In a delicate moment like this that we are experiencing, in which the whole world bends under the pressure of the coronavirus; where priorities are scrambled and distributed with thrifty attention; in which we are rediscovering the humanity of being all humans with the same limits and pains and passions; in which we are writing a piece of history; in which the perception that all this is global and real still seems intangible; everything takes on a different light.
It was – once again – a different birthday.
I couldn’t celebrate as I wanted, I couldn’t have my friends with me or go anywhere else. Yet I didn’t want to lose hope.
Although I had to blow out the candles only with my sister, I still wanted to keep the tradition of making my cake spending all afternoon between cream and dyes.
My sister made sure that the day was precious, despite everything. Although it was just the two of us, locked at home for more than 2 weeks.
She woke me up with an Anastasia-themed treasure hunt and gave me a dress to make me feel like a princess.
Even if only for half an hour, I‘ll bring back the memory of that feeling for this very unique and “special” birthday.
Compared to past years (here 25, here 24, here 23 ..) I didn’t want to focus on decoration but on composition.
I wanted a cake that symbolized what we‘re all preserving, waiting to release it into the world: light. And hope.
A light of hope that persists in us beyond all numerical data, estimates of contagions, forecasts.
A light of hope that this spring will blossom into a pure white flower and will make our world, a little cleaner, with the certainty that we‘re ready to take care of it, that we‘ve understood how much of life we had stopped appreciating.
And it‘ll be a rebirth.
Thanks for all the good wishes, you filled me with light and love❤
In un momento delicato come questo che stiamo vivendo, in cui tutto il mondo si piega sotto la pressione del coronavirus; in cui le priorità vengono rimescolate e distribuite con parsimoniosa attenzione; in cui stiamo riscoprendo l’umanità dell’essere tutti umani con gli stessi limiti e dolori e passioni; in cui stiamo scrivendo un pezzo di storia; in cui la percezione che tutto questo sia globale e reale sembra ancora intangibile; tutto assume una luce diversa.
È stato un compleanno – ancora una volta – diverso.
Non ho potuto festeggiare come avrei voluto, non ho potuto avere i miei amici con me o andare altrove. Eppure non volevo perdere la speranza.
Nonostante dovessi spegnere le candeline solo con mia sorella, ho voluto comunque mantenere la tradizione di prepararmi la torta trascorrendo tutto il pomeriggio tra panna e coloranti.
Mia sorella ha fatto in modo che la giornata fosse preziosa, nonostante tutto. Nonostante fossimo solo noi due, chiuse a casa da più di 2 settimane.
Mi ha svegliata con una caccia al tesoro a tema Anastasia e mi ha regalato un abito per farmi sentire una principessa.
Anche se solo per mezz’ora, mi porterò il ricordo di quella sensazione per questo compleanno così particolare e “speciale”.
Rispetto agli anni passati (qui 25, qui 24, qui 23 ..) non volevo concentrarmi sulla decorazione ma sulla composizione.
Volevo una torta che simboleggiasse quello che tutti noi stiamo custodendo, nell’attesa di sprigionare nel mondo questa primavera: luce. E speranza.
Una luce di speranze che persiste in noi oltre tutti i dati numerici, le stime di contagi, le previsioni.
Una luce di speranza che questa primavera sboccerà in un fiore bianco e puro e ci renderà indietro il nostro mondo un po’ più pulito con la certezza che siamo pronti a prendercene cura, che abbiamo compreso quanto della vita avevamo smesso di apprezzare.
E sarà una rinascita.
Grazie per tutti gli auguri, mi avete riempita di luce e affetto❤
These photos are beautiful! I really hope you had a lovely birthday, even with lockdown xo
It was so special in its way, thank you! 🙂 xx
Great post. Your blog has very cool content <3
I am following you !
Thanks very much 🙂 xx
Hope you are doing well through all this COVID stuff. Wow, that cake and dress look so lovely! It’s a bummer you couldn’t hang with friends but I’m glad you at least had your sister with you. ♥
Thank you so much for the kindness, yes I was so lucky 🙂 we are fine, praying for the world, hope you too ♥xx
Gorg!! It is definitely a different time but it looked like you had a gorgeous birthday regardless! These photos are everything. Have a great year, doll. Things will get better, sending all positive vibes!
You are so sweet, thank you so much for your wishes. My sister made the day perfect anyway ♥xx
I hope you had a wonderful birthday, and I’m loving all these amazing photos! Your dress is absolutely gorgeous!
Yes it was special anyway! Thank you so much 🙂 xx
I hope that you had a wonderful birthday – these photographs are all gorgeous! I love how you’ve celebrated this – we may be in quarantine, but you still manage to make it pretty!
Thank you so much, I’m sure everyone is trying to take the best out of this time and so I. It was a precious birthday anyway♥ xx
Oh Happy birthday to you !
It’s so nice of your sister to have prepared a Anastasia themed treasure hunt.
It sounds so fun.
And this dress is stunning !
We always create treasure hunts for every occasion and they are so much fun for both! Thank you! xx
Happy belated love! You look amazing and that cake looks great too! What a sweet example of sisterhood!
She is my best, thank you so much 🙂 xx
Happy belated birthday!! That cake looks amazing and that dress is divine. Gorgeous embellishment! Xx
Thanks so so much! xx
What a beautiful birthday photo shoot! I love the classic glamour of it. Beautiful <3
Also, the post itself was wonderful. As a historian I often watch history unfold from letters and documents of the past. To be a part of it in the making is always terrifying, but also incredibly enlightening. I am very happy I came about your blog
Bless you 🙂
You words are so lovely and I thank you so much, this means so much ♥ xx
Such a dreamy looking celebration! Love the cake and your look, it seems like a fairy tale. Hope you are doing well right now in your end.
Thank you so much 🙂 I’m fine, luckily everything is ok by now, hoping everything will get better soon xx
Aw hope you had a lovely birthday babe, regardless of the current situation. You can always celebrate after all this is over, even if it takes too long! xx
Thank you! I will definitely try to celebrate again, but it was special anyway thanks to my sister ♥xx
Oh happy belated birthday dear!!
You’re looking so fabulous in that sparkling dress – all the best for your new year and most of all love an dhealth <3
even though it was a different kind of brithday – it seems like you had a great one 🙂 The cake looks fantastic!!!
Luckily I had my sister by my side, it’s all I need. But thank you so much ♥xx
Happy belated birthday, babe! Such a crazy time. Stay safe + well!
I know, hope you’re fine too. Thank you, xx
You look so beautiful here, babe! Happy belated birthday. Stay safe + well in all this craziness!
Thank you so much! Stay safe you too xx
Belated Happy Birthday! After covid outbreak, you can still re celebrate it with your friends 🙂 You look so pretty in that dress! 🙂
Take care! 🙂
I will do it for sure, with a bigger cake and a lighter heart ♥ thank you so much, xx
Happy belated birthday, it must be so hard to celebrate a birthday with the world the way it is right now. I love your dress so much, it’s so pretty xo
We will overcome even this. And we’ll celebrate again and better 🙂 thank you so much! xx
What an amazing cake and I love what it symbolizes (besides your birthday – Happy Birthday to you!). You have to say that this is one birthday you’re not going to forget. And how sweet your sister is to have made it so special for you. You look amazing in that beautiful dress! Here in the USA, we’re just starting to see the virus’ effects taking off. They’ve closed all of the restaurants in Texas except for drive-through, pickup or delivery service. They’ve also closed all “non-essential” businesses (massage, nail salons and many retailers) and I know many of the other states have done the same. I’m sure it’s going to get worse before it gets better. Best wishes for your two-week quarantine!
oh Ruth I guess by now the situation is even more restrictive, here in Italy for sure it is. You’re right: it will be better, but before the worst needs to come and go. We are ready and full of hope 🙂 thank you so much for your words♥ xx
It looks incredible! I’m glad you still had a smaller celebration for just the two of you. I hope you can do something special when this situation is over. Your dress is so beautiful too x
I hope too, I’d like to do another cake and celebrate life at the fullest when everything will over. Thank you so much ♥ xx
Happy belated birthday darling you look amazing here!
Thank you so much! xx
Happy Birthday dear Dasynka!
Your birthday looks like a dream and I hope you will have am ost wonderful year ahead of you!
Thank you so much! I tried the most to still enjoy as much as possible 🙂 xx
I’m sorry you couldn’t spend your birthday how you originally wanted, with your friends. However, it sounds like you have such a caring and lovely sister who still made it extremely special for you, lovely <3 x
Oh yes, it was special in its way and I’m glad for everything♥ thank you so much! xx
Oh how nice of your sister to do this for you. Yes indeed we are living in very trying times. But your birthday looked very nice and your dress is BEAUTIFUL. And Happy Birthday!!
She is special 🙂 this time is teaching us so much, we can learn a lot from it.. Thank you so much btw ♥ xx
Awe how sweet of your sister to make sure you had a fabulous birthday despite all the circumstances going on. It looked wonderful and happy 26th birthday!
She is my real treasure, I can’t without her ♥ thank you so much 🙂 xx
Happy Birthday gorgeous! You look beautiful in that glittery dress.
Thank you so much!♥ xx
Oh belated happy birthday to you my friend!!!’ So much love for you!! Loved the shots and the cake looks so delicious!!!
Thank you so so much 🙂 ♥ xx
Happy belated birthday to you. I’m sorry that yet another birthday is being celebrated unconventionally but I love your spirit and rose coloured glasses. I also adore how special your sister made this day for you. You both have such a beautiful relationship. Especially being in lockdown for 2 weeks too. Stay safe.
Sonia thank you so much! My sister is all I have and she is such a pure soul ♥ stay safe you too, xx
Happy 26th birthday! Even though you only celebrated with your sister, it is still great that you had company. Love that you made your birthday extra special with the theme. Light and hope! That is something that we need right now. Sending you lots of love xx.
Thank you so much Nancy for your appreciation, I hope we all have that light to keep us strong ♥ xx
Impressive photos, I love your dress, happy birthday ♥
Thank you so much♥ xx
Happy belated birthday! You look absolutely stunning and the cake looks great too- you’re lucky to have such a nice sister!
Oh she is my biggest gift ❤ thank you so much! xx