a weekend birthday party

I spent all of Saturday baking a cake (with the much needed help of one J. Squizzero. ¬†You have a quarter cake waiting for you in my fridge, FYI), and all of Sunday eating it, recovering from it, and now blogging about it. ¬†It was my dad’s birthday on Thursday and so we celebrated with a lunch party beneath a very aged beech tree.

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My dad is always so difficult/fun to find a present for because he claims that he doesn’t need or want anything, and I like that challenge (I’ll spare you my manifesto on gift giving FOR NOW, but suffice to say, I hate giving people things to go through the motion of it. ¬†If you ever get a present from me, rest assured that A LOT of thought went into it, and if you don’t get a gift from me, it’s because I haven’t yet found something perfectly you+me). ¬†For my dad, I always try to do something that will be both meaningful and useful (which often means edible), and since he likes Caprese salads so much, I bought a nice bottle of olive oil and picked up 5 different varieties of basil (sweet basil, lemon basil, Thai basil, African blue basil, and the lovely, purple osmin basil. ¬†Unfortunately, I couldn’t find cinnamon basil or box leaf basil) from the farmer’s market. ¬†They decorated the table while we ate, and were popped in the garden after lunch, shortly before my nap.

The Taming of the Crop Top

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My badass teenage cousin Ivy has been rocking crop tops and jorts a lot. ¬†It’s like a happy burst of 1983 every time she comes up on my news feed. ¬†Since I am nowhere near that cool, but want to be, I paired a stripey, boatneck tee from¬†ASOS¬†with a vintage linen skirt and espadrilles. ¬†Because the skirt is of the pre stretch-fabric era and therefore a bit roomy (and looked so dowdy with everything else I tried to wear it with that I couldn’t figure out why I paid 10 bucks for it), it tames the top, and only bares about an inch of midriff. ¬†Balance achieved! ¬†Now the question is, how many crop tops can one have in one’s closet before a line must be drawn? ¬†I bought a bunch to try from ASOS with every intention of returning them…

Seeking inspiration on my kitchen floor…

I found it!  (on the ceiling)

Do you ever just sit or lie down and stare blankly and think? ¬†I do it ALL the time. ¬†I think it gave rise to concern from my parents when I was younger, but having a chance to let my brain go where it will, or go nowhere at all, is a critical part of the creative process for me. ¬†When I’ve got an assignment due, my yoga mat just stays out on the floor with an egg timer next to it.

I never knew how beautiful my ceiling was until that moment a few weeks ago when I was inspired to take this picture.