Weekend Update

I just had the most fantastic weekend with my best girls.

I'm lucky enough to still be bests with many of my high school friends. Even though I got close with a couple of them freshmen year of college, we are all from Iowa City, and therefore, they fall into that category, too.

We all live in different parts of the country — Iowa City, Chicago, Nashville, Kansas City — and as we've gotten married, started families and established our careers, it has become harder to get together. Because of this, for the past three years, we've had a "girls weekend." We did it two years in St. Louis because everyone could drive there, and this year, we went to Kansas City.

We stayed at the Residence Inn right on the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City. If you've ever been there, you know it's a great location, and if you've never been there, all you need to know is that it was located within walking distance of some of the best restaurants, bars and shopping in the area.

Friday night, we stayed at our hotel, drinking wine, champagne, beer and having what we call "Sparkling C's" — sparkling conversations. We also came up with a FANTASTIC business venture. All you need to know about it is #WarmChatterLLC. When you see it trending, come talk to me. We also spent a good chunk of the evening arguing about the lyrics in "End of the Road," the classic Boyz II Men song.

Sidenote: Did you hear Boyz II Men, 98 Degrees and New Kids on the Block are teaming up for a "package tour" this summer? I've seen both B2M and 98D before. Sad or awesome?

Saturday morning we were up bright and early to go bridesmaid dress shopping! As you know, my ultimate bestie, Brittany, is getting married this August. I'm co-MOH with her sister, Allex, and all of the other girls are bridesmaids. Because we were all together, we took advantage and went on the hunt for the perfect bridesmaid dress.

I've gotta say, it was one of the most fun mornings ever. We all picked out dresses that we liked and then we piled into the dressing rooms and took turns trying things on. When we found a dress we liked, everyone tried it on; when we found one we didn't, we laughed until we cried. Some of the dresses were horrendous—I don't even know how they ended up in our pile to try on! Good for laughs nonetheless. The good news is, we found a dress! Two, in fact.

Originally, Britt had said that we could all pick our own dresses, but we ended up liking pretty much the same ones. We found a gorgeous floor-length, open-back dress by Bari Jay that was the perfect mix of sassy and elegant. We also found a short, chiffon dress with a sweetheart neckline and criss-cross ruching in the bodice, creating a fun and flirty feel. We're getting them in gray and will punch things up with deep orange, red and teal accessories/flowers. It will be beautiful!

We followed up dress shopping with a yummy lunch and some shopping on the plaza. I got these gems on clearance at H&M for $23.00. WIN!

Next, we stopped at Cooper's Hawk Winery for some wine tasting. At $7 to taste eight wines, you can't beat the price. Our sommelier, Larry, totally made the experience. He was not only knowledgeable, he was patient and generous. Let's be honest: My girls and I can get loud and rowdy, even in the classiest of establishments. He let us laugh and chat at leisure, without pushing us to hurry up. He also gave us about 5 free tastings! We said "thank you" with a generous tip and large purchase.


We headed back to the hotel to get ready for dinner. It felt just like college, helping each other with hair and makeup, and borrowing each other's clothes. Except this time, we pregamed with champagne instead of shots of vodka. Dinner was at Brio, a fantastic Italian restaurant on the plaza. I was also able to meet up with two of my college roommates for a drink to end the evening.

Sunday, we hung out with Mandy's little man, Grant, before I flew home to Chicago. Bryan and I just watched the SuperBowl with a couple of friends.

What about you? What'd you do for the Big Game?


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