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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16 comments

  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.

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  2. Such a cute skirt, happy birthday to the hubs, and yay for a trip to Alaska!
    OXOX
    Dawn Lucy
    http://fashionshouldbefun.blogspot.com

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  3. 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!

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

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  5. 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!

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

    Loving the outfit, especially that gorgeous skirt.

    x x

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

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

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

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  10. 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

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

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

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

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  13. 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!

    -Amy

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

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