Friday, May 28, 2010

23rd Birthday!

As of May 19, I'm a 23-year-old! 
This was my Birthday outfit! Being a Wednesday, I had to work (with special ed kids, mind you) but didn't care and wanted to wear a dress darn it! Oh, I did wear purple flats at work though, and slipped on the purple heels for dinner.

Dress: Target
Belt: Forever 21
Sweater: Target
Bow Headband (not that you can see it well): Valleygirl (Australia)
Shoes: Tahari brand -- THE most comfortable heels I've ever worn!!!! My best guy friend Cisco bought them for me as a present, and I couldn't be happier with them!! Plus they're purple :)

I wore this when I went out to dinner at Red Robin Burgers with my boyfriend... It isn't a fancy place, but it's kind of *our* place. It's the first place I took him to, the day he arrived in America, and he loves it! So do I, mm mm mmm. I got the "Banzai Burger" sub Gardenburger patty. It has pineapple and teriyaki sauce, and their steak fries dipped in Honey Poppyseed dressing is HEAVEN! Oh, and he treated me to a top-shelf Margarita!!
 Because no special day is the same without a silly face photo.
David's present to me. My face: "What the heck could this be?!"
"No way!!!"
"*singin an electric guitar lick*" ROCK ON!
So exciting.. I got loads of cards from all my family and a few more from friends came the next day.
I got the adorable carry-on luggage and oven mitt from my aunt. She knows I love polka dots!
My aweeesome brother got me the entire series of Fraggle Rock!!! HE rocks. Ahh, childhood!
My dad and stepmom got me some jewelry making supplies since I've been wanting to get into that! and a gift certificate to a fancy bead store.
On Friday, my family took me out to dinner to a Neopolitan Pizza place -- one of the only 30 in the US certified by the organization in Naples. It was pretty good -- my favorites were one with roasted garlic and melted Cambazola cheese, and one with Italian sausage and caramelized onions. Yummo!
For dessert, I had the most delicious hazelnut gelato ball! It is called "Chocolate Tartuffo" described as having a "Zabaglione cream center (which to me tasted of amaretto, almond, or eggnog), surrounded by chocolate gelato and caramelized hazelnuts, topped with cocoa powder" Or as I describe it, "absolutely insanely decadent delicious heaven in my mouth"
After dinner, it was my idea to go wine-tasting at Sweet Cheeks Winery, which *little did I know* had a gorgeous view! It had been raining, but stopped once we got there, to give us this lovely rainbow across the valley! The photo really doesn't do it justice, it was much more vivid.
The winery is in Crow, Oregon... hence the crow mascot, I suppose. Such a striking logo!
It was lovely.. There was 3 wines to taste, free cheese pairings (tiniest little samples though!), and a live musician, playing guitar and singing many Beatles songs.
I love this raincoat I got at Kohl's for only about 20-30 bucks! So pretty. The dress is also from Kohl's but over 3 years old.
I really liked the wine glass holder. It was very pretty with all the leaves and little crow. And the metal sign had a very raw industrial, yet still pretty, feel.
That wine there was a sparkling dry red. Very tasty and interesting! Like a red champagne.

All in all, I had a decently good birthday! My coworkers made me feel special, and the little kiddies sang/signed "Happy Birthday" which made my day :) A lot of people made me feel special from home.. I just wish that I could be there. I miss California, and I miss my mom, and I miss my best friends! Birthdays are always an excuse for "the girls" to get together for dinner, and I'm sad that I always miss out on that by living far away. Oh well. At least I had my lovah, who always treats me very special. I woke up to find Happy Birthday notes all over the room. Plus he got me Guitar Hero! yahhh! :)
Oh, and thank you all for the Birthday wishes on my last post!! :)


Suyinsays said...

hope you had a lovely day, sure looks like it!

Caroline said...

Ahhh Happy Belated Birthday! I love all the pictures. xo

Anonymous said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY love all your pressies. Looks like you had a wonderful day.

Rachel said...

seriously way too cute. seems like you had a great bday. good. im so glad.
oh that stupid pic should be working now, it was a little flow chart on how to decide if your diy project is worthwhile or not lol

Rachel said...

oh blah i give up?! i dont know why it wont work now. lol the flow chart says like "does it cost more money than just buying it " and if yes then you follow the chart to "give up" if no you follow it to "do i need helpers for this project" if yes you go to "do i have helpers set up" if no it goes to "move forward with project" lol i donno if that makes sense. so ticked it wont work. oh well. happy saturday

Yazzie~ said...

Nice Blog Tittle... oh, and happy 23erd! ~Yazzie♥

OneCraftyFox said...

LOVE BOTH those dresses!! Looks like fun times :) Your jacket is amazing too btw...

Hope you had a fantastic long weekend!

Micaela said...

i realllly love your birthday dress!!! HAPPY 23RD!!!!! 23 was a great year for me :)

can i just say that is the cuuuutest picture of you when you opened your gift! lol love it!!!

and i think your fella has awesome style :)

Tieka, Selective Potential said...

Aw happy belated birthday! It looks like you had such a wonderful time! So cute photos! Brett and I also love red robin! ;) xo

Rachel said...

so ive looked at this post before and yet it still makes me smile to see you so happy! yay for happy bdays!
yes i think those strips really worked. i too am poor and normally avoid spending so much at once. but ive been really trying to focus on quality over quantity ( which is really a challenge for me i hate to spend +$40 on anything lol) but these really were awesome.