A Fifities Diner And An Anecdote On Friendship


One of my goals for 2018 was to spend more time with my friends, as well as make new friends! As a working mother I may not have a whole lot of free time but I’ve learned that it is essential to simply make the time. I didn’t notice it at first, but my once carefree mornings are now busy and rushed, and the phone calls I used to make daily to chat with my best friend slowly turned into every other week (or month!) catch up calls. I knew this had to change so, this year I pledge to be more present.




Spending time with friends is one of the few pleasures in life that can cost you very little, but reward you substantially. And while it’s true that once you start a family your time becomes very limited and hence most friendships seem to disappear—if we haven’t been a friend ourselves. And yet there are countless reasons why you should never forget about your friends when you’re married with children and/or without, in fact, a recent study proved that friendships are vital to our personal health and our relationship’s health.

So, over the weekend I got together with Amber, who’s an amazing photographer and friend of mine. We met when my family and I moved into our new neighborhood. We clicked right away and I’m beyond blessed that our paths have crossed. She is one of many women in my neighborhood that I simply adore and admire.

Amber and I went to Lola’s Diner, a 50s diner that is just the cutest space + has the friendliest staff + the most delicious milkshakes! We were able to shoot without any issues and I’m sure Amber and I delivered quite a show to the guests (who were amazing by the way too!). It was such a nice morning to giggle and talk with one another! Something I promised myself to do more often!

How about you?! How often do you get together with your friends and how important are friendships to you?! I’d love to hear from you!

As always, thanks so much for reading and a lovely start to your week!





  1. March 5, 2018 / 1:11 AM

    Oh gosh, you girls look so cute together. Looks like it was a fun day! Nothing beats getting together with your good friends and sharing a great laugh. It’s food for the soul and lives get so busy so it’s important to make that time for each other.
    Have a great week!

    xo, jackie

  2. March 5, 2018 / 4:37 AM

    Love this post Vanessa. I decided this year that I would catch up with friends I haven’t spoken to in a while. We do have busy lives but it’s nice to remember your friends.

    Mich x

  3. March 5, 2018 / 6:36 AM

    Yes, you have to spend sometimes with friends…It’s colored our day..
    Have a good start in a week…

  4. Andrea Nine
    March 5, 2018 / 7:07 AM

    I love This Vanessa! You and Amber are stunning and Lola’s diner looks so fun, I’m always up for a good retro vibe! Since I resigned from my job, I am often missing my work friends. My family is my life so the majority of my friends were from work and when I announced my resignation most were not there for me. Hopefully I’ll make some new friends and you inspire me!

  5. March 5, 2018 / 8:10 AM

    You look adorable! Love your dress & this diner is so cute!!

    Have a great week!

    xo, Steph | UrbanBlonde.com

  6. March 5, 2018 / 8:24 AM

    The pictures are always amazing, dear V., and it’s so nice that you are spending time with friends and that you clicked with Amber! You are always so beautiful and so right – it’s really very nice to make time to be with friends and I try my best to do so. February and ow March are months that I am doing so! Sorry I was a bit absent, I had a 2-week break 🙂 Hope you have a lovely week! Hugs!

  7. jenniferpickering22gmailcom
    March 5, 2018 / 9:02 AM

    This place looks so cute!! And I agree you need to make time for friends. Just like I mentioned in my Setting Boundaries post, my one friend constantly hangs out with her boyfriend and doesn’t make time for us. She confronted me about the post ( I didn’t know she read my blog) and she even admitted she plans everything around her bf. I think some friendships just need to be let go when they won’t make time for you.

    Effortlessly Sophisticated

  8. March 5, 2018 / 9:57 AM

    You two are so cute! So happy you found someone you just instantly clicked with. That’s the best feeling because you know you are completely yourself and that is rare to find among people.


  9. Simone
    March 5, 2018 / 1:44 PM

    It is very important to maintain your friendships. So much fun and I just enjoy an evening with the girls and talking without my kids interrupting. You girls look very fabulous!

    xx Simone
    Little Glittery Box

  10. March 5, 2018 / 1:55 PM

    Family is so important but good friends are a must! My mother (Amber’s Grammy) is ninety. She has met monthly with a group of friends since 1950! They have been there for each other through good and hard times. At one time there were 24 club members. Now there are only 8 left. They still gather each month and cheer each other on! Yes, find a way to keep good friends! Beautiful pictures!

  11. March 5, 2018 / 2:29 PM

    What better place to meet up with your friend as in such a fantastic dinner!

  12. March 5, 2018 / 3:31 PM

    What a cute post, Vanessa! You both look darling in this fifties diner! I completely understand how difficult it is to make time to see friends with a busy work schedule. I don’t get to see my friends nearly enough, especially since some of my dearest from college are all over the US and the world! A great reminder to make time for friendships though! Happy Monday, Vanessa!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde’s Moment

  13. March 5, 2018 / 6:58 PM

    What a fabulous dress and setting that you are in. I also adore your shoes. How cute are those round red sunglasses! You are so right, it is so important to keep up with friends.

  14. March 6, 2018 / 2:47 PM

    What a fun photoshoot!! I love this concept.
    There’s nothing better than a good photo collaboration with a friend. Makes capturing content so much more fun.


  15. meronnjambigmailcom
    March 6, 2018 / 6:31 PM

    Friends are important and hanging out with them does bring joy in our lives, they are the family we get to choose. The photos look amazing!

  16. jane
    March 6, 2018 / 8:09 PM

    This post makes me miss my bff.
    It’s nice to reconnect with them once in a while.

    Much Love,
    Jane | The Bandwagon Chic

  17. March 11, 2018 / 11:37 PM

    This is such a cool place. I absolutely love the retro vibe. Also, you look stunning on your white dress dear. So glamorous!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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