifter, HERE!). They really are doing amazing things and I LOVE being able to support them!
After we finished up our shopping (though, honestly, we could have done this all day, haha!) we headed just up the street to the Metropolitan Market to try “The Cookie” and OMG… it really was THE cookie. We bought four. . . two for us, one for the baby sitter and one for the dog sitter. And I still wish we’d bought ten more. After that, we hopped in the car to get into my favorite big city, Seattle.
After we parked, we wandered a bit around Post Alley, popped in and out of familiar shops I used to haunt far more regularly, and finally ended up at the infamous Pink Door. A restaurant that’s been on my list for years.
And it did not disappoint.
I had a vegetarian dish with house made pasta (and pumpkin!), Charlie enjoyed the Mama Meatball stuffed into a locally baked ciabatta (I don’t think he even spoke the whole time it was in front of him, only moaned). I also had an incredible cocktail, The Witchy Woman, and we shared their cabaret (boobie!) cake for dessert.
The entire space is magical. It’s quirky, and beautiful, gives you those french deep dark nights vibes while still having stunning light and views of the water. Every corner is filled with something romantic and beautiful, and the people watching is through the roof. We lucked into a corner booth where I had the birds eye view of all the goings on. The beauty of this being our thousandth date and not our first is that Charlie knows I just want to spend a large portion of the time watching all the other diners. It was perfection.
The Pink Door also has cabaret, aerialists, and burlesque shows! And we’ve now made it a goal to get to a show sometime soon! We got a taste of what they could offer, but it left us aching to have the whole experience they offer. This restaurant has a magical quality that makes you feel initiated into something special just by entering through the solid pink door. I cannot wait to go back.
We wrapped up our date window shopping, wandering the market, and per usual… kissing in alleys like werido’s. This whole day made my wheels get turning for our anniversary this summer (10 years!) and I’m aching for a night at The Inn at the Market and more amazing food at The Pink Door. Now that I’ve embraced being the planner, I’m just making every holiday exactly what I want it to be. And it feels so good.
Tomorrow is the Official Galentine’s Day (I already celebrated!) and then it’s the big day of Looooove. I’ll be celebrating with 20+ 10 and under sweet kiddos, exchanging all the sweet valentines, and dancing like wild loonies to a dance playlist I’m currently putting together.
Any big plans in your week? Don’t forget that I shared a bunch of ideas for Valentines, single or coupled up, just last week!