Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Girls Weekend Coming Up

I'm going to South Beach, Miami in just over a week for an extra long girlie weekend. Three friends are flying over from England, and another down from New Jersey. We've been girlie-weekending for a number of years now but I still can never decide how to prepare and what to pack.

For instance, what to wear? We'll be going to some fairly glitzy restaurants (they've already made a list) so I'll need something nice. However, it's hot there, so the nice stuff that's currently hanging in my closet isn't appropriate, unless I want to sweat off five pounds at dinner. (Ooh, wait.....) I would pull out my summer stuff but I vaguely remember chucking most of it out in disgust last September. Ten and fifteen year old t-shirts only last so long don't they? Perhaps I should just take a half empty suitcase and buy things there?

The London trio aren't married thus still in the habit of taking three hours to get dressed, and the Jersey girl has no kids, so ditto. Doubtless, they will have two suitcases each of Miami appropriate outfits from which to choose, over a glass or two of Prosecco. Me, I can shower and get dressed (including drying hair and applying facepaint) in about 20 minutes. (I used to rush because the then toddler was usually not being adequately watched by the teenager, now it's the darn dog having a sly nibble on everything the minute your back's turned.) The fact that I will probably have a choice between two outfits cuts the time considerably.

Then there's the wine. I can't decide whether to refrain this week and attampt to flatten my stomach, or double my usual intake in an effort to keep up? Choices, choices. There's a pool at the house we're renting, so the swimsuits will be donned. Anyone caught wearing a sarong or other such stomach camouflage will be verbally abused and then probably thrown in the deep end.

And that reminds me. I don't have a swimsuit. That went out at the end of last summer after a month of pain and discomfort. I have a long torso and, when I do find something that reaches both ends, straps usually end up deadening my shoulder nerves and halters causes damage to the neck verterbrae. I would say I'd leave the swimsuit shopping till I get to Miami, but somehow a sequined, leapard print, up-the-bum and cut-to-the-navel affair is simply not quite me.

Off to the Lands End web site.

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19 comments:

  1. Sounds like fun. Have a lovely time.

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  2. I think you should let your hair down and have wine and eat what you want and treat yourself to something new :-)
    Have fun. Maggie X

    Nuts in May

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  3. Decisions, decisions - but what a great time you will all have with the girls, eh?

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  4. Sounds like too much fun, really. Don't skip the wine - it's only a weekend after all and you may regret it afterwards.

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  5. I really am looking forward to it. Due to heavy doses of self-deprecation and sarcasm, we spend the entire time wetting ourselves laughing.

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  6. Sounds wonderful. I think you should treat yourself to a glamorous Florida bikini - it'll come in handy in Chicago! Have fun.

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  7. Sounds great! I agree with Calif Lorna---bikinis are best for a long torso--no need to worry about halters or straps that are long enough. Have fun.

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  8. If I sat by the pool with my stomach on show, it'd be everyone else jumping into the deep end...

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  9. I have a long torso too; family trait perhaps?
    Have a great weekend: pack everything you've got and use a wheelie case.

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  10. Bikini?? Are you insane? There's no calibre of sunglass that could withstand the glare of that much flesh.

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  11. Ooh, Miami where all the beautiful people are. I'm heading there with the family over the summer hols and can't wait. However, I would most definitely be letting my hair down and making the most of having no one but me to pick up after! You go enjoy. It's hot as balls right now so make sure you pack lots of sunscreen and light clothing.

    PS Don't forget to wave to me as you fly over Tampa bay. =)

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  12. I know envy and jealousy is ugly.... but I am envious and jealous. And I love Miami. I wish I was coming- I will be there in spirit drinking wine in the sun. Enjoy XX

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  13. Oh god - I can't do heat this soon after a Chicago winter. It's barely in the 60's here although is supposed to be in the 80's this weekend.
    Jo - next time babe!

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  14. Have fun!

    I like the new look header, by the way. (Has it been there a while, and I've only just noticed? That would be embarrassing...)

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  15. About a week. It took me ages as I was literally 'learning by doing' on an old version of Photoshop. It's very crude, but thanks all the same.
    Chicago shoreline (you can almost see my street) and the Angel of the North last winter.

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  16. I vote let it all hang out, you deserve a break from kids and dogs!

    BTW love the new look, oooh errr Mrs!

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  17. Have fun at the pool!

    I did not find a swimsuit for years, because I did not realize I had a long torso. Finally I found that J Crew sells swimsuits in tall sizes online, that fit much better than anything else I tried. I did get one on sale, but would say it would have been worth the full price. Hope that helps!

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  18. Buy stuff there! Take a bathing suit and wrap and one little fun dress. And wear a bikini - to hell with what anyone else thinks. and drink the wine - it makes everything seem better, thinner and funnier!

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