"I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles."
Audrey Hepburn

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

It ain't your birthday no more

Hello lassies! It pains me to say it, but alas, my post title is true. Birthday came. Birthday went. And you know what I learned? Adult birthdays are not nearly as awesome as kid birthdays. Sure I can now enjoy March 21st with a fun cocktail should I choose to do so, but you know how else I now get to enjoy March 21st? By working an 11 hour day. Womp, womp and Happy Birthday to me! Thank goodness for my amazing friends who already celebrated with me on Saturday and made me feel so loved, and for my ridiculously sweet parents who drove all the way into DC to go out to dinner with the roommate and me! I am a very blessed girl!
My parents and roommate made my post-work birthday just lovely! Thank you guys and love you! Oh and I don't usually wear such BRIGHT statement shoes to work, but I decided if I have to work on my birthday I am at least going to rock the shoes I want to rock.
All I can about this collage is "nom, nom,nom, nom!!" Ok, sorry inside joke. But no joke, last night's food was AH-MAZING! My family took me to this wonderful restaurant in Georgetown called Peacock Cafe and the food was SO good! I'm not usually one to take food photos, but when you are eating food this pretty, a picture is merited. Mom enjoyed a lovely leg of lamb and mashed potatoes, roommate (and my dad) dined on salmon, asparagus and sweet potatoes and I devoured a filet of fresh Mahi-Mahi on top of a bed of mashed potatoes. And of course I shared my incredibly birthday apple tarte with everyone. Well, not mom, but only because she doesn't eat dessert. How she manages to live without dessert is beyond me.
Ok, I promise birthday celebration photos/chatter are officially over. No more self-absord-ed-ness. Now back to regularly scheduled posts complete with photos of, oh wait, still me. I guess you're stuck. :) Well now that Spring is finally here, I am all about color, stripes, airy tops and billowy silhouette skirts with non-tight clad legs! And to honor Spring's official March 21st arrival (and don't even bother trying to convince me it is the 20th because you won't be able to! I was born on the first day of Spring ok??) I threw all these things together in one outfit and called it a party. I worried that could go horribly awry, but since I was in a rush already I was determined to make it work. I am happy to report that I, surprisingly, loved it instantly. The skirt was the piece de la resistance that the outfit was built around, and I absolutely adored everything about my new skirt. The length makes me feel incredibly old school feminine (which I love), the high-waisted fit is flattering on me if I do say so myself and the pleats added an on-trend touch. And since I am so into black and blue lately, this airy striped tee was a natural fit. Plus, it was just the right combination of form fitting enough to balance out the flowy skirt, without being glued to my body and uncomfortable. The pink cardigan was another easy choice to add in color, and lastly the nude heels were a necessity to pull together an outfit with various shades of colors going on and to ensure that the length of the skirt didn't make my 5'3 frame appear even lower to the ground than it is. Remember that below-average height ladies: you can still wear calf-grazing skirts without looking stumpy as long as you don't let your feetsies stay flat on the floor and you give them lift with heels or wedges.
Cardi/Tee: Loft, Skirt: White House Black Market (bday gift!)
Belt/Shoes: Kohl's, Jewelry: Forever 21 or gifted
So I FINALLY made it home before it was completely dark (I know it doesn't look like it in these pictures, but there really was a little daylight left) so roommate agreed to do a longer photo shoot, than we have been doing. One of my goals really is to start doing more outside shots, and daylight savings time is going to help tremendously with that goal! And then when I was just going to be content to take them in the non-attractive mini patch of grass behind our apt. parking lot, roommate goes and has the bloody brilliant idea to run over to the really cool castle looking building that we have no idea what it actually is and snap some photos. THAT is why I keep her around. Well, that and she makes quiches, and is really funny and basically an all around amazing roommate. Oh, and sorry about the headless shot, but the upwards angle is never flattering on me :)
Have you ever put on an outfit and it was insta love?   Well I did today. New favorite skirt!
There is nothing I like more than sitting on stairs in a flouncy skirt. I felt like a princess waiting for my prince.
I love this time of year when everything is just starting to bloom. It is so fantastic. So almost all of my outfit came from birthday gifts. Although, the cardigan and tee were bought by me as a present to me, which I am totally counting. Don't judge. But that little skirt diddy is all thanks to mumsicle and her amazing taste!
And this is when I get silly :) I think we all know by now it happens every time. I felt like every car driving by watching me do this was probably judging me. I guess that is the life of a fashion blogger who dares to venture outside the comforts of her own home. Oh by the way, what do you think of the ballerina bun? I admit, I didn't spend a lot of time perfecting it, so I'm sure it could be a lot better but I thought it was a nice change from my typical straight and down look, or pushed back by a headband when I am too lazy to dry it, which incidentally is what happened again today that led to the new look.
And just to show you the heights I will go to for you, my loves :)
Ok well I hope you enjoyed seeing outdoor Laura. I sincerely hope you will be making her acquaintance much more often these days, but I also hope you will forgive her if she takes a night off and lets indoor apartment Laura do her thang sometimes, too.


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  2. Well it sounds like you had a good birthday aside from the whole 11hr work day...the thing about birthday when you get older is that you can drag the celebration on a few days into a weekend!
    This is a very cute outfit...very ladylike...but still totally fun!

    Natasha ~ Required2BeInspired

  3. I just read in some fashion magazine that midi skirts are super in for spring, and you pull yours off so well!! I'm still hesitant about them just b/c i'm sure they'd shorten my legs. Happy belated birthday!

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  5. Looks like a fab Birthday....love the stripes and cardi.....I wish I could see something blooming here.....I woke of to frozen slush....everywhere:(

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  6. Love that skirt - the high cute and pleats are so flattering on you and I love the gauzy material - perfect!

    xoxo ~ Courtney

  7. heeeeeeeeey thanks for the comments.

    i have to say....you should totally give me your shoes. they are so cute. and you're cute. we're all cute.

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  8. OMG it sounds and looks like an amazing birthday and I adore your outfit. Looks totally beautiful! Have a great day sunshine

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  9. The skirt looks great on you! I got a black pleated skirt the same length from f21, but have not worn it yet.

  10. i love this skirt on you and wish i could pull off a longer length skirt like you do!! great striped shirt too!

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  11. You are too cute! I adore this look, girl! :) You styled it so perfectly.. the colors work so well together too!



  12. Happy Belated Birthday, seems like it was great!
    I too think that adult birthdays are not celebrated enough!
    Love the outfit, such a great skirt:)


  13. what fun! Loving the striped top with the skirt...xo

  14. Happy belated birthday! Love the birthday dress and you so totally have every right to wear great statement shoes on your birthday--especially if you have to work! :)

  15. What a pretty skirt!! I can't wait until my birthday so I can get new clothes too :)

  16. Hey Laura! So glad you had a fabtastic birthday. And you're only 5'3"? No ways. Well you certainly made this outfit work for you, I'm a huge pink cardi fan myself :)

  17. Oh, the first of spring argument! I'm familiar with it. My sister's birthday is the 20th and my Mom always told her that was the first day of spring, but of course calendars can't agree on it. I try to argue that March in general is spring since my birthday is the 11th and I hate winter so I dont want my birthday to be in the winter lol.

  18. i hope you got giftcards because those opening ceremony shoes are BEGGING to be worn with your swooshy black skirt. I LOVE IT

  19. Your midi skirt with your pumps makes your legs look a mile long! You styled this outfit beautifully. Two thumbs up!

    xoxo Hannah

  20. Believe me... I completely understand the whole adult birthdays thing. This last one was the big 3-0 for me. It was *horrid*. Enjoy the 20s, my dear. I think 25 was a great one for me - old enough to know better but still too young to care. ;)

  21. Ah, Happy Happy Belated Birthday, Laura! I'm so glad you had a fabulous celebration! And your skirt...I die! I really need to invest in a similar one - the style is so flattering!! :)

  22. Favorite outfit so far love the shirt and shoes us short people ( I'm 5'4) need tall shoes. LOL
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  23. Happy belated birthday darling! That striped top is bananas!!! WANT WANT WANT! :D


  24. Your birth month is not over yet! Ha. I always drag it out as long as possible (my birthday is on the last day of September so the whole month is a celebration!)

    P.S. I have that shirt in the red color!


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