Monday, March 12, 2018

my best birthday yet

'time and tide wait for no man,
but time always stands still for a woman
of 30.' --robert frost

'i don't think of it as turning 30.
it's my 10th anniversary of my 20th birthday.' 
--unknown

'you can be gorgeous at 30, 
charming at 40, and irresistable for the
rest of your life.' --coco channel

'after 30, the body has a mind of its own.'
--bette midler

'when you're a teenager, all you want
to do is buy beer. but once you hit 30, all you
want to do is get carded.'
--sarah jessica parker as carrie bradshaw
in 'sex in the city'
today is my 30th birthday!
i celebrated with family and friends
over the weekend, and it could not have
been a better (or more fun) way to say 'farewell' to 
my 20s. my parents and boyfriend surprised
me with a party (complete with family,
friends, coworkers, balloons, cupcakes, and 
wine--lots of wine). we had a wonderful
time, and i had no idea they had been
sneaking around all week while planning this!

unfortunately, my 'actual' birthday, as it
falls on a monday, will be spent at work.
but i plan to eat dessert after every meal and
treat myself to a lunch-time shopping adventure.
are you surprised? ;)
^^^ birthdays are the perfect excused to eat 
all the ice cream you want, right? this
vegan, jamocha chaga fudge ice cream from 
frankie and jo's is delicious! ^^^
turning 30 is surprisingly bittersweet.
new year, new me!
i am eager to enter this new decade and look
forward to what lies ahead: finishing
my editing certificate, launching a new
website, pursuing blog opportunities, and of course,
dedicating time to friends and family are
a just a few projects and goals in the works.

while my 20s were fun (a time of
exploration--career-wise and personally),
i think my 30s will be different. to say it will be
an exciting, yet peaceful decade may be
ignorant (or perhaps wishful thinking). 

i feel old, though i probably shouldn't 
say that; i don't mean to offend anyone. 
as a teenager, i imagined a much
different image of myself at age 30. 
perhaps i would be married, have a child
(or children), be well-established in my career, 
etc. well my life sure isn't that, but i am
okay with my current situation, too!
in fact, i feel grateful for where i am both
personally and professionally.

dress: nordstrom, boots: zara,
blazer: anthropologie (thrifted via goodwill),
clutch: nordstrom rack

and now, onto the outfit!
when brainstorming outfits to wear
on my birthday, i knew i wanted to make a
statement. i picked up this dress at nordstrom
(with sequin polka dots) and love how
flirty and feminine it is. it was on major sale
at nordstrom, too! ankle boots, a blush pink
blazer, and velvet clutch complete
the look. a side of ice cream makes for a 
cute and seemingly festive accessory.

while i didn't wear this outfit to my
party over the weekend, the dress is perfect
for a holiday party or celebration.
it can be dressed up or down, and i look
forward to styling it next weekend with my
denim jacket and converse.

i hope you had a wonderful weekend,
and thank you for stopping by! excuse me
while i indulge in another piece of cake!
xoxo.