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Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Pre Birthday Celebration in Atlanta
Well, my BFF Rachel totally and completely outdid herself with a surprised filled weekend in Atlanta as a prelude to my 40th. From a fashion show hours after landing on Thursday, to surprise visits from old friends and concerts in Chastain Park, each moment of the weekend was planned and executed with perfection. I have no idea how she pulled this weekend off without even a hint of what was in store. Each morning, a schedule of the activities for the day and a gift was beautifully displayed. On Friday we enjoyed a morning of pampering at William David Salon http://www.williamdavidsalon.com and I came out 3 hours later rocking a whole new look. When we returned to the Buckhead penthouse, one of my dear friends from Emory University, Jennifer, was casually sitting on the couch awaiting our arrival. She flew in from St. Simons Island, GA, for the weekend. Even though we have been in contact, I have not seen Jennifer for over 10 years and the shock and joy of seeing her again and having her join us for the weekend on fun was just incredible. Once I recovered from that surprise, the 3 of us headed over to Saks Fifth Avenue and enjoyed makeovers at Chanel. More pampering and the arrival of Gillian clued me in that more surprises and a fun evening was ahead! Once back at the Penthouse, we enjoyed a girly evening getting dolled up before heading over to Buckhead HotSpot MF Sushi http://www.mfbuckhead.com. We arrived fashionably late and I had one more surprise in store for the evening - my college roommate Michelle joined us for dinner. Michelle was out of town on business until hours before dinner and I was thrilled that she literally dropped her bags at home and kissed her boys before heading back into the city so she could be a part of the celebration. This evening was one of the many highlights of the weekend. On Saturday Rachel, Jennifer and I enjoyed a leisurely day at Spa 29 at the Mansion on Peachtree http://www.rwmansiononpeachtree.com/spa.cfm. After hours of more pampering, we were primed ready to enjoy En Vogue on concert at Chastain Park. 2 more of Rachel's friends joined us at the penthouse and we all travelled to the concert together. Concert was great huge hit. Rachel did not slow the pace on Sunday! Rachel, Jennifer and I met Steven, Rebecca and Joseph at the Ritz Carlton for breakfast before saying goodbye to Jennifer as she had an early afternoon flight back to St. Simmons. Rachel and I then enjoyed a slightly slower pace of shopping and then on to a play "A Sunday Afternoon at Loehmann's" at the Ansley Park Playhouse. What a joy this play was. We laughed and cried for the whole production and the acting was top class. We enjoyed an early dinner at Nam http://www.namrestaurant.com/ and headed back to condo to pack for my early flight out on Monday morning. This weekend was filled with so much love and friendship. The memories of this weekend will last a lifetime and my love and gratitude to Rachel for all of her hard work is indescribable.
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