Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The weekend, briefly

May is birthday month around here and we kicked off the first round this weekend.

90th birthday lunch
{90th birthday lunch}

bow tie!
{bow tie!}

essie's fifth avenue + coziest new sweater
{essie's fifth avenue + coziest new sweater from D}

new (old) cake stand
{new (old) cake stand}

sunday evening browsing
{sunday browsing}

birthday evening
{birthday evening}

:: Weekend notes ::

We celebrated my grandmother's 90th birthday at lunch on Saturday and then drove straight back up to LA to attend a birthday party for one of D's clients (which was catered by Son of a Gun - so good).

With a double booked party day on Saturday I treated myself to an early morning manicure and a blow out. So worth it. I have yet to learn how to do anything with my hair and it felt good to know it looked good all day. Essie's fifth avenue was the perfect red-orange.

I have a new addition to my cake stand collection - this gorgeous hobnailed, ruffled piece. My mom found it in an antique shop back in January and managed to keep it under wraps til now. 

I spent my actual birthday lying in bed most of the day, which I've decided is the best celebration ever. I've never been very fussy about birthdays and I've gotten less so with every year. I'm not sure if this means I'm getting old or if I've just finally accepted my true nature. Napping + reading for the win.

I did wake up to drink in the late afternoon light and D picked up some dessert from Tavern. Pretty perfect.

We'll start the second round next weekend ...


  1. LOVE the cakestand and LOVE the nail polish. xo

  2. Such a great Essie color. I agree - blow outs are wonderful and I can never make my hair look anywhere as good as they can. ::sigh::


  3. i love your photos, the simplicity! and essie is my favorite, your color is adorable!

  4. that's a lot of birthdays! have a very happy one!

  5. Sounds like the perfect weekend! And I LOVE and WANT that cake stand!

  6. I love Essie's Fifth Avenue.
    That dessert looks absolutely amazing! Hope it was a wonderful weekend!


    with love from Mademoiselle Meese

  7. 1. Essie knows how to do red-orange. My personal fave is Clambake!

    2. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  8. Happy Birthday! Sounds like you did it right!

  9. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Darling. Happy, happy birthday, and here's to a marvelous year ahead of you. Also, yes to clambake, 5th ave. and (my personal go-to) geranium.

    Also, D in that bow-tie. D IN THAT BOW-TIE!


  10. Huzzah for napping and reading! I'm right there with you, a guilt-free layabout day sounds awesome. Sending good wishes to you and your grandma!

  11. Love that nail color, I think I may need to pick it up ASAP. Looks perfect for summer!

  12. Gorgeous nail polish! July is our big month for birthdays. We have 8 birthdays and 6 of them are within 4 days. Crazy!!!

  13. I think your cake stand collection is so awesome and I especially love the new ruffled one!

  14. Happy birthday, lady! Sounds like a pretty fantastic weekend. And happy 90th to your gran, too - wow!

    I have that same hobnail cake stand. Actually, I have, like, 4 of them. (Wedding-fueled frenzy on ebay...) Or maybe just 3, since my mom decided she was keeping one. But I love them. I stay off ebay so I can't buy any more.

  15. Happy birthday, Rachel! It sounds like it was well spent :)

  16. happy birthday! that's my favorite part about birthdays - a day to do whatever you want. laying around in bed and reading sounds like a perfect way to spend it.

  17. I am always so inspired by your photography! xo

  18. Happy belated birthday! Looks like a busy but fun weekend. You have a real knack for capturing emotion in your pictures, love it!

  19. Happy belated birthday! Neither am I crazy about birthdays. I do not celebrate my birthday...probably the only person in the USA who does not celebrate birthdays. :D


  20. love the bow tie pic! and that bday dessert looks legit.

    happy birthday


  21. I love the cake stand! Where did you buy it?




  22. Happy birthday to you and your Nan!


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