Friday, March 4, 2011

56 and dressing today....

Yesterday was a whirlwind of activity...
I turned 56 and went to work....not even whispering that it was my birthday.
I confess that I ate a piece of cake.
How can one say no when the candles have been lit
and it is paraded into the staffroom by singing co-workers!
(Diet be piece and then it's back on track)
I was honoured by friends, showered with cards, fresh flowers and enjoyed meeting up for tea after work with a couple of friends.
After several long phone calls and reading my emails I changed into a going out for the evening outfit...
I wore my striped black and grey waterfall sweater with the grossgrain ribbon tied in the back and a black silky v neck top with black ponte skinny legged pants and my black ballerinas...

I was taken out for dinner by Mr. HB to a lovely French restaurant...where we supped on French Onion Soup and I had salmon on a bed of French lentils and kale...and a glass of crisp white wine....Mr HB had a grilled steak with Roquefort cheese on top and pommes frites.

Josef Siebel shoes
skinny jeans
Gap wool vest
cream top from Joe

what else?

Pearls are twisted in the photo

Curly locks
enriched and nourished by Argan Oil
best new accessory for my hair!
(smells great too)

This is what 56 looks like here in the Humble Bungalow

I cannot believe that I am now moving upward towards 60
that sounds
a wee bit daunting
I will need to reinvent myself between now and then.

I do not mean Botox or a face lift
I mean a healthier, wiser, woman in all ways.

It's never to late to turn your life around!
now where shall I start!


  1. A Belated Happy Birthday to you, Hostess! It sounds as though you had a lovely day. Love the pearls!!

  2. Belated happy birthday! And your shoes are too cute!

  3. Happy Birthday to you! Why do you cover your face if we can see it in the sidebar?

    I like the shoes you wear today.

    Did you know that Une femme d'un certain age and you almost have the birthday in common? Today it's her birthday. So many fishes swimming in the blogspot-pond.

  4. Happy birthday!
    56 looks pretty good from here.

  5. Happy birthday, better late than never! The pearls are splendid.

  6. Happy Birthday! 56 looks wonderful! xo

  7. Happy Birthday. 56 looks very good on you! Love your outfit and the curly hair. It sounded like a wonderful day.

  8. Happy Birthday, hoping it is a wonderful year for you.x

  9. happy birthday dearest leslie. it sounds as if you had a lovely day and night. bravo to turning 56 - you are an inspiration.


  10. Happy 56th Birthday, Leslie! It sounds like you had a delightful day.

  11. Happy Birthday Leslie!! By the looks of it (even though you are being a bit cheeky with the camera!) you have it all covered at 56 and are one Hip Hop Happening Mama!! Here is to more of it :)

    Best wishes for a wonderful weekend L.

    Jeanne xx

  12. Happy Birthday, Birthweek, and Birthmonth!
    Celebrate 56. From experience I can tell you that 62 comes quickly on the heels of 56! It's ALL good!

  13. Oh Hostess, you kept your day a secret, but Happy Birthday anyways! Life gets better and better :)!

  14. So glad you had a good day -- belated Happy Birthday! Of course, you're a youngster from my perspective ;-) . . .

  15. Happy birthday, Hostess! I enjoy reading your blog every day.

  16. Another Pisces!! Love it! It makes soooooo much sense. Happy birthday, my fishy friend. I hope this year is filled with scarves, lots of Pepper time and all the things that make you happy.

  17. Many Happy Returns Hostess and may I say you are a rockin 56!!

  18. Happy Birthday Leslie! It hit me like a slap, when I realised I'm only two years behind you. Seeing isn't always believing, especially when it comes to seeing numbers written down, and feelings deep inside.

    Many Happy Returns,


  19. Many happy returns - a little late from me Hostess but sincerely meant. Glad you are enjoying the oil for your hair and so pleased you had a wonderful evening out with Mr Hostess.... (and you look lovely!) xx

  20. Thank you all for the birthday wishes...
    Hiding my face from the camera and being "a little cheeky" just felt like fun...not being shy at all!

  21. Dear Hostess of the Humble Bungalow,
    Happy Birthday to you! You look great - and you are already wise now, that we see in your posts! (And from abstaining from Botox) Best wishes for the next years Britta

  22. Happy birthday Hostess. You are adorable in every way.