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Scottsdale : Monday

We slept in as long as we could before we had to get rolling.  Carley was the first flight out and we wanted to catch breakfast at Arcadia Farms first.  This sweet cafe is right out of Little House on the Prairie.  Wood floor, red doors, cute art on the wall.  It felt like going to a grandma’s house who knew how to interior decorate properly.

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photo 1-1In typical best friend’s fashion, we each ordered a Kir Royal to toast our remarkably great weekend.  While we recapped and perused the menu, our waitress dropped off a small plate of mini scones to nibble on.

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This was one of those spots where anything you ordered off the menu would be amazing.  I debated between the Fresh Berry Crepes and the Breakfast Panini.  The panini won: scrambled egg with rosemary ham and smoked mozzarella on a baguette.

photo 3-3Next, we had to hustle to make Carley’s departure time… never a dull moment!  Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport is a city in itself, tons of terminals, north side, south side, ramps and overpasses.  Katie is a ninja navigating that space!

After dropping Carley off, we decided against our better judgment to a little hiking on Camelback Mountain in the 115 degree heat.  Plenty of water, working cell phones, crazy sports bra straps and sunglasses – we set off.  It got hotter and hotter as we climbed and pretty soon we made the executive decision that we were sweating faster than we could replenish with water, and that a descent was the best option.

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The rest of my afternoon, I dipped in the pool and packed up all of my things.  We stopped off at Sprinkles to pick up some goodies for the folks at home and I found my way to my gate.

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More than one time this weekend – Carley and I promised we would be back again next year for another long weekend in the hot box.  There’s nothing like 4 days with your best friends to really refocus on what’s important in life.  Friendships, memories, laughter, and not taking ourselves too seriously.

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Until next time AZ,

xo

 

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Scottsdale: Sunday

*life happened before I wrote the rest of this trips blog posts – back on the bandwagon now!

 

Wake up with a little boob sweat?  Sure!  Good morning Scottsdale!  We made an executive decision to skip working out today and instead, totally enjoy each other’s company and humor.  The morning started out with brunch at The Herb Box in Old Town Scottsdale.  The interior was terrific – I almost had the girl’s cause a commotion so I could pull that old-school bike off the wall and ride to 26th and Cactus.  The end goal to our Sunday morning : plan couple’s trip 2014 and get elevated.  Successful? Absolutely!

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Our server informed us there was bottomless mimosas available, to which we all agreed upon.  Pineapple, mango, pomegranate, orange and grapefruit.  Did he recommend trying them all?  Maybe even trying them all twice?  Yes, he did.  And yes, we did.  Between sipping delicious glasses of champagne and planning the first annual couple’s trip, we played this game we call Pretend We’re Fabulous Like Carley.  How do you play?  It’s simple.  Grab the sparkly diamond off of your best girlfriend’s ring finger and wear it while holding your mimosa.  Every girl’s trip, we all gotta try it on, daydream for two seconds that it’s ours, and then give it back.  Thanks for being such a good sport, Carla!

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To supplement the mimosas we shared three dishes.  One I cannot remember for the life of me, the other two were fantastic.  One the Bourbon-Ginger Peach Brioche French Toast and the other the Chilaquiles Verde.  Interested in salivating over their descriptions?  Read here.

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We spent about 3 hours planning, drinking, munching on some brunch, planning some more, laughing, taking pictures, and then drinking 3 more mimosas each.  We didn’t want to overstay our welcome…. ha!  So the next group activity was decided upon… pedicures at AZ Tips and Toes!

On the way we stopped at Sprinkles off Camelback Road and then had not one but THREE dance parties in the car.  The most memorable being the rock out to “Thrift Shop”.  After all that dancing, I may have fallen asleep in the backseat for one second…

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AZ Tips and Toes was the cleanest, nicest nail salon I’ve seen.  Totally bright, plenty of color options, and comfy seats to consume a Sprinkles Cupcake in, or lounge and fall slightly asleep in your mimosa-enduced stupor.

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The rest of the day we spent in the pool.  Avoiding any opportunity to stand for more than 5 seconds outside of the pool in the 118 degree weather.  We swam, we laughed, we continued what we do best : enjoying each other’s company.  Dinner was decided on the first day of vacation… none other than the infamous In’N’Out Burger.

photo 5-2The little dude that took our order was, hands down, the most precious little ethnic, Russian, Serbian, whatever country he hailed from.  For someone that works at a fast food joint and deals with drunk, high punks on the regular – he was too nice!  We wanted to stand next to him all night while he took orders just to make sure people were treating him right.

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Full on the best burger, fries and shake EVER created… the evening commenced with Cards Against Humanity and more laughter than I could handle.

 

laughter is the best medicine,

xo

 

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Scottsdale: Saturday

Good morning sweat box! We woke up and got our daily caffeine fix at Village Coffe Roastery. Dirty Iced Chais and a pistachio muffin. Both of which we’d all vouch for. There was a small shelf for the locals to store their coffee mugs (kinda like beer mugs being kept in lockers in beer halls of Germany). Cool location, great coffee, definitely gave us some energy! photo 1photo 2photo 3 Next up : SPIN! One of the first times I visited Scottsdale – Kates exposed me to this exercise phenomenon called Spin. But down here, they do it WAY differently than I’ve been used to. The room is black, blacklights, concert-volume mixed pop music, and everyone is 110% balls to the wall. You leave dripping with sweat, feeling like you just scaled a mountain and conquered world peace after 60-minutes. We took spin at the Madison Improvement Club. Screen Shot 2013-06-30 at 10.32.51 PM It’s a swanky spin/yoga boutique with a modern health cafe on the inside. You even have the option to preorder your food before your class so it’s ready and waiting for you to inhale afterwards. Yesterday was Orange Theory and today was Spin… let’s just say our thighs and quads were on FIRE. Like literally on fire. The music was excellent, the instructor faced us and called people out over the eardrum blasting noise to “sprint! sprint! spring!” At the end of the class, on a normal, non-Hell temperature day, they open up the front wall to a gorgeous view of Camelback Mountain. We were thankful they kept the doors closed this time around. photo 1 copy 2photo 3 copy 2 photo 2 copy 2photo 4 copyphoto 5photo Our refueling took place at a great place in Old Town Scottsdale called Chop Shop. Are you getting the theme of a Scottsdale visit? Workout, REALLY hard, and eat at REALLY awesome restaurants! Cardio, fuel. Spin, brunch. It’s a cycle (ha!) and we love it! At Chop Shop I had the Zen Bowl: scrambled eggs, spinach, mushrooms, onions, white cheddar and brown rice. Ah-may-zing. We dined outside under the misters and gradually live was returned to our legs. photo 1 copyphoto 2 copy photo 3 copyphoto 4
After refueling, we ran a few errands. Katie dropped her iPhone and completely shattered the screen. Is this a sign she’s on it too much? 😉

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It was time for a dip in the pool. Two hours of pool to be exact. After we cooled down, we showered, made a few drinks for the road and headed to Fashion Square Mall to get the heck out of the heat. The drinks were not, in fact, for the road but instead for a little adventurous shopping. We had a few dressing room dance parties, and enjoyed the latest in POS checkout technology. #nerd

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Something that lights my heart on fire when I’m with these girls is we always make friends where we go.  One stop at Fashion Square was to LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics.  The moment we walked in, we were greeted by a young man who inquired what brought us in.  He told us about himself, how he’s a ballet dancer, and recommended tons of products to us!  I told him I really wanted to get a great facial mask and also something to tame down my insane long locks in this heat.  He recommended, and I purchased, Mask of Magnaminty and Sea Spray for my hair.  The whole place is well done with a beautiful font and the way they display their products.  The masks look like they’re displayed at a salad bar on ice.  The large wedges of soaps reminded me of the enormous wheels of Gouda cheese in Amsterdam.  I fell in love with Lush today after I read their We Believe statement.

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After we exhausted all that Fashion Square had, we drove to Scottsdale Quarter to continue our night. A stop at the Apple Store allowed us to get Kate’s a new iPhone and also allowed a little time for Carley to change the backgrounds of multiple devices to showcase a really hot picture of Hugh Jackman.

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Dinner took place at True Food.  Another Scottsdale staple – incredibly healthy, organic spot.  You can order anything and everything on the menu and be 110% satisfied.

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I always get the Chicken Chopped Salad.  There’s something about the way the manchego cheese, marcona almonds and jicama mixes together that it takes me to my happy place every time.  We split the Vegetable Crudités starter – it was like a wonderful garden on ice with fabulous dipping sauces.  Really cool presentation – we were impressed.

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Katie is friends with a manager and she brought us these delicious honeydew melon vodka cocktails (which we of course, cheers’ed).  The back end of the restaurant near the outdoor restroom held this garden, sink washing station that caught my eye in the setting sun.  Love True Food, always have, always will.

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The evening ended with another hilarious round of Cards Against Humanity.

Loving this adventure,

xo

 

Listening to.

 

 

 

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Scottsdale: Friday

Carley got in Thursday late night – we spent the evening hours giggling and catching up.  On Friday morning, we woke super early to catch Katie’s favorite Orange Theory class at 6:45 with Jesse.  I can see the attraction, he was HILARIOUS.  Think Will & Grace + muscles + fabulous smile + high-energy fitness.  It was somewhere between the second circuit and the side planks when Carley leaned over and said something along the lines of, “You two are insane for liking this.”  Needless to say, we were extremely sweaty, spent and ready for some refueling.

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Breakfast took place at Daily Dose.  We settled on Micheladas.  Served as a iced glass of lime juice, a Mexican beer, and a small carafe of tomato juice.  Kind of like a beer-garita or sorts.  We weren’t entirely impressed.  Decisions couldn’t be made on what to order, as everything looked good in our deliriously hungry and sore state of mind, so we decided to share the Banana Bread French Toast, The Hangover Sandwich and the Breakfast Nachos.  All of which were delicious and most of which we brought home as leftovers.

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After our refuel session, we grabbed a few supplies at Costco.  A weekend with your girlfriends requires a few staples.  For example, large glass bottles of vodka.  The one on the right was purchased, we plan to empty it.

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As we walked around Carley began to feel the muscle burn that Orange Theory brings.  She spent a bit of time lounging in agony.  At Costco… and at home.

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We hightailed it home, changed into swimsuits, made a cocktail and beelined for the pool.  There wasn’t any laying in the sun, there was strictly underwater lounging… it was hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk.  Later into the evening, Scott treated us to Oregano’s.  We needed to get out of the apartment as the AC isn’t working properly and we were going slightly stir-crazy.  It worked out well because a trip to Arizona is.not.complete without dining at Oregano’s.  We shared the Vino Bambino salad (UNREAL) – and Uncle Ray’s Sausage & ‘Shrooms pizza.  Entire confection.  Totally satisfied.

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After dinner, it was time to doodle in Paper by FiftyThree and laugh at the good fortune of having close friends.

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Sleeplessly sweating,

xo

Dreaming of.

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Scottsdale bound

Tonight I took a super late flight to Scottsdale for the weekend.  Time for a little R&R with some close girlfriends.  I’ve been out there many times and always come back feeling refreshed, renewed, with my core body temperature slightly out of sync in the red zone.  I have miles on Delta (more on that later) and booked a flight to the tune of 25,000 miles + $7.50 in taxes.

Knowing I paid the ticket taxes with my Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card, means I have one free checked bag.  I decided to pack more than enough into a larger than necessary bag.  A girl likes to have options, 3 swimsuits for 4 days?  I think so!  I found my seat in the back of the plane and smiled to myself as I set eyes on my seat mates.  Both younger girls wearing yoga pants.  With a thankful sigh of relief, I scooted into my window seat.  Nine times out of ten, I have someone pushing 3 bills and reeking of cheap beer sitting next to me.  Flying takes on a whole new adventurous tone when you aren’t sure if the dude next to you is either going to try to hit on you or throw up in your lap.  Not pleasant.  I enjoyed not having a sweaty, hairy thigh pushed up against my personal leg space.  I enjoyed the camaraderie of using Apple products with competent, smart, healthy girls doing the same next to me.  Call me crazy, but that never happens and I was thankful.  As I was sitting in me seat, I watched my luggage roll up the conveyor belt underneath me into the plane.  That’s always a good sign.  The journey is off to a good start.

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Katie picks me up from the airport where I’m instantly sweating on the sidewalk.  This is going to be a test of strength and effort to not literally melt while I’m here.  No one likes a puddle!  We drive back to her apartment in Scottsdale and I haul my 44-lb luggage into the room I’ll be staying in while I’m here.  The AC is a blessing and I have a feeling we’ll be spending quite a bit of time near the pool.  Go for a run, jump in the pool.  Lunch date, then jump in the pool.

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This morning we woke up and had iced coffee + Rumchata – a true start to vacation.  Cheers to a hot, sweaty, adventurous-weekend!

Life is good!

xo,

Listening to this.

Current temperature in Scottsdale at 7:55 AM : 86 F

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timeline creative

Drum roll… here’s my new Facebook timeline.  I really like to customize my messenger bags and iPhone cases when I can.  This particular photo is a mug of the house coffee brew at St. Francis in Phoenix, AZ. We enjoyed a relaxing brunch there on a Sunday morning.  Our second annual girls trip took us away for a weekend to Arizona where K is living.  (side note : we have a standing trip each year – girls vacation – and 2011 took us to the beautiful Monte Lucia Resort & Spa nestled on Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale.)

 

We gather from all over the nation (MN, KS, FL, AZ) for a weekend of debauchery, drinking, laughing, delicious meals, pool time, spas, and lots of sun worshipping.  These are a few of my closest and dearest friends on the planet.

M, R, me, C, K and M

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The backdrop was a beautiful mountain, and one morning it rained – causing large puddles in the grass.  I choose the morning activity of dance-stomping in the rain puddles, at the base of a mountain, with all of my best friends as witnesses.

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It didn’t matter what time of day – we cheers’ed to friendship, life, love, the pursuit of happiness – every chance we got.  I’m a big fan of cheers’ing, toasting, acknowledging togetherness.  Starting with Iced Soy Caramel Macchiatos at the airport, and finishing with bloody marys and mimosas.

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It’s true when they say the greatest part about life are your experiences and interactions with people : your relationships.  I would be nothing without my friends.

 

Sleep tight,

xo

 

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weekly iPhone pic drop

This company makes some pretty wicked accessories for all things Apple.  And their marketing is ingenious.

Mountains capped with snow on my way to LA.  Window seat and a chick flick on the iPad.  #happycamper

My fortune.  Usually these don’t pertain to me.  This one did.  Loud and clear.

Sony Pictures Entertainment.  What I wouldn’t give to have a backstage tour.  Check out the size of these new release posters!

Don’t leave me mama!  How can I leave this little nugget?

A beautifully creative woman named Jen from Scottsdale designs my favorite carry-on bag, it’s a Soul Carrier.  Wicked.

At a local farmer’s market inside The Grove is a coffee cafe called Short Cake.  I indulged in Aunt Nancy’s Shakerato.  I’m not sure who Nancy is, but her caffeinated drink [shaken, not stirred] contained at least 4 shots of espresso magic that took me from sleepy head to HELLO LA! in record time.

Is this a nostalgic image, or what?  This location is straight out of a dozen movies we’ve seen.  On this overcast day, it fit perfectly with my mood.

I can’t get enough of this ocean, those waves, the sand & jogging surfers. Beautiful.

This weekend I’m stationed in LA [el-ay] where the celebrities go crazy and the city never sleeps.  I’m visiting a good friend from work who relocated here recently.  The second half of my adventure involves cheering on one of the best girl’s I’ve ever known, Miss Kates, as she runs her first marathon.

I remember my first [and only] marathon – and think back to how much better it would have been if I had a bigger cheering section.  I’m proud as hell and will take many pictures of Sunday’s festivities at the LA Marathon.

Before I go, I have a quick tip for all you fellow iPhone lovers out there.  You know those times when you type a crazy word such as “bangarang”, “totes” or maybe, just once, you mistakenly used “craycray” in a sentence?  Fear not – make your iPhone forget you typed that by doing the following: reset the user dictionary.

First, go into Settings.

Click on General.

Click on Reset.

Tap “Reset Keyboard Dictionary”.

Tap the red button labeled Reset Keyboard Dictionary.

This will reset the User Dictionary to the factory default.

No more accidentally typing ‘megadeath’ when I’m trying to say ‘Megan’.  Woot!

Cheers from not-so-sunny LA!

xo

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