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 ;) )