My dear friend Miko celebrated a milestone birthday this month – 40! (but she looks 30 – Asian genes! SWEET!) Tough to get cooler than Miko. A musician, artist, mother, feminist and small business owner, she’s what all the youngies hope to become. She’s like a Japanese Canadian Kim Gordon. Age is such a strange phenomenon, especially for women. So much emphasis is placed on youth in our culture – but one can’t be young and beautiful forever. It’s an impossibility! I remember when I was turning 20 years of age, a long-ass time ago – I had such a freakout. I felt so OLD. But really, I was still a total child. I think it wasn’t until I turned 30 that I began to feel comfortable in my age, and aging. And in fact the closer I get to 40, I’ve given up on caring – it’s going to happen, and I feel more accepting of it; I’m still me, just an older, wiser version, ha! I am getting more philosophical about life too. And yeah, you can still be cool and listen to feminist punk music when you’re an older lady.
Miko’s sweet beau Jason threw her a wonderful party – full of friends, family and loved ones all there to celebrate a really incredible woman! For her birthday cake, I made a pink ruffle birthday cake – dark chocolate cake with a creamy milk chocolate ganache filling and pink vanilla buttercream piped in a ruffly vintage look. Man I am loving the sweet 1980s vibe of that cake topper too – I hand cut the letters out of craft paper and then stuck the letters onto some medium length wooden cocktail sticks.
Not only is Miko an amazing mom and super sweet friend, she also just launched a new business – Coral and Cloud! Brightly hued, super stylish and modern, hand-painted wooden bead necklaces. I’m in love with them! She makes them for both adults and kids, too. Happy happy birthday, Miko! I’m so lucky to call you my friend. xo Lyndsay