2009-10-14

It's My Party and I'll Cry if I Want to...

birthday suit 1

birthdaysuit4

birthdaysuit5

Wool dress? Diane von Furstenberg, Holt's Last Call
Boots? Nine West
Tights? CK, Winners
Clutch? Gino Aldrovandi, thrifted
Brooches? thrifted, found and borrowed


I woke up yesterday one year older, one year wiser and one year closer to Botox. You know when you're young and you just imagine that at 26 you'll have it all figured out? How foolish. I'm officially 26 and I still have no clue what I want to be when I grow up. Well, besides becoming a romance novelist... yes, stop laughing, I might be serious.
Tuesday isn't the most exciting day for a birthday (especially when you have to be at work for 7 the next morning) so we just celebrated with my family (the ones who haven't fled to Europe...xo) at a German restaurant. I know there is no need to dress up for schnitzel but my motto is to take every opportunity to be fabulous. I love the colour and slightly unusual cut of this DvF wool dress, I've had it for a few years and it still feels new. The boots are old too. Last year I was ready to say goodbye to them because the suede was so beat-up but I took a chance on my shoe fixer guy and he came through. They look near new again. The tights have a really cool flowery pattern on them and are actually full of holes, but the few inches showing between my boots and dress were unblemished so I wore them. You would understand if you were a Dutch immigrant too...cheap...

birthdaysuit broaches

The best part of the outfit were the brooches I pinned on my one shoulder to keep it fancy. The two starburst pins (the nicest ones...) are my Dad's finds. I borrowed them a long time ago to wear in my hair. I haven't worn them since because I am terrified to lose a crystal but I refuse to return them as they sparkle so prettily in my jewelry drawer. I finally wore them again yesterday because I was out with my parents anyway and so I felt I could take the risk with them as chaperons.

Oh and in case you're wondering, my best present came yesterday from one of my customer's dogs. Bailey found a fat, soaking wet, dead mouse and dropped it off IN my car. If that isn't love...

34 comments :

stilettolover91 said...

You look amazing!!! I love the dress & the boots!!!! Awesome post!

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Dylana said...

Super cute dress and I love your tights!

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orchidsinbuttonholes said...

Happy birthday! Love the outfit, and the shimmer of the brooch is perfect!

God's Favorite Shoes! said...

Happy birthday! Fabulous touch with the accessories!

stylefyles said...

your brooches are fantastic!!!! When I was a kid, I thought I'd be married and knocked up, starting a family by 24. Well that ship has sailed, and I must admit I'm not at all sorry to have missed boarding. Happy birthday and good luck with that romance novel!!!

Nadine said...

Fabulous! I love it all, but especially the colour of the dress. Happy 26th!

Clare said...

Girl, that is a KILLER outfit. Happy birthday!!

Chelsie Te(e)la said...

divine. happy bday!

Amy said...

Happy Birthday!! You look gorgeous as always. I love those boots!!

Taylor Sterling said...

beautiful! You look amazing great dress and looks great with those boots!

The Small Fabric Of My Life said...

I love the brooches.
You look fab - Happy Birthday.
I am 43 and still haven't figured out what I should do yet.

chic said...

Happy Birthday!! Alles Gute zum Geburtstag!!

Ok, so I'm 26 and I've by no means got anything figured out! I think that's reserved for when you're 36, which is like the new 26, right?

If you write a romance novel. I'm so buying a copy! Meanwhile, I love the pins on your shoulder, it looks beautiful and will be copied by me in due time.

Happy Bday!
S.

ShopKim said...

Happy Birthday! You look amazing. The boots and dress are perfect together and I love the pin cluster to glam it up.

Linda said...

I love your hair like that. Also, I envy those boots, been trying to find boots like that for soo soo long...boo. Do you think your shoe guy can repair a pair of boots for me? They have a huge hole in them but I refuse to let them go.
I'll bring em Friday.
Don't have the birthday blues...your cats love you.

briannelee said...

Happy 26th bday!!!! I am going to be 29 in a few weeks and I also have no idea what I am doing w/ my life... its fine.

I LOVE your bday outfit. I like the idea of pinning brooches on your shoulder and I totally am stealing the idea ;)

Kayla said...

Happy Birthday! I love love love those tights!

AsianCajuns said...

Happy, happy belated birthday!!!!

You look gorgeous as always (I love the brooch detailing- just gorgeous)!

I know what you mean about 26. It happened to me in July and I had a little bit of a freak-out (something I'm a bit ashamed of because I never thought I would think 26-- eek! 30 is next and then 40)-- but it's an awesome age. Hope this is a wonderful year for you!

Sal said...

Gorgeous all around - but that brooch cluster took my breath away. Happy birthday, beautiful!

Fell 4 Fashion said...

Love your motto and love your look! U are a gorgeous Birthday Girl!!!! I'm almost 27 and so not looking forward to it!

MARISA said...

you seriously make me want to go to holt's last call asap! you find the best things

also...you look about 23...not 26!

hope your bithday was special xx

ash said...

this is so gorgeous, especially paired with the brooches, it makes the outfit complete.

what'd you do with the mouse, haha?

xo ash

Jilliebeanie said...

You look amazing. Those tights are uber sexy.

Jo said...

Happy birthday! Your commentary cracks me up. I love the wool dress. What a find!

gina said...

Love the brooches! Nice dress and fun tights!

Sarah Clarke Gaudet said...

What a beautiful look!

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The Thrifty Stylist said...

happy birthday... what a GORGEOUS look... the dress is an amazing find and the tights are too awesome. i have been meaning to start wearing brooches and now i understand how i need to do it ;)

somedaynewyorker said...

Those broaches are gorgeous.

Rachel said...

Gorgeous outfit for a gorgeous 26 year old :) You may not know what you want to do yet, but whatever this is - it's working :)
Happy Belated - all the best in the year to come!!
xoxo

anna said...

amazing.i love the brooches. what a fantastic idea!! love it all with the boots!!

Elaine said...

You look HOT!!!! Love the touch of the brooches!


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E said...

I love those boots and what you did with those broaches is so clever!

calivintage said...

the brooches are the perfect embellishments, so perfect for a birthday dinner. and i love the little flowers on the tights! and i'm right there with you, i'm also 26 and i have no idea what i'll be when i grow up, either! haha!

Work With What You've Got said...

This is STUNNING. Love all that bling.

God Made Me fuNky said...

Belated happy b'day girl!!
love the idea of all the broaches together.
and again the shoe savior to the rescue.....great boots