Maria, Merrill, Liz, Me and Lisa

L-R: Maria, Merrill, Liz, Me and Lisa

Jersey at its best – who knew there were palm trees down the shore?! Now you know.

Our annual girls weekend has come and gone…it is never long enough. This is our 9th year renting a bed and breakfast in Bay Head, NJ and each year the bonds grow stronger and the insanity exceeds years past. Though our “alma mater” of B&B’s – the Bay Head Harbor Inn – closed its doors last year, we were able to book rooms at The Bentley Inn – 2 doors down on Main Avenue. One weekend, two rooms, one wrap around deck, 5 girlfriends, one block from the beach, one block from the bay = priceless. Yes, indeed, it was as close to heaven as you can get (oh, and 4 coolers full of liquor and food).

The Bentley Inn proved to be even nicer than the Bay Head Harbor Inn and the inn-keeper Glenn couldn’t have been nicer. Our breakfast meals were beyond gourmet and his almond poppy bread was so spectacular, I am salivating as I type – longing for a slice. He was kind enough to offer the recipe…which I VERY graciously and a bit over-zealously accepted. If you have read my blogs before, you know I am a sucker for almond anything! Fortunately for me, Glenn left some out for midnight snacking – unfortunately for the chambermaids, I left crumbs in the bed – sorry,  I just couldn’t help myself. Within minutes of arriving at this warm and wonderful B&B, our group made a unanimous decision that this will be “our place” for life. We are already booking rooms for next year. You should do the same (but be warned if you are there over our girls weekend – I claim no responsibility for anything). Check out the Bentley Inn and reserve or room or two for your summer or winter escape – they are open year round!

With every trip I take, I carry some beach bag essentials and this weekend was no different. With cocktails waiting to be devoured, what could possibly have been more perfect than my flirty and fun Lolita hand painted Party Shots and Purse Party! As I pulled these sexy glasses from my bag o’ tricks, the gals oooohhhhed and aaahhhhed (one even tried to pocket them…she shall remain nameless…or not LIZ!).  Each funky shot glass showcased a delicious recipe that inspired the painting – I brought down “Sex on the Beach” and “Stiletto”. Sexy and witty, each glass is hand painted to perfection and brings life to any party – beachfront or not. Looking for a unique gift to give a pal – ladies, this is it! It’s Sex and the City meets the MOMA. Entertaining has been brought to an entirely new level thanks to Lolita and her original designs – and the fun doesn’t end with just shot glasses. This hip company creates martini, wine, champagne, margarita glasses, pilsners and even matching bar accessories!  Create your own moment by clicking your way over to Design By Lolita and getting your own party started.

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