Monday, May 6, 2013

Tea for two (Mama's birthday post)

Yesterday was my mama's 60th birthday! 

My mom is one of the most important and special people in my life, and we have an incredibly close relationship.  She has done so many amazing things in her life, so it's no wonder that I've always considered her to be my role model.  She made her living in the music business for probably 20 years (she and my dad were in a band that was signed to Atlantic Records and had a video on MTV)...

And then she got into musical theatre and earned her Equity card...
Yes, that's me in the tiny nun's habit!
And then she worked as the entertainment reporter for a local news station for 12 years...

And now she runs her own public relations business that focuses on entertainment and the arts.  She's a bit of a chameleon, my mom.  I admire her ability to persevere in any given situation.  Her path has had unexpected twists and and turns and bumps along the way, but she's led about five different lives already, and is always finding new ways to put her creativity to good use.  I love that she is always growing, changing, and learning.  I hope that I will follow her lead in that regard.  (I also hope I look as good as she does when I turn 60!)

So for her birthday, she and I went out to brunch at The Cheesecake Factory...

And I wore my new teapot print dress...

And we took cute pictures...

And she opened her presents... 

Which someone thought were for HER... 
I got my garden-loving mom this necklace and these matching earrings from Betsey Johnson...

And I also got her this cute teacup-themed vase...

We actually planned to go to a teahouse for her birthday, but there's really only one around here, and of course, it's not open on Sundays.  Then we planned to have dinner at our favorite Thai and Vietnamese restaurant... which was also closed!  We ended up going to a chophouse on a whim, which was delicious, and then immediately followed that with from frozen custard from Abbott's (which is a locally-owned chain of ice cream shops -- frozen custard is their specialty).  It was a day of eating, with a little bit of shopping thrown in for good measure.  We also stopped by Powers Farm Market to look at some flowers, and to visit some animals...

These were baby... somethings!  I'm not sure what kind of babies they are, but they were cheeping away!
A very suspicious peacock
Since we didn't get to go have tea, I decided to represent it in my outfit...

I first saw this dress on Annika of The Pineneedle Collective (see how she wore it here!), and I knew I had to have it.  My love of tea and of novelty prints outweighed any cons I could think of.  I was so sad when the measurements to the exact dress she wore were too small, but amazingly, there is another dress with the same print on the website with bigger bust measurements (ahem)!  Hooray!

Outfit Details:
Teapot Print Dress: SheInside
Doo Bee Doo Bee Shoe Heels: ModCloth
Teapot Double Finger Ring: Can't remember, but available at SheInside and Storenvy

All in all, we had a beautiful day, and I think my mom enjoyed her birthday.  :)
Have a beautiful Monday!
xox Sammi  


  1. OK, seriously you are absolutely adorable, gorgeous, creative - AMAZING. I might just have a blog crush on you. And your mother seems to be just as amazing as you are. Thank you so much for sharing this sweetness.

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    The Nautical Owl

  2. i've been eyeing that dress since seeing it in the modcloth stylegallery!! i only made one purchase from sheinside, the the sizing was horribly off... was the sizing normal with this dress?
    and wow, your mom seems absolutely amazing... and spoiled :) lucky lady to have an extremely thoughtful daughter!

    1. Hi Jana! The sizing was pretty well on for this dress (I had to order it in what they consider to be an XL because their sizing is super tiny!). It's annoying because the measurements are different for every piece of clothing, AND the measurements are in cm. But yes, I found this dress to be pretty accurate. And well, she's spoiled me my whole life, so it's nice to be able to return the favor occasionally! :)

  3. wow, that teapot dress is. Well...I want it now. Just reminds me of Alice in Wonderland. And your mom is awesome btw!!!

  4. Oh my goodness! I want that tea cup vase. So gorgeous. xx. McKenna Lou

  5. This dress is DARLING! And you of course look gorgeous as usual! I know where you got your good looks from now, your mom is beautiful! Sounds like she's lead a pretty exciting life! My mom and I are very close too :) Glad you had a fun time celebrating her birthday together.

  6. Aww happy birthday to your mom, it sounds like she has accomplished so many cool things in her life! I love the picture of you and her dressed as nuns and your teapot dress is adorable!
    Have a great day!
    xo Hannah

    p.s. You can enter our giveaway to win a $75 Modcloth gift card here!

  7. Nice blog! <3
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  8. ah! another fantastic dress!! and I do remember seeing this one a while ago! and on you it suits you to a tea! mwah! did i just do a tea pun! oh yes I did!
    Hope your mummy had a fab day!

    looking smashing once again xxxx

  9. Aww, so cute, happy bday to your mom! I love your ring btw!

  10. Happy birthday to your mom! Wow, she seems like such an accomplished woman, you have such a great role model!

    And my gosh, this dress. It's adorable. And it looks so cute on you!

  11. Ohhhh this dress is SO GORGEOUS!!!! I LOVE tea so of course I am smitten by the beautiful print. The cut is so lovely too, this dress is so perfect on you :D

  12. You are so adorable! That dress is so quirky and I love your ring! <3


  13. I'm following you! =)

  14. I may have to steal this dress and ring! So adorable on you!


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