Celebrations: Birthday, Spa & a New Shopping Experience

Today was the sort of Friday that I wish every Friday looked like. After sweating it out during my personal training appointment with Ryan over at Free Form Fitness, I headed home to get a bit of work done before Crystal came over.

She and I get together to work on occasion and it is one of my most favourite things. We always have way more fun than should be had while you’re getting work done and that fun often includes chair dancing, karaoke and tons of laughter.

Before heading home though, I made a stop at my local Starbucks where one of my favourite baristas decorated my cup in the best way and then photobombed my photos of said cup. THIS is why I continue to get my coffee at Starbucks. They really, truly understand how to make a customer feel like they are being served by friends.

Crystal’s birthday was this week so to celebrate, I booked us pedicures at the Au Naturel Spa over at Brookstreet Hotel so we could unwind and get pampered. I love going there as they take really, really good care of their clients and they always go the extra mile. We ordered some wine and they brought us out, as a surprise, some macarons to enjoy (my favourite!) while we had our toes done. SO NEEDED!

After the spa, we got dolled up and headed out for dinner at my favourite place – Central Bierhaus (yes, I’ve blogged about them many, many times already… SO GOOD). We had delicious food (the Chicken Supreme is incredible and Crystal LOVED her trout salad), a drink and of course, grabbed a selfie in the “selfie mirror” in the ladies’ washroom.


Can't go to @centralbierhaus without taking a selfie in their mirror 😉

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Post-dinner, we headed over to the Tanger Outlets, which just opened today here in Ottawa, for a VIP Party hosted by Tanger in partnership with the Sens Foundation (one of my favourite organizations in the city.) We had a fab time sipping drinks and connecting with good friends – HUGS Sarah! – and watching the living mannequins hold their poses for what felt like forever. Thank you so much Brad for the invitation! We had such a fun time.


The outlets seem like they are really going to add some fantastic shopping options to our Nation’s Capital and I am stoked that they are minutes from my house. We’ve really, truly needed some fresh retailers, especially in the West end, so between Bayshore‘s renovation and the addition of the Tanger Outlets, I’m excited to actually have more choice available now.


So, it was really a perfect day. The kind of day that I wake up and dream of having. Thanks Crystal for being my partner-in-crime for said delicious day and let’s plan another one soon!


P.S. – Here are my favourite photos from the night!