WHAT TO WEAR

The perfect outfit isn’t one that breaks your wallet, nor is it that adorable LBD (Little Black Dress) that has faded into charcoal grey because it’s worn at least four times a month. The most fashionable outfit is one that you feel comfortable and confident in. It’s a plus if it’s versatile. Clothing that works well as office attire can also be worn for a night out. Let’s say that you and a friend, or even a significant other, have planned a date night for Friday after work. Either have a spare change of clothes at your desk or wear an outfit that transfers from day to evening, because it’s inconvenient — and you waste precious time where you could be enjoying happy hour. A pair of colored jeans with a pressed button-up top works well for both — a work day and a night out. At work, tuck the button-up into your jeans and wear a light blazer jacket. Lose the jacket, untuck the shirt and unbutton the top few buttons before you head out. If dresses are more your style, then wear a pair of tights under the dress at work if it’s chilly and go bare-legged for your night out. Betty Be Good has two locations, one in Blaine and the other in Bellingham, and is a chic boutique offering attractive apparel with items priced under $60. “I have been wondering if women come to us to purchase their ‘going-out clothes,’” said Suzanne Smith, fashion buyer and owner of Betty Be Good. “I want to provide women with options that transfer from day to night.”

HAPPY HOUR

Hard to beat ending the work week with a stiff drink, followed by dinner and dessert. Enjoy half a dozen oysters and a Manhattan at Rock and Rye in Bellingham. With great recipes and sophistication, this hot spot is offering a scrumptious happy hour from 3–6 p.m. and 9 p.m.to close in the bar area. During happy hour, restaurant patrons can enjoy food bites under $12 and drinks under $8.

DINNER

Now that days are longer, have your designated driver take the keys and enjoy a scenic 45-minute road trip down Chuckunut Drive from Bellingham to LaConner for dinner. (Time it right, and on the way back you might see a stunning sunset.) Nell Thorn Restaurant and Pub is a farm-to-table restaurant serving mostly organic food and is situated on the water. You get great views from four separate dining areas. The waterfront dining area is a charming space with expansive windows that overlook the water and docked boats. The bistro dining area overlooks the kitchen, has beautiful shelves displaying wine, and fresh flowers sit atop every table. The bar is quaint with six large private booths along the side walls and two tables in the center. The patio sits on the waterfront and is perfect for the warmer evenings. The menu will please any appetite with crisp-fresh salads to wild-caught seafood, pastas and steaks from grass-fed cows. Nell Thorn purchases products from local county farms and is currently working with Well Fed Farms, Skagit River Ranch, Gordon Skagit Farms, and Frog Song Farm. Nell Thorn’s specialty is sourcing organic products locally from farms that practice sustainability. Whatever feeds your appetite, nothing is more trendy than local, organic, and sustainable.

DESSERT

To help digest your delicious dinner, take a short, 10-minute stroll over to Seeds Bistro and Bar for a dessert that will surely end the night on a sweet note. Situated delightfully in a glass display are sugar cookies shaped like tulips, giant cream puffs glazed with chocolate, and an array of pies. They have pies for all — peanut butter, triple berry, cherry, coconut cream and lemon curd. Have a slice or purchase the entire pie to take home and enjoy for several days. Gluten-free dessert options, such as cookies or the raspberry rhubarb crisp, are on the menu. The assortment of cookies, fruit, and cream pies change but the seduction from these sugary treats is impossible to resist.

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"The most fashionable outfit is one that you feel comfortable and confident in. It’s a plus if it’s versatile."