Saturday, July 16, 2016

Happy 30th Jen!

Friends, I recently had my 30th birthday.  Some may find that life event to be super scary or they feel like they have to get their shit together because of this approaching number. I am not one of those people. I will not let a number define me. My 20's were very self explorative and turned out to be really amazing once I figured out who I was meant to be and I'm all for continue that trend in my 30s. I'm anticipating zero changes. I'm still going to be fangirling over Harry Potter, making all the quilts and just being the typical mess that I am.  Age be damned!

I decided a few months ago, that a cake smash was the way to ring in this momentous occasion. I'm not a very serious person.  I'm super silly and full of nerdiness so I thought this type of celebration would embody the real me.  Plus, who doesn't want to smash their face with cake? I mean, it's cake!

  Heather was nice enough to photograph the occasion as well as celebrate with me. She is seriously the best bestie any girl could ever have!

Most of the props for this shoot were either hand crafted by me over the years or is stuff I picked up from thrift and antique stores. The quilt, in fact, was a project my grandmother started and gave to me in pieces in a shoe box.  All the "bow-tie" fabric is made out of vintage fabric. The bunting used to hang in my living room until my husband got sick of it and tore it down. Luckily, I'm a bit of a hoarder and saved it for this special occasion. I really wanted this shoot to have a very vintage-y tea party type theme and I think I nailed it. 

These gnomes typically live in my china cabinet protecting all my treasures.

Outfit details:
Shirt: Etsy / Skirt: Rue 21 / Jellies: GoJane / Time Turner Necklace-gift from Bestie

Since I'm an adult and typically don't eat with my fingers, I was a bit apprehensive when it finally came down to cake smashing time. In theory I was all for it, but once I got my fingers dirty, it was pretty gross. But overall, it was hilarious and I don't even care how much I had to scrub my hands to get that sticky icing off.  I now understand why parents strip their kids before the cake smash. Way easier to just hose them off.

The progression is hilarious.

I feel like I'm just screaming "eeeeeewwwwww" at this point.

But, then I just decided to embrace it and shoved some damn cake in my face.

At this point, we were both laughing so hard that I was literally crying.

The cake smash was a blast.  I always love and excuse to get together with my bestie, plus I've kind of always wanted to do a tea party type shoot so I feel like I'm checking things off my bucket list left and right.  And now that I'm 30, my bucket list is becoming more and more a priority.

Overall, my 30th birthday was everything I hoped it would be.  I took some time off work, smashed a cake, got some super nerdy presents (entire series of Friends, entire Harry Potter movie collection and a kickass iron to use on all my sewing adventures {thanks bestie!}), read some Harry Potter, made a sasquatch quilt and chilled with my favorites. I'm not certain what more a girl could ask for.

Here's to keeping it nerdy and not letting the 30's bring me down.



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