This past weekend my good pal Kelly and I ditched the fams and headed south to the often overlooked area of Seattle known as Bellevue. The lovely thing about Bellevue is that it is only a mere 2 hour drive from Vancouver (when you both have Nexus, otherwise sorry tack on a good extra 1-2 hours for border wait) and when your goal is some good eating, hanging out and shopping (and free parking) it’s the perfect locale.
Out first stop was in the funky University District area. The whole area around UW was buzzing this past weekend with alumni and homecoming festivities which added to the cool vibe although our destination was the less funky but very fabulous little shopping mecca known as University Village. Imagine all your favorite stores all packed into a small outdoor plaza complete with pubs, coffee shops and more.
First stop, always, was Free People. Free People has got to be my favorite store/clothing line hands down. Very bohemian/surfer vibe but with a modern twist – it’s perfect for the casual west coast vibe. I picked up my new favorite toque (beanie for an Americans reading) plus a few other fun items that I know will be closet staples this fall. The other thing I love about being with Kelly is that people are naturally drawn to her (and that she has fab style/is a stylist), in fact we made several new BFF’s while in the FP changeroom including the very lovely Olivia who ended up taking us for coffee after we were done. We caffeinated, we shopped a bit more, we picked up wine (I was actually id’ed!!) and were on our way to our next stop….
If you are looking for cheap accommodation look no further than downtown Bellevue. Bellevue has it’s own central “hub” with loads of great restaurants, theatres and of course the fab Bellevue Square Mall. We slept great at the Marriott Courtyard, made some friends at PF Changs (Canadians of course!) and got ready for day two. The main mission for being in Bellevue was so I could finally try to use the Neiman Marcus gift card I won at BlogHer this past summer. To my dismay, Neiman Marcus was a huge disappointment, sort of like a vegetarian having to eat dinner at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, not a lot to choose from that would suit my taste. First world problems right? So unfortunately my fabulous “what I bought” post will have to wait, perhaps until after the next Moms Gone Wild roadtrip?!