This has been the tagline of my blog since 2005 and as you might imagine, I was starting to get a little nervous about the “20 something” part as I inched closer toward turning thirty.
As I geared up to kiss my twenties goodbye, I spent a lot of time reflecting on who I’ve become, where I’ve been and who I want to be. While pondering one chilly day back in March, tears began rolling down my cheeks as I realized that I was in a state I’d never been before: complete contentment.
I wasn’t thinking about the past with regret, the present with resentment or the future without anything but excitement. I was, for the first time in my life, who I wanted to be, exactly where I wanted to be and headed where I wanted to be going. This was quite literally the best feeling I’ve ever experienced.
Energized by this epiphany, I was inspired to embrace turning 30 and I wanted to welcome #thenextstep with a real celebration – the first birthday party I’ve had since my teenage years.
I invited my closest family and friends, 30 to be exact, for a backyard dinner party that was just as much a thank you to them for supporting me over the years as it was a celebration of me.
In effort to make the party feel whimsical but relaxed I set up one long table topped with white linens, mixed and matched vintage plates and glasses, puddles of candles and one long garland made of olive branches, white roses and white orchids. I strung lights overhead, printed little menus and didn’t have assigned seating.
Ready to host in a sleek A.P.C jumper, the night began. It started with a cocktail hour and was followed by a four course dinner designed and cooked by one of the best chefs/entertainers/women in all of Los Angeles: Annie Campbell.
The night was incredible, one of the most memorable of my life, and the icing on the cake was when my boyfriend offered a new blog tagline during his toast, “A thirty something sharing details of a life well lived.”
So, bye bye twenties (including in my tagline) and cheers to #thenextstep!
All of the photos after the jump…
Alloway Studded Slippers c/o UGG Australia
Photos: Geri Hirsch’s Backyard Birthday Dinner shot by Matt Waugh