An Antique & Artsy Date Night

A week ago, my husband and I ventured out on a date. We are always hungry early, and so like the old folks that we are, we decided to leave our house at 5:00. Being the procrastinator that I am, I had not changed clothes for the date. It was 4:45 and I was still in my pajamas…

From my closet, I yelled over my shoulder to my husband, “I have nothing to wear!”

To which I heard a grumbled, “Seriously?”

And then my muffled response, as I choked and gagged on my gluttonous amount of clothes, “I’m just kidding!”

And his muttered-under-his-breath-but-consciously-loud-enough-for-me-to-hear-from-the-bedroom-to-the-closet reply, “No you’re not.”

And he was kinda right. I never know what to wear on a date. I love free-flowing bohemian maxis. My husband likes short fitted dresses.

Never the two shall meet.

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I ended up picking this Modcloth dress (similar here) from last year that I had purchased when I went and saw Cindy Lauper (post here and here). It was a good choice, because my husband really liked it.

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It was his choice as to where we would eat that night and he picked a trendy little hipster restaurant in the old part of our town. That part of town is now filled with antique stores and gourmet restaurants. My husband loves the hamburgers there. I love the decor.

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Look at this chandelier made from honey bear jars. Wicked cool right?

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I can’t believe I just said, “wicked cool.” Next thing you know, I’ll be saying “uber”. If that happens, just hang me up with those bears, okay?

Let’s pretend that never happened.

I took pictures of the art on the walls, whilst unbeknownst to me also attracting the attention of the chefs.

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I pored over the menu, even though I always get the same thing.

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The hamburger.

I had to include the funny picture, because I hate pictures of me eating. Don’t you?

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It was a beautiful evening and we planned on just heading home and watching a movie.

Oh! But before I move on, I have to talk about dessert! We had amazing homemade cheesecake. Or restaurant-made cheesecake. All I know is that it was good and made on the premises. I do not like going to restaurants that serve desserts they have ordered from other companies.

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We decided to walk down to my favorite antique store. Thankfully, my husband likes antiques as much as I do. Although on this night, he was antsy.

Look at the cool letters with my husband’s and my initials. I want them. Desperately. I think it is kismet that they happen to be our initials. I also love the colors. But they are very expensive. So, I am holding out.

Maybe one day…

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Other antiques we liked: an old door. Oh! The colors on this door (but I all ready have this one). Another want. An old toy horse. A really cool tractor part that had the prettiest patina.

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Then we made our way outside where unbeknownst to us, there was an art festival going on that had started mere minutes before. The artists were setting up booths and some were doing sidewalk chalk art. The picture above is the beginning of an art piece by my children’s art teacher, Lisa Owen Lynch, setting up her awesome Star War’s Princess Leia drawing. We randomly ran into her and it was neat to see her at work.

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Look at her shoes! She is the coolest!

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And we left her just as the hair was coming together. She is so talented. My kids are very lucky to get to learn from her.

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I ended up purchasing a small bird painting for $30 from one of the artists there. It looks like a strange bird at first, but it is actually two birds. Because of that, I thought it was weird and neat enough for a place in our home. Plus, the colors are great. The artist was super sweet, too.

I love that what started out as a simple dinner turned into a fun antique browse and art walk. There is something romantic about spontaneity. And I treasure when an evening turns out better than planned.

Where have you gone on a date recently? Do you always decide the restaurant or do you trade off with your partner?

13 thoughts on “An Antique & Artsy Date Night

  1. Great to hear of your adventures. You must buy those large vintage letters, they are cool as and they are meant for you!! can you layby/layaway. You could even paint and decorate them though the colour they are looks great.

    • Thank you Melinda! I would definitely buy them, but my husband thinks they are overpriced. I think they were $125 each. Which is really expensive for those letters. I am hoping to find similar ones for 1/4 of the price or something even better at the flea market!

      Have a great day! : )

      Jenni

  2. What a fun date! I love antiques too, always have. Growing up I went antiquing a lot with my parents. The blue dress is very pretty & I’ve heard the most flattering style on women, looks lovely on you!

    Happy early birthday to you! That’s fun that your bday is so close to mine. We cancers stick together! My husband is a cancer too!

    We really debated getting the Keurig bc we both love drip coffee too. We decided that we’d be spending probably half on a reg coffee maker, but the K was on sale so we figured we’d try it out. I like favors & John doesn’t & he likes it really strong which doesn’t always agree w/ my tummy, so now we can customize our coffee, so to speak. So far I like it!

    Have a great couple of weeks, we leave today on vacay, so I probably won’t be checking blogs, nor updating mine until our return! 🙂
    Rebecca

    • Oh my gosh! Have fun on your trip! Stay safe! I am so excited for you and I cannot wait to read all about it when you get back!

      And thanks for the birthday wishes! I love that your husband is a cancer, too! : ). I hope you both have an awesome birthday month!

      Have a happy trip!

      Jenni

  3. Ooooohhh! Pretty blue dress! Love your photos and that bird artwork is so lovely. That color green really pops. Freddy and I usually go on a date night at the last minute and then I too stand in front of my closet saying that I have nothing to wear. Then Freddy will start suggesting things that I do have and of course none of them are right. Oh dear! We have a habit of going to the same places over and over again. But if I really like something that is fine with me!

    • Thank you Cynthia. I am glad you understand. It has to be exactly right for the occasion, place, weather, time of day, etc. tough choices! I know what you mean about picking the same place. I need to figure out where we are going to dinner as a family for my birthday. Although, to be honest, I would rather stay home and eat tuna pie. ; )

      Have a restful Sunday!

      Jenni

  4. Ooohhh!!! The honey bear chandelier! I love it! And that burger and cheesecake look delicious.

    Your dress is so pretty. I like to torment my husband by making him help me pick out a pair of shoes before we go out.

    I love the painting that you bought. Very unique.

    • Thank you, Liana! Oh my gosh. If I had my husband pick me out a pair of shoes, he would probably pick tennis shoes. There is no way it would turn out well.

      Have a great day!

      Jenni

  5. What a fun date! I love when you stumble on such fun things! I love all the art!
    I was actually able to go on a date when I was home for the 4th. I wore my crocheted shorts and a tee with a jean jacket. I didn’t plan on going on a date! But I did put a pair of wedges to make it a bit nicer than my flat sandals 🙂

    • Thank you Alicia! It was fun. I am so glad you got to go on a date! That sounds like a really cute outfit. I hope you had fun. You deserve a nice night out. Actually you deserve many, many nice nights out. : ).

      Have a wonderful week!

      Jenni

  6. That is my ideal evening! I love that dress by the way and was wondering what brand it is. Everything from the honey bear chandelier to the cheesecake looks like perfection. My husband and I need to plan more dates.
    I love the Star Wars shoes and would love to have a Breakfast at Tiffany’s pair, if they make them.
    Thanks for sharing,
    Stacey

    • Thank you Stacey! The dress is from Modcloth and the brand is Ruby Belle. I hope that helps. You do need dates! They are the best. Of course, I say this, but it will probably be awhile before we go on another one. It is hard with my husband’s schedule right now.

      I hope your week is happy!

      Jenni

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