champagne birthday: twenty six on the twenty sixth

champagne_starthis year, i decided i wanted to pull out all the stops for my birthday. you see, i tend to be a little grumpy about my birthday, namely because of when it falls – the day after christmas. this has often meant either not celebrating it on that day, or not feeling like it was “special” enough. obviously this was a bigger deal when i was six. i always moped about having to invite friends to come over either a week before or a week after, and knowing many couldn’t make it regardless (i was kind of a sensitive kid). my loved ones spoil me rotten though, like last year when my parents threw me a murder mystery dinner with friends! but overall, something about being a boxing day baby always rubbed me the wrong way. this year would be different, i said. i’m turning twenty six on the twenty sixth! some refer to it as a golden birthday, but my friend iris always called it a champagne birthday. i liked the sound of that, and an excuse to live exorbitantly (my favourite). champagne birthday it would be!

after talking to my best friend lots, and having ambitious plans of perhaps celebrating my birthday in montreal, or ottawa… it became very clear that many of the people who i wanted to be there couldn’t regardless of where i celebrated it (hey, it’s the day after christmas, and i live pretty far). to top it off, if i really wanted champagne on my birthday, there would be no way i could afford that at any bar or restaurant… aside from the fact that very few of them are open on december 26th… especially when it falls on a tuesday.

all planning kerfuffles aside, i decided it would be at my house. if you could come, great! if you couldn’t, oh well. champagne for all! good food for all! and dancing. i started tagging things on tumblr as “champagne birthday” to figure out what i wanted. i brainstormed on livejournal. it became clear: debauchery, laughter, dancing, masks, sequins, sparkle.

champagne_me2later, when i saw this dress at hank & co., i stopped in my (online browsing) tracks. now, i don’t have very much pink in my closet… aside from maybe one hat and one scarf. even when i found great pink vintage dresses, i sold them instead of wearing them myself. for the longest time, i had a strong aversion to pink… namely because it was associated as very feminine. nicolette mason talked about this recently over at her blog, and i left a bit long comment about my own relationship to the colour traditionally imposed on girls and women. i think it was a combination of internalized misogyny and fear of the unknown, but lately i have crossed that line and am loving pink. so! hot pink sequins? fuck yeah! when i saw that it was my size to boot, i knew i had to snap it up.

and here are the tons of photos from my birthday celebration. enjoy!

champagne courtesy of simon’s recent trip to france!

bashful birthday gal

my wonderful guests!!!

simon et karina

get ready for some grub! millet stuffed bell peppers from get it ripe.


champagne_me champagne_glass
post dinner champagne, anyone?

my decadent cake, courtesy of annemarie


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i love these gals.

simon, his sister ély and his brother patrick!


now it’s time for a little bit of dressup.

bedroom glamour 2

annemarie playing with my glasses (hey! look at my awesome lucky jackson print from iris last year)

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annemarie and i have a bit of tall gal-big feet solidarity going on.

bedroom glamour 3
bedroom glamour 4
some glamour shots…


and we’re ready for a break outside! followed by…



corinne et karina

i’m a bit of a diva. how can you NOT be in this dress?


aaaaaaaand a little bit drunk.

happy belated birthday to me!


Filed under fashion, personal, vintage

11 responses to “champagne birthday: twenty six on the twenty sixth

  1. Thank you so much for posting this Julia! It looks like it was such a fun night, and you of course looked wildly babely in your sequined dress (as did all your guests!) My own champagne birthday is this year so I’m glad for some inspiration!

  2. Happy, happy birthday! Jazz hands, indeed! You (and your guests) look stunning! You’ve totally inspired me for my birthday (March 1st). I really didn’t do anything for my 40th (I’m an old lady, remember). But this year I may do something special; glitter, antlers, masks!

  3. Belatedly, happy birthday!

    I hear you re: pink. I’ve talked about it a bit somewhere in my archives, but the short version is that for me, associating myself with pink felt like giving people permission to think all the things about me that pink meant; refusing pink was a rudimentary sexism-survival mechanism. It was internalized misogyny as well, because I DID sneer at ‘weak silly girly stuff’.. But I wouldn’t have, maybe, if I didn’t feel on the back foot from a) being a girl and b) being afraid of not being allowed to do the boy stuff more than I was afraid of being seen to like the girl stuff.

    Having gained confidence and discovered real live feminism, I’m strong enough to do what I want to.. Which means that wearing pink can’t stop me. So now I wear it ALL THE TIME and burn people’s eyes with my vibrancy!

    JEALOUS of your dress.

    So strange that a colour can mean so much, no?

  4. This is such a fun post! Your party looks like it was amazing – so glad you had a great birthday. And that dress! My goodness. I went through a phase as a teenager where I rejected pink for a while – definitely something along the lines of thinking it was too ‘girly’ – but I’ve definitely embraced pink for the most part of my life. I don’t wear it a lot, though! Would be interesting to think of why – I think I tend to feel like my clothes are rather…child-like? With bows & shoes & socks, etc., so I feel somehow like pink would be over-doing it or something.
    Also, I have to say, I love that video.
    -Andi x

  5. That dress is AMAZING. I just got a little teary eyed looking at it. So. Perfect.

    My father recently told me I wanted everything pink when I was young, and nothing ever changed. I kind of love that. Of course now I am much more critical towards it and because of that I am drawn to pink and frilly stuff even more.

    Happy belated birthday!

  6. Oh man oh man oh man I squeeeed when I saw your dress, it’s gorgeous! The perfect shade of pink, and stunning with your glasses 🙂 Happy belated! xx

  7. That dress is AMAZING! I know that pink can sort of be overly feminine or maybe have some demure connotations like you say, but I think you look pretty empowered in that outfit!

    I’m really looking forward to having my own champagne birthday! Just a couple more years! I’m so thankful I was born at the end of the month, It wouldn’t be any fun celebrating your champagne birthday when you’re five.

  8. Happy birthday (belatedly), Julia! Wishing you a champagne year! Not to state the obvious but this dress is gorgeous and you look smashing.

  9. Golden birthday! That dress is absolutely mesmerizing, I love it!

  10. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! You look foxy always and especially foxy in pink sequins. I’m trying to wear sequins and/or glitter every day because, really, why the fuck not? And also: congratulations on getting married! I’m happy to read about so much love on this blog, especially because there is never a shortage of things to feel sad or angry about when tuning into the internet.


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