Posts filed under "happy birthday"

A Close Shave.

Recently, my husband took a turn into his mid-life
and celebrated his 30th birthday.

{30? Really?}

Since we have been a little "experience" heavy lately,
it was actually really hard to think of an activity
that was worthy of such a monumental day.

I'm not sure how well I actually did at the overall day...
but I know I did two things right.

The first was booking dinner at the OXO tower
overlooking the skyline of London.

(One point, me. One point for you, too, if you go when you visit London.)

The second was taking Tyler to 
to primp & pamper him.

This quirky salon is the brainchild of Ted Baker.

Apparently, after experiencing a traditional Turkish shave in Turkey (duh),
Ted came back and opened up a shop to recreate the experience.

It's pretty fantastic, I must say...
and it wasn't even me with the appointment!


The clothes the barbers wear are awesome Ted Baker clothes.
They all are the same... but they all rock.

You get treated to some mean Turkish coffee for you while you wait.

They move giant razor blades around men's throats like it's no big deal.

How smooooooth Tyler's face was for days. Lovely.

They have bowls of matches & combs to take for free...
except you may realize when you get home, they aren't actually matches...
they're condoms.

And I made a joke about never having "these" 
when I need them to the guy as I shoved a handful in my purse.

And he giggled.

{Editor's Note: Sign up for 'Anti-Moron' coaching class immediately.}

Oh well.. regardless of the impression I made there,
the important thing is: Tyler really liked it.

And that's good...
because now that he's 30,
there's not as much to be excited about.

I kid, I kid.

PS. Im headed to Scotland for a "wee" work trip today
where I'll be hopping around Edinburgh & the country for a few days.

*all images original to Aspiring Kennedy

Posted on May 22, 2012 and filed under "TK", "happy birthday", "pamper".

Notting Hill: Happy (late) Birthday to me!

Last month, 
I got spoiled by celebrating my birthday with my parents
with the perfect day in Tuscany.

Tyler had planned to take me out for my birthday
but because I've been traveling so much since the big day,
we had to postpone it.

(Fact: I've slept in 21 different beds in the past 6 weeks!)

After getting back to London last night
(and moving into our new place),
 Tyler woke me up this morning 
with a surprise outing to Notting Hill!

I absolutely love Saturdays there...
the market is up
and full of all the quirkiness & oddity 
that completely strike my fancy.

We started the day off right with
 chocolate-filled Italian donuts (or "bomba")
at our favorite morning stop, Arancina,
that is located conveniently en route to
the Portobello Road Market.

Once we had appropriately carb-laoded,
we pushed our way through the crowds 
into the throbbing heart of Portobello Road.

no make-up needed for saturdays at a market!

Delicious produce & food stalls 
that cause me to loiter and stare 
for awkwardly long periods of time.

If there are onions grilling, 
just count on me stopping and standing...
and drooling.

the namesake produce

Since it was my "birthday,"
Tyler told me to pick out something that I liked.

Something that we could keep in our house
that would always remind me of my birthday in Notting Hill.

So I looked.

And looked...

nothing seemed right.

Till at the end,
I found a perfect crystal table set
for salt, pepper, & mustard (yippee!)
that was made in the 1890's. 

It's now sitting bubble wrapped and safe in my flat...
where it will sit until I get our place unpacked-
but take my word for it:
it's a keeper.

And with moves like those,
so is this guy.

A few pointers:

The market is open on Saturdays.

To reach the market,
take the Central Line to Notting Hill Gate.

As you leave the station exits,
take the stairs towards "Portobello Road."
Follow the crowds around the block
and up the neighborhood into the heart of the market.
It will be about a ten minute walk from the tube station.

If you are traveling to London,
and would like to know more about 
Notting Hill's Portobello Road Market,
email me at

*all images original to Aspiring Kennedy

Posted on September 24, 2011 and filed under "London", "TK", "happy birthday", "notting hill".

Birthday Wish

If I could pick the perfect day to celebrate my 27th birthday,
what would I do?

It would probably involve a day spent with my love...

and my parents...

frolicking through our favorite Tuscan town...

eating delicious Italian meals....

and not having to worry about layering,
random rain showers,
or have to worry about my shoes getting soaked through.

we did all of that yesterday.

Today we will have to settle for lunch at the Antinori vineyard,
 dinner off the Ponte Vecchio 
at my favorite restaurant in the world, Golden View,
and going back to "villa sit" our friend's place afterwards.

I realize how ridiculous and absurd it all sounds,
but alas-
 it's true!

Somehow, I lucked out this year on my birthday.

The only thing that could make it better?

Is if all you guys were there to join the party!

What would you do on your "perfect" birthday?

Posted on August 11, 2011 and filed under "Italy", "happy birthday", "live", "stonehaven".

Happy {Half} Birthday.

Today is my half birthday...
which means that more importantly-
it's my mom's birthday.

Oh, my mom.

I do love my mom.

In fact, everyone loves my mom...
including all the guys I've ever dated.

I think they all dated me with hope that someday
I would be as cool as my mom.

I don't blame them. That's what I'm banking on, too.

Mom, I don't have a gift for you. Sorry.
I'll get you one when you visit.

Until then, I'm re-gifting you with some gifts you already have.

image via

Happy Birthday,
I love you!

Posted on February 11, 2011 and filed under "happy birthday".