April 26, 2011

Joyeux Anniversaire | Happy Birthday.



The 22nd of April brought in the anniversary of my birth, and with it, pushed me into a new statistical age group... Officially making me a darling of the "mid-twenties" variety.

The weekend was: the best gift of all - a visit from my parents, incredible Thai at Kittichai, baby blue nail-polish, torrential rain of biblical proportions, too many desserts (including an extraordinary raspberry-vanilla cake from Dean & Deluca), a multi-course lunch at Del Posto (my favorite restaurant in NYC!), handmade bracelets, drag queens, jelly fish and crystal printed cape tops, elderflower+vodka+triple sec cocktails, blush pink shopping bags, smooth red win, aimless walks through the Meatpacking District and West Village, blossoms all throughout the city, a taste of spring, hilarious conversations with my favorite brits and southerners around the fireplace of my go-to neighborhood dive bar, dinner with some of the best at Dumont (killer mac and cheese, trust), candlelit treehouses, champagne + creme de violette, many blocks of Soho, breathtaking skyline views, glittering silver Halston dresses, vintage make-up looks, and a whole lot of love.


See by Chloé heels from my mom

MAC "Quite Cute" Collection

Gift bag containing a very special purse from my parents...

Proenza Schouler inspired bracelet handmade by my friend Phillip!

Two books gifted by my friend Michelle that I cannot wait to read: "Just Kids" by Patti Smith & "No Regrets", an Edith Piaf biography

The other two were gifts to-me-from-me: "The New Brooklyn Cookbook" and "Blow by Blow" - the Isabella Blow biography by her partner, Detmar

The glittery Halston dress I wore on my birthday










Thank you to Austin, Gina, and my Mom for letting me steal their
pictures when I forgot to bring my own camera out...


P.S., I just implemented Disqus as the new commenting platform on my blog, so do take it for a test-spin!

51 comments:

  1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Your cake looks yummy. Um... I want to see the Miu Miu purse. The packaging alone makes me happy. And books- they are my favorite gifts to give or receive.

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  2. first of all happy b-day girl!! hope you had a wonderful time. damn del posto, we still have to go there!!!! it looked like you had the most interesting and superb time ever, all the things you did!!! well, they make me smile, looks like genuine fun. where is that Halston dress, oh dress where are you!!! want to see you wearing Nicolette. must get that purple lipstick, check... seeing miu miu, my heart is like beating, it can literally hear my heart. I hate to read, but i wish i didn't. oh please that is such a divine dress, what a color what a color. again the most divine post about you and NYC ever.... so jealous... again a fabulous happy b-day my NYC style icon. PS i know this isn't the best text ever, but i am way to excited when i read your posts.

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  3. happy birthday nicolette sweet lady. looks like a fab weekend with some even more fabulous gifts xxxxxx

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  4. Looks like an amazing birthday!! I hope to see you in NYC in June for FFFWeek. :)

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  5. Happy birthday! It looks like you definitely celebrated in style!

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  6. what and exciting weekend you had! Happy Birthday, although it's a bit late....I love your pictures so much and your writing. The first pic of the roses is amazing!! Hope to meet you somewhere, same day soon!!!
    ciao bella!
    ♥ Ylenia
    from longuette

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  7. Lovely lipstick colours! And I'm glad it looks like you had an absolutely incredible time!

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  8. I am a little late but happy birthday! :)

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  9. What gorgeous photos - both the Vignette and DSLR photos are lovely and captured the atmosphere of your birthday really well. A pleasure to read, I'm glad you had a fashionably and gastronomically pleasing day of birth miss! xx

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  10. Oh dear this look like so much fun! Happiest of happy (belated) birthdays!

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  11. Happy birthday Nicolette. Wonderful presents, wonderful pics, wonderful you.
    Looking forward to see you wearing the new dress.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  12. Beautiful pictures as always. Love, love the 1st rose shot and many more. Nice looking and tasting BD cake and sexy candles. Great weekend in NY. Love you.

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  13. That bracelet is pretty fabulous. If Philip ever goes into business selling those, drop me a line, because I need one!

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  14. FOREVER ON THE PHONE WHENEVER I'M IN A SHOT. WHAT IS THAT ABOUT?!
    [and missing a jawline] Glad you have an amazing weekend bb <3

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  15. ALSO I TOTES DIDN'T MEAN TO POST MY FULL NAME IN THE COMMENT NAME. Ugh I'm so bad with disqus and really into caps lock for first sentences. 4ever too kewl for school.

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  16. selamat hari jadi!
    thats happy birthday in my language.
    love your post and pictures.
    jijixx

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  17. totes amaze. what a fab weekend! so sorry i couldn't make it friday night, but i really appreciated the invite, please keep me in mind for your next fireside chats session ;) ...cocktails soon?

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  18. You'll have to wait for tomorrow's post, already queued up for the morning! Tons of beauty shots of the pretty new purse :)

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  19. happy belated birthday. it looks like you received beautiful birthday gifts - wonderful! an your birthday cake looks yummy ;) i'm sure that you looked fabulous in you glittery dress..have a wonderful day..

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  20. Happy Happy Birthday | Herzlichen Glückwunsch!

    Lovely presents, lovely people...glad you had a wonderful time!

    xx from Germansville,
    S*

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  21. i cannot even begin to get into the beauty that is patti smith's writing in "just kids". it's what i'm reading while waiting to check out "girls to the front" again. she's an exquisite, careful storyteller. i love her subtleties, and the way she pieces together their past. i have found myself welling up in tears several times already, and i'm only about halfway through. the love and friendship between her and robert is beautiful and fascinating, and has turned me into a crazy patti smith fangirl. i've been listening to "horses" on my ipod when i'm in the car and spinning "waves" while at home. feel free to tweet me once you get around to reading... i've been wanting to talk about the book with someone other than my boyfriend, who appreciates my enthusiasm as i recount certain stories, but isn't reading it, so he can't REALLY understand the impact.

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  22. Happy birthday!!!!!!!!! Have a wonderful week! Who said birthdays couldn't be "birthweek"!
    DC
    xx
    http://dentelleetchocolat.blogspot.com/

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  23. looks like you had a wonderful birthday!! welcome to your mid-twenties. it's not so bad. growing up is a lot of fun, it's comforting to feel like you have enough life experience to tackle life a little more responsibly. you will LOVE just kids, it's captivating from beginning to end. also, plz post photos of your makeup looks with the quite cute collection! i'm really curious about how it looks on real actual people haha.

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  24. Looks like you had an amazing bday!! All your prezzies lokk like soooo much fun. I cant wait to see your purse :). I love the flowers and that bracelet is so fun. Funny story that Halston dress I was thinking of getting for Stacey's wedding lol. Would you recommend it?

    xo
    Margot

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  25. I actually got the dress as a possibility for my best friends wedding, too, and while I love the dress it's too short for me to wear to a wedding. I think it could be a perfect length on you, though, as you're quite a bit shorter than me. It's a bit flashy, so I'd say it depends on the specifics of the wedding.

    xx

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  26. Ahhhh I cannot wait to read Just Kids!! I think I'm going to crack it open tonight or tomorrow, finally.
    I'm not going to lie, the lipsticks from the quite cute collection definitely make me feel like a little bit of a cartoon character, and I'm not sure I'm 100% "comfortable" in them yet. I wore Saint Germain lipstick with the I <3 U gloss over it today and felt like EVERYONE was looking at me, (this is also a side effect of having bright purple and blue hair, though, so who knows). The colors are still lots of fun but not remotely understated.

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  27. I totally agree with you!! I'm still using it as a means of justifying little indulgences :)

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  28. Ahhh, this makes me SO excited. I will definitely be shooting you thoughts while I'm reading it. It's always nice to have someone to discuss books I'm reading with, and between you, Michelle, and Meagan (above) and your resounding praise of the book, I'm really, really stoked on it.

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  29. Thank you so much!! Happy to learn the bits of German :)

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  30. Thank you so much! I definitely got a bit spoiled for my birthday. And yes, the cake was delicious! Hope you're having a great day, too.

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  31. Yes we really need to do cocktails soon!! So overdue. The neighborhood watering hole is a frequent occurrence, and I highly encourage you to join sometime...

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  32. Ohh, thank you!! How do you say "thank you" in Malay?

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  33. I will!! He's actually in the process of setting up an etsy shop, so I'll make sure you let you know when it's up and running!

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  34. Thank you :) Thanks for the greatest gift of all -- life AND your company!

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  35. Thank you!! I made the mistake of leaving my camera at home most of the weekend, so I had to steal some of my friends camera phone pictures! I don't mind the contrast of the two -- hi-fi and lo-fi photos. :) xx

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  36. Grazie mille, Ylienia! I really appreciate it. I'd love to go back to Italy sometime soon!

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  37. This comment made me smile so much, I even shared it with my partner! Love it so much. As always, your comments mean a lot to me. Pics of the miu miu will be up in the morning, and I'll try to wear the halston dress again soon! xx

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  38. Thank you!! I don't think I'll be attention fffweek but it's still far away :)

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  39. Thank you so much, darling!! Appreciate it a lot.

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  40. That's the only way to celebrate! Thank you.

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  41. Oh good! Ok I will order it and let you know. Stacey's wedding s going to be fancy so I think I will be ok. I will send you a pic if it looks good on :) Come visit us soon xoxo

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  42. So glad you had a beautiful birthday! I hope you don't mind, but I added a couple of your beautiful photos to Pinterest. Amazing photography!

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  43. wow the bracelet is amazingly done! for a moment I thought it was the real Proenza... beautiful shots :)

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  44. happy birthday and welcome to your mid-twenties Nicolette! absolutely in love with the romantic aesthetic weaved in all your photographs and posts - amazing <3

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  45. We have the same birthday. Kindred Spirits <3

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