This staycation weekend with my girlfriends was just all kinds of lovely, my friends. I jokingly referred to this as our “Trophy Wife Weekend”, because I think we hit up all the activities the ‘ladies who lunch’ are prone to do.
The weekend kicked off by picking up my friend Lo at the airport, who had flown in from San Francisco for the weekend. We headed over to our home for the weekend, the FireSky Resort in Scottsdale, and met up with our other partner in crime for the weekend, Lonnie. The FireSky a personal favorite of mine because it has a wonderful pool, a fun vibe, a fabulous location, but isn’t too full of the “Scottsdale Scene” (which right now could most easily be translated as ‘Jersey Shore West’ in style. Thanks but no thanks.)
We headed out to Old Town Scottsdale, and stuffed ourselves silly at a fabulous new tapas restaurant called Iruna. I wish I would have taken photos of all the glorious dishes we ordered, but was way too busy stuffing my face with deliciousness. If you go, I highly recommend the mojitos (Mojito Maven would have given them 2 thumbs up) and the patatas bravas. I would have licked the bowl clean, if I hadn’t been in public. After that were a few after dinner drinks and baseball game watching at R&R, then off to bed for a (relatively) early morning.
We were up and at ’em bright and early Saturday morning to partake in one of Lo’s favorite past times- shopping at Last Chance. For those of you unfamiliar with the glory that is ‘the LC’, I’ll try and break it down for you- the LC is basically the place where a bargain fashionista’s dreams come true. It’s a discount, final-sale retail outlet that houses all of the returns taken back by Nordstrom’s famously lenient return policy. Here’s a photo of what the shopping chaos looks like before the raise the gate to open the store each morning (Yes, you read that right. A security gate, to prevent a stampede.)
We scoured the bargains and shopped our hearts out for an hour, and all three came out successful. Lonnie got a pair of brand new Chuck Taylor low-tops, and I snagged a pair of buttery gray leather dolce vita boots for $39. Lo made out with the score of the day, though- a brand new pair of Vera Wang Lavender flats for $70. We saw the exact same shoe in Neiman Marcus the day later, retailing for $295. Brilliant. (Apologies for the poor Polyvore skills below, I just wanted to show you what our score looked like.)
$295 – neimanmarcus.com
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We celebrated our shopping success with brunch at True Food Kitchen, one of my favorite restaurants, and then headed back for some pool time. Here’s what our pool afternoon looked like:
So relaxing and peaceful. The girl in the pink swimsuit looks like she’s waiving at the camera, but I actually have no idea who she is. Hilarious.
It was also very fun to be at the resort that day, as there was a wedding going on in the late afternoon. There were some surprising fashion faux pas going on, including a guest who showed up in jeans (!!!), but it was fun to watch everyone so jovial about the wedding.
We cleaned up a little bit, and then headed out to meet friends for dinner, beers, and college football at a local sports bar. It was fun to cheer on our ASU SunDevils to victory (hooray!) as we spent some long-overdue quality time with friends.
Next up will be a review of our big Sunday- high tea at the Phoenician!