Thursday, March 1, 2012


I watched every episode of Sex and The City.

I've seen the movies, but in my opinion there's no comparison.

I also liked Carrie's first apartment so much more than her new place with Big.  It had more soul to me, but wow, I'm already getting really off track here.

The point is the reason I watched the show was because I loved the essence of what it was about - 4 girlfriends that love each other, cheer for each other, keep each other in check.  The kind of friendship that isn't built overnight, but that stands the test of time.  I think it reminded me a lot of another group of four friends I know.

 That picture was taken a few years ago at a bachelorette party in Vegas.  You know what they say about Vegas.  ;)   From left to right - Purple dress: she's a Samantha but also a Carrie - Turquoise dress: another Carrie and Samantha mix  - Me: a total half breed of Charlotte and Miranda - and then there's the other Black dress: she's a Carrie Charlotte mix.  We've been friends since 1997.  They're my first loves.  The girl in the black dress is the one I mentioned a few weeks ago that told my hub (before he was my hub) that I had a crush on him.  You can say a lot of things about sorority girls, but my sisters have hearts. of. gold!  I cherish them!

Last weekend I flew back home to California to visit my girlfriends.  I spent the first night at the house of the girl in turquoise.  Her home is AMAZING!  It's a mid century modern home; here's a peek at her awesome entry.

Yes, I said that is her entry.  You literally walk in her front door (which is turquoise by the way) and you see this open atrium patio area to the right.  It's so beautiful!  It feels so breezy; I LOVE it!

Anyhow, the first night was wine night.  The girls I went to college with get together once a month to catch up with each other to drink wine and have dinner; and this was the first time I've ever been able to join in the fun.  I never got a picture of the whole group of us, but there was like 11 of us or something.  Many girls I hadn't seen in years!  It was kind of like a little reunion, and I enjoyed every minute.  I have to give a little shout out to my friend Jenny - who was telling everyone about my blog.  She's so supportive and encouraging!  I'm not much for self promotion; but I should probably hire her to promote my blog.  ;)   She was so so sweet  - thanks Jenny!

Then three of us woke up (fairly early) and headed out to Palm Springs.  One of the four couldn't make it - boo!  We missed her   - but we still had lots of fun.  ;)   Sorry girl!  We stayed at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort and Spa. 

Aerial View

Honestly though we could have stayed at a Holiday Inn - so long as it had a pool.  All we really cared about was getting away to hang out with each other.

Arriving at the hotel we had a little dance par- tay in the room.

Then it was time for sun and fun by the pool

I had the best weekend with my girlies!  I'm so blessed to have them in my life, and I treasure the times we get to spend together!

I'm ready to start planning the next girls weekend!  I love spending time with the people that really get you.  Like when you bust out your camera to get a close-up shot of the flower boxes  - they don't even think twice.  

I think I was mumbling something about how amazing the pink and red look together against the turquoise blue of the water.  They were looking at me like I was totally normal.  Like duh - of course Carmel would want to take a picture of something so completely random.  It just feels so good to be with people that really get you!  You know?

Okay- so tomorrow I'll be back to my regularly scheduled random-design-inspired programming.  I know this week was a little cray-zay.  Thanks for bearing with me as I slowly get back into the swing of things.  At 33, it takes longer than it used to.  Thank goodness it's almost time for another weekend! 


  1. What an amazing girl's weekend you had! I have some of the best girlfriends too - some from junior high even and some from college. As we've started our careers, gotten married, some have kids, etc.. it's amazing how when we are together again it's like nothing has changed and our friendship is still the same. Love this post! I'm so happy you have them in your life, and it reminds me to be thankful for my girls too!! p.s. I want to hang out in your friend's amazing entryway!

  2. SO so fun, Carmel. And you look stunning. I wish I had snapped more than one photo of my weekend away! Oops. May have to get creative. That first house seems amazing. Wonderful girlfriends are just priceless.

  3. So fun. We keep on talking about a girls getaway but havent made it happen yet. It looks like too much fun!

  4. it looks like such an amazing group of women and such a fun time! i am 33, to, and yes, oh how it takes longer to get back...
    and i like the comparisons- i definitely am a charlotte/carrie- i am very domestic, but i also love to write and reflect!

  5. That sounds so fun! The last time I got together with my girlfriends was for my wedding and that was almost a year ago! We are pretty scattered around, but we want to try to do something like this every year or two.

  6. You and your besties are a great looking bunch of ladies.

  7. Love this post! Best friends are so awesome! I have a group of four friends and we have known each other for nearly 20 years and are all still best friends. Two of them moved out of state and for the past two years we have had what we call "Mom Break" (versus Spring Break) and we go on a little weekend getaway. It's so good for us because we can just be ourselves and not the busy moms that we are every single day. It is always as though no time has passed when we all get together. I treasure their friendship more than anything! Our trip will be in May this year and I can. not. wait!!! So glad that you were able to get away and have some much needed girl (and you!) time!!! xoxo!

  8. Looks and sounds like you had such a fabulous time Carmel! I got to go out with some of my girlfriends last night and you are so right...there is just nothing like being with the ones who really "get" you. So glad you are blessed with that too! :-)

  9. That really is something precious and rare to have an amazing girlfriend that "gets" you...but three??? That is pretty much unheard of! What a fun time!

  10. Looks like it was a fun time. And you are super talented. Your blog is great. Look how fast your getting new followers.. I'm just sayin,it's not for nothing. And your really lucky to have a group of girlfriends who make it a priority to hang out.


  11. Sounds like you are bouncing back! You are fortunate to have such a good group of close friends and you make an effort to keep in touch and meet up. I am sure your get togethers are a blast!

  12. Looks like a lot of fun! I was wondering how you liked the JW Marriott. My Husband and I are planning a Palm Springs trip and were looking into staying there. I would love to know what you think, thanks!

  13. I hear ya, C. Girlfriends are the best! It's funny...bloggging has allowed me to forge friendships w/ such awesome ladies out there but nothing compares to the gf;s in my life whi've seen me at my best AND my worst. I've known some of mine even before Mr. FC was in the picture--ties that bind, I tell ya. SATC depicted those bonds like no other show.

    You & your girls are gorgeous!!


Be nice or I'll tell your mom! xoxo -C


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