Yesterday Tyler and I made our way up north to Mount Vernon for a double date with our friends Sarah and Dustin. Every year in the Skagit Valley, thousands of tulip and daffodils bloom for the annual Tulip Festival and people come from all around for a colorful photo op and a fresh bouquet. When we saw the weather report for this weekend we were super bummed about the predicted rain, but the forecast ended up providing the ideal conditions for our visit.
Last year when Ty and I visited the gardens on our own we went on one of the hottest Saturdays of the festival, and had to fight enormous crowds and hours of traffic. We lucked out this year not only because there were far less people this time around, but because we also narrowly avoided the rain all together. It rained on the drive there and back, but the only challenge we faced was strong wind. So much for curling my hair! The overcast sky ended up giving us the perfect lighting for our pics too, which is something I am always super excited about.
Even though it didn't end up raining while we were there, I am glad that I wore my new yellow raincoat. I had been looking for the perfect pop of color in a jacket for years, and I've been pretty biased toward yellow lately. With how often it rains in Seattle I've been getting tired of my black trench, and this French Connection coat was the perfect replacement. There is something about wearing a bright color on a rainy day that keeps my spirits up as I am stomping through puddles on my commute to work or class. I've also been pretty surprised by how much of my closet I've been able to pair it with, and have worn it with anything from this black and white babydoll dress to the colorful embroidered top I wore in Animal Kingdom.
If you're planning on visiting the fields yourself, I highly recommend that you grab your own raincoat and a cute outfit and head out on a day with a lousy forecast. You won't regret it, the colorful tulips are beautiful even on a grey sky day! Unfortunately this is a seasonal event and the tulips won't be around much longer so if you want to fill your home with $5 bunches or your garden with bulbs then plan your trip ASAP.
Raincoat: French Connection (purchased from Nordstrom)
Dress: Forever 21
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