Happy birthday week to me!
My birthday is one of my favourites days of the year (isn’t it everybody’s?) because I like to spend my birthday with friends and family creating beautiful memories. And this year was no different!
Because I can now legally purchase alcohol (and yes, I now have the art of pulling out my ID gracefully) this week has just been very different, and very fun, compared to past. Not to say alcohol is the most fun thing ever, but it opens you up to some things you weren’t able to do before.
On Monday (my actual birthday) my mom drove down to take me to dinner, where she bought me my first drink. We had a great conversation over delicious food (and free dessert). When I arrived home my roommates had made me cupcakes to celebrate me finally joining their 21-year-old ranks. We ate chocolate cupcakes and chocolate bread (brownie mix and cookie dough) with some prosecco and just laughed and chatted, which is really the best thing to get out of any birthday.
Thank you to anyone who wished me a happy birthday and I hope you’ll enjoy this week’s favourites which have a certain 21st birthday feel.
Note: Links to favourites are hyperlinked after the number.
The Booziest Birthday: A Favourites Friday
One of my favourite restaurants in Eugene is Oregon Electric Station, which is why we just had to go there for my birthday. From appetizers to dessert, everything is delicious. The entire restaurant is so elegantly decorated, and being able to sit in one of the car tables is so special. Being able to have dinner with my mom here just made it so memorable. If I were to recommend anything to you, it would be either the lobster mac and cheese or the chicken picatta, the crab bruschetta, their seasonal crumble, and I had the Electric Lemonade, which tastes like juice but will have you realizing you’re drunk with your mother before you get the check. Seriously, if you’re in Eugene, hit this place up.
I have been looking forward to being able to buy wine for a long time. 1) Because I think wine glasses are just the classiest thing one can buy and 2) it’s probably the only alcohol I truly like that I don’t have to juice down. But I was pretty nervous on exactly what wine I actually did like. I did a little research and decided that with my sweet tooth going with a sweet wine was the best option, so the first thing I purchased with my ID was a bottle of Barefoot moscato. And I’ve decided moscato is the only wine I will ever need because it’s all I’ve ever wanted. It’s sweet and crisp and just like I dreamed about sitting on a patio drinking wine.
And if you want a little laugh today, here’s my little embarrassment from the first time using my ID:
Me as I go to buy wine:
Cashier: How are you?
Me: I'm 21, here's my ID, it's my birthday. Wait, you asked how I was, didn't you?
— Morgan Hegarty (@PotatoesHegarty) April 25, 2016
Wednesday night my roommates and I decided to go out to spend some time together and eat great food. So obviously we went to Papa’s Soul Food Kitchen, the best southern food in Oregon. The atmosphere there is so cozy and feels like home almost. I had myself the BBQ pulled pork plate with yams and baked beans with cornbread (my usual) and a gin fizz because it’s okay to drink on a school night if it’s your birthday week. My roommates and I were just in love with the food and we all had sips of the gin fizz, which we all agreed was absolutely delicious and like lemonade with a kick. If you want a good dinner, go here, SERIOUSLY!
4. tarte Showstopper Clay Palette
We all know I’m a makeup junkie, but especially when the seasons change. And during the time of year when it warms up that means it’s time to work with the fact my skin gets a tad darker and I’m all about the neutral palettes and warm tones. I love this palette because every colour is very flattering to my fair skin and they are very pigmented. I wore the highlighter, blush, and one of the eyeshadows to class and received several compliments, so I think I’m going to get a lot of use out of this over the summer, especially the cheeky blush.
5. Flat iron curls
This little trick is something I am kicking myself for not figuring out earlier. I love having loose, curly, just-rolled-out-of-bed hair and a curling iron makes curls look too perfect and flat irons are not my friend usually. So when I figured this trick out by accident it saved my life. Simply take a section of hair (the bigger the section the more curly, the smaller the more crimped) and twist it tightly until it acts like it’s about to curl onto itself. Then run a flat iron across it a few times like if you were trying to straighten a section of hair. Release and let cool. Finish the rest of your head and when you shake it out you’ll be left with those perfect bedhead curls that are great for any occasion.
Hope everyone else had a great week and drink safely! My best friend is coming to Eugene for the first time and we’re going to do what best friends do: Live, laugh, and love!
Stay classy, Internet,
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