date night tradition

22 March 2017

Simon and I don't (and will never) have it all figured out when it comes to our marriage but one thing we've found is important to prioritize are dedicated date nights out of the house and away from the kids. Uninterrupted conversation when we aren't exhausted or distracted at the end of the night is invaluable to both of our temperaments and even throughout the rigors of residency we made it a point to find trustworthy sitters and hit the road for a few hours of quality time together.


Since being in Florida we've started a little unofficial tradition to go on walks in fun or scenic areas before we scout out some food. It sort of feels like we are on our own mini vacation with so many picturesque paths to choose from. Whether it's along a path by the Bay, the Riverwalk downtown, or even a cool neighborhood of historic homes we've loved that the temperate winters have allowed us to keep the walking tradition alive year round.


I have to admit that one of our favorite walking paths is the Riverwalk (probably because it leads to one of my favorite Tampa restaurants) so we often head that way. As tempting as it is to wear walking friendly tennis shoes when we're date bound - I generally opt for comfortable enough but outfit appropriate footwear until I discovered these Børn beauties that fit both comfort and style bills ...


Børn Shoes kindly sent me a pair of their hand sewn Malenas in Saddle and Simon was the lucky recipient of a pair of Allans in Natural and both pairs have quickly become closet staples for both of us. Simon wore is on the flights to and from New Mexico, to my sister's wedding (and reported no back pain the next day which is a common complaint of his after a night out in dressier shoes) and is loving them for his longer days in clinic when he rarely gets a chance to sit down.
 
I expected there to be a little "breaking in" period with my Malenas but the buttery soft leather and handcrafted design has proven me oh so wrong because they've been nothing but super comfortable from hour one of wear.


While I'm kind of a sucker for trends, I love the classic and timeless style of both the Malenas and the Allans. The Malenas come in all sort of fun colors to and keep clicking over to look at the pink pair because they look so fun. As I lean more and more on the comfort of leggings as my pregnancy progresses I've been so happy to have the Malenas to wear to dress them up lest I always look gym bound.

A big thank you to Becca for taking these photos, Børn for sponsoring this post and helping us enjoy our little "datecations" in both comfort and style.

 

21 comments:

  1. What's your favorite restaurant on Riverwalk? We are heading to Tampa in May for a vacation!

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    1. http://www.ulele.com/

      definitely definitely get reservations if you go!!! :)

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  2. I can't seem to find the Malena in leather on the site--only suede? Your link just took me to their general web page?

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  3. On their website it says the Malena in saddle is not available for sale? I don't like the look of them in suede. Is saddle a new color that hasn't been launched yet?

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    1. saddle is sold out at the moment - I'm so sorry!

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  4. I want everything you have on here. Where are your clothes from?

    Also, do you try to make it back from date night before the children go down for bed? Bath and bedtime with babies seems like a lot for a babysitter (even if it's a family member) to take on.

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    1. Yes they do bedtime :) we generally don't have them do baths and Bosco is usually down but we have great sitters that can handle baths and bedtime routines for all!

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  5. I can't find the leather shoes you are wearing on the site? Am I looking at the wrong place? Or are they not available in leather?

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    1. I believe the leather is sold out at the moment - I'm so sorry!

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  6. grace you're adorable. love this.

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  7. The Tampa Riverwalk is my most favorite spot ever!! I guess that would be why my husband proposed to me there (we have one of the bricks) and we got married on it also. :)

    -Jillian

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  8. Any promo codes for this brand? Looking for a new pair of comfortable shoes that the fiance can wear in our wedding - he haaaates dress shoes.

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  9. Hmmm I went to find the shoes you have because I'm looking for a comfortable and stylish shoe but the only Malenas were a suede -- couldn't find the saddle?

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    1. I believe the saddle is sold out at the moment - I'm so sorry!

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  10. So stylish as always! I'm due a week after you and wondering if you've found a great pair of maternity leggings. I haven't had too much luck yet!

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    1. I have a good pair of ponte leggings from Loft but I mostly wear the high waisted leggings from Fabletics! :)

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  11. The pink malenas are on sale on zappos!

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  12. i love that last shot of you guys!!!! so sweet! you're looking absolutely glowy! :) and not just because of the perfect sunlight ha!!

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  13. These look awesome!!!! And my hubs and I love to walk and explore too! Such a great way to be active, chat, and get some great views.

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