Sadly today we are forced to say goodbye October. I think a lot of people look forward to November/December as the official start of Christmas/Holiday season but I generally find myself in a bit of a slump when cold, drizzly, gray November rolls around. I have long considered November my least favorite month but this year I am determined to make the most of it. I seriously cannot believe how many wonderful experiences have been jam packed into October. Looking back it feels like there were three months squished into one. It’s no wonder October is my favorite month of the year.
Eating at Canlis
At the beginning of the month my Aunt and Uncle invited me along to a business dinner with them at one of Seattle’s most renowned restaurants, Canlis. I invited my good friend, Claire, along for the four-course experience. The evening was filled with lots of wine, delicious autumn-inspired cuisine and a gorgeous view of Lake Union. I love any excuse to get dressed up and sip champagne, so this dinner was sure to make the list of my favorite experiences.
One weekend in early October Jordan and I headed to Leavenworth for Octoberfest with my Aunt and Uncle. Though I am not much of a beer drinker I love any reason to dress up in a themed outfit and spend time with people I love. The four of us (and our dogs) rented a cozy cabin in the mountains beside the river. The leaves were changing all around us, it was gorgeous fall weather. During our weekend away we played games, explored the small bavarian village and joyfully posed for bavarian themed photos. My Aunt and I enjoyed rehearing the dirndls we bought in Germany over the summer and the guys didn’t seem to mind dressing up for the photos with us. Our weekend in Leavenworth was fabulous stress relief and a perfect way to forget about school and work for a couple of days.
Eden Hill Goodbye Dinner
Midway through the month I said “goodbye for now” to my bestie Nicole. Nicole headed to Los Angeles to pursue her acting dreams and I could not be more proud (update: she’s already has been cast in a play & has received a handful of auditions #ProudBFF). The night before her road trip to California we had a very experiential five course meal at a restaurant called Eden Hill. Prior to our food we were each given temporary herb tattoos to begin the meal. It was an interesting & unique touch! Wine was paired with each course leaving me a tad bit emotional when I hugged Nicole goodbye at the end of the night. I may or may not have cried like a blubbering fool listening to Taylor Swift’s “Breathe” on the way home.
Fright Night Double Date
One Saturday evening Jord and I headed to Enchanted Village theme park with my friend Claire and her boyfriend to ride the roller coasters at the park’s Halloween festival. Fright Night has always been one of my favorite October traditions. The wooden rollercoaster is my favorite ride, and spending the evening with some of my favorite people could not have made me any happier <3 Counting down to next Fright Fest already, perhaps it will be a double date tradition!
The Pumpkin Patch with my Family
On quite possibly the rainiest Saturday of the entire month, Jordan and I spent the day with my Mom and brother. My Mom made all of us lunch before we headed to the pumpkin patch to tromp around in the mud. It was pouring rain but we made the best of the situation and still had a great time together. We even wandered into a barn and spent a few minutes “ooh-ing” and “aww-ing” over piglets and baby chicks. My heart just about exploded!
Fall Day with my Bestie
One of my favorite days this month was a laid back girls’ day with my friend, Nicole. We met up for brunch at one of my favorite spots in Pioneer Square then headed to Green lake for a crisp fall walk and photo shoot. We had fun venting, catching up on gossip and taking photos of each other in the changing leaves. I am SO ready for a trip down to L.A. for a little bit of SoCal fall weather now though (:
Floravere Pop-up Shop
Last weekend I volunteered to work at a Floravere bridal pop up shop in the Thompson Hotel. The company rented out a suite and stocked up on champagne for a weekend filled of fun with Seattle brides. It was a full weekend (10 appointments a day on Saturday and Sunday) but so fun to meet all of the brides. I swear there were so many cool, chill, gorgeous brides that stopped in. At the end of every appointment I found myself thinking “that was the coolest bride yet, can I be her friend? Can I go to her wedding? Can we be bffs?” Ha! Of course the view from the 11th floor of the Thompson wasn’t bad either. The room looked out over Pike Place Market and the sound meaning each and every bride had to add the view to her Instagram/SnapChat story (can’t deny I did the same). At the end of the weekend I was exhausted but it was all worth it knowing I helped a handful of brides say yes to their dream wedding gown. Now here’s to hoping they’ll send photos in their dresses after their weddings. Bridal is so much fun!
All Hallow’s Eve
On Halloween night Jordan, Pierre and I all dressed up in cozy giraffe costumes. I’d like to say I chose giraffes for a clever or witty reason, but I just thought they were cute…and I wanted a costume that felt like pajamas! My aunt and uncle came over for a game night. The four of us made homemade pizzas, we sipped wine and we munched on candy. It was a wonderful, laid back Halloween!
This morning sitting here and sipping on my Starbucks vanilla latte in a holiday cup, looking back I am so grateful for October. SO much freaking happiness! If November treats me half as well I’m a lucky girl (: <3