Girls trips are the best. And when you’re helping a friend usher in her 30’s they are a must.
We started with an early departure from our remote hometown. Part of the fun is the 3 hour drive to anywhere, right? Face it, alone with no kids and great conversation makes any place a vacation. We happily headed to our first adventure; aerial yoga.
Disclaimer: Aerial Yoga is not real yoga. It’s a cool, sexy cousin but it ain’t yoga. Aerial Yoga takes strength and a lot of trust in yourself as you wrap your body in and out of a fabric sling. I had to convince myself that my arms were actually strong enough to hold the rest of my body while upside down and suspended 2 feet off the ground. I loved the unique way the class challenged me and the way being cocooned in a hammock was ridiculously relaxing. It gives you a glimpse into how those babies feel being carried in slings all the time. Sign me up! It’s really is a fun workout and a great way to spend an hour.
The studio also offered aerial classes on silks and hoops, plus a pole dancing class. Maybe next time?
Next we ventured over to Hollywood to see Phantom of the Opera performed at Pantages theater. Tip: Take into account driving time when planning any outings in L.A. Even on a Saturday afternoon it took us an hour to drive 20 miles. So, be sure to leave plenty of time to grab a leisurely meal and enjoy the beautiful lobby and theater prior to the show. Or you’ll be like me and eat a $5 chocolate chip cookie for lunch courtesy of the lobby concession stand.
I love the Pantages theater. The building is so grand and beautiful. I feel so fancy when I’m there and I just want to spend all of intermission walking up and down the staircase on a continuous loop. There is nothing fancier than being in a fancy place and walking down a flight of stairs. On a not-so-fancy-note, hurry out to the restrooms at intermission. The lines are fierce, ladies.
I’m not a huge Phantom fan. Probably all of the organ music and 80’s synthesizers? Plus, I grew up listening to the Doors and Beatles and Debbie Gibson and Weezer, not Broadway musicals. But, I must say, I L-O-V-E-D the show. It was loud and over the top and executed really well. Fabulous even for an uncultured pearl like myself.
After the fantastic show we wandered the neighborhood looking for some grub. We were escorted by Hollywood’s elite the entire way. Hollywood’s Walk of Fame weaves through the area so you can’t go but a few steps before you recognize a familiar name beneath your feet. It’s a little like walking in a cemetery though. I found myself watching my step like I was hopping over grave stones or something.
The Melt was a perfect stop for dinner. We kept our tried-and-true rule of never eating at a place we have back home. Sweet potato fries, fancy mushroom burger and a grilled mac and cheese sandwich? It was a big win.
It was a great trip! I highly recommend a fun girls day out in honor of a big birthday… or a Thursday, whichever. Experiencing new things and places and people is the adventure of life. If you can’t do something big for your birthday just remember that it’s the people that count.
And I’m glad I count these great people as friends. Happy Birthday Celese!