Monday, July 20, 2015

Twenty Six


Top: LOFT; Shorts: Lou & Grey; Bag: Madewell; Sandals: Joie

I am turning 26 today. And 26 will have a tough year to beat. 25 was full of new: a new kitten, a marriage, travel, opening a new business, and a whole lot of love.

I rang in the new age this weekend with a few of my favorite things: gardens, a whole lot of flowers, and a slow dinner with sparkling wine. The weather was hot - 99 and 97 on Saturday and Sunday, respectively - but we managed to get outside amongst the flora and take it all in. On Saturday we explored a secret English garden (more on that later), strolled in peace amongst the sprawl of tended plants and flowers, and watched boats go lazily by from a look-out. We capped our evening off with a nice dinner at a favorite Portland restaurant, Ava Gene's, where I sipped lambrusco, Ben sipped a rye cocktail, and we talked about work and life and people watched over three courses that were plate-licking good.

Sunday, we ventured forth in the heat of the day to the rose garden. I love that my birthday is in July, falling mid-year, and at a time when the sun is shining and the roses are blooming. There is little more beautiful than wandering into Portland's vibrant and sweet-smelling rose garden at the top of the city. We attempted not to melt, did a bad job at that, and then collapsed into the car to retreat to the air conditioning of a grocery store.

All in all, a weekend that was fitting for my birthday - flowers, wine, and not much else. 

Have a great week!


  1. you are SO pretty! and those flowers are gorg!!

    Sandy a la Mode

  2. Happy Birthday! It does sound like 26 has some big shoes to fill but I'm sure you'll manage to top it.

    Congrats on your SMP feature!!

    xx Katie
    lovely letters


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