Gifts I Bought Myself For My Birthday

Monday, June 18

I'm not sure what this post is, exactly, some sort of retroactive wish-list?

Well maybe you have a 27th birthday coming up, and you're wondering what exactly you want. Sometimes the best gifts are the ones you get yourself, and there is no shame in that. And not that you ever need a disclaimer for spoiling yourself (!) but when I was thinking "did I go overboard for my birthday this year" I remembered I am constantly side-hustling, for such a time as this!

And read on to see that technically I did not buy all of this for myself.
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Laura Lee's Favorite Brush Collection by Morphe
I've had my eye on this brush set compiled by beauty vlogger Laura Lee since I saw the reveal video. I do watch her channel pretty consistently, though it may be an acquired taste ;) I'm totally still learning about make-up, and specifically, using the correct brushes for application, so I was very excited to try these out! My favorite so far is the crease brush. This set has gone out of stock TWICE but is currently available.

Zara Striped Top
How cutie is this? I fell in love with a very similar sold out top at Madewell, and my sister turned me on to this one! Still waiting for my second size to come in the mail, but hopefully it will be featured here soon.

Zara "Dress With Bows"
As you can probably tell, I love Zara, because I find that it's the perfect place to find "high fashion fast fashion." I always find great stuff there, whether it's the cool girl piece of the moment or a basic with a funky twist. I was so excited to go to Zara when I was in Florida for the weekend! I wanted to find a dress for my actual birthday dinner back in Nashville, and I love this one. Reformation vibes, no?

Urban Outfitters Emilia Tiered Jewelry Stand
This is a bit random but the jewelry stand I've had for years just did NOT fit my vibe anymore. I wanted something really simple and gold that would hold a lot! And this is on sale!

Zara Poplin Dress
I was joking that this was a very 27 year old purchase, a basic white button-down dress over something crazy and printed. This is the perfect dress to wear to work and i LOVE the swing shape. Outfit post coming soon!

Zara Statement Earrings
The earrings at Zara redefine "statement." These are not the exact pair I picked out, but have a similar tropical bejeweled and slightly ridiculous vibe. Do yourself a favor and check out their accessory selection, they have sooooo much good stuff and I want it all.

Marc Fisher Zala Pump
These pumps are something I really wanted but ended up not buying. I am actually very proud of myself for not settling for "lilac", when I really wanted "light purple suede" but Nordstrom didn't have my size for the sale price. I'll keep an eye on them because they're just so fun!

Zara Bermuda Shorts With Double Ruffle
Dressy black shorts are my go-to for going out- whether it's to dinner, the clurb, a bachelorette party, etc. I have a couple pairs, but because I wear them frequently, I'm always on the lookout for a new cut or style.

Mara Hoffman Evelyn Pants
Ok these pants and the dress were a birthday present from my cute boyfriend! I was shook!! I love anything Mara Hoffman does, but I love especially that he picked out items FOR me - that I actually really, really like. Purple pants?! Hello. Aren't these a dream?

Mara Hoffman Bette Dress
This dress, also a gift from Art, is gorgeous. Probably a bit too fancy for every day, but I can't wait for an occasion to wear it!

Are you on team "buy birthday gifts for yourself" and if so, tell me the best thing you got this year! 

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Friday, June 15

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| sunglasses: ban.do {similar} | t-shirt: old from Galina {similar} | belt: Target {similar} | pants: LOFT {similar} | loafers: Franco Sarto via Nordstrom | lipstick: Urban Decay Vice in Temper |

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Oh look, the Summery-est outfit I could possibly muster! Ha, NOT. But as I was telling Miles, new pants have no season! And really, life working in an office has no seasons. Right now we're oscillating between freezing indoors and boiling outdoors. 

I absolutely LOVE when photos capture the tone of a season so perfectly (just for fun: last Summer / Fall / Winter / Spring) and I think Miles nailed it here - we are now approaching Summer desolation.  

If you've followed this blog for a while, you might notice a few recurring trends. I've been on the quest to find the perfect pair of tuxedo pants foreverrr (this pair ended up feeling very "cheap slacks" and, naturally, I thought velvet was the way to modernize.) I also got these tailored because, new age, who dis? 

I loved & wore the heezy out of my cheap-y gold loafers from Old Navy for years until I literally had to throw them in the garbage because they just fell apart. One day I was daydreaming at my desk, something along the lines of "remember those shoes I had..?" (I can't be the only one that does this) luckily, it's a pretty timeless style, for now anyway. This exact Franco Sarto pair is still available around the internet, the color is Platino Metallic, which, as you can see, is basically gold.

I've also never met a graphic tee I didn't like, and I have my sister Galina to thank for this very random one that is one of my absolute favorites. For the record I do NOT like Porters or Stouts, but boy do they make great t-shirts! The hoppier, the better, for me, though I read a tweet this week that said "IPAs are Pumpkin Spice Lattes for men" but I refute that. 

What elseeee, here are three random things from my week:

#1 I saw Harry Styles on Tuesday in what I believe was a glimpse of Beatlemania. Also I am in L O V E. 
#2 Finished The Help for the second time, and it was even better as an audiobook!
#3 We had shaved ice at work this afternoon and it was truly, a delight.

photos by Miles Price

What Have I Been Up To?

Tuesday, June 12

HAY. I know I've been in & out of here the past few weeks; and though my blog has always and will likely always have a style focus, I do feel a bit off if I don't share what else is going on! I can only assume if you're reading my blog, you're invested in more than what I'm wearing as well (PLUS Alyssa reminded me that there is definitely still a place on the internet for bloggers to get personal and share their stories.)

So here's what else has been going on in my life for the last month or so:
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+ I turned 27! If I sound different (lol) that's why. Kicking around a birthday post to hopefully share soon.

+ MY NEPHEW WAS BORN on my birthday. I KNOW. Of all 365 days to choose from. I am already obsessed!

+ Dith had her bachelorette party in Dyersburg, TN. My dear friend Meredith gets married on July 7th!

+ Art & I spent the weekend in Florida. A beach weekend for my birthday in scenic Siesta Key (mostly.)

+ Btw I have a boyfriend and his name is Art. I purposefully haven't shared a lot about this yet for several reasons, but now I'm ready to shout it from the rooftops! You can stalk him on Instagram here. ;)

+ I went to two weddings: one not a surprise in Atlanta, one a surprise here in town! Such fun!

+ Summer has arrived in Nashville. It is hot, the lightning bugs are out, and I'm spending as much time under water and at outdoor concerts as possible.

+ And because it makes up 40+ hours of my regular week, I feel like I have to mention work (talent @ an email marketing company, fyi) has been CRAZY but good!

+ Most recently my sister is here for like a day and we are seeing Kacey Musgraves & Harry Styles tonight!!


And that's the scoop! I've had a smashing start to the Summer, and I hope you have too! Would love to hear about your adventures or whatever is new with you, share below!

I'll be back later in the week with an outfit post. xo