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3 Generations…Girls Night Out! | Aqua by El Gaucho

My dad decided a while back that he wanted to do a boys night out with Houston, the boys, and Houston’s dad.

Great idea!!

Oh, but, WAIT!!

Then, my mom suggested that us girls should go out too!  Sadly, my mother in law couldn’t join us, but my mom, Maya and I went out!

Such a special evening. Of course…we’re girls and we used it as an excuse to get dressed up! As we should.

The food was AMAZING! I cannot believe I’ve never been to AQUA by El Gaucho . The food was delicious, views were gorgeous, service was exceptional, and the company…beyond words.

Thanks Mom! ❤️

A few pics we snapped before we hopped into our Uber!

Uber car selfie for the win!

And, Maya took the image of me with my mom!
I mean…


And bathroom selfies! 🙂
I ran outside before the boys left to see if they’d at least let me take a picture with my phone, but…

This was all I got.

THANKFULLY they had their picture taken at the meal!
On me…

Leather Jacket- Vintage (thrifted)
Dress- L’Agence “Sophie  Print Maxi Dress” (eBay $35, retailed $600!!)
Belt- Vintage (thrifted)
Booties- Paul Green “Kimberlie” (eBay $24!!, retailed for $400+)
On Maya…
Jacket- Xhiliration (thrifted, similar here)
Dress- (thrifted, similar here)
Leggings- Crewcuts (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
Um…where are we supposed to stand??  AND…Maya’s face!
Again…I just want a hug!! haha.
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))


LBD and Booties for our TEN year anniversary!

Wow…I’m SO behind on blogging, it’s ridiculous.

And…this is my busiest week to date, having photographed 15 families, and two more this weekend, oh…and Maya’s bday tomorrow, but…for F’s sake.  I need to finish this post!!!

Edited to add that, I’m now at 25+ families, and Maya’s birthday was 2 weeks ago, BUT I had a complete rain out this weekend, so, I’m going to be posting ALL THE THINGS!  Ok, I probably won’t, but I’m posting this post that I had 90% done ha!

Our official anniversary was on 8/8 (those pics here), but we went out on the Saturday night after to celebrate.

Good food, amazing wine, and the best company…

Happy Anniversary to us! 

Love is me saying “Can we go take pics??” 5 minutes before he orders the Uber, and he said YES!

Oh, and while I have the tripod set up….can you take a few of me, since the remote still isn’t working?


Again…my love language haha.
My face is like “You’re ok still snapping, right??”
And big thanks to my parents for taking Maya for the night!

I took this right before they took her out to dinner!

In, or course her favorite outfit that they brought her back from Vietnam!
We started off the night going to the Goldfinch Tavern in the Four Seasons downtown Seattle.

It’s a BEAUTIFUL hotel and bar in downtown Seattle.  Not sponsored in any way, but I’ve been the bar a number of times, yet haven’t stayed in the hotel.  It looks amazing though.

The bar has a great happy hour, at times live music, always a great ambiance, and if you can secure it…a great view of the water!  We got there late for that, but didn’t care 😉

Oh, and the food…

Next, we went to the Purple Cafe & Wine Bar

Honestly, we rarely leave our neighborhood, BUT the great thing about Seattle and honestly Costco, is that you can get gift cards for 20% off to a bunch of amazing restaurants!  We’ve been to so many, but one memory that we had of an early date night was going to Purple and having stuffed dates with a red wine flight that blew our minds!

SO, we decided to go back and maximize our money!

I would recommend asking to go upstairs if you go.  It’s a much more intimate experience than down below.   Almost as if you are in a small bistro,

We forgot to do that this time, but…we had better light for iphone photos haha.On me…

Dress- Misa Los Angeles “Zelda” (eBay for $30!!)
Leather Jacket- Vintage (thrifted for $6!!)
Cross Body Bag- DVF (eBay, similar here and less expensive here)
Keeping it Real…
One of my fav pics of the Huz, and so accurate of how he feels about pics, but…he’s a trooper!!
I didn’t want to mess with the focusing stand, so…the Huz was my focusing stand.
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))


Casual Family Anniversary Dinner on a Thursday

 The best part of a celebratory day like an anniversary or birthday falling on a Thursday?  You get to extend the celebration!!

This happened on my birthday this year too, so I totally scored this year!

And…let’s just pretend that I’m TOTALLY on the ball and this happened yesterday, ok?!

So…it’s probably obvious that I didn’t have time to do my hair.  Nor my make up.

Sorry, I’ll go OUT for my anniversary on a Thursday, but…
I’ll at least attempt to be put together…
As per usual, I’m more about the back being fun!
Maya had an art direction of how she wanted us to pose.
It took me a few times to figure it out 🙂
When all else fails…
Then… the couple of the hour!  I mean, day.
10 Years married, and I’m SO happy I still look at him this way.
My remote wasn’t working, so we had Maya stand behind the tripod and snap away.

Nailed it!

LOVE! These two…
I brought this “jacket” that I recently thrifted and cut.  I’ve been wanting a cropped army jacket for a while.  I saw this one thrifting a few weeks ago during a 50% off sale, and decided to buy it and chop it!


But, I never would have had the nerve to chop it off, had I not thrifted it.

Yet again one of my many plugs to THRIFT!!!
It normally would have come down past the pockets of my jeans.

NOT a good look with crop flares, which is what I wear most lately!
We walked to Mio Posto, one of our local family restaurants for dinner, because I love anything that’s within walking distance!  It’s one of the many reasons we love our neighborhood!  There are a few restaurants that cater to Maya’s gluten, dairy, egg free diet!  And we love it too!

Oh, and they give kids pizza dough to play with while you wait-TOTAL WIN!!

I literally dream of their Prosciutto E Arugula pizza…


On me…

Jacket- (DIY Chopped and thrifted)
Top- Zara (old)
Jeans- DL1961 “Hepburn” (eBay, similar here)
Sandals- Birkenstock “Gizeh” (thrifted, like new for $25!!)
On Maya…
Dress- Twirls & Twigs (thrifted)
Shoes- Bonpoint (part of an eBay lot making them less than $4!)
Keeping it Real…
When Maya has control of the shutter, she doesn’t like to stop… 🙂
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))