Tulip Festival | Wardrobe Essentials | Pastels

April 12, 2016

Its the most magical time of the year, end of March and beginning of April (at least here in the Pacific Northwest part of the US), that time when everything springs to life! While the Cherry Blossom Festival declares the arrival of spring season, the Tulip Festival indicates long and warm(er)  sunny days. And this year, we are thrilled to have been able to experience both the festivals, a short drive from where we live :D

The image (from google) had been so vividly imprinted in my mind (until now) - rows and rows of colorful tulips with a signature Dutch windmill in the background... Though I have visited Netherlands twice, I never really planned my trip around the world famous Tulip Festival in Holland (#bucketlist). But now, moving to Seattle has come with its own perks, including being able to witness the dramatic show that is the Tulip Festival at Skagit Valley, in Mount Vernon, right here in Washington state. 

The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is a month long event in April, when millions of tulips (daffodils and other flowers) burst into bloom (though, no one can really predict when the flowers will be in full bloom), and other events are planned to celebrate the festivities. Two among the many tulip fields scattered across the Skagit Valley, RoozenGaarde and Tulip Town attract the most visitors from all over the world. Its a world of rainbow in the humongous fields with rows and rows of cheerful yellows, pinks, reds, oranges, purples and whites that are put on display! The clear and blue skies, the lucent sun rays, and the blooms exploding with colors makes for one (sorry, 100s) picture perfect postcard(s)! 

  1. Plan your visit during the week if at all possible and avoid weekends (and the crowd) 
  2. If going during the weekend, plan your trip pretty early in the morning to avoid being stuck in traffic (up to 3 hrs I have heard) and plan to spend time in both fields 
  3. Be prepared to pop out an umbrella and have your rain boots handy (if not already wearing one), the weather is unpredictable and the fields can be muddy
  4. Entry fee is $6 pp and parking is available next to the fields, if its too crowded you are better off parking on other streets
  5. Bring some food if you plan to spend a good amount of time in the fields or you will end up waiting in lines for hours
  6. Lastly, along with snapping plenty of pictures, do NOT forget to buy yourself some pretties (tulips) to take home with you to admire their beauty for days to come 

Wandering amidst the bright and colorful (acres) tulip fields on an early spring day called for comfort and style! Its no secret that pastels are a spring favorite (not to forget a spring essential at that) and I couldnt think of anything better than to wear some of my favorite pastels to the Tulip Festival. A (bright) coral pant paired with a (pastel) mint green sleeveless top, slightly tucked in with a white skinny belt made for a simple and stylish look. These cutesy, patterned slip-ons (a favorite find on my vacation in Australia) were the best way to go for an endless walk in the fields.  And the addition of a statement necklace took the outfit to a whole new level. Oh-yes, plus white watch, white sunnies and white nails (of course) ;)

A few spring (and summer) essentials in every wardrobe part 2 (part 1 here)…

Pastels: Well hello, its mother nature's order, spring is in the air ;)
Colored Pants: Refreshing and fun
Statement Necklace: A bit of bling definitely helps dress up or dress down a simple spring outfit
Skinny Belt: Ultra versatile, can be worn on shorts, pants, skirts and dresses
Slip Ons: Casual comfort, the pretty colors and patterns are perfect for the season

What's your favorite spring wardrobe essential? 

Outfit Details
Mint Blouse : Loft (Option 1, Option 2)
Coral Pants : Macy's
Skinny Belt : From my dress (Similar)
Statement Necklace : Cannot remember where I bought this (kinda Similar)
Stud Earrings : Chole + Isabel (My Boutique)
Cuff Bracelet : Chole + Isabel (My Boutique, Similar)
Watch : Pierre Cardin (Similar)
Slip-on Shoes: Cotton On

“If we had no winter the spring would not be so pleasant.

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