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A Jaunt to East Hampton with Catherines Plus Sizes!

“Respond to every call that excites your spirit” – Rumi.


** NEW TEXT ALERT **

Kellie: “Meg, you available on the 27th & 28th of June for a Catherines trip”

Me: “Available, Confirmed, Saving the Date. XO”


Keep reading to hear all about my jaunt out east to the Hamptons w/ the Catherines crew….



Hydrangea lined streets, white sand beaches, impressive architecture and the perfect combination of trendy boutiques and fine dining options. It’s the HAMPTONNSSS DAHLING! It sounds like music to my ears, which is why when my friends at Catherines invited me to join them for a 2 day stay in East Hampton I packed my bags and hit the road! Glam relaxation here I come! beautiful, charming East Hampton for a few days of total glam relaxation.


I’ve lived on the south shore of Long Island (Nassau County, to be exact) in a small, quaint beach town for 30 of the 32 years of my life. When you live in a beach town, though, your hard pressed to find reasons to go “out east” (read: slang for south shore dwellers for going east towards the North and South Fork of Long Island). Even in my corporate America days, I just couldn’t justify doing a “Hamptons Share”. My friends would live for their share countdowns and weekend Jitney trips, but had my beach town and I was sticking with it. Since those days, I’ve spent years exploring nooks and crannies of this island but what I hadn’t done, until now, was some staycationing in the Hamptons.


As I drove down Montauk Highway, headed towards East Hampton, my excitement grew with each hydrangea filled corner! Catherines had already impressed me twice with surprise-soaked trips (remember my New York City Staycation and Montana Mountain Adventure?! ), so I knew this was going to be an incredible few days. And, most of all, I couldn’t wait to spend time with my girls Tiffany from Lace and Leopard and Sarah from Curvily!



From our beautiful home to our fun filled activities, my babes at Catherines created the perfect experience for us. And while I could probably write an e- book on how much fun we had, (honestly we LAUGHEDDDDDDD for days straight), I wanted to share with you how to create the perfect trip out east!



Step 1: THE HOUSE




It’s all about the house. I mean, the whole point of a Hamptons staycation is to relax and enjoy the people you’re with, so you want to make sure you have a house that can accommodate and meet your needs. There are beautiful beaches in the Hamptons and you’re probably going to spend some time down by the shore, but my suggestion is to get yourself a gorgeous house with the right amenities (read: backyard / pool), and cannonball your way into the evening with your friends!




Our house was PERFECT for a few days of fun, and we took advantage of every inch of the backyard. From morning coffee on the deck to afternoon spritzers in our pool floats, this house was a total relaxation station, and we all enjoyed just relaxing, chilling out and just having girl time! After all, sometimes the best times are spent doing nothing…






Step 2: THE FOOD


“Nothing brings people together like good food”

It seems silly to put this as a step to creating the perfect weekend, but I think some people underestimate the importance of a good meal. Not for the nutritional value, though of course that’s always important, but for the conversation!!! I dare you to tell me a time you didn’t sit down at a table, have a good meal and have a story to tell. They go hand in hand. It brings people together, and that’s why it’s important to plan accordingly! Prep yourself for a cookout, make reservations at some hot spots- whatever works for you & your crew- just make sure you have some good food, good conversation and good times on your to-do list.






Whether we were having a backyard picnic with finger licking good BBQ, or enjoying afternoon LABSTAH rolls, we unplugged and enjoyed each other’s company. With phones in our purses and plates full, we spent our meals sharing good conversation and LOTS of laughs! Just how it should be…





Step 3: THE ACTIVITY