I just love celebrating birthdays! There’s yummy food (hello birthday cake!), catching up with friends, breakfast in bed, presents, and cake. Did I mention cake?
I love celebrating my own birthday just as much as I love helping others’ celebrate theirs. OK, maybe a little bit more!
Birthdays are a big deal in our house – they are named Birthday Festivals and have been known to go on for weeks! Here’s how I celebrated my Festival of Kimba birthday weekend. Kinda low key – with a wheely big surprise!
Festival of Kimba | Friday
I kicked off the Festival of Kimba in true girly style. By catching up with a girlfriend, for coffee, cake, lots of conversation … and shopping! Bargain shopping to be precise!
The lovely Sarah from She Writes and I had been planning to catch up for a coffee forever. Serendipitously, the Friday before my weekend birthday worked for both of us. What a lovely treat! Gorgeousness on the outside and inside is how I’d describe Sarah.
Have you met someone you’ve already “met” online? Sometimes their online persona doesn’t match up with their IRL persona. This was not the case with Sarah and me! It was like catching up with an old friend – and one I was delighted to see again. A real Festival of Kimba birthday treat! We started out with coffee and cake at Cafe Birkenhead and then hit the outlet shops of Birkenhead Point.
I used my Mimcollective birthday voucher to treat myself to a gorgeous tan be-tasselled wallet, and upped the awesome with some oh so pretty cocktail rings and a ponytail cuff.
A quick blast through Country Road netted a peach & grey check shirt in softest 100% brushed cotton, an amazingly flattering scuba draped pencil skirt in dove grey marle, and the perfect grey flannel baggy pants. Polkadot harem chambray pants accidentally slipped and fell on my credit card in Seed – the further 40% off already reduced prices gets me every time. Finally, I found a rather gorgeous 50s style black full skirt at Forever New that just had to come home with me.
My Feather & Noise sleeveless knit worked back with my Popbasic cobalt Breton tee and Katies Cotton Ultimates and Hush Puppies boots for a casual chic Style it Project outfit. I layered rose gold Blush & Co necklaces, added my coordinating Louenhide bag, popped a khaki Hound + The Hare hairbow on my bedhead curls and worked some matchy matchy action with my JORD wooden watch #gifted
Festival of Kimba | Saturday
I attended the Sydney Good Food & Wine Show on Saturday as a guest of Dyson. A group of bloggers were invited to learn all about the amazeballs Dyson V6. A handheld vacuum cleaner that may just change my life. Or at least make cleaning up a lot more fun!
We decorated cupcakes, had a play with the equipment, and learnt all about some new items in the Dyson family. Plus the opportunity to catch up with some lovely blogger friends definitely felt like a birthday treat!
In the afternoon, cupcakes, hot chocolate and coffees with our lovely friends, who are now also our neighbours, added to the Festival of Kimba delights. Love that we have friends-who-are-family so close!
I teamed my new Country Road flannel pants with a vintage leather belt, Bella Bodies long sleeved Camyz, Sportscraft tweed cropped jacket, Three Parsons snood and my beloved Rollie mustard derby shoes. I’ve been looking for a pair of baggy man-style pants forever. The high waist, tapered leg and retrocute grey flannel are just perfect.
For some reason, I also decided to channel a zombie for today’s style shots. I don’t know why either.
Festival of Kimba | Saturday night
Got to love a date night but a Festival of Kimba date night is even more special. The Welshman and I went to The Enmore to see Wil Anderson’s new show Free Wil. Earlier this year, we saw the final performance of his Wilarious show at the Sydney Opera House. Rather a different venue, but you can’t get Doughbox Diner shakes at the Sydney Opera House!
I channelled a little retrocute glam for my date night style. I added some volume to my curls, a liquid liner cat’s eye flick to my makeup, a vintage-esque crystal collar from Shabby Sisters, my Forever New 50s-esque skirt with built-in petticoat volume, Boohoo skirted mac, some leopard love in the form of an old Sussan lurex trimmed cropped cardigan, and Mimco kitten heels. I used last year’s Mimcollective birthday voucher to treat myself to these perfectly pretty shoes.
Festival of Kimba | my birthday
What a gorgeous day! The weather was all divine sunshine and lovely light. I got treated to a sleep in, followed by breakfast in bed. You cannot beat smoked salmon scrambled eggs with fresh dill, and a nice strong cup of English Breakfast tea.
The Blokefolk gave me some DVDs, an iPhone tripod and remote from Typo, a gorgeous navy polkadot coverlet and aqua cushion from Kmart for our bed, a pink #plaidisrad scarf, an olive hand printed elephant scarf from the Welshman’s recent trip to South Africa, yummy treats including a handmade chocolate shoe from Belle Fleur and Risk board game, amongst other things.
We also had a little furniture shopping spree at Kmart earlier in the week. We bought the hanging egg chair, a wooden topped wire side table and pot plant stands. I’ve repurposed the copper one as a lamp table (for my wooden & copper Kmart lamp) by adding a wooden plate.
Festival of Kimba | what I wore
After our leisurely start to the day, we headed to my favourite beach for a weekend wander and fish & chips for lunch. Don’t you think they just taste better when you eat them beside the seaside? Balmoral is a Norman Rockwell painting come to life. It’s so retrocute.
I called this look Peachy Pink Tex Mex Urbane Cowgirl. As you do. Doubt it will catch on.
I teamed my new Country Road check shirt with cuffed black Mavi skinnies and my beloved old Midas Chelsea boots. My Feather & Noise poncho added a little Mex style for Style it Project. My peachy pink Louenhide slouchy bag picked up the terracotta tone of my knit and the peachy tone of my shirt and Mimco shades. Some quirky fun with my Kenzie Cacti Mania Dangles in black & bronze glitter. My olive Lack of Color fedora and JORD wood watch coordinated beautifully and tied the outfit together.
I was comfy, cosy and a little bit cute. Love that!
My wheely big surprise? A brand new car! I’ve never owned a brand new car before. In New Zealand, I owned a 1960 Morris Minor and then a 1975 hotted up Ford Escort. That was more than 20 years ago.
When I started IVF in 2003, I needed my own car. I bought a little ex-fleet Kia Rio from my then work. She’s served me well over the years, but is now starting to need repairs and replacement parts that would cost more than she’s worth. With my ongoing endo issues, driving can be painful and I really needed to upgrade to an auto.
We had been planning to buy a new car later in the year, but we just couldn’t pass up the Kia deal – 7 years capped servicing, all on road costs, and free upgrade to auto, for $17K. For another $500, this gorgeous shiny lipstick red is so pretty, don’t you think?
I’m not really a car sort of person. Not the kind of person who thinks of a car as a status symbol. But I am ridiculously excited about my new car. So shiny! Adjustable steering wheel. Auto. Bluetooth. Cupholders. Comfy seats. Nail lacquer red! Plus, the excitement of buying it on my birthday.
I collect the new and improved Kimbamobile next weekend. Boyo has already been banned from eating inside my new car. He’s also put dibs on her in seven years’ time – when he will be old enough to get his licence. Hold me!
Later in the day, we ate Adriano Zumbo red velvet cake (so good!) and snuggled up to watch a movie together, before pulled beef for dinner.
What a gorgeous celebration! It was relaxed and family-centric and loving. I was spoilt and cosseted and cared for – not to mention catered for!
I highly recommend turning 42. It’s kinda awesome. Plus, did I mention my brand new shiny car?
Thank you so much for all the gorgeous birthday wishes! You’re all gorgeous!
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