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Birthday Dress


It was kinda-totally my birthday a few weeks ago!
#checkyes


We had lots of beautiful birthday snow, I made my trademark birthday coffee cake, wore a hot pink birthday crown, shared my birthday with a few other ladies from my church with the SAME birthday, had pink champagne and chocolate-hazelnut cake, received pink flowers, and all-around felt like the most-loved girl there is!

{birthday flowers!}


I love this swingy "Cream Puff" dress as I call it, with my "Cupcake Frosting" hair. Obviously I wanted to dress like desserts on my birthday! Ha! 

{birthday manicure}

I also love the high-low of this outfit...the jacket and shoes are crazy-expensive, but the tights are from Big Lots, the sweater is from a tag sale, and the dress is from a consignment shop and doesn't have a label. 


It's just like happiness, y'know? Find happiness in the small things and the big things. I was never a huge fan of my winter birthday so close to Christmas (someone was always sick, we weren't in school yet so I missed the fun of a classroom birthday, I wanted an outdoor party, everyone was burnt out from Christmas and stretched thin and presents came in Christmas paper, etc. etc.). So I've created my own traditions. Little things.

{hazelnut-orange GF cake and pink champagne}

I choose a birthday song every year, pick up some pink champagne, and always bake a coffee cake on the morning of my birthday and put candles in it.
 (those links will take you to past birthday posts of mine for more pretty fun!)

Here's this year's birthday song: 


An outfit doesn't have to be all high-end designers. And a birthday doesn't have to be all bells and whistles. 
Find joy in the little things, the unique things, and I think you'll find extra joy you didn't know was there.

And Happy Birthday to all you other near-Christmas/winter babies!
:)

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Dress: No label // Sweater: Vintage//Earrings: Charlotte Russe//Coat: Rebecca Taylor//Fleece-Lined Tights: Big Lots//Sunnies: Local store//Heels: Diane von Furstenburg 

xo
Natalie

9 comments:

Heather McCool said...

Oh em gee, natalie! That dress is the cutest thing and i love the bangs and earings. My husband is not a fan of the long bangs, otherwise id have them myself.
And im a february baby, and whats with us winter babies that we ADORE flowers? Thank goodness for hot houses!
And happy birthday to you!

Natalie said...

Aw thanks so much Heather! Isn't the dress too fun? It's a silk-blend but the designer tag is gone. Too bad about the bangs...my boyfriend always thinks I don't look like myself when I pull them back, ha :) Yes, flowers for winter birthdays are just *necessary* :) Happy early-birthday to you, friend!

Alexandra Consolver said...

Happy belated birthday! :) I love the ensemble and have a thing for dessert hued clothing and accessories as it is. It's sort of luxurious and alluring.. .without necessarily having to show all the skin or pay a hefty price if you don't want to. :) I myself have a summer birthday, but had the same problem with no school parties, and because it's the day before the 4th kids could never come because it was a holiday week/weekend. : / But I did always think the fireworks were for me... ;) Also, loving that mani! :) -Alexandra

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The Bone Family said...

You are adorable. And a birthday package is still coming. My original plan was botched a bit, but I think I have a good new plan!

Natalie said...

Anything from you is fun, Claire :) Yay!!!

Natalie said...

Thanks girl! And the grass is always greener with birthdays, it seems!

Katie said...

Happy belated birthday! That dress is so adorable. Enjoy some more pink champagne this weekend!

LyddieGal said...

Happy Birthday! I love the dress, it's so sweet and fun, and you have some great birthday traditions. Glad you enjoyed your special day!
Chic on the Cheap

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