Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Celebrating a Quarter Century

Yesterday for my birthday, I went out to lunch with a group of wonderful and dear friends from high school, to a local restaurant that caters to a, generally, more mature and established crowd; naturally, the bartenders there know how to construct a real martini. Since one really only turns 25 years young once, I indulged.

My friends and I are scattered across this country, and across a few other continents, some of us working, some of us still in school; it is a comforting and beautiful thing to be able to get together for some good eats and some good laughs with people who have known me for years, as though nothing has really changed all that much.

A secret surprise birthday dessert, featuring very berry sherbert and a tiny wax candle; darling.

My lovely friend Diana knows me inside and out: she was so generous, gifting me this Barbie calendar, featuring runway caliber clothing designs. A number of them I wish lived in my own closet, supremely elegant in draping and fabric choice. This gift definitely made me very excited for when I can finally buy Barbie dolls for my niece.

Phinneas, the cat, for reasons beyond comprehension within his anatomically inferior brain, was magnetically drawn to my leopard patterned wedges, unable to deny the primal call of his ancestry.

A fine and cozy tableau for a family dinner, following my martini and burger lunch with friends.

Viognier proved to be the ideal wine choice for our meal of crab cakes, potato wedges, and green beans; crisp and acidic, with a touch of sweet fruit, a great complement to the buttery texture of the crab meat.

Obviously, cocktail sauce was involved.

Eating a Maryland crab cake outside of the hallowed state borders of the Land of Pleasant Living is, well, simply, a grave and terrible mistake.


  1. Hey! Happy 25th!!! Looks like you had an amazing time spent with friends. Adore your leopard print shoes. Would love to have you as a follower & I'm happy to follow back. Happy 2012 xoxo

  2. Happy birthday sweetheart from the looks of things you had a blast!


  3. Looks like you had a great 25th!

    You have a nice blog. Would you like to follow each other?

    Simply follow me, and then comment on any of my posts to let me know that you’re following. After that, I’ll follow you back 100%.

    Thanks so much!

  4. oh happy birthday! i hope you had a wonderful birthday and wonderful holidays! you look very beautiful- and i am absolutely in love with those leopard flats! happy 25th :)

    i am now following your blog, i love it! i hope you can follow my blog, too - we are having a tory burch giveaway! hope you can enter :)


  5. Happy bday:) wow that cocktail looks delicious!
    Looks like you had fun,lovely pictures


  6. love it!!!

  7. your tights and shoes are fantastic. happy birthday! it looks like you had a great time! xx sylvie

  8. these photos are so great.
    i love the leopard flats. looks like such fun!

    xoxo katlin

  9. Happy Birthday! Looks like you had an amazing time.
    And props to still having relationships with people from high school. I think I have maybe two friends that I still regularly contact. Shame.

  10. Happy belated birthday! You are a gorgeous girl! I am glad you had such a wonderful time with your friends. I am obsessing over those leopard wedges of yours. They're beautiful! I am attracted to anything leopard. And your cat is precious, by the way.


  11. wow ... i can't believe you are still so close with your friends from high school ! i wish i could say the same.

    happy birthday, little sister. xo

  12. While I was elated to see Diana in Richmond, I can't believe she got to see both us in the same day without the two of us actually seeing each other!

    And I must defend the state one south of yours, it is a fine fine state to consume our favored crustacean.