Hearing the words “The Hamptons” evokes a visceral excitement for me. I can almost taste the sea-salty air, feel the rays of sunshine warm my skin and, most naturally, see the streets lined with some of the chicest boutiques in the northeast.
Well, this girls’ weekend lived up to all of those expectations and was nothing short of fabulous. When you arrive at your friend’s house and are greeted with champagne and laughs you just know it’s going to be good.
Add to that cheese platters, fresh cut flowers and extra lemons (because they know you’ll want them for your water), you are reminded that you truly do have the best girlfriends on the planet.
Dressing up and choosing outfits never ceases to excite the pants off of me and I was packed (I should say WAY over packed) for our 2 day weekend. But, a girl never wants to be without the things she needs, and when her friend asks her if she has scissors to cut the tag off a freshly purchased item, you want to be able to say yes! And I did.
My friends were troopers, excitedly taking pictures for the blog, and even helping with getting my creative juices flowing. Don’t you just love girlfriends? If yours are anything like mine, you feel loved and supported when they’re around. And that is exactly how I felt. They took many pictures of me this weekend and would say, “turn this way, look down, let me get a close up” and I was overjoyed to have them be a part of the whole process.
Of course, being away on a girls weekend doesn’t mean that I don’t think about blogging. In fact, I couldn’t stop thinking about ways I could get great photos to use for this post. This is sitting poolside early in the morning, while enjoying coffee and conversation with the girls
When Saturday arrived, my friend who was hosting us, surprised us with a hair blow out at the trendy salon called “Blow.”
I went for a beachy wave because… why not?? We were in The Hamptons.
The salon was covered with the same gray shaker shingles which grace many of the shops and beautiful homes, and I just love them. The way they look and the way they make me feel all beachy and cool meant it was a photo op I couldn’t refuse. I recruited one of my besties to stand with me for this photo and she joined me with model-like ease.
And this is a picture of 3 of us girls, who have the exact same sandals by Yosi Samra. When you find a fab pair of flip flops and you don’t live in the same city, you all buy them and enjoy wearing them together.
Before heading out for a fun-filled Saturday night birthday celebration, we had a blast getting ready together. This is me doing hair & makeup, which was pleasantly reminiscent of our college days.
Dress: HauteHippie, Ring: Rachel Zoe, Earrings: LeLe Sadoughi, Snakeskin cuff: Kara Ross, Bangles: Genevieve Lau. I used a lot of different make up like Stila, Makeup Forever, Chanel, and Benefit. My favorite highlighting cream by a Philadelphia local makeup line, Darcy by Dicaprio, quickly became a favorite of my girlfriends too.
Having the best girlfriends on the planet also means you are set to have the best weekend on the planet. It was my birthday and so my chic and fabulous friends showered me, not only with lemons, but with beautiful, stylish gifts. One friend also handed over a pair of Debi Kroell grey booties because she had never worn them. I had been on the hunt for the perfect pair for months and I ended up finding them in my besties closet!
Amanda Uprichard never ceases to amaze me with the most beautiful, saturated colors (the blouse). The necklace I’m wearing was a gift from my trendy, street-sassy dressing friend who scored this gem in a Connecticut boutique. The booties are Devi Kroell, as I mentioned before, and made me feel like I was standing a mile high. The jeans are topshop and the gold midi rings are from Nordstrom. Of course, I’m always wearing something from the amazing Genevieve Lau Jewelry collection (the arrow ring on my pointer finger and bangles). Her bangles are a staple every day whether I’m wearing a tshirt and ripped jeans, cocktail attire or anything in between. I layered my other wrist with bangles from Anthropologie. The clutch is unknown but is one of my favorites with snakeskin printed leather and the greatest green, turquoise and gold colors.
Amanda Uprichard blouse
Devi Kroell Booties
Top Shop Ripped Skinnies
Midi Rings – Similar Here and Here
Genevieve Lau Bangles
Anthropologie Bangles – Similar Here and Here
Snakeskin Clutch – Similar Here
Celebrating my birthday with the biggest and brightest candle I’ve ever seen, with cheers and smiles all around.
When Sunday rolled around (all too quickly) we realized things would soon be back to normal. Waking up early, taking care of kids, 2 of us working full-time professional jobs and 2 of us working as stay-at-home Mothers. Wow. How did our little reality (ah hem, fantasy) of a girls weekend come to a close so quickly? We ate our lovely breakfast and drank our delicious coffee, which was prepared again by our bestie who never sat still the whole time and who helped made this weekend what it was. Special, lovely, memory creating and just plain awesome. Until next time, we will text each other sweet messages and start planning our next reunion, hopefully in the fall. And when that weekend comes, we be able to reminisce about this Hamptons weekend and all the crazy fun we had. The best part about girlfriends is that the fun never ends and when we see each other we just pick up where we left off and start creating new memories all over again.
These girls are my best friends from college and man, do we have some fun and wild memories together. It’s just so nice to have the comfort of “old” friends in our adult lives. So many laughs and memories still being cultivated together. And the ability to act like kids again with no judgement, no rules and the freedom of expressing your raw, uninhibited feelings. About any and everything. All the time. With no exceptions. Until next time, friends. You are #the4bestfriendsanyoneeverhad and I love you with all my heart.
P.S. Riding in the car on the way home from a weekend trip doesn’t mean you have to wear sweats! I chose to wear my black Topshop ripped jeans, Calvin Klein green and white tie-dye blouse, Isola sandals, Micheal Kors watch, a leather wrap bracelet and my Genevieve Lau Jewelry layered necklaces and bangles.