Chickadee Thursday

This morning, Chickadee had braces put on! Just on the front four teeth on top for now, and it’s just the first phase of orthodontia she’s going to need, but it’s a start! She looks so much older to me!

She also has a nice souvenir of having braces during a pandemic:

This is definitely new for us…none of her siblings needed braces while they still had baby teeth, so she is in uncharted territory!

Happy Birthday to Me!

It’s my birthday…I woke up to a party this morning!

My family gave me some wonderful presents (as always!):

The one thing I really wanted to do today was go somewhere interesting and see something beautiful. I decided on the Lafayette Square neighborhood of St. Louis, where we got to see a charming park and some stunning architecture (plus a little history thrown in, for fun!):

Since we were visiting a park named for “America’s Favorite Fighting Frenchman,” I wore my French Market skirt from Pinup Girl Clothing, and accessorized with my favorite color, purple:

When we got home, I attended an all-penguin birthday party on Gloriana:

I’m so happy Roald came to my birthday!!!

We watched one of my favorite movies this afternoon (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off), and I kept that theme going with a Chicago-style pizza for dinner:

Speaking of Chicago, my birthday cake was a copycat of the Portillo’s chocolate cake recipe. Bunny baked it, Ladybug frosted it, and Chickadee sprinkled it:

I ended the day watching our favorite pitmaster, David Sandusky of Beast Craft BBQ, compete on the premiere episode of season two of BBQ Brawl on Food Network (he advanced to the next round!), and visiting Chickadee’s island for a birthday celebration at her house:

I had a great time celebrating my birthday with my family!

An Island Tour

For the last year-plus, I’ve been working hard to make Gloriana the home I want it to be…now it’s time for an island tour!

Let’s begin with my house:

Just outside my door, I have a rainbow tulip garden:

Roald’s house is right next door…he’s the best neighbor!

I spent a long time creating an initial garden with my favorite flowers:

The plaza is the center of island life, and hosts many events (like the New Year’s countdown):

The museum is one of my favorite locations, and I love the fountain and flowers out front!

I do most of my shopping at Nook’s Cranny:

But if I need clothes, the Able Sisters store is the place to be!

There’s a pumpkin patch and apple orchard to visit at any time of year:

I have a Japanese garden:

And a tea garden:

I love the various seasonal shrubs I have planted all around my island!

It’s Christmas all year long on Gloriana!

My ice bar is also up all year long, but it looked the best when there was snow on the ground:

My cherry blossom viewing area is also my bell orchard:

It’s Festivale all year long on the dance floor:

And the table is always set for Thanksgiving:

I love welcoming visitors at my campsite:

Gullivarrr helped me a create a pirate-themed area on the beach:

And I have a Mario set-up on the cliffs:

Just because there are endless beaches doesn’t mean I don’t also need a pool for spa days:

I really love my cozy dog park:

And I have an über-fancy black and gold rose garden:

Since I couldn’t have a beach volleyball net, a basketball court was the next best thing!

Celeste helped me create a space exploration area:

There’s also a wedding corner:

I love a beach cookout!

It’s nice to take a break in my outdoor café:

I have some whimsical palm tree lamps to go with the actual palm trees:

I also enjoy having a picnic under a palm tree on the beach:

I’ve had fun collecting springy ride-ons:

And just in case I get bitten by the travel bug, there’s a terrific little airport…but it’s always nice to come back home!

I hope you enjoyed my tour of my favorite locations on Gloriana! If you’d like to visit for yourself in your dreams, my address is DA-5313-0640-4319.

Sartorial Saturday–French Market

I can’t remember the last time I was as excited about a print as I am about the French Market Bella skirt designed by Hope Morrison for Pinup Girl Clothing! It has carrots, garlic, and fish on it!

Actually, this is about more than just the skirt, because I really wanted to recreate the whole look that Pinup Girl Clothing featured. So while I had a typical stack of Splendette duchess bangles and an Erstilder brooch, the necklace is also from PUG…it’s absolutely gorgeous!

I also paired it with a navy hat and belt from Pinup Girl:

I love a hat!

Here’s a few bonus pictures taken outside of the Soulard Market in St. Louis…it’s (possibly) the oldest market west of the Mississippi River, and located in a historically French neighborhood…it’s the perfect setting for the skirt, don’t you think?

My one disappointment with this outfit is that I couldn’t get the Chérie ribbon peasant top to work for me. I ordered it at the same time as the skirt, and while it was my usual PUG size, I couldn’t even get it on, and by the time my order arrived, it had sold out in the next size up, so I couldn’t try a replacement. My original vision for the look might not have come together, but I do think this Unique Vintage Frenchie top is a good stand-in, and I still love the overall look!

Origami After Hours After Dark

Last night, we went back to Origami After Hours at the Missouri Botanical Garden, but this time, we arrived later, so we could see the art as it really got dark out. These are my favorite pieces to see as the sun goes down, because they’re lit really well and in beautiful places:

I wish the garden was open for just 30 minutes to an hour longer during Origami After Hours, so you could see the sculptures as it gets even darker (a challenge in summer when the sunset is so late to be sure!), because I think they’d be even more stunning!