Monday, July 9, 2012

Birthday Dinner: Denim & Sparkle

Birthday Dinner: Denim & Sparkle

J.Crew striped t shirt / J.Crew long pencil skirt / Tory Burch flat / Tory Burch handbag / Coach jewelry / J.Crew retro jewelry / J Crew belt / Ross-Simons - Swarovski Crystal Channel-Set Clear Crystal Hinged...

OOTE for a fantastic birthday dinner for me last night with my boys and my younger son's lovely girlfriend at Nan Thai.  The food is delicious and truly artful, the dining room is exquisite, and the table staff add great beauty -- all delicate, lovely Asian women wearing elegant slender traditional Thai dresses.  Really a feast for every one of the senses.

Having both sons here for my birthday has been a very special treat.  For many years, July has found them away at their beloved Eagle's Nest Camp or, while they were in college, somewhere interning, summer schooling in Chapel Hill or studying abroad.  But son #2 (Blues Boy) is back living at home job-hunting after college (we love having him here but hope for his sake that it's temporary), and son #1 (Journey Boysurprised me by coming home for the weekend from Asheville, NC, where he now lives and works.  He's heading back to NC later today.  I woke up very early this morning, remembered that it was my birthday and that they were both right here in the house, and wow, what a rush of happiness!  I got up and tiptoed into their rooms to peek at them sleeping and plant a smooch on their heads -- a mom habit that'll never go away, I'm sure.  Both of them still sleep like spinning windmills in a wild tangle of legs, arms and covers.  I pity my future daughters-in-law. :-) 

All items are as shown in this set, except that my belt is a similar J. Crew patent skinny from two years ago in another animal print, and my earrings are similar yellow gold diamond half-hoops.
And missing:  I also wore a great little leather lariat necklace that I bought last winter at a craft show.  It's an inexpensive but well-made piece and I've had a lot of fun with it.  I'll try to remember to take an IRL pic the next time I wear it.   There's a 1"-diameter crystal fireball charm knotted onto each end of the tan-colored lariat, and because it's a short length of leather it lays neatly in the center of the Mini-Orbit Necklace.  They're really adorable together.

Have a wonderful day, everyone, and try to stay cool!

P.S.  Apologies again for this weird formatting -- I don't know what is causing it but I'll try to get to the bottom of the problem!  GRR!


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