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~the recipe for Carrot Cake with Citrus Goat Cheese frosting~
“As you grow old, you learn more. If you stayed at twenty-two, you’d always be as ignorant as you were at twenty-two. Aging is not just decay, you know. It’s growth. It’s more than the negative that you’re going to die, its also the positive that you understand you’re going to die, and that you live a better life because of it.” – Morrie Schwartz
The Downton Abbey season finale. Many critics were underwhelmed by the episode, but I want to applaud Julian Fellowes. Void of unnecessary drama to spike false attention, while I won’t give anything away for those who haven’t watched it yet, the ending simply made me smile – Carson and Mrs. Hughes. No, it’s not always about romantic love, but genuine respect and friendship. A beautiful, heart-warming message to tide us over until next season.
And whether it has to do with my age, or just the fact that I’ve always been an old soul, today I celebrate my 35th birthday with great excitement. I can’t help but say that I love each year’s arrival. Partly because I usually get to eat my favorite carrot cake, but also because I’m still here with at least one more chance (and hopefully many more) to reach my full potential. When I first read Tuesdays with Morrie from which the quote about is derived, I had to read it again because I was ecstatic to finally find the words to describe how I felt each time I celebrated another year of being here on this earth.
Now I don’t want to get all sappy today, after all it’s Friday, and all the more reason to celebrate no matter what the date. If you haven’t read this week’s most popular post, which turned out to be the most popular of all time on the blog, you might want to have a look. And if you are looking for a new pair of fabulous chic heels, you might want to stop by Nordstrom today as Sarah Jessica Parker’s collection finally becomes available (10 of my favorites are in this week’s Weekly Finds in the right-hand column).
As February ends and March begins that means that TSLL annual Spring Fashion Newsletter is delivered. So if you are a subscriber to the newsletter (or would like to be), look for the issue to arrive early Saturday morning. (Here is a look at last Fall’s issue to get a preview of what to look forward to.)
With the spring fashion newsletter being released tomorrow and the weekly petit plaisir that more and more readers are saying is quickly becoming their favorite weekly post returning again this weekend, it is my hope that you continue to find tips and inspiration to help you live your very own simply luxurious life. Have a lovely weekend, and until then, bonjour.