A 3 inch tall party hat . . . a must for a golden birthday

 “Surprise! We’re going to brunch at Woodberry Kitchen!”

Ok so it wasn’t a surprise any longer but I was still happy since I have yet to check out one of the best Baltimore brunch spots. Yes, it is as good as everyone says! To get my birthday festivities started, my sister had gotten me a 3 inch tall party hat with ’27′ on it… I think she got a kick out of it more than myself.

  

After brunch, I was instructed to get into a car for ‘part 2′ of the day. We arrived at my parent’s home to for an intimate birthday party complete with mimosas & cake. Don’t be fooled by the number of forks & spoons– there were only 7 of us.

My family had given me a basket of 27 ‘golden’ items which was pretty creative. I’m not sure if the basket was the best or the stories of them putting it together. Apparently, my father assembled the basket because my mom wasn’t doing it right. “You need to sprinkle the candy on the top, not just put it in the bottom” Thank you Paul for learning from me & my ways.

   

What was in the basket? Everything. Gold Stapler, Gold Giant Paper Clips (I love office supplies), Gold Hard Cider, Gold Tequila Mix, Goldfish- the crackers, Gold Polka Dot Notebook, Box of Ferrero Rocher Chocolates, Gold Champagne, Gold Sequins Coasters, Gold Bond Lotion, Gold Candle, Gold Bracelet, Gold Gummies, Gold Chocolate Coins…. The list goes on…


Tuesday, January 27th… my actual birthday was spent relaxing. It was a snow day for me so why not kick back? I did some cleaning and work but I mostly read my new book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? My roommate, the notorious bookworm got me that book and a collection of photos by Bodine, a famous Baltimore Photographer.

Since I was unaware of the surprise brunch & party, I went ahead and made plans with a few of the girls to celebrate at a local wine bar, 13.5%. This place was also on my list of places to try this year so I can mark those both off! Dinner was myself, my sister, my roommate, my friend Jaime and three of the Kochesfahani ladies (Ridiculous should be their middle name). I have forgotten how great it is to catch up with friends when work is set aside.

It was the perfect golden birthday for me.

 

*Golden Birthday means you turn the same age as the date, ie. 27 on the 27th.

Dear Baltimore, you are truly underrated.

Easily 6 months ago, my roommate & I had plans for brunch but had to cancel them last minute. Well last week we finally had a brunch date and turned the entire day into Roommate day. Neither of us could remember when we spent an entire day together- maybe the last snow day?

The day started off with mimosas & brunch at a Baltimore favorite- Miss. Shirley’s. This place has one of those menus where you literally cannot go wrong with any selection. After brunch, the two of us headed to The Baltimore Museum of Art. Did you know admission is FREE? Julia proposed this the day prior & I couldn’t have been more excited! [Secret: not many people know I love art & almost went to school for it]

  

It’s almost sad that I have forgotten this hidden gem that is literally in my backyard. We started in the Cone Wing that is filled with classics like Picasso, Matisse, Monet. We learned about the Cone sisters of Baltimore that the wing was named after. The amount of ‘classics’ and pieces that these two sisters had was just unbelievable, I mean hundreds & hundreds of pieces.

    

And then we ventured into to the Contemporary Wing. The two of us came to the same conclusion- we do not understand and are not the biggest fans of contemporary art. We couldn’t wrap our heads around rotted fruit rinds with threading like a baseball. Our visit ended in the gardens of the museum with the streets of Baltimore just beyond their gates, the contrast is simply amazing.

  

We had plans in the afternoon to head to our local vineyard, Boordy’s for their ‘Good Life Thursday’. This is a recurring farmer’s market with live music, food, wine, etc. Together we bought a bottle of wine, some snacks & sat down to relax & enjoy the unusually cool August evening.

No one can ever complain about being bored in the Baltimore area because the variety & amount of different things to do is almost endless. That day made me realize I need to make a larger effort to enjoy what my city has to offer.

A weekend filled with gold glitter & a winery

This past Mother’s Day weekend was spent at the beach. Since I knew I wouldn’t be able to work all weekend, I tried to get as much done Friday evening so I could focus on family time the rest of the time. There never seems to be enough time to get everything done.

After a quick breakfast with my parents Saturday morning, my mom and I were on a mission for gold glitter. In a few weeks, we’re hosting my sister’s bridal shower and wanted to find statement décor items sticking with my gold & white theme. Since I didn’t feel like I was racing against the clock, I did not want to settle for something ‘ok’ or ‘that’ll do’.  Luckily, after making a few stops, we were able to find some great display items for the dessert table, candle pillar holders, and frames for accents through the party.

Gold mercury pillars & gold glitter platters for Jamie’s bridal shower.

My sister wasn’t able to join us until Sunday since Treven, her fiancé was graduating this weekend. Jamie arrived in time for brunch, a Mother’s Day tradition we’ve come to enjoy every year. When we had asked our mother what she wanted to do, she mentioned checking out a local winery. So, after brunch we headed to Nassau Valley Vineyard, a small vineyard in Lewes, DE. The four of us took our own tour followed by a tasting. We made our purchases and popped open a bottle to enjoy on the picnic bench for some relaxing quality time.

Jamie & I thought it’d be cute to give our mom the same card for Mother’s Day.

Unfortunately, I won’t be able to enjoy the beach for at least another two months due to my crazy schedule. I’m already dreaming of days filled with sun and grapefruit crushes…