A Brazilian Birthday with Extra Frosting!

I woke up at 5 a.m. the morning of my birthday to get my “Birthday Run” in— 3.4 miles to kick-off the big 3-4! When I got to work that morning, my sweet coworkers surprised me with a Birthday Breakfast: breakfast wraps and Krispy Kreme (my weakness).


wpid-20140408_072419.jpgBirthday “Run” Bling—I Ran for Cake on my Birthday!


wpid-20140408_083803.jpgAlthough the forecast said that it was going to storm, I’m thankful that God allowed the sun to shine on my birthday!

  wpid-wp-1397138019566.jpegThen this happened. My sweet husband surprised me with cupcakes from Dreamcakes!

wpid-screenshot_2014-04-05-18-27-22-1.pngThis was such a nice birthday surprise waiting in my inbox, especially since dining from the regular bar is $42.99 per person. A birthday perk ain’t ever hurt nobody! I will definitely put this to use in the upcoming weeks.

wpid-screenshot_2014-04-08-19-19-33-1.pngI guess you can tell where I’m having my birthday dinner! You know the older you get, you sometimes have to put things on your calendar to remind yourself. O_o

wpid-2014-04-11-12.55.31.jpg.jpegServing 1980’s vintage realness in the midst of a bipolar spring!

wpid-2014-04-11-10.39.37.jpg.jpeg I’ve been a huge fan of Texas de Brazil (Brazilian-style steakhouse) since 2007! Want to know why? Read their overview here. I was beyond elated when I found out there was one opening in Birmingham. You can read that post here. My birthday dinner at TDB was a must!

wpid-2014-04-11-19.27.05.jpg.jpegCoconut Mandarin Mojito! So refreshing!

wpid-20140314_194230.jpgGotta love place cards! Turn it to green (“Sim, Por Favor”) and the “troop of carvers” will come by your table. Turn your place card to red (“Não, Obrigado”) and either you need a minute or you have thrown in the towel! The various cuts of meat are perfection. Mashed Potatoes (enough for four people), Fried Bananas, and Brazilian cheese rolls are served with dinner. My absolute favorites are the Brazilian Sausage, Garlic Sirloin, and Lobster Bisque with steamed white rice. I have a few honorable mentions that include grilled pineapple and sushi from the salad bar. Okay, let’s just say the entire salad bar and carving queue. I’m serious—everything is so good!




David and the TDB staff took great care of us and made sure my (our) dining experience was beyond spectacular! I received a complimentary dessert, Brazilian Cheesecake, that will melt in your mouth.


Love & Laughter: Sinfully Chocolate Ice Cream Cake!

All in all, I had a FABulous birthday! I’m very grateful for everyone and their thoughtfulness. It truly made my birthday special! Here’s to many more! *Toasts Dasani Sparkling*

Celebrate The Weekend Away!

The weekend goes by way too fast! Seems like when you’re having fun that usually happens. These past few weekends have been all about celebrations! Life, marriage, and birthdays seem to be the trend. It’s so awesome to share in the blessings of friends.


My Sister-friend, Tamika, was in town a few weeks ago for her pre-wedding festivities! It’s her Wedding Week…WOO-HOO!!! We’ve been friends for almost 20 years and I’m so ecstatic for her as she prepares to embark on this amazing journey of Love and Marriage!


Ran (pun-intended) into my BGR/Sole Sista, Bernice at the festivities. She’s preparing for her first half-marathon! I’m so proud of her!!!



Getting ready to head out Friday evening to celebrate my sorority sister and friend, DK’s, birthday (Part I)!


And the celebration continues…

Saturday night getting ready for Part II of DK’s birthday festivities! Yes, when we celebrate, WE CELEBRATE!


Tamika, DK, and I

It’s always a “celebrate” when these girls are around! Late night, on the patio of World of Beer with an ocean-like breeze. Good times!

Btw, I installed these box braids about 2 weeks ago. I’ll post about them soon! In the meantime, check out my recent post on my Marley/Havana Twists! =)


It’s My Birthday!!!


Today has been awesome and the day is not over. Not to mention, I celebrate my birthday for an entire month! Why not? I’m so blessed and thankful! I appreciate all of the birthday love, messages, texts, calls, tweets…you name it!



Thrifty Thursday: Spring Colorful Vintage

It’s Thursday and I’m so ready for the weekend! It’s been a minute since I’ve posted about some great thrift finds. I celebrated my birthday this past weekend, Happy Birthday To Me!!! — and I’ve been waiting to wear one of my favorite pieces. Had the perfect place to where it…It was “A Celebrate” with tons of friends!!! 


Sneak Peek of the my thrifted, vintage top!


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Please excuse the lighting inside of this night club!


Everyone knows I LOVE color, florals, and patterns! It’s Springtime so I know I’ll really be pulling them out! As if the other seasons would have stopped me. Not!

This top was snatched right off the rack the moment I saw it! The blazer was also thrifted.

(Please forgive the lighting! I did the best I could. The venue was dark…but the spotlight was on me, ’cause it was my birthday! Owwww! Just kidding! lol)

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This is the Hello Kitty handbag live and in living color, that I posted about here! This is one of my girlfriend’s bag. We are both big HK fans. I think I’m more of a fanatic than she is though. *wink* My Sister told me today that she has a surprise for me! I hope this is it!!! :-)

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This is me on my Birthday/Easter! I changed into this after 5 a.m. service. A sista was tired, so when I got ready for lunch with my Mommy, I wanted to be comfie — and I wanted to wear something colorful. We were headed to one of my Dad’s favorite restaurants, The Bright Star!

I’m wearing my Spring, vintage floral skirt and gorgeous, fuchsia button down top that I thrifted last Summer (first time wearing the skirt)! Perfect colors for a beautiful day!

Until next time Happy Thrifters & Vintage Lovers!