The Cold Always Bothered Me Anyway

May 20, 2018


One of the bonuses of having family visit means free babysitting. Since Lilly would be in good hands, I took the rare opportunity to ditch my usual sweatpants uniform in favor of dressing up for date night, & I had the perfect dress I wanted to take out for a spin.

When I saw this ice blue maxi dress, I immediately thought of Elsa. The gauzy material was so light & flowy, perfect for a warm spring evening (because seriously, the cold really does bother me. I'm such a southern girl and I can NOT handle the cold). I didn't get any photos of the back (Instagram hubs was in a hurry to get to dinner), but it was completely open back with thin crisscrossed spaghetti straps, so just use your imagination.


I actually found this dress at Gabe's for under $10. Yes, you read that right. I was perusing the racks of clothes, digging for a cute summer dress, when this little ice blue number caught my eye. I'm always on the look out for pieces that can double as disneybounds, so I pulled it off the rack for a closer look. Once I saw the price tag, I threw it in my buggy for purchase & didn't even bother to try it on because I knew I was buying it regardless - and I'm so glad I did! Gabe's is like a TJ Maxx or Ross, but they carry a lot of random no-name brands. So I unfortunately can't pinpoint where exactly this dress is from, but if you're looking for a cute Elsa-esque dress, I've found some comps here (save - $17.43) and here (or splurge - $84).

I accessorized by adding a delicate crystal drop necklace and some sapphire earrings, which were actually my wedding earrings! You could easily go bold here with your accessories by adding lots of crystal & sparkling accessories, but I kept it low-key for dinner because I wanted the dress to be the focal point. With my hair, I went for Elsa's signature braid and added a little volume on the top.


After I had significantly annoyed my husband by making him stop at this wall for photos, we headed on to dinner at Il Primo, one of our favorite local North Chattanooga spots. Il Primo is such a gem of a restaurant. Take a seat on the patio for dining al fresco or cozy up in the mood lighting inside. Il Primo offers a fully stocked bar, so you can indulge in glass of wine from their large selection or choose one of their signature cocktails. Barry went for a bold glass of Chianti and I opted for the rosé sangria. Get it - you won't regret it!



If you're in the mood for some delicious appetizers, I recommend the olives or fried ravioli, but you could easily just fill up on the complimentary bread with olive oil dipping sauce instead. For entrees, some of our favorites are the chicken piccata and the pork scallopini, but you can't go wrong with any of their selections.


After dinner, we headed to Barley Chattanooga for a nightcap. Barley is a relatively new establishment, offering a large selection of beers - both on tap and bottled. If you're into weird or funky beers (sours!) like me, this is a great place to try a few. They often have live music, and have a great outdoor seating area for people watching.

Next time you're out & about in Chattanooga, definitely put these 2 on your list!

Photo credit: Barley Chattanooga

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