Golden Birthday

I was very young when I first learned what a golden birthday was—when you turn the age of your birth date—and ever since that day I have been anxiously waiting for that birthday to arrive. My 25th birthday, to be exact, as I was born on the 25th of September.

I initially had plans to celebrate this milestone by taking a trip somewhere special, but time got away from us, with wedding planning and adult responsibilities. Before I knew it, it was a week from my birthday and I hadn’t prepared any way to celebrate. I have always been big about my birthday and Mike knows this, so he took over and mapped out a full day of activities for us, keeping everything a surprise.

And I couldn’t have asked for anything better! We had breakfast in a cozy spot in LA, got our first ever massage followed by our first official afternoon tea, and had a romantic dinner on a rooftop in LA during sunset. I always thought I wanted to celebrate my golden birthday in a go-big-or-go-home type of way, but at the end of the day I wouldn’t have wanted to spend it any differently.

Turning 25 marks a milestone in my life and big things are happening in this coming year. To spend the day with my love, doing a bunch of “firsts,” seemed not only appropriate, but right. Throughout the year I’ve been pushing myself to live my life with more meaning and compassion, to embark on adventures and do things that make me happy. And that’s exactly how I spent my birthday for the year I’ve been counting down to since I was a little girl. I cannot wait to see what else this year has in store for me (besides getting married, ah!), but until then here are some pictures from my golden day 🙂

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We grabbed breakfast at Alcove Cafe & Bakery, one of my new favorite spots thanks to a recommendation from my friend Krystelle. Mike ordered the breakfast burrito and I got the apple pie pancakes. What I love about Alcove are the portions for the price—you feel like you’re getting your moneys worth and I always have leftovers!

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After breakfast, we drove over to Blossom Spa in Hollywood for a couples massage. Mike and I have never had a massage before so we were nervous, but our fears were instantly calmed by the front desk receptionist. We’ve never felt so relaxed! I opted for the Swedish massage and Mike went for the deep-tissue. Afterward, we spent time in The Lotus Lounge, sipping coffee and tea while eating cheese by the fire. Our experience was wonderful and the customer service was top of the line. We highly recommend Blossom Spa, and they have great weekday specials!

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tea room

For quite some time I’ve been mentioning to Mike how much I want to visit the Rose Garden Tea Room at the Huntington Library. And because he’s Mike, he listened to my wishes and made us a reservation for Traditional Tea Service. I ordered the Huntington Signature Blend and was blown away by the flavor! Mike ordered the Fresh Lemon Ginger and finished his pot before me, despite not being a tea drinker. What I loved about the Tea Room is the service. Our waitress was incredibly kind and answered all of our questions, and offered to switch out sandwiches when I mentioned I don’t eat meat. Despite how small the pastries and sandwiches look, don’t be fooled! They are filling and we had to take some home with us. Everything was delicious and the grounds we explored afterward were gorgeous. I cannot wait to spend more time here in the near future.

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Our final destination for the day was dinner and drinks at Perch in Downtown Los Angeles. This French-inspired bistro was a perfect ending to our day and I loved the romantic atmosphere. The baked brie was amazing and worth every bite, and our cocktails were great! Although I do wish they had more than one vegetarian entree on the menu, I did enjoy the pesto gnocchi and Mike loved his short rib entree. We’re both looking forward to coming back to Perch, eating more items from their menu and exploring their rooftop bar.

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It was a wonderful birthday and I owe everything to Mike. He makes me feel so special every day, not just the day of my birth, and I can never thank him enough for that. If the rest of the year is anything like this day was, then 25 will indeed be a golden year 🙂

-Ciara

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4 thoughts on “Golden Birthday

  1. Oh he is too sweet!! He did a great job with the planning, you look so happy! From the massages to the tea at the library — SO YOU!! And everything looks delicious. I hope all of your birthdays henceforth are just as magical.

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