Friday, 27 June 2014

Three have fun in Nottingham


Birthdays.

They come, they go, and we're another year older, but we don't really feel any different afterwards, do we? 
 
I want to say a massive thank you to everyone for all the birthday wishes, Facebook messages, texts, cards and gifts. I have been thoroughly spoiled, feel a bit overwhelmed, but very, very grateful and appreciative. You are a lovely lot!
 


 
On Wednesday, I headed off to Nottingham for the day with my two best buddies, Joanne and Sue.
 
We had no particular plans, we just wanted a relaxed and meandering sort of day, and that's exactly what we had.



Robin Hood and timber-framed buildings...



bronze statues...



Nottingham Castle...
 


and a fabulous view over the city.
 


The sun shone for our picnic...
 


and we had homemade rock buns, complete with birthday candle and of course, a rousing chorus of Happy Birthday to you/me!



There may have been G&Ts involved as well.

Lovely.

Then some art...
 


 
some vintage browsing...
 





a coffee stop...
 






 
and of course, a selfie in the mirror in the toilets. You're welcome.
 


1970s Hong Kong-made maxi dress - flea market
Bangles - charity shopped
Sandals - retail
Miracle pendant - car boot
Friends - made them myself 
 


Obligatory dodgy selfies in the pub; I do love my girls!

I'm out at a joint 40th/50th party tonight (fancy dress - you'll have to wait and see!) and my mum and sister are visiting on Sunday. So I've managed to extend my birthday treats over a week, and have had the loveliest of times.
 
I'm rather behind with your blogs having been unplugged for a while, but I'll be catching up as soon as I can. 

Have a great weekend!

xxxx

51 comments:

Mother of Reinvention said...

Glad to hear that you are having a spectacular, prolonged birthday. They should all be like that, it's the law! Huge congratulations from me. Have a very nice, fancily dressed night out. Xxxx

Autumn said...

What a wonderful birthday week! Have the happiest ever!

Natalia Lialina said...

Happy happy birthday!!!!!!
Such a joyful post!
Have a blast with your family and friends, Curtise!
Much love and all the best wishes to you, my dear! xxxxxxx

Kezzie said...

Oh my, I have never been so near the top of your comments before!!!! Gorgeous you and happy birthday!!!! You had a lively time it seems and I'm glad the celebrations continue!!!! X

Kelly Roy said...

The party for tonight sounds fantastic. I wish you also happy birthday. To me birthdays are for celebrating how much we have accomplished and not about getting one year older. So, I have the birthdays thing sorted. You all look so beautiful and happy together.

mondoagogo said...

I've only ever been to Nottingham once, I think we spent the entire weekend drinking, right from the moment I got off the train. But my friend took me to all the really historical pubs, so that's ok, isn't it? (the one in the caves was quite cool) Now I want to go back and at least see the art gallery....

Hope you're having a glorious birthday week!

Ivy Black said...

Fab! Glad you are having a great extended birthday. Make it last the year I say. You look absolutely gorgeous by the way. Love that frock and do fancy a nibble on yer rock buns.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Loves yer.
xxxxxxxxx

beate grigutsch said...

fabulous b-day celebration!!!!!
congratulations from me! i wish you lots of love and health and wealth!!!!!
xxxx

Caroline said...

I'm behind with comments this week too. So sorry I missed your birthday but pleased you had a nice day.

I keep saying I want to visit Nottingham but I never get around to it. So disorganised.

Caroline
Www.puttingyourlifeinorder.blogspot.co.uk

Shawna McComber said...

That looks like loads of fun and what three gorgeous ladies! Your dress is a stunner! I haven't had rock buns in ages. My grandma always made them, though she called them rock cakes. I used to make them too using her recipe but haven't done so in decades and now I'd need to make the gluten free. Is there any point? LOL

I've been struggling to keep up with my blog reading and have not been having nearly as much fun as you have! Whine whine moan.

Keep on with the birthday fun! make it last as long as you can!
xoxoxo

Northern mum down South said...

I'm with Ivy, make your birthday last a year. Glad you had a fun time in Nottingham and enjoy the continued celebrations this weekend. Many happy returns xxxx

Angels have Red Hair said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!
xx

Patti said...

What a lovely day - meandering is the very best. Happy, happy 50th to you and enjoy the long, lovely weekend. 50 is fabulous. xoxo

Sheila said...

A perfect way to spend the day - that's my favourite thing to do ever. Happy birthday, Curtise!

two squirrels said...

Oh sweet I am so sorry to be coming in so so late with this.......eeeekkk!!!!!
Anyhow............Happy Happy Happy Happy Happy Birthday to the truly gorgeous, wonderful, stylish and pretty all around amazing Miss Curtise!!!!!!!!
Jump......dance.....sing....laugh.....and look back at a wonderful 50 years of being just YOU!!!!!!!!
Sending the biggest hugs and love always.....thank you for being part of my life........yay yay yay.....love v

Sue said...

Nothing beats time out with some girlfriends, especially when celebrating a birthday!! Love all your photos, I always feel like a tourist when you share the places photos. LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!! Enjoy the party tonight, cannot wait to see what you wore.

diaryofapennypincher said...

Looks like a great way to spend your birthday, doing just what you want to do, with who you want to do it with! Lovely outfit, royal blue and orange, another match made in Heaven. Can't wait to see the fancy dress outfit! Happy Birthday week, Curtise! xxx

Pull Your Socks Up! said...

Well you know just the right way to celebrate a very special birthday Curtise ... frock up, grab your best mates, get outside and into the sunshine, visit a gorgeous historic city, haunt the chazzas, scoff down some delicious grub and look utterly glorious doing it all!! Happy birthday to you dear friend, I feel very fortunate to have "met" you here and I look forward to many, many more days like this! Happy birthday gorgeous!!!! xoxoxo

Veshoevius said...

Wishing you a very happy birthday and many more to come! Looks like you had a wonderful day and you look marvelous in that printed maxi dress. Can't wait to see your fancy dress outfit!

Olga Rani said...

Happy birthday, dear Curtise! How great it is to have a week-long celebration! Beautiful and interesting photographs from your trip. And that dress of yours - what a bright and colourful piece of clothing!

Suzanne Carillo Style Files said...

What a brilliant day!

bisous
Suzanne

Vintage Bird Girl said...

Happy Birthday lovely Curtise! Sounds like it's the week for stretching out birthday celebrations! Love the photos with your friends. You look delicious in that frock. I hope you have a fantastic weekend celebrating half a century! Much love. Xx

Beth Waltz said...

Happy Birthday, Curtise! How chic you are in that hair cut and color! The lipstick shade and maxi print are perfect for the day's outing. Isn't it gratifying to look well on milestone occasions!

thorne garnet said...

Happy Birthday! I love that vintage shopping includes a photo of your girlfriends. Yeah to friends!

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello Curtise,

What gun you girls all look to have had in Nottingham. A bit of everything and surely something for everyone. A perfect day out, no doubt.

And, many, many happy returns of the day! How clever of you to have stretched the celebrations into a week rather than a day......next year perhaps you can aim for aBirthday Fortnight.

Still, there can be nothing more enjoyable than simple pleasures in the happy company of friends. Wonderful!

Laurie Duncan said...

Glad you had such a great birthday! Hope you have many more! :)xoxoxo

Val S said...

What a gorgeous day out! I had not idea Nottingham was so interesting. And you are very visible and gorgeous in that fabulous dress. I bet you almost made those bronze statues melt!

Jan Graham-McMillen said...

So happy you had so much fun! I love birthday celebrations, especially with your besties. You richly deserve all the celebration, and that is absolutely my favorite of your dresses that I've seen so far. What a print ... just wonderful. It will remain my favorite until something else wonderful that you show us comes along.
Nottingham is nearly as interesting as your birthday party. Thank you yet again for the excellent photos.

señora Allnut said...

happy birthday, dear lady, wish you a fabulous time!!, and so great you've met with your pretty funny friends and enjoyed a nice day!!, picnic and thrifting!! you're gorgeous ladies!!
besos & felicidades

Asparagus Pea said...

Happy Birthday girl - we'were thinking about Barcelona for mine, but now... Hmmm, maybe Nottingham! Looks like you had a fabulous day - can't put a price on that support network. As Armistead Maupin would say 'your logical family rather than your biological family' xxx

Miss Magpie said...

I'm glad to hear you had a great birthday. I always make sure I spread mine out for at least a fortnight!

Looking forward to seeing the fancy dress. x x

peaches mcginty said...

Happy, Happy Birthday Custise! What a fabulous celebration too - a couple of G&T's and a whole load of fun with your gorgeous friends, bathroom selfies are an essential! btw your frock is gorgeous! x x x

Connie said...

Nothing like a day out with the girlfriends. G&T's a bonus! Your dress is splendid and you are splendid and quite youthful looking in it. Happy Happy Happy Birthday. XXXXXOOOOO

Melanie said...

You and the girls are looking head-turningly gorgeous. You were probably laughing everywhere you went and were the envy of all those who saw you. What a fantastic way to celebrate the start of a new year. Fancy dress? Show us, show us what you wore. And another visit on Sunday. Lovely.

I don't know what's going on over there but you are looking particularly glowy in your photos lately. Maybe it's just the effect of summer and good times.

Joni James said...

I missed your birthday!! Well, Happy Belated Curtise. Looks like you have some nice friends to share it with and also enjoy some of the same things you do. The dress you chose to celebrate in is fantastic on you. The colors are so vibrant and really compliment you.
Hope your whole year is the best yet!

Fiona said...

This day out has all the right
ingredients for a damn fine birthday. Meandering, vintage browsing, rock cakes, beer and sunshine. I usually plan something lovely for mine but this year I will be working :(
Hope you are having happy family fun today. xxxxxx

Emma Kate at Paint and Style said...

Happy happy birthday Curtise! Love the pic of you and the cakes on the bench. xxxx

freckleface said...

In the words of Stevie Wonder, Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday! So glad you had a wonderful time in Nottingham. It's lovely to see it through someone else's eyes. I only regret I wasn't able to join you in all the fun. You look radiant and I don't blame you at all for drawing out the fun. My 40th took at least a month, so you are well entitled. Love your friend's cross-eyed look for the camera, classic!! Xxxxx

Mrs Bertimus said...

Looks like you had a blast!
Cannot WAIT to see your costume! X

Forest City Fashionista said...

I have to admit that I didn't know exactly what day your birthday was, so all I know is that it was sometime this week. When it's a milestone birthday like your 50th, you have permission to celebrate it for as long, or as short as you like. I celebrated mine for at least a month.

A day out with friends with food (what are rockbuns?), drinks, a bit of thrift shopping, looking at art - sounds like the perfect day to me. The dress you're wearing is gorgeous; I love blue and orange together.

Penny-Rose said...

Looks like you had an amazing time! Love the maxi dress and the photos of you and your friends are really awesome.

Lesley Extance said...

Happy birthday Curtise you look fabulous !!! , what great pictures and it looks like you had a wonderful time best wishes xxx

Krista Gassib said...

Wishing you the happiest of belated birthdays! What a perfect way to celebrate, it could have been my birthday that is just how I would spend it. You are wearing my dress :) and looking BEAUTIFUL as are Joanne and Sue. Nottingham, as all your cities look storybook to me, why I would be oohing and ahh-ing everywhere. Your rock bun birthday cake is ace!
Can't wait to see you being all fancy and shit.
I LOVE YOU CURTISE!
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
and a big slap on the ass, hey at least it's only one:)

Cristi said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CURTISE!!!

Wow 50, wouldn't have believe it unless you told me...thought you were 29.;) I have to say that since that's what my mother used to say, 29 and holding...now it's funny to me since I'm long past that.
But, numbers are just numbers, it's how you feel and by all your pics you seem to be as frisky as a filly, so YAY for that! Love seeing you have so much fun with your GFs. What a wonderful way to spend your special day. And, Nottingham-thought that was only a made up name...hope you met some hot boys in tights.;)
Love your pretty B-day dress the colors are great and you look so lovely bathed in perfect light in that seated pic.
Wishing you the BEST on your Birthday and ALWAYS!!:)

Melanie said...

Happy belated birthday to you! What a fun day, I like your rock cake birthday cake xxx

Louise McDonagh said...

A bit late, but happy birthday lovely lady xx

Jean at www.drossintogold.com said...

Hurray for fabulous birthdays!!!!!! You look adorable here, grinning from ear to ear with your girlfriends. I love it. You're a Cancer, yes? Sorry, just had to confirm. I know it's semi-tacky-'70's, but I swear there's something to it. As a Piscean, I know all about it. :-)

XXXXXXXXOOOOOOOOOO

Jean at www.drossintogold.com said...

P.S. If you're a Gemini, I forgive you.

PinkCheetahVintage said...

This is the perfect day!!! What are rock buns??? I don't even know, but I would eat it!! I am a huge fan of bathroom selfies and you look gorgeous!!!!! Drinks, rock buns, art, friends, Bdays, vintage shopping LOVE IT ALL <3 <3 <3

Trees said...

What a lovely birthday day out! Those rock buns look like rock cakes that my mum used to make when we were younger :) Also that maxi is AMAZING! I'm slowly catching up with all my blog reading, so you will get some comments on your older posts. Also if I didn't say so before, I hope you had a truly wonderful birthday.

Rachel said...

Happy Belated Birthday my lovely! It looks like you had a wonderful day with your friends. xx