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Scenes From MY Birthday Weekend.

Mar 25, 2013

Happy Monday Friends.  I am one year older as of yesterday and one year wiser, right??  Unfortunately the weather sucked ass this weekend.  I am talking pouring rain both Saturday and Sunday, it put a little damper on things but I still had a nice birthday weekend.  Sweet Sterling woke up on my birthday and said “Mom, I am sorry its raining on your birthday.  Lets just get cozy and eat cake.”  Sweetest thing ever!  Here is what went down.

Thursday night we made the taco casserole I blogged about Thursday.  We always make our own taco seasoning- how gorg is it?  Below is Matt’s plate of food.  I always joke and tell him he should be a food stylist his plates are always so pretty!

Friday I hit up DT to do a little shopping with Caycee.  Now that she has lost so much weight girl needed some new clothes.  I managed to find two beauties at F21.

Polka Dot Shirt Dress | Ombre Marled Sweater

Then she took me to lunch at Basil for my birthday.  I love me some Thai food, it was so good!

Saturday I met a girlfriend for some afternoon wine at Bin152 to celebrate both our birthdays.  I wore my new Forever 21 Polka Dot Shirt Dress.

While we were having wine one of our friends stopped by and told us Matt Lee was down the street signing cookbooks.  We promptly closed our tabs and headed off to stalk him.  I was so excited, it is sad how excited I get about meeting chefs.  Matt signed my cookbook and was super nice.  You can see how giddy I am in the picture:)

Now lets talk about birthday gifts.  Baublebar was sweet enough to send me a giftcard that I used for these gorgeous necklaces. 
Gold Essex Necklace |

 Lemon Snow CollarChunky Pink Link Strands

Caycee surprised me with the Tkees flipflops I blogged about last week and ladies these are the best flipflops.  So comfortable and cute on.  I highly recommend them, I see myself living in them all Summer!  Tkees are my new jam.

My mint clutch from Gap came and it is even better in person.  

Sarah From Social Dress Shop sent me this Camilla and Marc Hot Pink Dress I had been eyeing forever!!  It is on major sale now, somebody else should snag one before they are gone!

 I got some gorgeous flowers.  Orchids and Tulips are my favorite!!

I was pretty lucky in the gift department and I haven’t even celebrated with my family yet!

Sunday I made myself my own birthday cupcakes.  It is times like that I wish my mom lived in town because she would have made them.  But Sterling and I had fun making them.  I wanted Strawberry, that is my favorite kind and I have a really great and easy Strawberry cupcake recipe!   Recipe coming, if anyone is interested in it!

The rain stopped long enough for us to hit up the Yacht Club a drink before dinner.  It was freezing there but I will say they pour the biggest glass of wine in town!

Matt cooked me a delicious Birthday Dinner.  Shrimp sandwiches with jalapeno coleslaw and spicy mayo.  They were off the hook good.  My man can really cook.

We were trying to recreate this sandwich on the new cover of Bon Appetit but with Shrimp instead of chicken.  Highly recommend.  I am happy to share our Shrimp Sandwich recipe too.

My birthday ended with lots of snuggles with this sweet guy.

  I want to thank everyone who messaged me on FB and instagram wishing
me a Happy Birthday.  It meant so much to me!  I had a really great
Birthday so thank you!  I am lucky to have so many wonderful people in my life.  33 is gonna be a good year, I just know it!



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  1. Katie says:

    What a great weekend! Happy belated! πŸ™‚

  2. Looks like a great weekend! The cupcakes and sandwich both sound and look delish! Keep the celebrations going all week!

  3. Looks like fab weekend! Thank god I have instagram now I can stalk you on the reg. Love that bow dress. I have got to go to forever 21 soon. There is so much stuff there I have convinced myself I need. Also, taco casserole needs to make it into my house!!

  4. So glad you had such a fab Birthday weekend my sweets! xoxox

  5. Sounds like an awesome birthday weekend! Cheers to an amazing year!

  6. happy happy belated birthday! Sounds like it was fantastic! Sterling is so freaking cute!

  7. So glad you had a great weekend! All of your goodies are fabulous!!!

  8. Sara Mueller says:

    Sounds like the perfect birthday weekend! So glad to hear you enjoyed it! and those dresses are super cute!

  9. Meredith says:

    Your birthday weekend looked great!! Loving the size of that wine pour at your club! πŸ˜‰

  10. Chelsea says:

    Happy Birthday!! It looks like an awesome one even with the crappy weather and all! Yes — can't wait for that strawberry cupcake recipe, looks amazing!!

  11. Danielle says:

    Sounds like you had a great birthday weekend! Happy belated Birthday! And when you get a chance, I'd love to have the recipe for that delicious shrimp sandwich – I totally agree with your substitution. Seeing the cover kind of makes me sad I didn't renew my subscription to Bon Appetit.

  12. Keely says:

    What a sweet little man you have! Sounds like a great weekend & wonderful Birthday! Thanks for sharing all the the wonderful things you find! Xo

  13. Every picture in this post = all of the perfect makings for a fab birthday! That huge wine pour, OMG, I need to get my bootay there. I'd love to know the cupcake recipe!

  14. Lili says:

    im so jealous of your birthday loot! glad you had fun!

  15. Happy Happy Birthday!!! Your weekend sounds so perfect. That taco casserole looks amaze! And the cupcakes! xoxo

  16. Caroline says:

    Despite the rain, looks like a wonderful birthday weekend! And that shrimp sandwich looks amazing!!!! Thanks for sharing all of your great finds! Happy Monday!

  17. Sounds like you had an amazing birthday weekend! πŸ˜‰

  18. Happy Belated Birthday!

    Love your ommbre sweater! Might ave to go find one for myself!

    And your boy is so cute wanting to cuddle and eat cake!

  19. Looks like you had a fabulous birthday weekend! Those shrimp sandwiches look so yummy, I definitely need that recipe! And strawberry cupcakes? Yummm!!

  20. Sounds like a great birthday weekend!! Love all of your fun gifts! xo

  21. Sounds like a great birthday weekend!! Love all of your fun gifts! xo

  22. Preppy Mama says:

    Happy Birthday! Sounds like you had a blast. Can't wait for that strawberry cupcake recipe!!

  23. Nat says:

    Looks like such a great birthday weekend! Those strawberry cupcakes sound delicious!

  24. Happy birthday! Love all your wine dates:)

  25. RitaMarie says:

    Looks like an awesome birthday. Food. Clothes. Gifts. More food. Awesome.

  26. Natalie says:

    Looks like the perfect birthday, love the polka dot dress on you! And I hope you'll be posting the shrimp sandwich recipe? Happy belated! xo

  27. 17 Perth says:

    I am sorry that it rained all weekend–but it certainly looks like your men made up for it! πŸ™‚ Love what sterling said to you–so sweet! Love all the wonderful goodies you got!

  28. Laura says:

    Looks like a great birthday weekend! If you are a strawberry fan I HIGHLY recommend this recipe by Annie's Eats for strawberry cupcakes with a swiss meringue frosting. It took a little practice on the frosting but literally blew me away. SO amazing. http://www.annies-eats.com/2010/12/29/strawberry-cupcakes-2/

  29. Sounds like one fabulous birthday weekend!! Happy belated birthday!

  30. So glad it was a great birthday! And seriously, your man can cook!!!

  31. your birthday sounds like it was great! so glad you had a good day. i would love both the cupcake and sandwich recipes, mmmm!!!

  32. Oliva Ins says:

    I love your tooooop!!!!! And the dress is Amazing !!!
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  33. Katie says:

    Happy belated birthday! Looks like such a great weekend regardless of the rain.

    And oh my, that is a generous pour of wine!

  34. Monica says:

    Happy belated birthday! I love your blog and have been following it for a while but never left a comment. I like how you keep it real! I would love to see your cupcake recipe!

  35. Can't wait for those recipes!!! And happy birthday!

  36. Morgan S. says:

    Sounds like an awesome bday weekend and what an awesome friend Caycee is! I had a rainy bday weekend last year. It's in 3 weekends from now, so I'm keeping fingers crossed for some sunshine and warm temps because it's my 30th! xoxo http://www.styleoyster.blogspot.com

  37. Alicia xoxxo says:

    Glad you had a great birthday weekend pretty lady! I hope you have many more to celebrate!

  38. Glitterista says:

    What a great birthday weekend! Love your new necklaces and F21 finds. πŸ™‚