The Weekend Lens

Here are some scenes from a weekend getaway to Palm Springs with my sister and a gathering of her East and West coast friends.

I love my sister. She's one of the most kind, intelligent, loving and considerate people I know. And we really don't get to see each other enough. We try to get together at least a couple times a year - often over Spring Break and then again at Halloween. This was the first time since our daughter's were born that we got together without kids in tow.

The fun included going to a Blowdry & Beauty Bar in Palm Dessert called All Tressed Up for hair and make-up. So fun to get all fancy and then go to dinner at The Parker (and so totally something that I don't usually do).

This weekend was really all about celebrating my sister. Her amazing friend Jordan put together a beautiful brunch.

We had a spa day at SpaTerre at The Riviera. I can't remember the last time I had a facial.

We shared delicious drinks and food and relaxed and talked and talked and talked. Exactly how it should be.

And we had a yoga session by the pool. We all really loved this part - the yoga instructor was awesome.

Love you guys so much. So happy to get to celebrate my sister with her best friends.

31 thoughts shared

  1. kelly libby

    2013-02-20 00:21:23 +1000

    Sisters are the BEST! My sister is my very best friend since she was born. Thanks for sharing. Was this for a birthday? Or just because? I think I should plan one of these weekends...

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  2. Amy

    2013-02-20 00:28:07 +1000

    gorgeous!

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  3. Christen

    2013-02-20 00:30:05 +1000

    This looks so fun!

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  4. Kim

    2013-02-20 00:35:51 +1000

    So happy for you Ali, life is really good! :)

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  5. Gretchen Knutson

    2013-02-20 00:56:07 +1000

    Holy Cow-you with makeup! You look Mahhhhhvalous Dahling-with and without it :)
    I'm so jealous-I need a girls weekend!

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  6. Paula

    2013-02-20 00:58:45 +1000

    Happy for you to have experienced such a wonderful time!

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  7. Nicky from Okotoks

    2013-02-20 01:05:57 +1000

    looks like a perfect celebration!!

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  8. Kathy P

    2013-02-20 01:40:32 +1000

    Sounds like such a fun weekend. I am happy to hear that you got to spend time with your sister!!

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  9. jenn shurkus

    2013-02-20 01:45:50 +1000

    looks like a fabulously perfect weekend :) thanks for sharing ali!

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  10. Patti L

    2013-02-20 02:06:24 +1000

    Oh, this looks awesome. Nice shots. Beautiful place.

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  11. heather prins

    2013-02-20 02:38:55 +1000

    that is awesome and how fun to get all dolled up!!!!

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  12. Karen T

    2013-02-20 03:01:08 +1000

    Ali you look stunning - I love that hair. I so wish I had a sister - you have such an amazing relationship. Very happy for you xx

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  13. Lisa

    2013-02-20 03:14:22 +1000

    Looks like so much fun! The hair is beautiful. I wish I could achieve that soft flowing look. I would have loved yoga by the pool. Just lovely.

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  14. cindy b.

    2013-02-20 04:44:12 +1000

    Ali, I just had to comment about how absolutely STUNNING you look! That's all. God bless..

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  15. Jeanette

    2013-02-20 06:36:08 +1000

    Ali - you are looking more and more beautiful lately !!

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  16. Abby

    2013-02-20 07:08:43 +1000

    Food, drink, and good company for the soul! Awesome!

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  17. Angie Blom

    2013-02-20 07:24:27 +1000

    One word.... LOVE

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  18. Steph

    2013-02-20 08:00:17 +1000

    I think you need another sister, and I'm just the gal. LOLOL!! What an awesome weekend, that would be SO much fun to do! =)

    The hair and make up especially...haven't done that for myself in many years. And sitting around with pretty drinks and talking? If there's something better out there then I don't know what it is!

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  19. Alicia

    2013-02-20 08:06:57 +1000

    Wow! Seriously hot momma with that makeup!

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  20. Brooke

    2013-02-20 10:49:09 +1000

    Looks like an awesome weekend. Full of rejuvenation.

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  21. Suz

    2013-02-20 14:50:05 +1000

    Such a wonderful time it looks like all of you had! So awesome you got to spend time with your sister and with her best friends. It's wonderful to make and to share memories like that with one's siblings as adults. My sisters (did) and do live far from me, and we often went/go a year or more without seeing each other. It's sad that it is such a long period of time, but at the same time, it makes us focus on cherishing each minute together. Thanks for sharing Ali! Take care you.
    Suz

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  22. shelly k

    2013-02-20 16:05:21 +1000

    Love!
    Makes me miss my sis that much more!
    Enjoy every precious minute u have with her!

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  23. Pat King

    2013-02-21 03:58:03 +1000

    Your blog is the first one I open every morning. I love the check for great photo ideas, great scrapbook ideas and seeing all the fun you experience in your life. So when a question came up you were the first one I thought of. I am hopeful either you or your viewers might have an idea for me. I am getting ready to purchase a new computer and want to make sure I do not lose my pictures. I have saved them to disks but it was recommended I place them on a Cloud. Never having done anything like that before I am confused which one to use. Any recommendations on which online photo storage sites would be a good one to try? Thanks

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  24. Jocelyn Thompson

    2013-02-21 07:24:57 +1000

    So gorgeous! You, I mean. ...and I am a kind of dining table/place setting geek. I love a beautifully set table! So love that! Looks like a wonderful time! Makes me miss my sister - we just don't get together enough anymore!

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  25. Kelsey McEvoy

    2013-02-22 02:51:34 +1000

    This trip looks WONDERFUL! I would LOVE to go away somewhere with my girlfriends (I'm an only child, so no sister getaways for me) without my kids in tow. Somewhere that's far away from home, and a trip that lasts longer than a trip to Costco. LOL. The photos you shared are beautiful and no doubt captured some very great memories :) That brunch set up looks uh-may-zeen, and I'm so jealous of yoga by the pool...IN THE SUN! Thanks for sharing :)

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