Sunday, April 10, 2016

Simple Pleasure Sunday: Planning my Birthday Staycation

I'm off from work for the next ten days starting today! I elected to take vacation days around my April 15th birthday. I was really planning to return to Philadelphia for the day and perhaps have an overnight visit with friends during this time, but, unfortunately, I cannot afford those travels. I would have loved visiting museums in Philadelphia this time. It is important to me to seek out the arts as like-minded Jennifer of The Daily Connoisseur says, but I will just have delay that itinerary until May or the summer. So, instead of going away, I am happily planning my staycation.

I have already spoiled myself. With a generous cash contribution from my parents, I have purchased something that I have always wanted,... a carved wooden screen. After Easter, I ordered the Hemmingway 3-Panel Room Divider (for only $149.99, no tax and free shipping!) from Wayfair and placed it in my living room. I love it. I will share a photo of it in an upcoming home tour post. In addition, my parents bought me a laundry bag that I really needed and a chic notebook from HomeGoods.

A pretty notebook on my desk ...full of lists.
Fellow list-maker Fiona of How to be Chic would be proud!
Not only do I love the quote, cover and striped book marker ribbon, 
but I also adore the lined silver-edged pages 
and the polka dotted inside covers as well as first and last pages.

I have also purchased a few other things on my own. I will reveal the three tops in my upcoming spring capsule wardrobe post. I also finally ordered a nice set of makeup brushes (thanks to a reader!). The delicious Chocolate Croissants from Williams-Sonoma were recently restocked in my freezer as well. In the morning, I love to savor a pain au chocolat (and reminisce about breakfasts on a bench in the Louvre courtyard)! My inbox is now being flooded with birthday coupons from my favorite stores where I still subscribe to their email list. All of those discounts are tempting, but I am feeling motivated to save some money as well.

With a fantastic $10 off your purchase of $25 coupon, I also delighted in a pizza and wings dinner, delivered from my favorite place last night. (If you live in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, or New Jersey, then definitely check out Pat's Select.) I do not often order food delivered, but their "Miss You" email coupon is a truly decent deal. It's worth waiting for! It was even a nice change to have a bottle of beer rather than my usual glass of red wine. I find when I only experience something occasionally, I appreciate it much more.

During this upcoming week and a half, I plan to celebrate my birthday by doing activities I love. In the comfort of my own home, I plan to: try a new recipe with a friend, entertain a few other friends in some way, read books, catch up on blogging, arrange a vase of fresh flowers, and savor that aforementioned pain au chocolat for a breakfast (or two!). Even at home, I think it's a good mix of being social and solitary. I still want this vacation to be relaxing too.

I love going out and for the occasion of my birthday, I hope to: spend time in my favorite coffee shop, indulge in a professional mani-pedi, dine with my family (Wednesday evening), shop just a little bit more for my spring capsule wardrobe at the Annapolis mall, buy a bottle from my favorite wine shop in Annapolis, hang out in downtown Annapolis, and wine and dine in a favorite Italian restaurant that I have only patronized once. I may not do or not be able to afford some of these things, but that's my wish list of birthday festivities so far.

Whatever I do, I think it'll be a fabulous 32nd birthday...




12 comments:

  1. Sounds wonderful. I love the screen you picked out. Happy Birthday!

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    1. It was wonderful! I love that screen and hope to share how it looks in my home in a home tour post to be published sometime during May. Thank you for the birthday wishes!

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  2. Sounds like a wonderfully relaxing way to spend your birthday! Enjoy!!

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    1. I did relax, but I also had fun. It was a good mix! I hope to write all about it by the end of the month.

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  3. Your wish list for your birthday staycation would be things I would also choose to do. I love your screen and look forward to your future post of how you use it in your home as well as you Spring capsule wardrobe :-)

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    1. I'm working on getting my home ready for its close-up! I hope to really work on it next weekend and publish the home tour post sometime during early May.

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  4. Alright! You got the brushes! :) Hope you have a happy birthday! Even though you won't be out of town, it's still nice to have time off and relax. Can't wait for your spring capsule post!

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    1. They are so nice. Soft. And so different from what I had before that I had to get used to them! I no longer have to blot my blush since the brush deposits the perfect amount on my cheeks. Thank you so much for the recommendation.

      I did. It was wonderful. And relaxing!

      I still plan to buy a couple more items for my spring capsule wardrobe. Unfortunately, my commission will be winter-kind-of-low this month and next, so I will have to make do and that's why it has been delayed. Accessories may be more exciting than the clothing this season! I think you can expect it during May. Thank you for reading!

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  5. Happy birthday Michelle! I'm sure you'll be enjoying your special day. And what a wonderful lists to spend on your birthday. The screen you got is lovely. Cheers!

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    1. Thank you, Ping! I did. I love that screen! You can posts on how I celebrated my birthday and a home tour soon. Cin cin! :)

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  6. Late but birthday wishes as well! Hope your stay-cation is delightful!

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    1. Thank you! It was certainly delightful!

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