I ordered this dress to wear out on my birthday (today!) and once you see the back, you’ll understand why it’s the perfect party dress! Two big bows and a cut-out detail make it fun and feminine, especially in pink. The best part though, it’s SO cheap. I ordered it for a mere $52, but it’s since gone on sale (40% off!) and is only $31. Too good to pass up! (And it also comes in yellow if pink isn’t your thing!) I would order the yellow one, too, but whenever I try to wear yellow with my blonde hair, I feel like I look like a banana. 🍌 I wish the dress came in a whole slew of colors… Navy, french blue, blush pink, black… I’d order them all!
On the birthday front, I’m keeping it pretty low-key this year. There are a lot of things coming up to celebrate this fall, and to be honest, the end of August really snuck up on me. My birthday usually falls over Labor Day, so over the past few years that I’ve lived in New York, my Chicago friends have either visited and spent the long weekend celebrating, or we’ve gone on a fun trip. So a small celebration this year is totally fine with me! I was out all weekend, actually celebrating friends’ birthdays on both Friday and Saturday night. Tonight, I’m riding at SoulCycle (#BirthdayRide) and then going to dinner with a few girlfriends. And the best part? It’s finally going to be back in the 80’s in Chicago this week! So if you need me, I’ll be soaking up every last bit of summer. 😎
It’s kind of crazy how much changes each year when take a step back and compare notes. Over the last year, I’ve quit my job, moved half-way across the country, had some pretty big projects happening behind the scenes (more on that to come!), traveled more than ever, and have really started to unapologetically find my true sense of self. (You can read a little bit about that in this post from my last birthday.)
I have this strange feeling that 26 is going to be the best year yet. Stay tuned!
If you’re going to order this dress, let’s talk about fit for a second. It’s a juniors brand so I figured I should size up to a medium, kind of ignoring the sizing note that it “Runs large through bust.” While the Medium does fit, it’s definitely a little bit too big throughout the chest. So my suggestion: Size up if you have a larger chest, and order your regular size if you do not (like me).
Get the Look…
1. Everything from J.Crew’s fall collection.
3. These shoes. (I actually bought them over the weekend for a b-day present to myself! #TreatYoSelf, ya know?)
6. This coat.
9. These wedges.
10. This watch.
12. This navy fur vest.
13. This ruffled blouse.
14. These earbuds.
15. A desktop computer. (That I will be ordering if and when my desk ever arrives…)
18. These heels.
19. These flats.
20. This dress.
22. This cuff.
23. This coat.
24. This skirt.