I’m in Seattle, hanging out with my dearest long-time friend, Birdling (Nichola to everyone else). We met in high school and have been incredible friends ever since. Other than a few wild summers spent together, we’ve always had a long-distance friendship. Almost a decade ago, when we realized we were unlikely to live in the same city anytime soon, we made a pact: every year, we’d take a trip together, just the two of us. Over the last 10 years, those trips have ranged from crazy 10-day drinking-dancing-carousing adventures across Cuba (my head hurts just thinking of it!) to quick weekend yoga retreats on Galiano Island in Birdlings’ first year of motherhood.
Our adventures — which we call Tulalip — have several key elements: great meals, spa treatments, bookstores, some element of athletics and enough shopping to make American Express question my credit card spending. Most importantly, Tulalip is about building onto an amazing friendship.
Here’s a pic from an Oregon Tulalip a few years ago:
To kick off Tulalip 2011, I’ve picked out a few favourite travel pieces from Vancouver’s Obakki. (I wrote about it for the Herald here.) The collection is flowy, comfortable and classic. The pieces work just as well for dinner out on the town as they do on an airplane. That’s exactly what a girl needs for a three-day trip.
For sunny days, I want this:
For dinners, this:
And for evenings out and travel days, this:
I’m envious of the model’s braid in the first two photos. Why won’t my hair do that?
PS – Do send any Seattle suggestions my way. I’m always looking for great meals and unusual boutiques!