Yes, darling. Last week was my birthday. June 11th and let me tell you I was so excited to turn 36.
Actually, more than excited I was thankful. Just thankful. I was praying a few days before my birthday and bawling my eyes out from just being appreciative and thankful that God has kept my life intact, the thought of many mothers dying early in age came to my mind and it hurt just thinking about it so I couldn’t help but to cry because of God’s goodness. One more year has been added to my life and I am blessed enough to spend it with my family, my two beautiful girls that mean the world to me. I’m here to protect, love and teach them. Prepare them for life.
God is good.
Well I have to say I am taking advantage of this month like you have no idea. As soon as it turned June I am in celebration mode so normally when I would stay home and work I’ve said yes, let’s do it!
It’s been so fun.
I had to have a birthday shoot of course and for this I required the gift of a fabulous photographer and Joseph Alan Productions it was. I asked my hubby to take a few photos of me the night before my birthday – we planned to have my mom and dad come over for dinner that night.We bought a dozen donuts which the girls were so excited about. We stacked them up like a tiered cake and blow out the candles and for me it’s not a birthday with out a little bubbly.
You know me and champagne — check out my But first, Champagne tee.
I even picked up some beautiful flowers for the festivities at Miriam Lara Floral Boutique in San Leandro – they are so talented.
I’ve worked with them on a few occasions, we covered a baby shower and the flowers arrangements were beautiful and since then we’ve been bff’s. Amazing! After we took these images in my home we took the party outside to one of our favorite downtown spots in San Leandro and had a fun time with some balloons. I love white, but I think for these photos I should have chosen a more festive look or colors for the balloons.
Now my husband bought me this dress a year ago, yes it was actually for my 35th birthday, but I never wore it. I was so self conscious about my body that I was scared to wear it and not feel comfortable and most importantly confident.
BUT HERE’S THE THING…what I have learned and I mean seriously learned this year is….just do it. Here’s what I mean, I started to think about all the pictures I’ve seen and said this, “I WAS SKINNY BACK THEN, I DON’T KNOW WHY I THOUGHT I WAS FAT” Have you ever uttered these stupid words? OMG! I can’t do this to myself anymore. Let me tell you I was skinnier last year when I turned 35 than I am today at 36 and was skinnier when I was 31 just wear it, live it, love it, own it and walk it baby! You know what I’m saying? If you do, please leave your comments or Aha moments share, share, and share.
So I decided to wear it. It’s an amazing and sexy dress. The black slip does not come with it, bought separately.
Shoes: Nordstrom Rack by Charles Jourdan Paris
Photography by: Joseph Alan Productions
Champagne: Veuve Clicquot
Champagne Tee: But first, Champagne tee.