Monday, August 15, 2011

Shirley's Bachelorette Weekend in CA

Shirley's Bachelorette Weekend

This past weekend I had the best time with some of my most favorite girls on the entire planet, all in celebration of Shirley!  I talk about Shirley all the time in this space- she is one of my best friends that I met in college. She came up to NAU already being childhood best friends with Autumn, who I had met when she rushed Pi Phi her sophomore year, and had become one of my closest friends too. One evening on one of our regular nightly runs, Autumn suggested that we swing by one of the dorms so I could meet Shirley and we could all run together. To make a long story short, it was friend love at first sight, and over the next three years of college the three of us would become inseparable. We ended up living together both in college and after college too, and I consider both of these girls not just two of my very best friends but also my sisters. We've seen each other in so many stages of our lives- crazy college nights, serious boyfriends, serious breakups, heart aches, happiness, marriage, kids, new careers, etc. And over those years at NAU our group of friends grew as we all met girls we couldn't live without, and all of my most favorite memories involve Alana, Brenda, Erin, Carrie, and Amy. I feel so lucky to have had such a fun/crazy/memorable college experience, and I fully credit all of those girls for all of those memories.

What's great now though, is that even though we are all so, so different, with our own families, different interests, and different lives, we all manage to come together to celebrate each other in these various stages of life. We've gone on countless girls trips, celebrated bridal showers, baby showers, bachelorette parties, weddings, and everything in between. Outside of Autumn, Shirley, Erin and Alana, I don't see the faraway girls as much as I'd like, but I know that if I needed them, they'd be there in a heartbeat, and vice versa.  And I also know that no matter how much time has passed, it will always feel just as good to reunite.

So this past weekend was a very special time.  Shirley is one of those girls that you immediately fall in love with. Her heart is the biggest and kindest of anyone I've ever known, and it was neat to be around her other groups of friends and see how much they love her too. The couple of days we spent celebrating Shirley was a blast- we stayed in Venice at the Marriott Marina Del Ray (originally Manhattan Beach but we changed hotels at the last minute) and it was a great time.

I flew into LAX on Friday afternoon and even though it was so hard to leave Henry, I was super excited for a "me" weekend. I hopped into a cab and headed to the airport upon arrival in LA, and the girls were already having fun and getting ready for the evening. That night we went to dinner at Primitivo in Venice and I had one of the best meals I've ever had- a mixture of a million types of tapas and a scallop/shrimp meal. To-die-for delicious. Afterward we headed to a bar close by and had a good time dancing and being silly.

The next morning we woke up and walked down to breakfast at The Terrace then a few of us went for  a nice run along the beach. We got to experience some of Venice's "local flair" and interesting patrons too. The rest of the day was spent over in Santa Monica, walking around, having lunch, and enjoying some drinks at the Hotel Shangri-la, and we actually spent the evening down in Santa Monica too. First we came back to the hotel to get ready and to throw Shirl a lingerie shower, and then headed back out for sushi at Makai and drinks and dancing at a few different bars. It was a really, really perfect bachelorette party kind of night, and by the end of the evening (3am, yikes!) my feet were sore from dancing so much, and my cheeks hurt from all the laughing. Mission accomplished? I think so.

Here are some photos from the weekend, from my little point and shoot (c/o Samsung) and iphone -



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Shirley's Bachelorette Weekend

Shirley's Bachelorette Weekend

22 comments:

  1. Aw Danielle, I loved this. I love hearing how much you love her, and all your friends, through your writing. Sweetest thing. Looks like a blast! I love ladies that love other ladies! There is too much women hating women in this world for me. So refreshing to read.
    And as always, you are the most beautiful thing!
    :]

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  2. Sounds like such an incredible trip! I love reading about the friendships you share. I feel like I'm finally at a point in my life where I've let the negative people in my life drift away and am surrounding myself with a small band of really amazing women and I am so very thankful for that. It's nice to have girlfriends :)

    You look beautiful as always!

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  3. I'm so glad you had such a nice time. You looked lovely! It must have been hard to leave Henry but it looks like it was great for you to get away with your girls.

    Kacie
    http://www.acollectionofpassions.com/

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  4. Hey, you were right down the street from me! I live in Marina Del Rey, right by your hotel. Glad to hear you had a fun weekend. Adorable dress!

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  5. That looks like you had so much fun! Positive people are always the best! And you look cute, as always!

    katiediditt.blogspot.com

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  6. So I was wrong! It lookes like the weekend warmed up just for you! Actually, it was quite perfect. =]I'm glad you didn't take my sweater recommendations;) You and your friends looked amazing! Glad you had a great time.

    -Marisol
    @maree_83

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  7. Couldn't ask for a better friend! Loved this post and reliving this weekend. Truly unforgettable! Love you!

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  8. looks so much fun! love all the pics :)

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  9. I LOVE friends like that. You know, those friends that live far away and you hardly ever see/have time to talk to, but when you do come together...it's as if no one ever left and no time ever passed!

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  10. what a great weekend! i hope that i meet friends like that in college :)

    http://breatheandhush.blogspot.com/

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  11. aww I love all the photos. It looks like you all had a blast. It's such a wonderful thing to have such great friends and be able to make special memories like that together. :)

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  12. That white lace dress is phenomenal - where did it come from!?

    Also, it never ceases to amaze me when I look around and see that my friends have careers and marriages and kids. It all happened so quickly, or so it seems. Amazing, nonetheless.

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  13. It looks like such a fun weekend. I love time I get to spend with my girlfriends!

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  14. You're all so beautiful! And I love your lace dress, it looks perfect on you. <3

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  15. sounds like a beautiful experience!
    love this post.
    xoxo

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  16. i am pretty certain that that lace dress was made for you to wear!! looks amazing.

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  17. looks like so much fun!
    and you look AMAZING in that lace dress, please tell us where it's from!
    thanks! <3

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  18. SO fun to spend time (cutting loose) with you! Can't wait for the wedding and future festivities! xoxo

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  19. I LOVE this!! i have some amazing friends that I have had since elementary and middle school and when we all get together its just heaven! and I think I just saw your friends super cute dress on oh joy!! is that right???
    http://ohjoy.blogs.com/my_weblog/2011/08/feeling-green.html
    anyway, so fuN! hope you guys had a blast. LOVE your blog!

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  20. Weekends like that are just perfect! I love to see big groups of women that can just be FRIENDS and LOVE EACH other. No drama. <3 Congrats to Shirley :)

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  21. I am completely in love with your lace dress!!

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