Thursday 26 June 2014

Style: Birthday boy, a great surprise and an outfit

Last Tuesday was my man's birthday. We went out to a truly spectacular dinner with friends at a Malaysian restaurant in Vancouver, the Banana Leaf. Omg, it was food heaven. I didn't take any pictures, there was no time! As soon as they brought the dishes out, I started stuffing my face and didn't stop until it was all gone. I did leave some food for my dinner companions, but they had to be quick! It was that good. 
Afterwards, we had a few drinks, laughs and good talks at home with two of the kids (we can drink with our children! So awesome!).  It was an all-around great birthday celebration. 

Now you may wonder what I got him for a gift. Despite him claiming he doesn't want gifts, I always got him something in the past. It was with varying success: I had some real doozies, but also some winners (like this photo book I made for him last year). 
This year, I was not on the ball. Not at all. A mixture of not knowing what to get him, laziness and a general air of  "aren't we getting too old/aren't we married too long now for gifts?" made me drag my feet. 

Until last weekend (aka 3 days before his actual birthday). We had vaguely talked about going on a cruise for his si...tieth- oops, I almost spilled the number there. Phew!
But we hadn't taken any steps towards this goal. So over the last weekend, I idly perused the internet, just to see how much something like that costs. When I saw the numbers, I sat up a bit straighter. Hey, that's not that bad! Quite reasonable, in fact. Oh, and lookie here, you can still book trips for next month! 
All of a sudden, a feverish determination overtook me. There was nothing more I wanted then going on a cruise with my love!

But here's the thing: I hadn't booked off any vacation for July. And getting time off in the middle of the summer, with such short notice, is unlikely to say the least - usually, it's impossible. Plus there is always the fact that we need to find a reliable and kind-hearted soul to look after the animals while we are gone. 

Long story short: My lovely, amazing, I'm-forever-in-her-debt boss made it possible!!
And our lovely, amazing, I'm-forever-in-her-debt (well, not really, we bought her trip to Germany, we are even) daughter will look after the farm!

Which means we will be cruising to Alaska next month!!! I am thrilled.

Oh, and in unrelated news: Germany beat the US today in soccer! Our boy Thomas Müller scored a spectacular goal. I am very excited about that as well! (I only feel German for one month every 4 years, and that's during the world cup. The other 47 months I'm happily Canadian.) 
Nothing is lost yet though, my American friends: The USA got into the next round. We will meet again... 

Top: Target; Midi skirt: thrifted, originally from The Gap; Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens

This summer is shaping up to be a great one, and I couldn't be more excited!

What are your summer plans? Do you watch soccer? How do we avoid gaining a bazillion pounds on our cruise? Do tell!

xoxo Miriam

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  1. OMG Miriam...I'm so excited for you!!! That is an awesome gift...what a lucky husband! I'm so glad you guys had a great night out, and you look great.

  2. Oh my gosh I can't believe you were rooting against the USA! Come on now. The Lady Okie is not pleased ;) WE SHALL MEET AGAIN. Also, so jealous of your Alaskan cruise! I really want to do one of those. It will be so awesome!

  3. Alaska!!! You are going to have the most amazing time. Oh the pictures you will take. So happy for you two :)

  4. Wow! That is so exciting! We want to cruise to Alaska but keep putting it off for other cruises. Maybe next summer. Glad you had a great time out to dinner for his bday! And of course, I love the outfit!

  5. Happy birthday to your other half. A cruise sounds fabulous, how exciting.

    Loving the outfit, especially that gorgeous skirt.

    x x

  6. How exciting!!!!! I cannot wait to see the pictures!

  7. I hear those Alaskan cruises are spectacular! I can't wait to see the pictures! Happy Birthday Cowboy! Love the skirt- very retro!

  8. Miriam, you will love the cruise. We're on an Alaskan cruise right now. Just docked in Dlagway two minutes ago! Enjoy...!

  9. What a handsome pair you are! Have a wonderful time, my parents have been on an Alaskan cruise and they raved about it. Love your skirt in these shots, really beautiful x

  10. The skirt is adorable. Visiting from Favorite Fashion Friday.

  11. alaskan cruise.... i'm so jelly with pb on top... it's going to be amazing

    1. You should go too! I've heard nothing but rave reviews about it. Can't wait!!!

  12. You are so gorgeous!! That skirt...those shoes...that top...perfectly combined, my friend. :)

    I love so much about this post. Happy belated to your husband. Yay for a cruise!! And for your boss and daughter!


  13. Love love love that midi skirt! Such a great find xo


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