It’s My Birthday and I’ll Skip If I Want To

michelle joni's birthday skip

It had been over two months since the finale Skipping Club, and I’ve been missing it dearly. Life without Skipping Club just isn’t the same. That weekly jolt of dress up was pretty much the composite of my workout routine. My skipping club energy has, however, been generously dispersed into a wide array of spaces. My skipping wings have spanned out wider, and I never forgot the goal: Have the best time ever. Clearly for my birthday, I was throwing down one downright fabulous Skipping Club birthday party.

Photography // Jessica Lapidos (unless she’s in it)

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I pulled out the old Skipping Club backpack, that neon relic of skipping culture folded away in my drawer, held together by duct tape and kindness of the universe.

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October 23rd, Annual Michelle Joni Day, I was in a sea of balloons on the R train heading towards our starting point: Patricia Field, the greatest store in all of New York City. (So was Lululemon!)

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I cleared off a table, unloaded my backpack of stickers and birthdayness, and received one of the nicest gifts I’ve ever received. Not just this birthday, ever: A watercolor painting of me. Come to think of it, I’ve never gotten a piece of artwork of me as a gift before. I’m touched. Shana, thank you so much for putting your passion into something like this, for me.

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And my beautiful skipping wife Venetia got me a tiara!!! Which, when is not sitting on my head, sits atop a prominent shelf in my room as such:

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This here spread is not all too different from what I carry around on a normal basis.

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This next picture reminds me of how badly I want backup dancers in real life. OMG wait. I have backup dancers life! My skippers!!! OMG I HAVE BACKUP DANCERS

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I mean, is this store not the prettiest!? It’s like Miami landed on the Bowery, did a lot of mushrooms, and started sleeping with drag queens.

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My second home, basically.

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And so, we try on shoes!

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  Not made for skipping, but posing, yes.

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Hello.

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It was so much fun bringing back the props from skips along the way— Yo Gabba Gabba from the Geek-Out Skip! A wand from the Fairy Skip! Mustaches from the Strictly Business Skip! It was a Skipping Club reunion in every sense.

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My skippers came out and they came by the dozen! It was really awesome to all be together again, with a few new faces too.

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Venetia and Rozina, popping down the street

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We needed someone to take our group photo

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Not it… but cute.

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OMG, IT.

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 Our impromptu photographer not only got what might be my favorite jump shot in Skipping Club history, she got into the skipping too.

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And then…… “What do you MEAN you have to get back to your day job?!”

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 Just a quick photo-op before you go.

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They’re just so photogenic!

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Destination: Francois Paillard Bakery, for a vanilla rum-soaked delight

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And then one special wish…

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That I would become a genie!

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One that carries her brand new red birthday bluetooth JBL speakers everywhere she goes, and makes all YOUR wishes come true.

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And sees only good things in the year ahead.

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Like all of you…

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And Foo Foo, too!

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And perhaps you, too? Book me for a birthday skip and let me help create the best birthday celebration of your life! Or maybe it’s your best friend who has a birthday coming up, and she’d love nothing more than to do a Grease-themed skipping adventure. Or, want to surprise the CEO for his birthday in the best way ever? BINGO: Surprise Skip.

Photos included. Video is an optional add on. Fun guaranteed.

BIRTHDAY-SKIP

Email me at michelle at michellejoni.com so we can plan a birthday you’ll never forget! You get to wear the crown.

[ OMG a new Skipping Club video! You made it to the end and now you get to watch!! ]

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