Happy July, guys! I am going to start my July here in this blog with a swift summary post about my birthday. And to be spot-on, I celebrated the important event on three different days: on the 14th of June which was the actual day but also on the 16th of June and on the 27th of June, so it was pretty crazy but I truly enjoyed all three parties.

Therefore, on the 14th of June I and my colleagues celebrated together at our workplace. The night before the 14th I cooked chicken-cheese sponge cake and a rhubarb cake for the occasion and happily everybody loved the outcome. Oh, and I should definitely make that sponge cake again some time soon because it only got better and better in time!

I was wearing (on the 14th of June): dress - H&M /thrifted/; waist-belt - Reserved; slide loafers - Miu Miu /thrifted/; sunnies - Prada; earrings - Seppälä.

my dinner on the 14th of June

The second and at the same time the biggest feast took place on the 16th of June because it was finally Saturday and I had more time in my hands to spend on cooking, so I prepared chicken salad, pleasantly onion-rich gammon quiche and a cheese cake with coconut flakes and chocolate. As always, I baked my own bread and since it was an outdoor party, we barbecued some meat and sausages. By the way, besides I and E. there were nine other people (my relatives, to be precise) but only the strongest ones made it into the house at the end of the day. So, I, E., my brother and his girlfriend completed the day with a couple of beers and a lot of catching up. Was great, and when it comes to my bro and his girl, they gave me my first Club Monaco goodie: this slightly native themed key- or whatever chain thingie which I'm already wearing attached to my new Lacoste bag. (Sidenote: I didn't feel the need to photograph all my presents because after all the most important thing was the presence of everyone I had invited.)

 my birthday present to myself: a Lancôme cosmetic bag including the feature product RÉNERGIE MICROLIFT Active Redefining Treatment and LE ROUGE ABSOLU Reshaping & Replenishing LipColour in Rose Crystal, COLOUR FOCUS PALETTE 4 OMBRES Exceptional Wear EyeColour Quad in 4Radiance and DÉFINICILS High Definition Mascara in black.

So, let's move on to the last party which was held on the 27th of June, not long time ago at all, and then we celebrated together with E.'s parents and sisters. The menu was following: blue cheese muffins, strawberry cake with a slightly chocolate-y base made by me and a sandwich cake made by E.'s mom and two sisters. I think it was the second time in my life when I actually ate a sandwich cake, so it had to be delicious! By the way, if you're interested in any of the recipes I used, definitely let me know and we can work something out!

All in all I was so glad I had the opportunity to celebrate with everyone who is important because not all people can do that. And of course I hope you like my pictures. I didn't have much time to take photos but at least I got something captured.

Actually I have SO many things to post about but SO little time to do that. Therefore I hope my incoming vacation (18 days left to wait!!) will help me do some necessary stuff and this way I could spend more time on my blog. Can't be sure though but let's keep our fingers crossed and eyes observantly opened!


  1. AWww Happy birthday Maiken!! It sounds like your birthday is filled with party, party and party!! And love your beautiful dress, the print on it is very nice ;)


  2. Happy belated birthday dear! You have really gorgeous hair :) I can see it was the perfect kind of celebration! Blue cheese muffins! Seriously, you want me to die right now - I love blue cheese and I'm so hungry :D
    By the way, I'd like to ask you one thing as you're geographically closer to Latvia than I am - have you heard anything about safety in Riga or Tallinn? I've read somewhere that these two are the most dangerous capital cities in Europe and started to be afraid :D

  3. See kleit on lihtsalt imearmas! Pärast viimaste piltide vaatamist tekkis mul ülisuur näljatunne! Armsad pildid!
    Palju-palju õnne sulle ka :)

  4. oli tõesti tore ja mul on ikka veel hea meel, et sulle see pisike kink meeldis! :)

  5. Gorgeous dress! I hope you had an amazing time in all three celebrations and I hope you have a lot of photos to show us :) I definitely wanna try this chicken-cheese sponge cake, it sounds so delicious :) I'm glad you had a great B-Day parties :)



  6. And once more happy bday dear!:)))It's a best way to celebrate your birthday - to celebrate it 3 times!I absolutely love your look from the day of your birthday! the dress is amazing and you look truly stunning! the belt is also absolutely gorgeous it underlines your tiny waist!
    And it's so fun to get a look at your presents! I especially like the club monaco key fob!




  7. Happy belated birthday Maiken! Your birthday celebrations sound like a blast! I love all the fabulous food..great photography too! Your strawberry cake looks so pretty. And the weather looks really wonderful... i like your gorgeous summery outfit...nice print and colors. Thanks fir dropping a note...i am fine...just very busy with packing and planning for my move to a new place so i'm taking a break from blogging. i miss my bloggy friends. Hope to keep in touch by check out your blog now and then. Have fun!


  8. Great pictures! Love your dress and all that food looks so good!

  9. What a beautiful print on the dress! You are beautiful! Delicious food makes me hungry now:D It's great way to thank you for your continued support by nominated you for the Versatile Blog Award:) Please check it out on my blog. Lots of love!xoxo


  10. maiken, i had no idea you were such an exquisite cook! :) your dress is lovely. it looks wonderful on you. 3 birthday celebrations, just shows how loved you are. i look forward to seeing all the news you have to share.

  11. Happy Birthday! I love that I'm not the only one who gives herself b-day gifts! Love the food photos and your dress is adorable!

  12. Happy Birthday!
    Like the dress of the first photos
    and the food looks very delicious :)


  13. I just love the print on your dress! It's so pretty & that dinner looks so yummy!
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  14. Seems like you had hell of a time!!! Love your tattoos, so beautiful!!!!! Happy belated birthday!

  15. Lve the dress, it's so pretty and summery, you look wonderful dear :)


  16. beautiful pictures! i enjoyed it ♥

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  17. Aw Im so happy to hear you had a fabulous birthday,spread over three days! It sounds wonderful and is defiantely the best way to spend a birthday,with friends and family,all the food looks so gorgeous and healthy and homemade!
    I love your present you bought for yourself :D I do that too,when my birthday is coming up I love to treat myself,buying myself a small gift :D I love spending my birthdays too just catching up with family,so much more special and better than any present.
    I hope the next 18 days fly past for you,for a much deserved break :D

    Thanks so much for your comment :D ha ha,I know,I never thought Id do it,but I was sent this dress so had too,it was'nt that bad having my picture taken :D Im quite shy in front of the camera.

    Hope you have a wonderful week Maiken x

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  19. Happy birthday dear. and happy July to you as well. So glad that you enjoyed yourself. Great bday gift to yourself. -xxoo

  20. Ooo so many birthday parties, seems like so much fun! And the food looks so good too, the strawberry cake on the June 27th party looks especially yummy :) And I really like your pretty floral dress.

  21. I love spreading out my birthday over weeks, extends the fun! How pretty is that pink dress- you look glowing! Mmm you're such a great cook, I love when recipes get better with time and I always buy myself B-day gifts too! :)

  22. Love your hair... and your dress is so pretty. xA

  23. You look so lovely in that dress ! Your tattoos are so cool :)
    yummy pasta!! look so yummy !


  24. Celebrating birthday three times sounds like a great idea to me :) You look so fabulous in that first dress, and all that food is simply mouthwatering! Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go and fix myself a lunch :) You've made me hungry :)

    xx Ivana
    Macarons and Pearls

  25. love your printed dress and the foods, the BEST

    Herdiana Surachman

  26. Look at your gorgeous dress! You look fabulous, so summery fun and floral! I love. Plus your last picture of cakes....really makes me want to break my diet! haha. Such torture! ;)

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  27. wow wow wow that dress is beyond beautiful!!! you look absolutely stunning!!!!! :)


  28. Lovely pictures,like your dress.
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  29. Sounds like a never ending birthday party! Haha, that's awesome, glad it was such a wonderful time :)
    Cute dress too! I love the floral print.
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  30. Your birthday party/parties sounds amazing! im so happy you had a great time! youre right, not everyone can celebrate their birthdays with all the ones they love! This year was actually disastrous for me - i got food poisoning the day before from mcdonalds so i spent it in the bathroom ;/ and it was my 21! =[ i didnt write about that on my blog but since we're on the topic of birthdays.. :P well, i hope next year will be better! i hope next year will be like yours this year: lots of amazing delicious food and great people! :))

    p.s. i know what you mean about having so much to post but so little time! blogging is so time consuming! :P

  31. Wow, your dress is so beautiful, I love it!
    I can't believe you don't have any great concerts in your hometown, what a pity! If you are interested, the bavarian broadcasting station is sending live every concert of the Symphony Orchestra (normally it's friday at 8pm here, but now there is the summer break and concerts will restart at the end of september), I could send you the link? You can listen to it online!

    xxx Anita

  32. Happy Belated Birthday Maikeni! What a great time you had with your friends and family. I love the dress you wore, and your presents all look and sound great. Love the Lancome Renergie product, it's amazing and the eyeshadow palette is pretty too!

  33. Happy belated birthday, dear! It looks like you had three wonderful celebrations filled with a lot of delicious food. And I have to say, I think you looked particularly lovely on your actual birthday - the floral dress suits you perfectly and the natural wave in your hair is just amazing. So many people must pay to have hair like that :)

  34. you look sooo darn pretty in that dress <3 and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! wow, looks like a grand time, babe! too bad you didn't get that white pleated skirt.. we could've been twins ;-) but i hope you run into one again soon =) and i hope this week is treating you well, babe! talk to you soon!

    love always,

  35. Lovely and beautiful dress.You are looking so amazing and awesome.Love your outlets and beauty items.The effort is really like appreciation.

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  36. love that dress :)


  37. happy belated birthday! sounds like you had a great birthday celebrations. love that thrifted h&m dress. looks beautiful on you, and love the bright colors and print. i love lancome products... what a great gift to yourself. :) hope you enjoy the rest of the wk!

  38. Wow this looks like an amazing birthday! Hope you had a great day. HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY!

    First of all I LOVE the outfit in the first pictures and secondly the food looks so yummy. There is no food in my house right now so EVEN more yummy haha! Lovely presents :) all perfect for the Summer that's fast approaching :D

    Great post!


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  39. happy belated birthday :)
    this dress is cool! love the pattern~ gorgeous!
    & all of the food look so yummmmm

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  40. wow, such a beautiful dress... i love the color and the style!

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  41. Anonymous6/7/12 03:58

    lovely dress!you look absolutely amazing!

  42. happy belated bithday!!! cute dress too!
    glad you had a great time at all 3 parties! wow, lots of celebrating!! the food looks so yummy~~~ *stomach grumbles*
    loving the gift you gave to yourself! i love lancome! love their lipsticks!

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  43. Those dishes look yummy! Happy belated birthday to you (:


  44. Thanks so much for your lovely comment,glad you like them,its a shame you cant shop on asos,not because of my stuff :D but because theres so much gorgeous fashions on there and at some great prices.
    Hope your well,I look forward to your next post and I hope you have a very lovely weekend x :)

  45. So nice your dress and the pIcs are amazing!!! :D

  46. awesome post and that dress is so pretty!


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  47. You looked so cute, I love your dress :) And all that food sounds amazing. I want some rhubard cake!

  48. Your dress is so pretty! I just came across your blog, will be reading it often:)I just followed you.



  49. I really love that dress of yours :) What a great post!

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  50. I like the dress :)

  51. that dress is stunning! ahhh and the belt <3

    love your banner/header too btw!



  52. Beautiful print! Love the dress and the the way you styled it! Hope you are having a wonderful day!
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  54. Hello dear! :)
    I'm finally "back in business" and can reply to you. Although it's late at night and I'm going to watch one episode of Pretty Little Liars before going to bed, so just a quick comment now.
    Your dress is really pretty! Lovely print and colour. I like how you've combined it with thick belt, gives a nice waistline.

    I hope you're having a great weekend. :)

    Indie by heart
    [new outfit post up! :]

  55. Wow, all these parties and food! And such beautiful summer weather it looks like too...fabulous! I'm in love with the design of your dress, the pattern is so pretty. Wish I had a cute red guess shirt like that to wear for Canada Day!


  56. Happy Belated Birthday gorgeous girl!!!
    Looks like you had a fantastic one. Love your presents and.... so jealous you went to Prague! Its my favorite city in the world :)


  57. oooh! Such a pretty print on that dress.Way to go on thrifting that! Happy belated birthday hun! I hope it was the best, on all 3 days haha. Great pictures here, they just epitomize summer :)

    The House of Shoes

  58. love the idea of celebrating the birthday 3 times! I should do next time :P
    and btw.. IM LOVING the dress!!! the print, color and shape are perfeeeeeect!!!


  59. i love love that dress! you look so lovely in it :)
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  60. Amaazing blog and I really love it.

    Very nice photos :))

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  61. Anonymous8/7/12 15:48

    Sounds like you had a wonderful birthday! I also celebrated my bday- all we did was go to the drive- in and spend some time at Dave and Busters but it was still a really great time. Love the dress in your pics!

  62. Anonymous8/7/12 17:23

    happy belated birthday! wow 3 parties~ that feels really special :) i like your dress..it's so fun and summery~ the lancome products look really nice! i love their quality. food looks yummy too~ the muffin looks good!


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  64. Thank you Maiken :) fushia pink would be really cool,maybe I'll try out some brighter colours too,instead of buying you might win a giveaway I do in the future :D who knows.Hope your having a lovely week so far,not long till the weekend :D

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  66. Anonymous19/7/12 12:37

    I'm super late, but happy birthday love! I'm glad you had an awesome time. 3 birthday celebrations, that's the way to party! You cooked so much too. The rhubard cake sounds heavenly. :]

    Lots of love, B
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