Birthday Recap

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Another year has come and gone, but this time, my 20s are officially behind me. It's a strange feeling. My 30th was the best birthday I've had so far. I felt so loved and am very grateful for all the birthday wishes. I have to take a moment to thank Alaina for putting so much love and thought into my birthday. She arranged Saturday night at Old Town Social, made last night's reservations at Paris Club, and gave me three of the most thought out gifts I've ever received. Each gift was wrapped in pink paper with bakers twine and little tags that read:

1. For your home, your haven (the Jayson vase)
2. For your health and peace of mind (the lulu top)
3. For your creativity and wanderlust (Paris versus New York)

Seriously – she gets me. I suppose that's what happens when you talk to someone every day for a year and love all the same things. She put so much love into each gift and made my birthday so special. I love that girl so much.


Cards and candle, Gina | iPhone case and book, my sis | Measuring cups, Shari | Candle and nail polish, Sarah
Massage, Sheila | Ticket to Paris + London and flowers, Mom | Lulu top, book, and vase, Alaina | Top and bracelet, me

And yes, you read that correctly. My mom is giving me a round trip ticket to PARIS + LONDON! Nothing is booked, but it's going to happen. Who wants to join me?

And now for a recap of my weekend. It all began on Saturday morning. I went to CrossFit, out to lunch, and did some shopping with a friend. That evening I met a group of friends at Old Town Social to celebrate my birthday. Gina was at a wedding 1.5 hours away and still managed to make it out on Saturday night. Aside from completely changing my life by introducing me to CrossFit, she has become one of my closest friends. I love her.

 With Caitlin, Alaina, and Gina

On Sunday I went to lunch at Ralph Lauren with Gina. We walked around for a little while and I finally used my Jonathan Adler credit to buy this iPhone dock. I went home and ended up styling my mantle with Caitlin (isn't that what everyone does when they're feeling a little hung over?), and met a few friends for dinner and a drink at Benchmark. Came home and ended the last hour of my 20s on the phone with one of my best friends.

Then came the big day. I went to CrossFit where I somehow escaped doing 30 birthday burpees, got a 90 minute massage at Allyu (thank you, Sheila!), did a little work, treated myself to a manicure/pedicure, and then went to dinner at Paris Club with Alaina, Sarah, Shari, and Gina. So far, 30 (holy crap, I'm 30) is off to a great start!

Every time I say it or type it it's as if I'm hearing/processing this info for the first time. I'm 30.

Thank you again for all the birthday love!

19 comments

  1. That sounds wonderful! It's so important to be surrounded by good girlfriends, and equally important that you appreciate them--which you obviously do. Happy birthday, Danielle, and I hope that every day of this decade is filled with as much love and friendship as your birthday celebrations were!

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  2. Such a wonderful birthday! Here's to your thirties!!

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  3. This is the most awesome post - your mom is sending you to paris and london - here, here Mom!
    Also - such thoughtful gifts from your friends - you SHOULD feel loved, it is clear you are!
    XOXO

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  4. So glad you enjoyed your day, and that I got to join you for dinner! It was a great group of girls. :)

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  5. I'm so happy you had a fantastic birthday! I can't wait to see what this year has in store for you. Love you.

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  6. Sounds like a wonderful birthday & what an amazing gift from your mom! Nothing beats Paris & I think that's a good start to 30!

    Hoping my start in Feb is as awesome as yours sounds!

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  7. wow. that sounds like the best birthday ever! your friends sound so thoughtful and sweet, and your mom sounds THE BEST. I am going to London/Paris around Europe in a month and I couldn't be more excited!

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  8. Sounds like such a wonderful birthday! If your first day started off so well, I can only imagine what you have in store for the rest of the year!! I have a friend who lives in London; so if you need recs let me know!

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  9. Wow, what a great birthday! I love that you celebrated for three days and exactly how I would do it too! Happy Birthday!

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  10. Wow I am so jealous of London and Paris! You'll have a wonderful time. Seems like such a great birthday. xox

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  11. So fun! Paris is going to be AMAZING. Glad you had a great birthday & a fantastic start to your 30s.

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  12. Fabulous gifts! Happy belated birthday.
    And Paris and London! That's fabulous. You deserve it.

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  13. I look forward to meeting you in London lovely! xxx

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  14. Happy 30th Danielle!!! Welcome to the Thirties, I've been here for about 15 years!!:)
    What a wonderful celebration you had with friends and family!! And so excited about your plane ticket ....had to laugh at the "roundtrip" ..... is it too late to ask for a one-way?!:)
    xo

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  15. ps You look so pretty, these are great pics!!!!
    xo

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  16. Happy birthday my dear! Many blessings to you on your 30th!! XOXO

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  17. That is the best birthday ever! You have great people around you D & so good to spoil yourself you work so hard!
    XOXO

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  18. Ah, 30. I've only been there myself for a couple of weeks, but so far I love it. There's something liberating about embracing your a new decade. Scary, but exciting ;)

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  19. What an amazing way to ring in 30 - you are obviously loved :) I just got back from Paris and you will be in HEAVEN! Kudos to your mama on being fantastic! Happy belated!

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