Hello and happy Labor Day weekend to those of you in the U.S.!
Matt and I have been enjoying both being in town together on a weekend for the first time in ages
Last night, we had plans to go out and celebrate my grad school friend Elle’s 30th birthday! Her actual birthday was a few weeks ago while we were on break, so obviously we still needed to celebrate. 3-0 is a big one! We made plans to meet everyone at the Carolina Inn for their “Friday on the Front Porch” happy hour — every Friday starting in June and ending in early October, they have a live bluegrass band and beer, wine, and food on their front lawn. It’s awesome! Very southern
Here I am with the birthday girl, being silly:
I’ve mentioned before that Elle is always rocking THE cutest crazy high heels (note picture above), so I decided in honor of her birthday celebration that I should wear cute super high heels too. I mean, might as well wear big girl heels while I still have legs I want to show off, right?! The only problem was that I seriously didn’t own ANY heels over 2 inches. I sent Elle a last minute email yesterday afternoon telling her I was going out on a fun high heel mission and asked if she wanted to come “supervise”. She responded immediately with: “OF COURSE I DO!!” 30 minutes later we were busy in the clearance section of DSW. 😉
“Wait… I’m supposed to walk in these?!”
We had so much fun trying on shoes. Thanks for taking me “big girl shoe" shopping, Elle! I finally decided on two pairs of heels — one pair of crazy high platforms (5 inches?!), and one pair of nude heels that are high but not TOO insane (3 inches). The 3-inch ones are actually not too uncomfortable, either, since they have a casing around your foot! My main problem with big pump-style heels is that I either walk out of the heel of them or they smush my toes, so this was perfect.
I rocked them last night
The other pair of shoes are completely impractical but amazingly cute. Elle bought a pair, too, and we dubbed them the “hottest shoes ever.” 😉
I need to find an event where I’m not standing a ton to wear these to, lol.
Big girl shoe success! The best part? Each shoe was only $30 Clearance section WIN!
Aaaaanyway! After enjoying some drinks and music outdoors at the Carolina Inn, we headed over to Elaine’s on Franklin for dinner. We had celebrating to do!
Elaine’s is probably my #1 favorite restaurant in Chapel Hill. It’s a bit pricey, but so worth it. Such a creative menu and SO delicious.
The ladies across from us looking beautiful:
And my side of the table — yes, Matt was the only guy The girls invited him to join because they heart him, hehe. They hadn’t seen him in awhile since we were all on break!
For dinner, I ordered the grilled wild salmon with lentils, asparagus, arugula, sweet onion rings, and a grapefruit beurre blanc. I asked them to hold the onion rings — blech.
So delicious. I cleaned my plate (love that portion sizes at this restaurant aren’t insane) and everyone else loved what they ordered, too!
Happy Birthday, Elle! We <3 you.
I’m off to enjoy the day — Matt and I are thinking a bike ride might be in order.
Are you a diehard high heel wearer like my friend Elle? Or are you totally clueless like me? (I realize this question alienates all 3 of my male readers… sorry about that 😉 )