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A beautiful summer day in Altoona, Pennsylvania!


So far, I’ve been engaged in bridesmaid-ish activities such as distracting the bride, getting a manicure and pedicure, discussing hair style options, and grabbing a group lunch.  Good times.  🙂


I haven’t gotten a pedicure since… December 31, 2008 (three days before my own wedding).  I know, I know.  My runner’s feet were looking pretty nasty.  It feels SO good to have nice feet again!


I went to the salon with BFF Lauren:


And BFF Bethany:


Who are also bridesmaids.  :)  We had a blast.


I’m trying to pick out an updo for tomorrow – wearing my hair down doesn’t sound appealing (I would rather tie it up tight so I don’t have to worry about it).  I’m leaning towards a loose side braid.  Thoughts?  The bride said we can do whatever we want!


For lunch, we went to a grocery store called Martin’s and got salads from the cold bar to take back to Bride Sarah’s house.



My salad included:


  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Baby Corn
  • Cucumbers
  • Tabouli
  • Tomatoes
  • Chickpeas
  • Wild Rice
  • Artichokes
  • And more!


Plus, some of this watermelon:


When I got back to my hotel room, I cracked open some Barney Butter and smeared it all over some French bread.  Mmm.



I’ve got two hours before we leave for the rehearsal dinner, so I’m going to get some work done.  I cannot wait for the par-tay tonight!



  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs July 2, 2010, 2:50 pm

    A side plait sounds pretty 🙂 I’m amazed you can do one! I can hardly plait my hair 😛
    Have a great dinner!

  • Lauren (Clean Eats in the Dirty South) July 2, 2010, 2:53 pm

    The braid would look so pretty on you 🙂 i’ve actually never had a manicure or a pedicure before, actually…

  • Megan @ Eat.Scrap.Run July 2, 2010, 2:57 pm

    I agree with wearing your hair up for the wedding. It’s so nice to not have to worry about it all day, especially when you have the wedding and reception back to back. That makes for a long day. The side braid sounds fun!

  • emily July 2, 2010, 2:57 pm

    Sounds like you are having a great time! I say go for the braid!

    I saw a bride who looked just like you on Rock the Reception this morning. It’s a super fun show where a bride and groom do a choreographed dance routine with their wedding party @ the reception!

  • Brooke July 2, 2010, 2:58 pm

    What a fun day! I’m sure the loose side braid would look very pretty and sophisticated! Hope everyone has a blast tonight! Par-tay for me!!

  • Nancy July 2, 2010, 3:08 pm

    Sounds like a great day, I’d love to see a side braid on you for sure!

  • Kelly July 2, 2010, 3:13 pm

    Ahhh I got a mani pedi a few weeks ago for the first time since Jan 2008, it was delightful!

  • Little Bookworm July 2, 2010, 3:16 pm

    I think a side plait sounds nice! Hope you have a great evening. 🙂

  • Robyn July 2, 2010, 3:17 pm

    Are you serious about the pedicure?? My toes would be destroyed if I didn’t every once in awhile. Enjoy the weekend of festivities.

  • Aimee July 2, 2010, 3:18 pm

    Is your hair layered at all? Mine is, and side braids tend to look great at first but then slowly all the shorter bits loosen up and slip out which looks sloppy. What about a fishtail braid, though? Those seem nice and tight, long-lasting.

  • Jessica @ How Sweet July 2, 2010, 3:18 pm

    I can’t find Barney Butter anywhere! So jealous!

  • Krystina July 2, 2010, 3:24 pm

    Have fun!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) July 2, 2010, 3:25 pm

    oh, i can’t wait to hear more about your trip! have fun girl!

  • Tiffany July 2, 2010, 3:28 pm

    I love mani pedi’s!

    A side braid would look awesome! Another option would be a side bun (wavy or straight). Kristen Bell rocked it

    (unfortunately I couldn’t find a picture of the back)

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople July 2, 2010, 3:30 pm

    A side braid is always beautiful.

    Barney Butter is AMAZING! I just tried it for the first time recently and I can’t believe how good it is!

  • Stacey @ Tipping the (Kitchen!) Scales July 2, 2010, 3:51 pm

    Wow, that first picture is stunning. It’s so lush and green. That almond butter looks amazing. I love nut butters but the ones in the UK just don’t seem to be the same as the ones is the US; ours are grainy and do not come in delicious flavours. One thing I definitely love about America is the amount of chioce you have with everything. Next trip I make across the pond I will be stocking up with nut butters and Larabars for sure!

  • Amanda July 2, 2010, 3:57 pm

    I would definitely opt to wear my hair up/back. After dancing/sweating, any curls that are down tend to fall. So excited to hear all of the wedding details! My friend just got engaged and I don’t think I can wait a year to be a bridesmaid haha

  • Mama Pea July 2, 2010, 4:09 pm

    Ooh, what about a side swept bun. This pic of Natalie Portman kind of looks like you, and I think it’s more formal than just a braid.,,20301062_20323485_20710447,00.html

  • Rebecca July 2, 2010, 4:13 pm

    I love bridesmaid duties. Especially the mani-pedi part. Your salad looks awesome!

  • lisa July 2, 2010, 4:23 pm

    Pedicures are the best! As runners though we should have the callouses removed. That can cause blisters! Be careful!

  • Shannon @ Before Sunrise July 2, 2010, 4:34 pm

    Wow! Can’t believe it’s been that long since your last pedi! But I guess it makes sense if you’re running all the time no one would get to see your pretty toes 🙂
    Have an absolute blast tonight at the rehearsal dinner!

  • Crystal July 2, 2010, 4:48 pm

    I am SO overdue for a pedi myself. I haven’t gotten one since my 19th birthday almost four years ago. Shame shame.

    With all the almond butter floating around the blog world, I MUST get my hands on some to try it out.

  • Helga July 2, 2010, 4:53 pm

    The braid gets my vote!

  • Kellie July 2, 2010, 4:56 pm

    One time when I went for a pedicure my nail lady told me to not run because it makes my feet ugly 🙂

  • Kaz July 2, 2010, 4:57 pm

    I think the side braid is a good idea, too. 😀

  • Katherine July 2, 2010, 5:28 pm

    there is a lake Allatoona in GA!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 2, 2010, 6:16 pm

    Looks like an awesome day of pampering. I totally know what you mean about runners’ feet. Running has made my feet disgusting!

    • Anne July 2, 2010, 8:46 pm

      Whenever I get a pedicure, they always look at me in disbelief while they’re removing all the callouses, lol! I tell them I run, and they shake their heads. Things get bad if I don’t do something about once a month, even though I have a pumice stone at home…

  • Monique@She's Going The Distance July 2, 2010, 6:33 pm

    Oh my gosh, I know what you mean!! I NEVER get pedis, unless I’m in someone’s wedding haha. It takes snazzing up for someone else’s big day for me to treat myself. Crazy!

  • Ellen@FIrednFabulous July 2, 2010, 6:53 pm

    Ohh I love being in weddings! I can’t believe it’s been so long since you’ve had a pedi! And here I was thinking I was being “good” about getting one every couple months or so 🙂 My feet look so gnarly when I’ve gone too long without one. So do you D.I.Y. it??

    • caitlin July 2, 2010, 10:34 pm

      I mean… I paint my nails? LOL

  • Lisa @ bakebikeblog July 2, 2010, 7:10 pm

    What a fun day! And that workout move…..what a killer!!!!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing July 2, 2010, 7:31 pm

    How fun!!

  • kate July 2, 2010, 8:10 pm

    The weather has been gorgeous in PA. You should of been here a few days ago it was hot hot hot! Much more like Florida Im sure. Have fun this weekend!

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter July 2, 2010, 8:10 pm

    I love getting my nails done. I bet your feet are feeling quite good about now.

  • Stacey@ July 2, 2010, 8:40 pm

    I love a good build your own salad bar. I always load it up and go way overboard.

  • Laura (Starloz) July 2, 2010, 8:53 pm

    I love that y’all have these amazing salad bars, it’s incredible. I want more of these in Australia!

  • Katie @ Healthy Heddleston July 2, 2010, 9:28 pm

    Awww Altoona!! Don’t you love Martin’s?! It’s a pretty good grocery store and for Altoona it has a good health/gluten free section. A lot of things are overpriced at Martins, but sometimes it’s great for just certain items!

    Hope you are having a fantastic time in Toona-Town!!

  • lisasfoods July 2, 2010, 9:28 pm

    Sounds like a great time together. I just had my first pedicure about a month ago, and it was both relaxing and energizing at the same time. Love the massages!

  • Miranda @ MirandasJeans July 2, 2010, 10:09 pm

    I usually go the longest without a Pedi over the winter months. Colder months when I can’t walk out of the nail shop in flip flops. Otherwise once a month. Mani’s meh, I’m not so big on. Take ’em or leave ’em.

  • Wei-Wei July 2, 2010, 10:28 pm

    Awesome salad! I agree with many of the above – go for the side braid! It looks like you had fun with you friends; I think I am in desperate need of a pedicure right now O_O


  • Cynthia (It All Changes) July 2, 2010, 10:43 pm

    I haven’t had a pedicure in a long time. It may be on tap for tomorrow 🙂

    Do something with your hair you wouldn’t do for fun.

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