As many of you have most likely seen on my Instagram, I turned 25 this week! Quarter of a century. I can earnestly say that nothing in my life is what I thought it would be when I hit this age, yet I have so much hope for my future. There are so many things in my life that I love and I’m so much more confident in myself than I ever thought I could be, yet my professional life is at a standstill. I never had delusions that I’d be a millionaire, but I’d also seen myself traveling around the world by now even if such journeys made me a bit tight on money. One’s 20s are supposed to be a time for adventure, and the last few years have simultaneously been some of the best in my life because of the vintage community I’ve fallen into, and some of the most tedious as I solely worked on getting degrees and found myself limited to traveling to California for the occasional Disney trip at most.
Focusing on my Masters also seriously stunted my growth in arenas that I found joy in previously (dance, song, etc.), but I have hope for the future that I’ll be able to move away from Tucson again and find the time for all the things that have been missing in my life. With a Masters under my belt and a job with steady hours, a decent apartment and a passion, I’m hoping I’ve hit the stage in my life where I can start working toward making the things I love my career instead of focusing on achieving what I am expected to achieve. There’s a reason La La Land resonated with me so much!
On that note, one of the reasons I was feeling down as this birthday approached was that it would be the first birthday in half a decade that I didn’t spend in Disneyland, and my roomie and I didn’t have funds to really go out to celebrate either. This was a downer for both of us and inspired Lauren to do a little something extra this birthday. Her next few weeks were spent putting together a birthday party (with a surprise theme) for a small get together.
When I walked out, I was greeted with a moon and stars theme with everything covered in deep blues and golds.
She not only made a hanging moon and star for a little photoshoot section, put together a marvelous spread of cheese, meats, candy and chips (as any ideal meal would be composed), but she even made me my very own piñata! Oh, and this gorgeous teal chiffon dress was the perfect gift from her for the theme.
And the perfect birthday crown completed my look.
Since I wasn’t allowed out of my room until around 3pm, we figured “photoshoots” should be taken care of sooner rather than later while there was still light outside
The star, which was left unattached, was surprisingly heavy, so posing with it proved quite the challenge…
…but we still ALL wanted to play with the star, anyway.
Of course, as the birthday girl, I remained victorious! Despite the good fight my best friend, Sisa, put up. But we somehow found it in our hearts to kiss and make up.
And of course, any proper birthday needs some good confetti action!
My lil sis arrived in the perfect blue velvet dress for the theme.
And Lauren donned my blue Marilyn top to fit into the theme after starting with my black Marilyn.
I HAD to get snapshots with the two best friends since there’re so few of all three of us out there. What a trio! I love the way the teal of my dress really pops.
Funny that my sis and Sisa showed up in dark blue completely coincidentally. Everything really fell into place when Lauren changed her top. Everything was so brilliantly cohesive and put together!
I’m so grateful to Lauren for planning and making everything, and for my sis and Sisa for helping set everything up and dressing up just for me. And who else would be willing to dawn three of your custom personalized brooches for you? Definitely made me feel special, Disneyland or no! Plus, the theme goes along with so many things I love, La La Land, Beauty & the Beast….nothing could be more “Lark.” The moon, at least, is definitely going to have a permanent place in my apartment now.
After taking pictures for awhile, we ventured to our food, which included some tasty organic cotton candy on a stick.
Aka, the perfect fodder for a sword fight!
With full tummies, we realized the sun was setting, so quickly decided on a park to take the piñata to and drove over before it became too dark to see anything. Naturally, we completely forgot the blindfold, so ended up digging through my car and found a pair of trousers destined for the thrift store to use. While not ideal…it was definitely amusing, and did the trick. To a degree.
I was amazed at how solid Lauren’s piñata was! Really held its own as we pummeled it to death.
After the piñata (which was filled with everything from Slim Jim’s to Fun Dip), we headed back to the apartment, changed into pajamas, and put on the Live at Albert Hall version of Phantom of the Opera (since no-one will watch it with me normally), and then dove into my cake (which was a fruit tart), and opened presents.
All in all, it was a wonderful birthday party! Made turning 25 at home feel so much less daunting and dull. I’m looking forward to what life has to throw my way now that I’ve hit this milestone!
Miss Lark Bahar