Friends, Food and Fashion Consulting

Today was a great day.  There’s many things I could blog about today that I’m grateful for….. and I probably will eventually hit all those things in future posts.  But I won’t hit them all today.  I’ll limit today’s post to Friends, Food and Fashion Consulting!

I had lunch today with a group of friends from college.  It was great fun.  2 hours just flew by!  It never seems like you have enough time to really visit like you want.  In fact…. if we hadn’t been at a very popular busy restaurant, we may have hung around to visit longer.

It’s always fun to try and catch up on what’s going on in each others life.  It’s been a while since this group of friends have met for lunch… so it was great fun.  I’d love to do it more often, but it’s amazing how busy our lives get!  Someone said today that they thought as we got older we were suppose to have more time to do this sort of thing, but it seems like we just get busier!

The food was great…. we ate at Cheese Cake Factory so how could it not be?  But…. the company was the best part!  Two of my dear friends that I still sing with were among those there today.  We don’t sing as often as we’d like to anymore, so we don’t see each other as much.  After we finished our meal we decided to go take a look inside the mall.  A couple of brand new stores had just opened up yesterday so the mall was crazy busy!  They are new stores to Utah, the first in the state, so a lot of people were there to check them out.

After walking through Crate and Barrel together, and deciding that we did NOT want to stand in any kind of line to see H&M…. (we weren’t that curious!),  we talked for a few minutes and then Laurie left with her husband and son to go somewhere else.  Nila and I decided to go to a few more stores as long as we were at the mall.

There were several stores I wanted to look in today since I don’t make it to that mall much anymore….. but the rest of my afternoon was spent with Nila pretty much going to where she wanted to stop.  The first stop we made was a pretty high end store that she loves to shop at.  After a few minutes there, with no purchases I might add…. we stopped at the Bare Minerals store.  I needed to pick up some Warmth since I was out of it.  Nila decided to have one of the girls give her a makeup makeover while we were there.  I decided to stand by and watch and take notes.  I figure you can always learn new tricks!

Nila looked beautiful when she was done.  The gal’s name that did her makeup is Whitney, by the way.  If any of you go to the Bare Minerals store at Fashion Place mall and want a makeover…. ask for her…. she was great!

Then Nila wanted my advice on some clothes to wear for work.  She’s a Legal Secretary, so she has to dress nice everyday for work.  I told her to try Dillards.  She told me that every time she goes there she can never find anything.  I always find stuff when I shop at Dillards.  So…. between the two of us, and her modeling the clothes we found …. she walked away with a pretty good stack of new clothes for work!  I think she’s going to save them as her Christmas gifts.  And the best part….. the were all on sale!  That’s the only way I buy anything at Dillards…. on sale!

So today…. I spent time with Friends…. had some great Food and got to be a Fashion Consultant!  It was all very fun!  I’m so grateful for the fun, but mostly for the time I spent with friends.  It was so good to spend some time with Nila.  We used to see each other almost everyday when we had a business together, so it felt nice to spend some time with her.  I didn’t even mind that I didn’t get to the rest of the stores I wanted to see.  Friends are much more important that that!  Besides…. the mall isn’t that far from me.  I can go shopping another day.  However…. I think I’ll wait till AFTER the Christmas rush!

I am Grateful!  How are You?

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What Fun, What Fun!

Yesterday I told you how grateful I was to have a GPS system to get my friend and I around the Phoenix area.  Today…. I’m grateful for a the fun we had doing it!

I’ve been dabbling here and there with a little bit of jewelry making the last few years.  Recently, I made a Mother’s necklace for my friend that lives here in Arizona.  Cute necklace.  Very blingy, but it has all the names of her children on it.  She LOVED it!  She loved it so much, that she asked me to make two more for her daughters.  I’m happy to do that for her…. but the problem is…. the beads that I used to make her necklace with were purchased at the Gem Faire I went to in Salt Lake two years ago.  Consequently….. I was a little worried on finding more beads and for a good price like the ones I had already purchased.

Well…. no worries!  Our first excursion stop here in Phoenix (actually, Tempe for this one)….. was at Bead’s Galore!  What fun, what fun!  While they didn’t have all the kinds of beads I was hoping they would have…. they had a lot and I had a great time looking around.  I did find very similar beads to make two more Mother’s necklaces out of.  Hooray!  I’ve ordered beads online before, and you always worry that they won’t look quite the same as the picture…..  so it was nice to actually see some beads in person.  At least I know I can order more if needed.

Next…. after a quick stop at a fabric store that wasn’t quite what I expected…. we headed off to Trader Joe’s.  Neither one of us had been there before.  I’ve always heard things about it, but never been.  One of the wives of a team member on the softball team was talking about how much she loved it an mentioned a few of her favorite items.  Since I didn’t write all those items down…..  I couldn’t remember all of the things she mentioned.  Trudy and I each had a few things in our basket and were thinking about checking out when I decided to ask one of the sales clerks if there was anything in particular she would recommend us trying since it was our first trip there.  Oh my….. what fun, what fun!  This darling girl showed us all around Trader Joe’s and suggested several things for us to try and in a couple of cases said, “These are really good….. here, let’s just try some.”  Then she would open up the box and give us a sample.  The last box of crackers she opened up she started passing out to other customers that happened to be around the area.   Some of them even bought some!   It was pretty funny.

Well…. we left Trader Joe’s with plenty of things to try.  Since we are traveling, we couldn’t really try anything that was perishable…. but we found plenty of other treats that I’m sure we will enjoy!

We really did have a fun time and we were very glad we left the husbands at home!  I’m always grateful for good times, especially when they involve exploring new places and trying new things!  What fun, what fun!

I am Grateful!  How are you?