Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Home Sweet Memphis

Well I had a really great 25th birthday! Allow me to give you a play by play.
Scott and I woke up in Little Rock and got ready to head to Memphis so we could make it in time for lunch. I wanted to eat at one of my favorite places, Owen Brennans. It's cajun food and I LOVE eating lunch there. Look how yummy my crawfish etouffee looks!!
Owen Brennans is in the same shopping area as Vinyard Vine and a local store called Oak Hall so we popped in there....and popped right out with no shopping bags. We got in the car and drove to the Pottery Barn and Williams Sonoma outlet. I could spend 3 hours in Williams Sonoma and not get bored. I got some good stuff there! Then we headed to my favorite Memphis boutique, Joseph. They carry super fun lines like Manolo, Louboutain, Prada, Gucci, DVF, Tory Burch etc. I had strong intentions on being their favorite customer of the day. I was so so so excited to go. I got there and became disappointed very quickly. They had nothing good. No good shoes, no good clothes. I must have tried on 15 DVF dresses and I didn't like a single one. Scott kept saying 'I'm so sorry, I'm so sorry' because he knew how much I was looking forward to going there. I ended up walking away with 2 pairs of Tory Burch flip-flops (one nice pair in black for work, one rubbery pair for the beach/lake) A Tory Burch black top and a Velvet black top...both great for working in since I'm trying to look better for work. Hopefully I won't get color on the shirts. That could potentially be quite tragic.
After I left Joseph fairly disappointed, I headed to the Saddle Creek shopping center and went to Anthropology and J. Crew. NOTHING. Left with nothing. We decided to head to our hotel, The Madison, and relax and get ready for dinner at Spindini with my parents and Kyle. We enjoyed champagne while we got ready and little did I know Scott had a surprise waiting for me. When I got to Spindini I had some friends sitting at the table! Ashley, Wade, and Alissa came to have dinner with me!! It was so great to see them. Such great friends to come and hang out on a Tuesday night with me! We had a fantastic dinner then my family left to go home to Little Rock and the rest of us hit up Beale street to top off a perfect birthday evening!! Thank you to Scott for planning my surprise and for my great friends for coming to spend my birthday with me AND especially for my family for driving up to spend my birthday with me in Memphis!
Today Scott and I enjoyed a wonderful breakfast at The Madison then walked around downtown and popped into Hueys for an extremely greasy (yet delicious) burger. After that we did one of my favorite things in the whole wide world no kidding....sat in the Peabody lounge and enjoyed a glass of wine while we watched the ducks. I really, really love to do that. I did it all the time when I lived in Memphis and it always relaxed me and made me feel like I was in love with my life at the time!! We left the Peabody then went onto the rooftop of The Madison to enjoy the Memphis view and reminisce then we headed home. It was great to be in Memphis but I have to admit I don't miss living there. I thought I might get a little sad and miss being there. I enjoyed spending a few days in Memphis but I'm content where I live now! I need to go back more often though and see my friends because that is definitely something I miss. All in all it was a really perfect birthday. I didn't find many clothes or shoes like I was hoping to do but I ate great food and enjoyed being with friends and family in my old stomping grounds!

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