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Thoughts For Friday

Mar 23, 2012

Happy Birthday to me! My birthday is tomorrow and I am off to celebrate today! Heading to do some shopping with my mom and I am hoping to pick up a pair of these JCREW colored jeans. I have heard nothing but good things about them!

I am wanting to put together a similar look to this. Love everything about what this girl is wearing.

I am thinking about making Lychee Martinis to celebrate my birthday. Anyone made these before? I remember Bethenny always drinking them on RHNY.

Also thinking we may cook Val’s Prosciutto, Asparagus and Parmesan Spaghetti for dinner. It seems like the perfect Spring meal paired with an arugula salad, crispy bread and our Lychee Martinis. And who am I kidding we will be having Champagne too!

I am not going to lie I kind of want to go see Hunger Games this weekend. But then I think I will probably be the oldest person waiting in line.

I have quite the crush on Liam Hensworth who plays Gale in the movie. He is super hot (but no Zac Efron mind you). It does bug me a little that he dates Miley Cyrus. I don’t get it.

I bit the bullet and ordered this Tibi Cami as part of my Birthday gift. I ordered mine in the tan version though. It should arrive today, I will let you gals know how it fits and if I like it.

I will leave you with this. For all my friends yesterday who assured me I am not the only one having a drink every night! I am off to drink champagne and eat cake and celebrate turning 29 again. I am really turning 32 for those that are curious. And so far my 30’s are way better than my 20’s!

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  1. Happy Early Birthday! Those quotes at the end are hilarious! Emailing them to a friend today that needs a good laugh. Enjoy your birthday weekend. Cheers!

  2. Happy Birthday pretty girl! Nonsense! I will be waiting in line as well. Do it! I have no shame. Obviously.

  3. Katie says:

    Happy Birthday Natalie! Have fun and enjoy those martinis! Can't wait to hear how they turn out! šŸ™‚

  4. Hannah says:

    Happy Happy Birthday to you!!! I hope your whole weekend is full of fun. What better way to celebrate than a little shopping, good food and fun drinks!
    (I really want Bryan to take me to see the Hunger Games on Sunday)

  5. Happy birthday! Have a wonderful weekend! And I'm SURE you would be nowhere near the oldest person at HG. All my gf's (in our 30's) are going! xo

  6. Dina says:

    A very Happy Birthday to you! Thank you for brightening up my mornings with your inspiring, fun, and "real" posts šŸ™‚ And yes agree, my 30's have been way better than my 20's-will we say that in our 40's?!!

  7. Happy Happy Birthday Natalie! Enjoy your cami, champagne, and family šŸ™‚

    Looking forward to seeing pictures!!

  8. Happy Early Birthday friend! Go drink lots and lots and wine with your fab new pants! Cake for breakfast and wine for dessert, right?!! I'm dying over those ecards. What exactly is leftover wine? That's obviously a project for quitters!

  9. Lili says:

    Happy birthday Natalie! Enjoy your big weekend!

  10. Happy Happy Birthday! Hope it is fabulous (sounds like it will be!)

  11. Britton says:

    Happy Birthday a little early!! Hope you have a wonderful weekend celebrating! I Love that blouse!!!!

  12. Kyle says:

    Happy, happy birthday! Have the best weeeknd celebrating. Love the colored skinnies and a lychee martini sounds divine right now. : )

  13. Nicole says:

    Happy Birthday, hope it is wonderful!!

  14. fep516 says:

    First time poster but long time follower! I live in Charlotte so LOVE your Marshall's posts – Cotswold is seriously the best on the whole East Coast!

    My group of girls bought our tickets to Hunger Games weeks ago – all in our 30's too!

    Have a wonderful birthday weekend!

  15. I'm going to see Hunger Games tomorrow, shhhh! And very weird, but I am wearing that exact outfit today. Bright pink pants, striped shirt and brown heels. Will send you a pic šŸ™‚ Happy happiest birthday to you!! Have so much fun!!! xoxoxo

  16. I LOVE that outfit!! You will look great in it! Have fun shopping with your mom!!

    I LOVE lychee martini's they are really good! I usually order them when I go out for sushi šŸ™‚

    MMMMM! That dinner looks YUMMY!!

    Have a great weekend! Happy Birthday!:)

  17. Haha happy birthday weekend! It sounds like it will be absolutely delicious + stylish! xo

  18. Happy Birthday!! Hope you have a fabulous weekend and your family spoils you on your special day! Enjoy those martinis and champagne. Two of my other fave drinks. I can't wait to see Hunger Games either! Let us know how the dinner turns out. It looks yummy!

  19. Happy Birthday Doll! I know it is going to be fabulous!!! I will have a drink to celebrate with you!

  20. Happy Birthday!! It sounds like you've gotten some amazing presents already and have some wonderful plans! Hope you enjoy every bit of it. We are going to see the Hunger Games this weekend , and yes we will be some of the oldest people in there…but I'm okay with that! hah Oh and I love your quotes….leftover wine??

  21. Megan says:

    Hope you have a great birthday! I love those jeans! Too bad I am not skinny enough to pull them off! I can't wait to see the Hunger Games too. I read the whole book last night until 1 AM!

  22. megan says:

    Happy Early Birthday! I have no doubt that it will be fabulous! Val always has the best recipes. Enjoy your weekend! šŸ™‚

  23. Yay for birthday celebrations!! Hope you find the jeans. And I've never made them, but I drank those lychee martinis on our honeymoon in Tahiti like it was my job.

  24. Happy birthday! You made me laugh because It bugs me that Liam Hemsworth dates Miley too…can't wait for the movie though!

  25. Love those jeans – happy birthday!!! And don't worry, I will be seeing the movie tonight with my girlfriends – you should definitely go see it!!

  26. Happy Birthday Natalie!!! Hope you have the BEST weekend celebrating!! Love the top you got…can't wait to hear what you think! And I'm excited to see HG too…but wait, Gale dates Miley in real life? Oo no likey! Have so much fun!!! xo

  27. Taylor says:

    hahaha love this post so much!!! happy birthday!!!! Hope you have the best weekend. Ughhhh how is Liam dating Miley? So obnoxious, he is gorgeous though! So glad you bought the tibi tank – you have loved it for so long! love the colored jeans as well, the pic is from one of the girls from Revenge's blog she posts great stuff (it's called ring my bell if interested!!) have a great bday weekend!!!

  28. Carrie says:

    I am all about celebrating your birthday for a whole week, so happy birthday! I recently found your blog and am glad I did šŸ™‚

  29. Andrea says:

    Happy early Birthday! It sounds like you have a fabulous weekend planned! The pasta dish is fabulous! We made it a few weeks ago and added grilled shrimp. Love the J Crew pants, they will look fabulous!

  30. Jen Watts says:

    Happy happy birthday pretty lady. I have celebrated a few birthdays in Charleston and can't think of a better place.

    I have to admit I selfishly enjoyed hearing your age because we are the same….not saying I look as young as you šŸ˜‰

    Yay for ordering the top…I'm still stalking what I refer to as the pregnant momma version thanks to you.

  31. Natalie says:

    Happy birthday! I just ordered the Tibi top and it's amazing, one of my favorites. Have fun celebrating this weekend!

  32. Alicia xoxxo says:

    Happy Happy Birthday sweet Natalie!!! Have a fabulous weekend and party it up!! That martini and pasta look amazing! For some reason since I had baby I can't tolerate liquor. So sad! But at least I still have my wine!
    Cheers to you sweet bloggy friend!

  33. Regan says:

    Happy Birthday Weekend!!!! Hope you have a fabulous day tomorrow. I am so excited about The Hunger Games movie, too! Please share your Lychee Martini recipe if it's a keeper!

  34. Hope you had a great night tonight!!! Your supper looks like it will be amazing! LOVE your new TIBI top-SCORE!!!!! Happy Birthday tomorrow!

  35. I'm totally sitting here laughing about the hunger games comments…I was totally going to go to the midnight showing and chickened out at the last minute (I'm old and it was past my bedtime (c:) but I am also completely puzzled by the Liam/Miley combo. Dudes are hard to figure out. (c: Have a fantastic birthday, my sweet, I hope you get spoiled (c:

  36. Jill says:

    Happy Happy birthday to my sweet friend!! I hope you are spoiled this weekend:)

    P.S. I am dying to see Hunger Games too

  37. Have a wonderful birthday! Love those jeans and I just saw the Hunger Games-it was fantastic!

  38. Originally my plan was to get that color of jeans but I fell in love with the neon persimon ones as soon as I saw them in person!
    Happy Birthday Natalie! Hope you have a wonderful one!

  39. Girl did you see those jeans on my blog? lol. I love them too. I need to head to JCrew!! Dying to see the Hunger Games too!!!

  40. Bud and Leo says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!! We hope it was fabulous!!!!!!!! Yay for you & 32! We are in our 30's too and love it :). A few things) saw Hunger Games and loved it! Also saw 21 Jump Street and it was hilar- it's a must see! Totally crush on Liam too and just read on Peeps they may be engaged?? WTH? I don't get it. Makes me think less of him since he's w/ Miley! Love the Tibi top- I want to order it too. I saw a version on Shopbop I think that had sleeves– I want it now!

  41. Giordana says:

    Happy Happy Birthday Natalie! Hope it was wonderful! I am really enjoying your blog btw, best read of the day! xo

  42. Nat says:

    Happy belated birthday! I saw HG over the weekend too, Liam Hemsworth is so hot I was so disappointed when I saw he dates Miley Cyrus!! I also hold a torch for Zac Efron- such a little hottie