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Friday, February 01, 2013

34th birthday

Yesterday was my 34th birthday, and, I have to say, it was one of my favorites. We just celebrated in a low-key family way, and it was so nice. First, on Wednesday night, Alex took me to see the The Book of Mormon. Our friend (who actually happens to be Mormon) helped us get discounted house seats through her friend who works for the play. When we showed up, we realized we were sitting fifth row center! We were so close, we could see the sweat on the actors' faces; it was crazy.
Look how beautiful the boxes were on the sides of the theater...
The play was absolutely hilarious, and the acting was fantastic. Jon Stewart said the play was "so f**king good it makes me angry," which seemed about right. We had smiles plastered on our faces the whole time.
The next morning, my brother and his French girlfriend Audrey came over for breakfast. She recommended Bien Cuit, a new bakery in our neighborhood...
...so we headed over there for delicious pain au chocolat and carrot bread. (Toby preferred the former:)
That evening, Alex and I went to Junoon, a fancy Indian restaurant in the Flatiron district.
The food was exploding with flavor. We had crispy cauliflower, fried paneer cheese and duck meatballs just to start, and then shared lentil-encrusted mahi mahi and lamb shank braised for five hours.
During dinner, Alex surprised me with a handmade Mason Pearson brush. I've wanted one ever since Caroline explained that the boar bristles evenly distribute your hair's natural oils to make it extra shiny. Plus, every woman in my family had one growing up—my mom, my aunts, my grandmother—so in a funny way, it feels like I've finally grown up. :)

121 comments:

Inform Interiors said...

Happy birthday!!! That Indian food looks delicious!

Bethany said...

A man who gives that brush as a gift really knows how to spoil a girl. Such a little luxury! Happy Birthday!

Bethany
aluckyfifth.com

sbt said...

Happy birthday, Joanna! I'm coming up to NY next weekend for my birthday dinner with my best friend, and we were deciding between Junoon and Darbar! We made reservations at Darbar, though - have you ever eaten there?

clementimes said...

How sweet about the hairbrush!

Lana said...

Happy Belated Birthday! My mom used to have a boar bristle brush growing up and I remember being so freaked out that it came from a pig. :) (Are they really that kind of boar? I still don't know!) I do remember my hair feeling luxuriously soft when she had finished brushing it, though!

Leah Rife said...

That sounds absolutely wonderful! Happy Birthday!

Unknown said...

Sounds wonderful!

PS: If you make the move to Brooklyn, we've got a Bien Cuit too!

Amy Powell said...

what a lovely birthday! So glad you fully enjoyed it :)

riorita said...

Loved the article! Happy Birthday, and may your hair shine forever!

Alex said...

Ah! What a perfect birthday :-)

Stephanie Marie said...

Happy Birthday!!! That hairbrush looks wonderful!

Kirsten said...

When I read about the gift of your brush and the legacy you now share with your mom, grandmother, etc., I just smiled. It is the little things that are so special to share!

Happy Birthday!

-Kirsten
mylifetintedpink.blogspot.com

brooklynash said...

omg so you moved to brooklyn?! you're in my hood!

Angelica said...

so sweet for alex to surprise you like that! i am so happy you had such a great day! the food sounds amazing :)

CCL said...

Sounds like a perfect day, going out for coffee and breakfast is my favorite way to start any celebratory day too!

Ekaterina Roshchina said...

You had such a lovely day!
Happy birthday, Joanna!

Jen said...

Sounds like a great way to celebrate your big day. I love Indian food, but have yet to try paneer - I know, I need to get over it and get some next time. Happy Birthday!

Inari said...

What a lovely evening out!

Monica L. Shulman said...

happy birthday! :)

Lauren Knight said...

Sounds like such a great day! I have been wanting to see that play-- everyone who has seen it raves!

The Slow Pace said...

I'm glad that you have such a wonderful brithday and such a great present!!!
Happy Birthday!!!

www.theslowpace.wordpress.com

Just For Today said...

Happy Birthday!

Penelope G. said...

What a wonderful NYC birthday. Did you take your picture on 34th Street?

That might be a cool tradition... ooh, or for anniversaries too.

-A Word with Penelope

heather m said...

Okay, first of all I'm so jealous that you saw Book of Mormon! That's definitely on my Bucket List :) Sounds like you had the perfect birthday - delicious food, great friends, and a great present! Happy Birthday, lady.

TheParisian said...

Joyeux Anniversaire Joanna !
We share the same birthdate :-)

jamie said...

love your brush, Toby's sweater & where did Audrey get her boots!? :)

Amanda Swann said...

You know how to celebrate a birthday lady. How fun! I have one of those brushes too and they are fabulous. Also, my 7 year old loves it because it doesn't hurt when I brush her hair with it.

Have a wonderful weekend.

The Cheeky Cafe

CP and KW said...

happy birthday! :) that sounds fabulous
kw ladies in navy

Kristin said...

Your birthday looks awesome! I have that brush, it is AMAZING. I was so skeptical about such an expensive one, but was gifted one last Christmas, and now I'm a total convert. My hair has never looked better.

Love me if ya dare said...

Such a nice ending of a perfect day!!

Quiana said...

As a fellow NYC dweller about to turn 33 this year this sounds like a perfect birthday - Book of Mormon and the Mason Pearson brush especially! I think I need to forward this post to my hubby ;-)

lindsay said...

happy birthday jo! :)

Lejla said...

happy birthday!!

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S said...

Happy birthday! I think I need one of those hair brushes - and I know I can get one in the UK :)

S said...

Happy birthday! I think I need one of those hair brushes - and I know I can get one in the UK :)

Morgan Bee said...

Yesterday was also my birthday! I turned 25. Happy birthday and glad you had such a great day :)

Kara Workman said...

Happy Birthday! Looks like you had a lot of fun!

xx, kara

lisaathome said...

Oh we really want to see that! Looks like the perfect day. Happy Birthday!

Chloe Moon said...

Happy Birthday again!! That is so amazingly awesome that you got to see The Book of Mormon 5th row center! WOW!! Ooo such yummy food!! I'm glad you had a wonderful birthday! =) That's pretty cool that your keeping the tradition alive with the brush! =)

Ergo - Blog

J Hamilton said...

Happy Birthday :)

The-Pastry said...

how lovely + perfect!

jessjots.com said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
I totally agree with you, btw. I'm inching my way towards 33, and my 30s TOTALLY trump my 20s. I was a hot mess in my 20s! ;)

Ellie said...

Happy birthday!! That seems like an amazing way to spend the big day :) I've been dying to see book of mormon! Must find tickets...

Love your blog!
xx
Ellie
www.citybrewed.com

Janika R. said...

Belated Birthday wishes to you..

Ana said...

Happy Birthday! It seems like you had a blast!

Sian said...

I wish a show and two meals out was a quiet birthday for me ;) Looks lovely, especially the indian food.

Nantucket Daffodil said...

A belated HappyBirthday! What a nice time! The show, the bakery, the brush! What a lucky girl!

Mornings with Milo said...

Fun Fun Fun! All of it! And those brushes are the best and often become family heirlooms! xx

SA said...

Happy birthday!
That looks like a great birthday celebration. I'm in Colorado but am wishing more than ever I lived in NYC!

Nicole

http://stayhomestaychic.wordpress.com/

gia said...

Sounds fabulous!!! Glad to hear you were taken care of! :)

Beth Vogel said...

You will swear by that brush and keep it forever. All the great women in my family have used them for decades, so my mom bought me one when I turned 10. I'm now 24 and use the very same brush! Take good care of it and it will last a looooong time! :)

ss said...

Happy Birthday Joanna!So glad you were born:)

AND I would love to see Book of Mormon!

D.G said...

That's a very nice article there! :-)

Thenie

bri said...

happy birthday! all those pictures are making me hungry! my birthday is in a few weeks, i hope i have as much fun as you did!

Lisamarie said...

I think your birthday sounds fantastic. The lentil-encrusted mahi mahi, the brother's french girlfriend arriving via moped, and the fancy hair brush would be my top three favorite things. I am going to check out that hair brush asap!

holtkamp said...

looks like an amazing birthday! we've been wanting to see the 'book of mormon' - i wonder if it will come to salt lake city?!

Megan said...

What a wonderful birthday! The Book of Mormon is absolutely hilarious and I am dying to see it again. My mom gave me a Mason Pearson brush for one of my teenage birthdays and I have treasured it ever since (my parent's dog chewed on the handle so now it has its own character). I will hopefully have a girl of my own one day that I can gift a Mason Pearson brush to. They are the BEST!

Sara said...

Sounds like a wonderful birthday! You're lovely - happy happy 34!

Rana said...

You are adorable! Happy Birthday!

Raphaelle Robert said...

awesome!!! so what do you think about the Mason's brush???!!!! Ive been wanting one forever too!

eileen ragan | leanerbythelake.com said...

happy birthday! looks like it was amazing. I've been meaning to check out the Book of Mormon, so your review is up my alley.

I second that brush, I have one of those along with a Wet Brush and they make an awesome pair. Have fun with those shiny locks!

www.leanerbythelake.com

Simply Marilla said...

Happy Birthday....I saw Book of Mormon last Spring and I have never laughed so hard. Very inappropriately funny!

Blue Dog Belle said...

sounds like y'all had a great time!

Sarah said...

What a wonderful way to ring in a new birthday year! My little will celebrate his 2nd in just a few days and I'll celebrate my 33rd soon after. February is a great month to be born!

Pamela said...

Happy birthday! And your brother's girlfriend's boots are amazing. Would LOVE to know where she found them! French women always have the best shoes...

Amanda Salinas said...

your birthday sounds fabulous! have a beautiful year!
http://sleeplessanddreammore.blogspot.com.ar/

nicole said...

Aww, this is all so lovely, Joanna, and what a sweet gift from Alex. Happy birthday! xo.

Mehreen Qudosi said...

Happy Birthday!!!! I just had my 22nd birthday on the 24th, so I love a fellow January baby. :)

Mehreen // www.mqudosi.com

leah ruth said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! that looks like a perfect day; filled with fun, family, and good food.... and i would be lying if i said i am not coveting your mason pearson brush.

thanks for sharing your lovely day!

xo, Necole said...

Lovely post!! Happy Birthday and wishing many more Blessings!!!!!

xx
Necole
b3llacara.blogspot.com

Lost in Provence said...

Now that seems like a fantastic birthday all around! Joyeux anniversaire! A little late but well-meant from one of your readers but non-commenters. You have enough already as it is!!

For me, my mid-30s were my absolute favorite time. I spent my 35th bday on safari in Botswana after having wrapped a photo shoot with my honey for Apple. I felt at the top of my game and "bien dans ma peau" as they say here in France--I still do but do not quite agree that the 40s are the new 30s--so please enjoy the amazing life that you have worked so hard to build! It is a wonderful moment to be in...

With all my Best from Provence,
heather

kaitlin said...

All the best on your birthday, Joanna! I'm wondering if Caroline would suggest this brush for every kind of hair, or not for hair that is tightly curled.

Ashley Allen said...

Happy Birthday Joanna! So glad you had a great day!

Jesse said...

The Mormon Church's response to the play was very generous - not combative at all. I wonder, if the writers of the play had done something similar by making a vulgar and crass play about the Holy Qu'ran and the Prophet Mohammed, would they and the actors even still be alive today? Or would they just be living in fear in another country under false identities?!

- Jesse
Aloe Vera Juice Benefits

Elisse said...

Love Indian food! I'm glad you had a great birthday :)

Delba Cristina said...

AAH, The Indian food just made my mouth water. Glad you had a great birthday, may you have many more. (:

andreea said...

Aww.. that all looks wonderful! Happy Birthday!

cocoandtea said...

Hope you had a great birthday! I am still dying to see 'Book of Mormon'! It's coming to DC this summer, so hopefully soon!
xo
Katie
cocoandtea.com

Caroline, No. said...

Happy birthday! Many happy returns. Second the mason and Pearson brushes. I stole my mum's. Makes hair magically thick and lustrous! x

Ilona Garner said...

Awww...Happy Birthday!

Chimmy said...

Sounds like a fantastic way to celebrate! Happy 34th!

Laura McAllen said...

What a sweet ending to a post. I have just checked shipping of the hairbrushes to Ireland...they deliver...but do they really work?

Pure Imajennation said...

Super sweet and thoughtful gift! Your man is so good to you. :)

Hope your years of life keep getting exponentially better!

<3
Jenn
www.pureimajennation.com

Reina said...

OOOOO the lentil crusted mahi mahi sounds like a dream!

Happy Birthday! Glad it was so fun and happy!

Allison said...

happy birthday! i'm glad you had such a fun celebration!

and now that you've seen the play, you should read the book! i can attest to how great and life changing it is. you can get a free copy of the Book of Mormon here: http://mormon.org/free-book-of-mormon . (straight from the Church, so it's legit). and i just want to say that real Mormon missionaries are actually pretty cool guys and girls!

Rosalin said...

Happy birthday! Sounds like you had a fabulous celebration. And I'm so impressed Alex got you a Mason Pearson brush. Major husband points! I'd be surprised if my boyfriend knew what a "Mason Pearson" was. ;) A very sweet surprise.

Sara said...

Happy Birthday! Looks like an amazing time was had. I am also 34, it is a good age - enjoy. Also, my mother, who is 65, says it is the best time of life (well, she said that BEFORE she retired, so it may now be 65).

Jamie said...

Happy Birthday! My family and I snagged tickets to see Book of Mormon with the original cast when it first came out because Matt and Trey were promoting it on the Daily Show and we saw that and said "A musical about Mormons written by the creators of South Park? How could this NOT be good??" So we bought tickets before it blew up and got our pick - we chose front row of the loge, dead center (imo the best seats in the house). We all loved it! We met the cast outside afterwards too, it was a really fun evening :)

Rachael {all things beautiful} said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful birthday celebration! Hope your weekend is just as good.

Olga Galchenko said...

Ahhh! All the single girls' hearts broke at the mention of your brother's french girlfriend. :)

Happy Birthday, Joanna! You are such an inspiration to me.

@distract_me said...

Happy birthday! xx

Mary said...

That sounds like a lovely birthday.
My sister is 11 years younger than me and I distinctly remember when I knew she was grown up - she stood up to our (well meaning, but overbearing) aunt. Funny how you mark milestones into adulthood...

Loulou said...

Oh no .... Now I absolutely NEED one of those brushes! Nice gift and lovely birthday all 'round. Happy birthday to you, and your twin!

Loulou

Averie @ Averie Cooks said...

Happy Bday! I've had my Mason-Pearson for about 10 years and it looks mint, brand new. I also love their wide-toothed combs (and much cheaper than the brushes). You're gonna love that brush!

And I'd like to try a slice of that carrot bread!

Lisa Johnson said...

Belated Happy Birthday Joanna! Looks like an excellent day! I surprised my mom on Christmas with tickets for us to see Book of Mormon when it comes to Boston in April. We cannot wait!

Mariana said...

Happy Happy Birthday!!

Denise said...

Happy Birthday - your post brought tears to my eyes. I bought the brush for my daughter on her first birthday (not the child one but the adult one) and when she left for college in September she decided to leave it home to "keep it safe". Ah, the memories of brushing her hair with it! (sigh)

Melanie said...

Happy Birthday! That brush looks amazing :) Enjoy!

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Abeer Aetesam said...

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Sharla said...

What a thoughtful gift! And I'm so jealous of those seats ;) happy belated birthday!

Lexa said...

What a nice Blog.

Liebe Grüße Lexa
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Barbie // Little Skyline said...

Sounds like a wonderful day! Hope 34 is great

Kerstin said...

Happy happy birthday! I keep hearing about The Book of Mormon but I know little about it - I'm glad you enjoyed it, I'll have to check it out! Glad you had such a wonderful birthday - make it the best year yet!

Jenn D said...

Happy Birthday Joanna! It sounds like you had such a wonderful time.
Jenn
With Luck

dot said...

Happy Birthday Jo! lots of love and happiness and sunshines!!!
xxx dot
http://belikedot.blogspot.co.uk/

Kristina said...

Happy Birthday!! It sounds like you had a wonderful time.

Kristina

Kristina does the Internets

Cheryl said...

Happy birthday Cup of JO! Hugs & love to you always! :)

Liz said...

Happy Birthday (a couple days late). Mason Pearson brushes are lovely, so lovely I have two!

preppyrus said...

happy belated birthday, jo! thanks for being an inspiration, always. may this yr be filled with abundant blessings and hoy! with love, genevieve

Maywyn said...

Happy Birthday!

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Jesselyn said...

Happy Birthday Joanna! I just know how much fun I would have just telling people what my husband bought me. "He bought me a HAIRBRUSH!" in the most excited voice as people look at you like you are crazy because they don't know that is a Mason Pearson, your legacy and like a gajillion dollars ;-)

Cheryl G. said...

Happy Birthday!
You and your family are adorable. You are talented and I have enjoyed so much of your blog.
That is a very sweet story about the brush.
I have a big lump in my throat because at first I was excited to see the statue of the prophet Moroni. Then, I read and looked further. It does look like a beautiful theater but it also looks like it was made to be similar to some of our Temples and the mural of the stars and planets looks much like the mural on the walls of part of the second floor inside of our visitor center in Salt Lake City which surrounds a beautiful Christus statue. My husband, a son and a daughter all served voluntarily as missionaries, to teach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to serve the people (who they grew to love) in the areas in which they served. It wasn't easy or cheap. I have read, re-read and love; the real book, "The Book of Mormon". Just thought to add a different perspective.

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Victoria said...

Hi Joanna, happy (very) belated birthday! I'm traveling to NYC in less than a month for the first time and am most excited about my Book of Mormon tickets! I have a very important question, though: what should I wear? I truly have no idea as to what is appropriate (for me or my man). Any input would be so appreciated!

Josef Apgar said...

It's a amazing story.....



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