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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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Scenes From My Birthday Weekend.

Mar 26, 2012

First of all thank you so much for all the Birthday wishes on Friday. You all know how to make a girl feel very loved. My birthday was fabulous no doubt, best part was I got to spend it with my whole family (minus my brother but he is coming this weekend)! Do y’all ever feel like birthdays are like New Years Eve? So much build up and expectations and then you are always a little disappointed? I feel that way sometimes, but either way I had a great weekend!

My Tibi Cami arrived Friday just in time to wear it out that night. I so wanted to not like it but I actually loved it so I am keeping her.
Tibi Arizona Camisole

{Tibi Arizona Camisole, Seven “The Skinny” Jeans}
Friday night we went out to dinner at Jpaulz with my sister and her hubby! JPaulz is one of my favorite places to get sushi in town. Plus their truffled mac and cheese is out of this world good! We all started with some amazing lemon martinis!

We snapped one family photo predinner. My boys made my day very special.

My sweet parents who babysat so we could all go to dinner. Sterling loves his “DiDi and Big Poppie!”

Saturday we did some Birthday shopping. I ended up getting the green Jcrew skinny jeans. I originally wanted the Coral but of course they were all sold out in my size, but I am actually really digging the green ones.

My parents also gave me these two Lululemon pieces and I am obsessed with them! I can’t say enough good things about this workout gear. Do yourself a favor and go try some on you will be hooked.
Run Inspire Crop 2 and Debut Tank

I also got the black Tory Burch flip flops I had been wanting, love them! Can you tell I am a fan of everything black?

Saturday Morning my sister and I went to see the Hunger Games bright and early at the 9:45am showing- don’t judge me. And actually I was so not the oldest person there:)
Best part was they served mimosas at the movie. Overall I liked the movie, not as good as the book but that was expected. For the most part I liked all the casting choices but Peeta. He grew on me in the end but he just seemed a little dweeby. I loved Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, and Lenny Kravitz. I give the movie a B+ def worth seeing if you read the book.

Saturday night we had big plans to hit up the rooftop bar but it poured down rain. So we ended up just having cocktails at our house. We made the lychee martinis and they were amazing. Will most definitely become a regular cocktail for me. All I did was mix vodka with a few splashes of the syrup from the can and added a Lychee in each martini. I found no need for simple syrup as the syrup from the lychees was sweet enough to flavor the drink. Don’t be alarmed that the lychees kind of look like testicles. This weirded me out in the beginning but I quickly got past it.

My outfit Saturday night, Tibi Dress.

Also rocked my birthstone ring my parents gave me a few years ago for my birthday. One of my favorite gifts ever. So special.

It was such a fun weekend! Now it’s back to reality! Here is to 32 being an amazing year!

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  1. Aww, happy belated! And ADORE that color-blocked cami. Looks like it was a successful BDAY! XO

  2. Bummer about the rooftop bar. If it's the one at the top of the Vendue Inn I LOVE that place!! Looks like you had a wonderful weekend – you deserve it girl! Happy Monday šŸ™‚

  3. Kyle says:

    Looks like fun! Love the Tibi cami, dress and your J. Crew jeans. I really like the green. They are vibrant and cute.

  4. megan says:

    Love the Tibi top on you! JPaulz truffle mac & cheese is sooo good. Glad you had a great birthday weekend! šŸ™‚

  5. Totally agree with the assessment of Peeta. Great movie though. I definitely loved. BTW you are too cute. It is disgusting. Love your Birthday weekend recap!

  6. KatiePerk says:

    Great gifts.I love the cami. You are right to keep it! Cheers to a wonderful year!

  7. Really love the green jeans and that tibi top looks AMAZING on you! Seriously better then it looks online. Rock it girl!

  8. You look gorgeous! So glad you had a good birthday weekend!!

  9. What a stylish and fun birthday weekend!

  10. Sara Mueller says:

    what a great birthday weekend! Happy belated birthday to you! love all of your new pieces. I can't wait to have my body back so that I can rock some skinny jeans. And I am getting those flip flops.

  11. Love all of your gifts! The green jeans look great on you, I went to my local J.Crew this weekend and they were sold out in my size of all the colored jeans!! your family is adorable!! Looks like a wonderful birthday!

  12. Natalie, what a fabulous birthday weekend you had!! Love everything on you, especially the jeans and tank. I was alarmed Saturday night with the pouring rain, thank goodness it stopped early enough or I would have been soaked downtown. And random, I have nearly an identical birthstone ring šŸ™‚

  13. Looks like a FABULOUS birthday!! My birthday is this week and I know what you mean! I feel like I always "build it up" and sometimes feel dissapointed when it is over!

    I am LOVING LOVING those green skinny's!! I MUST copy you!!

    Love all of your tibi pieces!!

    The pic of you and your boys is too cute! ou have a beautiful family! šŸ™‚

  14. What a fabulous birthday weekend!! We also went to see Hunger Games. We were not the only older people there, but it was definitely entertaining watching the movie and hearing the reactions from the young girls. haha I thought they did a great job although of course the book is way better!

  15. You looked fab all weekend! Glad you got to kick it with your fam! That tibi top… Yas!

  16. Love the green jeans!! Looks like you had an amazing B-day weekend. šŸ˜‰

  17. Darling outfits! I especially like the green jean/navy top ensemble! Happy birthdya!

  18. Definitely a fantastic birthday…*LOVE* the tibi cami, it looked fantastic! And I just picked up some green skinnies myself, so I'm a fan! It's always great when you get a fabulous haul for the b-day (c:

  19. okay, LOVE all your clothes!! SWOON! lucky lady! happy belated b-day, looks like a great one! and agreed on Hunger games. Not as good as the book, but good. and Peta grew on me too, but didn't love the casting on that one. Also not sure if President snow was the right actor either. šŸ˜‰


  20. Keely says:

    Happy birthday to you! Just wanted to thank you for your blog! We seem to have a lot in common and similar taste, so it is nice to get fun new ideas. Also, I am new to SC (Greenville )& look forward to visiting Charleston often. We love the beach, good food, shopping. So this area seems right up my ally. : )

    Would love any suggestions on SC/ NC that you have experienced. Thanks again!

  21. Taylor says:

    sounds like a great birthday weekend!!! love love the tibi top + the tibi dress!! and the green jeans look great…. I'm on the hunt for a mint pair next!!!


  22. Little Fish says:

    Just catching up on some blog reading! happy belated birthday! looks like you had a wonderful weekend. just read your post from sunday, I'm totally going to grab that tee from target. so cute! and love the green jeans. i have them as well and wear them all the time!!

  23. Little Fish says:

    Just catching up on some blog reading! happy belated birthday! looks like you had a wonderful weekend. just read your post from sunday, I'm totally going to grab that tee from target. so cute! and love the green jeans. i have them as well and wear them all the time!!

  24. Christina says:

    I'm loving the Tibi Cami. How does it run sizing wise? TTS? Or small?

  25. Andrea says:

    What a fabulous birthday weekend! Love the Tibi top and that dress!! Great choice with the green skinny jeans, they look amaze and truffle mac and cheese is one of my favorite things!! I turn 32 later this year too, I think it will be a great year!

  26. So glad to see you had a great birthday weekend, lovely! I loved seeing all your Instagram shots. šŸ™‚

  27. Pris says:

    Looks like a great birthday weekend! Was thinking of skipping the colored denim but damn those green ones are super cute!!

  28. Alicia xoxxo says:

    So happy you had an awesome birthday! I am slightly jealous that your family lives close enough to spend the weekend with you! My fam lives pretty far away. Love your Tibi cami! You looked gorge! Your ring that your parents gave you is very pretty! I can see how it would mean something special. I am dying to see Hunger Games! And those lemon 'tinis look amazing!!

  29. LOVE your cami and dress! Gorgeous šŸ™‚



  30. Nat says:

    Happy belated birthday!! It looks like you had a great weekend! I LOVE that Tibi cami- def worth keeping!

  31. Val says:

    Looks like you had an amazing birthday weekend. You look amazing. Love the green jeans!!!!

  32. Umm…lovin the cami!!! Now I want one!

  33. What an amazing weekend Natalie! Love everything you got!

  34. Happy bday! Looks like u had a great time!

  35. Megan says:

    Yay! Looks like a fantastic birthday, pretty lady!! So glad you enjoyed!

  36. Hannah says:

    What a fun birthday! You totally rocked the Tibi to–love it! The J.Crew jeans are cute, I like the green. I'm going to see Hunger Games tonight. šŸ™‚

  37. Yay for a wonderful birthday weekend! I am loving you in that Arizona cami and your new emerald jeans! R
    andom question… where's is your black t-shirt from in that pic? I'm looking for one with that exact same cut, and can't seem to find what I'm looking for!

  38. Miss Lindsay says:

    So many things I love about this post. The top looks great, I absolutely love that print.
    Happy Belated!

  39. Bud and Leo says:

    Awe what a great weekend! I'm so glad you had happy bday šŸ™‚ I agree bdays are like NY so I seriously never want to do anything on mine- low key and then I'm not disappointed! The Tibi top looks AMAZE. Love it and love the green jeans! I agree about Peeta in Hunger Games — can we get someone hot please? Sorry but I need a hottie to play that role! And I had to tell you that I got my hubby to watch Interior Therapy w/ Jeff Lewis with me and he liked it! I think I remember you posting about not have shows you guys can watch together? BC that's how we are – he's on ESPN in one room and I'm on Bravo in the other. šŸ™‚ xo Lisa