I love any reason to celebrate, holidays are heaven for me with all of the potential to decorate, wrap, and eat copious amounts of delicious foods and treats. And as everyone knows, I especially LOVE birthdays. So today, on my birthday, I wanted to take a moment to mention all of the little things that make me happy to welcome another year of life, beckoning opportunities, time with loved ones, exciting outings, and unexpected laughs.
These gifts were actually ones I wrapped and gave to my sister for her birthday a couple weeks ago, but I couldn’t pass up the chance to take a snap of the lovely wrapping. Whenever I need to stock up on some beautiful papers or ribbons, I head to Kate’s Paperie, my absolute favorite paper goods shop. I adore wrapping gifts and I feel the presentation is almost as important as the gift itself, so I always have a field day in there. So that I kept cost down (single sheets of handmade Japanese papers can cost about $8 each), I chose a pretty minty hued tissue paper and accented the Papyrus cupcake wrapping paper I already had with some luxurious creamy grosgrain and satin chocolate ribbon. Adds an elegant touch to simple wrapping.
My birthday week was off to a tremendous start with two tickets to see Florence and the Machine. I had been dying to see her since the first time I heard ‘Cosmic Love’ over two years ago and every time I tried to get tickets, they were immediately sold out or there was a date conflict. Well worth the wait. Her voice was electrifying and even more captivating live. Dream fulfilled.
My sweet sister brought me these beautiful flowers this morning. They smell amazing. Love.
And to continue the birthday morning fun, Margaux and I headed over to the Met to check out the Impossible Conversations exhibit on Prada and Schiaparelli. While it was interesting to take a look back at Prada’s most iconic collections and learn about Schiaparelli, I felt the exhibition was a bit short and was a hard follow up to Alexander McQueen, which took my breath away. Afterwards, we took a walk through the new American paintings wing, definitely worth visiting. Oh how I love the Singer Sargents.
Whenever I’m feeling like treating myself to something decadent, I go to Lady M, one of the most exquisite cake shops in the city. And what better excuse for some cake and coffee than a birthday? A narrow white space marked by silver chandeliers and an ever present enormous arrangement of hydrangeas, Lady M feels like a sweet indulgence, perfect for an afternoon with a girlfriend. I ordered the coffee mousse cake, which was a great balance of light and rich flavors and Margaux ordered the mille crepe cake, which is light as air and a Lady M specialty.
This year, I decided to go low key and cook dinner for my boyfriend and sister since it’s a Thursday night and I thought it would be fun to share my recent cooking chops. But just because I’m not going out doesn’t mean it doesn’t have to be festive! I bought some pale pink tissue flower garlands to string in our tiny studio and I love them! Instant cheer:)
Same sentiment goes for the outfit, though this may be reserved for the romantic dinner Robert and I have planned downtown tomorrow night. Finally get to bust out the Alex Wang bag and the new Manolos! Paired with a Zara skirt, black t-shirt and an oxidized sparkling BCBG headband.
Yes, the dining room is also the bedroom (tiny studio) but I still wanted a setting that would feel special. I have a minor obsession with sea glass colored dinnerware and I love the dreamy sheen of the coupes that I picked up at anthro last year. With the mercury glass tea light votives and some vibrant paper napkins used as place mats, I’m ready to feast!
This is all a birthday girl could ask for.