Sunday, March 25, 2007

Birthday (Month)

A few years ago it suddenly dawned on me that I since I love birthdays so much, I should start celebrating them all month long. It took a while for those around me (like my hubby) to catch on, but now it seems that everyone is playing along with me. When you stop to think about it, there really isn't anything wrong with (a) spoiling yourself, (b) going out with friends and (c) celebrating all things that make you happy. Is there? So, I wanted to share a few things that have been making my birthday month one of the happiest yet.

One of the best moments actually happened yesterday. I had been out and about enjoying myself at the Appel & Frank "shopping party" and when I had returned, my adorable hubby had baked me a chocolate cake, covered it in chocolate icing and pink heart-shaped sprinkles! I don't mean to sound like I'm bragging but isn't that amazing? When we first started dating he had baked me a cake and put these slimy canned mangos on top to represent my love for cake and mangos. Little did he realize that they were kinda yucky and slug-like but thoughtful nonetheless. So, here he was on the 9th anniversary of the first cake, making me another. Can you believe it? Definite brownie points!

My actual birthday was spent celebrating at Sociale in Presidio Heights which is a darling little bistro tucked away off the main street down a little alley. The food was just Ok, not spectacular, but it was a place I had been wanting to check out for some time. I think it would be fun to go on a warm evening (of which there are few in the city) so we could enjoy the outdoor terrace and the homemade doughnuts and espresso milk shake definitely made up for the somewhat boring main course.

I also received a gift certificate to Dylan, a cute little boutique on Chestnut Street in the Marina. With it, I bought this adorable little A-line mini-dress, designed by Steven Alan.

And last, but not least, I bought myself this funky little charm necklace yesterday which I helped to design at the Appel & Frank show with the talented ladies of Where's Romeo?! designs. Check them out at their MySpace page:

Since I've already swooned over my homemade cake, I should just admit that the charm necklace represents a little story about me and my guy. The large coin says AMOUR, which is french for LOVE, the little silver coin carries my hubby's initials and has a little heart on the back, the charms are a horse and horseshoe (signifying my love for horses and the luck that we always seem to have), a miniature cable car to represent San Francisco and a little sparkly bead to add some shine.