Rainy Birthday Weekend

This past weekend I turned 27 on a rainy spring day. Strangely, I've felt 27 for quite awhile now. I'm not sure why. I wanted to spend my birthday weekend doing things that were fun but low-key and my roommate/BFF Emily was happy to indulge me in some outings, despite the downpour. And I don't care what any of those "die hard" NW people say, I was born here and I use an umbrella. Everyone else can enjoy their misplaced pride/frizzy hair. Umbrellas are cute.

What I wore...

This coat was like the OG blogger coat that everyone had to have, so I'm a little late to the party on this one. It's a Lauren Moffat coat that I believe was sold at Anthropologie, but I got mine on eBay for a steal. I don't dabble too much in pink, however, this coat has that perfect coral/salmon tone that doesn't wash out my hair. 

St. HonorĂ© Boulangerie 

One of my goals was to eat some fancy cake for my birthday and simultaneously try a new bakery, so our first stop of the day was St. Honore Boulangerie on SE Division. They have a wide assortment of french pastries, bread, and desserts - it was so hard to choose which to get! We ordered our treats from a very stressed out looking bakery boy who looked like he might explode at any minute due to the constant cacophony of screaming babies that were seated just behind us. Luckily we found the whole situation hilarious and it did not stop us from enjoying our food. 

I chose a slice of Opera cake which was light and airy and had the perfect balance of espresso, cake, and chocolate. I also got a blackcurrant macaron because I'm absolutely obsessed with everything blackcurrant at the moment (Ribena, please come to the States!). Macarons are so beautiful but they have the strangest texture. I'm never quite sure if I enjoy them or not, but the blackcurrant flavor was lovely. Emily got a gluten-free orange and ginger cake with rock sugar on top. I mayyyy have taken a to go bag with some brioche and croissants home with me - I couldn't resist! 

Pistils Nursery 

I've been on a little mission to find a Pilea Peperomioides plant and I thought Pistils on Mississippi might be the place to find one. I was wrong. BUT! This place is pretty adorable if you're looking for some indoor plant inspo. They have a good assortment of succulents, handmade containers and fun bit and pieces like local honey and incense. Their pricing was a little bit high for me, so I didn't walk out with any new plants. Definitely worth checking out if you're in the neighborhood.

The ReBuilding Center

Emily wanted to check out the ReBuilding Center, a shop full of salvaged homeware like doors, windows, and a TON of toilets. We used to go to places like this all the time in college to scrounge for inexpensive art project supplies (I once made a conceptual piece from some old windows and a door that was a total flop). It was really nostalgic to be back in a shop like this and also made us wish we had homes to restore. My contractor father will be pleased to know that this was an important birthday destination!

Beauty and the Beast

Our last adventure of the day (after a quick nap/Netflix binge of Escape to the Country) was to go see Beauty and the Beast at the Baghdad Theater, a gorgeously restored old theater that is now a McMenamins. I'd been ridiculously excited to see this film and was not disappointed in the least. I'm a huge Emma Watson fan and she can basically do no wrong in my eyes so I may be a tad biased. It was just a wonderful fun movie - the songs were great, the costumes were lovely. I couldn't stop smiling the whole time.  

It was a relaxing day and I'm so excited for what year 27 might bring!

A little card I picked up of Strelka, Soviet Space dog.

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