The spoils of Princess Week

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When my friend Kiki was little, her parents divorced. This made them feel very guilty, especially as it meant they wouldn’t all celebrate her birthday together anymore. So they alighted on a plan: the entire week surrounding Kiki’s birthday would now be known as Princess Week, and she would be fêted, gifted, and generally spoiled for seven days instead of one. When I first met Kiki, in my mid-twenties, and she told me about this tradition, I knew it was something to get behind. In those days I still loved my birthday—I had yet to truly understand some of the struggle around aging—so it worked in a celebratory way then, and now I use Princess Week as a way to remind myself to be gentle and good with myself. I also use Princess Week as an excuse to buy stuff. Sunday I hung out with my friend Maureen, and we went to the Maria Cornejo store, where I hadn’t been in over a year, if you can believe it, and went for this chic little sweatshirt which I already love unreasonably.

I also went for this Rachel Comey Chelsea boot , which is just insanely comfortable, and just the right amount of clunky too.

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    Eloise
    1 Mar 2022
    8:56am

    Also, just saw these and thought of you – they might work well on your acrylic nightstands (which sounds a bit installer ish but….): https://guesthousenj.com/products/liberty-london-playing-cards

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      Eloise
      1 Mar 2022
      9:06am

      *stalkerish

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      Kim France
      1 Mar 2022
      12:54pm

      Really cute!

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        Bobby
        1 Mar 2022
        2:43pm

        Please read!

        Re your everything is fine podcast on making friends — would you be interested, and would any NY’ers reading this be interested in having a Girls of a certain age group meet up? Some people on Cup of Jo have been doing that with very large group hikes — I would love to have some kind of coffee date/book club/anything. Is anyone else up for this?

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          Gretchen
          2 Mar 2022
          6:25am

          I love this idea! But alas, I’m in Cleveland. Shout out to any GOACA readers in Cleveland!

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          lisa
          2 Mar 2022
          7:07am

          I love this idea! We are in the suburbs at the moment but will be in the city full time come fall!

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          LisaR
          2 Mar 2022
          8:48am

          Wish I was in New York to join! If there’s a Boston-area group, would love to get together!

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            LisaR
            2 Mar 2022
            8:51am

            And Happy Birthday Week Kim!

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          Tahe Z
          2 Mar 2022
          2:26pm

          Bobby, I thought Cup of Jo sounded familiar. I have her turkey ricotta meatball recipe favorited. It’s easy and so delicious. Also, I hope y’all get together! I’m in NC, otherwise, I would be down for getting together. :^)

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    Tahe Z
    2 Mar 2022
    2:27pm

    Good for you for treating yourself, Kim! Happy birthday to you!

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    cw
    1 Mar 2022
    9:16am

    Happiest of Birthday Weeks! Love your gift choices for yourself––I am a firm believer in gifting oneself. It’s affirming. And because it’s March 1st––rabbit rabbit.

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    MaryAlice
    1 Mar 2022
    11:08am

    Also the link to the boot just goes to a picture of the boot, not the shopping site

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      Kim France
      1 Mar 2022
      12:13pm

      Link fixed!

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    Jenny
    1 Mar 2022
    9:00am

    My birthday isn’t till late September, but I might decide it’s Princess Week right now. And maybe again as often as possible.

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    Hilary Robertson
    1 Mar 2022
    11:21am

    I do a whole Princess Month. My birthday is just before yours, I believe so I’m still going.

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    Mamavalveeta03
    1 Mar 2022
    11:46am

    Week? You’re a lightweight, Kim. Go for Princess MONTH.
    Happy Birthday, dear one!

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    Viajera
    1 Mar 2022
    11:55am

    Happy Birthday week!! Or month, perhaps. Either is good.

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    Glori
    1 Mar 2022
    12:22pm

    Did you size down in the zero top?

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      Kim France
      1 Mar 2022
      12:53pm

      I did indeed.

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    karen
    1 Mar 2022
    12:27pm

    Princess Week! Love it…Happy Birthday, i hope your Princess Week is all that you want and more

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    dkl
    1 Mar 2022
    1:26pm

    Happy birthday. I’m 61, and while there are aspects of aging I don’t love, I always love my birthday. To me, birthdays are totally separate from aging, which happens on OTHER days.

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    Eloise
    1 Mar 2022
    8:41am

    Enjoy Princess Week….I celebrate Birthday Month, for real. “I also use Princess Week as an excuse to buy stuff” reminds me of “then I hang up and look at the ceiling for a while and think of a way to get a present” from my still favorite book ever – Eloise (yes, when the shoe fits you use it to comment on social media). Also, the link to the MC sweatshirt goes to Stitcher, which is perhaps a good thing for my wallet because that sucker looks comfy!

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      Monique
      1 Mar 2022
      11:16am

      Yes! On the line from Eloise, and also had to mention that I reference the middle page spread of her meticulously drawn room multiple times a year. I did so only yesterday. An icon, that girl!

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      SS
      1 Mar 2022
      8:51am

      I also got the wrong link to Stitcher not the sweatshirt.

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    Stephanie
    1 Mar 2022
    8:40am

    I think this is a fabulous idea. I hate to sound cheesy but as a woman – aging has many negative connotations. I think celebrating the passing of another year and welcoming another year is extremely important. And buying your own gifts is the best. Happy birthday week!!!

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