Sunday, 19 July 2015

24th Birthday Celebrations




I don't know if I should blame baby brain or "old" age at 24, but I forgot how old I was turning about a million times before my actual birthday came along. It just didn't seem important anymore.

What did seem important was counting my blessings. I am exactly where I want to be in life and I wouldn't have said that a few years ago. I feel incredibly loved and blessed and humbled by what my life as become. It's not fancy. It's not magazine or movie worthy. But it's mine, and filled with all the pretty, sweet, and loving things I want it to be filled with. My little miss had alot to do with that, and I am forever grateful for her presence on this earth.

Our Fourth of July celebration turned into a joint birthday celebration for my girlfriend's husband and I, as we both happen to share the same birthday. Candles were lit, embarassing songs were sung and much food was eaten.

The fam and I went to Misty's Diner for my actual birthday. The owner, Misty, is from Arizona where I originate, so going in there is always fun. I fast the entire day to ensure I can gorge without guilt when I get there. With things like hot dogs covered in mac n' cheese and chilli cheese fries, there's alot to gorge on. When I lived in America and first started cooking, all I wanted to cook was sophisticated European dishes. Souffles and rissotos and the like. Now that I live in another country, American food has become a novelty for me and I can't get enough. I would love to say I have a sophisticated palate, but I have anything but. Give me a pickle and a vegetarian hot dog and I am good to go.


After a few more outtings with girlfriends I reached the day I think I was looking forward to most - a joint birthday celebration with high tea at the Langham Hotel.

My girlfriend Kristina and I have celebrated our birthdays in combined ways for a few years now (most memorable being my 21st and her 24th in which I ended up drunkenly hugging a stuffed moose. As you do). This year we wanted something with more flare that reflected all the girly sweetness that fills our lives by both having daughters so close in age.



The Langham was the perfect place to do so.  My wedding photos were taken here, my husband and I spent our wedding night here and I had indulged in many a solo tea whilst waiting for my husband to get out of work when we both worked in the city. Many memories, and it was the perfect time to create new ones.



 





 Everything was so delicious we didn't actually end up drinking tea. The food and ambience were enough!


Naturally I had to wear a Birdie Dress by Pinup Girl Clothing. Nothing screams high tea like a floral house-wifey number. I purchased a fascinator from Your One Stop Pinup Shop and am totally in love with it. It was my first purchase from there and I can't wait to go back for more!



The best gift of all was the thoughtfulness my husband put into my birthday gift. He began acting sort of nonchalant about my blogging a couple of weeks leading up to my birthday, and I couldn't figure out why. Turned out he had purchased me a tablet with his family to help me with blogging on the go. and the nonchalance was to steer me away from cluing in on what he got. He also got his family to write beautiful and genuine things in my birthday card like my own family back home would. He doesn't come from the most forth-coming culture, and seeing the effort they put into my card melted me :) It was just what I needed on days when the distance between here and America gets to be too much.

Overall I had a beautiful birthday week. I had alot of time to reflect on the past year and start preparing new goals for next year. I had time to be thankful and, most importantly, time to cuddle with my family.

What's your favourite birthday memory? What would be your ultimate pinup birthday dress? xo, Miss Betty Doll


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  1. You look beautiful doll, and I feel old lol...my baby is your age! What a wonderful birthday you had!
    Favorite memory...hmmm when I had a July babies birthday party. It was of course 50s theme. We had a candy bar, bbq, a live swing band and there was 5 of us celebrating birthdays. It was hands down the best birthday...now days it's a cupcake with my husband...also a July baby.

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  2. You look beautiful doll, and I feel old lol...my baby is your age! What a wonderful birthday you had!
    Favorite memory...hmmm when I had a July babies birthday party. It was of course 50s theme. We had a candy bar, bbq, a live swing band and there was 5 of us celebrating birthdays. It was hands down the best birthday...now days it's a cupcake with my husband...also a July baby.

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    1. Ha! You must be a terribly young mama then, Miss Ruby! That would be an amazing birthday. I am only just starting to delve into the pinup world as far as associating with other retro lovers are concerned, and I would love to do something similar one day. You've given me an aspiration!

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  3. Terrifically lovely birthday celebration! It's so sweet and special that you have a dear friend with a young angel of her own to share in the festivities with. You all look cuter than the day is long!

    Wishing you a fantastic, vintage filled, beautiful year ahead!
    ♥ Jessica

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    1. Thank you beautiful Jessica! I am blessed to have gathered some gorgeous friends over the past 2 years. I didn't have anyone when I first moved here so it's a massive change from a few years ago!

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