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Friday, April 3, 2009

The queen of hearts

Tomorrow, the Fashionista turns 20. I am in a state of wavering between disbelief that time has passed so quickly and relief that I have survived living with a teenage girl. (smile)

The Fashionista and I are very similar in that we are two very creative souls. But while my creative soul hovers in a time period of 200 years ago, she is very modern minded. Yet we somehow find ways to compromise that don't leave us climbing the walls.

As many of you know, The Fashionista is currently finishing up her sophomore year as a fashion design student. Her inspiration this semester has been part Chanel, part Alice in Wonderland.

I perused the internet for days looking for inspiration for this post. I wanted the images to reflect her. It had to be perfect. Of course the pursuit of perfection always causes a bit of anxiety and discomfort.

Beginning to feel like Tweedledee or Dumb, I grinned like a Cheshire cat when I spotted these photo's created by Annie Leibovitz for Vogue in December of 2003.
The search was over. Now I have time to plan some fun and games to mark this special occasion.

We of course will be celebrating with a tea party. Check your pocket watch, so you won't be late. It's never a party until you arrive.

I am planning all sorts of delicacies and delights. Of course there will be cake.

Fashionista, I fell head over heals in love the day that you were born. You will always remain the queen of my heart.

A Very Merry Unbirthday to You!
PS: There is still time to enter the EASTER GIVEAWAY. Scroll 2 posts down.


Lisa said...

Happy Birthday, Fashionista!

What fun pictures!


Princess Of Pink said...

Happy birthday to the Fashionista!!!

Guess what, you DO have a Dutch streak lately, lol.
In one of the pictures is OUR DUTCH design duo, Victor & Rolf.
The picture of the 2 guys with the "tigeresque" suits and the girl with the blue dress.


Maison Douce said...

What a sweet post... Happy birthday to your daughter!! Love all the photos, they are the perfect illustration!!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Happy Birthday to your Fashionista! I guess there's hope for me yet--mine is 16!

Great post and great images. I want to thank you for your visits to my blog & your lovely compliments.

Robin Thomas: A Nest With a View said...

Congratulations on making through the teens, I am right behind you with my girl. I really enjoy your posts and thought I would let you know.

Terri and Bob said...

Happy birthday! I have a fashionista, too. Does yours have a blog? If so, our girls really should meet. Mine is not a designer, though, she is a textiles gal.

Carrie said...

Happy Birthday to your daughter.

Lynette said...

this is a fantastic post and tribute to your very own fashionista. these ladies steal our hearts at birth and then give them back to us when they are breaking as they leave into the world. what a zany trip in between. happy un birthday too!
Mine is 22 and doing theater in college. guesss we all have creative ladies.

Frippery said...

Happy birthday to your Fashionista! Time surely flies, I have a 21 and soon to be 18 year old. Exciting times ahead but I miss the little ones they used to be. Love all the images, enjoy your tea party.

Joy said...

Happy Birthday Fashionista - your mom has made a lovely tribute to your style and interests!

Muthering Heights said...

Hppy birthday to Fashionista! I hope you will post some photos of the celebration. :)

Rue said...

Happy Birthday to the Fashionista!!!

Wonderful post Laura :)


LiLi M. said...

Congrats to your daughter on her 20th birthday and of course congrats to you too on being a mom for 20 years! I read this article in a dutch magazine this week, in a magazine I bought at the thriftstore. I was impressed and now I see it again. You know that occurs often. You have never heard of something and suddenly it pops up every where. Strange phenomena! Enjoy your weekend, let's party!

Jen said...

Dear Laura,
Happy birthday to your Fashionista, long may she reign!

I am looking forward, yet want to hold back the tide of my daughter's (almost sweet 16)ride to the grown up world! What a lovely tribute to your daughter. clever find. Keep em coming1

Altered Artists said...

Happy 20th Birthday Miss Fashionista! I hope you know just how lucky you are. Much love and blessings to both of you!

Coastal Sisters said... is so evident how much you love your daughter and that is the most precious thing. She is truly lucky to have you as her mother.

Happy Birthday to the Queen of your Heart :)


Puna said...

Oh my goodness, this is your daughter? She's beautiful and so creative! I love the whole Alice in Wonderland theme. I'm going to check out your giveaway. And I love your name. I think I said that already!

rosecottagegardensandfarm said...

Yes, it is unbelievable how fast the little sprouts shoot up--whatz up with that?! A blink and they are all grown up! My baby is going to be 22 next week! He just wants more shoes for his birthday...more shoes?!

Love your garden photos from Holland. They are a breath of fresh air!

Happy day celebrating an unbirthday~
Rose Cottage Gardens and Farm

Anne Marie said...

Your daughter's style reminds me of Kate Towers (a favorite fashion designer of mine)
Thanks for stopping by Na-Da Farm today and all your absolutely wonderful comments! and thanks for guessing!
Good luck!!

Anne Marie said...

AND OH!! Happy birthday to your Fashionista!!
It is a good day isn't it?

Dumbwit Tellher ♥ said...

Happy..Happy... Birthday to your evolving "Fashionista", Laura. Today is also my husband's birthday (: I have one child left @ home who also wants to go to fashion design school. She has one more yr. left of H.S., would love to hear more of how your daughter likes her school? Hope you both have a very special day. It truly is a bit melancholy, leaving the "teens".

The images you posted were spectacular, fabulous job!
xxx deb

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

Happy Birthday Fashionista!!! Can't wait to see the pictures.
Love & blessings from NC!

Liz said...

Sweet Happy Birthday to the Fashonista! Now is when she starts becoming your friend, not just your precious daughter. Mine turns 22 and I know what I'm talking about! :)


Julie said...

A sweet post with lots of great pictures.
Happy birthday to your sweet girl!

starsfault said...

Great post. Love the Alice in Wonderland! Markes me want to be there to have tea. Happy Birthday to your not-so-little girl!

Blessings ~ Eileen @ Star's Fault

~♥~ Monica S said...

Happy Birthday to your Fashionista!
And happy unbirthday to you!

AND Happy Easter!!!!

Wonderful and fun photos!


Draffin Bears said...

Happy Birthday to your Fashionista!

Laura, you and I have something in common, our daughter is finishing her last year at Fashion Design School and she turns 20 in May.
I know what you mean having survived living with a teenage girl (big smile)

Victoria showed me all the designers that had made an Alice in Wonderland outfit and some of them were amazing.

Enjoy your weekend and your daughters birthday


Martha said...

Happy birthday to your daughter. Delightful pictures.

Anne Marie said...

Hope you are having a blessed Sunday!

whenever you get a chance, come on by Na-Da Farm and see my surprise!!

Anne Marie

Valerie said...

What a beautiful birthday tribute to your daughter, the Fashionista!

Your post stirred a mix of emotions in almost-40, I have an 4-and-a-half-year old and a 2-year old... I already feel like time is slipping away from me! Then I see a post like this and think about all the fun things my daughter and I can do together when she grows up!

Enjoyed visiting your blog very much via Anne Marie's and definitely plan to be back!

Blessings to you from Kansas,

june@craftyniche said...

Happy Birthday to your daughter! I'm afraid I have a while to go before my little girl reaches that milestone. Although, I must say the trying 3's is probably a walk in the park compared to the teen years! Thanks for visiting my blog. :)

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

Wishing your sweet Fashionista the Happiest of Happy Birthdays!! :)

Linda said...

Love the fun post as always! Great photos. :)

Happy 20th Birthday to your daughter!!


Gina said...

How wonderful is that. Your love for her is so special, it shows. How dreamy and divine is this post, I won't be let, I'm setting my watch now. Happy birthday to your Alice in wonderland.

tifffany said...

Wow,happy birthday to her! such fun and whimsical fashion phots, I love it all!
xoxo. Tiffany

Marie Antionette said...

Happy Birthday to your beautiful daughter,Congrats to you for being a wonderful Mother.I'm sure she appreciates all that you do,I I know what you mean by suriving the teen years.That was fun if not a time of pulling my hair out.Just think! We were like that once.LOL... XXOO Marie Antionette

Blondie's Journal said...


Happy birthday to your sweet Fashionista! Tomorrow is also my daughters birthday. She will be 18. Yes, time goes by so quickly! I'm hanging on tightly!!

Wonderful post filled with ideas, tips and beautiful vignettes. Thank you so much!


Valerie said...

Wow I can't believe it !
She's so beautiful and what a chance to work with those stylists !