Though I hoped sweet '16 would indeed be sweet, it felt more tart for me personally. However, looking back at year through my Instagram feed I realized that of course there were some lovely moments indeed.
In February I traveled south of the border to Oaxaca, Mexico for a dear friends wedding. Literally one of the favorite trips I've taken of late. The people and culture are so incredible and the mezcal and mole, which the city is known for, is to die for. I saw Dita Von Teese perform her burlesque show in April. She was brilliant beyond belief. For my Birthday in May I flew to the east coast (NYC, Brooklyn, NJ and CT) for a week spent with a friend of 20 years. The whirlwind trip highlights include: a luxurious stay at the Mayflower Grace Hotel in Washington, CT (which was the inspiration for Gilmore Girls), a Gilmore Girls road trip through CT, the Brooklyn flea market, front row seats at Nico Tortorella's play Crude, baubles from Catbird, and a custom lipstick from Bite Beauty. Upon my arrival back home to Washington I saw Beyoncé perform, which was sensational, naturally. At the end of May I hit up the newly opened Laduree in Vancouver. Finally access to my favorite sweet treat and less than an hour away. Over the summer I attended my first beach wedding. How is it that I live on an island and this was my first beach wedding? To say it was spectacular would be an understatement. Also over the summer I took a staycation to Bainbridge Island. As well, the summer was filled with a visit to the fair, outdoor movies, brunches, day drinking, and my sisters vow renewal. Summer came to a close with a sunset sail on a catamaran with some girlfriends. In the fall a close relative passed away. But as one person left my life another entered. I became an Aunt for the third time. My darling niece Layla was born in October. At the end of October I chopped a whopping 12" off my locks. There's just something transformative about a haircut. In November I was lucky enough to get comped tickets to see The Beach Boys. Then I got up close and personal with YSL designs at his retrospective at the Seattle Art Museum. Total inspo. In December I saw the epic Justin Townes Earle perform at a tiny venue. Talk about up close and personal. Then Christmas brought lots of usual excitement and anxiety. Oh the pressure to have the perfect holiday.
Looking ahead there's a couple of exciting plans already on the books for 2017. An early early Birthday girls trip will be taking place in Palm Springs come March. We've rented an entire epic house for this adventure. However, before my big Birthday in May, a super exciting surprise will be happening in April. I can't wait to share the news with you soon.
Sweet '16 is starting off with a bang with January's installment of Behind The Scenes, featuring my beloved nail artist and friend, JoAnn. JoAnn is the owner and talent behind Polished By JoAnn out of Bellingham, WA. I discovered JoAnn several years ago and have been an avid devotee ever since. Any outlandish request I've made she's been able to execute on my nails. Not only is this lady talented beyond belief, but she's such a sweetheart.
Collects I love pictures, capturing a moment of time forever. Everyone posts a million pictures, sharing them with the world. I like to treasure mine, share them as gifts. I guess I am old school, I still love to print out hard copies.
Admires I follow many very talented nail artists, but one I truly admire is Robin Moses. She is an amazing lady, and outstanding artist.
Daydreams I daydream all day every day. My mind wonders. I find myself longing for a cabin, quiet, away from everything. No phones, internet, tv. Just space, and sunshine for my kiddos to run in while I drink my sweet tea on the porch with my husband. Yes, that sounds perfect.
Guilty Pleasures Trash tv. It's awful. I would be mortified if anyone ever saw my dvr. Mindless, garbage, starring people I would never want to spend time with, yet I feel the need to know every bit about their disgusting lives.
Weekend Pursuits Well, I am a nail tech so my weekend starts and ends on Sunday. I love sundays. Not because I don't love my job, but because I love my time with my husband and kids. Our Sundays consist of big breakfasts, hiking, picnics, and of course football!
Libation of Choice Prosecco.
Coffee or Tea Oh most definitely COFFEE, of any kind with lots of cream, whip cream and carmel sauce. I do love a good sweet tea in the summer too.
Blooms of Choice Tulips and lilies.
Favorite Book I mostly read children's books with my boys. I have always loved the BFG.
Where I’d Rather Be As I am currently snuggled up in my bed while I write this, no where else. I am exactly where I want to be, currently and in general.
Lipstick or Gloss of the Moment I don't generally wear color, shinny clear and minty is my favorite.
Nail Polish Du Jour I love nail polish of all kinds, but sparkles are the best.
Signature Scent Boss Intense. Its discontinued, and difficult to find. It's my favorite.
Style Icon I wear a lot of black, I have no concept of style. : (
Can’t Leave the House Without A beverage of some sort.
Pending Vacations Mexico this year for my 5th anniversary. And Alaska some time in the near future to visit my family.
Social Media of Choice Instagram, pictures are my addiction. I would much rather enjoy photos than the non sense and drama that fills Facebook.
Crushing On Black on black 2 door sportster Cadillac, it will be mine someday. It's real nice to look at.
Now if you need a nail artist, you know just who to call. She's so worth a drive from Seattle or Vancouver for an appointment. If you can even secure a coveted appointment that is. Do follow Polished By JoAnn on Instagram for inspirational photos, if you can't make it to the pacific northwest to see her in person.
A compilation of a years worth of nail art by JoAnn, set to Iggy Azalea.
A recap of my nail art from the latter part of 2015 is much overdue.
Unfortunately I've needed to reign in the frequency of visiting my nail artist for the sake of my pocket book. It's actually been 2 1/2 months (the horror) since my last appointment. I do have an appointment on the books for a manicure in a few weeks, pre trip to Mexico. So stay tuned.
The end of 2015 gave me the perfect excuse to take a look back via @flipagram. To be honest I thought last year a bit of a bust. Reminiscing I felt as though nothing significant was accomplished and no monumental changes made.
But viewing my highlight reel made me realize that I did at least managed to have a bit of fun. After all there were the trips to Salt Lake City, Savannah, and Austin. Not mention a reunion with a dear friend that I hadn't laid eyes upon on in at least 15 years. There were loads of delicious cocktails and sweets consumed. My craft game was really on point. I managed to go to FIVE shows in 2015: Meghan Trainor, Kathleen Hanna, Jenny Lewis, The Sweeplings, and Lucius. This was a rather monumental feat as typically I go to a single show every few years. I moved house: two bedroom with a view and a beach, if you please. My nails art was taken to a new level. I attended The Gilmore Girls Reunion, which hopefully was the tipping point for the shows revival. I managed to do something naughty that was on my bucket list (lips sealed on that one). I hosted a rather successful, if I do say so myself, Christmas slumber party. And most importantly I renewed my passport. Oaxaca, Mexico here I come!
The takeaway being, don't be too hard on yourself. Some years are meant for a bit of fun rather than drastic changes and life improvement.
Joy the Baker is the brilliant mastermind behind the mash up of Drake's lyrics and cake. This collaboration is taking place on Instagram at @drakeoncake. Now I know what to ask to be written on my next Birthday cake.