Monday, June 20, 2016

Black & White & Loved All Over

The twenties are made for going out at night. When I was south of 25ish, my group of friends and I had longstanding plans to join the ruckus of downtown on any given Friday or Saturday night. It was what you did. And we certainly did it. We cabbed it to the bars with the best dancing music, happily spent our new-to-us incomes on cheap beer and spent most weekend evenings tapping our feet away while whatever pop song du jour rained from the ceilings. We were night people.

Jay and I rarely have evening plans anymore. Well, "rarely" is wrong (and I'm up late every single night of my life even if I'm not out). We go out here and there and we love late dinners and enjoying the reverie that comes with nightlife. However, we do that sometimes vs. most of the time. We tend to spend our "fun" time together these days being daytrippers. We generally rise, get ready, leash up our dog while swilling coffee and greet the day in any given neighborhood with enthusiasm and joy. After hours of that, you will find us at home watching a movie on Netflix to close out the day. That's us in our 30s. For better or worse.

But we broke stride last Friday.

I got home from work and felt great. The kind of great you feel after a successful workweek which included lotsa gym workouts and lotsa healthy eating. Instead of my usual inclination of 'let's go get happy hour and then stay home shortly after', I opted to putz around our place for a bit and then go out to eat properly. So we landed on that. And I knew just where we should go in light of the weekend prior's horribleness: The Castro.

If you know nothing of the Castro, here's a two second summary: It's one of the most historically gay neighborhoods in the entire world. That may seem light-hearted and fun (I mean, gay bars, duh. Who doesn't like to dance at a gay bar??!?!) but it has a lot of historical significance as well. Am I the one to explain it? Nope. But here's some wiki help. Anyway, after a week of feeling sickened by the events (mass shootings physically affect me the more I age), I knew that all I wanted to do was lend what little support I could in a tangible place. So it was off to dinner and drinks in the Castro for our date night.

Here's what I wear for such things these days:
^Top: Abercrombie (lololol, I don't want to talk about it) Skirt: Zara

As for our date night itself, it was awesome. We noshed on Mediterranean gyros and skewers. We visited the neighborhood's memorial. We talked to lots of other people. Shared stories, hugs, love. That, to me, is what it was all about. We danced. We toasted. We interacted. We embraced. We loved the night.
^And ain't that just the truth?

Here's my 9-second Boomerang rendition: 

Not only was it a fun way to pass the time but we felt culturally invested in our robust community at a time when we felt it was needed most. What could be better than that?

Happy Monday, friends!
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Samantha said...

You are so cute!
Ah yes...20s were party days...

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

Perfect choice of neighborhood! I hope it helped heal you a little. I feel these mass shootings more physically too. It's like a phantom punch you can't recover from for days or weeks.

Ashley Lillis said...

That sounds like the perfect way to spend a Friday night especially after the terrible events that happened last week. I also love that the community is coming together everywhere around the country too!

Andrea Nine said...

Sounds like a ball to me and can we talk how precious you both that song!! And hello divine block Heeled outfit...I'd say you nailed it beautiful!!

Nadine said...

Haha excellent song choice for your little Boomerang! Sounds like the perfect place to go and see love and community after last week. Sounds like you guys had a wonderful weekend! And you look so pretty in your outfit!

Pat Hatt said...

Sounds like the perfect night out indeed. Sometimes it is good to get out and about. The drinking of the 20's and nights out, I do not miss lol

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

Holy hotness, loving that skirt! Sounds like a fabulous night out at such a great spot. And I hear ya on nights out in your 20's vs. in our 30's, but I wouldn't change any of it. Love my Netflix nights, happy hours, and the occasional big nights out <3
Green Fashionista

julie @ said...

Looking good!! And that's awesome that you went and supported a community in pain..!! I realize most of my guy friends here in Sing are gay and I will stand with them 100%!

And um, 30s are still meant for partying... Tsk tsk :P

Kaitlyn Danielle said...

Great outfit! I love that y'all are showing your support for the community. That's what it's all about in times like this. We're sitting here watching Orange is the New Black as I type. I love a good Netflix night.

Emily @ Martinis | Bikinis said...

Such a fabulous outfit and what a great way to go out and mingle with the gay community since they're feeling very shaken up and saddened. Despite the horrible, terrible events, I'm so happy to see all the outpouring of support for the day community.

Unknown said...

Awww that Boomerang!! CUTE! I love the CASTRO, it was my favourite part of San Fran I think, followed veryyyy closely by the Wharf :)

Kristen @ See You In A Porridge said...

culturally invested, i love it. sounds like a fabulous neighbourhood and way to show support. and your outfit is obviously amazing as always!