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Friday, August 19, 2011

It’s My Party, Dance if I Want To

Tomorrow I will turn 43. Truthfully, I have been having a bit of trouble with this one. But I’ve finally decided to be thankful that I am healthy, have only 6 grey hairs and can still be perky with assistance from an uplifting undergarment.
So let’s get this party started. Spin it DJ Décor!
I love a good party. Isn’t this venue amazing?
Let’s bring in some lovely tables and comfy chairs like this:
With a tablescape done in creamy whites.

We should have an assortment of cakes and macarons.

Don’t you adore a petit four?

I might eat this darling confection all by myself.

Let’s make a pretty batch of blueberry lemonade.

Or perhaps have just a bit of champagne?
But what to wear? This lovely greige frock is very me.

The Fashionista will of course wear her own design.

Perhaps you’ll arrive wearing lovely lavender.
Or be the life of the party in Grace Kelly blue.

Just be sure to wear comfortably lovely shoes.

Because we’ll be dancing ‘til we drop!

Thank you all my dear blogging friends. You are the ultimate gift. Your kindness and support makes my heart SO happy. (I am all misty eyed while I write this, so it is truly heartfelt.)

The only other gift I need is to know what your skin care regimen is. Specifically for girls in the know, what do you use to smooth away your crows feet? 


Miss Sandy said...


Love this pretty party post and all the delicious images.

As for my beauty regime, I have super duper sensitive skin, maybe it is because I am so fair, anyway, I use Oil of Olay products, they don't burn, redden, or irritate my skin. I like the Regenerist or Age Defying lines. I mostly only use the moisturizer. Please don't hate on me but at 48 I don't really have specific problem areas yet. I credit this to staying out of the sun, using sun screen, and good genes.

You don't need any products!

I hope you have a happy and beautiful birthday celebration!

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Oh have a great birthday! You young thing you!

Linda A. Young said...

Happy Birthday! Wish I could come to that party! I'd wear the dress I wore at my daughter's wedding, because I felt beautiful that day, so happy! I'll be 57 at the end of this month, my beauty secret: smile and love others; it makes your eyes twinkle. Beauty regime? Simple, always clean off all your make-up before bedtime, and apply any moisturizer. Eat loads of veggies, fruits, and drink plenty of water, smile and listen to music much of the day! Just let your light shine, don't worry about wrinkles and greys( Revlon Colorsilk DIY every month when you have your riend, after menopause touch up roots about every 6 weeks or as needed!) Remember, beauty comes from within, so fill your life with love and share it with everyone, everyday!

Linda said...

I'm lovin' this video and am jamming out here in my office at work where I'm the only one here early on this Friday morning! Woo hoo! Love that song and isn't that the blond guy from GLEE in the video (the one kissing)? So funny.

☆ Happy, Happy, Birthday, dear Laura! ☆ I hope you have the best day, filled with fun, making sweet memories. ☄

43. I remember 43. This year, I'll be 47! :O I feel like the same person that I've been all of my life though. As for face creams - I've never used any. I've always had crinkles by my eyes, even when I was a little girl - you can see the allergy shiners under my eyes too, even when I was 5. I've just learned to embrace who I am, as I know you have too. I've always just used plain old soap and water to wash my face, maybe an astringent like Sea Breeze sometimes if I feel like it, sometimes Ponds (with the blue cap, just because the smell reminds me of my Mom - she used it when I was little) and that's basically my fancy routine, lol.

Works for me. :)

Blessings to you always,

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Happy happy happy happy happy BIRTHDAY to one of the most beautiful women I have ever had the pleasure of meeting! I hope you have an AMAZING day! :):):):):):):):):):):):)

April said...

You've dreamed up a party as lovely, fun, and elegant as the birthday girl herself-
Happy Birthday!
I hope it's truly lovely, Laura.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Happy Birthday, Laura! Enjoy your day!

Debbie said...

Happy Birthday! I'd love to be 43 again.

My favorite shot of all was the pinky champagne one.

And skin regimine?
Buy those horrible curly bulbs. That way, no one can see your face well enough in the darkness to notice crow's feet. That's about the best I have.

OK, not true. I use Sheer Cover moisturizer and foundation. I love it. I also use (don't laugh) Monistat chafing gel as a makeup primer between the moisturizer and the foundation. It smooths the skin like you can't believe. I read about it somewhere and tried it. Now, I wouldn't live without it.

I blogged about it once.
Just sharing.

Jill Elaine said...

Love all the beautiful picturs! What fun.
I love my Mary Kay skin care products. The serum, blemish creme, and firmin eye cream are just great! And doing the whole regime they recommend does make a big difference. It is worth the money. The stuff lasts me 6 months to a year depending on which item I'm talking about. So it's totally worth it to me. Love the stuff. Give it a try!

Charlene said...

I wish I had a magic answer! But, beauty comes from within & YOU HAVE PLENTY!!!! I adore all the photos!!! Where oh where did you find them? Are they protected? I'd love to do a Journal Cover with some of them. Wouldn't it be fun to do that?

Be blessed for the beautiful years you are given. ENJOY each moment & remember there are lots of your friends out here that love your sweet artistic self!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Charlene

Anonymous said...

You really should give credit to each of the photographs whose work you've used. Its the polite thing to do.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Happy Birthday Laura!
43 is a great age...enjoy your day!
Your a beautiful gal, inside and out!
Wish I was there to help celebrate too!

Marianne said...

Happy Birthday, Laura, from a fellow Arizonan and brand-new blogger. You're worried about being 43? Trust me, from my perspective you're just a puppy!

Fairfield House said...


If I could be with you to celebrate I'd be there in a NY minute. Enjoy the rest of your birthday month, especially tomorrow. Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many. I don't have crows feet. I have elephant footprints. I use caulk, plaster, whatever.

Your Friend,

Lilly said...

Happy Birthday !! That picture you included of the shoes made my day !!
Wish I could buy all those !

dreams on 34th street ~ French Bread & Family said...


I wish you Enchantment and Love on your special day! I am so pleased to have coffee with you most mornings and to party with you on occasion! Isn't blogging a sweet ritual?

I'm a Lancome girl!


Auntie Em said...

Happy, Happy Birthday!!! Looks like you are getting all geared up for a real shindig! I love all your ideas and preparations but there is one thing that is bothering me(...other than the fact that at 43 you are only sporting 6 grey hair...lucky lady!) I think you need to wear something brighter and colourful than beige. I love the dress design but as the BDay gurl you need a bright coral or a fushia pink so you will glow and can be easily spotted from across the room while you sip champagne and greet your guests! Party on dear!!! :) Wooo-Hooo!!!

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Keeping those girls perky is something to be quite proud of! Happy birthday...I think you are one spunky, beautiful 43 year old!! Love ya!

Redhead Sadie said...

Baby Girl!

I hope you have a wonderful, lovely birthday tomorrow that smells, looks and feels perfect and pretty! I wish I could celebrate it with you, so we need to talk and make a date soon, my darling.
You are beautiful just as you are, pet. You earned those crow's feet, wear them proudly!
All my love!

Karena said...

Happy Birthday to a dear, dear friend. You have inspired and encouraged my beyond!!

I wish I were there to celebrate with you as I can see it is the most perfect party ever!


Art by Karena

Lisa said...

Happy Birthday Laura!!!!

Bloggymom said...

Happy Birthday.

Love all our wonderful "birthday party" pictures.

I don't do anything special....soap and water.

Kit said...

Happy Happy Birthday! Enjoy the celebration what ever it is! Hugs, Kit

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh dear, there always has to be a party pooper.

Dear Anonymous, I am sorry that you were a coward and chose not to leave your contact information.
I then could have come by and sweetly told you that if you click on each picture it does indeed give the source of where it came from.

You are now being asked to leave the party so we can have fun without you.

Now, fun people, who can tell me Red Forman's favorite line in "That 70's Show"? smile

French said...

Wishing you a lovely birthday week, dear Laura~ love each and every one of the photos, they are perfection and truly put me in the mood for a party....blueberry pink lemonade, I'm going to try that!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Happy Birthday Laura! I have 10 years on you and not a crow's foot in sight! Just good genes, I guess! Have a wonderful weekend!

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vignette design said...

Happy birthday Laura, you spring chicken, you! 43 is such a great age. Still young and yet wise! As far as skin care goes, I have never gotten carried away. No botox, just good ole Oil of Olay!
You are beautiful!

sabeth rose said...

I think the correct saying you are looking for is "dumb ass" I believe that is very fitting in this instance.

Happy Birthday!

You deserve the best one you can have!

Sheila said...

Happy Birthday!!! Don't be sad about your age I'm right behind you. Turning 42 soon and I have WAY, WAY, WAY more than 6 grays. WAY MORE! I know sad isn't it. I mentioned how I hated my gray to a guy friend a little while back and the sweet thing said, women don't get gray hair. Theirs is silver. So enjoy those few silver hairs and know you have earned them. Have yourself a good cry and then celebrate like crazy knowing that retirement is one year closer. lol. Love the pics...gorgeous. Have a fabulous birthday...spoil yourself and any good moisturizer with vitamin E after washing your face should do the trick to keep you looking young and healthy.

Debby said...

Happy Birthday and yes, you are still quite young. I had that many gray hairs when I was 20. Now at 60 I have a whole head of white hair. I don't use makeup, hardly ever. I have to use sensitive moisturizer...Clinique or Oil of Olay.....
Hah, I do use makeup when I clown.
I used to be in the sun all the time when my kids were I avoid it and have to take mega doses of Vitamin D......go figure.
Have a Happy Day.

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Happy Birthday, Darling Laura! Enjoy your 40's, that's when you really start to love your life!
hugs and blessings, Debra

Blondie's Journal said...

Have a wonderful birthday, sweet lady! be 43 again. We have to work a little harder, but that's okay, these years are about US!!


Vicki said...

Happy Birthday, Laura! Enjoy your special day...

The Boston Lady said...

Happy Birthday Laura! I'm glad you decided to dance. Ann

Lee said...

HaPpY BiRtHdAy Laura!
Enjoy your day and cherish it! I turned 60 this year and have no regrets-wouldn't turn back time if I could.
as for wrinkles-they are inevitable so do what you must to feel good about yourself. I only look in the mirror after taking my glasses off-teehee!
thanks for sharing your party!

Dawn @ alteredartists said...

Happy Birthday again Laura. I have a couple years on you and now have 8 gray hairs myself.

I think you look fab and am a skincare junkie. I SWEAR by could not be a bigger fan of Paula Begoun. She rates everyone else's products, is a bestselling author (Blue Eyeshadow Should be Illegal and the other fave Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter without Me)

Check it out. I have her Beauty Bible book if you want to read that one too!
Hope to see you again soon!

Sandy said...

My hair color has covered all the grey and I use all the OTC Correcteur's that promise to eliminate the tell tell signs that age brings... but I love my age because I have so much more wisdom than I did in my 20's and even my 30's...
This was a lovely, happy post and I do wish you a wonderful birthday.

Lorrie said...

Happy Birthday, dear Laura! I hope you have a wonderful day, week, month - take as long as you want to celebrate.

The best skin care - knowing you are loved. Combined with a little Oil of Olay moisturizer. And lots of laughter.

Shirley said...

Happy Birthday Dear Laura,
I once bought a friend a beautiful Birthday card that read
'It is fashionable to celebrate the day and to forget the year'..
so my friend, I repeat the same words to you!
'It is fashionable to celebrate the day and to forget the year!' have a wonderful Birthday and may all your wishes come true..

Nancy said...

Such a fun party, Laura.

I was so glad to see your reply to the anonymous commenter. The very few rude comments I've gotten were also from someone who feels security in hiding behind a computer screen. Not only were they rude comments but quite ignorant remarks as your commenter was by not clicking the button to see sources. Glad you asked her/him to leave your beautiful party!

Now let's dig into some of those delicious looking pastries. I could eat some without help as well! ;-) Happy Birthday!


Lady Dorothy said...

Happy birthday, Dear Laura! May all of God's dreams for you come true!

And seriously about the wrinkle thing?

Mrs. Santos said...

Happy Birthday! This was such a fun the pictures of the petit fours

ImagiMeri said...

Dearest Laura,

For your birthday, I would like for you to come to my home and let me make something for you. Either a shadowbox, or a sculpture. You are so dear and sweet and I'm excessively happy that I've met you and we've become fast friends. Please let me do this for you. You know I'd come over there in a heartbeat, but it's just not possible right now with my mom needing help. Will you please let me do this for you?

Hugs, and Love,


Happy Birthday, may you be very blessed in your new year of life! I wish I could have you home in my Pink table for Pink Sat., but lets make believe and I dedicate it to you! Have a wonderful weekend. Lots of hugs. FABBY

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Happy Birthday, Laura! My forties were good but the fifties are even better. Enjoy your special day.

Jen said...

Happy, Happy Birthday dear Laura!

Thank you for all of your inspiration throughout the entire year!


The Pennington Point said...

Happy, happy birthday! I hope you get to celebrate in style! Lisa~

Sue said...

Happy Birthday Laura!!! I am sure it will be a wonderful fun fantastic special awesome great funny day!!!

Terri said...

Happy birthday Laura! I am sure the reason 43 is coming hard is that you had such a fun #42. I am sure that 43 has fun surprises just around the corner!

Teresa said...

Happy Birthday Dearest Heart!

P.S. I'm swooning over your choices. What a great party but then all the best for The Best!!!

mpainter said...

ok-love the tonight video, not sure which pic I like better the champagne or shoes..... hmmmm-both!!! Hope yo had a fabulous day today and thank you for making ours.Mary

Little Leslie said...

Be happy, it looks good on you!

Hollace said...

Oh, what fun! A dress-up party!

Happy Birthday, Laura.

Rettabug said...

Belated but no less sincere 'Happy Birthday', Laura! I think you look MARVELOUS, Darling...keep smiling & enjoying life & thanks for sharing yours with us,


Kathi said...

Happy belated Birthday! You look wonderful. Enjoyed the pretty photos. Your post about beauty was interesting and so true. Have a restful Sunday. Kathi

Jane said...

Birthday Blessings to you, dear Laura! You are a beautiful person and you have a beautiful blog! Don't worry about growing older - just enjoy life at each stage as you go along.

GARAGE SALE GAL ~ Deb's Earthly Delights said...

You, Laura!!!
I hope you are still celebrating today!!!
43 is YOUNG!!!! and You Look Great!
deb :)

jeanette from everton terrace said...

Catching up on my blogging reads to find you have had a birthday. Hope it was wonderful! I liked your comment in the later post about embrace the face or erase the face. That is exactly what some people are doing, erasing their faces. You are quite lovely as you are and honestly hardly a wrinkle anyway. I am about to turn 45 and quite happy to do so. My husband always reminds me, today you are younger than you will ever be again :)

Sandi said...

happy birthday.

Deanna said...

Sure hope it was grand. 43 is yung.

you iz a yung thang. Enjoy every will be gone b4 u know it and the 50s will be smiling at 'cha!
God bless,