I'm not much of a party animal, so I never envisioned limos and strippers for my bachelorette party. But I knew I wanted to do something special with some of the ladies in my life. And what is the most decadent activity imaginable in my work-driven world? RELAXATION.
I considered a weekend away with my closest girlfriends, but the idea of herding a group of girls gave me anxiety. I'm better one-on-one, anyway. Instead of putting the pressure on myself to do some big extravaganza, I decided on a tried-and-true recipe: me, a couple of ladies, a pool, massages, and cocktails. Not a big deal, and yet—perfection. So, rather than one big trip, I took a few short vacations with some of my favorite girlfriends.
Back in April, my sister (and maid of honor) and I spent a glorious 24 hours in Palm Springs. One night in the desert is all I need to get my head on straight. We stayed at the Ace Hotel, where we read, laid in the sun, drank blood-orange caipirinhas, and played bingo. My kind of party.
Several weeks later, my friends Holly and Becky and I set out for three days in sweaty, gorgeous Mexico. We stayed in Zihuatanejo, at the romantic La Casa Que Canta (we kept joking that it was our honeymoon). Highlights included sunset walks on the beach, margaritas, fresh ceviche, and swimming in the most beautiful infinity pool I've ever seen.
I came away from both of these trips inspired and calm. With approximately one week until my wedding, I've been craving a bit more relaxation. So, this past weekend, my sister and I set out for another 24 hours of hiding away in the desert. Luxuriating at The Colony Palms Hotel was the perfect respite from the head-spinning world of coordination and planning in which I currently reside. I'm feeling refreshed, relaxed (read: tan), and ready to enjoy this week.
By the way, I would love any tips for week-of-wedding planning tips. I'm sure there are things I should be doing that I haven't even thought of with one week to go.
P.S. Check out these gorgeous flowers we spotted in Mexico! I'm loving the idea of floating bougainvillea.
Los Angeles-based Heather Taylor owns Taylor De Cordoba, a contemporary art gallery. She publishes the blog LA in Bloom and writes a bi-monthly column Chef Speak for The Huffington Post. She is getting married on June 5, 2011.