You know those friendships where you don't see a person for years and then you get together and it's like you hung out the night before?
That's me and Mindy.
We've been through a lot...and come out on the other side better for it. More grown up. With our heads screwed on straight. She reminds me what common sense is and then reminds me that I have it.
We mostly talked and shopped. A lot.
Mindy has a knack for home decor (something that paralyzes me). She took my little inspiration binder and went through it, then listened to everything I've been wanting and helped me get a plan that reflected my style.
It started by going to this store...
Every time I've been there, I've coveted this table:
...and picked up a list of the sewing classes thinking one day I'll learn. I really don't want to make my own clothes or anything, but being able to hem a pair of pants, sew on scrapbook pages or even make some pillows would be nice.
I really need to get over my fear of the sewing machine.
There were tons of fabrics that I loved, but I was especially drawn to this...
I love color. My goal is to make our house homey but fun. I think our family has so much personality (usually. Sometimes we just like to hang out in pajamas and stare at the wall)...and color really expresses that.
I think you can be classy and colorful at the same time, though I'm sure I'll need help pulling it all together.
We trudged around Old Town Fort Collins two different days...
And went in about every store that looked even remotely interesting. We found some great stuff...
There's a little store called White Balcony and we ended up going there twice. We even met a fellow blogger who moved out here the same time we did. If she hadn't been working, we would've invited her to coffee. She was so nice.
The store is an eclectic mix of clothing, jewelry, home decor...just a little bit of everything. Like this wall hanging, which I would really love for our new house.
Don't ask me why, I just love it!
One of the other stores we went in had a ton of cool sunglasses, hats, scarves. I wish I could remember the name of it.
Further proof that I really can't pull off cool sunglasses...
And by "cool" I mean, "remarkably similar to the ones my mom wore in the 80's."
(Get that girl some lipstick! And a tan!)
Mindy, on the other hand, can wear hats and cool sunglasses.
We went to a gift shop on the corner and I almost bought this as a little reminder to my family...
...but decided it really wasn't big enough for a respectable cup of coffee.
We ate lunch at Cafe Vino, which Adam and I were introduced to by our good friends here in town...
It was a great, relaxing lunch. I think we were there for two hours...
We even encountered an anchovy...
I didn't take photos of the rest of the food we ate because I didn't want to run out of space on my memory card.
I know I already described how important my friendship with Mindy is in my last blog post, but after this weekend I feel even more certain that I am a better person because she is in my life.
My only question is...when can we do this again!?