I had a very belated 30th birthday party on Saturday. I learned that everyone splits town for the months of June/July in Denmark so September it had to be. I planned this “League of Extraordinary Women” party mostly because I love dressing up and thought it was my chance to make everyone else do the same. Muhaha. The gist was this: everyone selects a woman who did something noteworthy over the age of 29 and dress up as that person. Then, you guess who that person was. Pretty much, I wanted to find out why the 30s is so awesome and you know what? In researching women, I found that so many famous/awesome women were in their 30s when they did their awesome thing. Amelia Earhart? 31 when she flew across the Atlantic. Christina, above, also loves dress up parties. Guess who she is? That’s right, Lucy Maud Montgomery, who published Anne of Green Gables when she was 34. Isn’t her dress phenomenal? She’s a dancer with the Royal Danish Ballet and has had her eye on this dress from the costume department for ages and finally had a chance to put it to use. Can you guess who I am? Christina came with a bag of wigs and this was the closest thing to my woman. It should have been a bit shorter and a lot whiter.
If you said Iris Apfel, then you got it! The details totally off in so many ways (need round glasses, not so miss-matched, etc.) but maybe you got the gist. I love Iris, the icon of fashion and style. She’s definitely become more prominent in her more advanced years after founding Old World Weavers, the textile company. For some reason I felt like posing as Iris was all about the lifted arm.
Paul made some delicious cakes including his Devil’s food and carrot cake, which I have had for breakfast every day since. My sister-in-law came as Mia Hamn and was so kind in making a traditional Danish lagkage. Thank you Ximena! We also played a game called “Name That Tune–30 years of #1 hits” where I played a few seconds from each song on this playlist (it starts with the year 1982) and then provided the guests with this sheet (with an answer key) to mark each year from 1982. You can download it for free too and adjust the dates if you want to play it for another year.
The Mom left this week. *Shedding tears*. It was so great to have her here. This was her first trip to Denmark and I’m glad to have experienced it with her. We had so many magical moments. In fact, I think most of our trip could be classified as such. We found the right towns, the right museums, the restaurants. Not always, but those we found we treasured. We also had our share of inevitable foreigner moments (think stuck in an alley of steps in our rental car in France thanks to our GPS system). Come back soon!
As for my small announcement…I had to preface it with the above modifier because no, the stork has not arrived as the term “small announcement” might have alluded to. You might have noticed that Lars has been a bit more quiet this week. I’m going to be posting a bit more sporadically as I’m in WAY over my head with work. Even with the help of my new intern for the semester, Josh, there’s so much to be done and I like drowning would be an appropriate metaphor. I have some exciting projects ahead and want to do it all right and well, so I figure I’ll devote my time to quality posts rather than quantity. I’ll still be piping up on my other social media venues regularly, so come and visit me as I work: Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
This week: The earth laughs in flowers, doesn’t it? Spreading the ginger love Envelope liner ideas on Brooklyn Bride Got to meet the lovely Rachel Khoo yesterday while she was briefly in town. Such a delight!
This week, Mom and I returned from a delightful trip to Provence where we hopped from village to village searching for our dream home. We found plenty to keep us happy. I’ll be writing more about that soon including our fave villages and places to stop. We were especially delighted with the ice cream (Mom loved the citron and I loved their chocolate orange). Wednesday we spent the day at a practice and dress rehearsal of the brand-new ballet, The Golden Cock, by the Royal Danish Ballet with their incredibly bold and bright sets and costumes, which, you know I loved.
This week in blog news: Receiving a telegram made my day and now you can send yours too with a little discount! This Girl My cousin Bryson’s show in San Fran opens tonight, go see it! The Adorned Bride on Brooklyn Bride
all photos taken on my iPhone via Instragram @houselarsbuilt
These days, I tend to associate the mail box with bills, yet I still get a giddy joy every time I see something in the mail box. When I opened up the box last week, not only did that giddy joy return, but upon further inspection, I started to laugh out loud. As in LOL. My sister had sent me a telegram requesting my immediate return to America. I felt so Elizabeth Bennet for a moment. I did a little research and found out that there’s a company in Australia, Telegram Stop, that sends out telegrams the old-fashioned way. All you do is type in your message, provide the addresses and voila, a couple of days later, your chosen receives an adorable message complete with stops.* Anywhoo, I contacted the company and they have agreed to give Lars readers a 10% discount on all telegrams. Wahoo! Just use the code LARSHOUSE at this site.
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And the winner of the Heute Schmidt bag is……Kirsten H! I’ll be in contact with you! Thanks to all who participated!