Well, Happy New Year! I wanted to share my little getaway this past weekend to celebrate a very important birthday! Let's see... I was born in '76, sooo, you do the math! Ethan was asking me all last year "So, what do you want to do for your 40th?" and I just couldn't decide. Go on a weekend trip with him, sans-kids? Get a tattoo? (yes, that was a serious consideration for a long, long time) Go to Harry Potter-land in Florida? After mulling it over for a few months, I decided that I wanted to go on a trip, yes, but BY MYSELF. Ha.
I'm not one of those people that pines for a Surprise Party (!!!) and to be the center of attention. Thinking about the big FOUR-O over the past few decades has been strange. The only thing I could remember about being a 40-year old was when my Dad turned 40 and my Mom threw a surprise party for him and everyone roasted him. I can't think of a more TERRIBLE thing for someone to do to me!! (let it be noted that my Dad loved it!) And I told Ethan: NO SURPRISE PARTIES. He turned 40 last August and I was able to every-so-slyly pull off a BIG surprise party for him and he is VERY VERY hard to surprise. He's super nosy and can always sense if something's up. I totally scored some awesome-wife points with that one. (Pretty proud of myself actually!) Even though he said he didn't want a party, I could tell he really, really loved it. And that's ok! Lots of people like that sort of thing!
I told him I just wanted to go somewhere, preferably a cabin in the mountains, and just work on projects I never have time for, sleep in, stay up late, watch shows. This really sounded like heaven to me. And I managed to get THREE nights out of this trip! I searched and searched for the perfect cabin online in North Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina... and had a hard time finding THE perfect one, UNTIL this baby, "Groovy Getaway", popped up in my search. It was actually quite funny because the people that own this cabin are the same people that own an amazing mid-century furniture store in St. Petersburg Florida that I visited and blogged a while back! (Groovy Getaway is actually a condo, but in the mountains with an amazing view, so in my head it's still a "cabin"... and it's in a little community called "Chalet Village", so, "Chalet" sounds even better. (WINK)
So I knew I had to stay here (because LOOK at it) and after I thought about it, I realized it was the perfect way to celebrate this born-in-1976 girl and her 40th birthday. The 70s decor would be perfect. I of course wanted to bring my camera and get some good photos of the interior and then I had the idea to take some self-portraits to commemorate this milestone birthday. And with no one else there with me, I could indulge in all the photo-taking I wanted! At first thought, it felt kind of narcissistic to pack all of my lighting equipment, etc. just to take photos of myself, but I said to myself: What a cool thing to do. Something that I think my kids will appreciate one day. Maybe even my grandkids. And you know what? There's nothing wrong with celebrating yourself! Love thyself! (haha)
It's funny when you're "young" and the idea of being in your 40s is just like WHUT. "THAT IS OLD." And then you're there yourself, and you see it from a much different perspective than you ever thought you would. At least I have. And now that I'm here I'm like "This is going to be a great decade" said with a big fat grin on my face. You know why? Because the twenties weren't all that great. My early thirties WERE NOT my best time. But as my kids have gotten older and I'm not living in the "newborn-toddler-parenting-fog" anymore... life is really fun. My kids are fun, they have their own little personalities. I'm thankful. I feel like I've survived a lot of dark times in my life, only to come out on the other side pretty happy. I can only be thankful and cross my fingers things continue to be good! Ha! Life is rough, man. But so, so worth the journey.
More than anything, I've learned that age really is what you make it. It's just a number! I'd like to think I'll be sportin' the pink hair even when I'm a grandma. You're never too "old" to do anything that makes you happy. And another great thing about getting older? You just don't give two S H I T S what people think. Sigh. That's a great feeling.
So anyway... here are the photos! This was so fun! And exhausting. There's a reason photographers have assistants. Absolutely everything in these photos came from Groovy Getaway. The vintage Atari, Atari games, vintage board games. I didn't have to bring a thing. It was a vintage-loving, photographing, prop styling playground for me. And while most of my childhood memories are from the 80s, the 70s hold a special place in my heart. One cool background note about the shag carpeting throughout the cabin - I read on the website that it's leftover stock from the Season 2 "Fargo" set!! I freaked when I read that because I just recently binge-watched that show and it was an absolute feast for the eyes (and not to mention and incredible story.) It's obviously never-been-used vintage carpet (thank goodness because if not, that would be EWW.)
A little behind-the-scenes note about these floor photos. I knew when I saw that there was an open loft upstairs that this shot could be SO good. Thankful to have a good, sturdy tripod to hang my camera over the loft wall, facing down, to get this. And also thankful the whole contraption didn't fall from the second floor and onto my face. Picture me running up and down that circular staircase to get all the props JUST right through my viewfinder. Hiding my remote under the pillow.
Please take note of my DREAM vintage sweater below, courtesy of my sister for my birthday. I feel like I remember my Mom owning a sweater like this, back in the day.
I'd like to think this is what my album art would look like below if I were in a band, in the 70s. (HA)
Spiral staircase TO DIE FOR.
I'm not gonna lie, I wanted to take this Lynch print home with me.
And here's the outside view!
I designed this "Awesome since 1976" shirt for myself because I couldn't find any shirts that I liked online. There are lots of "Awesome since *date*" shirts, but the designs are awful. I had this printed at Customink.com. I love how it turned out! I've had a lot of inquiries from people on Facebook and Instagram about wanting the shirt with their own birth date on it and I'm looking into options! Would be so fun to come up with an 80s design, too. Let me know if anyone is interested! You can email me at thousandclowns (AT) gmail :D
Here's a photo I found of the carpet in Fargo. It's hard to see and they used a filter on this photo, so it's not as vibrant, but the article mentioned that the crazy orange shag carpet is a statement Peggy would have wanted to make and doing so would fit her character, so that is why the set decorators went with it. Love it!
Photography & Styling by Danielle Thompson. (except for "Fargo" pic - heh)
©2016 Danielle Thompson.